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Book banned Calhoun removes prized novel from reading list by Kelsey Lee Editor-in-Chief

A popular novel can no longer be taught in the English classrooms of Bellmore-Merrick, leaving many students and teachers in disbelief. English Department Chairperson Peggy Kurtz said that The Bad Seed was taken off the school’s reading list because it is a “disturbing book” and is “dark.” Though English teachers are no longer allowed to teach William March’s novel, Mrs. Kurtz would not say the book is banned. “Banned has such a negative connotation,” Mrs. Kurtz said

while explaining the decision. The Bad Seed, was a National Book Award finalist in 1955 and a New York Times best-seller. It tells the story of Christine Penmark, who recalls her childhood while raising her daughter, Rhoda. In the book, Rhoda tortures and kills several characters. The decision was not welcomed by many teachers, including Fred Harrison, social studies teacher and teachers’ union representative. “There are many dangers in censorship, and Banned Book Week has the purpose of recognizing those dangers. So if we ban a

book, it would be very ironic that we have a Banned Book Week,” Mr. Harrison said. For a book to be on the reading list, it must possess certain qualities of “literary merit.” Mrs. Kurtz said she discussed the decision with (photo by Kimberly Brower) the English chairs at Has The Bad Seed seen its last days on Calhoun bookshelves? both Kennedy and Mrs. Kurtz said. “Three English Mepham before the decision was chairs thought there were betmade. ter books out there to read, teach, “Most of all, we wanted books analyze and discuss…and there that would teach good life lessons,” (continued on page 4)

Falling economy may be costly for grads by Naomi Volk Editor-in-Chief

Think the failing economy won’t affect high school kids in Long Island? Guess again. The rising cost of colleges and the rapidly declining economy have le high school students nationwide desperate to get into the “right” school. However, the “perfect” school will probably come with a steep price tag. No ma er which way you look at it, college is creeping up for students in every grade. But how will anyone be able to afford the college of their choice? According to the College Board website, the average cost of a fouryear public college while in-state is $17,336; the average cost of a four-year public school while outof-state is $27,791. Perhaps most shocking to some, the average

cost of a four-year private school is $35,374. Multiply these bills by four years, and no family is safe from the economic investment that is a college tuition. According to Newsday, the de-

cline of the economy has led many students to forsake costly private schools in favor of more economically-sound private schools. “We had 200 college reps from all over the country, and the SUNY ta-

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Graduating seniors might feel the effects of the economic woes on Wall Street.

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bles didn’t get a break,’ said Mona Hect, the [Sachem High School East’s] guidance administrator. The more parent-friendly SUNY schools have been increasingly attracting applicants at the expense of the private schools. And SUNY schools are feeling the burden. Newsday reports as much as a 38 percent increase in the amount of applicants at Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College and SUNY Old Westbury. The paper also reports an even more astonishing number, as much as a 50 percent increase in applicants to Binghamton University. Furthermore, “The SUNY admissions offices are telling us that it’s much more competitive this year,” Donna Gross, the director of guidance at Half Hollow Hills West High School told Newsday. With students desperate to get (continued on page 5)

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2 by Kelsey Lee Editor-in-Chief

In this country, a citizen can’t vote until they reach the age of 18. But what if you could make these decisions just a li le bit earlier? At Calhoun, students had the opportunity to experience what it is like to change the course of history. Days before the actual election, every voice was heard, every ballot read, and every opinion mattered. In this Mock Election, Calhoun determined who would lead the country. Would it be Barack Obama, the Democratic, African- American “voice of change?” Or John McCain, the Republican senior statesman who dared to choose a female running mate? In the end, just as Americans 18 and over would decide, Calhoun students voted for Obama. A political rally was held a day before the mock election to motivate students to get out and vote. This political rally featured four seniors, Gi y Abraham, Tyler Mutarelli, John Gartner, and Casey Sweeney, depicting Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. There were also guest speakers at the rally, including the attorney for the Democratic Party in New York and the president of a woman voter’s league. The students and speakers got the unique chance to educate the students on the political issues and candidates. “I thought it was a very good idea to help raise awareness rather than just blindly following Obama; the students really were encouraged to learn more about their policies,” said senior Sean Co y. The rally was held in two different places: sophomores and freshmen were in the gym, while juniors and seniors were in the auditorium. While the speakers were on stage, some students sat a entively, listening to the elderly woman from the women voters’ league or the strong female a or-

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That’s the ticket!

Calhoun votes Obama in mock election (photo by Chelsea Lawrence)

Tyler Mutarelli and Gi y Abraham pose in celebration in the roles of Joe Biden and Barack Obama at the Mock Election.

ney. Though some students were rude, clapping at inappropriate times or making noise for the sake of it, many believed the day was a worthwhile endeavor. While portraying Sarah Palin, Sweeney had to do a lot of research on the vice-presidential candidate. At the rally, she gave a speech rich in facts and details about the Alaskan governor’s opinions on major issues in the election. Although Sarah Palin has been an easy target for the “liberal media elite” and shows like “Saturday Night Live,” Sweeney didn’t let that deter her from representing Palin. “It was a lot of fun, and I did learn a lot from the research I had to do. I wanted to portray her

truthfully and respectfully - it was for fun, but it was not at all a joke,” Sweeney said. While some students were anxious, expecting more jokes at the governor’s expense, Sweeney delivered her speech and enjoyed the feedback she received. “Having kids I’ve never even seen before come up to me to talk politics I think shows [the mock election’s] success,” she said. Although some students said they thought the mock election was a positive experience, others didn’t agree. Juliet Villani, junior, said, “The rally was too long, and the guest speakers took time away from the student speeches.” On the day of the Mock Election,

classes were shortened and teachers of every subject tailored their lessons to address the actual election. Gina Gallo, junior, enjoyed her teachers’ classes. “I really liked how we discussed certain issues in our classes,” she said. “It gave me a clear understanding of what each candidate supported.” The actual mock election was done via computer in the computer lab. During an off period, students went to the computer lab and cast their votes. A erwards, students were given a survey on their views and the election. “It was successful except for the repeat voter glitch; people could easily vote multiple times,” junior Ryan Kass said.

The real work begins for Obama by Emily Wrynn Copy Editor

The election is over, but how exactly will the government be run? Democrats took the majority of the Senate and House seats. However, is total control of the government by one party really a good thing? When only one political party is making the decisions for the nation, and discarding the opinions and suggestions of other parties, things can easily go down the drain. With newly-elected Barack

Obama about to take office in January, the balance in the Senate is 57 seats for the Democrats, 40 seats for the Republicans, with the results of three Senate elections still uncertain. Clearly, no matter how the three seats turn out, Democrats will have the power. In the House of Representatives, Democrats hold 255 seats and Republicans 175, with five seats up for grabs – Democrats visibly having the control. The constitutional principle of checks and balances is crucial to the smooth operation of the United

States government. It guarantees assume that most Americans want that all the power will not lie in the two major political parties to the hands of one person or group. work together for the good of the However, the outcomes of the last country, so bipartisanship will be two presidential elections did not an important factor in the next exhibit this principle. For the past few years. eight years, the Senate, House, In the past, many presidents and Cabinet seats were held by a claimed bipartisans have i s majority of Republicans. ship by appointing memy nal According to the bers of the opposite party A n o i t American Herito Cabinet positions. lec tage Dictionary, E However, many times, the bipartisanship is, “Of, con- people of the opposite party that sisting of, or supported by mem- they chose had somewhat similar bers of two parties, especially two political views as them, and were (continued on page 4) major political parties.” It’s safe to


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It’s game on for Academic team teacher Justin Uliano was also a chaperone and faculty presence in the competition. Four Calhoun students got their Mr. Clark said that his motivaown 30 minutes of fame as they tion for entering the trivia competishowed off their academic talents tion was, “because all students can in a televised competition last benefit from trivia and academic month. competition.” Casey Sweeney, David Levine, He added that, “any kind of Sam Sklover, and Amanda Arnone competition builds character” and competed in the regional compethat the “academic nature heighttition on “The Challenge,” which ens the educational experience.” was broadcast on Cablevision’s The episode, which aired in November, featured Calhoun students facing off against equally talented students from PlainviewOld Bethpage JFK. Plainview won by a score of 370 to 230. Though the team faced defeat, Mr. Clark feels that the experience “renewed a sense of school spirit” as the participants were “official representatives of Sanford H. Calhoun High (photo provided by Casey Sweeney) Casey Sweeney, Amanda Arnone, Sam Sklover, and David Levine represented Calhoun on “The Challenge.” School.” by Naomi Volk Editor-in-Chief

News 12. The team also included alternative member Alexa Schulman. The “Power to Learn” website describes “The Challenge” as, “an academic TV quiz show for high schools featuring the best and brightest local students.” Ryan Clark, the faculty adviser of the “It’s Academic” team, was the force behind Calhoun’s involvement in the program. English

“Enthusiasm and engagement of the studio audience really buoyed the spirits of the competitors,” Mr. Clark said. The reaction of the students in the audience certainly backed that up. As senior Samantha Player recalled, “I think Calhoun did an amazing job in “The Challenge.” They were up against a tough team, were new to the whole situation, and while they didn’t win, they definitely proved Calhoun to be a strong competitor.” Junior Emily Begin agreed. “The other team definitely had an advantage because of their former experience with “The Challenge,” but I think Calhoun put up a pre y good fight. I’m proud of the team for going out there and trying their absolute best.” In the end, Mr. Clark said that he “felt bad that it ended in a loss” but that he “was gratified by the effort and the resolve the team showed.” Participant, junior Sam Sklover, agreed. “We all knew the answers to most of those questions, but we had to wait for the go-sign to buzz in, so it was a tenth of a second difference on each question that set us behind [Plainview].” Though Calhoun lost, Mr. Clark (continued on page 5)

Cougar nation roars back over insults by Kimberly Brower Staff Writer

Sports rivalries have become almost as cherished as the game itself. But, when the Calhoun-Kennedy homecoming game showed a rivalry to the point of offensiveness, the behaviors of those putting the rivalry into practice came into question. The different perspectives of Calhoun’s population became clear, but what was the opinion of the Kennedy population? What was the reaction of those insulted? Mets and Yankees, Jets and Giants, Rangers and Islanders, Colts and Cougars. All local rivalries, but high school sports don’t normally take on the same viciousness when it comes to chants from the fans. While homecoming was delayed due to inclement weather this year, it did not come at the expense of the intensity of the first home game. Facing off against cross-town rivals, the Kennedy Cougars, excitement and tension gradually turned to seemingly anti-Semitic chants thrown around all too lightly by students in stands. While the situ-

ation was rectified by removing ligion, the JFK students realized the chanters from the crowd, the the underlying meaning was to Calhoun-Kennedy bout seemed to demoralize their fans against the only escalate from the mouths of Colts football team. Rather than the young to the desks of admin- being offended by the religious meaning of the chant, many stuistrators. Promptly following the inci- dents were more angered by the dent, Principal David Seinfeld ad- a empt to defame them as fans of dressed the student body about the Kennedy football. There seemed to be no concrete seriousness of the issue, and made it clear such acts would not be tol- consensus of why the rivalry has erated in a school held to such high go en to the point it has reached esteem. Repercustoday. But a “All rivalries get fi red up, trend did seem sions continued as cheering was it’s not just our schools. to appear, conno longer truly All schools do it, so neither trary to the welcomed by the school is bad” popular stereoadministration at - Mike Martin typical image football games, Kennedy junior of the ca y high school girl that leading to friction in the stands on clouds the media, the largest resentment rested game day. In a discussion with Kennedy within the boys. Even here the words were still High School students, many were not offended by the fans’ chants at not vicious, with common reasons the homecoming game. The stu- all leading up to the truth of the dents who were asked were of all ma er. “All rivalries get fired up, it’s not various backgrounds and grades (male, female, Jewish, Catholic, just our schools. All schools do it, etc.) and each had their own per- so neither school is bad,” said Kensonal reaction to the controversy. nedy junior Mike Martin. While the chants targeted reIn the days following the game,

parent complaints were made and concerns brought forth from both uneasy Kennedy and Calhoun parents. The overall reactions of the Kennedy students from chants seemed to be the same. As one anonymous junior girl said, it was just “stupid that they meant it as an insult because it’s not bad to be Jewish. We just are.” The fact that many students from both schools went to middle school together fuels the fierce competitiveness that emerges when the two cross-town rivals face-off. The question is: could this tension be avoided, or was this an example of cross-town rivalry at its most extreme? There may be many Calhoun and Kennedy students who would just as easily leave the ba le on the field in order to preserve the overall respect of the district, and rekindle middle school friendships, yet the rivalry lives on year a er year backed by the unwri en rule that it must. As rivalry existed even as far back in history to William Shakespeare’s time where he simply said it best, “Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.”



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Giving thanks to those in need Real work (continued from page 2)

by Lyla Stern Staff Writer

The spirit of giving was in full swing as parents, teachers, and local businesses contributed to make Calhoun’s 2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner a success. Sponsored by the PTSA (ParentTeacher-Student Association), over $400 was raised for families in the Bellmore-Merrick community. “We made a lot more than we expected,” said volunteer Katrina Gu illa. All of the proceeds and food donations collected at this event went to homes that need a li le assistance this holiday season. Especially with the major economic drop that occurred this year, whole-hearted events characteristic of the season, such as this dinner are more imperative than ever. For only $10, over fi y guests showed their support for the families who need it, with many contributing extra financial donations and canned food items. A bin at the event’s entrance was filled to the brim with donated soups and goods. The donated canned goods were all donated to Bellmore-Merrick families in need. The Calhoun cafeteria was full on this late November evening, and the creation of the event was free. Local shops such as Milo’s Pizzeria, the Bellmore Movies, and Souper-Fry contributed to the plentitude of available raffle prizes. Each academic department in Calhoun offered up a nice prize in

(photo by Lyla Stern)

Parents, teachers, and community members filled the cafeteria for the 2nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

the raffle, from the English department’s “Winter-Reading” box to the Athletic department’s basket of Calhoun-spirited workout gear. More than 25 raffle prizes were up for grabs, and all were distributed by the end of the night. “I came here last year, and I was so excited that I dragged friends with me,” said science teacher Rochelle Ba ersby. Sensational music, that there was. Freshman Robbie Rosen made his second appearance on the Calhoun stage, and once again, he astonished the audience with his talent. Musicians Sean Co y and Jun Luke Foster alternated performing with Rosen. “This is great,” said sophomore Colin Brucia. “I can have a good

time while ensuring that another family can have a Thanksgiving.” Her friend, Casey Bader, had similar thoughts. “We didn’t just come to eat with friends, we came to support a good cause.” The volunteer community members and parents that served at this event were selfless. The dinner served at the event cost $10 to eat; however, it was supplied for free as well. A home-cooked, Thanksgiving meal was served, and none of the food went to waste. Following the lead of “Rock and Wrap it Up,” an anti-poverty, non-profit organization, a er the event, all of the le over food was taken to a men’s shelter in Hempstead, for the residents at the shelter to enjoy.

in less powerful Cabinet positions. The president-elect showed interest in having diplomatic, moderate Republicans join his administration. He is considering individuals who would be able to bring an accelerated, responsible, and logical ending to the Iraq war and who know how to control and monitor al-Qaeda. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s novel, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, wrote that Abraham Lincoln appointed people who disagreed with him into his Cabinet because he wanted his opinions to be challenged. In an interview with Newsweek, Obama indicated that he was intrigued by the way Lincoln assembled all the Republicans that had run against him to be in his Cabinet, even though they had persistently disagreed with him. Obama, inspired by Lincoln’s example, is considering how his administration can include a variety of perspectives. Obama recognizes what went wrong during President Bush’s terms, and wants to make sure that he asserts his authority without having his political party being the only one to govern. Will Obama follow through with his commitments, or will his administration lapse into the pa ern of partisanship?

Novel removed from reading list (continued from page 1)

are be er things that the students could spend their time studying,” Mrs. Kurtz said. Ironically, Kennedy High School performed The Bad Seed for one of its productions last month. Although he does not teach The Bad Seed, English teacher Jason Elias said, “…in discussing the novel with co-workers who have taught the text, I am aware of the positive impact it has had on our students and their desire to read. It is a text which has gone through the correct procedures in order to receive placement in the BellmoreMerrick cannon.” According to Mr. Harrison, “when a teacher chooses a book, it’s part of academic freedom, unless it doesn’t fit with state or district regulations. A useful book is in the teacher’s estimation.” As stated by Article XII of the Teacher’s Handbook, as supplied

by Mr. Harrison, academic free- learn. “There are so many good books dom is defined as “to foster a recognition of individual freedom out there that I have no regrets and social responsibility, to inspire about this book no longer being meaningful awareness…and to in- taught in Bellmore-Merrick,” Mrs. still appreciation of the values of Kurtz said. But some teachindividual personality. It is “It is recognized that these ers don’t agree. “Placing limirecognized that objectives can best be atthese objectives tained in an atmosphere free tations on what can best be at- from censorship and artifi- one can read tained in an at- cial restraints upon free in- suggests that it mosphere free quiry and learning, and in is okay to teach only one theory from censorship which the academic freedom of how the world and artificial restraints upon of the teacher and student is came to be,” said English teacher free inquiry and encouraged.” - Article XII Dawn Boland. “It learning, and in Teacher’s Handbook is an educator’s which the academic freedom responsibility to provide students of the teacher with all types of and student is encouraged.” information so that we create a soMrs. Kurtz believes there are ciety of thoughtful, independent other books that teachers could thinkers.” Mrs. Boland, who has taught the use in order to help their students

novel many times, said the “dark” nature of the book is misunderstood. “Though the reader is captivated by Rhoda’s actions, the story is truly about the psychological debate of nature vs. nurture.” Mr. Harrison agreed. “There are many books that can be considered dark, like Night and Lord of the Flies, but ‘dark’ is a disturbing way of characterizing a book.” On the topic of censorship, Mr. Harrison asked, “Where do you draw the line and who’s going to do it?” Mr. Elias added that censorship of any kind should not be taken lightly. “I am aware of the ills that banning books presents; therefore, I hope the book is returned to our shelves, more because of the censorship the removal represents than the need I have for this specific text,” Mr. Elias said.


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and the “It’s Academic” team don’t have any plans of slowing down. Mr. Clark hopes to “work on reaction times and confidence about buzzing in.” The first quiz bowl league the team was in folded, but Mr. Clark is looking into two other leagues, hoping to find the perfect match for Calhoun to show off its academic skills. Additionally, Mr. Clark wants to “defend [Calhoun’s] championship title in the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau Trivia Challenge.” Mr. Clark hopes that the expe-

rience “sparked interest in the audience members for future trivia adventures.” “I did enjoy the experience. I was extremely surprised I was picked, so no ma er how we did I would’ve been happy,” Sklover said. With that a itude, it’s no wonder Calhoun students were excited to participate. Junior Annie Murphy said of the experience, “I kept thinking about how nervous I’d be if I was up there, but everyone that was competing did such a great job, and didn’t seem nervous at all.”


Hoo eats grabs the gold Hoo eats, Calhoun’s student newspaper, was awarded a gold medal by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its work in the 2007-2008 school year. The paper scored a 925 out of 1000 possible points, beating its score of 892 last year when the staff won a silver medal. “Congratulations. There are some excellent elements in these newspapers,” reported the judge on the CSPA score sheet. “The Hoo eats staff has accomplished

so much of which to be proud.” The CSPA judges high school newspapers and yearbooks each year, providing constructive criticism and compliments in all areas of publication, from news stories and opinion pieces to basic journalistic principles and format. “The overall coverage and writing are commendable,” the judge wrote. “The student voice and appeal are evident. There is a nice variety of coverage and the journalistic style is consistent.”

Take the challenge! The It’s Academic team faced its competition answering trivia questions in categories such as history, American literature, anatomy, art history, science, and math. Here are some sample questions from “The Challenge.” See answers below.

1. Who immediately preceded Abraham Lincoln? A. Franklin Pierce B. Chester Arthur C. Andrew Johnson D. James Buchanan 2. Woodrow Wilson’s hope for a League of Nations was one of several ma ers discussed in his ---- Points. A. Ten B. Twelve C. Fourteen D. Sixteen 3. Among the writers of the Harlem Renaissance were Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, and ... A. Alice Walker B. W.E.B. DuBois C. Richard Wright D. Langston Hughes 4. The book by Be y Friedan that rallied the women’s movement in the 1960’s was titled “The Feminine ...” A. Aura B. Appeal C. Crusade D. Mystique

5. Which body cells a ain the longest lengths? A. blood cells B. nerve cells C. cells in bone tissue D. cells in muscle tissue 6. Which tissue may be squamous, cuboidal, or columnar? A. bone B. blood C. muscle D. epithelial 7. The square root of which number lies between 9 and 10? A. 79 B. 96 C. 109 D. 117 8. What is the sum of the square roots of 196, 484, and 961? A. 43 B. 52 C. 67 D. 71 9. What avant-garde painter who died at age 44 in an auto accident in East Hampton, New York, was best known for his “drip” paintings? 10. What painter is known for works related to the founding of America such as “The Ba le of Bunker Hill,” and “Signing of the Declaration of Independence”? (Source:

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Many seniors are wondering if Wall St. will make a comeback in 2009.

Economy’s effect (continued from page 1)

into the best college for them and an increase in competitiveness in schools parents of students could potentially afford, what does this mean for the students? Rebecca Tobias is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills. Newsday ran an expose on the studious girl’s less-thanfruitful plight to get into college. According to the interview with Tobias, she said, “It’s frustrating to know that even if you work as hard as you can, you might get into a top school but you won’t be able to go just because of the economy.” Tobias went on to say that, “I’m concerned that so many kids are applying to Binghamton and Geneseo instead of private schools that it’s going to lower my chances of ge ing in.” An increase in competitiveness and the economic hardships of the average American family has led to an interesting dilemma. Students that cannot afford going to a private school are, instead, applying to public schools, increasing the competition of the public schools. Logic would suggest that an increase in applicants and need is going to mean that students who are perfectly qualified for the SUNY school wouldn’t be able to get in because of the increase in competition.

In 2006, a staff writer, Rob Kelley, wrote about the surprise and horror as college costs went over $30,000. Today, the average tuition is creeping closer and closer to $40,000 per year. So what are students supposed to do in order to go to a college? College applicants are forced to take out thousands of dollars in loans just to get an education. Financial aid is available to anyone the government deems in need. According to, “loans have grown to become a bigger part of aid packages, while grant aid has shrunken. Loans constitute 51 percent of total aid to graduate and undergraduate students, while grants made up 44 percent.” Loans, unlike grants, must be paid back and become a burden for all students forced to carry them. As James Bertsch, the assistant principal for guidance at Connequot High School told Newsday, “Finances are always a concern, but it’s more a concern now. Last year I heard about soaring tuition rates, now I’m hearing about that and concerns about the economy.’” The lethal combination has become a reality for high school students all across the country. Yes, even those privileged enough to live in Long Island.

1. D 2. C 3. D 4. D 5. B 6. D 7. B 8. C 9. Jackson Pollock 10. John Trumbull



by Ava Yergo Staff Writer

In New York, the legal age to get a ta oo is 18. With or without parental permission, having a ta oo done for those underage is illegal. So how (and why) are more and more Calhoun students walking the halls all inked up? Ta oos are an acceptable form

you. Yeah, you die but you were once alive and you can never take that back.” As for culture’s ever changing feelings and ideas, she said, “I thought long and hard about what I was going to get, and I feel like my spirituality and beliefs and morals aren’t going to change.” Although at first she didn’t mind her name appearing in the news-

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had to do it that way.” Yet, even with such strong convictions regarding ta oo design, it’s still a risk to be ta ooed at any age. Mainly, the danger comes with dirty needles and inadequate sanitary procedures in some ta oo parlors. There are many infections one can contract from the use of an improperly sanitized needle in the ta ooing process, like Hepatitis B,


to have a designated receptacle for used needles and other unsanitary and hazardous items, and if not, there should be an autoclave (a machine which sterilizes instruments and kills bacteria) in the studio. The girl recalled from her experience that, “The artist showed us his license on the wall and explained everything about how they’re clean and what they were

Calhoun Ink (photo by Katie Caruana)

Ta oos, like the one on this anonymous teenager’s arm, have been popping up across the neighborhood.

of personal expression, along with piercings and hairstyles, except for one major difference: ta oos are permanent. The permanence is one important factor when dealing with high school kids, as it’s clear that tastes change as one gets older. Cultures and styles are constantly changing, and what may seem like a good idea at the moment may turn sour in a few years. There are many reasons high school students may want ta oos, including memorial ta oos, to preserve the memory of someone or something they love, a statement about themselves, or even a band they may be a fan of. A 16-year-old junior at Calhoun, who decided to remain anonymous when discussing her ta oos, sports two of them: one on the inside of her lip that reads, “Alive,” and another on her hip. “The one on my lip was more of an impulse get,” she explained. “A big part of my beliefs is that you can never get life taken away from

paper, the junior reconsidered when thinking about her parents reading the article. “I can’t let my parents find out that I got the ta oos. They do not approve of that kind of thing,” she said. “I told them that I want to get a ta oo when I’m older. I had to do it for myself. It’s unfortunate that I

HIV, and even a bacterial infection of the area. To select a proper place to have a ta oo done, it’s necessary to visit several times before an appointment to investigate the space. The environment should appear clean and well-lit, with no visible dirt or stains in the vicinity. It’s necessary

(photo by Katie Caruana)

Mike Bernstein got this ta oo as an homage to the punk band, Black Flag.

cleaned with. Everything was newly opened, even the piece connecting the needle to the gun.” The artist should be trusted and a professional in the field, as the permanence of ta oos calls for a talented and experienced artist. The pain involved in ta ooing is intense, and not for the faint of heart. “It was like the needle was engulfed in a giant flame and I felt every single stab,” the junior recalled. “A erwards, the area throbbed for about a week, and was even more irritated by movement.” Likewise with piercing, there’s a degree of maintenance required with the caretaking of a ta oo. It must be cleaned daily, and treated with ointment. Washing is imperative a er ge ing a tattoo, and must continue until the area peels fully, indicating it has healed. Mike Bernstein, a 17-year-old senior, has one ta oo on his arm (continued on page 7)


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A glimpse into the world of cu ing by Carly Paris Staff Writer

Cu ing. A topic that is only spoken of in hushed tones, and while the causes may vary, the effects can be fatal. As one of the most common forms of self-injury, a person makes cuts or scratches on their own body with any sharp object, including knives, needles, razor blades or even fingernails, according to “It could be various things” said Kim Ostroke, the school’s Tempo Worker, “but there’s some type of pain.” People may cut when they feel like they have nothing le to do. The person does not understand how to deal with their problems in a safe and non-mutilating way. In a telephone interview with Hoo eats, Stephanie Adrien, education coordinator for the Long Island Crisis Center Community, said that people who cut have a

difficult time dealing with life. “[Causes] vary because a lot of times, the person has a lack of coping mechanisms” said Ms. Adrien, who visited Calhoun in early October. “It’s seven times more likely in children who have been sexually abused. That can be because the adult who abused them was close to the child, and they tell them it’s their fault. Cu ing is [a person’s] way of gaining control” An anonymous source posted on said, “It’s a way to have control over my body because I can’t control anything else in my life” One of the common misconception or “myths,” as Ms. Adrien put it, is that most people who cut are suicidal. “[Cu ing and suicidal cuts] are not the same action” Ms. Adrien said. “People who cut, just cut to get the rush, not to kill themselves. They are not trying to do it so they die, their doing it as a distraction.”

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(he intends to get a full sleeve calling his right arm a “work in progress.”) “I have wanted to get the Black Flag logo right where it is – that exact size – since I was 15. I love the band, but even more than that, I want to look back on my teen years and see a lasting effect. How I am at this age is forever preserved on my body,” he said. Bernstein did have the same problem with his parents as the ju-

nior did. “My dad took me to get it and he also paid for it. He did the same thing with my sister. However, in choosing a parlor, Bernstein said he went out of state to get his ta oo and that the establishment was aware he was underage. “I used a ta oo establishment in Texas. They used my dad’s ID and made it look like he was ge ing it and not me. It was illegal for me to get it, so they did that to avoid any legal problems.”

People feel as though their lives are so out of line that cu ing may be the only sense of normality, something that they can control and do themselves. “[Cu ers] feel it helps them. Physically it’s not helping them, but we have people call up and say they cut in efforts not to be suicidal. So mentally, for them it is [helping]. People use cu ing as a distraction. They say they feel numb all their life and when they cut, they feel alive. People have an addiction to it and that helps them because the endorphins that are released from cu ing make them feel good.” Individuals who cut are usually not seeking a ention. If they were, they would not go through

Ta oo Facts • It is violation of New York State Penal Law to ta oo minors under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent.

• If you get a ta oo, make sure that the ta ooist: • washes their hands before ta ooing and uses clean gloves • cleans the skin to be tattooed • uses a single-use, disposable razor to shave the skin to be ta ooed, if needed . • uses single-use sterile needles and tubes and single-use inks. • covers the ta ooed skin with a bandage and provides a ercare instructions.

(photo by Katie Caruana)

The junior girl who spoke to HooĠeats said her parents do not approve of ta oos.


the trouble of hiding their cuts. The few that do cut for a ention are seen as crying out for help, Ms.

(photo by Carly Paris)

“To Write Love on Her Arms” is a group that helps those dealing with depression.

Adrien explained. “They are not suicidal, but if they don’t get help for [their problems], the person can become suicidal,” Ms. Adrien said. “We don’t like to say that the person is just looking for a ention; we feel that this is the person’s way of le ing people know that they are having issues and they need help.” Ms. Ostroske further explained that, “We know that there is a threat [of suicide] if someone is willing to, in a time of pain, hurt themselves.” The most common location on the body that people cut is on their wrist, but if a person has been molested, it is likely for the person to make cuts on that area of their body, thinking of it as the bad area. People also cut in places that they feel confident no one will see the cuts and later on, scars. This is a reason why people who do make cuts on their wrists or arms, often wear long sleeved shirts, wrist bands, and jewelry. “People may be embarrassed [to ask for help], in the crisis center; we ask all the people who self-harm to call up and talk to us when they feel like they’re about to cut, to try to get their mind off it” she said. If a person does seek out professional help, the therapist usually won’t ask the person to stop cutting right away. “[Cu ing] is their (continued on page 14)



December 2008


The hole truth in piercing experience by Katie Hendricks Contributing Writer

As I walked into the li le shop on St. Mark’s street, it seemed like the coolest li le store I’d ever been in. Eager and nervous, and half expecting to get rejected on the spot, I went ahead and inquired about the sign they had outside which read “Tongue piercing special: $25.” As I examined the array of silver jewelry encased in glass, the man behind the counter asked my age. Surprisingly when I said 16, all he said was, “Okay, pick out a ring.” When I pointed to a barbell with clear balls at both ends and absentmindedly explained that I wanted that one so my father wouldn’t see it, he insisted that I call my dad and ask permission because, “He didn’t want any angry daddy phone calls.” I lied and said, “He probably wouldn’t mind.” The man didn’t need much more convincing than that, just my twenty-five bucks and I was off to the back room, heart pounding in anticipation. The man who pierced me was really laid-back and down to earth, probably 40, and had a slight air of Grateful Dead, incense-burning hippie about him. I was taken by surprise when he non-chalantly told me I wouldn’t feel a thing be-

cause there are “no nerves in the middle of your tongue.” I tensed back up again when he insisted I didn’t move because piercing it in the wrong spot could result in my bleeding to death. Despite my nerves, I was ready and not turning back. The process was precise and really quick. I was a li le paranoid, to be honest, about ensuring my safety and making sure the needle was sterile. It was. He made sure I felt comfortable as I watched him take a shiny, new needle out of a sterile, blue packet. He dried my tongue with a paper towel and once I could sit still he grabbed it with a clamp and held it right in the spot I wanted the ring to go. All I remember were my friends’ faces and the “Oh my Gods” I heard from them. I tried to ask “What?” then realized I had a huge needle sticking through my tongue. It was quick, easy, and surprisingly painless. The man told me it was going to swell a li le and that I must refrain from activities like kissing, drinking through a straw, and eating any normal foods for at least two weeks. He went over the cleaning regimen I had to abide by, and I walked out of there, ring in tongue and a er a five dollar tip, only $30 poorer. For the rest of the time we were

in the city I was walking around, on a cold December day, with ice in my mouth. The next couple of days seemed to be a testament to the fact that it would never feel better. My tongue swelled to what felt like double its size, and I only ate mashed potatoes or yogurt for three days straight. The hardest part (photo by Naomi Volk) was keeping my fa- A barbell is one of the most common tongue piercings. ther from seeing it. Belooked really intriguing. He probtween the weird eating habits and the way I sounded like ably still doesn’t get it, but at least I had just stumbled upon a new he let me keep it. For me, ge ing pierced is an found speech impediment, I figindividual thing. You decide what ured telling my dad and taking the heat would be be er than suffering piercing you want, where you want in secrecy. When I told him, I think it, and it, in essence, gives you conthe biggest question that arose in trol over how you look. For some, his mind was: why? My dad never the whole experience of ge ing understood why I or anyone else pierced, the process and the rush would feel a need to get pierced. of it, makes it worth their while. Body piercing seems to be a much The way he’s always put it is that I don’t need to go pu ing “holes” less extreme a empt at anything in my body. When I showed him cosmetic, and more of a means what I bought in the city, he said of expressing yourself, which to me seems perfectly natural. A er he was disappointed in me. great deliberation, weighing the Although he was disappointed, pros and cons, and finding a place he was more curious than anything else. I simply told him how I’d that would do it for me, it was the seen people with it and thought it best $30 I’ve ever spent.

Taking a bite out of online book sales

(photo by Philippa Boyes)

The Twlight phenomenon is sweeping Calhoun by storm.

by Sara Macias Contributing Writer

For those who enjoy reading (or even those that don’t), no one wants to spend a week’s pay for a book. If you can’t take the book out of the library, or you’re a person that enjoys analyzing their books, sometimes purchasing books is necessary. With the accessibility and convenience of the Internet, one doesn’t need to leave a computer to buy a shelf’s worth of books. At bookstores, books are new and sometimes they are pre y pricey. I found the cheapest places I bought a used book for $4.25; it came in four days and was a brand new book. I paid the used price, but got a book that was brand new. Even though it was not the cheapest price available, the book was in the best shape and came in only a few days.

to buy books online by taking the newest hype, Twilight, and seeing where it was the most reasonable. I found seven online websites that had the Twilight saga at its best price. A helpful hint? Used books. Some used books are read once and are in perfect condition, so for the low cost, having an almost brand new book is worth it. The suggested retail of the book, and the price you pay going at a bookstore (not including tax) is $10.99.

No. 2 - $4.99 - all “used” If you are just looking to buy a book online and aren’t looking at a series or anything special, this is the website to look at. The books are all “used,” but most of them are in perfect condition; some have never been touched. The only drawback is you have to register an account. But it’s free, and if you plan on buying numerous books, the low prices will save you a lot of money.

No. 1 - New: $6.04 Used: $4.50 I purchased the second book in the series, New Moon, from Ama-

No. 3 - New: $7.69 (save 30 percent from the store’s price) Used: $5.49 Ships in 24 hours and the ma-

jority of paperback books have no shipping cost. I purchased the first book, Twilight, through Borders. com. The book arrived in one business day, and was in perfect shape. If I had gone to Borders, I would have paid $10.99 plus tax. Borders is reliable, and if you purchase a new book on the website and need to return it, you can go to a local Borders. No. 4 - New: $6.03. You will pay about $3.00 shipping, but it will come in 24 hours. The website also has Stephenie Meyer’s newest work Twilight Saga: the Official Guide, which comes out in December for only $11.87. This is good news for fans of the series, especially when you compare the price to the $20 and up I have seen the book listed for, and most places only have a wait-list for the book. No. 5 - (continued on page 9)


December 2008



Ma Ellio howls in new album by Ben Lovell Staff Writer

Howling Songs is an anachronism. Both musically and thematically, the album finds English musician Ma Ellio reaching back across nearly a century and pulling influences from Eastern European folk music and the class struggles

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Ma Elliot’s album, Howling Songs, transcends time with its song and lyrics.

of the early Industrial Revolution, creating a record that, quite frankly, sounds like it may as well have been made before records were even invented. Everything about it sounds like it’s from another time period, from the drunken orchestrations, littered with swaggering violins and hearty vocal choruses. Even the occasional bursts of electric guitar somehow sound appropriate and seem to fit in with the overall mood. On the opening track, the 12 minute long “The Kübler-Ross Model,” the layered sound of a finger-picked nylon string guitar paves the way for Ellio ’s melancholic and folky voice, which sounds something like a more tuneful Leonard Cohen. As the minutes pass by, the arrangement slowly expands, with trembling mandolins and sad violins sneaking their way into the mix, adding their own complements to the minor-keyed Eastern European waltz groove that Ellio sets for himself. Occasionally breaking from his meditative lyrics into a wordless chorus, the instruments all join

Buying books online (continued from page 8)

New: $5.42 was easy to navigate, and with just a few clicks, you were able to buy the book you wanted. The best part about the website is the free shipping. Only setback: the website doesn’t have a reputation or rating, unlike Borders, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, there isn’t much background information on the website. Perhaps this will change as more people use the website. No. 6 - Barnesandnoble. com New: $9.98 Used: $6.44 I found that was hard to navigate, and it took me very long to find a used book. The prices are higher than the other websites, but it is also reliable, and if there is a problem with a new book, you can return it to local Barnes & Noble. However, the collector’s edition (which has all four books) was found for only $58.10. That’s almost $20 less than every other website and store.

If you are looking to buy all the books at once, this is a package deal.

him and it becomes apparent that his singing is hardly meant to be the focus; every note, however unsteady it sounds, is carefully placed to create a dominant mood of gloominess and uncertainty that doesn’t give up during the album’s entire 46 minutes. Approximately six minutes into the song though, there is a sudden shi in style; the guitar picks up speed, and soon the other instruments follow. As they join in one by one again, the music slowly picks up in speed and volume until it seems like it’s reached its peak. At that moment, there is a sudden crash of percussion and electric guitars that continue to pile themselves upon in layers and layers until the song slowly disintegrates into a massive and messy orchestral cacophony. Much of the album follows the same trend – songs begin slowly and quietly, and then slowly pick up steam and sounds before losing control entirely and descending into madness. However, it doesn’t get old or tiring. A good deal of the lyrical content of Howling Songs is rooted in the class struggles of the Industrial Revolution in the

Bombs away by Tom Rustmann Staff Writer

No. 7 - $5.44 The website had limited selection, despite the low price. The website didn’t clearly state the condition that the book was in. The price is low, but you are unaware what you are actually receiving.

19th and early 20th centuries in America. Album closer “Bomb the Stock Exchange” draws its inspiration from an incident in the early 1900s in which 120 pounds of explosives were detonated on the front step of the J.P Morgan & Co. Building. However, the album and its themes are not merely retellings of Western history. Ellio takes the frustration of that time period, transforms it into something much more abstract, and then makes that very much his own through his writing. As each song slowly transforms from a simplistic European folk melody into a beautiful mess, the listener gets the feeling that Ma Ellio realizes that the world around him is something much greater than he can grab hold of and control. Howling Songs is an incredibly introspective album, one that combines inspirations from centuries of cultural change into something timeless and undeniably interesting. Despite his frustration at his lack of control, Ma Ellio has made an incredibly focused, cohesive, and memorable record.

“Bomb the Music Industry!” is more than a clever band name; it’s a simple mission statement. Bomb the Music Industry! definitely makes the music industry their own. The band formed in Baldwin a er Jeff Rosenstock’s long-running ska band went on hiatus in 2004. At the beginning of 2005, Rosenstock recorded his first record as Bomb the Music Industry!, titled “Album Minus Band,” and released the mp3s through, only asking for voluntary donations in return. A few of his friends and former band members expressed interest in playing the songs as a band, and Bomb the Music Industry! became a touring band, in addition to a recording band. But the band’s do-it-yourself punk ethics go beyond releasing free music. Due to the lack of money that’s needed to make tshirts and other merchandise, the rule on t-shirts is, “If you bring a blank t-shirt to one of our shows we’ll spray paint our band logo on it.” They also allow anyone

who brings their instrument to a show to hop on the stage and play with the band. Bomb the Music Industry! play music mostly rooted in ska and hardcore punk, and are o en compared to bands like Blue Meanies, Fishbone, and Big D and the Kids Table. Their influences, though, are more than just ska and punk – a lot of studio experimentation, folk-rock, and synthesizer-anddrum-machine-based electronic tracks are in the mix (think 8-bit video game music). In late 2006, a er two more Bomb the Music Industry! albums and hundreds of tour dates, Rosenstock launched what he calls “the first donation-based record label ever,” Quote Unquote Records. The label operates in a similar way that Rosenstock’s own band does: all of its releases are available on for free and vinyl LP for cheap. To quote the sign that’s put up at their merchandise table at all of their shows, “We have operated like this for over three years now in order to treat you as a person, instead of as a wallet.” Since when has a band cared so much about its fans?



December 2008


Condoms from Obama, abstinence from schools President-elect Barak Obama has made it clear that he hopes to reverse the Bush policy of abstinence-only sexual education. So why does most of America adhere to Bush’s stuck-in-the-past abstinence only policy? According to, “The U.S. administration has certainly succeeded in demonizing condoms rather than showing that they can be part of prevention of both unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmi ed infections,” said Gill Greer, the director general of the International Planned Pregnancy Federation. MSNBC reports that, “A leading group of pediatricians say teenagers need access to birth control and emergency contraception, not the abstinence-only approach to sex education favored by religious groups and President Bush.” Dr. S. Paige Hertweck, a pediatric obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of Louisville, said on the MSNBC website, that students

who learned through abstinence- girls and 48 percent of boys in high only programs are more likely to school have sex. A teacher preachhave unsafe sex and get sexually ing to save oneself until marriage will not deter the li le-under one transmi ed diseases. Abstinence-only programs will half of the student body from “the not stop all teenagers from having deed.” Instead, those willing will continue to be willing, and won’t sex. This is especially true in secular have the proper information to areas, with the programs usually protect themselves when they do fueled by religious zeal. A fear of have sex - because they will still God or desire to save oneself be- have sex. Doctors feel so cause of God will not work as strongly, in fact, Staff Editorial that a group of well in most of doctors includAmerica than in a town in the Bible Belt. But, even ing Dr. John Santelli and Dr. Mary then, God may not be enough. A. O said in an article on the Bristol Palin’s mother, Sarah Palin, Journal of Adolescent Health, “abcertainly had enough support to- stinence-only education programs, wards abstinence-only, but that as defined by federal funding redidn’t stop the 17-year-old from quirements, are morally problemge ing pregnant. atic, by withholding information While schools should be praised and promoting questionable and for teaching abstinence, it is unre- inaccurate opinions. Abstinencealistic to think that some students only programs threaten fundawill not have intercourse. In fact, mental human rights to health, the American Academy of Pedi- information, and life.” That’s right. The United States atrics reported that 45 percent of

government funds abstinence-only programs in an a empt to steer teens off the road to premarital sex. But Obama has the mindset to create change and turn the country’s view of safe sex around. By promoting condom use, Obama’s plan will teach teenagers methods of safe sex for when they do have sex, as it is inevitable for at least some. The only question is: will high schools become so enlightened? Will community members have the power to realize that abstinenceonly does not work? Will students finally learn how to protect themselves during sex? One can only hope. Abstinenceonly education does not and will not stop teenagers from having sex on a large scale. The sexual education program employed by these school districts is doing students nothing but a disservice by not letting them know how to keep themselves safe. One can only hope.

The economy sank McCain by Michael Falbo Contributing Writer

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Staff Members: Gi y Abraham, Patrick Bedell, Kimberly Brower, Ma Calo, Maria DiMa eo, Tatianna Flores, John Eyerman, Emily Freeman, Avneet Ghuman, Chelsea Lawrence, Francesca Lobascio, Ben Lovell, Alex Lucks, Carly Paris, Hillary Pasternak, Tom Rustmann, Sadana Singh, Leah Sobel, Lyla Stern, Ian Stone, Jessica Velazquez, Deanna Werthauer, Ava Yergo Masthead Designer: Mario DiLorenzo Hoo eats Sanford H. Calhoun High School 1786 State Street Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 992-1300 e-mail: hoo Volume LI No. 2

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John McCain did not lose the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama. He lost the election to the economy. This election will be remembered in many ways. Some will think of it as the greatest event in the American history of race relations. Some will think of it as the beginning of a new era in American politics. Others will think of it as handing over the big red button to a man totally unqualified to have that power. However, the results of this election would have probably, if not certainly, been different if the U.S economy had not plunged into crisis. The economic crisis, which was the deciding factor in this election can be referred to by many names: the foreclosure crisis, the collapse of Wall Street, the death of investment banking, or the stock market plunge. When you research polling and public opinion, it becomes obvious, to some, that Barack Obama truly owes his victory to this economic collapse. When the Republican Party held its immensely successful convention this year, John McCain received an unexpectedly large bounce in the polls. The clear lead he took in the polls was measured between 4 to 6 percent by pollsters, including the universally respected Gallup Poll, which measured McCain’s highest lead at 6 percent. This lead, if campaigned effectively with no

major national crisis, could carry him to victory. A difficult task, but an achievable one. Unfortunately for Senator McCain he faced a challenge so insurmountable, the 46 percent of the vote he garnered on Election Day was a small miracle in itself. This insurmountable challenge consisted of the employment report, with jobs being lost for many consecutive months; rapidly increasing number of home foreclosures; death of the banking giants; and hemorrhaging value of the stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average. The public began to view Senator McCain and his economic policies to be a continuation of those carried out by George Bush and the Republican Party, which the public clearly believed were both ineffective and disastrous. Quickly, Senator McCain’s lead evaporated and Senator Obama’s lead grew. In certain ways McCain led himself to defeat as he did not seem to address the problem in a manner which could connect with the common man. He also ballooned the size of the economic issue in the campaign by postponing his campaign to return to Washington to help address the crisis. For John McCain, this election was wonderful and tragic. He captured his party’s nomination and won a respectable share of the popular vote in an election where his Republican brand name was severely tarnished. However, nothing substitutes true victory, making his defeat tragic.


December 2008



Point/Counterpoint: Can TV lead to teenage sex? Why not? Everyone on television is doing it

The birds and bees don’t come from T.V. by Emily Freeman Staff Writer

So how many of you ladies out there watch shows like “Sex and the City,” “That ‘70s Show,” or “Friends”? Did you know you are twice as likely to get pregnant if you watch them? And gentleman,

ing inferences based on something they don’t even know is true. In 2001 a study was done that included 2,003 12 to 17-year-olds. The study was done by surveying these kids about 23 T.V. programs. The programs were very varied from different types of shows from reality shows to animated programs.

(photo by Emily Freeman)

Can watching too much TV lead to a scene like this, as two Calhoun students embrace.

you are twice as likely to get a girl pregnant. Hello Mommy and Daddy, we give you the present of life. As teenagers, most of our time is spent at school or at a er school activities. Then you get home and do your homework, and probably turn on the T.V. According to the article, “Sexy T.V. shows tied to teen pregnancies,” the average teen watches three hours of T.V. everyday. And if you watch “sexy” shows, you are more likely to get pregnant. Now that sounds a li le funny right? Some people, however, believe that T.V. is directly linked to teen pregnancy. I would have to disagree with these people. I mean even when people do have sex, it does not mean the woman is going to become pregnant. What this article is not addressing is the other factors that lead to pregnancy. Topics like the percentage of teens who have unprotected sex; the teens who get peer pressured into doing it; and, those who engage in safe sex but run into trouble with protection (the rate of condom failure is about 12 percent, according to Another problem is that these kids don’t have the knowledge of the proper way to use a condom. Now, I know this might sound crazy, but the condom is there for protection. These articles are mak-

In the research it was found that sitcoms actually had the highest sexual content. The interviewers once again interviewed the same kids again in 2002 and 2004. When the interviewers checked back, they had found 744 of the kids said they had engaged in sexual intercourse, 718 shared stories about their pregnancy stories. In this specific group of kids 91 (58 girls and 33 boys) said they had experienced a pregnancy or had go en a girl pregnant. The research came to the conclusion that if you watched these T.V. shows then you are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy. In the study, Dr. Anita Chandra stated, “We were surprised to find this link.” Why that may be true, these researchers have no idea what could have gone wrong when these kids hopped into bed. First, these kids were from the ages 12-17. Do you really expect a 12-year-old to know how to put on a condom properly? I’m not saying T.V. does not influence our lives, because I know it does, but I don’t feel this information can just be assumed. Underage pregnancy is a huge deal in the United States. Even though the numbers have dropped since the ‘90s, the United States remains to be one of the highest percentages of under age pregnancies among the world. One million (continued on page 14)

by Carly Paris Staff Writer

Studies show that teens who watch racy shows are more likely to have sex at younger ages than people who don’t. “Our findings suggest that television may play a significant role in the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States,” behavioral scientist Anita Chandra told Journalist Andrew Stern. Popular teen shows that use racy themes include “That ‘70s show,” “One Tree Hill,” “Gossip Girl,” and the new “90210.” In fact, pregnancies in teens who admi ed to regularly watching these shows were twice more likely than in teens who did not. These television shows have kids playing the same ages as the majority of the people watching them, and it can make the viewers want to engage in sexual activity. The shows make sex seem like the

normal thing to do, and not something that is supposed to be special. The programs that show sexual situations rarely show the possible negative outcomes, such as pregnancy and sexually transmi ed diseases. Kids are rarely ge ing all of their information from TV and that can lead to dangerous situations. Even in the popular surprise hit “Juno,” the main character got pregnant, but everything turned out fine. Juno and Paul got together, her father supported her, she found a nice family to give the baby to, and everything went back to normal a er she gave the baby up. Although there has been much speculation from parents of teenagers, physiologists, and others over the years about the connection of television and teen sex, the RAND Corp. study that Chandra headed was the first of its kind to find the (continued on page 14)

As seen on TV offers these facts and statistics: • ABC’s Desperate Housewives is the most popular broadcastnetwork television show with kids aged 9 to 12, according to the Nielsen ratings. • 54 percent of kids have a T.V. in their bedroom. • 44 percent of kids say they watch something different when they’re alone than with their parents (25 percent choose MTV). • 66 percent of children (ages 10 to 16) surveyed say that their peers are influenced by T.V. shows. • 62 percent say that sex on T.V. shows and movies influences kids to have sex when they are too young. • 77 percent say there is too much sex before marriage on television. • In a sample of programming from the 2001-2002 T.V. season, sexual content appeared in 64 percent of all TV shows. Those programs with sexually related material had an average of 4.4 scenes per hour. Talk of sex is more frequent (61 percent) vs. overt portrayals (32 percent). One out of every seven shows includes a portrayal of sexual intercourse. • 2004 Super Bowl: Nielsen estimates that 6.6 million kids 2 to 11 were watching at about the time when Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson’s top, exposing her right breast to the national audience. Another 7.3 million teens 12 to 17 were also tuned in at that time.



December 2008


A proposal not worth accepting by Naomi Volk Editor-in-Chief

Love is love, just as marriage is marriage. Love does not change based on the gender of the parties involved. Gay couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples. California made a grave and despicable decision when it accepted Proposition 8, eliminating the newly given right to gay marriage within the state. According to www.noonprop8. com, “Marriage is the institution that conveys dignity and respect to the lifetime commitment of any couple. Proposition 8 would deny lesbian and gay couples that same dignity and respect.” The love between a gay couple is not different than that of a heterosexual couple; a marriage would be no different except for the distinction of two men or two women. Some conservatives argue that the Bible explicitly outlines a marriage as that between a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. However, the Bible also speaks of slavery. Is

slavery, an understood evil, okay ing to Newsday, “Same-sex couples because the Bible says it is? Reli- exchanged vows yesterday for gion should not be taken so liter- the first time in Connecticut amid ally if it stands in the way of the cheers and tears of joy, while gay freedom of human beings. activists planned protests across The L.A. Times reports that the the country over the vote that took gay marriage ban in California was away their right to marry in Calioverturned only on May 15th, 2008. fornia.” That’s right. Nine days a er Proposition 8 was then passed on homosexual November 4. couples were Having the denied the prospect of gay marriage and right to marry in California, then suddenly Connecticut taking it away took the reigns is like pu ing a handful of and allowed equality in candy in front marriage. of a classroom But maybe of children (photo courtesy of and taking the Connecticut candy away a er only a few have isn’t close enough? What happens to the couples who were married taken. But California seems half a world in California? Couples that live away. The plight of the same-sex here on Long Island? According couple is even felt here on the East to an article in Newsday, “If a court upholds Proposition 8 and nulliCoast. Massachuse s has just recent- fies previous marriages, New York ly been joined by Connecticut to would no longer recognize them, be the only states permi ing gay said Errol Cockfield, a spokesman marriage within the U.S. Accord- for Gov. David A. Pa erson.”

New York Sate, though recognizing same-sex marriages from other states, as reported by the Huffington Post, has yet to provide provisions for same-sex couples within the state. Yep. The state that has a major metropolis, holds annual Gay Pride Parades and is, on the whole, one of the most accepting places for same-sex couples has yet to legally provide civil unions, let along gay marriage. Taking away the rights of citizens is uncaring and wrong. As it was wri en on www.noonprop8. com, “Regardless of how you feel about this issue, the freedom to marry is fundamental to our society, just like the freedoms of religion and speech.” But beyond gay rights, beyond the fact that homosexual couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples is this: you can’t take back what you’ve already given. California can’t pass Proposition 8 because it revokes a right previously given - it takes back a gi once the gi becomes inconvenient to give.

Stop the presses?

The Journal’s cover is now a collectable.

by Martin Abrams Contributing Writer

In the technological age where you can get news on the Internet with the click of a bu on, it seems as though the newspaper should be writing its last will and testimony. For the last 10 years, the world has seen a drastic increase in the amount of and accessibility to the news. No longer does somebody need to wait until the news at six with Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons, stay tuned to WCBS 880, or wait until the next morning to find out what happened in the world. Nobody has to wait at all for

the news; in most cases it’s brought right to the a ention of the reader when he or she opens up an e-mail account, or goes to their favorite social networking sites. The newspaper business saw its biggest drop in revenue last year, with print advertising dropping 9.4 percent, according to techcrunch. com. Meanwhile, online ad revenue rose in 2007 by 18.8 percent. Online revenue actually supplies 7.5 percent of total advertising revenue. “I definitely go to the Internet for all my news” said sophomore Jack Costello. “Everything is right there; I can honestly say I’ve never bought a newspaper in my life.” The need to buy a newspaper can seem almost obsolete. The thought of spending 50 cents on a stack of messy paper, instead of going to the news section on Google might even seem silly. “I just go on my phone throughout the day, Why spend my time each week going to the deli to get a newspaper that will build up in the corner of my room and only have the first page read?” said junior Sam Dobre. But the newspaper does have some things going for it: the photos, the tangibility; the newspaper is a piece of history. Thirty years from now the American public

won’t be holding up their desktops with a picture of Barack Obama taking the stage for his victory speech, but families of every race will have that front page hanging up somewhere with their son or daughter with hopes and dreams of accomplishing anything he or she dreams. That is something the newspaper offers, and has offered since the first paper was printed. “I still buy the newspaper about three or four times a week,” said Ma Hinrichs, a junior. “Something about reading the news in print; it’s just much be er than ge ing it on a screen. Plus, I like to read all the extra stuff like the opinions, the classifieds, the ads. You just don’t get that in an online newspaper.” Although the news isn’t broken to teens who are so well-adapted to Facebook and Myspace, they may look at it for another opinion, to become more enlightened on a subject. “It’s interesting to see what people are thinking,” said sophomore Celine Katzman. “Also, I like looking at the cover; something about it just pulls you in.” The cover might just be something that keeps the paper alive. Freshman Danielle Losee offered her opinion on the subject by saying, “The aesthetic beauty of a

The Patriot News cover from Nov. 5..

nicely laid out cover is hardly ever matched by an Internet article, I’ve hardly ever seen a nice photo on an article wri en on the Internet.” The newspaper might come across to some as an archaic source for news, or even “something that’s dead in today’s world” according to Costello. But, the teenagers growing up in this technological age should not forget about the news, and how it has survived through the invention of the radio and television. The newspaper might be dying, but it has been dying for decades, and yet it still hasn’t kicked the bucket. Maybe it is dying, but some teens are making sure it doesn’t die without a fight.


December 2008



Seeds of growth die with banning by Philippa Boyes Copy Editor

Harry Po er. A Wrinkle in Time. Where’s Waldo? The Bad Seed. What do these classic books have in common? They’ve all been banned for various reasons. I know what you’re thinking. You’re appalled. At least I was. A Wrinkle in Time is a science fiction story of siblings finding out the importance of love. Harry Po er is about a boy who learns he’s wizard, and Where’s Waldo? is that giant picture book they have in waiting rooms at the doctors for kids look at and try to spot a cartoon man out of a crowd. I’m sorry, but I really don’t see any harm in any of those books, or any of the eighty-two other novels that have been/are banned. Yet, for ages, schools, libraries, town officials, and even the United States government have forbidden people to read certain books. Most of the time, people are offended because of religious reasons, which is why they ban them, but other times the government worries that the book implants ideas of assassination or communism. But what’s happening now? Our school is banning The Bad Seed, a suspense novel by William March typically read in ninth grade classes. What? The school that hosts a Banned Book Month every year showing the past prohibited books in a good light is now trying to disallow a popular in-school novel? Something does not seem right. The Bad Seed tells the story of Rhoda, a child serial killer, who murders many characters within the short novel. Calhoun’s English Chairperson, Peggy Kurtz, said that the plot is “disturbing,” which is the main reason for banning the book in the first place. Though the story is a bit out of the ordinary, it is certainly no more haunting than two star-crossed hormonal teenage lovers killing themselves, or a young Hispanic girl being raped at a carnival - both of which are parts of ninth grade curriculum books (Romeo and Juliet, and The House on Mango Street, respectively). March’s story, which was a finalist for novel of the year (!) does not encourage killing or say that it’s okay. It simply tells it as it is: there are some lunatics out there. What’s the reason for stopping the teaching of these books anyway? While discussing them in class, we look at character analysis and transformation, and we study foreshadowing. Never do we try

to rationalize Rhoda’s sociopathic ways; it is not as if our freshmen teachers are saying, “Well, try to look at this through her point of view.” They are simply educating us about life through literature. (The point of an English class, if you ask me.) Many people have fought for years against banning books; they’ve fought for the right to choose what to read. Now it’s almost insulting that the Calhoun administration can declare what freshmen can or can not read. As one who studied the novel only a year ago, I am personally offended that our school believes we can’t handle the disturbance of The Bad Seed. Here’s something that is almost humorous: Calhoun and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District deem the The Bad Seed troubling to read, yet Kennedy High School is allowed to perform it as a drama production this year? That’s a bit hypocritical. If they’re willing to ban one of the ninth grade’s novels, why not ban A Raisin in the Sun, Of Mice and Men, or To Kill a Mockingbird? Those three books have all been banned, or are still banned in some parts of the country. Those three books are also part of the current ninth grade

(photo by Kimberly Brower)

William March’s novel has joined many others on a list of banned books.

curriculum. Is the school telling us it’s alright to witness a man shoot his best friend in the back of the head? That it’s not a problem to read the offensive words in Harper Lee’s novel (and an alleged rape scene)? On a list of banned books (perhaps even in a showcase next to the library) you’ll also find these classics, which are all taught here: Huck Finn, Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, Hamlet. I’m pre y sure all of these books have a scene or two that might be “disturbing” to some, yet we read

them every year in English. What makes The Bad Seed so special? Who says it’s okay to not teach one novel, and teach the rest? Calhoun needs to return The Bad Seed to the shelves and into the hands of the teachers and students. The Bad Seed doesn’t tell you to murder. It doesn’t persuade you, trick you, or manipulate you into thinking that killing is ever okay. Stopping the teaching of it won’t shelter us from the crazy in the world, so if there’s no bad message coming out of the story, then what’s the purpose of banning it?

Good borders, good neighbors by Ma Calo Staff Writer

In the recent election, more attention was spent concentrating on the economic crisis, the healthcare system, and the war than on the current illegal immigrant problem our country faces. But, all three may be linked to the illegal immigrant crisis. According to a report by the United States Department of Homeland Security, “an estimated 11.8 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States in January 2007.” Some say our country is built on immigrants, so why should we kick these people out? Illegal immigration is a crime. These immigrants who are crossing the border are breaking the law of the land. If these immigrants have their babies on American soil, those children get citizenship. These children, along with their parents, receive healthcare paid for by your parents’ hard-earned money. This needs to stop. We are creating a society

that says it is okay to break the law. No penalization for illegally crossing the border can create an argument for no penalization for the or other crimes. Our southern border, adjacent to Mexico, runs along four states, reaching a total of almost 2,000 miles, according to If our country wants to

“Illegal immigration is a crime. These immigrants are crossing the border illegally are breaking the law of the land.

remain safe from foreign intruders, we must start at our borders. Why should most foreigners go through an extensive process including a test, while others waltz through and enter our nation? It is unfair to those a empting to become legitimate citizens. In the early 20th century, many foreigners immigrated to the United States for a be er life.

Most went through Ellis Island to became legal citizens. While many people are still coming to America for a be er life, they are doing it in an unlawful and unfair manner. Then again, deporting every illegal immigrant is easier said than done. We need a plan that would not directly rid our country of illegal aliens, but destroy any incentive for them to come, or stay. If we made life here for an illegal immigrant the same, or worse, than it was in their home-country, there would be no reason for their migration. First, increase spending on direct protection of our borders, increase the size of our border patrol and crack down and those helping immigrants to enter. Second, and more importantly, make it near impossible for these illegal immigrants to find work here. To do this, the incentive to hire day laborers and low wage workers must be destroyed. Ridding our land of illegal immigrants would lead to a safer, brighter, and higher paying future.



December 2008

Everyone on TV is doing it

You’re a green one, Mr. Grinch

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(photo by Amanda Breivogel)

Seniors Jason Figueredo and Liz Tasch showed their spirit for Halloween (and the upcoming holidays).

Birds and bees not from TV

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young women between the ages of 15 and 19 have become pregnant each year in the U.S. Since all this controversy about the topic of T.V. being linked to teen pregnancy has come up, the National Association of Broadcasting made a statement that said, “The NAB encourages parents and caregivers to use the V-Chip and other program blocking technologies that would screen out shows that are inappropriate for children.” Now this brings up a whole other problem. T.V. has become part of the American culture, no ma er what you watch, sex will be mentioned. So now parents are going to tell you every show you can and can not watch? Teens are at the age


where rebellion occurs, so this is just one more issue teens can rebel against. I understand parents’ concerns, but I don’t think limiting what we watch is going to do any real help with this specific issue. I mean we know what sex means, we learn about it in health class, or even if you are just walking down the hall I am sure somewhere someone is talking about sex. It is something that we can not get away from that easily. And this whole controversy with T.V. linked to pregnancy is an unfair inference, about today’s teens. So just think about everything before you make the wrong decision, do you really want to be just another number?

connection between teen pregnancies and television shows. TV shows that are made to interest teenagers use sex as a theme for kids to relate to. In the CW’s hit show “Gossip Girl” sex is a main theme but was only made to be a big deal one time. Even in that time, the show did not show any negative outcomes, which might lead teens to think that nothing will go wrong. The episode also did not show the use of contraceptives. “Shows that do this can lead to teens having unprotected sex before they are ready to make responsible and informed decisions,” Dr. Chandra said. “It can also lead the teens thinking that nothing will ever go wrong.” These shows make it seem like sex is something that kids can do inbetween classes and not something to be taken seriously. Sex can change someone’s life and teens need to be aware of that. Andrew Stern of The Australian goes as far to say that exposure to these materials are corrupting children. He said that nearly 1 million girls of the ages 15 to 19 get pregnant every year and most of those pregnancies were unplanned. One example that seems to prove Dr. Chandra’s point was the pregnancy pact in Massachuse s earlier this year. reported that 17 high school girls were pregnant and nearly half of those girls entered a pact to have their babies together throughout the year and raise them together. Apparently shows that included teen pregnancy in their plot lines, such as Degrassi and The OC made pregnancy look more appealing to the kids and made them want to have their own. The school became suspicious when a large amount of girls went

to the school health clinic seeking pregnancy tests, Msnbc reported. “Some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant then when they were” the school’s principal told the news service. These girls, along with having a lack of self-esteem, were also reported to have watched these TV shows. Besides pregnancy, sexually transmi ed diseases can occur when a person is not informed about sexual activity and what precautions need to be taken. Kellany Fink told Cosmopolitan reporter Zoë Ruderman that she had sex for the first time when she was 14, and got herpes just from that one time. Kellyany was with a guy who was older and more experienced then she was, so she didn’t know to use protection. “A few weeks later, I noticed blisters down below. I went to the ER, where a doctor told me I had one of the worst herpes outbreaks he’d ever seen” she told Ruderman. Thankfully, Kellyany has her disease under control, but that does not discount the fact that she has the disease. She has to take medication daily for it and tell people who she is ge ing close to that she has it. A sexually transmi ed disease will affect you physically, but they can affect a person mentally, too. Telling a person that you are infected is embarrassing and can even end relationships. Watching television is strongly linked to teens participating in sexual activity, teen pregnancies, and diseases. Perhaps it was said best by Bill Albert, the chief program officer at the nonprofit organization, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. “Media helps shape the social script for teenagers,” he said. “The study catches up with common sense.”

A look into the world of cu ing (continued from page 7)

only mechanism to cope. Therapists will give other mechanisms so the person can lean on those methods more” “I think that they should be seen by a mental health professional to alienate pain so they don’t resort to maladaptive behaviors,” Ms. Ostroske explained. Other mechanisms include splashing cold water on your face, tensing the body and then releasing it, running, making the temperature colder, writing, calling or visiting a family member or friend and, holding an ice cube in the

palm of your hand as tight as you can. The pain from holding the ice cube gives off the same endorphins as cu ing but without the same physical effects. Cu ing is a way to deal with emotional pain or stress, but it is not a safe way or the only way. People who cut should talk to somebody who they can trust and let them know what is going on. Those who are dealing with cu ing or depression should look for help from a professional or call the Long Island Crisis Center at 516-679-1111.

Cu ing has become part of the mainstream media in works such as: Books: Cut - by Patricia McCormick Girl, Interrupted - by Susan Kaysen The Luckiest Girl in the World - by Steven Levenkron Prozac Nation - by Elizabeth Wurtzel Movies: Girl, Interrupted 28 Days

The Secretary Thirteen


December 2008



Breaking boundaries Calhoun’s first male cheerleader makes history Emily Begin, a fellow junior cheerleader, acknowledged that Connerty is “really strong because of As students, we o en hope that his gymnastic ability.” a er four years of toil and compeBegin, along with the rest of the tition, growth and success will be cheerleaders, gushed with overrecognized inside and outside the whelming support for their new classroom years a er we are gone. member. According to Kim BrowIf ever there was someone who will er, “It’s not weird having Timmy leave a mark on this institution, on the team at all. We’ve quickly Timmy Connerty is that person. incorporated him into our cheerUpon interviewing Connerty, a leading family, and he adds to our junior, I couldn’t help myself from “wow-factor” when we perform.” being slightly enThe incorpovious. Connerty “I hope that now I will in- ration of a male is the first male spire other boys not only to cheerleader is cheerleader in try out for cheerleading, but something that school history to also to not be intimidated certainly makes make the cheer- going aĞer what drives you.” the Calhoun leading team. team stand out - Timmy Connerty “I’m really exJunior Cheerleader more than others cited and honored in county-wide to become a part public schools, of the cheerleading team,” Conner- because outside of the “Bring It ty said, though being a cheerleader On” movies, male cheerleaders are is not something he had always hardly represented in high school pictured himself as. “People have cheerleading teams. Nevertheless, been encouraging me to try out for Connerty’s gender does not seem the team for a while now. Initially I to cause any amount of concern for had my doubts, so it was not some- the girls on the team. thing that I actively pursued. I am “This year has been one of our grateful though, that when I did be er years,” noted junior Meghan take the opportunity to try out last Walsh, “and we have Timmy to year, I was accepted into the team thank for a lot of our success.” with open arms.” Contrary to the opinion of othIt seems almost surprising that ers, Connerty vehemently believes this would come from such a boy, that cheerleading is indeed a sport. whose experience taking, and now, He does not seem swayed by many teaching gymnastics would supply boys his age who disagree on this him with the perfect qualifications issue, saving the term “sport” for needed for cheerleading. In fact, activities that are higher in physiby Alex Diana Staff Writer

cal contact. “We work hard,” Connerty said with a matter-of-fact tone coloring his statement. “I come home from every practice sore, hurt, and bruised, just like any athlete would a er finishing practice (photo by Maria DiMa eo) for any other Emily Begin and Timothy Connerty were all smiles at pep rally. sport. “In fact,” here in Calhoun we will remember he laughed, indicating to an injury the football stars, the trackies, the Kim Brower received while cheer- mathletes, the musicians, the honleading, “there is just as much dan- or students, the artists, the drama ger on the sidelines as there is on students, and any and all of the colthe field.” orful characters we have grown to This is not a far-fetched state- know so well, who have impacted ment; the li s, flips, and dance our lives as classmates, teammates routines the cheerleading team and friends, and who have made prepares for seem rather daunting every day a story worth telling. tasks for the inexperienced and We will remember these people, uncoordinated. as we will remember Timmy Con“I hope that now I will inspire nerty. other boys not only to try out for His addition to the team has not cheerleading, but also to not be in- only brought the Calhoun cheertimidated going a er what drives leaders closer together, he has set you.” an example by paving a way for It is a piece of advice that boys other students to disregard the and girls alike should take to norms of society in order to follow heart. Looking back on our years their passions.

Winter wonderland Boys Basketball Tue - 12/16/2008 6:30 p.m. Herricks Fri - 12/19/2008 6:30 p.m. Oyster Bay Sat - 12/27/2008 1:00 p.m. Mepham Tue - 12/30/2008 1:00 p.m. V.S. South Tue - 1/6/2009 6:30 p.m. Syosset Thu - 1/8/2009 6:30 p.m. Roslyn Fri - 1/16/2009 6:30 p.m. Macarthur Fri - 1/23/2009 6:30 p.m. Kennedy Bellmore Wed - 2/4/2009 6:30 p.m. Freeport

Girls Basketball Tue - 12/9/2008 6:15 p.m. Ward Melville Tue - 12/23/2008 4:30 p.m. Syosset Sat - 1/10/2009 2:30 p.m. Uniondale Wed - 1/21/2009 4:45 p.m. Macarthur Fri - 1/30/2009 4:30 p.m. Massapequa Fri - 2/6/2009 4:30 p.m. Farmingdale Mon - 2/9/2009 4:30 p.m. Elmont

This season’s home games

Boys Swimming (full schedule) Wed - 12/10/2008 5:30 p.m. @ Great Neck South Mon - 12/15/2008 5:00 p.m. @ Long Beach Wed - 12/17/2008 5:00 p.m. @ Hewle Mon - 12/22/2008 5:30 p.m. Wantagh @ SUNY Farmingdale Wed - 1/7/2009 5:00 p.m. @ Jericho Tue - 1/13/2009 5:00 p.m. @ Farmingdale Fri - 1/16/2009 5:00 p.m. @ Syosset Thu - 1/22/2009 5:00 p.m. Manhasset @ SUNY Farmingdale Wrestling Fri - 12/12/2008 4:30 p.m. Sprig Gardner Fri - 1/9/2009 7:00 p.m. Levi own Division Wed - 1/14/2009 7:00 p.m. Kennedy Bellmore Tue - 1/20/2009 5:30 p.m. Long Beach Sat - 1/31/2009 10:00 a.m. Dual meet tourney

Potential (continued from page 16)

plished in these six years. I try my best to be a role model and set the perfect example for my peers.” As a co-captain, Vasquez’s goal is to win county championships. “I want to keep taking that step foward, and accomplish more than we did last year. I also have a personal goal, which is to reach my 2,000 career points.” A high goal, but one that should be a ainable, especially for Vasquez, who will be playing basketball for Yale University next year. Coach Spruyt said it’s early to make any predictions on how the team will perform. “My expectations are high,” she said, “but we have a young team. I don’t know where we’re going to finish; there’s a lot of potential there.” The team includes seven girls new to the varsity program, composed of three girls from last year’s JV team, and four new freshmen.

Taking their shot Girls take a young team, potential into the season by Philippa Boyes Copy Editor

(photo by Chelsea Lawrence)

Senior co-captain Megan Vasquez takes a jump shot during practice.

It’s the start of a new season: basketball season. Under the direction of Coach June Spruyt, the girls are excited and ready to win. Last year, the team was co-conference champions and went all the way to the Nassau County finals, where they lost in overtime to Hicksville. “I have faith that my team can pull together and we can be successful,” said co-captain Karin Weidlein. Leading the way to victory are co-captains Weidlein, Megan Vasquez, and Jane e Zubizarreta, all of whom are seniors. These key players are looking forward to the season ahead, as the next game is

on December 11 against Wantagh at Freeport. Vasquez is a sixth-year starter for the basketball team, and believes that “gives [her] a sense of

pride and leadership.” The senior stated, “I know that the younger athletes look up to me because of all that I have accom(continued on page 15)

(photo by Philippa Boyes)

The girls’ team finished last year as co-conference champions.

Boys hope to bounce back by John Eyerman Staff Writer

A week a er the team was chosen, the Colts varsity basketball team was eager to get on the court and play. Coach Jay Kreutzberger, who has been coaching the team for two years, indicated that he is confident with the team he has chosen, and ready to start the season. Calhoun will be facing off against competitive teams such as Freeport, Kennedy, and Herricks. In order to prepare for games against these teams, the coach said the Colts have to put in 100 percent effort in order to succeed. There are nine senior boys returning to the team from last year, and six of them had a great experience playing. The team is also made up of juniors, and sophomores that will further assist Calhoun. The players have a positive mindset going through the season to improve their 6-12 record from

last season. Coach Kreutzberger is impressed with the talent so far and is looking forward to success. “This year’s team is faster, and the most commi ed team that I have ever coached,” Coach Kreutzberger said.

The Colts are looking to make the playoffs, but in order to do so, they have to win the conference championship. “We expect to win the conference, and do well in the playoffs,” said an optimistic Coach Kreutz-

(photo by Philippa Boyes)

Assistant Coach Brian Moeller (le ) looks on as the boys practice in the gym.

berger. Overall the Colts have many talented players, but two key players who have performed well over the years are seniors Ma Trepel and Patrick Mills. Trepel and Mills will play a big role in facing Garden City at their first away game. Garden City has a solid team, but Calhoun has played well against them in previous years. Calhoun’s first home game will be against Herricks, who is one of their toughest competitors. Going into the game, the Colts have to stay positive, and play as a team in order to succeed. Coach Kreutzberger stated, “We have to play great team defense, run the floor, and run motion offense to let the players create.” Winning the first few games of the season is vital to win games later in the season because the Colts must display their talents early so they can become a dominant team, and make the playoffs.

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