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Movin’ out Seniors, ceremony leaving Calhoun (photo by Lauren McGreevy)

Seniors will be throwing their caps in the air at the NYCB Theater in Westbury, instead of at Calhoun, as they did here in 2008.

by Emily Wrynn Editor-in-Chief

In an effort to make this year’s graduation ceremony more comfortable for graduates and their families, district administrators have decided to change its location from the fields of Calhoun to the NYCB Theater at Westbury. This upcoming June, graduation won’t be held outside on Calhoun grounds, but instead, the school district has rented out the NYCB Theater at Westbury. In several e-mails and letters to parents, Principal David Seinfeld has offered several reasons for the change. “I think the main reasons for the change were safety and comfort,” the principal said. “There have been episodes of people fainting at other graduation ceremonies because of the heat. And the concern of bad weather — 95 degrees

or raining. In those cases we had to move as many people as we could into the auditorium and the rest would have to watch in the gym on a TV. [At Westbury] we don’t have those concerns.” The new venue will provide luxuries that previous graduation receptions held at Calhoun have not. “Actually in the past we’ve rented 2,500 seats for the field, but [Westbury] seats 2,800,” Mr. Seinfeld said. This means that there will be more room to comfortably accommodate as many or more guests than previous ceremonies. The administration anticipates that an indoor ceremony will provide more comforts than a traditional outdoor ceremony. Mr. Seinfeld explained that many relatives of seniors have e-mailed him with positive reactions toward the change. Many students are also satisfied with the change, like Ju-

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lia Ross, who said, “I’d rather be in the air-conditioning than sweating outside.” Not all seniors, however, are pleased with the change of location. “I want to graduate where I’ve been for the last four years, rather than some random town,” said Emily Gounden. “I can sympathize with students who wanted to graduate [at Calhoun],” Mr. Seinfeld said. “You do lose tradition, I understand that, but there is some gain and some loss. I’m hoping that it will end up being a good decision.” Despite many changes, some aspects of graduation will remain. Members of the chorus, mostly seniors, will be singing the Star Spangled Banner and the Calhoun Alma Mater, as per tradition. However, the band will not be present to play “Pomp and Circumstance” due to space limitations.

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(photo by Jacqueline Weiss)

Graduates celebrated at Calhoun in 2009.

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June 2011


A classic turns the page by Dana Reilly Staff Writer

For 35 years Mrs. Carolyn Fredericks has taught in this district, but this year she will be retiring. The Special Education teacher said she is planning to discover new adventures with her daughter in Madrid, Spain. Her daughter will be graduating from SUNY

Mrs. Fredericks retires after 35 years.

Binghamton and then will head to Madrid with her experienced mother to fulfill her first teaching job. With her experience as a teacher, Mrs. Fredericks has many creative ideas to help her daughter’s students find new ways to approach learning. Mrs. Fredericks considers herself very creative, so this will help teach her daughter new tactics to engage her students, to learn new things, and to open their minds. In third grade, Mrs. Fredericks knew that she wanted to be a teacher. Mrs. Keogh was her third grade teacher who encouraged her love for reading and teaching. Mrs. Fredericks remembers the day when Mrs. Keogh had her first reading contest. It came natural to her that when she grew up she would have to do this with her future students. Mrs. Fredericks first started teaching at Merrick Avenue Middle School. After going on maternity leave when her daughter was

born, she returned to her job, but at Calhoun, the school she has now come to love with all of her heart. When she first heard of the switch she was just a bit nervous because teaching in a high school is quite different than teaching in a middle school. Once she started at Calhoun, she knew she would be in for a great ride. “I have the best job in the school district” she said. Mrs. Fredericks said she enters her classroom every morning with a big smile, ready to enrich her students with knowledge that they will need to know for the rest of their lives. Two highlights for Mrs. Fredericks each year are the Merrick and Bellmore street fairs and her annual reading contest. Her reading contests are something students look forward to most. She started this contest by going to neighborhood bowling alleys and garage sales to collect trophies to give to the students who participated in the contest.

“I knew I was on to something grand when their eyes lit up when I displayed the trophies before my class,” she said. Every February the reading contest takes place. Student volunteers give up their free periods and help instill the success the special education students have in their reading. “I have the best students giving up their time. My volunteers have been so great, and it’s a win-win situation for me and my students,” she said. She said the students really enjoy reading the classics by Charles Dickens and Harriet Tubman. At the end of the reading contest a celebration is held at the Bellmore Applebees. Parents, friends, teachers, and guests help the students celebrate and feel accomplished. Mrs. Fredericks has received many awards from her students’ parents and her students. Her students have nominated her for “Favorite Teacher Award” three years in a row.

New greenhouse springs up by Emily Wrynn Editor-in-Chief

Since the end of April, students have been engaged in exploring Calhoun’s new greenhouse, located in the courtyard. Students from the Special Education department have been among the first to work in the greenhouse. “The greenhouse has absolutely been a success,” Special Education Chairperson Emily Paluseo said. “It’s a great hands-on activity.” Special education teacher Ms. Beth Johnson said she has taken her class down to the greenhouse several times since its construction. “The students love the greenhouse,” explained Ms. Johnson, “Some have worked with gardening before, but for many it’s a new experience.” The advantages the greenhouse brings are plentiful. The greenhouse provides a great opportunity for hands-on experience with gardening, which enables the students to develop skills for future jobs involving horticulture. “It’s a great way to have more exposure to health and nutrition. We encourage the kids to eat organic, since they’re growing their own vegetables,” said Ms. Johnson. The students using the greenhouse are currently growing

herbs, vegetables, and flowers, which they are welcome to take home with them at the end of the school year. Ms. Johnson also said that gardening can be an excellent stress outlet, allowing the students a change of pace from the usual school day routine. In addition to teaching practical skills, the greenhouse also provides an attractive environment to work in. Rochelle Battersby, science department chairperson, said the greenhouse is “beautiful to look at” giving much of the credit to Head Custodian Lenny Hyde. “Mr. Hyde did a wonderful job putting it up. He even built shelves out of recycled materials,” Ms. Battersby said. Ms. Johnson agreed, saying, “Mr. Hyde built the flatbed gardens and even a garden cart to store plants in. He’s been so supportive and great with the students.” Ms. Battersby has high hopes for its use in the future. “Many students in the Science Club are excited about the new greenhouse,” Ms. Battersby said. “The ultimate goal is to have them work with students from the Special Education department.” The greenhouse may also serve as a means to facilitate student interaction.

(photo by Tatianna Flores)

The greenhouse provides hands-on experience for many Calhoun students.


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New town for head of class by Emily Wrynn Editor-in-Chief

Senior Jeff Caso made the most of his four years at Calhoun, taking part in many different activities. Caso is the president of Model UN and the graduating class, senior editor of the school literary magazine, and the founder of the Latin Club. Caso will be attending Georgetown University this fall, and sat down for an interview before heading south for Washington, D.C.

Hoofbeats: You will be attending Georgetown this upcoming fall. What about the school most influenced your decision to go there? Caso: One of the major reasons why I was so drawn to the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service is that I can start taking a core curriculum of international affairs courses from day one. For me, seeking the sort of opportunities I am after, the intrigue of attending school in the nation’s capital is a dream come true. Of course it will be extremely different from everyday life here at Calhoun, but I am incredibly excited for the experiences that lie ahead.

Caso, seen here in Pompei, founded the Calhoun Latin Club.

Hoofbeats: What will your major be, and why did you choose it? Caso: Once I’ve gotten to know the School of Foreign Service, I will have the opportunity to choose one of their really interesting majors. At the moment, I plan to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, which allows me to still satisfy pre-med require-

ments - with a certificate in the specific regional studies that appeals to me the most.

Hoofbeats: What did you enjoy most about Calhoun? Caso: I’ve just absolutely loved the relationships formed here at Calhoun among students, teachers, and administrators alike. We truly have some of the most inspiring teachers here, and I feel really lucky to have enjoyed every second spent here in class and after school. A great deal of time and effort has been devoted to extra-curricular activities, and I just want to thank everyone for that continuous effort. Hoofbeats: What do you like to do in your spare time? Caso: In the spare time I have I really do enjoy just spending time with my family. Now more than ever - considering college and everything - I really value the time we have together. Hoofbeats: Where in the world do you want to visit the most? Caso: I have no problem being blunt about it: I love the world. I have an enormous interest in traveling the globe. I love learning about people, different ways of life, and I really hope that my future allows me to travel and help out people from all ends of the Earth. I want to learn many for-

eign languages in order to communicate with people who have new ideas and fresh thoughts to share. In short, I guess, I don’t really have one answer; there isn’t a single sight I don’t want to see, or a single person I don’t want to meet.

Hoofbeats: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Caso: Though 10 years may not be too long, it is plenty of time to help out people and make a difference. I want, by then, to be fluent in several languages and be practicing them every day as I work for international diplomacy through intelligence and technological security. Within that line of work, I hope to be traveling professionally and meeting new people representing all sorts of different groups. Hoofbeats: What are your plans for the summer? Caso: This summer I’m going to be doing a lot in order to get ready for college. I hope to spend a lot of time with family and friends, and I plan on interning once more at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Developmental Language Laboratory in New York City as I did last summer. Of course, I want to catch up on some reading and relax a little Georgetown does, believe it or not, have a summer reading book, so I’m excited to give that a go. I’d just like to wish everyone else a great summer and the best of luck with college and beyond!

Hoofbeats tops in nation, reporting For the third year in a row, Hoofbeats won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition. This year the staff scored high enough in the contest to receive “first place with special merit” for

the second time in three years, toping the list of high school newspapers in the country that serve student populations of 1001-1700. First place with special merit was given to a publication that scored over 850 points and, in the opinion of the judges, was an outstanding example of a scholastic publication in format, content, and presentation. Hoofbeats received 965 points out of a possible 1000. According to the ASPA judge, “The superior academic excellence of your newspaper should be shared with the neighboring schools in your area. Perhaps you could have your newspaper staff give workshops for younger students in an attempt to share the expertise they have garnered.” Also in the national competition, Hoofbeats won first place for “Outstanding Investigative Reporting” for the February 2010

article, “Arson attacks” by senior Philippa Boyes and Class of ‘10 alumna Naomi Volk. The New York Press Association awarded Boyes first place in news writing for her article, “Shattered Grass.” The NYPA said of the piece, “Shattered Grass” was by far the best news story in this category. Important reporting with student safety at stake. Keep up the good work.” In the Newsday High School Journalism awards contest, Hoofbeats took home four honors. The staff was awarded first place for photography in the December 2010 issue. Boyes won second place for commentary in her April 2010 piece, “Stuttering, not stumbling.” Also in the Newsday competition, Volk and Boyes won third place in news writing for “Arson Attacks.”

Third place in feature writing went to senior Emily Wrynn for “Adopting to a new culture,” a February 2010 piece following the history of two adopted students. Earlier this year, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded Hoofbeats with its second consecutive silver medal.



June 2011


Congratulations to

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Kurt Abitz - Scranton University Brendan Abrams - Adelphi University Leo Abrams - NYIT Faseeh Ahmed - Binghamton University Hector Alicea - BMCC Steven Amaruso - Undecided Kevin Amatulli - East Stroudsburg University Zachary Ambrecht - Nassau Community College Lindsay Appel - SUNY Albany Anthony Arana - SUNY Martime College Hasney Arango - New York City Tech Joseph Armao - Nassau Community College Jessica Arnone - Adelphi University Shawn Asman - Employment Sara Asulin - Nassau Community College Danielle Augugliaro - University of Deleware Samantha Avena - Undecided Samuel Azzaro - Undecided Chelsea Babits - Nassau Community College Casey Bader - New York University Jesse Bader - University of Deleware Michael Bagnasco - Nassau Community College Isabel Balcazar - Undecided Jonathan Baldyga - Undecided Jacob Barber - Rider University Corey Barchat - UNC-Chapel Hill Samuel Barr - Undecided Anthony Barresi - Undecided Michael Barry- Nassau Community College Harris Basir - Nassau Community College Jennifer Battaglia - University at Buffalo Victoria Bennett -SUNY Old Westbury Rachael Bergman- SUNY Oneonta Arielle Bloom - Virginia Commenwealth College Matthew Bluzer - Undecided James Bobb - Nassau Community College Philippa Boyes - Cornell University Anna Bricken - West Virgina University Jeanine Briotte - University of Scranton Katelyn Brown - NYIT Colin Brucia- University of Scranton Garrett Brucia - George Washington University James Bucchio - SUNY New Paltz Dylan Buckley- Undecided

Michaela Buckley - Boston University Shannon Buckley - Nassau Community College Tara Bugden - James Madison University Ryan Burbes - Nassau Community College Nicholas Butera - Undecided Anthony Calderaro - SUNY Albany Timothy Campbell - Cornell University Mario Cappuccia - Employment Scott Caravello - The College of William & Mary Sean Carberry- Iona College Lauren Carbone - Undecided Erin Cardinal - Siena College Nicholas Caruso - SUNY Farmingdale Jessica Casazza- SUNY Plattsburgh Jeffrey Caso - Georgetown University Taylor Cassidy- SUNY New Paltz Scott Castellano - University of New Haven Christopher Catapano - Undecided Nicholas Cavallino - Hofstra University Shannon Cavanagh - SUNY Albany Ashley Cawley - University of the Arts Lisa Celano - James Madison University Nicole Celauro - University of New Haven Michelle Cerniglia - Binghamton University Joshua Chapdelaine - Undecided Andy Chau - Hunter College Nismah Choudhry - Undecided Fariha Chowdhury - SUNY Oneonta Joseph Christopher - St. John’s University Ryan Ciliotta - Nassau Community College Catherine Clarke - SUNY New Paltz Staci Cohn- Alfred University Andrew Connell - Nassau Community College Kelly Anne Connelly - Molloy College Aidan Cooper - University of Deleware Sean Corcoran - Undecided James Cornetta - Undecided Victoria Costa- SUNY Oneonta Jack Costello - Nassau Community College Brandon Crociata - SUNY Oneonta Merlin Cruz - Undecided Erika Danielsen - SUNY Geneseo Aeryal Davison - SUNY Cortland Matthew Defranco - Mt. Saint Mary College

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Jenna DelBove - Buffalo State College Dannay Delossantos - Undecided Christopher Diano - Undecided Benjamin Dickstein - University of Pennsylvania Christian Diconsiglio - Undecided Melissa Dileo - Carnegie Mellon University Eric Doll - Hofstra University John Paul Doucette - Franklin & Marshall College Brianne Dougherty - Undecided Nicholas Drago - Undecided Brandon Drexler - Undecided Jessie Driscoll - East Stroudsburg University Adam Earle - Mount Saint Mary College Leah Edwards - Boston University Ryan Eisner - Undecided Daniel Elliot- Southern Connecticut University Stephen Elliott - Hofstra University Jessica Estrada - Undecided John Eyerman - Queens College Stephanie Falci- James Madison University Kevin Fedorko - NYIT Frank Felice - NYIT Michael Ferrette - Undecided Jennifer Ferrufino - Undecided Justin Fields- University of Rhode Island Kristina Fiesel - Undecided Aaron Fischer - Undecided Ava Fitzgerald - Adelphi University Julie Fliegel - Undecided Katie Flood - Hofstra University Bryan Flores - Nassau Community College Alexander Fodor - Undecided Bria Forbes - SUNY Purchase Kyle Foy - UNC-Wilmington Jenny Frank - SUNY Geneseo Krista Frank - Undecided Joseph Franzitta Joseph Freda - Nassau Community College Cassidy Friedman - Undecided Michael Fronte - Boston College Gabrielle Fry - Employment William Fugina - SUNY Geneseo James Furey - NYIT Elise Gabriele - Hofstra University Pamela Galarza - Undecided Brittany Georgalas - SUNY Fredonia Jagpreet Ghuman - Georgia Tech Louis Giglia - SUNY Farmingdale Zachary Gilbert - SUNY Oswego Alexis Gionesi - Hofstra University Carla Giordano - University of Rhode Island Amanda Glickman - Northwestern University James Gliwa - Johns Hopkins University Melissa Gluck - Franklin & Marshall College Jeremias Godoy - Undecided Chelsea Gold - SUNY Buffalo State Diana Goldberg - Undecided Justin Goldberg - SUNY Farmingdale Joshua Golub - Binghamton University David Gonzalez - Art Institute of New York Genevieve Goodheart - Adelphi University Samuel Gorinsky - SUNY Geneseo Emily Gounden - Adelphi University Brian Grambo - Binghamton University Jacob Greenberg - SUNY Albany

Hannah Griesel - Undecided Bernadette Gruol - Queens College Nicole Gualtieri - Five Towns College Kristen Guaneri - SUNY Albany Jordan Gunzenhauser - Undecided Monica Gurfinkel - Boston University Gabrielle Gussin - New York University Krystal Gutierrez - Undecided Katrina Guttilla - Undecided Derek Ha - Undecided Diandra Hanna - Quinnipiac University Robert Hansen - Undecided Christopher Hazel - Undecided Christopher Heading - Binghamton University Steven Hernandez - Undecided Lauren Herschbein - SUNY Geneseo Jake Hollander - University of Southern California Aaron Huang - SUNY Oneonta Zoya Huda- Macaulay Honors at CUNY Blake Isaacs - University of Deleware Charles Isham - Marist College

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Kara Iskenderian - Tufts University Marissa Johns - Undecided Bryan Johnson - Nassau Community College James Jutt - Undecided Joohyung Kang - Stony Brook University Sara Karol - Indiana University Celine Katzman - Brown University Kimberly Kavanagh - Suffolk Community College Emily Keller - University of Wisconsin-Madison Bambi Kerr - Adelphi University

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the Class of 2011 Mehmood Khilji - SUNY Farmingdale Rachel Krohn - SUNY Purchase Daniel Kroll - University of Rhode Island Zachary Kronstat- Swarthmore College Jamie Kudler- Nassau Community College Andrew LaClaustra - East Stroudsburg University Anny Lamothe - Undecided Kristopher Laquara - SCCC Jeanmarie Latona - Undecided Michael Latona - Nassau Community College Holly Anne Lavelli - SUNY New Paltz Joseph Laviola - Nassau Community College Elizabeth Lebeaux - University of Deleware Ryan Leimbach - University of Deleware Robert Lemaire - SUNY Oneonta Marissa Levy - University of Pittsburgh Rebecca Lewis - Undecided Andrew Lief - SUNY New Paltz Danielle Limeri - Fashion Institute of Technology

Stephanie Lindahl - Binghamton University Michael Lipari - St. John’s University

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Stephen Lippert - Hofstra University Jessica Livingston - Undecided Rachel Lotardo - Stony Brook University Ashley Lowerre - Iona College Kevin Lu- United States Air Force Academy Cara Lucarelli - School of Visual Arts Lauren Lucke - SUNY Oneonta Stephanie Lucke - SUNY New Paltz Catherine Lupo - Undecided Nicholas Macaluso - Tufts University

Christopher Mackin - SUNY Oneonta Joseph Malebranche - Undecided Kaitlyn Mancini - St. Thomas Aquinas College Emily Mandeltort - UMass-Amherst Nicholas Marcello - Lehigh University Valerie Marchesi - SUNY Geneseo Maria Marengo - SUNY Cortland Lauren Marinello - University of Deleware Lauren Marmurowski - LIU-C.W. Post Campus Michelle Marshak - Stony Brook University Anthony Martin - SUNY Oswego Julia Martinez - Binghamton University James Matzen - Hofstra University Robert Maurer - Nassau Community College Maria Mazzeo - Undecided Ryan McCarthy - Nassau Community College Shaun McCarthy - Johns Hopkins University Robert McGahy - Undecided Joseph McGinley - Undecided Kathleen McGoldrick - Marist College Connor McLoughlin- SUNY Geneseo Elise Meade - Lafayette College Coleman Meier- Stony Brook University Christina Metz- Nassau Community College Brooke Mignosi - FIT Neil Miller - Eastman School of Music Krystina Milteer - Undecided Ashley Miro - Quinnipiac University Kenneth Miro - LIU-C.W. Post Campus Kristen Miro - Adelphi University Robert Mogollon - Hofstra University LeeAnn Monteverde - UMass-Amherst Andres Morales - Stony Brook University Ginalesse Moran - Nassau Community College James Morrone - Undecided Daniel Mueller - Adelphi University Michael Mugno - Undecided Matthew Mundy - University of Buffalo Christopher Murphy - Duke University Megan Murphy - Adelphi University Joseph Mutarelli - Binghamton University Navraj Nat- UMass-Amherst Husnain Naveed - Undecided Krysten Nielsen - University of New Haven Joseph Nieto - SUNY Delhi Joshua Nigro - University of Rhode Island Alyssa O’Braskin - Manhatten College Sara O’Connor - Hofstra University Megan O’Hara - Northeastern University Meghan O’Sullivan - Castleton College Latique Oates - Undecided Colleen Oggeri - University of Scranton Michael Olsen - Hofstra University Hannah Ostrowsky - Undecided Devon Ott - Emerson College Jacob Otto - SUNY Plattsburgh James Panetta - Adelphi University Krista Paolucci - Towson University Eliana Parisis- Fashion Institute of Technology Devon Pazmino - University of Pittsburgh Yokely Pena - Undecided Danielle Petrilli - Providence College Steven Pezzulo - Pace University Amanda Phillips - UMass-Amherst Daniel Piccirillo - Pace University

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Nicholas Pititto - Alfred University Konstantinos Podias - Nassau Community College Christopher Quinn - Undecided Zachary Radow - SUNY Oneonta Danielle Rallo - University of Rhode Island Justine Rallo - Arizona State University Alexander Ras - St. Joseph’s University Brendan Reilly - SUNY Albany Max Rodgers - Undecided Candice Rodriguez - NYIT Emily Rolston - SUNY Oneonta Erica Roman - Quinnipiac University Eddyli Rosario - Undecided Ellie Rosenblum - Susqehanna University Randon Rosenbohm - Undecided Halli Rosin- Rochester Institute of Technology Benjamin Ross - SUNY New Paltz Julia Ross - Undecided Joseph Rossetti - Nassau Community College Karina Rotella - Sophie Davis of Biomedical Education

John Roth - Undecided Alec Sajdak - Queens College Alex Salamone - Adelphi University Cristina Salvagni - Undecided Vincent Samuel- Worcester Polytechnic Institute Joseph Sanfilippo - Undecided Justin Schmierer - George Washington University Carly Schneer - Ithaca College Jacie Schneider - Undecided Zachary Schneider - Nassau Community College Maxwell Schwartz - Undecided Stephanie Schwartz - Undecided Matthew Selvaggi - Nassau Community College Erin Sena- LIU- C.W. Post Campus Nicole Sgambati- Molloy College David Shear - Johns Hopkins University Daniel Shein - Undecided Allison Shiner - Undecided Sarah Shuster - Boston College Brett Silver - Undecided Natalie Simonetti - Undecided Deochan Singh - Stony Brook University Sarika Singh - University at Buffalo Samantha Sipos - Art Institute of Chicago

Ethan Smestad - SUNY New Paltz Kacey Solotoff - Cornell University Stephanie Spina - Undecided Christina Stracquodaine- Binghamton University

Michelle Strauss - SUNY Oswego Julia Sucher - SUNY Purchase Daniel Sullivan - Siena College Ethan Supovitz - Undecided Evan Suval - Lafayette College Meg Talty - University at Buffalo Chloe Tang - Nassau Community College Jake Thomas - Binghamton University Nina Thomas - CUNY Baruch Alexandra Topper - Boston University Samantha Torretta - University at Buffalo Kevin Travers - SUNY Binghamton Alexandra Treuman - Nassau Community College

Patrick Tucker - Alfred University Kaitlyn Turrisi - Undecided Elliott Ullrich - Nassau Community College Carlo Valladares - Dowling College Valerie Vancol - SUNY Cortland Erika Vargas - Undecided Rachel Vargas - Fareligh Dickinson University-Madison

Christina Vitale- Penn State University Jake Vitelli - SUNY Plattsburgh Kevin Walch - Adelphi University Bridgid Webster - Providence College Taylor Weinberg - Undecided Adam Weiner - Undecided Christopher WeinsteinJoanna Weiser- University at Buffalo Brian Wieners - Nassau Community College John Wigand- Pace University Danielle Wilson- SUNY Oneonta Allen Winter - Ryder University Alex Wolbrom- Stony Brook University Kenneth Woo- University of Maryland Emily Wrynn - SUNY Geneseo Jenny Wu - Yale University Brian Yeung - Syracuse University Blanche Zahran - Nassau Community College Morgan Zitay - Fashion Institute of Technology Erin Zseller - SUNY Cortland

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June 2011


The whole story Piercings come in all shapes and sizes

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by Sara Gerber Staff Writer

Walking down the hallway you see a girl with 10 holes in each ear, a nose piercing, and an eyebrow ring. Most like to pretend they don’t have a judgmental bone in their bodies, but does seeing a person with piercings change how we see them? When junior Jenna Weinstein was asked what first comes to mind when she sees someone with many piercings, she said, “ I think they are either trying to be tough, gain attention, or are just unique.” Are they trying to look cool, tough, or just fit in? Are piercings a way for children to rebel against

authority or just a type of artwork and expression? Answers to these questions depend on who is giving the answer. The reasoning changes based on the situation and person. It can be a huge misconception that a person gets a piercing to be cool, while in other situations that can be just the case. There are an infinite amount of types of piercings from the industrial, which goes through the top of your ear in two places, to the gauge which is a small or large hole in your ear lobe, to the tragus, which is in the middle of your ear. And those are only ear piercings. It’s possible to get almost anything pierced these days. Many have face piercings, back piercings, and even hip piercings. Some piercings on the face include

the Monroe, which is named after Marilyn Monroe’s famous mole over her lip, the lip piercing, and many more. Senior Amanda Happel (who has had her nose and lip pierced) said, “I get piercings because I like the way they look.” Even though looks and fitting in are two plausible reasons people get piercings, there is also another major one. Many don’t realize that this can become an obsession. People can become so infatuated with receiving piercings that it becomes an addiction. The addiction is often paired with the addiction to getting tattoos. Shockingly many have this issue and there are even many anonymous websites were people can relate to each other about their addiction. Senior Meghan McDonough

once had her nose pierced and now has her eyebrow pierced. “The people who listen to the music I like have a certain image. I also really like the way my piercings look but it also helps me to blend in more,” she said. Though some with piercings aren’t going to admit it, a major factor in getting piercings is image. Do people with piercings know they are being judged? Maybe in a college or city setting they could blend in easily. Obviously it could get irritating, but in a school filled with “Joe and Jane Calhouns” the people who have different piercings are going to stand out. McDonough stated, “I feel like people talk to my piercing.” It’s quite obvious that high school students are easily intrigued by these metal accessories.

Getting nosy about piercings by Amanda Glickman Staff Writer

I must see on average about 15 nose rings per day. Ballpark, of course. At work, I give samples of frozen yogurt to throngs of pierced-nose girls of all ages, like they belong to some sort of cult. In the mall, it’s like a requirement of all women under 40 who stand behind the makeup counters. The halls of Calhoun are increasingly being filled with girls who have them (and often, unfortunately so). I specifically recall my elementary school years and America’s Spice Girls obsession and how it was really “alternative” of Sporty Spice to have a hoop on the side of her nostril. Her Barbie doll even had a tiny one in the same place. You didn’t see Spice Girls fanatics

piercing their noses though; just the idea alone was so taboo. You thought about how you’d look with one, and then shook your head, like, “Damn, I wish I could pull it off, but I most likely can’t.” Today, nose rings are almost as commonplace as earrings. It’s not a big deal when there’s a small, almost mysterious sparkle coming from the side of someone’s nostril. Okay, it sounds a little weird when described like that, but have you seen Jordin Sparks’s nose ring? Kelly Clarkson’s? They rocked them like the little glittery thing was just part of their body. My 10th grade English teacher had an almost-invisible pink stud that kind of blended into her skin, and it was barely noticeable. This, my parents would argue, completely defeats the purpose of a piercing, doesn’t it? Why would you do that

to yourself if no one even knows it’s there? Don’t you want to have a real job? People won’t take you seriously with a jewel in the middle of your natural, un-hole-punched,

beautiful face, Amanda! They don’t understand. I have a Jordin Sparks kind of nose. A tiny, almost-invisible stud would total(see NOSY on page 7)

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Eighty percent of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.


June 2011



Is medium the new plus-size? by Nina Thomas Staff Writer

From as long back as I can remember I have seen pictures in magazines of girls that are but skin and bones. I have heard stories about the little girls so desperate to reach the heights of such unattainable beauty, they starve themselves because no number on a scale could ever be small enough. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder. An unbelievable 80 percent of American women are said to be dissatisfied with their appearance. Most magazine covers idealize the “perfect” body, and the idea of accepting yourself just as you are is a foreign concept. “There are rarely ‘normal’ sized girls in advertisements or on television shows, and it just sends the wrong message about what size girls should be,” said sophomore Sarah Losner. When I first learned about the trend moving toward plus-size models, I was shocked but overjoyed. For my 17 years of existence in a society that praised thinness, for the first time something other than a size zero was considered beautiful. I was proud that I was part of a generation of empowered women who knew that beauty was not measured on a scale. People who no longer looked to photo shopped images as goals of unattainable perfection. But this was cut short the min-

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Eighty percent of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.

ute I actually saw what was considered a plus-size model. While watching a segment of “Ellen” on I saw a group of empowered women. Women who said they were proud to be plus-size and show their curves; the only problem was that most of these so called “plussize” women were smaller than the average American female. The “average” American woman weighs 163 pounds, precisely what is considered to be plus-size, according to USA Today. Plus size can range from size 6 to 20. “I honestly think plus-size modeling can be just as misleading as regular modeling,” Losner said. “There was a size 6 girl on America’s Next Top Model who was considered a plus-size model. It made me feel horrible because I am bigger than a size 6 and that meant that I am larger than what the largest sized model should be.” Some people argue against the trend toward plus-size models, saying they suggest an idealized unhealthy lifestyle. But what many are forgetting is the fact that not everyone is made to be a size 2. In no way am I saying it is wrong to be thin, but society praises thinness so much that women starve themselves to become perfect. So many television shows depict larger women in negative ways, challenging them to drop their weight in order to look better, depicting overweight people as “losers.” The standards set by our society are so ridiculous that they are impossible to reach. Plus-size is meant to be plus-size, not medium.

Getting nosy (continued from page 6)

ly suit me. I am not the typical nose ring girl who comes into Moo La La with her fellow nose ring friends. I really love Vishnu. And know who she is, for starters. The almost invisibility of it is what gives it such appeal. It’s like when someone gets a tattoo in a place that’s easily-hidden: it’s for themselves, no one else. I mean, except for the few who happen to notice. After I turned 18, I was thrilled at the idea of being able to walk down the block to Village Street Wear and come out with a stud, no parental consent or anything. But I had reservations. Would I be able to get roles in college plays? Could I apply sunscreen and not gunk it up? How about when colds go around the dorms in the frigid

winter weather? Most importantly, would I upset my boss? In a desperate for unbiased advice, I e-mailed Philip Galanes, Social Qs columnist for the New York Times, asking his opinion of nose rings in the workplace. He e-mailed me back saying my question was going to be used in a Sunday Styles section and it was actually printed last month. His advice was to ask my boss upfront about his policy on piercings (which was never established upon my hiring). He also made some witty remarks listing reasons not to “bedazzle my schnozzola.” While I respect Galanes’s humble opinion, I will most likely get my nose pierced in the next few weeks and show up to work, praying that nothing comes of it. If there’s

(photo courtesy of Getty)

Does having a nose or eyebrow piercing affect your employment?

a problem, I will calmly remind my boss of the first amendment (is there a clause I can pull out on the basis of freedom of expression?) I will serve frozen yogurt to other nose ring wearers, walk in the halls with other nose ring wearers, and get perfume samples in the

mall from other nose ring wearers. But I will feel just as much of an individual as the ahead of their time Sporty Spices of 10 years ago because I know that inside, I am one of them - one of them stuck in a 2011 world where unique is mainstream and mainstream is unique.

Summer lovin’ Hoofbeats


June 2011


Tips for making summer wardrobe a paradise by Elise Gabriele Staff Writer

Spring has flung! Shorts and bathing suits are being dusted off and taken out of the back of the closet in anticipation for summer and the promises of warm weather. However, cramming for AP tests and finals has had an unsightly impact on our ability to get dressed in the morning. So here’s the plan: as tests are coming to an end, it’s time to focus on this summer’s scorching style. Instead of getting up early to clean snow off our cars, we can sleep in a later and throw on the first pair of shorts we see, add a t-shirt and our “outfit” is done. That’s what’s great about summer: clothes are effortless and comfortable. But when you sleep through

your alarm in the morning, with minutes to get out the door, you’re lucky if you even put your pants on straight. Looking put together doesn’t require much time, but it does require being awake. Without the proper essentials for a laid back, easy-going summer wardrobe, getting dressed is a recipe for disaster. Think about it. It doesn’t matter how cute the new shirt you bought is if you wear it with ratty, old sweatpants, your outfit (or lack there of) is ruined. So, the first tip of this sizzling season is focusing on your overall outfit. Let’s assess the reasons such a pretty shirt ended up getting paired with holey, stained, oversized pants. One of the biggest problems is we don’t think before we buy. Before laying out the cash

for an eccentrically colored, asymmetrical masterpiece of a shirt or gold, glittery heels, ask yourself, “What do I already have that goes with this?” If you can’t think of anything in your closet to go with it, put it back on the rack and walk away. Although it may feel like your hands are glued to the hanger, it doesn’t matter how unique those heels are; if you don’t have anything to pair them with, they will probably sit in your closet for years (trust me, I’ve gone through this too many times — think gold leather jacket ). What a waste. Taking tips from magazines and store mannequins on well put together outfits will help you get on your way to creating a breezy, warm weather wardrobe with special, yet interchangeable pieces.

(photo by Elise Gabriele)

A statement necklace gives this simple floral top the oomph it needs.

Just a little bit of effort and research will make getting dressed everyday as easy and effortless as it should be. If shopping for new summer (see SUMMER on page 9)

Faking low maintenance by Amanda Glickman Staff Writer

So one of the main things that I took away from When Harry Met Sally is actually not the whole “You can’t be friends with the opposite sex, and if you are, you will eventually marry each other after years of being friends-with-a-heapingdose-of-sexual-tension.”

the screen and shook my head in agreement and disgust. See, a part of me wants to be the dictionary-definition low maintenance girl: Colbie Callait, Lisa Bonet circa her marriage to Lenny Kravitz, Mila Jovovitch’s mostlysilent character in Dazed and Confused. Just chill, loose skirt and genuine African jewelry, no makeup, drinking tea on a porch while

(photo by Amanda Glickman)

Is being low maintenance a state of mind or a way you wish to be perceived?

The thing that really stuck with me was the theory that Harry Burns had about there being only two types of women: high maintenance and low maintenance. He doesn’t knock the high maintenance ones (mainly because he’s secretly in love with one), but he alludes to the fact that men in general prefer the latter. And I just stared at

strumming casually on a guitar (or sitar! Or harp!). This low maintenance chick never worries when her guy will text her back. Maybe she doesn’t even own a cell phone! She doesn’t chase after anyone, she just lets it be and goes with the flow and yeah, I want to be going with the flow, barefoot in grass...

Then I remember I hate being barefoot in grass because there are biting ants. And that the only African jewelry obtainable near me are replications made in China from Forever 21. Or at the African outpost part of Disney’s Epcot. And that Colbie Callait is so freaking dull! And I don’t want to play the guitar quietly; I want to sing, and loudly, like a diva. But divas are high maintenance. This is an inner battle many girls face every single day of their lives: being high maintenance in a low maintenance girl’s figurative and literal clothing. I can admit with little to no shame that I am high maintenance. This is an ambiguous term, drawing up connotations of Mariah Carey in a marabou mini-dress and blingy heels, ringing a bell for a butler to get her champagne, holding her tiny dog with an equally blingy doggie outfit. To me, high maintenance is when someone is conscious of the fact that they have desires and goals, and will actively pursue them until they’re met. Of course, the more-PC adjectives for this person would be go-getter, determined, confident. Still, like society, I equate these things with a difficult personality, but when you think about it, what is so bad about being difficult? I would never be able to com-

mit to a lifestyle of “chill.” I hate that word. Chill. I have been told, on many an occasion, to “just chill out.” But, being high maintenance/ difficult, I analyze the meaning of “chill out” and come to the conclusion that it means to tone down who I am. I am aware there’s a great deal of hypocrisy in what I’m saying. Yes, I want to be chill without having to think about what “chill” is. No, it will never happen. Yes, I want to go abroad to random countries in South America with one mediumsized duffel bag of no-name-brand sundresses, and have absolutely no stress about not knowing where the hell I am. No, it’s unreastic because my beauty supplies alone would fill said medium-sized duffel bag. It all goes back to the Mariah image: is the girl crazy and spoiled? Or is she more like Sally: very specific and very headstrong, often putting off men? Both are high maintenance. But for society’s sake, can we look at how we (as fellow females and as potentialromantic-interest males) automatically categorize and write off the Sallys of the world? And, to be frank: after a slew of low maintenance girls, “the chill ones with no drama,” a guy wants substance. Sally = substance. Sally gets the guy. High maintenance wins in the end.


June 2011



Touring tips

Tips for your college campus visits (photos by Tessa Patti)

Whether touring a campus like Vanderbilt University (above) or Tulane University (below right), spend time visiting the library.

by Leah Sobel Editorial Editor

Time to sit in the car with your parents for eight straight hours. Time to stay in cheap motel rooms. Time to start thinking about the future! For sophomores and juniors, visiting colleges in the summer has become a tradition. Though school may not be in session, most college towns are lively and still thrilling during the hot summer months. So for all of you who were unable to look at schools during spring break, the summer is your time to get cracking. Maybe it’s the academics or the nationally ranked sports team that turned you on to the school. You

automatic admission. Ask as many questions as you need, for that may be the only time you’ll get an honest answer. Some of the most popular inquiries are “What AP grade do you need to get in order to receive credit?” and “What is the teacher to student ratio?” This information may not be disclosed on any legitimate websites, so it’s important to find this out before the application process. Visit the Library. Hopefully on the tour, you will be taken to the library. If not, go see it, seriously. You will literally spend most of your academic life in that building. The library will replace the unreliable sources (aka Google) and bring you knowledge only revealed to those who actually read firsthand accounts. When searching through the library, see if there are separate rooms for study groups, if there is a floor mainly for those who are socially studying, and a floor for those who need silence. The variety in the structure of a library can be very beneficial to one who is open to all sorts of research. Don’t forget to stop at the bookstore, where shirts and sou(see TOUR on page 15)

might not know if you like the school until you have visited. Be sure to take the necessary steps to get that true college experience. Take the Campus Tour. The one thing every incoming student should take advantage of is the tour. Though your guide may be triple majoring, finding cures for cancer, and have an incredibly irritating lisp, their intelligence on the school is necessary to get the full experience. So walk a mile or two, and meet some people in your group; they may just be your roommate some day. Just please, don’t be that kid who tries to suck up to the guide. You will not make any friends that way, and that will not get you an

Summer fashion tips (continued from page 8)

(photo by Elise Gabriele)

Look white-hot this summer with edgy tops, dresses, and even shorts.

stitches doesn’t sound like paradise to you or you’re short on cash (I know I am), you can go through the clothes you do have and edit them first. I suggest giving away clothes you haven’t worn in the past year. Chances are you won’t wear them again and, honestly, they’re taking up needed space for new pieces. Another way to ensure you’re not wasting money and getting the biggest bang for your buck is by buying timeless items as well

as trendy items, making sure not to spend too much money on things that a year from now will be out of style. Think of the classics. For example, jean cutoffs and a light neutral cardigan. They may sound boring and humdrum now, but buying more well-made and expensive looking items and then pairing them with cheaper trendier items works best. Not to mention you can wear your more expensive pieces for years to come and, not only will they last, they will still be in style.

Having a cardigan or pair of shorts that you can turn to at a moments notice is the difference between looking like you just rolled out of bed or looking put together. But keep in mind that you don’t want to look over trendy. Think of the t-shirt and shorts idea but slightly played up. Simply adding one unique item to an outfit can give it the oomph it needs to go from drab to fab. So during these cherished summer months, keep the heat in mind, think simple and fresh and cool.



June 2011


Learning a history lesson O

sama Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. He was shot during a United States mission carried out by Seal Team Six. Matched with the scrolling, bold headlines were pictures of cheering people, Americans celebrating the death of a man. In the days following Osama Bin Laden’s death, pictures of jeering crowds chanting “Obama killed Osama” sprouted up across the country, coupled with people smiling and laughing. These pictures are haunting. In a country where so many have died and even more have felt the heart-wrenching effects of death, it is embarrassing to see such a widespread reaction. Yes, removing a threat to public safety is a good thing, but death should never be accompanied with chants and celebration. The death of Osama Bin Laden is not an end; it is just the beginning to ending

the tension between the regions. we have allowed hatred and prejuIt seems as though the public (fu- dice to permeate our society just eled by the media) has forgotten as the Islamic Extremists have. It how many have suffered and how leaves many asking if our politimany will suffer. They forgot all cians continually use September the issues still facing this country. 11 as a rallying point and an elecThey forgot the wars, the economy, tion tool, nothing else. Let’s not allow the death the rising prejuStaff Editorial of Osama Bin dice and political division threatenLaden to be used as another card shuffled around in ing the United States. The tensions between religious politics, but instead, move forward extremists and this country have and deal head-on with the other isnot been solved. If anything, they sues facing this country. have been elevated after the death This occurrence and the public of Osama Bin Laden. The pictures response have highlighted a shift of United States citizens celebrat- in American society, and at the ing his death prove that the attacks same time reminded us all of an on September 11 and other tragic ugly reoccurrence that our history events that followed have not elic- shows we can not and have not esited a response other than war and caped. Hatred runs deep. First, it was the Native Americans, then the hatred. For example, look at the Mosque African Americans, women, and issue raised in New York City last so on. The hatred has now shifted September. The public’s response to new targets. The anti-gay rights to the Islamic Center proved that movement is one example as is the

rising Islamophobia that is now prevalent in American society. As students, we are taught history each day, but learning about the past leaves us with so many questions, the biggest being: why did people act so cruelly toward others? In looking at the news footage of one man’s death or the countless examples of bullying and homophobia that have occurred this year across the country, are we better than generations before us or exactly the same? It does not matter who has done the murdering or hurtful actions, just that they have occurred. The status of this country worsens every day that we, as a people, forget about the issues facing us and instead take time to celebrate death and destruction. Let us move forward and progress instead of dwelling cheerfully on the past.

NFL lucking out by Bobby Lemaire Contributing Writer

Recognized by Columbia University, ASPA, NYPA, LIPA, and Newsday for journalistic excellence Editors-in-Chief Philippa Boyes Emily Wrynn News Editor Kara Iskenderian Sports Editors Rachel Tyson Tessa Patti Editorial Editor Leah Sobel Colture Editor Julia Martinez Photography Editor Tatianna Flores Faculty Adviser Jason Boland Staff Members: Asia Brown, Michele Carroll, Julie Ciccone, Cortina Florez, Bria Forbes, Elise Gabriele, Sara Gerber, Amanda Glickman, Holly Lavelli, Ashley Lowerre, Shannon Matzen, Ashley McGetrick, Dana Reilly, Nicole Simmons, Kushhali Singh, Nina Thomas, Kate Valerio, Jocelyn Yu

Hoofbeats Sanford H. Calhoun High School 1786 State Street Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 992-1300 e-mail: Volume 53 No. 5

June 2011

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We are over a month into the NFL lockout, and neither side is budging on the important issues. Will they be able to settle these differences in time for a September kickoff ? he previous colleccollec ecec Money - The agree reemen ree mentt had men had the tive bargaining agreement $1 billion b ll bill llion ion off the the owners taking $1 on n rreve evenu eve nue an nu and d the the he league’s $9 billion revenue even ven enly en ly amongst amongs am ngst the he rest being split evenly he own w erss w wa nt 32 teams. Now the owners want biilli llion on n dollars dollar larss off off. off. ff. to take another billion n the the right righ gh g ht here. ht here ere. er The players are in earr, no o te eam m re eIn the previous ye year, team ren rrevenue, ev venuee, sso o w hy ported a loss in why uee get geet more m morree when wheen whe should the league y making making ng g a steady steead dy they are already of the th he owners ow wnerss are arre profit? The egoss of ir britches. britch bri hes. If they theey too big for their fish fi nancia ally lly,, the the th keep being selfi sh finan nancially, gains instt them ins them and and go go fans will turn against to another sport.. Schedule - The old schedulee consisted of four preseason and 16 regular season games. But the owners want to add two more games to the schedule. Football is a grueling sport, and 16 games are enough for everybody. There are already enough season-ending injuries each week. Two more games might lead to star players going down for the year or being forced to retire. They actually do the work and deserve to be paid for it. If there is an 18 game schedule, the league would have to start the season earlier, or end the Super Bowl

later. Do you want regular season games in the hot, sticky weather of August? Do you want to watch your favorite star be brought to the hospital due to heat stroke? This is just a group of greedy people trying to milk more money from the g hard-working fan. average, sc Rookie wage scale - Ever since the 2000 2000 draft, th he annual salary the of first stt rou ro nd p ick has increased round picks dramat dra matica mat ically ica lly.. IItt is lly is u dramatically. unbelievable that a rrook ookie ook ie who ha ie hasn’t played a down rookie w ill m ake more m more tthan h the offensive will make linema lin eman ema n who who has b lineman been clawing his wa through way throu th rou ugh the league le for the 10 years. yea rs For rs. For eevery very y M Matt Ryan that has as lli ved ed up to hi lived his contact, there wil illl aalways il l ys be a Jamarcus lwa Ja will Russell who h w ho illl was a tee a team’s money will waste and nd se set back ac a fra ffranchise n for at least seven yea ars. s years. HG GH TestingGH Tessti Testi ting- NFL N owners want HGH player yerss to yer to agree aagre greee to gre t blood testing players forr hu hum man growt ow h hormones, but owt human growth the players pl associa association feels that it v iolates players’ ri violates rights. This topic is pretty simple from a fan’s point of view. We want a clean league. The players should just man up and accept the testing. The fact that football didn’t learn the ill effects of not testing for drugs from Major League Baseball is kind of surprising. People want to see their favorite team play football and win a championship. Both sides should get their lawyers and representatives and lock them in a room until a deal is done. Football is an American business that is too big to fail.


June 2011



Just too much homework by Asia Brown Staff Writer

Homework sprawled out on the bed. Looking and feeling completely exhausted. These all are very familiar to a junior in all honors, especially during the 3rd marking quarter. Is this work purposefully designed to weed out the kids who are not cut out for the work? Some kids really don’t have a choice because dropping out of honors and APs will inevitably jeopardize the college options available. The Ivy’s and Tier 1 schools aren’t going to listen if you “succumbed to the pressure.” Teachers claim that homework is a necessary part of understanding the course load and that it prepares or reinforces what is taught in class. AP U.S. History teacher, Mr. Neal Madnick, said he gives nightly outlines to ensure knowledge of the material. “AP US History is a crazy course. The College Board gives too much

material and too much detail to be covered in such a short period of time, and ensure time for review,” he said. “Schools in other parts of the country start in mid-August, so they have more time.” Mr. Madnick feels that the only way to check that the kids are reading is to give a written assignment, so this is why he gives so much work. Time management is definitely an issue that many teenagers are plagued with, but not everyone is waiting until the last minute

to complete an assignment. Even those who get a head start find difficulty in completing everything on time, since the assignments can be lengthy. Matt Calo is a responsible junior and a three season athlete, who is taking several AP classes, two science courses (one of them being AP Chemistry). “On average I do homework from when I get home from track at 6 to 11 or 12 everyday. In addition, I work during any free periods that I have. When asked when do I relax during the week, I was forced

to reply that I don’t.” All of this work and stress put on students during junior year discourages them from continuing on to a senior year filled with even more APs. Most students dropping any AP classes feel similar to sophomore Jon Costa. “For junior year I am not taking two of the AP classes I am tracked to go into because I feel that the amount of work is excessive, and I would rather focus upon the courses that correlate with a career I’d like to pursue.” This work leaves juniors tired, especially the highly dedicated ones who actually do the assignments fully. We all were ecstatic after the last AP, and now the lull has many of us wondering what to do with ourselves, with the limited number of finals and Regents left. So as a word of advice to incoming juniors: beware! Junior year will not be the easiest, especially if you get all the teachers who give the most amount of work.

Letters to the editor...

To the editor, In the last edition of Hoofbeats, I read an editorial [“Paranoid about parking,” Editorial, April 2011] relating to parking and the slim opportunities to obtain a pass. The author said she would “rather be 20 minutes late to class as opposed to paying an $80 ticket.” The flaws cited in that editorial are outrageous. Her solution to hold an additional meeting in the middle of the year is being done. Students had an opportunity to attend a meeting on Nov. 17, according to Assistant Principal Nicole Hollings. She did not take into consideration that there are many people who have late birthdays and did not have a Class D license at the time of the meeting. At the end of my junior year, my birthday and my road test was on the horizon. I knew I was not going to have a car to drive right away, but the thought of driving myself to school was so exciting, I found out the date of the parking meeting, and I made it a point to attend. My friends and I piled into the auditorium on Aug. 30 and afterwards, I walked to the car with my mother with a sense of accomplishment that I could now park in the parking lot. On the flyer that went out to all seniors regarding parking, they made a clear point that if you ever want to park in the parking lot,

even if you don’t have your car or class D license at the time of the meeting, you should attend the meeting, which is exactly what I and every other senior who has a late birthday did. The cutoff for the senior class is December 1. Even holding an additional meeting on Nov. 17, two weeks before the cut off, is generous. If you have a birthday that late, you would be a junior and ineligible to park in the lot to begin with. As for the parking ticket problem, seniors who were too lazy to go to the meeting are showing their laziness by refusing to walk. The signs prohibiting parking in select areas on school days have been there for four years. They have not changed, nor will they change. I think it is not an argument “…between the school system and the criminal system.” It is an argument on how lazy you can possibly be. Don’t exhibit your laziness by being too cool for the parking meeting. If you do what you have to do, you won’t have to suffer the consequences, such as walking an extra 20 steps from the parking lot. - Jacob Greenberg, ‘11

To the editor, Taking the SAT is undoubtedly an important part of preparing for college. Boards of admissions at numerous colleges argue that

The staff editorial from April said students must be prepared for any essay question.

the SAT enables them to compare students more fairly, since grading practices vary from school to school. The SAT is supposed to grade everyone the same way. Why, then, does your editorial [“Television is an SAT reality,” Editorial, April 2011] completely justify the essay question from the March SAT? Indeed, reality TV might be a legitimate topic, but you did not get to the root of the problem. The subject matter isn’t the issue. In fact, it’s more of the unusual specificity of the question that causes difficulty. Past SAT essay questions were extremely broad, allowing testtakers to write an essay drawing upon evidence ranging from personal experience to U.S. History class. For example, a prompt in the official SAT study guide reads: “Is there always another explanation

or point of view?” This question can easily be answered with a variety of supporting examples, each one providing that sense of “wellroundedness” you’d think Yale is looking for. The March SAT added specificity where there was none before. To ask a question so specific, such as the rotting effects of reality television, a student is limited to discussing TV and only TV. How many essays did SAT graders want to read about Jersey Shore anyway? Sure, “a smart, well-rounded kid should know something about popular culture,” but giving such limited possibility to write an effective, well-developed essay? Well, that’s just going to give you the exact type of one-dimensionality that you tried to avoid in the first place. - Grace Barrett-Snyder, ’12



June 2011



Should graduation be held on campus? A time to start new, cooler traditions

A fond memory will now be erased by Tessa Patti Sports Editor

I was under the impression that having graduation at school was one of the most special privileges that Calhoun had to offer. Graduation is the final day that a student is part of the Colt Community, the final step before heading off to college. Not graduating on the Calhoun field, like every other graduating class, is a disservice to not only students, but also to their families and friends. If someone were to ask a Calhoun student what the Westbury Music Hall meant to them, they wouldn’t even know what or where that is. Ask that same student what Calhoun means to them, and they could ramble on for hours. It’s the moment when you’re sitting in your chair on the field, blue cap, blue gown, sunglasses, able to reminisce about every mile you suffered through around the track, every time you snuck out to lunch freshman year, and every Friday that you burst through the door with friends, free of the chains that kept you in class all week. High school graduation is important for the graduates’ family and friends. At Calhoun, under weather permitting circumstances, this was accessible. With the new system each family is allowed only six tickets for the ceremony. There are people whose immediate family is larger than six people. How is that fair? What if someone had family flying in from out of state, or out of the country, and they aren’t allowed to come to the most important part of the trip, the ceremony. It’s a terrible system. Aunts and uncles don’t care too much about the dinner afterward; they want to see their niece or nephew walk across the makeshift stage with their diploma. Graduation is a community event to be shared by all. I, for one, had been looking forward to attending the ceremony. To see friends that I’ve played soccer with or had classes with for my three years of high school. Many people in the community make it a point to stop by the ceremony. The kids they are watching are the ones that may have gotten them through a difficult freshmen year, or they may be the people they stood on the lunch line with every second

period to get cookies. It’s a way to say thanks. Graduation ceremonies used to do a good job getting more than just the graduates involved. The band was able to go play for the graduating class and the audience. I guess “Pomp and Circumstance” will now be played by a CD, which, with Calhoun luck, will j end up skipping, or just not workw can you leave ing entirely. How nd at tthe he biggest big ig gges g t ge out the school band ceremony of the year? o ou ut, it could could We get it. It’s hot out, w. But But th hat’ at’ss only only rain, it could snow. that’s em mony iiss for mo mon for the a chance. The ceremony y wa w n to take nt tak ke the the students, and they want wha at the weathat w we weath eath ath-chance, not matterr wh what hat day. day. er has in store on th that he entire entirre re graduatgradu gr aduatadu atSure, maybe the eat thro hrough hro rough th their eir ing class had sweat through d of the h ceremohe cereemoce cer robes by the end ny, but nobody minded. It’s the memories that mattered more than the tan lines from sitting through speeches all afternoon. “It’s frustrating for everyone that they are changing tradition,” said senior Marissa Levy. “All of the past classes were able to graduate on the field of the school they went to for four years. Even some of the Calhoun teachers graduated here. Now they’re changing the location to somewhere no student wants. It’s ridiculous.” For the students yet to graduate

by Philippa Boyes Editor-in-Chief

As June 26 approaches, the talk of graduation comes up in every one of a senior’s classes. For some it’s the “You still have to work up until graduation, even if APs are done.” In others it’s the “I better have your textbooks before graduation!” But the most m common discusssion sio n you’ ou ll he you’ll hear if you walk into a twe we h grade welft grade class is the Westbury twelft Mus Mu sic Fa air, tthe new location of Music Fair, gradua gra duation. dua graduation. IIff y ou haven’t haave heard, it’s apparyou en ently ent ntly a tragedy. trag raged rag e It seems like ever ery one ne always alway ay ys complains about it, eryone mostly those ose who have had older siblings graduate grad Calhoun and w wan to continue cont wantt to that tradition of gett g ing the their diplomas at the l h same place their brothers and sisters have. And sure, I get that. We worked at Calhoun, we should get our diplomas at Calhoun. In a certain way, Calhoun has been home for the past four years. But honestly, what great tradition is being ruined? Hours outside in the brutal sun while wearing a cap and gown? Bugs flying everywhere? Walking on grass so girls’ heels get ruined or they trip? No one being able to hear a speech because parents are seated too far away from the stage or speakers?

(photo courtesy of Maria DiMatteo)

Last year’s seniors may be the last to throw their caps in the air under a blue sky.

who may also have to graduate offcampus, I hope there will be fonder memories to overshadow what used to be the most important day in a senior’s last four years.

It’s ridiculous. So we’re moving inside. Where there’s air conditioning and acoustics so everyone in attendance can hear each name being read and each speech being

given. I don’t see the problem. Yes, yes, tradition. Maybe we can start a new tradition. Maybe the Class of 2011 can be looked at as pioneers instead of guinea pigs. Many high schools hold their graduation elsewhere; it just makes the entire ceremony go more smoothly. Not to mention when we graduate inside how the weather decides to act that day won’t be a problem. Administrators won’t have to worry about back-up plans of moving to the auditorium if it’s rainy or too windy, and with how fickle the weather has been so far this spring, it seems best not to take any chances. The other issue is the number of seats. Since we graduate indoors this year, each graduate receives only six tickets. That’s six of their family and friends who get to see them walk across the stage for about five seconds. I know

“But honestly, what great tradition is being ruined? Hours sitting outside in the brutal sun while wearing a cap and gown?” this isn’t ideal. When graduation was at Calhoun, you could invite however many people you wanted. Plenty of space when you’re outdoors. I’m well-aware students have large, tight-knit families and the fact that they are going to have to cut down the amount of people they’re inviting is awful. It’s annoying and it’s unfair to your loved ones. But is cutting down the list so much worse than not even being able to see the graduation because you’re so far away? At least now your guests can watch you have your moment and hear your name being called. This graduation has the potential to be great, if people would look at the positives. We get to fully experience the ceremony without distractions - heat being a main one. I know some students were looking forward to having the picture of the hats in the air against the blue sky, and that’s a loss too. Is that picture such a huge deal? Traditions start because someone tried something new and it worked out well. That’s what this year can be. The Class of 2011 is the first to hold their graduation elsewhere. Perhaps it’s just the first step of moving on and leaving Calhoun for the rest of our lives.


June 2011



Can one portrait define you? fined by one picture, but there are so many restrictions to abide by It has been said that a picture is that the entire collection of phoworth a thousand words, but can tos appears posed and stiff. The one pose really embody four years dull, black drape that covers girls from the shoulders down and the of someone’s life? It seems impossible for yearbook fake tuxedo the boys have to wear dull down norphotos, with vibrant their formality “When we cover up what a mally and stiffness, to young person is known for, and youthful perThe accurately rep- we forget how they became sonalities. resent students’ such an individual. Some- typical student high school ca- thing must be done to spruce does not want to be remembered reers. As seniors, up senior portraits.” wearing a stuffy we have spent uptight get-up. roughly one forth of our lives in high school. Many want to be able to wear On a single day during junior year something that represents who we take our pictures for the year- they are. Whether athletically, acabook—the pictures that the whole demically, or artistically expresclass will look at for years to come. sive, students want their talents to It would be nice for us to be able be remembered, even if its just by to express ourselves the best we themselves looking back on their can in this picture, but that doesn’t youth 20 years from now. Senior portraits show nothing happen. Senior portraits, though traditional, are the most monoto- about who we are. Anyone could associate a name with a face, nous section in the yearbook. Not only are students being de- but without personal expression by Elise Gabriele Staff Writer

that’s all that will be committed to memory. As long as the pictures are appropriate and follow some guidelines, there should not be a problem with having a more elaborate senior portraits section. There are thousands of ways to spruce up the senior portraits without changing tradition too much. Students should have the option to select an inspiring quote or phrase that has proved helpful to them while in high school or everyday life. Another idea would be to put each student’s freshman and senior year pictures next to each other for comparison. This way it would allow students to see

how much they have changed over the four years they were in high school and reflect on memories. Senior portraits consistently lack the vibrancy and flair of students’ personalities. The redundancy of the boring black cover-ups makes everyone seem indistinguishable from one another. When we cover up our personalities with a bleak uniform, our individualism gets masked along with our clothing. Something must be done to spruce up senior portraits; they are the complete opposite of what high school is supposed to represent. What should be remembered as one of the greatest experiences of our lives is represented by a phony smile and suffocated with a black drape.

Follow your own yellow brick road by Nina Thomas Staff Writer

I can’t count the number of times I was warned, but the shock still found a way to reach me. I’m a graduating senior. I was the student who was fussing over what college I would go to as early as the eighth grade. Now I can honestly say that I have changed so much since the first time I entered high school, and I suspect that many of my peers feel the same way. Being raised in a traditional

Indian household I was told that I was capable of being anything I wanted, but only if I wanted to be a doctor. Any other profession was pointless, and from birth I learned that boys were supposed to be engineers and girls were meant to be doctors. I was raised in a culture in which I was taught that being No. 1 was all that mattered. Because when asked who the second man on the moon was, the answer didn’t matter. From as long as I could remember school was a competition.

Who could get the best grade? stand that life and self-worth are Who could reach the very top of not measured based on what you their class? My mom always said get on a test. Your worth is not deshe would respect any career I termined by a percentile. choose, but I couldn’t ignore the As the saying goes, do what you sighs when she said only really love to do and you will never have smart kids can secure a career in to work a single day in your life. science or math. Careers that were So many of us are just trying to fig“stable.” ure out what we want to do with The first job I ever wanted was the rest of our lives and we should in the field of medicine; I wanted listen to our own hearts, first and to be a pediatriforemost. “Being raised in a traditional cian. But when I The sixth watched the Bol- Indian household, I was told grade play at lywood movie that I was capable of being Fayette Elemen“3 Idiots” I ques- anything I wanted, but only tary School this tioned my goal if I wanted to be a doctor.” year is The Wizard for the first time. of Oz and the tagBeing an Indian line that I’ve seen daughter, I have this mindset but on dozens and shirts and heard a the movie revealed two facts that million times is, “Follow your own changed my perspective: India has yellow brick road.” As the Class of the highest suicide rate and every 2011 prepares to leave Calhoun, I 90 minutes a student in India kills couldn’t think of a phrase more aphim or herself. propriate. The pressure becomes so Because I am an Indian daughmuch that students don’t think ter, I know my mom would freak their lives are worth living. I can’t out if my overall average ever imagine what I would have done if went below a 90. And if I told her I was born in India; or if my mom that I wanted to pursue a career in was an unrelenting Indian moms. theater she might actually faint. Sure, she doesn’t want me to pur- But the fact of the matter is this sue anything other than science, is my life, and it is my decision to but she respects my decision. She do what I want with it. I could fail has never forced me into medicine, miserably, but on my death bed, I though I’m sure she wanted to. would know that I made my own I would imagine that not ev- choices. eryone has the same support. It’s Follow your own yellow brick important for everyone to under- road; follow your dreams.



June 2011


Lax bounced out of playoffs by Rachel Tyson Sports Editor

An otherwise successful lacrosse season was brought to end as the boys’ varsity lacrosse team was defeated by Port Washington in the first round of playoffs. The beginning of the season went anything but smoothly. The team was set back after graduating many valuable seniors who made up a majority of their starting line. But once they were finally able to

produce a new starting lineup, things still did not click. “We had talent, but we didn’t seem to cooperate as a whole team,” explained senior J.P. Doucette, “After our first game and loss to Seaford, we all knew it was a game we should have won. But we just didn’t connect.” However, as the season went on, things began to change. And many of the boys contribute this to their coaching staff. Coach Feminella, who played college lacrosse at

Hofstra, and Coach Polazzo, motivated the team beyond any of their expectations. They were not only able to help the team improve their game, but they molded the team together as one. The coaches’ combination of knowledge of the sport, as well as a focus on comradely, is what got the team this far. “Every other team I play on at Calhoun, we were forced to be a family,” said senior captain, Vinny Samuel. “This team wasn’t forced; we ended up that way and that’s

(photo by Holly Lavelli)

The lacrosse team, including Andrew Silverman, Kyle Foy, and Joe Nieto, made the playoffs before losing to Port Washington.

completely due to our coaches.” The Colts were seeded 12th in their conference, giving them the last spot needed to qualify for playoffs. For the first round, they were pinned against Port Washington High School. As regulation time was coming to an end, third year varsity player Charlie Isham scored to put the Colts into overtime. Unfortunately, the team was unable to come up with an overtime win like last time. However, rather than only looking back, the boys continue to look forward. And as Coach Feminella was quoted, “What a ride.” The boys have a lot to be proud of. They were the first Calhoun boys varisty team in four years with a winning record. And, they were able to bring a home playoff game to Calhoun, with a great crowd to boot. “The season went better than we expected” explained junior, Jonathan Strezenec. “We exceeded our expectations by jumping to the 7th seed. Of course it was disappointing to see it all end so soon, but next year we are having many key players return. We made noise in the season this year and next year, we plan on making it to Hofstra.” “The coaches always stressed that they didn’t want to have just one good season, they wanted to build lacrosse to become one of the top competitors in Nassau County,” Doucette said.

Season ends for varsity baseball (continued from page 16)

(photo by Nicole Simmons)

Coach Mike Marino (right) looks on as junior Alex Rodriguez takes first base.

year), also led the Colts in key situations. With five home runs on the season, Thomas hit three in one game alone to lead the Colts in an 8-1 victory against Valley Stream Central. Combined with both Thomas and Sullivan, Joey Christopher, who has plans to pitch for St. John’s University next year, started off his season later after a minor injury, but was able to lead Calhoun to a 4-3 victory over district rival, Mepham. Other key players for the Colts included juniors Alex Vargas, Frank Trimarco, and Thomas Viverito, who pitched Calhoun to a combined total of 14 victories. Vargas struck out 10 in a 6-1 win against Carey. All of the players have their individual triumphs, but combined with all of the other players on the team, Calhoun’s success has been far-reaching, and easy to come by.

“Our togetherness, our drive, and our love for the game is what makes winning so possible for us,” explained Rosen. “We’ve always had this determination to succeed each and every season, and it’s continuing on this season. All of us have been playing this game for years. We love it and respect it. Having success in the past, we all know what it feels like to win big games; and right now, that state championship is looking pretty good for us.” Rosen also had more than 15 RBIs on the season to push the Colts forward in key games. Even though they just recently suffered a tough post-season loss to Carey, the Colts are not at all going to stop. With a fire already warming up, Calhoun will begin to prepare themselves for the 2012 season, and finally capturing the title that has eluded them for the past two seasons, a New York State Championship.


June 2011



Third time’s a charm Girls win counties for third straight year by Ashley McGetrick Staff Writer

For the third straight year, the girls’ badminton team has proven they are the best Nassau County has to offer. After winning three consecutive county championships (while going undefeated twice), the team has earned its credibility. Junior Kristi Tice, a member of the team since 2009, calls it “one of the most intense sports in the school.” She credits much of their success to Coach Gregg Muscarella, who is “an amazing coach that has a strong passion for his team and program.” Coach Muscarella has guided the team for 12 years and continues to lead the girls with the help of Assistant Coach Sue Litwin. Having been head coach of the wrestling

team for 19 years and a junior varsity soccer coach, Muscarella has earned countless victories both on and off the badminton court. The girls are quick to quote Coach Musc with his motivational sayings such as, “Don’t go to practice, go and practice” and “Winning is a choice.” The team has taken the words of wisdom to heart and put it to work as they geared up for the county championship match. “Both of our coaches put so much time and effort into the team” said senior Sam Torretta. “We all really appreciate it.” Saul Lerner, District Director of Athletics, calls badminton a “coach’s sport, because unlike a lot of other sports like baseball and soccer, badminton is usually entirely a new experience for the players coming out for the team, which is why the coaching so im-

Touring tips (continued from page 9)

venirs are more common than any novel. See the Town. Don’t forget to see the surrounding town (if there is one, of course). You won’t always be hungry for the cafeteria food, and that “Freshman 15” stomach won’t feed itself, you know. So make sure you check out the restaurants, local music stores, small clothing shops, and maybe even a fro-yo spot.

Whether you’re staying in dorms or staying at home, it’s always good to take a gander at what your future might be like. Though a quality education is the top priority, look at the big picture. Are you going to remember that night you studied for your Chemistry class, or that time you saw a great band at a local eatery? When looking at campuses, see if you can imagine yourself there; then you’ll realize which school is the right match.

(photo by Tessa Patti)

Be sure to see as much of the college campus as possible on your visit.

(photo by Holly Lavelli)

Senior Diana Goldberg prepares a serve in practice for the county champions.

portant.” Mr. Lerner went on to into the match confident with our credit Coach Muscarella with not heads up, we will win the county only inspiring the Calhoun team, title,” Coach Muscarella said durbut the entire Nassau County area ing the season. And as always, making badminton “finally seen as Musc’s predictions proved to be a legitimate sport.” true as the girls snatched the 2011 These past county title at three years Kennedy High haven’t been School, makb a d m i n t o n ’s ing it the first first triumph. time in the Over the past team’s history nine years, they won three the team has straight county secured 149 championships. victories and “Watching suffered only everyone get seven losses, emotional really making them showed how the most wellmuch they care known team about the team,” in Nassau Tice said. “It reCounty. (photo by Holly Lavelli) ally brought us Many of Senior Fariha Chowdhury all together.” those victories were earned over The girls, along with the coachthe past two years as the girls were ing staff, have shown tremendous undefeated for both the 2009 and passion and dedication, which 2010 seasons. The team’s record translated to great success. It is this year is also impressive, having only a matter of time until the girls only one loss after playing Jericho are back in full swing with their High School. “As long as we go sights set the fourth county title.

by Tessa Patti Sports Editor

After a perfect (15-0) regular season and a first-round playoff victory, Calhoun baseball fell to Carey in the Nassau County Semi-Finals for Nassau Class AA. As the boys look toward next year, they will think about capturing what they have been denied of for the past two years: a state championship. Although the defending Nassau County champions fell short, it was nothing less than a remarkable season. The Colts defeated Syosset in the first round of playoffs on their way to the coveted New York State Championship. But after victories of 15-0 and a 4-0 over Syosset, the boys fell short in two straight games to Carey (6-2, 6-5), who held second place in the conference. Though they were knocked out of the playoffs, the boys did not give up without a fight. Junior Robbie Rosen hit a home run early in the game to add to the Colts lead, which was 4-0 by the end of the first inning. Calhoun, however, lost their lead and their chance at a state title. An early loss to a Baldwin in a non-League game showed the Colts knew that they would have to prove themselves for the rest of the season. The loss helped them to realize that they would need to compete at a higher level, and prove themselves to all other competition, especially those teams within the league. “It just goes to show that, in baseball, any team can be beaten on any given day,” Rosen said. “On the other hand, although we didn’t really have it that day, we still came extremely close, proving to ourselves just how good a team we actually have. I feel like we moved on from that game with a sense confidence and a newfound focus, knowing that we need to give it 100 percent every single time we step onto the field.” After being up 7-4 in the sixth inning, the Colts lost 9-8. This situation though, was flipped upside down throughout the rest of the season, and the Colts mastered keeping leads and, if needed, com-

Almost perfect

Champs fall in second round (photo by Nicole Simmons)

Junior Frank Trimarco bats in a 15-0 game one victory over Syosset in the quarterfinals of the Nassau Class AA playoffs. The team later celebrated (inset) after a sixth inning Jake Thomas home run.

ing back in tight games to pull out a victory. Some of the Colts biggest competition came from their crosstown rivals, Bellmore JFK. Going into an April 26 game, Calhoun had an eight-game winning streak to uphold. Going into the seventh inning, behind 6-5, junior Thomas Viverito hit an RBI triple to tie

the game, which was followed by Zach Goldstein’s two-out base hit to go ahead, and eventually win. This gave the Colts an 8-0 league record and propelled them to beat Bellmore JFK 14-8 on the next go around. With three seniors graduating onto collegiate level baseball programs, the Colts will have many

spaces to fill next year. Outfielder Dan Sullivan, who will be playing at Siena College, came through for Calhoun in clutch situations. Sullivan’s RBI single against Long Beach was the deciding factor for a 1-0 victory to keep the Colts undefeated. Catcher, Jake Thomas (playing for Binghamton next (see BASEBALL on page 14)

June 2011 Hoofbeats  

New issue of Calhoun's newspaper

June 2011 Hoofbeats  

New issue of Calhoun's newspaper