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Up to the challenge Sophomore class takes on Challenge Day by Tessa Patti Editor-in-Chief

After a year-long effort, students finally were given the opportunity to participate in the life-changing experience that is Challenge Day. Challenge Day is a program that leads students through ice breakers and a series of trust-building activities in the hope that they will treat each other with respect and open up about issues they face. With the administration in agreement that the program was worthwhile, it was a matter of raising money for the event organizers. Based in California, Challenge Day would be expensive to bring out to Long Island, totalling around $12,000 for the three-day event. The funds were raised from (photo by Vincent Ruvolo)

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Senior Talia Charidah led students into the crowd of teachers to start Challenge Day.

(photo by Katie Hecker)

Senior Rob Rinck makes the tackle at the Homecoming game, a 28-14 victory vs. Carle Place. See page 16 for more.

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various sources. Last year’s senior class donated what was left in their account, which was added to money raised from commission on vending machine snacks, the PTA, and the Sports Boosters. The fall 2011 leadership classes, led by Mr. Brian Joyce, were also a source of fundraising. They kept change jugs outside the cafeterias and sold raffle tickets to win gift cards from local vendors who donated to the cause. The last of the funds came from personal checks. Multiple teachers, as well as other staff members, believed in what the program could bring, and donated their own money to ensure that Challenge Day would come to Calhoun.

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Over three school days, a different section of the sophomore class, as well as a select few seniors and staff members, sat behind the closed gym doors for the six hour program. While students that did not participate find it hard to understand exactly what happened, it is clear from the reaction that Challenge Day’s promises had been fulfilled. “I haven’t heard one negative word about Challenge Day,” said Principal David Seinfeld. “In the 30 years I have been working in education, this is the best thing I have experienced.” Mr. Seinfeld said the positive (see CHALLENGE on page 5)

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October 2011

Budget cuts into field trips by Dana Reilly News Editor

Due to cuts in the transportation budget, students will have to reach deeper into their pockets to pay for field trips. Field trips will still occur, but will be partially funded by students in order to cover costs. “In order to continue all the trips,

we have to have a greater portion of the transportation cost paid for by students or else there will be far fewer field trips,” said Assistant Principal Nicole Hollings. The Bellmore-Merrick School District has had to make cuts for many aspects of the budget. Every field trip a student wants to attend now has to be paid for or partially paid for out of pocket from stu-

dents and their parents. “The district still funds bus costs for competitions and required trips,” Ms. Hollings said. “The discretionary trips are the ones that need to be partially funded by students.” This means that more trips will be considered self-sufficient. A self-sufficient field trip is one that is paid for by the student or the

(photo provided by Staci Cohn)

Students took in the view during this field trip to Disney in 2010.

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students’ family. “We can’t increase the taxes even higher than they already are. This is why our field trips have become more self-sufficient” said Principal David Seinfeld. Many students in Calhoun will get the opportunity to attend field trips, but only at a cost to them. Mr. Seinfeld said that fundraising will important. “Fundraising among students has increased because we can’t support all field trips,” Mr. Seinfeld said. So far this year, Ms. Hollings (see TRIPS on page 5)

Last year the Calhoun band visited Epcot and Disney World, where they took part in a music competition.

New venue for senior prom by Kelly Gallo Staff Writer

With rumors swirling and after much debate, the Senior Prom is moving locations to the Huntington Hilton. Originally planned to be held at the Westbury Manor, the June 21, 2012, event was booked under the supervision of the previous senior class adviser (a science teacher who no longer works in the district) and last year’s class officers. Even though the Class of 2012 has 368 students, the room previously booked at Westbury Manor could only hold 340 people. The lack of space would have limited both the number of students that could take dates from outside their class and the number of faculty members that could attend. “Several people complained about the venue knowing the pos-

sibility of not being able to bring their desired date. One of our goals was to ease anyone’s worries about prom and who they can invite,” said Carla Miguel, senior class president. Along with newly elected senior class officers and class adviser Jill Klasson, Assistant Principal Nicole Hollings took matters into her own hands and began brainstorming all possible solutions. Ms. Hollings made numerous phone calls to venues and catering halls she had previously worked with when she was a senior class adviser at Mepham High School. Unfortunately, all the venues she called were booked. Luckily for the planning committee, Assistant Principal Carlo Conte spoke to someone he knew at the Huntington Hilton, and the possibility to hold the prom there arose. (see PROM on page 9)

(photo provided by Abby Chaffer)

Seniors Spenser Carrion and Abby Chaffer at the June 2011 prom.


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Teaching a true lesson Mr. Joyce uses experience in the classroom by Jaime Berghorn Staff Writer

Seven years ago Social Studies teacher Brian Joyce was waking up in Iraq, adrenaline running and ready to take on his next mission. Today, as he teaches history and organizes events, he brings the same passion and intensity to Calhoun every day. Mr. Joyce was wounded in Iraq and eventually received a medical discharge. After leaving the military, Mr. Joyce said adjusting to life back home was not easy. “It was extremely hard. Coming home, everything would catch you off guard. In Iraq, you run the show; you expect to be attacked, your adrenaline is pumping and you carry a gun wherever you go. You come home, and you have to fall back under regular laws of society as if nothing has happened”

(photo provided by Mr. Joyce)

Mr. Joyce brings the same passion to the classroom that he brought to his military career.

(photo provided by Mr. Joyce)

Mr. Joyce, shown in Iraq, played a crucial role in bringing Challenge Day to Calhoun.

The decision to become a teacher was rather simple. During his service, Mr. Joyce used to interact with the Iraqi children, playing soccer with them and handing out candy. “The only way to make Iraq better is to help the children, because they will make the country better in the future,” he said. He then connected this realization to life in America, ready to build our nations future as well by impacting the lives of children. For five years, Mr. Joyce has been known in Calhoun as a teacher who motivates and inspires his

students every day. In the classroom, he attempts to pass on his appreciation for life, “From not dying to seeing the sun rise every morning.” He also teaches his students how much a group can achieve if they concentrate and work as a team. These are the principles he brings to his Leadership class, which he created, to aid kids in developing leadership skills of their own as well as taking part in charitable events. Last year, the two sections of Leadership ran the school-wide food drive, as well as a toy drive (see LESSON on page 7)

College essays the write way by Casey Dowd Contributing Writer

For seniors one of the most daunting tasks can be the college essay. How can someone show themselves in such as short amount of space? There are plenty of ways to make sure that your essay is the best. The college essay gives you the opportunity to show the colleges you’re more than just a GPA and standardized test score. Your essay gives your application voice. The admissions counselor looking over your application gets a sense of who you are from your essay. These counselors want to make sure that the students they admit are well-rounded additions

to their community. Assistant Principal Eric Gomez believes the biggest mistakes students often make are being dishonest and embellishing their essays. This is not the time to pretend to be someone you’re not. Don’t feel the need to be funny or witty when you are a serious person. You want the college to accept you because you’re good enough, not because the person in your essay is. An important thing to remember is to follow directions. The Common Application advises that applicants write an essay around 250-500 words. Writing 519 words should not be a problem, but if your essay is around 700 words, you may want to revise and cut out

the unnecessary parts. Admissions officers read dozens of essays every day and a long essay can definitely put you at a disadvantage. Along with the word count, stay on topic, and whatever you do, make sure to proofread. This is not the place to make silly mistakes. Make sure to pay attention to the organization and writing style of the essays provided, and try to apply some of the techniques to your own essay. There are even some available at Whether you go to your parents, your English teacher, or anybody on the guidance staff, getting a helping hand can benefit you when it comes to editing your essay. If you are willing to pay for

an editing service, be sure to check out as well. There are many resources readily available if you have no idea where to start. Stop by the library or the bookstore and take out books with examples of college essays. If you’d rather read sample essays online, Mr. Gomez suggested going to and searching “Common App essays.” The page offers tips for each of the six essay topics on the Common Application, and provides examples of essays about each topic. Mr. Gomez advised students to try to connect with a current college student for help, join an online forum such as collegeconfidential. com, or consult a teacher or guidance counselor at Calhoun.



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Learning through culture

(photo by Jenna Weinstein)

Senior Mitch Israel at a club meeting.

by Gabby Shaw Contributing Writer

One of the up and coming clubs at Calhoun is the Hebrew Culture Club. Though many may only know about it because of the possibility of free food, the club offers much more to its members. “During Jewish holidays we talk about the holiday and the general idea of it. We also talk about current events,” said club member Melanie Bleiberg. “Being Jewish, however, is not a requirement to join.” Bleiberg explained that while

Judaism is a part of the club, it is not the main focus. “It’s Hebrew Culture Club, not Jewish Club,” Bleiberg said. “You don’t need to be Jewish to appreciate the culture.” After attending a meeting, one would see that this is true. Around half the club said they practice a religion other than Judaism, which proves that Hebrew culture can be appreciated by everyone. For example, a recent meeting was about the holiday Sukkot. The club members, led by English teacher Saul Wiener, spoke about what Sukkot is, why Jews celebrate it, how they celebrate, and some different interpretations of how to celebrate it. One topic in particular discussed was how Jews celebrate all over the world. Sukkot is a holiday that requires building a hut-like structure with three walls. Those that live in apartments have a problem with this considering they have no yard. However, they solved this problem by building their sukkahs (huts) on their apartment’s balconies. One notable topic that isn’t discussed in depth is the Israel-Palestine conflict. When asked about the conflict, Bleiberg said, “We don’t really talk about it much, but we

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Seniors Alexa Sarrel and Katie Glider at a recent meeting of the club.

can always bring it up at a meeting for discussion.” With good food, interesting discussion topics, and a lot of dif-

ferent people, this club could definitely become a major point of Calhoun culture. The club meets on Thursdays in room 207.

School store offers supplies & more

(photo by Kelly Gallo)

The goal of the school store is to give students hands-on experience.

by Asia Brown Staff Writer

Whenever you want a snack, pencil, or folder, the school store is your most convenient location. Its close proximity to the Broadway doors and the lunchrooms, as well as the items it carries, make it an asset to Calhoun. The school store is used as a

means of vocational training for some of the students participating in the Special Education program. It is a collaborative effort between the job coaches in the program, and is one of 20 job sites. Others include local stores such as Target, Pathmark, CVS, and Applebee’s, and the school’s own Java Room, found in room B-169. The goal of the school store is to

give the participants hands-on ex- goes back into the store since it is a perience in valuable skills such as self-sustaining entity. inventory, sales, money, and cus“Whatever money is remaintomer service. ing goes toward the class trips and “It emulates running a small events,” Ms. Kennedy said. business,” said Mary Jo Kennedy, The school store used to be a the lead vocational trainer who rolling cart open after school, but helps oversee the since its beginactivities of the “The hands-on roleplay that nings has become school store. students receive by serving a much more sucSenior Dani- customers is the best hands- cessful venture elle Losee is one on experience.” due to its cenof two Senior tral location and Experience stuhours. - Mary Jo Kennedy dents interning Both staff and Lead Vocational Trainer students are esat the school store. Losee said sential in the she’s glad she made the decision to school store achieving its goal, work there. since “the hands-on role play that “I enjoy participating in this the students receive by serving program since I am helping the customers is the best hands on exstudents develop skills that will perience,” said Ms. Kennedy. help them later in life,” she said. The school store is open MonThe students are all in 11th days and Fridays from 12 p.m. to grade or older and are chosen by 1:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from parents and by Emily Paluseo, the 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. It can be Special Education Department found easily between the BroadChairperson. way doors and the gym. Every Monday the morning “Seeing the prep kids interact class is responsible for purchasing with the main stream students is items at BJ’s Wholesale Club in or- a very positive experience. Yhey der to replenish the supplies. know each other by name,” Ms. The money made from the sales Kennedy said.


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Sophs up to the challenge (continued from page 1)

outcome of Challenge Day has been noticeable. In a follow-up assembly with the sophomores, Mr. Seinfeld and other teachers found the support for Challenge Day outnumbered the support from any other school assembly. The only problem the school is finding with Challenge Day is that not enough students had the opportunity to experience it. “It is definitely something we want to bring back every year,”

Mr. Seinfeld said. While the school is working to make sure that the sophomores will have the opportunity to do Challenge Day each year, they also would ideally like to bring the program back for the current seniors. This opportunity, though very much in the early stages, is supported by many in the staff and student body. “Challenge Day would allow seniors to enter college with a newfound maturity and acceptance of

others while learning more about those who we will never leave behind,” explained Carla Miguel, senior class president. Miguel, as well as the several other seniors that attended Challenge Day, are passionate about making sure that what students learn at Challenge Day is not lost as time goes on. “I’ve heard from several students that Challenge Day was lifechanging; It was the best day of their lives,” Mr. Joyce said.

(photo by Vincent Ruvolo)

Sophomores take a break from Challenge Day, a program brought to Calhoun for three days that is designed to bring students together, encourage an end to bullying, and allow students to reflect on their own lives.

Mr. Joyce was instrumental in bringing Challenge Day here. “I was doing research for my leadership class when I stumbled across their web site,” Mr. Joyce said. “I was impressed by what I saw and knew I needed to find out more.” After looking further into it, Mr. Joyce found the MTV show, “If You Really Knew Me,” a program based off of Challenge Day. The idea, as the show had proven, was great and Mr. Joyce and his leadership class saw the merits of the program. It would bring kids closer, stop the bullying, and make the school a safer place. Although doubts remained, Mr. Joyce was determined. Within the week the idea was established, Joyce, Ms. Keri Cinelli, and others were able to go through the program at Oyster Bay High School last December. “After I went to Oyster Bay my thoughts had been confirmed,” said Joyce. “It is an indescribable experience, and something I knew would benefit the Calhoun community.” Moving forward, Mr. Joyce has teamed up with his Senior Experience intern, Jamie Arnone, to create a “Be the Change Team” that will use the lessons learned from Challenge Day to build better relationships among all the grades.

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said that budget cuts have not affected field trips. “If we can use the money we have wisely and spread it out and add student contributions to the transportation cost, I would hope that we can maintain most trips,” she said. “I can say that every trip that has come across my desk so far this year has been approved.” Science Chairperson Rochelle Battersby said that traditionally, students have paid for some trips, while other trips might not happen anymore. “The physics class field trip to Six Flags is paid entirely by the students. The coach bus, the passes, the T-shirts, and any extra money goes to food,” Ms. Battersby said. “Some field trips we can’t do anymore. The science classes used to go the Museum of Natural History and visit the planetarium. We used to take six to seven classes; we just can’t do that anymore.” But not everyone agreed that

students should pick up the entire cost of a field trip. “I think the trips should at least be partially funded. Going to Disney World cost $900, which all had to be paid by me and my family,” said sophomore Lauren D’Archangelis. In recent years the economy has taken a dive nation-wide that no school board can avoid. “The district is waiting for the economy to improve. We will then add back as much the budget allows us,” Ms. Hollings said. “Until then some field trips have to be stopped, or minimized.” Classes may not be able to attend as many trips as they did, but with new technology it makes learning in the class much easier. “Teachers in the department are creative. The technology that we can access is incredible. It comes pretty close to actually going on field trips,” Ms. Battersby said. The smart boards and recent grants for iPads are helping ease

the budget cuts to field trips. Field trips are a part of high school that many students believe will become great memories after they high school days are over.

“I love going on field trips. When I get older, they will definitely be a big part of my memories from Calhoun,” said sophomore Matt Vogel.

(photo provided by Staci Cohn)

The chorus usually spends a few days in Disney for competitions, as shown in 2010.



October 2011


That Awkward Moment MTV show finally shows teens the real world by Leah Sobel Managing Editor

Television shows about teenagers in high school are as cliché and monotonous as the activities actual teenagers have to tolerate everyday. Programs like “Glee” and “Gossip Girl” overdramatize the lives of adolescents and put their 20-something-year-old actors in situations that would never happen in reality. But the failure of representing the wasteland known as high school has come to a close with MTV’s newest hit series, “Awkward.” This show follows the life of Jenna Hamilton, an ordinary girl trying to find her way through high school with the help of her wannabee friends and a love triangle that would put Edward and Jacob to shame. Though the theme sounds common, “Awkward” is fresh, quirky, and even relatable. Usually known for its vapid shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Real World,” MTV sends viewers on a trip back to high school every Tuesday night at 11 p.m. and allows them to connect with the actors, who, by the way, actually look like teenagers. Tamara, the desperate redhead, and Ming, the stereotyped Asian, both help Jenna on her path to popularity. But there are some barricades on this road, and they take form in an unpleasant Sadie Saxton. She’s not the usual blonde haired, blue eyed, stick-thin cheerleader you would typically see on television, and that’s what makes her so fantastic. Her infamous persuasion and quotable line of “You’re welcome” has made her the ultimate mean girl. The show even divulges into her goal of losing weight, showing that even the most popular teenagers are vulnerable and dejected. Jenna’s love life might be the most attractive element to “Awk-

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Jenna (played by Ashley Rickards) and Sadie (played by Molly Tarlov) clash in every episode of the hit show, “Awkward.”

ward” (and yes, that definitely has a double meaning). Matty McKibben, Hamilton’s first love interest, is Ken-doll perfect: brown hair, tall, and handsome. Next comes Jake Rosati, who has had a crush on Jenna since he met

her. It’s a battle royale for the two boys as they fight for Jenna’s heart. Though this part of the show is a wee bit cliché, the show is not completely focused on boy problems and instead, emphasizes the occasionally awkward moments

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Sporting a shoulder cast and neck brace is just an average day for Jenna Hamilton.

that occur during any high school experience. “Awkward” steps away from the drama of shows like “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and remembers that sometimes, there is more to teenage life than sex and drugs. There’s the feeling of being picked last in gym, the feeling of not getting asked to prom, the feeling of rejection. The show involves all the morally depressing themes within a teenager’s life and puts a comedic spin on it, as if to say that these miserable events can happen to anyone. This show is a dedication to all who have ever felt too weird, too ugly, or even too normal. “Awkward” pays homage not to the glitzy and glamorous life of Manhattan’s elite or to future Broadway actors and singers, but to the regular teens of the world just trying to find their way.


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Red hot album Chili Peppers return with new tracks tures of Rain Dance Maggie” is cool and very original. Last, but not least, Anthony Kiedis, who For the first time in five years, writes lyrics like no other. I was the Red Hot Chili Peppers released very pleased with the way he raps their new album, “I’m with you.” in songs like “Factory of Faith.” The album is as funk rock as My favorite song off the album it can be, with is “Monarchy of songs like “Ethio- “The album is as funk rock Roses.” It starts pia” that bring you as it can be, with songs like with Smith back to the band’s ‘Ethiopia’ that bring you building up to prime years. The back to the band’s prime.” the song accomalbum was well panied by Frusworth the wait. As ciante playing a fan of the band I random notes. can say that this is one of my favor- In the verse the drumming and ite albums. bass fit perfectly together. Then in Flea is as funky as ever and the chorus the bass is as funky as as a bassist, I find his skills to be it can be. unmatched. Josh Klinghoffer had Another great song off the album some big shoes is “Factory of to fill after the Faith.” This departure of song starts the band’s forwith a funky mer guitarbass riff that ist John Fruswill be stuck ciante, but he in your head exceeded exall day. “Even pectations and You Brutus?” blew me away starts with with his excelsome ominous lent riffs and piano playing expert solos. by flea. As expected, The album’s Chad Smith single, “The continues to be Adventures one of my favorof Rain Dance ite drummers of all time with his Maggie,” was released to the pubamazing fills and his original style lic in July and the band hit the road of drumming. and started their world tour. This The drumming in “The Adven- was their first concert since Auby Shane Driscoll Contributing Writer

And the band plays on

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Freshman Adam Rawson and the band perform for the Homecoming crowd at the football game.

gust 2007 and their first show with Klinghoffer. It was a private concert where only 300 people were aloud to attend. They then had two more secret shows in late July. The album is currently available for download on iTunes and is digitally re-mastered so the quality is near perfect. The album is the band’s first in

five years and their tenth recorded together. It was recorded earlier this year at East West Studios in Los Angeles, California, and Shangri La Studio in Malibu, California. Other tracks on the album include, “Police Station,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and “Annie Wants a Baby.” Look for the band to be touring the United States in 2012.

A true lesson

(photo provided by Mr. Joyce)

According to Mr. Joyce, “The only way to make Iraq better is to help the children.” (continued from page 3)

for hospitalized children. “Watching a group of students with no connections come together as a cohesive team that can organize fundraisers they do on their own, with little or no guidance from me is the best part,” he said. Students have expressed their own sense of accomplishment after completing a project without the teacher’s assistance, and their enjoyment of helping others and truly making a difference. Senior Talia Charidah said, “Mr. Joyce has given me opportunities, such as Challenge Day, that I never would have gotten if I wasn’t in his leadership class, and I am grateful.” After watching the MTV show “If You Really Knew Me,” Mr. Joyce was inspired to bring Challenge Day to Calhoun. “I realized the show touched on the human relations issues I was teaching, and I found out they were holding a Challenge Day at Oyster Bay High School,” he said. After attending Challenge Day

at Oyster Bay and witnessing the transformation in the students, Mr. Joyce was adamant about bringing the organization to Calhoun. “Having experienced Challenge Day at Oyster Bay, which is an affluent school with a lot of similarities to Calhoun, I realized no matter where you go students face the same challenges and issues. They will jump at the chance to open up and let people know who they are.” As a young person himself, Mr. Joyce made the decision to begin a military career, and explained his initial draw to enlisting. “I always wanted to serve my country is some way,” he said. “I appreciated the freedom we had here and I wanted to give back.” From serving in the military, to teaching students at Calhoun every day, Mr. Joyce has certainly made an impact. His goal to give back has been accomplished, yet he focuses on working to make the school a more enjoyable place for everyone.


8 by Jaime Berghorn Staff Writer

In the cell phone industry, two major brands have gained loyal customers who will argue for hours over the best product. But which one is truly better: an iPhone or a Blackberry? Although this epic battle has gone on for a long time and both have defeated other brands along the way, it is apparent to me that the iPhone has triumphed in conquering the cell phone market.

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The iPhone recently updated to iOS 5.

October 2011

Which is best for you?

iPhone vs. Blackberry The iPhone’s sleek design clearly stands out over the Blackberry’s chunky out dated façade. It has a larger screen with a much more clear display than the Blackberry, and is easier to control through the touch screen rather than using the Blackberry’s track pad. With the high cost of data plans, users want to get the best service for their money and the iPhone delivers, especially with the updated operating system. The iPhone has a faster CPU and memory capacity than a Blackberry. Whenever I’m with my friends and we need to search something, my iPhone is much more reliable than the Blackberrry every time. In fact, my friends with Blackberries ask to borrow my phone to use the Internet. The iPhone has access to the Apple App store, where people can purchase Apps for everything from Facebook to Angry Birds and even Livestrong apps for monitoring one’s caloric intake. The iPhone has several thou-

sand more apps available than the Blackberry. Apple’s famous slogan is “There’s an app for that” and in this case, the iPhone offers so much more to the consumer. In addition to all the features, the iPhone gives the user access to a fully functioning iPod and the iTunes store. For the price of the iPhone, you are getting two highly coveted devices, whereas with the Blackberry you only get a phone. Having the two devices together makes life so much easier, whether I am working out or just want to listen to music. Never again will I have to scream out in annoyance because I forgot my iPod on a long car ride or bus trip. Although the Blackberry can access music as well, the download and usage is not convenient. Even the iPhone’s battery power is more reliable than the Blackberry; most Blackberry users don’t even like to go on the Internet in fear of wasting their battery. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard my friends complain


about their Blackberry running out of battery and seen them bringing their charger to school or having to charge it in their car during lunch. In accordance to the debate over which device to get, the saying “To each his own” surely applies. However, I honestly do not understand this fight. This constantly changing super advanced Apple product is the winner every time. So for Blackberry users, drop that outdated brick as soon as your plan is up and come over to the iPhone side.

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The Blackberry offers a sleek keyboard.

Must have apps for students by Deanna Calamusa Contributing Writer

There are countless apps you can use for your smart phone, but these five are absolute must-haves for teenagers. Facebook is one of the apps students use most throughout the day. Since you can’t access Facebook on the school computers, the app comes in handy. Teenagers and adults are always checking their Facebooks to see what the latest news is, and what is going on in their friends’ and families’ lives. Update your status, check out your friends’ pics, or send messages all from your phone. Twitter is another app that I find most important. Twitter is another social network where you can makes statuses and follow other people to see what they are up to and how they feel. The ability to follow famous people like celebri-

ties, actors, and athletes makes a boring day more entertaining. Tango is an app that allows iPhone users to video chat. It’s very similar to people that have Apple computers that video chat using Skype. What makes Tango better than over programs, including Facetime, is that you can video chat even if you don’t have a Wifi connection. Imagine the ability to video chat anywhere you are. Shazam is a really cool app that amazed me the first time I used it. If you’re listening to your radio or in a store and you hear a song that you don’t know, just hold up your phone to the song, open the app, and the phone reads it. Before you know it, the phone can tell you the exact name of the song, the lyrics, and the artist who sings it. The app will give you a link to buy the song on iTunes and even e-mail you a list of the songs you have selected each week.

(photo by Hollie Foster)

Students can use the Twitter app on the go, and the Starbucks app to pay for coffee.

The Starbucks mobile card is one of the most advanced apps that iPhone has come out with. If you ever receive a Starbucks gift card you can type the gift card number into your phone. The next time you go to in, you don’t need your gift card or money. You just click

on the app and the register will scan the barcode on your phone. It’s very convenient, especially when you’re on the go or running low on funds. The app can show you the closest Starbucks to your locationgive you the hours that the store stays open.


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Spice it up! Having a themed Sweet 16 by Gabby Simonson Staff Writer

When the term Sweet 16 is mentioned, the same ballroom with sparkles and polite smiles, family and friends is pictured. So what’s going to make a Sweet 16 stand out and be the most memorable? The backbone of any Sweet 16 is the theme. Without a theme there really is not much to fall back on for favors, music, invitations, and color scheme. To really impress and excite guests, a party must be truly outside of the box and unique. Some themes, though, have been abused and overused. We’ve seen so many of those campy teen television shows which make them look cute when really, they are just expected. Many reoccurring themes include black and white, masquerade ball, “A Night in Paris,” and disco. While these themes are difficult to be made unique, there is certainly a way to make any party stand out. When picking themes party planners should take into consideration the timeliness of the event in line with pop culture and seasonal taste. A birthday around Christmas could try having a theme that represents the holidays. If someone is celebrating in the summer, bringing the beach or Hawaii into the venue can make it different (and having guests dress as tourists can make the theme something to

(photo by Heather Bey)

Many Sweet 16s, like the Disney-themed party these Calhoun students recently attended, have a theme to spice things up.

remember). You can even try reversing the seasons for an ironic impact. Red carpet parties surrounding the Oscar buzz are also appropriate. To get really into this theme, parties sporting “reporters” could act as though guests are celebrities and ask them fun questions such as “Who are you wearing?” and “Where did you get the inspiration for your hair?” Other ideas could come from one’s interests. The local music scene theme could be done with having bands perform, making it not just the typical DJ of techno mixes and Billboard Top 100 hits.

A simple idea such as this can open the door for invitations and favors; one could send “Backstage Passes” and give out mix CDs of the bands that performed. Costume parties let guests become part of the creative process. The buzz around the party is always positive when everyone is laughing and figuring out who dressed as what. Disney, zombie apocalypse, favorite decade, the possibilities are almost endless, as long as there can be a variety of costume wear that fits the number of guests that are attending. The tradition for party favors is to give out shirts that advertise the

Sweet 16 and wear them after the party. Instead of parading a party around others who weren’t invited, there are low key options that would still please guests. An idea is to give out anything edible. Little bags filled with candy, or little boxes and a cupcake from a nearby bakery are always great options. Other thoughts could be personalized glasses, candles, bracelets, or wallets. Any option chosen must be appropriate for all guests, or separate items must be made available to fit everyone. In the end, the pictures and smiles on everyone’s faces will be the greater reward.

Senior prom (continued from page 2)

(photo provided by Abby Chaffer)

Abby Chaffer, Valerie Marchesi, Emily Rolston, Christine Vanella, and Cara Leggio were all smiles as they prepared to go to the 2011 prom at Jericho Terrace.

Ms. Klasson and a few senior class officers took one day to look at the Huntington Hilton and were happy with what they saw. Ms. Klasson said that the Huntington Hilton has two floors and a balcony overlooking the dance floor. In addition, the room in which prom will be held, known as the Savoy Room, is separate from the hotel itself, and includes its own entrance and bathrooms. The price of tickets also proved to be a source of great debate. Students were concerned the price of prom tickets would be high to compensate for all expenses, especially since the original $500 deposit put down at Westbury Manor would not be returned. However, Ms. Klasson, said a priority was to charge a reasonable price for tickets.

“Last year we charged $90 (per ticket). We won’t charge any higher this year,” she said. Ms. Hollings, Ms. Klasson, and senior class officers have worked hard to make the Class of 2012 prom great for all students, guests, and teachers. It was more of a priority to both Ms. Hollings and Ms. Klasson to ensure that the entire Class of 2012, outside dates, and faculty comfortably fit in the venue for the prom. Skeptical attitudes throughout the senior class are also improving as news of the recent change spreads. “So far everyone’s reaction to the new venue has been positive. I think that everyone is happy that they can spend prom with the entire senior class along with any friend or date of their choice,” Miguel said.



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Where do we go from here? F

or most kids at Calhoun, Challenge Day seemed like the secret that was kept behind gym doors for three days. For the kids that experienced it, Challenge Day was a phenomenon. It was an inexplicable experience, one that allowed people to be themselves, to overcome their fears, or to make an apology. However anyone attempts to describe it, it boils down to six hours of trust building activities. For the quarter of the school population that got to attend, there is one question on their minds, a question that is the student’s job to answer: where do we go from here? There were a lot of things about Challenge Day that would benefit the entire Calhoun Community. The lessons taught were not something meant to be forgotten as soon as the students walked out of the gym. It was something that all of those who attended would want

to continue. Every student should trust they built? Calhoun should have have the opportunity to say how they feel and have a crowd of some kind of safe haven that kids peers around them for support. can just go to talk. A place where It’s natural for humans to reserve the ideas of Challenge Day aren’t themselves. argued. As a student body, it is our We learn that there are certain job to make this a reality. Challenge things we keep inStaff Editorial Day did not side, there are cergive Calhoun tain secrets that aren’t meant to be told. But when the strength it needed to come todoes it come to a point when you gether as a group. That is somewant to let everything out? Where thing that we all always had inside would you go if you had to? On of us. It simply gave us the tools this day students had the ability we needed to utilize qualities we to set free so many burdens they didn’t know existed. Whether or held inside of them. Whether it not we continue using what we was something important or even learned is something that comes a small problem with a teacher, down to the individual (or small they got the chance to be heard. No percentage of them that got this one shouted out advice and no one experience). Can we make a place laughed or snickered at anyone’s where kids can come to talk and not be judged, just be heard? Can issue. But what now? Do kids just have to leave Chal- we learn to think of people based lenge Day and forget about all the on their personality rather than walls they broke down, and all the the clothes they wear? It’s innate

behavior to deem someone “worthy” based on what they look like. Challenge Day teaches against that. It teaches us that there is so much more than meets the eye. The task to keep this going shouldn’t just be left up to the quarter of the student body that experienced Challenge Day. Speaking of challenges, here’s one for the school administration: find a way for the entire student body to experience this. Bring the speakers and the program back for the juniors and seniors. Book a date for next year so that freshmen know they have Challenge Day to look forward to. It’s hard for a group of 400 students to teach a population of 1,400 the lessons that were learned. Challenge Day has been deemed indescribable by almost everyone that attended. So how does Calhoun expect the rest of the school to feel the same way?

Forming a defense by Jenna Rudolfsky Staff Writer

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Tessa Patti Leah Sobel Dana Reilly Jason Boland

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Hoofbeats Sanford H. Calhoun High School 1786 State Street Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 992-1300 e-mail: Volume 54 No. 1

October 2011

Hoofbeats is the official student newspaper of Calhoun High School. Hoofbeats serves to inform its readers of news and events, and as a forum for the students of Calhoun to express their ideas and opinions. Hoofbeats accepts letters to the editor, but reserves the right to edit or refuse the publication of submissions. Letters should be sent to the school or placed in the Hoofbeats mailbox. All letters must be signed and include a contact number for the writer. Some visual material courtesy of the American Society of News Editors High School Newspaper Service. The paper also accepts advertisements for a fee, but reserves the right to refuse advertisements for any or no reason. The views expressed in Hoofbeats do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the administrators, teachers, editors, or faculty adviser.

Though once a safe haven away from bullies, home is now a place where mean kids can reach you through social networks like Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter. One site becoming well-known for cyber bullying is Formspring. Formspring allows the user to set up a profile and upload photos. Because anybody can see a person’s Formspring profile, visitors can post questions, compliments, and insults. Unfortunately, these comments can also be completely anonymous if the person wishes to not identify him or herself. People everywhere, including some in Calhoun, are against this web site. There are even petitions going around online to get rid of it. According to Yahoo News, a new monitoring service called SocialShield is teaming up with Formspring. This new service helps parents monitor their child’s Formspring, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. This way, parents can understand what is going on in their kids’ online lives. However, not everyone is accepting of this. Freshman Maggie Kilada said she does not want her parents to be able to monitor her Formspring. “I feel like I should have my own privacy,” she said. Other students agreed with her, believing they are entitled to privacy, while this new service and parental intervention goes against

that. However, SocialShield is promising. Parents will be able to know what’s going on, and it could help prevent future suicide attempts. Just recently, multiple news sources reported that a 14-year-old from Buffalo, NY, Jamey Rodemeyer tragically took his own life. Sadly. The police said that comments on Formspring were a leading factor in this suicide. Anonymous comments were left on Formspring bullying Jamey, saying that everyone would be happier if he died. Though he pretended he was fine, these comments secretly tormented him and let to his eventual death. In his own You Tube videos, Jamey spoke about his own experiences with bullying and being teased, saying, ”People would just keep sending me hate, telling me that gay people go to hell.” Despite the bad press surrounding it, Formspring currently has over 25 million registered users. In addition, those users post around 10 million responses every day. That could be millions of hurtful things being said anonymously. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga are speaking out too. She honored Jamey at a concert just after his death. Cyber bullying is an issue that affects our friends, families, and the whole student body. But even with the hateful messages and of its dangerous effects, Formspring is still used by many.


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Obama’s false call for unity order to artistically and heroically mend a divided nation in the face of adversity. In President Obama’s recent adAlthough expected, the strategy dress to congress he informed the was effective nonetheless. nation of his latest attempt to reThe blend of patriotism, pervive the failing economy through suasion, and artistic linguistics several ambitious projects aimed allowed for a well-received introat providing jobs to those most im- duction to his more in-depth expacted. planation of the plan that would The first portions of the address soon proceed. featured a classic scenario of the The plan highlighted extensive use of 11th grade literary terms in tax cuts in order to offer financial incentive to those providing employment for American citizens and encourage employers to expand their businesses for the betterment of the economy. The speech inevitably evolved into a desperate plea for the Republican Party to pass the bill despite their discontent. Mirroring the past three years of his presidency, repetition was the (photo courtesy of MCT) go-to literary term Can President Obama find the solution for the nation’s woes? of the evening. by Ashley McGetrick Staff Writer

After several blatant comparisons to iconic Republican leaders and desperate attempts to label himself as the 21st century Lincoln, he concluded with a message of unity and compromise for the greater good. And then, just when you think is all is said done, Obama slips in a little PS note. Hey upper class! By the way, you’re picking up the bill. Again. Despite my distaste for President Obama and his administration, this plan at first glance seems as though it really is the only plausible solution for our economic misfortune. Regardless of political affiliation one can’t deny the state of desperation we have reached for a jolt in our economy. The president not only crafted this speech to make it easy on our wallets, but also easier on our brains as he spent a large portion of his address making strikingly direct connections in attempt to parallel his plan to countless other successful economic revival tactics. The use of national construction projects in attempt to revive an economy is featured at several points on a time line of U.S. history and has proven to be an effective way to not only improve the economy, but also fulfill the need

for physical improvement to our roadways and education systems. Examples of this can be seen when reflecting on the works of Roosevelt and the Panama Canal, Eisenhower and the G.I. Bill and several other economic stimulations. At first, while watching Obama address the nation, I too was swept away by the overwhelming sense of patriotism and pride and was instantly inclined to start pinning my “Yes we can!” button. However as the speech went on, I retreated back to my skeptical roots and began to question where this certainty of monetary backing was coming from. And then my thoughts of being converted to a new political perspective of hope and clarity was once again crushed as President Obama informed us that like most other national projects, the bill will be forwarded to the upper class. If unity is what we are striving to achieve (which is of the utmost importance if we wish to make any progress), I am doubtful that taxing the wealthy will only add fuel to the already raging Republican fire. The only things I am left with in the weeks following this speech are skepticism and curiosity as to how congress will reply.

Smells like no teen spirit by Jenna Weinstein Staff Writer

Calhoun is known for many things: fund raising, badminton, drama, and baseball, just to name a few. But after Spirit Week, you can add laziness and apathy to that list. Spirit week is an annual event during which students dress up for a different theme every day. However, spirit would not be the word to describe it here. The lack of effort to participate in the creative themes this year was truly disappointing. Not only does Student Government work their hardest to make this week, but it is disappointing to see so many not show they care for their school. Every year on pajama day, the hallways are usually filled with students wearing slippers, nightgowns, other creative pajamas. But this year was different. It was truly upsetting that this was the first year I was the only student in footie pajamas. It was nice to see some of my peers being creative in their

comfiest pajamas, but when comparing it to the number of people who weren’t dressed up, it was simply a buzz kill and made me unmotivated to dress up for the rest of the days. Throughout my high school career, I have heard teachers say many times, “Get involved,” and “What you put into high school is what you’ll get.” So why are so many not responding to this? Dressing up for spirit week is important for students to consider. When everyone gets clever and puts their all into something, it brings nothing but unity and enjoyment to school. Getting involved in our school is extremely limited, so why not join in when you have the chance? Other than spirit week, we have the Homecoming parade and game, and the pep rally. That’s it. Unlike other schools, we don’t have Homecoming concerts and dances, but judging by the number of people who participate in the events we do have, dances would consist of about two students. This

(photo by David Braunstein)

The cheerleaders do their part for school spirit, as they did here at Homecoming.

is probably the most significant reason so many school events get canceled and why many ideas are rejected in the first place. Who would go through all of that trouble just to have no one show up? Students from Kennedy High School post pictures of themselves dressed up in spirited outfits for their spirit week every year, and this year was no different. It’s dis-

appointing to see our rival school show their pride while ours does not. Student Government president Talia Charidah had a lot to say about the lack of school spirit. “Pep rally and the Homecoming parade and game are supposed to be a way for the community to come together, support our teams (see SPIRIT on page 13)



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Teachers and students as Facebook friends? Connection should continue after school by Casey Dowd Contributing Writer

Facebook’s home page declares that, “Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.” However, a law in Missouri almost took away that privilege. The proposed state law would have banned private conversations between teachers and students in Missouri. The law was recently overturned and the state has decided to give individual schools the power to control their own electronic media policies. While I understand that friending a teacher on Facebook may have its downsides, I truly feel that the pros outweigh the cons. Having the power to contact a teacher via Facebook is a vital opportunity and should be an available option for students. Facebook is a site with intricate settings for users, and many users do not take advantage or even understand all of them. To some extent, I think some are confused with the way Facebook works, especially when the company applies a new change to the site. The most recent updates have enhanced the privacy settings so that users can easily control what they share with specific people. Another recent addition is interactive groups. These groups give users the power to contact other members in the group directly. Utilizing these new Facebook settings is not only innovative, but also an approach that all teachers should be taking to contact their students. Privacy settings are an essential tool for Facebook friendships between teachers and students. Facebook allows users to which audiences see which posts. For example, if a student posts a picture, but feels that it is too personal to share with everyone, it’s easy to hide these posts from teachers. If a teacher doesn’t want their students to look through their friends list, they can customize their settings and hide their friends from their students. A director I’ve worked with has opted to hide her wall posts from students she’s directed under the age of 18. The personal messaging option on her Facebook was still open so that the cast could still contact her personally if necessary.

This is a great alternative for those who want to still be able to connect with their students, teachers, and colleagues in a more private manner. Another convenient way for ct each other is friends to contact ok groups. grou ups. ps. Last La L st through Facebook ntrodu uced a ne uce new w year, Facebook introduced de th de thee d ist sttrii format which has mad made distrition io more ion more ins instan nstan t bution of information instanhe same he samee gro oup taneous. Users in th the group pos osts, t ts, pi p ctu tures tu res es,, can share text posts, pictures, um ments throug ments men thr roug ough h video, and documents through n another an anoth other oth er memmem emthe group. When ntirre group grou o p ber makes a post, the en entire ation. T The Th he g rou ou up receives a notification. group bility to message messag mes sag sage age provides the capability has students quickly without the hassle of choosing individual students to include in a thread. If a teacher wanted to post the homework assignment on the group, and send out a message to the entire class discussing the details of the as-

signment and the deadline, this can easily be done through Facebook group. Students spend at least 35 hours a week with teachers. Parents have put trust in faculty members to take good care of their children and ensure they are learning in a safe environment. Most teachers have good intentions and have a desire to help students achieve their highest potential. In some ways, students may in fact be safer talking to a teacher on Facebook because once information is posted, it cannot be taken back or denied. Facebook is an excellent extension of the classroom. It can be used as a forum for debates, and to further discuss the topics touched upon in class. Through Facebook, students would have more than a mere 41 minutes a day to discuss the curriculum with their teachers.

This relationship status shouldn’t be friendly Your teacher should see you in a professional way, at school doing work, not out with your friends in Students should definitely not clothes that you wear to impress be friends with teachers on Face- people your own age. Imagine getbook. It’s awkward and totally in- ting a notification from a teacher appropriate. liking or commenting on a picture S Stud tu ents and teachers should that you look good in. It would just Students only hav on av ve an academic relation- freak you out, right? only have shiip iin sh n sschool. c o Teachers’ and stucho ship And what about those intense dents’ li vess cco dents’ lives contain very personal Facebook fights? You know, the aspeect asp ects aand nd d d aspects details that they are ones that everybody stalks at some free to to share shar are with ar w free other people in point? Or when two people are in a the heir he ir age ag groups gro ou outside of school. relationship on Facebook? Why do ou their High schooll llives and adult lives teachers need to know who you’re total allly diff al di erent, so I’m not friends with, or who you are inare totally sur urre wh even sure why adults would be volved with in any way? inte er s d in ereste ere i some 16 year old’s so int interested Things are said online that could drama drama. be meant to offend or show interest Additionally, students shouldn’t in another person. Most students care what their teachers have go- would not want their teachers to ing on. Do you really want to see know any drama that goes on with your teacher visiting relatives over them and their peers. Teachers can the summer? Attending a wed- see a post and judge their student ding? Not even a little bit. on how it was worded or what was meant. Keep inside jokes inside. Recently, legislators in Missouri wanted a law banning teachers and students from being friends on Facebook as a deterrent for teachers who have sexually assaulted students. According to the Associated Press, the law was proposed after an investigation found 87 Missouri teachers lost their licenses between 2001 and 2005 because of sexual misconduct, some of which involved the exchange of explicit online messages with students. Students post about personal I agree with the law because activity or even about feelings things like this can easily happen. they are having on their Facebook I’m not saying every teacher is gopages. Students use quotes, songs, ing to do something illegal or even and pictures to display interests in weird, but yes, there are crazy peoanother person or to describe fam- ple in the world. It’s always better ily or friends issues. These are per- to be safe than sorry. Something sonal exchanges between students that starts innocently could end and their friends, in serious consenot information “Think about the type of pic- quences. for teachers to tures that you have online. If a teacher does read or see. Joking around with friends want to know any Think about on your webcam, at the beach personal things the type of pic- in a bathing suit...” going on in your tures that you life, they can talk have online. Jokto you at extra ing around with help or call home. your friends on your webcam, at But the fact that teachers might feel the beach in a bathing suit, in a it’s okay to look at your profile and short dress going to a sweet 16, pictures, and then try to get in conand, if you’re stupid, some pic- tact with you through Facebook is tures at a party where drinking over the top. is taking place. Students can feel Kids may think it’s okay to talk violated knowing that teachers are over the computer because they looking at their pictures and judg- believe nothing can happen, but ing them on how they look. That’s that’s not true. A lot can happen just creepy. even through your “safe” laptop. by Nicole Witte Contributing Writer


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Stand for your right to sit down The point of the line is to reassure that we are one nation, unified together, and we shall never The majority of our mornings split apart. Do I think mentioning start in the same, monotonous God is necessary? No, but that’s no routine getting ready and going excuse to not say pledge. The way to school. However, one thing re- I see it is if you don’t believe in cently has caught my eye and frus- God, don’t say “under God.” Say trates me to no end. “under one” or “under all” or just I am the only student who not leave that word out. only stands up, but recites the If people really have that hard Pledge of Allegiance out loud in of a time getting passed mentionmy entire class. Though I am not ing God in the pledge, I guess the only voice (my teacher speaks Americans should boycott the use aloud with me), I’m constantly left of money, because the last time questioning why my fellow stu- I checked, every coin and bill we dents feel it is not necessary to say use for currency has the words “In the pledge. God we trust” on it. In elementary school, there was It’s amazing to me how the no question about it. Everyone had entire class will break out into to stand up, everyone had to put laughter and chatter loud enough their right hand to cover up the over their heart, “The irony of it all is that entirety of the and everyone you have the right to sit announcements, had to recite the down for the exact reason we yet they’re “too pledge out loud. are all standing and saying tired” to speak 31 It is no sur- the pledge.” short words that prise that teenis so much more agers want to rebel from what is meaningful than the conversations considered the norm and revolt interrupted. against what they believe society The irony of it all is that you sets for them. However, does that have the right to sit down for the give students the right to outward- exact reason we are all standing ly disrespect their country? and saying the pledge. We are a I’ve talked to fellow students generation that is so against condiffering in ethnicity, religion, and formity, but every person who personality - some who are friends, doesn’t honor the pledge is conothers who are not. Some said they forming to the masses. are against the pledge for “brainThe only time I feel embarrassed washing all of America to praise standing to say the pledge is the our country,” “allegedly enforc- feeling I get for those who have ing religion onto the students,” or given up everything to make our “just too lazy or too embarrassed lives so great, yet our student body to say it.” does not show its appreciation for I find it to be completely ridicu- their self-less deeds. lous when students tell The Freshman - by Andrew Boyd me they don’t say the pledge because they don’t believe in God. That fact is, if students took the time they used to come up with that ludicrous argument to truly dissect the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, they’d see how wrong they are. The line that causes controversy, “One nation under God” has nothing to do with what the meaning of the pledge is. In no way whatsoever is saying that line making a person conform to a different belief, praise, or even really acknowledging God. by Maddy Gottlieb Staff Writer

(photo by David Braunstein)

The windows of cars in the parking lot are often used to show school spirit.

No school spirit (continued from page 11)

and cheer them on to victory. With more people at these events our teams will be motivated to win, and we will feel more like a family at Calhoun,” Charidah said. If more people were willing to participate, more people would enjoy actually being at school functions. Generally, the people who are part of a club or sport are the people who dress up the most. But even students who are not involved in an extra curricular, or spirit week altogether see this as a problem. Senior Luis Acevedo agreed that this is an issue that needs to be dealt with. He thought this was a problem that could negatively affect our community. “This can give our school a bad

(photo by David Braunstein)

The Colts mascot at Homecoming.

reputation,” he said. Acevedo himself did not participate in every spirit day. He believed that perhaps some themes such as “twin day” were rather childish. It was the simple ones like “color day” that attracted him to join in because it was easy. He did suggest giving out incentives so that a student could be awarded a prize for the best dressed. Students can argue that school is for learning and not dressing up in crazy costumes. However, when stuck in a school with the same people for four years, there should be days that are fun. Although color day is the easiest, it is, to me also the most boring. Why a student can’t put together an outfit that is creative for one day is truly baffling. It only requires a little bit of effort, and would lift the mood of the school. Coincidentally, Talia and Luis both made a point that spirit was definitely more popular when they were freshman. Was there more spirit because they were younger, or because the seniors of that year influenced the rest of the school to dress up? English teacher Jason Elias is not only an involved teacher in the Calhoun community, but was also a student here. In his time, spirit week was simply spirit day. There was no separation of colors by grade; everyone showed up to school decked out in Calhoun clothing and jackets, which, he mentioned, “were very in.” He admitted that this year he didn’t even know it was spirit week because of the lack of participation, emphasizing his point that “you cannot manufacture spirit.” Mr. Elias added that the best way to get students to unite on a spirit day is to suggest that everyone wear Calhoun gear.



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V-ball serves up wins by Amanda Anzelone Contributing Writer

(photo by Rebecca Spina)

Senior Jessica Ruggiero spikes the ball.

With a new coach and new players, the girls’ volleyball team has made improvements from last year and holds a 7-3 record. The team’s hard work and effort has begun to show. The new underclassmen players have been making great contributions to their wins and stepping up. The team has won more games than last year and senior captain Jessica Ruggiero has high hopes for them to make it to the Counties. Ruggiero thinks that the team definitely has the potential to do this, but she says they “need to continue to work together” to make it possible. Their new coach, Mr. Quiambao, “Coach Kevin,” as the players call him, used to be the girls’ volleyball coach at Molloy College, so he brings experience with him

to the job. He keeps the tempo of the game up and helps mold the team together. After a loss, the coach tells them that they have to earn respect back at practice. These practices involve plenty of running and strength training. The team is in third place in Conference A II, behind the undefeated Lynbrook team and close behind Hewlett. “Our record so far this year is technically [8] wins and [2] losses, but because of a minor altercation, we have 7 wins and 3 losses,” Ruggiero said The “altercation” she is referring to is that the team had to forfeit a win, a victory against New Hyde Park. The team was required to have held seven practices before their first game. But with the inclement August weather, the school was closed one of those practice days due to Hurricane Irene, so they were only able to

have six. This lack of practices forced them to forfeit, although they worked really hard to pull out a win. “It’s so unfair because we deserve this win. It’s not our fault; it was a natural disaster that we had no control over,” Ruggiero said. The team was not allowed to hold a practice during the hurricane because they were told it would be unsafe. Players are upset about the bad luck, and they have notified June Spruyt, the school’s athletic director. They are hoping that it will not cause them problems in the standings toward the end of the season. Looking forward, seven players will be graduating this year, including about five starters. These seniors are hoping that the underclassmen will be able to hold the weight next year and keep up the reputation of the team that they built.

Breaking the ice (continued from page 15)

friends. where she wants to be as a female “If I’m not at my game or prachockey player. tice, I’m usually at one of my broth“Knowing your schedule be- ers’ games. Or I’m with my cousins forehand helps with time man- or extended family. agement,” she said. “I try to get Ice hockey is one of the fastas much homework done on the est growing sports in the world. nights that I don’t have practice.” Many more women participate in One of Cicchetti’s teachers from this sport then people think. last year, English teacher Dawn “I think it’s awesome that there Boland said the junior is always are girls like Tori that don’t worry giving her best in school. about stereotypes or judgments “Tori is a committed, hard they may face by playing a sport working, and intelligent young typically associated with boys,” woman,” she said. “It is my un- Mrs. Boland said. derstanding that While there are “Knowing your schedule beshe works just as not as many orhard outside the forehand helps with time ganized leagues classroom as she management. I try to get as for women as much homework done on the there are for does inside.” How does she nights I don’t have practice.” men, there are stay positive after all different levlosing a game or - Tori Cicchetti els that exist for tournament? “It women. isn’t always about “I want to play winning a game, it is about putting hockey in college, and I’m really in all your efforts and having fun interested in teaching Math or Scialong the way,” she said. ence,” she said. Yes, hockey plays a big part in With one more year of high Cicchetti’s life, but when she is off school left, and college around the the ice she enjoys spending most corner Tori has an exciting future of her time with her family and ahead of her.

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(photo courtesy of Tori Cicchetti)

Cicchetti said time management is important when dealing with life on and off the ice.


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Breaking the ice Lady Colt rules the rink and classroom by Sarah Greco Staff Writer

Tori Cicchetti has been surrounded by hockey most of her life, so it’s no surprise that she is one of the captains on the Lady Islanders. Being that both of her brothers play hockey, and her father has always encouraged her to play made her more interested in the sport. She began playing hockey in sixth grade. Now a junior, she still has a passion for the sport and plans to play in college and earn a scholarship. Cicchetti is currently a member of the Lady Islanders and has recently been chosen to be one of two captains on her team. The Lady Islanders are the only girls’ hockey team on Long Island, made up of girls from both Nassau and Suffolk. Playing on this team demands a strong level of commitment. The players must be dedicated to the sport in order to have a successful season for themselves and their team members. They have an hour-long practice two times a week that consists of drills involving working on their puck control, breakouts, power plays, and doing

(photo provided by Tori Cicchetti)

Cicchetti, seen here weaving between two defenders, was recently named one of the captains of the Lady Islanders.

specific skating drills. “I feel that people hear I play ice hockey and think about aggression and associate it with the male version of hockey. Girls aren’t allowed to check, so it changes the whole

game. It makes it based on the goal of the game: playing with your teammates and scoring goals.” Even with practices and traveling to games over the weekend, she is still able to manage her

schoolwork and perform her best in the classroom. With her busy schedule she constantly reminds herself that all her hard work will pay off in the end and lead her to (see ICE on page 14)

Unbeatable soccer looks for more by Julie Ciccone Staff Writer

It comes as no surprise to fans of the girls’ varsity soccer team that the season so far has been a dominating one. The Colts, who currently lead Conference II AA, have won 10

games, lost none, and tied two. The girls continue to win games as their regular season comes to a close. With only a few games left until playoffs their main focus is to remain undefeated and first in the conference. After winning the Town of Hempstead Summer Soccer League, the

(photo by Rebecca Spina)

Kayla Capuzzo goes on the attack for the Lady Colts.

girls knew that it would be a successful season. With a lot of young talent and strong upperclassmen the team is looking to go far into playoffs. As a whole the team chemistry is definitely evident on the field. With 38 goals already scored this season, it doesn’t take long for the girls to connect and make important plays. Senior Kristina Gandolfo leads Nassau County in goals scored with 17. Michelle Iacono is also a top scorer for the Colts with 10 goals. Sophomore Kayla Cappuzzo has added to the strong Calhoun offense with 5 assists. Lea Sanders, a junior who has been playing defense for the Lady Colts since her freshman year, believes that the team has, “a really strong offense and defense. We work really well together.” While the competition this year is stronger than what the girls faced last year, most of the games

have been shutouts. Junior goalie Alissa Battaglia is also a Nassau County leader for shutouts with eight. The Colts are fortunate to not only have a talented team, but great leadership. The team is lead by senior cocaptains Mary Hijazi and Talia Charidah. Both captains make up a core of the Calhoun defense that has proved tough to break in the 2011 season. “Mary is a very calm and composed player,” Sanders said. “When we’re on the field we all try to play like her.” As for the rest of the year, the girls look forward to the competition they will face in playoffs and want to start by winning their conference. From there, the Lady Colts hope to go as far as possible into the playoffs. Ultimately, they are hoping for at least a Nassau County Championship.

Believing and achieving

Calhoun Colts giving their all (photos by Katie Hecker)

Senior quarterback Matt Brennan drops back in the pocket to look for a receiver against the Carle Place defense. Below, the team arrives on the field for Homecoming.

by Kelly Gallo Staff Writer

Facing tough competition, the varsity football team is doing its best to make a run for the playoffs. With many good teams in Conference II, the Colts hold a record of 3-4. After three straight losses, they bounced back with a great 4216 win against Great Neck South. Led by senior captains Rob Rinck and Matthew Brennan, the team quickly recovered from a first game loss against Wantagh and advanced on to win their next two games. The boys’ record includes a big 28-14 win against Carle Place at the Homecoming game. Senior Julian Lee scored all three touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards. Brandon Furia also contributed to the win with an interception and a fumble recovery. Senior Jonathan Strezenec had a reception for over 10 yards, while Angelo DiMatteo kicked extra points for the Colts. Younger players also stepped up and contributed to the win. Junior Matt Pilotti had 2 receptions for over 15 yards and sophomore

Brendan Lee also had a 3 yard reception and a fumble recovery. Calhoun’s second win, against Westbury, ended with a score of 42-13. The Colts scored six touchdowns, their highest point total for the season. Matt Brennan led the team with 3 touchdowns and 14 completions for 265 yards. Rob Rinck added to the win with 8 tackles and an interception. Zach Mastrangelo contributed to the win with a reception for 29 yards, while Julian Lee and Brandon Furia each supplied a touchdown. Alex Vargas scored a touchdown off a punt return. After graduating key players, the Colts have been adjusting to their new team and continue to make changes. Head Coach Joe Bianca said the transition from last season to this season has been a fairly easy one. He credits this smooth movement to

his team’s leadership. “We’ve had a lot of returning starters like Dan Petassi, Julian Lee, and our two tight ends, Strezenec and Spampinato.” Coach Bianca said, “The fewer mistakes in practice, the fewer we will make in a game.” This motto has remained true. In the 27-0 loss against Wantagh, the Colts turned the ball over five times, but in the next two games

they did not have any turnovers. Senior Vinny Spampinato said, “I believe in our team; we have great chemistry to succeed and win a lot of games.” Between hard work and a few wins Calhoun has been determined to make playoffs a possibility. Senior safety Kurt Brown said, “The team is really coming together as one unit, and I think we have a real shot to go far this year.”

October 2011 Hoofbeats  
October 2011 Hoofbeats  

October 2011 Hoofbeats