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CHRONICLE Los Angeles • Volume XXII • Issue VI • March 13, 2013

New president meets students, promises changes By Michael Rothberg


HAND IN HAND: Top left, Robert Lee ’14 and Andy Arditi ’14 perform at the vigil. Top right, Darrell Carr sings The Lord’s Prayer, beside his wife. Bottom center, Swim Coach Jon Carroll bows his head.

Justin’s Legacy

After-school arts, cardiac screening for athletes and a cyber-campaign for world peace memorialize the life of Justin Carr ’14. By Michael Sugerman The sudden death of Justin Carr ’14, who died of cardiomyopathy during swim practice Feb. 22, has led the administration to convene a panel of medical experts to consider a detection program for heart defects in student athletes, President Tom Hudnut said. “We are going to see if we can maybe be leaders in that field as we have been with concussions and other things,” he said. “This would certainly be a lasting impact.” Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said the panel will identify potential ways to screen and test students to make participation in sports safer. Carr’s death has prompted not only further study of the ailment that may have killed him, but also support for his

extracurricular the quad March 4 loves: the visual and and 5 to support the performing arts. fund. “I want to be Three weeks afable to give back to ter his death, Carr those less fortunate is still, as Hudnut than me by creating put it, a “ubiquian after school protous” presence on gram in neighborcampus. hoods where kids Chanell Thomnathanson ’s are not exposed to as ’13, who sang in Justin Carr ’14 the visual and perChamber Singers forming arts,” Carr wrote in and competed on the swim January for a summer pro- team with Carr, helped pull gram application. Carr out of the pool when he His family has set up the became unresponsive during Justin Eugene Carr Memorial practice. Now, she not only Fund for this purpose. Susan wears a “Smile for Justin” Carr said that Harvard-West- wristband, but also a heartlake students might be able to shaped locket with a lock of volunteer for those programs. his hair inside. A group of Carr’s friends “I feel like he’s always with and members of the Black me,” she said. “I know that his Leadership Awareness and body isn’t here, but that locket Culture Club sold turquoise is my physical proof that he “Smile for Justin” bracelets, hasn’t left me and he is still baked goods, and BLACC garments (designed by Carr) in • Continued on page A8

Rick Commons, the next president of Harvard-Westlake, visited campus on Monday, and though he was glad to see that the school hadn’t changed much since he left 15 years ago, he said that it, like all schools, needs to innovate in order to thrive. Commons, who is currently the Headmaster of Groton School in Massachusetts, will be replacing Thomas Hudnut next fall as the second president of Harvard-Westlake. “[Harvard-Westlake’s] got to change,” he said. “No place that stays the same is going to be successful in the long run. I think that schools have been able to defy that logic for a long time. Online learning, as an example, is a change that is so dramatic and so profound, in the ways in which millions and millions of people are learning around the world, schools like Groton and Harvard-Westlake have to deal with it in a way we didn’t know in the past.” At Groton, Commons introduced an experimental program to encourage education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, in which a select group of ninth graders were chosen to take a double period class called “STEM Foundations I,” in lieu of traditional science or

Coldwater Canyon will be closed from Mulholland Drive to Ventura Boulevard from Saturday, March 23 through Thursday, April 25. The closure will last from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday and from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power representative Greg Bartz said. Students who drive to

school, parents and faculty will receive placards allowing them to access Coldwater Canyon during the closure, Head of Campus Operations J.D. DeMatte said. During the hours of the closure, drivers who leave Harvard-Westlake can only head north toward Ventura and will not be able to make a left out of the main driveway or Hacienda Drive. During the month-long closure, one lane will remain open for emergency vehicles

and residents will have access passes. Additional street closures may occur at various points, Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken told students in an email. Since Saturday, March 9, drivers have not been able to turn left from Coldwater Canyon onto Ventura Boulevard from either the north or south side of the intersection. • Continued on page A8

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COMMONS SENSE: Incoming President Rick Commons speaks to the junior prefects and visits the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, a building that did not exist when he left 15 years ago.

LADWP to close Coldwater Canyon INSIDE By Claire Goldsmith

math courses. “[At Groton,] we have taken the plunge, and are trying, and probably in certain places failing. And if we’re not going to fail, we are not going to be able to learn and innovate. That’s the hardest thing for a school like Harvard-Westlake,” Commons said. Commons plans to encourage innovation in education as president, by maintaining the 1 to 1 laptop initiative and experimenting with new programs. In the morning, Commons took a tour around campus led by prefects Mazelle Etessami ’14, Oliver Goodman-Waters ’14, Henry Hahn ’14 and Ashley Sacks ’14. Commons was an English teacher, assistant dean, college counselor and soccer coach during his five-year tenure at Harvard-Westlake. Other than a few new buildings, Commons said that the school felt similar to it was when he worked there. “Happily, it doesn’t seem profoundly different. I say happily because I’ve spent the morning seeing lots of old friends,” he said. “There’s a number of faculty who were here when I was here, who are still here, and somehow still look young and vibrant, like

STRIKEOUT: Jack Flaherty ’14 pitched a no-hitter, days after Chloe Pendergast’13 did the same.


B5 IN A TRANCE: Amateur hypnotist David Goldberg ’15 practices his hobby on fellow students.

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DO THE HARLEM SHAKE: Students convene in the quad for the filming of a “Harlem Shake” video, in which one person dances alone for a few moments and then is joined by a large crowd of people dancing wildly in costumes. The video was inspired by multiple viral videos that garnered millions of hits on YouTube in only a few weeks.

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LION DANCE: For the Chinese New Year, students dance the Lion Dance, dressing in elaborate costumes.

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A NIGHT OF JAZZ: Nick Lee ’15 plays on the trombone on the second night of the Jazz show in Rugby.

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OVER THE HURDLES: Laurel Aberle ’13 leaps past a hurdle in the track and field team’s first meet.


Anonymous student hacks traffic sign

By Elana Zeltser

Driving down Mulholland to school every day is second nature to those who take the route. The winds in the road are anticipated, the traffic patterns practically memorized. But on March 7 parents, students and faculty encountered something unexpected. Rather than flashing the usual updates on Coldwater Canyon closures, a construction sign on the side of the road read: “World peace 4 Justin” quickly flashing to the message “”Make someone smile today.” This was not a message left for the Harvard-Westlake community by the Department of Water and Power.

Rather, the administrator of the Facebook group HW Compliments woke up a little earlier than usual and decided to spend his extra time spreading Justin Carr’s ’14 message. “A while back I’d seen pictures online about people hacking electronic signs,” said the person who wishes to remain anonymous. “The thought of hacking a sign was swirling around in my head for a while. I thought of Justin and that idea just popped into my head.” At 7:20 a.m., HW Compliments turned the blank, black screen into a memorial. “I read the user’s manual (quite long actually) and figured out the password and fiddled around until I activat-

ed those messages,” HW Compliments said. This gesture did not go unnoticed, as people began discussing it when they arrived on campus. “I went to school and a friend who didn’t know that it was me told me about a sign that someone hacked and put an awesome message on,” HW Compliments said. “That was me! It was a pretty awesome feeling actually, doing things for others, even if it’s in a super small and trivial way.” Later that day, Seana Moon White ’13 posted about it on Facebook. “Thank you for making me smile today,” Moon White said. “I’ll do my best to make someone else smile today, too.”

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Service guidelines to change

The new community service guidelines no longer require students to complete service hours with other students.

By Sarah Novicoff

Coffee House

Morgan Hallock ’13 and Katie Lim’ 13 sang “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during Coffee House March 11, the third coffee house hosted this year. Students were asked to sign up prior to the event but were also able to sign up during the event. Seventeen students performed.

Garcetti ’88 leads in mayoral runoff race By David Lim

Eric Garcetti ’88 remembers seeing Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley speak at an assembly while at Harvard. Now he’s hoping to become mayor himself in the May 21 election, in a run-off with City Controller Wendy Greuel. Garcetti took 32.9 percent of the votes in the March 5 primary to Greuel’s 29.2 percent. Since 2001, Garcetti has been a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 13th District. Garcetti said that he did not plan to go into politics “until the day I decided to run for City Council.” “I always knew I wanted to bring about a more just and analytical world,” Garcetti

said. “I thought I might do teaching an AP Government it internationally. I thought and Politics class. At homeI might do it in government coming last year, he told Waor non-profits, but I probably terhouse that that class was didn’t think that I’d do it in where he got interested in local government. politics. Maybe when I look The young back, all the things Garcetti left an imI learned [at Harpression on Watervard School] led me house in lunchtime there, but it wasn’t a political discussions conscious plan, it was and through his inmore of a decision at volvement in Junior the moment it felt Statesmen of Amerright.” ica, a national orgaPRINTED WITH Garcetti said that nization where memPERMISSION OF his time at Harvard bers debate political GARCETTI CAMPAIGN School impressed issues and run for Eric Garcetti ’88 upon him the impormock election at contance of education, which re- ventions. mains a focus of his campaign. “You could see that he When he was a junior, liked to talk to the people and Garcetti and some of his that he had his opinions on friends talked AP US History things and that he was really teacher Dave Waterhouse into outgoing, a leader type,” Wa-

Five-time Olympic swimmer Torres ’85 to speak at assembly

By Ally White

When Dara Torres ‘85 returned to Westlake for her senior year to pick up books before the start of school, Headmaster Nathan Reynolds pulled her aside to congratulate her on the gold medal she won at the 1984 Olympic games and asked if she would bring it to school the first day. “I [said] sure no problem, but I want to stay low key,” Torres said. “I haven’t been here for a year and want to just blend in.” So she brought the medal to school, expecting Reynolds to put it in his safe and to pick it up at the end of the day. Much to Torres’ surprise, however, an assembly was announced. “All of a sudden he starts playing the Olympic theme and makes me march out there and puts the medal around my neck,” Torres said. “I was absolutely mortified.” Tied as the most decorated U.S. female swimmer, Torres will speak at Women’s Histo-

ry Month assembly on March 18. She has won 12 Olympic medals, swum in five Olympic games and was the first female swimmer to compete in the Olympics over the age of 40. “I was a fish,” Torres said. “I love the water.” When Torres was seven, her mother would bring her to the local YMCA where her four older brothers swam. Not liking to sit in the stands, Torres began to swim. She joined the Culver City swim team and at 12 years old set her first national record. She attended Westlake school, swimming under the coaching of Darlene Bible, from seventh grade until her sophomore year when she left to train in Mission Viejo for her junior year. That summer she won a gold medal in the Olympics in Los Angeles as part of the women’s 4 x 100-meter relay team. Torres then returned to Westlake for her senior year of high school. Torres also played volleyball, basketball, and competed in gymnastics. “Dara is an amazing ath-

lete,” Bible said. “Her athleticism is why she was able to have such longevity in swimming.” Torres received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville where she received the greatest possible number of NCAA All-American swimming awards, 28. After graduating from college, Torres retired from the sport for the first time and moved to New York to work. She later decided she missed competing and began training for the 1992 Olympic games. “At that point I was 25 and that was considered really old in swimming years,” Torres said. “You didn’t normally see athletes out of college swimming in the Olympics or competition so at that Olympics I was called a grandma.” She then retired for the second time — this time for seven years — but came out of retirement and at the age of 35, competed in her fourth Olympic games winning five medals.

terhouse said. Senior Alumni Officer Harry Salamandra, who sponsored the Amnesty International Club in which Garcetti was involved, recalled that Garcetti was a prefect in his senior year. “I wasn’t really surprised he got into politics because even something like Amnesty is social issues,” Salamandra said. “He seemed to always care, and this was obviously who he was as a person. He was a caring, altruistic-kind of person.” Garcetti earned his B.A. in urban planning and political science and later an M.A. in International Relations at Columbia. He also studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics as a Rhodes Scholar.

Students will no longer be required to complete community service with at least three other Harvard-Westlake students, but the service requirement has been doubled to 12 hours. These changes are due to a new community service policy that will go into effect in the upcoming school year. “We feel that the new requirement will give students more flexibility and allow them to make their service more personal,” Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said in an email to parents March 1. “Demonstrating compassion for, and commitment to, the community beyond HarvardWestlake is an important part of our school experience.” The Community Council, with Director of Student Affairs Jordan Church and Chaplain Father J. Young, voted to double the number of hours required while allowing students to complete the hours alone. “We should be rewarding individual hours as well since our purpose is to get people inspired by community service and really want to give back,” said Community Council head Emily Plotkin ’13. “[The increase in number of hours] is in hopes of inspiring more people towards doing more than one event, and hopefully from there they will want to continue it.” The policy still requires tudents to directly interact with the person they are serving.


GOLD MEDAL: Dara Torres ’ 85 has swum in five Olympics games, won 12 Olympic medals. Here, she celebrates in 2008. “I’m like alright, I’m done, that’s it [after her fourth Olympics],” Torres said. “Walking out of the arena some reporter taps me on the shoulder and wants to interview me. His first question was ‘Are you going to come back for the 2008 Olympics at 41?,’ and I was like oh my gosh that’s the stupidest question I’ve ever heard.” She did, however, come back to compete in the 2008 Olympics and became the first woman to swim in the Olympics after the age of 40, but did not qualify in 2012 at 45 years

old swimming her favorite race, the 50-meter freestyle in the London Olympics by onenine hundredth of a second. Torres says she is now “done” with swimming. “I feel like I’ll be here more for my daughter if I don’t do all the training and travel and all that kind of stuff,” Torres said. “She’s had to endure that for six years and now it’s my time to give to her.” Apart from swimming, Torres has also worked as a model, television host, motivational speaker and best selling author.

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Coachella attendance policy to change New school policy seeks to encourage openness in dealing with yearly concert. By Jessica Lee Students who choose to miss classes to attend the Coachella Music Festival in April will be issued detentions. “It’s a man-up policy,” Attendance Coordinator Gabe Preciado said. “Students should admit that they’re going to Coachella and take responsibility for it.” The school is targeting excessive absences, especially in seniors, Preciado said. “We have a shortened schedule compared to other schools,” Preciado said. “The more our students miss class, the more work they have to catch up. Attendance and grades overlap.” Dean meetings might be initiated to prevent unnecessary student absences, and it would not be surprising if seniors lost their off-campus privileges if their attendance record falls a high degree, Preciado said. “Mr. Preciado told me that our school is having its best attendance year since the great 05-06 year, which is the gold standard year for school attendance,” Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said. “Nevertheless, we want students to attend school – there is a direct relationship between school attendance and academic performance. School is not just what you get – it is also what you give. We are a better, more diverse and more well-rounded school when everyone attends.” Final details of the policy will be decided by the deans.


Gong Hei Fat Choy YEAR OF THE DRAGON: Adele Chi ’18, left, Sara Zhao ’16, Genny Thomas ’16, Xenia Viragh ’15, Leila Thomas ’13 and Angel Hoyang ’18 perform in the traditional Chinese “fan dance” as part of the annual Chinese new year celebration March 3.

22 students qualify for competition in national math and science contests By J.J. Spitz

Six students who took the F=ma physics exam qualified as semifinalists for the 2013 United States Physics Team. Aaron Anderson ’14, Charlie Andrews ’13, Jonathan Iskandar ’13, Leila Thomas ’13, Kevin Zhang ’14 and Larry Zhang ’14 all scored 12.25 or higher out of 25 on the test, which consists entirely of multiple-choice questions and focuses mainly on mechanics. About 400 students nationwide scored high enough to take the semifinal exam and will take this second test sometime in March, according to the U.S. Physics Team website. Selected finalists will

compete in the International Physics Olympiad in Copenhagen, Denmark this July. “The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad,” reads a statement on the team website. Underclassman took the American Mathematics Competition 10 and juniors and seniors took the AMC 12. The top 2.5 percent and 5 percent respectively were selected to take the AIME. Anderson, Garrett Cayton ’14, Vincent Huang ’14, Michelle Lee ’14, William Lee ’14, Benjamin Most ’16, Aaron

Shih ’15, Eden Weizman ’13, Mane Williams ’14, Hang Yang ’14, Michael Zaks ’13, Kevin and Larry Zhang will all take the AIME on March 14. If they qualify, they will have the opportunity to take the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad or the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Both tests take place for four and half hours over two days with three problems per day. Students who qualify will be invited to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer program, which prepares them for the International Mathematical Olympiad. The top five or six students

in this program will continue on to the IMO, which will take place in Santa Marta, Colombia this July. The Open Exam results for the USA Biology Olympiad were also released, and four students qualified as semifinalists. Thomas Choi ’14, Donhem Brown ’14, Kenneth Kim ’13 and David Lim ’13 scored in the top 10 percent nationwide and will be taking the USABO Semifinal Exam. The top 20 scorers will take the USABO National Finals at Purdue University in Indiana, which consists of 10 days of instruction and two days of testing. This July, these students will participate in the International Biology Olympiad in Bern, Switzerland.

GLI delegates attend women’s conference at United Nations By Marcella Park


COMMISSIONED: Mazelle Etessami ’14, left, sits on a panel on violence against women with another GLI delegate and Eleanor Smeal, the founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation, right.

Five girls from the school’s Girls Learn International club spoke at, helped lead and attended events at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations last week in New York. This year’s theme was the elimination and prevention of violence against women. Amanda Aizuss ’13, Sarika Pandrangi ’13, Julia Aizuss ’14, Mazelle Etessami ’14 and Sloane Wilson ’15 attended with Gender Studies teacher and club faculty adviser Malina Mamigonian. This was the second time for both seniors at the CSW. “One of the things we learned from last year was how to determine based just on the names and descriptions of panels and who was holding them...what to go to that was worthwhile,” Pandrangi said. Amanda Aizuss said there was a larger emphasis on what

men and boys can do about the status of women. “We’re supposed to [work] as partners, men, women, girls and boys together, and that’s when it’s successful, so we need a lot of getting men involved and getting boys involved to try to make change,” Pandrangi said. Julia Aizuss spoke at the Girls’ Tribunal on violence in the media, schools and communities, and Amanda Aizuss attended a dinner held by the National Council for Research on Women to be recognized as among “30 Outstanding Trailblazers” who have worked to advance the cause of women. She also moderated a panel at the Girl-Boy Dialogue, having spoken there last year. Pandrangi presented at a fundraiser for Girls Learn International, and Etessami was a panelist at a meeting of the U.S. Mission on the last day of the trip on the media’s influence on girls.

The students heard survivors tell their stories. One memorable example, they said, was a woman from Cameroon who witnessed breast ironing as an attempt to protect girls from sexual violence. “They’re not just stats on a page,” Pandrangi said, “These are experiences, and you’ll remember how hearing their experience makes you feel – even if you forget the specifics of the story.” “I think that one of our goals for this year is also to get our school to understand what we’re there for, and what we’re trying to do, and join us and support us and work for the same cause that we’re working for,” she said. “In GLI, we are advocating for the Malalas,” Amanda Aizuss said, referring to a Pakistani girl who was shot by militants for advocating women’s rights, “If you sympathize with that girl’s story, then you should be a part of GLI.”

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Sex educator advises parents By Rachel Schwartz


HERE’S JOHNNY: Michael O’Krent ’14, left, and Katie Ehrlich ’14 look at a display of the camera lenses used by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick at the Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County of Museum and Art. They were among 131 students to visit the exhibit March 5.

131 students visit Stanley Kubrick exhibit on field trip to LACMA

By Keane Muraoka-Robertson

A total of 131 students went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art March 5 to see an exhibit on filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The field trip was offered to students in Video Art, Cinema Studies, Directed Studies in Cinema and Philosophy in Art and Science because “in one way or another, they had all studied Stanley Kubrick,” Cinema Studies and Philosophy teacher Ted Walch said. Students could explore all

of LACMA and the exhibit, which was only open to Harvard-Westlake, from first to sixth period. “I cleared the idea with all other department chairs before proceeding with the planning since I knew it would have a big impact on classes with so many kids out,” Walch said. The faculty on the field trip thought it a success, Walch said. “It was my third time at the exhibit and I’m a Kubrick junkie, so, of course, I thought it was a success,” Walch said.

“All I can say is that the kids seemed to enjoy it very much. They also enjoyed the food trucks, although after one-half of a grilled cheese and lobster sandwich the stomach gets, shall we say, overly taxed.” Like Walch thought, students enjoyed the exhibit. “I thought being able to explore the exhibit and see someone from HW at a section and converse about what we were viewing was very interesting and rewarding,” Megan Ward ’13 said. “The exhibit was filled with an enormous amount of information and compar-

ing what I saw with what my friends found was interesting. Everyone seemed to pick up something different.” Video Art student Henry Woody ’13 was particularly interested in Kubrick’s filming techniques. “What a breathtaking spectacle it was to witness on display the props and scripts of the very movies that changed my life,” Woody said. “It was so interesting to be able to read about Kubrick’s process, motivation and techniques. He accomplished so much with his films.”

Alumna to lead weekly ‘Girl Talk’ on stress

By Nadia Rahman

Jessica Furie ’03 led a discussion group called “Girl Talk” on March 4 which will continue to meet every Monday during activities period. Upper school dean Beth Slattery and Assistant to the Head of the Upper School Michelle Bracken initiated the discussion, which will be open to all girls after spring break. “I think it initially came up because I was talking at a deans’ meeting about having

some concern that we needed an outlet for the particular issues that girls are facing at the Upper School and at high school in general,” Slattery said. “There’s the pressure that they put on themselves, the inability to being supportive for one another versus competitive of one another. Stress for girls manifests itself differently than it manifests for boys. It in many ways manifests in less healthy ways than it does for boys; [girls] tend to internalize and feel badly of

themselves, whereas boys will externalize.” Slattery and Bracken started the discussion group to encourage girls to support and help each other with common problems in a model similar to Peer Support. They wanted the group to be led by a nonteacher so that students would feel more comfortable sharing and discussing issues, Bracken said. Furie, who had visited Peer Support in the past to talk with students and holds a doctorate in psychology, was

Assassin 2 debuts with new rules By Claire Goldsmith

Since the last game, “there have been a few major changes, More than 100 students but the basic idea of the game have been “killed” in is the same: be the the second schoolwide last human standgame of Assassin, ing,” Kim said. which began March 7. In the game, The Happiness each player is asClub sponsored a secsigned a target by ond game after the his point of conpopularity of the first, tact, or PC. The which took place durplayer must sneak ing the last two weeks up behind his tarbefore winter break get and say “bang” nathanson ’s and involved 80 stuwhile touching the dents. Club leader target’s back to asKenneth Kim ’13 Kenneth Kim ’13 exsassinate him. The pected around 150 players to assassin then assumes his tarsign up for the second round, get’s original victim. but the final tally was 211 “asFor the second game, playsassins.” ers can complete various chal-

lenges to obtain an immunity band, which will guarantee the wearer immunity for a day. Kim will tweet immunity challenges from the game’s Twitter account, @HWAssassin, along with the location of the next day’s safe zone. The size of a safe zone can range from one table or bench to an entire building, and any player standing in or touching the safe zone cannot be killed. After complaints from teachers about players hiding in classrooms and disrupting their classes, Kim declared that any classroom where class is in session is a safe zone. @HWAssassin will also update daily with death totals.

their immediate choice. “Jessica’s been on campus probably for three weeks to talk to deans, getting names, meeting and interacting with students,” Bracken said. “She makes connections really well with kids.” Slattery and Bracken contacted five students to attend the first meeting but have no other recruitment plans. The current members have talked about making announcements at their class meetings to spread the word, Slattery said.

At a conversation open to parents of middle and upper school students, sexuality educator Deborah Roffman told parents not to be surprised by anything their children ask. In Rugby Auditorium, around 50 parents heard Roffman present what she called her notso-secret agenda. “My dream is that one day in the United States of America it will be families and schools that are the primary reference points for issues of sex, gender and reproduction,” Roffman said. Roffman also met with teachers of the eighth grade Human Development classes and the 10th grade Choices and Challenges classes about what changes she thinks are necessary to the courses. She said she would tweak the sexuality section. Roffman read both curriculums, which she said are “more comprehensive and more well researched than the vast majority of what I’ve seen.” Roffman asked parents if they found talking about sex more difficult than other topics. When the majority raised their hands she pointed out that this fear is a cultural problem, and is true for most parents regardless of their education or overall confidence. Teaching critical thinking, Roffman said, will ensure parents can create the “lens” their kids see through and be the “voice in their heads” as their children face the onslaught of sexualized media. She said that education leads to “postponement until a stage in their life when they can manage these risky behaviors.” Middle School psychologist Susan Ko, who organized the event, called Roffman’s book, “Talk To Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids ‘Go-To’ Person About Sex,” an excellent resource. Roffman aims to fill what she called a vacuum of role modeling for how to be calm, supportive and nurturing when it comes to talking about sex.

Changing the Game Each assassin tries to kill their target using a normal or special kill. Normal kills occur when an assassin touches their target’s back and says “Bang.” Special kills involve balled up socks, hidden notes, recorded messages or hot sauce added to food.

Safe zones on campus include all classrooms while class is in session as well as designated areas that change daily.

Successful completion

of an immunity challenge will grant the assassin an immunity band, which keeps the assassin safe for one day. Not every day has an immunity challenge. SOURCE: HAPPINESS CLUB INFOGRAPHIC BY SCOTT NUSSBAUM

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Film class for adults to help scholarships Cinema Studies teacher Ted Walch will teach a film course for adults entitled “Four Sundays, Four Films.” The four films, starting on April 14, will be “Oliver Twist,” “The 400 Blows,” “The Last Picture Show” and “Gallipoli.” The course costs $250. All proceeds will go to the Thomas C. Hudnut Scholar Endowed Fund, honoring Walch’s longtime friend Hudnut. Walch said he chose films that focus on young people and that he is “thoroughly familiar and prepared” to work with. “I want them to understand a bit more about teenage years from my perspective,” Walch said. —Sydney Foreman

Three attend JSA, simulate Congress Three students attended the Junior State of America Southern California Congress in Torrance to participate in a model House of Representatives and model Senate. Zoe Dutton ’15, Samantha Garfield ’14 and Victoria Yu ’15 attended the Feb. 16-17 convention. Garfield said committees debated and voted on peerwritten bills concerning topics from contraception to universal healthcare. Any bills that were passed were “moved on to full House and full Senate for the final vote,” she said. —Enya Huang

Alumni networking group hosts event Four alumni came to speak about their business experiences at an informal meeting which was held in the Emery Room on March 6. Zach Goren ’03, Corey Hanker ’93, Austin Katz ’95 and Nate Snyder ’94 are all a part of the new HW alumni network, HW Works, which aims to connect alumni with students who share similar career interests. The alumni shared stories on their business experiences and answered questions from the students, who are aspiring business enthusiasts. —Aaron Lyons

Students to build houses, visit Laos One group of students will travel to New Orleans for community service and another to Laos, where students will develop their video-making skills, over spring break. Eleven students led by middle school history teacher George Gaskin and upper school yearbook adviser Jen Bladen will build houses with Habitat for Humanity to help Hurricane Katrina victims in the first week of April. Eleven additional students, to be joined by two students from Santa Barbara, will travel to Laos with visual arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke from March 21 to April 1 to raise awareness about unexploded bombs in Laos from the Vietnam War. —Leily Arzy and Lucas Gelfen


SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY: The Science Bowl team, seated left and consisting of Anser Abbas ’14, Donhem Brown ’14, Rhett Gentile ’13 and Kevin Zhang ’14 work on a problem during the science bowl regional qualifier on Feb. 23. The team placed second in the competition.

Science Bowl team wins 2nd place in LADWP regional competition By Jensen Pak

The Science Bowl Club’s “A team” reached second place in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 20th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition on Feb. 23. The team fell to the North Hollywood High School “A team,” who will travel to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl Competition in April. The Harvard-Westlake A

team, consisting of Anser Abbas ’14, Donhem Brown ’14, Rhett Gentile ’13, Kevin Zhang ’14 and Nick Abouzeid ’15, qualified out of their roundrobin group with a score of 6-0. The team ultimately fell to North Hollywood in the final round, which was televised on LA Cityview 35. “I thought as a team we performed pretty well,” Brown said. “We listened to each other and allowed each member to take charge of their respective subject. Of course first

place would have been better, but there is nothing wrong with making it so far.” The club also sent a “B team,” consisting of Zach Birnholz ’14, Andrew Friedman ’14, Jonathan Heckerman ’15, Nima Shamtoub ’14 and Larry Zhang ’14, who placed in the top 12 out of 55 teams in the double elimination tournament, qualifying 4-2 out of their group and falling after a loss to the North Hollywood “A team” as well. “I think both teams per-

formed amazingly,” Science Bowl President Kenneth Kim ’13 said. ”In previous years, [North Hollywood] has been winning by miles, but this year, both teams made [them] sweat. The B team was leading them during their round robin match, and A team was leading in the finals. We were ahead at a point, which is pretty awesome.” The club continues to practice, hoping to scrimmage against the science teachers again this year, Kim said.

Parents to view film about college process By Lauren Sonnenberg

you see is families in certain modes and you watch them Upper School Deans will change.” screen “In 500 Words or Less,” At Jones’s former school, a documentary on the college parents who had watched application process, to parents the movie “learned to remove of juniors on March 13. The ju- themselves from the situanior class watched the movie tion and say ‘oh I remember in their class meetings. how that dad was and I don’t “In 500 Words or Less” want to be like that,’ so they documents the journeys of would try to take a step back,” four different students during he said. their senior year of high school The movie is not intended as they encounter the college to educate kids about colleges process. The documentary’s but rather show how relationwebsite says the movie aims to ships are affected by the colshow viewers students as they lege process and how kids can try to “figure out who they are learn from other students. and who they want to be.” “They’re very different Upper School Dean Chris personalities, and I think as Jones showed the movie as a you’re watching, you might college counselor at Colum- identify with one or actually bus Academy in Gahanna, know one of these types of Ohio, and believes that by giv- kids, so hopefully as it unfolds ing students we can all a behind-thelearn a lot,” scenes look at As you’re watching, you Upper School a condensed Vanna might identify with one Dean span of time, Cairns said. or actually know one of they will get The deans a better unhave schedthese types of kids, so derstanding uled a queshopefully as it unfolds of the how tion-and anthe applicaswer-session we can all learn a lot.” tion process for the par—Vanna Cairns ents after the works. Upper School Dean screening to Jones said that allowing gauge their both the parreactions to ents and the students to watch the movie. this video will “spark some “I found it interesting to see conversation between students how students at schools with and parents on how they want an atmosphere entirely apart the process to unfold.” from Harvard-Westlake’s re“You see four different acted to the college process,” families and four different Garrett Cayton ’14 said. “I ways the process might go,” he think the film highlighted the said. “You might have a pro- advantages in terms of colcess that is completely differ- lege awareness that our school ent from all of those but what gives us.”


PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: The website for the course that will launch this summer offers tools for living better with character.

Character education course to be offered online for next year By Kenneth Schrupp

An online character education course will be launched this summer and participants’ feedback and suggestions will be used to finalize the program for integration into Choices and Challenges and as an optional course for students and faculty next year, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said. The course was conceptualized when an extensive search for an online character education class tailored to schools such as HarvardWestlake failed to produce any results. Following months of work by Barzdukas, Choices and Challenges coordinator Michelle Bracken and others, the curriculum itself is complete, with online transcription, the final step, under way,

Barzdukas said. “I think that our school is always trying to use the best tools to teach,” Barzdukas said. “Whether that tool is a microscope, a paintbrush or the internet, I think part of our school culture has always been asking, ‘what is the best tool, and let’s go use it.’ So the internet is this gigantic tool that’s out there, and we’re going to see.” Divided into 10 half-hour sessions with three-to-five minute modules in each session, the course is designed to be easily completed either bit by bit or in a single sitting. “What we expect is everyone who takes the class will have maybe just a little more happy, productive, self-aware and enlightened life,” Barzdukas said. “It’s going to have practical value.”

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inbrief FAC votes to wipe out testing calendar


WINDING UP: Sean Kiley ‘14 and Zach Saunders ‘14, members of the 5DS dodgeball team, coordinate a throw against their opponents, the Kony 2013 dodgeball team, while members of both teams look on. The 5DS team beat the Kony 2013 team 2-1 in the SAAC tournament.

Students compete in dodgeball tourney By Noa Yadidi

The Student-Athlete Advisory Council hosted the second round of games as part of an annual dodgeball tournament March 11. In the final play-in game of the tournament, The Brownies beat the Intimidating Cake Pops. In the first two games of the next round, Team 5DS defeated Kony 2013 and French Toast Mafia beat the Monks. The tournament began March 4 with the first three

of four play-in games to narrow the tournament down to 16 teams. Pak and Cheese took on Team Rocket #1, Nerd Herd 2.0 played High Vaultage and Team Rocket #2 played against Scared Hitless, with Pak and Cheese, Nerd Herd 2.0 and Team Rocket #2 all emerging victorious. “It was a tough loss,” Joey Lieberman ’14 said. “Our team was the Monks, which are the Scene Monkeys, so we’re not known for our athletic ability and I really wanted to win at

least one game, but we didn’t. It was a fun experience. Everyone was a fair winner.” After expanding the tournament for the first time from 16 to 32 teams, turnout was much lower than expected with only 20 teams signing up, mostly comprised of juniors, according to SAAC member and tournament organizer Davey Hartmeier ’14. As a result, more teams were given a bye in the first round than originally planned. “Dodgeball has gone great

so far,” Hartmeier said. “The fan turnabout was great for the first few rounds when some of the less competitive teams are playing.” Teams must consist of seven students and must have at least two students of each gender. All games this year will take place during Monday breaks in Taper Gym. “Like any sports fan, you root for the underdog, and in the rare occasion that underdog wins, chaos ensues,” Hartmeier said.

Former NBA player to speak at assembly

Penn State and then moved on to the NBA to play for the John Amaechi, the first Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995. professional basketball playHe spent two years player to come out as openly gay, ing in Europe before moving will speak at an all-school as- back to the United States to sembly April 10, as well as a sign with the Orlando Magic. parent meeting later He then played for that evening in Ahthe Utah Jazz for manson Lecture Hall the last two years on behalf of the Black of his professional Leadership and Culbasketball career. ture Club and the Aside from his sexuGay-Straight Alliality, Amaechi is also ance. well-known for turnAmaechi will be ing down a $17 milspeaking to students, lion contract offer faculty, parents and from the Los Angeles PRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF other members of Lakers in 2000. JOHN AMAECHI the community about He is now a psyJohn Amaechi bullying, cyber-bullychologist, a New York ing and athletic hazTimes bestselling auing. thor, and the owner of AmaeHe has been called “one of chi Performance Systems, the world’s most high-profile a consultancy working with gay athletes” by BBC United numerous blue chip brands to Kingdom. improve leadership and com“As an athlete, a Brit, a munication skills and organibrilliant public speaker and a zational diversity, according to black, gay man, Mr. Amaechi their website. represents a lot of different “I hope that people will social identities and interests,” understand more about tolerGSA leader Patric Verrone ance and being open to differ’13 said. “Being the first NBA ent types of people,” BLACC player to come out, we know leader Miles Williams ’14 said. that he will have a lot to say “Given that the speaker is about the prejudices that we both black and gay, I feel like as a community are all trying it will give people an insight to erase.” to dealing with two obstacles The GSA’s faculty adviser that might have caused him to Ed Hu suggested and got in be judged during his life.” contact with Amaechi, Verrone “The GSA’s goal has always said. The organization con- been to engender an environtacted the BLACC and asked ment of acceptance, fairness, them to collaborate with them and kindness among persons on the event, coming together of all sexual, gender, racial to emphasize awareness and and religious identities, both tolerance in the community, a in Harvard-Westlake and in common goal between the two the greater community,” Verorganizations, Verrone said. rone said. “We expect that Mr. Amaechi, originally from Amaechi’s experiences and the United Kingdom, played observations can further this as a center for Vanderbilt and goal even more.”

The Faculty Academic Committee voted to abolish the testing calendar before winter break at its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 7. The committee also established the last day of school before winter break, which will be Friday, Dec. 20 in the 2013-2014 school year, as a no-test day except for makeup tests. FAC worried that the calendar forced teachers to hasten lesson plans to meet the arbitrary deadlines. The goal of the new policy is to “ensure that the tests fall naturally and to lessen the stress on students,” FAC Head Kent Nealis said. —Claire Goldsmith

Many students prefer audiobooks

The library has recently experienced a surge in the popularity of checking out iPods filled with audiobooks for the majority of the upper school English curriculum rather than with music. “The audiobooks have an added value because they don’t take the place of a book but rather give a student inflections and emotions that they might not get otherwise,” Head Librarian Shannon Acedo said. “They are a really useful reinforcement of the material.” —Sarah Novicoff

Parents’ Association creates tribute book

By Elizabeth Madden


MEET AND GREET: Allan Sasaki, archivist and visual arts teacher, speaks to potential donors about the financial aid benefits.

Scholarship students speak to possible donors By Ally White

The Advancement Office held its 10th annual President’s Spotlight Dinner March 11 to thank families who have supported financial aid in the past. The event, chaired by Josh and Beth Friedman (Spencer ’09, Wesley ’12, Oliver ’17), included a buffet and cocktails and lasted from 6 to 8 p.m. “Education is the great equalizer. It is the magic potion that opens doors and opens minds,” said Friedman who, with his wife, gave the opening speech. Seniors on financial aid, trustees, prospective donors, and alumni who were on financial aid during their time at Harvard-Westlake also attended. “It’s quite a special night,” Senior Advancement Officer Jim Pattison said. “Some regard this particular evening as the best event the school throws bar none... This is, in many people’s minds, the best event because it has such a good feel to it.” Two of the alumni present,

Nicole Brown ‘98 and Emanuel Yekutiel ‘07, spoke about what Harvard-Westlake meant to them. “The school taught me there was nothing I couldn’t conquer. Financial aid gave me and kids like me a chance to soar,” Brown said. President Tom Hudnut then focused on 12 seniors on financial aid and what they have meant to the school. He spoke of their academic achievements, successes in sports and other extracurricular activities, as well as their character. “Never think of [giving financial aid] as money given away. It is an investment, and tonight we are going to show you a return on your investment,” said Hudnut. “It’s a night to honor the people who have made things possible but also a chance for donors to realize a reciprocal relationship in that they’ve made an investment in these students, and now they can see how fortunate Harvard-Westlake is to have these students as part of the student body,” Pattison said.

The Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association launched a Tribute Book for President Thomas Hudnut that will benefit the Thomas C. Hudnut Scholar Endowed Fund for financial aid. The keepsake will be presented to Hudnut on April 27 and will also be distributed to the people who have donated to it. The Parents’ Association is working with the Advancement Office to reach out not only to current families but also alumni, friends, businesses and other schools that have close relationships with Hudnut. Anyone wishing to contribute a page can go to and choose from the eight tribute options before uploading a picture and a message. The deadline for contributions is March 20. —Eojin Choi

Students, faculty to learn preparedness

Students and faculty will participate in a two-day Community Emergency Response Team training session during spring break. The program headed by the Fire Department trains people in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, search and rescue and medical operations. Members of this training course will become certified CERT members. “These are life skills that you will be able to take beyond your years at Harvard-Westlake,” security guard Mark Geiger said. —Jensen Pak

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Memorial fund in Carr’s honor to raise money for arts programs would’ve done or wish they could’ve known this great kid. You never need to wait until taking care of me.” Posts calling for world it’s too late to include somepeace on Carr’s behalf have body, or to tell them you care.” Upper School Dean Pete swarmed social networking shared similar sites, prompting the formation Silberman of a Facebook group bearing lessons from Carr’s life in a the name, “Justin Carr Wants speech at the funeral service. “I’ve read that there’s a 500 World Peace.” Carr’s father, Darrell Carr, billion to one chance that we’ll sparked this movement at his even exist on this planet,” he son’s funeral service at All- said. “I thought of Justin as a Saints Episcopal Church in kid that always lived as though Pasadena on March 2. At only he’d won the universe’s lot4 years old, he said, his son tery.” Silberman asked all those asked God to “help us achieve in attendance to take two lesworld peace.” “What if right here, we sons from “our young renaisstart a world peace move- sance man.” “One: never underestiment?” Darrell Carr asked a congregation of over 1,600 mate the power of being good mourners. While he acknowl- to each other,” he said. “Two: edged with a laugh that his you all have a remarkable opmethods of spreading the portunity to change the future that you word by “putwill inherit. ting a sign So in Justin’s on the front honor, don’t lawn” might People tell what they wait. Do that be “dated,” today.” he told the wish they would’ve Carr’s acyounger peodone. You never need to tive kindness ple in attendance that wait until it’s too late to and sense of humor were with social include somebody, or to also themes media, anypresent at thing is postell them you care.” the March 1 sible. —Susan Carr c a n d l e l i g h t “Put it on Facebook Mother of Justin Carr ’14 vigil in Feldman-Horn and a thouPlaza. sand people Director of Student Afwill see it,” he said. “Just think about it. Let’s take this idea fairs Jordan Church said Carr and run with it. Let’s do it in teased him about a poster in his office of Michael Jordan Justin’s memory.” Susan Carr added that and Muhammad Ali in black people can start making a dif- turtlenecks titled “The Greatference by living in the same est.” Church said Carr joked about adding a picture of him“inclusive” way her son did. “He really wanted every- self in a black turtleneck at body to just be respectful,” she the end of his senior year so said. “He just wanted genuine that he would not be forgotten inclusion that didn’t have stip- after he left Harvard-Westulations attached to it. Peo- lake. “I think I will [add the picple tell what they wish they • Continued from page A1



‘JUSTIN CARR WANTS WORLD PEACE’: Natalie Florescu ’13, Kenny Lopez ’13 and Cassandra Martinez ’13 spread the message for world peace in Carr’s memory, top. Mazelle Etessami ’14 cries on the shoulder of her sister, Solange ’13, at the vigil, bottom.

What is cardiomyopathy? By Lizzy Thomas

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is “the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes,” according to Tamara Horwich, M.D., a cardiologist at the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. It accounts for 35 to 40 percent of all pediatric cardiomyopathies, and has caused the in-game deaths of numerous college and high school athletes. Characterized by thick left ventricle walls, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy prevents the heart from filling with and pumping a healthy amount of blood. “With a cardiomyopathy, almost any kind of cardiomyopathy, the heart and the patient are at risk of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death and it can happen at any time,” Horwich said. “It’s not inevitable, but anything can trigger it.” Cardiomyopathy, the disease of the heart muscle that preliminary autopsy results said affected Justin Carr ’14, is a problem for one in every 100,000 children in the U.S., according to the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry and it is not a single disease, but a whole group of them. Children and teenagers suffer from nonischemic cardiomyopathy, or cardiomyopathy unrelated to coronary ar-

tery disease. syncope, or fainting, family There are four main types history of hypertrophic carof nonischemic cardiomyopa- diomyopathy with sudden carthy: dilated, hypertrophic, re- diac death, a stress test to see strictive and arrhythmogenic if blood pressure drops with right ventricular dysplasia. exercise, a very thick heart Family history plays a big and scarring on the heart as role in cardiomyopathy. detected by an MRI,” Horwich Hypertrophic and arrhyth- said. “If you see one or two or mogenic right ventricular car- two or more you would move diomyopathy in a more agare known gressive apto be genetic; proach by We’re finding out more dilated and putting in a r e s t r i c t ive and more each year how defibrillator.” cardiomyC a r d i important genetics and opathies can ologists often be genetic, perform echofamily history are.” but also can cardiograms, —Tamara Horwich or sonograms be caused by severe infecof the heart, tion, alcoholon patients ism, chemotherapy and auto- suspected of having cardiomyimmune disorders. opathy. “We’re finding out more One common test that is and more each year how im- not always useful, though, is portant genetics and family the EKG, or electrocardiohistory are,” Horwich said. gram. While EKGs are able Cardiomyopathy’s symp- to detect arrhythmias, they toms can include fatigue, are limited in their ability to swelling in the legs and chest identify most forms of cardiopains, but others may be as- myopathy. Treatment depends ymptomatic their whole lives. on the patient’s specific type And for some, sudden car- of cardiomyopathy, age and diac death is the first and only symptoms. Treatment may symptom. Because symptoms include medication, surgicaldo not necessarily correlate ly implanted devices such as with arrhythmia risk, doctors Pacemakers and in some, casrely more on risk factors for es, heart transplant. Transsudden death when they form plants may extend the life of a treatment plan, Horwich the patient by an average of 10 said. years, but the need for donor “The major risk factors are organs outpaces the supply.



ture],” Church said. “To me, he is one of the greatest.” The vigil featured a number of musical performances by Carr’s friends, including the Jazz Singers with whom he sang. As the sun began to set on the vigil, candles were distributed and lit, and those in attendance sang “Amazing Grace.” Before Carr’s family left the vigil early to attend a private rosary in Pasadena, his younger cousins – who nicknamed him “Juju” – released two balloons in his favorite colors, brown and turquoise. “Juju, we love you,” they said as the balloons floated off into the distance. Choir director Rodger Guerrero, whose students performed at the vigil and the next day at Carr’s funeral, said, “Justin challenged me to be a better teacher, musician and student. He was going to be just a first-rate vocal musician his entire life. That set of abilities was pretty spectacular, and I do mourn the loss of the music that was going to be created. He ran faster than everyone else, he was more spirited than everyone else. He was a mustang on the free range.” Hudnut called Carr’s death “a profoundly sad experience. Whether your initial reaction is denial, or anger, or depression, you’re just left with a feeling of immense, intense sadness,” he said. “There’s a hole in your life that will never be filled.” However, he added, “Just as we must mourn his passing, we must rejoice for his having passed our way.” **Additional reporting by Sydney Foreman, David Lim, Noa Yadidi and Elana Zeltser

children in the U.S. under the age of 18 are affected by cardiomyopathy


Cardiomyopathy, a disease characterized by weakening of heart muscle, affects patients of all ages and depends on genetic as well as environmental factors.

Detecting cardiomyopathy >> >>

Can go undetected even with proper tests Generally can be detected with an echocardiograph


Other viable means are MRI scans, CT scans and catheterization of the heart


Electrocardiograms are able to detect arrhythmias, but are not always diagnostic

Treating cardiomyopathy >>

Medication: including ACE inhibitors and beta blockers


Pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators


Surgically implanted left ventricular assist devices or heart transplants SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND TAMARA HORWICH INFOGRAPHIC BY NOA YADIDI

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‘Conscientious teacher’ Shield to leave after 24 years

By Rachel Schwartz

Michael Oates. Shield said her professor After her 24th year of taught her to be herself with teaching French at Harvard- her students. He made her Westlake, Marilyn Shield will love French and want to share retire to participate in her that with her students. Unitarian “ Y o u Universaldon’t want to ist Church be a phony in choir and front of your I don’t know how I can spend more s t u d e n t s ,” not miss it. Just this time with Shield said. her husband “I think they morning I realized I and their dog appreciate would even miss the Sammi. honesty.” “I thought She has drive.” it was time taught for a —Marilyn Shield total of 39 to turn over a new leaf in years, startlife,” Shield ing out as a said. teaching assistant at the UniShe said she will miss her versity of Northern Iowa, then daily routine and the myriad as a French teacher at Cathconnections she shares with olic schools Columbus High her colleagues and students. School and Flintridge Sacred “I don’t know how I can Heart. not miss it,” Shield said. “Just She started at Westlake this morning I realized I would School for Girls teaching seveven miss the drive.” enth through ninth graders She said she always knew and transitioned to working she wanted to be a teacher and with older students at the Upwas inspired by her French per School after the merger. professor and mentor at Uni“She is a good-hearted, versity of Northern Iowa, Dr. conscientious teacher who re-

ally cares about her students,” fellow French teacher Geoff Bird said. They have taught some of the same courses and Bird said he has enjoyed having her as a colleague. French III Honors is the class she is most proud of and she is a big part of the French program’s good AP track record, Bird said. “The things I do in my honors classes are much more adult-oriented rather than adolescent-oriented,” Shield said. Students in French III Honors explore themes that are emphasized on the AP exam like the environment, media and techonolgy and social justice. “The subject matter is much more serious,” Shield said. “We are not just talking about the rooms in a house anymore. I think it’s important for students to be exposed.” Shield said that she has learned patience and understanding from her students. “I’ve learned that students here work very hard and I respect that,” Shield said.

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AU REVOIR: Colleagues say Marilyn Shield was instrumental to the success of AP French classes during her tenure at the school.

Chinese teacher Zhou will retire, continue scholarship next year

By Jack Goldfisher


THE MAESTRO: The conductor of the Beijing Orchestra before coming to the United States, Qinru Zhou developed the curriculum and teaching materials for the school’s Chinese program.

When some people retire, they play golf, watch television and play with their grandkids. Chinese teacher Qinru Zhou, however, plans to fill his life after teaching with even more scholarly pursuit. “Leaving from the school is just changing track from ‘working with an institute’ to ‘working on one’s own will,’” Zhou said. “Fortunately, I am not a scientist who needs a lab. I can work with just a computer, a desk and a small room.” Zhou, who at the age of 25 conducted the Beijing orchestra on the Chinese equivalent of Independence Day, originally came to the United States after being sought out by a University of California Los Angeles professor who was a fan of his work in composing music. After finishing his doctoral studies at UCLA, Zhou came to Harvard-Westlake. “I realized a way to make Chinese teaching much more

Wei to teach Chinese in Korea By Sophie Kupiec-Weglinski

School this year. She teaches AP Chinese and Chinese 2. At Chinese teacher Binbin Wei Seoul International School, will teach Chinese at Seoul In- Wei will teach only Chinese. ternational School in “It has been very Wonju, Korea, where nice,” Wei said. “I reher husband will be a ally like the students; I professor. She plans like the school a lot. It to leave during the has been very pleasant summer. to work with all my Wei taught at colleagues and with Harvard-Westlake all the students. It for seven years. She has been a very hard decision to leave the initially substituted school.” for Chinese teacher nathanson ’s Qinru Zhou, and was “She was my faBinbin Wei eventually offered vorite teacher for four a full time job. Wei years and really entaught part time in the Middle abled me to embrace the culSchool and Upper School, but ture of another country so far moved fulltime to the Upper away,” Davey Hartmeier ’14

said. Before teaching at Harvard-Westlake, Wei had taught at a high school in Shenyang, her hometown. Wei is currently learning Korean in preparation for her move. “I’m not scared. I’ve been to Korea once during spring break, and it’s really nice,” Wei said. “I couldn’t speak any of the language there, but I still survived so I think I’ll be ok.” The school offers Korean lessons for foreigners, a class Wei will happily take, she said. “Ms. Wei is such an amazing teacher, and we’re all going to miss her very much. We hope that she’ll be happy in Korea,” Victoria Yu ’15 said.

effective for American stu- ever imagined, he said. Zhou is a self-described dents,” Zhou said. When he was asked by then fanatic of ancient Chinese head of the Foreign Language philosopher Confucius, and often brings D e p a r t up the sage’s ment Nanname in class cy Holmelectures and Elledge why he wanted to Leaving from the school discussions. “To me,” teach at the is just changing track Zhou said, high school, “the stronZhou refrom ‘working with an gest influsponded, “I institute’ to ‘working on ence is not have a book in his words but my mind and one’s own will.’” his scholarly I need teach—Qinru Zhou spirit with ing practice perseverance. to develop it Confucius and prove it.” In his 16 years at the school, faced difficult and at times Zhou has always strived to daunting hurdles, “but he nevmake Chinese understandable er felt frustrated or gave up his commitment. to American students. Instead, he devoted his “I always tell my students that Chinese is not difficult whole life to education and writing and left a great legacy but different,” he said. Zhou’s experience has to us,” Zhou said. greatly enriched his under“General MacArthur once standing for and appreciation said, ‘Old soldiers never die, of American culture, and he they just fade away,” Zhou has learned more from his col- said. “As a scholar, I have no leagues and students than he retirement.”

soundbyte “Ms. Wei always cared so much about us and how we were doing. She really improved everyone’s speaking and listening skills, things non-fluent speakers have a lot of trouble with, and helps prepare you for the AP exam.” —Davey Hartmeier ’14

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Debater advances to state By Haley Finkelstein

A novice debater qualified for the California State Tournament Saturday, March 9. Cameron Cohen ’16 is the first member of the team to advance to the state tournament. Cohen made it through six out of seven elimination rounds at the three-day qualifying tournament. The tournament was held at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, CA. Typical debate tournaments have several preliminary rounds, but in this tournament, which was a qualifying tournament, if debaters lost one round they were automatically out. “Everyone did really well on the team and we have all worked very hard for this, Cohen said. “It was a team effort and I’m looking forward to the California State Tournament in April.” Cohen has not yet started preparation for the state tournament, which will take place over the weekend of April 19.

‘Ice Cream of the Future’ The Community Council provided Dippin’ Dots ice cream on March 5 to upper school students who had completed their community service requirement by the deadline March 4. The event was postponed from March 1 to March 5, according to a school wide email Feb. 28. Community Council hoped that this would allow students more time to complete the requirement.

Moot Court soundbyte team wins “The kids you compete national against end up becoming your friends, which makes experience so much more tournament the enjoyable.” By Jack Goldfisher

New president will seek to build relationships • Continued from page A1

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—Amita Pentakota ’14

The night before the Moot Court team’s national tournament in Durham, N.C., the moved out of the first round entire 6-person team huddled and qualified for the second together in one hotel room, day of competition at the tourweeping loudly after hear- nament. Sunday afternoon, in the ing that Justin Carr ’14, a close friend to many of them, ninth and final round of the had died. They did not know tournament, Miranda Van Iderstine ’13 and Mawhether or not they zelle Etessami ’14 would be able to comdefeated Amita Penpete in their 10-hour takota ’14 and Aiyana tournament the folWhite ’14, to win the lowing day. first place prize. Less than 48 White also rehours later, the team ceived a speakers would be raising the award for placing as first and second place the top 5th speaker. trophies above their The victory heads in a moment nathanson ’s marked the third of tribute to Carr’s David Hinden time a team from memory. H a r v a r d -We s t l a ke After landing in Raleigh on Friday afternoon, has won the national tournathe team received the news ment, which involves teams of high school students debating that Carr had died. The team members were over a case prompt using conso distraught that night that stitutional precedents. Each match of the tournaMoot Court coach David Hinden had to stay with them in ment consisted of two teams the room until they regained comprised of two students. Each team argued over the their composure. The next day, all three constitutionality of the offerHarvard-Westlake teams ing of Miranda warnings by

principals in school and the unlawful search of a Facebook, Van Iderstine said. “[This year’s case] concerned the 4th and 5th amendments,” Van Iderstine said. The rounds would be decided by one or two judges, except for the final round, which took place in front of a panel of legal experts who chose the winning team. The third Harvard-Westlake team, Katie Jung ’14 and Morganne Ramsay ’14, made it to the octofinal round. “Mr. Hinden is an amazing coach, and we couldn’t have done it without him,” Van Iderstine said. “We were confident coming into the tournament, having been there before, and were ready to put in the work necessary to do well,” Van Iderstine said. “We all care a lot about doing Moot Court and being a part of the small community of students involved. It was pretty hard competing after finding out about Justin’s death.”

my years being here, I do not have anything like the number they love being here.” Because he is not as fa- of relationships he has both miliar with faculty, staff and with faculty and students and students as Hudnut, Com- staff here on campus and with mons said his top priority is alumni and parents. So for to become acquainted with the me figuring out ways to build people on campus as well as he those relationships will be a key first priority.” can. After meeting with the As both a symbolic and practical change, Commons prefects and talking to studecided to move his office to dents, Commons cited students’ stress as a primary Seaver Hall. concern that he C o m plans to address mons office as president. in Seaver will “ H av i n g be in a more Having spent that spent that hour central lohour with students, with students, cation than it’s clear to me that as it’s clear to me Hudnut’s ofthat as [Harfice located [Harvard-Westlake] vard-Westlake] on the hill was 15 years ago, and was 15 years near the ago, and as the Business Ofas the school where school where fice. I work now is, there’s I work now is, “I’m not there’s a tension a tension between going set between excelfoot on camexcellence and lence and enjoypus with ment of learning enjoyment of learning dramatic that exists at a changes until that exists at a place place like this,” I have had a like this.” Commons said. chance to observe things,” —Rick Commons “People here are hardwired for Commons both. They want said. “I would to love learning, say that one key difference is that [Hud- and they want to succeed and nut] essentially built Harvard- achieve. And the two tend pull Westlake, so he knows it in- at each other. It is such a conside and out. Whereas, in all stant challenge.”

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Due to flagging and intermittent street closures, traffic swamped the 0.4 mile stretch of Coldwater Canyon from Harvard-Westlake Driveway to Ventura Boulevard, extending a typically two minute journey to a nearly quarter hour drive. Student access passes were available in Bracken’s office Friday, March 8 and Monday, March 11. Harvard-Westlake printed the placards for LADWP, DeMatte said. DeMatte and Vice President John Amato met with LADWP and representatives from City Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office to coordinate access for students and faculty. The first two weeks of the closure will fall during Harvard-Westlake’s spring break. “It may work out really well for us because in theory, without all the traffic going by, it could be quicker,” DeMatte said. DeMatte said that senior privileges and late arrivals to

school due to a first period free step in the LADWP replacewould not be impacted, but ment of the water mains unwarned students and parents derneath Coldwater Canyon. to “leave an extra 20 minutes While the street is closed, they early, especially in the first few will use large cranes to fill the days, to figure out the traffic new pipes with water, necessituation.” sitating the closure, DeMatte Bracken warned those tak- said. ing the SAT Saturday, March 9 “We’ve been working with to leave extra DWP for the time to get to last five years school. Echoon this projing DeMatte, ect,” DeMatte There’s a light at the end said. “They’ve she told students to albeen amazof the tunnel. By midlow themingly good May, this could be done to us, and selves up to 30 minutes of they’ve done forever.” extra time to a great job of —J.D. DeMatte the construcnavigate the construction tion.” daily once L A DW P the closure had previstarts. ously stated that the entire Extra Harvard-Westlake Coldwater Canyon construcsecurity will be stationed at tion project would be finished the top of Coldwater Canyon by September 2015. DeMatte and at the corner of Ventura said that it could be finished and Coldwater Canyon, along only a few weeks after the clowith Department of Transpor- sure ends. tation security, to give access “There’s a light at the end passes to any parents or stu- of the tunnel,” DeMatte said. dents who forget theirs. “By mid-May, this could be The closure is the latest done forever.”

Alumnus develops self-help website to share hardships

By Lauren Sonnenberg

Jack Davis ’10 created iOvercame, which he describes as a self-help website where users can post anonymously about their problems and adversity in the hopes of inspiring others. Davis, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, conceived the idea for a self-help website over the summer and worked through the fall of his junior year at Duke University to turn his idea into a reality. In keeping with his website which stresses community relations, Davis was adamant that his co-creators receive credit for their work as he believes this project to be a team effort. The website was officially launched on Feb. 12. It boasts no ads and higher traffic than

anticipated, according to Davis. Davis is not looking to solve peoples’ problems with advice, but rather is eager to create a commnity. iOvercame’s “About Us” section says “somewhere in the world, there is a person going through something similar to the challenge you overcame. We hope and believe that your post can not only ease their insecurities and loneliness, but more importantly, give them a blueprint and inspiration for how to overcome their issues.” In his quest to help and inspire people, Davis is working on setting up a program to reach more high schools and colleges, hoping to “pair [the website] with school psychological services or pairing it with foundations,” Davis said.


iOVERCAME: Davis’ website allows users to share their experiences for others to benefit from. The website includes a quote of the day and connects to social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Though stories are not screened, Davis and his coworkers are able to screen comments users can post on other stories. “My hope is that my site gives people a forum to find how others triumphed and

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CHRONICLE Los Angeles • Volume XXII • Issue III • Nov. 7, 2012

Editors in Chief: David Lim, Elana Zeltser Managing Editors: Robbie Loeb, Michael Rothberg, Camille Shooshani Executive Editor: Rachel Schwartz Presentations Editors: Jamie Chang, Gabrielle Franchina

Opinion The Chronicle

March 13, 2013

Sports Editors: Michael Aronson, Luke Holthouse Chief Copy Editor: Allana Rivera News Managing Editors: Michael Sugerman, Ally White News Section Heads: Julia Aizuss, Jack Goldfisher, Elizabeth Madden, Lauren Sonnenberg, Noa Yadidi Infographics Manager: Jivani Gengatharan News Copy Editor: Jessica Lee News Online Managers: Claire Goldsmith, Jensen Pak Assistants: Leily Arzy, Sara Evall, Haley Finkelstein, Enya Huang, Sophie Kupiec-Weglinski, Jensen McRae, Nikta Mansouri, Scott Nussbaum, Jonathan Suarez, J.J. Spitz, Jake Saferstein Opinion Managing Editor: Ana Scuric Section Heads: Beatrice Fingerhut, James Hur, Kyla Rhynes, Tara Stone Assistants: Parker Chusid, Lucas Gelfen, Kenneth Schrupp Features Managing Editors: Maggie Bunzel, Carrie Davidson Features Section Heads: Eojin Choi, Sydney Foreman, David Gisser, Sarah Novicoff, Morganne Ramsey, Lauren Siegel Assistants: Carly Berger, Zoe Dutton, Jacob Goodman, Aimee Misaki, Marcella Park, Nadia Rahman, David Woldenberg Sports Managing Editors: Aaron Lyons, Keane Muraoka-Robertson Section Heads: Patrick Ryan, Grant Nussbaum, Lucy Putnam, Lizzy Thomas Assistants: Elijah Akhtarzad, Mila Barzdukas, Jordan Garfinkel, Tyler Graham, Miles Harleston, Erina Szeto, Jeremy Tepper Business Manager: Cherish Molezion Ads Manager: Leslie Dinkin Photographers: Mazelle Etessami, Rebecca Katz, Scott Nussbaum, Emily Segal Multimedia Team: Mazelle Etessami, Jack Goldfisher, Eric Greenberg, Henry Hahn, Luke Holthouse, Eric Loeb, Sam Sachs


Carry On the Memory

“Justin Carr Wants World Peace” — this statement rings with the idealism of the 4-year-old who prayed for it and the 16-yearold young man we lost last month. When Justin’s father proposed that we fulfill this dream in Justin’s honor, the slogan took off quickly. Within the next week the phrase was posted in Facebook statuses, printed on cardboard, hacked onto construction signs and Tweeted with the hash tag JC4WP. Getting the word out was easy. Now comes the hard part: action. In many ways such expansive peace seems out of our reach. We cannot eliminate all the conflict between people in our school, much less Los Angeles, the country or the world. There is, however, much hope in the phrase that has inspired so many. At the end of Justin’s funeral service, the congregation sang some of his favorite lyrics in unison, “Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.”

Justin fought for equality, fairness, kindness and didn’t let judgment deter him. There is still unspeakable injustice and violence in the world where there shouldn’t be—we cannot control the actions of others. What we can control is how we approach these wrongs. We can cower under the assumption that nothing we do is important enough to make a difference, or we can stand up, like Justin, in the face of adversity. Through his smile, his voice and his beliefs, Justin let it begin with him. Whether world peace means just saying “hi” to someone you would usually ignore or launching an international movement, now it’s our turn to take over.

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March 13, 2011

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Something untraditional: take a gap year By Elizabeth Madden


s I was doing my homework in my room after school last week, I heard my dad call from downstairs, a grave seriousness marking his usually jovial tone. “Elizabeth! Your mom and I need to talk to you.” “Oh no,” I thought to myself, my heart sinking and my stomach churning. This could only mean one thing: I was in major trouble. As I walked downstairs, my mind began to race about what I could have done wrong. Did I have an unexplained dent on my car? Am I suspended? Did I delete my dad’s recording of the Lakers game? I entered the room with trepidation, taking as long as possible to cross the seemingly mile-long distance from my door to my dad’s desk where my parents were sitting, looking somber. I thought I had prepared myself for the massive blow I was about to get, but I wasn’t even close. “Elizabeth, we need to

start planning your college trip.” Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m very lucky to have the time and resources to be able to visit these colleges. It’s just that planning a college trip marks the beginning of a lengthy, year-long grueling process of applying to colleges, constantly on edge and comparing yourself to others (“Is she applying early to the same college I am?” “He already finished his apps, and I haven’t even started!”). Planning one’s college trip means having to narrow down the list of colleges you’re interested in, which I feel totally incapable of doing right now. How can I know what kind of college I want to go to when I’m still discovering who I am as a person? Some of my friends know exactly where they want to go, what they want to major in, and what they want to do afterwards. They have their

whole lives mapped out, at the ripe young age of 16 or 17. I’m in complete awe of them, having the power to already see themselves in the workforce when I can’t even fathom not being able to see my friends every day. In the United Kingdom, it is commonplace to take a gap year in between your senior year of high school and your freshman year at college. They have time to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their life, while taking a breather from the stress of school for a year. Some students elect to take that route in the United States, but not many. I think that more people should consider taking a gap year in between senior year and college. You get a chance to grow into yourself, maybe try your hand at a few internships, and figure out what you want your place in the world to me and the impact you want to make.


Coping with tragedy in our own ways By Alex McNab


veryone keeps asking me to say something about Justin Carr ’14’s death, but, in all honesty, I’ve been trying to forget about it. It’s surprisingly easy to do when, like me, one is thousands of miles away in a country, China where I have been spending my junior year with the high school foreign exchange program School Year Abroad, where no one else is affected by what has occurred. Last night on Skype, my mom asked me how the weeks since Carr’s death have been

for me, and it hurt me to say that they’ve been going very well. I often feel as though I have a responsibility to feel terribly if only because everyone else is, but I don’t think I’ll ever feel anything close to the pain that the people back in Los Angeles are suffering through right now or at least not until I go back to America. Carr’s death has actually made me dread my homecoming day, which is soon arriving. I always hear talk about how going back will be a big

disappointment because I’ll be bored by how the same everything is, but I would much rather return to America bored by its lack of change than stressed by big alterations to the life I knew. Already, I am beginning to feel some of this stress as friends, family, and other people I know reach out to me full of emotion and yearn to hear my own feelings of hurt in a desperate attempt to ease their pain. The problem is that I can’t help them. It is difficult for me to give solace

to a person whose suffering I do not share. Most often these conversations only result in me offending someone and, then, going away feeling like a bad person for not being able to give them what they wanted. I don’t think it’s fair for me to have to feel this way. I should not be held responsible for how I feel, and I definitely am not responsible for the feelings of others. We each deal with death in our own way, and, at the moment, I am dealing with

it by not thinking about it. Perhaps, that is not the best approach, but it is how I am managing to work through a devastating loss while not drowning the rest of my abroad experience in tears. If anyone thinks that I do not care that Carr is dead, they have misunderstood me. It is not that I don’t care for Carr or his family. I just don’t care to think about it until May 30, the day I come back, when I’ll have no choice but to do otherwise. I’m not looking forward to it.

Giving our all in whatever we do By David Lim


he last time I spoke to Justin Carr, he reminded me of the best of what Harvard-Westlake means to me. In the few words that we exchanged the night before the Black History Assembly, Justin personified a certain ideal for me. I thought a lot about what he said to me before that Friday night I spent hours flipping through the outpouring of grief on Facebook, before I tried to sum up who he was in so many inevitably inadequate words for the online article reporting his death. As Mr. Hudnut said at the Monday assembly in his memory two weeks ago, “We all knew Justin. How could you not know Justin? Everywhere you looked there was Justin Carr.” I had known him, though not particularly well, as a fellow Student Ambassador, one of the many

ways he weaved himself deeply into the fabric of HarvardWestlake. We chatted during breaks at Family Visiting Days and eagerly welcomed new people to our school together. But until last month, Justin, to me, was a friendly presence around campus — somehow always wearing a big smile and surrounded by those who he made laugh. The night before the Black History Month assembly, I posted a status just before midnight, something like “Tomorrow’s going to be a great day in my life,” expressing my excitement for the Speaker. Although I had heard rumors, I only knew for certain from my newspaper adviser that the speaker was a well-known personality, but not his name. Within seconds of it posting, a message popped up from Justin asking if I knew who the speaker was or if

anyone on the Chronicle did. He asked me to take down my status to keep the speaker’s identity a secret until the last moment, and I obliged somewhat begrudgingly. “We have worked since September on this event,” he said, referring to the long process through which BLACC had chosen the speaker. I assured him that only a few staffers even knew that the speaker was well-known and he seemed to be content with this. I mentioned our plans for an online article as well as for photos and video. But Justin had more to say about our coverage. “It should be perfect. Please interview the correct people,” he said. Whatever mild irritation I had experienced at his earlier request disappeared and I felt an intense appreciation for

how much he cared about this one day to want the best for not only his club but all of the students in the audience. And I sincerely hoped that I could care as much as Justin did about my passions and the people I shared them with. Underneath the cynical attitude that causes complaints about heavy workloads, and juggling extracurriculars, we, as a school, share an fundamental ideal perhaps embodied in our school motto. “Possunt quia posse videntur” translates as “They can because they think they can.” Together, we give our all in all we do because we care. Together, we seek purpose in our lives by contributing to something bigger than ourselves in our communities. Justin believed in that ideal; he lived it in the diverse activities that let him leave his mark on so many.

As I sat in that Black History Assembly, furiously typing away on my laptop to get as much as I could of Samuel L. Jackson’s speech, I thought of Justin’s own fervor to excel at all he did and my promise to him the previous night. “We will certainly try our best to cover it to the best of our ability,” I said. “Best of luck tomorrow.” “Thank you,” he responded. “To both.” But he really didn’t need luck nor had need to thank me for anything. I thoroughly enjoyed my job the next day, writing an article with both Jackson’s unfiltered humor and his opinions on race. And Justin, glowing with pride and wearing his usual smile, eloquently introduced Mr. Jackson before the school that he brought together and cared so intensely about.

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March 13, 2013

What is the sequester?


By Claire Goldsmith

o you know what the sequester is? If not, you’re not alone – about half of the country hasn’t been following the news about the sequester and doesn’t clearly understand what it is, according to a recent Pew poll. When I first heard the term, I paid it no attention. Sequestration, as far as I knew, was what they do to a jury during important murder trials so they can’t be influenced by the press. In this context, however, the sequester is almost universally acknowledged as a really bad thing. You may remember the “fiscal cliff ” – a series of tax cuts that expired at the same time as automatic spending cuts came into effect on Dec. 31, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. (Happy New Year, America!). To avert this crisis, which economists projected would slow national spending by 1.7 percent for 2013, Congress passed a bill, which the President then signed, to fund the government for two more months, basically putting off the nittygritty parts of the deal-making until March 1. So these stopgap procrastination measures set up a challenge: Congress had to cut billions of dollars in discretionary and non-discretionary spending by March 1. Spoiler

alert: they didn’t. The President and House Republicans both proposed several plans for these cuts and, although Obama changed his plans to incorporate their key points, some of the more conservative Republicans were unwilling to negotiate with the White House despite such attempts at compromise. As of March 1, these automatic spending cuts began, to the tune of $85.4 billion for 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The slashes will have the greatest impact on defense spending, with a nearly eight percent cut. Discretionary spending (money allocated toward any non-entitlement programs such as schools and public health) will face a 5.3 percent cut; non-discretionary spending, including Medicare and mandatory defense programs and non-defense programs, will see about $14 billion in cuts. These may just sound like arbitrary numbers, but the real-life impact of the sequester is huge. Part of the law that put the sequester into effect stipulates that it has to affect “every program, project and activity” the same amount. The sequester won’t just hurt the bureaucracy – funding to nearly every government program will be cut. The Washington Post put


together a great graphic explaining the state-by-state effects of the sequester, according to information provided by the White House. Here are some of the cuts we’ll see in California alone: · $1.1 million less of funding for vaccinations, meaning nearly 16,000 kids won’t be protected against measles, whooping cough and tetanus · $3.3 million less for those seeking employment, which translates to 129,770 fewer people getting help in finding a job · $54 million less in funding for Army bases and $15 million less for the Air Force · The Head Start program that provides preschool care and early education will be eliminated for 8,200 kids due to lack of funding

This combination of military and domestic program cuts is particularly devastating in states that are centers of the defense industry. In Virginia, for example, 90,000 civilians will be furloughed, meaning they will be forced to take unpaid days off from work, thus reducing their salaries. Traveling over spring break? 10 percent of the TSA could be furloughed every day due to the sequester, leading to severe delays at airports. Many departments are cutting back internship and youth outreach programs because they lack funding, so you might need to reevaluate your summer plans. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the sequester will slow the growth

of the gross domestic product by about 0.6 percent. When you add in the expiration of payroll taxes and other fiscal measures, that CBO estimate reaches 1.5 percent. Obviously the government needs to cut spending, but blindly applying blanket cuts to every program is not the way to do it. Museums and national parks, not to mention the health and education of the American people, shouldn’t suffer because Washington couldn’t work out a deal. Your mom tells you that your actions have consequences and your teachers warn you not to let your work snowball. The sequester is the ultimate example of procrastination gone wrong.

Dealing with the struggles of re-election

By Luke Holthouse


can’t help but watch with nervous empathy as one of my least favorite parts of the school year approaches. For most students, the next two weeks of March are nerve-filled weeks around school as kids anxiously watch their March Madness bracket fall to pieces after a big upset. But for Head Prefect candidates, the month is much more nerve-racking because the grueling yet inevitable Prefect elections process begins. The experience of serving on Prefect Council this year has been fantastic and absolutely worthwhile. But much like wind sprints after lacrosse practices and trips to the dentist, the long term gain can only be gained through some short term pain. The challenge of the process is two-fold. The first is the obvious anticipation of the results. It’s almost impossible to focus on anything else the entire day when you know the fate of your candidacy will be announced at 3:00 in Father J. Young’s office. But the even greater challenge is the speech process. Not only do candidates have to stand before a rowdy and judgmental group of classmates, but they have to figure out how to fill 90 second intervals with some sort of meaningful rhetoric on why each candidate is willing to put themselves through such misery for 90 seconds.

I vividly remember the identity crisis running through my head last year as I stood on the Rugby Auditorium stage before my classmates during Senior Prefect elections when I was asked what distinguished myself from the other candidates. “Well, I’m 6’3, so I can hang lights and decorations onto tall objections for dances. I have a loud voice, so I can project announcements well in class meetings. And I work for the Chronicle so I can leak all of PC’s secrets to the school paper...?” I didn’t actually say any of that, but certainly thought about it. The point is that it’s very difficult to figure out what distinguishes each candidate from each other in Prefect elections. There’s not that much that can be fixed about that, it’s just the nature of the election process. One could argue that most politicians are all the same and don’t really stand for anything. But they at least can identify themselves with political parties or stances on issues. For Prefects, there aren’t as many divisive issues at the school on which to take a stand. There are qualities that make people better candidates from others like enthusiasm, honesty and dedication amongst other things. But not only are these the kind of qualities that a lot of Harvard-Westlake students have, but it’s also very hard to

find those qualities in a person in a minute long speech. Personality and character are some things you notice in someone after going to school with that person for several years, not after one conversation. One thing that I think does help distinguish Prefect candidates is experience. Obviously, it helps to know how to organize a dance having done it before, and it’s especially helpful to be able to take the feedback from a past dance going forward into the next dance. The same is true on the Honor Board side, where it’s much easier to keep precedents from prior cases consistent if the same people are working on the new cases. Additionally, for bigger events like Prom, it takes more than a year to plan it properly. But for whatever reason, all three times I ran for student council as a nonincumbent, I won, and both times I ran for reelection after winning the year before, I lost. Thank goodness I’m graduating this June and can sit and watch the underclassmen elections without having to run again. I think I’m an exaggerated example, but I would still say in general, incumbents don’t win as often as I think they should. I think that either links back to the perception that Prefect Council doesn’t do anything significant or a lack of transparency about

what we do. As the elections approach, the seniors and advisors have been fiddling with ways to try to improve the process. I’ve wondered if Prefect Council would be more effective if incumbents didn’t have to run for reelections every year and if members elected in 10th grade served until they graduated, but I think there is definitely some value in bringing new people and new ideas to the group even if it does result in some on the job training for the new guys. This isn’t a very realistic suggestion and is really just me venting my bitter frustration about losing in seventh grade (I was a fragile kid at 13! I shouldn’t have had to go through that heartbreak so young!). Public speaking is an important part of the process. A candidate needs to show that he or she can stand before the class confidently if he or she is to be the representative of the class at Ring Ceremony, faculty meetings and in everyday life at the school. But this year, we’re thinking about asking more open ended questions to really push candidates to bring specific ideas into the discussion during speeches. We hope that it gives the incumbents the chance to show what they’ve really done this year and give non-incumbents a chance to really show what new ideas they would bring to the table.

Lastly, I know this column may have sounded like a lot of whining about how hard the process is for candidates, but it really is worthwhile. I think in some ways, the struggle of the election and reelection process is one of the most valuable experience for candidates to go through. Sure, it sucks to have to give a speech before all your friends when you have no idea what to say, and it really sucks to spend an entire year trying to plan fun events for the students then see that none of the student body actually enjoyed it. But I feel better about speaking in public and more prepared to handle setbacks in life from the experience. As the great Kelly Clarkson would put it, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Especially given the recent loss in our community, I realize that those things I just called “setbacks” in my high school experience are so minor in the grand scheme of things. So I hope you guys take note of what’s said during the speeches and put some thought into who you vote for. It’s not the biggest juncture in a candidate’s life, but it certainly is a challenging process and a little sympathy from the student body goes a long way. And of course, make sure you hide your backpack the day of Head Prefect elections, because us seniors will definitely have a good prank up our sleeves.

March 13, 2013

Opinion A15


The Chronicle asked:

“Are you planning on attending Coachella either weekend?”

“What do you think the policy on Coachella absences should be?”

368 students weighed in on the monthly Chronicle poll


“I respect their policy, but you don’t give kids any incentive to tell the truth if you give them a detention anyway. It’s like they are promoting lying.”




—Alex Copeland ’15

“Do you think missing school for Coachella should be an excused absence?”

“I think that if you’re willing to go, you should be willing to pay the consequence. Think about it, what does a detention even mean?”

364 students weighed in on the monthly Chronicle poll


—Kate Kushi ’14

157 “It does not matter. It’s just one detention. I respect the administration’s decision, but I’m still trying to miss school.“


—Will Feldman ’13



“What do you think about the change in the community service policy for next year?” “I do like the fact that we can do community service by ourselves. I think we should be credited for all that we do because it’s a good deed to society.” —Rebecca Armstrong ’14

“I guess it would be easier because you wouldn’t have to get a whole bunch of people together but personally, I don’t really like it.” —Landon Fadel ’15

A B+ C F

New school president, Rick Commons, visits school to meet students Students who completed their community service received Dippin’ Dots Absences for Coachella will not be excused Coldwater Canyon is to be shut down from April 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Transform the ideals of equality into reality


s I walked the streets of New York last week, whether passing by the ads for strip clubs on taxis or glancing at the exhibits in the United Nations lobby, I often thought not of the wise words of modern feminists, but of a line in the 160-year-old, malefocused, phallocentric novel “Moby-Dick”: “Who ain’t a slave? Tell me that.” This quotation had been in my mind for a while, but since New York, it’s achieved new prominence. Last week I, along with Amanda Aizuss ’13, Sarika Pandrangi ’13, Mazelle Etessami ’14 and Sloane Wilson ’15, attended the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN as delegates for Harvard-Westlake’s chapter of Girls Learn International. This year the CSW theme was the elimination and prevention of violence against women and girls, and though my repetition of “women” and “girls” might seem to exclude half of those reading, the

By Julia Aizuss

CSW drummed into me that women’s rights are human rights. We are all slaves to gender inequality. I’m aware that here in the United States, particularly in Los Angeles, people might think that much for gender equality has already been accomplished. Yet, as former president of Chile and Head of UN Women Michelle Bachelet said in a speech at the Teen Orientation, “There is so much more to be done.” Although our laws may speak to our progressive ideals, their implementation may not. “Documents and papers are one thing,” Bachelet said, “and reality another.” I confronted reality for myself. Although I would argue with anyone who claims Americans have achieved gender equality, I thought we could claim progressiveness in certain respects. Invited to speak as a witness on sexuality and LGBT issues at a Girls’ Tribunal, I felt out of place and under-qualified: what did I, a privileged girl from LA,

have to say compared to girls from Finland, El Salvador and Mozambique? After the tribunal practice, however, when I read my speech, aiming to be authentic in my portrayal of my relatively untroubled life as a gay girl in LA, a girl from Norway came up to offer me consolation, uncomprehending that my sexuality could ever be an issue. We may think of our culture as progressive, but it may still seem strange and problematic through someone else’s lens. I had thought my life so easy, so privileged, so equal, yet another girl had spotted my sexuality for what it was: a struggle. So much depends on becoming aware of the perspectives we take for granted. This is easier said than done, and it requires something else we take for granted: education. Several panels I attended advocated a multitude of different forms of education, like it was a panacea. The day after the tribunal, I talked on the phone to Princess Basmah of Saudi

Arabia, who, upon becoming a feminist, had divorced her husband and moved with her children to London. She had wanted to hear about the tribunal, and when I asked her about her life in Saudi Arabia, she said, “I can’t even begin to tell you what women there suffer on a daily basis,” and as the solution: “Education, education and education.” But the CSW taught me that mere education is not sufficient. One panelist I listened to stressed, “It’s not what happens in this room, it’s what happens when we leave.” Was there change beyond the statements, beyond the legislation, into reality? What was happening in the conference room where member states deliver statements concerning the CSW theme, when sound issues plagued Tuvalu and a constant rustle of inattentive whispers played over the statements coming in through our headphones? What was happening when we girl delegates met at

the US Mission with Caren Grown, Senior Gender Advisor in the US Delegation to the CSW and Peggy Kerry, Press and Public Affairs Advisor to delegation and sister to Secretary of State John Kerry, who would have to preface their more progressive, unofficial statements with, “You’re not hearing this from me, but...?” Change may not have happened at the CSW, but now that I and the other 6,000 delegates have left, it can happen. Armed with our knowledge of injustice occurring against women both worldwide and at home, we can use our education to be a force of change, to slowly transform the ideals of equality into reality. Like for those that came before us, it will be no cakewalk, and I’m reluctant to eagerly pronounce change an inevitability. But I look forward to the day I can respond to Ishmael, the protagonist of “Moby-Dick” and say with certainty, “I am not a slave and neither are you.”




March 13, 2013

Flying Colors


20 Advanced Dance II Company members were joined by 12 guest dancers in their colors-themed dance show last weekend.


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TASTE THE RAINBOW: 1: Lauren Sonnenberg ’14 transitions to the red section of the colors-themed Advanced Dance II showcase with a red umbrella. 2: Anna Witenberg ’13 dances to “My Funny Valentine” in a solo. 3: Nicolena Farias-Eisner ’13 balances en pointe in a duet. 4: Transitioning from the red to gold section, Sidney Moskowitz ’13 beams and walks down the red carpet to accept an Oscar. 5: At the begininng of the black section, Jazzi Marine ’13 pauses before the solo “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” after the opening dance. 6: Mikaila Mitchell ’13 dances with four others in the “Snowflake Dance.” 7: Advanced Dance II company members sway, mimicing waves in the blue section’s “Ocean Dance” to Michelle Branch’s “Drop in the Ocean.” 8: In the “Money Dance,” Anna Witenberg does a battement with a flexed foot. 9: Dancers Mikaila Mitchell ’13, Katya Konkol ’13, Krista Knighton ’14 and Lauren Sonnenberg ’14 sway, imitating the movement of plants in the green section. 10: Guest performer Angus O’Brien ’14 laughs as Abby Sandler ’13 and other dancers paw at him in a grape costume, dancing to “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”


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Quiet on Set By Julia Aizuss

The Harvard-Westlake Film Festival at the Arclight Cinerama Dome will feature 23 films and director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

schools and programs, including six films made by HarvardAfter 158 submissions, one Westlake students, although seven-hour marathon and no preference is given to Harmonths of work, the student vard-Westlake submissions. directors and faculty advis“A Harvard-Westlake film ers are ready to host must make it based on 800 people at the its own merits,” Gaulke ArcLight Cinerama said. “At many schoolDome in Hollywood produced film festivals for the 10th annual one usually sees weakHarvard-Westlake er films from the home Film Festival this school. But I am proud Friday. that in our festival Student directors the Harvard-Westlake Natalie Markiles ’13, work is always strong. Patric Verrone ’13 Some years we may CAMILLE and Rebecca Morethave only one film in SHOOSHANI ti ’13 worked with the festival. This year Alejandro Visual Arts Departwe have more. That’s González ment Head Cheri because our work is Iñárritu Gaulke, Performing simply good. We get in Arts teacher Ted Walch and a lot of other film festivals. We photography teacher Kevin produce a lot of work that is O’Malley since the fall to orga- varied and of a high quality.” nize this year’s festival, which A committee of students will feature Oscar-nominated and teachers as well as alumdirector Alejandro González ni and directors evaluate the Iñárritu [Maria ’13] as key- submissions in a three-tiered note speaker. process. Markiles said that Iñárritu was scheduled to each submission is graded speak at the festival two years blindly by at least three stuago, but cancelled at the last dent committee members, a moment due to appendicitis. student director and a faculty Iñárritu, who will discuss adviser, with the highest scorhis career in the film indus- ing submissions moving on to try, is one in a long line of the second round of judging, prominent keynote speak- which was held as a seveners, following DreamWorks hour marathon at the house of CEO Stacey Snider, director Catherine Davis ’13. Kathryn Bigelow and director “At the screening, we have Guillermo del Toro (Iñár- committee members, direcritu’s 2011 replacement). tors, teachers and teachers His speech will pre- from schools other than Harcede the screening vard-Westlake,” Markiles said. of 23 student All of the movies get scored films from 15 and discussed, and then we different use those scores to determine what films will make it into the festival. It was

interesting because after we watched them we went around the room and got to hear everyone’s opinions on the films. One thing we strive for in our festival is to have films that can be some people’s favorites and other people’s least favorites.” Markiles’ fellow directors also attested to the diversity of the films after their marathon judging. “We have films this year ranging from all different production values, walks of life, ideas, genres and even languages,” Moretti said. “It’s difficult to say what exactly compels us to choose a particular film over another because film is such a diverse, versatile medium,” Verrone said. “We try to find films that showcase that kind of variety, while at the same time connect with people on both an emotional and an aesthetic level.” A reel of the films is then sent to the festival’s judges, industry professionals who score the films blindly and determine the winners of the Lizzie Awards, named after festival founder Elizabeth Yale ’04. The awards will be announced at the end of the festival to provide “a sense of anticipation,” Gaulke said, rather than in t h e

program like previous years. Besides this, however, the proceedings will not change to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary. The festival does not end with the event itself: on Saturday, an invitation-only event called simply “The Day After” will provide the student filmmakers and Video Art students the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with Iñárritu on their own films and attend workshops on screenwriting, acting, cinematography and the movie business taught by industry professionals. This year, the workshop teachers include Snider and festival judge, screenwriter and USC professor Janet Batchler [Cory ’13, Sabrina ’15]. “It was created by the festival directors two years ago, based on the kinds of events that other student festivals have hosted and we’ve been building on their ideas ever since,” Verrone said.























FREEZE FRAME: These photos are stills from the 23 films that will be shown at the Harvard-Westlake film festival on Friday, March 15.

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B2 Features

March 13, 2013


TESTING TYPE 1: Kenny Lopez’s ‘13 insulin pump flashes 117 milligrams per deciliter. This blood sugar level indicates that no more insulin was needed at this time.

A Balancing Act

Kenny Lopez ‘13 and Liza Wohlberg ‘13 were diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in elementary school, while Claire Nordstrom ‘15 was diagnosed just last year. Each must monitor their blood sugar count and balance their intake of protein and carbohydrates. By Ana Scuric


n 8 year-old Kenny Lopez ’13 anxiously sat in a room at his doctor’s office, waiting to hear back from his pediatrician. Lopez had been experiencing extreme hunger, weight loss and had been making frequent visits to the restroom for a few weeks before his appointment. “They tested my blood sugar and my doctor said ‘You have diabetes’ and told my parents I should go to the hospital so they could do even more tests,” Lopez recounted. He stayed at the hospital for four nights and five days to learn all about his new condition: Type I diabetes. Diabetes mellitus has two main forms: Type I and Type II, which are most common in young adults. “It’s a disease where your body begins to attack itself, mainly the pancreas, and inhibits your body’s ability to produce insulin when you need it,” Lopez explained. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s website states that there are no known ways to prevent or cure this form of the disease, meaning that there was nothing that Lopez could have done. “People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or con-

tinuous infusion through a pump) with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night,” according to the JDRF website. “They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day.” Lopez started with injections twice a day, but switched to an insulin pump when he was 10. The pump serves the same function as a an injection, with the only difference that it is rapidly-acting insulin connected to the person. Claire Nordstrom ’15, who was diagnosed with Type I in eighth grade, uses an insulin pump instead of insulin shots. “It is a lot easier to use, because using shots is annoying,” Nordstrom said. “It also is constantly inputting small amounts of insulin into my body throughout the day. It is like an electric pancreas on your belt.” “One major difference is that you can just tell your pump that you need more insulin because you’re eating more,” Lopez explained. “When you inject yourself, your body doesn’t know if you’re going to eat something extra. If I was given some dessert that I hadn’t planned for, I wouldn’t be able to eat it,” Lopez said. Nick Edel ’13, diagnosed during his freshman year with Type I diabetes, also uses an

The truth about type I Myth

insulin pump. “I was not on the insulin pump when I was first diagnosed for two years, and it was a constant struggle using insulin pens and having them not work or break,” he said. “The insulin pump just makes it so much easier tha I don’t have to do my own calculations for how much insulin to take for the certain amount of carbs I am eating in the meal, the pump does that for you, so you don’t make mistakes.” Though the pump is more effective, those affected by Type I can still run into life threatening conditions. “I just have to be more careful about things, I can’t go crazy and eat a whole piñata worth of candy, but people who aren’t diabetic shouldn’t either,” Lopez said. Lopez explained that everyone is different, and one just has to know how much they need to eat. As an athlete, Lopez generally eats more. He said that he just has to count his carbohydrates because he has already measured his sensitivity to insulin. “You just have to get used to it,” Lopez said. “It’s not easy but it just becomes normal.” Students have to “check” themselves by pricking their fingers to test their blood before they eat, go to bed, when they wake up, and other times throughout the day. “I have to be constantly

thinking about it while I’m eating, have to check my blood every time before I eat, and just after I eat, and I have to know how many carbs I have in every type of food,” Edel said. Liza Wohlberg ’13, diagnosed with Type I at age seven, remembers that her parents had to help her a lot with her new condition, and that she didn’t want to share her disease with others because she felt like the odd one out amongst her classmates. Now that she has learned to handle it, she is using her experience to help others as a JDRF youth ambassador. As a youth ambassador, Wohlberg meets with young children who have just been diagnosed and may be scared or confused and helps them adjust to their new condition. She participates in events where she gives kids “bags of hope” that include a teddy bear and diabetes friendly snacks. These students are not alone: according to the American Diabetes Association, 215,000 people under the age of 20 have diabetes and a total of 25.8 million total people nationwide have been diagnosed. “I think it is something that we can all overcome and come up with a cure. I believe that within the next ten years, this will be the next major cure,” Nordstrom said.

There are many misconceptions about type I diabetes. It is often confused with type II diabetes, which varies in cause, treatment, prevalence and the common age of diagnosis.



Diabetics can never have sweets.

With moderation and advice from a doctor or nutritionist, sweets can be part of a diabetic’s diet.


Only kids get type I diabetes.

Although type I diabetes is commonly diagnosed in younger people, it can develop at age.


Unhealthy habits and obesity are the cause of type I diabetes.

The cause of type I diabetes is currently unknown, but no connection has been made between obesity and type I diabetes. It is however a “trigger” for type II diabetes. SOURCE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION INFOGRAPHIC BY SYDNEY FOREMAN

March 13, 2013

Features B3

Although they are old enough to get a provisional permit or a driver’s license, some students still choose to wait to get them. By Noa Yadidi

without telling her. A few hours later, she Jordan Brewington ’13 can walked out of the office of the join the military, vote and buy Department of Motor Vehicles cigarettes, but she can’t drive. with a license to drive. Brewington took driving “I wasn’t [mentally prelessons and got her permit on pared for driving], I was so time in 2010 at 15 and a half, frightened by the thought of but her mother wouldn’t teach it.” her how to drive. As a result, Bansal could have gotten she didn’t get her license in her permit in May of ninth the allotted one year and her grade, but delayed it until permit expired. March of her tenth grade year. “It’s one of the reasons I It was another seven months don’t go to the gym that much,” until she got her license. Brewington said. “Even though “My parents told me that it’s walking distance from my even if I choose not to drive, I house, I’d rather drive. Basi- should still just have my percally, it made mit and my me fat.” license, just to B r e w have it,” she ington will said. I still just don’t drive, be going off H o w e v e r, I don’t really have a to college in despite getless than six ting her perneed to. My parents months and mit so late, can drive and I don’t doesn’t see Bansal doesn’t see the point of driving herself getfeel like beting a license ing able to if I don’t have to. at this point, drive has redescribing ally made that —Alisha Bansal ’14 it as having much of a dif“no point.” ference in her “I wish I could drive,” life, so much so that she forget Brewington said, and she re- she has her license sometimes. grets not getting her license “I still just don’t drive, I but said it doesn’t affect her don’t really have a need to. My social life. parents can drive and I don’t “I really would like to be see the point of driving if I able to go to Jamba Juice when don’t have to,” she said. I want,” she said. Bansal takes the bus to In order to get to school, school from her home in Brewington has her mom Chatsworth, which takes her drive her, takes the bus or has over an hour in travel time, friends drive her. She also at- and although travel time may tributes the fact that she didn’t be reduced if she drove, she have a car, nor was going to would still have to leave the get one, to the reason why she house at the same time to beat did not get her license. traffic, she said. Alisha Bansal ’14 didn’t “If I were to drive [to get a driver’s license until 10 school], I would be way too months and 22 days after she tired to do it every single day was eligible to get it. and I think that would be danAnd she wouldn’t have got- gerous and one more thing I ten it that day either if her would have to worry about,” father had not scheduled her she said. behind-the-wheel driving test Bansal said she recognizes

Mariel Brunman ’13 Date of Birth: Jan. 17, 1995 How late she got her license: 9 months nathanson ’s

“The only difference between me and my friends is that they have been driving an extra year.”

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Kennedy Corrin ’14 Date of Birth: Nov. 22, 1995 How late she got her license: 8 Months

“I got my license late because I just didn’t have enough time to study. In fact, I took the license test two weeks before my permit expired. ”

that living so far away and not being able to drive does affect her social life to a certain extent, but it doesn’t keep her from getting out of the house. “I do still go places – I’m not a hermit...[getting my license] hasn’t changed my life that much, but I can see how it could change someone else’s,” she said. Caroline Moreton ’14 faced a similar situation after almost running out of time to take her behind-the-wheel test. A provisional permit expires one year after its issue and Moreton took her test thirty-one days before her permit would have expired. “I didn’t really care as long as I got it eventually, and it didn’t really matter if it was strictly on time,” she said. She also found it difficult to find time to do her driving lessons with an instructor. “Once I got my permit, I only took the first driving lesson and then I got so busy that I didn’t have time to schedule the other lessons so I kept having to push back the test,” she said. Tommy Choi ’14 passed his permit test, after taking it for a second time, this past June eight months later than he was eligible to do so. “My parents didn’t let me get it at the beginning,” he said. “They let me get it this spring, but I didn’t have time so I got it at the beginning of the summer.” Choi said he doesn’t really regret not getting his permit on time because he doesn’t find time to go out much as a result of the pressures of junior year. He said he does regret not being able to go places whenever he has down time and wants to. “Getting places would be significantly easier if I had

nathanson ’s

Austin Yoo ’13 Date of Birth: Nov. 9, 1994 How late he got his license: 16 months

“I don’t really regret getting it late because I wouldn’t have been able to drive even if I got it earlier since I didn’t have a car. ”

my license, but even though it would be nice, I’ve been lazy and not pursued getting it anyways,” Choi said. Choi plans on getting his license during spring break, or during a break sometime around that time. “Driving is just a benefit, but not necessary,” he said. Sophie McAllister ’13 received her learner’s permit two weeks ago, after being eligible for over two years. “I actually started the Driver’s Ed course on time, about two years ago, but it was really tedious and it was during the school year, so I stopped doing it because I didn’t have time,” McAllister said. McAllister hopes to get her license this winter, or by summer, but definitely wants to get it before she goes off to college next fall. “It was a pain [not to have a license] when I did an internship at USC, which is an hour and half from my house,” she said. “It would also be useful so I could leave early after school. My friends always ask me when I’m going to get it. They can’t believe I’ve waited so long, they think it’s ridiculous.” Bansal has had similar conversations with friends who give her a hard time about getting her license late, she said. “People tell me, ‘oh that’s really dumb, you should have gotten it on time,’ but for me personally, it didn’t matter if I drove or not,” Bansal said. “Since I’m one of the older ones in the grade, some people wanted me to get a license so I could drive them around a year later once the restrictions were lifted. It can get a little annoying. I feel like people don’t always realize that it’s a personal choice and I think people should wait until they are ready.”

nathanson ’s

Laura Edwards ’13 Date of Birth: Nov. 24, 1994 How late they got their license: 19 months

“I didn’t have any reason to get a license at first, because I was planning on taking the bus until senior year.”


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March 13, 2013

Hold the Phone Although school rules forbid cell phone use in class, many students sneak in phone time for texting, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. By Lauren Siegel

getting his phone taken away, seeing as he has never had it confiscated. It is halfway through the period And the two certainly are not the when Rosie* slides her black iPhone only ones sneaking in phone use during out of her black Jansport backback. class. Of the 369 students polled, 63.5 She turns the volume off and lowpercent use their phone in class. ers the brightness so the light from the Tamara Fox ’13 says she also uses screen doesn’t illuminate her her phone in class about once face. After glancing up at her or twice a day, generally to teacher she quickly reads and “respond to a text or two.” replies to a text before discreteBecause she recognizes ly slipping the phone into her the importance of paying atback pocket. tention in class, Fox limits “I do use my phone in class,” the time she spends on her she said. “Mostly I do it when phone. the teacher isn’t really looking, “Everything should be like when they’re focusing on used in moderation,” she something else.” said. “We all use our phones nathanson ’s Though she is a frequent inin class every now and then, Tamara Fox ‘13 class texter, Rosie tries to keep but it’s important to keep it her phone use from being too at that.” much of a distraction from her schoolByron Lazaroff-Puck ‘13 also uses work. his phone in class to check his email She does not stay on her phone and respond to texts. throughout the entire period, however “I try to be as discrete as possible she does use it for more than just talkbecause I don’t want to be disrespecting to friends in class. ful” he said. “My math teacher caught When she’s bored or can’t focus, me once and gave me a dirty look but she goes on Facebook and other webdidn’t take my phone away.” sites on her phone. She also uses SnapAccording to the Upper School chat and scrolls through her Instagram Student and Parent Handbook, cell feed in order to pass the time. phones “are not permitted to be used While Rosie says she tries to hide inside buildings during school hours.” her texting, Chester* says his in-class Breaking this rule generally results phone use is no secret. in a confiscation of the student’s cell “I use it on my desk, elbows up, phone for the rest of the school day. thumbs primed,” he said. Teachers and deans tend to He has his phone out in every class, disapprove of cell phone use during usually using it for texting, Facebook, class time, finding it distracting and Snapchat, and games such as Temple rude. Run or Fun Run. Though he knows his If a student is caught using their teachers do not allow phones in the phone, their teacher can decide classroom, Chester isn’t worried about whether to confiscate it or to let them

off with a warning. “I definitely think [students who use their phones in class] are being disrespectful,” said math teacher Kent Palmer. “I just don’t always bring it up because it’s not always worth interrupting class for.” Palmer’s reaction to the distracting activity depends on the situation. If he catches a student on their phone he will either ask them to put it away or will refrain from mentioning it as long as they don’t spend long periods of time on it. Upper School Dean Rose-Ellen Racanelli says she disapproves of phone use in class because it can compromise a student’s ability to pay attention. “I would be concerned about students using their phones in class,” Racanelli said. “I think that it’s very difficult for learning to take place when a student is being distracted, especially by their phone.” However, despite the abundant amount of under-the-table texting, many students do refrain from using their phones in class. “Personally, I just can’t multitask like that in class,” Emma Pasarow ’14 said. “It doesn’t bother me at all when other people do it, but I can’t focus on listening, taking notes and using my phone all at the same time.” Though she does not use her phone in class, Pasarow says it’s not uncommon to see a classmate texting or scrolling through their Facebook newsfeed under their desk.

*Names have been changed

369 students weighed in on the Chronicle poll regarding their phone use in class: 97% of students who use their phones in class use them for texting.

53.5% of students who use their phones in class use them to Snapchat.

“I don’t really use my phone in class, but I definitely know a lot of people who do. It’s really common.” —Sophie Sunkin ‘14


38.6% of students who use their phones in class use them for Instagram.

53.5% of students who use their phones in class use them to go on Facebook.


13, 2013

In a Trance Steps to Hypnosis

David Goldberg’s ’15 preferred method, which he used to hypnotize Gil Young ’13, consists of three parts:


Induction: The process of getting the subject into a state of hypnotic trance through relaxation techniques, such as “The Arm-Drop Method”


Deepening: Helping the subject enter into an even deeper state of relaxation with eyes usually closed


Test: Testing the deepness of the subject’s trance with verbal suggestions meant to elicit a physical response INFOGRAPHIC BY EOJIN CHOI

Features B5


After watching a video about hypnosis, David Goldberg ’15 has tried out various methods and hypnotized classmates. By Michael Rothberg Amateur hypnotist David Goldberg ’15 needs no gimmicks. No watch dangling from a gold chain swaying slowly from side to side. No snapping of fingers. All he needs is a quiet room and a willing subject. Goldberg has been hypnotizing classmates since early February, teaching himself online and experimenting with his own methods along the way. After watching a video on YouTube, Goldberg became interested in hypnosis. A few months passed, and he did not act on his newfound interest. “Eventually I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to write a hypnosis script and see if it really works.’ So I wrote it up, invited a friend over and it worked.” Gil Young ’13 was having a conversation with Goldberg when he asked if Young would be willing to undergo hypnosis. “When I was a young boy, one of my favorite movies was “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” a sub-par Woody Allen mystery-comedy about a hypnotist,” Young said. “Perhaps my desire to ‘buy into’ David’s hypnotism was a lingering remnant of my affection for the movie. That being said, I was somewhat skeptical, if only because I didn’t know David that well.” Despite his slight skepticism, Young agreed to undergo Goldberg’s hypnosis. “I honestly don’t remember much, or any of it,” Young said. “I remember David lulling me to sleep and him ‘waking me up’ at the end, but nothing in between.”

School psychologist Sheila with verbal suggestions meant Siegel said that there are no to elicit a physical response. potential dangers from hyp“To make sure they are acnosis. tually hypnotized, you begin by “Hypnosis cannot make a suggesting to them that their person do anything he or she eyelids are sealing themselves is unwilling to do. I don’t think shut, and if [the hypnosis] there is any harm in it, espeworked, if they are truly uncially from an amateur,” Siegel der, they won’t be able to open said. their eyes,” Goldberg said. Though there are many Having hypnotized seven different ways to practice hypHarvard-Westlake students nosis, Goldberg’s method conand one out-of-school friend, sists of three parts, the Goldberg has honed in Induction, Deepenon his techniques ing, and a test to and experimentmake sure the ed with various “I remember David subject is admethods. “The room equately hyplulling me to sleep and needs to be notized. him ‘waking me up’ at quiet, and I Induction the end, but nothing in usually preis the process fer a comof getting the between.” fortable chair, subject into a s omething state of hyp—Gil Young ’13 with armrests,” notic trance Goldberg said. through relax“So I put them in ation techniques. the chair, relaxed, sitting “When I do my indown. I tell them what I’m goduction, I use ‘The Arm-Drop ing to do, ask them if they are Method,’” Goldberg said. “You nervous, all to establish a posihave them put their hand tive feeling before we go into above head height, extend the hypnosis. The point is to their arm, and then you start get them as relaxed as possible suggesting that their arm is so when I begin the induction, getting heavier and beginning they don’t feel worried.” to drop. Since the longer they Goldberg described Young’s keep their arm up, the heavier hypnosis, which took place in it actually will get, there is also an empty Weiler Hall classphysical suggestion that they room, as one of his most sucare sinking deeper. Generally, cessful. “I wanted to be hypnotized their eyes will close without because it’s such a strange and me telling them.” unique experience,” Young Once the subject has ensaid. “When interesting people tered the trance through Inlike David offer you things like duction, Goldberg begins the this, it’s pretty important to Deepening, which he describes just say ‘carpe diem’ or ‘YOLO’ as “putting [the subject] into or however you want to put it an even deeper state of relaxand embrace the opportunities ation.” Next, Goldberg tests that life is presenting you.” the deepness of the trance

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B6 Features

Chew on this: When choosing between juice, low-fat yogurt and almonds or chips and a sugary drink, don’t focus on the calories, but on the protein and iron which will increase energy and attention.

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grams of protein iron of daily value


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Fresh Facts: Going vegetarian can increase vitamins A, B, C, D and fiber intake.

March 13, 2013

It’s not easy eating greens By Tara Stone

the environmentally conscious practice from her vegetarWhen Brooke Bagnall ’14 ian father, Pasarow has found walks into the school cafete- that she can get along fine at ria around midday to buy her school as long as she sticks to lunch, more than a quarter of the same protein-rich staples the options available to oth- every day. er students are off limits for “When I started it was her. Bagnall is one of a sizable pretty hard,” Pasarow said. group of vegetarian students Now, I usually hit up the salad who abstain from eating meat, bar, which has a lot of options. while trying to consume their And I have apples and peanut necessary nutrients from the butter, a lot of peanut butter, school cafeteria. because of the protein. You Vegetarianism is thought to have to work out a system.” stem back from ancient Greece As long as she eats nutriin the 6th Century BCE. After ent-rich foods like tofu, lentils, being abandoned for an era, beans, soy, nuts, and yogurt the practice reemerged and later in the day at home, Pasahas continurow is conously grown fident that through the she gets centuries, culthe protein, As far as being vegan minating in iron, and majorly recalcium she goes, I find myself vived moveneeds each being left with a choice ments promiday. between an exciting nent in the M a n y United Kingvegetarians bowl of plain rice or a dom and Uniteven find scrumptuous bag of sun themselves ed States, as a result of protaking a chips every day, which gressive nustep furhas started to get on my ther in the tritional, foodnerves.” safety, ethical, direction of and environveganism. —Johnny Felker ’14 Vegans abmental concerns. Now, 7.3 stain from million people the use and in the United States are vege- consumption of all animal tarians, according to Vegetari- products. Johnny Felker ’14, an Times, an online vegetarian a four-year vegan, said, “I benewspaper, about 22.8 million came a vegetarian about four more Americans follow “vege- years ago because I was contarian-inclined diets.” Though vinced by a friend of mine that the definition varies through- it would be a healthy choice out different countries and to do so. After about a month cultures, the popular guideline of trying it out I further refollowed by most vegetarians searched it and realized just is abstaining from meat, fish, how brutal and barbaric the and poultry. meat and dairy industries Kate Kushi ’14, who was really are so I decided to go raised a vegetarian, said, “We vegan, with the exception of have a pretty amazing cafete- eggs occasionally, in protest of ria for a high school, but there those said industries.” definitely aren’t as many vegeA large concentration of tarian options as I would hope these anything-but-meat-eatfor. And sometimes there isn’t ers is located in health-cona lot of variety. You know, it’s scious Los Angeles, a moveusually pasta all the time. I re- ment which is reflected in ally enjoy the vegetarian selec- the student body of Harvardtion that I eat from, but I wish Westlake. Whether vegetarian there was more.” students have been decidedly On the other hand, veg- vegetarian since an early age, etarian Emma Pasarow ’14 is or have more recently picked satisfied with the amount and up the trend, they all rely on variety of protein-rich foods the same source: the school she is able to choose from in cafeteria. Unless a student the cafeteria. After picking up brings their own food from

One in every 200 kids in the United States is a vegetarian.

home, the cafeteria’s job is to provide for all types of student diets, supplying students with the nutrients necessary for them to have a healthy lifestyle and perform to the best abilities. Vegetarians are responsible for attaining all the nutrients they are not able to directly consume from meat, especially their proteins, iron, and calcium. Since only a small amount of students at Harvard-Westlake are vegetarian, it is inevitable that the cafeteria cannot focus soley on catering to these specific diets. Cafeteria workers feel that they offer a sizeable number of choices for vegetarians, though many of these foods like rice, pasta and fruit are presented for students with any type of diet, and are not specifically oriented towards providing nutrients which vegetarians usually lack. While the cafeteria sells certain bars, nuts, yogurt, salad toppings and soymilk, common items that vegetarians try to implement in their diets, the dining hall does not usually prepare vegetarian versions of foods which can substitute for meat dishes such as soy or tofu hot dogs, tofu egg scrambles, soy chicken nuggets or dairy-free ice cream like Tofutti. However, cafeteria worker Phairot Janthep made it clear that the cafeteria does attempt to provide hot, substantial meals for vegetarians. The problem is that very few people buy veggie burgers or tofu when these types of foods are offered, and so the cafeteria has cut back on preparing these sorts of items. “As far as being vegan goes, I find myself being left with a choice between an exciting bowl of plain rice or a scrumptious bag of sunchips every day, which has started to get on my nerves,” Felker said. Though this is most likely due to the much smaller ratio of vegetarians to non-vegetarians at Harvard-Westlake, the cafeteria itself has never heard a complaint from this student population. “It’s not the healthiest option, but I don’t mind eating pizza or fries for lunch every day,” Bagnall said.

Meat-less diet decreases the risk of obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure.


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Features B7




KAPPA KUTIES: Autumn Chiklis ’12, wearing a blue necktie, dresses up with the other girls in her sorority.

SISTER, SISTER: Olivia Schiavelli ’12, bottom left, and her sorority sisters each form the Greek letter sigma.

FAST FRIENDS: Ryan Lash ’12, center, and her sorority take a photo after initiation. PRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF AMANDA ALLEN

SAY CHEESE: Amanda Allen ’12, bottom left, strikes a pose with her sorority sisters.

Girls Gone


Yet another college decision is to rush or not rush. Some come from families of Kappas or Thetas in which joining a sorority is a tradition. Rushees seek the security of an instant group of friends and what some call a classic college experience. By Rachel Schwartz Though Ryan Lash ’12 was not surprised to find herself pledging all in white as prescribed by the bid card inviting her to join Kappa Alpha Theta, she found herself unsure about the sisterhood she was about to join. “At first I wasn’t so sure about it, but once I started to make friends and get to know my pledge class I liked it,” Lash said. “I like the social aspect.” Lash, a freshman at the University of Michigan, said at first she felt unclear as to whether or not she would fit in. After doing activities like tie-dying and cookie decorating with her sisters, Lash said she has made great friends. Autumn Chiklis ’12, unlike Lash, was unsure about whether or not to rush as a freshman at the University of Southern California. “There are a lot of pretty confusing notions about what Greek life is,” Chiklis said. “There’s definitely a stigma.” Though she ended up joining Kappa Kappa Gamma, Chiklis acknowledged the cons



to Greek life at USC. The time commitment is huge as is the financial expense and, Chiklis said, some sororities charge fees for missing certain social functions. Now that she has found what she calls the “perfect balance“ of academic and social commitments, Chiklis said that despite steryotypes, she loves Greek life at USC. Annie Wasserman ’13 only recently began to consider joining a sorority at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will attend college in the fall. “When I was initially applying to colleges, Greek life was not on my mind,” Wasserman said. “I didn’t want to go to a school where a huge number of students were involved.” Only since talking to a friend who is a senior in the Huntsman Program which Wasserman will join, has she changed her mind. Students in the 40-person business and international relations program live together a little bit away from the center of campus. “My friend said in freshman year the [Huntsman] community is so tight that sororities or other groups like

Penn Hillel would help you not feel so limited,” Wasserman said. She said she wants to meet people with diverse majors, not just the kids with whom she will study business and international relations. Another freshman at USC, Amanda Allen ’12, said that almost everyone she has met is in a sorority or a fraternity. Though she joined Delta Gamma, the same sorority her mother pledged, she said she went into rush with an open mind about where she would end up. “I looked for the house where I thought I would best fit in and find my best friends for the next four years,” Allen said. Sorority involvement varies from school to school. According to U.S. News, there are 100 colleges and universities in which at least 25 percent of female students are in sororities, including Welch College in Tennessee where 98% of women at the school pledge. Sarah Shelby ’13 is still waiting to hear on college acceptances but is already considering joining a sorority. Her mother was Kappa

Alpha Theta at University of California, Los Angeles and extols sororities saying one will give Sarah an “instant friend group.” “She loved it so much and has influenced me to consider joining a sorority because it was such a big part of her experience,” Shelby said. She admits that popularculture depictions of sororities scare her a little. “I’m worried that I’ll rush for the wrong house,” Shelby said. “I will definitely rush for Theta because my mom and I are pretty similar so the girls in that sorority will probably appreciate my personality.” Hazing as a part of the rushing and pledging is prohibited by the National Panhellenic Conference, according to the “Each of the 26 member groups have banned hazing in all of their chapters and have policies in place stating so,” the website said. University of Boston, however, suspended the Sigma Delta Tau sorority in March of 2012 after a hazing incident. Boston University freshman Olivia Schiavelli ‘12 said that the school is very strict

about any Greek rituals that could be deemed hazing. “We’re not even allowed to be called pledges,” Schiavelli said. “We’re called new members.” Though she said Greek life is not a main part of student life, Schiavelli rushed because she wants a traditional college experience. “Rush was really stressful,” Schiavelli said. “I’ve never seen so many tears in one room.” Though the series of parties, rankings and rejections was emotionally taxing, Schiavelli said that she made a lot of friends in the process. “It’s a lot of girl flirting,” Schiavelli said. Lash also found rush stressful because at Michigan it began after just three days of classes and spanned the whole month of September. After tours of all 15 sororities, four rounds of ranking, interviews and preference parties, Lash got her bid to the Eta chapter and could become a Theta. “Once we got to talking it was easier to tell we could all be friends. I really like the girls,” Lash said.


Bid Day



Initiated members of a sorority can choose to wear a badge that shows which sorority they are a part of.

On bid day, potential recruits receive bids, or invitations, to pledge a sorority, or to become candidates for membership.

A legacy is a daughter, sister, or granddaughter of an initiated member of a sorority.

The quota is the number of new members a sorority may pledge. INFOGRAPHIC BY EMILY SEGAL SOURCE: WWW.THESORORITYLIFE.COM

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B8 Features

March 13, 2013



Seniors anticipate final decisions By Rachel Schwartz Phillip* The Athlete Phillip is finally done with the college process, as long as he doesn’t suddenly drop to an F average or commit a felony, he said. Last Saturday, he received what is colloquially referred to as a “likely letter” from Princeton University, guaranteeing his admission as long as he maintains “the excellent academic and personal standards that have characterized his performance until now,” the letter said. “It feels really good,” Phillip said. “I’m really glad the recruitment process is over,” Phillip said. He said his parents are re-

lieved; especially his mom who witnessed how stressed he felt as he navigated the recruiting season. After he told the coach that he wanted to commit, Phillip said the coach talked to admissions while he waited to hear. “This is pretty much an ideal situation,” Phillip said. “It’s a cool feeling.” Francesca* The All Around Francesca will hear from most of the schools she applied to at the end of March or in early April. “I just want to know,” Francesca said. “As it’s getting closer and closer I’m getting more and more nervous about decisions.” She is debating whether or

not to open her online letters at the time they are available because she will be on a school trip for a performing arts class at the time. If she does not wait till she gets home she is worried about being either elated or heart-broken with peers who are also facing decisions at the same time. Francesca is glad, however to have a “safety net” since she is already in to University of Michigan. “I’m completely happy with going to Michigan,” Francesca said. “I’ve heard great things about the social scene and the academics.” Doug* The Brainiac While Doug found out last Friday that he was accepted to Washington University in

Regular decisions trickle in for seniors as their college process comes to an end. Saint Louis, he was not accepted to their eight year medical program, nor did he win the merit scholarships he applied for. “At this point there’s no real incentive to go,” Doug said. He did, however, have an overall positive experience on his visit and interview weekend for University of Southern California’s Presidential scholarship. “It was nice because it let me see USC,” Doug said. Doug, like most seniors, is just waiting for decisions. “I’m still sort of relaxed about it and distracted by thinking about other things,” Doug said. “Coming from Harvard-Westlake, I’ll get in somewhere. Hopefully I will have some choices.”

Arthur* The Artist Not much is new with Arthur except that his senioritis has worsened. “Homework is kind of going out the door,” Arthur said. As he waits for information on housing and classes from Brown University, Arthur is just trying to enjoy his senior year, though, he admits that not doing his homework for some classes has repercussions. “Class is a lot more confusing than it used to be,” Arthur said. As he works on multiple performing arts projects both in and out of school he says he is trying to “focus on the journey not the destination.” * names have been changed

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JAZZIN’: Andy Arditi ’14 plays alto saxophone with Nick Lee ’15 on trombone, top. The band leader of the Noodling Conversationalists, Ben Greene ’14, plays the trumpet, bottom. Jack Bloomfield ’13 plays the electric guitar, left.

All That Jazz

By Jacob Goodman

working on bringing everything together On the second to make a really great, night of the Jazz cohesive musical exCombo concert, six perience,” said Cory student bands played Batchler ’13, the bassa variety of musiist for the Advanced cal genres, ranging Jazz Combo. from John Coltrane The Jazz Explorers to Radiohead to Carwere last to perform nathanson ’s los Santana to several Saturday, playing five Shawn original pieces comsongs that included Costantino posed by members of original pieces comthe Advanced Jazz Combo and posed by drummer Daniel Jazz Explorers. Sunshine ’13 and trombonist The concert was direct- Nick Lee ’15. ed by Shawn Costantino and “I just started composing spanned two nights, with nine this year; it’s very, very, very combos playing 38 songs. hard,” said Sunshine, drum“Basically what we work on mer for the Jazz explorers. “It is the melody and the chords, really just takes a lot of waitand then everything else is ing and messing around on the

During the Jazz Combo concert, nine groups played original songs as well as Radiohead, Carlos Santana and John Coltrane.

piano for lots and lots of hours until you come up with something.” “I usually get an inspiration from listening to another piece,” said Nick Lee, the trombonist for the Jazz Explorers. “Writing the chords to tune first, then the melody is easiest for me because I find it easier to form a melody based off chords, than chords based off melody. There is a lot that I have to think about in terms of structure of the chords and what patterns I use because that all affects the feeling of the piece. The melody, for me, is one of the hardest parts because maintaining the guide tones of the specific chord and giving the melody a shape. It

takes a lot of practice to get a good sense of what you really want to hear in an original composition.” In preparation, the players meet four times a week: twice in a big band setting and twice in their individual combos. The combos change from year to year. Sunshine has been on the Jazz Explorers for two years, but says there’s a difference between last year’s group and this years’. “The groups are completely different, just the dynamic of the groups,” Sunshine said. “Our strengths and weaknesses last year are almost the opposite of our strengths and weaknesses this year. It was hard to find out what our

sound was going to be but I think we finally found it with this show. At first we were playing a lot of more classic stuff, more straight ahead jazz, but this show we sort of took it out of the box a little. Last year we played really modern stuff right from the start and we didn’t play that much straight ahead Jazz. The players that we have [this year] — Andy Arditi [’14], Nick Lee [’15]—they’re both very, very good at playing straight ahead stuff.” The Jazz Explorers, Advanced Jazz Combo, and two other combos will perform again this month at the Catalina Bar and Grill Jazz Club on March 19.

Junior sings at Whisky A Go Go

By Sarah Novicoff

Whisky A Go Go, the Sunset Strip nightclub which has hosted Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin and launched the careers of many artists and bands such as the Doors, hosted Molly Chapman ’14 on Feb. 3. The concert was Chapman’s second of 2013, and she has since performed two more in the month of March alone. “When she sings you not only see a beautiful girl singing with an amazing voice, but also someone that really connects with what she is singing,” said Emma Sanderson ’14, Chapman’s friend who has attended two of Chapman’s recent shows. “She’s so good you can’t take your eyes off of her.” Chapman began singing at 6 years old and began writing her own music at 12. Her first break came last year when a family friend asked her to perform at a show, and from there Chapman performed more and more. In the past year, Chapman has performed multiple times at the M Bar, most recently on Jan. 27, as well as a show at the Mareka Café and

her recent Whisky A Go Go show. Additionally, she sang in a show on Jan. 20 called “Cirque Acoustique” while professional Cirque du Soleil performers danced behind her. “I think performing at so many different venues and for so many different crowds has shown me what kind of gig I like the best,” Chapman said. “I would have to say gigs like the one at the Whisky are probably my favorite because you can tell that people are listening to the music, but they can also feel free to just chill and have a fun time.” Chapman has already performed two more shows in the month of March — one at the Voodoo Lounge at the House of Blues on March 3 and another at the Catalina Bar and Grill on March 6 with her parents, Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman. “I love performing in front of a crowd,” Chapman said. “It’s really interesting to see how people respond to my songs. I’m just always looking to see what I can do to improve my performance.” In the case of the Voodoo

Lounge, the booker called Chapman and told her he liked her sound before asking her to sing at an upcoming show. However, Chapman books the rest of the shows herself, sending copies of her music to bookers across Los Angeles and using social media to get herself heard. Chapman has a Sound Cloud and a Reverb Nation as well as a YouTube channel with over 5,300 views and an additional 1,800 views on other channels. So far Chapman’s shows have featured mostly her own original music, a collection of 20 songs that she began writing at 12 years old. Chapman continues to work on her music, attending song writing workshops and editing the music often. Additionally, Chapman is a member of the school’s Chamber Singers and Jazz Singers. “I would love to pursue it as a career, but it is a really tough career to pursue,” Chapman said. “I have a lot of interests, but I think music is the one passion that I really have and I can’t see myself doing anything else.”


TRUE ORIGINAL: Molly Chapman ’14 sings her original music while playing the piano at the Whisky A Go Go. The gig was one of Chapman’s four across Los Angeles since the beginning of this year.

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B10 Features

March 13, 2013

Pulling back the Curtain

Nine plays, written by upper school students, were chosen for the Playwrights Festival. They will be performed from April 26 to 28 in Rugby Auditorium. “Eve” by Patric Verrone ’13

“Firelight” by Cory Batchler ’13

“Lemonade” by Rebecca Moretti ’13

“Holding On” by Tara Joshi ’14

“The Gawking Dead” by Alex Haney ’14

“Something Like Magic” by Rebecca Katz ’15

“The Violinist” by Jazmin Piche ’15

“Zamena” by Ari Berman ’15

Plot: Eve, written in iambic pentameter, is about Adam and Eve’s first argument after God kicked them out of the Garden of Eden. Inspiration: “Paradise Lost” by John Milton

Plot: “Holding On,” told through a series of flashbacks, is about a homeless veteran living in a park. Inspiration: An encounter with a homeless man

“The Last Night on Top of the World” by Katherine Calvert ’15

Plot: Two people go to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide, and find hope together. Inspiration: Love in horrible situations

Plot: A criminal psychologist who is working with a serial killer subsequently descends into madness. Inspiration: Horror movies and the novels of H.P. Lovecraft

Plot: After cheating on his wife, the protaganist tries to win her back while facing a zombie apocalypse. Inspiration: Comedies and zombie movies

Plot: This silent play follows the career of a violinist who rises from humble beginnings to greatness. Inspiration: A mysterious violinist near her bookstore

Plot: “Lemonade” is a light-hearted play about a homeless man pulling himself up out of poverty and realizing that anyone can make it. Inspiration: The accessibility of iced tea

Plot: A boy and a girl meet on a park bench, and share a deep connection. Inspiration: The novel “A Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Plot: A dancer is forced to model for an artist, and through clashes, the two come to better understand themselves and their actions. Inspiration: A book about Edgar Degas


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Features B11 Marlborough screens student short films Four films made by Harvard-Westlake students were featured at the Marlborough Film Festival on March 1. “Post Remembrance,” directed by Cosima Elwes ’15, Hana Kateman ’15 and Danielle Stolz ’15, “Voodoo Child,” directed by Roz Naimi ’12 and Joe Kitaj ’12, “Different Drummer,” directed by Nikta Mansouri ’15 and J.J. Spitz ’15 and “The Darkroom,” directed by the Photography I students were showcased at the event. “Film festivals are learning experiences where students learn what makes audiences react,” Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke said. —Scott Nussbaum

Choirs plan tour of Eastern Europe DAVID GISSER/CHRONICLE

ENCORE: Choral Director Roger Guerrero acknowledges the Chamber Singers at the end of their performance in his doctoral recital at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on Sunday. The recital was part of his coursework at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Students perform in teacher’s doctoral recital By Morganne Ramsey

his first since 2006. After this, Guerrero will continue workAll three upper school ing on getting his doctorate, choirs and Symtaking more classes phony performed in and writing a disserchoir teacher Rodtation. ger Guerrero’s docThe show was toral recital at the titled “Vignettes of First Presbyterian Life,” and was catChurch of Santa egorized into themes Monica on Sunday. that were named afAs part of Guerter major moments rero’s coursework at in the human experithe USC Thornton ence. Chamber Singnathanson ’s School of Music, he ers performed in the Rodger Guerrero was required to confirst half and all of duct a recital relatthe choirs performed ed to his major, choral music in the second half with the and one of his three minors. Symphony. The second half This was his second recital, was a performance of a num-

ber of movements from Zoltan Kodály’s work “Missa Brevis,” The section was titled “ReCreation.” Guerrero and choir accompanist Sara Shakliyan went through thousands of songs to pick what they would sing for the recital. In the end, the groups performed eight pieces made up of different movements and many different languages including French and German. “No other high school choir could do this,” Guerrero said. He had chosen to have mostly Harvard-Westlake musicians for the recital instead of exclusively hiring from USC,

though he did have some USC soloist singers and instrumentalists. In order to prepare, Chamber Singers had weekend rehearsals once a month and worked during class time. They will also perform a number of the pieces from this show during their tour in Eastern Europe during spring break. “I’m honored to be singing in his doctoral recital,” said Alex Berman ’14, a Chamber Singer. “Knowing that he trusts us also motivates us singers to be the best singers because we all want him to pass and we want to do our part to make that happen.”

Animators visit Drawing and Painting classes

By Noa Yadidi

make it smile and make a story,” she said. Artists and experimental Although Haden has not animators Tanya Haden, Ruah continued with animation Edelstein and Masha Vasilk- since the film, she has pursued ovsky visited art teacher Alys- drawing. She showed the class sa Sherwood’s Drawing and a variety of different pieces Painting I class to she has done, many screen some of their of which included animations and diselephants as she cuss the process with described having a students. fascination with the Haden visited animal. the class Feb. 27 and Vasilkovsky, who screened “The Visit,” also attended Cal a short animated Arts with Sherwood, film she directed and Edelstein visited which included thouthe class March 6 nathanson ’s sands of hand-drawn and screened a numframes. The film was Alyssa Sherwood ber of films, some of Haden’s thesis projwhich they each creect at the California Institute ated individually and one that of the Arts where she studied they created under their colanimation and was Sherwood’s laboration they call Lumen classmate. Animae, or the light of the The four-and-a-half-min- soul in Latin. ute film is about a woman’s “We have united with a trip to the dentist that Haden purpose to create collaboraturned into a love story. To tive partnerships with other create the film, Haden had to artists, so Lumen Animae is draw and shoot every single whoever works with us at the frame and then edit them to- moment,” Vasilkovsky said. gether to create the anima- “It is directed towards bettertion. ment of humanity in some way Haden’s sister, Petra, did through art.” an a cappella version of “Scene The pair began by screend’Amour” from the 1977 film ing Edelstein’s 13-minute film “Bilitis” for the film that fit “Died 100 Times,” a film in perfectly without any editing which Edelstein drew every necessary. layer of each shot. The film, “It’s kind of what’s fun which Edelstein said would about animating is that you normally take up to a year to can have this character and produce, took her a little less make it come actually to life, than six months.

“It’s a happy thought their work fresh. though,” Edelstein said of her “The medium that you film. “By dying what I mean work with guides you through is you go through differ- your feelings,” she said. ent life experiences, some of Vasilkovsky and Edelstein them seem to be unbearable also screened a film that they but once you go through them worked on together at a conyou’re never be the same. It’s ference in Pasadena with an almost like you are beginning audience in which they creata new life.” ed a storyboard and then had “A death is an opportunity the audience use lights to draw for an upgrade,” Vasilkovsky out the scenes, which they added. then captured and animated. Vasilkovsky also screened Vasilkovsky, a native of her “Tango” animation that Russia, and Edelstein, a native was commissioned by the of Lithuania, both discussed movie “Curve of Earth” and how they got into art and exher last completed film from perimental animation. her time at Cal Arts entitled “My favorite part was “Fur and Feathers.” She also learning not only about the arscreened a film she has not tistic training the women had fully completed yet and calls a to go through, but also their “work in progress.” individual stories as they came She deto the United scribed her States,” Anmethod of elise Florescu The medium that you using her fin’14 said. gers to paint “I realwork with guides you on glass to ized that the through your feelings.” create her training I animation. had prevent—Masha Vasilkovsky ed me from Each time Animator doing art,” she creates a painting she Vasilkovsky wants, she captures it with a said regarding her formal art camera and then moves the training in Russia. “It held paint on the same piece of me captive because my hands glass and takes another shot. were too trained to make anyShe continues the method un- thing else but what I could altil she gets all the shots she ready draw. I was a prisoner of needs. the skill. And so when I [found Vasilkovsky advised stu- out] that there was such thing dents to try new mediums to as animation, I jumped at it... I progress their art and keep had a revelation.”

Six members of Wolverine Chorus and 41 members of Chamber Singers will travel to Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria from March 22 until April 2 as part of Chamber Singers’ biennial spring break tour. “I’m really excited to go on the trip because I think everyone in Chamber Singers will grow even closer, and that we will have a ton of fun,” Benny Weisman ’15 said. The choirs will perform in Budapest’s national opera house and on national television in Bulgaria. —Sara Evall and Jensen McRae

Students picked as film festival finalists Eight films created by students from and outside of Harvard-Westlake have been selected as finalists for the third annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the El Portal Theatre on March 30. “The film I made with Sophia Lopez is about the hurtfulness of bullying and importance of friendship, so I’m glad that awareness is being spread and that they’re using our film to do so,” finalist Sarah Jensen ’14 said. The winners of each category will receive prizes and the Best of Show winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. —Jivani Gengatharan

Choral department hosts California festival The choral department hosted a festival in Rugby Auditorium for the Southern California Vocal Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bel Canto and Chamber Singers performed with choirs from four other schools. Each of the six groups performed for a rating in the advanced chamber choir category. Some of the songs scheduled to be performed “Il et bel et bon” by Pierre Passeure and “I Am Not Yours” by Z. Randall Stroope. Both choirs spent most of the semester preparing. Harvard-Westlake singers also acted as hosts by announcing their performances. —Morganne Ramsey and Marcella Park

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B12 Features

STRIKE A POSE: Krista Knighton ’14 models for her and Emily Segal’s ’14 fashion blog.

So Fetch

By Elana Zeltser

Surrounded by clothes, shoes and accessories, Krista Knighton ’14 and Emily Segal ’14 finally decide on an outfit. A floral dress from Knighton’s grandmother and a beige sweater from H&M, paired with nude pumps and hot pink clutch complete the Valentine’s Day look that will be featured on their blog, So Fetch Fashion. Segal grabs her Canon camera and snaps a series of portraits and close-ups of Knighton modeling the outfit. “It’s casual because of the sweater, but the pumps do wonders for your legs and who wouldn’t want that on the most romantic day of the year?!” Knighton wrote on their fashion blog. “It’s perfect for a lunch date with a special someone or your girls.” Knighton had been thinking about starting a blog for a long time before they made their first post in December 2011. The holiday post, which they titled “Red Hot” featured crimson


jeans, a white sweater and turquoise accents. “Emily and I found a couple of blogs that we really liked and we decided why not?” Knighton said. “We just went for it and we figured if it didn’t work out nobody had to see it. For Knighton, fashion sense runs in the family. “My mom is a fashion designer so I take after her,” Knighton said. “She always gives me advice and I tend to listen to it most of the time.” Her other inspiration comes mostly from other fashion bloggers and vloggers. “I spend a lot of time on the internet doing fashion-related things like reading blogs and shopping,” Knighton said. She attended a fashion design summer program and hopes to someday find a career in fashion, as well. “It would definitely be cool to have blogging be my job, but if that doesn’t work out then I’d maybe like to do something for a fashion magazine or advertising,” Knighton said. Segal, while also interested in fashion, is more interested in capturing it from behind the lens. The summer after her freshman year, Segal went on a summer photography trip with Putney Student Travel. Rather than focusing on landscapes, the group traveled around Spain capturing street styles of different people. That summer she began to observe how people made a statement

Krista and Emily’s Picks Harvard-Westlake’s resident fashion bloggers share the go-to blogs that inspire their posts.

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Shea Marie: She was our main inspiration when we first started, but now that her style has changed a couple times we’re not such big fans. Either way, we think of her as the reason we started our blog.

Danielle: We love Danielle from We Wore What because she tries so many different looks and rocks all of them. Her photography and the locations of her shoots are especially cool, so Emly is obsessed with her.

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Two juniors find a creative outlet through an online fashion blog they founded two years ago. about themselves through fashion. Now Segal takes photographs wherever she goes. “We were trying to capture city life in Madrid, Barcelona and other small towns like Seville, Sitges and Segovia,” Segal said. “We’d walk up to random people and ask them if we could take their picture. It had to be more than a headshot though. You have to find the right angle and capture the expression that tells you something about that person. I love this style of photography because everyone has a different story to tell, and that really comes through in the pictures.” This training helped Segal navigate the world of fashion photography, as she figured out how best to showcase each outfit. “There’s a lot you have to take into consideration when doing photography for a fashion blog,” Segal said. “Certain angles or lighting that might make some clothes look good could make others look really weird.” For one post on the blog, the girls decided to challenge themselves by photographing more abstract pictures instead of their standard fashion photography. The series, entitled “Black, White and H20” shows colorless depictions of Knighton posing clothed in the swimming pool and bathtub. “You can see that these photos aren’t based on an outfit, they are focused more on

aesthetic appeal,” Knighton wrote in the post accompanying the photos. “We had a lot of fun, even though I froze my butt off.” Knighton and Segal plan to continue to upload outfits once or twice a week, and hope to gain more readers. “There are a lot of really popular bloggers out there and a lot of times they’ll do something on Instagram or on their blog where they will feature another less well-known blog so I hope we can get one of the spots to get more people looking at the blog,” Knighton said. Segal said that the most rewarding part about blogging is they found an outlet for both of their respective passions. As the seasons change Segal will continue photographing more outfits, including Knighton’s favorite spring trend, bralettes paired with high-waisted skirts. “I think everybody has their way of expressing themselves,” Knighton said. “Fashion has always been very prominent in my life and I’ve grown to love it so much.” CARRIE DAVIDSON/CHRONICLE


Chriselle Lim:


Andy Torres:


Carolina Engman:

She has a blog and a YouTube account [ chrisellelim]. Whereas, the Free People look is almost hippie-like, Chriselle is definitely more put together. We tend to mix a lot of different styles together, not necessarily in the same outfit, but we have a wide variety of clothing in our closets.

Andy is so cool because she chooses the most unique pieces. Sometimes we initially hate what she’s wearing but when you really look at her outfits, she’s incredible.

Another great blogger is Carolina Engman from Fashion Squad. She has such good taste and is absolutely adorable. She mixes designer pieces wtih items from some of the stores we love, and she shops sales like a normal person. GRAPHIC BY CARRIE DAVIDSON SOURCE KRISTA KNIGHTON AND EMILY SEGAL

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C4-5 The spring sports season is officially in full swing

Scaring ’em hitless For the first time in history, two Wolverines pitchers, Jack Flaherty ’14, right, and Chloe Pendergast ’13, left, threw no-hitters in the same week. By Lizzy Thomas

Chloe Pendergast ’13

Johan Santana has one. Lucas Giolito ’12 has one and Tim Lincecum has none. Sandy Koufax had four and Roy Halladay and Justin Verlander both have two. And now Jack Flaherty ’14 and Chloe Pendergast ’13 each have one. Flaherty and Pendergast joined the elite club of pitchers who have tossed no-hitters within days of each other, as Pendergast pitched a complete game no-hitter in the Feb. 26 softball game against Immaculate Heart and Flaherty followed suit for the baseball team against Valencia on March 2. In spite of the close timing of the two no-hitters, the two pitchers had markedly different experiences. In spite of allowing no hits, Pendergast’s no-no featured an unearned run by Immaculate Heart off of errors in the Wolverines’ season-opening 9-1 win. The baserunners made it so that Pendergast went the entire game and some time after without realizing her accomplishment, finding out only when she went to watch the girls’ soccer CIF game against Chaminade. “There were errors, so there were people on base, so it didn’t really feel like it,” Pendergast said. “Afterwards, when I went to the soccer game, people told me, ‘Chloe, congrats you threw a no-hitter’ and I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t even know, thank you.’” The game marked not only the start of the season but also Pendergast’s return to the mound after almost a year away from pitching to focus on shortstop, where she’s set to play for Cornell next year. Pendergast’s oblivion to her no-hitter-in-progress may have

helped to keep her calm, she said. “There have been times that I’ve gotten to the fifth inning and realized that there hadn’t been anyone on base and thought I only had two more innings to go. I’ve definitely been conscious before but I wasn’t this time and I probably would have been more nervous if I had,” Pendergast said. Flaherty, on the other hand, realized the possibility for a nohitter mid-game. “I didn’t know that I was throwing a no-hitter until the sixth inning, because Hans [Hansen ’13] started mentioning it. That was the point where I started realizing it,” Flaherty said. While Flaherty and his team shut out Valencia 1-0, Flaherty lost the opportunity for a perfect game early on, giving up his sole walk to the first batter. Flaherty and a few of his teammates went from the morning funeral for Justin Carr ’14 straight to the game, which affected his pitching early on, he said. “The first inning was rough and I didn’t pitch well,” Flaherty said. But he quickly turned it around, striking out seven batters and saving his own no-hitter by fielding a push bunt in the final inning. The win over Valencia advanced the Wolverines into the finals of the Easton Tournament and they went on to beat Chaminade. “It was never even a goal of mine at all to throw a no-hitter. My goal is just to go out there and win it for my team and it just ended up that I threw a no-hitter,” Flaherty said. “Right when it happened, I was ecstatic, but now it’s just moving onto the next part.”

Jack Flaherty ’14



Wrestler finishes in top 16 at State meet By Lizzy Thomas

tory-making year,” Head Wrestling In wrestling, movCoach Gary Bairos ing up a weight class said. can spell disaster, as Schlossberg, competition against who is committed heavier, stronger opto Princeton to play ponents makes winfootball, credits his ning harder and lossuccess in part to the ing more likely. weight class switch. nathanson ’s That’s not the “I gave up a lot of Henry case for Henry weight to some bigSchlossberg ’13, who Schlossberg ’13 ger guys, but that made the jump from had a lot to do with it 220 lbs. to heavybecause a lot of those weight this year only to go guys aren’t quite as athletic as further in CIF postseason the lighter guys,” Schlossberg than he and almost everyone said. “With football I didn’t else in school history had. have to manage my weight Schlossberg became just as much this year, because at the third Wolverine to make Princeton they want me to be it to the State championship as big as possible.” meet, and only the second to His coach attributes win a match there, as he went Schlossberg’s deep CIF run to 2-2 at the March 1 tourna- his work ethic and interest in ment held in Bakersfield. the sport. “He definitely had a his“Henry is a good student

of the sport,” Bairos said. “He’s always been from day one very passionate about wrestling, where he seeks out getting better. He doesn’t just wait to get better by osmosis. He’s like a sponge.” Schlossberg’s top 16 finish is made all the more improbable by his relative newness to wrestling, Bairos said. “He’s only been wrestling for two and a half years, so he’s relatively new to the sport,” Bairos said. “I would say that 99 percent of the wrestlers in his weight class have been wrestling for far more than five years. Considering that he’s just scratching the surface. “I think if we had him another year, like if he’d wrestled freshman year, he would have been on the podium. He’s just a great kid, great student, very coachable, a pleasure to

be around and his trajectory every year he just kept getting better and better.” Schlossberg’s improvement was epitomized by one of his wins at the state meet, where he beat a wrestler who pinned him the week before at Master’s meet by a margin of 10-2. The state meet was Schlossberg’s swan song as a Harvard-Westlake athlete, though he’s unsure if it was for wrestling as well. “I want to at least work out in the wrestling room at Princeton, but I’m not sure about competing yet,” he said. “I know he’s going to Princeton to play football, but I think that the wrestling team would love to have him,” Bairos said. ‘Guys that are that big, that athletic, that coachable – they’re hard to find.”



SEASON’S END: None of the winter sports teams came away from their seasons with any CIF titles to show for it

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Figures Cumulative score held by Bakari Bolden ’14 through three matches


Pitches Jack Flaherty ’14 threw in his no-hitter against Valencia

74 Henry Copses ’14 time to win the 200 Free on March 7


Goals scored by lacrosse team in its shutout of Royal



BATTER UP: Jacob Pardo ’14, above, bats in the team’s win over Oaks Christian on Feb. 28 during the Easton Tournament. Hans Hansen ’13, below, winds up to pitch in the 5-1 victory over Oaks Christian. The Wolverines won all five of their games at the tournament.

Baseball crushes Chaminade to win the Easton Tournament

Inches Jonathan Felker ’14 jumped to break the high jump school record

By Lizzy Thomas


Game to watch BOYS’ BASEBALL

March 15 vs. Loyola 3:30 p.m. @ O’Malley Field

Following their matchup Tuesday March 12 at Loyola, the Wolverines will look to continue their strong start. The team is 6-0 as of press time, including a win over Oaks Christian and their star pitcher Phillip Bickford. The result of the teams first matchup with rival Loyola will not be available as of press time. Both teams will be without their blue chip pitchers as Jack Flaherty ’14 and Quinn Brodey won’t start. Instead, Hans Hansen ’13 is set to be the starting pitcher for the Wolverines.

Junior Varsity Boys’ golf (1-0) Last Game: W (249-207) vs. Alemany Swimming (1-0) Last Game: W vs. Crespi / Louisville Baseball (5-1) Last Game: W (9-1) vs.Camarillo Lacrosse (2-1) Last Game: L (14-1) vs. Oak Park HS

Boys’ tennis (3-1) Last Game: W (17-1) vs. Viewpoint Boys’ volleyball (1-10)

Last Game: L (2-1) vs. Chaminade


After losing in the championship game the year before, the boys’ baseball team won all five of its games at the Easton Tournament to finish in first place. While Jacob Pardo ’14 said the team’s performance at the tournament was a good sign for the team moving forward, there is plenty more to come from the Wolverines. “If anyone thought that at the beginning of the season our main goal was to win the Easton Tournament, then they’re crazy,” Pardo said. ‘It’s a good measure of where we’re at and we’re in a good place right now, but there’s definitely more work to be done.” The team scored 28 runs over the five-game tournament, an average of 5.6 a game. One of the key reasons behind the offensive outburst, according to pitcher Hans Hansen ’13, is leadoff hitter Ezra Steinberg ’15. Hansen

says that Steinberg, who has rotated around the infield and outfield, has performed well at the plate all year. “He’s a very very good player,” Hansen said. “He’s very adaptable in the field and he’s very good at batting, so we really want him to hit and that’s why he’s hitting first for us. He’s been going around from second base to third base to left field. He’s really winning spots so our coaches don’t want to not play him.” Steinberg, the only sophomore starter on the team ranked eighth in the country and second in the state by MaxPreps, logged two 3-4 games in the five-game Easton Tournament, including the championship game where the team beat Chaminade 11-0 to win the tournament. Though the win was not apart of the official league schedule, Pardo said the shutout win over Mission League rival Chaminade was a good sign for the

two-time defending Mission League champions as league competition officially starts. “That Chaminade game was huge,” Pardo said. “We certainly expected a dog fight out of that game and we didn’t really get one because we came out swinging. Overall, it gave us the confidence that we’re where we’re supposed to be at this point in the season.” The team played at Loyola, who finished in second place in league standings, yesterday, but scores were not available at press time. The team then hosts the rival Cubs on Friday. The Wolverines will travel to North Carolina over spring break to play in the National High School Invitational tournament, where they placed second last year. “Our goal as a team is to win the league and win the CIF championship,” Steinberg said. “If we do what we usually do, I think we have a good shot at it.”

Swim team dedicates win to Justin Carr ’14 By Patrick Ryan

The swim team observed a moment of silence before its first meet Thursday March 7 to honor the life of Justin Carr ’14, a swimmer who died Feb. 22 apparently of cardiomyopathy. The team won the meet over Crespi and Louisville, 9574. “I thought it was really respectful,” swimmer John Copses ’14 said. “I actually think it will help the team swim better this year, now that we have another incentive to do well.” Copses swam in the men’s 100 breast stroke and recorded a time of 1:01.28 minutes to finish second to Alex Hsing ’16 who recorded a time of 1:00.94 minutes. Jonathan Carroll, the first-year head coach, said he believes the team is beginning to recover, although it still holds Carr in its memory. “For the team, it was another reminder that he is still with us, he always will be, that he is a part of us,” Carroll said. “I wanted to let everyone deal with it in their own individual way; I have to think there are folks that will swim this season with Justin in mind.”

Morgan Hallock ’13 wrote Carr’s initials on her swim cap as a way of dedicating her performance to him. The team wore colorful suits as a tribute to Carr, since he liked color. Copses said he felt that most of the team members would dedicate their season to his memory. “It definitely brought the team closer. That night [of the event] we all talked together,” Copses said. “Especially the captains, the seniors, have been really supportive. It has been a great bonding experience.” In the aftermath of the death, Carroll was concerned with how the story was being spread. Carr died during a swim practice, but not from stress-related causes. “Immediately after, my major concern was that the story would get spun out of control and become something that it wasn’t,” Carroll said. “Besides dealing with the immediate emotional shock of it all, my message to the swimmers who were there that day was, ‘Here’s what happened, we know what happened. For anybody that might approach


BREASTSTROKE: Emma Graham ’15 swims the breaststroke in the team’s win over Crespi and Louisville, the team’s first meet. you and ask, let’s make sure that the story is told correctly in honor of Justin.’” Carroll also noted how the team is helping one another through this time of tragedy. “I think folks might be a little bit more willing to check in with each other,” Carroll said. “Swimming can be kind of individual, you are on the blocks, you have your own lane, you are doing your own thing. I think with this, it really kind of brought it home that we need to check in with one another and make sure we are communicating.” “I am pretty confident a lot of people did well at the first meet,” swimmer Henry Copses ’14 said. “We lost to

Crespi last year, and beating them this year at the start of the season is a good accomplishment. Loyola is going to be a challenge as always, but I think looking forward we should do well.” Copses swam in the men’s 500 free and finished first with a time of 4:46.96 minutes. He competed in the 200 free where he won with a time of 1:47.77 minutes. Carroll said there is room for improvement in the team’s performance but, given the circumstances, he thought the team fared well. “Folks are starting to get back to their normal mood emotionally,” Carroll said. “I think Justin’s spirit will be with us always.”

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C3 Sports Former basketball players win championship Former Wolverine basketball players Zena Edosomwan ’12 and Josh Hearlihy ’12, who deferred a year of college in favor of attending Northfield Mount Hermon Prep School, helped the basketball team win the National Preparatory Championship for the first time in the school’s history. The championship is awarded to the winner of the 30-team tournament consisting of the country’s best prep school teams. Hearlihy scored 14 points in the finals against Brewster Academy, and Edosomwan added nine points along with eight rebounds. —Grant Nussbaum

Weissenbach sets Stanford indoor 800-meter record



Cruel winter

By Luke Holthouse

The Athletic Department will not be hanging any CIF Championship banners in Taper Gymnasium following the conclusion of the winter sports season, just as after the fall. While no team went all the way, all six of the winter sports teams were represented in CIF playoffs. Girls’ soccer: Despite being the top ranked school for its size, the varsity girls’ soccer team was unsuccessful in their bid for a spot in CIF sectionals. The team lost in CIF semifinals to Chaminade, a team it had already beaten and tied during the regular season. The Wolverines were unable to hold a late 1-0 lead in regulation and eventually lost 3-2 on penalty kicks. “I’m extremely devastated,” Lichtenstein said. “Getting knocked out in penalty kicks two years in a row is heartbreaking. Especially this year, it feels like we choked.” Despite the loss, the team believed that with its record, rank and the fact that it lost in penalty kicks would get them a bid in sectionals. “Nine out of 10 times we beat Chaminade when we play them,” Lichtenstein said. “We were the better team and anyone that was at the game, in-

WINTER’S TALE: Hannah Lichtenstein’13, left, jukes a Chaminade defender in the final CIF playoff game of her high school career. David Winfield ’13, top, finishes in the paint in the Wolverines second round CIF game against Laguna Beach, winning 73-60.

All six teams were represented, but no team was able to capture a CIF title.

cluding the Chaminade girls, knows that.” Boys’ soccer: Boys’ soccer fell in the second round of Division I playoffs to top seeded San Clemente by a score of 2-1 after a 3-0 win over Dana Hills in the first round. Though the Wolverines played with a man down for most of the game against San Clemente after Akosa Ibekwe ’13 was sent off in the first half with a red card, they still came within a goal of the eventual champions in the division. The Wolverines finished second behind rival Loyola in league standings, falling four wins short of a CIF championship. “I feel like we lost to the best team,” Ty Gilhuly ’13 said. “We don’t feel like we fizzled out. The guys on the team were really close and I think we had a really good time.” Girls’ water polo: The only defending CIF champions, girls’ water polo fell two wins shy of a third straight CIF banner. After winning CIF championships the previous two years in Division IV, the Wolverines were promoted to Division III. Facing a tougher competition in the later rounds of playoffs, the Wolverines lost

12-7 to Palos Verdes. The Wolverines won the Mission League championship for the 17th straight year. The team will lose starters Morgan Hallock ’13 and Kassie Shannon ’13. “It’s really going to be hard [replacing Hallock and Shannon],” Sydney Cheong ’14 said.” I think it’s going to take a lot of time playing together and trying to get as much experience as we can learning to work with each other and learning to operate.” Girls’ basketball: Girls’ basketball beat Notre Dame Academy in the first round of Division IV AA playoffs but was knocked out by Bishop Montgomery in the second round by a score of 5742. The Wolverines finished in third place in league standings and fell four wins short of a CIF championship. “We played hard and fought to the very end with both Notre Dame Academy and Bishop Montgomery,” Natalie Florescu ’13 said. “The game against NDA was exciting and came down to the last second, Alixx [Lucas ’13] really showed her experience and stepped up for us, capitalizing at the end and hitting the game winning shot. The Bishop game was definitely much tougher, but we battled

hard and gave our best effort.” Boys’ basketball: Boys’ basketball fell in the third round of Division IV AA CIF playoffs to eventual champions Bishop Montgomery by a score of 78-58. The Wolverines beat Templeton 77-46 in the first round and Laguna Hills 73-60 in the second round but fell three wins short of the ultimate prize. The team finished in fourth place in league standings. “My teammates especially the seniors were great and fought hard the whole time,” Michael Sheng ’14 said. “It was a disappointing ending but ultimately a great season.” Wrestling: While individuals Charlie Nelson ’13 and Henry Schlossberg ’13 advanced to CIF Masters, the team as a whole did not make playoffs and finished in last place in league. “We haven’t had two guys in the Masters meet for a really long time, and next year we should have a few more,” team captain Henry Schlossberg ’13 said, referencing the fact that he and co-captain Chuck Nelson ’13 advanced to the CIF Masters tournament. Additional reporting by Aaron Lyons, Lucy Putnam, Patrick Ryan, Sam Sachs, and Lizzy Thomas.

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Former Wolverine track standout Amy Weissenbach ’12 set the Stanford indoor 800-meter record with a time of 2:05.56. The time was good enough for a berth in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. at the University of Arkansas’ Tyson Track Center. At the meet, Weissenbach narrowly missed the finals, placing ninth in the 800 prelims when eighth or better would have advanced her to the finals. She ran a time of 2:06.66, 0.51 seconds off from qualifying. Weissenbach will now begin the outdoor track season. —Lizzy Thomas

Girls’ volleyball program begins beach season Since its inception last year, the girls’ beach volleyball team has continued to garner support from various members of the girls’ volleyball team. A team was started last year by the head of the Amateur Athletic Union for Beach Volleyball, Gino Grajeda. Grajeda contacted Adam Black, the head of Harvard-Westlake volleyball, along with coaches from other schools such as Marymount, Palos Verdes and Valencia, and a league was started. “Not everyone on the indoor team is playing beach volleyball, but beach improves your indoor skills because there are only two players [on the court], so you’re guaranteed to touch the ball every single play,” Josephine Kremer ’14 said. The beach volleyball team will play in its first tournament on March 16. —Aaron Lyons

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Lacrosse falters in first test against Oak Park 13-11 By Eric Loeb


CRADLE: Midfielder Ryan Shelly '15 evades a defender while sprinting up the field in the lacrosse team's loss against Oak Park March 8.

Although Alex Weber is the fourth varsity lacrosse coach in four years, the Wolverines have begun to effectively implement his philosophy. Weber preaches hard work, team cooperation and enjoying the game. Despite suffering a loss to Oak Park on March 8, the Wolverines have started to reflect Weber’s goals. The Wolverines entered halftime with half the goals of the opposing team, and momentum shifting towards the Eagles. The Wolverines stormed back, tying the game at 9-9 after the third period. The Wolverines battled until the final whistle, but lost 13-11. Players say Weber’s coaching has been a positive change for the team. “I think we will be a lot more focused on and off the field and overall we are a better team,” Jack Temko ‘14 said. “Coach Weber has brought a more serious attitude towards the team," Temko said. "Our old coach was a little too relaxed sometimes and Weber is very serious when he has to be and when it’s time to joke around he’s ready to do that too. Overall he’s a very great

coach and is working really far. Our effort on a daily bahard with us.” sis has been terrific," Weber Noah Pompan ’14 agrees said. "We’ve made mistakes that Weber’s attitude has in games, but that can hapbeen beneficial. pen in the early stage of a “Coach Weber has been season. We are improving phenomenal. He has actually each day, and building somebeen an assistant coach since thing special.” my freshman year. He is sim“We had some mental ply amazing, he puts in great breakdowns at key moments plays, and has made practice in our Oak Park game. In a much more intense, but also tight game like that, that much more fun,” the midfield- can be the determining facer said. tor, and it We b e r was," Weber says he is ensaid. "I know couraged by our guys will Coach Weber has the team's make the admirable efright decibrought a more serious fort in pracsions when attitude towards the tices. those plays team. Our old coach “ I ’ m happen again. most excited We’re on a was a little too relaxed about the great path sometimes and Weber higher level right now, is very serious when he of intensity and we need in practice. to keep bringhas to be and when it’s That is when ing a focused, time to joke around he’s the game is intense effort ready to do that too. most fun to each day.” play, and I The re—Jack Temko ’14 know it will sult of the only continWo l v e r i n e s ' ue to grow for us,” he said. first league game, a matchup The Wolverines' other two with the rival Loyola Cubs at games were a home 19-0 rout Ted Slavin Field on Tuesday, of Royal High School and a March 12 was not available as 10-7 road victory over the of press time. Beverly Hills Normans. The Wolverines will look Weber says the team has to continue their team oriprogressed so far this season. ented play to win their third “I’m very pleased with straight Mission League how the team has done thus Championship.

Boys' volleyball prevails in Mission League, remains undefeated By Luke Holthouse

guaranteed the Wolverines home court advantage in the Perfect through its first first round of CIF playoffs, but three matches in Mission the tiebreaker loss forced the League play, the boys’ vol- Wolverines onto the road for a leyball team is on its way to 3-1 loss at Huntington Beach locking up a playoff spot and in the first round. earning a relatively high playWith a win already against off seed even with more than Crespi, but Loyola still on the half of the season still on the schedule, the Wolverines are schedule. on par to finish at least in 2nd Even with Head Coach place in league standings. Adam Black experimenting “I think Coach Black with different starting lineups should be very happy with this early in the season, the his team right now,” Hugo de team has found its mojo early. Castro-Aberger ’13 said. “We “It’s our best start in a are looking like a second place while,” Mike Hart ’13 said. “I team in the Mission League. don’t remember the Our mission is seclast time we started ond place in the 3-0 in league, but league.” it’s for sure a good With losses outstart for the seaside of the league son.” to Redondo Union A win in four in straight sets and sets at Crespi and St. John Bosco in victories while playfive, the Wolvering host to Notre ines have had less nathanson ’s Dame in five and success against the Chaminade in three more competitive Chase Klein ’13 had the Wolverines teams in various tied for first place in league leagues around the Southern standings with Loyola as of Section of CIF. press time. However, only the league The Wolverines finished standings at the end of the 8-4 in the league last year, set- regular season factor into detling for third place behind a cisions about playoff seedings. 12-0 Loyola and an 8-4 Crespi The Wolverines hosted that won a tiebreaker to snag Alemany, a team they beat 2nd place for playoff seeding twice last year, yesterday, but purposes. results were unavailable as of The second place spot in press time. league standing would have Tomorrow, the Wolverines


SET UP MAN: Libero Mike Hart '13 digs during the boys' volleyball team's win over Notre Dame at home on March 7. The Wolverines are undefeated in Mission League play this season at press time. battle at St. Francis, who they split with last year. “In recent years, we’ve had a tendency to go into St. Francis and underestimate them, so we’re going to have to try to get the energy up and just crush them this time,” Hart said. The Wolverines have been dealt a significant blow with an injury to Hart, who is out indefinitely with knee problems. Brad Comisar ’15 will step into Hart’s spot as starting libero, Eric Dritely ’13 will move from opposite to setter in place of Comisar, and de Castro-Aberger will take over for Dritely as starting opposite. Beau McGinley ’13, who

has played both middle blocker and defensive specialist, says that the team will rely on its versatility and starting outside hitter Chase Klein ’13 while Hart is out. “We got a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things like Eric [Dritley], Brad [Comisar], me, we play different positions all the time,” McGinley said. “You’d think it’s bad, but it’s actually not because we are a very versatile lineup. And we have Chase. He’s kind of a horse, so everything almost revolves around him,” McGinley said. After St. Francis, the team travels to UC Santa Barbara over the weekend for the Dos

Pueblos Tournament then visits Loyola on Tuesday, March 19. Black said that the Cubs are favored to win the league ahead of the Wolverines and that the team is really shooting for second place in league. “No one wants to get second, but we know sometimes with the reality of Loyola,” Black said. "But hey, who knows.” The team's last game before Spring Break will be at non-league opponent Oaks Christian on Wednesday, March 20. After some time off during Spring break, the team will commence its second run through the league schedule in preparation for playoffs.

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Softball pursues Mission League title By Jordan Garfinkel

After scoring a total of 24 runs in its first three nonleague games, and celebrating a no-hitter by Chloe Pendergast ’13, the softball team continues to prepare for its upcoming Mission League season, in an attempt to seize the maximum potential of its offense and pitching, while improving its teamwork and communication. After two run-away wins against Immaculate Heart and Kennedy on the back of its offensive production and consistent pitching, the softball team fell to Oaks Christian in a 5-3 loss. The loss put the Wolverines' focus toward some flaws and some areas to tighten up in anticipation for the Mission League. “We had a few miscommunications on the field that can easily be resolved as we get more game experiences,” pitcher Madeline Kaplan ’14 said. “I think it is really im-

portant to learn from these losses in pre-season games so that we don’t make the same mistakes in league games.” Jessica Johnston ’14 has six hits in her first nine at bats, leading the team with a .667 batting average and four total runs. Johnston was in centerfield during the loss to Oaks Christian. “In the last game against Oaks Christian, the error made was lack of communication between players. It’s really important to know who is calling for the ball,” Johnston said. “I feel that overall we just weren’t focused during the game which allowed them to get ahead. “Since most of the girls play on travel ball or club teams, the coaches mainly work on refining our skills. Both offensively and defensively, the coaches work individually with each girl to pinpoint any weaknesses and strengthen them,” Johnston said.


LACED INTO THE GAP: Molly Bimao '14 connects on a pitch against Oaks Christian on March 7. The softball team lost the game against the Lions on the road by a score of 5-3.

High jumper sets school record By Grant Nussbaum


GOING VERTICAL: High jumper and school record holder Jonathan Felker '14 clears the bar during the meet against Alemany March 7.

A record-breaking jump by Jonathan Felker ’14 kicked off the track and field season on a high note, and the varsity track and field teams will look for similar results as they approach the middle of the season. Felker cleared a height of 6 feet-2 inches in the high jump event in the opening meet against Crespi on Feb. 28, claiming the school record for male high jump, previously held by Drew Tuttle ’11 at 6 feet-1 inch. Felker could tell that the jump was special by how he felt coming off the ground. “When you jump with correct form, which happens relatively rarely, your feet almost feel weightless,” Felker said. “It’s like there’s no impact at all on your feet when you make contact with the ground, so I knew once I felt that sort of weightless sensation it’d be a high jump, and that is definitely not something I do very often.”

The third year jumper feels excited to have his name in the Wolverine record books, and believes the jump has raised his standards for himself. “It is really cool,” Felker said. “I’ve been aiming to break it since freshman year, and I almost quit track this year but I’m obviously pretty happy I didn’t. "When you reach a goal like that so early in the season it can definitely lead you to high expectations for yourself," Felker said. "So I’m struggling with accepting some not as good days, but all in all it’s been good for my confidence and my motivation.” Felker becomes the second record-holding high jumper on the current track and field teams, joining Alex Florent ’15, who set the female high jump record last year with a jump of 5 feet-10 inches. “Currently having two high jump record holders shows that that’s a very strong event for us right now,” Track and Field Program Head Jonas Koolsbergen said. “It shows

that we have a lot of talented kids, and the work being done by the coaches, especially coach [Steve] Baylor, who is our primary high jump coach, is really outstanding.” Overall, the girls’ team stands at a record of 2-0, while the boys stand at a record of 0-2, and will next host St. Francis and Sacred Heart at home tomorrow. Koolsbergen said the Wolverines' schedule has been an obstacle. Nevertheless they are competitive in league earlier than usual and have done well regardless of the competition. "[Other teams] have nonleague games, non-league matches to put everything together," Koolsbergen said. "So it puts a lot of pressure on the team members that have important meets right at the beginning of our competition cycle, but we’re handling that well and hoping that we can evolve in doing even better as we move through the next couple of meets going into spring break."

Boys' golf remains undefeated after 3 matches By Sam Sachs

The North Ranch Golf Course has hosted US Amateur qualifiers, and on Monday March 11 it hosted members of the Wolverines boys’ golf team. The team travelled to Westlake Village for an all-day invitational in the midst of its league season. The boys are yet to lose a match this season and stand at 3-0, including an 18-shot win over Brentwood and two wins over St. Francis at Brookside Golf Course and Balboa Golf Course. The team’s scoring leader and reigning Mission League boys’ golf champion Bakari Bolden ’14 has yet to post a round over par this season with rounds of -3 against Brentwood, even par against St. Francis and -1 in the

team’s second match against throughout the young season, St. Francis. and have, as a unit, posted an “The team is off to a great average score of just above 2-0 [league] 3 above par start, and we helping the are playing Wolverines to well. A lot of their undethe sophofeated start. But as a team we’re mores and A threeundefeated, so that freshman man team feels really good. And I are stepping went to up when we North Ranch think the fact that we’re need them Golf Course undefeated and we still to,” Bolden on Monday have a lot of room for said. for the WolJeffery verines’ only improvement is really Aronson ’15, all-day inpromising. Tyler Gravitational of ham ’15 and —Jackson Harrower ’16 the season. A Jackson Hartrio made up rower ’16 of Graham, are three of the underclass- Harrower and Michael Aronmen Bolden is talking about. son ’13 posted a cumulative The three younger players score of 35 over par. Harrower have been steady contributors led the bunch with a low score

of 78, seven above the par for the course. “It’s been kind of a slow start for me personally, I think just kind of adjusting to the pressure of high school matches. But as a team we’re undefeated, so that feels really good. And I think the fact that we’re undefeated and we still have a lot of room for improvement is really promising,” Harrower said. The freshman’s expectations are to win league and compete for CIF and he sees plenty of room for the team to improve as the season progresses. The team will square off against the Alemany Warriors today at Encino Golf Course at 3:30 for its next match, the first of its back-to-back with the Warriors.


SHORT GAME: Bakari Bolden ’14 pitches onto the 4th green at Balboa Golf Course.

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Boys’ tennis captures victory in nailbiter against Viewpoint By Lucy Putnam


TIEBREAKER: Sam Hummel ’14, above, returns a shot by his opponent in the Wolverines’ victory over Viewpoint on March 7. Zach Bushkin ’14, top right, lunges to return a shot in the same match.

In order to return from an 8-9 deficit against Viewpoint, and obtain a 5-5 record, Sam Hummel ’14 had to beat Viewpoint’s number two singles player. In a close set, Hummel seized a victory, tying the match. The team went on to win the tie breaker earning 73 games to Viewpoint’s 69. In the tough match against the number two player Julian Gordy, Hummel pulled out a victory that had a critical impact on the overall results of the day. “We were down 8-9 in matches but Sam’s match was still going on,” Max Rothman ’14 said. “We knew that if Sam pulled out a win we would win the match because we had more games than them. The match was back and forth… he would be winning then losing then winning again. But he

ended up getting the win and in turn won the match for us.” As the Wolverines’ number one doubles team, Harrison Kalt ’13 and Dylan Eisner ’13 won all their sets, leading to a key doubles victory in this nonleague competition played at Los Angeles Valley College. This, combined with the the singles play, led to the victory for Harvard-Westlake over Viewpoint by four games. The Wolverines won the match despite some of the team’s strongest players sitting out due to injury. Rothman, who played number one doubles before his injury, described the incident on Feb. 26 and subsequent diagnosis that will keep him out of play until after Spring Break. “I was serving in the third set of a double match against the number one Uni’s doubles team when I hit a serve and

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had to retire, forfeiting the match,” Rothman said. “After an MRI the doctor told me I developed a bad case of rotator cuff deficiency symptom.” The team is also missing sophomore standout and 22nd best singles player in the nation, Michal Genender ’15. “I am not playing this week because I am resting my arm because I have five tough weeks of tennis ahead of me and I need to be ready,” Genender said. “I will be back playing starting next week.” The team looks forward to returning to full strength in the coming weeks as it enters the race to the playoffs. “While things have been made a lot more difficult because of injuries to a couple key players, we have already made a lot of progress since day 1,” Harrison Kalt ’13 said. “Come playoff time, we will be ready to play anyone.”

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In his third season on the varsity track and field team, David Manahan ’14 looks to take on the role as one of the team’s veteran leaders. Manahan will try to defend his CIF title in the boys’ 800-meter at CIF playoffs later this year. By Grant Nussbaum


How does the year’s team compare to the teams you’ve been on the past two years? Manahan: I’m a junior this year, and as a freshman and as a sophomore, there were always the “big guys” to look up to, like there was Aaron [de Toledo ’12] and of course Cami [Chapus ’12] and Amy [Weissenbach ’12], and with them gone, there’s a gap to fill, but I feel like we’re doing a good job filling it up.

What has stood out so far this season? Manahan: We have a lot of young talent, and we all care about doing well and we all care, as coach [Jonas Koolsbergen] says, about the team part – that we all want to do well, not just for ourselves but for each other, and I think that’s important.

Has winning at CIF last year changed your approach for this season? Manahan: No, I wouldn’t say it has. I would just say that my goals are a little bit higher this season, but the approach that I take when I train and when I compete is no different. What happened last year was a big upset – I was not expected to win. There was a clear favorite and the clear favorite lost, and just because I did it last year doesn’t mean that can happen again. It’s the same sort of situation in the sense that the favorite loses and the guy that comes out of nowhere wins. That could happen to me, too. I can’t get too confident. I have to take everything seriously and like I’m starting from scratch, and as I’ve said before, you can’t rest on your laurels.

Is defending the title your main goal this year? Manahan: No. It’s definitely one of my top goals – it doesn’t look very good if you win one year and then lose the next – but I’m more focused on improving myself as a runner all around, and also for the 800, just improving my time is actually the biggest goal I have this year. If I do improve my 800, defending the title will naturally come along with it.

What will be the key to defending your CIF title successfully? Manahan: For a start, I started lifting this year to get myself more power. I also run the 4 x 400 meter relay, and running that event helps me improve my speed, which is a big factor in the 800, so I started taking that more seriously this year. Basically coming to practice with the attitude of, ‘Ok, let’s do it right, let’s give it what I’ve got, all I’ve got.’

What do you feel you need to improve on? Manahan: Staying healthy has always been an issue. I’ve been getting better about it this year, and my endurance too. In the sense of the team, since I’m one of the older guys now, I feel I should also be a team leader, set the example, so everyone knows what kind of attitudes they should bring to meets or practice.


OUT IN FRONT: Track and field runner David Manahan ’14 battles with an Alemany runner to keep the first place spot during his race in the team’s meet on March 7.

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