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In This Issue: News 1, 3 Op/Ed 6, 7 Features 8, 9 Feature Focus 10, 11 Student Life 12, 13 Arts & Entertainment 14, 15 Sports 17, 18, 20

Volume 29



Hurricane warning calls off school events Whitney Sha News Editor Students all throughout Palm Beach County received the same phone call on the evening of Wednesday, October 24: school would end three hours early on Thursday and was canceled altogether on Friday. High

winds from Hurricane (now Superstorm) Sandy were to blame. Because of the weather conditions, extracurricular activities were all canceled from Thursday to Saturday. The varsity football game and cross-country championships were both moved from Friday, October 26 to Monday, October 29. Other athletic events were also

rescheduled or canceled, inconveniencing many coaches and players. “The football team now has to play both Monday and Friday of the same week, which asks players to go above and beyond physically,” Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe said. “Professionals don’t even do that.” Although South Florida

received the expected rain and high-speed winds, some students consider the school cancellations overblown. “It’s a stereotype that South Florida is always heavily affected whenever there’s a hurricane, but Sandy wasn’t that big of a PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL HURRIdeal,” senior Isabella Bloch- CANE CENTER tein said. “It’s affected the The main “cone” of the superstorm missed South Florida on Northeast more.” its way to the Northeast.

District provides free breakfast to students Brooke Levy Staff Reporter


Seniors Graham Howe (far left) investigates the scene of a fender bender on Jog Road, across from the entrance to the student parking lot. His car was rear-ended.

Obstacle course

Student parking lot plagued by accidents Xia Hernandez Staff Reporter Thirteen car accidents have occurred in or near the student parking lot during the first nine weeks of school, and accidents continue to happen at the rate of two per week. Senior Graham Howe was recently involved in a minor car accident on Jog Road outside the entrance of the student lot. His car was rearended. “I stopped at the red light and someone had run into me,” Howe said. “But my car didn’t sustain too much damage, so it wasn’t a big deal.” Inside the parking lot, many

car problems can be traced back to parking. According to school police officer Don Thrasher, parking spaces in the student lot have not been redrawn since the school was built in the 1980s. These spaces are now too cramped for cars of this era. In a high-traffic area such as the student lot, students should treat parking with more care. Many accidents occur when drivers attempt to pull into tight spots and end up hitting the cars on either side. “If there is no room in a spot, leave!” Thrasher said. “Parking is a privilege, not a right. You have to maintain the proper precautions.”

Students who arrive in the parking lot late have particular difficulty parking because most spaces close to the school are already occupied. Senior Ben Mogul typically arrives at school late, during second period. He has taken to parking in the back of the lot, where there are more empty spaces. “I just park in five spaces,” Mogul said. “I can fit [in the spaces], and I like it.” In the second quarter, Thrasher will crack down on drivers who park in the student lot without a parking decal. He will issue a warning for a driver’s first offense, but will tow the vehicle after repeated offenses.

In a perfect world, all students would start their day with a healthy breakfast. “Breakfast is one of the most important meals,” Assistant Principal Ira Sollod said. “It gives students energy and keeps them awake throughout the day.” The reality is that high school students wake up extremely early in the morning and rush to get ready for school, usually without enough time for breakfast. Once students are at school, their options are limited to snacks at the Shark Shop or breakfast in the cafeteria. Many students decide to save their money and forgo breakfast. But as of October 1, 2012, Palm Beach County schools have been serving students free breakfast, which was previously sold for $1. The school district is hoping that students will perform better in classes because of the new

“Power Up With Breakfast” campaign. Studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics show that a well-fed student is better behaved, concentrates better in class, and has fewer visits to the nurse’s office. The cafeteria now serves breakfast to students between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. Students can choose from a variety of entrees including bagels, cereal and breakfast burritos. Along with their main dish, students can also choose a fruit juice or milk. According to the school district, this state-funded breakfast program does not use general revenue education dollars. Thus, the program does not affect the school district’s budget, nor will it affect the amount money used for teaching. Now that breakfast is free, students are more willing to eat it at school. “I didn’t used to eat breakfast in the morning,” junior Max Lennon said. “But now I eat it every day.”


A typical breakfast includes an entree and a beverage (such as this breakfast sandwich and chocolate milk). Disclaimer: the opinions presented in this issue are not representative of The Galleon staff or adviser, only the authors to whom they are attributed.


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From the Editors’ Desk Hurricanes, new teachers and different room numbers, oh my! The beginning of this school year has been jam-packed with both stress and excitement - and we’ve been at the center of it all. We’ve worked hard to cover life at River this school year! Need a handy brochure to help you adjust to the new River? Check Feature Focus, pages 10-11. Interested in how students and teachers dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac? Turn to Features on page 8. Want to see the newest members of River’s male dance group? The Lampman Eight await in Arts & Entertainment, page 14. With this issue we welcome you to what’s sure to be a

No full weeks of school Cell phone reception It’s already Homecoming!

Flooding in the parking lot

A/C broken

Whitney, Ilana, Caroline & Josh The Editorial Board

Crowded classrooms



Physics teacher Miguel Nelson releases an AP Physics student’s egg drop project from a loaned cherry picker. (Spoiler alert: the egg didn’t crack!)

Dozens of groups on campus were up to strange and exciting activities - here on our home turf. Check out our favorite happenings at River since the school year started!

AP Human Geography instructor Kevin Turner planned a fun way for his students to understand epidemiology - each student was given a cup of water, except for one filled with sodium hydroxide. The students shared water to simulate contracting HIV and an indicator turned “infected” glasses pink. Freshmen pairs Kelsey Sanders & Rachel Tolces (above) and Brennan Cook & Aaron Rissman (below) trade water. Photos By Ilana Weisman and Jeremy Freiman


November 2010 The Galleon

FEATURE FOCUS 11 2 Life! Born to be raw leads to healthy lives November 2010 The Galleon

Lemonade. Perricone. Macrobiotic. Banana. 5 Factor. Weight Watchers.


Dozens of eating habits are seen at Spanish River. Some seem weird, others cool and exciting. Some improve health, others verge on danger ous. No matter what, it’s all about the bite. Atkins. Baby food. Cookies. Grapefruit. Jenny Craig. Nutrisystem.

What is a “weird diet”? Some consider lifestyle diets to be odd; others perceive eating baby food or cotton bolls as insane. Healthy and balanced meals are the keys to a healthy individual but the practice of altering diets into “weird diets” is becoming more common than of ways. Lifestyle diets usually include becoming a vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian. Adopting and maintaining any of these meat, which is high in fat and can lead to cardiovascular problems. There are students at Spanish River who maintain typical lifestyle diets and are supportive of them. “I’ve been a pescatarian forever and I have never eaten meat,” senior Katie Seldin said. “I love it.” Whether people eliminate meat from their diets for ethical, moral or health reasons, they still must eat enough syndromes, which are becoming common among people who do not eat meat, according to Other diets, such as no-carb and no-sugar diets, eliminate important food items that the body needs to stay

Nikki Kessler hopes that replacing sugar with substitutes will help to avoid major complications that complete elimination of sugar poses. “Instead of using regular sugar, I use only Sweet’N Low,” Kessler said. “This way I can eat all of the sugar that I want, but it’s healthier.” However, Kessler may be mistaken. Sweet’N Low contains saccharin, a chemical substitute for table sugar. Saccharin was, until recently, thought to be a carcinogen, according to Its health value is still disputed among nutritionists Another lifestyle diet aligns with the current “green revolution.” The organic diet is a new craze sweeping homes around the world. Crops are generally grown with the use of synthetic such as cows and chickens are fed antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. If one chooses to adopt the organic diet, he or she eats foods that are naturally grown without the use of pesticides or growth hormones. Eating natural organic of added chemicals and toxins. Sophomore Sarah Weinstein adopted an organic diet a year ago after watching the documentary Food Inc. “I saw how the animals were being treated and began eating only organically,” Weinstein said. “I feel much better knowing that my body is not

some people will make up their own diets. “I tried an all-water diet that consisted of drinking eight bottles of water per day and only eating vegetables,” junior Zoë Jacobson said. weight while on her diet, she gained it all back after she stopped. Other peculiar diets of this sort include the “baby food diet” and the “cotton ball diet.” These truly bizarre diets are very dangerous. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston both reportedly followed a “baby food diet,” which requires a person to replace meals with jars of baby vegetables that are low in calories and result in weight loss, according to Some inedible objects are eaten as well. The “cotton ball diet” calls for eating cotton balls that expand in the stomach once ingested. After eating the cotton balls, the person loses their appetite. The cotton balls have no calories, which results in weigh loss. However, they have no nutritional value either, according to “Weird diets” prove to be popular, but they can hurt a body as they tend to not provide the nutrition a teenager needs. Teens should choose to eat healthily rather than subject themselves to following a strict diet or eating foods that should never enter a body.

Weinstein is one of many people who has decided to take on a healthy diet in hopes of achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even with all sorts of diets already in practice,

What’s actually in your lunchbox?


POPTARTS S’MORES six types of


TURKEY AND CHEESE hold nearly 3/4 of your daily sodium intake in one serving, as well as nitrites, which can turn into carcinogens Information from and google Compiled by ilana Weisman

Shark Shop favorite

MAC AND CHEESE contains Alginate, which is used in dye ing and in cosmetic making

Photo By Caitlin Nobilé Images Courtesy Google Art By Kathy Long

Moving into eating live, raw foods have opened up a new world to Elisa and she loves the feeling of vitality by eating in this way! I was always conscientious of proper nutrition but in recent years, I discovered a new world in healthy eating that incorporated more greens and fresh fruit. Even my teenage children enjoy eating this way because it is tasty and they feel great! We are hoping that by providing culinary lessons through 2 Life!, we can help others look at what healthy eating is- dynamic, live food full of enzymes, vitamins and proteins that are assimilated and energizing with every bite.

We i gh i n g In

19% have dieted in other ways

“Different”diets’ popularity grows SAMANTHA COHEN STAFF REPORTER

We all need more energy these days but there is a place we can get it other than in another cup of coffee! 2 Life! was born as a way to blend a lifestyle with a diet that can revamp our way of eatingenergizing and revitalizing every cell of the body. It is based on the premise that giving your body “good” and easy-to-digest nutrition found in raw foods will help it to run smoothly and keep it free

of disease, as we truly are living in a time when degenerative diseases are rampant and there is a direct correlation between what we eat and our lifetime health. The raw food movement formalized in Boston, Massachusetts- where we grew up. After seeing the amazing effects of the diet on Dr. Ann Wigmore, we chose to improve our lives by eating raw foods. Initially, Elisa Leavitt was a vegetarian. Learning which foods to eat in order to properly care for the body guided her to macrobioticism, a vegan diet which applies the principles of balance of yin/

57% of students surveyed say that they have never dieted. 44% are

not happy with their bodies. And those who did diet?

9% have been on a lifestlye diet

57% have not dieted


bodies. 15% admit to using unhealthy methods to lose weight.

9% of students choose to change their lifestyles, often by becoming a

15% have used unhealthy methods to lose weight

Eating disorders remain prominent ILANA WEISMAN FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR Amidst the overwhelming number of trendy diets and personalized meal plans coming and going daily, the ultimate enemies of nutritional health never disappear - eating disorders. Typically clasNational Center for Eating Disorders Awareness says that there are a multitude of disorders and diseases that constitute the general term “eating disorder,” with the three most common being anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Almost two million Americans suffer from anaccording to the National Eating Disorders Association. Bulimia, conversely, entails eating large amounts of food before purging it from the body. Eating disorders are most common during teenage years, according to school nurse Chantale Chenier. Former Spanish River student Rachel Dobbin had an eating disorder. “When my eating disorder started, [I restricted my eating like an anorexic does] but, like a bulimic, I purged,” Dobbin stated. “As my eating disorder started to worsen by the day, I was pulled out of school right at the start of the second semester to be put into a residential treatment program.” After leaving Spanish River, Dobbin went on to complete three months of intensive treatment at the Renfrew Center in Pompano Beach. She is now continuing high school in New York and says that she is “doing much better and life is getting easier.” Despite the prevalence of eating disorders among teen girls, men and women of any lifestyle ted to struggling with a binge eating disorder for years, which involves overeating and then crash dieting. “I overeat and it’s always a battle with my weight,” she said. While dieting led to temporary thinness for the teacher, the weight was often put back

on quickly. Social rejection worsened the matter and led to more eating, she said. Because the disorder is rooted in self-esteem issues and shame, she grew helpless and complacent and chose not to diet or exercise to combat her weight gain. Eating disorders have not only health consequences but also academic and social ones. “[My eating disorder] affected my life in more ways than I can explain,” Dobbin said. “My grades started to fall. Because I was so undernourished, I could not perform well in school. As a teenager, all of my friends were going out and having fun, but because I was so miserable and stuck in my eating disorder, I could not bring myself to do anything with them. It got to the point where I couldn’t even gather up the energy to go to school.” Dobbin was not alone in her social challenges; the teacher stated that not being accepted by peers was not only a consequence of having an eating disorder, but the cause as well. This

dened with eating disorders are receiving help, there are people who are still stuck on the fatal roller coaster but they have the potential to get better. With adequate support, even the worst of a body’s enemies can be overcome, eating disorders included.

a common precursor to a harmful disease. Many eating disorders share this and other warning signs, including skipping meals, an emaciated body or a lack of energy and focus, according to Chenier. “Too many students do not disclose their eating disorders,” Chenier said. “It is not good or healthy for them. Even not eating breakfast can lead to something worse and more unhealthy.” Chenier also expressed a need for students to be open about their disordered eating. Getting emphasized, but it is worth it. Dobbin agrees with this idea, as she saw the process as a “roller coaster,” requiring structure and support. “Instead of being trapped in the prison in my head and stuck with my eating disorder spending time with my friends,” Dobbin reasoned. “Every meal is not a hassle. I am starting to see what I actually have in life and that my eating disorder is not worth all the misery it puts me through.” Although thousands of those bur-

Art By Nicole Zamfes Photo Courtesy of


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What will The world be like in 2111? Human interaction poised to modernize Why yes, computers are taking over the world By ILANA WEISMAN COMMENTARY

has not fully developed the ability to distinguish between different uses of words, although it is rapidly acquiring this ability. Most obviously, Watson lacks common sense. For instance, one clue

We've all been told that technology has improved since the answer? Milk. Another instance was in the “Final Jeopardy!” round of game one, where the category itself was U.S. cities. Watson Phoenicians invented an alphabet and learned to depend on writ- responded Toronto. Last I checked, Toronto was in Canada, not ing. Arabians developed numbers and learned to evaluate (thanks the United States. for algebra, by the way). A handful of European men dreamt up Regardless of minor errors, though, this new supercomputer is electricity and learned to...electrify. Our generation? I don’t think well on its way to surpassing human intelligence. And that scares we have discovered anything groundbreaking yet, but we're cer- me. tainly reinventing old technologies and learning to compute and Exhibit B: GPS. As much as I love knowing where I am at all computerize our world. But at the same time, we’re learning to times, I don’t. I cringe at my phone when it tells me my longituteach computers how to think for themselves. And that, the idea dinal coordinates. I tend to turn off GPS capabilities while travelthat we can make technology think for us, is exactly why I'm ing. It makes me mildly uncomfortable knowing that satellites are convinced that computers will soon be taking over the world. capable of tracking my every move. It makes me exceedingly Before the laughing commences, allow me to clarify. I’m uncomfortable knowing that my laptop is capable of the same not picturing a futuristic society in which people are subser- thing. I’m sure some people are thinking “Tracking devices! Cool, vient to giant, mercilessly evil computers with impossibly right?” No. Not cool at all. grown legs and the uncanny ability to speak in monotone. I understand that computerization is helpful, honestly. But I’m not imagining waking up tomorrow morning to an assault courtesy of my laptop. What I see is a world - in and enabled computers are verging on crossing it. Take a look at 30, maybe 40, years tops - where computers are simply Facebook’s newest feature, Places. Your device, no matter what it smarter than people. may be, is now smart enough to tell you where you are and where Quite frankly, I despise that potential future. I mean, you are near. It can publish your exact location to hundreds of peoI don’t like when people are smarter than I am, let alone ple, too. If that is not a public hazard, I do not know what is. I can computers. But unfortunately, computers are already assure you that I will not “check in” anytime soon. one-upping humans in the intelligence arena today. Really now - combine Places with Watson, maybe add in some Exhibit A: Watson, IBM's poster child supercomputer that recently competed against top Jeopardy! contestants in have world domination ready to occur! How can you not imagine a future marked by glowing LED lights and beeping processors of machine struggle. Over the course of three days, Watson - a com- super-supercomputers? puterized system incorporating dozens of databases represented Only when I get worked up about computer conspiracies do I by a computerized voice and computer screen - played Jeopardy become grateful for the occasional South Florida power outage. As against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two previous winners. Much much as I convince myself that computers are smarter than peoto both my dismay and amazement, Watson was declared winner. ple, it doesn’t matter. There is always the issue of long-standing “He” was able to process complex algorithms to search through “his” electronic power, and we can’t forget that humans are the ones databases and locate an answer quickly enough to buzz in and responsible for programming and manipulating technology to answer before “his” human challengers. Host Alex Trebek, the com- serve themselves...I hope. If we don’t want computers to take over petitors and audience members from IBM were all amazed at Watson’s the world, I’d imagine we will not let them. incredible intellectual feats...for the most part. Humans still had So while it is true that they will not suddenly sprout legs and the upper hand in some respects. rule the world tomorrow, computers are slowly learning, much But because Watson is, at its most basic level, a machine, it like early humans did. I guess we’re safe for now...or at least until cannot feel nor experience emotions like a real person can. It also


The year is 1983, and the foundations are set for America Online, the Internet service that revolutionized global communication. Suddenly the calendar reaches 2010, and customers line up for a chance to FaceTime with Apple’s iPhone 4. Fast forward to 2111: human interaction is a whole new experience. Scientists cannot predict the future of human interaction, but there is a long list of ideas of what could be the reality of communication by the end of Back to the Future II may have misrepresented 2015 as an era of hover cars tain of the innovations of the future. From “snail mail,” to telephones, email, instant messaging, video-chatting and beyond, the world of social communication is constudents to envision the future of personal interaction. Sophomore Michael Rosenbusch leans toward science“There’ll be hologram receivers, like in Star Wars, from watches,” Rosenbusch said. “[Technology] allowing you to see the person's full body and facial expressions or brain-to-brain instant messaging.” Though the concept might be stolen from a movie,

Rosenbusch’s ideas line up with some current research. Physicists are studying the possibility of quantum teleportation, a method of transporting information - or material - by mixing up or “entangling” their particles and relocating them as individual pieces. Using this method, scientists in China last year were able to “teleport” information in particles called photons a distance of 10 miles, according to “Popular Science” magazine. Some theories say this technology could be used to instantaneously transport people in the future. Scientists continue to research this phenomenon, maybe with the hopes that by 2100, teleportation will be as

Though it is true that the future might not mean the development of technology for teleportation, a snowballing trend likely to play a role in future interaction is social networking’s importance in global communication. In an interview with CNN, Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim thanked Facebook for the role the site played in the recent Egyptian revolution. “I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him,” Ghonim said. “This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook.” Protestors in the recent Egyptian revolution began organizing their efforts on the website as groups seeking governmental change, allowing mass participation in the protests by making the plans visible to large numbers of Egyptian youth.

to reach somebody face to face.” possibilities for human interface. The Institute for the Future calls interaction with computers the “framework” for human interaction in years to come. Technological innovations can replace interactions once only in person. IDEO’s Kiss Communicator, for example, can send a “puff of air and light squeeze,” to simulate a kiss, from one device another when two people hold their communicators, according to It is not certain whether such a technology will become the norm in the future, or if IDEO’s device will have any real implications. Still, it is clear that the world will see change in the technologies of the future. Human interface has the potential to shift further involvement of computers - but no matmodern human interaction will likely take hold in the society of 2111. Art by Kathy Long

What would you put in a time capsule? “Back to the Future” on DVD “I bet they’ll think it’s funny the movie goes into our future, their past.”

Nintendo 64 “It’s dear to me and it’s my favorite game console... ever.”

-Jacob Abrams, 10

groundbreaking technologies on the rise.

If the World were Spanish River... 96% of students plan to graduate college.

8/10 will have watched 2652 hours of television in their lifetime. 99% have access to the Internet and its successors. 9/10 plan to have children. 27% will have owned a car for at least 50 years.

“So that future generations may never forget.” -Hobie Hunter, 10

Transportation technology revolutionizes By ARIEL BROWN STAFF REPORTER

Art by Nicole Zamfes

A copy of the song “Friday”

Photo courtesy of google images

Art by Nicole Zamfes

Survey conducted by the Galleon Statistics based on “If the world were a Village” Analysis by Ilana Weisman, based on NationMaster

For Ghonim, Facebook’s role in our future is a bright prospect, others are apprehensive about the role of websites in communication. “I think we're going to continue moving away from face to face conversation and go towards methods that only create the appearance of real communication,”

In various aspects of society, be it transportation, energy or electronic gadgets, technology is progressing at an exponentially increasing rate. Technology is, in fact, changing so rapidly that our imminent future may become nearly unrecognizable. Think back 10 years. Hardly anyone owned a cell with minimal added features. The laptop was nearly unheard of, and people sat in front of a bulky box with an unclear screen that processed data at a fraction of a snail’s pace. Now, smartphones are commonplace, in addition to various lightweight laptops and iPads. It is clear that the world of technology can be transformed in a very short time; if America has come this far already in such a short time, just imagine how technology will transform society right before this generation’s eyes. President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union address that it is necessary to enhance our country’s infrastructure in order to promote an increase available funding for such technological development, and there is no doubt that there are already countless

environmentally sound products in the market in the next decade,” Academy Director Deborah Stenner said. “It’s not because we want to, but because we have to.” Numerous cars are in the making that would implement various energy sources other than traditional oil. Already, there are a few electric cars on the market, with one of the most recent being the new Nissan Leaf, which is a completely electric, zero emissions vehicle. The marketing of these cars has prompted several other car manufacturers to follow suit. BMW

that could be in store for America are cars that report potholes, roads that de-ice themselves and concrete that senses cracks and heals them on its own. Both the de-icing roads and the self-healing concrete are already in existence and are undergoing testing, while the intelligent cars are still in the developmental stages. “Emerging technology is very important because it is a shadow of society’s needs,” junior Vasanti Jhaveri said. “Science is changing society every year with the emergence of new viable technology.” One such societal need is that of renewable and environmentally sound energy. Recent technologies

they will title the “i” series. Volvo has a similar idea, but with a new spin – the new Volvo vehicle can switch from all electric to hybrid or diesel with the simple push of a button. Even high-end Rolls Royce has revealed their plans for an experimental electric car. It is possible that due to these and future developments in environmentally friendly vehicles, the nation may not have to rely on the Middle East for oil anymore. Alternative energy sources for transportation could kill two birds with one stone: sanitize the atmosphere and avoid

els; they were groundbreaking and remarkable for a time, until everyone realized how bulky and physically unappealing they were. The response was the revolutionary transparent solar spray; this has the ability to turn any average window into a solar panel without altering its appearance. If technology has rapidly grown to encompass extrasensory and entirely eco-friendly cars, as well as numerous solar powered innovations, its speedy development can easily lead to relatively short-term transIn addition to eco-friendly cars, other transportationformations of the nation’s infrastructure. related technologies are emerging that could further modify the country’s infrastructure. Some innovations

Art by Kathy Long Graphic Art by Ilana Weisman


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FEATURE FOCUS Case 2: Bullying


still leads to suffering


What makes a bully?

Fighting, bullying, drug dealing, thievery, gang forming and worse have all taken place among Spanish River students.

Some have been tried, convicted, sentenced, put on house arrest or even sent to juvie. Can the mystery surrounding teenage crime and violence be solved?

It looks like a crime scene investigation is needed.

Case 1: Both minor, major crimes occur A life of crime: Michael Paggi


In this renactment, a student steals a cell phone from an abandoned bag. Thefts are relatively frequent, according to Santana.

Despite the larger presence of thefts, Santana

By definition, a bully is a habitually cruel or overbearing person, but students often have their own interpretation of what a bully is:

“I guess a bully is someone who makes “The need to pick on someone smaller so fun of someone else for not being what they can raise their self esteem...that’s a they see as ideal.” bully.”

“A bully is anyone who feeds off of the emotional torture of a poor, harmless soul.”

-Jorge Paez, 10

-Rachel Zhuang,12

Although many school crimes are at a petty level, they can grow out-of-control - just ask convicted felon alumnus Michael Paggi, 21. After growing up in a broken home, Paggi entered a life of crime while in middle school. He engaged in numerous minor crimes, both violent and nonviolent. “I got in trouble for beating people up,” Paggi said, referring to when he began to commit crimes. “That’s when it started. It just led to one thing and another.” Consequences also began as Paggi attended the Delray Beach Full Service School, where, he states, “you go when you get in trouble.” He was arrested for the first time when 14, and entered Spanish River with a criminal record. “It was crowded,” he said as he described the school in the early 1990’s. “There were at least eight Paggi’s mugshot, different gangs...I just got involved in 2010 some of them.” Paggi, participating in serious crime, was investigated for racketeering, but declared himself a thief. “I’ve been arrested for armed burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault without intent to kill, fleeing from the police, grand theft, resist of arrest...” Paggi elaborated. “It all happened because of how I was at Spanish River.” He was not solely referring to his criminal actions. Paggi acknowledged having a GPA “close to zero.” He believes that had he worked harder in school and had been subject to more discipline at home, he would have avoided crime and “be happier, be in a better situation today.” Despite being regretful of his past actions, Paggi is still awaiting his final sentence, hoping to receive a “second chance at life.” If he does, he plans on attending college and pursuing a crime-free life. “I changed,” he stated. “I know I did. I’m better now. I’ll keep trying.”

-Adam Goldsmith, 9

Information courtesy of

Case 3:The juvenile justice system revealed


Despite being one of the county’s top schools,





The truth doesn’t matter.



It’s just like the movies.




Paggi in November Photo By Alban Harrison Mugshot courtesy Michael Paggi


Art by Nicole Zamfes


December 2012 The Galleon

S H A R K AT TA C K Dear Editor,

Happy Holidays! Trust us— you’re not the only one who’s had Christmas jingles and “I have a little dreidel ...” stuck in your head since Thanksgiving. Why? It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a much-needed school vacation, awesome cool weather, twinkling lights literally everywhere. It’s winter break! In celebration, we’ve got your endof-year concerns covered. Think the world will end next week? Turn to 1011. Ever wanted to meet an elf? That’s on 9. And if you forgot a present, our Galleon Gift Guide on 14 will help you out. Happy reading (and, you know, holidays)! Ilana, Caroline, Whitney and Josh The Editorial Board

Congratulations to this year’s Academic Excellence: Art: Business: Communications: Community Involvement: Computer Science: Drama: Foreign Language: Forensics/Speech History/Political Science: Literature: Math: Music/Instrumental: Music/Vocal: Reach for Excellence: Science: Sports: Technical/Vocational:

Whitney Sha Andrea Hoenigsberg Shea Gouldd Ilana Weisman Sarah Darwiche Jason Queen Marcelle Dabbah Nina Van Maanen Caroline Posner Phil Esterman Cresonia Hsieh Elaine Han Sarah Weinstein Laura Yany Alexandra Scott Claire Dykas Libby Koolik Alexandra Rockwell

The obstacle course is a very interesting article. Students at Spanish River are very insane drivers, and everyone is in such a hurry to get out that they don’t pay attention to the road, which is the reason for all the accidents. \

-Richard Espinosa

Dear Editor, Honestly, I think this is the best Galleon so far this year. Each article caught my attention and none of the articles bored me. I didn’t even know that there was free breakfast, which is announced on the cover of the article. -Rebecca Bagnall

Tuesday, December 18 Wednesday, December 19 Thursday, December 20 Friday, December 21

Period 6 Periods 1 and 2 Periods 3 and 4 Periods 5 and 7

Two weeks off school Fantastic weather

Peppermint everything Midterm exam cram time Seniors’ college apps due End of the world?

All of the lights by Ilana Weisman


February 2011 The Galleon


Teenage promiscuity 411: notion remains as rates fall frey declaring a so-called “teen sex crisis.” Although the common belief that teens are

and Klager would say that, in reality, the situation High school students cannot escape it. With is really no worse than it was 20 years ago at the a constant presence in nearly every popular tele- dawn of the ‘90’s. In fact, fewer teen may be havvision show and pop music scene in the last de- ing sex. 30 percent of teenage girls aged 15-17 had cade, from MTV’s controversial new show Skins had sex, down from 38 percent in 1995, according to a 2002 report from the Department of Health its own place at the forefront of most teenagers’ and Human Services. Similarly, a “National Youth minds. Behavior Risk Survey” taken in 2007 showed that For many teens, sex is a common topic. But only 47.8 percent of all high school students have have high school had sex at one students today point or another, become too prowhich is down miscuous? One from 54.1 percent teacher had a parin 1991. ticularly strong Among stuanswer. dents, however, “Well, yeah, this hardly seems absolutely,” Psyto be the case. chology and So“Teens 15 years ciology teacher ago were just as Stewart Klager promiscuous as said. “I can see teens are now,” that a lot of what senior Rachel we do, we learn Comerford said. Photo by Pheobe Dinner from the media. Sophomore Sophomore Lauren Mosberg kisses her boyfriend junior Josh Katzman in So if kids are seeMichelle Satter felt between classes in the 8000 building hallway. ing that this is an similarly. When acceptable way to act, that’s the way they’re going asked why it seems like most kids tend to drift to act.” from person to person, rather than staying with Klager is not the only one fretting over the sexu- one partner, Satter said that “students think it’s al escapades of high school students. A 2009 study cool to be able to say they hooked up with this person, this person, and this person. It’s about bragrates of teens between the ages of 15-19 had actu- ging rights and showing off.” ally risen, according to the New York Times. What Despite shared sex-centered opinions and the ensued was a national uproar, with many celebrity occasional overly-zealous teenager, studies prove personalities such as Tyra Banks and Oprah Win- that teens are only as or even less promiscuous than those of yesteryear.

By MARQUIS HUGGINS GUEST COMMENTARY I’d never thought it would be possible for me to fall in love with someone as hard as I’ve fallen now. My previous relationships were nothing compared to the current relationship between my boyfriend and me. When people think of gay relationships they assume it’s an “alternative lifestyle,” but it really isn’t, it is actually quite ordinary. Gay couples are no different from straight couples-- when we go on dates we do the same things; see the same romantic comedies, eat at the fancy restaurants; we do it all. A common misconception about gay couples is that we assign ourselves gender roles, as in the more dominant one would be the “male” and the

For me, “love” is that awkward moment when your friend asks you why you’re smiling and you reply “nothing” - but, in your mind you know it’s something - or someone - so much more. It’s that extra pop you gain in your walk; that high that you can’t seem to come down from when you are with that person. The feeling it creates inside you is so magical, almost unreal. Now, Valentine’s Day is one day out of the year that is set aside for couples to celebrate the love that they share for one another. This will be my media instills this image in our heads of a perfect

By ILANA WEISMAN FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR What is a heartthrob? He is that standout actor in the one movie that is impossible to tire of watching, or maybe she is that singer from the band that created Billboard’s entrancing hit song. He has a mega-watt smile or shiny, “runlar, so loved, that the sole mention of his name triggers squeals of delight and feverish giggles. She is the celebrity crush, the teen queen. He is the teen idol, the dream boy. They are the heartthrobs. “As a teeny bopper, my heartthrobs made my heart race. They were just adorable,” history teacher Barbara Jones elaborated. The word “heartthrob,” although used

River by the Numbers 2/3

of students surveyed are currently single

frequently used is simply “the object of infatu-


prefer being single

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Dictionaries, is “a man, typically a celebrity, whose good looks excite immature romantic feelings in women” - much closer to the understood meaning.


University of Toronto researcher Graham Wolfe agrees that the feelings introduced by heartthrobs are not truly romantic emotions. “We’re sane people who realize we’re not actually in love with this voice or this picture or this on-screen persona, because we know down deep that the object of our infatuation is just a normal person and that what we feel for her or him is nothing real,” Wolfe explained. Admittedly, infatuation with heartthrobs is nothing real. The concept of a heartthrob nearly dictates that the heartthrob should be looked at as an idea rather than the ideal partner. Celebrity studies scholar, blogger Anne Helen Petersen suggests that “we should reconsider... desires of today’s heartthrob-hungry” rather than concentrate on the heartthrobs themselves. Crushes on heartthrobs, no matter how obsessive, are only crushes. Teenagers are not looking to grow old with a celebrity, nor are they willing to give up their own lives for one, regardless of how famous he or she may be. is merely an illusion of love or lust, heartthrobs still exist, much as they have for decades.

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The ‘90s: a time of the Soviet collapse, grunge clothing and boy bands. The boy band proved to be another 20th century phenomenon, as groups -

“It felt like he was singing to me!” Jones reminisced, regarding David Cassidy, star of the hit ‘70s show The Partridge Family. He and his half brother Shaun were known for spurring teenage girls to obsession. Davy Jones was another ‘70s musical star, originally with The Monkeys. The British actor/singer later went solo, took Marcia Brady t o prom on The Brady Bunch, starred in musicals, and was named the number one teen idol by Yahoo! Music.

notably *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys - released countless number one singles and albums. Even today, many recognize ex-boy band members (Justin Timberlake, anyone?) as heartthrobs. The ‘90s also saw the inception of extremely successful actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. DiCaprio gained limitless fame (and made a limitless number of girls cry) with the leading roles in Romeo + Juliet and Titanic, while Pitt was cast in various status with Seven tion and the awarding of the title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive.


Art by Kathy Long

Whether gay or straight, love is love other “female,” this is not true in any shape or form. We’ve just fallen in love with someone of the same sex; love is love and gender shouldn’t mat-

What is a heartthrob?

What's Your Relationship Status?

How many boyfriends or girlfriends have you had?



What is love? Maybe it's kissing your boyfriend. Maybe it's being in a committed relationship with your girlfriend. Maybe it's ogling at your life-size Justin Bieber cut out. The problem? No one can agree. We can help with that. Prepare for The Galleon's love lessons.


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Valentine’s Day, putting pressure on couples to make sure that the day is perfect. Whether it’s dressing a room in petals or the classic candle-lit dinner; all of us feel the pressure. No matter how much pressure it puts on us, it will all be worth it in the end when we see the amazed I have yet to decide on what I’m going to do, I don’t want to go with a cliché, but I think with a day like Valentine’s Day, that it’s the only way. In the end, if you love someone, just don’t tell them on Valentine’s Day- share it with them every day.



“Paul Newman comes to mind,” Math teacher Terry Scharnweber remarked. “It was always about the dark hair and blue eyes.” Scharnweber has it right; on top of winning numerous awards including an Oscar and three Golden Globes, Newman was named “Man of the Year” by Harvard University in 1968 due to his esteemed acting, directing and activism. He even had a holiday named after him Newman Day is still celebrated in a few colleges every year.


Although many students know him for jumping on Oprah’s couch and from the Mission: Impossible series, Tom Cruise starred in several Risky Business (you may recognize his infamous pants-less dancing) and career-charging Top Gun. He was critically acclaimed and adored by audiences. “I was obsessed,” history teacher Paulette Riedel exclaimed. “I just loved him!” Although an integral part of 1980s cinema, Cruise was not part of the Brat Pack, a group of young ‘80s actors (among which were

Andrew McCarthy and Anthony Michael Hall) whose careers peaked during




Current heartthrobs including Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Zac Efron made names for

themselves in the mid-'00s. By the later edge of the decade, teen girls were completely engrossed with even newer celebrities, namely those from the Twilight franchise. Even though the "Twilight Boys" (Taylor Lautner and co-star Robert Pattinson) are still overwhelmingly popular on the heartthrob scene, new heartthrobs are being recognized daily. Some think that the 2010s will usher in a wave of nerdy idols - Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Cera - while others think young boys stand a greater chance at fame - Justin Beiber, for instance. While nobody knows which heartthrobs have real staying power, they will surely continue to be lusted after by rabid fans.

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It's the classic debate: which American Chain serves the best mexican food?

Chipotle We've Made our decision:

Chipotle rocks. It tastes fresh, there are great veggie

options, and you get more food for your money. We admit the

restaurants are awfully cold inside, but Chipotle is a

destination- we meet there with friends, stop by after

sports practice, and drop in for a quick pre-movie meal. Service is speedy and you

always get what you came for.

the editorial board



If you’re a Moe’s frequenter, you’re probably used to the loud “Welcome to Moe’s!” you hear when entering. Though we’re not fans, you definitely are. Here are Moe’s highlights:


Moe's is better because they have a soda machine that makes endless combinations of beverages.


-- Megan rosenbusch, 10


" If you’re going to get


Chipotle is more Authentic mexican food. -- BLAKE JAMES, 12


I Just love " chipotle. They have better burritos.


a steak burrito then you should go to Moe’s because the steak is tastier there. Moe’s also have really delicious queso. -- Ben Semel, 10


-- Gabor TApaszto, 12

if you're not a fan of either, Spicy substitutes are plentiful. Students recommend These alternatives: Taco Bell

Baja Cafe

La Bamba

Rocco's Tacos



September 2012 The Galleon

How does your backpack key Student Life Editor The transition from freshman to senior year means a world of difference for the contents of a student’s school bag. While Jansport backpacks, Marc Jacobs totes and Longchamp purses are common among River students of all grades, the pounds of books and binders that weigh down students may mean more than brand name containers. Sophomore Rachel Allen can relate. “I have back problems and I’m sure that my heavy backpack is part of the problem,” Allen said. Allen can only go to her locker three times a day and carries around a majority of her six binders all through school. Due to teachers’ demands to keep an individual notebook for each class, a majority of the students at River are not allowed to share binders. “To avoid taking home bind-

ers every day, I just take home the papers that I need for homework,” senior Alexis Romero said. This solution is quite common among students, including junior Rachel Stern. “In order to keep my bag from being too heavy I leave my binders in my locker with my homework in my bag,” Stern said. Recently, due to the use of online textbooks and class sets of most books, students do not have to lug around textbooks along with their binders. “My favorite part of having an online textbook for math is that I do not have to carry my book to and from class each day,” Allen said. “I have six textbooks and keep five at home,” Stern said. “Only one of my books travels to and from school with me which doesn’t really affect the weight of my bag.” “I have a file folder which I love!” freshman Amanda Paige said. “It allows me to put worksheets in it so

that I do not have to bring home six binders and I can stay organized easily.” Unlike the others, Allen brings home her entire binder for each class. “I feel more organized that way,” Allen said. “That is most likely the main reason my back always hurts.” Different students throughout River have various methods of organization and work ethic, which set them apart from each other and define them as students. But backpack organization is not just an indication of personality; studies show that organizational skills performed for school related purposes help to determine the type of student each person is. When a student is meticulous about the neatness of their backpack and binders and relies on their planner for everything, these qualities do not make them “crazy,” as popular culture dictates. Organized students tend to get

A messy bag will make Shoulder bags can lead your school day quite chaotic! to back pain - make sure to switch sides!

Alainie Goldstein, 12

better grades and turn in assignments on time almost every time. “If students write down each assignment in a planner and place their homework in the same place each day, its harder to lose assignments or forget about them,” psychologist Jana Raskin said. Other students may not feel the need to put so much effort into keeping their backpack looking perfect, however, they still stay organized with a few loose papers here and there. Finally, there is a handful of students that choose to focus their attention on other things rather than staying organized. “It is the ones who receive poor scores on tests and do not turn in assignments on time,” Raskin said. With a close to empty backpack with crumpled papers filling the crevices, there is a low success rate because of the lack of attention given to keeping assignments and binders in an organized fashion.

Don’t “one-strap it” if you have a traditional backpack. Distribute weight evenly!

Tyler Frangos, 11

Keep your things separated in folders and notebooks to stay organized.

High School Olympiad: photos by xia hernandez

Tuesday Marathon Day

World Day

Jersey Day




Aquatic Day

Class Colors Display your class or your jersey

Torch lighting

Photo Booth -

“Miss”ter Olympic Beauty Pageant

Band Conga Line

Carnival Lunch

Powder Puff


Pep Rally

DECA Fashion Show Lucille’s

Homecoming Football Game


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The$ shooting$ at$ Sandy$ Hook$$ Elementary$ School$ has$ resulted$ in$ a$wave$of$new$security$measures$in$ American$schools.$At$Spanish$River,$ classroom$ doors$ are$ now$ locked$ during$ class$ time$ ?$ every$ student$ who$leaves$the$classroom,$even$to$ go$to$the$bathroom,$must$be$let$in$ by$a$classmate$or$teacher.$Have$the$ locked$doors$been$an$appropriate$ safety$measure$or$a$serious$incon? venience?$River$students$weigh$in.



Miles!Fertel Sophomore

Caroline!Posner Senior

Let’s be honest: we all feel the inconvenience that comes with having all of the classroom doors locked. Every morning after schlepping myself to school and arriving in Ms. Rosenberg’s precalculus class, I sit down in my seat closest to the door and get ready for the lesson. Every time someone needs to enter the room, whether it be when coming from Guidance, Suite A or the bathroom, I have to pick myself up from my notes and open the door. While individually each is only a minor inconvenience, over time time the visits can become quite exasperating. Why then, do I support the policy of having doors be locked? The fact is, regardless of my own personal inconvenience, Florida is the #4 state in number of homicides per year. Although this is a terrifying statistic, people don’t see the men, women, and children behind these numbers. In my opinion, one school shooting per year is too many. If there is something that can be done to decrease the number of deaths in a school shooting, it should be done. The sad fact is that we live in a world of instant gratification. We can sacrifice our safety and the safety of our peers for just a few seconds’ convenience. In a world where each of us detaches ourselves from the pain and suffering of others, we cannot hope to know security. In the end that is what it all comes down to: time and effort. People spend countless hours each year performing menial tasks like writing Twitter posts, but when it come to something like getting up to open the door for someone, which would take a fraction of the time, it isn’t worth our time or our effort? This is a pitiful situation. We believe that something like a school shooting could never happen to us until of course it does happen and then it becomes all too real. If each school were to take the necessary precautions, the number of school shootings would drastically decrease, as well as the number of fatalities as a result. Times are not as they were in the late 20th century when school shootings were sparse and very few precautions were required to protect today’s youth. We must change our attitude about safety and moreover, we must realize that we are not immune to the realities of the world we live in. Times are changing, and we must change with them.

There are plenty of things that distract students from learning in class — cell phones, interruptions, conversations — but kids knocking at the door shouldn’t be one of them. During any given class, a Spanish River teacher now has to pause the lesson three or four times, or even more, to trudge across the room and let in some bathroom-goer whose guilty expression reads, “Sorry I made you get up …” Certainly student safety is worth a little inconvenience, but is this major irritation really doing much to protect us? Many students don’t think so, and here’s why. It’s unfortunate to think that a few of the well-known school shootings could have been prevented with this kind of safety measure, but that doesn’t mean locking the doors are going to preclude a tragedy — a tragedy that, while incredibly scary, is incredibly unlikely. Plus, locking the doors puts students at risk for other reasons. If a student or stranger brings a weapon to class and draws that weapon inside the room, the locked doors prevent emergency responders from getting in if students are unable to escape. And if a student is in danger in the hallway, he or she won’t be able to find safety by running into a classroom — he’ll have to wait for someone to get the door, exposing the student to danger for even more time. The locked doors might have a safety impact when teachers follow the recommended procedure, checking the person at the door themselves rather than allowing students to open the door. But in plenty of cases, we eagerly let in anyone who knocks, rather than stopping to check the door. Who’s to say that we’ll even notice if the person outside is a threat? The time we have in class to learn is already pretty short — it’s the topic of debate among government officials and educators nationwide. We don’t have the time to spend opening doors for students, rather than teaching them, if this safety measure has no real impact except to fool us into thinking we’ve protected ourselves from harm. Safety measures are certainly a necessity in the American educational system, but our educators and policymakers need to sit down and rethink what they can do to really keep us safe.



December 2011 The Galleon

Tools needed to succeed easy to come by at River Gali Deutsch Staff Reporter Whether studying for a big test, practicing for an athletic team, or preparing for a job interview, success can be found by being invested and constantly looking for new opportunities to get ahead. At Spanish River, students plan for success through programs, such as On-the-Job-Training (OJT), Dual Enrollment and the academies. Dual Enrollment serves as an opportunity for juniors and seniors to take college level classes. In this program, students can choose from a variety of college classes to take at Florida Atlantic University or Palm Beach State College. “[Dual Enrollment] is a great learning opportunity and prepared me for college,” said senior Michelle Ginsberg who has taken six classes at FAU. Furthermore, 854 students at River are enrolled in academies: Entrepre-

neurship, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Law and Biotechnology. Students interested in business can enroll in DECA, a program based on marketing, finance, hospitality and tourism, and business management and administration. As indicated by its website, DECA members can begin their experience as early as the ninth grade by enrolling in a finance or business course. Students who enroll in this academy become academically prepared for college and careers in marketing or finance, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders . As for students who want to pursue a career in history, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Law supports the study of American history through a wide variety of programs and resources for students. “You have to really enjoy history to like it as you learn about the court system,” junior Susie Bernet said. “The teachers make it challenging, but a lot

of fun at the same time. Designed for students with a passion for science, the Biotechnology Academy utilizes the manipulation of living organisms and their components, mostly manipulating DNA. “To be successful in biotech, I would say that lab work and practicing in the lab always help,” junior Cara Berner said. “My teacher always says that if students don’t get the chance to be hands on in the lab, they do not understand what exactly is occurring or how to do a procedure.” On November 16, 2011, academy students attended Pathways to the Future after school. This event gave students who are curious about their futures the opportunity to question attorneys, businessmen, nurse practitioners, designers, psychologists, and other adults. The goal of the event was to introduce students to different careers they may be interested in. “Networking is most important [in finding success]. You have to meet as

many people as you can so that they can spread the word [about your business],” attorney Paul Jacobs said. An entrepreneur, Michael Rochelle, agrees with Jacobs but took the matter even further. “You have to analyze what is not being solved and create a groundbreaking product that is relevant to your client,” Rochelle said. “It does not matter what you know, it only matters how you use that. If you have that ‘secret sauce’, you just have to make the most of it in the marketplace.” Sometimes, that “secret sauce” can be found while in OJT - on the job training. The majority of OJT students actively learn the craft of success through actual employment opportunities. Failure can be easily avoided with programs at River. OJT, Dual Enrollment and academies all provide opportunities for success.

a look students whose Bloukos careers have already taken off Shelaina Staff Reporter


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Growing STEMs overtake liberal arts in jobs, majors Ilana Weisman Commentary Even if you live in a cave you would know that our country’s economy is... going through a rough time. In case your cave lacks internet and cable, a quick review: there is too little money, there are too few jobs, unemployment rates are too high. Good news: there has been a gradual climb recently. Bad news: many are still struggling, and once we graduate high school and/or college, the job market is likely to be limited. There is one safe industry, and that is science; over the next few years, jobs for science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) majors are expected to be very available. So if you are into STEM, you are in luck. Science-oriented jobs are in demand. Today, the most popular, fastest-growing majors with the highest incomes and employment rates include science, engineering and business. Even Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft and former world’s richest man, stated that

students should choose to study STEM - what he described as “well-correlated areas that actually produce jobs.” Does that mean it is not okay to be a liberal arts major? Is it bad to pursue an education in English, history or art rather than a STEM field? I have heard students in the hallways discuss giving up hope of studying language in favor of the “better, safer option” of studying accounting, I have read countless interviews and articles discussing the disappearance of the once well-rounded liberal curriculum, and I cannot be the only one noticing that even history and English teachers hint that anyone interested in those subjects risks a lifetime of barely paying bills. Say I want to study humanities and social sciences. Am I setting myself up for failure? I may be. Nine out of eleven least employable majors are liberal arts, according to the Wall Street Journal. Starting salaries are much lower with a humanities degree (art or philosophy) than with one in science (biology or chemistry). Some economists estimate that two-year associ-

ate’s degrees in STEM fields yield more income than four-year liberal arts, according to a Georgetown University study. Does that mean I will give up my hopes of pursuing a liberal arts degree, be it history or journalism or underwater basket weaving? No. I refuse to sacrifice my happiness for a higher income or definite job offer. I would rather put in a few months as a barista at Starbucks counter or a even few years as an coffee-getting assistant than go for the STEM fad. A STEM major and career is not worth the money to me. I am not alone in the “anti-STEM” movement, especially when the driving force for giving up a traditional liberal arts education is not money but instead is “safety” of STEM educations. Label liberal arts useless all you want, but even technologically based professionals will disagree. You see, Bill Gates isn’t the only tech wiz who involved himself in higher education. Steve Jobs, the late founder and creator of Apple Inc., believed in a creative liberal arts education, as stated while introducing

Apple’s iPad 2 - a device praised for its creativity and scientific value - earlier this year. “Technology alone is not enough,” Jobs said. “[It is] technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.” Jobs was right; STEM fields rely on liberal arts (for publicity, buyers and usage) just as liberal arts rely on STEM (for products, new technology and an audience). STEM-oriented educations may be advantageous in the workforce, maybe they will garner more money and “success” in the long term. But success is not just about how much money you make or how quickly you find a top job. It’s liking what you study and what you do. And if you hate STEM, there are other options for success- it is not always better to be a STEM major. There are plenty of other workable, successcreating majors and jobs out there. If all goes well, there is a STEM-manufactured, liberal arts-innovated future job market for us.


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@SpanishRiverProblems Rumor has it River is losing its steam - teachers and students leaving,

Is Spanish River falling apart?

The Galleon looks into these trending hallway topics.

#biohazard? Bathroom smell due to plumbing failure, leakage the problem," Markwardt said. "It is a very dangerous health hazard to the students and faculty at Spanish River."

Jamie Brecher Staff Reporter

It is almost impossible for students and staff at Spanish River to walk through the hallways without noticing the horrid smell that lingers throughout the air. The stench has been called a number of names, some too repulsive to mention, and students are very concerned about the situation. "Every time I walk by the rest rooms, I feel like the poisonous air will suffocate me if I dare breathe in too deeply," junior Elaine Han said. One thing is for sure, the smell is downright irritating to all who travel throughout the school campus. The origin of the biting scent is found deep in the walls of the male rest rooms. Seven years ago, Palm Beach School District officials were determined to go green. They chose to install waterless urinals in an effort to cut down on the amount of water used on campus. The alternative to using water in flushing waste systems is to use chemicals, which are corrosive in copper pipes. "The plumber who installed them [waterless urinals] had warned us that they might end up rotting through the pre-existing pipes," Assistant Principal and maintenance supervisor Doug Markwardt said. That is exactly how the situation played out. The chemicals used in removing waste from the rest rooms have corroded through the copper plumbing, leaving pools of urine collecting in the walls and on the floors. "I notified the district supervisor immediately of

photo by Joey Goldman

The 1000 and 8000 buildings’ boys’ bathrooms were blocked off for a majority of December and January awaiting repair. Students have had to - or simply opted to - use different campus restrooms since.

The following day, a member of the Palm Beach County School District came to observe the situation. Although the issue was clearly evident, the extensive process of fixing it had just begun.

“Relaying information and plans from the school to the district offices takes a very long time,” Markwardt said. “For something like this, they [the school district] contact three plumbers and receive three bids to choose from.” Repairs on the rest rooms are already underway at River. The 1000 and 8000 building rest rooms should be fixed by the end of February, and the 4000 and 3000 building rest rooms should be completed by the end of the summer as they are used much less, according to Markwardt. The water pipes were left intact and so regular urinals are to be installed rather than chemical ones. The situation has had a strong impact on the attitude of students. “The smell of the rest rooms really turned me off, being a new student at the school,” freshman Cindy Groszman said. The learning environment of the school is also being affected by this problem. “It [the smell] really didn’t bother the class as long as the doors were closed,” physics teacher Miguel Nelson said. “The main problem was that students had to go to rest rooms in other buildings, which kept them out of class for long periods of time.” Students and staff both share disgust when walking throughout campus, forced to breathe unclean air. However, the problem has been found and the repairs are underway. Students and faculty hope that River will return to its normal state once the rest rooms are fixed and the smell dissipates out of the halls.

What’s your problem? 250 students were surveyed about what their biggest River by the Numbers problem with River is. Here's what they said:

More seniors say guidance is trouble than any other grade

Testing Guidance

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February 2012 The Galleon


The bathrooms aren’t the only techincal failure at River this year. Check out some other #fails:

#projector problems

#dirtywalls #toomuchtesting

photo by Ilana Weisman

Students are not the only ones suffering from testing teachers are forced to move classrooms to accommodate those taking FCATs.

photo by Ilana Weisman

After a remote broke, inventive students in Deb Stenner’s first hour AP Language class devised a way to turn on the overhead projector- a pencil taped to a yard stick.

photo by Nicole Granet

Dirt falls out of the outdoor wall by the “River Goes Green” mural on January 31, 2012.

#guidanceappt Department understaffed, overcrowded

done on time.” In order for forms to be completed in a timely manner, the Department asks for forms two to three weeks in advance. With 2376 students to oversee, Spanish River’s “It’s not a matter of when it’s due,” Barry said. five guidance counselors - Jill Rockwell, Mara “We’ll get it done on time.” Bacher-Freedman, Melissa Loyacona, Roz Towers, Forms and duties are secondary to student and Lisa Barry - work incredibly hard to fit in admeetings, though. Both counselors say they ministrative responsibilities and student meetwant to get to know each of their students. ings, according to counselor Roz Towers. “I do not know who my guidance counselor “We have about 450 students each,” Towers even is,” junior Jacob Abrams said. “But I really said, “and the freshman counselor [Rockwell] has should. I need to make an appointment.” nearly 700.” Abram’s view matches that of many other stuThis overflow of students results from an dents; too many are not familiar with their guidempty spot in the department; six counselors ance counselor. used to share the same number of students, and “We’re just as anxious to see our students as Spanish River has had up to 12 counselors total. they are to meet with us,” Barry said, though she The increased student-to-counselor ratio is not noted that sometimes, appointments cannot be of major concern, but the resulting busyness made right away. “It’s like a [doctor’s] appointcombined with other responsibilities leaves the ment. We make an appointment the soonest we desire for more hours in a day despite being an can...but if it’s an emergency someone will see efficient department filled with counselors who photo by Julie Bergman you right away.” work well together. With large numbers of stu- Guidance counselor Roz Towers meets with a student. Meetings can be “There’s always someone at their desk ready to scheduled in the guidance office. dents comes up to 50 appointments per day in help,” Towers added. “But you’re best off making addition to other duties, Towers noted. for seniors, Head of the Guidance Department Lisa an appointment.” Both counselors also emphasized “We all have different jobs,” Towers said. “[I am] in Barry ensures that counselors are not at fault. the fact that students are always welcome and encharge of dual enrollment, [Barry] has scholarships.” “As long as we have enough time to finish them, it’s couraged into the Guidance office before and after Such programs often require hefty amounts of not a matter of when they’re due,” Barry said. “Some- school and during lunch. paperwork for a guidance counselor to complete, times things are just lost in their own shuffle.” “We all love kids,” Barry said. “We’re here to help.” but students who need recommendations or formed “We have had to call Ivies,” Towers added. “But as filled out need not worry. Even when overloaded a department we work well together and get things

Ilana Weisman Feature Focus Editor


with other duties, the Guidance Department will turn forms in on time and complete them in full. In response to rumors about the Guidance Department being responsible for delayed college acceptances

Some students found too many problems @SpanishRiver, and are now attending other schools:

Information compiled by Ilana Weisman



March 2012 The Galleon

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Courtney Lacey and Brett Lil berg, 12 Anonymous

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Off-campus drug use more prevalent than that in school Ilana Weisman Feature Focus Editor Finish the sentence “You know you go to Spanish River when...”: “everyone is either stoned or hung over on LTMs.” “The entire 1000 building smells like weed.”“It’s hard to find a friend who isn’t a stoner.” “You’re in the courtyard with your AP Euro class to take a class picture and you see a kid get arrested.” Each of these quotes was publicly posted online - to Facebook and Twitter - and each refers to the apparent magnitude of drug usage at River. Over 80 percent of 300 students from all grades surveyed responded that they have illegally consumed drugs and/or alcohol over the past six months. Those surveyed also include drugs in their personal definitions of parties. With this drug use outside of school, being caught may not be an issue. However, a small number of students say that they have been not only caught with drugs, but arrested for possession. “It was scary, but I understand why we got in trouble,” an anonymous student arrested for marijuana possession said.

“But it’s not like being caught once is going to stop anyone from smoking weed.” As the student noted, threats of arrests - and real arrests - do not stop students from drug use. “The use of drugs is extremely prevalent at Spanish River,” junior Alainie Goldstein said. “I can’t walk in the hall for more than two minutes without hearing someone mention a drug related experience.” This drug-oriented hallway chatter is not unusual; junior Sydney Juliano agrees with Goldstein that students “obsess over drugs,” but finds that as long as she is not dragged into the activity and no one is being harmed, she does not care about others’ drug usage. “I don’t have any interest in getting involved with drinking or drugs,” Juliano said. “I just don’t feel like I need to be drunk or high to have a good time. If people choose to [use drugs], I don’t have a problem with it, but it’s when they start to put themselves or others in danger that I start to get worried.” However prominent it may seem, though, Officer Luis Santana says

that drug use in school is not a major concern. “Compared to other schools I’ve worked at, River isn’t bad at all,” Santana said. Santana says this year he has made about three arrests for possession in school, but those who are caught with drugs in school are often single-time offenders. If caught in school, a student could be suspended or expelled but out of school or repeat offenders could face incarceration, according to Santana. “It’s not a recurring problem...after I catch them [a student with drugs], I turn them over to the state attorney,” Santana elaborated. “From there, they have to deal with administrative and criminal sides. There are consequences, but usually, drugs aren’t my biggest problem.” Although students may use drugs and alcohol outside of school, it does not prove to be a major problem on campus. Nevertheless, drugs and alcohol continue to have a presence amongst high school students. Santana said it best: “Do we have drugs? Of course we do. But it’s not an epidemic.”

Hannah Wolff, 12


March 2012 The Galleon


It is inevitable - teens like to party. But what makes up a party? Drugs, alcohol, music, friends? The Galleon’s here to show you what students consider a good time.


The Over-


Brett Burkey Economics Teacher

I was fortunate enough to attend a high school in a community similar to ours in that I got a great education and could enjoy the lifestyle that comes from a flamboyant level of conspicuous wealth. As is the case with the idle rich, there was never a shortage of parties to wile away the encumberment of free time.   Many parents would disappear on weekends to Caribbean retreats, the drinking age was only 18 and pictures had yet to be affixed to IDs.  Thus, the combination of an “open house” and readily available “fuel” resulted in frequent events. Yes, people drank in binges and passed out on front lawns.  I would imagine much of the same occurs today, despite the drinking age and ID reforms.  But the world is a different place then it was in the late seventies.  We were naive and our idea of radical behavior was tame comparatively.  Somehow, teenagers today are exposed to a greater number of temptations that add an entirely new level of risk to each adventure.   For instance, the consequences for drunk driving are so much more severe today as a result of the increased frequency of cases.  The variety of ways to get high today are so much more numerous and with deadlier consequences.  The bathroom medicine cabinet can be a smorgasbord.   The costs of unprotected sex have multiple dimensions that we never thought of.  In addition, the fact that you live your lives in such a public forum (social networking) multiply the exposure of your behavior.  All of this while living under the intense pressure of school, college transcripts and parental expectations.  No wonder people long for the good old days.  Teenage years have always been a period of awakening and experimentation, and I greatly respect the young person who can keep it all in perspective in the midst of this maelstrom.  It was so much easier back in my day.

Lauren Curry, 11 Guest Commentator


The Drunk Nishad Ramasar, 12

River by the Numbers


Parties these days have changed so drastically that they are rarely even referred to as a party. The common weekend gathering of high school teens is now known as a “rager.” What is a rager? It’s a house stuffed with underage drinking high schoolers who are all there for the same purpose: to get drunk and have a great time. These events have become a part of the typical weekend, which can be very enjoyable and long as the cops don’t show up at the doorstep. As soon as you walk into a rager, it’s all about the alcohol - kids are finding a red cup and filling it up or sitting around and toasting shots. Once the initial binge drinking is finished, choices as to what to do for the remainder of the night open up. There will most assuredly be a long table set up in plain sight for everyone’s favorite game of beer pong.  Things there can get pretty intense, but it’s all just for fun and is one of those games where it doesn’t really matter who is the winner. If beer is not your style, you can usually find some “stoners” lighting up outside the party house. These kids tend to just chill out and spend a lot of time eating. Throughout all of this chaos there is always loud music playing for those who would prefer to dance. Usually this is known as house music and is some sort of techno mix - including my favorites such as Avicii, Skrillex and David Guetta. As the bass booms throughout the house, one looks around and it is evident that all your classmates are having a great time. It is the perfect way to get to know one another. But to even think of being a true partier, you have got to know the vocabulary and use it accordingly. Some common phrases are HAM, PTFO, and FSU (no one is referring to the school here!). Partying, although considered taboo, is a great way for teens to get to know one another and live up their high school experience. The phrase used most often these days is YOLO - you only live once. And, well, you really only do live once - so party it up.

Photos by Julie Bergman and Ilana Weisman Information compiled by Sam Cohen and Ilana Weisman

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