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The Students, The Committee, and The Administration PAULINA GLASS According to a recent Tatler poll, about half of all students do not have a good idea of what goes on in a Judicial Committee trial. Furthermore, nearly 30% did not have a sound idea of what role the administration plays in Judicial Committee decisions. Finally, about 40% of students do not agree with the consequences the Judicial Committee assigns. “I really have no idea what the structure of Judicial Committee looks like. But I’m sure [the administration] has a larger effect than it seems.” said Dana Marrero ‘ 14. “I think it should be a more mutual process, more than a decision made by the students and then checked by the administration.” Many students echoed this, including Andrew McCray, ’16. Others said the students should hold more power than they currently do in the process. “You want students making these decisions themselves based on the evidence, and you don’t want to limit their responsibilities because it’s not as promoting of independence and community,” said Evan Johnson ’16. He understood that certain cases would require more or less administration involvement though, but is a firm believer in the philosophy that students should judge other students. Other students, like Afrah Eltom ’13, have also observed this trend. They say that certain cases involve more administration than others, and that’s just the way it is. “I think sometimes the administration steps in when there’s a really tough one saying ‘This is our decision to make.’ If [the Judicial Committee] is being more lenient than they’d want them to be, I think they’d step in. I’m assuming, obviously, because I don’t know how Judicial Committee works.” The common sentiment, that students do not know the Committee process, appeared in every interview. “Well first of all, we can’t talk a lot about any individual case, so talking about the procedure with specific examples is pretty hard. We try to show the freshmen what we do at the beginning of the year, but in past years, that hasn’t been so successful,” Chair of the Judicial Committee Gautam Hathi ‘13 said. Lakeside students tend to agree that they’ve had a sufficient amount of plagiarism education, but are still in the dark about what happens if they do plagiarize. Part of this is due to the esoteric nature of the Committee, which provides a space for rumors to arise surrounding each case, leading to misinformation. “There are four students and two teachers that vote on the Committee. In addition, there’s Ms. Maoriano, who does not vote unless there is a tie or we need more people. She’s there, she’s giving advice, and towards the end she’ll put up what her ideas are. … In the end, Mr. Healy has to approve this decision and apparently he asks a lot of questions,” Gautam continued. This system is something that is generally agreed to be a good thing, with about 40% of students concurring that the current administration involvement is at a good level. However there are still ideas surrounding how to improve this process.
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Behind the Counter: How Lakeside's Lunch Menu Gets Chosen JENNIE GLERUM Have you ever wondered why you’re eating a baked potato for lunch today instead of a grilled cheese sandwich? Chicken Caesar salad in place of pizza? Head Chef Ben Resnick gave the Tatler some details on the creative process behind the Lakeside lunch menu. Mr. Resnick explained that the Lakeside kitchen staff is the only department on
is also aware of the demand; he knows that grilled cheese and burgers, more typical “comfort foods,” tend to sell more than other less traditional dishes. It all begins with the team. Mr. Resnick and his assistant Joe Monahan have a combined 45 years of cooking experience under their belts, and the Lakeside kitchen
in a heavy protein-oriented society," he said, and he understands the environmental consequences of having meat at every meal. Mr. Resnick is also the boys JV lacrosse coach, so he acknowledges many students’ concerns about getting enough protein and makes sure that Mondays’ lunches have plenty of protein from other sourc-
“” Mr. Resnick gets his inspiration from cookbooks, food magazines, restaurant menus, and of course his teammates.
staff team has meetings once a quarter to explore new ideas. Mr. Resnick gets his inspiration from cookbooks, food magazines, restaurant menus, and of course his teammates: Perennial favorites on the lunch menu include Seyed’s Persian New Year lunch and Flora’s tamales. Having everyone’s input on the menu ensures that all of the staff members are personally invested in the meals, and each day’s lunch is something that everyone on the team can be proud of. The introduction of Meatless Mondays last year brought some changes to Mr. Resnick’s job. “We live
A lot more thought goes into the Lakeside menu than many realize. Photos by Nick Rubin.
campus that is required by the Board of Directors to break even with its revenue and expenses. Thus, each meal must be planned with costs in mind: If one day’s lunch has more expensive ingredients, another must be cheaper in order to balance out. This push and pull affects what Mr. Resnick can serve. For example, dairy tends to be more expensive because of the cost of gas to transport it. The seasons affect the market: In the winter, beef is more expensive, so he tends to serve more chicken and other meats. He
es, such as tofu, beans, and cheese. Both he and kitchen staffer Peter Byerlein endorse the Meatless Mondays initiative because the culture we live in today is simply not sustainable. It’s also good to bring this to Lakeside because it opens up a healthy discussion about our society and Meatless Mondays in the bigger picture. Chef Resnick always accepts and encourages faculty and student feedback: what dishes they liked, what they didn’t like (and why!), recipe suggestions, or meal requests. You can email him at ben.resnick@lakesideschool. org with your questions and comments. 1
news New Upper School Director Brings 20 Years of Public School Experience
ALEC GLASSFORD Incoming Upper School Director Alixe Callen sat down for an interview with the Tatler on April 16, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings. At the time, Dr. Callen was visiting Lakeside to participate in the two professional development days following Spring Break. While her family was with her in Seattle, Dr. Callen, as the principal of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School just outside of Boston, had nearly 2,000 students and their families to worry about. Dr. Callen's purview as Upper School Director next year will involve significantly fewer students than she deals with now. "I'm excited to have relationships with students, to be able to know students better than I do at my current job," she said. While Dr. Callen graduated from Milton Academy, a Massachusetts prep school, and has degrees from Brown University and Harvard University—all private schools—she has been involved for the past twenty years with public schools around the country, from Arizona to Massachusetts. She has been driven by a "significant belief in public service" throughout her career, but described herself as frustrated with many of the policies and difficult realities of public education today. Her excitement to bring her years of experience to Lakeside was apparent. "I just felt this really wonderful chemistry and connection," Dr. Callen said of her first visit to the school. "I saw my own values reflected in it." "Watching how students interact with adults— [Lakeside] seems to me to be a really mutually respectful place," she continued. "It's a place that likes kids, and I don't always find that. I think some places are more about control, and more about trying to mold people into a particular kind of way of thinking. And what I loved about being here is I felt like there's a real opportunity for kids to … find themselves and have adults who care about them watching out for that." Having spent just a few days on campus, Dr. Callen hopes to meet individually with many students before the next school year begins and learn as much as possible about our community. "I'm not coming in with any sort of agenda. … I really care about maintaining an open mind," she said. "This place has been here for a long time; it's an incredibly wonderful, functional, exciting place, and I would never want to do damage to that. I really want to be respectful of the work that faculty and students and administration have done to create this place." Meanwhile, Dr. Callen's arrival promises to bring enthusiasm to the role being vacated by current Upper School Director Than Healy. "The reason that I've worked in high schools is that I really love high school," she said. "I think people go into teaching [high school] for one of two reasons: Either they loved it when they were there, or they hated it and want to change it." Although she expressed an interest in Lakeside's continual evolution, Dr. Callen falls squarely in the first category.
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May Day 2013 Celebrates Lakeside Construction KATE KIM May Day is just around the corner on Monday, May 20, and Student Government has been busy planning the spectacle that is our annual carnival. The whole process began back in March when the Student Government team split up into smaller groups to divide and conquer the work at hand. This year will again bring the classic features that have come to define May Day: bouncy houses, the dunk tank, flower grams from the GLOW booth, the water fight, musical performances, and
burgers on the quad. According to Student Government Vice President Ben Drachman ‘13, “Peter Schwartz’s ['13] band, ‘Business Sharks,’ will be laying down groovy tunage.” Additionally, SISR will be DJ-ing and a freshman band will be performing. Student Government has also added a few new twists. The theme this year is “Construction” in accordance with the demolition of the Athletics Center. The t-shirt design and booths incorporate the theme. Additionally, for the first time, House
Assembly will be held during Mayday on the festival stage with three events taking place over the course of the day as the houses participate in the final fight for champion status. Hopefully, the sun will decide to stick around. But, rain or shine, May Day will provide a much needed day of fun and merry-making for us all. “It is fun to see the product of our hard work and it is great to see everyone enjoying May Day,” said Student Government representative Dawit Wondimagegn ’15.
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A Look at Finals Week with Than Healy
With the new finals schedule approaching, Tatler writer Jennie Glerum sat down to navigate the confusion of culminating projects, final exams, and project days with Upper School Director Than Healy. Jennie Glerum: What was the reason behind the change in the finals schedule? Than Healy: It started out as a conversation about what to do with finals since we had no gym and then it turned into a discussion of using this as an opportunity to do a better job of balancing courses that don’t lend themselves to a final exam (think: the poetry elective) and also to make things more manageable for students by making certain days exclusively for project classes and certain days exclusively for exam classes. JG: Is this a permanent change? Will classes continue to choose between projects and tests even when there is enough space in the gym? Will "project days" still exist in future years? TH: Culminating project days may or may not exist in the future: It depends on how they go this spring and the feedback we get on them when we re-examine them in the fall. JG: What was the response from teachers when they were informed of the official change? Many teachers already gave final projects or tests informally—did the new official policy change many departments' plans for their finals? TH: Supportive. We had an earlier iteration that wasn’t as warmly received which gave us a chance to go back and make some tweaks to improve the proposal. I don’t think it changed anything radically, as you say many courses already did these things informally. What we hope it changed was the pace of those final weeks and days, making things a bit more sane for students. JG: Any other important details or information you'd like to share? TH: I guess the only thing I would add is what I perceive to be a somewhat common misperception that teachers will suddenly be inventing graded assignments where they would not have otherwise. I think the projects day allows teachers who are not giving an exam the opportunity to try to provide some synthesis for a class. In the leadership class that Mr. Smith and I teach, for instance, we will either have a final speaker or have a final discussion on the project day to try to pull some things together but we aren’t going to be grading it. We are just thinking about the learning that is going on and how best to wrap things up.
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Despite its important role in student life, the Judicial Committee's workings remain relatively inscrutable. Ishani Ummat.
The Workings of the Judicial Committee
“ ” “ ” Each student seems to have a different view of what makes a just and appropriate system to determine consequences.
There is a certain unease that seems to arrive with unchecked executive power, and that puts off some students.
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“I think there should be veto power, but it should be veto power with more than one person. They should have more people who have to agree with the administrator to change a punishment.” suggested Andrew. There is a certain unease that seems to arrive with unchecked executive power, and that puts off some students. Rachel Maiorano, Upper School Assistant Director and non-voting member of the Committee offered some clarification.“It’s not so much veto power … but what [Than Healy] will do is send [the decision] back … and that’s usually because there’s more information that has come to light, or it’s because [the Committee] needs to go back and address something, or look at something again." “I think [the administration] should play as small of a role as possible. That’s often a hard line to draw, because sometimes there’s no choice,” Gautam said. Where the line is drawn is often a point of contention, especially with the prospective head of the Committee, Anna Hoge ’14. She is advocating for more cases to be put in front of the Committee, and fewer infractions dealt with solely by the administration. “I don’t think the administration should be able to circumvent the Committee in practically any situation, but that’s something the administration insisted on having the power to do,” Anna said. However, Anna is much more pleased with the recent adoption of a new charter which dictates exactly what the administration has the power to do, and "makes it clear for everyone reading it that [choosing to not bring a case before the Committee] was sub-optimal."
The administration’s involvement in Judicial Committee is a conversation that many Lakesiders are having due to the influx of cases this year. “I think the same amount of people are cheating as always, but I think more people are getting caught this year. Teachers are being more careful and have been looking into things more,” said Afrah. Many students, including Afrah, have been noting what they claim to be an inconsistency in the punishments merited by the infractions. Additionally, Afrah and many other students who have spent time at public schools remark that the punishments are more severe at Lakeside than at other schools for the same offenses. “We’re here to take into account the circumstances in each case. One type of plagiarism might be different than another type,” Gautam replied. The merits of a system where students judge other students are that a student’s situation is evaluated by his or her peers, and can be understood in a way it could not be by adults. As far as the severity of punishments at Lakeside goes, Gautam had a definitive remark. “Unfortunately [the punishments for plagiarism] are just the way it has to be because of the issues that come up from [plagiarism].” Each student seems to have a different view of what makes a just and appropriate system to determine consequences. However more education on not the infractions, but the processes seems to be necessary for the students. Lakeside is unique in its approach to punishment. "It's walking the talk," said Ms. Maiorano. This unique aspect was also noted by Evan: “Everyone holds everyone else accountable for their actions, and that’s important here.”
Why We Criticize FROM THE EDITORS It just wouldn’t be the Tatler without criticism. In this issue alone, the value of student leadership elections is scrutinized and Lakeside’s recent environmental policies are called into question. You may be surprised to hear, however, that the Tatler staff doesn’t write critical articles simply because we take some kind of perverse pleasure in disparaging anything and everything at Lakeside. We actually think that our criticism is important, and we have good reasons for writing the disapproving or reproachful articles which often appear in the paper. Firstly, we criticize because, believe it or not, there are problems at Lakeside. Obviously, this isn’t a major surprise to anyone, but occasionally this fact can get lost in the confirmation bias which exists at our school. Students are desperate to believe that they are getting the most out of their quality education and are able to balance the various stresses that their lives put them under. Teachers and administrators want to believe that because of the work they do our school is the best in the world. Parents need to feel that they are getting something out of their educational investment. Because of the enormous time, effort, and resources which the Lakeside community puts into almost everything it does, there is a need to feel that things are going well. It would really be a shame if we spent $22 million on an Athletics Center and decided later that there might have been a better place to put our money, so it’s easy to decide right now that this new building is unquestionably good. It sometimes seems like the solution is to ignore the problem and confirm our support for the status quo. For better or for worse, though, ignorance is never a good solution. Therefore, the Tatler feels a need to bring forward and elucidate those problems which do exist. There is also enough praise to go around at Lakeside. Anyone who has ever heard one of Mr. Noe’s convocation speeches, read through a Parents Association publication, or even just glanced at Lakeside’s website knows that there is no shortage of good things that Lakeside
community members are saying about Lakeside. We constantly—and often correctly—applaud our own intellectual capability, academic excellence, student diversity, and athletic ability. However, one of the best ways this school can improve is by addressing issues which need fixing. In order to do this, a space is needed where criticism can be openly expressed and discussed. Hence, we believe that another important purpose our criticism serves is to constantly identify areas where our school can improve and make suggestions for improvement. We believe that the school got to where it is today by addressing and solving problems, and that it will continue to excel only by treating every problem as important. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we criticize because of the discussions that criticism starts. One of our main goals as a newspaper is to spark interesting discussions and get our readers thinking. There is often no better way to do this than to offer up our criticism of something. Some people will agree with our perspective, while others will disagree. Regardless, those responses are generally strong, and those responses will start conversations. While we don’t take perverse pleasure in criticizing, we are always happy to see students talking about issues which matter at this school. Indeed, it is the response to our criticism which often reminds us why we write for this paper. The Tatler seeks to have an impact on Lakeside, and criticism is often a good way to do that. Of course, for this impact to translate into reality, our readers need to take what they read in the Tatler and do something about it, whether that means having a conversation, fixing a problem, or even just disagreeing with us. At the end of the day, then, we criticize because we feel that this community will do the right things with our criticism. Confirmation bias will be dispelled, problems will be fixed, and dialogues will be started. It is because we are in such a great community that we feel our criticism is so valuable, and for that we are truly grateful.
“ ” “ ” Because of the enormous time, effort, and resources which the Lakeside community puts into almost everything it does, there is a need to feel that things are going well.
We believe that the school got to where it is today by addressing and solving problems, and that it will continue to excel only by treating every problem as important.
Tatler is known for being critical of Lakeside as a whole, but not without reason. Gilda Rastegar.
One of our main goals as a newspaper is to spark interesting discussions and get our readers thinking. There is often no better way to do this than to offer up our criticism of something.
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Should Judicial Committee Really be Elected?
Though the student elections make the members accountable to the student body, drawbacks like uninformed voters and subjective voting undermine the committee’s work.
MARLA ODELL Lakeside takes pride in the Judicial Committee, but the fundamental process of member selection has often been overlooked. Several of the students I've talked to voiced concerns about the current electoral system. “I think the problem with elections is that only the minority of students that have come in front of the Judicial Committee fully understand the process and how serious it is,” Judicial Committee representative Olivia Martins '16 said. Although he favors student elections for the Judicial Committee members, the Chair of the Judicial Committee Gautam Hathi ’13, said that,“The Judicial Committee has a very specific purpose, and I think it is important for whoever is voting for the members to understand that purpose.” There have been several efforts this year to help the student body better understand the process and procedures, including a mock case presentation to the freshmen and clear explanations as to how decisions are made. Despite the
committee’s efforts, when I went out to talk to students, a large majority of them said that they still didn't understand the role of the Judicial Committee. “[The problem is] there aren't regular opportunities to explain the procedures,” Gautam said. “We can’t talk about specific cases … so whenever we talk to the student body we have to be vague and generic.” An appealing alternative to the current democratic voting system, is faculty appointment. Though the student elections make the members accountable to the student body, drawbacks like uninformed voters and subjective voting undermine the committee’s work. “Faculty influence [in the selection process] would eliminate the possibility that students misunderstand what is needed of a Judicial Committee member,” Olivia said."Students aren't always responsible enough." Though students’ views of their peers are obfuscated by ignorance and other factors, does that necessarily make faculty better suited to
appoint members? “Student’s opinions of other students are different from how the faculty view them,” one Lakeside Sophomore shared. “A combination of a faculty appointment and peer voting is valuable. They [each] reflect different perspectives." Lisa Ghaffari '14 shares, reflecting on her experience serving on the judicial committee of her previous school. Though it is difficult to place one perspective over the other, “It is very important that the Judicial Committee be accountable to the students, but it is also very important that it is taken seriously," Gautam said. "If it’s not [taken seriously then] the whole process is undermined." Everyone wants a fair system, one that both encompasses the values of the committee and one that selects qualified members. With the Judicial Committee playing a key role in our community, faculty appointment poses a good alternative to the current democratic system.
Long Live Lakeside Democracy FRANCIS WILSON From Student Government to the Senior Class Leaders, the ability of students to pick their representatives is a significant part of Lakeside life. However, the legitimacy of the student right to popular vote was called into question recently when several freshmen raised concerns about the Judicial Committee elections for next year. The main issue raised by many freshmen was the risk that popular elections would not necessarily produce the fair and unbiased leaders required for the Committee. As Isabella McShea ’17 said, “[It appeared that] some freshmen didn't understand how serious the Committee is.” She also voiced the opinion that it seemed abrupt to elect students to a position of such importance just based on a “two minute speech.” She suggested that the elections should have more administration or teacher influence on them in order to ensure that the candidates chosen are the best qualified and most motivated students possible. While I understand this view, I don’t agree. Elections are essential to helping Lakeside students become independent thinkers and
make their own choices. They also ensure that the Judicial Committee remains what it was meant to be: An institution made expressly for the student body, led by students themselves. To have administration members or teachers carry weight in the choosing of these representatives could, to quote Upper School Assistant Director Brian Smith, “give off the air of rigging” and “take away the student voice.” There’s a reason that the voice of the faculty members of the Committee carries less weight than the voice of the students: Judicial Committee cases are meant to be primarily peer to peer hearings. Having adults hold sway in picking members would defeat the purpose of having students be given appropriate consequences by their peers. It would both create the impression that the members of the Committee are just administration “puppets” and delegitimize Committee decisions. Student Government President Ben Johnson ’13 stated, “If people are giving up some of their rights, then they should have the right to vote.” Moreover, a critical advantage of democratic elections from Ancient Athens to Lakeside today is the idea that representatives must
be answerable to their constituents. Mr. Smith described a situation to me in which a three year veteran of the Committee was not elected for his senior year in favor of another student because his classmates felt that the other student would do a better job. According to Mr. Smith, such a change would not be able to occur in an administration chosen system simply because the student body “fluctuates more.” While the administration may be less fluid in its decision making process, the student body can elect new Judicial Committee members the next year if they feel that they aren't being represented well. That is my suggestion for freshmen concerned with the results of this year’s election. Give your peers a chance before being worried about the results. If you aren't happy, vote for someone else next year. Even better, approach your classmates in all elected positions and talk about what you would like to see from them. The greatest advantage of student leaders, be they Judicial Committee members or Student Government representatives, is accessibility. You share the halls of this school with the people you vote for. Take advantage of the fact.
Whether members of the Judicial Committee should be elected or appointed is a hot topic among Lakeside students.. Gilda Rastegar.
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Invasion of the Little Red Equals Signs JOSH FUJITA-YUHAS
Appearing across the Internet on Facebook and Twitter, the little red equals sign has made its debut. For those not yet aware of what this represents, it is the face of the Human Rights Committee’s social media campaign for awareness regarding the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act as well as Proposition 8 and their impact on LGBT rights.
The Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, is a federal law restricting marriage benefits for same-sex marriages and denies recognition to those marriages. Proposition 8 is an amendment to the state constitution of California adding a provision to the constitution stating that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” All this is the back-story to the HRC’s campaign for marriage equality. The group has had massive success in spreading their message and the attention on the Supreme Court ruling has reached unprecedented levels over the past few weeks. I fully support marriage equality. I think that it is a perfectly valid cause and obviously a rallying point for the LGBT rights movement in general. However, before switching a profile picture, you should consider a few things. Changing your profile picture to that innocuous symbol is a show of support for the HRC, whether you know what that means or not. Sure, you might support this cause, but you are also supporting the people who are running this campaign. And the truth is that the HRC has had a questionable past.
Recently many people have changed their profile pictures to this image to support marriage equality. Photo courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign.
Leadership and founding members of the HRC, like Steve Endean, Elizabeth Birch, and Dianne Hardy-Garcia, have had a history of exclusion of transgender rights. They have cut transgender rights from legislation, and sometimes, in the case of Ms. Birch, even actively opposed it. Transgender rights are no less important than the rights of any other human, and the practices of the HRC leadership cast a shadow over their organization and the relationship between the transgender community and the HRC. But it doesn't stop there. According to PolicyMic, the HRC has undermined minority groups within the LGBT community. At a recent rally, the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project was invited by the HRC to give a speech against DOMA. However, when Jerssay Arredondo, an undocumented queer person, went to give his speech, he was asked to change his speech or not speak by the HRC. His YouTube video
spoke out against the HRC and further underlines the unwillingness of the HRC to fully embrace all aspects of the LGBT community. At that same rally, people were asked not to wave their transgender-awareness flags. The right to marry whoever you want is one aspect of the fight for LGBT rights, but it isn't the end of the road. There will be more challenges, more barriers to overcome in this journey, and the success of a select minority should not come at the cost of another. Incremental progress for a segment of society is unacceptable when human rights are concerned. Divisions within the LGBT community are real and discrimination exists on a deeper level, just within the transgender community alone. Racism permeates the struggle, further dividing parts of the LGBT from the mainstream and from the halo of protection that is extended to a blessed few. Allowing these divisions to dominate the conversation and the policies sur-
rounding LGBT rights is a form of discrimination in and of itself. In addition to this, the focus on marriage as a right has itself been disproportionate to a lot of other equally important causes. GLOW leader Emily Ruppel ’14 commented on this unequal focus by saying, “My general perspective is that there is a little too much focus on marriage equality. Most people only see this part of the movement [and] perceive [the movement] as white, rich, and male. There should be more focus on homelessness and poverty[, especially in the transgender youth]. There are good reasons why marriage equality is the focus but there does need to be attention to other issues, [and] more diversity in mainstream representations.” We can talk all we want about how far we have come and how equal society is, but the discrimination is real and so is the message sent by the HRC. Supporting these marriage rights is fine, but jumping into the group mentality of displaying that red equals sign is an endorsement of the people upholding a system of discrimination and bias. Showing your support of this cause is a great thing, whether you are in this struggle personally or not, but in the long run, changing your profile picture is not going to do much for the people you are supporting. At best, it lets people know what you believe in and that you stand with the LGBT community. There are better ways to support LGBT rights, especially without supporting the HRC. A final note from Emily: “[Changing your picture] makes people feel good [about themselves] without creating real change. While it does make people who are LGBT feel better, it is a little meaningless. But it [also] turns supporting LGBT rights into a fad or a trend and I think people should work to show their support in other ways. A red equals sign is better than nothing but ultimately doesn't do much.” 7
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The Importance of Leading a Responsible, Ethical Life PIERRE SUIGNARD At Lakeside, we are equipped to bring as much as we can to global society. And in that aspect, we are taught well. But how well are we prepared for the ethical and moral dilemmas we may face as adults later on in our careers? A recent issue of Time presented a grim picture of healthcare in the United States. The article by Steven Brill, titled Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, described the horrific problem with healthcare providers in this country, and the predatory relation they have with consumers. It goes into detail about the price that Medicare or Medicaid pays for health services, compared to what hospitals charge people who do not have the benefit of being shielded by either of those government medical programs or private insurance. For example, the article begins with the case of Sean Recchi, who was billed $83,900 even before an initial treatment for his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of blood cancer). With Medicare, it would have cost him only a few hundred dollars. The article arrives to the argument that it is those who are least capable of paying for the health needs who must eventually pay the greatest price. The people making the decisions about the pricing of medical treatment may well have been Lakeside alumni. With the interest stu-
“ ” As people who may eventually hold these positions of power, it is essential that we recognize these injustices, and formulate our own ideas.
dents at Lakeside have in medicine, and the high level of achievement of many Lakeside alumni, it would not be a surprise to see some of our classmates leading these medical institutions. The Time article notes that some of the chief executives at some nonprofit hospitals are paid between $2-5 million a year. Would the decisions that Lakeside alums could make be any different from the decisions made by those in charge today? Classes like Infectious Diseases: Science and Cultural Context address these fundamental questions. The Lakeside Curriculum says the class “will use illness as a lens through which to critically examine social issues such as poverty, gender, and race.” At the same time, the service learning that we must do helps us realize the importance of leading responsible, ethical lives. Though this article is by no means an advertisement, it does come as a reassurance that at Lakeside, we are prepared to address these kinds of questions. As people who may eventually hold these positions of power, it is essential that we recognize these injustices, and formulate our own ideas. These essential questions of morality, justice, and compassion must be answered during our time here at Lakeside. And through our experience here, they very well may be.
Replacing Cups with Inconvenience KEVIN YANG Some weeks ago, the Lakeside Energy Team announced the removal of the coffee cups from the refectory in order to decrease Lakeside’s carbon footprint. By doing so, the school saved five hundred cups of coffee per week, many of which, although compostable, were wrongly thrown into the trash. But this is not to say that coffee is no longer available at the refectory, merely that students and faculty must now bring their own mugs to carry the drink around. It seems that the removal of the coffee cups would appear to be a quite positive change, directly in line with Lakeside’s goal of sustainability. But this change comes with great inconvenience for affected students, so much so that some coffee lovers have now abandoned the drink entirely. Said Sam Klebanoff ’13, formerly a frequent user of the refectory cups, “I tried bringing a 8
of students support the removal of the refectory coffee cups
44% do not
mug of my own for a while, but it just got kind of annoying that I had to carry it around with me after I finished my coffee, so now I just don’t really drink it anymore... Obviously it’s good that we reduced our carbon foot-
print… and I can get behind that cause, it’s just it’s kind of a huge pain.” Even Akshay Srivatsan ’13, who did not make use of the refectory’s cups, said, “from what I’ve heard of this, it’s pretty inconvenient…
it doesn’t seem like there’s that many people who are that enthusiastic about this change.” Furthermore, the removal of the cups makes little difference to Lakeside’s environmental impact. Compared to the enormous effect that Meatless Mondays had on the school’s carbon footprint, this change appears to be a pittance. There are far better ways to reduce this carbon footprint, for instance, as Sam suggested, by replacing the plastic silverware with metal utensils: this change would achieve a similar goal without all the inconvenience that removing the coffee cups entails. Perhaps it won’t be so bad after all, and the removal of the coffee cups will turn out much like Meatless Mondays: people will find it irritating at first, but later on actually support it. Or perhaps the removal of the coffee cups is just another excuse for the school to make us get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
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How many of these accessories, commonly sported by Lakeside faculty and staff, can you identify? Answers available on the Tatler website.
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Reality Check: “Real Talks” Are Just What Lakeside Needs FRANCIS WILSON When I sat in Kent-Evans auditorium the Activity Period before Spring Break, I didn’t know what to expect from the empty podium in front of me. Dozens of students and teachers packed the seats around me, equally curious about what they were going to see. We had all watched the well-crafted trailer for a new series of speeches by students called “Real Talks,” which promised to challenge the usual perceptions of Lakeside culture. I didn’t know exactly how this challenge would be presented, or if that would be a good thing. However, when my classmate Ericka Armstead ’13 took the stage and read an impassioned poem—that is, a spoken word piece—about her own personal struggles, I knew that the premiere of Real Talks would be a success even before the last line of her poem had been recited. Since I and the others in the auditorium are bound not to fully disclose the contents of the Real Talk, I can only be general in my synopsis. However, I will say that Ericka’s subsequent speech was one of the best stand-and-delivers I have ever heard from a peer in my almost eight years as a student here. Why? I’d like to think that it’s because it touched on topics that we as students are often afraid to broach. It’s undeniable Lakeside has a culture that pressures us to keep our personal and school lives completely separate. It’s frowned upon to wear our emotions openly here, or to reveal what troubles us. That’s not always possible, as much as we would like it to be. Sometimes the messiness of our personal lives spills over into our sterile academic careers, like when a family tragedy causes a student’s grades to slip. Sometimes the challenges of our private lives do the opposite, serving as the fuel that keeps us going. At Lakeside, we are expected to be supremely motivated, but no one ever asks us what drives us to achieve the things that we do. In her speech, Ericka talked about how events in her life that
she would usually never discuss at school served as the catalyst for her development as a poet and motivated her as a student. Speaking with my classmates later, I discovered that I was not alone in my ignorance of this side of Ericka. I had been going to school with her for four years, not knowing or appreciating the obstacles that she has had to overcome. Because of Lakeside’s culture of silence surrounding sometimes difficult issues, I had missed out on the context that makes Ericka who she is, only seeing the metaphorical tip of the iceberg. Lakeside rhetoric often praises the numerous walks of life represented at our school, but we are all too often asked to leave the emotional baggage that makes us who we are at the front door. As Ericka herself said in her talk, “The greatest diversity is in the things we hide, not in what we show here.” However, as much as Lakeside can seem like one big masquerade ball, where no one really knows the true faces of the people around them, events like the Real Talks series can do a lot to break through the barriers that we put up around each other. As Lawrence Wilmore, '13, one of the founding members of the program, stated, "In my opinion, Real Talks addresses one of the biggest challenges that Lakeside students face, which is the struggle to maintain a superficial image of perfection... Through Real Talks, students can learn to accept and embrace their uncertainties and failures, with the understanding that everyone experiences them in some way or another." Safe events like the Senior Circle and Real Talks, where emotional catharsis is encouraged, are good for both those who choose to open themselves up, and for their peers who listen and understand that they aren't alone. While speaking with such candor is definitely not for everyone (myself included), I believe everyone can benefit from listening. Real Talks has the potential to change students’ perceptions about their peers for the better, and I look forward to more talks to come in the future.
Lakeside has a culture that pressures us to keep our personal and school lives completely separate. It’s frowned upon to wear our emotions openly here, or to reveal what troubles us.
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Academic Teams Rising ELDA MENGISTO This year, a long list of Lakeside teams, including swimming, boys basketball, and chess, experienced unprecedented success. Now, Lakesiders can add two more teams to their list of champions. Science Olympiad brought home gold from regionals and Knowledge Bowl’s A-Team took silver. These scores qualified both the Science Olympiad and Knowledge Bowl teams for state tournaments, held in Vancouver and Arlington respectively. Science Olympiad member Indi Rinearson '14 said, "I think that [the victory in the regional tournament] is especially [important].Winning Regionals really boosted team
morale for our next competition." She admitted she was surprised by the results, because, "Lakeside usually comes in third, fourth, or fifth during Science Olympiad Regionals. After third place was announced and it wasn't us, I was really worried: We're not even going to make it to State this year. This is so embarrassing! I don't think any of us were really expecting to place first." The team went on to place eighth at State, with many members earning individual awards. The Knowledge’s Bowl team’s success also came as a surprise. Devin Parry, the faculty advisor for Knowledge Bowl, commented, "Second place in Regionals has been the highest we finished in
the past three or four years I could remember." At the state tournament in Arlington, Lakeside again placed second—the highest finish since 2005. During the competition, Lakeside took on many strong teams, including its arch-rival, Charles Wright Academy, which placed first in the competition. Dr. Parry explained, "[Charles Wright Academy] has a lot of people on their team and they practice more regularly than we do. They take it very seriously." Lakeside held its ground against fierce competitors such as Charles Wright Academy in part because its teams are well balanced. Nicholas Larus-Stone '13, Knowledge
Bowl leader and Science Olympiad captain, explained that no single member carried either team to victory, stating, “Every success is a team effort.” Nicholas added that the competition “was a great way to validate all their hard work with first and second place finishes." The Knowledge Bowl Team also placed first at the State National Academic Quiz Tournament, a different competition. With a fall and winter of impressive victories under their belt, Lakeside teams are having a solid spring season, with academic clubs Knowledge Bowl and Science Olympiad leading the charge.
Adventures in Blending MADEE EHRENBERG Last Thursday, I decided to make a breakfast smoothie before heading to school. I broke out our aged blender and an assortment of frozen fruit and set to work. As my dad emerged from upstairs, I pressed start and immediately started cringing. Dad asked if I could hear the motor’s burning; I nodded and asked if he could smell it as well. He started joking about acquiring a new blender, and I shrugged as I spent the next ten minutes trying to blend a few strawberries. As I walked into the kitchen that night, however, all of my appliance dreams were realized—a shining new blender was perched on the counter. I’ve recorded my first adventure with it here. I wanted to stick to my smoothies, but concoct something different—not some razzmawhatever Jamba Juice is selling these days. I remembered a recipe I had seen on the internet a while ago and decided to run with it. I grabbed a banana and an avocado (both delightfully overripe), as well as some plain Greek yogurt and agave nectar. I threw them all into the blender in that order and, after about three minutes, found the “smoothie” button. I held my breath as I pressed “blend” and—nothing. “Are we JOKING?” I asked no one in particular while trying to isolate the issue. Eventually, I found the main “on/ off” switch in the “off” position. With everything resolved, I was able to complete my blending. I ended up with a sort of puree; an ice cube or two probably wouldn’t hurt, but this way worked fine. The flavor profile had an intriguing balance. The agave (I used about a tablespoon) provided just the right amount of sweetness and eliminated any possibility of an unfavorable aftertaste. I flipped through the recipe booklet that came with the blender and almost choked when I came to the peanut butter page. Since we were not already equipped with four cups of peanuts (in hindsight, I could have used any amount since that is the only ingredient), I rushed to the store and purchased some. Once the grinding was over, I started ingesting my peanut butter in the only reasonable manner: quickly and with a spoon. It was warm and heavenly and I think I lost consciousness a few times. As spring approaches and longings for refreshing snacks intensify, I suggest cracking out the blender. Though typically loud and heavy, it’s a versatile appliance that in just minutes can produce a cool, healthy beverage. Or a sticky condiment. Your call.
An experimental weekend with our family’s new blender. Photos courtesy of Madee Ehrenberg.
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Quest: Learning through Experience Tatler Editor Julia Laurence '13 recently went on Lakeside's "Quest" outdoor trip. She reflects on her experience and the lessons that Quest has for all of us.
Quest is the broken fingernails from white buckets and lots of frustrated curses; it’s the poorly tuned guitars, twinkling stars, and tamarisk scars; the bivy sack dew and the orange and blue.
JULIA LAURENCE “Don’t fence me in,” sang Chip. As Mr. Mehring’s call of morning rang through the canyon, ten dozing Questers grudgingly pried open their frozen eyelids to the blue sky. Tenderly unzipping their bivouac sacks with cracked hands, we arose dazedly to look around. Observing each other’s sunburned faces, streaked with trails of drool and framed by Rastafarian tresses tangled in wool hat strings, we could silently agree that this was the start to yet another day filled with experiences only they would share. Perhaps the best part of Quest, a senior English elective, is its focus on education through experience. The first part of the class follows a traditional format, including discussions and writing assignments based on literature. Yet the second phase differs from most classes. After students study nature-themed texts by respected authors such as Annie Dillard and Edward Abbey, they embark on an 18-day, roughly 100-mile canoe trip down the Green and Colorado rivers in southern Utah. Such a trip illustrates how strong relationships can form through shared experience. Quest, though, is often indescribable to those who have not participated, because such shared memories bond the students in a way a classroom cannot. As Henry Stolz ’13 said, “I don’t know if I can name a single best moment because there are so many. … Maybe noticing the Milky Way, which is something I had never seen and was quite powerful … or watching Peter Schwartz ['13] trying to swim in the suck mud … or hearing Chip’s stories.” Jo Canino ’13 added, “How can I choose a favorite moment? … It’s impossible.” Quest is the broken fingernails from white buckets and lots of frustrated curses; it’s the poorly tuned guitars, twinkling stars, and tamarisk scars; the bivy sack dew and the orange and blue. It is a place where time is determined by the sun; where students learn to transition from independent, technology-based interactions through social media to dependent, face-to-face interactions through a tight-
knit community of twelve. Learning through personal interaction is not an experience unique to Quest. Common experience establishes shared understanding, the emotion that can tie siblings together or bond members of a team. Yet these relations grow stronger if such shared experiences are trials of physical or emotional fortitude. When we are tested and forced to a point when we need each other most, we have a greater potential to connect and trust one another. However, my time on Quest showed me that the proximity of nature and the challenges posed by living in the wilderness are extremely powerful catalysts for such situations. Quest uses the outdoors to create an open field for shared experience. Students must work together to paddle through threatening waves or set up teepees in sandblasting winds. Challenging events place stress on relationships but can strengthen them in the end. “I have been doing some thinking about what makes the experience of Quest so special," Lavran Johnson ’13 said. "The conclusion that I've come to … has to do with the lack of boundaries. When we're at home, at school, at work, in our cars … we're constantly crossing and being defined by boundaries. Our social lives are similarly defined.” “On Quest, being out in nature, in a world that really doesn't have true boundaries … in a group that is so comfortable, we really don't need to worry … about compartmentalizing in the same way; instead, we just focus on being in the openness around us. … We go from an unconscious awareness of [boundaries’] omnipresence to almost forgetting that they exist in the space of a few weeks.” All too soon, those few weeks vanish, and the boundaries return with a vengeance. The Questers dive back into a river of mayhem where we are once again obligated to compromise with the technological world. We are blockaded by dams of social obligation, flooded with emails, and inundated with texts that demand responses. We must then decide where to fit in within our artificial world. There is no book that instructs us on how to do so. At 6:00 a.m. the iPhone alarm blasts marimba. Supine in bed, I open my eyes to the white ceiling. Tucked in by the sterile sheets, I look up at the world and curse, Don’t fence me in.
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Mary Kuper ‘14 and Sam Kuper ‘16 on the first day of Sam’s life. Photo courtesy of Mary Kuper.
The Kid at My School Who’s Also Related to Me MARY KUPER When my brother was born in 1998, I kind of had a problem with it. I’d like to say that I was born to be an only child: I loved having my own room, I liked having all my toys to myself, and I needed all the attention. So fifteen years ago, when my mom was rushed to the hospital to experience the magic that was birthing yet another baby, I was mad. I knew what was happening—another little person was coming to steal my spotlight—and I hated it. I was let into my mom’s hospital room shortly after my brother was born to meet him. I’m told that as soon as I saw this tiny creature with soft blonde hair and a big baby head I actually tried to escape the hospital. My little stocky legs tried to carry me down the hall and as far away from the intruder as they could— but alas, despite my fierce determination, I was captured. When I was returned to my mom’s hospital bed to reconcile with my new sibling, I saw the chocolate milkshake my mom was sipping—her reward for bringing new life into the world—and I allegedly threw a fit because I wanted a milkshake, too. A few minutes later, I was sipping on a milkshake of my own, more focused on it than my new baby brother. Needless to say, my relationship with Sam did not have an ideal beginning. In the years that followed, my parents couldn’t leave us in the same room together because I would actually try to hurt him by way of pinching his
unusually plump and doughy arms. The more independent he became, the more strain was put on our relationship; he would start creating clever comebacks to certain things I would say, so naturally I thought it was a great idea pour water on his pillow so he would get a surprise when he went to sleep that night. (My mom has mentioned that I’ve caused some kind of psychological damage to her son, but I’m still convinced that my childish antics have only made him stronger). For years, Sam and I seemed to be no more than bad roommates who left toothpaste in the sink, stole each other’s food, and fought constantly. Then, he started school at Lakeside. The first thing I underestimated was how quickly he’d assimilate into the school—that is, much more quickly than I did. I’ll be the first to concede that my brother has more friends than I did my freshman year, hands down (something of which he never ceases to remind me). He also participates in more sports, which means a third of the time the car reeks of football, basketball, or baseball gear. I’ve learned, though, that moments in the car which occasionally smell like dirty cleats and sweaty jerseys are precious. My brother and I have had a few heart-to-hearts while at stoplights on Aurora, never mind the fact that they last less than sixty seconds. Since Lakesiders are kept busy roughly 98% of the time, every free moment is meant to be appreciated—and
if you can do that while making friends with your brother to a carefully chosen mix CD of Jesse McCartney and Skrillex, so be it. I thought that after freshman year, the “making friends” part of high school was over. For everyone who has a sibling or a cousin or a distantly-related family member at Lakeside, and even for those that don’t, I would just like to say that I don’t think this part of high school ever stops. The message, therefore, is this: Going to school with anyone means you have at least a couple things in common—waking up early, getting through the school day, doing homework, trying to get to bed at a decent hour, and doing it all over again. The shared academic experience of attending the same school with a sibling is a social experience in and of itself; you take your work home with you and vice versa. Because of this, my brother and I can actually be friends as well as look kind of similar and live in the same house. Now, if we do get into arguments, it’s the simple stuff that most Lakesiders can relate to: cases of stolen graphing calculators, broken headphones, and the classic “did you take my favorite mechanical pencil?!” These arguments are easily solved and rarely have a water-on-Sam's-pillow conclusion. And, despite how much I love food, I’ll take car sing-a-longs with my brother over a chocolate milkshake any day. 13
The People Choose: Kickstarter and Entertainment SOFIA MARTINS On March 13, less than twelve hours after the official announcement for the proposed Veronica Mars movie, its Kickstarter campaign reached its two million dollar goal. No doubt motivated in part by great prizes, thousands of fans banded together to pledge any amount from ten to ten thousand dollars to help create a full-length film out of the beloved cult TV show. This kind of fundraising strategy has been branded as “crowdsourcing,” and the rapid success of the Veronica Mars film project has led to talk of such funding being the new way to ensure that the consumers get exactly what they want. If you don’t know what Veronica Mars is, you most certainly are not alone. Veronica Mars was a TV show that ran for three years on the now defunct UPN channel and CW network. Set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, the program followed a bright and daring teenage sleuth named Veronica Mars, played by Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall ), through high school and college. Each season featured an extended mystery arc while every episode had its own mini mystery. During its entire run, Veronica Mars never even came close to ranking as one of the top 100 TV shows on air. However, the show consistently wowed critics with razor sharp dialogue and plot lines, and it developed a devoted, relentless following. After its cancellation in 2007, fans of the show were heartbroken and began a never ending call for a resurrection on the silver screens. For years the film adapta-
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These are focus groups in the purest form; now studios won’t have to poll people to try to figure out what they want.
tion hung in limbo, with reports leaking that studios green-lighted the project only for official statements to prove these rumors false time and again. Finally, Warner
Bros. Digital agreed that they would finance the project, as long as they were guaranteed a return on their investment. The series creator and stars banded together
and launched a Kickstarter project; if they raised $2 million in one month, they would get the studio backing. Kickstarter allows anyone to raise funds for passion projects by allowing direct pledges from interested parties. The Veronica Mars Kickstarter shattered all previous records, becoming the fastest project to reach 1 million and 2 million dollars, raising over 5 million dollars overall. The immense success of this relatively small TV show’s “pledge drive” has led to an onslaught of new project ideas. In the next few years we could see the rise of major films partially funded by fans. These are focus groups in the purest form; now studios won’t have to poll people to try to figure out what they want. Instead, the people will make their voices heard through early investments in projects they care about. Already voices in the entertainment industry are expressing interest in crowdsourced projects. Zachary Levy, the star of another cult favorite TV show Chuck, has stated his wish to use Kickstarter to create a film from his program. These films actually already proved themselves a viable system when this year Innocente, a Kickstarter funded documentary, won the Oscar for Best Documentary 0r Short Subject. Additionally, crowdsourced projects can easily extend to other aspects of showbiz. Singer Amanda Palmer released a crowdsourced album that reached No.10 on the Billboard charts. Don’t be surprised if in the near future you see crowdsourced TV shows, albums, movies and even restaurants and clothing lines; if you check Kickstarter now, you’ll see all these projects are already there, waiting to raise the next million.
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All School Play “Peer Gynt” to Premiere May 16 ELDA MENGISTO Let me tell you a story about the lazy son of a disgraced farmer, who whittles away his time in fantastic dreams and loses his chances with a local heiress. He suddenly decides that the best decision to make is to crash the wedding of said heiress. Once at the wedding, Peer is scorned by all of the guests, becomes intoxicated, and in a spur of bad decisions, kidnaps the bride to embark on a sweeping journey from the mountains of Norway to the deserts of the Sahara, along the way blending reality with myth, the concrete with the surreal. Welcome to the world of Peer Gynt. Peer Gynt, based on loosely on an old Scandinavian fairytale, is a play written by acclaimed dramatist Henrik Ibsen (A Doll’s House, for all of those who remember sophomore English), and is the most widely performed Norwegian play. This year, Lakeside brings the magic of Peer Gynt to life in an all-school production, directed by Drama teacher Alban Dennis
with assistant directors, Isabella Gutierrez ‘13, Julia Schlaepfer ‘13, Ben Johnson ‘13, and Sneha Deo ‘13. The stars cast in Peer Gynt are Peter Schwartz ‘13 as a young Peer during Acts 1-3, Ross Bretherton ‘14 during Act 4, and Alec Glassford ‘13 as an older Peer Gynt in Act 5. Multiple actors are needed for the role since, according to Mr. Dennis, “directing a show like this is a challenge because it follows a character from age 20 to old age. It is also a challenge for a single actor to play Peer Gynt, so I cast three different actors to play the character at different ages.” Other pivotal characters include Aase (don’t worry—we don’t know how to pronounce it either), Peer’s mother, portrayed by Sophia Wood ‘13; Solveig, portrayed by Julia Christensen ‘14; the Troll King played by Justin Xu ‘13; and the many other characters Peer encounters as he goes on his adventures. “The vibe at rehearsals is super chill and relaxed,” Julia said. “We all play around and try new
Actors rehearse for the all-school play, Peer Gynt.Photo courtesy of Elda Mengisto.
...a sweeping journey from the mountains of Norway to the deserts of the Sahara, along the way blending reality with myth, the concrete with the surreal.
things with each rehearsal which is quite lovely.” Peter described Peer Gynt as “a classic example of what a lot of people do. He’s got this mask he wears all the time, where he tells outrageous stories: None of them are about himself, none of them are true, but he likes to tell them to make himself feel
through Peer Gynt’s struggle to be who he is, and not live in this fantasy world he creates.” Peer Gynt premieres on Thursday, May 16 in St. Nicks Theater, and shows again on May 17, both nights at 7 p.m. Based on the rehearsals I’ve seen, the life story of Peer is definitely worth watching!
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Lil Wayne: Role model? Photo courtesy of Penn State News.
RANA BANSAL In the opening line of his newest hit, “Love Me,” rapper Lil Wayne exploits what is now known in the rapping world as the Big Three: drugs, alcohol, and the mistreatment of women. Dwayne Carter (Lil Wayne), like many of his colleagues, repeatedly chooses to address touchy subjects—often in negative ways—but his songs continue to make their way to the top of the charts. We live in a society where it is considered improper to mention topics like drugs, violence, and sex openly in public. We are told from a young age to refrain from using foul language, but many of us still listen to explicit music on a regular basis, even though we do not advocate for the actions which rappers frequently reference in their works. These days, I often find it strange to listen to a “clean
better about the bad luck his family has had.” Mr. Dennis, on the other hand, describes Peer as “a liar, a womanizer, a bully, an antihero, but one who eventually recognizes his flaws.” Ultimately, as Peter says, “A lot of the play is about being true to yourself, and that whole narrative is told
song.” The questions still remain: Why do we listen to the lyrics of these rappers? What effect does listening to this music have on us? The answer to the first is quite simple: We like the tunes and we find the songs interesting, regardless of what they describe. I, for one, do not focus on each word rappers like Lil Wayne or Drake throw out at me. I never really think about the themes which these men convey; for me, the lyrics simply serve to accompany the beat. This leads to the answer of the second question: The music doesn’t really change us, unless, of course, we choose to change ourselves based upon it. So long as one centers his or her objective on enjoying music, nothing changes as he or she enjoys the works of these artists who march to the beat of a different drum.
ELEANOR RUNDE After more than a year off the air, Lakeside’s premiere student internet radio station, Seattle Internet Student Radio (SISR) is back at sisradio.com. I sat down with Lewis Page ‘14 to get the inside scoop on the rise and fall of the SISR empire. According to Lewis, technical difficulties were the main obstacles to SISR’s existence last year. “Preston [Ossman ‘11] and Ben Blumstein [‘11] and Riley Corr [‘11] … left and they didn’t tell anyone how it worked.” Struggling to keep SISR alive, Lewis, alongside Kwame Salmi-Aldubofour ‘14 and Jordan Palmer ‘12, tried to understand the maze of copyright issues and streaming services, but ultimately could not untangle the technological mess. “This year,” Lewis says, “Ross Bretherton [‘14] did a lot of work on it and found a new streaming service.” To start off their new season with a bang, the team has decided to have all its shows air only on Mondays. The line-up is fierce: There are currently six shows running on Mondays from 2nd to 7th period, including a collaboration by Lewis and Max Chen ’13 that structures new music around a weekly theme; a recent one was “Guilty Pleasures.” A potential addition to the roster is Peter Schwartz ’13, who is considering hosting a show of faculty interviews with rock ‘n’ roll thrown into the mix. According to Lewis, because of this year’s late start, it will be a “kinda low-key” season, but Lewis says “it’s nice to know that it has the potential to get going.” He expects that next year, the station will be “completely revitalized” and will “grow as a program throughout the year,” now that the technology has been worked out. Their hard-won knowledge will then be handed down to underclassmen so that the SISR legacy never fades again.
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Leona Brookover TO: firstname.lastname@example.org FROM: email@example.com To my most Amazingly Awesome Sister: I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, but trust me, there’s a good reason behind it. Remember how just a month or two ago, you advised me to take a look at the Arts and Entertainments section of the Tatler, because apparently it’s “really underappreciated and doesn’t get a whole lot of traffic”? Well, I did, and guess what? Those *quote-unquote* “journalists” have been using my personal diary entries and emails as part of the paper! I don’t know how or why they did it, but I do know that it was probably the most humiliating thing that’s ever happened to me in all of my fifteen years. Luckily, I managed to convince them to stop their plagiarism, or whatever it was… but as you can see, I’ve been kind of scared to write to you (or to anyone, frankly) since. Anyway, enough of that. We know for sure that this message won’t be published, and that’s all that really matters, right? Aside from the Tatler scandal, there are plenty of other things I ought to tell you about. Our latest P.E. unit, for instance. Having meandered our way through a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, our class has now begun, of all things, track. I had assumed we’d be done with running after those two months of cross-country in November, but oh well... at least it hasn’t been too wet as of yet. Now, if only we could have sunny weather every sixth period ex-
cept maybe on Thursdays for the next two years… or however long ten basketball courts take to be built, that would be nice. Hopefully we’ll have sunshine on May Day, too. I can’t even imagine what would happen if Seattle
weather continues to be, well, typical Seattle weather. Where will we have our celebration if it rains? In fact, even if it’s dry, the current occupation of the Quad by our beloved and highly attractive portables poses a threat to the inflatables. What are we going to do?? Do you know what the plan is for occasions like these? Sorry about the flood of questions. Not having written in so long just makes me want to ask you everything about anything, I guess. The stress that’s coming with the near-end of the school year probably doesn’t help, either. Projects, quizzes, and tests galore have pretty much swallowed up my free time—in fact, I’ve probably wasted a good deal of it just typing out this email, time that I could have spent studying for Bio... I kid, I kid. (But actually, I could have reviewed so many organelles….) Okay, that’s all for now! Mom’s just about to tell me to go to bed, and I’d better listen this time. Hope you’re having a blast at DePauw, and seeing as your earlier recommendations about which newspaper sections to read were so helpful, please give me some advice about how to handle schoolwork and seeing the seniors’ smug flaunting of senioritis all around campus! Now would be an excellent time to share some of that elder-sister wisdom with me—you know, the kind I usually ask you to keep to yourself. Much, much love, Leona
The New Face of YouTube SOFIA MARTINS Viral videos are everywhere. They clog our inbox, push songs like “Harlem Shake” to the top of the Billboard charts, inspire TV commercials, and make us laugh at meaningless stuff. Where do all these viral videos come from? The great vault of the Internet that is YouTube. But YouTube is changing. It’s no longer just the dumping ground for cute cats, dentist drugged kids, and wannabe ninjas. The popular videos of now are no longer random memes; often, they are the works of a paid individual, maybe with a script, and possibly even his or her own production company. YouTube is morphing into the online TV hub of tomorrow, one filled with high-quality original content. The shift from grainy cameras to studios has been subtle. The site began an active transition to original content in 2011 with the launching of the YouTube Original Channel Initiative, in which it partnered with stars like Amy Poehler and media groups like World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in a multi-million dollar project to create 100 new channels. This campaign was followed by a massive investment in marketing for all of this new content, similar to how a cable network might market TV pilots. Additionally, YouTube has completed a recent redesign of its site which aims at getting users to subscribe to channels. YouTube’s head of entertainment partnerships has said, “When people subscribe, they’ll watch twice as much.” Since YouTube generates money through ads during videos, it means twice as much cash. To ensure a constant stream of online traffic, YouTube has taken to paying its top channels to continue to produce content. Although exact fig16
Photo courtesy of YouTube
ures are not available, it is rumored that top YouTube stars, like Jenna Marbles, earn six figure salaries. As the potential for success has grown, so has competition. This has led to perhaps the most drastic change in the platform; now, many top YouTube channels, such as Smosh, have entire production companies aiding them in creating quality pieces. Additionally, YouTube has opened a production space in Los Angeles this year which allows deserving YouTube partners access to professional equipment. Once-home-produced, camera-caught, organic videos have turned into massive professional undertakings; it’s now quite common for many of the popular channels to follow a strict production schedule. Gone are the days of one hit wonders— now is the time for consistency in the form of a new video each week. Perhaps the most striking thing about this ex-
pert makeover is that it was almost imperceptible. The content of big YouTube stars still looks, for the most part, like something you, a friend, and a camera might be able make. This is done deliberately. Barry Blumberg, a former Disney exec and now the Executive Vice President of Alloy Digital (which owns the Smosh empire) said, “What [YouTube stars] tend to do is [create content] that is just out of reach of what the audience thinks they might be able to do on their own.” According to Mr. Blumberg, this creates a feeling of hope. You watch Ray William Johnson and think that it could be you directing and starring. And so the myth of YouTube as a promised land where anyone can make it continues. However, if you were to try and become an online superstar tomorrow, you would find it much harder than it was two or three years ago. Like everywhere else, now you need deep pockets.
Boys Varsity Soccer squad. Photo courtesy of Chris Hein.
Nationally Ranked and Hungry for State JOSH FUJITA-YUHAS You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve seen their flashy spirits. And if you were at the tailgate on April 19th, you know that the Lakeside Boys Varsity Soccer Team is a force to be reckoned with. There are plenty of statistics to support this fact. Lakeside is ranked 3rd in the 3A class in Washington, and as of April 23rd, 4th in the region and 18th nationally out of 3A and 4A teams. Goalies Chris Gellein ’13 and Wallis Lapsley ’15 have 3 and 6 shutouts respectively. Forwards Seyi Adekoya ’14 and Charlie Devine ’13 along with midfielder Gaby Joseph ’14 have 33 goals combined. Overall, the team has scored 44 goals and conceded only 7. As of late April, they have 11 wins, 2 losses, and 0 ties. But the success that the team has encountered this year was not exactly expected. Going into the season, the team had lost 6 seniors, 5 of them starters. Head Coach Mark Szabo said, “I was wondering what the situation was going to be, since I didn't know how the new players coming up and how players playing different positions [would play. I didn’t know] who would step up to different roles. I'm not surprised; I am happy it has worked out how it has. It's a very good team.”
As to what has contributed to this success, Coach Szabo spoke about how the team has come out with a lot of focus and a determination to do better than last year. Previously, the Lions won Metros and were eliminated in the first round of the State Tournament. Coach Szabo said that “they’ve got a little something to prove” this year. There is no doubt that the Lions are proving something this year and Coach Szabo said that he “hasn’t seen the program in a better place in the time [he has] been here.” In addition to the talent on the team, a major strength that Captains Gaby Joseph and Charlie Devine noted was the team dynamic this year. They described it as “unique” and pointed to it as one of the biggest parts of the team’s success. That cohesion along with the motivation to succeed and play well together is one of their greatest strengths. As the team moves towards the end of their regular season games, the momentum builds. As this fantastic season starts to come to a close, this is one Lakeside team that everyone will be watching.
TATLER | Sports
Lakeside's Injury Fighter
ISAAC KLEISLE-MURPHY Last month the country watched in horror as Louisville Cardinals Guard Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome and devastating compound fracture in his lower leg after attempting to block a shot against Duke. Ware’s trauma highlighted an unavoidable truth about sports of all levels – injuries will always be a nasty byproduct of athletic competition. Should you snap your leg in half participating in a Lakeside sporting event this spring, there is no better resource than Lakeside’s own athletic trainer Tamra Patton on hand to fix you up. The Tatler sat down with Ms. Patton to discuss her experiences in sports medicine at Lakeside. Ms. Patton says she first took interest in sports medicine early on in college. “I have always loved medicine, and I have always loved sports," she explained, “and when I got to undergrad and found you could do them both, I knew right then and there.” After stops at different colleges, Ms. Patton took her new-found passion to Lakeside in 1989. Since then she has witnessed everything, treating injuries ranging from twisted ankles to heart attacks. Among those, she can recall some pretty bizarre but serious instances, including a shooter on campus and a goalkeeper who concussed himself diving into the goalpost. “We once had a guy playing on the field with a pocket knife in his pocket,” said Ms. Patton as she described her most odd memory. “When he went for the ball, the pocket knife opened and went into his thigh. We had to figure out a way to get the knife out of his leg while it was in his pocket with his pants on.” While Ms. Patton has seen her fair share of freak injuries, she also sees a substantially lower number of injuries compared to other Metro schools and schools nationwide. In comparing statistics, Lakeside saw far fewer injuries classified as “traumatic” or “season ending”, recording one third fewer ACL injuries as the school with the second fewest. In explaining why, Patton points not only to the Lakeside Strength Program but also to the philosophy of the sports medicine department. “We focus hugely on prevention, rather than reacting to something that happened," she said. "That’s what keeps us lower. We’re looking for injuries before they happen and giving kids stuff to do to fix them before they happen.”
In comparing statistics, Lakeside saw far fewer injuries classified as “traumatic” or “season ending”, recording one third fewer ACL injuries as the school with the second fewest.
Whether it’s a sprained ankle or just a scratch, Tamra’s got your back. Gavin Blake.
TATLER | Sports
The 2012-2013 Fieldhouse Frenzy crew: Kyle Lee ’13, Matthew Poplawski ’13, John Crutcher ’13, and Aditya Bodas ’13. Gilda Rastegar.
Fieldhouse Frenzy is going digital this month! Check out interviews with Adi Bodas '13, John Crutcher '13, Kyle Lee '13, and Matthew Poplawksi '13 on the Tatler website in the near future: http://pogo.lakesideschool.org/tatler/.
College Email Highlights
Hi Shawn, I hope you have been well and that early April finds you excelling both on the water and in the classroom. It has been a very busy few weeks for Hamilton College Crew. On March 16th we left for Tampa, FL for twelve days of training. While in Tampa we made the trip up to Deland, FL and raced Division I Stetson and NESCAC Rival Tufts. It was a great day of racing as the… …Regards, Shawn (Editor’s Note: This email was sent to Ellen Taylor ’13. Shawn is the name of the recruiting officer who sent the email.)
Everyone who has participated in the college process has experienced that dreadful feeling at least once: the worry that you filled out your name wrong on your application, or made a silly grammatical mistake on your essay. Now that the process is over for this year, the pressure is now on colleges to woo us with a barrage of emails and phone calls from alumni. It’s their turn to make mistakes and write cringe-worthy essays, and as the emails below show, they have done just that this spring.
While you did "technically" miss the official deadline to submit your Select Candidate Application to Hofstra University, REDACTED, we go to great lengths to accommodate the students that we invite to apply for fall 2013 enrollment -- and that includes you.
Dear Sam, because I'm so interested in seeing your application, you are receiving a special extension on your Gold Candidate Application to Carroll College! You now have until April 15 to apply. (Editor’s Note: Carroll College’s standard deadline is February 15).
You have the qualities of a saint. Smart kids go to MIT and CalTech… but really smart kids go to New Mexico Tech.
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Dear $fName, Do you think Dinosaurs are cool? I'm sure you do, and we here at Bennington think they are cool too! Cooler than applying to college, that's for sure! We get it, applying to college just isn't cool. But at Bennington we have cutting edge Dinosaur biology classes to show you the cool way to learn! Your interest in science matches this program perfectly! Want to learn more? Apply to Bennington! As if that's not cool enough we will waive your application fee! I look forward to hearing from you soon, $fName.