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An Exclusive Correspondence with Governor Romney In mid-September, letters were sent to Governor Romney and President Obama in the hope that we would be able to publish their responses side by side. However, only Mr. Romney replied before we went to print, so we are publishing his side of the argument in this month’s edition. We hope to publish Mr. Obama’s answers online soon. PIERRE SUIGNARD and NICOLO GELB Q. How do you plan to improve our education? How will you address problems such as the overwhelming debt that college students face, or our K-12 system that is lagging behind that of many other countries? A. The future of our country depends on the quality of education available to our children. I believe that every
American child should have access to a great education. As Governor of Massachusetts, I consistently championed the needs of students. During my third year as governor, Massachusetts’ fourth and eighth grade students led the nation in both reading and math scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress exams. No other state had achieved this accomplishment, and Massachusetts’
success was a testament to the positive results that accountability and high expectations for all students, teachers and administrators can produce. Rewarding success is equally important, and this is why I created the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides a four-year tuitionfree scholarship to any state institution of higher learning for students who graduated in the top 25% at their respec-
Senior Lakesiders at the Voting Booth Citizens
[Youth] have a 40% “voting rate, and yet a
15% congressional approval rate. When we aren't engaged as a nation in voting and then advocating for our ideas, it's no surprise.
- Houston Warren ’13
tive schools. In 2006, more than 16,000 scholarships were offered to Massachusetts students. I believe in America, and our students can achieve great things when prepared and challenged. Education is a key issue facing our country and a central part of securing our economic success. I have a bold plan to get our K-12 system back on track by increasing school choice for families to provide a chance for every child. This plan also focuses on recruiting and retaining the best teachers and continuing to emphasize high standards and responsibility for results. In addition, I will work to keep America’s higher education
JENNIE GLERUM Many of our seniors will be voting for the first time this November. It is a special rite of passage to register to vote, go to the voting center, and place one’s ballot in the box. This year is also special because our seniors will get to vote in the highly contested presidential election between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Many seniors who will be eligible to vote are taking advantage of this opportunity; according to the October Tatler poll, 93% of seniors who will be eligible in November plan to vote. However, age isn’t a barrier for political involvement; many of Lakeside’s underclassmen also reported an interest in following and contributing to the political events as they unfold this fall. Washington is almost always a blue state, with an especially Democratic hub in Seattle. In addition, Obama has tended to attract the youth vote (he received 66% of votes from voters under 30 in the 2008 presidential election). Both of these factors contribute to an overwhelming response from students favoring the Democratic Party in the Tatler poll. Lakeside lines up with the national results from 2008, with 67% of our students expressing support for the Obama campaign. The Tatler interviewed seniors who have been involved in the political process, both at Lakeside and in the greater Seattle community, about their plans for the November 2012 election and their
system strong by addressing the rising cost of college and growing student debt. To accomplish these goals, my plan highlights the need to strengthen and simplify our financial aid system and replace burdensome regulation with innovation and competition. As president, I will put families and students’ interests first and work to ensure that the American dream of a great education and economic success is not lost. My track record as Governor of Massachusetts demonstrates my commitment to America’s students. I know the power of education and the opportunities that
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advice to underclassmen. All of them emphasized the importance of contribution and representation in a democracy. Ellen Taylor ’13 stated that it is important for youth to have that experience because “we are the future leaders, and if older generations decide [our leaders] for us then we’ll be stuck cleaning up their decisions instead of improving upon ours.” Houston Warren ’13 echoed the same point. “[Youth] have a 40% voting rate, and yet a 15% congressional approval rate,” he said. “When we aren't engaged as a nation in voting and then advocating for our ideas, it's no surprise [that it’s so low].” Student Government Vice President Ben Drachman ‘13 worked with Washington gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee’s campaign this summer, experiencing firsthand what underage students can do on the political scene. He got to see what goes on behind the scenes, and learned about how our state’s government really works. Ben expressed an interest in sharing what he’s learned with the Lakeside community. This fall, take a stand and make your voice heard. If you are over 18, then you can directly support the beliefs and candidates of your choice by voting. If you are under 18, you can still be involved and engaged this fall by working for a campaign, following the local and national news, and participating in political discussions with friends and family.
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Reforming Public Schools in the U.S.
SOFIA MARTINS The Chicago teacher strike and the presidential campaign have once again directed the nation’s mind to education. Over the past few years, the American Education system has gotten a bad report card. According to the latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment, the U.S. ranks 32nd in math, 23rd in science and 17th in reading. The Council on Foreign Relations put it bluntly: “The United States’ failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country’s ability to thrive in a global economy…[the country] will not be able to keep pace- much less lead- globally unless it moves to fix the problems it has allowed to fester for too long”. Although parties involved in education reform don’t agree on much of anything, they do agree that education merits hours of political redirect, strikes, and stalemates. The weight placed on education makes sense, after all children are the future. Much of the current debate about how to improve education centers on its perceived pumping heart – teachers. Teacher evaluation and teacher pay are key to improving schools. If teachers are better evaluated, then poor ones can improve and the skilled ones can be compensated for their work. Genevieve Knaus, a Lakeside math teacher who taught at thriving and failing public schools in Chicago and Bellevue, believes administrators in public schools should be more present in the classroom during the evaluation process, offering teachers constructive feedback in a collaborative environment. However, many of the assessments currently taking place tie teacher evaluation to student test scores. Ms. Knaus suggests this may be too narrow a lens to accurately assess teachers. She explains, “How can what I’m doing for 45 minutes per day be the sole factor when maybe [the student] didn’t have a place to sleep for the past month, or they haven’t being doing their homework, or they didn’t have breakfast that morning. That your pay is on the line for those test scores just doesn’t seem fair.” Testing can also hamper learning by re2
stricting what can be taught. Deborah Johnston, a Lakeside history teacher with fifteen years of experience in Massachusetts public schools, believes that having, “the freedom to diverge from the curriculum based on whatever else is happening in the news…. is important.” Ms. Knaus agrees, “It’s important to protect the process of a teacher mixing it up or trying something new without being penalized for it.” Even if teacher evaluations are conducted in a way that benefits teachers, Stagnating education correlates with stagnating economic growth. there is no guarantee (Chart Credit: Harvard Report Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Ludger Woessmann) that they will want to remain in the profession. A lack of appreciation and compensation greatly reduces the appeal of the job. “The profession is not respected. Teachers don’t get paid well so the teachers that can actually do something somewhere else and make money for it, unless teaching is there number one passion, are going to do it,” said Ms. Knaus. Although a slew of reforms have been implemented across the nation, so far they have made limited impact. The U.S. continues to be outpaced in student improvement by other nations. According to a Harvard University study, students in Brazil and Chile are advancing three times faster than American students. Perhaps we should take a page out of Finland’s book, a country with one of the best education systems in the world, and institute evaluation programs that shift the emphasis from test scores to school self-inspection, improving the way teachers teach rather than just emphasizing a test score.
The United States’ “failure to educate its
students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country’s ability to thrive in a global economy. - The Council on Foreign Relations
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A New Leader for Equity at Lakeside JULIANA DEVAAN This fall, Lakeside welcomed Christel McGuigan as the new Director of Equity and Instruction. Two months ago, she moved from Dallas where she was working as a director of multicultural programs, a job very similar to hers now. Although her job does not entail working directly with students, she will play a large role in Lakeside’s numerous affinity groups. Ms. McGuigan's job has many parts. She described it as including recruiting, networking, and retaining faculty of color, and supporting and promoting the development of inclusive curricula and teaching practices. She will also be developing student leadersh ip and education in diversity, equity, and inclusion, providing adult education and professional development in cultural competency, all while maintaining a regional and national profile through written articles and presenting workshops. Ms. McGuigan explained that she will also “be working with the Student Affinity Leadership Group, and each affinity group has a leader on this council.” This year, Ms. McGuigan hopes to create events hosted by multiple affinity groups, while maintaining the groups’ individual identities. Clare Larson ’14, who is on the Student Affinity Leadership Group, said, “Ms. McGuigan got us all off to a fantastic start this year by creating an atmosphere
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in which we affinity group leaders feel excited about working together. Lakeside can look forward to a year of unified affinity group events, such as a barbeque and dance coming up which Ms. McGuigan helped to make possible.” Ms. McGuigan will also be assisting their efforts by popping in on each affinity group from time to time. She said, “We will be discussing their purpose as a leadership team, and how can we support one another in our efforts to unite the affinity groups… [as well as] how we can bring the community together.” If any Lakeside student would like to step into a role of leadership surrounding the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Ms. McGuigan is the person to contact. One such opportunity for leadership is the Student Leadership Diversity Conference, held in Houston this December. “[T]his is open to any student, not just for students of color…it is for any student who is interested in being a leader on any issue that falls under the umbrella of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Ms. McGuigan said. As the affinity groups enter a position of leadership around the Lakeside campus, Ms. McGuigan hopes that students will contact her with any questions. Ms. McGuigan said, “I don’t get a chance to work with students as much as I like, but I’m looking forward to making connections with more students as the year goes on.”
Ms. McGuigan's job... “[includes] recruiting, networking, and retaining faculty of color, and supporting and promoting the development of inclusive curricula and teaching practices.
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SGLI: Public Health
KEVIN YANG Remember the group that organized last year’s Meatless Mondays with the goal of reducing Lakeside’s carbon emissions? They’re back with some all-new personnel to make big changes to Lakesiders’ health; seniors André Mattus ’13, Rebecca Long ’13, and Tho Tran ’13. As part of the Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI), they plan to make an impact on the daily health habits of thousands of students across
the world. André explains that one of the problems SGLI is attempting to address is that Lakeside students often feel obligated to sacrifice even their health in the name of academic success. For instance, he says, “some of [my] classmates will skip breakfast… Although it’s clichéd, breakfast is actually one of the most important meals of the day. It kick-starts your metabolism, it’s what wakes you up in the morning, it’s what really gets
Left: SGLI Leaders get their feet wet at SGLI. Photo courtesy of Tearon Joseph) Right: SGLI Leaders Rebecca Long ’13, Tho Tran ’13, and André Mattus ’13 excited for the year. Photo courtesy of Allen Murabayashi.
you going.” He says that students at other top schools like Exeter and Cary Academy face similar pressures. Although the leaders are not permitted to give out the exact details of their plan of action, which has yet to be finalized, they did provide some of their main ideas. André and Rebecca say participation in their proposed plan will be more voluntary and hopefully more popular this time around. Instead, as Lakeside students are notori-
ously competitive, the leaders are cleverly implementing a contest of sorts during House Assemblies to encourage students to follow SGLI’s advice—one for each of the main focuses of nutrition, sleep and stress. Of course, none of this would be possible without a dedicated Student Global Leadership Institute, an organization spanning twenty schools across seven countries. In addition to its annual initiatives, SGLI is a
great place for participating students to learn about “solutions on a personal level, the corporate level, and the government level” according to Rebecca, as well as to meet other aspiring young leaders in faraway lands. For instance, says André, he “would never have talked to some of [his] English friends if [he] had never gone to this program,” and he “would absolutely encourage” any future seniors to try SGLI.
Valued Funds: The Nuances of Lakeside’s Budget In a 2008 interview, Vice President Joe Biden recalled his dad saying, “Don’t tell me what you value – show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” This truism is applicable to many types of groups, from countries to families to schools: how we spend our money says a lot about what we believe is important. I spoke with Birage Tandon, Chief Financial Officer of Lakeside, who explained how Lakeside distributes its funding and how those decisions demonstrate its core values. The process of allocating Lakeside funds begins with the directors group. According to Ms. Tandon, “they propose any personnel or cost increases, which are then presented to and reviewed by the entire group.” If the group cannot reach a balanced budget, she and Head of School, Bernie Noe, will make the final decisions. This preliminary budget is then presented to the Assets Management Committee, which “recommends the tuition for the following year as well as the increase in compensation for 4
the full board to approve.” Yet how does this group decide what to fund? The budget allocation reflects Lakeside’s values—what will benefit the school most. On August 27, Mr. Noe published his objectives for the 2012-2013 school year, stating, among other things, that “[he wants]…to make Lakeside the most welcoming and supportive environment possible for each and every student, adult, and family that belongs to this school.” The budget breakup of Lakeside reinforces these values of inclusion and equality: 18% of tuition money is funneled into financial aid, ultimately supporting 29% of Lakeside students. Lakeside also prizes top-notch teachers. Mr. Noe says that “…we spend a great deal of time and money to find the best people in the world to work at Lakeside and we work hard to make sure they are successful here.” This is consistent with Lakeside spending, for instructional salaries/ benefits comprised 55% of Lakeside’s 2011-2012 budget.
Lakeside’s value of quality education extends to athletics. We are heading into the second year of Mr. Noe’s “Athletics Strategic Plan,” which will include further planning for the new athletic center’s construction and developing the program heads system. This reinforces the Lakeside value of excellence and good instruction, and shows a focus on athletics: the fact
that there is a plan for a $21 million athletic center highlights how much Lakeside values this idea. Lakeside’s budget indicates its values. If we glance at our spending, we see the allocation of funds is consistent with what Lakeside tries to achieve: quality instruction in the classroom combined with supportiveness and inclusion on the field.
Lakeside Budget Breakdown 2011-2012
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America has to offer. I am running for president to ensure that this country continues to be a nation where any individual can succeed. Q. While many environmental policies have become less popular in these tough economic times, some have continued to spur innovation and competition in important fields such as the automotive industry. Many of these restrictions have become unpopular with the GOP, supporting the theory that reducing limits on regulation would have significant and positive economic consequences; do you concur? A. I am a strong believer in the importance of protecting our environment. I also recognize the profound obligation we owe our children to leave them a planet in better condition than the one we inherited from our parents. It is through a strong and growing economy that we are best able to sustain our investments in environmental and public health protections. A healthy environment is not only crucial to a healthy economy, but also to the health and well-being of our citizens in many ways not easily measured by economic statistics. I do worry, however, that many in the environmental lobby — and their Democratic allies in Washington — pursue environmental protection without considering the cost. Many environmental regulations provide little in the way of concrete benefits while imposing enormous costs on our economy, placing hurdles in front of small businesses and destroying jobs. As president, I will look closely at the environmental regulations already in place to make sure that their benefits outweigh their costs. And, especially in the face of our present jobs crisis, I will not implement new environmental regulations that impede business investment and job creation unless there is a compelling need for immediate action. I will take a similar approach to global warming. Although I am not a scientist, I believe most climate data indicates that the world is getting warmer and that human activity makes some contribution to that warming. But there is much we do not know about the extent of global warming and how much humans contribute, so we should support and encourage further research. We should also recognize that the United States cannot, acting alone, address these problems. Any unilateral action by our country, without an agreement among all nations, including China and India, will fail to make a difference. It would only hurt our own economy and drive more jobs and production overseas. This is why I oppose polices like cap-and-trade. Instead, as president, I will encourage investment in cleaner technologies that will be good for our environment and good for our economy as well.
ican companies on an even playing field with our Q. Mr. Romney, you’ve sometimes talked global competitors and allows fair competition on about the actions you would take immediately the international market. upon stepping into the Oval Office. As your modified structure of taxation, for example, has Q. Israel and Palestine have been at war with very low odds of immediately passing a divided each other for decades. If you were to be electcongress, what small changes could you put ed, what would you do to help solve this coninto place right away? flict? A. Reducing and stabilizing federal spending is A. Israel is the United States’ closest ally in the essential, but breathing life into the present anemic Middle East and a beacon of democracy and freerecovery will also require fixing the nation’s tax dom in the region. This is an especially dangercode to focus on jobs and growth. To repair the ous moment for the Jewish state. It has deterioratnation’s tax code, marginal rates must be brought ing relationships with Turkey and Egypt. It faces longstanding dangers from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, a violent and highly unstable Syria, and a nuclear-aspiring Iran whose leadership is openly calling for Israel’s annihilation. President Obama and his administration have badly misunderstood the dynamics of the region. Instead of fostering stability and security, they have diminished U.S. authority and painted both Israel and the United States into a corner. The administration distanced itself from Israel under the illusion it would earn us goodwill in the Arab world and somehow bring peace closer. The record proves otherwise. I believe the key to negotiating a lasting peace is an Israel that knows it will be secure. President Obama has also repeatedly and unilaterally created new preconditions for restarting peace talks, which have simply encouraged Palestinians to hold out for Washington to deliver more unilateral Israeli concessions. To ensure Israel’s security, I will work closely with Israel to maintain its strategic military edge. Under my leadership, the United States will work to discourage the emergence of anti-Israel policies in Turkey and Egypt, and work to make clear that their interests are not served by isolating Israel. With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I will reject any measure that would frustrate direct negotiations between Israel and the PalRomney speaks his ideas for a new America. estinians. I will make clear to the Palestinians that Photo courtesy of Austen Hufford, Flickr. the unilateral attempt to decide issues that are desdown to stimulate entrepreneurship, job creation, ignated for final negotiations by the Oslo Accords and investment, while still raising the revenue need- is unacceptable. Under my leadership, the United ed to fund a smaller, smarter, simpler government. States will reduce assistance to the Palestinians if The principle of fairness must be preserved in fed- they continue to pursue United Nations recognition eral tax and spending policy. or form a unity government that includes Hamas, a The first step in jumpstarting pro-growth tax re- terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction. form is instituting a permanent, across-the-board The United States needs a president who will not 20 percent cut in marginal rates, bringing the top be a fair-weather friend of Israel. The United States individual rate down from 35 to 28 percent. This must work as a country to resist the worldwide cambold stroke reduces the tax on the next dollar of in- paign to delegitimize Israel. We must fight against come earned for all taxpayers, including many small that campaign in every forum and label it the antibusinesses that file as pass-through entities. On the Semitic poison that it is. Israel’s existence as a Jewcorporate side of the tax ledger, I will cut the top ish state is not up for debate. rate from 35 to 25 percent, a level that places Amer-
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Preserving Simba and Saving the Ducks: CLARE LARSON Sitting in front of my fire, consuming inhumane volumes of carrotcake, and reading an issue of National Geographic on the ramifications of hunting elephants for ivory, it isn’t hard to foster a hatred of hunters. Maybe it’s because they killed Bambi’s mom, or maybe it’s because giving people something to blame makes us all feel a little better, but either way, hunters have been villainized. The reality is that they may have done
How Hunters Help Our Environment
wildlife preservation. Required fees aside, most hunters just aren’t the type of cold-hearted people we imagine them to be. Andrew Haeger ’12 may be infamous amongst many of you for his implementation of Meatless Mondays, but he is also a hunter. Mr. Haeger identifies as a “naturally outdoor-oriented person” and considers hunting a way to “enjoy a challenging, fun, outdoor
“For the past thirty years,
lions have not been legally hunted in Kenya. During those thirty years, the lion population has crashed to roughly 10% of what it is in neighboring Tanzania, where hunting has not been banned.
more for conservation than any other group. In 1937, hunters self-imposed a tax on ammunition and firearms, called the “Pittman-Robinson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act.” This tax continues to bring in an estimate of $700 million annually, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services webpage. In addition to taxes, 100 percent of the proceeds from hunting licenses in the United States go to
activity.” Like many other hunters, he also engages in wildlife conservation movements by working at Conservation Northwest tracking animals along I-90 through the snow in order to find the best locations for wilderness corridors. Perhaps the most famous hunter-conservationist was Teddy Roosevelt. A lifelong hunter, the president started the national park system to create a legacy of wilderness and wild-
life protection amidst growing agricultural expansion. To increase agricultural productivity, Canadian provinces began eliminating wet-lands where water fowl live. Swooping in to save the ducks was a newly founded organization, Ducks Unlimited. A hunter-based conservation group, “Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.” According to its website, Ducks Unlimited has preserved over 12.5 million acres of marsh land in North America. Although its members are avid hunters, they are also proud to work for the protection of wildlife. For the past thirty years, lions have not been legally hunted in Kenya. During those thirty years, the lion population has crashed to roughly 10% of what it is in neighboring Tanzania, where hunting has not been banned. For game
Hunters: The real eco-team. Photo courtesy of Mark Gregory, Flickr.
more aggressive than birds, hunters provide an essential, market driven (non-humanitarian), incentive not to shoot. If hunters can’t provide monetary incentives for people not to kill lions, then the responsibility falls upon the often corrupt governments. These governments no longer benefit from additional cash inflow that comes with legal, monitored, hunting. Without a monetary value on Simba, he is reduced to the value of a half-ton, cow-eating pest, which is something
incentive for Tanzanians. People will continue to poach lions; the difference is that when it is legal, the government can regulate and profit from it. Having held funeral ceremonies for over a dozen birds who have bashed their tiny brains out on my bedroom window, I am certainly not advocating for all Lakesiders to take up arms and head to the nearest hunting reserve. But next time you start a discussion about stopping legalized hunting, pause for a second. If not the person behind the gun, who is going to pay to support and sustain the wildlife? Most hunters have a greater, more personal stake in nature than the rest of us who live urban lives. If hunting a small percentage of an animal population encourages someone to get out there and do the work the rest of us only talk about from the comfort of our couches, then maybe it would be better to encourage a love of the outdoors in all forms, even hunting.
will continue “toPeople poach lions; the dif-
ference is that when it is legal, the government can regulate and profit from it.
that might make even the best of us want to pull out a .50 caliber rifle. I would feel better if no one hunted lions for sport. Unfortunately, my warm, fuzzy feelings cannot be quantified as an
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Where is the Political Diversity? PAULINA GLASS Lakeside’s student body is 51 percent students of color, according to our school’s website. We have exactly 50 percent girls and 50 percent boys, as well as a number of affinity groups for multiple ethnicities and cultures. We also have a multitude of interests, from basketball and ballet, to drawing and drama. However there seems to be an area where most students at Lakeside do not differ. As far as politics go, we bleed blue. A recent Tatler poll supported this, finding that 62 percent of students are Democrats while only 12 percent are Republicans. These numbers are unsurprising; the sheer number of Priuses slapped with “Obama ’12” stickers is enough of an indication of this trend. The student body’s response at the recent assembly with Karen Hughes and Dee Dee Myers also supports this. There was loud applause for Ms. Myers’s quips, whereas Ms. Hughes’s equally valid points fell upon deaf ears. It was obvious that Ms. Myers was playing with a home field advantage. This reaction also might be due to the fact that, according to the Tatler poll, about half of Republican students on campus do not feel comfortable sharing their political views at Lakeside. “I think it's true that Republicans wouldn't want to be too vocal about their views because they're outnumbered,” said Afrah Eltom ’13. This, I believe, is a fundamental problem. “I feel comfortable discussing politics when people stay open minded, or when both views are evenly represented,” said Nicole Smith ’14, a Republican. “It’s hard when people don’t listen and just try to force their opinions on you. I realize they probably don’t mean to come across that way, but I can see more conservative people feeling like they're being ganged up on.” People should be free to share whatever they believe without feeling threatened or not taken seriously. Just as people from different backgrounds enjoy sharing their points of view in
other aspects of life, we should embrace an educated discourse of political views. I’m proud to wear an Obama button on my messenger bag, and as a Planned Parenthood Teen Council member and a liberal on other social issues, I’m pretty far left. That said, I want to hear other viewpoints. Informed discussions with radically different people are the best way to solidify personal views, or arrive at a compromise. “I like discussing politics, especially with Democrats,” Nicole said. “I think hearing both sides and listening without defending is critical.” Since politics polarize, I think it’s extremely important to build back a middle ground or encourage a place where people can be moderate about certain issues. We need to eliminate empty rhetoric and jabs and establish a fact-based political system. That may seem very idealistic now, but it’s possible, and being the next generation of world leaders, we have to incorporate lively discussions into our educations to get there. This task remains difficult because Lakeside simply does not have the political diversity for it. Seattle itself is very liberal, so we’d be hard-pressed to find Republicans to add to Lakeside, and even so, I don’t think it’s right to accept someone based on their political views. With such a gap between red and blue, it seems that statistics on our school’s political views are not going to make it onto the Lakeside website’s diversity page any time soon. Since the Republican contingent at our school will remain small, Lakesiders need to make an extra effort to welcome different political views into our community’s discussion. According to the Tatler poll, 79 percent of Lakeside students do recognize the lack of political diversity at our school, but only 36 percent mind it. If we can’t change the level of diversity, let’s at least keep its problems in mind.
“It’s extremely important to build back a middle
ground or encourage a place where people can be moderate about certain issues. That may seem very idealistic now, but it’s possible, and being the next generation of world leaders, we have to incorporate lively discussions into our educations to get there.
Above: Some people campaign for their candidate on the streets. Photo courtesy of Celeste Hodges, Flickr. Below: Some, on the other hand, hold their vision for America high with the flag. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr.
life & culture Inside Man: A Look at Student Government
GAUTAM HATHI It’s easy to walk right past a Student Government meeting without noticing it. Like some of the surrounding classes in Bliss Hall, the Student Government meeting which I walked into had a bunch of people sitting around a table doing work in groups of two or three. Indeed, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was some kind of class in the middle of work on smallgroup projects. In some ways though, that’s not an inaccurate representation of what was going on. Student Government is indeed a listed course, but it is also a little different. This class is about changing the school. This year, actual and preferably visible changes to the school are especially high on Student Government’s priority list. “We’re taking a lot more of a hands on approach this year. … We’re trying to really accomplish more tangible things,” Tanvi Gandham ’14, a member of Student Government, said. Rather than spending time on long-term or large-scale goals, such as getting juniors permission to be off-campus during the school day, Student Government is turning its attention to a variety of smaller objectives where it can have a more immediate impact. This includes everything from making sure classrooms are stocked with Kleenex to putting air fresheners in the locker rooms. The organization and atmosphere of meetings reflect this set of priorities. Instead of roundtable discussions on direction, mission, or philosophy, specific projects are tackled. “The idea is we would meet, assign goals … split into small groups, and then come back together,” Student Government President Ben Johnson ’13 said. Already, Student Government has compiled a laundry list of small projects, and even in what was one of their first few meetings they were focusing efforts on checking items off the list. As a result, not all Student Government members are actually present at all meetings.
Student Government of 2011-2012 (Photo courtesy of Janet Dahl)
During the meeting I observed, various members were Upper School Assistant Director Bryan Smith, who adoff talking to administrators and completing other tasks to vised Student Government up through last year, made get things done around the school. Dan Verzuh ‘13, for ex- leadership education a significant part the course. ample, was busy finding out which rooms in each building “Before [Mr. Smith] left … he would give presentaneeded pencil tions on leadership sharpeners. … and Mr. Smith “There’s no may come back as pencil sharpan outside speakener in [Bliss] er,” Ben Johnson 302, so that’s told me. something we of Lakesiders don’t think that they know enough Even without need,” Dan Mr. Smith, though, about our said. Student GovernStudent Govstudent government ment “is going to ernment Vice remain to be [a President Ben leadership education experience], just under slightly difDrachman ’13 explained. However, not everything that ferent circumstances,” Ben Drachman explained. Student Government does is all action, all the time. De- Of course, Student Government is just getting started spite the increased focus on tangible and immediate proj- for the year. That means that while there’s lots of time ects, there is and will continue to be a philosophical bent to work, there’s also not much that Student Government to Student Government, according to Ben Johnson. has done yet. Hopefully the new focus on small, focused
Lakesiders consider themselves:
If you are following the election, do you support the same candidates that your parents/guardians do?
Democrat (62%) Independent (8%) Republican (12%) Undecided (18%)
projects will lead to more successes for the group. This will be important, especially given the appearance of slow progress in the past couple of years. Ideally, Ben Johnson said, “We want this year to be looked back upon as a formational year for Student Government,” in which students will feel that their representatives are delivering results for them. If that means spending time delivering pencil sharpeners to classrooms, then that’s what Student Government will be doing.
of Lakesiders think that there is a lack of political diversity at Lakeside
TATLER | Life & Culture
I “Loaf” Pumpkin MADEE EHRENBERG
I’ll shamelessly admit that I consider everything in life in terms of food. So as the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves start to fall, I’m thinking about one thing: gourds. These under-appreciated plants can, of course, serve as candle holders, but there’s so much more to them than jacko-lantern potential. Pears, diced not halved Squashes and pumpkins produce delicious, warming dishes, including soups, casseroles, and tarts. This month, I decided to channel my gourd-mania into a pumpkin-pear bread. I combined my dry ingredients in a large bowl, all the while gazing at my can of pumpkin puree with glee. With the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg, the mixture took on a deep autumn hue. I eventually pulled myself away from the pretty colors and whisked the oil and egg in another bowl. These were soon accompanied by milk, vanilla, and, finally, canned pumpkin. The lovely tinted flour went into the pumpkin Ingredients for the pumpkin-pear bread bowl. A wave of despair came over me as I checked the directions and realized that the pears, which were currently halved, were supposed to be diced. I groaned and pulled out a board and knife (two more things to wash) and went about cutting. Once they were in sufficiently diminutive pieces, I folded them into the rest of the batter. An hour and 350° later, my pumpkinpear bread was complete. “But, wait!” I thought as the loaf cooled on the counter. “This bread would pair perfectly with that white hot chocolate for which I have already bought ingredients!” I melted these ingredients in a pot over low heat while stirring constantly to avoid a film developing. I sat down with my cup of hot chocolate and a slice of bread on a matchThe final product! Photos courtesy of Madee Ehrenberg ing saucer. Devouring the pair was a religious experience. They were rich without being overwhelming—the perfect autumnal treat, like a hayride without screaming children or straw in your pants.
White hot chocolate (From Kosher by Design: Kids in the Kitchen) 1 cup heavy cream 2 cups whole milk 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 oz white chocolate
Pumpkin-pear bread (From Vegetarian Times Magazine) 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 large egg
1/2 cup low-fat milk 1/2 15-oz can unsweetened pumpkin puree 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 15-oz can pears, drained and diced
Ilustrations, from top to bottom, by Alice Evans/Edith Bull, Pearson Scott Foresman, and Adolphe Millot.
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Thoughts on the “Think Tank” ANDREAS MOLBAK If your initial reaction to this headline was: “What the heck is the Think Tank?” then keep reading. If it was: “Ah yes, the Think Tank, I crave more information on its origins,” keep reading. While I do not exactly support this potential bastion of learning, there was a relatively logical road to its creation. This past summer, one Than Healy approached the library staff with a proposal. He suggested that the Learning Resou rces Center, previously located in the upper reaches of Moore, migrate to the Library Classroom. The new location would provide a greater amount of accessibility. That’s right: We now have two entire temples to learning located within twenty feet of each other.
The librarians agreed to the proposal. However, with the death of the Library Classroom there was a distinct lack of a location less strict than the Silent Reading Room, but more casual than the rest of the library. I spoke to Librarian Sue Belcher, who said that she looked around at the librarian’s old offices. They seemed far too large for their secret librarian antics. Since she and the other librarians hate seniors and want to condemn them to work in library itself with the teeming underclassmen masses they - just kidding. The team decided that this large office would become a place akin to the old classroom. Now they faced the problem of not having an office, so they decided to move into the Senior Reading Room. After a furious session
We now have two entire temples to learning located within twenty feet of each other.
The librarians scheme inside their new office. Photo by Gilda Rastegar. of brainstorming, passing by names such as Perhaps it will be a meeting place for clubs the Innovation Station, Creativity Cave, and or group projects. There’s also really cool paint Insight Incubator, they settled on the slightly on the wall you can draw on with Expo markless zany alias of “The Think Tank.” They ers. intend for it to be a more academically While I am not a big supporter focused space, of the Think Tank— without a requirePassing by names such as the Innova- I mean I am a senior ment of silence. and miss my non-extion Station, The role of this Creativity Cave, and Insight Incubator, istent Senior Reading new establishment Room—the Think the librarians settled on the slightly less Tank is there because isn’t set in stone; zany alias of “The Think Tank. the library team is of good intentions. open to the idea of The library staff is signups so that people can have the room to considering a poll to see what the students themselves. want from the workspace, and intend to listen to and possibly implement changes.
TATLER | Life & Culture
Is playing a sport an important part of my Lakeside experience? Should I consider it?
The Lion Pride is Lakeside’s premiere all-feline conundrum-concluding council. We answer questions from the student body about student life, asked anonymously through the Tatler poll. Are inter-grade relationships okay?
There will always be inter-grade relationships and there’s no real rule about them so I’d say that they are totally acceptable. That said, if you’re interested in an inter-grade relationship, you should be prepared to hang out with your boyfriend or girlfriend’s friends a lot more. Also if you’re a freshman, please don’t try to date a senior. We know they’re hot, and it happens, but it is not “smiled upon.”
Of course. If you find that you hate most everyone in your immediate grade, swinging up or down to other classes is the only suitable option. Even if maybe you don’t hate everyone, people older and younger than you are still people! I see no reason why inter-grade relationships should be looked down upon.
When you think about it, grades are pretty arbitrary distinctions; there are people in some grades who are younger than those in the grade below them. Friend groups are typically segregated by grade however, so you may have to make the choice between spending time with your friends and the person you are dating.
Being part of a team is a really important experience, and one I think everyone should have. Maybe this means playing a sport, maybe it means joining a club or trying out for the play, but I’d definitely encourage every Lakeside student to be part of a group. You get to meet new people, focus on something other than “being a global leader,” and have a great time too. Somehow, despite the time commitment, sports and clubs help keep me sane and have enhanced my Lakeside experience a lot.
Yes, absolutely! First of all, if you think about it, there has to be a reason why the vast majority of the population of Lakeside chooses to play sports— because it’s enjoyable. If you are the minuscule percentile that thinks otherwise, there are still reasons to play sports: making new friends, hanging out with current friends more often, or just getting out of class early on game days. Furthermore, being an athlete has automatic appeal to the other gender, which is always nice.
Sports can be great because they offer you a chance to make friends with people outside of classes and frees. Sports teams offer a great mix of people outside of your grade and normal friend groups. You should definitely consider playing a sport if it interests you, but I would caution you against playing a sport solely to make new friends. If you aren’t enjoying the sport then you probably aren’t fun to spend time around during practices and games—and you probably won’t end up with many friends.
The Adventures of Leona Brookover
ear Lakeside Planner,
The last green leaves of September have already fallen away to autumnal red and gold, perfectly matching the school colors, if only a few shades off maroon (or is it now cardinal red?). Easing into Lakeside life has actually been easier than I had anticipated, thank goodness for the attendance sign-in clemency period at the start of school—I wonder if that “Amnesty International” group had something to do with that. I have bravely weathered such great dilemmas as the long lunch line during 6th period, so persistent in its ability to irritate that the line actually grows longer as it wears on, defying all logic like an Algebra II problem. And that first P.E. mile of my high school career? Well, let’s just say that things could have gone a lot better, beginning with the separation of people who can run, and people who would only reluctantly do so if chased by an angry mob with pitchforks. But in all seriousness, this month has been one of firsts. For one, I never thought that I would have to ask teachers for help during my frees because I had always done well on my own before coming to Lakeside. (During orientation I had mostly ignored what my tour guide, and apparently student body president, Ben Johnson, had told me about the accessibility of teachers. Some other schmuck could take advantage of that aspect of our “high faculty-to-student ratio,” but I was going to be A-Okay without.) It turned out to be quite a fruitful encounter: now I know how to find Freudian references in every other paragraph, and that Mr. Berrada spent his college years reading Wordsworth to cows. I think I might have even found a niche with some other freshmen in the library. Much like the cafeteria in Mean Girls, the library is split into zones grouped around interest and grade level: the seniors, who seem to have more frees than classes, are always planted either upstairs or on the couches (that is, when they aren’t MIA at Chipotle or Starbucks), then there’s the hardcore League of Legends region, the midmorning napping station, the area for the rare students who are actually studying, and the section for people to sit next to friends while chatting through Facebook. #SWAG On another note, the other day I was just passing by the refectory when I was caught in a wave of juniors frantic to sign up early for the best time slots (read as: the least work intensive) in planning for an event called “TOLO.” I don’t really know much about it, save that it’s a dance in November, but why are so many freshman girls already chattering about it in between classes when it’s barely past October 1st? Even more frightful, I hear that a few girls are already compiling a vast excel spreadsheet of all the eligible males in our class and “making reservations.” Oh, Lakeside, what to do?
Help Leona navigate the turbulent tide that is Lakeside student life by voting in the November Tatler poll!
FALL TV PREVIEW
As the school year starts to pick up speed, we begin to adjust to our workload and our new schedules. Settling into a more steady routine allows us to make time for other things, like all the entertainment we’ve missed out on while rushing around during the first few weeks of school. That’s right, the fall television lineup is here and ready to play! How I Met Your Mother picks up for its eighth season, having left off with many a cliffhanger. The last season ended with numerous questions still unanswered, such as (SPOILER ALERT) how Ted actually meets his wife, how Barney ends up with Robin, and whether Victoria is actually the “Mother.” Needless to say, season eight will be legen—wait for it—DARY! Photo courtesy of CBS Season five of The Big Bang Theory wrapped up with an uplifting moment or two in its finale: Howard realizes his dream of flying off into the stars as a NASA astronaut, and the rest of the gang bonds at home. For a show driven by its comedy, the season finale was a little on the quiet side, though it had strong moments throughout. As the show takes on its sixth season, there will no doubt be some major character growth taking place in wake of Howard’s flight, the greatest, perhaps, in the relationship between Amy and Sheldon. Photo courtesy of CBS The eighth season of Bones resumes in a world of chaos and hurt feelings. At the end of the seventh season, many of the show’s main characters lose their jobs in the case surrounding Brennan and the murder of Ethan. In the latest season, Brennan proves her innocence and the characters regain their positions at the Jeffersonian, but the new antagonist, Ethan’s psychotic killer and techno-whiz Pelant, is roaming free, continuing a cat-and-mouse chase that is still surprisingly good after so many seasons on air. Photo courtesy of FOX A new science fiction show, Revolution is set in a post-apocalyptic world where all sources of power and electricity have been disabled—for the past 15 years. The characters are on a journey to possibly restore that power and find out why it went out (Do we smell conspiracy here?). Their struggle is set against the compelling backdrop of warlords, a return to agrarian society, and a beautiful, forested setting where only the gutsiest blade-and-crossbow-wielding (wo)man can survive. Photo courtesy of NBC Modern Family comes back with news of pregnancy and cats, and the familiar hilarity ensues from the start of the fourth season. The comedy, centered on the lives of 3 interconnected families, finished season three with the news of Gloria’s pregnancy, as well as Mitchell and Cam’s troubles with adoption. We enter season four at a similar place, picking up the frustrations of Mitchell and Cam again as well as Gloria’s struggle to inform Jay of her pregnancy. Only good and hilarious things can come of a new addition to the Pritchett clan, and we have learned to expect the best from Modern Family. All this points to a strong fourth season and, of course, the chaos and laughter that make the show worthwhile!
Photo courtesy of ABC After losing Steve Carell way back in season seven, The Office has certainly had to make some adjustments. The journey to their ninth season has been long and sometimes harrowing, but the employees at Dunder Mifflin have made it thus far. Season nine is reportedly the last of the series, and perhaps this is for the best. Every show has its ups and downs but as plot lines and characters were stretched thin in season eight, The Office has lost some of its splendor. Our hopes rest on season nine to be the worthy end of a comedy legacy that has aired for so long. Photo courtesy of NBC
TATLER | Arts & Entertainment
Behind The Stage Photo courtesy of Frankocean.net
reer, Ocean is part of a rap GRACE POLLARD Major events have occurred group called Odd Future Wolf in the hip-hop and rap world Gang Kill Them All, abbreviover the course of the year. ated OFWGKTA, or Odd FuThis industry, which is very ture. The leader of this group, popular but frequently shows Tyler, the Creator, has been criticized for his intolerance tofrequent use of ward the gay community, has “As somebody h o m o p h o b i c in his lyrics started to show that believes in slurs and on Twitter. signs of open acceptance of every- equal rights for Despite this, he has congratulated one, regardless of all humans, Ocean on Twitter sexual orientation. you can only for his strength In the spring of 2012, worldwatch poison and courage. On a smallfamous rapper regurgitated for er scale, rapper Jay-Z openly deso long.” Macklemore, who clared his support is a native Seattlefor gay marriage in MACKLEMORE ite but is increasthe United States ing in popularity, during an interjust released a view with CNN: “I’ve always thought it was new song, “Same Love”, feasomething that was still hold- turing Mary Lambert as the ing the country back…. It’s dis- female vocalist. The song adacrimination, plain and simple.” mantly shows his support for This past July, another fa- gay rights. “As somebody that mous rapper and singer, Frank believes in equal rights for all Ocean announced that his first humans, you can only watch love was a man, in a post on his poison regurgitated for so blog. “I was 19 years old. He long,” he wrote in a post on his was too. We spent that sum- blog addressing the new song. mer, and the summer after, to- Proceeds from the record will gether…. By the time I realized be supporting Music for MarI was in love, it was malignant. riage Equality, a local charity. “That kind of stuff is great,” It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with said Mariah Edidin ’14. “There the feeling,” he wrote. Frank is probably going to be a lot Ocean released his debut stu- more of it because it’s a lot dio album, Channel Orange, more accepted now.” Major just days after this announce- change will take time, but the ment, and it has since received hip-hop industry looks like it is on the path to showing greater amazing reviews. As well as having a solo ca- acceptance, while continuing to produce great music.
KAILEE MADDEN Beyond the insouciant demeanor of Theater Production’s students lie the many essential tasks without which Lakeside’s stage shows just wouldn’t be the same. “We do work in stage design, and we do work in sound design, and we do work in makeup design,” Theater Production teacher Al Snapp said. “We also do a lot of learning of construction techniques, and how lighting is set up for shows, and how sound is produced for shows, and [we] do a lot of
things that prepare people to be excellent carpenters, painters, and general construction people.” “But a lot of it is solving puzzles that come up: every show is unique and they all have really interesting puzzles, so we do a lot of design thinking together to solve those puzzles,” Mr. Snapp explained. Opportunities to expand various skills and dabble in a large variety of arts are provided by the course’s wide array of activities. Students that take the course tend to be sophomores or upperclassmen, because there generally aren’t many spots available, and freshmen tend not to be able to get in. Students who return for multiple years of theater production do so for the leadership, problem solving, and stage managing skills that are developed throughout this class, Mr. Snapp said. Additional years in theater production change the experience from a learning role to one of leadership. Aubry Brown ’13, Chloe McNutt ’14, and Dan Verzuh ’13 are the current Theater Production II & III students. Their work on shows and productions such as lights, stage crew, and sounds, though not always patent, remind us how vital it is for pulling together as great a performance as possible.
Chloe McNutt ‘14 works on a Theater Production project. Photo by Gavin Blake.
Has Frank Ocean’s coming out changed your perspective on his music?
Yes it has, but I still like his music No, I still view his music the same way Yes it has, I won’t listen to his music anymore
Frank Ocean, a singer-songwriter, has recently posted on his blog that his first love was a man, a statement that received generally positive responses from fans. Photo courtesy of Flickr.
How Dope Are High Schools? Steroid Usage
ISAAC KLEISLE-MURPHY When the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France wins and banned him from cycling for life, steroids were once again shuffled to the top of the sports media totem pole. Over the years, there have been many high profile doping scandals. Marion Jones was stripped of her 5 Sydney Olympic medals after being linked to the Bay Area Labaratory Co-Operative (BALCO) in 2007. BALCO has also been investigated for providing performanceenhancing drugs to other superstars, including baseball’s home run king Barry Bonds and one time 100m world record holder Tim Montgomery. While all of these cases
have gotten their fair share of media attention, use of performance-enhancing drugs by high schoolers has snuck under the media’s radar so far. As Lakeside Strength and Conditioning coach Rick Huegli put it, “It’s important to see the signs and symptoms. You’re going to get strength increases out of nowhere. You’ll see sometimes skin issues. You will also have some tendencies toward injuries. I think the personality and mood swings are a big piece too.” A study by the University of Michigan in 2007 found that 2.2% of all high school seniors said they had tried steroids at least once; 44% found it “fairly easy” to obtain them. Most startling of all, though, is a figure published by The
L i t t Helen Teegan ’16 has been a nationallevel swimmer and squash player for over six years and wants continue as a top-level athlete during her high school career at Lakeside. The Tatler caught up with her to discuss her athletic history. RANA BANSAL RB: Describe your achievements in squash and swimming. HT: I have won three National titles and two US Open titles in squash. When I was 12, I had three top-ten national times for swimming. Right now I swim 2 to 3 hours a day and practice squash 4 or 5 times a week for 2 hours. RB: What sports did you play as a kid? HT: I played tennis, squash, soccer, and basketball as a child. I also swam. RB: When and why did you start swimming? And squash? HT: I started swimming (at age 8) because I found it fun. I took lessons. I played tennis until I was 9 and started squash when I was 8. My parents thought that tennis was too hard and that it was hard to become good because there was a lot of competition. RB: What makes you keep going when you feel tired and are on the verge of giving up? 14
2.2% of all high school seniors nationwide have
tried steroids at least once;
New Yo r k Times: In one study, 57% of athletes would risk shortening their lives if it ensured better athletic results. “There was a time, there may still be, where the biggest epidemic was in the high schools,” Mr. Huegli said in response to these figures. “And it wasn’t for athletics, it was for image.” In Washington, there is no legislature regarding the test-
44% of all high school seniors find steroids
fairly easy to obtain
ing of high school students for steroids. Some states, like New Jersey and Texas, have mandatory testing for all, while others, like Florida, only test weightlifters, football players, and baseball players. Washington has made no indication on whether it plans to create laws regarding this issue. Although Mr. Huegli recognizes that steroids exist in high schools, he doesn’t see the issue skyrocketing in the near future.
“It certainly is there,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of good strength programs. I would like to have faith in their coaches as being caring for the kids. I don’t think it’s an upward trending type of thing. I don’t have that feeling.”
Center: Is steroid use a problem in high schools? Photo courtesy of Flickr.
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HT: My teammates, coaches, and friends. RB: Who has been your biggest influence in your sports career? HT: Ash, my swim coach, has been my biggest influence. He motivates me to try my hardest and be a better person outside of the water. RB: What is one of your worst experiences as an athlete? HT: I was not able to improve in swimming between the ages of 12 and 14. I found this frustrating because I continued to work hard but saw few results. RB: What motivates you to continue playing squash? HT: I want to get into a good college and get the opportunity to travel around the world. RB: Do you have any nemeses in squash and/or swimming? HT: Nicholas Larus-Stone ’13 is my biggest squash rival. I don’t have a swimming nemesis. RB: What do you value more, squash or swimming? HT: I value swimming more. When I win something in squash, I don’t feel as if I have achieved as much as [when I win] something in swimming. Swimming is a sport which requires more commitment and has tougher competition.
Helen competing in squash as a child. Photo courtesy of Helen Teegan.
TATLER | Sports
FALL SPORTS UPDATE GOLF - CJ PAIGE “Growth” is the one word golf team captain Thomas Thongmee ’14 uses to describe the Golf team’s new season. This year, Golf has some young players, and they are looking forward to developing both as a team and as individuals. Golf can be the best of both worlds athletically, as it has both an individual and a team component. Plus, there is the added advantage of practicing co-ed so members of the team have even more people to play against in practice. The matches Thomas is most excited for are where they have to be on the top of their game to win. “Golf is really something you can do your whole life, that you can learn, and that you can keep playing. It is also really social. It’s fun to play with a team and get to know people better,” said Thomas.
This month, Tatler asked two intrepid reporters to look through their spyglasses and compile a preview of this fall's sports. Enjoy!
CROSS COUNTRY KATE KIM Consistently the most populous sport, Cross Country has a lot of star power, which they exhibited last year by winning Metro League. In response to the recent statewide recognition of the Girls’ and Boys’ teams, Benjamin Drachman ’13 said, “That’s huge. Like enormous. We’re kind of incredible.” The team boasts several exceptional runners, including Andrea Masterson ’15, Mirutes Heyesus ’13, Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson ’14, Killian Pinkleman ’15, and Casey Clark ’16. The team is known around campus for their hyper-creative spirits on meet days, and other team bonding moments come in the form of a Post Metro dinner and a massive prerace cheer. “If you haven’t seen a race before, you should get out to watch one,” said Natalie Fox ’13.
CREW - CJ PAIGE Fall Crew is a great training time to get Lakeside ready to dominate in the spring. Jamie Landefeld ’13 and Susan Burke ’13, two of the team captains, are looking forward to seeing what this team will be able to do. The boys’ team is young and powerful which should lend to an amazing development over the years—especially with Jeff Iqbal as their new head coach, who Jamie believes is a good presence on the team. Currently both teams are focusing on building their fitness level and aerobic base to maximize future performance in the spring; however, there is one big regatta this fall on November 4 at the University of Washington called Head of the Lake. Susan encourages novices to come and try Crew out this spring. “Really, anybody, any shape or size, any skill level, can come and be successful!” she said. Both captains agree it is a fantastic experience that should not be missed. VOLLEYBALL - CJ PAIGE “Everyone’s been saying for four years that this is gonna be our year,” said Jenny Glerum ’13, one of this year’s Volleyball captains. This team claims to be one of the most unified teams at Lakeside: the girls have an all team sleepover right before school starts, as well as other bonding activities like making warm-up shirts together. With a senior laden team and some powerful underclassmen, like Devin Callahan ’15 and Destiny Lockhart ’15, this season is looking to extend far into the playoffs—especialcoach Katie Wilson. Wilson tory in 2010, and the team her. Although the team home this season, hopefulwill be able to come back rematch this month.
F O O T BALL KATE KIM Although Football has been the bane of Lakeside in past years, this year’s team is striving to be anything but. “With a couple games under our belts, we are looking to increase the intensity in the upcoming games,” said cocaptain Adam Hinthorne ’14. Their games are Fridays and Saturdays, and there are a couple of big games that no true Lakeside fan would want to miss. The homecoming game against Cleveland is on October 13th and on October 18th; the team will play against Seattle Prep at West Seattle Stadium. If you can’t be there in person, you can see it televised on Root Sports.
SOCCER - KATE KIM With lots of wins already under their belts, the Girls’ Soccer team is clearly on solid ground. “We have a really strong core group of girls and we plan to make it all the way to state,” said Claire Anderson ’13, Girls’ Soccer co-captain. The self-proclaimed Sexiest Team on Campus plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they have even acquired a mini fan club. At the games, keep an eye out for Kate Maher ’15, who can check off hat trick and 4-goal game from her to-do list thus far this season. Before the action begins, make sure you experience the “Clap,” which is their special pregame ritual. ly with the help of their new head led Seattle Prep to a state vicis excited to be working with was unable to beat Prep at ly this talented group of girls with a vengeance during the
ULTIMATE FRISBEE - KATE KIM The Frisbee team has plenty of legitimacy even though they are technically not a real Lakeside sport. “Both teams can match up against any team in the state…if we work hard, there’s no stopping us,” said co-captain Vikram Dhawan ’14. With two tournaments coming up and home games every Sunday, the team is always looking for new fans to support them. At the games, be sure you watch their superstars, Gero “I Drive a Stick Shift” Bergk ’14 and Dan “Girl, Let Me Do My Thing” Verzuh ’13, in action. Besides the snazzy nicknames, the crazy haircuts that they each receive before the tournaments are hard to miss and reflect the high energy of the team that makes the game that much more exciting to watch as a fan.
Football: Our Lakeside Lions hard at work! Photo courtesy of Lakeside school. Golf: Libby Ramsey ’13 winds up for the Lakeside Golf Team. Clayton Christy. Crew: The 20112012 crew team docks at Brentwood. Clayton Christy. Cross Country: The team in a (gigantic) huddle. Photo courtesy of J. Tucker. Soccer: Julia Laurence ’13 takes a strike at the ball during a home game this season. Frisbee: Gero Bergk '14 tries to break his mark. Clayton Christy. Volleyball: Jennie Glerum ’13 digging a ball during a game this season.
Senior Letters “When your a Senior. be nice and open with the freshmen, its nice. Never Forget them or I kill you!...Michael Omori says' "cute girls, you got 'em" hope thats still true. Ben Out!” All of that is original spelling/punctuation. – President Ben Johnson.
“Two days before this we turned 15!!!! We are so old.” - Miranda Pollard
“I'm worried about Chinese. Mr. Ross is getting a bit scary.” -Laura Lawaree
“Do you still wear teal or red underwear when you feel confident?” - André Mattus
“By the way, by the time you're a senior, I hope you can drive.” Too bad I failed my road test 3 weeks ago… OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH-YEAHHH!!!!! - Ben Davis
“Hey what up G? Is that still cool?” –Aditya Bodas
“I'm leaving you $5. Please don't do anything stupid that I will regret.” -Dan Verzuh
“Most of the conversations have been about Johnny Kruger but if you remember, it’s quite understandable! OMG everyone is crushing on him. I'm watching him now ;)” -Julia Schlaepfer
“Just so you know! <3 Andrew Gong! How did that work out?” – Sophia Wood
“Dude if you are not level 80 in World of Warcraft by the time you are reading this you suck.” - Anand Rajesh
“You probably don't really want to be reading this which is great because I don't really want to keep writing this, so good job being a senior or whatever, cool.” -Will Hinman
“Checklist of things to do before senior year: - don’t get expelled -get straight A’s in one semester - plan an OLOT dance in a graveyard - do not do pot IT WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE - if I regret this then go eat Italian food.” -Steven Chen