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Volume CXXIII, Issue No. 1, October 2011

The End of An Era Mr. Szeles retires as Varsity Soccer Coach By BEN ZELTSER ‘15 Staff Writer

DINING COMMONS OPEN NEW DINING COMMONS GETS POSITIVE RESPONSE By ANDREW PARR ‘12 Food Editor Students and faculty alike have been enjoying the new Dining Commons for well over a month and are voicing generally positive reviews. “I actually get excited to go to lunch now,” said Becky Anderson, ‘12. As it turns out, the majority of seniors are not using their privileges to sign out for lunch this year. Although this may be because the pre-paid Dining Commons meal plan has restricted their willingness to spend money on lunch off-campus, many feel that if there is high quality food here on campus, there’s little need to leave. For me, one of the highlights of the Dining Commons is something as simple as the panini makers. Let’s face it, the only thing you can do to cheese to make it better is melt it, and now you can do that whenever you like. There is

a sense of freedom in the Dining Commons. Although it sounds a little unbelievable, the idea of having so many choices and such a variety of sandwich items, salad toppings, and hot foods really makes a student feel independent. Of course, even something as great as the new Dining Commons can have a few kinks in the beginning, but hopefully these will be sorted out. Some of the issues, as voiced by students, have been the slight diminution in food quality since the beginning, and increasingly limited vegetarian options. Says Lalita Ganti ’13, “At the beginning of the year, it seemed like there were more vegetarian options which were better than they are now.” On another personal note, some of my favorite lunch options have been the pulled pork, the shepherd’s pie, the Stromboli, and chicken alfredo. I also love the daily soup option, my favorite being the butternut squash soup. I remember making a particularly big deal about how much I loved the soup that day. The only thing I’ve eaten in the

Dining Commons so far that I’ve really disliked was the gnocchi, due to its texture. In terms of dessert, the unique aspect is the variety. On some days, we may find brownies, cupcakes, or cookies, while on other days, we find more unusual desserts like peach cobbler (a personal favorite), bread pudding or those famous churros. All in all, it seems that the Dining Commons is a positive addition to our Rutgers Prep campus. Perhaps the most wonderful part of the entire establishment is not the food itself, but the fact that Lower schoolers and Upper schoolers are dining together. Some Upper School students have enjoyed helping out the younger students in selecting and serving their own lunch items. Rutgers Prep is always said to be a close community, and this really shows when two age groups, with more than a 10 year difference between them, are asked to eat and work together.

For the last twenty years, the Rutgers Prep Varsity soccer team has been coached by Bob Szeles. He retired from coaching this year, leaving the spot open for Coach Rob Leather, a director at the Match Fit Chelsea Academy. As an eighth grade History teacher, Mr. Szeles had a strong relationship with incoming highschoolers before they started playing soccer at a high school level. This put him in a perfect position to bond with his players and get to know them on a different level. Coach Szeles was loved as a coach and as a teacher, and his presence in the Rutgers Prep varsity soccer program will be missed. It is clear how much the position meant to him and how much he loved it. Because of this, it isn’t a surprise that the biggest question people ask is, “Why retire?” Coach Szeles revealed that he had been thinking about it for a long time, but his love for the sport kept bringing him back for more seasons. He always had a connection with at least one player on the team, which provided him with such fire that allowed him to continue coaching. But in the end, he knew that it was time for a new set of rules and practices. It was time for someone with more coaching experience. Although his time as coach was very enjoyable, Szeles did regret one Continued on Page 2

Music Dept. Hires New Teacher Racing Together, Winning Together Miss Walsh to Direct String Orchestras

By HANNAH DAVELMAN ‘12 News Editor The Music Department has a new instructor, Miss Walsh. Walsh, who graduated from college with a dual concentration in voice and violin, teaches string orchestras at Prep. HD: Where did you go to school? W: I got my Bachelor’s in Music

Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. That’s in the Adirondack Mountains and it’s extremely cold there in the winter. For my Master’s degree, I went to equally cold Wisconsin to study performance at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. HD: Where did you live/work before you came to Prep? W: Before I came to Prep, I worked in New York City for a few years teaching in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as performing. I still live Continued on Page 2

By HELENA LaPORTE ‘14 Staff Writer

On the cool, crisp autumnal afternoon of October 5, the Rutgers Prep Cross Country team, led by captains Drew DiPane, Hannah Davelman, and Carl Nordgen, raced against the Hun and Stuart Schools, arriving home victorious against both. The reason for their win was their teamwork and the effort they displayed on the course. The team effort is evident in the low total scores achieved by both the boys and the girls. In cross country


races, the key is to get the lowest score possible. The boys posted a score of 21 to Hun’s 42, while the girls scored 21 points to Hun’s 36. The Rutgers Prep girls Cross Country team also raced against a team from Stuart, an all-girls’ school, scoring 27 points to Stuart’s 34. Rutgers Prep boys took seven of the top ten places, including Matt von Roemer’s strong second place finish. In the girl’s competition, Rutgers Prep captain Hannah Davelman was the first to finish, completing the course in 22 minutes and 34 seconds. Kicking Continued on Page 7


Daniel Saves


rick, had a liver disease called PSC, he didn’t just keep on skating. He decided to start fundraising again. Working with the organization, PSC Student Raises $17,000 Partners Seeking a Cure, Daniel set up for PSC Research a simple fundraiser called Daniel Saves for Patrick. For every save he made and By ELLIOTT LIEBLING ‘12 every goal the team scored, donations Editor-in-Chief would go to research on PSC. On JanuThis isn’t a story of athletic success ary 30, Daniel celebrated his birthday or failure. It’s about the camaraderie of by playing at the Prudential Center. In sport and the determination of a team of a hard-fought 4-3 loss, Daniel made 35 saves, raising hockey players to rally $17,158. And if that wasn’t around one of good enough, their own. Patrick came At 13, for back to play his Bar Mitzvah projone of his few games ect, Daniel that season. Schachter Some sturaised over $35,000 for dents at Prep watch people with hockey. A Tourette syn- Patrick (left) and Daniel before a NJ Freeze few play it. drome. Now a hockey game. One, though, sophomore at Rutgers Prep, Daniel’s activism hasn’t has used the sport to raise money for ceased. Last year, he played goalie for a teammate, a friend. The reward? A the New Jersey Freeze. When he found nice plaque. But more importantly, out that one of his teammates, Pat- Daniel says, “it felt really good.”

Mr. Szeles Retires as Soccer Coach

Miss Walsh: “Happy to Be Here”

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thing. During his coaching career, the varsity team never won a semifinal game. “There were years where I was positive that we were going to do it,” he says. “It wasn’t even wanting to win the state cup, I just would have wanted to get the feeling of playing in one, feeling the excitement.” He went on to talk about his favorite moment as the Varsity coach. It was a game against Immaculata in a Somerset County tournament. Prep was down by two goals, and they ended up scoring twice in the final eight minutes, tying it up at two goals apiece. They then went on to win by a score of 3-2 in the shootout, the definitive highlight of his coaching career. During summer practices, there were several occasions where past players came back to thank Coach Szeles for his excellent leadership and advice. The players saw that although Prep didn’t always win as many games as they had hoped to, they had gained something that was far more valuable: progress. The players had become better athletes, better thinkers, and above all, better people. That’s the effect Coach had on people, not only as a coach, but as a teacher as well. In the words of Coach Bob Szeles himself, “success is being better than you started out as.”

in Brooklyn, and drive to Somerset every morning. I listen to a lot of NPR and music from my MP3 player! HD: How long have you played music? What’s your favorite instrument or favorite song you’ve played? W: I’ve played violin and have been in choirs since I was in third grade. Playing or singing in ensembles is something I’ve loved to do since then. Although violin is my major instrument, I think the viola has such an interesting sound. I’ve also enjoyed learning the cello and the bass. Some of the coolest unusual instruments I’ve gotten to play include the theremin (an electronic instrument that you play by waving your hand), the Veena (a Carnatic instrument), and the viola da gamba (a late Renaissance instrument). As for favorite pieces I’ve performed; I’ve really enjoyed solo violin pieces by Coach Szeles Sarasate, and song cycles for voice by Britten. HD: What would you like the school to know about you? W: I love talking about music, hot sauce and/or spicy foods, and corny jokes. Stop by and say hi any time you want to talk about any or all of those things! I have loved my experiences and the students at Rutgers Prep so far.

October 2011

October 2011

Sweet Dreams: Keeping Babies Safe By JACK WILLIAMS ‘13 Opinion Editor Seven years of hard work and slow progress culminated this June when Joyce Davis finally accomplished her goal and changed crib safety laws to protect infants all over the country. Founded by Joyce Davis, Keeping Babies Safe is a non profit organization dedicated to educating the public on doing just that: keeping babies safe. The organization started after Ms. Davis’ infant son, Garret, passed away in a crib that hadn’t been properly tested. Determined to find how such a product could be released without proper testing, Ms. Davis researched the subject and found some shocking information. “We found that cribs were the leading cause of death among all juvenile products,” she stated. Ms. Davis then founded Keeping Babies Safe with the goal of providing the public with information and safety tips that weren’t readily accessible to the public. “We found on various websites there was notable information saying that certain mattresses and cribs can cause suffocation,” she said. “But the information was not easily accessible. So really our initial goal was to have all this crib safety and safe sleeping information just readily accessible for parents.” Upon conducting further research, however, Ms Davis found something unsettling. “We found that there were no crib safety laws overseeing cribs and crib mattresses.” No laws supervised manufacturing and testing of cribs. Ms. Davis then set her sights on the legislature. Using

her connections with local government officials, she began lobbying for better crib safety laws. The process would take seven years. When asked why it took so long, Ms. Davis responded, “Congress and the public were unaware that was so many injuries and deaths associated with cribs. It just wasn’t spoken about. It wasn’t readily accessible information.” It took backing from California representative Dianne Feinstein before Congress finally passed the law. It was signed by President George Bush, and the law went into effect this past June. “And they’re the strongest crib laws that have been in the United States in over 30 years,” Ms. Davis remarked proudly. Keeping Babies Safe didn’t stop growing there, however. The organization entered a partnership with the popular brand Party City. During certain months, customers are asked whether or not they would like to donate a dollar to Keeping Babies Safe when checking out. Thousands of dollars have been raised through this partnership. Keeping Babies Safe also has affiliation with the Somerset Hills YMCA. The Y holds a 5k run for the organizations benefit every year. The participants, whose ages range from eight to 50 and up, run about three miles with the name Garret emblazoned on their T-Shirts. “When a parent goes to a store, they believe that what the manufactures are selling are safe, durable products,” Ms. Davis concluded. “But unfortunately that isn’t always the case, so it is the parent’s job to stay educated.”


Apple: Made in the USA?

It All Began With a Hot Dog

By CAROLINE CIANCIARA‘15 strolls around campus, and still had time for academics. As years passed, Staff Writer college grew closer. Eventually, Mr. From high school sweethearts to and Mrs. Szeles decided to show their high school teachers, Mr. and Mrs. families, who had sacrificed a lot for Szeles have quite the relationship. them to be able to go to college, that They first met at piano lessons, where they were able to be mature about they were both taught by the same their relationship. Mr. Szeles went off instructor. Since Mr. Szeles wasn’t to Johns Hopkins in Maryland while ask skilled on the piano, he recalls Mrs. Szeles went to Skidmore Colthat he, “sort of hated her because lege in New York. As Mr. Szeles says, “absence makes she could play so well.” When they came as students to Prep in 7th and the heart grow fonder.” He and Mrs. 8th grade, respectively, Rutgers Prep Szeles spent the next two years seewas divided into lower school and a ing and meeting other people. After high school. Since there was no mid- two unhappy years of at Skidmore, dle school, the lower school ended in Mrs. Szeles transferred to Goucher 7th grade, while high school started College in Maryland to be closer to in 8th. Since Mr. Szeles was a grade Mr. Szeles. Since graduating, Mr. and above Mrs. Szeles, they didn’t see Mrs. Szeles have both been working as teachers at the school where they each other much. As Mrs. Szeles jokes, “It all began fell in love. Mrs. Szeles is head of the with a hot dog.” Mr. Szeles was Music department, while Mr. Szeles part of the JV basketball team in teaches 8th grade U.S. history and high school, while Mrs. Szeles was has just recently retired from coacha cheerleader. Mrs. Szeles recalled ing Upper School soccer. The Szeleses are a perfect example that after one game, they celebrated at a local restaurant where Mr. Szeles of high school sweethearts who never bought her a hot dog. They attended let go for 38 years, no matter how difthe prom together, went on daily ficult the journey was.


By MIKE FEDOROCHKO ‘12 Layout Editor The prospect of an American-made iPhone, while still far-fetched, has become less of a ridiculous proposition than previously thought. The economic viability of building Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and MacBook product lines in the United States is becoming increasingly good, says Teck Chia, the VP of Global Supply Chain Management at Foxconn. “As the price of crude rises and social and economic reforms continue to come to fruition in mainland China, the economic incentives to produce electronics there are becoming less and less attractive,” says Chia, who oversees a good majority of the products that Foxconn manufactures for Apple. While other consumer electronics manufactures certainly exist, Foxconn has continued to come out on top. When asked about Foxconn’s ability to woo some of tech’s biggest names Chia

replied, “Making consumer electronics is a tricky business, and Foxconn has come out on top mainly because of ability to go way beyond any other company in terms of investment up front.” The company’s recent announcement to invest $12 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Brazil is proof that Foxconn is willing to shell out in order to rake in. The elimination of steep import tariffs, reduced shipping costs, and better access to the growing Brazilian market were all factors that contributed to the company’s decision to invest, according to Chia. The Brazil deal, which has been a hallmark of Chia’s tenure at Foxconn, has been plagued by diplomatic red tape. In an effort to bypass some of that red tape while the new production facility is built, Foxconn has been working with their Brazilian counterparts to secure priority treatment at Brazilian customs, which is notoriously slow even by the standards of emerging mar-

Chinese Workers assembling parts in a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen. kets according to Chia. “We’re trying to set an example here,” he said. “People need to understand that this is as much a Foxconn thing as it a symbol of Asian-Brazilian economics relations.” Chia notes that while the viability of producing consumer electronics domestically has become better, he

doesn’t see it being a realistic option in the near future. “I don’t see that happening in the next decade, but the winds are beginning to blow in favor of it. China is changing rapidly, and it would be foolish to assume that production costs will remain so low.”

The Only Tribute of Its Kind By CHRISTOPHER MASTELLONE ‘12 Staff Writer NEW YORK, N.Y.-- September 11th, 2001: the date on which the New York skyline was changed forever. As the country tried to heal itself, many were already thinking about a memorial for those who died. This memorial, which was the first official one of its kind, finally happened on the six month anniversary of the disaster in the form of light. The head designer was Paul Marantz, whose lighting firm Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS) was contracted to do the tribute. Marantz makes it clear that this

job was special. “It was a job unlike any other,” he said. “Aside from the healing aspect of it, it is the only project we have ever done where light alone was employed. So one of the emotions was the excitement of achieving something new and unique. Another was fear that it wouldn’t work out. A third was pride that we were chosen to do it.” The firm was very excited to do the project but it also faced some difficulties. In addition to this being hard because they were only using light, the entire downtown was still under immense security. This was because the cleanup was still going on while they were working on this memorial. Therefore it was hard to get the searchlights

from the west coast and then position them in the downtown area. In addition to that there was also a very strict deadline, Marantz said, “then it became very hard because there was great pressure to have it up and running just six months after the attack.” The tribute was two towers of light, and it was inspired by a New York Times Magazine cover. The cover had a picture of where the towers once stood, but there were massive beams of light in their place. The Municipal Art Society, which was founded in 1893 and is dedicated to improving the city, asked Fisher Marantz Stone to do the tribute. The tribute was done pro bono, Marantz says, “There was no thought

of being paid for this.” This is something that Marantz makes very clear: the project was a very passionate one; the entire company was working on it, all dedicated to remember those who died. Everyone in FMS agreed that they had to do this job, Marantz said. “There was no debate at all. It was clearly something we had to do.” Looking back Marantz thinks, “It is likely to be the project we’ll be remembered for.” He and everyone at FMS are “super-proud, but there is a big regret that almost 3,000 people had to die in order for this project to be conceived. It would have been better for all of us and the nation as a whole had this tragedy never occurred.”


SAGE Serves


October 2011

October 2011



By ARIAN RUBIO ‘14 Staff Writer The Rutgers Prep Dining Commons has been open for about a month, and has generally received positive assessment from both the faculty and the students. However, many people only consider the Dining Commons for its food, without thinking of the team of workers behind the scenes. Seeing this, I decided to ask the Food Service Director of the Dining Commons, Dean Hodecker, some questions about the new Dining Commons, and his opinions of working within the Rutgers Prep community. AR: What were your initial thoughts about coming to work at Rutgers Preparatory School? DH: I was excited. It’s a lot bigger than what I was doing before. I came from a smaller school, which had a family-style of service - we weren’t serving on a cafeteria line like this. We were serving the tables individually, so it’s a lot different from what I was doing in the past. AR: After serving the Rutgers Prep community for about a month, how do you feel about working here? DH: I was very welcomed here by both the faculty and the students. I was welcomed with open arms. It feels good to be part of this community. AR: What do you think of the students and faculty members of Rutgers Prep? DH: I haven’t had any problems. Like I said, everybody’s been pretty excited to have us here, and I feel we had a successful opening and a successful first month. We’re trying to keep people full and happy. AR: Is there anything that you would like the Rutgers Prep community to do differently during the time spent in the Dining Commons? DH: We always appreciate people cleaning up after themselves. This is such a beautiful building; let’s keep

it looking nice as long as we possibly can. AR: Many students have noticed that they cannot get food during Nosh, a break after our Morning Meeting, except from the vending machines in the Field House, which was possible in previous years with the old cafeteria. Would it be possible for the Dining Commons to allow students to get food during this time? DH: It was the school’s decision to be open for breakfast, and it was also the school’s decision to have this building closed from 8:30 to 11:20. I’ll discuss this with the administration, but ultimately that’s a business decision they will make. AR: According to the school website, the Dining Commons is getting some of its food grown in the surrounding area, including food grown in the Fifth Grade Herb Garden. What are some of the benefits of doing so? DH: We try to keep money within the community. You guys are paying to go to school here. The money that

you guys are paying to attend Rutgers Prep is going back out and supporting local businesses. So, we’re keeping the money within the community, being as sustainable as possible, and buying local when it’s available and when it’s in season.

plate when practicing variety, balance and moderation. You want to eat a variety of green dot foods, balance your plate with yellow dot items and moderate the number of red dot foods you eat. The program is a great way to enjoy the fun and nutritious parts of every food.

AR: How long have you been with SAGE? DH: I’ve been with SAGE four years.

AR: Is all food cooked on campus, and how fresh is the food when served? DH: The vast majority of the food is house-made here on campus. There are a few high-volume items that it’s not practical for us to make from scratch every day, so we buy them already mixed and cook them just before serving them. Along with that, we have a full food safety program in place, as well, so we’re taking temperatures as the food is coming off the truck, we’re taking temperatures as it’s coming out of the oven, we’re taking temperatures of our dish machine, as well as the holding temperatures and when the food is out on the hot line, making sure all of the food we serve is safe.

AR: What differentiates SAGE from other companies? DH: The biggest part is that sustainable attitude. We want to serve your community the most flavorful, wholesome food made with the freshest ingredients. Quality does cost a little more, but we’re willing to spend a little bit more to get the best ingredients and the most capable employees. AR: Can you explain the SAGE Spotlight Program? DH: The Spotlight Program is a quick and easy way to help students make nutritious choices in the dining hall. SAGE believes all food fits on your

Many of us here in the Rutgers Prep community love to try new and delicious food; am I right? Well then, why not Indian food? I have the perfect excuse for you to venture out for the perfect dish! Diwali is coming up, and we know you love our dancing, but try our food too! Since there are many Indian restaurants and stores all over Somerset County and throughout New Jersey, you have probably tried Indian food at one time or another. We’ve all found a dish we love or a dish we absolutely despise. People think that Indian cuisine consists only of spicy curries with different breads but in reality there is so much more to it! In fact, each region of India has its own unique variety of dishes.

In the North we find flat breads such as naans, parathas, and rotis, which are deep-fried in oil and served alongside different vegetable curries. There are also tons of salty snacks, like the pakoda, a breaded fried snack usually stuffed with onions, tomatoes, and spinach. The samosa (a sort of “vegetable bread”) is a snack which many enjoy and is usually eaten with a spicy sauce to add flavor. Dairy products, as well as meats such as tandoori chicken, are common components to a traditional meal. Finally, at the end of our meals, we have dessert! There are so many sweets! Gulab jamun, jalebi, kulfi, ras malai, and several varieties of laddu, barfi and halwa are all prepared with a combination of sugar, milk, rice, ground nuts, and oils. They are all so mouth watering, and at times it is hard to choose what to eat!

East Indian cuisine is famous for desserts such as rasagolla. This popular sweet takes the form of a ball and is made from cottage cheese and cooked in sugar syrup. Apart from sweets, East Indian cuisine offers puffed rice, fruit, fish, and shellfish. Western Indian cuisine is mostly based off of coconuts and chilies. Even though it is predominantly vegetarian, the food in this region is the most diverse. From seafood to bread and rice, the food never seems to disappoint. The concept of the thaali (“large plate”) originated in this region and is the approach of eating multiple dishes including bread, spices, curries, and sweets all on the same plate. Lastly, if you take a trip to Southern India, you will see people eating dosas, pooris, idlis, vadas, and bajjis (different varieties of bread), which are typi-


Not only is Kanye a rapper, but he is now designing a women’s line as well. Kanye made his debut in fashion at this year’s Fashion Week in Paris.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2011

By GIULIA ACCURSO ‘13 Staff Writer

The Wonders of Indian Food By MANASA GRANDHI ‘13 Staff Writer


cal favorites. South Indian food is the spiciest by far, so beware! Fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts are also abundant in this region. Rice is very popular here as well, and with my heritage being South Indian, I have this with many of my favorite spicy vegetable curries every night. Indian food consists of sweet, salty, and sour foods, all prepared very differently, and as you can see, the assortment of foods change from place to place. So, now you know what you can expect to find in a North Indian or South Indian restaurant. Now, since Diwali is coming up, I want all of you to be brave and go out and try some Indian food. It’s a time for celebration and what better way to enjoy yourself than to eat a tasty meal! So, if you’re a lover of food, then go! Eat! Enjoy!

“It was great to see the collections of our designers take center stage and show the world what fashion has in store for Spring 2012,” said Peter Levy, managing director of IMG Fashion Worldwide. Fall Fashion Week in New York is one of the most exciting and prestigious events that the city has to offer. It goes on every year during the month of September, and gives an

insight on the trends and lookouts of spring fashion for the following year. The event takes place in the famous Lincoln Center and is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. This year’s Fashion Week hosted more than 98 designers, and over 100,000 guests. Designers spend several months planning what they want to showcase and an immense amount of preparation goes into it. During the show everything is moving at rapid speed backstage with design-

ers, makeup artists, and stylists trying to get everything done as quickly as possible. It is craziness backstage and nobody knows this because once those models hit the runway, it’s perfection. All this work goes into a show that’s only an hour long but is possibly one of the most important highlights in a designer’s career. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featured collections by Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Chloe, Burberry, and many more. Some

styles that were frequently shown for the spring 2012 season were tweed jackets, short hemlines, and pleated dresses. The show contained everything from elegant couture gowns by Oscar de la Renta, to the casual sweater and easy dress by Tory Burch. Spectators can find whatever style fits them the best, Stores can get ideas for new merchandise, and designers get a remarkable amount of press fame. New York Fashion Week is a magical time for everyone.


XC Team Defeats Hun, Stuart


October 2011

The season may have just begun, but the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams have been trying their hardest to win as many games as they can. Although the two teams have had a rough start, the Junior Varsity team was able to work together during a game they lost, but only by 16 points! On October 5, JV finally won a match against Blair Academy. The score for the first game was 25-7, and the second game was 2517, Rutgers Prep winning both times. This win was not because of luck, but

The Magic of Music -- Past and Present

As always, a brand new school year brings an influx of homework and sleepless nights. Although these are not always very fun, the exciting programs in various departments at Rutgers Prep definitely make up for them. The Music department, in particular, has always been seen as a source of delight and inspiration for students, both those involved in it and not. I spoke to Mrs. Szeles, the head of the Music department, about the choirs and her plans for the year. Along with the school concerts, some singing ensembles will be attending an annual Choral festival. This festival is always a great opportunity for Rutgers Prep

singers to listen to other high schools, compare their performances, and learn from them. For the first time last year, the Women’s Choir participated in this festival and received a score of Outstanding. While the choral festival is the main out-of-school event, the Madrigals can often be found performing at a multiplicity of places. This ensemble occasionally travels to Bridgewater Commons to sing, and goes to Robert Wood Johnson every year for the Aids Awareness Day program. Singing at the hospital really gives the students a sense of joy. This type of community service reaches hearts in a way only music can; the emotion is indescribable and extremely powerful. Although the Madrigals are not going this year, Mrs.

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JV Volleyball’s First Win By LINDSEY SCHAEFER ‘15 Staff Writer

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up the dirt behind her, her teammates finished solidly in sixth, seventh, eight, eleventh, twelfth, and sixteenth places. Because the girls ran together and used each other to push themselves during the race, they were able to prevent other girl runners from taking those numbers, therefore increasing the scores of the other girls. Finishing first doesn’t get the lowest score, but working together to pass girls as a group helps a team get the lowest score possible. Pushing the team to victory were Coach Loy, Coach Wise, and Coach Richa. When asked about what contributed to the team’s success, Coach Loy replied, “The Cross Country team is made up of individuals who are competitive and strive to maximize their potential.” She added, “The victory was a culmination of weeks of preparation. The long runs of seven to eight miles coupled with speed and threshold work were key to our success.” The team celebrated their win against Hun and Stuart by feasting on bagels, sweets, granola bars, and fruit while singing a very happy birthday to their teammate Julia Castner, showing their teamwork and closeness on and off the course.

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because of the hard work the JV volleyball team has been putting into their practices every day. Ashley Avicolli, a member of the JV volleyball team, says, “I believe that the team could work together better if they helped each other out more during games and practices. The team will improve by working on their rotations and practicing calling the ball.” Ashley, a freshman, has been playing volleyball since seventh grade. She believes that this win is only the beginning for the junior varsity volleyball team and that their continuing increase in skill will only bring on more victories.

Olivia Glassman: Where is She Now? By LINDSEY SCHAEFER ‘15 Staff Writer When it comes to volleyball at Rutgers Prep, the name Olivia Glassman is hard to forget. A Prep graduate in 2011, Olivia was an outstanding high school volleyball star at Rutgers Prep and beyond. She continues to play for Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Olivia is a starting player in the college’s games and earned rookie of the week for her first week playing for Skidmore. Unfortunately, Olivia recently tore her ACL and meniscus and is out for the rest of the season. Olivia started playing volleyball in sixth grade. In her freshman year of

high school, she stared playing competitively on a national team and played on it all throughout high school. She became the captain of the Rutgers Prep team for her junior and senior years. Olivia said about her volleyball season of 2010, “I absolutely loved being on the team. We were all like family, and our personalities meshed so well and it really showed on the court.” Olivia made it very clear that she really enjoyed her seasons of volleyball. She said, “We had a really strong, winning season and some really incredible coaches. Having the support of the school was also really great, especially during the state finals game, and it really meant a lot to us.”

Spider-Man Live Onstage By PRAZ PERKASA ‘15 Staff Writer “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” represents a quantum leap in Broadway’s history. It is certainly the biggest, fattest, and most intense musical of all time. Truly spectacular. To put it mildly, I’ve never seen anything like it in a Broadway theatre or anywhere else. It combines elements from conventional Broadway musicals, technological animations, and Cirque du Soleil’s magical dazzle. Along with scenic designs and mind-blowing costumes, what more can you ask from the most expensive show in Broadway history? The simplicity of its plot line is a masterpiece. The story lies between Spiderman, Mary Jane, and their villain: Green Goblin. It’s a truly triumphant story, and captivating combat scenes make this show a winner. Classic songs by U2 hit perfection. I went out singing one of the songs, humming one of the tunes. When was the last time that happened? Throughout the show, I was gripping my chair in anticipation, especially during the stunning aerials and busting action extravaganza. I also bawled my eyes out during heart-wrenching scenes such as Spiderman and Mary Jane’s romantic first kiss. I felt as if I was a

young adolescent all over again, opening up my comic book to find one of my favorite superheroes and becoming part of the adventure. How could I forget to mention the stellar performances of Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, and Patrick Page? For three hours, I was able to transcend my reality, enter a cruel world, and become transfixed in that moment. As I left the theater, I was exhilarated by the fact that I had just witnessed the most expensive Broadway show ever. It is a beautiful expression of art fully packed with the intense actions of my favorite superhero. With six different villains, ranging from Carnage to Kraven the Hunter, I am certain that “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” will leave you with a lasting impression. No doubt, “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” is the greatest action-packed musical Broadway show ever created. It’s not your typical New York Broadway musical; even critics can’t deny the magical beauty of this spectacular show: “It is the most extraordinary, magical, groundbreaking theatrical design that you will ever see and the most complex show in Broad history,” says MSN. Was it worth the wait and the money? Definitely!

Szeles hopes to be able to continue the tradition next year. As many students may be aware of, the Madrigals have had the honor of performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall twice, once in 2000 and once in 2008. This is something that Rutgers Prep will always be proud of. In 2000, Mrs. Szeles sent a recording of the Madrigals to Carnegie Hall and soon received an invitation to sing there alongside other Madrigal singers from across the country. Again, in 2008 another invitation was sent, but this time, the Madrigals were performing under the direction of a world-renowned director, Anton Armstrong. Mrs. Szeles clearly recalls one of the choral pieces, Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem.” These two experiences were absolutely phe-


nomenal, and the extra rehearsals and commitment that were required were certainly, Mrs. Szeles says, worth it. Beyond a doubt, it can be seen that the great success of the choirs is a result of both the desire numerous students have to sing and work hard, and just the sheer passion of an extremely devoted faculty. They pass on their love of music to all students. To sing is to create something beautiful; it is the act of expressing oneself through sound. It is, in a way, very spiritual. As Mrs. Szeles says, it truly does give one a feeling of “unspoken joy,” something untouchable, but very real.


Top 10 Things I Hate About Facebook By SPENCER GREENBERG ‘14 Staff Writer Today, I will inform you on what I think are the worst parts of Facebook. I don’t really mean the website, mostly just what people choose to do with it. I have narrowed it down to a top ten list, but trust me, there are many more things I have a problem with. Like any good list, I’ll save the best for last. 10. The repost-this-if-you-care status I know what you may be thinking. “Spencer is such a bad person!” But hear me out. Statuses such as “Stupid Cancer” and other statuses that pull a sad story and then tell you to repost them or send them to your friends get me pretty mad. If you want to help a cause, find a charity, donate, and spread the word about the charity. 9. “Goin ouuuuuttt txxxtttt!!!!” This really gets on my nerves. If you are going out, you are most likely meeting with friends, so why should your Facebook friends text you? Are the friends you’re going out with not good enough? If you actually need your Facebook friends to text you while you are out with living, breathing, humans who I assume you are it least friendly with, you have a serious problem. 8. The Unnecessary Photo Status I for one enjoy sharing my photos of vacations or parties on Facebook and I apologize if those bother you. But when you post a photo to go along with the statuses such as, “Bored at home!” or, “With my BFF Emma!” I just cringe. If you are telling me something that is not only boring, but also has no impact on my life, why must you add a visual? I have a pretty good imagination I’m pretty sure that I can imagine you at home or with your friend. 7. Like for a Rate These are just awful. This just says to me, “Hey, I’m bored! Why don’t I make people volunteer to be publicly judged?” If the people you contact on Facebook are actually your friends, you should not be judging them! 6. Poking This needs very little explanation. Just think about the concept of poking. If you went to someone and poked them incessantly in real life, you would most likely be hit. 5. Leaving Videos on People’s Walls Facebook, Skype, iChat, AIM, ooVoo, FaceTime. These are all social networking apps that offer video chatting. Could you seriously not wait until that person logs on to any of those sites to tell them something via a video? Could you not text them? Call them? And do you realize I can see the video? Attention people who post videos on other people’s walls: Just because you post it on their wall does not mean it is secret and cannot be seen by everyone. If you have something to tell them, do it in private.


4. The Clever Commenter (aka HATERS) I think myself to be kind of a witty guy. I try and put some effort into a status before I post it. I try and make it funny, clever, and something that people may care to see. I hate it when someone comments on my status because they’re so much better at being witty. Must you ruin my hard work with your hatred? If you think you can write a better status, by all means please make one; I’d love to read it. You do not need to prove mine wrong, or find a spelling mistake, or say, “This person said that 2 months ago!” There is a “like button,” if you don’t like my status do not press it and leave me be. 3. The Bad Profile Picture No, I am not referring to a profile picture that is taken on a bad camera. I am talking about the selfies, the mirror pictures, the shirtless pictures, the baby pictures, the “I’m So Deep That I Must Take a Picture in Front of a Sunset, But You Can’t See Me Because of the Lighting” picture, and the “You Can’t Actually See Me” picture. Your profile picture is the most important part of Facebook. It says and shows who you are. When I see you without a shirt on in front of the mirror, the first thing I see and think is, Wow, could you be anymore conceited? Why are you taking a picture in front of the mirror anyway? Do you not have a friend or relative that can hold a camera? There should be a rule on Facebook you must have one actual friend that can hold a camera for you before you can make virtual friends. And by the way, to the baby pictures and the pictures where I can’t actually see you: I am sure you are not a baby or a faceless space of darkness. I do not want to be friends with you if you are a baby or are a faceless space of darkness.

2. The Attention Grabber! “I had such a bad day.” “Messed up much?” “I could really use a friend right now!” These are a few of the many statuses that scream, “I am sad, lonely, and require your attention!” If you have a big problem, (and usually it isn’t a big problem) calling for pity on Facebook will get you nowhere! Facebook is not a place to share your minor everyday problems! If you have legitimate problem, contact a good friend or parent, talk it out and try and make it better. But if your problem is, “some girl called me fat,” or “I have a lot of homework,” I take no pity on you! Get over it! We all have problems! Also, don’t try to be vague, by saying you have a problem, but not actually saying what it is, just so people will ask you what the problem is. And now my number one most hated part of Facebook. 1. Sappy Statuses and Song Lyrics Statuses that usually have to do with break ups or loneliness. Things like, “Don’t frown, someone could be falling in love with your smile,” or “ I do not need you in my life, I have another waiting for me with his arms open!” Anything along those lines. You all know exactly what I am talking about. You are in high school! Relationships

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The Top 10 Most Annoying Things About Facebook By BEN ZELTSER ‘15 Staff Writer Facebook. It is the most frequently visited, used, and checked site on the internet. It is addicting, time consuming, and entertaining. Although it’s a great place to chat with friends, catch up on social life, and even pass the time, there are many flaws to Facebook. Here are my top ten most irritating things on Mark Zuckerberg’s most prized possession. 10. Games and Game Notifications I’m sure all of us have become familiar with games like Farmville or Caféworld, or even Mob Wars. This is turning Facebook into a site for fiveyear-olds rather than teens and adults. 9. Unnecessary Name Changes A word of advice: Your parents gave you a middle name for a reason. There is no point in substituting it with John “Crazylegs” Doe, or George “So Fly” Smith. 8. WE DON’T CARE People don’t want to know that you’re sitting down eating a sandwich at the moment. Enough said. 7. Liking Your Own Status It usually isn’t a big deal, but every so often it’s just annoying to see. We know you like it, that’s why you posted it. 6. Posting Pictures of Yourself Kissing Your BF/GF In addition to ruining your own privacy, consider this: In order to have taken the picture, you must have had to hold a camera up while you were happen, break-ups happen, sadness happens! Trust me, you will not fall in love in high school. (You may think you will, but you won’t.) And guess what? If you so desperately need a partner to get through your life there are thousands of people around your age, near where you live, in your school! Maybe they won’t be “the one,” but if being in a relationship is so important that you have to tell world that, “your soul is dying,”

sucking each other’s face. Awkward. 5. Wall Spam “John Doe has answered questions about you! See what they said!” … No. 4. Constant Updates Seriously Zuckerberg, it’s okay for Facebook to stay the same for more than a week. Most people actually prefer it. 3. Prevention Statuses Making statuses about cancer and bullying isn’t going to help anyone. If you really want to help, donate money to cancer charities and speak up the next time you see someone being bullied. 2. Sappy Love Statuses It says something like, “I miss the touch of your hand,” or “I don’t need you in my life anymore”. 99% of the people that see these statuses don’t know what the heck you’re talking about and honestly don’t care. 1. Being Tagged in Pictures Where Everyone Comments Every once in a while, some courageously naïve person posts a picture and tags everyone in it “if you matter to me” or something of that nature. What they come to overlook is the fact that within the span of one week, there will be nearly 150 comments, some of them being ones such as, “STOP COMMENTING” or “TOO MANY NOTIFICATIONS.” So there you have it. Some people may disagree and actually enjoy some of these things, but most think that everything on this list is superfluous and dumb. Facebook is a great place to do many things, but there are some flaws that need fixing.

then go on a date with a friend! Also, people get back together! If this guy or girl was really the one for you then don’t give up! Use Facebook to contact the person, apologize, and ask to get back together.

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