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Volume 13, Issue 1

ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Major Universities Revoke Early Admissions

Elimination of Early Decision Leaves 2008 and Beyond in a Dazed State Bob Jeffery Mane News Staff Writer

On September 12, Harvard University announced that, starting next year, it will no longer consider applicants for early admis-

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sions, convinced that such a process puts low-income students at a disadvantage. With early admissions, students have the opportunity to indicate to a school that it is a first choice and submit their application months before the regular due date. In re-

turn, they get a decision by mid-December. Harvard’s justification of its action stemmed from the belief that wealthier students have the capacity to pour thousands of dollars into college counselors who can recommend applying early and ensure adequate organization in so doing. Some of America’s other prestigious universities, including Princeton and the University of Virginia, have followed suit in disposing of early admissions. Other schools have indubitably put early admissions on the table for discussion. What do these changes mean for St. Andrew’s seniors-to-be of 2008 and beyond as they delve into the daunting realm of unending stress known as the college process? Harvard’s interim president Derek Bok told The New York Times that eliminating early admissions “will improve the climate in high schools… so that students don’t start getting preoccupied in their junior year about which college to go to.” However, St. Andrew’s experts have a different opinion. Associate Director of College Counseling Délice Williams said, “All it will do is push back the pressure until later in the year... That’s not what less privileged

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How Much Is Too Much? Teachers Question Value of Homework Overload Jacob Horn Mane News Staff Writer

Classic Rock is “Back In Black” See Page 7

New Teachers Join School See Page 3

Homecoming Schedule See Page 12 TCID:BW

At St. Andrew’s, it does not take much roaming of the halls to hear someone say, “I’ve got too much homework tonight!” According to tenth grader Zach Atchinson, he says this about three times a day, “give or take.” The Student Handbook states that an Upper School student should “expect to spend 30 – 40 minutes per class, for a total of 2 – 4 hours per night” of homework. For an AP course, up to an hour is expected. Many students do find that they can usually complete their homework within the four hour period the school expects. Others say that homework takes them somewhere between four and five hours a night.

ing longer than two hours. In some cases, the longer students work past this point, the more likely they are to do worse. For middle school students, Cooper says that the same phenomenon occurs after about one and a half hours. Cooper’s results have been disputed, but some other educators endorse them. Linda Darling-Hammond, who researches education at Stanford University, says that Cooper’s studies were not tightly controlled, although his results make sense. The recent findings are sparking reforms of existing homework policies across the country. They also supply the anti-homework movement with new arguments. Alfie Kohn, a harsh critic of modern educational practices, recently wrote a book titled The Homework Myth. He cites that mental health issues resulting from the stress of homework as significant reason to abolish homework. Cooper personally believes that, although too much homework is harmful, getting rid of homework completely is not a good idea and will harm student’s grades. He says that there is a middle ground which allows teachers to give reasonable assignments but does not have students working for more then two hours. At St. Andrew’s, the typical course load is five academic classes with homework, plus an art, religion, or health class that either involves some homework or some other out of school commitment. If Cooper’s two hours were broken down to allow each of these classes an equal amount of the student’s time, the student would work on each subject for around

Some students are swamped with work. New research, however, suggests that too much homework maybe be harmful. Duke University professor Harris Cooper, relying on several recent studies, concludes that high school students who study into the late hours of the night are not gaining much, if anything, from working so much. In fact, he says that there is no academic benefit from work- Continued on Page 4

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New Drug and Alcohol Program Generates Interest Kate Goldbaum Mane News Co-Editor-in-Chief

Ask most students what they think of the school’s drug and alcohol education program, and you might get a blank look. In response to this lack of impact, the administration has been working hard to implement a new drug and alcohol education policy. Partly due to the recent departures of students to drug and alcohol related violations, as well as a number of incidents resulting in suspensions and disciplinary probations, the administration has been looking for new ways to keep their students clean. Although the speakers that have come to the school over the past few years have certainly shocked many students, they did not appear to have a dramatic effect on students’ drug and alcohol related habits. According to senior Molly Widrick, “the people [the administrators] have brought in just gave us facts trying to scare kids into not doing drugs or drinking, which was very ineffective.” Keeping this general response to previous speakers in mind, the administration searched for a new approach to helping students understand the consequences of using drugs and alchohol. Upper School Dean of Students Ginger Cobb, along with other members of the administration and other local private school administrators, attended drug and alcohol prevention conference s yearly. During the most recent of Ruth Faison these con-Peer Leader Jasmine Niferences, aernberger leads a discusnon-profitsion on drugs and alcohol. o rg a n i z a tion Community of Concern presented a new way of looking at drug and alcohol education. There the administrators began to explore a relatively new way to help students understand better the effects of drugs and alcohol. The new technique involves beginning an “open dialogue” between children and parents about drugs and alcohol in a way that has been previously unheard of. A leading expert in this new field of drug and alcohol prevention, Ron Gaetano, came on the night of September 13 to help facilitate this dialogue between freshmen and their parents. He explains this process as a way to place children and parents on the same level, in order to encourage open discussion. In order to accomplish this, children sit separately from their parents, in order to create a “round table discussion” between children and adults who do not know each other. Gaetano believes that children will talk honestly when given the chance, and he admits to learning much

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Ninth Grade Service Learning Program Update Molly Gott Mane News Staff Writer

The Service Learning Program was implemented last year, replacing Church History as the ninth grade religion course. The program is broken up into several stages. For the first weeks of the class, students discuss the school philosophy and the meaning of Episcopal identity (including the importance of community service and inclusion) with Headmaster Robert Kosasky. Then, they talk about identity and differences concerning views and beliefs about the school’s values. According to Ginger Cobb, Dean of Students and teacher of the course, the students are generally open and honest during these discussions because they are all well aware that they take place in a “closed classroom;” the things that people say are not to be discussed outside of the classroom. When the students are done with these discussions, they begin the third stage of the class and they go out into the community to perform service. The freshmen do their service at organizations such as D.C. Central Kitchen, Covenant House, and Street Sense, while working closely with Samaritan Ministry. In fact, Mr. Chuck James, Director of Volunteers and Communication at Samaritan Ministry, talks to the Service Learning classes once a week. In these talks he tries to portray a realistic portrait of homelessness in order to make students really understand how it feels to live on the streets. For example, during one of his visits, he assigned each student a job with a particular income and had them try to figure out how they would live on that income if they were homeless. On days that they do not perform service, students talk about their volunteering experiences at the various organizations at which they work, paying particular attention to the themes of stereotypes and differences in people they work with. In fact, according to Cobb, one of the main goals of the Service Learning Program is not only to dispel stereotypes about the homeless, but to raise student awareness about the often untruthful and dangerous nature of preconceived notions. At the end of the trimester, students reflect back on all of their discussions and write articles about a particular issue facing the homeless population. Some of these articles are selected to appear in Samaritan Ministry’s newsletter, InStep. Marta Marino Mane News Assistant News Editor

Foley Scandal

Mark Foley, a Floridian republican has been recently accused of sending inappropriate messages to teenage boys. With www.tomlatham.house.gov the mid-term elections in full swing, this blow against the Republican Party could have some serious consequences. As of last week, both republican representative Thomas M. Reynolds, and speaker J. Dennis Hastert have been greatly sidelined from the public campaign for fear that with their

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Community Walks for the Homeless

Students, Teachers, Parents, Alumni Prepare to Partake in First Walkathon

Molly Gott Mane News Staff Writer

This year, there will be several changes to St. Andrew’s annual Fall Fest, the most significant of which will be the addition of a charitable walkathon to the October 21 festivities. When discussing this year’s events, the St. Andrew’s Parents Association decided that it wanted to incorporate some kind of community service-based activity that would bring the entire St. Andrew’s population together into the festival. The idea of a walkathon was proposed and it was eventually decided that the money raised would go to Samaritan Ministry, an organization that the school already has close ties with because of its involvement in the Service Learning Program. The walkathon is part of the school’s ongoing push to cement its relationship with Samaritan Ministry. The con-

nection with Samaritan Ministry began many years ago (when the school first decided to hold its Thanksgiving food drive), but has grown over the past several years because the school is partnering with Samaritan Ministry for its Service Learning Program. Although Samaritan Ministry already plays a key role in the Service Learning Program, the administration wants its presence to be felt by all members of the St. Andrew’s community, not just ninth graders. www.samaritanministry.org Cobb hopes that the idea of “service learning” can be extended to all St. Andrew’s students, leading to an ongoing “commitment to a local place that makes a local impact,”

not just an off-and-on relationship with many different organizations. The walkathon is a good opportunity for the entire community to become involved in community service and strengthen the school’s commitment to Samaritan Ministry. Students (especially Middle Schoolers who, says Cobb, “are often left out of these types of events”), alumni, staff, faculty, and parents can all participate in the walk. After completing the two mile loop that is to be the trail for the walkathon, students, parents, staff, faculty, and alumni will be able to see a special art exhibit in Kreeger Gallery. This exhibit will showcase the winning artwork of Samaritan Ministry’s art contest, which called for art on the theme of homelessness. Cobb and the rest of the St. Andrew’s administration hope and believe that the walkathon will be a positive addition to Fall Fest. Ideally, Cobb believes, the walkathon will help cement the “already powerful” relationship that St. Andrew’s has with Samaritan Ministry.

The Crisis in Darfur How Much Do Students Really Know?

Zeenat Nabi Mane News Staff Writer

The conflict in Darfur, Sudan began in early 2003, when rebel groups from impoverished regions began to attack government targets, claiming that the government is oppressing black Africans in favor of Arabs. The government responded with full force, launching a massacre against black Africans and rebels. The two main rebel groups participating in the protests are the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). On the other side is the members of the Janjaweed militia, who are drawn from Darfurian and ChadianArab tribes, and have been charged with serious war crimes from onlookers in the world. There has been evidence that the Sudanese government has been associated with the Janjaweed militia to ethnically “cleanse” certain regions even though spokesmen for the government have denied any association with the group. Western powers have differing opinions as to how serious the situation in Darfur really is. Many sources have inconsistent

statistics and confusing and complicated describing Darfur’s state in 2004; the discussions on the matter. It is said that U.N. still believes that the situation in at least 450,000 civilians have been killed Darfur is not genocidal, but can be called by the Sudanese government and Janja- a “humanitarian crisis” with leaders of weed tribe, and at least 2 million have fled the area facing serious war crime chargfrom their homes and live in constantly at- es. The U.N. and other African countacked refugee camps. Although it has been difficult due to past Sudanese-Chadian conflicts and tribal disputes, many civilians have crossed into Sudan’s neighboring country Chad. Aid and refugee workers are in constant demand for food, first aid and other necessary supplies, yet they are hard to reach because of the violence in the regions. Similar to the circumstances during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Western countries can only intervene and act if they all agree that the situation can www.who.int/features/darfur/en/darfur.jpg be called “genocide.” The Western coun- tries, including Rwanda, have sent peace tries disagree over the Darfurian conflict. keeping troops in small numbers that Previous U.S. Secretary of State Colin have barely effected the crisis in Darfur. Powell used the word “genocide” when

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presence might switch people’s attention away from matters such as the Iraq war where the republican party expects to have an advantage. Because of this, the possibilities of keeping republicans in power within the House is dwindling.

Nuclear Testing in North Korea

This week’s apparent underground nuclear testing in North Korea has thrown the most important nations into a state of alarm, or at the very least precaution. President Bush has recently expressed a reluctance to engage in direct talks with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The world’s most influential nations are willing to impose sanctions. How-

interlacing of cultures.” In some declarations as well as writings, he has recognized the massacre of almost one million Armenians (who used to live in north-eastern ever, these are “light” sanctions and af- Turkey) by the Ottoman Empire army’s fect North Korea’s trade of luxury goods during WWI, as well as 200,000 Kurds as well as travel restrictions to all those (from south-eastern Turkey) recently. involved in the nuclear tests. Because of these declaraThis shows again that there is cions, Turkish authorities no coherent approach or detercharged him with treason for mined policies to address the attacks on the official Turkdanger of nuclear proliferation. ish history (which states that the Armenian genocide did Nobel Prize in Literature not take place). However, the This year’s Nobel Prize in Litcharges were dropped thanks erature was awarded to Orhan to the pressure put on by the Pamuk, “who in the quest for European Nations, which has the melancholic soul of his naa great Armenian influence. tive city [Istanbul] has discovbildungsklick.de ered new symbols for the clash and


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October 20, 2006

Sports Medicine Class Coming Soon Recyling Club

Student Trainer Program Will Build Expertise, Expand Services Maggie Roberts Mane News Staff Writer

Imagine that you are in the middle of the biggest soccer game of the season. Two players collide and get hurt. While certified athletic trainer, Sean Hurney, tends to one player, a student trainer takes care of the other using the skills that she learned in sports medicine class. This could be a reality as soon as next year. “My long term goal is to have a nice sized class and a bigger training room, so that we can be more ‘hands on’ and to have student trainers that can travel with teams for away games.” said Hurney. If there is enough interest, there could be an academic class and after-school work experience. As a student trainer you learn “basic first aid, injury prevention and treatment, human anatomy, administration techniques, along with the clinical experience of working in the training room” said Hurney. Jewish Day School, an-

other private school in the area, has a big sports medicine program. Their full-year program is divided into two levels. “Their course seems like one that I took in college,” said Hurney. They even have a couple of student trainers that go with teams to away games. Currently, students can work after school with Hurney. Student trainers are only able to learn after school once all the athletes have gone to practice. If there are games, then there really is not a lot of time to teach, beause, as Hurney explained, “It is hard to teach and treat injured athletes at the same time.” If there was an academic class during the day, then students would be able to learn in class and then they would be able to put it

to use in the training room that afternoon. Hurney would also be able to have more than one student trainer at a time. Hurney would also be able to cover more material and better study each topic. Adam Stringham, the current student trainer, said, “I feel like I am getting knowledge that I can use later on. It is a great opportunity for people to become active in the community.” Boys Athletic Director Al Hightower said, “The program will be a good career opportunity for the students and could help lead them into a medical field.” He also believes that “it will be good for the school because the student trainers will help out fellow athletes, and we don’t help each other out enough at St. Andrew’s.”

other cultures and traveling.” Hoefdraad was first exposed to St. Andrew’s when she, along with her family, visited the campus as a potential high school for her son. She found the community warm and welcoming and chose to work here. Seventh grader Phil Werner says about his new

pletely new to the school. He coached Boy’s Varsity Basketball last year. This year he will continue coaching, both for basketball and Boy’s Tennis. In his first full-time school position, Corkran teaches the eighth grade World Leaders course. Also new to St. Andrew’s is English

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CLUB REPORT:

Matthew Vaveris Mane News Staff Writer

Last year, Mr. Dut Brown, the Recycling Club Sponsor, and I made great progress in recycling cans and bottles. We recycled 6,090 bottles and 1,040 cans. We also worked with the administration and the Maintenance Department to order recycling bins for sports fields. Already 300 bottles were recycled from the Francisco Hope Tournament alone. These numbers are proof that we can make great progress in recycling. You do not have to join the recycling club to help (although I recommend it). You can help conserve our natural resources by recycling anything that is recyclable. This year we will work on putting recycling bins for paper, cans, and bottles around the school to make it easier for everyone. If you are interested in helping, it is never too late to join the Recycling Club. If you need more information, talk to Mr. Brown or Recycling Club members: Bryn Whiteley, Tahirah Green, Tina Hwang, Jessica Jones, or me.

New Teachers Bring Enthusiasim To Education

A Journalism Class Exclusive

New Teachers Reddy, Paxson, and Corkran spark great interest in the classroom. Spanish teacher, “She is nice and a good teacher. I’ve learned a lot from her.” Ms. Hoefdraad loves to try different international foods, and enjoys every kind of music or movie “whenever it is not an insult.” Mr. Scott Corkran is new to the History Department this year, but not com-

teacher Mr. Michael Reddy. Joe Peterson, a senior, already enjoys Reddy’s Dramatic Literature class, saying “I think Mr. Reddy is the coolest teacher. He is laid back, and for me, who hates English, he keeps me interested in it. He is awesome!” Reddy is a graduate of the Air

Force Academy and Roanoke College. Ms. Debi Hayes is the new Director of Human Resources in the Business Office. While she is new to St. Andrew’s, she has definitely had a great deal of experience in many different professions. Hayes received a degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, and also received her Masters in Education from George Washington University. After being a physical trainer for twelve years, Hayes taught high school students at Bladensburg High School for three years. Now Hayes is responsible for many tasks at St. Andrew’s, including teacher benefits. Ms. Hayes says that “even thought I don’t directly work with the students, I hope that be keeping their teachers happy, they are affected by that, too.” Ms. Jennifer Hansen of the Admission Office says that “[Ms. Hayes] is always wearing a big smile and she is a great addition to the St. Andrew’s community.” Ms. Hevia Paxson, a visual arts teacher, is not only new to the school, but is also new Continued on Pg. 11

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It seems as annual as Mr. John Holden’s “Fresh Start” speech: every year the administration hires a number of new teachers. This year, we are lucky enough to have eleven new minds helping the school to grow. They were all briefly introduced to everyone during that initial meeting held on the first day of school, but some Mane News writers took it upon themselves to get to know these new members of the community a little better. Come and meet the newest additions to our school! Mrs. Karen Kaufman has joined the math department this year and is teaching Math 7 and Algebra 1. She became a teacher when she took a few years off from her corporate job, and realized that she loved teaching. So she decided to become a math teacher. Her favorite part of teaching is when her students have the “ah-ha!” moments and have just figured out something that they did not previously understand. One of her fellow math teachers, Mr. Sowers said, “I love her. She is a great addition to our math team and I know that she is going to do a great job!” Dr. Amy Wooley, the new music teacher, teaches Middle School Band and Band I, II, and III. She is also the new advisor to the outstanding Jazz Band. Though she is new to St. Andrew’s, she is by no means new to the music world or to education. In fact, her favorite part of teaching is “sharing the joy of music with young people.” Wooley, who formerly taught at Sheridan School, is also a musician herself who has had a hit song in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite music involves Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Diana Krall, and Djengo Riechart. She also enjoys classical Puccini Opera and Beethoven string quartets, and says that there is “nothing better than John Coltrane.” Wendy Eisenberg, a guitarist in the jazz band, says “She has knowledge of ensembles, and she can make the band sound tighter. I like how she advises and doesn’t try to change people.” Ms. Ria Hoefdraad is a new Spanish teacher. She graduated from la Universidad de Oriente in Cuba and la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. She is interested in teaching Spanish because of her “passion of knowing more about

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A New Approach to Drug and Alcohol Education continued from Page 1 discussions, a safe and honest environment is created for children and parents to talk openly about drugs and alcohol. Cobb and Mrs. Holly Funger, the school counselor, admit this is an experiment. Consequently, the school decided to first try this approach to drugs and alcohol education on the freshman class. Their transition into high-school, as well as the fact that at least half of the grade is new, provided the perfect opportunity to try this new theory; if it works, it will continue it throughout high-school. The school held the first round table discussion in the gym one school night, and made attendance by all students and at least one parent mandatory. Headmaster, Robert Kosasky made the opening remarks, addressing students and parents and thanking them for their attendance. The cofounder of Community of Concern, Ms. Mimi Fleury, next spoke to the crowd, mentioning that these are the “new days” and that drugs and alcohol are more prevalent than ever in the lives of children. She also talked about the neurological effects of drugs and alcohol on adolescent brains, showing the catastrophic effects that they have on the minds of underage users. Finally, Gaetano spoke briefly, capturing the attention of the audience by reflecting upon a memory of kids he had worked with, showing to the crowd that dialogue is the key to communication between children and parents. After the remarks, the discussions began. Widrick and senior Joe Peterson posed questions for each table to discuss, such as “What are your expectations for a high school party scene?” and “How do you envision a Saturday night?” Each table, consisting of about five parents, five children, and one peer leader, dis-

cussed these questions. The night came to a close as each table discussed ways to help continue the dialogue and ways for parents and students to make sure that they were communicating effectively. Although some students felt that the parents were able to voice their opinions more than the children, the majority of feedback after the discussions was posiRuth Faisontive. Freshman C h a z Griffen said that, “I learned how many of the parents felt on drinking and stuff and in the end had a better idea of why my parents restrict me from going to certain parties.” Similarly, Katherine Young stated that, “everybody was in a comfortable environment to share their thoughts.” Commenting on the way that the round tables were set up, Joey Gottlieb said, “I really thought the parents and students had a great connection, because we barely knew each other.” The same positive reaction was shared by most parents, as Ruth Faisonwell as teachers and administrators who were present. Reverend John Thomas, the school chaplain, remarked that it went “really, really well” and that setting up this type of forum for discussion between parents and students is a “model we like.” Cobb also says the night was a success, and that the school is looking for ways to incorporate this Ruth Faisontype of “open discussion” in other aspects of its students’ lives, and possibly the seniors’ upcoming transition to colleges. The school wants to continue this dialogue between freshman parents and students by possibly holding another “round table discussion” in the course of the next few months, and hopefully it will continue to impact students and parents in a significant way.

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you give in and stop, some other pa- Illegal, these feelings are totally normal. thetic guy will move in on your territory. I know it is really hard now, but dependLovinSpirit ing on what grade you are in, the age of 18 might be right around the corner. Until Priorities, umm you are weird. Is there you’re of age though, try to focus on other something so wrong with the girls in your guys in high school. Make conscious efgrade that you have to go after young in- forts to go out with friends on the weeknocent girls who are probably too afraid ends and meet boys. In school just do of you to say “back off”? The only rea- your best to concentrate in class (a good son why they hang out with you is be- grade will impress him!) and work on your cause you are older and have a car. While friendship so on the day of graduation your pursuit may have been funny at you will be prepared to make your move. first, I am sure people have gotten tired LovinSpirit of your antics. I think your friendships are a little more important than a bunch Illegal, are you actually insane? of failed attempts with freshman girls. If your not then your in way over RealityChk Dear LovinSpirit and RealityChk I’m in love with my teacher. Not the puppy love of a cute celebrity, but the “I can’t live with out you” type of love. I know its wrong, but I can’t help it. Concentrating in his class has become so difficult because I can never stop staring at him. What should I do?! – Illegal-Lover

your head. I have no doubt that this teacher knows about your little crush and is doing his best to stay the heck away from you. He probably thinks you’re a little perverted, and finds it odd that you aren’t capable of liking guys your own age. My best advice is to forget it, and lay low in class from now till the end of the year. RealityChk

Major Schools Axe Early Admissions continued from Page 1

schools do something more substantial.” Amy Gutman, president of the University of Pennsylvania, substantiates the opinion of our college counselors in her October 1 piece in The Washington Post entitled “Early Admissions aren’t the problem.” Moreover, Yale’s president Richard C. Levin announced that there is not sufficient evidence to indicate that, in his opinion, ending early admissions would result in the admission of more kids from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. www.princeton.edu Early application at most institutions comes in the form of a binding process referred to as early decision. If a student who applies early decision is accepted, that student must enroll the following year. However, it has been observed that this process does not allow for students from low-income back-

grounds to compare financial packages with other schools before enrolling. Therefore, schools like Yale, Stanford, and Harvard had switched to an alternate process of single-choice early action, an opportunity to apply early to a first-choice school with the option of applying to other schools and comparing financial offers before enrolling. Above all however, getting into a college early relieves a lot of stress for a handful of seniors each year. Should the trend toward eradication of early admissions spread through more colleges, then all seniors will be forced to endure the pressure until spring. So, to the classes of 2008 and beyond: good luck. But remember, St. Andrew’s has sent 100 percent of its graduates to college,

times what I do is I have them read it before and after [the class discussion]. I tell them to plow through the reading even though they may not understand what’s going on. Then I teach it, then I ask them to read it again, and I think rereading it clarifies things for them.” Will things change at St. Andrew’s, now that this new light has been shed on homework? Ms. Cobb says that it is possible. “It was brought up in a department head meeting that we probably should look at our homework policy and our philosophy on homework again. We’ve done it in the past, and it certainly is a good exercise.” Until then, it is homework as usual for Atchinson and all other St. Andrew’s students.

of giving readings in textbooks. “Sometimes what I do is I have them read it before and after [the class discussion]. I tell them to plow through the reading even though they may not understand what’s going on. Then I teach it, then I ask them to read it again, and I think rereading it clarifies things for them.” Will things change at St. Andrew’s, now that this new light has been shed on homework? Ms. Cobb says that it is possible. “It was brought up in a department head meeting that we probably should look at our homework policy and our philosophy on homework again. We’ve done it in the past, and it certainly is a good exercise.” Until then, it is homework as usual for Atchinson and all other St. Andrew’s students.

How Much Homework is Too Much, Teachers Ask continued from Page 1

twenty five minutes (slightly less if there is homework in art, religion, or health). Upper School Dean of Students Ginger Cobb said that this time would be enough, “in terms of practicing what you had learned [in class]. If you had a paper—unless you were working on it a little bit each day—I think it would be hard to get it done in twenty minutes, but I think that’s just the nature [of a long range assignment] and kids know that they might have to put in more time for certain assignments and tests, depending on what kind of a learner they are.” She emphasized that the amount of time needed for an assignment depends on what the type of assignment given.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Cooper says that it is important for teachers to give assignments that will actually enhance the learning process, as opposed to busywork that doesn’t help the student learn or gain adequate experience in a certain skill or topic. He is concerned that most schools don’t have guidelines on what kinds of homework assignments are better for students. Irene Walsh, chair of the science department, says that she makes sure that she never assigns busywork in any of her chemistry classes. Her goal is to give assignments that reinforce information taught in class. She also makes a point of giving readings in textbooks. “SomeTCID:BW


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The New Freshman Voice Joey Gottlieb Mane News Staff Writer

A freshman must come fully packaged, equipped with all the material necessary to survive the all-out war that is high school. There are four major items within this package: social hopping, fashion, humor, and talent at a sport or activity. Start with social hopping: what is it? A simple definition of social hopping is… being a popular kid. More extensively, social hopping is the innate ability to make five friends per minute, and to be able to manage all these friends with grace. In essence: a social butterfly. Chances are if someone is “popular”, they are almost certainly a social hopper. If one looks at a “popular kid” one will notice that the person in question will be jumping from group to group, putting on different sorts of behaviors that please each and every one of the crowds. Unfortunately, a high school student must perform perfectly in every social situation. It is a great demand to remember all those juicy snippets of information that the student picks up in each cluster. As one can imagine, the stress of it all takes a toll. People think the pressure of work is what is causing kids stress these days; they could not be any more incorrect. So, if a person can master social hopping, they have a better chance of success in high school. Coach shoes, iPod Nanos, and vintage handbags are items demonstrative of current fashions. Fashion is a major part of surviving high school as a person tends to judge others on their outward appearance, and then reserve judgment on their personality. Such has been the system since the Renaissance. It is especially useful to have a label on your clothing or accessories: the classic LV (Louis Vuitton) or DG (Dolce and Gabbana). Technology is also a very important part of making a “fashion impression.” Portable CD players, no way! iPods, iPods, and more iPods. Minis, Nanos,

videos, and regulars! Apple has never failed to produce a sleeker and updated iPod as soon as the latest version has caught on. Cell phones are another major component of technofashion. Don’t have a RAZR? Sucks to be you! Overall, dressing well and staying current in your appearance is a big part of high school. However, personality is also judged. The greatest asset to a personality is humor. The trick with humor is timing and

properly is to avoid the much dreaded awkward silence. Being funny, but being correctly funny, is a good trait to have in high school. Still, there is one more item on the list. Be talented at sports, be talented at drama, be talented at anything . . . just be talented. Students need to establish a talent that can be identified by anyone. But you have to be more than talented; you have to be talented at something students think is “awesome.” Picture this, a scared looking freshman. Somebody comes up to him and asks, “Hey kid, you want to join cross country?” Then imagine the kid’s response being, “No, I can’t. I’m too busy building piñatas.” It would be interesting to find someone in school who found piñata making . . . cool. An ideal situation would be when a talent is widely known, and then the talented person does not even have to tell his/ her friends that soccer is going well. Envision this conversation. “Oh yeah, Jack, he’s really good at soccer,” or “Man, that Jill, she sure can sing!” Talent makes an impression on people, which re-affirms social status within a high school. So these are the four main things one needs to survive high school. You may come to the conclusion that these equalities are shallow and artificial. These are what my observations tell me, but there’s always room to be wrong. As I write this article, I certainly hope I’m wrong. I’d rip my hair out if this is what high school is all about. Sure it’s a www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com part of it. But it shouldn’t be all originality. Carof it. High school is a time to dinal rule: never rip a joke off somewhere get to know yourself better, and figure out else, someone will know about it. It could what direction you’re heading to in life. be guessed that many students have been It’s more than popularity, fashion, so on; shot down by their peers because of their it’s about growing up. inability to time a joke correctly. Sure, the first few months might be filled Say a joke when people want to hear with these falsities, but it will change. I’m one. Tell a joke when people are starting guessing the freshman package is not to get warmed up in conversations. The what’s going to lead you through life, but primary reason for learning to time jokes what you learn from it that will.

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The Red Onion Gabe Elsworth and Lexi Haywood Mane News Staff Writer

For those of you who do not know, The Red Onion is a satiric writen by two seniors, Gabe Ellsworth and Lexi Heywood. Each issue you will find The Red Onion right here in the opinion section. This article is not meant to offend anyone, nor is it meant to make fun of anyone. This article is a take off of the hit website, www.theonion.com. So for your personal enjoyment, here it is... MacDonald Hall, Yesterday –Yesterday, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School saw an unprecedented functional chaos as students desperately sought to weather the vicissitudes of the school day having only received one announcement from Ninth Grade Dean, Administration Department Chair, Upper School Dean of Students, Assistant Lacrosse Coach, and Mother of two. Virginia Cobb, having a B.A. from Denison University and an M.A. from Columbia University. Cobb furtively attempted to conceal her brevity in her single announcement. “Today’s schedule is B.” The hundreds of students with after-school study hall were catapulted into states of simultaneous joy and uncertainty. Moments after she yielded the microphone, murmurs of incredulity and horror ran through the crowd of baffled students. Former Senior Class President Chris Shelton, who had seen footage of the event, recounted in an exclusive interview, “I www.etsy.com began to sense something was wrong when she failed to launch her announcements with the typical, ‘As always, I have lots of announcements.’” He went on to assuage the student’s fears by saying, “In this time of great uncertainty and hardship, it is ever more imperative that we remain unified—freshmen and seniors, Democrats and Republicans, French and physics teachers. The guiding hand of faith must and shall escort us through this crisis.” Nevertheless, classes proceeded in varying states of confusion and disarray. An investigation of this irregularity is pending by the Students First Committee. Mrs. Cobb’s motive is at this point unclear.

Honors Assembly: Good or Bad? Emily Hatton Mane News Staff Writer

I remember sitting in the gym on the sixth day of school last year, experiencing my first honors assembly and thinking, “there has to be a more efficient way of doing this.” It is understood that the honors assembly is a time to recognize the students who have excelled in academes or greatly contributed to the class. However, the time spent in this ceremony takes time away from the classroom. Additionally, the same thing that the assembly TCID:BWaccomplishes

could be done by posting a list in the hallway, outside the headmaster’s office, or on the Upper and Middle School message boards. It could also be posted online for parents to see. Many local schools display their honor rolls in the local gazettes, and while this would be difficult because St. Andrew’s has students from many different communities, we do have two school newspapers that could easily include the Upper School and Middle School lists. Apart from taking time away from the normal school day, the assembly can have

negative psychological effects on students who did not make honor roll. While talking with some students who did not make honor roll in the past, they said that the experience can be embarrassing, and makes them feel as if they are not valued as much as those who made it. A student who wished to remain anonymous felt that, “It gives honor roll students an opportunity to look down upon everyone else and it can be humiliating for the people seated to watch those standing get praised for their good work, even though some who

did not make it worked their hardest.” Many other students voiced the same opinion, saying that the assemblies, as one student said, “make kids like me feel dumb and doesn’t motivate me in any way.” The assembly may be a way to honor those who have excelled during the grading period, but it also brings down students who did not make it. By using one of the alternate ways to alert the St. Andrew’s community stated previously, this could be eliminated, while still observing the accomplishments of those who did not make honor roll.


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October 20, 2006

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Life At A New School Emily Suttle Mane News Staff Writer

“Why did you switch schools as a senior?” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that, I could feed a small village. Transferring into St. Andrew’s from Churchill is one of the most drastic actions I’ve ever taken, however, it might just turn out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I was born in England, however my family moved to the United States when I was 3, to a small waspy town in New Jersey called Mountain Lakes. Because we lived outside Manhattan my Dad, as well as most of my friend’s fathers, worked in the city. On September 11, 2001, our town lost several parents, including my friend Emma’s Dad. Needless to explain why, my father took a job at the World Bank, and we moved to Potomac in April 2001. In late April, I entered 7th grade at Hoover Middle School. With just two months left in the school year, I did not find a solid friend group. When 8th grade rolled around, my new student novelty had worn off, yet I still felt new. By the time I entered freshman year at Churchill my 4 years did not look hopeful. I survived the first two, in classes ranging in size from 25-40 students. Each weekend was spent with a different person, and each lunchtime was spent in a different part of the hallway. As a junior, my work load grew more intense, and the more time I spent on homework, the less time I could spend on building relationships. Then the worst of all: I got sick. I wasn’t sick once or twice or for one or two weeks, instead I spent large amounts

of time in the hospital enduring so many tests that I felt like I was on House. I missed almost all of the third marking period, and into the fourth. When I returned to school in late April, I had to focus on my AP exams. After taking these in May, it was time to condense four months of school into two weeks. I tried, I really did try, but I got sick again. At this point my doctor gave me what

“Never have I felt more welcomed, nor have I enjoyed school to this extent before.” is known as a “medical leave of absence” for the remainder of the school year, and I decided it was time for a change. By the way I’m sure you presume that I was visited by friends in the hospital, or at least they called right? I’m afraid not. Not that I blame them, the school is so huge you wouldn’t notice if 40 girls were missing. My neighbors attend St. Andrew’s, so it seemed like a wise decision. About a month after I chose the Lions, they chose me. I knew a few students at the school, and spent some of the summer getting to know some of my classmates. Despite this advantage, I was still shaking on the first day. Enter the St. Andrew’s community, including students and faculty. Nev-

Advisor Anger

When students arrived at school from summer vacation, they were shocked to find that the administration had changed the advisor policy. In the past , advisor period has been a time to relax, to seek extra help from a teacher or tof inish a test. It is no longer. Now, all students are forced to go to advisor and stay there. They cannot complete extra work or get help from a tutor or a teacher without special permission from an administrator. “This stinks, I can’t go get the help I need at one of the only times of the day I could meet with a teacher,” said one sophomore.

Teachers stated that this was in reaction to the large number of students last year who would wander the halls after telling their advisor they were meeting with a teacher. Is it true to say that a small number of students would misbehave. But should this fact cause the rest of the student body to be forced to sit in one location? Certainly not. “Something needs to be done to change this” junior Matthew Vaveris expressed. And yet, despite the overwhelming dislike, the SGA has been told that the policy cannot be reevaluated until the end of the Mane News Graphic school year. It is not right that we are required to stay in one place when it would be far more beneficial to be allowed to work to by ourselves.

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Kids in the Hall What Are Your Thoughts About Homecoming? “ Homecoming this year has been great and very exciting…I am most looking forward to decorating and presenting our tent…it should be a blast.” - Kevin Wyatt “I have had a blast the past few years with homecoming, I am looking forward to the tents this year, I am really thinking the sophomores are going to pull off a major upset.” - Brenton Duvall “Spirit week is a really fun time to bond with your class, and I am really looking forward to the dance.” - Megan Nash “My favorite spirit day is opposite day, this year I am dressing like a fat person. I also can not wait to attend fall fest on Saturday.” - Lisa Nash

Change Is Not Always For The Better

The New Advisor Policy is Wrong Ted Dunmire Mane News Assistant Opinion Editor

er have I felt more welcomed, nor have I enjoyed school to this extent before. The female population, instead of the “Mean Girls” of a large public school, are kind and down to earth. It also doesn’t hurt that most of them seem to share my taste in fashion, music, and other aspects of teenage popular culture. The guys have been great too, at least as much as can be expected. The faculty makes school more than worthwhile, and are a group of individuals who truly care about their students, and the subject which they teach. What is perhaps my favorite thing about St. Andrew’s is the fact that there are no cliques. After the first week of school we ate lunch with our advisors, I expected groups to assemble in the same order everyday. This is not the case. I can honestly say I would feel comfortable sitting with anyone at lunch. Ok, so the senior class thinks that they are “divided,” but trust me, compared to the 600+ kids in my senior class at Churchill, I can think of many more appropriate adjectives to describe my new friends. It’s only the fourth week into the school year, and maybe by Christmas I’ll be cursing myself for writing this article, but somehow I doubt it. Ok so, the other day I did serve myself in the lunch line, only to get the “evil eye” from the lunch lady, and yes I still don’t know the difference between A, B, C, and D days but I’m getting there. I love my classes, and all of my new classmates. It will take a while but I think soon I’ll start to feel less like a new kid, and more like one of you.

Dancing regulations leave students stunned tions about leaving your advisory during advisor period. The change about leaving The purpose of this article is not to be your advisory, I would say, is one of the negative or critical. Instead, I would like most frustrating ones because there are no exceptions, not even reato bring to attention sonable ones like going to the many changes that meet with a teacher or talk have been brought to to a friend about an assignSt. Andrew’s recentment. ly. The most current A few from the end of last changes are the new year would be the eliminadancing regulations tion of the senior prank and that went into effect the stronger regulations at the BackTo School about seniors’ speeches Dance. during the Senior Cry ChaThese regulations pel. It seems that all these prevented students new changes and rules are from “grinding” with making St. Andrew’s a each other, a style stricter and possibly more many high-schoolers uptight school in regard to are used to. Although the students’ freedoms. the administration’s I understand the purmotivations were ballroom.uct.ac.za poses of important rules seemingly reasonand stern regulations, but I, able, they wanted to make students feel like they could turn down a like many other St. Andrew’s students, dancing partner, the students felt like the feel as though the sudden imposition of administration was trying to impose their such drastic changes, which may seem in“culture” and ideas on the students by re- appropriate and unreasonable to students, can make a school environment seem unstricting them. Other changes include: the denim re- pleasant. Students and faculty alike should strictions in the dress code, harsher regu- consider whether or not they think that lations about the library, and the restric- these changes are improving our school and its atmosphere—and how it is affectLisa Nash Mane News Staff Writer


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Classic Rock Revival Chas Duvall Mane News Co-Editor in Chief

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob ever popular DC 101. Luckily, we can Dylan, ACDC, Credence Clearwater Re- thank arguably the greatest radio station vival, Pat Benatar…These are all names to hit the streets of DC, 100.3, for bringthat go through your parent’s minds ev- ing this lost music back to the streets. eryday, bringing back memories both Yes that’s right, in case you didn’t know, good, and a little foggy. Not only will Oldies 100.3 is no longer oldies, it’s you find these old dusty CD’s in your comprised of some of possibly the greatparents car, but more and more are ap- est jams ever such as, Baba O’Reiley, “Don’t Come Around Here pearing among teenagNo More”, and “Asia’s Heat ers both guys and girls. of the Moment”, from reYou heard right, classic cent Blockbuster hit, The rock is back and here to 40 year Old Virgin. Aside stay. Today, these bands from area radio stations this are selling out concerts great music is reemerging like it was their very as a result of various bands last, and kids are grabgetting back together, and bing CD’s such as Tom creating new albums. Some Petty’s Greatest Hits, of these bands include Motand The Best of The ley Crue and Tom Petty. Doobie Brothers, like it Leading up to the release was 1980 and this muof Petty’s new album, “Highsic was just emerging. way Companion”, he reIt’s not like these bands fell of the face of theconversationswithtompetty.com ceived much flack from fans all of whom saying he and earth, such as rap idol Tupac Shakur, they were put in glove com- his music were dead, but boy were they partments and stereo cabinets, awaiting wrong. Music’s greatest reviewer, Rolltheir second life. When various teenagers ing Stone Magazine, gave the new album were asked why they think classic rock has 3 1/2 out of 5 stars, something truly asreemerged, a majority of them stated that tonishing. In a recent review of the album there is no good music for them to listen by Rolling Stone stated, “Highway Comto today. Senior Lucas Garrison, classic panion not only keeps his winning streak rock fanatic stated, “Classic rock is just intact, it even rates above average by about they only music I listen to, and I lis- these standards.”, when speaking of the ten to it today because I can not stand the fact that Petty has never made a bad almusic of my generation.” It’s unfortunate bum, and the fact that this is no exception. With Petty’s album reaching such that kids of today’s era were not as blessed as kids of the 70’s and 80’s. Not only are a success, there shows to be much we not blessed, we are almost punished, promise for him and the rest of being forced to listen to bands and artists the classic rock genre…Rock on! such as Fergie, and the Pussycat Dolls, on DC area radio stations like 99.5 and the

Save Stargate SG-1 Matthew Vaveris Mane News Staff Writer

My friends, my fellow students, the There is more at stake than just my favortime has come for us to unite. The fate ite television show. The Sci Fi channel of science fiction is at stake. It was an- has shown that it is corrupt, and that it has nounced on August 19th that the long-run- betrayed the genre of science fiction (ok, perhaps that is a little ning science fiction strong) by putting on television show Starreality shows such gate SG-1 will be canas Who Wants to be celed. We must rally a Superhero. This is to stop this injustice. a full-scale invasion For those who do not of the science ficknow, Stargate SG-1 tion genre. If we do is a TV show where not take a stand now, teams of scientists then the Sci Fi chanand soldiers explore nel will be running the galaxy through deSurvivor in Space. vices called Stargates. www.seriesonline.terra.com Save the science ficThe team must battle a vation genre by watching riety of enemies that want to enslave, blow up, eliminate, and/or Stargate SG-1 as it nears its final epiotherwise cause the human race to take sodes. Write your congressman, senaa hike. This is a top-quality show that I tor, and Sci Fi channel VP Mark Stern grew up with since I was seven years old. (KHAAAAAN!!!!). Together, we the Imagine hearing tomorrow that 24 or people can stop this egregious action. Lost is canceled and you will clearly understand my pain. Yes, I know there are ~HOLLOWED IS STARGATE SG-1! reruns, but it just isn’t the same thing.

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Fall Play Preview rightly dubbed Hamlet in Fifteen Minutes. The third play, “Words Words Words,” written by David Ives, is a comedy about This year’s upper school fall play will three caged monkeys, Milton, Kafka, and consist of four short one-act plays. The Swift, attempting to write Hamlet while first play, and longest of the four, is caged in a room by scientists. Though a comedy called “The Real Inspector only monkeys, the three are extremely Hound,” by Tom Stoppard. The play intelligent and speak English, with the occasional Shakefollows two selfspearian line thrown obsessed theater in for comedic effect. critics as they watch Extremely funny, the a “country murder play stars Drew Singer, mystery” play in the Kimi Hugli, and Jacob form of a whodunit, Horn as the monkeys. and in a series of biThe final play, also zarre circumstances, written by David Ives, the critics become is a comedy called “The involved in the Philadelphia.” With play they are watchonly three cast meming. The play, staring bers, the play follows William Moodie and one man trapped in a Jacob Baron as the “Philadelphia,” a twiManeesha Sakhuja two theater critics, has a small cast of 8 peo- William Moodie and Ted Dunmire re- light-zone state where he cannot get anyhearse scene from fall play. ple. The female roles, thing he wishes, and played by Neha Shasanother man trapped in a “Los Angeles” try, Kimi Hugli, and Wendy Eisenberg, include a flirtatious young actress, a more a state where he is utterly happy even in mature actress, and an old housecleaner. the worst situations. Set in a restraunt, the The second play is a 15-minute ver- play stars Vishal Narang and Ben Desanti. sion of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, William Moodie Mane News Staff Writer

Fashion Your Future Callen Brenner Mane News Co-Style Editor

There is an age old question in fashion; does it reflect the present or project the future? As far as this fall’s runway shows are concerned, it might just do both. Provocative stilettos, showing less skin, and musical influence are all themes in this season’s emerging trends. All of these trends reflect the present while previewing the style of the future. The trend of covering more skin showcases this paradoxical statement best. For example, in www.style.com/ Marc Jacob’s 2006 fall fashionshows/ runway show, the models were dressed from head to toe in bulky knits and lots of layers, including baggy pants under dresses and skirts. Marc Jacob’s new line not only reflects the Boho (a mixture between bohemian and hobo) style of the Olsen twins, but also sends the message that modern women do not need to show lots of skin to be sexy. Also prevalent throughout fall and spring lines is musical influence. Dior showed models in all black with big belts, big black sunglasses, and black bandanas. To set the mood at John Galliano, Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield” played while the designer’s Goth girls walked the runway. Designers for Dior mixed 80’s gothic style with Axl Rose’s rock and roll. In contrast to Dior, the Gucci girls clothing was inspired by Studiowww.style.com/ 54 disco and the Da-fashionshows/ vid Bowie era, including many gold and purple slinky dresses. Marc Jacob’s cover girls were a reflec-

tion of the early 90’s grunge era, while Alexander McQueen emphasized punk’s rebellion with his red tartan skinny pants and school girl kilts. The reason for this is that all designers’ biggest clients are chart-topping musicians, and it is the couture designer’s job to cater to his clientele. Lastly, designers experimented with contrasting sizes and styles. Zack Posen used shoulder pads in his jackets and structured draping to express his image of strong women. Alexander McQueen had ruffled collars, bulging sleeves and skirts, as well as ruffled layers of feather drenched fabric. Other designers showed short blouse dresses, hulking jackets and sweaters paired with skinny jeans or leggings, another big fall trend. So don’t be surprised to see bubble dresses and big blouses at a store near you this season! These artistic choices may ultimately changewww.style.com/ the way women dress.fashionshows/ At local stores you can purchase these new clothing styles, such as skinny jeans, leggings and large knit sweaters. H&M can always be counted on to carry the best of the season’s trends. Although slightly more expensive, Anthropology and Urban Outfitters have skinny jeans and voluminous mini dresses. It is easy to find designer look-alike threads at these stores. Are the designers trying to reflect the style of their customers, or are they trying to create new trends? The jury stands undecided. However, it is evident from this fall’s runway shows that this season is all about combining present style with new, innovative looks.


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October 20, 2006

Account of a Music Promoter

Advice Column

Katie Nesmith Mane News Opinion Editor

Quality advice from LovinSpirit and RealityChk

Some of you may be asking yourselves bands I have worked with both on and off what a music promoter do? I book shows Phonograph have been amazing to deal and tours for bands, create promotional with, and I have met some incredible people. artwork such as band logos, do band phoThough Phonograph eats up a large amount of my free time, tography, and yes, assume the it has not yet interfered role of “that kid” at “that show” with school. The only who hands out flyers ad nauseam. On an average day I am conflicts I have dealt awoken by the loud ring of my with recently are weekcell phone at three o’clock in night shows that I cannot the morning. I answer it grogattend. Other than that, gily, only to hear the too-perky I am fully able to run response: “Hey Katie, I forgot the company and keep to ask you earlier, but did you up with my course load. get that show booked for us at www.musicstack.com In the past, I have gotKC’s?” Ah, the life of a music promoter. ten a chance to work with non-local, more Running my music promotion business, national bands like My American Heart, Phonograph Promotions, is challenging at Boys Night Out, and OK Go. Even working times, obnoxious at others, but is by far with much smaller local bands like Fallen the most fun I have ever had while making Martyr, Hotspur and Copperpot (from New money. I lose a lot of sleep, but I enjoy it. Jersey) have been wonderful experiences. I established Phonograph back in June, Right now, I am working mainly on findright after school let out for the sum- ing a venue to call Phonograph’s home. I mer. Up until that point, I promoted plan to create and effectively run the said and managed bands on a freelance ba- venue by the time I leave for college next sis; promoting smaller bands and book- fall, and things are looking very positive ing some bigger, more well-known bands for that. Promotion is a fun and exciting at local venues like the Black Cat in DC job and if this sounds interesting to you and KC’s in Fredericksburg, Virginia. come talk to me about getting involved. Phonograph is really a joy to run. The

Dear LovinSpirit and RealityChk, The past two weekends at parties I’ve been making out with a guy in my grade. He’s in my group of guy friends, but since we’ve had random kisses he never talks to me in school. Even though we never were great friends to begin with, it just seems odd that we don’t even say “hi” in the hallways now. It’s really awkward, HELP! - Hopeless-Encountersl

barrassed by what he has done and doesn’t want his friends to see him talking to you. I’m not trying to be negative, just realistic. Despite the fact that he is awkward around you in school, you two will probably make out again, but this will not change anything. My advice to you is to forget about him before you get too attached. - RealityChk

Hopeless, it is alright, don’t fret. Boys can be odd like that. Sometimes they close girls out because they really like them and are afraid to act the wrong way. He also might be feeling just as awkward as you, and can’t bring himself to talk to you. I mean, have you tried talking to him yet? It’s quite possible you two are in the same boat and both just too afraid to bring it up. My best bet is that he definitely wants to keep making out with you, but is afraid of the social change that will occur at school. Keep your chin up. After things settle down between you two over the next couple of weekends, it should become more natural for you to interact during school. -LovinSpirit

Dear LovinSpirit and RealityChk All my friends make fun of me, because I hang out with younger girls on a regular basis. Its not that I really like the girls, but I just think they are intriguing…. I hate it when the guys bug me, but c’mon I have my priorities. Is there anyway I can keep doing what I’m doing but get them to lay off? – I’ve Got My Priorities

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Priorities, I don’t understand why people give you a hard time. They are probably jealous, because you get to chill with the young, hot girls. They tease you, because you do what they are too nervous to. It takes guts to pursue younger women without carHopeless, I hate to break it to you, but ing about the probable weird looks this boy will most likely never come up you will get in the halls. Keep doand talk to you in school. He could be em- ing what you are doing, because if continued on 4

The Really Good, The Good, And The Not-so Good Daniel Khan Mane News Staff Writer

As the year ends, great movies begin to emerge. The Oscar buzz is intense as there are some high profile releases and of course there are always those movies that are a waste of time and money. So here is what to see and what not to see. First the really good stuff: The Departed (October 6 ) Could Scorsese finally earn an Oscar here? A remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime film, “Internal Affairs.” Overall, looks solid, but one can only wonder where is DeNiro or Pesci? Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg th

Babel (October 27th) An ensemble piece about three stories set in the countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico and Japan. Could this be Brad Pitt’s chance at an Oscar? The answer is yes, a definite www.alarm-alarm.com Oscar contender. Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal and Kôji Yakusho From the Director of 21 Grams and Amores Perros The Fountain (November 22nd) Darren Aronofsky’s attempt at being Stanley Kubrick. A unique time travel movie than spans over

Stranger Than Fiction (November 10th) A comedy about a man who finds himself as the main character in a writer’s story. Looks like a fine film that could possibly promise a more dramatic turn from its star, Will Ferrell. Starring: Will Ferrell, Emma ThompFlag of Our Fathers (October 20th) son, Queen Latifah and Dustin Hoffman Clint Eastwood’s highly anticipated From the Director of Monadaptation of the acclaimed novel. ster’s Ball and Finding Neverland Perhaps the next greatest war film after Saving Private Ryan. Casino Royale (November 17th) Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Jes- The much hyped James Bond film se Bradford and Adam Beach is a reboot to the series. Daniel Craig replaces Pierce Brosnan in the The Prestige (October 20th) much desired role of James Bond. A unique story about two rival magi- Looks like a great action film to end cians and how their intense battle turns the year filled with disappointments them into murderers. Overall, sounds such as X3: The Last Stand and Pirates like an exciting fallow up from director of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Christopher Nolan, crafting yet another Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green and film dealing with illusion, following MeJudi Dench mento, Batman Begins and Insomnia. This guy has not made a bad film yet, Déjà Vu (Nolet’s hope this one doesn’t disappoint. vember 22nd) Starring: Hugh Jackman, ChrisA n o t h e r tian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, Mi- www.canmag.com time-travchael Caine and David Bowie el thriller starring Denzel Washington where he is reunited with direcNow, the good stuff: tor Tony Scott (Man on Fire) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (The Rock). rd Borat (November 3 ) After the dreadful film, Domino, hopeA new comedy about a Kazakh- fully Scott will be back on track stani TV man coming to America. with this flick, which overall, looks Need I say more, it looks hilarious. like a solid and silly action film. Expect many offensive jokes; don’t say I didn’t warn you. And finally, the not so good stuff: Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The a period of 1,000 years, overall looks interesting, but most likely not for everyone. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn From the Director of Requiem for a Dream and Pi

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Beginning (October 6th) Yet, another film to add to the series. This time it’s a prequel, oooh, brace yourselves. Expect a lot of carnage and a lot of bad acting, but it will definitely be entertaining none the less. Starring: Jordana Brewster The Grudge 2 (October 13th) The sequel to the surprise 2004 hit. Overall, looks dull, but will probably be a hit anyways. Starring: Amber Tamblyn and Sarah Michelle Gellar Saw III (October 27th) One can only ask why? So, here we have yet another sequel to last year’s hit. Boy, is Hollywood really running out of ideas. Expect creative, yet very over the top gore and a less than creative story-line. Starring: Tobin Bell and Dina Meyer bigsnake.romandie. com

There you have it, movies that you should see and shouldn’t, after all with ticket prices going up, you might want to be wiser in your movie viewing decisions. As you see movies this fall, fallow movie critic, John Riley’s advice of, “Friends don’t let friends see bad movies.”


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The DC Music Scene Booms Katie Nesmith Mane News Opinion Editor

The local music scene is flourishing! There are several amazing bands in the DC area, which play at venues such as Jaxx in Springfield, KC’s Music Ally in

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nitely going places. www.myspace.com/ sodamnthirsty Hotspur: Hotspur, a lively pop rock band, has what it takes to become as popular as they want to be. Their lyrics are excellent, and each member is extremely talented, energetic, and driven. Their self-titled EP is available on iTunes music store, and they recently released their fulllength album entitled Beta. If there is one band to watch in the local scene, it’s Hotspur! www.myspace. com/hotspur These three bands are merely a fraction of the talent that is found in the DC area. The scene will grow and prosper as time goes on and more people get acquainted with the bands and venues. As senior Caroline Downing said “Not only is supporting the local music scene something I feel proud of, but you also meet amazing people,” So, fellow students, get out there and support local music: it will make you feel a part of something fun and important. You can find listings of local shows on each band’s Myspace, and at the following websites:

Fredericksburg, the 9:30 Club in DC, and WJ Rocks at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. The DC area music scene appeals to many music tastes—metal, rock, ska, punk, and yes, even rap. Hotspur, Unless Your Willing, and So Damn Thirsty are some of the area’s best bands. Unless Your Willing: Attention all English teachers and grammar freaks! Everybody is aware of the misuse of the possessive “your” in their name— even the band. This Silver Spring band got its name from a painting, which is made up of several random words from newspapers. The three words that stuck out were “Unless”, “Your”, and “Willing”. In any event, this three piece acoustic band is delightful to see perform. Their songs are catchy and the members have an amazing stage presence, as well as a loyal fan base. If you’re a fan of bands like Mae, Iron and Wine, and Bright eyes, you will enjoy Unless Your Willing. www.myspace.com/unlessyourwilling So Damn Thirsty: So Damn Thirsty is an energetic punk band from Frederick. Lead singer Timmy Pain can truly perform—I have never seen a bored crowd at one of their shows.www.myspace.com/sodamnthirsty So Damn Thirsty’s songs are fast paced, www.myspace.com/wjrocks and aim to exude a true “rock n’ roll” www.jaxxroxx.com sprit. They have already performed with www.eebooking.com big-name punk bands such as the Misfits www.myspace.com/301crew and the Briggs. So Damn Thirsty is defi- www.six50.org

Jazz is Hard?

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An Unofficial Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Jazz Jacob Baron Mane News Staff Writer

So you want to learn about jazz. Well, miss out on. Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve heard is definitely one great example of jazz, but the Jazz Band play at chapel and thought if you want to start at the beginning, ‘A something like, Oh that’s nice. Now what? Love Supreme’ is not the way to go. There are several places you could start You don’t really understand what’s going on and would much rather listen to [Insert in listening to jazz. My personal recomname of popular music]. Let’s face it: jazz mendation to those dedicated to learnis not easy. Here are some of the difficul- ing about jazz is Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of ties in becoming a jazz fan and ways to Blue,’ which is widely known among the jazz community as one of, if not the best overcome those difficulties. You probably don’t like jazz because jazz album in its history. I can say that you don’t understand it. That is a perfectly the first two jazz albums I ever listened to reasonable complaint. You have to under- were ‘Kind of Blue’ and Coltrane’s ‘Blue Train.’ stand what is going ‘Kind of Blue’ is on in a piece of muvery laid back and sic in order to enjoy calm and not great for any kind of music. those wanting a lot With popular music, of excitement. ‘Blue the shape is very Train’ is somewhat clear and is able to more exciting, but for evoke a certain emothose who are looktion. That’s why we ing for a more simple, listen to music – to funky way to get into bring forth emojazz, I would recomtions. When you mend Herbie Handon’t understand cock’s ‘Headhunters.’ what’s going on in a This album is much piece of music, you more modern than won’t feel anything. ‘Kind of Blue’ and Thus your question ‘Blue Train,’ and albecomes, ‘How do I though it sounds like learn to understand most of the instrujazz?’ www.photos12-vintage.com ments are played by computers, most of You must realize that each musician is telling a story with his or her instrument. them are, in fact, real people. Once you The realization that improvisation is the have ‘taken in’ some of this music, there key to jazz will help everyone understand are many different ways to go. You could it a little better. In any one jazz piece, be- turn to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, tween 50%-100% of everything that you or Count Basie for a more traditional style hear is made up on the spot. Maybe you of Jazz, or you could look at the bop pewon’t be able to understand what they’re riod, with Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gilsaying, but for me it has always helped lespie. You could also check out more for me to try to figure out their message. Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, or John Probably the most emotional jazz album Coltrane. You may not be satisfied right away. If, (or otherwise) that I have ever heard is the great saxophone player John Coltrane’s for example, you listen to John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme.’ If you listen closely to ‘Blue Train’ album and can’t seem to get this album you can hear how much emo- into it, you shouldn’t give up. There is tion Coltrane puts into his work and why such a wide selection of jazz, including different styles that you are bound to find he called it his gift to God. Jazz is an acquired taste. Most people something you like. It is some of the most rewarding mudon’t fall in love with it the first time they hear it. It usually takes a long time for sic there is, simply because of the diverse someone to develop a full appreciation ways that musicians express themselves. If you can, try jazz. You might just like for jazz. That is not to say that we should not try to get into jazz, for there is a lot it. of music out there that we would really

Fearless: Jet Li’s Last Stand

Charlie Gill Mane News Staff Writer

a Spanish sword fighter, and a Japanese Jet Li’s Fearless fighter who is the most powerful of all. Just as Huo Yuanjia is about to fight the Rated PG-13 Japanese fighter, he has a Fearless is supposed to be flashback about his entire Jet Li’s final martial arts epic. life. It is this flashback I wouldn’t say that he is gothat creates the bulk of the ing out with a bang. Don’t movie, explaining how he get me wrong, Fearless isn’t found himself competing bad, but it could be better. against some of the best The movie starts out in fighters in the world to dethe post-World War I era fend his country’s honor. with Jet Li’s character, Huo Fearless has some very Yuanjia, fighting the first of good – not great – fight four fights he is supposed scenes. The martial arts to win to bring back honor are very stylized and bruto his country, China. Poli-www.hkmania.com tal at the same time. As ticians in China have arranged this fight much as I enjoyed the movie, I have to against the best fighters from four counsay that the action is not as good as reTCID:BW tries: a British boxer, a Prussian soldier,

cent epic martial arts films such as Hero The movie has some good morals at and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. the end, but I won’t spoil them. I will The fight scenes in Feartell you that Fearless is worth less are more realistic so seeing for the important mesdon’t expect to see fightsage it has about how to live ers jumping 30 feet into your life. If you are a Jet the air. Another thing Li fan and liked Hero and that made the movie less Crouching Tiger, Fearless is interesting than previa must see because one of the ous films is the minimal world’s greatest martial arts use of color. The backmasters isn’t coming back on grounds are very gray film. For everyone else, go and sad looking. Hero see it for the interesting story actually uses vibrant about a man who learns some color to highlight parts important lessons about life. of the story. These two Jet Li’s Fearless gets a 3.5/5 elements combined – the www.friendster.com more realistic fight scenes and the lack of color – make the movie a little boring.


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How ‘Bout Dem Redskins? Washington Looks To Rebound From Tough Pre-Season

Lucas Garrison Mane News Staff Writer

ranked defense in the NFL. The Redskins offense exploded in this game, which After a miserable preseason, in which the helped propel the Skins to a thrilling 36Skins went 0-4, Redskins nation was wor- 30 overtime win. Clinton Portis, back ried, especially after the shoulder injury from his injury, rushed for 112 yards and to star running back, Clinton Portis, and had one touchdown. However, the player of the game was speedy the groin injury to shutRedskins wide receiver, down cornerback, Shaun Santana Moss, who had Springs, in the first pre4 receptions for 138 season game. Those yards and 3 touchdowns, worries were solidified including a 68 yard by the first two games of pass for a touchdown the season. On the Monwhich ended the game. day night season opener, After week 4, the ofthe Redskins lost to the fensive coordinator, Al Minnesota Vikings 19 to Saunders, complicated 16. Although the Redyet effective offense skins fans took out their looks to be clicking frustration on the kicker with fully loaded RedJohn Hall, who missed skins offense. The dea game tying field goal fense, who gave up a with 17 seconds left, couple big plays against the dreadful offense was www.washingtonredskins.com clearly at fault, failing to score a touch- the Jaguars will improve when corner down on three possessions in the red zone. Shaun Springs and defensive tackle Joe In week two, the Redskins took on Slave’ a return fro injury. This was a their hated rivals the Dallas Cowboys. huge victory for the Redskins, because, The Redskins looked as bad as ever, had they lost, they would have been in scoring only one touchdown off of a 100 a deep 1 and 3 hole, which would have yard kick return by Rock Cartwright. crippled any shot at the playoffs, in a After two bad weeks by quarterback, tough NFC East division. Now, with Mark Brunell, many figured that Jason what seems to be a dangerous offense, Campbell would get his shot in the pros, the Redskins seem to be back on track. The Skins have a tough road ahead of but coach Joe Gibbs stuck by Brunell. In week 3 the Redskins beat on the them, playing divisional rival the New weak Houston Texas by a score of 31 York Giants, and then the 4- 0 Indianapolis to 15. Brunell silenced critics by throw- Colts. Despite their tough schedule, some ing for 261 yards and one touchdown. fans still have playoff hopes. Junior Will Brunell also set a record for the most con- Simmons says,” I will bet one hundred secutive completions with 22, although bucks that we will make the play-offs”. a majority of them were dink and dunk With a tough road ahead, the Redskins, now passes, but an improvement nonetheless. with the 3rd ranked offense, will be tested, In week 4 the Redskins took on the but no matter what the outcome, they are Jacksonville Jaguars, who had the third sure to provide some excitement in D.C.

College Football Outlook Sam Goldenberg Mane News Staff Writer

Fall is always a crazy time in the world of college sports. College football brings out the best and the worst in the fans of various teams. The 2006 NCAA football season has been no different. The year started with Ohio State and Notre Dame ranked number 1 and 2 respectively in the country. Ohio State has proved themselves as the team to beat this year, while Notre Dame suffered its first loss in a week 3 upset to www.abc.com Michigan. Ohio State and Notre Dame also possess the two top quarterbacks in the NCAA, Ohio State’s Troy Smith and Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn. St Andrew’s senior Joe Pe-

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terson thinks that Brady Quinn is “by far the best player in college football.” Number two Auburn will likely secure a spot in the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) National Championship Bowl with Ohio State, unless they blow it when they play fifth ranked Florida on October14th. Third ranked University of Southern California has a very important game against ND on November 25th. Should Auburn lose and USC remain undefeated, USC would advance to the BCS championship bowl against top-ranked Ohio State. Senior Lucas Garrison has a different view. He thinks the University of Michigan, undefeated thus far, will go “undefeated and make it to the championship game,” although many analysts and fans disagree with him. The first five weeks of the season have been very entertaining, and the weeks to come should only bring more excitement.

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Out With The Old, In With The New

Reid Undertakes His First Season as Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Ian Hendrie Mane News Staff Writer

Last year the girl’s varsity soccer team went 14-3 and won both the ISL AA league and tournament. Last year, they have said goodbye to two College Division I players, but the biggest loss from last season is undoubtedly their coach. After three years at St. Andrew’s, former coach Mr. Sheldon Phillips made the decision to move on. His replacement, Coach Justin Reid, is no stranger to soccer. Reid graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School in 2001, ironically playing his last high school soccer game on our very own Hope Field. He then went www.saes.org on to go to Delaware University playing soccer all four years. Now, Reid has returned to the area to start his own soccer training business which is located in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has coached several NCSL soccer teams; however coaching a high school soccer team is something that is completely new to him.

Prior to the start of the season, when asked about how he plans on making sure the team remains successful Reid was quoted on his website as saying “We have to go into the season telling ourselves that we are not the defending champions. Why? Because each season is different, everyone starts at 0-0, and it is up to us to train hard and well to see that our game day performances are up to the standards that we have set for ourselves. As long as everyone is focused, and can continue learning the game and getting better, than, we should be just fine this season.” The girls still miss Coach Phillips, but are adjusting to Reid’s coaching style. Vesna Harasic a junior on the team, said that Reid values work ethic over winning,:“Coach doesn’t care whether we win or lose, as long as we try hard. Sometimes we lose and he tells us we played really good, and sometimes we win, and he tells us we played really bad.” If something is clear about Coach Reid, it is his dedication to the soccer team, and his desire to win and defend the girls’ title this year.

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Erich Romero Mane News Staff Wrier After a rough 2005 season, it is clear that the determination and the dedication of the boys varsity soccer team has truly paid off for them; making them a huge improvement from last year’s team. During the preseason trip to Pennsylvania, the team united as a group and worked very hard on their fitness as well as on the fundamental aspects of soccer to try to set the tone for the upcoming season. The hard work paid off and the team jumped out to a 4-3 record as well as a win in the Francisco Hope Tournament for the first time since the 2003 season. One aspect of this team that has made the biggest difference is the influence that the returning seniors have had on the rest of the team. Tom McMackin a junior co-captain for the second consecutive year comments on this by saying, “One of the main differences this year is that the team’s play has been an example of toughness and dedication set forth by the seniors. The team has really been characterized by these attributes.” In addition to the determination and dedication the seniors have shown, the acquisition of a very strong freshman class has made a huge difference as well. This is most evident in the play of Darian Conklin, who with

the combination of speed and skill has become a serious offensive threat to opponents. The play of Darian Conklin and the rest of the freshman class has many student optimistic about the future for St. Andrew’s soccer in the years to come.

Without a doubt, the highest point of the boys’ varsity soccer team this year has been their victory in the Francisco Hope Tournament. In the first game of the tournament, St. Andrew’s defeated the Field School in dominating fashion, 2-0. Sophomore Alexander Zurn and Freshman Darian Conklin scored the two goals, as the defense shut down the offensive attack by Field. Sophomore Matt Sparks dominated in goal, stopping every shot

that came his way. The following day, the St. Andrew’s boys matched up against Sandy Spring for the championship game. Sandy Springs proved to be a very tough team, as they have dominated the Francisco Hope tournament in the past, by winning it 5 times out of the last ten years, and in the past two consecutive years. In addition, they had won their last 24 consecutive games, making them undefeated in approximately one and one-half seasons. However, these statistics did not intimidate St. Andrew’s, as their motivation to win was evident from the very beginning of the game. In the first half freshman sensation Conklin scored on a cross from junior Ian Hendrie. Later in the first half, senior co-captain Matt Devaney scored to give the lions a 2-0 lead. In the second half, Sandy Springs scored, and gained a little momentum but the strong St. Andrew’s defense led by Matt Sparks, Oscar Harasic, Matt Devaney, Mark Small and Tom McMackin, shut down the attack of Sandy Springs. McMackin said, “This defense nearly shut

of the fact that we denied almost every opportunity they had.” In the end, the final score was 2-1, with Matt Devaney earning the Most Valuable Player award and Darian Conklin, Matt Sparks, Oscar Harasic, Tom McMackin, and Ian Hendrie earning all-tournament team honors. This was the first tournament win since 2003, and the team did it in a dominating style. The strong play by St. Andrew’s continued after the tournament win, which was especially evident during the two games against St. James. St. Andrew’s pulled off a very impressive overtime win, ending on a penalty kick by Ian Hendrie after a St. James defender caught a ball that was curving into the goal off of a corner kick. In the second game, St. Andrew’s won 5-2, with 1 goal and two assists from Ian Hendrie, and a goal each from Darian Conklin, Steve Webster, Brian Luzier, and Dan House. Overall, the change in attitude and the example of dedication of the seniors has truly paid off for this team. The desire to win on the field and the fighting instinct has made them a much more improved team from last year. With the strong leadership and a strong freshman class, the future for St. Andrew’s soccer is becoming brighter than ever.

Baseball Players Strike Out with Steroids

Steroid Use Noticeably Increases in Major League Baseball Bobby Lewis Mane News Staff Writer

Over the last 10 years, there has been an increasing talk about the usage of steroids in baseball. It started back in 1998, when Mark McGwire was chasing Roger Maris’ single season home run record. During the middle of his run, rumors started that what he was doing was violating the league rules of MLB.. The steroid talk quieted down until Jose Canseco, one of McGwire’s former teammates on the Oakland A’s, released a book in which he revealed the names of many players that he said that he had seen take steroids. www.mlb.com Then in 2001, Barry Bonds was the center of steroid talk when his home run

numbers exploded from the year before and people were questioning the sudden jump in his numbers. Not to mention the fact that during his historic season in 2001, Bonds was 37 years old. He was a player whose best days were behind him. All one had to do was look at Bonds and one could see that he had gained tons of muscle from when he joined the San Francisco Giants back in 1993. That is where he met up with trainer Victor Conte, head of BALCO, a San Francisco drug laboratory. In 2001, Conte’s house was searched by the police and documents were found with the names of numerous athletes that he had given steroids to, including steroids undetectable in drug tests,

known as “the clear.” The documents said he had supplied steroids to many big name athletes, including Barry Bonds. A grand jury was then put in place to investigate this. This led in Major League Baseball taking action, and in January 2005, they implemented random drug testing. The penalty for a first time violator was a 10 day suspension. During the start of this program, there were no big names revealed. However in spring training of 2005, a grand jury document was leaked in which Jason Giambi, first baseman of the New York Yankees had admitted to the grand jury that he had used steroids in 2003, before the drug tests were put in place. Later that year, Barry Bonds’ grand jury testimony was leaked in which he admitted that he used a cream version of steroids, but said that he didn’t know it was steroids. The first big name dropped in August of 2005, when it was revealed that Rafael Palmero had failed the drug test. Palmero was one of the names in Canseco’s book. Palmero believed that he failed the drug

test due to a tainted B 12 shot that he said he got from teammate Miguel Tejada. This, however, was just the beginning. In spring training of 2006, the book, Game of Shadows, came out in which it said Barry Bonds had been using steroids from 1998 through 2003. Bonds denied the allegation and said that the book’s sources were wrong. This led to Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball to take action. Selig hired an investigator to find out if the book was right about Bonds using steroids. Then this past summer, Arizona Diamondback pitcher Jason Grimsley admitted to not only using steroids, but to also supplying them to his teammates. Under the new rules, he was suspended for 50 games. Later David Segui said he also received drugs from Grimsley, when they were teammates on the Baltimore Orioles in 2004 and 2005. There are many more players that are rumored to have used steroids, but at this time, no one has revealed their names.

summer in Russia. After graduating from college, he taught in the Dominican Republic. Although he’s traveled all over the world, Griffith grew up in DC and went to Sidwell Friends, and he knew he wanted to return after so much time abroad. When looking for schools in the area to teach at, Griffith chose St. Andrew’s because of its reputation. “I heard there was a bigger variety of different people and learning styles than at other schools in the area.” He had heard that it was much less competitive and “not as crazy” as some of the other schools in the area. Griffith is teaching tenth grade history as well as sixth grade geography. He became in-

terested in this subject because of a Civil Rights class that he took in college. They attended many demonstrations as part of their class. St. Andrew’s is very excited to welcome him into our community! “Who would have ever thought that I would be teaching again?” asked new Latin teacher Mr. David Hendricks. Hendricks has lived an interesting life that included teaching, owning his own business, and coaching basketball. A student of his said, “Mr. Hendricks is an awesome teacher, we all enjoy the energy he brings to class. He is fairly laid back which allows us to enjoy his class even more.”

New Teachers Bring New Enthusiasm to Community continued from Page 3 to teaching photography. “Photography’s always been a hobby for me,” says Paxson. Paxson is a bit anxious, but turned the nervous energy into positive energy, making the daunting task of teaching high school photography much more approachable. History teacher Ms. Katherine Louderback graduated from Franklin and Marshall with a government major, and a minor in public policies. “I have always loved kids, and my jobs have always included working with them,” she comments on why she picked teaching. Louderback found St. Andrew’s through TCID:BW

Carnie Sando and Associates, an agency that takes a teacher’s resume and sends it out to a number of different schools. It was through them that Louderback met Mr. Segal and became interested. She teaches seventh grade history, which she is very happy about because it is a Civics class, specializing in government. She also coaches tennis. Kelsey Freeman said, “Ms. Louderback is very warm and friendly and a great addition to our school!” While attending Duke University, history teacher Mr. Andrew Griffith traveled to many different places because of college grants. He lived in Ireland; Turkey, which “was the coolest experience”; and spent a


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Homecoming Schedule

Friday October 20 9:55am – Tent Viewing 2:00pm – Pep Rally 3:30pm – Varsity Golf v. Heights 4:00pm – Girls Cross Country @ Bullis 4:00pm – Boys Cross Country @ Bullis 4:15pm – Girls JV Soccer v. Maret 4:15pm – Girls Varsity Volley Ball v. Seton School 5:30pm – Girls Volley Ball Senior Recognition Steve Sparks

Saturday October 21 10:00am – Walk-a-Thon 11:00am – Boys JV Soccer v. Maret 11:00am – Girls V Soccer v. Maret 11:15am- Girls Cross Country Senior Recognition 11:45am – Girls Varsity Tennis Senior Recognition 12:00pm – Girls Varsity Tennis v. Maret 12:30pm – SAES Soccer v. SAES alumni 2:30pm – Boys Varsity Soccer v. Maret

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How The Teams Are Doing Girls Varsity Soccer: 4-6-0 Girls JV Soccer: 0-5-0 Boys Varsity Soccer: 4-7-1 Boys JV Soccer: 1-7-1 Girls Varsity Tennis: 3-5-0 Girls JV Tennis: 1-2-0 Girls Varsity Volleyball: 0-9-0 Girls JV Volleyball: 4-4-0 Boys Varsity Golf: 3-4-1

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