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Volume 13, Issue 3
March 6, 2006
ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
Mane News Article Censored Administration Chooses ‘Core School Values’ over Freedom of Expression Editor’s Note: Chris Shelton Mane News Co-Editor-in-Chief
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How Safe Are You Online? Page 2
Is Your Phone Tapped by the Government? Page 5
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Facebook: The New Obsession
Addiction Spreads Through the Upper School Community Johanna McManus and Mattie Greenwood Mane News Staff Writers
Do you ﬁnd yourself compulsively going to facebook.com whenever you sit at a computer, running to the library to go on facebook between classes, or pulling all-nighters just to ﬁnish up your homework because you constantly check your facebook? Join the club. You are one of the 9 out of 10 St. Andrew’s high school students who admit to being addicted to the growing internet fad. Facebook is an online social network. Students sign up and are organized based on where they attend high school. After students register, they upload pictures of themselves and enter personal information- their favorite movies, political views, class schedules etc…. Facebook members also form online clubs with their classmates. Where some groups are about common interests like “The OC addict,” others have no purpose and are meant to be funny such as the “Erich Milonakis Club,” a club about how St. Andrew’s Sophomore Erich Romero looks like the TV star Andy Milonakis. The clubs that students join on Facebook can reﬂect their outside social lives. Sometimes high school students meet and talk over Facebook and end up hanging out in person. Facebook is used at 22,000 high schools all over the country. It is currently the tenth most visited site on the internet. Many students say this obsession has led to a drop in their grades at St. Andrew’s, because of the late nights they spend trying to get homework done while simultaneously “on Facebook.” Twelve out of the twenty students questioned for this article said that they keep Facebook minimized
on their computer all night and check it every few minutes. The average amount of time spent on facebook per school night by St. Andrew’s students interviewed was 51 minutes. The average amount of time spent on Facebook per week was 10 hours. Fourteen out of twenty students questioned admitted to being addicted to Facebook. Many students have found that it is not only taking over their school work, but also their life. “My internet was down over the weekend and I was freaking out,” said Megan Towe, a senior at St. Andrew’s. So what fuels student’s ﬁxation with Facebook? What makes it impossible for them to log off? The purpose of facebook is to “offer students a resource of information and a means for communication,” said Chris Hughes, spokesperson for Facebook. Many students feel pressure to have a high friend count and a larger number of posts to make them look cool and popular. Hughes denies this saying “We don’t think of it that way. People use the site for a variety of reasons, not just to accrue friends.” In addition to being a homework distraction, the other pressures of Facebook have students stressed out. “It’s a competition to see who has the most posts and the most friends. It’s stressful sometimes like when a guy pokes your friend and not you, it’s a very unsettling feeling” said Junior Julia Shinberg. Students are concerned that being hooked
on Facebook is causing their grades to suffer. “The longer I go without a request or post, the more frustrated I get and the more times I check my Facebook”, said Towe. Getting through a regular night of homework can be difﬁcult for students addicted to facebook.. “I feel like I am wasting my life away and I constantly check facebook… I can’t even get through a math problem without checking it”, said Junior Rachel Hewitt. Some schools are taking drastic measures to get students off facebook and back onto the homework site. Stone Ridge, a Catholic all- girls high school in Bethesda, banned Facebook because it is not inline with the school’s “Acceptable Use Policy.” When questioned, Dean of Upper School at St. Andrew’s, Ginger Cobb, stated a safety concern with Facebook. She said “Facebook has been brought to our attention, because people put their address on it, and they might put something inappropriate.” No decision has been made to ban Facebook at St. Andrew’s. In response to the question Cobb replied, “We are just starting to talk about it and we are going to send a letter.” Kate Goldbaum, once a straight A student at St. Andrew’s summed up what facebook has done to her schoolwork when she sarcastically said “Facebook is really cool.” She then added sincerely, “It’s making me fail school....” facebook.com
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A news article that was to appear in this space has been censored by the school administration because it feels that publishing the article would have been inconsistent with St. Andrews’ educational philosophy. The piece was an investigation into the unhealthy social pattern of a group of younger students. The writer drew from extensive interviews with student witnesses and victims of the behavior, as well as with administrators who conﬁrmed the problem and described their own efforts to combat it. The article identiﬁed the grade from which the perpetrators were drawn, and noted the negative effect of their behavior on the community’s overall image of the grade. My colleagues and I considered the piece to be the best and the most important for this issue, and accordingly made it our lead story. It described an
important trend in the life of our school known only to the larger community, particularly upperclassmen, through vague rumor if at all. We believed it to be our duty as the newspaper of the student body to factually document these developments for our readers. The administration censored the piece on the eve of printing. Its chief concern was that the article would unfairly stigmatize this demographic of younger students in the eyes of the school at large. The administration felt that publication of the piece would deny these students the freedom to mature as individuals and members of the community, locking them into a single negative reputation. This branding of individuals’ personalities and characters would be the antithesis of St. Andrew’s fundamental mission of growth and self-development for its students. In particular, this would go against the “Fresh Start,” the opportunity at the beginning of each year for a student to reinvent
March 6, 2006
Government Phone Taps Maneesha Sakhuja Mane News Photo Editor
After eavesdropping on thousands of international calls, intelligence ofﬁcers have discharged the majority of possible terrorist suspects, saying that they heard nothing relating to a terrorist threat. What President Bush calls “terrorist surveillance” (listening in on international calls made to suspected Al Qaeda members), is both considered a warrant less operation and , more often then not, is listening in on an international call that does contain a ter-
rorist. Intelligence ofﬁcers say that most of the leads they receive do not contain information important enough to continue with the surveillance. Although international interception does not require a warrant, domestic interception still does; fewer than ten U.S. residents a year have had enough suspicion for the intelligence ofﬁcers to have warranted eavesdropping of their domestic phone calls. Further, there are other forms of surveillance, such as e-mail interception. There have allegedly been thousands of Americans who have either had their phones taped or their e-mail read without probable cause and court authority. On the issue of whether the surveillance is
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legal or not, Senator Arlen Specter states that “The foreign intelligence surveillance court is really big.. because the president, the administration, could take this entire program and lay it on the line to that court.” He also believes that Bush violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. This act says that there are necessary “procedures for requesting judicial authorization for electronic surveillance and physical search of persons engaged in espionage or international terrorism against the United States on behalf of a foreign power.” The intelligence ofﬁcers did not follow these necessary procedures.
Myspace or Pervspace? The Internet Has Turned Into a Hot-Bed for the World’s Perversion Hilary Eisenberg Mane News Co-Opinion Editor
It is a well-known fact that the Internet is central to the lives of most American teenagers. E-mail was the original use, but communications throughout the Internet spanned to include devices such as Instant Messenger. Websites such as Myspace.com and Facebook.com have become popular through the proﬁles of millions of teens and young adults. Suddenly, it seems as if anyone can get in touch with any other computer user on the planet. Many are exceedingly thankful for the newfound ease of talking to their faraway friends. However, along with the effortlessness of contacting friends come the dangers of online anonymity. It is convenient how all your friends have access to you online, and they can contact you at any time. Think about it. Your friends have access to you at all times, and so do people with bad intentions. And though it seems cliché, that hot seventeen year old male from the next town over that you met in a chat room may actually be a creepy 46 year old with a police record. Instant Messaging Dangers These days, anyone can set up a screen name and talk to whomever they want. The advent of block lists and parental controls have helped guard against those with lewd intentions, but the reality is that people can pose as anyone, and usually can contact whomever they wish. Teenagers rarely think of the consequences of talking to random people online, but terrible things have happened to adolescents who have met up with the people they have met in chat rooms. Dateline NBC teamed up with a volunteer group called Perverted Justice to capture Internet prowlers with sleazy intentions. For an hour-long news segment entitled “To Catch a Predator”, Perverted Justice and Dateline showed millions of viewers across the country exactly how dangerous the Internet could be. The volunteer organization, Perverted Justice, had trained volunteers pose as young children willing to be solicited over America Online Instant Messenger or Yahoo’s Instant Messaging system. As expected, older males with vulgar purposes took the bait, and a meeting was set up. However, this meeting was set up at a Northern Virginia suburban home where Chris Henson, a Dateline NBC reporter was waiting with cameras. The men were all frightened upon
confronted with the fact that they desired sexual relations with a young teenager. Almost all of them claimed that they have “never done anything like this before.” Yet what was most interesting was who those men were in the society. Some were workers in low-level jobs, and some were unemployed, but others were, as Dateline describes them “pillars of society”. There was a dentist, a special education teacher, and worst of all, a Rabbi. This is not, of course, pointed out to condemn doctors, teachers, or religious leaders, because the majority are upstanding citizens and good people. It is brought up to prove the point that people you meet online can be absolutely anyone in the world. Further, a visit to the volunteer group’s website was made, perverted-justice.com.
tion.) With an understanding of the dangers of using Instant Messenger, its obvious that talking to unknown people online should be verboten. As further protection, never disclose anything online that you wouldn’t want printed out and shared. Unlike phone conversations and talking in person, anything you say online can and may be held against you. Enjoy the Internet, but be careful! Myspace and Facebook Dangers As demonstrated during morning meeting a few weeks ago, websites such as Facebook.com and Myspace.com have given all sorts of people an astounding amount personal information. SGA President and Vice-President, respectively, Stephen Michel and Colin Andy Shniderman
Not only do they introduce their mission statement and volunteers, but also they publish their actual completed undercover operations on their website. Meaning that they publish Instant Messenger conversations with those who solicit sex with minors. Snippets of those conversations are nothing that could ever be published in a publication like the Mane News, but they contain some of the most vile and repulsive requests and suggestions. (Those interested as to what these men have the nerve to say to children can visit perverted-justice. com and go to the “archives” section. Be warned, there are some disgusting thing on this site. Visit only at your own discre-
O’Shea displayed this fact during that morning meeting. They had surfed through St. Andrews students’ Facebook pages and collected a list of cell phone numbers. During the aforementioned morning meeting, they called numerous members of the class, showing how easy Facebook had made it to contact all sorts of people. Facebook.com is not the only culprit. Myspace.com, a similar online social network, has also been responsible for the trend of teenagers sharing too much information on the Internet. A great number of St. Andrews students use the sites, in fact a quick search revealed that at least 86 St. Andrews students use the website. (In fact, a majority of the Mane News staff has one,
including the writer of this article.) There is nothing wrong with using the website. The problem is that too much information is being shared. Screen names, phone numbers, and exact addresses should be removed from our students’ pages, and we should be smart enough to know not to communicate with random people we don’t know. Until there is a major infraction regarding Myspace and Facebook, use should be allowed to continue. Besides, the majority of the student body is aware that teacher and administrators are browsing through our pages of both sites. (Don’t be shy! Friend us!) So, for the sake of all the Myspace and Facebook users at St. Andrews, here is a list of online social network guidelines! 1. Don’t “friend” people you don’t know! People you know vaguely are generally all right, but be wary of “friends of friends”. 2. Never give out your screen name to anyone you don’t know. Same rules go for phone number. 3. Keep sexually provocative photos off your site. Bikini photos, shirtless photos, any sort of underwear photos are generally a bad idea. 4. For Myspace users, keep “blogs” private or friend only. Set your pages to private as well. 5. Don’t harass or trash anyonestudents or teachers over any of these websites. It’s cruel, and against the St. Andrews honor code. 6. Try not to turn either of these websites into popularity contests. It’s useless. 7. Don’t post incriminating photos of other people on your page or in your Facebook albums. 8. Don’t lie about your age. If you are not old enough to use one of the websites, that’s for a good reason. 9. Don’t be afraid to use the block feature or contact the webmasters about a sketchy user. 10. As a ﬁnal guideline, never post anything online that you wouldn’t want to come back and haunt you later. What is funny now is not worth losing a job over in the future.
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of the timeframe. One student found that, to get to study hall in time, she couldn’t check her homework and go to her locker to get the books she needed. By the time she had checked in, reviewed her homework, and gone to her locker, the class was almost half over. Another student adds, “I don’t think that anybody in my study hall was actually working.” Some students, however, did not mind the more structured setting. Michael Boyland said, “I liked that [study hall] was a quiet place to work and I felt that I got a lot of work done.” There may be a few “bugs” in the proctored study hall that have to be worked out. Still, the true test will be next fall, when the new sophomore class begins to enjoy regular free periods. At that time, the former ninth graders will see whether they learned skills in proctored study hall that improved their ability to work efﬁciently during free periods. Until then, all the freshmen will just have to quiet down and get some work done.
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Everyone always says that attending a good college and making something of yourself is the most important thing in life. Between birth and say, freshman year, this pressure is taken off. However, as soon as you set foot into ninth grade, college hits you like a brick wall. All of a sudden grades and extracurriculars become extremely important and you wonder if a B- on your math quiz will ruin your chances of getting into Harvard. The college process doesn’t Kimi Hugli have to be like this. As someone that has gone through it, I can safely say that you start working on applications before school will survive and be enormously rewared. starts. Once classes commence, you will be Freshman year should be focused on ﬁnd- hard pressed to ﬁnd spare time to work on ing out how you work and study and what applications. activities you want to try. Starting high school All in all, just stay calm during the college is hard for everyone, no matter what school process. I know that it can seem daunting and they attend. Try different clubs and sports to never-ending, but there is a light at the end of ﬁnd what makes you happy; don’t join some- the tunnel. thing because you think it will look good on your resume, join a club or team because you want to invest the time in it. The fact that you struggled through geometry isn’t going to make a college admissions counselor burn your application. • Ask for recommendations early in the During sophomore year, College Night is year. Your teachers will get bombarded introduced. Although it is optional, it might with requests for letters of recommenbe a good idea to go, simply to absorb indation, so the earlier you can get your formation. Your parents will probably ﬁnd it paperwork in, the better. comforting to attend, especially if you are the • Organize. Try to keep all your papers oldest child. Continue doing the best you can in order. It will make your life so much in your classes, and keep up with extracurricueasier. lars. Now is the time to really hone your study • Be nice to College Counseling. Get skills, because they will become imperative in your paperwork in on time. Check in to eleventh grade. make sure that your application is being Junior year. (Everyone says that it will be processed. In general, just be nice to your hardest year, but just wait for ﬁrst trimesMr. Tajan, Ms. Burke and Ms. Coates, ter senior year.) With challenges like the Oral because without them you might not be History Project, eleventh grade can seem like going to college! an uphill battle. Junior year, College Night is • Stay on good terms with your parents. mandatory, and it’s time to start thinking about Not only is the college process stressful what type of colleges or universities you want for you, but it’s also a lot of work for to look at. Criteria such as size, geographical your parents. Keep them informed as to location, Greek life, and speciﬁc programs what is going on with—academically, become increasingly important. I advise that socially, emotionally. you cast a large net when deciding about which • Your application is sacred. Don’t write colleges you will look at. Also, your opinions anything on an application unless you and interests may change as you visit schools, are completely sure it’s correct. so keep an open mind about what type of school • Stay happy! So much of the college you want. process is keeping an open mind and The summer before your senior year should staying positive, so don’t let yourself be spent looking at colleges, thinking about get bogged down by college. essays, and deciding what teachers you want to write your recommendations. If you can,
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proctor did not allow partner work, even in the case of group projects, because participants would make noise and distract others. The student issued a ﬁnal thought: “I think study hall should be eliminated.” Another part of the study hall that was annoying to some people was the strictness
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Last school year, the St. Andrew’s administration announced to the rising ninth grade class that there were going to be some changes made in several courses. One was the new community service based religion class. Another was that ninth graders would not have free periods in which they could sit in the hallway, go to the break room, or go to the library. Instead, proctored study halls were being set up around the school with different teachers at different periods. Several ideas guided the concept and mission of the study hall. First of all, ninth graders are new to the St. Andrew’s high school and the schedule it creates. Students are unaccustomed to the heavier work load and the increase in after school commitments, such as sports and plays. Newcomers to St. Andrew’s might not even be familiar with extra classes, such as religion, health, and arts courses. The administrators understand that the freshmen might have trouble adjusting to new schedules and budgeting their time wisely. The mission of the study hall is to provide a calm, quiet, and distractionfree environment for the completion of homework. At the beginning of this year, the new freshmen were waiting to see what would come of these study halls. The reactions to this experiment were mixed. Though some ninth graders welcomed the chance to easily get work done, others believed that the “class” could be improved. One ninth grader in a study hall during the ﬁrst trimester noted that he was not any more productive than if he were sitting up in the ninth grade hallway. He cited that his
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South Africans Visit St. Andrew’s “Mr. Barber. He is our hero.”
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Ruth Faison Although they all enjoy music, acting, and dancing, and are actively involved in the Bokomoso group, they all individually have very interesting lives and high dreams and aspirations.
to dance, play basketball, shop, and go to the movies. Her dream is to be a theatre actress because she loves to perform. She loves being part of the Bokomoso group, and believes that, “We are united, and all like the same things. It is great to be a part of.” Like Brenda, Doreen likes Bokomoso because “everyone is close, and it helped me to become more outgoing.” Doreen likes to spend time with her two year old daughter, and shop. Her dream is to go to design school and become a fashion designer. She has also enjoyed spending time in Washington, D.C., for it is her ﬁrst visit here. She has especially liked performing at Columbia University and visiting the monuments. Zakes Sikhosana has also liked visiting America, and has loved performing on the big stage at George Washington University. As a part of the Bokomoso, he is a “Love Life” ambassador, inﬂuencing kids to live positive lives. In addition to his involvement in Bokomoso, Zakes is studying to be a computer technician. On the weekends, he likes to play soccer, watch DVD’s, hang out with his girlfriend, and go to parties. The South Africans who have visited St. Andrew’s are very thankful to Mr. Barber, without whom they would not have had amazing musical opportunities. Lentle communication, positive sexuality, and described her feelings by saying, “I’m self-esteem. As the leader of the movit- thankful to Bokomoso, and especially to vation center, she motivates kids to make Mr. Barber. He is our hero!” positive changes in their lives after living on the streets. In addition, Brenda likes Brenda, 21, joined the Bokomoso group because she did not have anything to do after high school. She is a part of the “Love Life” group, a group that teaches its members self-respect, motivation,
Every year, South African students come to visit St. Andrew’s. We have seen them perform in chapel and witnessed their talent, but many at St. Andrew’s do not know anything about their personal backgrounds. The South Africans live in Winterveldt, a very poor, impoverished place with no running water or electricity. There is high crime, teen pregnancy, AIDS and HIV, and unemployment. There are also limited opportunities for education, which is the main attraction of the Bokomoso group. The Bokomoso group, founded in 1999, is a three month program in South Africa in which the members work on basic life skills and team work. After they graduate they go back to a mainstream school and partake in the real world. Before joining Bokomoso, many are on the streets and not involved in anything. At Bokomoso, they play many sports such as basketball and soccer, and produce plays with the themes of domestic violence, AIDS awareness, and gender roles. In the Bokomoso group, there is a “Love Life” program, which focuses on AIDS awareness, self-motivation, communication, positive sexuality, physical activities, problem solving, self-respect, and self-esteem. Many members of the Bokomoso group are involved in the “Love Life” program, playing important roles in inﬂuencing those around them. They had the opportunity to come to the United States on a scholarship based
off of musical auditions held by Mr. Barber, the chorus teacher at St Andrew’s. Mr. Barber has worked with the group for six years, coaching them in acting, singing, and dancing.
A Life-Changing Journey The St. Andrew’s Expedition to South Africa Abby Olson and Amy Bachman Mane News Staff Writers
The St. Andrew’s trip to South Africa is one of the most phenomenal experiences the school has to offer. The trip was something of a rite of passage for students, and it makes St. Andrew’s quite unique amongst other private schools in the area. Every person that travels to South Africa comes out of the trip changed in some way, and many come out with a renewed passion for changing the world and learning about different cultures. The trip is simultaneously challenging and afﬁrming. The connections made between people on the trip and the lessons learned are ones that are not easily forgotten, and ones that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The journey begins in Capetown, where students stay with host families or in youth hostels. Students have a wide variety of experiences in Capetown, from witnessing incredible natural beauty, like gorgeous
Table Mountain, Hout Bay and Cape Point; to visiting the townships of Khayelitsha and Langa; to learning about South African history at the District 6 museum, which commemorates a multiracial community that was broken up by the Afrikaner government, and on Robben Island, where political prisoners like Nelson Mandela were jailed during the Apartheid era. The Capetown visit is one of the best on the trip, as students become more informed about the world and are able to build strong bonds with host families and each other. Next, students ﬂy to Johannesburg and drive to a game reserve in Pilannesburg, where they spend the next few days going on truly spectacular safaris bonding with fellow students. They then return to Johannesburg, where they visit Soweto; the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, which memorializes a twelve-year-old who was the ﬁrst child killed in the Soweto
uprising; and the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They also work with a traveling soup kitchen. Finally, students travel to the Bokamoso Youth Center in rural Winterveldt. They are reunited with the students that came to visit them at home, and they are able to see the lifestyles of their friends. Students make music with the Bokamoso youth, visit an AIDS orphanage and hospice, and explore a national park. The experiences at Bokamoso are truly amazing, and the bonds formed with the Bokamoso youth are extremely strong. Overall, the South Africa trip is an extraordinary journey that all students should have the opportunity to experience. Students on the trip learn that despite geographical differences, they are really quite similar to their South African friends. Through conversations, home stays, and
musical experiences, students are able to learn a lot from the South Africans, including how to take advantage of the opportunities they have to change the world, as many South African youth ﬁnd ways to make their lives meaningful and have an impact on the world despite their relative lack of economic privilege. Additionally, the devastating poverty and disease that affect parts of South Africa make students much more aware of the suffering that goes on in the world, but also admirable of those who are able to overcome suffering to make the world better and passionate about trying to eradicate this sort of suffering. All St. Andrew’s students should take advantage of this incredible opportunity if they are able. It is an experience not offered by too many other places, and students should this remarkable chance while they can.
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Big Brother is Listening to You Ted Dunmire Mane News Staff Writer Recently the issue of the governmenttapping phone lines and hacking e-mails has become a large issue. People feel uncomfortable when their private messages are opened to anyone. According to the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, unreasonable searches and seizures are not allowed. However, others believe that the government is just trying to protect its citizens. The government cannot look at personal belongings of any kind without a search warrant. This was, for many years, extended to phones and most likely would have been extended to e-mail, but there was the Watergate Scandal. After that, Kimi Hugli the government put in place the “Secret Court” that could issue warrants at the drop of a hat. This seems just a little strange, considering one of the major goals of the Founding Fathers was to ensure that no one person or branch of government could have too much power concentrated in their hands. Now, many people would think this
would be reasonable until closer examination. The government has the ability to spy on anyone for 48 hours in any way, including communication, while the “Secret Court” issues a search warrant that will allow the government to spy on them indeﬁnitely. If that isn’t an unreasonable power afforded to the government then what is? People are supposed to feel safe in their homes, be able to talk freely about whatever it is they want; not have to be afraid that what they say could get them ﬁned or sent to jail. There are those that defend the power of the government to spy on citizens. Some say that it is computers who look at what is going on. Even so, these computers have to be monitored by people who might want to use some of the information at hand for their own personal gain. Some people say that the government uses this information to catch terrorists and foil plots against Americans. If this is true, then people need to have evidence that this is working. If these phone taps are really keeping people safe, then why hide this information from the people who are being protected?
There You Go Again, Pat
Matthew Vaveris Mane News Staff Writer
Pat Robertson, a fundamentalist Christian leader, said that God smote Ariel Sharon for “dividing God’s land” on his television show The 700 Club. This is over the edge. This does not display the teachings of Jesus Christ, nor is it reﬂective of Christian thought. Wishing someone ill who has done no harm is absolutely wrong. Ariel Sharon started out as a conservative military general when he became Prime Minister of Israel, but he changed and became an advocate of peaceful relationship with Palestine. He signed a ceaseﬁre a year ago that is still in effect today. He pulled Israel out of the Gaza Strip, giving Palestinians their own territory. He fought his own conservatives and made his party adopt a
9th Grade Religion Report
By Brynn Jacoby Mane News Staff Writer
The ninth grade religion class was not at all what I expected it to be. Judging from the title, I assumed the class would be about the Christian religion. In a way, this is what the class is about, but more
Samaritan Ministries of the Greater Washington, while Walker’s class works with Manor Care. Samaritan Ministries works with the homeless and underprivileged, providing a next step program while Manor Care is a retirement home. Being
Ruth Faison importantly the class is about community service. I was relieved to ﬁnd this out because I am not Episcopalian, let alone Christian. This said, I learned that the Episcopalian religion is about welcoming everyone as well as helping the community around us. The one trimester ninth grade religion class began with a series of visits from headmaster Robert Kosasky. He discussed with the class the school philosophy as well as Episcopal values. The class talked about the schools four pillars: academic, artistic, athletic, and spiritual. Students discussed the school’s honor code, ERTH, as well. Since the purpose of the course is to understand diversity and differences in the world, the class discusses stereotypes of all sorts of people in addition to doing service in the community. We have talked about the homeless, drug addicts, the elderly, and homosexuals. There are two separate religion classes in the ninth grade per trimester. One is taught by Upper School Dean Ginger Cobb and the other by religion teacher Drew Walker. Cobb’s class works with
in Cobb’s class for the second trimester, I can say that we have worked a great deal with Samaritan Ministries. We have visited many of there ofﬁces in the Washington area. The trips include visits to Loaves and Fishes where we ate a meal with the homeless, we visited the D.C. Central Kitchen (founded by Robert Eggers who recently spoke in chapel), Anacostia and other DC neighborhoods, and we raked leaves at the Samaritan Ministries ofﬁce. After taking these trips, the ninth graders have started to realize many of the stereotypes that they have believed their whole lives, were in fact false. My ninth grade religion class has been an amazing experience. Not only have I learned about a religion other than my own and learned more about my school and its values, but I have learned about the community I have lived in my entire life. In the religion class, ninth graders learn to have a new perspective on those less fortunate than us as well as the elderly in our community. We have learned to forget stereotypes, and realize that things are not always as they seem.
The ABC’s of Emo Katie Nesmith Mane News Co-Opinion Editor
“You’re so emo, stop crying!” Every
more peaceful platform. This apparently irritated Pat Robertson and some other evangelists. Today, zealots claiming to speak for you and me in the name of God are everpresent. These fundamentalists can be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or any other religion. We must speak out against this dangerous rhetoric. Pat Robertson has apologized, and well he should. However, we must keep a watchful eye on uncompromising people in our public life.
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single time this phrase is muttered, I feel increasingly ill. Most of the impressions about this term are overwhelming—not to mention completely erroneous! “Emo”, otherwise known as “emotional hardcore” (no, not “emotional”!), is purely a term used to label a type of music. Thus, people cannot be emo. Just like people cannot be jazz, rap, or pop! As far as the music goes, emo usually gets placed on bands such as Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, and The Juliana Theory. However, these bands are, in fact, the antithesis of the genre. Emo was originally a term placed (in retrospect) on the 1984 DC punk band Rites of Spring. It was emotionally charged punk rock. Since then, the sound has evolved from sounding much more like punk to being characterized by screaming vocals, chaotic drum work, and discordant guitar riffs. This may come as a shock to most, seeing that many illustrate the genre as being
either acoustic, or overly sensitive to the point of melodrama. “Real” emo bands include: Yaphet Kotto, Saetia, Hassan I Sabbah/Holy Hand Grenades, and Yage. Now that I have name-dropped, let me digress to an earlier point: people cannot, in any way, shape or form, be emo. “Emo kids” do not wear tight pants and tight shirts (that’s a scenester thing), nor do they cry during a Death Cab For Cutie song. Why? Because they do not exist. People who label themselves or others emo need to, for the love of humanity, stop. The next time you decide to call someone “emo”, try replacing it with “jazz”. If it does not make sense in context, don’t bother using it. For example, consider “that person is so jazz” versus “I love listening to jazz!” One clearly makes more sense than the other. Please, take the time to educate yourself about emo and its history. There are some great websites out there, like fourfa. com, and books such as Dance of Days by Mark Anderson. Both are a worthwhile read, and will help people understand what emo is.
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The Downfall of the Hottest Spy on TV ABC is letting Alias ﬁnish up its ﬁfth season—which brings me to my point: you should take advantage of your last For those of you who haven’t heard, chance to watch this awesome spy ABC announced back in November thriller on TV! that Alias will be discontinued after At the beginning of this season, fans it ﬁnishes its ﬁfth season this May. Devoted fans of the show (which has somewhat of a cult among many young viewers) have cited various reasons for the show’s demise. Among these causes were Jennifer Garner’s pregnancy, and marriage to Ben Afﬂeck (who has become Devil incarnate to many Alias addicts), creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams’ preoccupation with arguably rival show Lost, and movie Mission: Impossible 3. Lastly, the most detestable reason of all for the show’s demise is the apparent desire among top ABC were shocked at the loss of a muchexecutives to kill off the show. loved character whom had been around As an avid Alias fan, let me vent my since the beginning of the show. (I am frustrations. Who expects a show to trying not to reveal too much here.) keep up top ratings when it is moved Since this cataclysmic event, CIA to a new time slot at which no script- agent Sydney Bristow has been worked show has lasted more than a year ing to stop a whole host of enemies. since 1982? Besides, when shows like A major challenge has been the CIA’s Desperate Housewives have millions inability to pinpoint the identity of the hooked, ratings become irrelevant to group that killed a pivotal agent. The Alias devotees like myself. group’s name is Prophet Five. Oh, well. TV is unfair. And at least As far as viewers know, Prophet
Five is made up of twelve groups placed inside governments throughout the world. In the ‘70s, this group hired top mathematicians and scientists to decrypt a 500-year-old text on genetics and then killed them all once they completed their task. This gives you an idea of the kind of bad stuff they are up to! Jennifer Garner’s pregnancy was incorporated into the plot of the show. Since discovering she was pregnant in the season premiere, Sydney Bristow has, in a refreshing show of realism, done less physically demanding mission work. New characters have taken on the primary responsibilities of ﬁeld agents, and are keeping the show interesting! As the show nears its end, J.J. Abrams has promised a truly exhilarating set of episodes to ﬁnish up the season. You won’t want to miss seeing the agents of Alias investigate Prophet Five and attempt to stop their next nefarious move! The show is currently on hiatus due to Jennifer Garner’s maternity leave. The 10th episode of the season (and the 98th of the show) will air in March ,as Alias makes its ﬁnal sprint until May. warp9cards.com
Gabe Elesworth Mane News Staff Writer
Reality Fashion Designing By Katie Nesmeth, Opinion Section Co-Editor
Project Runway, a show dedicated to aspiring fashion designers, is nearing its conclusion. With the top three contestants chosen and the Olympus Fashion Week/ﬁnal episode coming up, tensions are running high between the last contenders Daniel Vosovic, Chloe Dao, and Santino Rice. Many speculate that Daniel Vosovic, who had a winning streak for several episodes, could very well be the recipient nbc.com of the grand prize: a new car, a designing mentorship at Banana Republic, and funding to start a fashion line. Santino Rice, an innovative designer, is consistently the most hated of the show. It will be interesting to see how the remainder of the show will pan out with Rice in the top three. There are two more episodes of the series left. One will air on February 22, and the ﬁnal episode will air on March 1.
Valentine’s Day: Table for One Hayley Mackiernan Mane News Staff Writer
Valentine’s Day is a day purely to celebrate those closest to you. That does not necessarily mean people of the opposite sex. With shows such as “Laguna Beach”, society makes it seem like one has to have that “special someone” whether it be a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. In the Valentine’s Day episode of this show, the producers focused on Jessica and Jason’s candle light dinner and Stephen and Kristen’s night out. LC declared that she hated Valentine’s Day because she did not have that someone to spend the day with. This is where I step in. In all my years, Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday and no one seems to understand why. It is not because I have a boyfriend, simply because I do not. I enjoy spending the day with my friends and my family. As I said, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the people closest to you. The people closest to me are my family and my friends. For those of you who are single, like me, and want to ﬁnd the enjoyment in this holiday here are some things you can
do to make your Valentine’s Day of 2006 the best one yet! 1. Buy someone a carnation (or other ﬂower of your choice). Our school has had the tradition of selling carnations around Valentine’s Day to show people that you care. If you send a friend a ﬂower you will feel good that you will be surprising your friend, and your friend will just be glad to know you were thinking about them.
2. Eat chocolates! Holidays are also a time to eat, and this holiday is a time to eat chocolates. Be selfish for the ﬁrst time and buy yourself some chocolates of your choice. If you are feeling giving, buy some Hershey kisses as a festive holiday food, and give them to your classmates. If everyone else can enjoy them around you, you can too. 3. Wear the holiday’s festive col-
ors. As we all know the ofﬁcial colors of Valentine’s Day are pink and red. This one is not just for the ladies, because as some say, “it takes a real man to wear pink.” 4. If ﬂowers are too much, send someone a card. Cards are things that both males and females can enjoy. My favorites are from the classic Peanut gang. These cards are funny, cute, and will put a smile on somebody’s face. 5. By the end of this festive day, if you do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend to spend the evening with, go out to dinner with your friends! Take this school night to go to one of your favorite restaurants and laugh and take time off with your friends. Everyone knows that is always a good time. Obviously a lot of people will probably think I am overly optimistic for saying these things, but it is worth a shot. If you are single, enjoy it! Do not let the couples in the hallways and on television get you down. Remember this is a holiday for everyone to take part in, not just them. Happy Valentine’s Day of 2006!
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March 6, 2006
Arrested Development To be Locked Up for Good Claire Matlack Mane News Co-Editor in Chief
Fox’s Emmy-awarding winning show Arrested Development is in fear of being cancelled. It tells the story of Michael Bluth, a son who is forced to take care of his crazy family after his father, a real estate developer, is put in jail for “shifty accounting practices.” It is truly one of, if not the, funniest shows on television. Therefore, I am here to defend the show with all my heart and tell you the top seven reasons to watch. 1. The writing is smart and funny. Arrested Development does not need a laugh track. If it had one, you would be laughing too loud to hear it anyway. The writers for the show are amazing and the dialogue is clever with subtle humor. 2. Ron Howard is the Executive Producer and narrator. While some may say that Ron Howard peaked on Happy Days, I believe that his postRichie Cunningham life is even better. With movies such as A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and Cocoon to his credit, only great things can come from this man. 3. The Magician! George Oscar Bluth, also known as Gob, is the el-
dest of the Bluth children and one of the funniest characters on the show. He spends most of his time attempting to one-up his brother Michael and prove to his father that he can run the family business. The other part of his life is spent as a magician, performing ridiculous “illusions” such as burying himself in a trick-cofﬁn or making a one-dollar bill burst into a hundred pennies. 4. Someone’s hand gets bitten off by a seal. That’s right, Buster, the
youngest of the Bluth children, has his hand eaten by a seal … wearing a bowtie. He spends the majority of the second season trying out different replacements for his hand—a claw, and several ceramic hands which end up falling apart. 5. George Michael and Maeby. First of all, where else can you get a character named George Michael who isn’t an aging 80’s pop star? The relationship between these two is uncomfortably awkward and confusing. Well, confus-
ing for George Michael because he has been in love with Maeby, his cousin, since puberty. 6. The Never-Nude. Tobias Fünke is married to Lindsay Bluth, Michael’s twin sister. He considers himself as a “nevernude”; that is, he feels uncomfortable naked and always wears a pair of jean cut-off shorts … under all of his clothes. In addition, Tobias is an aspiring actor, a back-up member of the Blue Man Group, and an analrapist (He had two professional careers, one as an analyst and the other as a therapist. Hence analrapist, pronounced a-nal-rapist). 7. Bob Loblaw and Tony Wonder. Scott Baio (Loblaw) and Ben Stiller (Wonder) are only two of the hilarious cameos on the show. Other surprise performances come from actors such as Charlize Theron, Andy Richter, Henry Winkler (aka the Fonz from Happy Days), Liza Minnelli, and, of course, Clint Howard. So there they are: the top seven reasons why you should watch Arrested Development. For more information on the show, visit fox.com/arresteddev, or to save the show from being cancelled, visit the-op.com/saveourbluths.
Administration Censors Article Censored continued from 1 him or herself that Assistant Headmaster John Holden describes in his annual “Fresh Start” speech each fall. Several of my fellow editors and I were not convinced that the story would seriously prejudice opinion against the individual students in question. The article makes clear that the unhealthy behavior is being perpetrated by a segment of the group, not the whole group. I thought that part of the principle of personal growth is that we not be considered as categories of people, but as diverse and changing individuals. I believed that if the notoriety of a group, caused by the actions of some within it, can so easily compromise how the rest of us deal
with an individual, than we must still be caught in a static, inﬂexible, group-minded mentality. My proposal in the wake of this article’s being censored was to ﬁll this space assigned for it with a pitch-black box labeled simply “Censored,” with no further explanation, as an emblem of our forced inability to do our duty and give the reader the full story. “Censored” was in turn censored, as an insufﬁcient explanation of the administration’s action. The compromise was this commentary, which might give the reader a degree of insight, short of reading the actual article, into the challenges of editorial and censorial decision-making, weighing freedom of expression with the best interests of our community.
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Mixed Results for Team USA Mattie Greenwood Mane News Staff Writer
At the beginning of the Twentieth Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chair Peter Ueberroth commented: “this is America’s team and we are conﬁdent this outstanding group of athletes will make our country proud.” With high hopes for the US Team, Americans wondered if this group of US athletes would be able to measure up to the 34 medals won by their predecessors in Salt Lake City in 2002. This number almost tripled the United States’ previous best showing in the Winter Games. Here is a re-cap of America’s victories and defeats so far in this year’s Winter Olympics, as of the time of printing. Team USA is in third place in the gold medal count and third place in overall medals. The United States has fallen short of the ﬁrst and second placed teams, Germany and Austria. The Americans have managed to score gold medals in Alpine skiing as well as snowboarding and speed skating. From drop outs to upsets, these Olympic Games have deﬁnitely been unpredictable. US ﬁgure skating hopeful Michelle Kwan was forced to pull out because of a groin strain. Ameri-
can skier underdog Ted Ligety beat out the favored skiers and scored a gold medal in the Combined Alpine Skiing event, while Bode Miller, who was favored to win gold, got disqualiﬁed for straddling a gate. After continuing to fall short of scoring an Olympic Medal in his other events, Miller may have further hurt his ﬁnal
though America was extremely successful in the speed skating competition, there is was a ﬁght between US gold medal winners Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis. While their feud is complicated, Hedrick did release this statement about his teammate: “I don’t know much about him at all. We have different opinions about doing different things. At the same time, we’re both ﬁerce competitors. That’s all it boils down to.” In addition to the feud, Hedrick and Davis do not have much in common and hope for a future friendship is highly unlikely. After scoring a fabulous 66.73 in Tuesday’s short program, American ﬁgure skater Sasha Cohen commented: “this is a really fun program. It is a gypsy number, very seductive and playful. And it is about getting involved with the audience, the judges, the spectators. That is what I tried to do. I love the program. And when I compete and socialdesignzire.aiap.it I have people watching I love the attention. And I think my perfor mance kicks up a notch.” The crowd pleaser Cohen is outgoing while chances at Olympic gold by spraining his ankle playing basketball. While men’s ski- her ill- tempered Russian opponent, Irina Slutskaya, was dismissive and ignored ing coach Phil McNichol said, “He’s good reporters after the event. to go”, there was still some speculation The Turin Olympic Games, if not as as to whether or not Miller will be able to ﬁlled with American gold medals as the perform to the best of his abilities. Another disappointing loss to the Ameri- 2002 Games, were packed with exhilarating, unpredictable wins as well as can team came when the US hockey team heartbreaking defeats. lost in the quarterﬁnals to Finland. Even
Varsity NBA Goes From “Bling, Bling” To Clean Cut Boys Basketball Plays At
Will the NBA Dress Code Change the Look of the League? Chas Duvall Executive Layout Editor The NBA has decided to clean up its act. Recently, the NBA and commissioner David Stern initiated a dress code to be upheld by all players and coaches. This dress code states that players must maintain “business casual” dress attire. Players must wear a dress shirt or sweater, dress pants, and, most importantly no medallions or chains. This comes as a result of the sloppy image players have picked up over the years. Ever since the debut of the “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan, the image of basketball has turned to long shorts, black socks and excessively flashy “kicks.” Around the league, the players seem to maintain beliefs on completely different perspectives. Phil Jackson, head coach of the LA Lakers believes that the players of the NBA have been wearing “prison garb” for the past decade and that the league needs to initiate a change. He like many others feels that the NBA must return to its roots of “bib overalls.” Like Jackson, NBA veteran Grant Hill believes that this dress code can only bring good to the NBA. “Personally, I like it. I like to dress up. I kind of came in [the league] when it was ... sort of an
unwritten code or law or whatever, that you look nice. It even got to the extreme, with guys [who] would go all out with the designer clothes and so forth. It was a little weird, the NBA turned into a fashi o n s h o w. But I think it’s good.” Some players completely disagree with Jackson and Hill and feel that the NBA www.dummocrats.com is irrational. Steven Jackson, guard for the Indiana Pacers, feel that this “dress code” is ridiculous and racist. In a recent interview with ESPN, Jackson stated “I think it’s a racist statement because a lot of the guys who are wearing chains are my age and are black, I’m upset with it. I’ll wear a suit every day. I think we do need to look more professional because it is a business. A lot of guys have gotten sloppy with the way they dress. But it’s one thing to [enforce a] dress code and it’s another thing if you’re attacking cultures, and that’s what I think they’re doing.”
Though this dress code may seem to be somewhat of a drastic change, people, like NBA All-Star Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics, knew it was coming. “You knew it was coming in. I’ve got a couple of suits in the closet I’ve got to dust off. Hey, they make the rules; you’ve got to abide by them.’’ Through out the league it does seem that players understand the fact that this is an executive business decision and that they are role models, not just for other leagues but for kids all over the world. Andre Kirilinko of the Utah Jazz stated in a recent interview that the NBA is like one big business organization and that the dress code is necessary. “We’re like businessmen, and businessmen wear coats and suits.” Both the NFL and NHL maintain a strict dress code and players can be ﬁned for any sort of disregarding of the leagues dress code. This year, Washington Redskins stars Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor were ﬁned $17,000 as a result of wearing striped socks that did not cooperate with the leagues dress code. Will the NBA’s image be cleaned up as a result of this dress code? Will “bling, bling” and chromed out rings be a thing of the past or a type of silent protest, like that of Steven Jackson after the initiation of the dress code?
Al Hightower Special To The Mane News On January 11, 2006, the St. Andrew’s Basketball team had a remarkable experience: the opportunity to play a game on the ﬂoor of the MCI Center. Despite the fact that the team lost to the Jewish Day School, it was an otherwise perfect outing for the Lions. “Playing on the ﬂoor of the MCI Center was a once in a lifetime experience,” commented freshman Stephen O’Dell, who was a significant contributor off the bench Ruth Faison for the Lions. “It was an incredible thing that I will remember for the rest of my life.” About one hundred students, faculty, administrators and parents went along with the team, and many of them also stayed afterward to watch the Wizards dominate the Hawks, 100-72. The Lions struggled in the early stages of the game and found themselves down 17-8 by the end of the ﬁrst half. They brieﬂy rallied in the third quarter, pulling within four, but they never quite overtook JDS. Despite heroic efforts from Jason Christian, Ben Chernow, and Ian Hendrie, as well as signiﬁcant efforts off the bench from a variety of players, including LeRoy Howard, Jake Gadbaw, and Erich Romero, the Lions were unable to win. Still, it was a truly special event for everyone that came.