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Volume 13, Issue 6

ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

May 29, 2007

Looking Ahead School ponders options for future development Laura Witowsky and Maggie Roberts Mane News Staff Writers

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Art: Kathryn Ticehurst

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Issue:

Goodbye and Good Luck , Seniors

Retiring faculty (L to R) Donna Starr, Mary Eileen Stevens, Buck Brumbaugh, Dona Weingarten, and Susan Murray at a barbeque in their honor. See pages 6-7.

VA Tech Shooting Raises School Safety Questions Jacob Horn Mane News Co-News Editor

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How Safe Do We Feel? Poll Results

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Club Highlights Page 9

Farewell, Veteran Teachers and Staff Pages 6 & 7

MAC and ISL All League Athletes Page 12

In the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech just over a month ago, safety in schools has become a nationwide issue. Because of its Potomac location, St. Andrew’s has never had much to worry about in terms of threats from outside the school, and because students are admitted to the school selectively, there have never been any real threats from inside the school, either. Assistant Headmaster John Holden points out that in a small community, people know each other well enough that it would be difficult for someone to plan any violent act inside the school without somebody else knowing or noticing a change in behavior. Even though there is not, nor has there ever been, any significant threat made against the school, there are still strict emergency procedures in place to be followed in the case of a threat. The Faculty Handbook, in a section entitled “Emergency Management Plan: Guidelines and Procedures” defines an emergency as “an

unpredictable, unplanned situation that requires an immediate response.” This section outlines two responses: Code Blue and Code Red. Only the Administrator in Charge can activate either of these responses. The Administrator in Charge is Headmaster Robert Kosasky, unless he is off campus. The hierarchy prepared for such a situation is as follows: the Assistant Headmaster, the Business Manager, the Head of the Upper School, the Head of the Middle School, the Assistant Head of the Upper School, the Upper School Dean of Students, and the Middle School Dean of Students. These administrators, along with the Nurse, Counselor, Chaplain, and Director of Operations, form the Emergency Team in charge of handling an emergency situation. A Code Blue governs emergencies related to the weather, medical issues, and hazardous materials, or any other situation that is not immediately life threatening but could be called an emergency. A continued on page 2

Peer(less) Leaders Tory Johnson Mane News Staff Writer

Led by Ms. Dresden Koons and Ms. Holly Funger, the first year of the Peer Leader program has been a huge success. With innovative structured discussions, such as the ninth grade roundtable night at the beginning of the year, the program has been able to delve into sensitive topics such as alcohol use and building strong relationships. The program is based on the idea that upper school students will receive training to lead small groups in discussions and activities. They will then share their knowledge and experience of high school with younger students and their families to help make the transition years easier. The Peer Leaders are trained to help increase communication within families in addition to encouraging families to discuss “tricky situations.” These

With wrestlers in the dance studio, lacrosse players on the baseball diamond, and administrators meeting in the senior lounge, it is evident that the school needs to expand. The school has come a long way since starting out in a church basement, and it has already grown and developed to compete with many other prestigious independent schools in the area. However, the school still has high hopes for even more development in upcoming years. There has been a great deal of talk concerning future plans for the school in regards to more buildings, more students, and academic changes. The Board of Trustees currently has a five year plan, which was implemented in 2004. We are continuing to raise the endowment for funding for better facilities in upcoming years. This is the main focus at this time, and there are presently no specific plans for expansion. In the future, the school would ideally like to see three major buildings or areas erected, in a more long-term plan. First, the campus needs a better gymnasium and athletic area. A chapel and performing arts center round out the wish list. No contracts have been established, and St. Andrew’s has not looked into these plans in any detail. These are simply future goals that the school hopes to create eventually. Once again, this is long-term, after the endowment has been established and the school is financially in a place to start expanding the school. Before these buildings are created, the athletic department hopes to put in FieldTurf to make the fields more professional. With the new artificial turf, the fields would drain more easily, and make them easier to use and maintain. Currently, plans for turf are very flexible, though it will probably be installed long before the other buildings are built. In order for the school to start raising money, there is a need to build up the endowment. Currently the development office is in the “quiet phase” of its capital campaign. This means that the school is in the “cultivation” process and is working on building relationships with larger donors, in hopes of increasing the endowment before the capital campaign goes into the public phase. In the public phase the school will be getting donations from a larger group of donors. Having more money already pledged going into the public phase helps get donations. Business Manager Buck Brumbaugh said, “We would have hoped to be public by now, but it took longer to cultivate donors.” Until the school can build up the endowment, it cannot start planning the fundraising for new buildings. Right now

skills have been reinforced with many guest trainers who have helped tune the leaders’ skills in preparation for events involving the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades and their families. The program has undergone some reconstruction for next year; it will now have 30 peer leaders total, from the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Each peer leader was selected from the nearly 80 students who applied near the end of this year. The program will still include the popular roundtable discussion nights but will be more structured within school, with two students (one male, one female) assigned to a ninth grade advisory for the year. The goal is that younger students will build an even stronger bond, and be more inclined continued on page 4 to talk openly with older students as well as their own classmates and families.


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Election Season Draws to Close New SGA Officers

Seniors Gain New Leadership

The student body elected new Student Next year’s senoir class officers will be: Government officers during lunches on President: William Moodie Vice President: Leili Doore May 14. Secretary: Bryn Whitely President: Tom McMackin (‘08) Treasurer: Thea Klein-Mayer Vice President: Hannah Davis (‘08) Secretary: Dannie Moore (‘09) Treasurer: Stephen O’Dell (‘09)

Upper School Student Advisory Exam Schedule Thursday May 31: History June 1: Science Board Elections Friday Monday June 4: Math These representatives to the Student Tuesday June 5: Language Advisory Board, the school’s honor Wednesday June 6: English board, will serve for 2007-08 school year in cases of disciplinary infractions. Class of 2008: Sam Cooper-Wall Drew Singer Class of 2009: Dannie Moore Stephen O’Dell Class of 2010: Marco Bonvillian Philip Doerr Class of 2011: Mario Dehesa-Azuara Lauren Melvin

Middle School Exam Schedule Thursday May 31: Language Friday June 1: Science Monday June 4: History Tuesday June 5: English Wednesday June 6: Math

Faculty Honored for Years of Service At the Upper School Honors Day on May 30, the St. Andrew’s community will honor teachers who are completing their fifth, tenth, fifteenth, or twentieth year of service at the school. Completing five years: Dr. Ian Kelleher Mr. Robert Kosasky Mrs. Aileen Moodie Mr. Ben Rich Ms. Caroline Secor

Completing ten years: Completing fifteen years: Mr. Alex Haight Ms. Elaine St. Clair Mr. Al Hightower Completing twenty years: Ms. Julie Jameson Ms. Debra Kanter Mr. Chuck Jones Ms. Donna Lee Starr Mr. Glenn Whitman

Jazz Band and Chorus Stun Audiences, Win Awards at Busch Gardens Over the weekend of May 19-20, the Jazz Band and the members of the Chorus competed against other high schools at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. The groups won many awards, some of which were specially created to be awarded to band members: Overall Award – Choral (High School) with an Excellent rating Overall Award - Instrumental (High School) with a Superior Rating First Place H.S. Jazz Choir First Place H.S. Jazz Ensemble Outstanding Soloist: Freshman Wendy Eisenberg (Jazz Band) Outstanding Soloist: Sophomore Jesse Schellenger (Chorus) Outstanding Soloist: Junior Colin Gray (Jazz Band) Outstanding Soloist: Senior Tim Rogan (Chorus)

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location and the nature of the emergency, if appropriate. Once the hallways are clear and students and staff are secure in locked rooms, staff in a classroom or office should check the hallway for anyone who has not yet reached shelter. Once the hallway is clear, the person in charge in any given room should lock the door and shut the blinds or pull the shades over all outside and inside windows. The lights should be turned off, and everyone in the room should huddle in the corner, out of any shot lines (if there was a shooter in the building). Once each one of these steps has been completed, a teacher should prepare a list of everyone in the room. Finally, people in the room should maintain a low profile by remaining quiet until an announcement is made. The Administrator in Charge will notify police as soon as a Code Red takes effect, while information is shared with students and staff over the PA system as it becomes available. Students will not be told to evacuate the school unless the situation changes. Many other aspects of the Code Red plan, such as whether to secure the exterior doors to the building, also depend on the situation and the threat. After reading the 17-page section of the Faculty Handbook, it becomes clear that the school administration has fully prepared for any emergency situation the school may be confronted with. However, this is a fact that many students are

main building as soon as a Code Blue is activated and remain there unless the situation requires evacuation. As long as an evacuation is not required, students and employees are required to be in MacDonald Hall, a classroom, or an office area during a Code Blue. At the activation, all students must be accounted for, and the duration of the emergency, they must be supervised at all times. Because classes are allowed to continue under a Code Blue, this is relatively simple for most students. Students who have free periods, however, must go to an area where they can be supervised by an adult. A Code Red means that an there is a life-threatening emergency in the immediate area of the school. According to the Faculty Handbook, “Examples of a Code Red include any life-threatening situation considered to be an immediate threat to the welfare of the students and staff, such as an armed intruder(s) or an individual(s) who poses a threat.” When the Administrator in Charge activates a Code Red, an announcement will come over the PA system saying an exact, scripted phrase: “This is a Code Red. This is a Code Red. This is not a drill. A Code Red is in effect. Everyone should immediately move to a lockdown mode by going to the closest secure classroom or office location.” The announcement will also include the continued on page 4

Spotlight On: Mr. Ritchie Porter Jessica Jones Mane News Staff Writer

Although neither Ritchie Porter’s mother nor his father was involved in the performing arts, playing acting games was a common occurrence in the drama teacher’s home. As the youngest of six, he was the family’s clown. It was in his senior year of high school in Vienna, Austria that he became truly involved in the arts. A woman, Ruth Brinkmana, asked him to audition for Vienna’s English Theater after seeing him in a school play. From there, he took a year off from school for performing before going on to Middlebury College to become an English major. Once out of college, he took acting class-

es and auditioned zation. They were putting in Washington, DC. on a production of Opus, a play by Michael Hollinger. At this point his acting career became The show tells the story of steady with many a string quartet group who theater appearancloses a member when he es. He also started is fired and replaced by a teaching as a career. younger woman, Grace. In 1896, his first son The play focuses on the muPorter, right, in the play Opus. was born and the sicians’ adjustment to their need for a stable lifenew member. Porter was style became more necessary. He began offered a part, which he felt was perfect to work at Stone Ridge and later at Na- for him, for which he would not even have tional Presbyterian School. Around this to audition. However, Porter was unsure time, acting was no longer his priority and as to his performance skills because, “acthe stopped auditioning. ing requires a lot of confidence,” and he In late March, he received a call from considered himself a rusty actor in that asthe Stage Guild, a local theatre organi- pect. It took three weeks to prepare for the

show. For one week of this period, Porter was on spring break. For the remaining two weeks, he had to use his free time outside of school to rehearse. Then, the show opened on the 21st of April. The Washington Post gave it an outstanding review, praising it as, “remarkably harmonious” despite its discord. Porter’s performance is mentioned in the article as “hinting at Carl’s [his character’s] defining trait”. When asked what skills he had felt were essential to his accurate portrayal of the role, Porter said the he “had to learn how to pretend to play a cello.” For more information about the Washington Stage Guild or their performances (including Opus), visit their website at www.stageguild.org.


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Maryland High School Public Spectacle: Educating Students on Exit Exams Domestic Violence It’s the spring of 2009, and as a senior at a Maryland public high school, you’re ready to graduate. You know where you are going to college, you have finished all your work, and you are waiting to receive your diploma. Alas, you find that you’re not done quite yet. You failed your exit exams and must retake them. Too bad,

nization of different texts. For the Government exam, as of June 2002, the students must show aptitude in four areas: political systems, people and nations of the world, economics, and geography. The Biology exam, however, has many more expectations. They must, for example, not only show how skepticism and the recognition of bias are important in science, but also show their own understand-

“In order to graduate, students must obtain a passing score. If they don’t, they must retake the exit tests.”

ing of the scientific method. They must organize and analyze the data as well as relate it mathematically and logically to real life. Further, students must understand the fundamentals of the biological world. They must be able to exhibit a concrete knowledge of the structure and uses of cells, organisms, and chemical molecules. Genetics and the evolutionary process are another component of the Biology exam. In order to pass these exams, they must pass all four exams individually by gaining at least 396 in English, 412 in Algebra, 400 in Biology, and 394 in Government, out of a possible 600. Or a student can use the Combined Scoring option, meaning that they must earn a collective score of 1602. If a student does not pass, then they can take the exam again at the next scheduled test date. In Maryland, a student may take the HSAs as many times as they need to pass; there is no limit. However, there are students that may not be able to succeed on the HSAs. These students often include those with learning disabilities or who are involved in ESL learning. These students frequently use the 504 Plan, a government educational service that provides extra instruction to

Then, they split everyone into five groups and instructed students to create a scene of domestic violence. Each participant had to have one line in their head representing the scene. The program ended with a question and answer session for any students who wanted to talk further. Concerning the workshop, Senior Nora Goddard said, “One thing that I thought was interesting is that there were more girls than guys attending the activity. Public Spectacle works to empower women, but I also feel that it is important to enlighten men to the issue of domestic violence. And at the same time, violence does not have to be gender specific. Though male to woman abuse is much more common, males can also be victims, and Public Spectacle made this point.” Public Spectacle began working in February of 2007 at GW. Since then, they have been working on expanding their workshops since then, and here is the first high school they have done a workshop. They plan to spread their message as far as South Africa by December 2007. According to Rothbard , “The beauty of Public Spectacle’s programming is that we can tailor our workshops and activities to the needs of each audience.” Public Spectacle has also created a play to be performed by students in high schools. They have volunteer opportunities for students who are interested in performing with them. As Rothbard said, “Currently, our culture is trapped in a mindset that still criticizes women for being in abusive relationships. Public Spectacle works to shift the focus off the victims and onto prevention, stopping abusive behavior before it begins.”

During a recent Monday activity period, Public Spectacle, a group that performs and holds workshops to teach about domestic violence and abusive relationships, presented to students. Mr. Roy Barber teaches a music class called “Theater for Social Change” at George Washington University where Public Spectacle has performed. He and I2I advisor Ms. Dresden Koons had the idea of bringing the issues presented in Carousel to some of the school’s students. Barber said, “I brought them here because I thought it was good for us to see, and also it was particularly in connection with Carousel,” the winter musical, which deals with domestic violence. Jaime Rothbard, co-founder of Public Spectacle, began the group during her third year of college, after suffering from an abusive relationship when she was only nineteen years old. She said, “Even though I was being stalked, held against my will, and verbally assaulted by this person on a daily basis, I lacked the support to identify what I was experiencing as an ‘abusive relationship.’” She began to volunteer at a domestic violence shelter where she realized just how many women suffered or are suffering from the same thing she is, She became motivated to do something about the problem. When she and Ms. Liz Odongo, her business partner and co-founder of Public Spectacle, came here, they led a program for about 25 students and a few teachers. They began the program by singing “99 Ways,” a song they wrote to get people thinking about domestic violence and abusive relationships. After the song, they asked participants to move into positions If you are interested in volunteering, representing certain lines of the song.

email Odongo at lizodongo@gmail. com

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says the school board, as you see your diploma deferred. Beginning in 2009, Maryland Public Schools are planning to introduce exit exams into high schools. In order to graduate, students must obtain a passing score. If they don’t, they must retake the exit tests. The aim of these examinations is to confirm that the would-be graduate has the basic knowledge to earn a diploma. These tests are designed to examine the intended high school graduates knowledge in four basic areas: Algebra, Biology, English, and Government. While the tests are conceived to be comprised of questions concerning basic knowledge, 25,000 sophomores of the class of 2009 failed the preliminary test last spring. The passing grade statistics are not the only issue. Many members of the Maryland government and the school board are reconsidering with apprehension for those who might have a harder time gaining their diploma, namely students with learning disabilities and those who speak English as a second language. According to Tom LoBianco of The Washington Times, “lawmakers said they were concerned about the achievement gap for minorities, who score about 30% below average.” The school board needs to figure out what to do for teens who are qualified but cannot earn their diploma through this testing. However, Maryland is not the only state struggling with the issue of fair testing when it comes to the low passage rates of learning-disabled students. For California’s exit exams, a graduation requirement for the class of 2008, only 48% of students with learning disabilities passed according to FairTest.com, as opposed to 91% of the general population. The exit exams for Maryland Public Schools are called the High School Assessments, and are commonly referred to HSAs. The HSAs are comprised of four exams, each devoted to a different subject. There is the Algebra exam, and according to marylandpublicschools.org, it has three learning goals. The goals are to demonstrate proficiency in functions and algebra, geometry and reasoning, and data analysis. The English exam has four learning goals. Students must be able to respond to text with critical analysis and personal experiences, demonstrate ability to write in different styles and form proper for their audience, show proficiency in the English language, and evaluate content and orga-

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the basic correct response: get to a locked room with the blinds shut. Some also continued from page 2 specified that the lights would be turned unaware of. In a poll conducted by The off and that students would have to follow Mane News in history classes on May 18, all rules from teachers. Others gave just a students were asked if they ever thought basic answer: “Hide.” about an emergency or attack happening at school. Of students polled, 64.5% replied that they rarely or never worried about this, 23.7% chose “sometimes,” 7.9% chose “occasionally,” and 3.9% chose “often” Nobody chose “occasionally” or “often.” The next question asked how familBased on students’ responses, it seems iar students believed they were with the that students know the emergency plan school’s emergency response plans. Re- more than they think they do. When asked sponses were “I would know exactly what how the school could improve emergento do,” “I think I would know what to do,” cy preparedness, many students said that and “I would be fairly clueless.” Of ev- they felt uneasy because they had not seen eryone polled, 14.5% said that they would a clear explanation of the emergency reknow exactly what to do, 43.4% said they sponse plans. The “Student Handbook,” thought they knew what to do, and a close which all students are required to read at 42.1% believed themselves to be “clue- the beginning of each school year, does less” when it came to emergency plans. not, as of this time, contain any inforThe survey continued by describing two mation about a Code Blue or Code Red. different scenarios, asking where a stu- Holden said that the administration chose dent should be in such a situation. When not to publish information about these asked about a tornado being spotted near plans in the Handbook because they were the school, students surveyed came up concerned about possibly causing confuwith many different responses but many sion. The handbook explanation would be were able to think of the correct response, too brief to cover all possibilities. He said the lower (basement) level of the school. that all students really need to do in an Holden explained that the main goal when emergency is listen to teachers and other a tornado nears the school would be for adults. students to move away from windows and Every year before school begins, the to get to the “underground” part of the staff practices the Code Blue and Code Red campus, the hallways on the lower level. procedures so that all adults are prepared Because of the windows in MacDonald to guide students through an emergency Hall and the Chapel (two other respons- response. Holden said that the school es to the poll question), however, these chooses not to hold emergency drills for rooms and some other classrooms would students because they could cause unnecbe unused. essary panic and take away valuable acaThe second scenario posed by the sur- demic time. However, many of the stuvey asked about what would happen if dents surveyed indicated that they would a dangerous intruder entered the school. like to run through Code Blue and Code Most students again were able to think of Red drills during the school year.

unaware of. In a poll conducted by The Mane News in history classes on May 18, students were asked if they ever thought about an emergency or attack happening at school. Of students polled, 64.5% replied that they rarely or never worried

“Students said that they felt uneasy because they had not seen a clear explanation of the emergency response plans” about this, 23.7% chose “sometimes,” 7.9% chose “occasionally,” and 3.9% chose “often” Nobody chose “occasionally” or “often.” The next question asked how familiar students believed they were with the school’s emergency response plans. Responses were “I would know exactly what to do,” “I think I would know what to do,” and “I would be fairly clueless.” Of everyone polled, 14.5% said that they would know exactly what to do, 43.4% said they thought they knew what to do, and a close 42.1% believed themselves to be “clueless” when it came to emergency plans. The survey continued by describing two different scenarios, asking where a student should be in such a situation. When asked about a tornado being spotted near the school, students surveyed came up with many different responses but many were able to think of the correct response, the lower (basement) level of the school. Holden explained that the main goal when a tornado nears the school would be for students to move away from windows and to get to the “underground” part of the campus, the hallways on the lower level. Because of the windows in MacDonald Hall and the Chapel (two other responses to the poll question), however, these rooms and some other classrooms would be unused.

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“we don’t know that we can build anything,” said Brumbaugh. When the school has finished raising the endowment, then the administration can start planning a fundraising campaign for new buildings, but right now “we have no plan to build and we don’t want the impression that we do,” according to Brumbaugh. St. Andrew’s moved to its current Postoak location in 1998, concluding a long

year after the move, so there were definitely additional costs associated with the move. The community established its identity after relocating, as the move was one of the major defining moments of the school’s history. “The physical environment of the school compared to a church basement or rented public school building are part of it is much better. But also, I think the programs, the courses that

“We were able to stay on track even though there were some scary moments” process of finding a home after being evicted in 1988. After several previous homes which included a church basement and rented public school, St. Andrew’s finally was able to find a permanent location. The school spent approximately $17 million to purchase the current land from Harker Preparatory School and to construct a new campus. Even though there was a significant amount of money spent for the new buildings, St. Andrew’s was able to stay mostly on budget. In regards to the financial aspects of the move, Brumbaugh said, “The reality was that we were able to stay on track even though there were some scary moments.” At the former location in Bethesda, commonly referred to as the Bradmoor campus, the annual cost of upkeep was about $50,000. That figure changed to approximately $665,000 every

you’re able to take, the teams you’re able to play on, the arts offerings you’re able to experience, some of the leadership opportunities or clubs you’re able to go to, the range of colleges you can apply to and be accepted by. All of those are demonstrably stronger than they were,” comments Headmaster Robert Kosasky. It could now attract more students and families to our community since having new facilities have allowed St. Andrew’s to contend with other independent schools in the Washington Metropolitan area. In the last year at Bradmoor, there were 400 students. St. Andrew’s had planned to increase the number of students at the new campus within the first several years of moving, but an increased interest in the school caused the school to add 50 new students in 1998, the first year at Postoak. It is possible for the school to have 495

students under zoning regulations, but Kosasky does not think the student body will reach that many, as it would change the school’s feel. SAES was founded as a nurturing school where students could receive a great deal of support from parents and faculty. When asked about the goals of the school Kosasky said, “we need to provide environments like this one for students that are supportive, that are healthy, that are balanced, that talk about what you do well, who don’t continually tell you you’re not good at things, you’re not good enough at things.” With the schools growth, all aspects of the school have developed throughout the years: athletics, arts, and academics. The curriculum used to have more emphasis on the arts, but now that it has started to emulate other independent schools, academics have taken a more important role. The faculty is still able to offer more art classes than many other schools in our area, which adds to the idea of our school’s four pillars. Other schools in the area, including Georgetown Prep and National Cathedral School, have recently expanded their facilities. Those schools have been established for over one hundred years, whereas St. Andrew’s will soon be entering its 30th year. With an older, more established school, there is generally a greater endowment for the school to use. St. Andrew’s is definitely the youngest in its league but it means that we have to work harder to increase our finances.

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continued from page 3 students with special needs. The Department of Education is considering delaying the test for those students with special needs. As of February 28 of this year, state superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick announced that she planned to bring these tests before the school board for review in order to make adjustments to the tests in regards to students with 504 learning plans (due to a learning disability), English language learners, and special education students. For the class of 2009, 71.5% of the students passed the Algebra test, 79.4% passed Government, and 77.8% passed the Biology test. However, because of the low passage rates of students with learning impairments, the state board has spent the past few years evaluating the tests in order to require this year’s sophomores, the class of 2009. The 2007 review of these tests will serve as a determinant. The Comparable HSAs, which are modified to cater to those who struggle with traditional testing, will be introduced in 2007-2008. The Maryland State board has voted to instate the High School Assessment as a requirement for earning a diploma for all students who entered high school by 2005. Over the course of the last few years there has been talk about the possibility of public high school students taking exit exams. The thought has stirred debate over whether or not exit exams are a good idea. Also, a main focus has been on the effects of the exit exams on the county’s set curriculum. School districts within the United States have explored the idea of an exam that is required for students to move on to graduation. The exams have been successful in such a heavily populated area as California where students have been taking exit exams for years. Counties have structured a set curriculum that all teachers much teach in order for students to feel comfortable academically for college. The issue of exit exams and the effects it would have on the curriculum has raised many eyebrows and questions. One being what happens to students who attend an under- funded and run down school where administrators struggle to get students to show up to class. An ongoing problem with inner city schools is that counties cannot afford superior teachers who could convince students to learn. Some private schools over the country have decided that exit exams are not necessary for their school. Administrators believe that their curriculum is strong enough that they do not need to use exit exams to determine graduation. Max Aggery a senior at St.Albans school said, “At our school we are required to write a senior paper that must be of good quality. Students at our school believe that this is a good ‘send away’ paper that we work hard on. We believe that because of our vigorous curriculum that there is no need to add an exam on top of the required exams. I have found this to be helpful and not an overwhelming project.” School systems all over the country have decided not to use exit exams to determine who graduates. They too have decided that the writing of a “senior paper” is more appropriate than an extra exam.


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EDITORALS the staff takes a stand Arts Week

Peer leader Brian Luzier discusses good communication with parents and students.

Peer Leader Selection:

Competion, Application Process: Fair?

Lacey Gutierrez and Maneesha Sakhuja Mane News Editors Owed to the excessively competitive nature of the peer leader program this year, many students who applied were denied spots in the program. Eighty people applied for 36 spots, though a peer leader advisor suggested that the program could hypothetically function with 80 students and that 36 was an arbitrary number. This could happen if four or five students were assigned to an advisor group rather than just two. However, it would be difficult to train and keep track of that large a number of students. The applicants were reviewed and selected by a committee which consisted of Upper School Head Joanne Beach, Dean of Students Ginger Cobb, as well as faculty advisors Mr. Chuck Jones and Ms. Dresden Koons and school counselor Mrs. Holly Funger. Also, a number of senior students who participated in this year’s Peer Leader program helped to review the applications. In spite of the fact that there were many qualified applicants, there remains doubt as to how one qualified applicant was chosen over another. Funger suggested that other extracurricular activities played a large role in the decisions because the amount of time taken up by other activities, and the motive of the Peer Leader program is not to “steal” the leadership from other school organizations. Also, some students find it unfair that there was such a pronounced gap in how difficult it was for a boy to be accepted

versus for a girl to be accepted. There were clearly more girls applying than boys, therefore boys had less competition in being accepted. Why must a peer leader program be so competitive at a school that clearly values leadership qualities in all students? Funger suggested that the ideal peer leader is difficult to differentiate from the typical St. Andrew’s student: one who is a kind, empathetic, respectful, reliable, optimistic student who would be a good role model for younger students. However, I find it difficult to believe that there are only 32 people at St. Andrew’s who exhibit these qualities, and, if there are indeed many more, why are they not entitled to be peer leaders? Also, how can those in charge of the peer leader selection process ever be certain that the accepted peer leaders do, in fact, possess the necessary qualities of a peer leader simply from reading an application? While it is obviously not the intention of the peer leader advisors selecting peer leaders, they may risk creating a program that is too competitive. The peer leader advisors have suggested, in defense of the selectivity of the program, that it is an essential life skill to know how to receive a disappointing decision. However, many of us will probably get a rejection letter of some sort before we go to college. I am not sure if students need to be rejected from a leadership program (in a high school that prides itself on being inclusive) instead of being allowed to gain confidence that could perhaps even better prepare them for the disappointments they will inevitably face.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Mane News,

I am writing to offer my perspective on the new speed bumps recently installed on the St. Andrew’s campus. First, let me assure you that I am no fan of speed bumps. Nor do I recall ever seeing anyone drive too fast on the school property. However, when I was in high school (at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Califonia), a student struck and killed a teacher one morning as the student drove

on the school driveway. Following this incident, the school installed speed bumps. With that history, it is hard for me to do anything but commend the school for this action before a similar tragedy occurs at St. Andrew’s. --Liz Ehinger, Mother of William White ‘08 and Stephen White ‘10

The Mane News welcomes letters to the editor. Submit them to manenews@saes.org

“And don’t forget, this week is Arts Week, and, uh, we’ll have the band playing this afternoon, along with some other little, surprises. So, uh, get ready!” Dr.Wooley’s announcement was only the beginning of a full week of tribute to all those who are artistic and leftbrained. It was a fun time where classes were shorter, and there was something to look forward to at the end of the day. Many students and teachers were excited for the upcoming week and had a lot to say. For some background, Arts Week is a celebration to commend those who have excelled in artistic endeavors. From dancing and juggling to chorus and improvisation, all manner of arts were celebrated, and it was a good time for students to demonstrate their skills. This year, there was a lot happening in the many assemblies. There were crying teachers (guess who!), there was drama, and there were moments of pride as significant members of the graduating class received their final recognition. Although many students enjoy Arts Week, it does nothing to help with the workload. There were B days every day, which means that homework in every subject was due every day of the week. This year, many students noted the revamping of the number of awards, such as numerous freshmen and senior awards being introduced for the first year.

Freshman Kristina Petraites said, “Although it took longer, it was nice to see all the students being given awards to, not just the seniors or really good people.” She agreed that awarding students for enthusiasm and commitment is a good thing, because it helps the “people in the back to get in the spotlight”. The visual and performing arts faculty members were also very enthusiastic about this year’s Arts Week, promising it would be a good one. The pride and joy that emanated from the staff are very engaging, and keep the interest of the student body. All in all, it was a very successful Arts Week with a great diversity of performances and art mediums that had great appeal to both students and faculty. Arts Week is, “… a time to kick back and enjoy art itself. It’s so different from mundane schoolwork, but still is part of school. In this way, we can both appreciate the beauty of art, but still become more closely connected to our school community,” said photo teacher Ms. Hevia Paxson. However, the schoolwork was what made Arts Week difficult for so many people. A week with every class every day is too painful for students, and rehearsals after school every day are hard on performers. Perhaps a format where the arts assemblies are spread over two weeks (the dance concert is several weeks later anyhow) would better serve the community.

Senior ‘Cry’ Chapel: It May Be Boring, But It Is Tradition

On Friday, May 4, the entire school attended the Senior Cry Chapel, when seniors shared their memories and gave words of advice to younger students. We have sat through this every year since we were in sixth grade. It has not changed a bit. Here is the format: First, two class members talk about different memories from grades six through twelve. These memories are usually very funny, though some people say that they do not like them because they are all inside jokes. There was no indication of any disappointment during this year’s chapel; the entire crowd laughed. This year there was more music and singing to make the chapel more exciting. The songs were the best part of the whole chapel. It was also sad because those were probably the last songs we’d hear from this year’s seniors. The next part is boring. It is the time when seniors give advice such as “get to know everyone,” “have more class uni-

ty,” or “try new things,” that sound like pieces of Mr. John Holden’s Fresh Start speech. It sounds like the administration, not the student body, is talking. Originally, Senior Cry Chapel was a time for seniors to let out all their emotions and reminisce on whatever they wanted. Now the seniors have less control and have to submit their plans in writing to Reverend John Thomas. Can we call it Senior “Cry” Chapel anymore? According to the Rev, Senior Cry Chapel is not a time for seniors to say whatever they want. Though this is true to some extent, Senior Chapel should not consist of the seniors bashing people, but rather it should be a sharing of happy memories. However, the generic advice each year, as well-intentioned as it is, is boring. While it may not be as wild as it was before, Senior Chapel is still tradition and therefore should remain. For most of us, it is a milestone to look forward to when we become seniors.

In our previous issue, the Mane News took a stand against the old speed bumps installed in the main driveway. The editorial board is pleased to note that they have been changed to a new, slightly gentler variety.


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Mary Eileen Stevens: Never Odd or Irrational

Dona Weingarten: Dragons and Dragons and Shakespeare, Oh My!

Twenty-six years ago, Mrs. nity will probably see Stevens Mary-Eileen Stevens came to around the school in the coming St. Andrew’s and began her years. When asked to give one career as a math teacher. In piece of advice she would leave her years here, this Algebra 3 with students, Stevens responded, and Calculus “Do what you do teacher has when you have to made a lastdo it, and enjoy ing impresit.” Her fondest memories of this sion on hunschool lie in the dreds upon relationships she hundreds has built while of students. interacting with Upon her refellow colleagues tirement, Steand students. Afvens plans to ter a quarter-centravel but also Stevens in one of her first tury of service to wants to sub- years here. stitute teach this school, Steand tutor here. Although she vens will be missed by many colis technically leaving, mem- leagues, students, and alumni.. bers of the school commu-Roger Robinson

Mrs. DonaWeingarten came here for 26 years because I love to St. Andrew’s in the spring of the people here....the students, 1981 in search of an opportunity the faculty and the administrato teach at a high school for the tion. Every day is different when first time. Twenty-six years lat- working with students; it’s always er, she leaves us after interesting.” Her having established a love of the people strong bond with the here is undeniable, school community. as is her commitShe also chaired the ment to improving English Depat for 18 the learning expeyears.After her retirerience for every ment, Weingarten has student she teaches a list of things to do, or has taught. Weinsome of which include garten’s legacy will taking Spanish, travelcertainly stay with ing, taking art courses, Weingarten early in her the school forever. and working to aid teaching career. environmentalists in the Chesapeake Bay region. On her time here, Weingarten said, “I’ve been -Roger Robinson

OTHER TEACHERS LEAVING Vance Hyndman: History teacher (6 Years) Mr. Vance Hyndman has been at St. Andrew’s since this year’s seniors were in sixth grade, six years ago. During that time he has taught various history electives, including Asian Studies and Clash of Civilizations, as well as being the coordinator of substitute teachers. Many students fondly remember when he would read a Chinese newspaper online as he filled in

for their regular teacher. Hyndman’s own memories of the school are very positive. He said he has always enjoyed performing arts and honors assemblies, “when I could be so proud to see students I knew and admired show off their achievements.” The community’s caring attitude has also influenced him. He said, “I have loved seeing those acts of kindness in the halls and classrooms.” Now, Hyndman is leaving St. Andrew’s to go back to school and become an accountant, but he said he “will carry a lot of good with me.” Finally, Hyndman wanted to the community for its “tolerance for the bagpipes.” -William White

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After 17 years of service to St. Andrew’s as the school nurse, Murray leaves our community at the end of this school year. In her time here, Murray has made the school a healthier community and has affected every student in a positive way. After her retirement, Mrs. Murray plans to relax and spend some of her well-deserved free time with her Nurse Murr four grandsons. She hopes to stay involved with the school in some way and wants to be around from time

Robinson Caroline Secor -Robin lege. There she will study towards a master’s degree in private school leadership. Math teacher, Soccer & Lacrosse When she moves on, Secor will most miss “everyone that’s a part of the communicoach (5 Years)

ty,” because of their support. She would Miss Caroline Secor has greatly enjoyed like to remind everyone, “Don’t take this the experience she has had since she came community for granted.” -Kelly Tillotson and William White to St. Andrew’s as a new teacher five years ago. Her fondest memories from teaching here range from “winning the banner Erin Flynn in soccer” to “watching my seventh gradEnglish teacher, ers master functions” to even “eating all Soccer & Lacrosse of Mrs. [Susan] Burke’s Chocolate.” As coach (4 Years) she leaves, Secor will still be improving her teaching skills and leadership, as she Ms. Erin Flynn has taught English for will enroll in Columbia Teacher’s Colfour years. During that time she has also


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to time. While she will enjoy spending time with her family, Murray said, “The thing that I will miss the most is the students.” Mrs. Murray’s dedication to the student body is a testament to the positive influence she has had on our community over the past 17 years. Yes, the school community will miss the weekly flu updates during the winter, but more ray in 1992. importantly students will miss a school nurse whose respect and care for the student body will never be forgotten. -Roger Robinson

Buck Brumbaugh: Ensuring the School’s Financial Health After 22 years running the busi- that it was, “Such a team effort ness office, Business Manager with the administration, board, Elliot “Buck” Brumbaugh will parents, and everyone.” Brumretire at the end of this school baugh has also kept the school’s year. Brumbaugh’s experience budget balanced for his entire tenin management greatly ure. improved school manThough he will agement and efficiency continue to work part in his years here. time to orient his sucWhat he considers his cessor, who comes greatest accomplishfrom another school, Brumbaugh will miss ment, however, was acthe community and quiring a new campus the people who make and moving the school it up. In his newin a relatively short found free time, he amount of time (just ten years) describing it Mr. Brumbaugh from a looks forward to helpas, “an amazing time.”picture of all the admin- ing others, especially Though Brumbaughistrators in 1987. through working with was instrumental, he emphasized nonprofit organizations. -William White

coached girls varsity soccer and been the head coach of girls varsity lacrosse, leading that team to two consecutive banners and a tournament championship this year. She leaves St. Andrew’s for Worcester Academy near Boston, where she will continue teaching English and coaching. After leaving, Flynn will especially miss the students, who she described as “amazing,” because they “reach out to faculty, even new faculty. It truly makes you fell welcomed and part of the community.” She leaves the community with the advice: “Take advantage of [chapel] to reflect, relax, and SING!!!” -Kelly Tillotson and William White

Drew Walker Religion teacher, Softball coach, GSA advisor (3 years) Mr. Drew Walker has been teaching at St. Andrew’s for three years. During that time he has taught both upper and middle school religion. One of Walker’s fondest memories he will take with him is that of coaching the softball team through several great seasons. He has also been instrumental in the creation and growth of the GayStraight Alliance. Walker will be leaving to teach next year at the St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, where he lives.

Donna Lee Starr: Paying Those Bills, Keeping Us Solvent Financial assistant Ms. Donna ly remember how kind and Lee Starr, plans to retire at the end courteous the students have of this school year. She has been been and will miss how caring her fellow at St. Andrew’s since employees have June 15, 1987 and After rehas truly enjoyed all Somehow, Ms. been. tiring, Ms. Starr her time here. She Starr has been will be living particularly enjoyed in Ocean City, the many auctions able to avoid Maryland. She she has attended. being in the will go on new Throughout her adventures and many years here, yearbook for enjoy her many Ms. Starr has been 20 years. hobbies includefficient and dediing fishing and cated in her work in Good job! painting. the business office. She will absolute-Maneesha Sakhuja

Walker will take many happy memories person who “made this office come alive.” and friendships with him from his time at His skills and personality are already being missed. this school. -William White -Ted Dunmire

Lysander Vereen Kelly Castellanos Spanish teacher Development Office Ms. Kelly Castellanos joined the faculty Manager after Christmas break, taking the position (2 years) vacated by Ms. Ria Hoefdraad in the forMr. Lysander Vereen, who joined the Development Office as Office Manager in February, 2005, departed in early May. While here, he gave the office valuable skills on the computer and much knowledge about the school’s constituent database. Sarah Grebow, who worked with him in Development, said that Vereen was the

eign language department. Though she has only been in the community for twothirds of a year, she has been a tremendous asset. Next year, Castellanos will return to St. Alban’s, where she had previously worked as a Spanish teacher and middle school administrator, to assume her former position.

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The various clubs at St. Andrews have accomplished a lot this past year. This year saw a rise in club activeness and many students found themselves torn between meetings. Every year there are numerous clubs, each one with its own unique focus, that students can join and assume leadership roles in. From Bridge Club to the Black Student alliance, clubs are a great way for students to get involved in the community and have fun at the same time. Here is a look at some of this year’s most active clubs Book Club 1. The Confession by James E. McGreevey 2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (also watched the film version) Gay-Straight Alliance With strong leadership from junior president Franny Tiadem, and support and guidance from advisor Drew Walker, the GSA sponsored several events. 1. National Day of Silence Party 2. Making School Safe Conference in Baltimore 3. Day of Silence and Assembly 4. Ally Party 5. End-of-the-year Celebration and movie 6. Diversity Conference at Landon

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7. Student Diversity Leadership Confer- origin and definition of privilege 2. Michaela Friedman, Vesna Harasic and ence Mckenzie Cato attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). 3. Collaborated with the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and organized a Black Jewish Culture Club This year seniors Rachel Hewitt and History Month assembly. Michaela Friedman formed the first ever The Diversity Club is determined to Jewish Culture Club (JCC). Here’s a look continue to help make St. Andrew’s a safe place for all students. at what they accomplished this year: 1. Hosted various discussions such as the Iran Conference which questioned the Tech Crew Tech accomplished a lot Holocaust. this year and helped out 2. Provided special food for students if with many shows includthey were keeping kosher for Passover. ing the fall and spring 3. Holocaust Remembrance Day Chaschool productions. With pel leadership from Sarah Danly and Thea KleinMayer, the sets were amazing. William White headed the lighting department and without him the shows would not have been nearly as vibrant or eye-catching as they were. 1. Stunning and detailed sets for The Real Inspector Hound and other one acts in the Fall 2. Spectacular back drops for Carousel 3. Helped out with the various Arts Assemblies 4. Lighting for the Dance Show Diversity Club Diversity club had a few important and Make-Trade-Fair meaningful programs, that were designed Make-Trade-Fair was a new club this to raise the awareness of the community year modeled on a non-profit organization to issues such as racial prejudice, sexism, that raises money to make sure the trade of products such as coffee is fair and the and privilege. 1. “Privilege Walk”- Discussion of the people involved do not suffer. Emily Suttle,

a new senior this year, headed the club. Unfortunately, the club did not hold many events this year, but it definitely raised awareness and kept people fed with their bake sales. Improv Club Improv Club started off this year with

its best attendance ever and continued the year with a strong, consistent group of performers. Although conflicts made a performance impossible this year and later prevented regular meetings, Improv Club will return next year with a planned schedule and more activities.

Summer Movie Preview Neha Shastry Mane News Style Editor Charlie Gill Mane News Staff Writer

With Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and Fantastic Four 2 coming out this summer, here are some movies you probably missed and should also see: Bug: A creepy new thriller starring Michael Shannon (Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile) and Ashley Judd (Heat, Double Jeopardy). This movie is about an estranged war veteran and a café waitress, who both begin to have scary and violent hallucinations of insects. Look out for this one on May 25. Evan Almighty: Steve Carrell (Bruce Almighty, Little Miss Sunshine, need I say more?) is chosen by god after losing his job, so he can build an ark for a second Ocean’s 13: The fun-loving Ocean crew flood. This sequel to Bruce Almighty will is back in a third installment about Danny be blessing theatres on June 22. Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang which consists of stars such as Brad Pitt, Live Free or Die Hard: John McClane Don Cheadle and Matt Damon. Unfor(Bruce Willis) is back to battle an internet tunately, Julia Roberts and Catherine terrorist organization with his new sidekick, Zeta-Jones aren’t in this movie, which played by Justin Long. I’m sure the internet may hint at a weaker story line. Oceans organization is deadlier than they sound. 13 involves a new casino owned by Willie This will be blasting its way into a theatre Banks (Al Pacino). This movie is once near you on June 27. again directed by Steven Soderbergh. Watch out for this action packed film on Fido: Zombie movies have just gotten a June 8. little more “family friendly.” After little Timmy Robinson tells his parents he wants Nancy Drew: Based on the popular series a pet, his mother concedes and gets one for for preteen girls, this movie is about the the family. Its not a dog or a cat, its actually lovable Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) who a six- foot- tall flesh eating zombie made to is on a trip to Hollywood with her father be a butler. Soon afterward, little Timmy (Tate Donovan) and comes across an undevelops a bond with the undead servant. solved crime related to a death of a famous Look for this one on June 15.

movie star. The Nancy Drew books are because this movie is sure to bring a smile classic mystery novels and hopefully the upon your face. movie will be as captivating as each of the books was. This movie will hit theaters Harry Potter and the Order of the on June 15. Phoenix: The highly anticipated fifth Mama’s Boy: A 29 year old slacker (John installment of this popular series has Heder) who still lives with his mom finally been put onto the big screen. There (Diane Keaton) seeks help from his only is always the question concerning whether the book is appropriately adapted, but we’ll just have to see when it comes out on July 13.

The Simpsons: The hit TV show has finally been made into a movie! There is still question on what the plot is exactly, but “Homer must save the world from the catastrophe he created himself!” should be a clue. Since it is The Simpsons, there is no doubt that the movie will be hysterical. It comes out July 27. The Bourne Ultimatum: Jason Bourne is back and on the run from authorities while trying to find out about his true past. Jason Bourne will obviously be played by Matt Damon. Unfortunately, the Bourne series may have lost its substance by the third installment, so we’ll just have to see if Ultimatum will live up to its successors on August 3.

friend (Anna Faris). His mission is to get rid of his mother’s new boyfriend who is interfering with his easy living situation. Jeff Daniels will play Diane Keaton’s boyfriend in the film. John Heder has recently become a household name and any movie he acts in is usually extremely funny so flock to the theaters on June 29

Fanboys: This movie is a comedy about a group of friends who are obsessed with Star Wars and take a trip across a country to Skywalker Ranch to fulfill one of their dying wishes to see an advanced screening of The Phantom Menace. It will feature Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) when it comes out on August 17.


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Vish The Fish’s Guide To A Super Summer Oh-Seven Vish The Fish Mane News Staff Writer

Heyyyyyy folks. Vish The Fish here. I was macking on some honeys in the gutter when I looked up through the manhole and realized I was in your neighborhood! Jeez it smells bad. I guess I’m just not that used to it. So I guess it’s about that time again. School is nearing its end. The weather is beautiful. And those ugly birds won’t shut up. Well, people, there are about four more months of this garbage, so I’m here to tell you how to enjoy it. It’s summer baby!! Woo Woo! You need to have some fun. First off, don’t shower, man! I don’t care how bad you look, smell, or feel. I hear the hippie movement is back. You kids probably don’t know what that is, but it’s great! I was there when it all happened. I was a bum looking for a place to live, so I traveled out west a bit and started living with some very nice people. They talked very slowly because they didn’t know I could speak English. They were just laughing and dancing all the time. Eventually the smoke got to my gills, and I had to jet. All right, what’s next? Oh yeah, fall in love. I swear I’m so happy these days, man. I used to take a different fish home every night from the Murky Water Club, but last summer I left town to go find my-

self. I still haven’t found myself but what I did end up finding is Gloria, the love of my life… for now. Man, is she great. We do everything together. She doesn’t even care if I fart on her. She just cries a little, but I think they are tears of joy! I also listened to a lot of good music on that trip. I listened to the beautiful summer sounds of Dr. Dre and Biggie Smalls. Those hippie dudes got me into this girl Janis Joplin. There’s nothing better than listening to some Janis and Jimi on a nice summer day. But that’s old stuff. These days there’s the electronic/rock group LCD Soundsystem who is guaranteed to get you in the groove, as well as the electronic groups Girl Talk and Ratatat. If you are less of an electro-lover there’s always Dr. Dog and Kings Of Leon. If the new stuff sounds as plain as cardboard or as weird as Icelandic folk music, there’s nothing wrong with reverting to the jives of The Animals, Sam Cooke, The Doors, or Blur, but enough with music! You know what you really need to do? Find your old Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. Life is actually very bland without a snow cone machine. Oh, I almost forgot. The last thing you need to do is sweat. Sweat good! Okay then, my time is up. I’ll talk to you in a while, my little caged meerkats. Think of me. K.I.T.!

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Live Earth: Opening Eyes Around the World Neha Shastry Mane News Staff Writer

Remember Live Aid in 2005? It was a series of concerts across the globe in which awareness was spread about poverty in our world. Many People attended and performers such as The Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West performed, and a lot of money was raised. On July 7, 2007, there will be eight 24 hour concerts occurring simultaneously around the world all for a common cause: to raise awareness about global warming and other international environmental issues. This series will be known as Live Earth. The concerts will take place in New Jersey, London, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Kyoto. There is also a chance that one particular band will perform in Antarctica in -65° F weather. So how did this all start? After Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” came out last summer and was a big success, Gore was inspired to carry on and increase awareness about our decaying planet due to phenomena such as global warming. Collaborating with Paul Wall, a major concert coordinator and producer, Al Gore’s vision became a reality. Live Earth will feature 150 of the world’s top recording artists, who will be introduced by celebrities and “thought leaders” such as Cameron Diaz and Richard Branson. The tickets went on sale on April 16, and immediately sold out. For those who will not be attending the concert this summer, there is no need to worry; the concert will be broadcasted live on TV as well as on the internet and radio, so there’s no way you can miss it.

The artists performing are not all billboard top 100 artists, but there will be local favorites from cities around the world. For example, London will have performing artists such as James Blunt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Damien Rice, who is a very popular singer in Europe. The concert in New Jersey will be at the Giant’s Stadium and will feature artists such as Dave Matthews, The Police, and John Mayer. In previous months, there was a possibility that the concert venue would be D.C, but unfortunately

New Jersey proved to be a better location. The purpose of Live Earth is not to raise money, but to enhance awareness. It is simply a massive public education effort. Hopefully, these concerts will have the power to move massive corporations and governments to take action against the climate crisis that is global warming. So be prepared on July 7, turn on your TVs, radios and computers and experience one of the biggest environmental efforts in history.

Look for the Mane News Trivia Smackdown! in all our upcoming issues! You too could be one of our lucky contestants!

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Body Modifications: A Torturous Trend? Caroline Downing, Katie Nesmith and Zeenat Nabi Mane News Staff Writers

The oldest mummified body discovered to date was Ötzi the Iceman. Dated from about 3300BC and found in 1991, this mummy had an ear piercing that was 7–11 mm in diameter, and he sported about 57 tattoos. Ötzi was the original rebel. Tattoos and piercings have been around for centuries, and there’s no end in sight to the practice and art of body modification. With a seeming increase in teenage rebellion in addition to other various motivations, this trend will only grow in popularity. Mr. Josh Burdette, a bouncer at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, is probably more well-know than Ötzi in the DC Metropolitan area. His intimidating frame scared me as a 12 year old, but he’s definitely a face I won’t ever forget. Known as “that guy”, Burdette is currently covered in 19 piercings and some pretty interesting tattoos. He has had over 175 hours of tattoo work. Starting with a dragon tattoo that he got when he was 18, all of his tattoos are dragon themed. “I was born in the year of the dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar, and I have always been obsessed with dragons. Nearly every culture that has ever existed has had some form of dragon in their mythology,” said Burdette of his theme. So why is he into body modification? Burdette says, “I have always had a drive to modify my body in very specific ways. I didn’t always understand it, but as I got older it became clear to me that certain tattoos, piercings, and other modifications were just right for me.” Will he ever stop? “I learned a long time ago never to say that I’m done with something,” said Burdette. Clearly, the end to Burdette’s body modification isn’t near.

The international and historical culture of tattooing and piercing has changed immensely over the years. Permanently accessorizing the body, which was once seen as a way to identify oneself as a tribe member or even to send secret messages is now regarded as a way to rebel or express oneself in the 21st century. Other tattooing artifacts have been discovered in Europe and date back to 7300 BC. The Ancient Greeks recorded the terrifying Pict warriors, who had visible tattoos across their bodies symbolizing their might and power. The Roman Empire used tattoos for sending secret messages, and slaves and criminals were forcibly tattooed for organizational purposes.

When Christianity spread, many people became followers of the church and incorporated the church leaders’ words into their daily life. The Emperor Constantine, in about 325 A.D., proclaimed that tattooing was negative because it defaced the human body, and that our bodies are gifts God has given us. Even though most tattoos were banned, tattoos relating to Christianity were permitted. In 787 A.D., the Council of Churches forbade all tattooing. This decision was extremely important because today it is said to affect some of the negative attitudes towards tattoos in America today. Most students at our school have the

same general opinion about body modification. As Molly Kelly-Yahner put it, everything should be “in moderation” and that modification “depends on personality”. “If you can pull off the bellybutton ring, more power to you…but I’d never get one,” said Alex Azarra. The bellybutton ring is one of the most popular piercings, mostly for females. Patrick McKelvy thinks, “Girls should pierce their bellybuttons and guys should pierce nothing…except for rappers [who] can pierce an ear.” Nick Trager agreed: “piercings look ridiculous on guys”. What about the older generations? The baby boomer generation is stereotyped as being turned off or even disgusted by body modifications. Visual arts department head Lauren Cook, however, thinks of it this way: “Tattooing is an art form, and art should be a dialogue between the artist and the viewer.” In other words, if you want to get a tattoo, just know that you have an audience constantly viewing you, and you should be content with that idea. Tattoos can be beautiful, but they can also be tasteless. The choice is yours, but you should make your decision carefully. Mark Meltzer, a 19 year old student in DC, has several tattoos which are “all very meaningful,” as he said. “I have a bunch, so I try to make them sentimental so my parents don’t end up disowning me!” He added that he only has one tattoo that he regrets. Andrew Reagan at Stingray Body Art in Boston provided insight as to why body modifications are so popular: “Kids

get them to rebel against their parents, schools…any type of higher power. But then there’s the kids who get them for sen-

timental reasons,” he said. “Like, there was this kid who died in a car crash who loved Batman…his friend decided to get a back piece dedicated to him with the Batman symbol. It was really touching and a tattoo that will never get old.” He added, “for others…tattooing and piercing can just become an addiction.” Whether body modifications are solely for rebellion, or to celebrate the life of a passed friend, they’re definitely here to stay.

Danger of Dehydration StarCraft 2 Announced Between 1995 and 2000, there were eighteen reported deaths of dehydrated high school and college athletes, making it the third highest cause of death for athletes at that age. Since 2000, the amount of deaths per year has increased. Athletes say it is hard to stay hydrated throughout the day and while it sometimes is, that is no excuse. The minimum amount of water someone is supposed to consume is eight, eight ounce glasses, (64 ounces); without that amount of water an athlete could be exposed to either heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat exhaustion occurs at 102 degrees core body temperature while heat stroke occurs at 105 degrees core body temperature. It is important to stay hydrated all year long, even during the summer. Some good ways to help stay hydrated are to wear light clothes, to not practice in

the middle of the day (9 AM to 2 PM), because you will get dehydrated faster, and, obviously, to drink lots of water. One will know if they are dehydrated if they start to feel lightheaded, start to get fatigued faster then usual, or become really thirsty. If someone is starting to feel these symptoms, they should go inside and take a break because getting out of the sun will help a lot; then, they should be sure to drink cold liquids. Sport drinks do work better then water to hydrate drinkers, while caffeine is the worst drink to consume while dehydrated. At the beach, one will become dehydrated very quickly because of the sun, and because the body loses its water faster in salt water compared to on dry land. Remember to stay hydrated all summer long, for it may be one of the most important decisions you ever make. www.home-water-purifiers-and-filters.

Adam Stringham Student Athletic Trainer

Matthew Vaveris Mane News Opinion Editor

On Saturday May 19, 2007, Blizzard, a video game company, announced the release of the new computer game Starcraft II. During Blizzard’s Worldwide Invitational (a gaming convention) in South Korea, Blizzard showed a game trailer of a Terran marine suiting up saying, “Hell, it’s about time.” These four words caused the entire convention to erupt into cheers. StarCraft II is the long-awaited sequel to the 1998 StarCraft, which has won many awards and is still immensely popular around the world. Starcraft is a real-time strategy computer game set in a science fiction universe. The Terrans (humans) have left Earth to colonize the galaxy. As they fight a civil war, they encounter the Protoss, an alien race of psychics with advanced technology, and the Zerg, swarms of slimy, parasitic bugs. Each race has its own agenda and the story progresses linearly as you play each side’s campaign. StarCraft, like most action video games, gives the player a bird’s eye view

of the battlefield. The players must use strategy to build a base, harvest resources, and defeat the enemy. StarCraft is fast-paced and intense. It has set the standard for strategic video games today. Classic characters like Terran marines, Protoss zealots, and Zerg zerglings will be joined by new creatures like the Reaper, a Terran soldier with a jetpack and two machine pistols, and the Warp Ray, a Protoss cruiser that fires a beam which gets more powerful the longer it fires. Charles Onyett of the Internet Gaming Network said, “There’s so much buzz about StarCraft 2 you may forget the traditional focus of this event, mainly the high-intensity professional StarCraft and WarCraft 3 tournaments!” IGN, a videogame website, has the cinematic trailer, game play videos, and previews at www. ign.com. From there, search “StarCraft II” or “StarCraft” and you’ll find it easily. This game is one of the longest-awaited games ever. Countless fans made fan websites and petitions to Blizzard to make Starcraft II. It has been almost ten years since Starcraft, but now Starcraft II is finally ready to make its debut.


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May 29, 2007

SPORTS

the Mane News

At halftime, St. Andrew’s was down 10-2, but they pulled off a stunning comeback to tie the game with seconds left in regulation. Sidwell ultimately won in triple overtime.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Ties for Banner in Heartbreaker, Wins Tournament

When Ms. Beach summed up the Girls Varsity Lacrosse game against Sidwell Friends as, “One of the most exciting games I’ve seen at St. Andrew’s” she could not have been more truthful. After trailing 10-2 at halftime, the girls began the second half on fire. With goals by sophomores Lisa and Megan Nash, junior Alanne Wheeler, and seniors Johanna McManus and Becca Becker, the team began to chip away at the Quakers’ lead. As the clock reached the one minute mark, the large crowd of St. Andrew’s fans, as well as the team, started to feel the pressure of the clock. As Sidwell tried to keep possession until clock expired, the St. Andrew’s defense, led by senior goalie Gie Gie Hart, double teamed the Sidwell offense and quickly forced a turnover. Lisa Nash took possession and with little time on the clock hurled the ball to Johanna McManus who shot with seven seconds remaining in regulation.

photo: William White

William Moodie Mane News Staff Writer

Sophomore Lisa Nash scores from the air in the first-round tournament game against Madeira. The Lions beat them 16-7 to advance to the second-round. After deliberation with both teams’ coaches and athletic directors, the referees decided that the game would be decided by an overtime of two three-

Softball Season: Home Run or Strikeout?

minute halves. The overtime began as a stalemate, with neither team maintaining possession for long. But near the end of the first half of overtime, Sidwell scored,

sending panic through the St. Andrew’s fans. As the girls regrouped and focused, Sidwell was called for a “shooting space” penalty allowing Lisa Nash to take a penalty shot. Lisa scored with just three seconds sending the game into a sudden death overtime period. With one second remaining in the sudden death, Sidwell scored and won the game 14-13, forcing a three-way tie for the ISL champions. The fans greatly enjoyed the game, as Junior Drew singer said that it was “the best lacrosse game I’ve seen during my tenure at St. Andrew’s.” Freshman Nikki Azzara said, “It was so exciting; I loved it. It was so good.” Although the girls must share the banner with two other teams, they certainly should not feel that they lost anything. Furthermore, Tuesday May 15, the team competed in the ISL tournament and advanced to the finals, facing Sidwell once more. Led again by sophomore Lisa Nash with three goals, the girls defeated Sidwell 7-5.

Spring Season Statistics

Season Records

Boys Varsity Baseball 5-13

Lacey Gutierrez Mane News Asst. Production Editor

Photo: William White

This spring, the girls softball team had a colorful season, with home-runs, grand slams, and some incredibly daunting challenges. The girls followed up their breakthrough season last year with continued success this season. The team finished with three wins and one amazing comeback against the dominant, upper-league Stone Ridge team. The girls got their first win of the season versus Foxcroft. Notable events include Mallory Harney’s two home-runs, Cassie Banks’ home-run, and a grand slam by Lacey Gutierrez. The girls played a tough team from Stone Ridge, in Players (L to R) Lacey Gutierrez, Maggie the league above St. AnRoberts, Eleanor Giese, and Cassie Banks drew’s, who had beaten evmeet on the mound during the tounament. ery other team in the league through the slaughter rule. got down in the fourth inning, but then The Lady Lions got off to a slow start came back in the fifth inning to score against Stone Ridge, but made a stun- six runs and take the lead. They won by ning comeback in the fifth inning to nar- a final score of 15-10. In the last regurow the point deficit from nine to two. lar season game, the girls played Bullis, Although the girls could not pull off to win by a score of 25-15 heading into the win, such a remarkable comeback the playoffs. The varsity softball team against such a talented team was a ma- brought its season to a close with the jor achievement. ISL Tournament, where they also put up Against Holton Arms, the Lady Lions a good fight.

Boys Varsity Tennis

5-8

Girls Varsity Softball

3-8

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

1-9

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

12-4

Boys JV Tennis

5-0

Girls JV Lacrosse

5-3-2

Boys JV Lacrosse

2-3

Boys JV Baseball

4-0

Coed Varsity Equestrian Team Competed at Oatland Stable Fancy Farm Stables, and Oatland Stable in Brookland, MD.

New Track Records Boys 800 - 1:59.75 Joe Peterson

Boys 4x100 - 48.1 Howard, Burket, Chavis, Vaveris Boys Distance Medley - 11:38.7 Peterson, Galicia, Gadbaw, Thayer Boys Sprint Medley - 3:56.1 Gadbaw, Chavis, Burket, Peterson Girls Shot Put - 26’ 11” Ashleigh Bradshaw Girls 1600 - 5:38 Yaa Addison Girls 4x200 - 2:00.0 Rokoff, Carr, Sweeney, Roper Girls 4x400 - 4:18.46 Addison, Roper, Carr, Hatton Girls Distance Medley - 14:11.7 Addison, Carr, Griffen, Hatton Girls Sprint Medley - 4:37.6 Hatton, Rokoff, Roper, Addison

All-League Athletes

VARSITY BASEBALL Curtis Wilson and Alex Zurn SOFTBALL Maggie Roberts

GIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE Margaret-Rose Hart, Megan and Lisa Nash


May 29, 2007

photo: Mr. David Brown

the Mane News: Supplement

Mr. Brown with his golf club as he announced he was leaving to “play the golf courses of the world.”

Mr. Dut Brown Life Science, 13 Years

Thanks for all your years of dedication to our school. You brought life and happiness to our community. We will remember your seventh grade Life Science class and your joy of teaching and coaching. We will surely miss you and we hope to see you around campus in the years to come!

Mr. Dut Brown, admired seventh grade life science teacher, announed his retirement at morning meeting on Friday, May 25, too late to be included in the Mane News first edition. Brown has taught life science for thirteen years, after his previous careers as an officer during the Vietnam War, at the Potomac School, and in the business world. The Mane News caught up with Brown as he walked through the middle school hallway. He frequently stopped the interview to sign students’ yearbooks, showing his dedication to the children above all else. Some of his fondest memories, besides just interacting with his students, include when Hannah Davis, now an eleventh grader, brought in pictures of her room covered in the flipcharts he used in class as she studied for the exam, and how hard his basketball teams have always played over the years. Choking up, he remembered how they “always cheered hard when we broke the huddle.” Brown had been “determined to retire” for some time, and made the descision on Wednesday. After discussing his descision to leave with Mr. Robert Kosasky and Mr. John Holden on Thursday, Brown came up with plans for his retirement. They include playing golf and travelling, as well as “thinking of more productive ways to give back for my life.”

Mr. Dut Brown announced his retirement too late for the Mane News. This supplement is to honor him with the other retireing teachers.

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