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Volume XX, No. 3

Friday, October 29, 2010

San Rafael, CA

PROPOSITION 19 What if marijuana were legal? Proposition 19, also known as The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannibis Act of 2010, will appear on the ballot this November. The Voice analyzes its possible effects on California and Marin Academy. PAGE 6 Cliques on campus Photo courtesy of Seni Seeds

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Go to the polls informed: ballot measures to know about Proposition 20

Transfers authority to establish congressional districts from elected representatives to the redistricting commission. The commission consists of five democrats, five republicans, and four independent voters. Requires that newly-proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners (three democrat, three republican, and three independent). PROs: Voter approved Citizen Redistricting Commission will draw fair districts for legislature and congress. CONs: Gives a “fourteen-person bureaucracy” (Citizen Redistricting Commission) too much power.

I would vote yes because it seems as though politicians use redistricting for their own political gain and personal benefit,” Emily Lewis ‘11

Propositon 21

Establishes $18 annual vehicle license surcharge to help fund state parks and wildlife programs. People who register a vehicle will be charged an extra $18 to fund state parks and wildlife conservation projects. State parks that receive funding from surcharge will offer free admission. PROs: California state parks and beaches are significantly deteriorating. This measure provides the money needed to keep parks, opened, maintained, and safe. CONs: Some argue that politicians do not plan to use money for park funds but rather for other wasteful programs.

I would vote yes. I think it is important for the parks and beaches to be preserved because they are definitely in danger. However if you put a tax on registration, and say the money is going to something as monumental as our national parks then there’s no reason why the money shouldn’t go to the parks themselves,” Easweh Harrison ‘13.

Proposition 22

Prohibits the state from taking, borrowing, or restricting funds from tax revenues dedicated to local government services, community redevelopment projects, or transportation projects and services even when the governor deems it necessary due to a severe state financial hardship. PROs: Ensures funds for transportation and local services such as 9 1 1 emergency response, fire, libraries, transit, and road repairs are protected. CONs: This measure could potentially cause public schools to lose billions of dollars. This measure only protects redevelopment agencies.

I would vote no because I view education as more valuable than public services. If we can properly educate children, then they will be able to find a way to provide both funding for public schools and public services in the future,” Berk Norman ’12

Proposition 25

Lowers legislative vote requirement to pass a budget and budget-related legislation from 2/3 vote to simple majority and suspends pay for legislators uring budget deadlock.. PROs: This measure ends budget deadlock by making it easier and allowing a majority of legislators to pass the budget. It also holds legislatures accountable for late budgets by stopping their pay and benefits every day the budget is late. CONs: This measure makes it easier for politicians to raise taxes and restrict our constitutional right to reject bad laws. It doesn’t punish politicians but increases lavish expense accounts.

I think being able to make changes in the government through simple majority would make it much easier for new budgets to be passed. I think the biggest problem that this proposition brings up is whether or not we are spending our money correctly right now. I would most likely vote yes,”Adam Sources:

Proposition 23

Suspends air pollution control laws and the comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction program that includes renewable energy and cleaner fuel requirements, and mandatory emission reporting and fee requirements for major polluters such as power plants and oil refineries until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent for a year. PROs: Will save over a million jobs, prevent energy tax law, and helps families while preserving California’s clean air and water laws. Currently, California can’t afford energy costs that don’t reduce global warming. Over 2.3 million Californians don’t have jobs. CONs: Designed by Texas oil companies to destroy clean energy and air pollution standards in California. Threatens public health with more air pollution and increases dependence on costly oil.

I would vote no because we can help our environment and lower unemployment rates by promoting green jobs,” Amelia Howard ‘14

Proposition 26

Requires that certain state and local fees be approved by 2/3 vote and would broaden the definition of taxes to include payments originally considered as fees or charges. Fees include those that address unfavorable impacts on society and environment. Protects taxpayers from hidden taxes on goods such as food and gas. PROs: Stops state and local politicians from raising hidden taxes by disguising them as fees or charges. CONs: Big oil, tobacco, and alcohol corporations want voters to pay for the damage they have caused.

I would vote yes because it seems like the measure supports transparency and has very limited negative effects. People should know what they are paying for,” Ben Bogin ‘11



October 29, 2010

Community responds to Novato accident Tess Winston & Lucy Sogard Staff Writers

someone so close you cannot understand the consequences of one bad choice.” A fatal Novato car crash killed The Novato car crash is among one Novato High School student, many fatal incidents of underage Isaac Brott, and wounded his four drunk driving all over the US. friends when the driver lost control According to “Teenage Drunk of the car on Sept. 17. The 16-year- Driving Risks,”a fact sheet by old, unlicensed driver swerved into Alcohol Alert, 12.8 percent of all another lane and was hit by a cattle fatal traffic crashes in the Unittruck at noon. Brott was the only ed States were alcohol-related, sober student and and 40 percent was wearing his of that number seatbelt. “If I feel fine, some- involved teens A bottle of litimes I don’t realize driving while quor and empty drinking alcobeer cans were that the alcohol is hol. f o u n d c r u s h e d actually having an As a means around the car. The to prevent undriver had a blood effect on me.” derage drinkalcohol content, or ing and driving, BAC, of well over C a l i f o r n i a ’s the legal limit of .08, according to Zero Tolerance law states that drivers under the legal drinking “Losing a friend as close as age must have a BAC level of Isaac has made me realized how 0.01. real accidents like this are,” said “I don’t really think about my friend of the victim and junior BAC when I’ve had something Andrew Schleeter. “Until you lose to drink,” said a sophomore who

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wished to remain anonymous. “If I feel fine, sometimes I don’t realize that the alcohol is actually having an effect on me.” A lunch line poll revealed that although many students have been in a car with an intoxicated driver, the majority of students said that they have not. Out of 51 students surveyed, 22 said that they had in fact been in a car with an intoxi-

cated driver, while 29 students replied that they had not. “I don’t think drunk driving is as big a problem at Marin Academy, but just like other schools, kids will have a bit of alcohol and still maybe drive,” said a junior who wished to remain anonymous. “I’d say it’s a very rare occurrence but it definitely happens, but it’s more likely kids are high and drive than

Tea Party protests spark political discussion Andrew Miller Copy Editor

Discussions over politics have become more heated recently due to the foundation of the Tea Party movement. The movement began in 2009 through a series of protests over the economic stimulus acts of 2008 and 2009, as well as President Barack Obama’s healthcare bills. In the 2010 Senate primaries, results for the Tea Party have been positive, candidates have won republican primary elections in a number of states, including Delaware and New York. “The goal of the Tea Party movement is to restore fiscal responsibility in our local, state, and national governments and restore constitutionally limited government and ensure that taxes remain low,” said Sally Zelikovsky, the founder of the local Tea Party branch, the Bay Area Patriots, as well as the coordinator of the San Francisco Tea Party.

“It was a very negative kind of thing,” said Hyman. “[Zelikovsky] i s a v e r y a rticulate person, but there’s just a quality about the culture in the room about people with that set of values. It’s not what I consider American values. There’s no mention of helping others out, which is what Courtesy of The Bay Area Patriots this whole counRefusing to be ignored by the community, Bay Area Tea party activists protest loud and proud. try is based on.” Sophomore Since founding the Bay Area in Mill Valley to get Tea Party Max Norman echoed Hyman’s Patriots in April of 2009, Ze- members engaged in the political sentiment. likovsky has coordinated a number process. “If you just look at what they’re of Tea Party events, including mulThe event drew criticism from saying,” said Norman, “you begin tiple protests of President Obama’s Andy Hyman, a member of the to realize that it stands on no solid healthcare plan. In September, the Democratic Central Committee ground. It’s ridiculous.” Bay Area Patriots held an event of Marin.

drive while drunk.” Elba Morales, a junior, does not believe drunk driving is an issue. “I personally do not hear a lot of stories about drunk driving,” said Morales, “but there is more on driving under the influence of other drugs.” Even though drinking and driving cannot be prohibited outside of school, “MA’s drug and alcohol policy is in effect during the school day so if the incident had involved MA students they would have faced consequences in line with the stipulations of the policy,” said Dean of students, Lynne Hansen. The Novato students’ accident shows why MA has policies that forbid driving off campus for lunch as well as a zero-tolerance for drugs and alcohol on campus. “[The crash is just] another reminder of the impact our choices can make on the community,” said human development teacher, Charis Denison.

Zelikovsky portrayed the people of the movement very differently in a telephone interview. “Over the last year and a half, people have said ‘that lady next to me in church, I know her and she’s not a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal uneducated racist homophobic moron,” said Zelikovsky. “Something’s not right here because the people I know in the Tea Party are great people; they’re decent people; they’re just like me.’” Despite the increasing local and national support for the Tea Party, the movement has gained little traction at Marin Academy, which some students attributed to a very liberal student body. “I think MA is one of the less politically diverse places you can find,” said junior Terry Castleman. “You’ll ask a bunch of people about their views and you’ll get 99 percent the same answers.”

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10/10/10 is fun, fun, fun Lena Felton & Charlotte Lobdell Staff Writers

journalist” by Time Magazine, and is on the forefront of the green movement. “We took a very literal approach to this event,” senior and co-leader of Eco-Council Christie Capper said. “We decided it would be fun if we planted some flowers and trees, which release oxygen.” For the “working” portion of the event, students and faculty weeded garden beds and transported manure. Freshman Lena Redford helped in the soil beds. “We are clearing out all the non-season plants from the beds,” Redford said as she worked. “[This is] in order to be able to plant new vegetables like lettuce and broccoli. It helps to reduce the CO2 in our atmosphere.” Other students transported manure to enrich the composting system on campus. Many of the Eco-Council members attended the event alongwith other students. In total, there were about 30 community members

involved. After an entire lunch block of working, participants ate donated Three Twins ice cream and relaxed in the garden. “It was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy nature,” senior Jenelle Mathews said of the work party. On the following Saturday, a local organization called Sustainable San Rafael also held a 10/10/10 event. The public was invited to walk door-to-door to San Rafael businesses to hand out information detailing 10 easy things to do to cut carbon emissions by 10 percent a year. According to the Los Angeles Times, there were more than 7,300 events in 188 countries honoring Bill Mckibben’s 10/10/10 day. “It’s all about you investing in your future,” Stefanski said, addressing student involvement. “The day is just about getting people to change the way we live to benefit the environment.”

meetings, eco-council evening Fest is almost always a hit but Often times this involves formal discussions led by Stefanski where other events which require a bit proposals created and presented the whole community is invited more of an effort aren’t.” entirely by the students. to attend and “We worked on putone main objecting together a 5-page tive is presentproposal which discussed ed. There are the environmental and also the student economic analysis of conled eco-action verting our classrooms meetings during from using Expo markers lunch. to using AusPens,” said seWith a grownior Olivia Howard. “We ing number of presented this proposal to the eco-action [Head of School] Travis groups, the lead[Brownley] and [Chief ers are finding Financial Officer] Mike that some people Joyce today, and we got in the commuit passed!” The goal is for nity like the ecoAusPens to completely Lena Felton friendly ideas, replace Expo markers by but fail to take Mark Stefanski collaborates with students in the garden. the start of the 2011-2012 action. school year. “I think that “These issues are not Although the eco-action club [the response] is generally pretty leaders are busy, they still spend going away and the goal is this: it’s receptive as long as people feel lunch times meeting with peers not so that when you graduate, you like they don’t have to do very and faculty to brainstorm ways to say oh, we went to a cool school; much work,” said senior Clay get more of the community excited we composted, had a garden, all Krebs, “For instance, the Green about their issues and get involved. that stuff,” said Stefanski. “It’s that

you first of all understand why it’s important to do this kind of work, [and] you have the skills and understanding of how to do the work. [Then] to take those skills and use them either in you next school, your summer job, you home and apply them to your life.” Senior Courtney Jacobson is doing just that. Last summer, Jacobson helped cook nutritious meals for underprivileged kids. She was inspired to start a new club on campus and is now working to create an eco-action group that teaches students how to make simple, healthy and sustainable meals. “I think the most important part of sustainability is taking control of your own actions and learning how to be sustainable on a small scale,” said Jacobson. “not relying on a restaurant or an outside person to make your food for you is one such example.”

An update on the green movement

Community members celebrate a successful work day.

This year, similar to the 350 event last spring, the community participated in a “10/10/10 Work Party Day” in order to raise awareness about global warming. Although the national day took place on Sunday, Oct. 10, MA celebrated the day on the Thursday before, Oct. 7. “The day was created by Bill McKibben, the same guy who coordinated the 350 event,” Mark Stefanski, the Eco-Council faculty member, said. “It’s to acknowledge and promote reducing our carbon emissions.” Mckibben has Lena Felton been described as the “world’s best green

Eco buzz prompts new student initiatives Olivia Lloyd Copy Editor Students leaders of Eco-Council have branched out and created eco-action groups with more specific focuses than Eco-Council as a whole. Although advanced biology teacher Mark Stefanski is the current leader of the team, having been the faculty advisor of Eco-Council since 2006, he credits much of the work to the students. Generally, the eco-action groups strive to create student collaboration around solving a specific issue at the school. The eco-action groups now include Composting Angels, Energy Monitoring and Reduction, AusPens, Water, Community Partnership, Paper Reduction, Janitorial Supplies, Textbook Recycling and Food Club. “I see in a lot of students just a genuine concern to act upon those things,” said Stefanski. There are now two types of


The (M)A-List


October 29, 2010

Neha Budhraja & Julia Irwin Features Editor & Staff Writer

“You’ve got your freshmen, R.O.T.C. guys, preps, J.V. jocks, Asian nerds, cool Asians, varsity jocks, unfriendly black hotties, girls who eat their feelings, girls who don’t eat anything, desperate wannabes, burnouts, sexually active band geeks, the greatest people you will ever meet…and the worst.” This notorious quote from the 2004 movie, “Mean Girls,” exaggerates the social breakdown of a stereotypical American high school. North Shore High School, where protagonist Cady must adjust to the rigid social structure, is a school consisting of 1,500 teens that is located in Evanston, Illinois. Now take a 400 student, private school in Marin County, California. Are the same social groups present in this environment? The situation varies depending on age. Underclassmen and upperclassmen have completely different dynamics when it comes to interacting with their peers, and while the cliques at Marin Academy aren’t as extreme as the ones in “Mean Girls,” their presence is still felt.

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Having known each other for just a couple months, freshmen are still branching out, searching for new experiences as they get their first taste of high school. “There’s not a lot of exclusive groups,” said freshman Eian Thomas. “Everyone’s a part of a lot of different friend circles.” Freshmen are reluctant to make snap judgments about each other, they’re more accepting of each at first, granting each other the opportunity to make a good second impression. “Exclusion doesn’t happen as much to freshmen,” said freshman Ruby Baumbaugh, “because we don’t know each other as well.” But being a freshman isn’t only about forging friendships within your grade. Fitting in with and befriending sophomores, juniors, and seniors can be intimidating even the most outgoing ninth graders. “It’s hard to initiate friendships with upperclassmen,” said freshman Lizzie Chadbourne. Freshman Maddy Suennen sees an advantage to the divide between freshmen and other grades. “We all depend on each other,” said Suennen. “Since everyone’s older, we’re all there for each other.”

The cliques in the class of 2012 originated before the class even reached MA. With large chunks of students coming from common middle schools, friend groups seemed to have already been formed even before freshman year. “Since they came to high school only knowing each other, it was obvious that that was what their core group was going to be,” said junior Andrew Schleeter. The presence of these groups is so apparent Neha Budhraja that many people have addressed them with nicknames in the past. Sophmores “There is the group of junior girls that Sophomore year is known to many as was called the X-Factor for a while, but I the year tentative groups of friends become think that name has kind of gone away,” exclusive cliques. said junior Alec White. “I feel excluded 100 percent, every day” While these names might have disapsaid sophomore Beca Mathieson. “I’ll walk peared, a discomfort lies with the fact into a conversation and ask what they’re that close friend groups are still exclusive talking about, and they won’t tell me, things and there isn’t much room to inter-mingle like that.” between them. Some sophomores feel that others make “In class people can be very friendly snap judgments about one another based on and they’ll talk to you, but the minute their group of friends. you step out of the classroom, and they’re “I’m against the term ‘theater kid’ be- with their friends, they don’t talk to you,” cause I think it’s an overbranching stereo- said junior Alexis Geh. type” said sophomore Stephen Hannan. This dynamic has become obvious to “There are people who enjoy theater, but the greater community as well. also enjoy sports or music.” “ I think we’ve been officially deemed Individually, sophomores may struggle ‘the lame grade that doesn’t bond’ and to find their niches, but as a group they can that has become a widespread issue with look up to upperclassmen as role models. out grade,” said Schleeter. “Being cool means whoever hosts parties” Many felt that the addition of junior said sophomore Zane Morrissey. Many retreat day, that took place a week before sophomores feel that aspirations to be more school actually began, and the various eflike junior and senior idols are as much a forts to create an identity for the class of part of sophomore culture as the social dy- 2012, have just been causing more awknamic within the class. ward tension. “When upperclassmen reach out to soph“The fact that it gets pointed out by omores, the recognition is encouraging,” teachers makes it worse; they try to make said sophomore Rachel Barlow, “because us come together, but that only drives us it makes you feel more a part of the com- apart,” said Geh. munity and less like a freshman.”


After senior retreat, stereotypically known as the three days where all cliques disappear and one becomes friends with every other person in the grade, the class of 2011 did indeed transform into a connected unit of leaders for the school. However divisions still exist amongst them. Just like the other grades, close friend groups based on sports teams, race, and culture are still present among the seniors. “I don’t feel like I could hang out with groups that are racially divided in our class just because they bond over their unique culture and I don’t share that with them,” said senior A.J. Roy. Nevertheless, the seniors have become much friendlier with each other and are welcome to embracing others in their last year at the school. “People are definitely much more open and I feel like I say hi and talk to a lot more seniors now,” said senior Ali Moulton. However, this only solidifies the bond that the class of 2011 has with themselves. An inter-grade connection has yet to be established. “Last year we were really close to the senior class,” said senior Aviva Kamler, “but this year I don’t feel as connected to the junior class or any other class.”

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October 29, 2010

You DON’T snooze, you lose: do your hours add up? Ilana Salant Staff Writer You have just gotten home from school. After a grueling two-hour sports practice and spending over 30 minutes sitting in traffic on the way back to your house, you are ready to begin your homework. It’s about 6:30, and although you haven’t eaten dinner, you know that you need to get right to work so that you have enough time to study for the two tests that are tomorrow. If I can finish by 11, then maybe I’ll get enough sleep, you think. Whether it’s sports practice, volunteer work, or other extracurriculars, students seem to have a myriad of activities that take up precious after-school time, forcing them to work late into the night, struggling to finish homework and essays or squeeze in some final studying before class the next day.

“ W a ter polo and school leads to a tiring d a y, ” s a i d junior Brian Rowett, a water polo player whose schedule forces him to follow a similar routine. “Late practices definitely restrict time.” F r o m snoozing in human development classrooms to napping in the library’s silent room during free blocks, students can be found throughout the day trying make up on lost shuteye, physical evidence of the sleep deprivation that runs rampant on campus.

in the student planners. Dean of Students Lynne Hansen said she hopes that the sleeprelated addition will heighten awareness about how much sleep students are getting. “Sleep and healthy decision making are important aspects of what we are trying to teach kids here.” said Hansen. Yet sophomore Jessie Capper doesn’t think that the addition of “Hours of Sleep” is Navika Budhraja very effective. “I don’t use it,” said Capper. “It’s good to have but, it The deans are well informed is not really necessary.” Hansen understands this perabout this issue, and have taken steps in order to curb sleep depri- spective. “[The administration hopes that vation amongst the student body. One of these noticeable steps is the the addition] will inspire students addition of the “Hours of Sleep” to find balance, and not just at

night.” Hansen said. “When you get to a certain point, it is healthier to go to bed. You’ll do better.” Many students are often told a variation of this advice, yet the desire to succeed drives most to ignore the clock and work late into the night, only to deplete the cafeteria’s supply of caffeine-filled Guayaki beverages the next morning. Some feel the solution to this sleep deprivation is a later-starting school day, even if it’s just once per rotation. “The deans have talked about it,” Hansen said, “[but the possible change] comes with a lot of complications.” For now, students will have to consider other solutions, such as more efficient study habits and more consistent sleeping patterns.

Want to learn how to dougie? Your answer is here Eric Slamovich Staff Writer

Avery Hale

Hunter Swanson (rear) and Carson Twiss put the wild back in wildcat.

Eric Slamovich: What are your plans for the Halloween spirit dance this October? Hunter Swanson: The Halloween spirit dance is going to be white and neon themed because there are going to be black-lights. Get ready to have a good time and maybe a seizure! ES: What all-school oriented events can we expect this year from you guys? HS: You can expect monthly spirit assemblies [and] a lot of laughs. Freshman watch out! ES: If I go to the spirit dance, will you teach me how to dougie? Carson Twiss: Yeah. Do you know why? Because all of the girls love me! ES: What are your goals this year as you begin your term as spirit captains? HS: My biggest goal is for more people to participate in the spirit activities, whether this is cheering on a sports team, or dressing up for a spirit day. The issue is that a lot of people feel vulnerable when they dress up for spirit days, and this shouldn’t be the case. I want it to be fun and cool for people to get creative and dress up. I think MA has a lot of potential, but we need to just unleash the beast... so my goal is to balance having interesting spirit events while enabling everyone to easily participate and dress up. ES: What made you want to become a spirit captain? CT: I wanted to be the person thinking up crazy ideas for spirit assemblies. I also like to be ridiculous and wear lots of spandex. ES: What is your favorite aspect of the job? HS: I love planning the different crazy spirit assemblies. It is fun to think of the wildest ideas, and then see if the school will let us do it. I love seeing the different classes compete. With the freshmen spirited, it makes all the other classes try hard so they won’t be topped by the smallest kids on campus. ES: What sets you apart from the previous spirit captains? CT: We go big and don’t go home. None of them have ever gone this big. ES: Can you describe the bond that you both have with one another as spirit captains? HS: Carson and I have a bond that probably [will] never be broken. We both play water polo so we are used to being in Speedos together. This allows us to feel comfortable while wearing other outfits such as Carson’s pig suit. Other than that, Carson is just really spirited which makes it easy and fun to reciprocate the same amount of spirit. We are brothers from another mother. ES: Will we be seeing more of Carson’s pig costume? CT: “We are going to pull that out a couple more days this year. You will see more swine.




Proposition 19: the ot

California citizens are set to vote on Proposition 19 this November. If passed, the proposition will legalize the possesion, consumption, and growth of marijuana for personal use by those over the age of 21. It will prohibit the use of marijuana in public places and in the presence of minors. The proposition will also allow local governments to regulate and tax the sale and commercial production of the drug.

Pros & Cons

Medical purposes: Marijuana is proven to help with cancer chemotherapy, AIDS related , pain and muscle spasms, and glaucoma. If legalized, it will be easier for patients to receive the drug and for scientists to study the drug further.1 Billions of dollars in revenue: California spends $300 million per year enforcing marijuana laws. There are also an estimated $14.5 billion in marijuana sales every year but currently California sees none of the revenue that would come from taxing it. If legalized, marijuana would be taxed to help fund jobs, healthcare, education and other vital state programs.2 Revamp police priorities: One in six incarcerated criminals in California are guilty of nonviolent marijuana offenses. In 2008, more than 78,000 Californians were arrested on marijuana charges – 80 percent for simple possession. During the same year, almost 60,000 violent crimes went unsolved. If marijuana were legalized, there would be more room in overcrowded prisons and police could focus their energy on more violent offenders.3 Cut off funding to drug cartels: Sixty percent of the revenue for drug cartels comes from the selling of marijuana. Since 2006, 28,000 people have been killed in marijuana-related violence related to the illegal U.S. marijuana market. If marijuana were legalized, these cartels would lose their main source of funding and the level of violence would decrease. 4

Effects on the human brain: Short term effects of marijuana include distorted perception, problems with memory and learning, loss of coordination and increased heart rate. Long term effects include loss of brain cells, lung cancer, and energy loss.5 Gateway drug: Studies show that adolescents who smoke marijuana are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than their non–marijuana smoking peers. If legalized, marijuana would become more readily available, and for many, lead to use of more harmful drugs.6 The number of users would increase: Today there are 15.2 million marijuana users in comparison to 129 million alcohol users and 70.9 million tobacco users. If legalized, the numbers of marijuana users would most likely increase closer to the number of users of legal substances today.7 Omits “under the influence” definition: Advocates did not include a standard for “driving under the influence,” and there are no tests that show a link between marijuana and driving skills as there are for alcohol. Because of this ambiguity, if marijuana were legalized, a driver may legally drive even if a blood test shows they have marijuana in their system. This could lead to a higher rate of car accidents.8 Advertise without restriction: Just like cigarettes, marijuana may be promoted near schools, libraries, and parks.8

Writing and reporting by Maddy Scheer, Allie Smith, and Annie Warner Layout and design by Katie Eiseman and Lauren Thomas Photos by Becca Rich courtesy of Marin Alliance Dispensary Sources:

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Did you know? Marijuana is made from Cannabis Sativa, the hemp plant. It has been cultivated for its psychoactive properties for over 2,000 years. The effects of this drug extend farther than the mild hallucination that it is known for ranging from depression to both short and long term memory loss. For the most part, the experience an individual will have under the influence of marijuana is based on past experiences and the expectations he or she has.

Even if Proposition 19 passes and marijuana is legal under California state legislation, possession of, growing, and distributing the drug will continue to be a criminal offense under federal law. According to a Wall Street Journal article from October 5, 2010, this discrepancy would not affect recreational users so much as it would large-scale growers and distributors. As quoted in this article, a Justice Department official said that “[the federal government] will continue to focus its enforcement resources on significant traffickers of illegal drugs, including marijuana, in all states.” It is not clear exactly how these “enforcement resources” will play out if the proposition is passed, nor which branch of government will hold the trump card.


How will it affect us? If the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 passes this November, the access to marijuana will become easier and the price of marijuana will rise. The question is: how will Marin Academy be affected in terms of substance abuse, trust between faculty and students, and the culture around marijuana? Even though there is an age limit on the ballot proposition, this legalization will make the process of buying and consuming marijuana easier for many students. Students anticipate that the legalization of marijuana will make the drug more popular throughout the community. “We’re going to celebrate!” said a senior. Many aren’t aware that the proposed age limit to purchase, possess, and smoke marijuana is 21 and that the taxes the state is planning to implement will raise the price of the drug. While some teachers believe that this proposition will make the drug easier to obtain, the general opinion is that the new law would not affect the community, at least immediately. “Immediately, the legalization won’t have any affect in the MA community,” said science teacher Liz Gottlieb, “[but] long-term it could because it may be more accessible.” The theory that the legalization of marijuana may allow people to be more comfortable with the drug and experiment with other, more dangerous substances may infiltrate the community and become a serious side effect of the legalization. “One of the intrinsic aspects of stoner culture is the fact that it is rebellious…with the potential legalization of marijuana, some of the rebellious energy around it will be lost,” said senior Lauren Phipps. “That

might either lead to more comfort with it or lead people into worse things.” This may not be an immediate effect of the legalization, but it is something to consider when thinking about the future of the drug and alcohol policy. “[Marijuana] would still be illegal for student,” said Dean of Students Lynne Hansen. “It is [a] legal substance used for other than its intended purposes in the policy, so the legalization of marijuana would not change the drug and alcohol policy.” Although the school’s written policy would not be affected by the passing of this proposition, it is unknown whether the relationships in the community would change. How the adults at MA will respond to suspicion of substance use and abuse is impossible for anyone to know at this time. Faculty and staff can’t punish students for suspicion of substance abuse. Furthermore, the rules that apply to alcohol would apply to marijuana if Prop 19 passes. Some students feel as though certain teachers will have trust issues, but others won’t. “[The community would] know it was going on,” said junior Caitlin Birer. “For the most part, though, a blind eye would be turned on it.” The ideology around pot that is present on campus today may stick around even if Proposition 19 passes. “It will be similar to drinking,” said sophomore Callan Coghlan. “If you’re going to do it, you’re going to do it, whether or not it’s legal.”

“Some of the rebellious energy around [marijuana] will be lost.”



October 29, 2010

The seven wonders of Marin County Avery Hale Staff Writer

In the past, many have argued that life in Marin County as a high school student is boring, uneventful, and painfully lackluster. These cynics, however, are thoroughly mistaken. Marin is home to several of the most beautiful beaches and trails in California, various arts and music festivals, delicious restaurants, weekly farmers markets, and several other activities to get you outdoors. Although some might simply enjoy staying inside playing video games with their friends the entire weekend, here are a few suggestions for daytime activities to do throughout Marin.


If you are a student at Marin Academy and have not yet paid a visit to Comforts in San Anselmo, it’s about time. “I love going to Comforts. It’s a great place to go and meet friends and I have never ordered something I didn’t like,” said junior Lyla Wilton. The chicken okasan and Chinese chicken salad are my favorites”. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this much loved eatery is a must.

Farmers Market

Every Sunday at the Marin Civic Center! If you’re on the hunt for the freshest produce and the liveliest atmosphere, this is where you need to be. “In my opinion it is the best place to get fruit in Marin,” said senior Talia Krahling. “I’ve never been disappointed”. In addition to getting a taste of some of the most delectable items in the Bay Area, you are bound to run into at least one person you know. Open every Sunday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Phoenix Lake

Past the residential streets of Ross lies one of the most tranquil and majestic areas of Marin County. For hiking, biking, or a picnic with friends, Phoenix Lake is sure to delight. “Phoenix is the best,” said junior Kendall Reinhart, “I always go hiking there with my friends… and you can swim in the lake on a hot day as long as the rangers don’t catch you!”

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The Bay


Many have heard stories of summer days at the inkwells, but you would be surprised to find how few have actually ventured out to West Marin to take a dip. Hidden under a bridge, the inkwells provide a haven for those looking to relax and enjoy. “I’ve been going to the inkwells since I was a little kid,” said sophomore Sam Korol. “It’s a lot of fun on a hot day- some of my best memories are from there”. When driving out, be sure to stop in Fairfax for some ice cream at the beloved Scoop.

Though it may be quite cold, nothing beats the view granted by the San Francisco Bay. With a front row seat to the sunset over the Golden Gate, the skyline of the city, the rolling hills of marin, and the headlands just in sight, it can’t get better than the bay. Whether for kayaking, sailing, or water skiing, there is no better setting. “Skiing in the bay is great because it allows me to give back to my friends David and Kenny,” said Junior Jamie Muresanu, “by using my superior abilities to teach them the basics of water skiing.”

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Stinson Beach

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Arguably one of the most sought after beaches by MA students. With Bolinas nearby and the lagoon only paces away, Stinson has become a common destination for many. “Stinson is one of the greatest spots in Ellie Saake the Bay Area,” said senior Noah Dobbs, “It’s only about 40 minutes from MA but when you’re there you feel like you’re on vacation because Mt. Tam almost completely isolates it.” Whether it be skimboarding, surfing, or a game of frisbee on the beach with friends, it’s hard to go wrong at Stinson Beach.

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Tennessee Valley

For those who yearn to explore, Tennessee Valley is where it’s at. With a three mile hike through the valley and the beautiful Tennessee Valley Beach, this pleasant sanctuary is the essence of nature. “Tennessee Valley is a great place to bring two bikes and a hot date if you want to impress a girl,” said senior Sam Traub. “As the sun sets over the ocean you’re sure to get a good kiss.”

October 29, 2010



Childhood movie: “Young Frankenstein”

A Halloween classic from 1974, this film continues to be a popular pick during the Halloween season. The movie follows Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson, Frederick Frankenstein, who is played by Gene Wilder. Dr. Frankenstein is utterly embarrassed by his grandfather, the notorious mad scientist, but when he inherits his family estate in Transyl he soon becomes enamored with his vania, grandfather’s private scientific journals. He is immediately inspired and wants to continue his grandfather’s work on bringing the dead back to life. “This is my favorite movie because it’s so spooky and there is a lot of mystery to it, but it is also very funny,” said freshman Julia Kallstrom.

Psychological thriller: “Silence of the Lambs” Released in 1991, this film

does not give the adrenaline rush of a standard horror movie such as “Afterlife.” However, its creepy twists will keep you up for nights on end. FBI trainee Clarice Starling gets pulled into a investigation of disturbing murders. Clarice stands no chance of finding the serial killer, Buffalo Bill, alone so she enlists the guidance of Hannibal Lector, a cannibalistic psychologist and one of the best horror movie characters of all time. Sophomore Alex Weiss exclaimed, “I love the part where Buffalo Bill dances at the end!” Silence of the Lambs still lives up to its reputation as one of the greatest horror movies of all time.

Goriest movie: “Saw”

Every October since 2003, a “Saw” movie has been released. This year it continues to live up to its standards with the seventh “Saw” movie coming out on October 14 in 3D. The “Saw” franchise focuses on John Kramer (Tobin Bell), more commonly known as the Jigsaw Killer. Instead of murdering his victims, however, he puts them through what he calls “games.” These traps torture his victims both physically and psychologically. His goal is to test their will to live. “Saw I” introduces the Jigsaw Killer and he plays more of a leading role in “Saw II.” He is murdered in “Saw III”; however, his presence lives on with each film through his apprentices and his flashbacks. “This movie is so intense!” said sophomore, Beca Mathieson. “It’s just one of those movies that once you start it you can’t stop. It’s really gory and gross but addicting.”

the “Resident Evil” series. The series was originally based off the video game series “Resident Evil”. In “Afterlife” Alice, the main character and one of the few survivors of the T-virus outbreak searches for the last remaining humans on the planet. While on her search, Alice battles the Umbrella Corporation for the cure to the virus which, of course, turns humans into bloodthirsty zombies. Although a common plot, this movie shows off the newest 3-D and special effect technology the world has to offer. According to sophomore Andreas Freund, “Afterlife is the perfect movie to watch while amped up on Halloween candy.”

Zombie movie: “Resident Evil Afterlife” This is the fourth movie in

TV trick-or-treating: films for Halloween

Scariest movie: “The Crazies”

This film had people talking since it came out. Director Breck Eisner has been renowned for his unique use of pop outs in the crazies. The Crazies is based in a fictional town in Iowa. The Trixie virus is leaked into the town’s water supply and the most the town slowly turns insane and murderous. The horror movie follows a couple fending for their lives as they try to escape to a neighboring city that has not been affected buy the virus. Junior Alex Moss-Bolanos said, “‘The Crazies’ is really fun to watch but during two scenes I had to look away or else I would have nightmares for the rest of my life.”

Overheard: ridiculous things said around campus Junior girl coming back from an outing: “Sometimes, Senior boy: “I can’t believe there was no f@*&#$% I think people should just not shower for like three Glee on last night!” days. Naturally, our bodies smell bad, and I think it’s good to experience that.” Spectator on the soccer field: “You are not a coconut hamburger!” Junior boy: “My favorite country to travel to is, by far, Asia.” Junior girl: “One time, I hazed my teddy bear.” One freshman girl in the lunch line to another: “What Junior on the soccer field: “Man, I need to go get my the hell is bok-choy?!” beard.”



October 29, 2010

A hazy future for marijuana use in California This coming November, California will participate in a historic election that will determine whether people over the age of 21 will be legally allowed to possess, grow for personal use, and smoke marijuana. Teachers and students who are 18 years old by November 2 will be able to cast their ballots and take part in the decision that will have a serious impact on all of our futures if the proposition is passed. We go to a liberal school in the Bay Area, a liberal part of the state, and for that reason, marijuana use is more a part of our day-today lives, and is not seen with the same stigma that might be attached to it in different parts of the state and country. Students don’t mind what their peers do in their free time or during their free blocks, and it seems that most teachers either don’t notice or don’t care.

With a smoke shop that sells marijuana paraphernalia just a ten minute walk from the BBLC and medical marijuana dispensaries only a freeway exit or two from Mission Ave., marijuana certainly has a presence in Marin County and a proximity to our school that we cannot ignore. Although the proposition will not change the terms of our school’s drug and alcohol policy nor will it legalize pot for students as we are all under the age of 21, there is no doubt that the legalization of marijuana for recreational use would have an impact on all of our lives. The general public right now is not very tolerant of marijuana use—getting high is seen as taboo, not to be undertaken by self-respecting adults. If marijuana were to be legalized, however, marijuana use and the laid-back “stoner” culture sur-

rounding it would undoubtedly become an ingrained part of society, albeit slowly. Billboards advertising pot and paraphernalia could crop up around freeways and dispensaries might find permanent residences in downtown areas. Marijuana would become an accepted part of day-today life and come to be used by adults at parties and social functions just as alcohol is used today. Overall, the new proposition isn’t likely to change the number of Lauren Thomas smokers in our genera- We could be seeing a couple of these around San Rafael after Nov. 2. tion—those who choose not to smoke don’t avoid change is marijuana’s perception future is hazy, we can expect marimarijuana for fear of legal reperand role in society. The shift might juana to be an accepted part of it if cussions, nor are smokers deterred be subtle at first, and though the Proposition 19 is passed. by current laws—but what it will

Meet the Commander-In-Chief of the wildcat army Zia Grossman-Vendrillo Guest Writer Hello fellow students! Let me just start off by saying that it has been an absolute pleasure being your president for the past few weeks. I have really enjoyed doing all that stuff I do. You might be asking, “wait Z, what is all of that ‘stuff’?” Ah HA! That is the purpose of this “scandalous exposé” that I am writing for you! What exactly do I do? Apparently there is some interest as to the back alley deals and political scheming that goes into the job. Let me take you through a typical Monday being me. My days are pretty much like everyone else’s except for a few things: senate meetings and assemblies. Senate meets every Monday to talk about how the school is doing, upcoming spirit days, doing fun activities for you guys, and tons of other stuff (insider tip: coming soon will be a public senate meeting! We don’t want anyone to think we are planning things be-

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Max Weiss

hind your back so…join us when we dress in togas and have a good old-fashioned Greek senate meeting in the circle! More to come on this later.). The night before our meetings, Christie and I think about everything we need to talk about and make a little list of what the agenda should be. Currently in Senate we’re discussing things like planning for the first dance (WOO!), spirit week, and other similar topics. Any senate member is welcome to bring up a new issue or idea that he or she has or has gotten from peers who are not on senate.

My other big job is assembly. I usually introduce the first senior speaker of the day. Writing these introductions is SO fun! Obviously, it can get a little challenging to think of 30 second intros that successfully capture the essence of the person while also saying something unique (and hopefully funny!) about them. This is one of my favorite jobs though because it forces me to just sit down and think about my experiences with these amazing seniors. So, friends, that’s my day and those are my duties! Well, those and a few random other ones like making a speech to the parents of the freshman students, discussing the stimulus package with members of congress, and having meetings with Travis and Lynne). Any questions? Don’t be shy to utilize your grade representatives! They are there to help put your ideas to use in senate so we can make them into realities! You can also always come up to me and talk about ANYTHING. SERIOUSLY. (I might bite).

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October 29, 2010



From dogfighting to underdog: the return of Vick Max Weiss Op/Ed Editor On Sept. 21, 2010, Michael Vick was named the new starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, completing a journey for redemption that began three years earlier with his conviction for charges of participation in a dogfighting crime ring. Vick’s story begs the key question in this saga: At what point do we decide to forgive and allow for a second chance? Undoubtedly some will argue that Vick’s crime was of a vile nature, and thus he is not entitled to another shot in a sports league that already glorifies violence. Yet, to claim this is to question the very foundations of the ideals of American justice. The prison system is designed so that a person can pay penance for his crimes. Aside from parole and life-long status as a sexual offender, a criminal’s wrongdoing is not supposed to keep him from starting a new life once he is out of prison. So here is the issue: Vick

treme, reflects spent two years in prison, a dilemma that and yet people want to is occasionally deny him the ability to encountered at make a living for himself. Marin Academy. Isn’t that the birthright of The school folall Americans? Doesn’t he lows a policy that deserve a second chance, avoids the “one an opportunity to make a strike” philosonew life for himself? phy that other Given what I have seen schools adhere from the man, I say yes. to in dealing Since his release, Vick has with disciplinbeen involved with nuary matters such merous campaigns against as possession of animal cruelty and dog banned substancfighting. Whether done es and cheating. out of the goodness of This means his heart or for his public that when a stuimage, it does not matter. dent is found, What matters is that Vick say, guilty of plais committing his time to giarism on a histhis cause, and also that tory term paper, maybe his words will the student is alstop even just one young most 100 percent person from entering the Annie Warner guaranteed not to same crime cycle that Michael Vick no longer belongs in jail, but on the field. be expelled, and he did. Would members possibly would of People for the Ethical not lending his star power to their not be suspended. Instead, the stuTreatment of Animals (PETA) cause? rather that Vick lived in obscurity, Vick’s situation, albeit ex- dent is offered a second chance to

make up for what the school hopes was merely a lack of judgment. This policy was instituted on the same basis as the American justice system. Everyone should pay for their mistakes, and then be afforded a second chance to prove that they won’t repeat them. Is it really fair to take this chance away from anyone? Of course, more serious actions have more serious consequences— kill a man, you might never escape jail; sell hard drugs at school, you could face expulsion. And Michael Vick’s crime was undeniably heinous and indefensible. Yet maybe, just maybe, in those two years he spent in his small, dreary cell and orange prison garb, he truly felt sorry for what he had done. Rehabilitation. Trust. That is what second chances—in the “real world” and at school—are all about. So while PETA protests outside the Eagles’ stadium on Sundays, I’ll applaud every spectacular throw, every breathtaking run by Mr. Vick.

The most mistrusted minority is not who you think Chris Alexander Guest Writer Quick—what group is the most distrusted minority in America? If you answered ‘Muslims’, you’re wrong. Muslims are number two, followed by (in descending order) homosexuals, Hispanics, conservative Christians, recent immigrants, and Jews. By a wide margin the most distrusted minority are atheists! This was the result of a national poll conducted by the University of Minnesota published in 2006. Surprised? I was. Does that mean that the MA students surveyed for the previous issue of “The Voice” who described themselves as ‘nonaffiliated’ would be among that ‘most distrusted minority’? Not necessarily—many people are theists, (they believe in some kind of a creator of the universe) and consider themselves to be

only three percent say they “don’t believe in God.” The authors of the U of M survey conclude that while Americans are generally becoming more tolerant of individuals who belong to other religious groups, most Americans remain deeply suspicious of atheists. Gallup polls show also that in 1978, Americans would have been less likely to vote for a gay presidential candidate Max Weiss than for an atheist, Max Weiss but by 1999 gays had ‘spiritual’ but don’t identify with become more trusted any organized religion. In the U.S. than atheists. Apparently, a major14% of the population “name no ity of Americans associate atheism religious preference” but of those with immorality, and assume ethi-

cal behavior must be grounded in some kind of religious faith. In the Ethics and Values course at MA we look at different ethical theories, ancient and modern. Ethics is a branch of philosophy— an academic discipline in which we attempt to find good rational reasons for holding one position over another, whereas faith by definition means believing something without evidence for it. In ethics class, yes, we think and create, but most of all we question the morality of many types of actions. What makes an action right? Creating the most overall good? Doing it for the right reasons? Should a judge be swayed by his or her religious beliefs? How about the President? Are we a JudeoChristian nation? Would you vote for an atheist? Oh—you want me to tell you if your new haircut looks good.... should I consider your feelings or do I owe you the

truth? (I guess you wouldn’t ask if you didn’t trust me). References and Quotations taken from:

Atheists As “Other”: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society, Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, Douglas Hartmann, American Sociological Review, 2006, Vol 71 (April: 211-234)

Want to share your perspective? If you have a response to a previous article, or simply want to share your experiences, approach a member of the Voice staff or email the OpEd editor at in order to contribute your very own My MA piece.



October 29, 2010

Serious sports journalist, or playboy model? Marshall Levensohn Sports Editor

Multiple players on the New York Jets verbally assaulted TV Azteca’s Ines Sainz, and temporarily took over the sports world with their misconduct this month. Sainz, the reporter known for her provocative dress, was heckled in the Jets’ locker room for her attire while waiting to conduct an interview with quarterback Mark Sanchez for the Mexican TV station. The incident has created much controversy and formed a rift between those who believe that the Jets players were unprofessional and sexist in their remarks and those who believe that Sainz’ outfit was unprofessional and unveiled the opportunity for such comments. Considering the TMZ report that Sainz reportedly received a large offer to pose for Playboy after the conflict, some credibility exists behind the argument that she was inappropriately dressed. Sports media demographi-

cally targets males, who consume a larger amount of sports content than females do. For many, including myself, sports media fuels male interest in sports. Because of the predominantly male audience, marketing objectives have changed the way in which sports and sports media are broadcasted. As I watch sporting events such as the Super Bowl, I notice viewers’ attention being diverted away from the beauty of the game and instead refocused on the beauty of commercials, or, in Sainz’ case, her cleavage. In sports journalism, and journalism in general, a reporter must uphold a certain amount of integrity and rectitude that enables him or her to accurately comprehend and relay a story to others. Any journalist, while developing a story, is faced with a multitude of temptations ranging from fabricating quotes to suggestively flaunting his or her body to gain access

Brett Favre, and Versus Network’s sports reporter Jehn Sterger. Favre is currently facing allegations for inappropriate voicemails and sexts sent to Sterger in 2008. The case is almost identical to Sainz’. The main difference separating Sterger from Sainz is that she has already posed for Playboy. Although I side with the argument that Sainz and Sterger were dressed inappropriately, I do not classify all female sports reporters as unprofessional and reliant on their sexuality to succeed in their jobs. The pivotal aspect for me in the argument against Sainz was that there was clear intent to direct attention to her body. Contrary to Sainz and Sterger, the strikingly attractive female ESPN reporter Erin Andrews consistently exhibits the highest level of professionalism in her reports. In 2009, Andrews was unfortunately the victim of a stalker, who drilled a peephole into her hotel room and streamed a video

Annie Warner

to sources. Almost every female sports reporter is attractive. Consequently, the attractive female reporters who are covering highly testosterone driven male athletes are naturally going to be subject to some heckling or inappropriate remarks. Consider the recently exposed football player and female reporter incident. This conflict occurred between the honorable, heroic, married former Jets’ quarterback,

of her changing on the Internet. However, Andrews maintained her integrity to journalism. By relying on her skill as a reporter, she continued her successful career. In a USA Today article, Christine Brennan encapsulates the essence of the women in sports reporting conflict saying, “I wish that [Sainz would rely] on her talent and brains and not succumb to the lowest common denominator in sports media by playing to the frat house.” My fellow members of The Voice and I also face the temptation of shortcuts and conflicts of interest in our reporting, although they may not be as extreme as professional reporters. As a class, we too assume the responsibility to maintain the same standard of journalistic integrity as Sainz, Sterger, and Andrews. The lesson to be learned, not just for journalists, but for everyone, is that, in order to bring respect and validity to oneself and one’s work, one must show integrity, not cleavage.

Award shows students have both brains and brawn Greig Stein Staff Writer

Last year Marin Academy ranked first out of the 170 teams that make up the North Coast Section to win the Elmer Brown Excellency award. Schools were awarded points not only for success in athletics, but also for their academic accomplishments, which makes the award different from most. The school beat out athletic powerhouses De La Salle, Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley in the contest. How did a small school outscore such large schools to win the award? In the Elmer Brown competition, schools were given five points for a first place NCS finish in a sport, three for second and one for third. They were also awarded scholastic points, determined by the grade point averages of the teams’ players. This is where the points were racked up. “Athletics is another class-

room,” said athletics director here. Brownley and Frechette Josh Frechette. “You’re going share the same values in their to learn how to be a better athleadership positions. lete by being a better student, “It’s intimidating with the and you’re going to learn how amount of work we all have to be a better student by being a on our schedule,” said senior better athlete. I think they’re so lacrosse and water polo player complementary.” Elliot Plant when asked of the Simply put, students are exstruggles he faces as a student pected to strive for excellence athlete. “I think that athletics both on and off the court. Second actually really helps focusplace De La Salle and third place ing [sic] in both class and on Monte Vista each only received homework.” a total of eight scholastic award With the help of Frechette, points while MA was awarded an who also coaches the lacrosse astonishing 28. team, students have learned the Many athletes are expected benefits of living a balanced to carry the weight of their team, life. This is the reason we won but aren’t cut breaks in the classthe Elmer Brown Excellency Greig Stein room. award. “It’s just an expectation,” said The balance of athletics and academics in the life of a student athlete Winning the Elmer Brown head of school Travis Brownley, award is an indication that stuwho greatly values having a baldents outperform on the field, anced academic and athletic life, and are willing to go the extra Athletes are held to the same from others because he already “There is a tone and a belief at this yard in the classroom. standard as students who don’t pulls his weight on the field. school of pushing yourself and doplay sports. At many schools, a Teachers, coaches and school leading excellent work, whether it’s in star player is treated differently ers make sure this doesn’t happen athletics, in art, or in academics.”



October 29, 2010

Athletes pay the price to play sports SOCCER

Shin guards: $8.99 - $100.00 Cleats: $26.99 - $399.99 Socks: $2.99 - $19.79 Ball: $5.97- $149.99 Total: $45.00-$670.00


Knee pads: $3.99 - $49.99 Spandex: $10.19 - $34.99 Practice Shirt: $9.00 Total: $23.00-$94.00


Clubs: $110.00 - $1,000.00 Gloves: $3.99 - $49.99 Total: $114.00-$1,500.00


Racquet: $39.99- $279.00 Tennis balls: $1.97 Total: $41.96-$280.97


Riley Champine

Adam Perlstein Staff Writer Baseball bats and golf clubs and lacrosse pads oh my! Participating in a single sport can run up quite the tab even for just the essential equipment, and this does not account for the many students who play two, or even three, sports each year. High schoolers’ frequent growth spurts make purchasing new equiptment essential at the start of every season. Almost everyone knows that playing sports can be expensive, but the work and money spent behind the scenes to get athletes the equipment they need can add up much faster than expected. It can cost $5,000 just to get jerseys for one team, and replace-

ment jerseys ares purchased every three years. The school provides uniforms for eight of its teams. This means the school replaces two or three teams’ jerseys each year, and spends about $10,000$15,000 to get the jerseys. Each varsity team gets the new jerseys, and the JV team gets the old varsity jerseys. The school buys the higher quality jerseys because the school needs them to stay intact for a long time. “You pay for the quality that you get. We choose to pay for the higher quality so that [the jerseys] will last six years,” said athletic director and lacrosse coach Josh Frechette. Transportation can add up to be even more than uniforms: to get a bus to simply drive off campus,

even just to Sol Food, costs $450, and it only goes up from there. Each team has about ten away games every season, prompting the school to spend at least $4,500 just for one team to show up to half of its games every season. However, all this happens behind the scenes. The more well known expenses are the ones that can clean out a player’s (or a player’s parent’s) wallet. Getting equipment such as pads, clothes, balls and more for sports may not cost thousands of dollars, but they can easily break the hundreddollar mark. “Even though playing a sport can be expensive, I feel that the athletic experience is worth the money,” said Dexter Eichhorst.

Shoes: $20.00-$254.00 Racing flats: $19.99-$69.95


Complete stick: $23.95 Head: $23.40-$151.99 Shaft: $11.99 - $245.00 Chest pads: $29.45-$139.99 Elbow pads: $0.99 -$110.00 Gloves: $18.00 - $210.99 Helmet: Provided Total: $125.00-$882.00


Total: $40.00-$325.00

WATER POLO Speedo or Swimsuit: $21.00- $59.00 Goggles: $25.00

Total: $46.00-$84.00


Shoes: $30.99 - $179.99 Shorts: $5.98 - $60.00 Shirt: $14.99

Bat: $48.99 - $450.95 Glove: $15.79 - $389.99 Batting gloves: $2.99 - $49.99 Cleats: $18.99 - $129.99

Total: $51.00-$255.00

Total: $88.00-$1,020.00



October 29, 2010

For students, the Giants are a home run

The NFL and NHL seasons have recently begun, the MLS season is drawing to a close, the NBA season is about to begin, and in the midst of all this athletic chaos, the highly anticipated baseball playoffs are finally here. During this hectic time of intersection between a multitude of professional sports, following all of one’s favorite and local sports teams can be extremely difficult. The Voice conducted a lunch-time poll asking students what Bay Area sports teams they follow. From the excitement of the remarkable end-of-season and playoff run by the San Fran-

cisco Giants, the majority of students have been primarily focused on the Gaints this fall. On the other hand, students seem to “still believe” in the Warriors despite their lifeless seasons after their short lived resurgence in 2007. Despite the recent successes of Sharks and Earthquakes, the support for other Bay Area Sports Teams seems dismal. However, the fans are not to blame. The Athletics have been going through a period of rebuilding, while The 49ers’ and Raiders’ quaterback troubles have once again shot the teams in the foot, promising another year of Bay Area football woe. Additional reporting by: Matthew Waxman

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Come on in and see what’s “Cooke-ing” in the pool Ale

Ella Storey and Alex Claman Staff Writers

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Alex Cooke

ES: What is your biggest accomplishment in water polo? AC: I have become a lot better at swimming throughout my time playing water polo and this has really helped me to improve. ES: What do you currently do to train that is key to your success? AC: We swim a lot, which keeps us in shape and gets us better at swimming. We also do a lot of shooting drills, which help us to improve our shot. ES: How do you like playing the same sport as your brother? AC: I love it because I get to spend quality time with him.

Ella Cooke

AC: What is the hardest part of water polo? EC: The misconception[is] that you have to be big, buff, and mean to play water polo. I’m the smallest on the team at a whopping 5’3” and I love it. AC: Do you have a nickname on the team? Why? EC: Mary calls me “Grandma.” I have tendonitis in my knees, so I always hobble after games. AC: Do you ever prepare or train with your brothers? EC: Sometimes, but when we do, it’s more of a “get into the pool and beat me up” than training.

Harry Cooke

Avery Hale

ES: What is the hardest game you’ve played in? HC: The hardest game I have played in was the first real game that I was in; when I got out of the water I felt like I couldn’t breathe. It was extremely tiring and I wasn’t used to the game at all. ES: How do you like playing the same sport as your brother? HC: I like getting a ride home and spending quality time with him. ES: What was the best advice you were ever given to help you succeed in water polo? HC: I was told by Randy (the assistant coach) to keep practicing and eventually it will become second nature.

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