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Issue 2: Homecoming 2011

A Letter From the Headmaster


Welcome to Homecoming 2011 By Thomas Philip, Headmaster (P. 1) 10 Reasons to Attend the Homecoming Football Game By William Fein (P. 1, 9)

Around Wick Wick Waterfountain Review By Will Peisch, (P. 2)

Brunswick Switches to GMAIL By Matthew Cassoli (P. 3) “What Would You Do?” Assembly Preview By Matthew Cassoli (P. 4) Brunswick’s New Kitchen By Jake Matthews (P. 4) Scotty Rock Visits Brunswick and Greenwich Academy By Addison Bennett (P. 5)

Student Editorials

Loss of a Visionary: Steve Jobs By Curren Iyer (P. 6) Steroids and the NFL By John Erdman (P. 7) Red Sox Collapse By Teddy Cassoli (P. 7) Ortiz vs Mayweather By Christopher Lucey (P. 8)

Strong Potential in 2011-2012 Brunswick Debate Team By Reed McMurchy (P. 10)

Wick Sports Fall Crew for Freshmen: A First for Brunswick By Peter Ciporin (P. 10) Fantasy Football By Peter Khoury (P. 11)

Water Polo Mid-Season Update By Holden Fett (P. 11) New Squash Court By Parker Odrich (P. 11)

Brunswick Giving Back: Clubs Special

Brunswick Waterside Connection By William Ponce (P. 12) Brunswick Breast Cancer Alliance By Logan Vorwerk (P. 12) Brunswick World Vision Club By Kyle Chen (P. 12) Brunswick H.O.P.E. Zimbabwe Club By Holden Fett (P. 12)


The Brunswick School Seal appears in the new additions to the Upper School’s Lobby. Photo Matthew Savitt 2011 graced with inclement weather of By Tom Philip Headmaster, Brunswick School some sort, so even if the forecast is

A special Welcome to all Alumni who are returning to campus for the 2011 Brunswick School Homecoming! Hopefully, as you are reading this, the sun is shining and the weather is warm. That said, for one reason or another, Brunswick School Homecoming always seem to be

bleak rest assured that it will still be a terrific weekend for all. After all these years, we have a lot of experience dealing with rain at Homecoming! Traditions remain one of Brunswick School’s greatest strengths, and this year as in past years Homecoming festivities will

begin on Friday morning with the Alumni Golf Outing, followed by the Pep-Rally/Bonfire on Maher Avenue and the Alumni cocktail party. Whether on the Maher Avenue campus on Friday, or even if you come by on Saturday, I urge you take a look at the new historic displays recently installed in the Main Foyer. Reflecting years of research and design, the display is intended to be an interactive and evolving tribute to the great history of our school both for current students and parents as well as past. Saturday, of course, is the fullest of days, with a host of athletic competitions, the Bear Fair, the presentation of the Significant Alumni Award, and the Alumni Tent Party. Every constituency of the community will play an active role in the annual celebration, and I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I am (we all are) that so many Alums take the time to return to their school. Enjoy the weekend; I look forward to seeing you all! Tom Philip, Headmaster

10 Reasons to come to the Homecoming Football game By William Fein ’13 Sports Editor

1. Brunswick will win. The Bruins have had a rough start to the season. Before the fall season even began, the team lost tri-captain Dylan Troy’12 to a season-ending knee injury. Then junior quarterback Todd Stafford’13 suffered a potentially season-ending injury in the first game of the year. In week 2, however, things began to look up. The Bruins went to Avon and barely lost a tight and hard-fought game. (One might say that they lost to the refs, but this reporter will strive for journalistic objectivity.) The Bruins looked good against Avon, but they are unsatisfied. What’s next? A win. One Bruin said last week, “I don’t think we are going to lose another game. Realistically.” The

team is confident in their ability, and why shouldn’t they be? The defense stepped up, holding the Avon offense to 12 points (21 points fewer than last season). Speaking of last season, the opponent you will be seeing at homecoming, Berkshire, is a team

that the Bruins beat handily last year. The team, however, is not so sure of victory that it won’t be fully preparing for the game. (One player told me, “2 touchdowns, if we play our game”). You wouldn’t want to miss that.

2. It’s a new team As I mentioned, the Bruins have had serious injury troubles. That aside, I’m excited to see some new faces. I’m exciting to see sophomore quarterback Jimmy Knight’14 running the option. I’m excited to see new students like Trey Camissa’13 and Nick Ulanoff ’13 take the field for their new school. I’m excited to see Brian Shutzman’12 at p u n t e r — ( Two punters have already been injured. Two!)— and Jack Voigt’12 in football pads. The coaches “switched up the way we practiced” after the Taft loss, and I, personally, expect it to show up on the field. You wouldn’t want to miss that. 3. The players have earned it Being a Bruin is hard work. Not only is practice a grueling test Continued on Page 9

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Wick Waterfountain Review

The Brunswick Chronicle

The Brunswick Student’s News Source

Editors-In-Chief Matthew Cassoli ‘12 Jake Matthews ‘12 Managing Editor Addison Bennett ‘12 Sports Editor William Fein ‘13

Chief Photographer Matthew Savitt ‘12 Staff Writers

Peter Khoury ‘13 John Erdman ‘13 Curren Iyer ‘13 Parker Odrich ‘13 Peter Khoury ‘13 Harry Parsons ‘14 Peter Ciporin ‘15

Will Peisch ‘12, demonstrates proper use of a water fountain. Photo Matthew Savitt 2011

Black Box Water Cooler (aka Potter’s Water) In an effort to celebrate WATER FOUNTAIN OF Brunswick Water Fountain Ap- HEROES By Will Peisch ‘12 Senior Hydration Correspondent

preciation Month, I’ve compiled a cheat sheet for you all, so we can enjoy maximum hydration.

Bookstore Water Fountain (a.k.a. Baby Polar Bear) BEST WATER FOUNTAIN AWARD This water fountain offers the coldest water the school has to offer. The shape is modern but very low to the ground, and delivers its water very slowly at rate of 12.23 seconds per cup. But much like the baby Polar bear, despite its short stature and slowness, it is by far the one of the coldest and cutest water fountains on campus. Plus, if you touch it for more than 7 seconds, it purrs!! Headmaster Hall Water

One of the lesser known water distribution centers at Brunswick, water here comes only to those who have undergone the hero’s journey by taking the call to adventure, confronting their demons, and emerging from the underworld a better man. Water in this fountain comes cold and fast, at a rate of 5.51 seconds per cup and tastes like the sweet victory of Odysseus’s return to Penelope. Bathroom Sink Water

LEAST HYGENIC WATER AWARD Pros: Water comes out the fastest at 3.56 seconds per cup at any temperature you want. Cons: You’re drinking water in a bathroom.

Senior Room Water Cooler Fountain (a.k.a. The Firework) FASTEST WATER FOUN- PREMIUM WATER AWARD Only available to roughly 2/9 of the TAIN AWARD If you need water fast and don’t care if it actually goes in your mouth or not, this is the water fountain for you. This water fountain literally shoots its water in the air, which scatters everywhere and covers your entire face with its room temperature water. At a rate of 9.33 seconds per cup, this water fountain is great for cooling down quickly.

Brunswick Upper School population, this water cooler offers cold water at an average rate of 9.65 seconds per cup. When drinking it, one feels the pride of being a senior at Brunswick and finally becoming a leader here. (Or maybe that’s just the feeling one gets when they drink water in a hot closet.) Preschool Water Foun-

tain (a.k.a. Pweskool Wader

Devin Mehra ‘12 Sean Forester ‘13 Holden Fett ‘13 Rohan Das ‘14 Kyle Chen ‘14 Teddy Cassoli ‘15 Reed McMurchy ‘15

Faculty Advisor Dr. Brian Freeman

Why-does-this-water-fountainFawntan) MOST ADORABLE WATER exist Fountain) FOUNTAIN AWARD LEAST EFFICIENT WATER It has a step for the pre- FOUNTAIN AWARD schoolers (and preschool sized upper schoolers) and is surrounded by preschool art work. In addition to the room temperature water this fountain lovingly distributes, water actually comes out of the button you need to press, hydrating your thumb as well as your throat. I was so distracted by its cuddliness that I forgot to time its speed. English Stairway Water

Does anyone actually use this water fountain? The stream is so weak that one has to stick their head entirely in the fountain and comes in such small quantities that you’d probably have to miss your free to enjoy it. It took 38.87 seconds to fill an entire cup and the water comes from the tears people get from looking at it. Biology Lab Water Foun-

tain (aka The William Peisch Fountains (a.k.a. Cain [bot- Water Fountain) tom] and Abel [top]) SCARIEST WATER FOUNMOST EFFICIENT WATER TAIN AWARD FOUNTAIN AWARD I thought that the Science In the intellectual and creative spirit of the English department, I’ve named these almost identical water fountains located up the English Stairway after the most famous literary twins. These water fountains shoot the farthest of all the water fountains at Brunswick, but in a clean manner and at a steady rate of 6.67 seconds per cup. But be careful and be sure not to choose any favorites, as one may try to kill you out of jealously. Science Wing Hallway

Wing water fountain was the slowest fountain at Brunswick, until I discovered the one right outside Mr. Pratt’s room. The stream here is nonexistent. In order to get any water, you have to put your lips on the nozzle. This is hands down the slowest water fountain at the school, taking about 80 seconds to fill up my cup. The good news is that since I am positive this water fountain is never used and thanks to its location and lack of function, I hereby Water Fountain (a.k.a. The title it the Peisch Water Fountain.

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Brunswick Switches to GMAIL By Matthew Cassoli ‘12 Co-Editor-In-Chief

Last summer, Brunswick’s technology department effected the transition from FirstClass, to Gmail. While users did have to adjust to a new system, general opinion of the new use of Gmail is that it is an improvement. Already, many users have already adapted, and Gmail has become part of Brunswick’s culture. From morning assembly announcements, to teachers emailing assignments in class, the word “Gmail” is now heard around Brunswick every day. The Chronicle contacted Mr. Gupta, Director of Technology, for more information about the changes. Chronicle: When did Brunswick first investigate Gmail, and how long have we been on first-class? Mr. Gupta: I’d been closely monitoring the evolution of Google Apps for Education (a service from Google providing customizable versions of several Google products under our own domain name) since 2007, but decided to wait until it was a fully mature product before committing to it this summer. Email is now a commodity service and should ideally be left to people who are doing email well for millions of users. Switching to Google Apps has provided our community with far more capacity, capability, and functionality than we could ever match by hosting email internally. Brunswick had been on FirstClass forever (or so it seemed)… certainly for more than 10 years. FirstClass was already in place when I joined Brunswick back in 2003, although it was used in a far more limited role then. Students were restricted from sending email outside our domain, and accessing FirstClass from home was a slow and cumbersome process. The size of our entire postoffice was only 1.2Gb back then, compared to over 160Gb now. While we did enjoy a fairly high comfort level with FirstClass, its somewhat dated and severely limited features were increasingly seen as an impediment to fully leveraging email as a vital communication and collaboration tool for Brunswick. Besides the limitations of cramped mailboxes on FirstClass and its refusal to play

nice and sync contacts and calendars with mobile devices, one of the overriding issues driving our decision to switch to Gmail was guaranteeing email availability during a disaster situation, such as an extended power outage – as happened during the spring of 2010. We had no power on Maher Avenue for a week at that time and no email service either. That’s not something a school our size can easily afford. Funnily enough, our decision to switch to a hosted email

resources. Composing an email to GA teachers or students on Gmail works just as it did on FirstClass, with their names popping up in the type-ahead box. GA too has replicated the same functionality for their users in FirstClass, so sending an email to anyone on Brunswick domain is as easy and painless for them. We had actually stopped creating and using shared conferences on FirstClass with GA since May 2010, after we deployed our Blackboard eLearning portal. GA teachers who wanted

book or the ability to natively chat with other online users on Gmail. New laptops don’t come with the user’s Gmail account pre-loaded on Outlook or Mail, but we do provide users with instructions and assistance to do so easily, should they wish to go in that direction.

C: How long do you plan to use Gmail? Does Brunswick have a contract with Google? G: I hope for a very long time. The good news is that, unlike FirstClass, all email, contacts and calendars hosted on Google Apps are fully “standards compliant,” so should the need ever arise, it would make moving them to another provider, or even back inhouse, a snap, using standard email protocols like pop3, IMAP and smtp. We do have a contract and a Service Level Agreement (SLA) from Google that guarantees us 99.9% uptime, along with no advertiseMr. Gupta, Brunswick’s Director of Technology worked countless hours ments and a no “data mining” assurto facilitate the upgrade of Brunswick’s mail program to GMAIL. ance by Google, ensuring reliability model was valito continue using as well as privacy of our email data. dated almost shared conferimmediately the ences with the C: Was this an easy, or difficult transition? week before boys have seam- a school openlessly switched G: While the transition itself was ing, as GA sufover to Wikis this transparent and almost seamless for fered without fall, highlight- our users, I must confess that managFirstClass for ing once again ing its logistics and back-end was an a few days due the flexibility and absolute nightmare in terms of the to power and adaptability of the sheer number of man-hours I had to Internet outdynamic collabo- spend on it. Back in June I decided, ages in the wake ration between rashly, not to pay outside consultants of Hurricane our campuses. to manage this migration and definitely came to regret that decision Irene while Gmail kept chugging away for all our users. C: Do you expect students to use the later on, when I found myself workweb interface, or mail application ing crazy hours all summer on this C: What has happened to first- more? Will new computers come project. From manually creating over class? How will we still collaborate with the student’s gmail accounts a thousand user accounts (and inwith GA, which is still on first-class? set up in the mail application? forming them via multiple, customG: Brunswick’s FirstClass server G: Please understand that Google ized emails of their unique logins), was fully decommissioned on July is first and foremost a web com- 47 mailing lists, another 700+ shared 30th and mothballed. While it’s still pany. Their products are web based contacts for GA and finally migrating “hooked up” to the Internet, it can and the web is evolving at lightning email from FirstClass for over 900 no longer be used to send or receive speed. Using a modern and current users, the number of clicks all these emails. It’ll remain available as a re- browser like Chrome enables you tasks required could be well over a bilsource to our community until June to enjoy the very best experience lion. A contributing factor were the 2012, serving as a reference archive with Google Apps by leveraging all surprisingly rudimentary admin tools for old emails or contacts. First- their capabilities and rich feature- available in Google Apps—tools that Class server is available online at set, such as desktop notifications required much manual manipula You for Gmail and drag-and-drop file tion with little scope for automation. can also access it via the FirstClass upload in Google Docs. Sure, you But now it’s done and over with and desktop client by redirecting the can use a desktop email client like I know, and you’ll agree, that we’re server field to “”. Outlook or Apple Mail, but you far better off for it as an instituCollaboration with Greenwich would miss out on some important tion, with a dynamic, reliable, and Academy is alive and well, despite functionality, such as having synced scalable email and collaboration the absence of shared FirstClass domain contacts in your address service at our disposal. Finally !!

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“What would you do?” Assembly Preview By Matthew Cassoli ‘12 Co-Editor-In-Chief

The Chronicle: What is the “What would you do?” assembly? Is it inspired by John Quiñones’ visit last year? Mrs. Ho-Barnum: Well, the name is inspired by him, but we are taking his question and applying it to the Brunswick and GA community by asking, “what would you do in a given situation that would reflect your character, and how does it reflect our two schools’ mottoes, “Courage, Honor, Truth” and “Toward the Building of Character.” C: How are you going to accomplish such a task in an assembly format? B: Well, it’s going to be a very student-centered assembly. It will be both run and led by the students. What I like about the program, and I looked into multiple strategies, is that it brings what the students are feeling and thinking in to the assembly. This creates a time to hear from the students and what they think is going on in the community.

C: What is the format for the assembly? B: We will come together as a school and there will be about six panelists who will present their own experiences to start the discussions for the community. Panelists will be students. The faculty has already recommended them. From Brunswick we will be represented by around thirty facilitators and three panelists. C: How new is this idea for you? B: We have done things like this before; we have done it twice in the past at four-year intervals, and this is another opportunity to do it. It’s the second time we’ve done it since I’ve been here. It incorporates students in each grade from the Upper School from both Brunswick and GA. Later we will take Upper School students to the Middle and Lower Schools to bring portions of the program to them through the Middle and Lower School connections programs and other assemblies. C: Do you consider this a diversity initiative?

B: I think of it as a Brunswick community initiative, but you can really think of it as both: in my mind, diversity is defined by the community. C: What is a situation in which we should ask ourselves “What would we do?” B: I hope it will be the students’ voices in the assembly that initiate the questions , because they will talk about situations in the assembly that really happen every day. I’ve heard of situations, for example on the bus, where there seems to be a chant starting about a certain student. What do you do in that case? What do your friends do? What does the person being targeted do? What do the teachers do? That’s an example of something I know has happened before in this community; this is the kind of situation we’ll use as an example, leading us to ask both what did happen, and what should have happened. C: What does this say about Brunswick as a whole? How should this be taken? B: I think there are relevant issues

of fairness and inclusion at schools like Brunswick, and it’s important to take the time to talk about what does happen and also what we aspire to become as a community; this happens all the time when we talk about our “Courage, Honor, Truth” motto. It’s not intended so much to make us focus on the things that are problems in our community, but more to help us learn strategies so that we can learn to improve the way we react to certain situations, or, in some cases, so show how we have acted with integrity and positive results. C: Is there anything else you would like us to know about this assembly? B: There are about twenty faculty members who have agreed to be involved, and about thirty-five students from Brunswick, with equal numbers from GA, so this is very much a community effort. My hope is that it will benefit everybody and bring hope to everyone. The What Would You Do assembly will take place all day at GA on November 14th.

Brunswick’s New Kitchen By Jake Matthews ‘12 Co-Editor-In-Chief

years ago. He proposed building a new face, he recalls, “cables were hanging wall within the kitchen. Plans were everywhere.” On June 6, the day of the Two years ago, Brunswick’s drawn up, reviewed, and expanded. Spring Sports Dinner, construction Head Chef Herberth Melgar asked On June 3, 2011, after the officially began. It lasted all summer. Mr. Philip for a new stove. The old End of Year Party for the faculty and On September 1, 2011, just machine was faulty and covered in rust. Mr. Melgar says that on occasion he used to have to light it with a match. Mr. Philip quickly obliged. By the end of the day, Brunswick had bought a new stove. Weeks passed before Mr. Melgar approached Mr. Philip a second time. The kitchen’s oven had stopped working. As it had before, Brunswick quickly corrected the problem. Second crisis averted. By this point, however, people started to notice and talk. Nobody complained, nobody whined, but it was becoming increasingly clear that Brunswick’s kitchen was literally falling apart. Water leaked from Brunswick’s new kitchen, note the new tile, a favorite feature of the staff the floor, the walls were ripped, the Photo Matthew Savitt 2011 ceiling needed to be re-panelled, etc. Beginning last year, Bruns- staff, Mr. Melgar was asked to empty in time for the Breakfast for GA wick hired an architect—the same the kitchen completely. On June 4, he and Brunswick Upper School Facman who oversaw Brunswick’s ren- and his staff began to dismantle the ulty, the kitchen was declared open ovation of the Upper School a few kitchen. With a broad smile on his and fully operational once more.

Mr. Melgar was blown away. All the machines were new, the ceiling had been entirely redone, the floors were tiled, the walls were repaired, and a brand new dividing wall had been built within the kitchen. To describe the change, Mr. Melgar said the “new space was like a Cadillac or a Porsche. It’s like comparing driving an old car and driving a BMW.” He says that although there is no additional square footage, the “kitchen seems bigger, and definitely much cleaner.” Mr. Melgar says that most of the improvement are owed to all the “little things”: having a timer that works, steamers that function properly, etc. “In the old kitchen,” he reflected, “we were making miracles. Not any more. It’s great. Now, we want to do sushi again for lunch, and an antipasto bar…the fun stuff. It’s very hard to please everybody, but I try.” The Chronicle Staff would like to thank the Brunswick Kitchen Staff from across all campuses for their incredible dedication and delicious meals.

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Scotty Rock Visits Brunswick and Greenwich Academy

By Addison Bennett ‘12 Managing Editor

Drug and alcohol prevention is an often-attempted and often-unsuccessful endeavor at high schools. Presentations, workshops, and lectures often simply fall short of their intended impact; students leave not only no less likely to begin or continue substance abuse, but also tired and frustrated at what generally feels like a waste of time. On Monday, September 19, when morning classes were cancelled for a joint assembly, no one quite knew that they were going to experience something different from another one of those dreaded “just say no” presentations that do little more than scratch the surface of addiction problems. The attitude students had built up in strong resistance to these projects tends to put up a wall between them and those who have come to promote substance abuse awareness. When Scot Anthony Robinson entered the gym, the wall stood strong and tall, and that he was able to so forcefully break it down within hours is nothing short of miraculous. Scot Anthony Robinson, or Scotty Rock, burst through a door at the far end of GA’s gymnasium as a character we rarely see walking our campus. His combative, imprisoned character demonstrated from the beginning how far one can dive into the world he struggles so hard to keep others away from. During the one-man sketch, the character’s misery eventually leads to his suicide, which, less than 5 minutes after his entrance, left the audience in stunned silence. But when Mr. Robinson broke character and began to engage the audience in a conversation, that wall of resistance began to crack. While he struggled to engage the audience at first, his points were gradually received with interest. The character was not merely a characterl, and no community, not Brunswick and not Greenwich, is safe from drug and alcohol abuse. Anyone can fall into an addiction and end up like the dead man he portrayed. Scot was quick to point out that our school community is in no way perfect. While no one would raise his or her hand to admit to

drug or alcohol use when asked, the whole room knew that at least some were lying. It is an issue often swept under the rug at our schools, and we often keep it that way for our own protection; nevertheless, both schools have zero-tolerance policies for most drug-related offenses. At the very least, Scot got the community thinking that anyone with a problem is not alone, for he made it clear that many others face the same struggles with addiction every day. The most powerful section of Scot’s presentation came when

sleeping, he lived in constant quest for a high, teetering on the edge of death. Only with the intervention of a past girlfriend and her mother was he finally forced into rehab to begin the recovery process. He could have died dozens, if not hundreds of times during his years of addiction, but, according to Scot, he was spared because he was destined to use his terrible story as an interventional tool for young people, a tool most in the gym found effective. Able to bring his true story to life in front of us both as an actor

Scot Robinson’s, “Scotty Rock,” presentation “Vision Warrior” showed students in a joint assembly with GA the horrors of substance abuse.

he dropped his character’s mask and began to tell his own unfathomably tragic story. Once a student with great potential, he began to smoke marijuana at age 11. From there, while he was able to keep up his academic strength and a good reputation, he experimented, and eventually became addicted to, more and more addictive, deadly, and illegal substances. Years later while an acting student at SUNY Purchase, he nearly died on multiple occasions from overdoses. While he was able to string together the beginning of a career, his life was already in a steep downward spiral. Eventually, Scot ended up on the street, addicted to heroin and whatever else he could get his hands on. Hardly ever eating or

and as a man with a powerful story, Scot’s impact was exponentially greater than any previous drug education program this school has seen. He held nothing back, since he believes that the only way to properly deter drug abuse is to reveal the absolute worst side of it. He freely admitted to his struggles, among them multiple relapses, inability to grieve for his sick father, and an almost deadly infection he didn’t even notice through the haze of his addiction. His story left many in the room in tears, while others exited the gym in shocked and respectful silence after the main assembly concluded. Scot spent the entire day and night with the GA and Brunswick communities, talking to students and teachers, eating dinner with the

senior peer leaders, and giving a presentation to parents. Despite our image of our community as somehow being “above” problems like the ones he has lived through, Scot revealed that many came to him to discuss issues that most in our community do not acknowledge to be present at all. As he told us all day, no one is safe from addiction or abuse. When asked about how he wants his audience to react, Scot said that he understands that everyone reacts differently to such a powerful lesson. Some cry, others listen quietly, while others laugh it off. Those who laugh it off, he said, are those whom he believes he has affected the most. They are in denial, according to Scot, and his lesson sticks with them even though others might not see how. Whether anyone who witnessed Scot’s presentation and discussions with us will be prevented from starting down the path of drug and alcohol abuse remains unknown. However, it appears that the most important lesson he taught is not only about prevention. Scot Robinson provides communities with an outlet to discover and solve their own problems. He said he hopes the community itself can take on his role as interventionists, listeners, and most importantly, good friends. He is not only a “just say no” advocate, but a builder of strong communities that are capable of policing themselves. He hopes that Brunswick will benefit in the long term from his lessons, and that the school can provide clear paths for students struggling through addiction to seek help without fear of punishment. He hopes the community will seek out solutions to its own problems. I believe it will. The halls were filled for the days after Scot’s presentation with thoughtful discussion, not the usual negativity that follows a typical drug assembly. Thanks to Scot, this community is more aware. While we may have entered the gym with foreboding that day, our wall of cynicism was broken because of the challenge and strength of his message. One simply cannot be skeptical in the presence of a man with a story so powerful.

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By Curren Iyer ‘13 Staff Writer

Loss of A Visionary: Steve Jobs

holder of Disney, with 7.4% ny’s expansion outside of the of the company; he also was computer industr y demonstrata member of Disney’s board. ed Jobs’ talent for developing On Wednesday, October In 1996 Jobs would re- products that are both func5, 2011, the technolog y indus- tur n to his original co-cre- tional and eleg ant, as exemplitr y lost one of its g reat inno- ation when Apple’s bought- fied in such famous por table vators. Steve Jobs, founder of out NeXT. He would ser ve devices as the iPod, introduced Apple Inc, passed away at the as NeXT’s Interim Chief Ex- in 2001, and the iPhone, introage of 56. He had stepped ecutive until 2000. After the duced in 2007. The company down as CEO of Apple just purchase of NeXT, Apple also soon became famous for one month earlier, being at the products became more popu- one of the world’s most popusame time unanimously elected lar. The NeXT software ser ved lar consumer music prog rams, Chair man of the board. Jobs as the precursor to Mac OS iTunes. These same times were had been suffering from a tumor in his pancreas. He first announced the disease to the public in 2004. Since then, he had experienced a range of medical successes and failures, including a liver transplant in 2009, all the while continuing to shape the moder n technolog y industr y. In 1976, 16-year-old Steve Jobs joined for mer electronics hacker Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne as par tners in a new venture. Wayne would later be Steve Jobs was an innovator. Although he never wrote a line of code in his life, his abilcredited with drawing the Ap- ity to dream, inspire, communicate, and relentlessly pursue perfection made him one of the best CEO’s in the technology industry. ple log o, a symbol that has beAbove: one of thousands of online tributes to Steve Jobs come ubiquitous across society today. As Apple expanded, and the Macintosh computer g ained fame, the three men star ted looking for an executive to lead the business. The problem was seemingly solved in 1983 when Jobs hired John Sculley from Pepsi-Cola; but after an internal conflict in 1985, Sculley relieved Jobs of his duty, and he was, in his own words “fired from his own company.” He would not retur n for 11 years, a period during which Jobs is X. Under Jobs’ tenure, the marked also by pessimism, credited with founding NeXT iMac rose to fame, competing however, especially when Jobs Computers and purchasing Lu- in the computer industr y with publicly announced the cancercasfilm’s The Graphics Group, the Windows PC, whose most ous tumor in his pancreas in known today as Pixar. When famous promoter, Microsoft’s 2004. At this time the world Disney bought Pixar, Jobs be- Bill Gates, was both Jobs’ beg an to know Jobs not just came the largest single share- friend and rival. The compa- for the company he led, but

“Follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs

also for his notable charisma shown during the keynote addresses (sometimes refer red to as “Stevenotes”), during which he would introduce new products; these appearances seemed at times almost to give him an immor tal presence. Jobs surprised the world in August 2011 when he announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO, signaling the end of an era, but the star t of a new one as well. Recently, some have wondered about Apple’s future since its former CEO’s resignation; there are some questions about whether Tim Cook, Jobs’ handpicked replacement, will be able to fill the shoes of a man who has left such a g reat leg acy on both the company and the world. This judgment may be somewhat premature, however, since in 1976, hardly anybody could have predicted that three men and their new star t-up business would amount to one of the most successful companies in the world. Indeed, when looking back on Jobs’s life, film director Steven Spielberg tr uly captures his accomplishments when he calls Jobs “the g reatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our finger tips.” The company will continue to g row, following the course that Jobs char tered and followed himself. He described his hopes for Apple at the Macworld Conference and Expo in 2007, where he said, “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is g oing to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the ver y beginning. And we always will.”

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Steroids and the NFL By John Erdman ‘13 Staff Writer This summer, the NFL settled its 4-month lockout, and the season started on time. To most fans, this satisfied talks about the dispute between the players association and the owners, at least for the considerable future. The two sides continue to argue, however, over one of the most important issues in sports—steroid testing. The NFL wants to become the first major professional sports league to comprehensively test its players for HGH, human growth hormone. HGH is a naturally occurring hormone found in the human body; everyone has HGH in their body. Its primary function is muscle growth and cell regeneration by the body. Synthetic HGH is prescribed by doctors to treat growth deficiency in children and other medical problems. However, when used by athletes to increase muscle mass, body mass, stamina, and overall performance, HGH is an illegal drug that is banned by the Food and Drug Administration. While it seems that the NFL and all other sports leagues should

By Teddy Cassoli ‘15 Staff Writer Back in early April, when the Red Sox began the season at 0-6, some counted them out of playoff contention. But the team fought and came back. Going into September, the Red Sox were up nine games in the wild card race. They were a lock to be in the playoffs, but then they played the Yankees. They took one game but then things went downhill quickly. One game from the Rangers, one win in a four-game series against the Blue Jays, and so on. People noticed, but nobody seemed to care. After all, they could never blow a nine game lead. Soon enough though, nine games became seven, then five, then three, two, one, and a half. Almost unthinkably, the Red Sox’s spot in the playoffs came down to their final series of the season. They played the last place, 67-92, Baltimore Orioles. The number-two team in the Wild Card, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, would play the Yankees. Still, Red Sox Nation rested easy. The Yankees had

unequivocally test for the use of HGH as a performance-enhancing drug, the natural occurrence of HGH makes it extremely difficult to test for. The only way to detect synthetic HGH is to extract it from a blood sample and use

detect steroids, this test would involve blood drawing. Many players’ unions contend that blood testing would affect player safety and performance. They argue that HGH testing should not be implemented until further technology

sensitive lab equipment to determine the levels of naturally-occurring and synthetic HGH. A high level of synthetic HGH indicates a positive test. Unlike the urine tests normally performed to

is invented to make testing easier. The league argues that, because the World Anti-Doping Agency has been conducting HGH tests since 2004, blood testing is a scientifically certain

Red Sox Collapse home field advantage and had already clinched the AL East. There was no way the Rays would match up. The Red Sox lost the first game 6-3. The Rays didn’t play. The wild card race was tied. Both teams then lost the second day. Still tied. In the final game of the

series and regular season, the Red Sox pitched their ace, John Lester, against the Orioles’s hard-throwing Dominican prospect Alfredo Simon. Lester went six, giving up two runs while Boston’s offense gave the Sox a two-run lead. Going into the ninth, Boston’s closer,

Jonathan Papelbon was coming in. Back in Tampa, the Yankees were up seven. Then the unthinkable happened. The Rays cobbled together a six-run 8th inning. Back in Boston, in the bottom of the ninth, with no outs, Chris Davis of the Orioles doubled. Then, Nolan Reimold blasted a ground-rule double scoring one and tying up the game. Then came up Robert Andino, a small, fast contact hitter with only 36 RBIs. He lined a single towards Carl Crawford. Reimold scored; the Orioles were up one. The Red Sox could only hope. In Tampa, the Rays were down to their last out when Dan Johnson came to the plate. The man had only two home runs all year to his name. Johnson slammed a hard line drive that just cleared the lowest par to the right field fence to tie up the game. The game then went into extra innings until, in the 12th, Evan Longoria hit a game winning, wild-card clinching, walk-off home run. The Sox were out. The Rays were in the playoffs.

test for HGH. The NFL players’ union has been questioning the validity of the test for months now, trying to delay the league from implementing it. The union argues that it needs scientific evidence from the World Anti-Doping agency before it can give consent to test NFL players. The WADA refuses to release this information, causing a stalemate between the two sides. The league argues that HGH testing is already established in some other minor leagues around the world and also in the MLB’s minor league system. Many MLB minor league players have been caught testing positive for HGH. The NFL views this as an example of how effective testing cleans the game. The debate over HGH testing is an example of a larger issue at hand—players’ unions protecting their players from being caught with performance enhancing drugs. For years now, the unions have thwarted the league, at any cost, from implementing new and enhanced drug screening features, to the detriment of the integrity of the game. Fans should want players’ unions to allow leagues to do whatever is necessary to make the games as fair and even as possible.

The Red Sox lost 7 of their last 27 games in the season. During that stretch, their pitchers accumulated a combined ERA of 7.08. Papelbon blew three saves. Who is to blame? The batters? The pitchers? The Red Sox’s administration seems to have blamed Terry Francona. After the Red Sox’s devastating collapse, the Sox administration chose not to pick up the option of rehiring him. Not all the blame can be placed on Francona, though. Many fans are blaming John Lackey who has been a bust, and the Red Sox’s $142 million left fielder Carl Crawford who has been absolutely terrible. With many Red Sox going to free agency, there will be a long and hard offseason trying to re-sign Jonathan Papelbon, David Ortiz, captain Jason Veritek, Tim Wakefield, and also now finding a new manager. While the Yankees and Rays battle the Rangers and Tigers, the Red Sox will be forced to sit back and think. Don’t worry Red Sox fans, there’s always next year.

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Ortiz vs. Mayweather By Christopher Lucey ‘15 Staff Writer HBO pay-per-view charged 65 dollars to watch the “Fight of the Ages” between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. It was the perennial matchup of the summer, a boxing match hyped much like a famous musician’s newest album release or a blockbuster movie. It was a matchup of polar opposites: Mayweather, coming off a sixteen-month layoff between fights, is boxing’s elder statesman. He’s a man with sixteen years under his numerous title belts and not a single loss to go with any of his previous forty-one fights. And in the other corner of the ring sat Victor Ortiz, a young fighter who embodied the idea of a “self made man.” Born into the mean streets of Vallejo, California, Victor was abandoned by both of his parents, but after that he took it upon himself to watch out for his little brother. In his twenty-four years, most of his time was spent either moving between foster homes or unleashing his anger against a punching bag in the gym. The fight was to be the epic culmination of the careers and lives of two extraordinary men, well worth the $65. The early rounds were

everything the world anticipated and more. The fighters exchanged rounds as Mayweather’s notoriously swift hands showed that they had not been slowed by the sixteen months of rest, and Ortiz’s deafening blows seemed

helplessly as Mayweather tried his best to stave off his oncoming opponent. Ortiz’s combinations had Mayweather stunned on the ropes and in search of one last chance to defend his previously unblemished record. And his godsend

Mayweather, left, knocked out Ortiz, right, with a questionable punch to end the match.

to channel Muhammad Ali. But then came round four. The fight’s scorecard revealed that the third round had been given to Mayweather, and Ortiz’s most recent advance seemed typical to the ebb and flow of the fight. But as Ortiz backed Mayweather into the corner, it was the beginning of the end. Fists flew

came when an sudden movement caused the champions to clash heads. An immediately apologetic Victor Ortiz was pulled off of Mayweather, but a point was deducted from his score. The fight could have gone on from there; the point could have been taken, the fighters brought to the center of the

ring, and the fight resumed. But Ortiz felt obvious guilt. As he came in for one last apologetic hug, Mayweather granted him his embrace only to deal the punch combination that sealed Ortiz’s fate once they parted. The post-fight scene at the MGM grand was almost equal to that of their mid-fight. Mayweather playfully bantered with a ringside interviewer who discounted his parting shots as a cheap trick, while Ortiz left the venue as he had entered it, all smiles. Although he had lost the biggest fight of his young career and forgot the cardinal rule of his own sport (protect yourself at all times), a full twelve-round defeat was the only thing that could have spelled defeat. He is a young man, but Mayweather is nearing the end of his prime. Mayweather was the robber, and Ortiz was the victim in the eyes of the public. Victor Ortiz has felt the sting of the whip; he brought himself from the mean streets and steamy gyms of Vallejo near to the pinnacle of his sport. On the other hand, Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets to add this “cheaply” won fight to the fast growing tally of flaws that have been discovered over his career. The bottom line is simple: Ortiz has brought himself to this point and has a lot of time left at his prime, while the only direction for an undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. to go is down.

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Top ten reasons to attend the Homecoming Football Game Cont.

Continued from first page of strength, endurance, and pain tolerance, but practice is also a very serious time commitment. I asked a junior on the team when he started his work every night. “Ideally, 7:30-8:00,” he said, “but that’s ideal. A lot of times, it’s later than that, because you’re tired.” These players have been sacrificing more than their safety for this team, they have sacrificed time and sleep, two very precious resources for any Brunswick student. They work hard so that they may represent our school and make us proud, and that is exactly what they plan to do against Berkshire. You wouldn’t want to miss that.

4. It’s pure fun It is true, however, that we are all busy. There is no obligation to show up. If you lose two hours of studying for that test, you won’t get extra credit. There is one thing you’re forgetting, though. It’s fun. Seriously, it’s really fun. You can play football at halftime, hang out with your friends, and cheer on your other friends on the field. There is a vibe that is hard to put into words. If you’ve been to a game, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you wouldn’t want to miss that. 5. M.E.A.T Men Eating Animals Together is back and more serious than ever. They will be grilling and chilling the hardest. I also know that they spent real, human money on t-shirts. M.E.A.T. t-shirts, and nice ones too. You wouldn’t want to miss that. 6. National Anthem The Men of Brunswick will be performing before the game. I know that many of you may be thinking, “the real MEN of Brunswick will be on the field.” I can assure you, however, that singing with the MOB is a serious commitment and is far from easy. Just as the players have sacrificed time and energy, so have the singers. We owe them support; they, just like the team, work hard to represent the school. Also, it sounds cool. Oh, and Reid Breck’12 sings. You wouldn’t want to miss that. 7. It’s not just Brunswick homecoming… While men eating together has its own attraction, I move on. In case you were unaware,

Brunswick lines up against the Kent school in a recent game. Photo: Matthew Cassoli 2011

Brunswick’s homecoming is actually a joint homecoming weekend with another institution. Here’s a reason to show up- the gators will. You wouldn’t want to miss that. 8. Snack Cart We have a cart with cheap food in it for your consumption. You wouldn’t want to miss that. 9. Everyone else is going We all know that we all should go to homecoming. A lot of kids will

go to homecoming having never read this article. In fact, the vast majority of the school will go to homecoming without knowing Reason 8 from a hole in the ground. However, if you are on the fence let me assure you that you will regret missing it. On Monday, everyone will be talking about everything that happened at homecoming, and they will all mean the football game. You wouldn’t want to miss that. 10. This article told you to.

If you have read this far, this article matters to you in some way. If the words on the page meant absolutely nothing to you, you would not be reading these. Therefore, the fact that this article vehemently advises attendance holds significant sway in your decision. Attending will be taken as a personal favor to me. On Saturday, I will be thanking kids on behalf of the school. You wouldn’t want to miss that. Brunswick hostsTheBerkshireSchool on Saturday the 15th, at 3pm on the Cosby Field.

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Strong Potential in 2011-2012 Brunswick Debate Team By Reed McMurchy ‘15 Staff Writer

There is not one sure way to win a debate. In fact there isn’t any easy way to win a debate. The stronger debater will win by presenting the soundest argument. In debate, a persuasive and well thought out argument can overcome sheer facts. Debating is relatively new at Br unswick, only having been established in 2003; never theless, Br unswick has fielded a debating team for the past eight years. This year, Br unswick Debate is ably be-

ing led by seniors Rick Salame ’12 and Robbie Fer nandez ’12. The team members are drawn from all years and are looking ahead to 2011-2012 competitive season during which the debate team has a full slate of competitive tour naments. Br unswick will compete ag ainst schools that place much g reater emphasis upon debating and field much larger teams to whom they provide g reater resources as well. Although this may place Br unswick at a disadvantage, Rick, Robbie, and the team undauntedly look forward to a successful year. Debating at the compet-

itive high school level is comprised of two-man teams which debate in a variety of for mats. Traditionally, Br unswick has only competed in Extemporaneous and Parliamentar y formats. This year the team is considering adding additional for mats including the LincolnDouglas debate style. The team hopes to improve upon last year’s record; the first oppor tunity to test the team will come later this fall at one of the tour naments hosted through the Yale Debate Society. The founding fathers forged this g reat countr y on the strengths of their

ideas; they persuasively debated and argued about impor tant issues during the years preceding the American Revolution. Successful politicians, lawyers, and business people continue to exercise these impor tant skills today. Br unswick Debate strives to foster and develop these same impor tant abilities. It is the hope of the captains as well as the team this year that not only will Br unswick do well at the tour naments in which we par ticipate, but also our public speaking skills and ability to develop persuasive arguments will improve.

Fall Crew for Freshmen: A First for Brunswick By Peter Ciporin‘15 Staff Writer

Usually thought of as a spring spor t, Crew is also offered by Br unswick in the fall. In the past, only upperclassmen have been eligible to join the fall team, but this year Coaches Falco, Mar tin, and Moors have extended the privilege to freshmen. There are eight freshmen rowers on the fall team this year : Salvy Cavicchio, Clay Berger, Tom Dunleavy, Christian Fuscone, Sam May, David Ruf, Chris Wor tman, and me. There is also one freshman coxswain, Addy Albano, giving us the perfect number for our own “eight” boat. Coach Ed Williams g raduated from Br unswick in 2009 and is the brother of Crew CoCaptain Jack Williams. In the first few days, we lear ned the basic elements of the stroke on the indoor rowing machines called “ergs” and did stamina-building r uns along the Mianus River. After lear ning some fundamentals of rowing on the water such as keeping the boat set and feathering one’s blade, Coach Williams decided we were ready to put

our newfound knowledge to the test. We went to the river. All I can say is, Crew is tough, period. I’ve rowed before, mostly at the Greenwich Water Club, but Br unswick’s Rowing prog ram takes competition to a whole other level. The spor t demands not only physical effor t but intense mental focus as well. One wrong motion, one slip up, can alter the entire boat’s course. Keeping the boat stable is a major challenge as well. If the boat tips even a little bit in one direction, it becomes harder for all of the rowers to deliver a g ood and efficient stroke. Even with only six men rowing, it is difficult for the other two rowers in charge of setting the boat to keep it from tipping slightly. When all eight are rowing, the task becomes even more difficult. Our freshmen crew team definitely needs some work before we are ready to begin racing, but by the time of our first race on October 16 at the Head of the Connecticut Reg atta in Middleton, CT, we will be ready. We will only be racing in 2-3 reg attas this season,

but that will provide plenty of experience to help us all g row as athletes and prepare us for the spring season. Despite the challenges of rowing, I think I speak for my entire boat when I say that being out on the wa-

ter is so much fun that it overshadows the difficulty of the physical and mental effor t. After classes each day, I sprint to the bus, ready for another g reat after noon on the water.

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Fantasy Football By Peter Khoury ‘13 Staff Writer Over the past few years, one phenomenon seems to have taken over the lives of Americans. This phenomenon is fantasy football. Becoming something of an obsession to many recently, fantasy football has given football fans anew way to enjoy the sport they love. Essentially, fantasy football is an online game available on,,, and many other sites throughout the web. Around the time that summer comes to an end (late August/early September depending on the manager of the league), the league will have a live draft

in which participants pick their players. Once that is done and the actual NFL season gets underway, league members set their starting rosters strategically by choosing quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, kickers, tight ends, and defenses. Depending on how well players perform, fantasy teams are rewarded with points that help to beat the opposing fantasy team being faced that week. For added strategy, during the course of the regular season, participants can offer trades to other people in their league in order to make their teams better. The unique thing about fantasy football is that it enhances one’s experience when watching

Water Polo MidSeason Update

By Holden Fett ‘13 Staff Writer

The Brunswick Water Polo team is off to a solid start, keeping pace with New England Powerhouses such as Deerfield and Exeter. We are 3-5 after tough loses to Deerfield, Exeter, and Hotchkiss. The three games we have won have all been very satisfying, keeping the team’s confidence up. Captains Sperry Edwards’12 and David Fitzpatrick’12 have both done an excellent job leading us into big games with large doses of confidence. Although we lost our two biggest scorers in Ben Prout’11 and Nick Ruppel’11, players such a Julian Ronda’15, Pat Stefanou’16, Matt

a “real” football game on Sunday while struggling to get through some last minute homework. Watching one’s own players live can be either exciting or sometimes demoralizing; to see them have a three-touchdown day is incredible, but if they throw 4 interceptions it can ruin a weekend . At the same time, however, there is a definite negative side to fantasy football. Having your best players play against your favorite team on Sunday puts you in a terrible position. You may want to root for your favorite team, but you still want your fantasy player to play well. An internal crisis tends to happen around the time your favorite team loses just because a fantasy football

New Squash Court

By Parker Odrich ‘13 Marvin’15, Connor Kupersmith’13, and Staff Writer Holden Fett’13 have come through in the clutch, helping lead the team to victory Over the summer, a new symbol of on multiple occasions. Academic All- Brunswick Squash emerged: Wick’s American Goalie Sander Profaci’13 has own exhibition court. The court is lived up to his title with excellent saves complete with newly installed high-rise when they matter the most. The second bleachers and a Varsity locker room. half of our season will prove to be very The court replaces the old Cosby interesting, with more league games Weight room adjacent to Brunswick’s and matches against teams like Staples other squash courts. Built by Gordon and Horace Mann for the second time. Anderson, one of the premiere squash For our schedule and game summaries court designers/builders in North you can visit our website, waterpolo. America, the new court is a terrific; CoachTillman addition to the Stephens Squash Center. does a great job of regularly updating Some unique features of the the game summaries and photos. court include yellow boundary lines with brown-painted maple wood,

Connor Kupersmith ‘13 has been a force on Brunswick’s Water Polo team. Photo Matthew Savitt 2010

player is having an incredible day. Fantasy football is undoubtedly something that is best enjoyed when done with friends. It will make the experience better if a league contains friends, sincethis serves to make the experience more competitive and exciting. It may consume hours of time on Sundays during the fall and early winter, but it is worth it because of the fun derived from this game of strategy, and intense rivalries. Just be sure not to forget about the actual football game. Before you loved fantasy football, you loved football. Appreciate the game first, the fantasy second.

displaying Brunswick colors. Because of the dark wooden floors, players must use a white squash ball, a ball reserved for only dark-tinted glass courts or courts with dark floors like Brunswick’s. The new stadium seating also creates much additional viewing space to watch matches. The stadium court will house play for the #1 and #4 players to compete in interscholastic matches. The entire Brunswick Squash community is very grateful for this new addition to the Stephens Squash Center. Undoubtedly, this court will serve as a very visible centerpiece for Brunswick’s continued commitment to and excellence in squash.

Brunswick’s new squash court is predominantly brown. Games will be played with a special white ball. Photo Matthew Savitt 2011

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Brunswick Waterside Connection

By William Ponce ‘13 Staff Writer

Br unswick Waterside Connection is a new Community Ser vice club founded by Jack Weinberg ‘13. The club’s purpose is to raise funds to help suppor t the Waterside School in Stamford, Connecticut. The Waterside School is a coeducational K-5 independent school for children of academic promise who may lack the income to attend a private school. It was founded in 2001 to provide high quality private education to children who could not otherwise afford such an education. This year, the school celebrated the opening of its brand new facility on Pacific Street. This is a huge step for the school, which, before this year, had been renting space about ten minutes away at Bar r y Place in Stamford. For mer Br unswick School Headmaster Duncan Edwards has been the executive of Waterside since its founding, 10 years ag o. The school provides a rig orous academic prog ram; according to its mission statement, its

g oal is to “empower its students with the knowledge, skills and vir tues required to enable them to excel as students, to g ain access to superior academic oppor tunities, and to g o forward to become the leaders of tomor row.” Jack Weinberg has been volunteering at the Waterside School for some time, and his involvement with the school inspired him to tr y to spread awareness of the school at Br unswick and to help provide additional financial suppor t for the school. The club is tr ying to be creative in its approach to fundraising. The first planned event is to be a raff le, set to take place in the upcoming weeks. Students will have the oppor tunity to purchase a five-dollar raff le ticket for a chance at winning a yet-to-be announced prize. Other possible club activities may include a holiday gift drive as well as visits to the school itself. Please consider joining this club for a tr uly g ood cause. If you are interested in more infor mation out about the club, feel free to contact William Ponce ‘13 or Jack Weinberg ‘13.

Brunswick World Vision Club By Kyle Chen ‘14 Staff Writer

This year marks the World Vision Club’s fourth at Brunswick. The club was first founded by my older brother, Ryan Chen, during his sophomore year. Since then, it’s skyrocketed. Ian Coupe and I now jointly lead the club. Other current members are Vice President Vikram Bodas, Secretary Spencer Simmons, and Treasurer Chris Keller. We are always looking for new members, especially freshmen. The club works through the non-profit organization World Vision to sponsor children with AIDS living in Africa and parts of Asia. Sponsorship consists of

providing kids in need with food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care. In the coming weeks, World Vision Club will be selling wristbands for $5 each. All the fundraising proceeds will go towards helping these children live a life marked by the relative safety and comfort we at times take for granted here at Wick. If we sell all 220 wristbands, we will be able to sponsor four different children, each for an entire year. If you have any interest in joining the club or helping out with the wristband sale, please email Ian Coupe or me as soon as possible. The club meets on most Mondays in the dining hall during flex.

Brunswick Breast Cancer Alliance Jr. BCA. We’ll be contributing time

By Logan Vorwerk‘13 Staff Writer

Juniors James Skinner, John Mayberry, and Jake Fields started the Junior Breast Cancer Alliance Club this year to raise awareness of a disease that has been too often overlooked in the Brunswick School Community in the past. The Junior BCA is a part of the larger Breast Cancer Alliance organization located in Greenwich. As such, the club will work with already established Junior BCA chapters at Greenwich High School and Greenwich Academy. According to Club President James Skinner, “this year is the first, in recent years, where Brunswick is having a more active role in the

to the Breast Cancer Alliance events such as the fashion show at Richards and the breast cancer walk down Greenwich Avenue. We will also be holding our own events in collaboration with Greenwich Academy.” As in the past, the fashion show and the walk down Greenwich Avenue as well as an annual Pink and White dance sponsored by the BCA have all worked to raise both awareness and funds to find a cure for Breast Cancer. The Jr. BCA will strive to act in accordance with the BCA’s overall mission: “To fund innovative breast cancer research and to promote breast health through education and outreach.” Skinner notes that another major goal of the Jr. BCA at Brunswick is “to raise breast cancer awareness among high school students and to engage students in activities that benefit the BCA.” The Jr. BCA will offer Brunswick students the opportunity to raise money and contribute their time to help out with the many local events sponsored by the BCA. Certainly the Jr. BCA offers everyone in our community the chance to make a big difference by volunteering, at the least, their time and energy. Great things are expected from this new club in the near future.

Brunswick H.O.P.E. Zimbabwe Club By Holden Fett ‘13 Staff Writer

The H.O.P.E. (Help Overcome Poverty [Through] Empowerment) Zimbabwe club is devoted to assisting economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs both by providing capital and by helping improve the business skills required to achieve sustainable economic independence. The club gives small businesses in Zimbabwe the opportunity to grow and helps the family owners to live a better life than they would have been able to without the help of the club. Brunswick H.O.P.E. Zimbabwe supports 10 small businesses in Zimbabwe,

from fruit sellers to screen printers. We are partnered with a local church group in Zimbabwe called “Hope Alive Zimbabwe” that helps to identify and interview potential candidates seeking the club’s help. We have many charity events planned for this year, including a dodge ball tournament, a yard sale, and hosting the first Brunswick/ GA Arch Street dance of the year on November 12th. If you are interested in joining, email Ali Coopersmith ’13 ( or me, Holden Fett (

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Released Thursday, October 13