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Volume LXXXV, No. 2

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Freshman Week 2012

Seniors welcome the Class of 2016 through a fun-filled week of bonding.

By: Emily Sokolowski ’16 WOW! Nazareth Academy has amazing spirit in supporting our freshman class! On Monday, September 17, 2012, the freshman class learned from our big sisters how to be a crazy, extreme, and passionate Nazareth girl! We not only got the opportunity to walk around with crazy hairstyles, but we could also have messages written on our forehead without getting peculiar looks in the hallway until we got onto the bus to go home! The next day, Tuesday September 18th, was Animal Day. We were able to hop down the hallway like bunnies, oink like pigs, pass out bacon, and even make obnoxious zebra noises!

On Wednesday, September 19th, Pop Star Day, we had to dress up as a famous pop star and walk down the hallways rapping like Nicki Minaj, or singing “The Best of Both Worlds” as Hannah Montana and then revealing yourself as Miley at the end of the song! Pop Star Day was definitely a loud, dramatic scene at Nazareth! Then on Thursday, September 20th, we dressed up as Disney characters. It was the one time that you could walk down the hallway in a full Snow White ball gown and not be looked at strangely. It was great to be a princess! Then finally, we walked into school looking normal in our school uniforms and

blazers, ready for our initiation mass in the chapel on Friday, September 21st . Little did we know that the craziness was just beginning! After our Mass, we went to each class for a short time, then went back to our homeroom and were “greened up” for the assembly. When we walked into the gym, there was a big dance party waiting for us! The Student Council Leadership Team called all of the contestants for the Little Miss Freshman Contest onto the stage, and they all danced their heart out, rapped their heart out, and even poured their heart and soul out as Kim Kardashian! These courageous freshmen were not afraid to get up on

stage, and express their true personalities to the whole entire school! In the end, they were all deserving of the crown of Little Miss Freshman, but only one was chosen: the enthusiastic Mary Phinn! Congratulations to Mary Phinn, Little Miss Freshman for the 2012-2013 school year, and all of the contestants. After all of the festivities of freshman week were over, I realized the true meaning of Freshman Week and the true character of a Nazareth girl. Do not be afraid to express your true self, because whoever you are, and whatever you want to be, Nazareth girls are sisters. They love each other no matter what, warts and all!

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –E.E. Cummings By Caroline Silla ’14 The SAT. As a junior, I can honestly say that those three letters conjure within me deep, unrepressed feelings of anxiety and fear. What if there isn’t enough time? What if I fail and destroy my future? What if the kid next to me decides to tap their pencil on the desk the whole time!?!? These burning questions and more constantly race through my mind when the subject is brought up. Colleges and standardized tests seem to be the subject of choice when conversing with anyone over the age of 30. As a student who honestly hasn’t even begun to thinking seriously about college, such a topic tends to make my heart pound and my eyes water, and occasionally even causes uncontrollable twitching.

The Dreaded SAT Although I have yet to take the SATs or the ACTs, I know I can at least enter the room with confidence, due to my being prepped and prepared for this futuredetermining test. It really is odd to think about all those SAT prep books and math work sheets; the moment every teacher has been preparing you for has finally arrived. The pressure is officially on. While this test doesn’t directly correlate with your potential for success, it seems as though most adults think it does. I know my parents have already given me the “You Need to Begin Seriously Thinking About Your Future” talk. I’ve also gotten the “Do Well on the SATs and Your Life Will Be Majestic” talk. It seems like so much rides on this test. The general con-

The Polls Are In! According to the mock election that took place in homeroom on Friday, October 20th, here is how the vote would look if the girls of Nazareth could cast their ballots:

Obama: 45 % Romney: 50% Neither: 4 % Doctor Roche: 1% Turn to page 12 for more election coverage!

sensus on the SAT seems to be somewhat similar to the following: Good scores equal a good college which equals a good job which equals lots of money. This mindset puts tons of stress on students because it implies that if you don’t do well, then you won’t do well later in life either. I personally think that even if your superscore isn’t so super, you can still do amazing things with the rest of your life, you just have to work with what you’ve been given. All in all, I think that if you really put your all into it and try your best, you’ll get the score you want. As long as you’re willing to work for it, some truly amazing things can follow.

Seniors Take on College Apps Laura Hillsman ’13 Although school did not officially begin until August 28th, summer ended for many seniors at the beginning of August, when the Common Application officially opened for the class of 2013. The Common Application is a general application accepted by a variety of schools in order to streamline the application process. It is entirely online, and has a generally userfriendly setup. It is accepted by almost five hundred different institutions of higher education. The release of the Common App website was just the beginning though. To successfully apply for colleges, some students are generally required to submit their application, teacher recommendations, SAT or ACT scores and their transcript. Schools can require anywhere from zero to five essays, based on the particular institution. Considering that girls will apply to several schools, the first semester can be a very harrowing time for the seniors. However, it will all be worth it in January and February when the class of 2013 finally gets to decide on the next step they’ll be taking in their lives.


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10 Things To Do On Your Campus Visit It seems like yesterday that I entered Nazareth Academy as just a little freshman. Now as a senior, I have many added responsibilities, one being the dreaded word: college. But in all honesty, college isn’t truly that scary. In fact, college visits can be fun. College is the place for you to finally express yourself and to do what you want to do. This is why when you are searching for colleges (and this applies to everyone, not just seniors) you pay attention to certain criteria. So after about two years of college visits and what not, I have developed a list of ten things everyone should consider when choosing their “dream school”. 1.Take a campus tour Campus tours are a great place to start your campus visit. You’ll learn about the campus landmarks, history of the school and a little bit about the campus lifestyle. You’ll also meet other prospective students, so you can compare notes about that school and other colleges and universities that you’re visiting. 2. Sit in on a class Attending a class in your study area of interest lets you get a feel for class size, structure, and learning style. For a better idea of the school’s coursework and teaching philosophies, consider sitting in on two or three classes, and talk to professors after class. Many professors have different teaching styles and, in turn, students have different learning styles; see if this matches up for you. 3. Read a student newspaper College newspapers help you gauge the issues that students on campus care about and what social and academic events occur during the school year. You’ll find college newspapers in common areas such as cafeterias and building entry halls. This is one of the best ways to really see what the students think and get a heads up about what’s going on, and what’s soon to come. 4. Make a list of questions Create a list of questions for admissions officers, financial aid representatives, faculty and students, and bring it with you to each school. Thinking through your questions before you visit colleges and universities will make your college search easier. Even if you cannot talk to an admissions person during the information session, do not hesitate to pull one over after it has ended- they really won’t mind! 5. Talk to students Ask current students of the university about the student culture – are there Greek fraternities and sororities? If so, how much do they dominate the school’s social life? Are there clubs and activities you can join? How big a party school is it? Don’t be too swayed by what individual students like or dislike about the social scene; just get the facts and then determine what works best for you. This is the best way that I’ve found to get my “under the surface” questions answered; however, when doing this, try to talk to the sophomores or juniors if possible. This is only because during the time that most schools have open houses, the freshmen haven’t been there too long. 6. Live the student lifestyle If possible, stay overnight in the dorms, walk through the library and eat in the school cafeteria. This gives you a chance to act like a student for a day and see if you

A Second Glance at Little Miss Freshman, Second Place By: Victoria Szafara ’13 and Maddy Pontarelli ’16

By: Kierstan Thomas ’13

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like it. Many schools are now starting to offer this unique program, and I can honestly say it makes a difference. 7. Go to a game or campus party Attending a college game or party gives you additional firsthand insight into campus culture; try to get a feel of the spirit on campus. Strict parents? Get their okay before you head off to that party. 8. Check book prices at the bookstore Look at course offerings and textbook pricing. Be sure to check prices on books that may be required for your intended program so you know how much to budget for books if you attend that college. 9. Take a tour of the surrounding town Not all of your time in college will be spent in the classroom. Scope out the surrounding town to see what types of restaurants, clubs, stores and other establishments exist. If you’re a big city person like me, odds are you may not want to be stuck in some small town with only farmland to see. Check out the main attractions, and events that are local to that area. See if there is transportation available to surrounding cities such as New York, D.C., etc. 10. Talk to a financial advisor A financial advisor can help you find out about potential scholarships and grants you may be eligible for. For some, this can make or break their college choices. It is a known fact that college is very expensive, but do not cross off a college immediately due to price. Look at the scholarships, both in and outside the college, and look at the various financial opportunities.

Is Lindsay Driscoll a potential Nittany Lion?

Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for had arrived: the announcement of the five girls selected to participate in the 2009 “Little Miss Freshman” Contest. From my place on the bleachers, I quickly scanned the gymnasium. My heartbeat quickened as I took in the exceptionally large mass of people gathered before me. If they called my name, I knew that I would be forced up onto the stage and expected to dance like a madwoman as my friends, teachers, and faculty gave me their undivided attention. Secretly, I knew that wanted one of those five slots, but my rapidly increasing pulse and growing layer of sweat told me that perhaps it would be better for me to stay in my place. However, just as I reached this realization, I heard my name loud and clear. Victoria Szafara was now officially in the running to be the next “Little Miss Freshman.” My legs felt like Jello as I stood up on that platform, awaiting the arrival of my fellow competitors. When the music began to play for Round One, this Jello began to jiggle, and soon I found myself grooving my way into Round Two. I stumbled a bit on the rapping, but I was good enough to continue to the third and final Round – a dance-off between myself and the soon-to-be-crowned Little Miss Freshman, Bianca Tillery. I had a great time on that stage, and I am genuinely happy for Bianca, but believe me, when I say that second place is not the best feeling. This year’s contest was especially close, resulting in a victory for the fantastic Jesse Phinn. Naturally, however, I was interested in what this year’s runner-up had to say about her own experience. Maddy Pontarelli shares her thoughts and feelings of that memorable day: “Daring green faces, donning outrageous costumes, and running around the cafeteria, Nazareth Academy Freshman week was great! Monday was crazy hair and make-up. I took my seat on the bus with all the hairspray and clip-in red highlights I could find! Tuesday was animal day. I dressed as a bird with hundreds of white feathers and a matching mask and bedazzled beak. Wednesday, I arrived at school with an afro, hot pink zebra leggings, and cheetah vest, in my best attempt as the lead singer from LMFAO. It was a success, because the seniors voted me as the best

The Academy Opens Its Doors to Prospective Pandas By: Laurel Enaco ’16 It was quite the turn out at the Nazareth Academy annual Open House on Sunday, September 30th. Many students and teachers showed up to help out to make this Open House the best it could be. From 11 am to 2 pm there were students all over the school, giving tours, talking about classes and activities, and welcoming everyone who was there. Our students took the visitors to all different classes, making sure to cover the Mathematics, Theology, English, Social Studies, Science and World Languages Departments. The visitors also got to meet teachers and students who talk-

ed about specific subjects and their experiences at Nazareth. There were also many stands in the gym that gave information on various sports and clubs. Visitors were able to see other components of Nazareth such as our chapel, library, new weight room, and dining hall. At the end of the tour in the greenroom, the students acted out a scene from our upcoming school play “Footloose”. There was also a performance from the Pandemonium group and songs sung by our Chorus and Chorale members. All in all, it was a great day and I’m sure Nazareth impressed everyone who visited.

Maddy Pontarelli and Jessie Phinn, the top two contenders for Little Miss Freshman 2012 dressed Freshman Pop Star! Thursday was Disney day. Many Princesses graced the hallways; however I was the only Flounder swimming my way through in a blue unitard, fin headband, and large foam fish costume around my waist. Every day was better than the last and dressing up was so much fun. Friday was the day Little Miss Freshman would be crowned. The seniors selected six Freshmen to take the stage. We danced as a group and then solo, trying to impress our classmates for a chance at the title. After two eliminations, two Freshmen remained, Mary Phinn and myself!! In the final round Mary had to answer a question concerning World Hunger as if she was Snooki and I had to find a solution to World Peace as Kim Kardashian. Before the winner was announced, I thought in my mind, “It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, because I had the time of my life making everyone laugh,” and I knew that I would remember this day for the rest of my life. My classmate, Mary, won the crown. But I felt like a winner.” For all you girls of the Class of 2016, even if you weren’t up on that stage, you should be so proud of yourselves. You gave it your all every day with costumes, and I heard no seniors complaining about the delicious treats your provided at all the lunches. I hope you had as great as a time as we did, and I wish you the best of luck for the next four years here!


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N.A.-opoly! By: Sarah Prill ’13 and Jackie Braithwaite ’13

Nazareth’s annual Blue and Gold Auction this year was “NA-opoly” themed. Held at the Maltese room, Nazareth students volunteered and welcomed people into a room complete with monopoly décor. The floor was made into a huge monopoly board, and in the middle of the floor there was a treasure chest filled with wine for same. All of the wine bottles were bought by parents for their tables. Also, there was a “bank” set up in the back of the room, which was responsible for dealing with the financial needs of the night. Many of the items that were auctioned off were displayed in the middle of the dance floor. Some other items that were auctioned included a dress down day for a student and their friends, a vacation in Florida, and a Nazareth quilt embroidered with all Nazareth shirts. Another popular item was Sister Mary Joan’s coming to a student’s house and making dinner for their family, and Sister Mary Joan playing poker with a student’s family. During the silent auction, baskets lined the entire room, ranging from items such as free cafeteria lunch for a year, fine jewelry, a Catalano family portrait, to a popcorn machine and an electric towel

warmer. Jackie Braithwaite was interviewed about the success of the Blue and Gold auction. Although it was the first auction she attended, Jackie says that Nazareth’s Blue and Gold Auction seemed very successful. The decorations were incredible and there was great finger food! Jackie and fellow Student Council officer Maura Lavelle were “attacked” by parents hoping to get the best baskets during the silent auction. Jackie’s favorite item auctioned off was the Nazareth quilt and people kept bidding until it was finally sold at a high price! Many people contributed to help with the process of renovating Nazareth’s physics lab, which will hopefully occur next summer. New lighting will be installed, new tables will be put in, and more efficient safety equipment will be available for students to use!

On September 7th, Nazareth Academy hosted their first dance of the year in the gym. I feel that the best part of dances are picking out the best outfit, wearing the most comfortable and most fashionable shoes, and doing your hair and make-up with your girlfriends prior to the event. After all of the anticipation and hype, the dance was finally here, and we were ready to dance the night away in our sparkly black Converse! The theme of the dance was Blackout. Everyone had to wear dark clothing in order to get the full effect of the glow bracelets, and necklaces. This was a great way to get to know other people from various schools, including: Holy Ghost, Saint Joseph’s Prep, Father Judge, and Archbishop Wood. The DJ was great and it appeared that everyone had a great time reconnecting with old friends from grade school and even meeting new friends. The countdown is on for the next dance at Nazareth!

Due to the creativity of this year’s theme and the popular items, this year’s Blue and Gold Auction was a success! Every table was packed and parents enjoyed wine as they chatted, laughed, and enjoyed their decorative monopoly boards.

By: Nicole Hofmann ’15 stage crew all mesh seamlessly to create an excellent production. Another great aspect of Footloose is the music. A lot of people are familiar with the songs in the show. The music is very upbeat and entertaining. They are the types of songs that make you want to sing along. The pit band will provide the impressive music to accompany the show. Footloose is a story of love and teenage rebellion. The tale is timeless. It is a story that captures your attention and emotions. With the hard work of the cast, Miss Monari, Miss Kelly Orenshaw, Mrs. Greco, Mrs. Monari, Mr. Hall, and Ms. Chmelko, the production is sure to transport the audience from their seats in the auditorium, right down to Beaumont. The main cast includes: Jackie Braithwaite and Paige Gianfortune as Ariel, Acacia Raffle and Devin Barnaby as Rusty, Lizzy Hellings as Wendy Jo, Emily Gaggiano and Julia Marcel as Urleen, Courtney King as Ethel, Stephanie Spinosa as Vi, Nicole Giambardello as Lulu, Rachel Umile as Eleanor, Teresa Mauro as Principal, Kaylee Neff as Betty Blast, and Molly Crooks and Regina Duesler as Irene. Come out to support these girls as they cut footloose!

La Boheme

BLACKOUT! By: Emily Sokolowski ’16

Looking Forward to Footloose This fall Nazareth Academy presents Footloose. The preview show is Thursday, November 1st at 7 pm. Performances will continue the rest of the weekend, starting on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm and 7 pm. This school year brings some changes. Miss Natalie Monari will be directing the musical this year, and Mrs. Greco will be producing it. In Footloose, Ren McCormack is uprooted from his home in Chicago and moves to Beaumont. The small town of Beaumont is very different from the large urban city of Chicago. In this town, the laws are very strict, and considered reflective of the town’s morals. One such law includes a ban on dancing The entire town lives by the spiritual guidance of Reverend Shaw. Shaw’s daughter, Ariel, seems to have her heart set on Ren and together they work to organize a dance for Beaumont’s teens. This year’s show is tightly woven together. It thoroughly combines theatrical, vocal, and dance aspects. Many members of the cast work together to make each scene as exciting as possible. The lead cast, the chorus, dancers, musicians, and

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By: Emily McFadden ’14

Nazareth and Holy Ghost’s music departments were invited to attend an opera at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on September 26, 2012. The opera, La Boheme, was beautifully performed in its original Italian language with the English translation projected on screens above. The opera told the story of Mimi and Rodolfo, two very poor artists living in Paris in the 1800s. They fall in love on first sight, but Mimi is very sick with tuberculosis and Rodolfo is unable to pay for her treatment, causing a strain on their relationship that is only overcome by their love for each other. This plotline was actually the basis for the popular modern musical, Rent. I won’t spoil it any further, but I highly recommend seeing it! My favorite aspect of the performance was that while the performers were singing and acting, famous impressionist paintings were projected onto the sets behind them. Very famous works such as Starry Night by Van Gogh were used to set the mood for the scenes in which they were used. The result was stunning and unique. Clearly, much thought was put into making this show enjoyable and memorable, and the efforts were successful. I hope this tradition continues next year, and I hope to see many more girls go with us! There are always extra tickets. It was a lot of fun to dress up and go into the city with friends to see an opera, which had a lot of unexpected funny moments. If you’re interested, make sure to let someone in the music department know!

Above: Students fill the gym at the first mixer of the year. Right: Seniors Emily Chow, Laura Lin, and Emily Prill enjoy a night out at the opera.

Making Math Matter: Mathletes Style By: Elena Silla ’13 Where can you meet boys, meet other (semi) cute boys, and eat massive amounts of home-made cupcakes? You may be thinking “a lot of places,” but if you struggled with that last question, I have your answer. You can do all these things and get to show off your mathematic expertise at the monthly Varsity Mathletes competition! On October 1st, about 12 juniors and seniors attended the first Mathletic competition of the year held at our very own Nazareth Academy. Armed with pencils, scrap paper, and 12 years of numeric knowledge, we were ready to face all who dare challenge us. Still, there was a mass cramming session just before these competitors made their way down into the cafeteria. We all put our heads together and attempted to jam any piece of information about geometry we could into our heads. Finally, the time came to begin. Contrary to popular belief, Mathlete competitions

are not like the one depicted in Mean Girls. Instead, they consist of solving problems on sheets of paper first individually and then as a team; these answers are then graded, and the team with the most correct wins. Though Nazareth did not win the competition, we definitely had the most fun (and took advantage of the most free food at the end)! Any junior or senior that has or is taking Honors Trig/Pre Calc or Calculus is welcome to join Varsity Matheletes. The meets are the first of every month, with the themes of the problems changing on a monthly basis (one month might be exponents, another might be algebraic sequences). How much fun can you have at one of these competitions? The limit does not exist!


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Thoughts on Kairos XL From the perspective of a retreat goer: By: Elena Silla ’13

I’ve been here for three plus years, and I can honestly say that there is nothing that I know less about at Nazareth than the senior Kairos retreat. It is certainly one of Nazareth’s best kept secrets. Even though a lot of my friends went as juniors in order to prepare to lead my retreat and the ones that follow, they have not shared anything other than how wonderful and fun the retreat is (and how much you eat on it). Even though I know almost nothing about Kairos, I am still really excited to be a part of something so integral to Nazareth. I am going on the first Kairos of the school year, KXL, and I know that the five leaders have worked hard to make our retreat amazing. It seems that Kairos is one of the fondest memories of Nazareth alumnae, and I hope that it will be one of mine too.

From the perspective of a senior leader: By: Molly Scullion ’13 KXL- ARE YOU READY TO LIVE IT!? I am beyond excited for retreat in November. I am blessed to be going with such fantastic leaders: Angie Crespo, Maura Lavelle: TS, Kylie Newman and Victoria Szafara. We also have a great bunch of retreatants coming along with us including the Junior Leaders: Katherine Cancelleire, Alex Edger, and Ana Geonnotti. We have a lot of big plans in store. The five of us along with our adult leaders are working to make it the best Kairos XL it can be. Ever since I first came to Nazareth as a freshman, I had been curious about this “Kairos” thing. I did not understand why girls came back so happy and I had no clue what “Live the Fourth” meant. I already could not wait to experience this retreat. When the opportunity came at the end of sophomore year to apply to be a Junior Leader, I jumped on it. I was lucky enough to be picked, and I could not wait to go the following October. KXXXVII came, and I was so nervous. I was one of three juniors with thirty four seniors; you could say I was a wee bit intimidated. That all flew out the window, however, upon arrival at the Jesus House. The seniors made me feel really welcome. In four days, those seniors became my sisters. Kairos was one of, if not the greatest experiences of my life. I am thrilled I get to do it all again as a Senior Leader. I really, really looking forward to KXL. It is going to be a great retreat. Finally, to anyone attending Kairos this November, this year, or anytime in the future, the advice I will give you is be open and “Let go and let God.” Kairos is something special Nazareth has to offer, be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

By: Sarah Prill ’13

Sophomores Reflect on Retreat By: Suzanne Cassidy ’15 On Thursday, October 4th, our Sophomore class spent their day on a religious retreat with Sister Michelle. The day began in the gym, where we received the retreat journals we would carry with us for the duration of the day. On the front page of the journals, the letters "G O D I S N O W H E R E (Now Read it Again)" were shown, written on a highway sign. Depending on how the sign was read, one could have seen two possible statements: either "God is now here" or "God is nowhere.” Sister Michelle explained to us that the sign was to show that our faith in God sometimes wavers. We believe that God is "now here" when positive things happen, but as soon as things take a turn for the worse, God is suddenly "nowhere.” The retreat journals soon became our companions as we carried them with us to the various activities that we participated in. One my favorite activities during the day included being divided into different groups and told to walk around the Nazareth campus. Our goal of the walk was to use cell phones (or cameras) to take 25 pictures of where we found evidence of God throughout our surroundings. It was like a big scavenger hunt amongst all of the groups, as we returned back to the gym laughing and comparing our multitude of pictures. As we found our ways back to the gym, Sister Michelle began talking about the stress present in our daily lives. She took volunteers and asked them to each hold an empty pitcher, a pitcher filled with water, and a bowl full of mini sponges. Each student put a sponge in the empty pitcher while they said aloud one stress in their life. Then Sister poured in the water, symbolizing God's love, over all of the sponges. The water was absorbed into them. The significance? It showed that when we embrace God's love for us, it becomes part of our whole life. After this demonstration, we wrote things on felt leaves that we wanted to "leave" behind for

Tips On How (Not) to Pass Your Driver’s Test

Although it might seem impossible, I have succeeded in failing my driver’s test not once, but three times. I wish I could say that failing was all part of a master plan to set a world record, but unfortunately, I cannot say that it was intentional. It has gotten to the embarrassing point that the driver examiner recognizes my face among probably hundreds of other teenagers taking their tests. Although encouraged by my friends and co-workers not to take the test again at the Neshaminy (Bensalem) Penndot Center, I need to prove to myself and the examiners there that I am capable of hitting the roads… at least I hope I am after almost two-hundred hours of “behind the wheel” practice. After three failed attempts, I have to laugh at myself for doing the impossible and performing the worst! For those of you who are taking your test soon: have no fear and do not be discouraged! Here are a few tips not to follow as you prepare for your big day. 1. Fight with Your Examiner: The first time I took my test, I made the mistake of not moving my mirrors before I parallel parked. After I attempted to park, the examiner told me to move in my mirrors.

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From my perspective (after all, I am only 5-2, so what I see in the mirrors will be quite different from what the examiner expects to see), I was most definitely in the lines; however, the examiner thought differently. Unfortunately, he did not want to argue about our different perspectives and failed me. I wasn’t especially rude, but I don’t think that the examiner was used to being challenged.

3. Shut the Keys in the Door: I don’t remember which time it was that I locked the car keys in the car after my test. I was so upset about failing and was distracted by what the examiner was telling me, that I totally forgot about the keys. Thank goodness the window was opened a sliver, so I could reach my hand through. The worst part was that the examiner saw every bit of the maneuver.

2. Roll over a Cone When Parallel Parking: My last test was the most discouraging, but also the funniest. Unlike my second attempt, I did not make it to the actual road test. When backing up into the parallel parking space, I heard the devastating crunching sound of the back cone crushed underneath my tire. I remember looking up at the examiner and I just started laughing, which he did not appreciate. My car has an unfortunate routine of locking the doors, even when it is not in drive. So when the examiner had to get out of the car to pick up the swished cones, he couldn’t get out of the car until I let him out. I had the pleasure of watching him struggle, fumbling with the handle.

Do not let my bad misfortune discourage you! The best advice I could possibly give anyone taking her test soon is to just keep their calm and do not get stressed about your examiner. Ignore whatever rumor you have heard about each examiner’s style and passing record and just take the test to the best of your ability. Even though it is extremely frustrating every day riding the yellow cheese bus when I see all my friends drive, I know that looking back in a couple of years, I will laugh at how ridiculous the entire process was. The best part of not getting my license is knowing that so many people are supporting me and knowing the best way to overcome the disappointment is to schedule the next test possible.

the Fall and for the new year. We offered up our sponges and leaves when we attended mass in the Chapel. After mass, we took a step back with a group lunch together in the cafeteria. When we returned back to the gym, we continued our retreat by making Fall leaves bracelets. Each student received a pack of beads, miniature metal leaves, and a piece of string to make the bracelets. While some students made bracelets, others wrote cards and made healthy goodie bags for people in need. Positive messages were written on the cards, and treats like granola bars and fruit snacks were placed in the bags. Sister Michelle then passed out little boxes that we decorated with foam leaves, and named it "The Box of Thanks.” We received glitter leaves on each table (that we were sitting at,) and wrote things that we were thankful for on them. Then we placed the decorated leaves in our boxes. We ended the day with a display of our Panda Pride, when a student's solo of Taylor Swift's "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together", turned into a Nazareth karaoke session and dance party. Sister allowed us to play a few additional songs on the projector, with a finale of a Nazareth tradition: "White Houses" by Vanessa Carlton. We resumed back into our seats and watched a sideshow of all the pictures taken by the groups during the walk, followed by an early dismissal from school. The effect of the retreat was present throughout all of the students, even after the day was complete. It gave us students a stronger sense of unity and pride in attending Nazareth. There was also a spiritual enlightenment present throughout the class. The retreat allowed us to really communicate with God throughout the day, and strengthen our relationship with Him. Overall, this was a unique experience for each of us, and a memory that the Sophomore class will always treasure.

Magazine Drive By: Christina Acuna ’14 The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the Magazine Drive is the pig race. It is one of my favorite things at Nazareth. For those who don’t know what the pig race is, you have to dress up your pig, parade it around the gym, and then race them. A theme that people have already done in the past few years is “Lindsay Loham,” which was put in a jail uniform. Another good theme was “Kim Kardashiham.” The best part was that the girl parading with it had padding on her butt! There was “Uncle Spam” and, my favorite, “The Great Hambino.” It is a lot of fun and it is great to see what other people have come up with. Another fun thing during the magazine drive is the limo lunch. Not a lot of people go on it, but hopefully that will change in the upcoming years. It is fun, and who doesn’t want to miss school and get free lunch? Also, the free prizes and cash are good too. The magazine drive is a fun experience and it will always be a nice memory, even when I leave Nazareth.


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Fall Recipes

By: Emily McFadden ’14

Fall has arrived, bringing pumpkin-flavored everything and warm drinks for cold nights. Obviously, the most important part of any season is its corresponding foods, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite fall-inspired recipes for you to try! Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip This is something my mom makes for every gathering from September to November that everyone loves. It’s seriously one of the easiest recipes ever, but it’s delicious with Sweetzel’s Spiced Wafers (the only acceptable form of ginger snaps out there). Ingredients: 8 oz of cream cheese, softened 1 jar (7 oz) of marshmallow fluff ½ cup of canned pumpkin (pie filling) ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon ¼ tsp of nutmeg Directions: 1. Mix all of the ingredients. 2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 3. Serve with ginger snap cookies. If you want something more savory, one of my favorite recipes is one called “the Bubbling Cauldron” that my aunt makes for our annual pumpkin party. I could sit there for hours and eat it. Warning: it’s pretty spicy! Ingredients: 1 (16 ounce) package cheese with jalapeño peppers - (or 16 oz package velveeta cheese plus 1/4 cup diced jalapeño peppers from jar) 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, well drained 1 cup medium or hot salsa 2 (18 ounce) loaves round marble rye bread, unsliced Pretzel rods Cocktail rye or pumpernickel bread Directions: 1. Melt cheese in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in beans and salsa. Carefully cut center out of bread, leaving 1 1/2inch shell. Cut bread center into pieces for dipping. 2. Put aside one pretzel rod. Arrange remaining pretzel rods on serving plate to resemble campfire logs. 3. Place bread cauldron on pretzels; fill with cheese dip, allowing some to spill over top of bread cauldron. Arrange bread pieces and cocktail bread around cauldron. Place reserved pretzel rod in cheese dip. Serve immediately. For something to drink along with these treats, you can never go wrong with hot chocolate when it’s getting chilly. You can even change it up a little bit by adding other flavors: Stir the hot chocolate with a candy cane for a minty taste, include a little peanut butter for a peanut butter cup-like concoction, or even mix the hot chocolate with your favorite coffee creamer- my favorite is French vanilla! You can even get frozen hot chocolate now, for those of you who don’t want to burn your tongue. Fall is a season full of delicious flavors, and I hope that some of you try these recipes and enjoy them!

How Old is too Old to Trick-or-Treat?

By: Patrice Gantert ’16

Halloween Traditions By: Laurel Enaco ’16

Breaking out the navy blue sweaters and North Face coats, any Nazareth Academy student or faculty member can feel the approaching change of seasons. Crisp air is starting to enter the hallways and leaves are beginning to noticeably clutter the driveways. Fall, the forgotten season, is fast approaching, making Halloween an anticipated topic. From hayrides to haunted houses, trick or treating seems to be taking its place in the archive of old holiday traditions. We all have the embarrassing pictures of ourselves covered in chocolate, but is that the image we want to portray as teenagers? Throughout the years, teens tend to want to depict a certain image of themselves as cool or “normal” leading them astray from things that they would enjoy doing. Things like trick or treating seem childish but maybe that’s what we need a little more of in our lives; a break from “normal” to bring back the childhood memories of candy, carving pumpkins, and having fun without limitations. So go ahead seniors and dress up as something you want to be for Halloween, and freshmen don’t be concerned with what opinions other have about your holiday traditions. When the spirit of fun dies out from Halloween you can stop trick or treating but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the holiday just as much fun for others! You be the judge.

Halloween Costume Ideas By: Sarah Tobin ’15 With Halloween right around the corner it istime to find the perfect Halloween costume, but what to wear? I predict that this year on Halloween night we will all be seeing a lot of the typical witches, devils, and kitty cats, but what about something new? Everyone can go to the store and pick out a costume or order one online, but here are some of ideas that you can do yourself. 1) Katniss from the Hunger Games! Designing a Katniss costume for yourself is easy. Pick out your favorite black t-shirt, layered with a neutral jacket that you or your sister have hanging around, comfy jeans or black leggings, and a pair of boots. If you don’t have a good pair of boots, your (lovely) Nazareth combat boots could easily do the trick. Maybe even steal your little brother’s old bow and arrow or make one of your own. Don’t forget to add a couple of makeup smudges on your face to look like dirt and braid your hair in the classic Katniss single braid down your back! 2) Find a friend and go as each other! Everyone has their favorite sweater or sweatshirt and pair of shoes that just seems to really suit them. Let your friend wear your favorite sweatshirt and you wear hers - dress like one another! To add the perfect finishing touch, print out stickers that say: “Hello my name is…” and pin them on one another. 3) Delia’s fall catalogue just came out and they are selling some new graphic t-shirts this fall. A Spiderman, Batman, Harry Potter, or Mickey Mouse tee plus a few other accessories from the party store could be transformed into the perfect Halloween costume. Pick out your favorite superhero t-shirt, add a mask from your dollar store or party store, and you have your costume. Delia’s also has a t-shirt just like the one Charlie Brown wears and a Hogwarts tee. There is also a shirt that has Mickey Mouse’s body on it so you can wear Mickey ears to be everyone’s favorite mouse for Halloween. 4) We all have that old formal dress just sitting in the back of our closet. Pick out your favorite formal dress and add wings and a wand to be a fairy, or a tiara and high heels to be a princess for the night. This is the perfect way to be able to wear that amazing dress one more time and get all dressed up! With these costume ideas you are sure to have the best Halloween costume of all your friends. Everyone will be jealous!

Naz Gets Crafty By: Natalie Corbett ’14 Maybe this is my inner grandma coming out, but I love craft fairs, Nazareth’s being no exception. Not only is it prime time to meet your service-hour quota, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to discover delicious foods and dips, stumble upon quirky crafts, and, if you’re lucky, get some Christmas shopping out of the way. According to my mom, the Nazareth craft show was the craft show to go to back in the day – what exact time period she means by that, I’m not entirely sure. She doesn’t tell me details. Anyway…. My personal favorite vendor is a tie between a woman who sells watercolors of famous movies, people, and sports

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teams – from Harry Potter to Kurt Cobain to Johnny Depp to the Flyers (I’ve purchased no less than five of them) and whoever had the million-and-a-half dip flavors. I also give a solid ten to the vendor who sold the chocolate lollipops in every shape imaginable – I kid you not, she had Disney princesses. And better yet: dinosaurs. (However, I found the fact that chocolatecovered bacon was being sold questionable. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s proof that two positives can equal a negative. But I digress.) So, ladies. Don’t knock your art fairs. Go. Attend. Get those service hours, try that dip; eat that chocolate covered bacon. (And let me know how it tastes.)

Trick or Treat! Sound familiar? With Halloween just around the corner everyone is getting their costumes and their scariest faces ready. The traditions aren’t the same in all countries; they are actually quite different. In Ireland, where Halloween was considered to be started, they eat a traditional cake called a barnbrack. A treat is wrapped inside the cake and whatever you find in the cake will determine your future. In Austria, some people will leave bread, water, and a light on a table before going to sleep on Halloween night. It was once believed that these things would welcome the dead souls back to earth on a night that Austrians considered to be magical. In France they like to have big parties and dress up as things that are more scary than cute. In the good old United States of America, we of course have trick or treating and people of all ages dress up as anything from scary monsters to pretty fairies. We also have a lot of carved jack o’ lanterns and houses decorated for the Halloween season. Another tradition that is popular in the U.S. is going to haunted hay rides or haunted houses. These always make Halloween a little more fun and make it a little scarier. Halloween is a fun time and it is celebrated differently everywhere, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from going out and enjoying it.

Let’s Talk Turkey! By: Sarah Marie Aitken ’14 When the word “Thanksgiving” is mentioned, it often calls to mind a wide variety of images. Some people instantly envision a picturesque scene in which quaintly dressed pilgrims and Indians sit down to feast on turkey and seasonal vegetables sprawling forth from a cornucopia. Many people are brought back to memories of Thanksgivings passed, remembrances of unique occurrences and yearly traditions. Often times, many families will come together in their own homes or those of their relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday. Customarily, Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing among other delicious items. While gathering to eat every year is something that many will remember the rest of their lives, some of the most memorable moments are formed when deviations from normal tradition occur, like the year their mom mistakenly bought a whole chicken instead of a turkey, or when their uncle replaced their sister’s second helping of mashed potatoes with mashed turnips to see how she would react. Not that this has ever happened to me… But whatever it is that makes your family’s Thanksgiving unique, embrace it as one of the many things we have to be grateful for.


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Piecing Together the Puzzle: Autism Walk 2012 By: Erin McGrody ’13

Cruisin’ for a Cause

By: Victoria Szafara ’13

It was about 4:30 p.m., and the space affectionately referred to as “the circle” was quickly filling with Naz girls, dressed to kill. Decked out in tasteful black dresses and skirts, ballet flats, and perfect hair and makeup, their fierce attire was well suited to the serious task at hand. These ladies were preparing to make their way down to Penn’s Landing to volunteer at the Fall Gala for the benefit of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Comfort House. This organization, founded in 1994, provides shelters for homeless veterans in the area, as well as support for vets undergoing serious medical treatment. This year, the group chose to hold their annual fall fundraiser aboard the Cruiser Olympia. Ever the well-informative Nazareth women, we were sure to read up on all the rich history that accompanied this national landmark. Many of us would be stationed at various areas of the ship, explaining the workings and significance of the items around us. I, myself, was placed in the Captain’s Quarters with fellow se-

nior, Madison Buckley. And I’m proud to say that I know this room could be differentiated from the Admiral’s quarters by a difference of exactly twelve inches in length. I also learned that The Olympia itself is the only remaining ship from the Spanish-American War, an emblem of America’s growing military dominance at the time. The guests present at the event, be they veterans themselves or sponsors, seemed very impressed by our knowledgeable answers and upbeat attitudes. The temperature that night dropped significantly, but all on the ship were warmed by the thought that they were making a real difference. The night was an overwhelming success, as many men and women were presented awards for their service. A good amount of money was raised for this worthy cause, to benefit our forgotten heroes. Special recognition is deserved to Junior Samantha Zinnen, for her time and dedication in organizing this event. As the daughter of an Air Force Veteran, it was a truly rewarding experience for me, a memory I’m sure I’ll not forget for years to come.

Every single person on this earth is conflicted with a conflict of some sort. Some of us struggle with body weight, grades, school, and social situations. The rest of the population is tormented by their inner thoughts running a mile a minute and not being able to make any sense of this confusion. Although that statement may seem rather extreme, when one looks at the statistics it makes perfect sense. The characteristics described in that sentence describe an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You may be thinking that autism does not affect that many people, only a select few individuals. I wish I could agree, but unfortunately autism affects every one in eighty-eight children and the rates are increasing every year. However, there is hope at the end of the tunnel. The end does not have to be a dismal depressed state because resources are available. Autism Speaks is the leading advocacy group for autism and hosts walks year round to raise awareness and research for those affected by this disability. Earlier this

year, Nazareth was fortunate to be able to participate in the 2012 Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The event was held at Citizens Bank Park and a huge community of love and support turned out to finally find a cure for this crippling disorder. Fortunately, for those of us who do not possess stellar athletic ability the walk was only a mile long, so I was able to cross the finish line without passing out (THANK GOD!). However, for me this walk was more than an event, it was a representation of how autism affects so many individuals and it was extremely comforting to know that there was an entire community of support fighting to make autism a disorder only discussed in the history books. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all of the lovely Naz ladies who woke up early on Saturday to support a cause so close to my heart. Though we did not necessarily have strength in numbers, our group had enormous heart, something I believe is more valuable than any number. I feel blessed to have participated in such a heart-warming event and thank God.

Members of Nazareth’s Autism Awareness Club show their support at the walk.

Biking For M.S. By: Elizabeth Gougler ’15

It was “all hands on deck” for the lovely ladies of Nazareth Academy High School, as they worked to make the Gala a perfect night for our veterans.

Enjoy riding your bike and helping charity? The City to Shore M.S. Bike Ride is an annual bike ride that took place this year on September 29th and 30th. M.S. stands for multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting movement and bodily functions. It is caused by the destruction of the myelin insulation covering nerve fibers (neurons) in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The National Multiple Sclerosis Society organizes the bike ride in order to raise money to help find a cure and new treatments for M.S. The City to Shore bike ride has five different options of how many miles you can ride. The first option is 25 miles in one day that starts in Mays Landing, N.J. This includes a fully-stocked rest stop. The Second option is 45 miles in one day with a starting point in Hammonton New Jersey. This path has three rest stops. The third option is 75 miles in one day starting in Cherry Hill, N.J. This will have five rest stops. The Fourth option is 100 miles also

starting in Cherry Hill, N.J. but with six rest stops. All of the routes end in Ocean City, N.J. The Fifth option is 75 miles the first day and then 75 miles the next day from Ocean City, N.J. back to Cherry Hill, N.J. with five rest stops each day. The Sixth and final option is 100 miles the first day with five rest stops and then 75 miles the next day from Ocean City, N.J. back to Cherry Hill, N.J. with 5 rest stops on the second day. The City to Shore M.S. Bike Ride is a unique organization that donates its proceeds to a very good cause. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $300 to participate. This year, the overwhelming support of many led to a total amount of $5,106,912.42 raised. I have participated in the M.S. bike ride for the past three years. The first year I biked 45 miles, the second year I biked 75 miles, and this past year I became a century cyclist by biking 100 miles. In my opinion it is the most fulfilling feeling when you see the people with M.S. on the sidelines in the early morning encouraging you to finish the ride for a truly worthy cause.


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A Naz Girl Always “CARES” By: Jenna Guenther ’15 Nazareth Academy High School is a school devoted to helping others. That’s just what we did on September 30, 2012. The 8th annual Cancer Awareness Reaches Everyone’s Spirit (CARES) walk held at our brother school, Holy Ghost Prep, reached over 400 students. Parents, teachers, alumni, and friends walked to help find a cure for cancer. Girls from every grade at Nazareth came out to show their support, including the JV and Varsity Cheerleading squads, who raised $500 for the cause. The opening mass began at 8:30 AM with people having to stand out in the common area due to the overflowing amount of participants. The walk was started by the honorary cancer survivors that came out to rally support for others sharing in their very personal struggles.

Many Hands: Service that Demands a Group Effort By: Amanda Leithead ’13

Look out Philadelphia! Nazareth Academy High School’s National Honors Society and Community Service Corps are coming together to complete a project of epic proportion. Each year, NHS and CSC take on a variety of service projects within the community. This year, NHS decided to commit to one ongoing service project for the year by reaching out to someone who is truly in need. Under Mrs. Budd’s leadership, the NHS decided to help out a truly remarkable woman in the community that is in need of assistance. She is a widow of eleven years that supports herself and her son by working three jobs. In doing this she is able to pay her bills, but there is not enough left over to spend on her home. Her family is desperately in need of a new roof before the winter comes. Due to the large expense of this project, NHS teamed up with CSC and their leader, Sister Mary Anthony. Together the two groups have begun fundraising for the project. Grade schools in the Philadelphia area are participating in a milk carton money collection. In addition, Nazareth Academy families are encouraged to donate. Money is needed for the building supplies, which can be expensive. Mr. McFadden, the father of a Nazareth Academy alumna, has generously agreed to donate his time to remove the roof and build a new one. Once the roof is in place, members of NHS and CSC will come to the house and perform any tasks, such as placing sod in the yard and painting. Although the task at hand may seem hard to accomplish, NHS and CSC are working hard to make it a reality. The project that they are aiming to complete truly coincides with the theme for Nazareth Academy this year. In the words of Sister Mary Anthony, “Nothing is beyond our reach if we reach out together. If you think about roofing a house, it seems beyond our reach, but if we have enough people to get into it, it can definitely be done together.”

The HGP track was a huge mass of walkers in purple t-shirts. Pictures were taken left and right and together we walked to help find a cure. Cancer affects someone every day. It’s hard to think that there’s someone out there who has not been touched by cancer in some way. Whether it is someone in your family who has been diagnosed, a family friend, or a friend of a friend, we are all affected in some way or another. Cancer is a horrible disease that many people struggle with everyday just to stay alive. Children, teens, adults, and the elderly face this disease every day. We can make a difference. When we come together in activities like the HGP CARES walk, we are that much closer to finding a cure for cancer. Nazareth contributes to cancer research all the time in addition to participating in the CARES walk. Our Cancer Awareness Club runs numerous activities

and fundraisers, and we support organizations like the Light the Night Walk and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. This past summer, Julie Hatala and I (’15) got to participate in National Lemonade Day at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to celebrate the weekend. Alex Scott felt immense joy in being able to reach her million dollar goal, sure to further the work of cancer research, and taking the world one step closer to finding a cure. We represented Nazareth by selling lemonade, cookies, and accessories to raise money for one of the greatest causes. All together, the HGP CARES walk surpassed its $10,000 goal, raising $11,000. In exceeding the $10,000 goal, Mr. Chapman, Basketball Coach and Dean of Students at HGP, agreed to “shave the stache”. Overall it was a great day, and we are that much closer to finding a cure to stop this dreaded disease!

By: Julie Hatala ’15

On October 25, during the Dschedule, there was be a walk at Eden Hall to support JDRF. Our own Mrs. Quinn sponsored the event to support this great cause. To participate in this walk, all that a student had to do was hand in the packet you got at the assembly and get sponsors to support you. Handing in this packet also got you ten extra points on a science quiz. Everyone was so willing to help, even

Walking With Purpose: Eliminating Type One Diabetes

JDRF, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is an organization that does research to help try to find a cure for Type One Diabetes. Type One Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas fails to produce insulin, which regulates the body’s blood sugar. This disease is not preventable, and right now there is not a cure.

those girls who did not have a science class in their roster. We raised over five thousand dollars, which is something to be extremely proud of! Doing something as simple as partaking in this fund raiser can make a huge difference. The possibilities of what we as a school could do for JDRF are limitless, and hopefully one day, we as a world bring a cure for Type One Diabetes.

Everyone had a blast showing their solidarity for all those in the community affected by diabetes. The Walk was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated in this great event!


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Need A Tutor?

Rock the Mock By: Kierstan Thomas ’13 Whenever I mention that I do Mock Trial at my school, the common expression that I get is one of confusion. So let’s debunk any rumors or information you may have about this particular organization (if any) and get down to the basics. Mock Trial is run by Mr. Joe Casey who also teaches Intro to Law for juniors and seniors. This club is basically what the name says: the mock of a trial. Each team will have a minimum of six students- three lawyers and three witnesses. Each lawyer is assigned a specific duty such as opening, closing, and cross or direct questioning. The witnesses have an equally as hard of a job- whatever persona that they portray, they have to be that person. Every single mannerism that goes with the character is to be seen through the student portraying that character.

By: Laura Hillsman ’13 A state wide case is also assigned, which can be criminal or civil depending on the previous case. The previous case was about whether or not a land expansion could be granted due to an endangered species siting. This club is best for those who love to act and argue, and Mock Trial is always looking for new members! If you are intested in joining contact Mr. Casey or join Mock Trial’s Facebook page, NAHS Mock Trial.

At Nazareth, we have two main tutoring groups. The National Honors Society organizes one-on-one tutoring for a variety of subjects offered in the building. If you get a NHS tutor, they will generally meet with you about once a week to help you go over any and all concepts that you’re struggling with. They tend to be flexible, and tutors will schedule additional sessions with you if you need extra help before a test. Mu Alpha Theta is our other tutoring group. They are specifically in charge of math related help. They hold sessions before and after school. All morning sessions are held from 7:20 to 7:40 in the library, and afternoon sessions are held directly after school. They’re a great help for those who just need a little bit of additional help with a concept or math problem from the homework.

Now There’s A Reaction! Chem Club 2012

By: Claire Marie Rossi ’14

By: Sarah John ’16 At the ring of the two o’clock bell on September 24th, the Chemistry Lab was immediately filled with many students ready to see science come alive. Mrs. Quinn, who teachers both Chemistry and Honors Chemistry here at Nazareth, was in charge of this Chem Club. The Chem Club student officers, Fizza Javed, Elena Silla, Natalia Kucharska, Erin McGrody, and Amanda Golbiewski, all helped to make this first Chemistry Club meeting a huge success. The first experiment of the year entailed creating elephant toothpaste. You are all probably wondering what “elephant toothpaste” is. In the spirit of scientific inquiry, I will offer you the procedure: First, you have to be safe so make sure to arm yourself with a nifty goggles. Then,

Speak Up! NA Forensics

An Attitude of Gratitude

pour 125 ml. of H2o2 onto a cylinder. Then, pour on in 5-10 ml. of liquid soap. Next, add your choice of food coloring in one side of the container. Then, add the 10 ml. of KI solution. When you get to this last step, make you sure to stand back. Finally, watch the elephant toothpaste erupt out of the cylinder. All who were present at the meeting agreed that was a great way to start off the club this year. We learned a lot and had a great time all at once. The next meeting planned took place on October 22 to celebrate Mole Day. There were lots of snacks and pretty bright pink t-shirts to honor this chemical unit of measurement. So, what could be a better way to end this article on such an awesome club than with an awesome joke: What did the scientist say when she found two isotopes of helium? She said “HeHe”.

drafted by the schools in your league. These are just some of the lovely categories in which our students are fierce competitors. By: Sarah John ‘16 Forensics can be extremely fun No, really - forensics is more than and rewarding, but in order to get to this just fingerprints and CSI. Forensics, as point, know that you need lots of determination and dedication. Jim practiced in high school across Rohn once said, “Take advanAmerica, involves the art of pubtage of every opportunity to lic speaking, acting, and debate. practice your communication There are various categories of skills, so that when important events included in this fantastic occasions arise, you will have club. Some include: Original Orthe gift, the style, the sharpatory, where you create a speech ness, the clarity, and the emoabout anything you want and tions to affect other people.” present it; Declamation, where Forensics meetings are held you present a speech that has on Mondays, but bee n written by someone practice is run every else, usually someone famous like Elie Wiesel or Sophomore Megan Kloss takes day of the week The Oprah; Duo Interpretation home a trophy at the 2012 Phila- team is hard at work delphia League finals! perfecting their perinvolves acting out a scene formances, in hopes with a partner; Poetry and of gaining a slot in the Prose is where you present one or many poems with purpose and NCFL Grand Tournament, which will be expression; Extemporaneous Speaking held on May25-26, in Philadelphia! If you involves a spur-of-the-moment speech on have any interest in joining this activity, or current events. This may require paying are just curious as to what it is all about, close attention to the news daily. Congress don’t hesitate to stop by the Writing Center is where you debate pieces of legislation one day after school!

It is touching for me to see how Nazareth comes together as a community to support each other. This year was no different with the School Supply Collection. Students collected various items needed by children in our community. The impact that this collection made could be seen by the large amounts of supplies brought up to the altar at mass by each homeroom. It makes you feel good to know you are helping someone and it makes you even more grateful and humble for what you have. I decided to interview Sr. Mary Anthony to see what her reaction was to the School Supply Collection. As we talked, Sr. Mary Anthony was saying to me that she really enjoys being part of our community here at Nazareth. She was also very touched by the generosity she saw. As we were talking, junior Laney Coull entered the CSC office to talk to Sr. Mary Anthony. For those of you that do not know, Laney is the CSC president this year. This led to the topic of Sr. Mary Anthony’s placement here after coming from St. Katherine’s. Sr. Mary Anthony made a point of saying that Laney Coull has been “taking great initiative in her role and is a bridge between Miss Greene leaving and myself taking over.” With CSC being such an important part of our school, especially when it comes to logging hours for service, the more efficient, the better. As Sr. Mary Anthony and I continued talking, membership to CSC was brought up. “CSC is the biggest club at Nazareth but what do we pay the membership fee for, to keep track of service?” Taking this attitude, Sister is revitalizing the CSC and making everyone more involved. She is taking greater steps in matching the talents and gifts we have to the needs of the outside community. St. Katherine’s lost a great teacher, but we have gained a great teacher and someone who inspires us to be more active in completing out service hours. With this new attitude of gratefulness and with someone who is completely involved we will be able to make a bigger impact in how we serve others. To quote Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

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Students Against Destructive Decisions By: Paige Gianfortune ’14 Although SADD is new to the halls of Nazareth this year, it has been steadily making its way across the nation. SADD is a national organization with hundreds of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the country. SADD’s mission is “to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.” (sadd. org). Learning about this club, and discovering that Nazareth had its own chapter of SADD several years ago, prompted me to want to start this organization again. I wanted a club where Nazareth students could come together, discuss destructive behavioral issues among teens, inform other Nazareth students about risky behaviors, and encourage the student community to live clean, healthy lifestyles. Sister David, who is moderating the SADD club, and I met over the summer to discuss the club and its various topics and activities throughout the school year. It quickly became apparent that until we knew how many students would join the club, we could not determine the extent of this club’s activities and impact it would have around Nazareth. After posting flyers around the school and setting up a table advertising SADD at Back-to-School night, Sister David and I eagerly anticipated how many students would show up to SADD’s first D schedule meeting. We were both delighted to have nearly 30 students, from all four grades, attend the first meeting of SADD. We were even more excited to see how enthusiastic, energetic, and committed these new members were to raising awareness of destructive decisions. The members of Nazareth SADD are eager to share a fun school year together, encouraging one another, and the entire Nazareth community, to live clean lifestyles. New members are always welcome and I encourage you to join. On behalf of myself, Sister David, and all the new members of Nazareth SADD, we hope to see you all at the next meeting!


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Fall TV Shows

ENTERTAINMENT 2012 Emmy Awards

By:Kate Donohue ’15

By: Molly Scullion ’13

When the leaves begin to change, we know that it is that time of the year again. It’s fall! With fall comes the changing color of leaves, pumpkin picking, and haunted hayrides. Most importantly though, when fall approaches, so do new TV shows! Time to delete all those season finales from your DVR, and start refilling it again with these great new shows!

For as long as I can remember, my favorite night of the year has always been not Halloween, not Christmas, but the night of the Emmy Awards. I plop myself right on the couch for a full 180 minutes of entertainment. This year was no different. I sat down, excited to see who would come out victorious, as well as view what sort of skits and jokes were in store for the audience at home. The ceremony did not disappoint. As always, there were some slow parts, for example the whole bit about “Outstanding Director of a Miniseries” - not that there is anything wrong with that. But overall, the night was well done. Jimmy Kimmel was the host of the evening’s show. My favorite one of his shenanigans had to be the opening. If you missed it (shame be unto you), it was a melodramatic Kimmel who found himself in the ladies’ restroom with stars such as Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel, and Kathy Bates. They reassured the doubtful Kimmel that he would do a great job. When his confidence was finally reinstated, he quickly realized that he was without pants. Ellen then arrived to the same restroom and saved the day by giving Kimmel her own pants. His over exaggerated exit in a pair of very small pants left me chuckling as I inserted an entire brownie into my mouth. Another one of my favorite parts was the award for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.” Amy Poehler has conjured up some sort of prank for this category every year she has been nominated. My favorite of these pranks was last year’s unfor-

Nashville Lately, country music has become extremely popular, so who wouldn’t want a television program that depicts what really goes on in the country music industry? This show is definitely for country fans, and also for anyone who wants to see what goes on behind-the-scenes in the music business. Connie Britton stars as Rayna, a country legend who’s losing her fans and wants to keep singing and is starting to really need money, but isn’t quite sure how to get her fan base back. A new country singer, Juliette Barnes played by Hayden Panettiere, has been climbing the country charts. Juliette is young, pretty, and sings songs that are catchy and geared more towards the younger generation. Rayna’s record label wants her to combine her tour (due to lack of ticket sales) with Juliette’s and open for Juliette. Juliette and Rayna don’t get along right from the start, making for a great rivalry between the two. This show is full of surprises, country music, and is something you should really check out! Nashville airs on Wednesdays at 10 pm on ABC. Animal Practice I know what you all are probably thinking, “Another doctor show?” This show isn’t a drama though; it’s actually a comedy! Animal and comedy lovers alike will not be able to get enough of this show. Animal Practice takes place at Crane Animal Hospital, a veterinary clinic in New York. The show centers around Dr. George Coleman, played by Justin Kirk, who may have an odd way of doing things at the practice. Dr. Coleman gets along and relates more to his animal patients than to human beings. George’s closest friend is actually a Capuchin monkey named Dr. Rizzo, played by Crystal. The practice George works at became recently inherited by his ex-girlfriend, Dorothy. Dorothy attempts to control all of the chaos at Crane. One of the veterinarians ends up wrapped in a python in the pilot, so obviously Crane Animal Hospital might need a little help. Animal Practice airs on Wednesdays at 8 pm on NBC. Sadly, however, some of our favorite shows are sadly coming to an end. Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, and The Office are all in their final seasons. Tune into Gossip Girl on the CW, Jersey Shore on MTV, and The Office on CBNBC!

By: Tara D’Antonio ’14

gettable beauty pageant-esque stunt (if you don’t know it, it is worth a YouTube search). This year she and award winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus had a “mix up” of award speeches that caused Dreyfus’ final words of her acceptance speech to be “And Amy Poehler should have won this award.” I not only agree with the statement, I also thought it was a fun little joke as the camera turned back to a guilty Amy Poehler nodding her head in agreement. The most memorable part of this year’s Emmys was probably the Twitter hoax with Tracy Morgan. Jimmy Kimmel asked for a volunteer from the audience, an opportunity to which Morgan jumped immediately. Kimmel asked Morgan to simply lay on the stage “passed out” while all the viewers at home post it all over Twitter and Facebook. This was a great, clever addition to the show. It got much, much better when Morgan decided to lay there through the next award and acceptance speech. It added a most certainly needed comic relief to the Drama portion. Again, it left me smiling as I shoved brownie #4 down my throat. The 2012 Emmy Awards, while not the most unforgettable of award shows, definitely put on a good performance. “Modern Family” and “Homeland” rightly dominated the evening, the presenters did a great job, and Jimmy Kimmel kept the night balanced well. Aside from the fact I am still crying because Melissa McCarthy went home without an award for her stellar SNL hosting job, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2012 Emmy Awards (and the brownies that accompanied it).

Introducing The iPhone 5

Hundreds of eager buyers lined up to get their iPhone 5 on September 21, 2012. They formed long lines in stores throughout Asia, Europe, and North America to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the Smartphone. Some shoppers even camped out for a week in a line that went around the block. These dedicated Apple fans were the first ones to purchase the iPhone 5. Apple sold over five million iPhone smartphones in three days. They were so high in demand that Apple couldn’t meet the number needed. Many of the orders were on backorder because the company wasn’t expecting to have such a high volume of sales. The iPhone 5 has a larger screen, faster wireless internet speeds, and a more powerful chip. It features a new slim and

sleek look. Apple received two million orders in the first 24 hours of announcing its release date, more than twice the number for the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 is an innovative package and certainly enough to keep many of A p p l e f a n s hooked. By introducing a 4G internet connection, bigger screen, and faster processor, users will find plenty of reasons to upgrade. With the holidays coming up, it is likely to be on everyone’s wish list. During the Christmas season, high sales may make this a popular seller and the product might not be available in time. If you haven’t checked out the iPhone 5 yet, you should definitely see if it’s the right phone for you.

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Fun Things to Do in the City of Brotherly Love

By: Nicole Hofmann ’15 Philadelphia is a city of unique characteristics and opportunities. With these aspects comes a vast variety of things to do. As a result of the city’s size, exceptionally different areas can be visited without crossing city lines. The most evident choices for things to do in Philadelphia generally occur around Center City, the focus of Philadelphia. You could explore the historical side of the city. Even for those who are far from “history buffs,” it can be an enjoyable experience. Philadelphia is home to the American staples: the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the National Constitution Center. You can also visit the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground, and the Declaration House. These are just a few of the places that show that Philadelphia was a key piece of early America. There is a sense of pride involved when you realize that such important events occurred so nearby. Another popular destination in the city is the Franklin Institute. This museum is about discovering what interests you rather than pointless observation of boring exhibits. With its interactive atmosphere, the Franklin Institute is great for a day out to let your mind flow. Instead of simply being presented with information, you are able to discern for yourself. Who doesn’t love a variety of food, jewelry, and crafts all under one roof? This is the scene at Reading Terminal Market in Center City. In this one place you can find bracelets, produce, candy, baked goods, Amish specialties, and even full meals. Reading Terminal Market is a great place to view the extraordinary diversity in the world. It is a great experience to enjoy the sights, sounds, and even the tastes of some delicacies. The homemade foods and sweets are a rare treat, and the setup of the market is a breath of fresh air. Philadelphia is a very distinct and diverse city. There are opportunities in Philadelphia that are nowhere else. Many tourists visit Philadelphia to experience these wonders, but for us they are in our own backyard!


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The Casual Vacancy: J.K. Rowling’s Newest Novel

Rumor has it, Rowling’s novel is a casual bust. By: Lizzy Hellings ’13 Firstly, it is not at all Harry Potter. Written as adult fiction and set in the small English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy strays immensely from Ms. Rowling’s magical wizarding world. It contains its fair share of questionable content, death, and narrow-minded characters who, quite frankly, lack charm and excitement. Though the story is occasionally interspersed with events capable of holding your interest, it’s ultimately a dull plot revolving around local politics, corrupt relationships, and rebellious teenagers. Rowling wanted to create a novel addressing the real-life issues of today’s society and in doing that, failed to show her usual imaginative side. The Casual Vacancy was far from the worst book I’ve read, but was unexpectedly ordinary and, at times, deeply depressing. I wouldn’t recommend investing $35 unless you see it on sale like I did.

By: Carley Schwab ’13 Fall has to be my favorite season for fashion. Boots, tights, sweaters, denim jackets, and beanies are a few of my staple pieces during these chilly times. You can wear a cardigan or pull over, but it is not so cold that you have to put on a bulky coat and conceal our precious creation (I mean your outfit). To write this article, I consulted every girl’s guide to dressing their best: good old Seventeen magazine. Pages abound with of wonderful ideas for how to look your best on these autumnal evenings, but I sorted through them for you and picked out the most valuable and basic information I could find. 1. Skinny Jeans are your best friend. They look great with Uggs, riding boots, Toms, heels, flats. Any possible shoe you

Naz Nails By: Jenna Silla ’16 This fall, expect to see lots of cute nails; they’re popping up everywhere! Even though some people would argue against me, it is actually pretty easy to paint your nails. All you need is a bit of patience, time, and nail polish- you don’t even have to have a steady hand. Here are a few pictures of nails that caught my attention.

By: Sarah Prill ’13

Must See Films of 2012

Who’s ready for awards season?! Although it is just October, Oscar buzz is already circulating. I live for award’s season: my walls are adorned with previous Oscar winners and cut newspaper articles and magazine interviews with my favorite actors and directors. Last year, the black and white film The Artist swept the awards with a whopping number of wins and the academy finally paved the way for the success of comedy. As the festival season draws to a close, a few stars are on their way to the red carpet. Here are some films that stood out during the Festival Season: 1.Silver Linings Playbook: At the Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Silver Linings Playbook instantly became a top contender for Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Adapted Screenplay. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in David O. Russel’s comedy/drama about a former teacher who moves back in with his parents after being in a mental institution. He meets a girl struggling with some problems of her own and together, they tackle life’s challenges. Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, and Jacki Weaver also star in Russel’s film. 2.Argo:

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Ben Affleck (The Town) returns to direct and star in Argo, which follows the Iranian Revolution. A CIA official (Affleck) organizes

a risky plan to rescue six Americans, who found shelter at the home of a Canadian ambassador. Alan Arkin and Victor Garber also star. It is rumored that Affleck has a couple of Oscar nods for Best Picture and Director. 3.Anna Karenina Director Joe Wright has teamed up with Keira Knightley (Atonement) to produce another mesmerizing century piece. Based on the 19th century classical Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina takes place mostly in a theater. Wright was risky in filming a movie in which most of the scenes are located in a theater, but with the star-stocked power of the cast, including Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the film will be a huge success.

film. Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, and Hugo Weaving star. The general consensus of film critics is that although the film is too unusual, it will reap many visual awards. 5. Life of Pi After watching the Life of Pi trailer, I finally realized why in Coldplay’s music video, the singers were running around in animal costumes! The story follows Pi, the son of a zookeeper. Pi is forced to share a small raft with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger, after the boat that is carrying his fathers’ animals is shipwrecked. After the New York Film Festival, The Life of Pi should emerge as a true Best Picture contender.

4. Cloud Atlas

Based on David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas follows the lives of several individuals, examining how the actions and decisions of one individual can affect other in the past, present, and future. Lana and Andy Wachowski (V for Vendetta, The Matrix) team up with Tom Tykwer to co-direct and co-write the

Fall Fashion could want to wear will most likely look great with a nice pair of sleek denim skinnies. Another plus is that most stores now sell jeggings that look identical to real denim so you can be totally comfortable too! (My personal favorites are Bullhead brand available at Pac Sun. No one knows the difference but me!) 2. Bold Blazers can be fun! The Kardashians made an excellent point in highlighting the versatility of a strong blazer in a fun color. Blazers as we know them at Naz are no fun, but when they are fitted right and accessorized correctly, they transform an outfit. They add structure and class, and provide enough covering to be a jacket for those warmer evenings in the early months of fall.

3. Boots, Boots, Boots! You can never have too many pairs of boots! Riding, combat, high heeled, vintage, leather, suede, fringed, Uggs, tall, short, whatever! Boots are perfect for the fall and can be worn into winter and the early months of spring, too! Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a couple different pairs. You’ll use them! They are perfect for dressing up or dressing down any outfit! A dress, tights and combat boots says something totally different than a dress and heels. Throw on a leather jacket and you are set for a casual evening in the city with friends, not a formal in our gym! 4. Knit beanies are not just for Marley. Anyone can rock a good beanie. They are perfect for bad hair days and colder

weather. You can get them in any color of the rainbow to match anything you might need. I even found one with bear ears on it that I think I might love more than my mom.

There is an easy way to get that precise, thin line that you see on the top left picture- reinforcements! First, you paint your nails the color you want the larger section to be and let it dry. Then you simply put the reinforcement on your nail and paint your second color. Now take off the reinforcement, admire your handiwork, and prepare yourself for the envious stares of onlookers! The nails on the bottom left are thankfully much simpler than they look. After you paint your nails and wait for them dry, you just get another color on

a makeup sponge and dab away! Since Halloween is coming up, the nails pictured in the top right are really adorable and festive. This design takes more time and effort, so mentally prepare yourself. There doesn’t really seem like an easy way to get this look besides using a thin, black brush. If you have a shaky hand, I do not suggest this. But, if you really want to tackle this design, consider yourself warned! To be completely honest, I have no idea how the person in the bottom right picture did that. But her nails are so cool! I’m just going

to assume that she is some kind of nail goddess and always has amusing nails. If you’re really skilled at painting nails or are just super board one day, I challenge you to channel your inner child and paint those nails sesame style!

Aside from all of these wonderful ideas, I have one more piece of information to share with you. Dress to impress yourself, not anyone else. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you look your best. It is quite the conundrum, but just always remember to be creative and confident. If you think you look good, chances are everyone else will too, even if your hat has bear ears! The most important thing is to have fun and be yourself!


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Music In Review

Pop: Home- Phillip Phillips Being totally honest, I had no idea what this song was until my 40-year-old aunt came running into my grandmother’s kitchen with her iPhone 5 baffled that I had never heard of this song, let alone heard of Phillip Phillips. Little had I known, I heard a small portion of the song on the radio and had no idea what it was. Much to my liking, this song has an alternative, Mumford & Sons-esque feel to the song. Not only is the music entertaining, but the lyrics are comforting as well. I definitely recommend this song, but I may be biased since Phillips voice resembles Marcus Mumford’s. (Oh, and just a little side note, Gangnam Style was number one on the pop charts, hehe)

Country: Everything Has Changed- Taylor Swift (ft. Ed Sheeran) I literally started laughing as I pulled up the Country section on iTunes because every single top song was off of Taylor Swift’s RED. Out of the Top 20 songs, 17 of them were Taylor Swift. I guess all the tweets and statuses proclaiming the excitement for the release of Swift’s RED weren’t exaggerating the obsession. While I am a partial Taylor Swift fan and an I-only-know-one-songbut-I-like-it Ed Sheeran listener, this song isn’t the best for me. I’m still hooked on Taylor’s Fearless and Speak Now albums, ones that really had great songs. I’m sure RED is still good, but I feel it verges on the pop side and has strayed far, far away from country. I realize a lot of T-Swizzle fans are reading this so before you come attack me: I did like the song.

The Great

Alternative: It’s Time- Imagine Dragons This. Was. So. Hard. To. Choose. Alternative is my favorite genre, so it makes sense that I would love basically all the top songs. But seriously? Making me pick ONE song out of choices by The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Fun., and Of Monsters and Men?! Alas, I did pick one. I just love this song so much. If you don’t know who Imagine Dragons are, or only have heard this song on the radio, I suggest doing some research and listening to more of their music (especially Radioactive………best song ever). There’s something about Imagine Dragons that just pulls you in. The music, the lyrics, the beat, everything just flows together perfectly to form these fantastic songs you can’t not love. I’m proud of the boys for getting on the top songs list and dominating the radio these days. Bravo.

Rock: Bring Me to Life- Evanescence This is circa like, 2003 man. But hey, it’s still rocking the top of the charts. Sadly, rock isn’t such a popular genre anymore so the songs on these charts tend to be old hits still kickin’. There’s no doubt that Amy Lee has a breathtakingly beautiful voice. She can hit notes like no other and you never hear as much as a waiver in her pitch or strength. I was surprised to find this on the rock charts, but if you really listen to the song it has elements of rock in it. It’s got the electric guitar, bass with a steady beat, and drums to create the rhythm. Enjoy this little throwback ladies.

By: Helene Blau ’14

The ‘Life is Good’ Playlist

The New, The Old,

By Alyse Ruriani ’13

Hip Hop/Rap: Mercy- Kanye West (ft. Big Sean, Pusha, 2 Chainz) So on the entire list of Hip Hop/Rap genre songs, this was the only one I really knew other than “Whistle” by Flo Rida, which I deemed inappropriate to review for a Catholic high school newspaper. I had only heard little tidbits here and there of this song, and what I heard I liked. The beat of the song seems to make my head move back and forth without even meaning to (I’m sure that’s not embarrassing…). Although I can’t understand what’s being said in the background half the time, the song is still catchy. And hey, it’s Kanye West. It’s obviously the best song of all time.

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By: Christina Acuna ’14 As quoted by Friedrich Nietzsche, “Without music life would be a mistake”. There are tons of different types of music. It can put you in a good mood, get you excited for the weekend, pumped for a game, or calm you down after a stressful day. I know I’ve been listening to plenty of these types of songs since school started. Old but good songs like “Island in the Sun” by Weezer, “Breakdown” and “Better Together” by Jack Johnson always calm me down after a long day at Nazareth. Also, a great song by Imagine Dragons that I’m in love with right now is “It’s Time”. If you’ve never heard of it you have probably seen the commercial for Perks of Being a Wallflower and that is the song. I don’t know a lot of Ed Sheeran, but one song I have heard is “A Team”. Also “Kill Your Heroes “by Awolnation can always put a smile on my face. It doesn’t sound like a happy song, but it really is trust me. If anyone saw Nashville, a new show that just came out, and are obsessed with it like I am, you have heard of the song “If I Didn’t Know Better”. Anyone who likes country should check this show. I wasn’t really a big fan myself, but that was before this show. Now for songs that put you in a good mood. The first thing that pops into my head is Taylor Swift. I know not everyone loves her, but who doesn’t love blasting “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in your car? I’m really obsessed with her new songs like “Red”, “Begin Again”, and “Knew You Were Trouble”. My favorite party song right now has to be Carley Rea Jepsen’s “Good Time”. Her first song “Call Me Maybe” wasn’t my favorite, but it was so catchy and on the radio all the time I found myself singing it all over the place. Her songs can just get you excited for the weekend. Some other weekend songs are Rita Ora’s “How We Do”, Alex Clare’s “Too Close”, and Walk the Moon’s Anna Sun. Now here are some songs that get you pumped for a game or workout. My number one would have to be “One More Night” by Maroon 5, “Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Ryan Tedder, and a song I just heard called “Hall of Fame” by The Script ft Will.I.Am. If you’re missing summer just listen to “Life is Good Today” by Zach Brown Band. I hope I gave you some songs you never heard of that you will now fall in love with like I have.

By Alyse Ruriani ’13 Everyone needs a little pick me up, especially as winter kicks in, don’t you think? I sure do. In order to lift your spirits as you’re stressing out over the five tests you have this week or projects that you haven’t started that are due in three days, here is a playlist of songs that make me feel happy and hopeful and motivated. (Hint: they’re super fun driving songs too!) 1. It’s Time- Imagine Dragons 2. Daylight- Matt and Kim 3. Love and Memories- O.A.R. 4. Kids- MGMT 5. The Middle- Jimmy Eat World 6. Bitter Sweet Symphony- The Verve 7. Young Blood- The Naked and Famous 8. Some Nights- Fun. 9. Radioactive- Imagine Dragons 10. Jamie All Over- Mayday Parade 11. Give Your Heart a Break- Demi Lovato 12. Everybody Talks- Neon Trees 13. Jumper- Third Eye Blind 14. Move Along- The All-American Rejects 15. When You Were Young- The Killers 16. Time to Pretend- MGMT 17. We are Young- Fun. 18. Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men 19. Charlie’s Last Letter* *Not a song, but an absolutely fantastic thing to get you feeling good. (Go see The Perks of Being a Wallflower if you haven’t already…and read the book too.)

Big Bird Gets Blasted

Whether you’re a Saturday Night Live fan (like I am) or not, I really hope you didn’t miss Sesame Street’s very own Big Bird appearance. It all started when Mitt Romney mentioned the eight foot tall yellow bird during the first Presidential Debate on Wednesday. “I like PBS. I love Big Bird,” Romney said, “... But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things (we have) to borrow money from China to pay for.” So naturally, Big Bird came on to join Seth Meyers in their weekly SNL newscast on October 7, 2012 to ‘defend’ himself. Seth and Big Bird talked lightly about his new recognition gained after being mentioned in the Presidential Debate. Meyers offered, “So Big Bird, has being mentioned in the Debate affected you at all?” Big Bird answered, “Oh it has, I feel

like I’m famous now. I was walking down the street the other day and I felt that everybody recognized me. It’s so weird to think that a few days ago I could just blend in

like every other perfectly normal eight foot tall talking bird (*sigh*)” “So before you go do you have any type of political state-

ment that you’d like to make?” asked Meyers. “No, I don’t want to ruffle any feathers. But I do have a political joke! May I tell it?” asked Big Bird. “Oh of course!” stated Meyers. “Okay…(*clears throat*) you know who loves DE-baits?” “No who?” “DE-fishes.” The crowd on SNL seemed to adore Big Bird, as most Americans do. I’m sure even Mitt Romney who wants to cut federal funding of Sesame Street and PBS appreciated this light-hearted skit. If you have two minutes to take out of your busy Nazareth schedule, I recommend looking up this adorable and funny scene. It’s so worth it to let Big Bird just put a smile on your face. In any case, I genuinely hope PBS and Sesame Street doesn’t get shut down. America without Big Bird just wouldn’t be the same.


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POLITICS

Friday, November 2, 2012

Special Coverage: Election 2012 After months of tireless campaigning, the race to become the next president is finally upon us. Who will come out on top?

Barrack Obama By: Kaitlyn Dougherty ’13

It is safe to say that the presidential race is heating up as the campaigns enter their final stretch before the November 6th election day. The race is tightening as President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, try to win over the American people and secure their votes. President Obama and the Democratic Party’s platform include many important issues for Americans today, including healthcare, taxes, immigration, and education. The Democrats support higher taxes on the wealthy and are looking to extend middle-class tax cuts for families who make less than $250,000 a year. The party supports a woman’s right to get an abortion and same-sex marriage rights. Regarding immigration, Democrats want to require illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship, learn English, and pay taxes. Obama stated that he would like to continue building on the new healthcare law, or “Obamacare,” by making Medicare stronger and adding more benefits, fighting all forms of fraud, and improving care for patients. The Democratic platform also supports the reform of the federal student loan program for college students, enabling them with a chance to graduate debt-free. The presidential debate on October 3 proved to be a turning point for the Republican campaign. Before the debate, President Obama was looking strong in many of the battleground states. After the debate, however, the general consensus was that Mitt Romney had won and Obama

If You Picked C.) None of the Above... By: Michelle Hillsman ’13

Mitt Romney By: Claire Marie Rossi ’14

appeared weak compared to his Republican opponent. The following day, some state polls reflected voters’ movement toward Romney. Two days later on October 5, the jobs report was released and showed that the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.8 percent. This gave a big boost to the Obama campaign, especially after his flat performance at the debate. Dropping below the eight-percent unemployment rate is an enormous psychological boost for the current president. For most of Romney’s campaign, he has been arguing that Obama was unable to get the unemployment rate below eight percent since January 2009. Getting the rate below eight percent could help Obama argue that the economy is improving and his efforts are working. As of October 11, polls conducted by the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and Marist College show Obama and Romney in a virtual dead heat in the swing states of Florida and Virginia, and Obama leading by six points in the key swing state of Ohio. Analysts stated that President Obama needed to perform better and appear stronger in the next two debates. Throughout his campaign, Obama has argued that his work is unfinished and he deserves another term to complete the job. October voter polls have continually shown that the race between the two presidential candidates is very close and that the last month of campaigning will be the deciding factor of who wins the next presidential term.

Just recently my parents were having a discussion about the upcoming election. My mom is strongly conservative Republican but my dad is more of a moderate that leans to the democrats. Needless to say once every four years everyone keeps their opinions to themselves. In fact, not too long ago my father said that he didn’t know that my mother was a Republican until after he married her. This was funny because he got to know my mom’s family really well over the course of the relationship and they are all very much conservative republicans. If you knew my father you would understand this is just a normal thing to happen at my house. I think that there are three things that are favorable to Romney. The first is the state of the economy which ties into the national debt. The second is the religious rights and freedoms issues that have come up. The third is how we appear weak to the rest of the world. The economy is really bad. Money is not being spent in the United States because the people in the United States don’t have any extra to spare. When looking at the reason that consumerism is not up, we need to look at the unemployment rate. It is more than people that don’t have jobs. There are also people that are working below what they should because of higher education. If all the effort was put into a degree that is not even being used and there is money that has to be paid back, that just increases the amount of debt that will eventually have to be settled. The issue over what the government can

Many people believe that it is a case of picking the lesser of two evils when it comes down to voting for the president of the United States. You hear the phrase “I’m not a fan of (insert name here) but he or she is better than (other candidate).” Such dilemmas arise because of the ignorance with regard to third party candidates. Due to their lower advertising budgets and significantly smaller party bases, these candidates have a more dif-

ficult time contending for votes, both electoral and popular, than Democratic or Republican candidates. However, here are the most prominent third party candidates for the 2012 election. If Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fail to meet your standards, maybe one of these candidates will be up to the challenge. Libertarian Party: Gary Johnson Gary Johnson was officially declared the Libertarian Party candidate on May 5, 2012. His running mate is Jim Gray. His political position includes a tendency toward limited government, promoting civil liberties, and being financially conservative. He opposes interventionism, and would intend to cut the military budget. Green Party: Jill Stein Jill Stein became the official Green Party candidate on July 14, 2012.

say about what we do even if it violates the beliefs of our religion is a massive one that will affect future generations. To avoid fierce debate and spewing of vitriol it can be summed up simply. The first amendment was put there for these purposes. No one is above the law and no one should try and side step it to pass their own agenda. If I believe things are morally wrong then I should have a choice if I want my tax dollars going to supplement it. The third issue is the weakness we give off to the rest of the world. We come off to be unsure of what to do and not take a stand when situations come up. Most of us have heard about Chris Stevens and if we were a stronger nation, he very well may still be alive. It doesn’t matter if wrong advice was given or in the interest of public appeal it was quieted, when something wrong happens, the person in charge needs to take full responsibility. That is what being a leader is about. Lastly, now that we are within a month of the election, I really believe Romney will win. It will be a close race but Romney will win. He is an unknown element and this will lead to the moderates deciding that President Obama and his administration are just not cutting it anymore. Either way, the results of this election will make history that will never be forgotten. Not because the winner is the President of the United States but because whoever wins will face a world with problems like no one has ever seen. Her running mate is Cheri Honkala. Her primary political goal is to create a “Green New Deal” which would create public jobs for the unemployed within the energy sector. Constitution Party: Virgil Goode Virgil Goode was declared the Constitution Party’s candidate on April 21, 2012. His running mate is a chairman of the Constitution Party, Jim Clymer. His position includes restricting immigration, instituting term limits for Congressmen, decreasing the size of the government, and balancing the national budget. Other candidates will be attempting to run from other parties that are having more difficulty getting onto the ballots in various states. Hopefully, all eligible voters will be able to find a candidate they can truly support this election season.

Can the answer we’ve been searching for be found in a Third-party candidate?


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NA Field Hockey Raises the Bar By: Emily Garner ’14 Have you seen that group of sweaty, goofy, and determined girls running around campus? If you answered yes, that is the field hockey team. If you answered no, then you should come to a field hockey game to see all of the talent and effort that they put into each and every game. This season is going spectacularly! The team is led by captains Allison Ivcic and Maria McFillin, and our other awesome and dedicated seniors: Amanda Leithead, Laura Hillsman, Michelle Hillsman, and Steph Mitzgerd. The team has won a lot more games this year than in previous years, including a three game winning streak. Field hockey has claimed victories against Archbishop

Ryan, Bensalem High school, Bristol High School, Villa Joseph Marie High School, and Saint Basil's Academy. Shout-outs to Rachel Garner for her game-winning goal against St. Basil's, Allison Ivcic for her gamewinning goal against Bensalem in overtime, and Maria McFillin for scoring two game-winning goals against Archbishop Ryan and Villa Joe! Also, Jaclyn DiYeso scored a goal against Villa Joe, Kristen Willie scored a goal against Gwynedd Mercy, and Shaun Buggy and goalie Colleen Corbett scored against Lansdale Catholic. The girls finished a fantastic season on October 18th, 2012. Good job, girls!

Tennis Serves Up A Good Season By: Lindsay Driscoll ’13 This year the Nazareth tennis team stepped up their game both on and off the courts. The team has become more and more of a contender in its league with each passing year. This year was no exception. Students Lindsay Driscoll, Jackie Braithwaite, Rachel Carl, Izzy Mahan, Francesca and Anastasia Geonnotti, Kristin Maier, Lindsey Valentine, Andreana Manto, Alexis and Juliana Curry, Emilia Wrobel, Angela Lin, Krissy Tribuiani, Ava Roberts, and Alex Vo made for one great team. The girls worked extremely hard and finished the season with a record of 6-8. These serious athletes were also serious about adding a bit of fun to their practices by emulating the cross-country team’s “Rainbow Day” and “No-Pants Day.”

(Don’t be alarmed! Pants were indeed worn, but were just covered by really oversized t-shirts).The team had many other memorable moments including Francesca and Lindsay’s doubles match against Merion Mercy, which lasted until it was so dark the bus driver had to shine his headlights on the court so the girls could see the ball (and a line judge was used twice). And who could forget when Alex Vo, the freshman and first singles player, competed and won the District Qualifying tournament, finishing second after moving on to Districts. These girls had an amazing season that they should all be proud of. As a senior, I must say, it will be a shame to part with them all next year.

Finally, Volleyball! By: Amira Bonds ’14 For the first time in Nazareth history, volleyball was offered as a sport this year. Girls have wanted this team for a very long time. Tryouts were held over the summer and there was a great turn out. The team consisted of 15 girls and the captains were all the seniors. The coach this year was Erica Richardson. They won one game this season against our rivals Villa Joe, two matches to one. The senior game, which honored Julie Newell, Nicole Dombrowski, and Sam Denoncour, was against Archbishop Ryan High School. Even though they lost this last game, the girls tried hard and kept the score close.

When asked how she felt the teamed played on their last game, Laney Coull of 2B said, “The team really showed how working together can get you far. Even when the score was down they kept their heads up and came back hard.” For their first season ever the volleyball team did a good job. They worked hard and are looking forward to having many more, great seasons in the following years. If you are interested in being on the team next year make sure you try out next summer.

NA Golf Team Tees Up By: Maddy Buckley ’13 Golf is a great sport that if given the chance, everyone should try out for. It is a sport that builds character and confidence. And I have to say that even as a senior, I made a lot of new friends while playing this sport. I joined the golf team this year for many reasons, one of which being that I was persuaded by a friend. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it initially, but once I got going, I really enjoyed it. I learned this sport (not kidding) only a couple weeks

before “tryouts” or as we call it “walk on.” I caught on really quick. As a team, everyone was very caring and helpful. I am so glad I joined this sport and had an awesome rookie year. I just want to say thanks to my coach, and all the girls on the team who made this one of my best memories at Nazareth yet!

Friday, November 2, 2012

No Bad Days for Nazareth Soccer Team By: Gina Pallanta ’14

It all started in mid-August when a group of 28 girls showed up in the blistering heat. They knew how much they would be running, but came anyway. I can honestly say that these 28 girls have become the closest teammates of any team I have ever been on. These ladies are like the sisters I never had and I love each and every one of them. I cry a little on the inside when I realize that our season is coming to an end and that all ten seniors on the team will be “taking their last lap,” in the words of junior Lex Fallon. Tara Fritz, Lexi Cleary, Alex Panepresso, Britt Pospiech, Roe Capuano, Lili Shuster, Sam ‘Big Red’ Black, Paulina Rucci, Jen Smart and Gabby Balara are our ten wonderful seniors. Each and every one of them has made an impact on the team for the better and helped us grow as people and as a family. From day one, they were

so personable and I believe that they are the reason the team this year is so close. We had our ups and downs and a whole lot of injuries, but we got through it as a team. As our coach Dan Bradley would say, “There’s no quit on our team,” and we haven’t played one game without putting our heart into the full eighty minutes. Most of that is because the seniors that lead us keep their heads up and are focused on nothing else but the game. On behalf of the team and coaches I just would like to say thank you girls for making this year unforgettable, from the three-a-days to the pasta parties, we shared so many laughs and memories. Good luck in your future girls. We know you all will do amazing things. We never know how precious a moment is until it becomes a memory. No bad days. No regrets. No more 3x3s.

XC and We Know It By: Katie Schluth ’16 Which sport requires extreme physical and mental toughness, the will to face the worst nature has to offer, an intense yearning for that first place medal, and a drawer-full or two of t-shirts and spandex? If you said “Cross Country,” you would be correct. Now, I may have exaggerated the things expected of me in my sport just a tad. During a race, the only things that we really have an “intense yearning” for are water and a glimpse of the finish line, but all jokes aside, cross country really can be an XCiting and fulfilling sport for everyone. Even those of us who “hate running” gain an amazing sense of accomplishment after overcoming each obstacle that we face throughout the course of the season. If you’re sitting here reading this article thinking, “those cross country runners are insane,” you should know that we don’t just run day in and day out. We do a variety of training exercises, including workouts with our school’s strength and conditioning coach, quarter mile/half mile/mile speed intervals, and hill repeats for an hour to an hour and a half each practice. Our coaches Mr. Ray Miller and Mr. Paul Peters often take us on long distance runs, but everyone works at their own pace. In fact, when we do go on these runs, we are split up into three groups—3 mile, 4 mile, and 5 mile—based on our summer training and the progress we’ve made throughout the season thus far. This way, we don’t all attempt to run five miles at six-minute mile pace and, as a result, injure ourselves. So far this season, our team has participated in five league meets, three invitationals, the Mill Street Run, and the League Championship, all of which are approximately 3.1 miles in length (some more, some less). Meets usually occur once or twice a week. Invitationals are divided into JV and Varsity races. Despite the fact that we do pace

ourselves at practice, our team has had its share of injuries. Unfortunately, like every other sport, Cross Country runners risk injury, and two of our best assets, captain Elena Silla and Karli Visconto, have been out nearly the entire season. Nonetheless, our incapacitated teammates are still extremely supportive, and the fourteen of us that remain have achieved so much in the past month and a half. Under our belts are a second place team finish at the Mill Street Run in Bristol, a 12th place team finish at the Briarwood Invitational on Belmont Plateau, a 20th place team finish at the Paul Short Invitational in Lehigh, an 11th place team finish at the Souderton Invitational, and a 6th place team finish at the League Championships at Tyler State Park. Also, one of our runners, Veronica Wheeler, placed third at the Mill Street Run, second at Briarwood, first at Paul Short, and 4th at the League Championship, as well as first place in several of our league meets against other private, all-girls high schools in the area. While the rest of us may not be winning major races like Veronica, we are all still working hard towards improving our times, preparing for our District Championship at Lehigh University on October 26th, and, of course, having tons of fun. Singing “Our God is and Awesome God” during warm-ups, making frequent trips to Wawa, taking awkward family photos pretty much everywhere we go, watching Maggie spill things on herself (a milkshake, for example), and even fighting head lice are just some of the many things our team has done together within the last two months, and I think I’ll remember every single hilarious moment for a long time to come. Thanks to my awesome coaches and teammates for such an XCellent season, and I hope to see some of you readers on the team next year!


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Get a Piece of Peace By Emma Sinclair ’14 World Peace Day, also known as the International Day of Peace, occurs annually on September 21. This day encourages and emphasizes peace - the absence of war and violence. The International Day of Peace first originated in 1982 and is celebrated in most countries around the world. To commemorate this day, the appropriately named Peace Bell, located at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, is rung. The bell, which was a gift from Japan, bears the inscription “Long live absolute world peace” on its side. Up until this year, I was completely unaware of this day, but I found the idea of it to be a very interesting concept. What this world definitely needs is peace. But is that peace that we desire as easy to obtain as it is just to wish for it? Well…as much as I wish it was that easy, it is not. If peace was obtained, I’m sure that more people would be aware of World Peace Day. With the issues of bullying and war in our society, peace is certainly hard to obtain, but hopefully if World Peace Day is advertised more in the future, then we could be on the right path to having the peace that this world needs.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pump It Up!

What You May Have Missed This Quarter

By: Carley Schwab ’13 By: Gina Pallanta ’14 and Emily McFadden ’14 A woman reported her car as stolen and mentioned that there was a car phone in it. Police called the phone and contacted the thief, saying that they wanted to buy the car after seeing it put up for sale. They arranged to meet and arrested the man, who could possibly earn the “Worst Criminal of 2012” award for this. The newest YouTube sensation is a Japanese rap called “Gangnam Style” by the artist PSY. It’s really catchy and great for dancing, but if anyone knows what PSY is saying/what the song is about, could you please let us know?

An orthodontist in Oregon was sued recently by a patient who was forced to wear braces for 11 years! That makes the 3 years of pain that I suffered through seem like nothing…

Did you know that there’s a college for nannies? I guess Mary Poppins had to learn it all somewhere. The college, located in England, has finally admitted its first “manny,” or man nanny, who will join 47 women in learning how to care for the children of the rich and famous. A teenage boy was hospitalized for dehydration after a four day video

A man hiking in Slovakia was saved from a bear by his dog, which bit the animal’s butt in an attempt to ward him off. Talk about man’s best friend!

Working for the Weekend By: Elena Silla ’13

Beachgoers in Florida found something other than sea glass in the sand recently- an eye the size of a softball washed up on shore! Scientists are keeping their eyes wide open to find out where this colossal sight organ could have come from.

game marathon, causing him to collapse and, more devastatingly, costing him his Xbox privileges.

In addition to my “job” of being a student at Nazareth, I have a real job: I work at the Kids’ Club in the Newtown Athletic Club. Essentially, I’m a glorified babysitter, as I often have to watch dozens of children at once. A typical day at the Kids’ Club consists of dozens of kids, ages 6 weeks to 8 years old running around, playing with one another, and asking the staff members for piggy back rides (and lots of them!) Although I love my job, it is difficult to balance it with my school work and extracurricular activities. What makes it all okay though is that I have a passion for what I do. I love playing with kids, so this job is perfect for me; however, if I tried working at the Kids’ Club and disliked children, I would surely find my job stressful and difficult. Another reason that working during the school year is not too overwhelming for me is because I took extra shifts on the weekend in order to compensate for not being able to work much after school. Rather than working three days a week after school, I decided to work more on the weekends so that I would be able to keep up with my homework. This turned out to be a great idea, as I am much less stressed out during the week than I know I could be. If you are looking to work during the school year but fear it is too stressful, don’t fret. It honestly isn’t as bad as it seems. Bosses are normally flexible with hours and understand that teenagers have plenty on their plate in addition to a job. Be sure to pick a job that is suited to your interests and you’ll be well on your way to making money of your own!

In Michigan, a man trying to make himself dinner set a fire that quickly caught on in several other apartments in his complex. He was trying to pull a Katniss and make a meal comprising of a squirrel when he lost control of the flames.

An extremely arachnophobic man recently had to face his fears when a spider arrived in his home. How did he deal with this? He ran through his glass door, of course. Let’s be real, which one of us wouldn’t do the same in this situation?

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney revealed that he wants to cut spending to PBS, including the Sesame Street program, which could cost both of the girls writing this our Sesame Place jobs. Keep an eye out for a “Save Big Bird!” protest in the future.

Seeing as many a Nazareth student has come to the point in life where they are driving themselves around or are in the process of learning to do so, many a Nazareth student is also being faced with a major dilemma: gas prices. Gas prices in the year 2012 are absolutely phenomenal, some of the highest in the last eight years. In April 2012, we actually reached the highest average ever in the United States: $3.94 a gallon.The U.S. average for a gallon of gas as of October 8th about $3.85 a gallon which is not too far from the all time high. And that is just the average. Pennsylvania’s prices rank on the higher end of the national scale. Here in Pennsylvania, data shows we are paying approximately $3.88 per gallon which is more than the national mean. At least we are not living in California where they are paying about $4.64 a gallon to fuel up, but I am considering a quick move to South Carolina because they are only paying about $3.49. I am joking about the big mood, but it is no joke that I had to pay over $4.00 a gallon for gas just last month to get where I needed to be going. It is hard to be a teenage driver today when prices are so high. Most of my meager pay check is funneled into the fuel tank of a car each week and I do not even own my own car. Imagine being our parents and putting out the cash to fill up not only their own tanks, but also to fill up the tanks of those of us who do not have time to work to keep our tanks filled. Sadly, there is little we can do to maneuver out of this pickle, especially when we are responsible for transporting ourselves to and from school. Of course there is always walking when we don’t have far to go. Public transportation is usually available especially in the Philadelphia area, and carpooling with friends can really cut costs. It is usually more fun than a long drive alone too! If you are not driving yet get ready because according to ABC there is no fall in prices predicted in the near future, and if you are already driving, I am sorry you turned sixteen in the last couple of years. You could not have picked a worse time.


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By: Victoria Szafara ’13 August 27, 1953 – Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn, opens in theaters across America. August 28, 1996 – Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales divorce. The two split after multiple complications in their fifteen year marriage. August 29, 1962 – Poet Robert Frost leaves for a goodwill tour of the U.S.S.R. August 30, 30 B.C. – Cleopatra commits suicide. This queen of Egypt chose to die by her own hand than be captured and imprisoned by the Ceasar Augustus. August 31, 1888 – Jack the Ripper claims his first victim. September 1, 1985 – The R.M.S. Titanic is found off the coast of Newfoundland. September 2, 1945 – Japan surrenders, and U.S. participation in World War II comes to a close. September 3, 1914 – Pope Benedict XV is named to the papacy. September 4, 2002 – Kelly Clarkson becomes the first American Idol. September 5, 1774 – The Continental Congress convenes for its first session.

NEWS This Day In History September 11, 1916 – “The Star Spangled Banner” is sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first time in Cooperstown, New York. September 12, 1846 – Respected poet Elizabeth Barrett and rising author Robert Browning elope. September 13, 1961 – an unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.

September 8, 1986 – The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcasted nationally for the first time. September 9, 1893 – Ester Cleveland, daughter of Frances Cleveland and President Grover Cleveland, becomes the first and only baby born in the White House. September 10, 1981 – Guernica is returned to Spain. Pablo Picasso’s famous anti-war mural returns from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where it was safely kept until democratic liberties were restored to Spain (on request of the artist). Picasso created the large scale work as a response to the Nazi air-raid on the small Spanish town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

September 28, 1066 – William the Conqueror invades England. September 29, 1913 – Inventor Rudolf Diesel vanishes. The creator of the engine that bears his name is found absent from the steamship Dresden that was traveling from Antwerp to Harwick, England. The following month, a body was found floating in those same waters and was identified as Diesel’s. What really occurred remains a mystery.

September 17, 1787 – The U.S. Constitution is signed. September 18, 1973 – UFO report is filed by future president of the United States, Jimmy Carter. September 19, 1893 – Women get their vote for the first time in New Zealand. September 20, 1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival opens.

October 12, 2007 – Former VP Al Gore Wins a Nobel Prize for his controversial documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” October 13, 2010 – Chilean miners rescued. After 69 days trapped underground, the last of the 33 miners found his way back, as the world received the happy ending they had all been praying for.

October 15, 1965 – First draft card is burned. A public draft card is incinerated during a student-run anti-Vietnam War protest. This was only one of many similar protests.

September 15, 1858 – The first transcontinental mail service to San Francisco begins. September 16, 1932 – Gandhi begins a fast in peaceful protest of the British government’s decision to separate India’s voting according to caste.

from the show have even been turned into films, such as the classic 1980’s “Blues Brothers.”

October 14, 1947 – Yeager breaks sound barrier. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound.

September 14, 1321 – Dante Alighieri dies of malaria. The author is remembered for his materwork, The Divine Comedy, a journey through Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory.

September 6, 1522 – Magellan’s expedition circumnavigates the globe. September 7, 1813 – America receives a nickname. During the War of 1812, a meat packer from New York supplied barrels of beef to a hungry United States Army. The men began to refer to the food as Uncle Sam’s, as the sides of each barrel were stamped with a “US,” referring to the United States. A local newspaper wrote up an article on the troop’s interpretation, which would soon become the accepted nickname for our nation.

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September 30, 1927 – Babe Ruth hits his 60th Home Run of his 1927 season. This set a record that would stand for 34 years. October 1, 1890 – Yosemite National Park is established. October 2, 1836 – Darwin returns from his tour on the H.M.S. Beagle. October 3, 1990 – East and West Germany reunite. Following the destruction of the Berlin Wall less than one year prior, the two German states come together in what is known as “Unity Day.” October 4, 1777 – The Battle of Germantown occurs. Troops under Washington attempt an early-morning attack of Howe’s British troops at this location neighboring the city of Philadelphia.

October 16, 1793 – Marie Antoinette is beheaded. It seems as though this monarch had already “lost her head” when she responded to the hunger of her people by saying, “Let them eat cake.” October 17, 1931 – Capone goes to jail. Crime boss Al Capone was finally brought into the big house for tax evasion. He is sentenced to 11 years in prison and fined $80,000. October 18, 1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia. October 19, 1781 – Victory at Yorktown. British General Cornwallis surrenders, marking the end of the Revolutionary War. October 20, 1973 – The Sydney Opera House opens its doors.

October 5, 1989 – The Dalai Lama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

September 21, 1915 – Man buys Stonehenge. The rock assemblage had been in private hands since the Middle Ages when it was put up for auction in Salisbury in 1915. Sir Cecil Chubb put up £6000 in a winning bid as a gift for his wife.

October 6, 1996 – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wed. October 7, 1955 – Ginsberg reads “Howl” for the first time. The poem that expanded the boundaries of literature was performed at Six Gallery in San Francisco.

September 22, 1598 – Playwright Ben Johnson is indicted for manslaughter, but his life is saved by his literary skills.

October 22, 1797 – Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes one giant leap for mankind, as the participant in the very first recorded parachute jump.

September 23, 1846 – Neptune is first seen. September 24, 1957 – The Little Rock Nine enter high school. September 25, 1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner, first female Supreme Court Justice, is sworn in. September 26, 1957 – “West Side Story” premiers on Broadway. The Shakespeareinspired musical tells a story of star-crossed lovers associated with two different street gangs in New York City, one Latin and one White-ethnic. Now a classic, the original plans for the play included the title “East Side Story,” with a conflict between a Jewish girl and Roman Catholic boy. September 27, 1540 – The Jesuit order is established by St. Ignatius of Loyola.

October 21, 1988 – “Mystic Pizza” wows audiences. This rom-com starring Julia Roberts comes highly recommended by me. If you have spare time over your midwinter break, put this movie on your list!

October 23, 1915 – The first US championship horseshoe tournament is held in Kellerton, Indiana. October 8, 1922 – Lilian Gatlin becomes the first women to fly across the United States.

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations is created to promote peace in a war-ridden world.

October 9, 1936 – The Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.

October 25, 1764 – John Adams weds Abigail Smith. The two would go down in history as a deeply devoted couple, as evident in their extensive correspondence.

October 10, 1845 – The United States’ Naval Academy is founded at Annapolis, Maryland. October 11, 1975 – SNL debuts. This latenigh comedy-sketch show has gone on to become the longest-running and highestrated show in this time slot. Some sketches

October 26, 1825 – The Eerie Canal opens. This affair promoted trade with the connection of the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River.


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Teacher Feature By: Stephanie Spinosa ’14

Have you ever wondered what your teachers were reading outside the classroom? Now you have your answer! We asked English teachers Mrs. Hoffman and Mr. Roche, and Ms. Chmelko in Music. Here’s what they had to share:

Spotlight on... Ms. Chmelko!

Mr. Roche A History of Torture (1940) By: George Riley Scott My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (2010) Edited By: Kate Bernheimer The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart By: Jesse Bulington Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids By: Phil Mason “It explains how seemingly small occurrences changed the course of major events. For example, at Lincoln’s second inauguration a man broke through police lines and almost reached the president. He was detained but released as ‘completely harmless.’ That man was John Wilkes Booth.”

Ms. Katie Chmelko is a vital part of our Music Department here at Nazareth. She is one of my favorite teachers and I think it is time that everyone gets to know her a little more! I, personally, have learned so much from her, not only about music but also about life. Q: Where did you graduate from high school and college? A: I graduated from Nazareth Academy in 2005 and I graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2009, with a Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education. Q: What activities were you involved in here at Nazareth? A: I was actively involved in Chorus, Chorale, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Band, CSC, Tri-M, Mu Alpha Theta, the Golf team, and our annual school plays. Q: What was your favorite class? A: I liked Music (of course) but I also loved chemistry. I am a very analytical person so I think I enjoyed the formulas and exactness of chemistry. Q: What is your fondest memory from your time here at Nazareth as a student? A: My fondest memories from Nazareth are the school plays and our music trips. But really what made these memories so special were the people that I shared them with. I am still so close with a small group of my friends from Naz, and we still know how to have a good time!

Mrs. Hoffman Angels and Demons By: Dan Brown The Casual Vacancy By: J.K. Rowling And of course, BABY BOOKS! Xavier’s favorite is The Wheels on the Bus (“they go round and round, you know?”)

Xavier Hoffman says, “I Love reading with Mommy!”

Q: What are some of your hobbies? A: I love to go to zumba! I also sing with two choirs downtown, the Mendelssohn Club and the Archdiocesan Choir. I spend a lot of time with my two dogs, Bella and Riley. I like to cook, I aim to be crafty (I fail miserably), and I love to shop at Marshalls (the Homegoods section is awesome)! Q: What is your favorite music genre to listen to? A: I listen to a lot of different music but usually in my car I put on 104.5, so I guess Alternative Rock is my favorite genre. I really like Mumford and Sons, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Jason Mraz, Train, and Dave Matthews Band. I’m also a big Josh Groban fan and I love the soundtrack for P.S. I Love You and Garden State. Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go? A: I love Rome! I studied abroad there for four months while in college and I have been back there several times. I am very excited for the Music Department’s Italy trip in February! I would love to visit Austria and go on the Sound of Music Tour, or maybe to the Czech Republic (to reunite with some other Chmelkos-maybe find out how to pronounce my last name! haha!), or Japan because I think they have an amazing culture. Q: What is a super fun fact about yourself or a crazy experience you will never forget? A: I was living in Rome when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married in Italy in 2006. My best friend and I decided to join the TomKat frenzy and become paparazzi for a day. We went to the Hotel Hasslek and joined the crowd. We were interviewed by Lara Spencer of Entertainment Tonight about what it was like to be an American in Rome at the time. That night we went to Nino where TomKat had their rehearsal dinner and we made friends with paparrazi. We were up close to the front of the restaurant and we got to see Jlo and Marc Anthony, Jim Carey, and Will Smith.

Ms. Chmelko Right now, I am reading Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Goodreads is a new social media site about books, like Pinterest or Facebook for books! You can list and write reviews for books you have read, share with others what you are currently reading and keep a list to remind yourself of books you would like to read. It’s interesting to connect with your friends and see what they recommendI’ve read and enjoyed quite a few books that I wouldn’t have without this new site!

Q: What advice can you give to the seniors who are getting ready for college? What are your words of wisdom to all the girls here? A: Seniors- Be daring with your college decisions and don’t be afraid to go “away” to college. Now is not the time to play it safe, but to go out and be an adventurous, independent woman. What is great about Nazareth is that you have been given all the tools to go out, make an impact on the world, and spread your wings, but you will always have your Nazareth family that will want to share in all of your accomplishments. Underclassmen- Everyone says that four years go by fast and it is true! (Look, it’s already October and Christmas decorations have hit the shelves of every store.) Take advantage of every opportunity that you have. Work hard but give yourself time to hang out and talk with friends. Don’t forget to breathe- everyone’s lives are extremely busy, but it is important to take a step back, examine, reflect, and find out who you are. You will make it through your classes, labs, projects, midterms, and finals because you have a whole support system in the Nazareth community behind you.”


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Looking Forward to More... Music Happenings At Naz By: Madeleine Parks ’14 If you like pop music, jazz, or enjoy listening to a classical piece once in a while, the music concerts at Naz are for you. Every year, there are tons of music concerts run by our performance groups (orchestra, jazz band, chamber ensemble, panda-monium, or the a cappella group, chorus, and chorale). Maybe you like to have dinner while you’re listening to music; if so, the Black and White Concert is for you. Or, if you’re looking for a prom dress and want to hear our seniors shine in solos, go to the Fashion Show! Here is a list of all of the music department’s concerts for this school year, and if by some chance you have a free moment in the midst of eating, catching up on sleep, or doing tons of schoolwork, come to one of these concerts!

Footloose – NAHS’s annual school play is one of the biggest productions of the entire school year, where actors, singers, instrumentalists, and people who enjoy working behind the scenes come together to make a great show. This year’s production, Footloose, is different from the plays these past three year because it is geared to more teenage audiences. It’s sure to be great, so make sure to buy a ticket and come see it! Fashion Show –The Golden Asp, a prom dress store run by a Nazareth alumna, puts on a fashion show where our girls get to model prom dresses. If you’re 5’4” and always wanted to walk the runway, make sure to sign up to be a student model. If you haven’t found the perfect dress yet, you’re sure to find one here. Our seniors also perform solos, so make sure to come see your friends shine!

Christmas Concert – This concert is exclusively for music. All of our ensembles perform their hardest pieces and combine to form a great concert filled with Christmas music. If you want to hear a jazzy version of Jingle Bells or a Christmas piece you may have never heard before, this is the concert for you. Candlelight Concert – A tradition that will begin this year, Nazareth’s chorale will perform and invite other schools and performing groups, such as Holy Ghost’s choir, to come to the concert, which will be held in our beautiful chapel. If you enjoy hearing good choral music (and seeing boys), be sure to check out this event. Black and White Concert – The B&W concert is a great event to go to if you want to have dinner and hear all of our music

students perform solos. After having dinner and hearing some great solos, the music department puts on a concert that features all of our ensembles. Another great addition to the concert is the performances of the alumnae. Every year, the music department invites past graduates involved in the music department to perform. Sometimes, even our musical teachers like to shine. Spring Concert – This concert is the Christmas Concert of the Spring. The ensembles perform any type of music they want, just so long as it’s not Christmas related. Jazz Band will usually perform a famous jazz tune, Panda-monium might sing a wellknown pop song, and the orchestra just might decide to learn a theme from a film score. So make sure to see this concert if you like surprises!

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”


Friday, November 2, 2012

Page 18

Dear Nancy Ann... This first quarter has been CRAZY! I’ve been trying my best to manage my time, but there is just too much to do. The course work is getting harder, I have a million after-school activities, and the holidays are coming up. I’m getting super stressed out! Please help me before I jump out the window and run screaming like a lunatic down Grant Ave.

Sincerely, Super-Stressed

Dear Super Stressed,

“This is my message to you-ou-ou: “Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh! Every little thing is gonna be all right. Don’t worry!” -”Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley It’s that time of year again. No matter what grade you’re in, there’s always something going on that can make this a difficult time. It starts off easy in the beginning of the year, but as the weather gets cooler the coursework starts to pile up. For freshmen especially, this can be a huge adjustment. The most difficult thing to master in high school is time management. It takes four long years of learning the hard way. It’s different for each grade as the coursework gets more difficult. It becomes especially hard for seniors. While managing classes, they also have leadership positions in clubs and college applications to complete. In the midst of all of this, Naz girls find it especially hard to find the time to just relax and have fun on the weekend. My best advice for you is to start with what is most important. Schoolwork comes first here at Naz. Use the blessed planners that have been bestowed upon you. Write down everything that needs to be done by the next day, and include work that may take more than one night. Take a look at everything that needs to be done in the week ahead, and divvy it up day by day so that you won’t have an overwhelming amount of work in one night. By now you should be in the swing of things and know which class assignments demand the most of your time and/or attention. Step two: take it a day at a time. It’s important to plan ahead, but focus on what is directly in front of you. There’s no point in worrying about the chem test next Monday when you haven’t even started the homework yet. This same piece of advice goes for every area in your life. The Snowball Dance is two months away and prom isn’t for six months. I’m sure that there is a wonderful Ghost/Judge/Ryan/LaSalle/St. Joe Prep young man that would love to go with you. For now, breathe. My final piece of advice is to have fun. It’s way too easy to let stress get to the best of us. It takes control of our life, and the next thing we know we’re working on a project that’s due in two weeks on a Saturday night. Set aside some time to unwind and hang out with friends. High school requires a lot of work, but it’s also a time to make great memories that will last a lifetime. I’ve seen many a Nazareth student walk through these halls for four years and survive to tell the tale. I think you’ll do the same.

Miss Earth on....

The Little Things I get excited when someone holds the door open for me. In a world where people are going cross-eyed from only looking at the glowing screen in front of them, we have lost perspective on what used to be known as “common courtesy.” People are so wrapped up in the latest celebrity scandal, the most recent tweet, and the number of likes on profile pictures that they have begun to forget what is truly important. The smallest things, like saying please or excuse me, have become practically obsolete. When you want to tell somebody something, more often than not you will shoot off a quick text message or a comment on Facebook. This is the socially acceptable way to ignore somebody. The ways that we communicate with each have become so impersonal. As human beings, we have never been more connected and we have never been more alone. The text messages that we only half-consciously send off are meaningless. It’s the quantity over quality idea. We are willing to send off masses of text messages, but we shy away from spending legitimate quality time with people. I will be the first to admit that I do this. All of the time, unfortunately. When I feel swamped with school work and other after school activities, it just seems so much easier to text somebody than to call them. There is some part of me screaming that text messages aren’t really quality communication, but that part of me is

Love Always, Nancy Ann

The Nazareth A Publication of Nazareth Academy High School 4001 Grant Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19114 - 2999 Editors-in-Chief....................................................................................................................Victoria Szafara ’13, Amanda Leithead ’13 Reporters...............................................................................................Jackie Braithwaite ’13, Maddy Buckley ’13, Lindsay Driscoll ’13, Elizabeth Hellings ’13, Laura Hillsman ’13, Michelle Hillsman ’13, Amanda Leithead ’13, Erin McGrody ’13, Casey Mulholland ’13, Sarah Prill ’13, Alyse Ruriani ’13, Carley Schwab ’13, Molly Scullion ’13, Elena Silla ‘13, Victoria Szafara ’13, Kierstan Thomas ’13, Christina Acuna ’14, Sarah Marie Aitken ’14, Helene Blau ’14, Amira Bonds ’14, Natalie Corbett ’14, Tara D’Antonio ’14, Emily Garner ’14, Paige Gianfortune ’14, Emily McFadden ’14, Gina Pallanta ’14, Madeleine Parkes ’14, Claire Marie Rossi ’14, Caroline Silla ’14, Emma Sincalir ’14, Stephanie Spinosa ’14, Suzanne Cassidy ’15, Emily Donohue ’15, Elizabeth Gougler ’15, Jenna Guenther ’15, Julie Hatala ’15, Nicole Hofmann ’15, Sarah Tobin ’15, Laurel Enaco ’16, Patrice Gantert ’16 Sarah John ’16, Maddy Pontarelli ’16, Katie Schluth ’16, Jenna Silla ’16, Emily Sokolowski ’16 PoliticalCartoonist.........................................................................................................................................................................MichelleHillsman’13 Moderator.................................................................................................................................................................Mrs. Vogt-Hennessey

usually drowned out by my need to sleep. It’s come to the point where I was having a conversation with somebody—face to face and everything!—and I actually used the phrase “lols.” I don’t know about you, but when I begin to text-speak, I know that there is a serious problem. False forms of communication were dominating my life. Having a conversation with somebody over text is not the same as having an actual conversation with them. You lose the best parts of communication: physicality, expressions, voice inflection and knowing for sure whether or not that comment was meant to be sarcastic. With our lives being run by the glowing screens of our laptops, computers, iPads, iPhones, TV screens and other snazzy gadgets, we are losing what is really important. When was the last time that you said “thank you”? Or held the door open for somebody, letting them go first? With all of this attention being spent on our technology, we forget about these “common” courtesies. These little things are what make our day to day existence extraordinary. Pick your face up from your phone every now and again. (If you are reading this paper, you’re already on the right track!) When you take a step back from your electronics every now and again, it suddenly becomes much easier to strengthen relationships in your life. Sure, it may take a little more time and effort, but the rewards are exponentially more gratifying.


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