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District surveys Sp. Ed. Hilary Brumberg To evaluate the Newton Public Schools’ special education program, the School Committee hired District and Community Partners (DCP) to survey the program, according to deputy superintendent Paul Stein. “ The School Committee wanted to look at the special education services the NPS provide, because it is such a big part of our schools and budget,” Stein said. He chairs the Special Education Study Steering Committee, comprised of parents, school committee members and administrators, which helps DCP publicize and arrange times and places for surveys to be conducted. “DCP will look for themes that emerge in our school system,” Stein said. “I suspect that during their school visits, they are reality checking. “They are seeing if what they find matches what they were told in interviews and focus groups and learned from their statistical analysis. If it does, great. If it doesn’t, they’ll have to rethink theories of how the Newton Public Schools actually operates. “It’s like when you have a hypothesis in science class and you need to check it in reality. “It’s always good to have a neutral view to validate our strengths and identify our areas for improvement. I hope DCP will do both.” According to Stein, DCP’s complete survey and analysis is nearly a full-year process. Last spring, DCP interviewed Newton teachers and administrators in small groups, Stein said. It also collected computer data regarding student population, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and other tests. An expert is currently looking at and analyzing the information DCP collected. Throughout October, DCP scheduled visits at each of the secondary schools in Newton and seven elementary schools, spending one half to a whole day at each school, according to Stein. At the same time, DCP held focus groups for both parents of students with special needs and parents of regular education students, he said. DCP will also be conducting an electronic survey of special education educators, parents and regular educators, Stein said. When it finishes the surveys, DCP will compile a report of its observations and the data it collected. It will become a public report and will be presented to the School Committee at a meeting in January or February, according to Stein. “From there, the firm will make recommendations to the School Committee, who will decide what will be done and at what pace, depending on the resources available,” he said. “Sometimes you can’t do things tomorrow, but over time you can achieve them.” by
Rehearsal: Sophomore Nick Rodriguez and senior Linda Bard rehearse for “The Skin of Our Teeth,” which will be showing Thursday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 6 in the auditorium. See coverage on page 4.
Internship lets students voice opinions Hilary Brumberg To hear the opinions of teens, the Youth Commission for the City of Newton is starting the Community Service Internship Program, according to dean of students at the Harvard Kennedy School Chris Fortunato, the organizer of the program. The Youth Commission is “a volunteer body of adults and high school students working together to empower youth,” according to its website. It discusses “a full range of youth issues,” Fortunato said. “Everything from after school activities to drug and alcohol policies.” He said that the Commission is made up of “a great people who want to get a lot of stuff done. But right now, adults drive the Commission, not youth. The members feel like it is lacking the voice of actual teenagers.” by
To fix this, the interns will join the Commission as officially appointed Youth Commission leaders, Fortunato said. They will set the agenda for the monthly Commission meetings. “What we’re doing is turning the Youth Commission on its head,” he said. “Through the internship program, we’ll be having teenagers set the agenda. It’s a structured opportunity rather than just having students volunteer. “There are a lot of mechanisms for adults to share information, but not many for youth. You can’t really get the full-flavored discussion without talking to students. “It’s a very different model than just giving input or feedback—they are actually leading the discussions. Youth will have a unique voice. It gives
them direct access to people who inform decisions of Mayor Setti Warren and an avenue for advocating for what they believe in. It’s leadership at its best at a very young age. “There are a lot of mechanisms for adults to share information, but not many for youth. You can’t really get the full-flavored discussion without talking to students.” Students who participate in the internship program will meet Wednesday evenings for one to one and a half hours. Fortunato said he is still selecting students to participate in the program and will continue selecting through November. “We are looking to grasp a diverse group of leaders who are willing to the make the time commitment,” he said. Stein strongly urges youth to apply for internship program
because, “at the most basic level, having something like this in your background will help you with your future.” Teachers can nominate students or students can self-nominate by emailing Fortunato at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should include a list of interests and activities and a few paragraphs or bullet points about why the student would be a good candidate for the internship program. According to Fortunato, “sometimes it’s easier for people to express themselves verbally, and we’re happy to accommodate that,” so there is an option of a phone interview over writing paragraphs, he said. After receiving and reviewing the email, Fortunato said he will set up approximately half hour interviews with the students who apply.
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Reminiscing about the spirit of the old building We can rekindle our old Tiger Pride in this new facility Evan Clements In just about every way, the new school has been an upgrade. by
column We are surrounded by sparkling emerald green fields. We now have a gorgeous patio surrounding the football field, providing us with a convenient spot to hang outside. We have brand new computers and high-tech whiteboards in every classroom. We have automatic sinks in the bathrooms. We no longer feel as though we are trapped in a prison, thanks to the many windows. Heck, I think it’s even the same general temperature in every room. I so badly want to love this $200 million work of art. However, in the first weeks of my senior year—and I believe I am speaking for many others when I say this—I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. The soul and spirit of our beloved Newton North community seems to be missing. When I walk into the new building, I don’t feel the same buzz of excitement I felt when I stepped onto Main Street of the old building. Where are the fabled orange bricks of Main Street that provided us with a comfortable place to catch up with our friends during the day? Where is the purple tree that as freshmen we all longed to take over as se-
On the old ‘Main Street’: Throughout the years, seniors gathered around the Riley tree. niors—kings of the school? Where are the red, purple, blue, green and yellow that gave us landmarks and made us unique from just about every other high school in the country? I almost miss sitting in 98 degree classrooms during the
coldest days of January. Part of me feels as though we have just turned into a generic high school, and maybe that is the case. However, part of me thinks that we just need to break this building in. We need to make it ours. And
the authorities of the school need to give us a chance to make it ours. When you usher us away from our spot that overhangs the main lobby (we refer to it as “the view”), realize that we are just trying to find comfort in this massive building. We are just
trying to make it our home. The City of Newton has given us an enormous gift. However, the beautiful building is just the skeleton of Newton North High School. It is now in the hands of us, the students, to give this skeleton life.
Vote against Question 3 to maintain aid to cities Steven Michael In the words of Benjamin Franklin, there are two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. We have little control over the former. But, over the past 200 years, Americans have been grumbling about paying the tax collector. by
column Due to rising resentment of the government during this recession, it comes as no surprise that anti-tax activists are campaigning once again
to lower taxes charged by the government. Question 3 on the ballot in the November 2 general election proposes to lower Massachusetts state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent. A vote in favor would decrease tax revenue and damage communities already fragile from budget cuts during the recession. This initiative reignites the age old debate of small government versus big government. It begs the question of what role government should have in the lives of its citizens—of which taxes are the most visible sign.
If Question 3 passed, it would eliminate approximately $2.5 billion from the $52 billion state budget. Lower taxes, advocates say, bring prosperity and more jobs to follow. But this simplistic view overlooks the multitude of recipients of government funding. Tax money flows into the commonwealth’s public schools. The government contributes a portion of its revenue to cities and towns, which in turn earmark a portion of that revenue for education. No one enjoys paying taxes, yet the money supports essential services. In addition to education, the state supports
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in revenue. While fiscal responsibility is an admirable goal, a decrease in sales tax will not successfully accomplish this mission. The severity of tentative cuts to social services resulting from question 3 outweighs any benefits. Massachusetts Coalition for Our Communities, an opponent of the decrease, points out that $2.5 billion amounts to half the sum paid by the state to shoulder the cost of public education. The coalition correctly asserts, “We cannot keep cutting without doing lasting harm to our schools, health care and the services that strengthen our communities.”
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The Newtonite, founded in 1922, is the newspaper of Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St., Newtonville, Mass. 02460. Editors in chief — Marena Cole, Eli Davidow Managing editor — Teddy Wenneker News editor — Hilary Brumberg Sports editors — Jay Feinstein, Jacob Schwartz Arts editors — Kate Lewis, Perrin Stein Features editors — Jacob Brunell, Fatema Zaidi Freelance editor — Meredith Abrams News analysis editor — Steven Michael Talk of the Tiger editor — Georgina Teasdale Photography editor — Gaby Perez-Dietz Production managers — Gabe Dreyer, Ben Hills Advertising managers — Emily Gulotta, Tiphaine Kugener Business manager — Dan Salvucci Circulation managers — Alison Berkowitz, Caleb Gannon
city services such as the fire department, police, trash collection and public works. Alliance to Roll Back Taxes, a proponent of the tax decrease, makes several of unsubstantiated claims in the state Voter’s Guide. The organization claims a ‘yes’ vote on question 3 will create “32,929 productive, sustainable jobs,” but fails to mention the harm a tax decrease will cause the state. A broad cut in state revenue is not the solution. By starving the state government of much needed funds, only painful cuts will ensue. Any new jobs created by the possible tax decrease will be offset by layoffs of civil servants caused by the decrease
If you’re of the age of 18, you should take advantage of the important opportunity to vote. Especially in this gubernatorial election, which will have a lasting impact for the next four years in Massachusetts, it is essential to cast your vote Tuesday. Don’t underestimate the value of your vote. You may be one person with one particular opinion, but you can contribute to the most crucial of decisions. The future lays in your hands. You may believe that is pointless to waste time at the polls. But in fact, it is essential to make your voice heard. It is not a waste of time. Your small, significant vote can be the very difference in the future of our
Give NaNoWriMo an opportunity
November is National Novel Writing Month, in which participants pledge to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to challenge yourself to create something you can really call a product of hard work. If you have some free time this month, consider taking it on. It’ll definitely be something to be proud of.
Donate your used test prep books
Students at this school have organized a drive to collect used test prep books. Collection boxes are in the Main Office, the House Offices, and the library. All books are accept-
ed, including PSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT II, AMCSO, GED, MCAS, etc. The books will be do nated to the Boston Public Library. It’s a great opportunity to help students who may not be able to purchase materials themselves prepare for the college admissions process.
Letters Readers are invited to submit guest articles and letters to the editor. Letters should be put in the Newtonite box in Beals House or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Newtonite reserves the right to edit all letters, which must have the writer’s name, class and homeroom. The Newtonite serves as a forum for student opinion.
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Senior named semifinalist Kristian Lundberg Senior Mark Ingram was named a semifinalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP) for outstanding African American students, he said. He qualified by having a “high score on his PSAT,” according to vice principal Deborah Holman. Ingram is one of 1,600 semifinalists from the New England region out of the 160,000 applicants, Holman said. Semifinalists have the option to apply to become one of the 800 finalists for scholarships, she said. Seven hundred of the finalists are given a $2,500 scholarship. A separate 100 corporate-sponsored awards are given to finalists “who plan to pursue particular careers,” or have other relations to a company, according to the NASP website. Ingram said he applied to by
Math team: Junior Boshan Mo and sophomore Samin Panahi compare answers during practice Wednesday, Oct. 20 in 465.
Math team defeats Brookline, South with highest score ever Kayla Shore This school’s math team scored higher than any other league competitors in the past year. With 93 points, the team beat three top schools in its division—Brookline, Newton South and Boston Latin—and had its “best ever score,” said senior Dong-Gil Shin, the captain. The meet took place at Brookline Wednesday, Oct. 12. “Everyone on the team did their best,” he said. Five team by
members participated, and Shin and sophomore Christina Chen each scored a perfect 18. The team, which hasn’t beaten South for “as long as I can remember,” said Shin, scored 17 points higher. “This was beyond our expectations,” he said. Shin said that the team’s success is indicative of its future competition. The team must do well to especially make to the State competition. “I think we will make it to the State level again this year,”
Alex Feit The Class of 2014 elected officers and representatives to the Student Faculty Administration. Elections were held Monday, Oct. 19., and 20 students ran for office. Class president is Lee Guekguezian. Vice presidents from F.A. Day are Yankel Karasik and Jared Perlo, from Bigelow are Will Champion and Mike Schlichting and from an independent school is Terry Altherr. SFA representatives are Marianne Engelke, Ned Martenis and Emmett McCleary, and the alternate representative is Jesse Metzger.
Night to help students with college finances
Gloria Li To prepare seniors for the financial aspect of the college application process, this school will host Financial Aid Night, according to College and Career Center counselor Brad MacGowan. “Seniors and their parents should go Newtonian because the Brad MacGowan financial aid forms, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are timely and change every year,” MacGowan said. The Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA) will run the event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 in Lasker auditorium. According to MacGowan, the event will cover many aspects of college financing, ranging from FAFSA to the creation of College Scholarship Service (CSS) by
the program when he marked the section on the PSAT “that allows the score to be sent to the NASP. I didn’t really think much of it at the time,” he said. In taking the test, Ingram also applied for the National Merit Scholarship Program, a similar program that applies to all students who take the PSAT, he said.
he said. Last year there were no seniors on the team, so the team as a whole gained experience and didn’t lose any members, according to Shin. As a result, it has improved since last year. The team, advised by math teacher Elisse Ghitelman, competes four more times this year with its division in the regular season as a part of the Greater Boston Math League, Shin said. It reached the New England level last year.
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online Profile form. It will also explain the difference between grants and loans and compare need-based and merit financial aid and scholarships, MacGowan said. MEFA representative Kendra Linder-Johnson will give a PowerPoint presentation and lead a question and answer session, MacGowan said. Afterwards, MEFA will hand out complimentary college financing booklets to attendees. Also, the NNHS Scholarship Form will be available.
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Classroom devoted to student writers
Kate Lewis A classroom will be donated by the library to students participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which begins Monday, according to teacher Stephen Chinosi. The program challenges writers around the globe to write a 50,000-word novel during November, said Chinosi. “The library is dedicating computers and laptops for students who are writing novels this month,” he said. This will be Chinosi’s second year participating in NaNoWriMo. Last year, more than 119,000 people from around the world participated, including 22,000 students, according to NaNoWriMo’s website, www. nanowrimo.org. Chinosi said that he hopes the availability of technology will encourage more students to take a risk and participate in National Novel Writing Month. “I love the fact that through NaNoWriMo, so many people are thinking about writing and language at the same time. People who love the art of writing can use this month to have fun with language.” by
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Pulitzer Prize-winning play to go up “The Skin of Our Teeth” mixes relevant themes with comedy Kate Lewis “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder, directed by seniors Aviva Galpert and Edan Laniado, will open Theatre Ink’s 2010-2011 season. The show will be performed Thursday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. “The Skin of Our Teeth,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1943, tells the story of the Antrobuses, a family that represents humanity and whose perseverance and determination allow them to rebuild under a d v e r s e c i rcumstances, said Galpert. Newtonian “The show Aviva is about learnGalpert ing from our mistakes and refusing to allow challenges to keep us from moving forward,” she said. “It is about the wonders of progress, such as learning, art and innovation, and about the more negative things that can accompany progress, such as Social Darwinism and large-scale violence.” The Antrobuses appears to be an average American family, but several anachronistic quirks, such as their prehistoric pet mammoth and dinosaur, make it apparent that they are not as normal as they seem. According to Galpert, the fate of society rests upon their interactions with each other. Junior Caleb Bromberg will play George Antrobus, the family patriarch, and senior Linda Bard will portray his by
wife, Maggie. The Antrobus children, Henry and Gladys, will be played by junior Sam Bell-Gurwitz and sophomore Eliza Burr, respectively. The family’s maid, Sabina, will be played by Madeline Murphy, a sophomore. Bromberg said of his character, “Mr. Antrobus is the be-all and end-all of humanity. If he cannot find a reason to keep living, the world shall end.” According to Bard, “Mrs. Antrobus represents the sort of stereotypical mother. She’s very concerned with her children and protecting her family. “Throughout the play, she realizes the importance of what Mr. Antrobus is doing,” she said. “She’s known it all along, but her appreciation for what he does grows from Act I to Act II.” Galpert hopes that the audience will see the play and understand that our world is no less ridiculous than the world in which the characters live. “The socioeconomic disparity, mindless violence, radical stereotyping, infidelity and hunger for power that characterize their lives are very prevalent in our lives as well,” she said. Despite the serious ideas and heavy themes that are present in the show, Galpert said that the play has several comedic moments to lighten the mood. “We love this play because it’s funny and absurd, but it’s meaningful as well,” she said. “The majority of comedies we read were insubstantial, but ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ uses humor to communicate really important and relevant themes.” Amalia Sweet, a sophomore, designed the set, which operates
Practicing a scene: Sophomore Nick Rodriguez, as the Greek poet Homer, and junior Caleb Bromberg, playing Mr. Antrobus, rehearse for “The Skin of Our Teeth.” on wheels and rotates before each act to reveal an entirely new setting, she said. “As a first time set designer, it was really incredible to watch what had started out as a simple colored pencil sketch change and actually appear at twelve feet tall on stage,” said Sweet. “Although I have seen a hand-
ful of other sets seem to grow overnight, it’s different when it is your vision.” Costumes designed by senior Anna Gargas, junior Gabbi Morgenstern and freshman Sophie Sokolov will be of 1940s style, which “makes the anachronisms like a pet dinosaur and an imminent ice age much more ap-
parent,” said Galpert. Galpert said that both the set and costumes will use specific colors to evoke the themes of the play, as well as the evolution of the characters. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at www.theatreink.net as well as at all lunches.
Local photography exhibit features student work Perrin Stein High school students, including 15 from this school, have work featured at the Massachusetts State Transportation Building photography exhibit. The exhibit began Monday, Oct. 25 and will continue until Wednesday, Nov. 24. “This is the second year of the exhibit,” said John Michael Gray, an event organizer with Timothy O’Connor. “It was started to give Massachusetts high school photography students an opportunity to exhibit their work in a state-wide exhibit.” Gray and O’Connor are codirectors of the New England Art Education Conference Inc., which created the exhibit with the help of the Massachusetts Art Education Association. According to Gray, these two programs also run the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, an opportunity in the spring for students to receive recognition for their work. Over 400 students from twenty different schools have their work disNewtonian Ron Morris played at the exhibit. “ E a c h school’s photography teacher chose the best examples of the work being completed in their school’s photography program,” he said. “It is a cross section of photography techniques all done by high school students.” Photography teacher Ron by
Currently on display: Junior Madeleine Aquilina’s photo, along with 14 others from this school are shown at a state-wide photography exhibit. In this photograph, Aquilina experimented with double exposure, depicting a girl upside down and right side up.
Morris had each photography major student submit a photo, and he chose fifteen for the exhibit. “We submit photos because part of our curriculum is to exhibit work since it gives an opportunity to receive feedback from other people,” he said. By submitting their work, students have to look at their work objectively and critique it, according to Morris. “This gives people a new perspective on their work, and it can help them become better photographers,” he said. According to Morris, the Massachusetts Transportation Building receives a lot of traffic, so the exhibit allows many people to see students’ work, which they wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise. “It shows off our talent and celebrates it,” he said. “Not many high schools offer photography as a class, so it brings awareness to the unique program that this school offers.” One of the students whose work Morris chose to submit is junior Madeleine Aquilina. She submitted a double exposure
of a girl she met on the French exchange, which she printed twice: once right-side-up and once upside-down. Although it was an assignment to submit work, Aquilina said it was a great opportunity “to have work recognized by the wider community.” “I was experimenting in the dark room with double exposures and flipping images,” she said. “When I was finished, it looked cool because it’s different than typical photography.” Another student, sopho more Sophie Kaplan, had a photo chosen for the photography exhibit. Her photo is of a girl holding a fan in front of her face. “I Newtonian used a special Sophie border to make Kaplan the photo look like it fades off the page,” she said. Kaplan said she decided to submit this photo because “I liked the photo and am proud of it.”
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Halloween memories through the years Fatema Zaidi For senior Helen Gao, one of her most memorable Halloween costumes was a little bit unconventional. “I wanted to be a princess, because every five- or six-yearold wants to be a princess,” Gao said. “My mom was away on a business trip, so my dad had to come up with a makeshift costume for me. “I had this flowery dress that I decided to wear, and my dad found a pink birthday-girl tiara from my fourth or fifth birthday. “I wanted to wear earrings, because I knew princesses wore Newtonian earrings, but Helen Gao I didn’t have pierced ears, so my dad taped teabags to my ears for earrings. “So then, I went trick-ortreating with my friend. She was being a Dalmatian from 101 Dalmatians. “When I went over her house, she was putting on facepaint to make spots. “I decided then that I really wanted some whiskers, and so I ended up being a princess with whiskers painted on and teabags for earrings.” With Halloween approaching this Sunday, students shared interesting costumes and stories from when they were younger.
doorbells and I would stick my head in the doorways and say, ‘doggy?’” Anthony Sposato: “When I was younger I would go out trick-or-treating with my little brother and sister. “One year I was Pikachu, another I was the Red Power Ranger, and another I was Captain Hook.” Melissa Weikart: “Once, when I was younger, I decided to be ‘creative’ and be a table. I cut a hole through cardboard and put it over my head and put a tablecloth over it.”
Mike Barbone: “In fourth grade, I was Blastoise, the Pokemon, and my mom hand made the costume. I was a giant turtle with cannons. It was kind of awesome when I look back at it, actually.”
Some students here still enjoy Halloween. Abby Barnstone: “I was a head of broccoli when I was a toddler. My parents dressed me up and I was like two or three, so I didn’t really have a choice.” Suzy Bennett: “I was a crayon…when I was 16.” Matt Dickey: “My dad built me a Thomas the Tank Engine costume when I was six out of cardboard. All of my friends thought it was pretty cool at the time, actually. At least, I think they did.” Juhi Patel: “Well, I dressed up as a pumpkin once. It wouldn’t
have been that bad if I was little, but I was in seventh grade. It was sort of because I lost a bet. Everyone kind of laughed when they saw me.”
Ilana Greenstein: “When I was three years old, I was the pig and my little sister was the web from Charlotte’s Web and I had a little snout and a tail and it was really cute.” Tim Kenslea: I was Donkey and Eric Hollenberg was Shrek. Eric was really sad and one of the guys from one of the houses
said, ‘cheer up little bud, why so green?’” Emily Schacter: “One time I dressed up as a clown and my parents painted a huge smile on my face, but I was frowning the entire time.” Marianna Sorensen: “I was two years old, hadn’t been trickor-treating before, and didn’t understand that the purpose was to get candy. I thought the purpose was to see all the dogs in everybody’s houses. So my friend who was trick-or-treating with me would ring the
Billy Cohen: “There was a house once that told us to watch out for a gorilla and then a guy dressed up in a gorilla costume began Newtonian chasing us.” Billy Briana HoCohen gan: “I was a witch once and I had a green face and it was really ugly.” Natalia Morgan: “When I was three, I was a candy corn.” Devon Phinney: “I was Cinderella once—I was pretty cute.”
Sam Atkins: “One year, I dressed up as a clown and I wore plastic shoes and when I was walking towards somebody’s house, I slipped on the grass because of my huge shoes.” Anna D’Alleva: “I was a rockstar once and it was really feathery and weird looking.” Amber Poirier: “When I was a baby, my parents dressed me up as Barney because that used to be my favorite show.” Preston Yong: “I was Winnie the Pooh when I was two.”
Visitor spent 163 days in orbit Astronaut speaks about daily life on a space station Jared Freedman When students first walked into the auditorium, they were greeted by an image of astronaut Timothy Creamer projected onto the screen. by
on campus In the photo, he was on the International Space Station (ISS), but more importantly, he was wearing a Newton North Science t-shirt. According to Creamer, his friend,science teacher Ann Dannenberg, gave him the shirt. Creamer visited this school Thursday, Oct. 21. He spoke about his time in orbit and answered questions. December 21, Creamer lifted off for the ISS from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He was aboard the Soyuz TMA-17 capsule, one of the Russian Federal Space Agency’s
vehicles. In Creamer’s capsule was himself, Commanders Oleg Kotov and Soichi Noguchi. They were part of Expedition 22/23 on the ISS. The three spent a total of 163 days in orbit. “One of the neat things you can do in orbit is float,” said Creamer. “It took me a little while to get used to space. I lost things, but I stopped after a few weeks.” Creamer explained that if one moved slowly enough, one could easily move massive objects. The main purpose of having astronauts aboard the ISS is to make it possible for experiments designed by scientists on Earth to be run in space. Astronauts’ work includes swapping out samples when vehicles arrive from or depart to Earth, maintenance of all the internal systems and cleaning the space station and all its parts.
Life aboard the ISS is not all work, Creamer said. Astronauts have to exercise two and a half hours per day in order to prevent bone loss and weakening muscles. Most of this exercise is done with the help of rubber bands. that provide resistance, he said. The astronauts also take a lot of pictures out of the windows, especially with the newly attached cupola, which provides a 180 degree view of the earth, Creamer said. June 2, Creamer and the rest of his crew left the ISS and landed in central Kazakhstan several hours later. “I couldn’t walk straight for five days,” he said. “We were in rehab for 50 days after we landed.” When asked what he would change about his time in space, Creamer responded, “I would stay longer.”
Back from orbit: Timothy Creamer, an astronaut, spoke on campus about his experiences in orbit aboard the International Space Station for 163 days.
Guest speakers talk about good banking practices Hilary Brumberg As part of the American Bankers Association’s Get Smart About Credit Day, Village Bank representatives presented to students in an assembly Thursday, Oct. 21. by
on campus Amy Corda, senior vice president of lending at Village Bank, presented with vice president of residential lending JoAnn Fer-
guson and community relations officer Susan Paley. According to Corda, the goal of the initiative is to educate the next generation of consumers. “You have access to the internet and all sorts of things at your fingertips that we never dreamed of in high school,” Corda said. “In 1972, consumer debt was 55 percent of the nation’s income, so there was room to save money,” she said. “The average consumer household
debt was $12,000. “Now, the debt is 120 percent and the household debt is $46,000. We’re a country of spending more than we have.” According to Corda, credit is the money a person takes out of the bank. She said it is important because it determines who will lend to a person and who will hire him or her. Banks use the Four Cs of Credit—character, collateral, capacity and credit—to decide if
a person is credit worthy, Corda explained. Character is a person’s willingness to repay the loan, collateral is an asset, capacity is a source of repayment and credit is a person’s credit score, she said. Corda explained the difference between debit and credit cards. “Debit is buy now, pay now,” she said. “You take it out right then. Credit is buy now, pay more later because of interest.
“Credit cards are not all created equally. When you sign up for a credit card and it says zero percent interest, you say ‘great.’ But you didn’t read the fine print that says that’s only for the first three months.” Corda and Ferguson left the audience with these words: “Read the fine print. Beware of introductory phrases. Understand all of your fees. In short, do your homework and be educated. Remember: credit is a privilege, not a right.”
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Gubernatoria Deval Patrick Meredith Abrams Incumbent and democratic candidate Deval Patrick hopes to focus on jobs, education and healthcare if elected for a second term, he said. “We’ve passed education reforms…but we still have a gap to close,” Patrick said. “97.5 percent of our residents have health insurance…but it’s still too expensive. We are emerging from the recession…but too many people are still out of work.” Patrick said that he is motivated by the people who feel as if they’re on the outside looking in. “That is why this is not about me. It is about people who are still waiting to feel like this economy and this society cares about them and is making a place for them, too.” On the issue of education, Patrick said he would continue to support a unified public higher education system. “I will help implement the Vision Project, a recent higher education initiative focused on goal setting, transparency and accountability, and we will continue our focus on education and careers in the ‘STEM’ fields: science, math, education and technology,” he said. “We need to connect more of our employers to our public institutions of higher education and ensure that these students by
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Getting ready for Election Day: Sophomore Ivan McGovern poses with Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker at a recent campaign rally.
Students share experiences from working on campaigns Jacob Brunell When it comes to politics, students at Newton North are not shy about having their ideas heard. With Tuesday, Nov. 2 just around the corner, North students shared stories about their political involvement. Junior Gabe Dreyer said he has worked on campaigns for candidates running for local, state and national offices. “I campaigned for Deval Patrick in 2006, Barack Obama in 2008, and most recently, for mayoral candidate Ken Parker in 2009,” said Dreyer. Dreyer said that he first became interested in politics at a rally at the Hynes Center in Boston for Deval Patrick in the 2006 gubernatorial race. “I stood behind the stage and shook hands with Patrick and then-junior Senator Barack Obama at the Hynes rally,” recalled Dreyer. Dreyer said his most memorable experience, however, came after his work on the Obama campaign. “I got to go to the State House to the Governor’s office, with by
Newton’s State representatives and had the opportunity to formally meet Deval Patrick,” explained Dreyer. Sophomore Ivan McGovern said that he is helping out with the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. “I first became interested in supporting Baker because I knew him as a former colleague of my mom,” explained McGovern. After going to a campaign rally for Baker earlier this month, McGovern’s interest increased. “I will be out there supporting Baker and holding campaign signs on Election Day,” McGovern said. Other North students became involved to show their support for President Obama during his election campaign in 2008 as well. Senior Jocie Sobieraj said that during the 2008 primary in New Hampshire, she helped out at Obama’ s New Hampshire campaign office with fellow senior David Gore. “We drove up there and went from house to house asking people who they were voting for. It was a pretty interesting experience,” Sobieraj explained.
“Some people I felt were looking down on us because we were younger and they thought we didn’t know anything about politics. “It was interesting to hear about different people’s experiences. “We got to talk to so many different people, hear their opinions and see what their lives were like, even though we didn’t know them.” Although many North students are involved in political activism through helping support political candidates, others campaign more directly on issues that matter to them. Senior Maddie MacWilliams said that she is currently working on a campaign to get voters to strike down Ballot Question 3. If Ballot Question 3 is passed, the Massachusetts sales tax would be reduced by over 50 percent. “Many groups and programs in the state would lose funding because of this,” MacWilliams explained. This past summer, MacWilliams also worked on a campaign to keep the state from cutting funding for teen jobs in and around Boston. “This was a campaign begun by urban groups,” she said. “However, groups from the suburbs, such as Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC), began to help them out. “In the end, we were fairly successful, as the campaign got the support of State Senator Cynthia Creem, and Representative Frank Smizik actually put more money towards youth jobs than we had originally been asking for,” MacWilliams said.
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are prepared to contribute in the workplace.” Patrick said his plan for education includes the “strategic use of federal stimulus dollars to prevent massive reductions as the state continues to manage a challenging budget spurred by the tough national financial climate.” Another issue Patrick said is essential to his campaign is the environment. “I believe in generational responsibility, that old-fashioned idea that each of us should do what we can to leave things better for those who come behind us,” he said.
Eli Davidow What makes Tim Cahill, the independent candidate for Massachusetts governor, distinct is the fact that he gives the Commonwealth a unique, middle-ground perspective, said Juli Sweeney, the campaign press secretary. “We tried a Republican in office, and that didn’t work,” she said. “Then we tried a Democrat for four years, and that didn’t work either. “Tim would bring Massachusetts in a different direction, crossing party lines. “If there was a Republican legislative movement, for example, all the Republicans would be partial to the Republican Party. And if there was a Democratic legislative movement, all the Democrats would be partial to the Democratic Party. “Tim, in this situation, can have an open mind and look at an unbiased perspective. He can rise above the Republicans and Democrats and look at every angle. That’s what separates him.” Leading up to his candidacy, Cahill was a part of the Quincy City Council from 1987 to 2003. Then in 2002, Cahill was elected as State Treasurer, running as a Democrat. He was reelected in 2006. According to Sweeney, the issues that define Cahill’s platform are “the economy, jobs and job creation.” “Our focus is getting people by
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back to work,” she said. “We want to cut the 6.25 percent sales tax down to 5 percent, because it’s currently just too high.” If elected governor, Cahill also would do his best to provide job opportunities for teenagers and people of all ages, Sweeney said. “We want to engage as many in people in the Commonwealth, because we know every age group is competing for jobs these days,” she said. “Tim has a focus on job opportunity, because it keeps kids involved and engaged in something. “We want to engage young people in something they believe in.”
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al candidates Charlie Baker Meredith Abrams As the Republican candidate for governor in the upcoming election, Charlie Baker is focused on eliminating unnecessary spending and reforming the government, said his press secretary Rick Gorka. “Charlie believes cutting taxes, cutting spending and reforming state government are the most important issues facing the next governor,” Gorka said. “Massachusetts is facing a $2.5 billion budget deficit next fiscal year and state government needs to undergo a thorough review of all agencies.” Gorka said that Baker would begin his reforms with the “Baker’s Dozen,” a list of 13 changes Baker would make if elected— from reforming Medicaid to changing inmates’ room and board. According to Baker’s website, he is focused on not cutting local aid. “I served as a member of my hometown’s Board of Selectmen and I know firsthand that these cuts force local leaders to lay off vital teaching and public safety personnel,” his website says. Baker also hopes to maintain rigorous standards. According to his website, “Massachusetts leads the nation in K-12 education because of the standards established by education reform. by
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“I believe moving away from our own standards would be a mistake—for students, for schools and for the state of Massachusetts, and I will fight to make sure our education standards remain our standards, not something that comes from the direction of the federal government,” his website says. Baker became Secretary of Administration and Finance in 1994 and served in that position until September of 1998, according to his website. Baker became CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 1999, the website says.
Inspiring to see local teens so connected to state issues Kate Lewis Two weeks ago, I experienced an eye-opening exposure to political issues in our home state. by
viewpoint The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) hosted a forum Sunday, Oct. 17 at Temple Israel in Boston to share its views with the four candidates for governor of Massachusetts. I attended the conference with a group from Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy (YMORE) , one of many youth organizations at the conference. Altogether, there were over 130 teens in attendance, representing communities from all around the Greater Boston area, including many students from Newton North. YMORE leaders explained that GBIO’s goal for the evening was to build relationships and express their vision with all of the candidates, in hopes that one candidate will enact this vision as governor. The event aimed to use the “power of pressure,” or a room full of voters, to convince the candidates to support their views. GBIO opposes all three of the ballot initiatives, which would cut funding for important state programs, and hopes that the gu-
bernatorial candidates will agree with them. With over 130 teenagers in attendance, the leaders said the candidates would see that the next generation is ready to assume political responsibility. The auditorium was packed with more than 1,000 people representing various faith communities from around Boston, including leaders from Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Temple Emanuel and Temple Shalom of Newton. The diversity in the room was evident, and though all of the groups were of different faiths and backgrounds, they all supported the same idea—that voting “yes” on Questions 1, 2 and 3 would have detrimental effects to the state. Senior Ned Weitzman even got a chance to speak on the negative effects that Question 3 would have, especially on teenagers. Question 3 proposes a decrease in Massachusetts sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent. “Cuts in funding lead to cuts in services, which lead to even more damaging cuts,” Weitzman said. “I don’t want to witness cuts to the future of my generation, because for teens, no money means no future.” Several individuals shared heart-wrenching stories to en-
courage the gubernatorial candidates to take a stand on important issues like usury, the Haitian earthquake and inner-city violence. Tyree Hyatt, a teen leader of the Dorchester Bay Youth Force, shared a particularly poignant story: one day, as she was walking home, she watched as two teenagers pulled a gun and shot a 14-year-old boy in the street, only blocks from her home. I always knew that there was street violence in Boston. Just turn on the news and you’ll hear a story about a person being hurt or killed in the city. Tyree’s story really brought this serious issue close to home. Living in a safe and strong community like Newton makes it difficult to imagine that only miles away, people our age are dying in the streets and learning in sub-par conditions. At the forum, I got to hear from real people with real stories about the very real problems that exist in our state. All the candidates said that they would use their power as governor to do something about these issues. As the candidates went on, it led me to wonder how sincere they were being. Were they really going to enact change, or were they just saying so to win a few votes?
Jill Stein Marena Cole As the gubernatorial candidate for the Green/Rainbow party, Jill Stein is focusing on stabilizing the economy, according to her campaign website. “A vote for Jill is a vote to get our state government out of the hands of the insiders and the lobbyists, and to get Massachusetts moving toward the secure, sustainable economy that our families and communities so desperately need,” it says. If elected governor, Stein will help to protect private school funding against the state’s growing interest in private and charter schools, according to the website. “In Massachusetts, our public schools and colleges are the cornerstone of our democracy and provide the foundation for our citizens’ economic success,” the website says. “But now, this vital system is under sustained attack from privatization interests who are undermining public schools as part of an effort to advance charter school interests. “As parents, teachers and concerned citizens, we have to speak up now in support of our schools and our students,” it says. Stein’s website also says that she supports letting “educators and parents decide how best to educate our children.” Stein’s website also says that she supports letting “educators by
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and parents decide how best to educate our children.” “Stop the takeover of the education agenda by private interests seeking to gain a business advantage,” it says. “Stop the power grabs by state level bureaucracies seeking to impose their schemes on parents and local school districts.” In 2008, Stein helped formulate a “Secure Green Future” ballot initiative that called upon legislators to accelerate efforts to move the Massachusetts economy to renewable energy. A representative from the Jill Stein campaign could not be reached for contact by press time.
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Talk of the Critic’s Picks The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1976)
This campy creation is a total Halloween staple. Join Brad and Janet as they get lost in the woods and end up at a mysterious castle, home to the mad scientist and “sweet transvestite” Dr. Frank-N-Furter and a whole host of crazy characters. The bizarre humor and fun musical numbers are enough to get anyone doing the Time Warp (it’s just a jump to the left…). This movie is screened every Saturday at midnight in Harvard Square, and the audience is encouraged to dress up, throw props at the screen and shout lines back at the actors. ◆ Freak Factor: This movie only makes fun of the horror genre, so there’s nothing to fear here! Unless the sight of Tim Curry in platform heels freaks you out…
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
It’s October 31 every day in Halloween Town, a land full of ghosts and ghouls straight out of the imagination of Tim Burton. This macabre musical features a frightful score by Danny Elf-
man and shadowy stop-motion animation to give the film an extra creepy edge. However, the story is pure whimsical fun as Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, discovers the true meaning of Christmas and falls in love with rag-doll Sally. Plus, it works fine for both Halloween and Christmas time. ◆ Freak Factor: Those creepy Halloween Town residents can get a chill going, but it’s hardly a horror film.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko is just a normal teenager…oh, except for that terrifying rabbit man that keeps following him around. “Frank,” a hallucinatory bunny rabbit that keeps invading Donnie’s daydreams, alerts Donnie to the end of the world and manipulates him to commit a series of dangerous crimes.You’ll be on the edge of your seat until the very end as the countdown to doomsday runs out. ◆ Freak Factor: This movie is full of creepy twists and turns… perfect for Halloween.
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Georgina Teasdale Special education secretary Jackie O’Neil graduated from Newton High School in 1968. In school she played both basketball and volleyball during her junior and senior year. Also, O’Neil worked in the Barry House office and participated in French club. O’Neil said that the school was pretty strict. Girls were not allowed to wear pants, rather having to wear a skirt or dress. Housemasters would staple paper to the hems of skirts to make them longer if too short, and then get a note from the student’s mother the next day. O’Neil said she remembers how she liked “the way the campus was set up with the three by
School of Rock
What: Hogwarts at HMNH Where: Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge When: 2 p.m. Cost: $6
What: Beacon Hill with a Boo Tour Where: State House, Boston When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $20
Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful thriller is a must-see classic, though not for the faint of heart. After stealing $40,000 from her boss’s sleazy client, a young woman named Marion runs off with the money and stops for the night at the shady Bates Motel, where she meets the quirky Norman Bates. But something’s odd about Norman, the motel’s owner—and just wait until you meet his mother. Bernard Herrmann’s intense score and Hitchcock’s masterful cinematography only heighten the frights and add to the film’s suspense. ◆ Freak Factor: Consider yourself warned—you might not want to take a shower for a while after seeing this movie. —Kate Lewis
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buildings, which lent itself to sitting outside under the trees.” According to O’Neil, the student body is now much more diverse.
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Golf sends member to States Goldberg gains experience from tourney Jacob Schwartz Freshman Charlie Goldberg was the only golfer from the Tigers, 9-3 overall, to participate in the State Tournament Tuesday, scoring an 85. “It was a good first try, but I believe it was a little bit under my expectations,” Goldberg said. However, “I was glad to attend,” Goldberg said. “I feel very good that I represented my team in the tournament.” Coach Bob MacDougall said Goldberg “was a little disappointed in the score because he’s a real competitor, but it was really a great experience for him.” The lowest individual score at the event was a 70, which was even. At the State qualifying meet Monday, Oct. 18, the team didn’t golf well, according to MacDougall. “We just had a bad day on the golf course,” he said. “Our shining moment was Charlie Goldberg shooting a 77.” The top four teams in the qualifying round earned a spot in the final tournament as a team, but the Tigers did not qualify overall. However, Goldberg’s score gave him an individual spot in the tournament, keeping the Tigers alive. Overall, the team also scored poorly at the Bay State Conference Tournament Wednesday, Oct. 20, according to MacDougall. “As a team we didn’t score well enough to compete for the title, which was a little disappointing,” MacDougall said. However, Goldberg and senior T.J. Ryan, a captain with seniors Mike Zegarelli and Eric Regensberg, earned the honor of First Team All-Star. Goldberg shot a 79 at the Tournament, and Ryan shot a 77. “There were some good moments and some not good moments,” MacDougall said. MacDougall said he thoroughly enjoyed coaching the team. “They’re a great bunch of guys, not to mention they’re very good golfers,” he said. “It was great that throughout the season we were able to beat the really tough teams in our league. “In our conference, the top four teams are classified elite teams, and we achieved one of our goals by being classified as one of these teams.” According to MacDougall, the team also achieved a major goal by defeating the other three top competitors in the league: Brookline, Needham and Wellesley. Goldberg said, “It was a successful season. We had a lot of great players, who widened my gaze on how teams really should play.” He also acknowleded MacDougall for “opening our minds to things we didn’t think about before.” by
On Elm Road: Sophomores Jonny Long, David Demarest and senior Dan Ranti run toward the new school.
Boys’ cross country becomes closer, looks forward to league, State meets Jay Feinstein Boys’ cross country, 9-2, is now preparing for the postseason, said coach Jim Blackburn. “We probably won’t place in anything as a team, but we hope for our runners to do well individually,” he said. Tomorrow, the Tigers will participate in the Bay State Conference meet at Franklin Park, according to senior Ezra Litchman, a captain with senior Dan Ranti. “We’re excited to be running against all of the teams in the league, so we need to put in a lot by
of effort,” Litchman said. “I think we’ll do well, but we’ll have to work hard.” The Tigers will run in the State Coaches meet Saturday, Nov. 6. “This is an individual meet, and we’ll be bringing our top seven runners there,” Litchman said. Saturday, Nov. 13, the Tigers will run in States. “If we do well in this meet, then we could qualify for All-States,” Litchman said. Looking back at this season, the Tigers have become really
close as a team, Litchman said. “At the beginning, we didn’t know much about the incoming freshmen’s strengths or weaknesses or the strengths and weaknesses of the new members,” he said. “We didn’t know who was going to be on it.” As the season progressed, the Tigers learned more about their teammates, Litchman said. “Now we know everyone, and we’re doing really well in our races.” “There are seven to eight people who’ve really stepped up and put in a lot of work this
season,” he said. Tuesday, the Tigers visited Brookline, losing 19-40. “They’re number one in the state, so we didn’t expect to win,” Blackburn said. In a dual meet Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Needham, the Tigers defeated Walpole and Needham 28-30 and 21-34. “We did really well, taking the top four spots,” Litchman said. Litchman took first, Ranti took second, junior Justin Keefe took third and sophomore Jonny Long took fourth.
Girls’ cross country fights inexperience, expects success as it starts postseason Jay Feinstein Girls’ cross country, 6-5, has worked extremely hard through its challenges, according to senior Margo Gillis, a captain with senior Devika Banerjee and junior Melissa Weikart. “We’ve definitely had some tough races, but we fought through them very well,” she said. “We’re working really well together, and we’ve gotten through all of our meets as a team.” According to Gillis, some individuals stand out because of their effort. by
“Becca Trayner and Julia Schiantarelli have been doing well and have really stepped it up this season,” she said. According to coach Peter Martin, this season has been a rebuilding year for the Tigers. “Our runners are inexperienced, but this season will help them perform better in the future,” he said. “We have a lot of outstanding young players, plus there are some really good middle school runners, so we’ll do really well in the future. “This has been a strong year in the league, and we’ve done
our best,” he said. Tomorrow, the Tigers will run in the Bay State Conference meet at Franklin Park. “We hope to do well so that we can qualify for other meets,” he said. Tuesday, the Tigers visited a tough a Brookline team, according to Martin, losing 26-31. “This was our first loss to Brookline, but we weren’t surprised by it.” At Walpole Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Tigers participated in a dual meet with Needham and Walpole, losing against both teams 22-36. “It was a short course, and we
weren’t used to it,” Gillis said. “We’re good at longer distances. “Both Needham and Walpole are strong teams, so we didn’t do our best.” Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Tigers visited Wellesley, losing 22-33. “Despite the score, we did really well,” Gillis said. “We had a lot of personal records during the meet, and some people beat their times by as much as a minute and a half,” she said. “We were strong, but they were just stronger. They are one of the best teams in the state.”
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Volleyball, 15-1, plays smarter
Football adjusts to new offense
Tigers strive to put focus on tipping and defense for tourney Jacob Schwartz According to senior Nensi Cukalla, volleyball, 15-1, is working on defense “in order to be smarter than the other teams in the State Tournament,” she said. “We’re also putting a lot of focus on tipping for our hitters.” The Tigers travel to Wellesley today. Coach Richard Barton said the team now understands a lot about Wellesley, since they met at home Wednesday, Oct. 20. According to Barton, the game was a good learning experience, and the Tigers defeated Wellesley 3-1. “We found out that they have a lot of height, along with good serving and defense,” he said. “When we played them, we won the first game easily, but the rest were close games. They should be better this time.” Barton said the team hopes for a win, which will not be guaranteed. “Wellesley and us are pretty evenly matched. What will matter the most is our drive, and when we we’re in the postseason, trying to get our pieces together.” The team defeated Needham on the road for Needham’s senior night Wednesday, 3-1, making the Tigers Bay State Conference Champions. The Tigers lost the first game, according to senior Nicole Goldberg. “It wasn’t that Needham beat us, it was really that we beat ourselves, because the majority of the team’s hits were either out of bounds or in the net,” she said. In the second game, Goldberg said sophomore Deanna Cortina “made a few really good by
kills, which definitely brought momentum up.” Also, senior Tatiana Froehlich injured her shoulder at the match, and was only able to tip balls in the game, rather than attack. Goldberg said she was “very impressed that Tatiana still managed to get over 30 kills, only on tips.” Struggling at first, the Tigers defeated Framingham on the road Monday, 3-2. All the games, with the exception of the last, were close until the end, according to Barton. The Tigers lost the first, 22-25. “I think the pressure of playing who they knew was the next best team got to them, along with the pressure to maintain our standings in the Bay State Conference,” he said. “There were about 200 people there. Some jitters were understandable.” According to Barton, the serving and attacking became much stronger later in the game. “We really cut down on errors and made a strong statement.” At home, the Tigers defeated Brookline Friday, 3-0. Monday, Oct. 18, the team defeated Weymouth 3-0 at home. “We shouldn’t have trouble against a mid-level team like Weymouth, and we didn’t,” Barton said. At the match, the team won its 33rd consecutive game, meaning it also earned 10 consecutive shutouts, according to Barton. As long as the team is prepared for the postseason, Barton said, “the outcome of the regular season will be less important.”
Against Weymouth: Senior Tatiana Froehlich jump serves Monday, Oct. 18, at home.
Girls’ soccer works on consistency
Tigers, 9-7-1, qualify for tournament for first time in four years Jay Feinstein After girls’ soccer, 9-7-1, qualified for the postseason for the first time in four years, the team now needs to keep up quality and consistency as it finishes up the regular season, according to coach James Hamblin. “When we’re focused we’re a good team, and we’re hard to beat,” he said. “We just need to be like that more often.” Expecting a difficult game, the Tigers will visit Natick today, according to Hamblin. “They’re a very, very tough team, and they qualified for tournament early,” he said. “They have strong defense and they’re really competitive.” According to Hamblin, Natick is one of the strongest teams in the league. “We’ll have to give it our best effort,” he said. Wednesday, the Tigers visited Needham, losing 2-0. “We didn’t control the ball well,” said senior Ellen Goldberg, a captain with senior Evelyn Hurwitz. Monday, the Tigers visited a tough Framingham team, losing 1-0. “We weren’t as intense as we usually are, and we weren’t on top of our game,” Goldberg said. “At this point, we already made the tournament, so we let go and didn’t try our hardest,” she said. “We stepped it up a little near the end of the game, by
At home: Lauren Smith kicks a ball downfield Wednesday, Oct. 20 against Wellesley. The Raiders won 1-0.
Jacob Schwartz Footba ll, 3-4, h as tried switching up its offense and implementing new formations, according to senior Kevin Barisano,a captain with seniors Ben Clark and Isaiah Penn. One new formation that Barisano said he believes will make a major difference in upcoming games is the “quarterback pronto formation. “Basically the quarterback pronto is a formation where we put Penn at quarterback and run different running plays with him.” Barisano said he hopes the formation will improve the team’s offense. The Tigers are currently preparing for an away game at Norwood tomorrow. Coach Peter Capodilupo said the outcome of the game “depends on how we play. We need to have no fumbles and no blocks in order to win, and work on techniques,” he said. As well as trying to improve the team in general, the Tigers are trying to achieve their three major goals, according to Capodilupo. These goals are “to beat Brookline, to win our next game and to have a winning season,” Capodilupo said. “All of those goals are possible, even though we’re 3-4. We still have a chance to accomplish all of these goals,” he said. Saturday, Nov. 6, The Tigers host Natick, a traditional powerhouse, according to Capodilupo. “We’re still going to try not to think too much about who we are playing,” he said. “Reality is that what you try to do is just make yourself better. It doesn’t matter who you play as long as you get better.” Barisano said that Natick will be a physically strong team, similar to other opponents throughout the season. The Tigers defeated Dedham on the road Saturday, Oct. 23, 33-15. Weymouth and its bulletproof running back, senior Dylan Colarusso demolished the Tigers 33-6 at Dickinson Stadium Saturday, Oct. 18. Colarusso repeatedly broke free from the Tigers’ defensive line, achieving first-down after first-down. Capodilupo said the team struggled against a tough Weymouth team. “Weymouth is a team you can’t make mistakes against, and we made mistakes.” According to Capodilupo, the team had a great practice week, but it didn’t transfer into the game. “We couldn’t hold on to the ball enough, and every time we put the ball in their hands, we couldn’t hold on. Their time per possession was probably two-to-one compared to us,” he said. “I was pleased with the effort, but I wasn’t pleased with the technique.” We y m o u t h c o a c h Ke v i n Mackin said his team executed big plays, allowing the Wildcats to win, but also commended the Tigers on their effort. “They were very dangerous,” he said, citing Clark as “one heck of a player. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went on a run.” by
but we were unable to score.” At home Friday, the Tigers defeated Brookline 1-0. “Winning this game qualified us for the tournament,” Goldberg said. “Brookline was a solid team, but we were aggressive and deserved the win.” The Tigers hosted a tough Wellesley team Wednesday, Oct. 20, losing 1-0. “During the first half of the game, we were a goal down, and we didn’t have control of the ball,” Hamblin said. “Later we picked up the game and had a great performance, but we didn’t score.” On the road Monday, Oct. 18, the Tigers defeated Medford 3-0 in a “very, very good game,” according to Hamblin. “We had our three goals within the first 30 minutes of the game,” he said. “It was quite a good game because every person on the team contributed.” Hosting South Saturday, Oct. 16, the Tigers defeated the Lions 1-0, according to Hamblin. “It was an even game,” he said. “We got our goal with just 30 seconds to go.” At Weymouth Thursday, Oct. 14, the Tigers lost to the Wildcats, 2-1. “We played well, but we just didn’t communicate, and we didn’t do simple things,” Hamblin said.
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Boys make States, polish control Jacob Schwartz In order to do well in the State Tournament, boys’ soccer will “need to fine tune its organization,” according to coach Roy Dow. The team, 7-4-5, “will have to make sure we’re not having two or three players moving in the same place and other things like that,” he said. Dow said the team is also improving ball movement, trying to make it quicker. “We want to have each player taking two or three touches off the ball, making it harder for our opponents to track us down.” Winning Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Wellesley allowed for the Tigers to participate in the State Tournament. “It feels really great to qualify,” Dow said. “It was one of our goals at the beginning of the season, and now we’ve been on this roll which is great.” The team, at one point, had a six-game winning streak, which Dow said he is very happy about. “It took a couple of weeks for the kids to get comfortable with the way the coaches were asking them to go about playing,” Dow said. “Now they’ve had some time to play together and they can really anticipate each other better. They know defensively how to cover for each other and never let an opposing player run free at goal.” Needham tied the Tigers 0-0 here at Dickinson Stadium Wednesday. Senior Jeremy Gurvits, a captain with Gabe Paul, said that team “definitely played better in the second half than the first. We came very close to scoring on the last possession.” In a match here that remained scoreless until very late in the game, Framingham defeated the Tigers 1-0 Monday. During the first half, the Tigers had great opportunities, created by strong passing, while Framingham had many one on one situations, many of which ended with solid saves by senior Matt Dickey. With seven minutes left in the game, Framingham senior Jon Silva broke free from the Tigers’ defense and shot at the Tigers’ goal. The ball got by Dickey for a goal, and the Flyers cheered in celebration. Framingham coach Dan Avery said the Tigers “played solid fundamentally. They had some real close looks too. In fact, I think our team gave them too many solid chances. They’re a really good team, and they’re well-coached.” Ending the Tigers’ six game shutout streak, the Warriors tied the team 1-1 at Brookline Friday. At Wellesley, the Tigers won 2-0 Wednesday, Oct. 20. “We were back on our heels a bit trying to deal with what they were doing, but we adjusted ourselves,” Dow said. “We picked up our defending, and junior Luke Westman scored two goals midway through the first half.” by
Butterfly: Junior Kayla Prior swims Tuesday against Weymouth in a home meet. The Tigers won 87-75.
Girls’ swimming focuses on freestyle Jay Feinstein Girls’ swimming and diving, 6-5, has continued to make exceptional progress as it prepares for the postseason, according to senior Rebecca Harris, a captain with senior Daryl Choa. This is the Tigers’ first winning season “in a while,” according to Harris. “Last year we were 5-5-1, which was frustrating, because we were so close to a winning season,” she said. According to Harris, times have been dropping this season, which contributed to the success. “Usually people are frustrated by plateaus in their times, but we’ve really been able to overcome them this season,” she said. Stroke events, including the 100 breaststroke, backstroke by
and butterfly, along with the medley relay, have had the biggest improvement, Harris said. “We still need to work on the sprint freestyle,” she said. According to coach Kirsten Tuohy, the team has many strengths across the board, but the Tigers still need to work on swimming faster with longer intervals. Tomorrow, the Tigers will participate in the Bay State Conference Championship. “We’ll be competing against every team in our league, so I hope we do well,” Tuohy said. The Tigers will swim in Sectionals Saturday, Nov. 13. The meet is a qualifying meet, meaning that swimmers need certain scores to be able to participate in it, according to Tuohy. “We have qualified in every event, which we haven’t done
in years,” she said. Wednesday, the Tigers hosted Perkins School for the Blind, an unscored meet. The Tigers use blacked out goggles during this competition, according to Harris. “We look forward to this meet every year,” Harris said. “It’s a great opportunity to meet people who you otherwise wouldn’t meet. You realize that even when people don’t have abilities that seem basic to you, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have any abilities at all.” Tuesday, the Tigers hosted Weymouth, winning 87-75. “We had three touch-outs in the 500 freestyle, which is the longest distance we swim in,” she said. At home Friday, the Tigers lost to a strong Needham team 97-87, according to Harris. “They’re undefeated in the
league, so we’re still happy about our result,” she said. “We were in the lead at the beginning, but they caught up.” On the road Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Tigers defeated Dedham 103-75. “Our swimmers did a really nice job,” Tuohy said. “I’m really pleased with everybody’s times.” Many individuals achieved personal records, according to Tuohy, including Harris, who swam her best time in the 100 butterfly, and sophomore Carina Wallack, who achieved a personal record in the 100 yard backstroke. Some of the Tigers did well in events that they weren’t used to, according to Tuohy. “Daryl swam the 500 freestyle even though she hasn’t swam it in years,” she said.
Field hockey clinches postseason berth
For success, every team member will need to contribute, coach says
Eli Davidow For the first time in six seasons, field hockey, 6-3-3 Wednesday, has secured a spot in the postseason, according to senior Andrea Marzilli, a captain with seniors Ali Pappas and Marissa Troy. Because of Wednesday’s 1-0 shutout in Needham, the Tigers have qualified for the next level of competition. Junior Bobby Grimshaw tapped in the Tigers’ game-winning goal after an assist from senior Michele Troy. Concerning the difficulty of the Tigers’ opponent, Marzilli said, “Needham is a very good team that knows how to pass the ball. It’s always challenging to play them.” To qualify for the postseason, the Tigers needed to finish in first or second place in the Carey Division of the Bay State Conference or earn 15 points, said coach Celeste Myers. A victory corresponds to two points, while a tie corresponds to one point. With the victory over the Rockets in the second-to-last game of the regular season, the Tigers earned the mandatory 15 points. “It’s a cool feeling,” Marzilli said. “It’s like we’ve finally earned the postseason for all the teams that worked hard in the past years but never did. We’ll by
Against Wellesley: Junior Bobby Grimshaw fights for the ball. The Tigers have qualified for the postseason. be able to play for everyone else who didn’t make it.” According to Myers, “Since last season, I knew that this year’s team would be a special team. But we’ll still need to work hard, because we’re in charge of our own destiny in the games to come. “How hard this team will
work will determine their outcome, and with that determination and focus, this team will fulfill its dreams.” To succeed in the postseason, every single player will need to contribute, Myers said. “Each part has to keep us in the game,” she said. “We never can rely on just one person. We
will either succeed as a team or fail as a team.” In other recent action, the Tigers defeated the Flyers 3-1 at Framingham Monday to move closer to the postseason. Grimshaw scored two of the Tigers’ goals and Michele Troy scored the other goal. “A lot of the win was because we put in our full effort,” Marzilli said. “We played physically, and we made good connections and sprinted hard to the ball.” Here at Dickinson Stadium Saturday, the Tigers defeated Brookline 1-0 for the second time this season. “We played one of our better games of the season,” Myers said. “With 30 seconds left on the clock in the second half, Bobby put the ball in the corner of the net.” Wednesday, Oct. 20, Wellesley beat the Tigers here 2-0. “In the first half, we played scoreless, but in the second half, we didn’t have the connections necessary to win.” According to Wellesley coach Chris Molonea, the Raiders’ “plan for the game was to distribute the ball with the full width of the field.” Tuesday Oct. 19 in Natick, the Tigers lost 3-0. Yesterday, the Tigers were to have hosted Framingham. Jacob Schwartz contributed to this article.