Vol. 38 Issue #2
October 5, 2012
The Knightly News Pace Academy 966 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, Georgia 30327
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Pace Theater Stages ‘West Side Story’ By: Riley Muse Staff Writer ‘14
Sex, power, territory, forbidden romance, and some of the highest caliber choreography the theater world has ever seen can all be found in this year’s fall theater production of “West Side Story.” Students began work at the end of August in their numerous choreography, music, and staging rehearsals, preparing to perform the show Nov. 8-11. “West Side Story” is a revival of Shakespeare’s timeless tale “Romeo and Juliet,” as two wide-eyed teens from opposite sides of an intense feud fall madly in love despite all extraneous forces working against them. The story unfolds in New York City in the 1950’s. The feud prevalent throughout the show is between the Jets, a gang of homegrown all-American boys with Brooklyn accents almost as thick as their hair gel, and the Sharks, a gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans trying to make new lives in the States while retaining their Latin culture. The rivaling gangs have reached a point where peaceful co-exis-
Photo: Diane Duvall
Senior Alex Paré (Anita) and Shark Girls rehearse “America.” tence in the city is no longer pos- (played by senior Alex Paré), sible, and Shark leader Bernardo who is the loyal girlfriend of Ber(played by junior Sam Downey) nardo. But just as all of this unand Jet leader Riff (played by se- folds, Jet member Tony (played nior Zach Steinfeld) go head to by senior Joey Capelouto) and head to plan a rumble: the fight naiveté Shark Maria, who also that will determine who will gain happens to be the younger sister dominance over the streets. of ferociously protective BernarAnother prominent player in do, (played by senior Megan Mcthe rivalry is feisty Latina Anita Curry) have already fallen madly
Fall Fair Appeals to All Ages By: Shaista Dhanesar Opinion Editor ‘14 The Fall Fair, a Pace tradition since 1963, is a highlight for the whole school, especially the lower and middle schoolers who enjoy the rides, inflatable bounce castles, face painting, karaoke, and many other kid friendly activities. Though these types of activities are exciting and fun for the younger students, some may wonder why the older students who have been going to the fair for years still show up. Many upper schoolers are actually required to go if they are a part of Student Council, or yearbook, or have signed up to volunteer. Junior Anna Luetters admitted that she “really only go[es] to get the goldfish” and senior Annie Kate Pottle said that she “goes for the food.” Though Anna and Annie Kate speak for many, senior Joey
Capelouto still enjoys the fair, making sure to “swing by the karaoke, MASH tent, and Haunted House every year.” Junior Erik Howard also looks forward to the fair, “to pick up the ladies,” while senior Renee Lewis “honestly go[es] to jump on the moon bounce.” Students who don’t go to the fair also have their reasons. For instance, junior Lauren Flick said, “I don’t go any more. I’ve been going since pre-first, and it’s kind of boring now.” Junior Josh Rogers claimed, “I wish I could go but it usually conflicts with cross country meets, so we always miss out.” Though you will be sure to find all your favorite activities at the fair, there are always new attractions and surprises that keep the fair interesting. Last year, Pace’s very first flash mob broke out on the back field much to the excitement of the students and parents who witnessed it. This
year, in keeping with the “Chamber of Wizards” theme, Transformation Alley will be set up in Boyd Gym, where “Flippity Doo Da” will turn video clips into personalized flipbooks. There will also be an environmentally friendly potting shed, where artists and non-artists can decorate recycled shoes and pot plants inside them. Another new concept this year is Fall Fair guides. This service is designed for parents of young children who feel pulled by their kids in a million directions. For $10 an hour, a responsible member of the junior class will watch Pace Lower School children, accompanying them while they explore their favorite activities, allowing parents to volunteer, shop, or just enjoy the fair themselves. All proceeds will benefit the junior class. As usual, there will be lots of food, a street market, and plenty of activities for everyone!
and uncontrollably in love. And naturally they cannot allow the rumble to happen. Maria sends Tony to end the violence once and for all, but before the lovers even know what’s happened, tragedy strikes and continues to do so until the show’s heart wrenching finish. The decision to perform such
an intense and rigorous play was a hard one, as pulling off “West Side Story” is no easy feat. Pace hasn’t performed a true tragic musical since “Les Miserables” back in 2004, and “West Side Story” presented itself as a prime opportunity. “I’ve wanted to do it for many, many years, but I’ve been waiting until I had a huge arsenal of male dancers,” director Dr. Mengert said. “But then I realized that if I wait for boy dancers, then we’d never do the show!” In fact the dancing is one of the main elements that makes the show stand out as a whole. The show’s professional choreographer, Jen MacQueen, took on the task of rounding up the novice high schoolers to turn them into, or at least make them look like, Broadway-level dancers. Junior Cory Bush, who plays the feisty young tomboy Jet named Anybodys, said, “The choreography is super intense, but it looks great! I come home from those rehearsals completely exhausted, but it’s worth it and I know that people will love it.” To give readers an inside taste of these rehearsals, they usually last from three to four hours at a time and consist of non-stop dancing and (Continued on Page 4) Photo: Lee Wilson
Juniors Lauren Flick and Sarah Jacobson check out Fall Fair ‘11.
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All the Body’s a Stage: Teachers with Tattoos
permanent fashion accessory, seen in the media being sported by professional athletes, bands, and celebrities. Multiple reality television programs such as “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” and “Permanent Mark,” tape people entering parlors to receive their tattoos and sharing their stories behind them. So what about tattoos around Pace Academy? Obviously the majority of students haven’t met the 18 year age requirement to ink their skin, but faculty members have. The Knightly News staff went investigating to find which faculty members have tattoos and their meanings. Finding teachers with tattoos proved itself to be slightly
difficult. Not only must one ask the unexpected and sometimes somewhat uncomfortable question, “Do you have a tattoo?” to an elder, but one must pry to get the story behind it. However, the tale behind the tattoo is always an interesting one. Why would you permanently mark your body if it doesn’t have some kind of significance? In college counselor and history teacher Mr. Bradley’s case, tattoos were personal to him. “The tattoo on my forearm is a Scotch-Irish knot, but it has my own personal meaning. The gold ring in the middle represents my wife, and the three rings intertwined with it are my chil-
dren,” he explained. Mr. Bradley also has the Marine Corps emblem inked into his shoulder, as he served for four years. Science teacher Mrs. Korb also has a tattoo based on a life experience, as she dons a small blue shark on her ankle. “I have been a swimmer all my life. My swim coach had told me that I looked like a shark in the water because I wasn’t really splashy, that I just kind of gradually gained on my opponent,” she said. “I got the tattoo after I made NCAA Nationals and was an All-American swimmer for a couple of years in college.” Systems administrator Mr. Sokolsky also has a tale behind his tattoo. “I got my tattoo from a shop in Fairbanks, Alaska during a seven week, 7,000 mile motorcycle trip to the Arctic Circle with two of my friends and my uncle,” he said. “I’ve actually ridden a motorcycle in all 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, and 11 countries in Europe...a total of around 150,000 miles. I’m a six-time member of the Iron Butt Association, an elite ‘club’ in the motorcycling world where you become a member if you ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours.” Some faculty members have tattoos to simply represent themselves as a whole rather than a personal experience like serving in the military. “I’m not the type of person that goes through some big and traumatic thing before getting a tattoo,” basketball coach and trainer Lauren Falhoun (also known as Cocoa) said. “I have nine and they all represent things that are important to me in life, like
Teen Advisory Board, which handles fundraising for the program, current sophomore Moriah Wilson decided to start up a Girl Talk chapter at Pace Academy. She and junior Kelly Brown volunteered to lead the Pace chapter with the help of faculty sponsor Mrs. Eden. Last year’s attempt at starting up Girl Talk during lunch fell through due to scheduling conflicts between the Upper and Middle schools, but this year the leaders are looking forward to hitting the ground running with a fresh start. “I fell in love with it,” Moriah said after only two weeks of Girl Talk camp. The camp allowed her to talk with girls with
a range of problems and offer them advice. She said, “It’s rewarding to be able to help girls and help them get through the hard period of middle school, and you can really develop relationships.” One camper with whom she formed a relationship is an 11-year-old who admitted to almost killing herself once. From talking to her, Moriah said that her perspective on suicide has changed: “She said suicide was a really selfish thing to do, and I’d never really thought about it that way.” She and Moriah have since kept up an email correspondence, and Moriah said that the girl is “perfectly fine” now. She said, “I was re-
ally glad that she found Girl Talk, and I’m really glad that I created a connection with her.” Both Kelly and Moriah appreciated that Girl Talk provided an outlet to form sisterly bonds with the younger girls. “I wish I had younger siblings,” Kelly said. Moriah, also the youngest in her family, emphasized the importance of sisterhood in Girl Talk as well. “We want to be there for them -- like their older sisters,” she said. Mrs. Eden, who also heads the peer leadership program along with Mr. Callahan, thought that Girl Talk would be a great fit for her and for Pace. “Anything that involves group work and getting to
Photo: Riley Muse Clockwise from top left: Mrs. Korb, Coach Cocoa, Mr. Bradley, Coach Clement, and Mr. Sokolsky
By: Riley Muse Staff Writer ‘14
Tattoos are a cultural phenomenon that have been used for centuries for people to express themselves on one of society’s most demonstrative and eloquent canvases: the body. Skin inking dates back to ancient Egypt and has gained immense popularity in the world today. Tattoos can reflect a change in one’s life status, such as marriage, passage into adulthood, or induction into a group such as the military or a gang. Yet more recently, body ink has become somewhat of a
strength, peace, and basketball.” The idea of a tattoo representing a particular value applies to freshman geometry teacher Ms. Marable also. “I have a rose on my torso with my name in it, because my favorite word is love and that’s what I feel the rose represents.” Strength and conditioning coach Clement Rouviere’s tattoo is individualized as well, with a fire-breathing dragon on his left bicep. “It’s my astrological sign based on the Chinese calendar,” he explained. “My quadrant is the element fire, and my year is the dragon -- hence the fire dragon!” The Knightly News discovered that posing the question, “If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where?” is always an interesting ice breaker should you find yourself in an awkward conversation. Even imaginary tattoos can tell a lot about a person. For example, photography teacher Mr. Dorman explained that he would want the words “Sculptor of Light” written in calligraphy on his left forearm, and the metal aperture shutters of a camera on his right to show his love of photography. Mr. Dorman specified that “it would have to be an expensive tattoo. I don’t like cheap tattoos. I’d have to go to California to get it.” English teacher Dr. Link shows his faith when he said he would get “an angel with outstretched wings across my shoulders all the way down to the tip of my spine so that angel will always be covering my back.” But history teacher and sophomore class dean Ms. Anderson put it simply, “I faint at the sight of needles, so I would never get a tattoo.”
know each other, that’s right up my alley,” she said. She added, “We just thought there was a need for some kind of interaction of older girls with younger girls... this idea that sometimes there’s not an older person in your life you can talk to.” Although the Girl Talk organization provides a set curriculum, there is room for flexibility. “Anything the girls identify as an issue, we’ll cover,” Mrs. Eden said. Along with weekly meetings after school, the group plans to take the girls on off campus social trips, such as ice skating and bowling. Mrs. Eden said with confidence, “I think it’s going to make it this year.”
Girl Talk Helps to Guide Middle School Girls By: Suzanne Monyak Editor in Chief ‘13
Cliques, teachers, the rumor mill -- these topics make up only a small part of the huge load middle school girls take on as they enter their early teenage years. Girl Talk, a national organization with chapters in 47 states and four countries, creates the opportunity for high school girls to mentor middle school girls and advise them during those difficult years. After working at a summer camp sponsored by Girl Talk in 2011 and joining the National
Photo: Wilson Alexander, Dean Papastrat (L-R) Senior Georgia Tse, sophomore Kamran Sadiq, freshman Alex Rafeedie, and junior John Morrison share their thoughts on the Chris Herren diversity assembly.
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Five Minutes with Joey Capelouto By: Natalie Camrud Editor in Chief ‘13 Knightly News: So, Joey, tell me about your activities. Joey Capelouto: Well, I’m very busy. I’m the lead in the play, I am a service leader for Trinity, I am the captain of the water polo team (we need fans), I am the Student Council vice president, and I’ve got a girlfriend, which counts as an extracurricular. KN: (laughs) Like an activity? JC: Yes, it really is, because we text all day and I get really distracted from doing homework. KN: She doesn’t go to Pace, does she? JC: No she goes to Westminster. KN: Gross. JC: Yeah, I know. KN: So, you’re in the play. Do you enjoy it? JC: Yeah, it’s really fun. I sorta miss dancing, because last year I spent more time dancing and this year I just sing a lot. KN: Well, do you like singing? JC: Yeah, I love singing. I’m the Chorus vice president, actually. I forgot to mention that earlier. I really love singing, but when someone sings something wrong, I get so mad. KN: Do you correct them?
Photo: Natalie Camrud Senior Joey Capelouto looks off into the distance, contemplating his future. JC: I don’t just correct them, I make them feel like an idiot, and people hate me for it, but that’s just how I live, man. KN: So, how are you handling senior year so far? JC: Not well at all. My problem is that I didn’t go on any college trips last year and now I’m stressing because I need to figure out where I want to go and I haven’t even visited any small schools or anything. KN: So, you need to see some small schools. JC: And I need to see big schools
and everything. KN: Do you have a first choice for college? JC: Tulane’s the only school I’ve seen, so that’s all I know. KN: You need to expand your horizons. JC: (laughs) I know, it’s just because I’m lazy and I do a lot of stuff, I don’t have any time. KN: OK, so if you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would you choose and why? JC: Oh lord, dinner with any historical figure? KN Anyone who’s dead -- how’s
that? JC: It has to be a real person? KN: If it was someone fictional, who would you choose? JC: If it was fictional, probably the Monopoly man, because I feel that he’s very classy, and he has lots of money and it’s always good to know someone like that, but at the same time he’s the Monopoly man. It’s too hard to choose a historical figure. There’s just too many good ones, you know? KN: (laughs) Yeah, I know. So, any pets?
JC: Yeah, a dog. She’s pretty crazy. KN: What’s her name? JC: Lexi, L-E-X-I. KN: I figured that’s how you spell it. What kind of dog is she? JC: A Cockapoo. KN: A Cockapoo? What is that? JC: It’s a Cocker Spaniel, Poodle mix. KN: Oh, that sounds cute. JC: Yeah, we wrestle. KN: Aww... JC: It’s not cute, it’s rough. KN: It’s rough? JC: Yes, with my Cockapoo. KN: (laughs) OK, well, what is your favorite class this year? JC: Ummm, nope, nope, I don’t know. KN: Nope? JC: What was the question? Oh, yeah, probably Music Theory. It’s actually really interesting. KN: Any words of wisdom before we finish? JC: We’re almost done? I feel like I wasn’t very interesting. KN: Don’t worry, you were fascinating. JC: Why, thank you. KN: Anything to say to your fellow students? Any advice? JC: Make sure to do plenty of college visits, and don’t be intimidated to talk to people and ask questions, and definitely don’t be lazy.
Diversity Speakers Learning Languages at Pace Strike Chord with Students By: Hayley Silverstein News Editor ‘14
By: Aaron Wasserman Staff Writer ‘14 The introduction of Global Ed trips, overly-enthusiastic magazine ladies, and the thrilling annual dress code assembly are times in which Pace students love to catch a quick nap or engage in an intense debate about the most recent “Gossip Girl” episode. Despite the sometimes dull mornings, there are several assemblies every year that truly excite the student body and the audience is all ears. For instance, diversity speakers Chris Herren and Frank Meeink, the reformed skinhead, were two that the student body legitimately took interest in. These popular presentations are the product of director of diversity Philip McAdoo, who works hard to bring speakers to Pace that he believes will connect with and educate students by sharing experiences much different than our own. Mr. McAdoo said that this year, “Pace has received a grant from the Goizueta Foundation to support a Hispanic/Latino initiative.” With this in mind Mr. McAdoo has planned for Theo Rigby, a documentary filmmaker from San Francisco, to speak at assembly on Nov. 14. Mr. Rigby directed the documentary “Sin Pais,” a film that looks at immigration issues through the
lens of a family who is deported to their native country of Guatemala. The film tells the trying story of family separation and the struggles that the Mejia family goes through. The next planned diversity speaker for this year should be able to connect with the student body very well because she is still in high school. Local senior Marina Belotserkovskaya will tell her story of coming out to her parents and peers as a lesbian teenager. She will highlight her struggles before and while coming out and how the decision helped to change her life. Mr. McAdoo explained, “She will be talking the day before National Coming Out Day, which should provide a strong sense of community and acceptance.” This will be a unique opportunity for Pace students to hear from someone who is the same age and experiencing issues similar to their own. Expect to see Marina at Pace on Oct. 10. In February, Michael Fosberg will speak to the Pace community as a man who lived 32 years of his life before learning that he was black. He tells his story through his solo performance called “Incognito” and he will stay for a discussion on race and how people perceive race. Mr. Fosberg will provide an interesting opportunity for Pace students to reflect on race and the role that it plays in the Pace community.
In middle school, most students choose one class that sticks with them until graduation: foreign language. Whether a student is new to Pace in ninth grade or is continuing from Pace Middle School, it is rare to find someone who switched languages between middle school and high school. The reason? The language is familiar and no one wants to start over. Pace offers a short list of foreign language choices: French, Spanish, and Latin. Seeing as most students have to take this class for seven years, a lot of thought goes into picking the language. According to registrar Dr. Brubaker, this school year 207 high school students take Spanish, 110 students take French, and 31 students take Latin. (Only 348 students are currently taking a language because some choose to drop their foreign language their junior or senior year.) Commonly, students defend choosing Latin because it is useful for building vocabulary for the SAT and ACT. Junior Philip Werner said that he chose Latin because “I couldn’t speak French, Spanish was what the majority was doing, and I like the mythology part of Latin.” While Latin has no spoken component to the class, it is practically a second history class that seems more like a fairy tale. In middle school, the French and Spanish students envied the Latin kids for their toga parties; however, the Latin
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Spanish students from Mrs. Agront-Hobbs’ and Dr. Pontes’ classes paint flags of Spanish-speaking countries on ceiling tiles. students missed out on watching movies, seeing as no movies have a Latin option for the language settings. While many argue that Latin is a dead language and no one speaks it, there is one small country within Italy that still preserves spoken Latin: Vatican City. You can ask any Spanish student at Pace why they chose Spanish, and you will get the exact same answer: it’s the most useful. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States, so the argument holds up in North and South America, but not Europe. Junior Alex Woods said that Spanish is easy in that “it is very similar to English.” French, the second most taught foreign language in the world after English, always holds the argument that it sounds pret-
tier. French also has the highest ratio of girls to guys -- 2:1. French class is notable for its entertaining stories from teachers and movies that students actually enjoy. Others take French because they wanted to be different and not take Spanish, but still wanted to be able to speak, unlike Latin. French is also the official language of the Olympics, found in numerous other countries, and influenced many aspects of American culture. Junior Alexandra McCorkle said, “Originally I chose French because it sounded a lot prettier than Spanish, and I was convinced I was the next food network star -- so naturally I would need to study at a culinary school in Paris.” The one language that the most students would take if it were offered at Pace is Mandarin, Chinese.
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Students Mentor Kids at Emmaus House By: Julia Beck Staff Writer ‘15
Every Saturday, I, along with roughly 15 other Pace Academy Upper School girls, wake up early and get to Pace at 8:45 a.m. We then pile into cars driven by service leaders and their moms to go to Emmaus House, a new service project where Pace students have the opportunity to spend time and play with kids at the Emmaus House’s Saturday arts programs. Saturday, Sept. 8 was no different. After arriving at Pace and organizing the drivers, as well as a brief Starbucks run, we arrived at Emmaus House around 9:30. We got out of the car on the colorfully painted corner reading “Emmaus House” and walked up the steps to the set of four houses painted white, green, blue, and yellow all in a row. We walked straight into the green house, slamming the screen door shut behind us. We were greeted by Miss Charlotte, an Emmaus House volunteer who lives in the area. She picked out
three of us to go help out in the kitchen to make sure all the kids got a healthy breakfast. These volunteers helped to cook the sausage sandwiches and cut the strawberries, while others unpacked the juice boxes. Soon, the kids started running in, coming in waves. Per usual, there were new faces as well as old. Some were shy and would wave from across the room at people they remembered, while others ran over to hug their Pace friends from previous Saturdays. By the time everyone had arrived, there were about 25 kids total. After breakfast, Miss Charlotte gathered everyone in the back room. She started by welcoming all of us Pace volunteers. She then read off a list of art activities for the kids to do, like knitting, woodturning, and ceramics. A few kids raised their hands for each one, while we had already determined which of us would be helping with each art activity. Afterward, Miss Charlotte said that the rest of us would be going to recreation, which included me. Everyone going to recreation
went out back and piled into a van, driven by the Emmaus House adult recreation leader, for a quick three-minute drive to the neighborhood playground. A few of the older kids and Pace volunteers walked because the van was full. The playground is huge with plenty to keep the kids entertained for a few hours. Some of their favorite things to do were play on the monkey bars and swings, and there is a large field right next to a baseball field where there was almost always a group of people playing tag. Probably the most popular structure on the playground, however, was a giant playground spinner called a roundabout. It is literally a big pole with a spinning circle on top that kids are supposed to dangle from and spin. However, the kids at Emmaus House would actually sit on top of the roundabout and spin around until someone made them get off so they could have a turn, too. The kids even got some of us Pace volunteers to try it with them, like junior Symone Sommerville and sophomore Caillin Cooke, who were begged and
environment, and the people.” During first semester, students in the class learn about sustainable design and how to construct a comfortable yet energy efficient home at a low cost. Junior Tripp Conrad said, “We have already had a few papers, but it is really interesting.” The students even got the opportunity to put their new knowledge to the test while asking questions of Sandy Cooper, the architect of the new Upper School, when he came to speak in assembly recently. The class will begin the design process in late December. With financial contributions from Pace alumni, the Pace Parents Club and other supporters of the school, they will build their structure and then hopefully sell it so
that the class will be funded again for next year. Mr. Sargent said, “You can find plenty of websites that have these little buildings that are a growing trend. Some people actually live in them.” They plan to build the structure on wheels so that it is easily transported, partly because of the construction that will be going on at Pace in the near future, but also to make it more attractive for sale. Besides the wheels, Mr. Sargent is leaving this project “openended” for the students. He wants them to apply what they have learned in class to build the most sustainable building possible. Mr. Sargent said, “In stage craft, I design everything and the students build it. In this class, the students get to design and build it.”
informal survey was conducted in which 60 Pace students were asked how they spend their time when they are not in class. Students who weren’t studying reported that they preferred to either listen to music, play games on their phones, eat food purchased at the snack bar, or talk
with friends. These options prevent students from actually being efficient with their time while in the midst of procrastinationinfested Inman Center. Junior Wilson Crisler said, “I could study, or I could just sit here and talk to my friends.” Wilson is not the only person to fall prey to the Inman Center’s temptations. Of all 60 surveyed students, 46 said they engaged in activities other than studying while in Inman. While studying has increasingly become less associated with Inman, many students have also begun to study less during their free periods in general. Popular phone apps like Dragonville and commonly purchased foods such as muffins have begun to occupy the students’ time. Junior Tripp Conrad said, “playing Dragonville is so easy and it’s just fun to do. So, of course, I think of it as a better activity than studying.”
Photo: Julia Beck Emmaus House kids play on the popular roundabout. coaxed into riding the roundabout. All in all, recreation was definitely the most popular activity, and it was obvious the kids loved it. When it was time to go back to Emmaus House, everyone piled back into the van, and at Emmaus
House we found the other Pace volunteers who had been doing art. At around noon we started saying goodbye to all of our new little friends, and by 12:30 we departed to return to Pace, tired, but happy to have devoted such a fun morning to helping others.
Pace Strives for Sustainability Pace Stages By: Elizabeth Roos Social Media ‘14 In a world filled with rapidly diminishing natural resources, most would agree that it is of the utmost importance to preserve what we have for generations to come. Pace’s newest class, Sustainability, taught by the fearless Scott Sargent, aims to do just that by constructing an eco-friendly structure. Mr. Sargent said, “Buildings use a lot of energy, a lot of natural resources, and are not always built in an environmentally friendly way. Sustainable building is more about building in a way that works for the economy, the
Students Slack Off in Inman By: Josh Sloan Staff Writer ‘14 Students in the Inman Center who are not using their time efficiently find themselves doing a variety of random activities during their free periods. An
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Junior Emilia Tripodi doesn’t get much studying done in Inman.
West Side Story (Continued from page 1) repetition of moves to ensure that cast members will know it like the back of their hands. All the while dancers are attempting to learn the difference between an elevé, relevé, and chassé, Jen’s Broadway-bound five-year-old son Thierry is running around the theater in search of a playmate who enjoys race cars, tag, “Star Wars,” or a combination of the three. Choreography rehearsals, however chaotic and stressful they are, are usually the most exciting and well liked out of the three types of rehearsals (music, blocking, and choreography). Sophomore Alyssa Calloway (playing Jet girl and Riff’s girlfriend Valerie) said, “Choreography is definitely my favorite. Jen is quirky and crazy, and it is one of the more glamorous aspects of theater that really get you excited for the show!” Dancing isn’t the only element needed to put on a good show. One must also be able to sing while doing it. Music rehearsals with musical director Beth BarrowTitus are an extremely important aspect of mastering the notes and harmonies to make the show not only look, but also sound, good. “My favorite part is the songs we get to sing,” leading lady Megan said. “I get to sing higher than I have ever sung before.” Vocal rehearsals take place in the chorus room, a place hardly visited by those not enrolled in the class, as Mrs. Barrow-Titus directs the cast in hitting the right notes and staying on pitch while pianist Susan Wallace helps out with the accompaniment. The third and critical type
of rehearsal is staging/blocking with “Doc,” as director Dr. Mengert relays his vision as to how he sees a certain scene playing out to the actors on stage. Actors clutch their scripts and a pencil to write down his instructions to eventually remember the lines and the movement by heart. Sam as Bernardo takes a different approach to these rehearsals. “I’m pretty good at memorizing things,” he said. “I usually just learn all my lines before the actual rehearsal and remember the blocking as I go along; I have no need to write it down.” The same cannot be said for assistant directors, junior Jaclyn Lund and senior Caroline Herman, who have the task of writing down everything Dr. Mengert dictates in case somebody forgets it later. “When signing up to be assistant director you are essentially signing up to stay on top of all the constant changes Dr. Mengert flip-flops between,” Jaclyn said. “But it all works out by at least the last dress rehearsal. Dr. Mengert is certainly a character as all people in theater know, but the shows wouldn’t be the same without him.” All of this time dancing, singing, and acting culminates in the magnificent Fall show opening Thursday, Nov. 8. “Fall show season is always my favorite time of the year,” junior Alexandra McCorkle (Consuela) said. “Not only is my birthday month in November, but we finally get to show off everything that we’ve been working so hard for. It’s going to be fabulous!”
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College Rankings Awry schools that the publication ranks highly. The schools on top will stay on top, having received -and in turn rejected -- more applications (higher selectivity) As many are aware, Dan while the lower ranked schools Walls, former Dean of Admis- are shut out. A school’s selectivsions at Emory University and ity doesn’t really make it a better most recently a college counsel- school for its current students. or here at Pace, left Pace after a Parchment, another major “scandal” was uncovered at Em- college website, uses a system ory following an internal review. that exclusively ranks the schools During Mr. Walls’ time at Em- based on where academically ory, the admissions office mis- superior high school students reported its numbers to college choose to go. Since when do ranking organizations, most no- HIGH SCHOOL grades detertably U.S. News & World Report, mine the success or happiness the big name in college rankings. of a COLLEGE’s students? Instead of reporting the stanPeer assessment, which U.S. dardized test scores and grades News says is the greatest facof enrolled students, Emory used tor in their rankings process, those of all students admitted to is determined by how faculty the school, inflating the num- within schools judge other inbers and making the school seem stitutions. This “assessment” “better.” (Pace immediately con- comes from research and pubducted an internal review, and no lications that a school producmisreporting was found.) Howev- es. As a typical undergraduer, this raises the question: What ate student, this affects your really makes a school better? college experience minimally. U.S. News & World Report In addition, opinions of other uses a distinct formula to judge schools can be predetermined. If schools based on what they con- evaluating Harvard, often consider to be “academic excellence.” sidered the best of the best, a proThis formula includes nothing fessor may judge their research about post-graduation success or more highly because it is coming the type of people the students out of the very prestigious Harbecome, but rather focuses on vard. Before even judging the peer assessment as well as many quality of research, the content quantitative factors, like admis- may already be considered better. sions selectivity. The spotlight is When asked, Pace director of on the “in” rather than the “out.” college counseling Gavin BradGiven U.S. News’ popu- ley said, “U.S. News & World larity, many students apply to Report is one of the least valid
By: Sam Rubenstein Staff Writer ‘14
rankings.” They use what he calls “reputational rankings” that are “completely opinion-based.” Mr. Bradley prefers Alumni Factor, which ranks schools according to how happy alumni are with their college experience. In addition, Alumni Factor allows students to plug in their own preferences and determine which colleges are best for them. Mr. Bradley also pointed out that Centre College, a small liberal arts school, ranks “consistently high on Alumni Factor, above schools like Duke, Georgetown, and Brown, but it would never be top ten on U.S. News & World Report’s list.” Possibly the greatest problem with ranking colleges through admission statistics is how easy it is to manipulate them. Pretty much all of these statistics are reported by the colleges themselves. Maybe this is the problem that caused what happened at Emory. These purely quantitative ranking systems are seriously flawed. Choosing a college is not a quantitative decision; in fact, it is a very personal decision. The fact that somebody is trying to differentiate between all of these elite schools is somewhat ridiculous. Emory is already regarded very highly, and the fact that they felt it was necessary to inflate their statistics is ridiculous. High school students should choose their college, not because a distant institution tells them it is the best, but because it is the best place for them personally.
Pace Students Need More Sleep to Succeed in School By: Wylie Heiner Staff Writer ‘14 It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and the conversation is definitely not boring, since there is none. The sun has yet to rise over the peaks of the Atlanta skyline, yet sophomore Kate Mullally has already risen out of bed and is putting her sneakers on. The cold morning air feels refreshing and gives her the strength to continue on her seven mile run. Returning by 6, she still has time to bake a batch of pumpkin muffins for her dear family, and the smell of fall is soon wafting from the kitchen. With the muffins in the oven, Kate gets dressed and puts her makeup on with time left to get in some extra study time for her vocabulary test that day. She puts the “Today” show on and realizes it’s 7:20 and Sara is still not out of bed! Kate has to drag her sister out and patiently wait
for her to get ready. Once again, Sara makes them late due to her inability to get up at such an early time. The consequences are looming for the Mullally sisters. This story is entirely a fantasy of Kate’s (if you can believe it). There is no morning run, no pumpkin muffins; the only thing true is their inability to get to school on time. Sara and Kate are not the only ones who feel that 7:55 is too early to be at school. Juniors Emilia Tripodi and Elle Stang agree that getting to school by 7:55 is a challenge. Elle said that “waking up at 7 is rough enough, but it’s going through the day without managing to make time for breakfast that kills me. It only puts me in a worse mood.” Sophomore Juliana DeRosa feels the same way, saying, “I even wake up at 6:30 and still feel rushed to put my clothes on, do my hair, and eat breakfast (if I have time). It really affects my motivation during first period classes.” The proof is in the pudding.
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Pace students suffer from sleep deprivation.
Looking around my first period class I see students falling asleep, lacking the motivation to answer questions and appear the least bit attentive. Mr. Canfield could not agree more: “I don’t get it. They’re always tired, seem bored, and demand multiple breaks. Eighty minute classes are a bad idea.” Waking up before 7 is tough, and the worst part is going through your schedule in a complete daze. Waking up early kills my productive hours along with my self-esteem and any form of motivation. There are also health risks. Junior Carter Draughon lamented the amount of work he has combined with after-school sports that usually put him in bed ranging from 11:30 p.m. to even 1 a.m. I know he is not the only one who has late nights and early mornings. This leads to sleep deprivation which has a long list of symptoms, including: irritability, behavioral learning problems, blurred vision, rage, change in appetite, and lack of
tolerance, among other things. These symptoms do not make for a good student. One symptom that cannot be changed is the blood sugar levels with which you wake up. You have gone all night without any food, and you do not have time for breakfast. Unfortunately, we are not all “morning people,” and there is not much that we can do to change this. Yes, we can bring a light snack in the car with us, and some may tell us to manage our time better, but we need more. No student would argue that a later required time of arrival wouldn’t be convenient, but when teachers are saying the same thing, you know it is a popular idea. Mrs. Agront-Hobbs said, “I wish I could sleep longer and enjoy a nice breakfast, but I have such
a long drive that my entire routine is rushed.” I know of many other students and teachers who have commutes that can take up to an hour. Westminster has recently catered to their students’ needs and now allows them to sleep in on Wednesdays until 9 a.m. Westminster student Anna Richardson said that “it helps me focus more in classes. If I need to I can wake up early and get work done. It’s awesome.” Awesome? What is stopping us when we know that students could be describing a new Pace policy as “awesome?” The Student Advisory Board has taken this on as a challenge before and has proven effective in getting us a few sleep-in days. But here we are as a student body asking the school: “Can we have more?”
LETTER TO THEIssue EDITOR: Letter to the Editor: Chick-fil-A IS Relevant at Pace Chick-fil-A Issue IS Relevant
Bythe Dr.Sept. John14 Pearson In issue of The Knightly News, an opinion In theconcluded Sept. 14 issue of The as undoing the efforts is of not those piece that the issue of Chick-fil-A Knightly News, an opinion who wish to stand up to intolerrelevant here at Pace. I feel strongly about the issue piece concluded that the issue ance and bigotry. and would argue quite differently. For better or worse, of Chick-fil-A is not relevant Does this mean that I think Chick-fil-A theto marriage here at Pace. I has feel become strongly a Isymbol have the in right command evequality movement. As a supporter of marriage about the issue and would argue eryone at Pace not to buy from quite differently. Foritbetter Chick-fil-A? No, I dowhen not. Do equality, I find quiteorhurtful and upsetting worse, have the right To to me, let people peopleChick-fil-A continuehas to become buy fromI Chick-fil-A. that a symbol in the marriage equalknow when their actions person is supporting intolerance as well as undoinghurt the ity movement. As a supporter of and upset me? Certainly. Do I efforts of those who wish to stand up to intolerance marriage equality, I find it quite believe in the best side of people and bigotry. this when mean that I think have hurtful and Does upsetting and hope that Ithey willthe takeright this to command everyone at Pace not to buy from Chickpeople continue to buy from into account when they consider Chick-fil-A. that person whether to go to to let Chick-fil-A? fil-A? No,ToI me, do not. Do I have the right people is supporting as wellhurtAbsolutely. know whenintolerance their actions and upset me? Certainly.
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Sublime Comics by Sallie Doughnuts: An Atlanta Treasure By: Annie Armstrong Features Editor ‘13 First it was fro-yo, then it was cupcakes, and now... doughnuts? The novelty doughnut shop trend is beginning to take Atlanta by storm. One place in particular has customers swa r m i ng: Sublime Doughnuts in Midtown. Int r ig ued and hungry, I decided to investigate. Hidden in a shopping center near Georgia Tech between a convenience store and an empty restaurant lot, Sublime Doughnuts doesn’t look like much. However, the second I walked through the door, the warm aroma of coffee and baking bread made up for the lackluster streetview. The back wall displayed a mosaic of over 30 varieties of doughnuts, inducing a Pavlovian response in me. Sublime’s menu features a doughnut for any mood: sweet or savory. My favorites in the sweet category are the Fresh Strawberry ‘N Cream, Raspberry Filled Heart, Oreo Ice Cream Burger (two donuts with Oreo ice cream in between), and Nutella doughnuts. As for the savory category, the Maple Cheddar Bacon and Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette doughnuts were unique to say
the least. Though certainly not your typical doughnut eating experience, the savory donuts were equally as delicious as the sweet ones, just a little different. Aside from the interesting flavors tucked inside the store, Sublime Doughnuts has an equally intriguing history. Sublime has been an Atlanta staple for the last 40 years. Head chef Kamal Grant is an Atlanta native who graduated from Marietta High School. Grant’s love for baking started at a young age when he realized that his baking made people happy. After graduating high school, Grant joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on a ship based in San Diego. He gained popularity among his shipmates by baking cinnamon rolls for the crew. Grant’s experience traveling the world in the Navy influenced his eclectic baking style by being exposed to unique flavors in places like Dubai, Singapore, and Australia. After his service in the Navy, Grant refined his culinary skills at the Culinary Institute of America. After a series of all baking-related jobs, he opened Sublime Doughnuts at 535 Tenth St. in 1972, and has been making his customers happy ever since.
By: Sallie Hays Staff Writer ‘13
Oppa Is Gangnam Style
Sunglass-clad, South Korean pop sensation PSY (pronounced sigh) has taken over America with his song “Gangnam Style” as the biggest overnight YouTube sensation since the likes of Rebecca Black (though “Friday” was a love-to-hate song whereas “Gangnam Style” is a hate-tolove song). “Gangnam Style” has also risen to fame among the Pace community. Senior Tommy
Hoff said, “[‘Gangnam Style’] is fabulous. It’s almost as good as ‘Call Me Maybe.’” The song is a satire of the overly decadent lifestyle of people who live in an area in South Korea called Gangnam. When asked what inspired the dance, PSY replied, “riding horses,” a seemingly simple answer, but PSY is much more experienced than one might assume. He is actually a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and has released six studio albums over the last 11 years. “Gangnam Style” is off of PSY’s most recent
album, PSY’s Best 6th Part 1, and became an instant hit, already having over 230 million views and growing rapidly. Since the song’s rise to fame, PSY has appeared on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Today.” PSY told “Today” in an interview of his quick rise to fame in the U.S. pop industry that “this is the biggest market in the universe for pop music, right, so everybody’s dreaming about having appearance in the U.S., so I’m still saying, ‘What’s going on here? This is beautiful.”
wanting the characters to die because of their stupidity (“Prom Night” or any of the “Final Destination” movies, anyone?). Of course when you split up from your friend, you end up finding them dead, or if you try and lock yourself in your room to hide,
they will find you and break your lock. Very few movies keep you in suspense throughout the film. So what movies will get you into the scary mindset of Halloween? There are always the classics of “Friday the 13th,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and
“The Blair Witch Project.” There have been numerous sequels as well as movies that eerily resemble them. One of the top/scariest horror movies of all time, according to ign.com, is “The Exorcist” (1973). While there are recent movies, such as “The Posses-
sion,” they all have the same story, and if you are going to watch one, watch the original. One of Pace students’ favorite horror movies is “Saw,” so much so that it was the seniors’ Spirit Week theme a few years back. Movies such as “Saw” that are mainly torture-based did not become popular until after Sept. 11, 2001 when torture became an acceptable counter-terrorist method in the United States. If you are not one for the classics, the one recent movie that will genuinely frighten you and make you scared of the dark is “The Woman in Black.” It is a proper horror movie, because it does not rely on special effects or complicated plot twists; it is truly terrifying. What makes the movie truly stand out is that it was made with modern day technology and feels like it was made in the 1970’s. It also stands out by the fact that it feels like it could have been real, and for an ending that is equivalent to the ending of “Inception.” While you may not be much of a fan of horror movies, it is always good to be scared once in a while, especially around Halloween.
By: Annie Armstrong Features Editor ‘13
Horror Movies Usher in Halloween Spirit By: Hayley Silverstein News Editor ‘14 As Halloween approaches, horror movies become popular means of getting into the spooky spirit. Sadly, not all horror movies elicit a shriek from their viewers, and very few stand the test of time. Vampires and werewolves are cuddly, thanks to “Twilight,” so “Dracula” and “The Wolf Man” are out of the picture. Older horror movies are laughable thanks to their unimpressive special effects; just look at the 1988 film “Killer Clowns From Outer Space.” Other horror films lack some of the special effects needed to make the movie seem real, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” where they used syrup as blood because the film was shot in black and white. Newer films, such as “Let Me In,” spend so much time building you up for a horrifying moment that the actual moment is less scary than anticipated. The majority of horror movies are predictable, and you end up
Photo: Hayley Silverstein Junior William Rushton may be sleeping with the lights on from now on.
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Is There a Cloud for Me? By: Dean Papastrat Online/Tech Editor ‘15
If you haven’t heard the hype about “cloud” technology, you are missing out on the newest generation of computing. Using a cloud-based service basically means that you are storing all of your data on a company’s server, rather than your own computer. These services have taken the tech world by storm, and are extremely useful to students and teachers alike. Here’s a quick look at some popular cloud services.
Students and teachers alike enjoyed Music Midtown.
Music Midtown a Hit with Students By: Natalie Camrud Editor in Chief ‘13 As I walked down the steps of the Lindbergh MARTA station, I looked around at all the floral headbands, flowing maxi skirts and fanny packs filled with provisions and realized that this was no ordinary Saturday; this was Music Midtown. This huge twoday musical menagerie happens only once a year, this year on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22. Most Pace students, myself included, went on Saturday. Traffic was so horrible that even the Music Midtown website encouraged people to take public transportation, so most people, including myself, took MARTA to Midtown Station and then had to walk for a while to get to the park. Walking down Tenth Street with thousands of my closest friends, I saw a woman handing out free coconut water, which I took gladly. As I continued to walk towards Piedmont Park in the warm September heat, the wailings of Adam Ant filled my ears, and my excitement grew as I approached the entrance. I saw students from all grades there, and I even spotted Mr. Whyte, who said, “I had the most fun at Girl Talk. I also had a really good time seeing Ludacris.” The lineup included artists from many different genres. In addition to Girl Talk and Ludacris, Florence and the Machine, The Avett Brothers, the Foo Fighters, T.I., and Pearl Jam were among the lineup along with several other bands. This particular Saturday afternoon was very hot for September, so most people were just lounging in the grass and enjoying the music, while a lucky few managed to squeeze under the shade of the trees lining the park. “I got lost,” said senior Lucy Wellborn. “We got there at 1 o’clock and by the end of the
night I had managed to lose all my friends.” Atlanta native Ludacris came on at 4:45 to a crowd of people roaring for the star. He had too many hits to sing them in an hour, but the ones he did perform included “Get Back,” “Money Maker,” and “How Low.” Everyone was dancing during his performance, and even though he went overtime, people were shouting for him to come back once he was finished. Neon Trees was next, and they sang their main two hits, “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” among other lesser known songs, but the crowd seemed to love them all. Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence and the Machine, walked onstage and forgot to sing when the music came on, so she apologized to the crowd, blaming her mistake on nerves, and ran backstage to redo her entrance. Once she got started, though, she was amazing. She had an ethereal stage presence and a voice that needed no autotune whatsoever. Many people around me were unsure of who she was, but they loved her music and were thoroughly enjoying themselves. I was pretty close to the front and when I looked back, I noticed that the crowd seemed to go on forever. “Florence was amazing,” said senior Ellie Weber. “Her voice was just so incredible and she seemed so sweet.” Girl Talk’s performance was very energetic and they even threw a bag filled with balloons at the crowd at one point. The most popular performance was by headliner Pearl Jam, who performed from 9 until 11 o’clock, playing all their hits. The audience loved them, especially the adults who grew up listening to the band. Lucy said, “I hope next year that they have more stages, because I looked up the history and they used to have three stages and the festival lasted all week. Isn’t that crazy?”
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Three Looks for School With Senior Ellie Weber By: Wylie Heiner Staff Writer ‘14
With so many different styles converging at one school, along with our dress code that leaves room for personal interpretation, defining your own style can be difficult. Fortunately we have found someone who is clear about the path they take to getting dressed in the morning. With that in mind, here are three looks featuring senior Ellie Weber!
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LOOK 1 - “Waking up and listening to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Knicks got me going, so I dressed like this.” Ellie wears a “Madonna for Macy*s” dress, Old Navy cardigan, paired with AllSaints boots.
LOOK 2- “I was just feeling like getting laced up, ya know?” Ellie wears a Free People shirt, JBrand jeans, paired with AllSaints boots.
LOOK 3- “I wanted to wear this dress before it got too cold.” Ellie wears a dress by Free People and shoes from Nordstrom.
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Cross Country Poised for “Run” at State Championship By: David Martos Staff Writer ‘14
The Pace cross country team is poised for a strong finish to the season. Both girls and boys teams are sixth overall in the Class A rankings, and if they keep up their quick pace, they should make the state meet with ease. The team of 43 is led by captains and juniors Josh Rogers, Bobby Stonecipher, Callie Cunningham, and senior Maria Moraitakis. The four captains have helped the team get through the increasingly harder practices that the team experiences as the season progresses. Whether it’s a sprint up a hill or a 5K jog, the team is always looking out for each other. “It is a very close knit group, said Coach Jolie Cunningham. Sophomore Ted Hobbs said, “We each stand up for each other; if someone falls down we pick them back up.” To many of the runners, the team is not just a
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Some of the cross country team members relax after the Covered Bridge Invitational in Roswell on Sept. 8. group of friends, but much more. Josh said, “They really are like a second family to me. Everybody gets along really well and the atmosphere is great.” The team traveled to Canton
for the Warpath Invitational on Sept. 15, where the team finished very strong. Coach Cunningham said at the time that “times are dropping and the top seven are starting to take shape as we are
Current commissioner Jason Smith and former Pace English teacher Tim Plaehn began PAPUBA sometime around the 20002001 school year. One key way that Mr. Smith has brewed hype about PAPUBA is through exciting emails with riddles and jokes about attendees. Over the years PAPUBA maintained relatively consistent participation. However, with the arrival of the very competitive Fortier brothers, attendance has spiked. The students love playing alongside their teachers, creating intense competition. When asked to name the best player, junior Armani Lashley said, “definitely Mr. Ballard. Mr. Ballard, he’s the next MJ, phenomenal athlete! Have you seen his footwork? Have you seen him dunk?!” Armani is one of several students who regularly attends, but what really makes PAPUBA unique is that even alumni attend. Mr. Smith reported that recent Pace graduates Kaitlyn Dinkins ‘11 and Billy Selmon ‘11 have been spotted playing. Thursday Morning Volleyball is the brainchild of Kenny
Selmon. Kenny’s volleyball experience began with his playing volleyball during recess in middle school. As his interest in the sport increased, Kenny began helping out during varsity volleyball practice. Now the team manager along with junior Tripp Conrad, Kenny is very dedicated to the sport. When asked about his inspiration for TMV, he said, “The idea was confirmed when they took away volleyball during free periods.” Having only met six times as of Oct. 1, TMV has already had as many as 18 people in attendance. Despite PAPUBA’s long history, the recent arrival of TMV may pose problems. Junior Wilson Crisler, who has participated in both PAPUBA and TMV, said he actually prefers TMV, calling it “amazing.” As the year goes on, Pace students will see how this rivalry develops. Kenny has already challenged the PAPUBA crew to a volleyball and basketball match. There have already been some nasty emails exchanged, so be sure to check FirstClass regularly to see how this rivalry develops.
heading into our next few meets.” The runners also ran phenomenally in Macon the following weekend at the FPD Invitational. Cross country has one more regular season meet on Oct. 6, the
Westover Invitational in Albany. If the boys and girls teams finish in the top three at the region meet on Oct. 25 at Our Lady of Mercy, they will go to the state meet on Nov. 3.
TMV vs. PAPUBA: The Rivalry Begins Water Polo Grows in By: Sam Rubenstein Staff Writer ‘14 For many years now, the Pace Academy Pick-Up Basketball Association has met every Friday morning. For all this time, PAPUBA has held a monopoly over early morning pick-up sports. Now, this is all changing. Controversy arose when junior Kenny Selmon announced the founding of a new association for early morning volleyball. Kenny and his new early morning organization, PAPUVA, met strong opposition by PAPUBA regular Jonathan Day. In an uproar, Mr. Day demanded the disbandment of PAPUVA, claiming infringement upon the name and idea of PAPUBA. Mr. Day eventually won out, and PAPUVA was forced to move to Thursday and change its name, becoming Thursday Morning Volleyball (TMV). The sudden arrival of TMV came as a surprise to PAPUBA participants, who have stood uncontested for the past 12 years.
Popularity, Talent By: Wilson Alexander Sports Editor ‘14 Though it’s been in the Olympics since 1900, water polo is relatively new to Pace and has yet to be recognized by the Georgia High School Association. For this reason, Pace and 20 other schools formed their own league that includes both an “A” and “B” division. The Pace water polo team competes in the “A” division against schools such as Greater Atlanta Christian and St. Pius X. Led by senior captains Jason Wiener, Joey Capelouto, and William Sadlo, the team is playing hard and improving
each game. Said head coach John Ague, “The team has done well adjusting to the talent and experience of each team. They have won the games they should and played the best in the league as tough as they could.” Twenty Knights have stepped up to this challenge of braving the vigorous waters of the pool and at printing had a 5-4 record. Jason said, “We still show many signs of a developing team, but the interest to improve is there.” Everyone truly seems to be improving, as the team has surged recently, winning four matches in a row. These players aren’t playing to letter or win a state championship, they are all playing for the love of the game. Photo: Leo Wiener
Junior goalie Phillip Werner blocks a shot against Collins Hill.
Max Greenberg Makes Bold Prediction: An NFL Preview By: Max Greenberg Staff Writer ‘14 Want to know who will be in the NFC Championship? The 49ers vs. the Packers. Although they’ve had a rough start, the Packers are still one of the elite teams in the NFC. Never underestimate an offense with as much potential as Green Bay’s. Even though his leadership skills have been questioned recently, Aaron Rodgers will lead his team to the playoffs, but he needs to stay healthy. As of now, the 49ers are the most balanced team in the NFL. Try to put eight men in the
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Frank Gore of the 49ers (left) and Arian Foster of the Texans. box and Alex Smith will shred the secondary with help of wide receiver Michael Crabtree or tight end Vernon Davis. Double
team the wide receivers, and running back Frank Gore, who averages 6.1 yards a game, will power through anything that stands in
his way. To those who believe that a certain “Dirty Bird” should be included in the NFC Championship, let me say this: Matt Ryan has never won a playoff game in his five years in the NFL. He has never thrown for more than 200 yards in any of his three playoff games, and he threw two interceptions in two separate games. Yes, they have had a good start but that doesn’t mean Matty Ice will finally live up to the name. The AFC Championship will see the Texans vs. the Ravens. This will be a true gridiron battle. On the offensive side, the Texans rely on Arian Foster to make big plays to open up the passing game. So far he hasn’t disap-
pointed, already accumulating 189 yards and three touchdowns. This is not to say that their passing game is sub par. Matt Schaub has thrown for 461 yards and a TD. The only word I can think of to describe Houston’s defense is ferocious. They lead the league in pass defense and have the sixth best running defense. The Ravens have an equally strong running game, led by pro bowler Ray Rice. Rice averages 6.4 yards a game this year and has two touchdowns. Their defense is also spectacular, with Ray Lewis anchoring the team at linebacker. Super Bowl Prediction: 49ers vs. Texans, with a win by the 49ers.