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New Athletic Director Dress Well or Wear Green to Puff up Pelican Admin. Introduces Consequence for Improper Dress Darrin Fallick, Packer’s athletic director, wants to bring the swagger back to school sports. “If you’re proud to be a Packer athlete, then you play that way,” said Mr. Fallick. Mr. Fallick’s plans to boost Packer pride include both redesigning the school mascot and how students think about team sports. Some changes are already in effect. The Packer athletics website was spruced up over the summer, and now features emailed practice and game alerts, directions to playing fields, and a new “opponents” tab, where you can see the results of every game Packer has played against any rival school. Keeping the website current is only a part of its transformation into a valuable resource for the school, according to Fallick. Athletes and their families can now browse the annals of Packer championships and learn about how colleges recruit athletes. Fallick hopes that the website will soon function as a comprehensive Packer athletics hand-

book. The next step in Mr. Fallick’s lineup to “strengthen Packer culture” is to refresh the image of the pelican mascot. “I’m trying to make it a college level mascot. I want to give it a little bit of attitude,” said Fallick.

FIGHTING FLYER: Can the new pelican bolster Packer’s street cred on and off the field? He is collaborating with a uniform company to make the pelican, used on Packer athletic paraphernalia, “edgier”. The pelican should be synonymous with Packer throughout New York City, according to Mr. Fallick. More than just aesthetically, Mr. Fallick hopes to fundamentally redefine the school’s understanding of (Continued on page 4)


Packer administrators are enforcing new dress guidelines in an effort to prevent students from wearing inappropriate clothing to school. Administrators were quick to assure students that the dress statement, which is outlined in the student handbook, is not an attempt to stifle individuality. “It’s not meant to take away the freedom of what you can wear to school,” said Eric Osorio, assistant head of the Upper School. “It is just meant to guide you [on what is] school appropriate.” The dress guidelines prevent students from wearing clothes that feature violent, homophobic, or racist images. Clothes that feature drug references and profanities are also prohibited, as are clothes that reveal undergarments. This new dress statement also includes a punishment, which administrators detailed for students during a Sept. 28 Chapel “fashion show,” during which students



A Sept. 28 Student Council fashion show featured examples of improper dress. Lucas Slevin (’12) and Cooper Zelnick (’11) strut in skimpy tank tops - a big no no for girls.

modeled examples of inappropriate attire. If students fail to follow the guidelines, they will be forced to change into a green shirt and sweatpants. The guidelines and punishment follow over a year of work by administrators and Student Council members. “We didn’t want to have to send kids home and force them to miss class, and we thought that after wearing the suit once you

would never want to wear it again,” said Mr. Osorio. Some students have warmed up to the idea of dress guidelines. “[I think it’s a] good idea. Some of these girls need some restriction,” says Caitlin McGrath (’11) Other students are more resistant to the dress code policy, believing that they have the right to wear whatever they want. “I think it’s pointless because I doubt that any

student’s choice in apparel has made another student feel uncomfortable,” said Michael Nocera (’11) So far students and administrators believe that the dress guidelines are being followed, a trend they both hope will continue for the rest of the year.

to start a new year with new labs. The most significant renovation took place in S403, a former classroom that has been transformed into a science lab. The lab is now equipped with fume hoods, a Smart Board, shelving, a safety station, and movable desks. S401 has new equipment, but some of the old desks and shelving were saved and mixed with new materials in order to cut costs and reuse supplies. The chemical prep room was updated, making it easier to safely store more chemicals. The renovations

also included a new display case that houses antique equipment that was used at Packer in the 1900s. There is also a new monitor that will soon display student work and developments in science. “I think student interests have increased. I believe that Packer saw this and thought it would be nice to have larger facilities,” said Alice Lurain, chemistry teacher. This renovation is the first of a three-year plan to overhaul Packer’s science facilities. Work will begin on the third-floor biology room next summer.

Summer Renovations in Science Wing

The Upper School science wing underwent a $500,000 renovation this summer. Workers refurbished an old lab and built a new one. The fourth floor wing now contains state-of-the-art facilities that will allow Packer’s science program to expand, according to teachers and administrators. “Students [can] have a richer experience in chemistry class now. Our facility has now caught up with our [academic] progress,” said Susan Feibelman, head of the



CLASS CHEMISTRY: Alice Lurain shows her quantitative chemistry students their upcoming assignments on a new Smart Board in S401. Upper School. discuss renovation ideas. Christopher Williams, Members of the Their goals included chair of the science science department met creating a second chemistry department, said that he with Hudson Studio lab and outfitting the rooms is “extremely happy” with Architects last fall to to serve multiple classes. the renovations and excited

In This Issue News & Features..............2-5 Opinion/Editorial.............6-7 Arts & Entertainment.......8-9 Sports...........................10-12

NEWS & FEATURES Read about Eric Polite, the new Diversity Director, on Page 4.

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SPORTS The boys varsity XC team almost ran off page 11. Check it out. Photos courtesy of (from L-R) Katin Shalit, www.penn-olson. com, Nabil Khan.



Will Diversity Director Make E Band, Eric Band? BY TYRA KWAO-VOVO

Eric Polite, the new head of diversity, is spending his first few weeks on the job learning Packer lingo like “E-band” and “open period,” as well as working on transforming Packer into a school of social awareness. “I want to bring a whole new meaning to diversity in Packer,” said Mr. Polite, who was hired to replace Martha Haakmat. Ms. Haakmat left last spring to become the head of the Middle School at Brooklyn Friends School. Mr. Polite said that he has a specific vision for diversity at Packer, which includes reviewing school polices and teaching practices, as well as organizing social justice activities. “It goes beyond the term ‘diversity’. When you think about it, diversity isn’t an active word. Instead it’s about the action that goes along with the word. What are the actions for a school to become more diverse or liberal?” asked Mr. Polite. Mr. Polite was born in the Bronx, New York and raised in North Carolina, where he developed an interest in social activism as a Bucknell University undergraduate. Mr. Polite worked as the diversity


“Eric band” where students can come and hang out and I can interview them about Packer issues.”

“I want to bring a whole new meaning to diversity in Packer ... when you think about it, diversity ... is about the action that goes along with the word. What are the actions for a school to become more diverse or liberal,” said Mr. Polite. To learn about social issues facing community members, new Upper School Diversity Director Eric Polite plans to interview students during their frees. coordinator of The Park School, in Baltimore, and at Georgetown Day School, in Washington, D.C. There, he got the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who visited the school with her daughters. “It was great,” Mr. Polite said, recounting the experience. “She had a lot of body guards, though.” Mr. Polite hopes to take all the ingredients that Packer has already created for diversity,

combine them and work to promote school unity. “It’s about feeling ownership of a school and not feeling like a guest in someone else’s house,” said Mr. Polite. “Students don’t want to feel like a visitor at their school, they want to feel like it’s their home. It’s not just about quantity, when it comes to diversity, it’s about quality.” Mr. Polite is interested in listening to students talk about their

experiences at Packer. “I recognize that everything that Packer has may not be experienced or enjoyed by everyone,” said Mr. Polite. “This can even happen in a good school. For example, Bucknell is considered a great school externally, but that doesn’t mean I had a good experience there. We should measure the greatness of [a] school by the experience that people [take] away from it. My goal is to make sure that

more people experience Packer at its best more often,” said Mr. Polite. Mr. Polite spent some time with ninth graders on the annual camping trip and presented his first Upper School chapel announcement. This winter, he will coach the fifth and sixth grade girls basketball team. Mr. Polite also hopes that students will drop by his office. “I know E- band is very popular. I think I’m going to make E-band

When he’s not at Packer, Mr. Polite spends his free time watching movies and eating gelato. He loves the movie V for Vendetta and the television shows Modern Family, The Office, Community, and Lost. Mr. Polite is also a gelato expert. He eats lots of gelato, attends classes to learn how to make gelato, and goes to gelato conventions.

School Community Addresses National Homophobia BY JOSEPH SEIBERT

Members of the Gender Sexuality Alliance and Brothers And Sisters clubs, faculty members, and other interested students held a diversity meeting Oct. 8, to combat homophobia. “I think because of the society we’re part of, there is some homophobia at Packer, but we’re making progress, and Packer is part of that progress,” said Mandeep Singh (’11) at the meeting. At the start of the meeting, discussion focused on the recent suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, and how his death affected members of the Packer community. The meeting eventually turned to specific plans for Packer. “I agree that

it’s bigger than Tyler Clementi,” said Bruce Dennis, head of Packer, “As it relates to Packer, it seems we have an even bigger responsibility here.” Sarah Strauss, history teacher, Eric Polite, diversity director, and Mac Schumer (’13) all agree that the main purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness for students at Packer, not to talk about the recent homophobicbased suicides. You can’t change a person’s mindset, said Eric Lee (’11), you can only suggest actions or decisions. Just like Packer’s peer support program, our role here is to give information to the students and faculty and hope they come to the right conclusion, he said. Natalie Kass-

Kaufman (’11) said that meetings like this are helpful, but a very small group of people come to them. We need to spread the things discussed here to the general public, she said. “The most important thing for me to is to make gay normal,” said Siena Della Fave (’11), discussing the changes that can be made with other students and teachers. One of the issues is the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm, said Natalie. Other students agreed that judging someone as straight unless proven otherwise was a source of problems for insensitivity to anyone of a different sexual orientation. Try to make sure you don’t attack someone for saying, ‘That’s so


Carly Knitzer (‘12) leads a discussion about raising student awareness of homophobic-based suicides.

gay’, said Siena. We need to raise awareness, not punish people. Carly Knitzer (’12), one of the organizers, agreed with points made

by Lily Fishleder (’13) and Khalid Taylor (’13) that not only do students need to speak up and raise awareness, but every student makes a

difference. More meetings will take place in the future.



Working For a Cleaner Student Center

New Lang. Dept. Head Comes with Experience



Packer alumnus Will Durrah (’02) will supervise students throughout the day in the Student Center. Mr. Durrah is considered a “lifer,” at Packer. He attended Packer from kindergarten to 12th grade (1990-2002). Now he will monitor the cleanliness of the Student Center. Mr. Durrah started work a few weeks ago. He is comfortable in his new position and has an optimistic outlook on enforcing the rules of the Student Center. “Honestly, if you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you. For the most part I feel like students know what to do,” said Mr. Durrah. Mr. Durrah remembers the days when the cafeteria, Atrium, and Student Center did not exist. “The engineers did a great job combining Packer with the church and it looks good. The atrium is really cool. Since you guys have such a nice space, you need to appreciate it.” Getting students to appreciate Packer is on Mr. Durrah’s to-do list this year. He reminds students to clean up after themselves in the Student Center.


AFTER HOURS: Jeff Beardsley monitors the hectic Student Center after school

HEY BUDDY: Will Durrah makes sure that students only drink water in the carpeted areas. Mr. Durrah would like to be a high school math teacher. Mr. Durrah joins Jeff Beardsley, the after school monitor. Mr. Beardsley is in his second year at Packer.

Mrs. Robin Cantone has taken the position as head of the language department, and is the new Spanish 50, French 100 and Spanish II teacher. “We love her already,” said Mr. Flannery. “She is very lenient when it comes to assignments and is helpful when you are confused and moves slowly so you can understand all the information,” said Natalie Browning (’13).

“We love her already,” said Mr. Flannery.


“I like working at Packer, hanging out with the cool and funny kids,” said Mr. Beardsley. “ I just wish they wouldn’t eat their snacks in the Student Center.”

Mrs. Cantone began studying Spanish at the age five, taking annual trips to Spain from age 10. In Middle School she took on the challenge of learning French and continued to study languages all the way through graduate school, majoring in Spanish and Latin American culture. Mrs. Cantone pursued her passion for language and culture at NYU, where she received her Masters in Spanish and Latin American culture. Having taught at a number of different schools, including NYU, Barnard and Columbia,

Darrin Fallick (cont.) Teams, instead of being viewed as isolated athletic endeavors, should be seen as part of a sport’s larger “program,” Fallick said. He uses Packer runners as an example. Runners start the year with cross country, maintain their fitness and skills during the winter with indoor track, and then hit the ground running for spring track. Under the program system, team seasons would be the highlight of a year of continuous physical fitness and sport skill building. To further unify Packer teams into cohesive sport programs, Mr. Fallick plans to transform independent Middle School teams into


GOING FOR THE GOLD: To maintain athletic skills in the offseason, Darrin Fallick hopes to revamp the Packer’s one season sports teams into a yearlong sports “programs.” farm teams that feed into the Upper School.

“I’d rather see our 7th grade volleyball team


serving overhand, using three hits, and losing than serving underhand and winning.” It’s a philosophy he developed at The Hewitt School, where he served as athletic director for seven of his 14 years, and then fully implemented at Claremont Prep when, after serving over two years as athletic director, he massively reformed their athletic department. Even while at other schools though, Mr. Fallick had his eye on Packer. “Packer was my D1 school. There was always something about its level of competitiveness. I’m a Packer fan. I come into work happy every day.”

Students and teachers are attracted to Robin Cantone’s enthusiasm about teaching and understanding in the classroom. Mrs. Cantone expressed how surprised she is with all the foreign language trips that Packer orchestrates. She stressed how important it is to learn about a culture since it puts a language into context. She noted that many schools, despite having the funds for it, choose not to take these trips due to lack of interest. Mrs. Cantone said she admires the mutual respect she observes among the student body and faculty at Packer.

In her spare time, Mrs. Cantone loves taking walks with her husband, playing with her two kittens, Kenny and Jerry, and trying out different restaurants around the neighborhood. She relaxes by watching movies, either at home or at the theater, and thoroughly enjoys reading books, especially historical fiction.

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The Greener, The Better BY CRYSTAL HARPER

After serving five years as the school’s community service coordinator, Mr. John Lord will add the title of “green dean” to his resume.

“When you make one person responsible for coordinating an effort, it is more likely to be achieved,” said Dr. Dennis.

As Packer’s new coordinator of sustainability, Mr. Lord will focus and expand Packer’s efforts to be environmentally accountable. The position, which

was established last June, is also a response to and a reflection of society’s growing interest in the environment. “An educational institution has the responsibility to behave a certain way, which includes being respectful to the environment,” said Head of School Dr. Bruce Dennis. Mr. Lord will create and coordinate the school’s “green” initiatives, as well as review information Packer receives from other schools and public institutions regarding current environmental ventures. “When you make one person responsible for coordinating an effort, it is more likely to be achieved,” said Dr. Dennis. According to Dr. Dennis, the decision to use an existing faculty member was made to avoid the costs

that would follow hiring new staff, and Mr. Lord was already accustomed to performing multiple roles throughout the school. Mr. Lord will maintain his position as director of community service. His other duties, including supervision of the senior thesis and independent study programs, will be handled by Chinese teacher Yongling Lu. “It’s a mixed bag of emotions. My other positions allowed me a chance to work individually with students…it was great fun, but taking on a new role is kind of exciting,” said Mr. Lord. Mr. Lord wants to expand Packer’s current “green” projects, including the use of energy-saving lights and smaller water bottles. Mr. Lord also plans to “step up” the school’s recycling ef-


THE GREEN DEAN: In an effort to make the school more ecologically efficient, John Lord was named the school’s first director of sustainability. fort.

“I could walk into a classroom at 5:30 and find two water bottles in the trash when there is a recycling bin right there,” said Mr. Lord.

Student response to the new position has been positive. “I think it’s a great idea. Packer is a very large school and we use a lot of energy so we need someone

to dedicate their time to this matter,” said Rachel Landes (’11).

PELICAN BRIEFS News from around the Packer community ... Monitors Two television monitorsinstalled at Packer over the summer and are now broadcasting news and information to students. Susan Feibelman, head of the Upper School, said that she is excited that the work to procure and run the monitor program has been studentled. In addition to Student Council involvement, members of last year’s AP computer science class modified the computer program used to run the monitors. The monitors cost about $1,800 each. The Upper School administration purchased the monitors, Anne said, noting that money was not taken from the Student Council fund. Any student will be able to post to the monitors, but content must be approved by David Ready, director of development publications. Student Council members drafted guidelines for monitor content. Ninth graders may earn community service

hours for work on the monitors. By Joseph Seibert

iPads Packer’s technology department purchased five new iPads this summer the first step of a pilot program designed to evaluate the educational purpose of the Apple device. “Apple did a great job of creating a very compelling and cool device,” said Director of Technology Jim Anderson, who is in charge of the program. Mr. Anderson distributed the iPads, which cost a total of $3,000, to faculty members working in the Technology Center. The goal is to see if the device can eventually be used in the classroom. “Like any new piece of technology, the product must be tested and evaluated for its use before we set it into the classroom,” said Mr. Anderson. “Everything is very preliminary so far,” said Kim Young, one of the faculty members evaluat-

ing the iPad. “If the iPads can be used for some sort of scientific use such as displaying information, then I think they’re a great idea,” said James Sui (’11). “They’re cool, but I don’t really see the use,” said Lily Soule (’13). By Nabil Khan

Chorus A record number of students are taking chorus this year, and many involved in the program are enthusiastic about the new student interest. Seventytwo students are enrolled in the program. Also, the number of male singers has increased from seven to 17. “I think the addition of boys is good,” said Esther Harris, choral program director, “From a musical standpoint [it] is a great thing for our group. It is exciting to see more boys wanting to sing.” Veteran members of the chorus are excited to mentor underclassmen. “The addition of more boys to the chorus

.... briefly should prove fun and helpful to our overall sound,” said Russell Shelp (’12). The size of the group can be difficult, Ms. Harris noted, as there are many factors that go into putting on a great performance, especially with so many new members. “I am excited and I think this group has potential but the only way we’ll get there is to be more involved and learn to work together” said Ms. Harris. The chorus will perform Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. By William Dudine

Bird Man On September 13, a bird flew from the garden into a 4th floor science room. Maintenance workers had been chasing the bird throughout the day trying to get it back outside. “It tried to fly through the widow and it got hit,” said Ramon Perez, elevator watchman. The bird was found on top of one of the classroom lights. Ramon, who was trained for CPR in case of a student emergency, was able to perform it on the dying bird. “I picked up [the bird] and it was shaking. I blew air into it and it stopped [shaking]. I was impressed at the way it came alive. If I did not do CPR, it would have died,” he said.

After the CPR the bird recovered. It was released back into the garden and flew away. This was the third time in the past two years where a bird has found its way into Packer. Last year, two birds were able to get into the Atrium because of a door was left open overnight. The maintenance staff was successfully able to lead the birds back into garden. By Josh Brewer



Meet the New Upper School Faculty MATH DEPARTMENT Campagna Danielle Fallon

Photos courtesy of Sara Kaplan


Position: Teacher of Geometry and Algebra 2.

Position: Teacher of Algebra 1, 2, and AP Statistics

Years teaching: “Over 30 years. Just keep it at that.”

Years teaching: Four

Favorite icecream: Cappuccino Favorite sport: Baseball. [My favorite team is the] Boston Red Sox. Pirate or ninja: “Ninja, but Johnny Depp does make being a pirate seem fun.” Childhood dream job: Baseball player Fun fact: “I have two children in a rock band called Apple Bros ( I have six kids and seven grandkids.”


SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Lauren Turner Ali Position: Lab tech

Years as a lab tech: Three or four Position: “I’ve been a lab tech for about three or four years. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “I don’t eat ice cream.” Favorite Sport: “Either cricket or tennis.” Team Edward or Team Jacob: No Interest Pirate or a Ninja: “Pirate. I get to carry a sword.” What did you want to be: “I wanted to be an artist.” Fun Fact: “I am lefthanded.”

Favorite icecream: “I don’t eat ice cream.” Favorite sport: Cricket or tennis Pirate or a ninja: “Pirate. I get to carry a sword.” Childhood dream job: An artist Fun fact: “I am left-handed.”

Favorite icecream: Coffee Favorite Sport: Bocce Pirate or a ninja: “Ninja. I would want to see out of both eyes.” Childhood dream job: Train driver or conductor, a librarian, or teacher. Fun fact: “I was the captain of my bowling team and I am a huge Ohio State fan.”

Photos courtesy of Katin Shalit

Position: Teacher of Bioogy and AP Biology Years teaching: “This is my (lucky) 13th year.” Favorite icecream: Mint Chocolate Chip Favorite sport: Hockey and sailing Pirate or ninja: “Pirate! Argh, I like to say ‘ahoy’.” Childhood dream job: “[I wanted to be a] dentist until I realized how gross it is to look at peoples’ mouths.” Fun fact: “I have to have a green smoothie every day. It’s gross to some people, but I love it.”

EDITORIAL The Prism October 2010 Editor-in-Chief Gavin Schiffres


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News & Features Editor Nabil Khan


Arts & Entertainment Editor Sophie Fishbein


Sports Editor Silas Brickner


Photo Editors Sara Kaplan


Katin Shalit


Copy Editor

Crystal Harper


Web Editors

Henry Millison


Matt Schallert


Senior Reporters Josh Brewer


Tyra Kwao-vovo


Patrick McGowan


Jordan Wolman



Dress Enforcement Where it Should Be: In Hands of Students Dress has become a serious issue at Packer. We’ve all seen that little bit too much, and we’ve all cringed. That’s why The Prism commends the Student Council and the administration for their latest deterrent to inappropriate clothing: the threat of looking like an asylum escapee with a terrible stylist. While The Prism likes our Packer readership to be fetching, vogue, and devoid of green jumpsuits, the creative solution of forcing unsuitably clothed students to wear ugly shirts and sweats strikes at the heart of inappropriate dress – the desire to appear chic and attractive. Insecure tweens sauntering through the student center with “Yes We Cannabis” t-shirts won’t be acting so slick when their

marijuana leaves get covered up by a different, more vomit colored green. And yet, what’s to stop clashing green from becoming hip? After the cross-dressing fashion show, even the hideous green menace doesn’t seem as much a cruel punishment as a communal joke. Fashion is frequently whimsical, often nonsensical, and always based on what the “cool kids” are wearing. Though the green jumpsuits, essentially Packer’s dunce cap, are unattractive, they’re not inherently humiliating. Dress rebels could easily popularize the Jolly Green Giant look. Ultimately, enforcement of appropriate dress is left up to the student body. It’s up to us to decide whether we want to look

like a group of sophisticated cosmopolitan young adults, or vagrant hoodlums and cheap floozies (in which case, Packer’s halls would quickly become a sea of bucolic rolling hills).

The goal is to never have to wear a green jumpsuit. But that’s good. Giving teachers dictatorial power over the apparel of the student body is, on paper, abusive and subjugating. Leaving the policy’s success in the hands of the students means that we, as a community, can set our own standards of dress. Standards that respect not only the learning process, but our peers’ gag reflexes. Nevertheless, teachers still have a role in guiding those standards. As they

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laudably did for the fashion show, administrators should work with the Student Council to gently promote clear distinctions between appropriate and inappropriate clothing. Ultimately, our goal should be to never have a green jumpsuit forced on any of the unsuitablyclothed students that populate our halls (by high school, we hope you’ve learned how to dress yourself). Reaching that goal, however, will be a team effort. So if your friend’s pants are sagging, or cleavage showing, please say something. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the threat of a nasty green fashion faux pas to make sure he or she leaves just an inch more to the imagination.

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EDITORS NOTE Where the Food at?


Faculty Advisor Amy Peters


Due to recent religious holidays, members of The Prism were too busy fasting to create a food section. We apologize if we offended any of our epicurious readers, but fear not! The food section will return in upcoming editions of The Prism.

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Ask Tyra

You have questions. Tyra has answers. SARA KAPLAN

Dear Tyra, I'm in a long distance relationship and it seems like he's having a ball at college. Should I be worried? What do you think could happen? Am I the loser waiting around for nothing? -Lucky Loser

Dear internet lover, WHAT?! You have a boyfriend but you only TALK ONLINE and you GO TO THE SAME SCHOOL?! OH, NO! What do you do when you see each other? Walk away? Babe, we have a problem on our hands. Just walk up to your boyfriend IN SCHOOL and ask: “Yo, we’re a couple right?” Assuming he says yes, then this Facebook chat business has to end. Then say: “We need to chill outside of the relationship and actually act like a couple.” This should set him straight. Usually, the boy makes the first move, but since it’s bothering you, you need to take initiative. If you don’t like him then blow that Popsicle stand.

Dear lucky loser, Run away!!! No, seriously my first gut reaction is to tell you that you’re nuts. College and high school relationships are so hard to work out. But honestly, I don’t know the details of your situation. If you both agreed to be in a monogamous relationship, then it is going to be hard, honey. You have to ask yourself some questions: 1) Do you trust him? 2) Has he flirted with other people in front of your face? (For example Ronnie and Sammy from Jersey Shore. Oh,boy. I hope your relationship is not like that.) 3) Did you ever catch him cheating on you or lying to you? 4) Are you willing to wait for him? 5) Are you willing to risk not dating someone who is not in college that you can see all the time? If you answered “yes” to most of the questions then sorry darling, but you need to bounce. Blow that Popsicle stand. What is more important? Your sanity or the relationship? Your significant other, however, could be amazing. If he can have fun at college but still remain faithful to you (Think Vinny from Jersey Shore. He’s so sweet) then stay with him. It may be worth it in the long run. Here are some tips on how to find out whether your long-distance sweetie is doing the dirt (cheating): 1) Facebook, This is KEY!!! If you see a lot of tagged pics of him or her party- ing with other attractive people and you just have a gut feeling, ask your sweetie. 2) If your sweetie untags himself or herself in a picture that looks suspect, con front him or her! 3) If you ask your sweety if he’s going behind your back, and he flips out and says: “I can’t believe you would even ask me that” (I used this one too many times). Trust they are not doing you right. No, No, No. Of course they are going to deny, deny, deny. Love, your hopeless romantic, Tyra “T-Money” Kwao-vovo


The Prez Says Student Council President Anne Wenk (‘11) updates the student body on the Student Council’s efforts in her first monthly column.


The Student Council has been busy at work since the beginning of the year. Not only have we put on a fashion show, but we have also been organizing tournaments, the club fair, and a Student Council treasury. We also focused our efforts on setting up the new monitor so that the screens project the information we want the student body to know, while also reflecting the Packer community’s core values. In the next few weeks, we hope to get the monitor in the Student Center to display

sports scores, club meeting times, Packer events and photos with the help of the tech department, students and the administration. Student Council is also fundraising to in-

Dear Tyra, I have a boyfriend but we only talk online and we go to the same school. What should I do? -Internet Lover

crease the financial aid budget, and you can help us by coming to our bake sales and buying Packer merchandise. We will be selling every week and encourage you all to support our efforts. Please feel free to ask questions or submit requests by talking to anyone in the Student Council or by emailing me. The best way for us to know what you want is to hear it directly from you.

Some suggestions for hanging out with your man at school: 1) Eat lunch together. Sharing a meal is romantic, and you will get to know if your boyfriend is a sloppy eater. Also, wiping crumbs from his mouth is a classic show of affection. 2) Walk to class together. I always love it when a boy carries my book bag; it’s so manly. Plus, you can tell if he is strong. Love, your Nubian princess, Tyra “T-Money” Kwao-vovo

If you have any questions for the always insightful Tyra, you can submit them on our website You can also drop them off in the beautifully decorated box on Mr. Parson’s desk in the library.



Wouldn’t Spend on Wall Street Wall Street Has Predictable Story Line BY CRYSTAL HARPER

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf, reveals the tragedy and betrayal present in the world of big business. The film, directed by Oliver Stone, picks up where its prequel left off, so it’s beneficial for the viewer to watch the first Wall Street movie before heading to the theaters. Douglas revives his role as Gordon Gekko, a no-nonsense Wall Street capitalist

and LaBeouf plays his earnest protégé and daughter’s fiancée. Amid the chaos of Wall Street lies the story of a young man’s struggle to find love and avoid unethical temptations.

The film left viewers feeling a bit ambivalent Though the acting was believable, the movie was a bit too predictable.

The movie also becomes a bit of a documentary on the financial crisis of 2008 as it aims to explain the underlying reasons behind it. Some viewers may find the film’s sci-fi elements (the characters discuss using fusion as an energy source) a bit distracting. The film leaves viewers feeling a bit ambivalent, though people interested in finance may enjoy Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. MAKING IT WORK ON WALL STREET: Shia LaBeouf (left) and Michael Douglas (right) star in a lack luster movie directed by Oliver Stone.

A New Addition to HBO’s


Boardwalk Empire is a Dazzling Success BY PATRICK McGOWAN

If you like Martin Scorsese movies, HBO’s new show Boardwalk Empire is the show for you. Boardwalk Empire, which is produced by Mark Wahlberg and directed by Scorsese, debuted Sept. 19. The show is set in 1920’s Atlantic City, New Jersey. It’s a time of political, social, and cultural upheaval. Illegal alcohol is flowing, and women are fighting for the right to vote. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, is the main character, and the treasurer of Atlantic City. The first time we meet him, he is speaking at a group meeting of suffragettes. He tells the story of a boy whose family ran out of food during a blizzard. This boy wanted to do anything he could to help his family, so he killed three wharf rats for dinner. At the end of his story Nucky then reveals that he is the little boy. Nucky is revered by the citizens but feared by the upper class. He sells illegal alcohol on the side and may call himself a politician, but he’s truly an organized crime boss. He spends the majority of his time either at parties with women or setting up deals with out of town gangsters. Nucky may be com-

ATLANTIC CITY SHINES: Steve Buscemi (center) delivers the best performance in Boardwalk Empire. pared to Tony Soprano from The Sopranos or Al Swearengen from Deadwood, because he garners respect from others. He could be HBO’s next great anti-hero.

The show is effective in setting up a dynamic historical situation that has equal value as any character on the show. Nucky is more complex than most of the characters on HBO because he shows genuine emotion and concern for people who are in need of his help. While the first episode’s focus is primarily about Nucky’s alcohol trading, we also learn about his softer sides. Margaret Schroeder, played by Kelly MacDonald, is a poor Irish immigrant, who seeks

Nucky for help from her abusive husband. The relationship between Nucky and Margaret reveals the protective of Nucky that most of his friends don’t see. This relationship shows that Nucky is more than a ruthless racketeer. Instead, he’s someone who cares deeply about others. Even with its complex cast of characters, no actor compares to Mr. Buscemi. This show definitely has potential and the first episode did not disappoint. While it has scenes of gruesome violence and unbelievable intensity, it also has laugh-out-loud hysterical moments. This show has all the elements of a hit, and might land on top of the HBO charts.

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Creation of Facebook Explored in New Movie The Social Network BY GIDEON OLSHANSKY

Facebook is everywhere. It is on our computer screens, and our cell phones, enticing us to contact friends, update our status, or “like” just about anything. But how did this ubiquitous website come to be? Practically everybody over the age of 10 uses it, but many might not know the story behind the founding of the social network. That question is answered in the movie The Social Network, directed by Academy Award nominee David Fincher, written by Emmy award winner Aaron Sorkin, and based on the book The Accidental Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich. The film is about Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the founder of Facebook, and the relationships he formed and destroyed while creating Facebook. The movie begins in 2003, on the campus of Harvard University, where Zuckerberg is a student. After a break up with his girlfriend, Zuckerberg creates a website where students could rank female students in order of attractiveness. Zuckerberg quickly becomes the center of attention on campus, and students Cameron and Ty-

ler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), ask him to help them build a website that enables Harvard students and alums to connect and socialize. Zuckerberg agrees to help them, but takes the idea and creates a website with a similar purpose, called “The Facebook”.

Fincher’s direction was superb, and, as a result, there were excellent performances out of every cast member. Zuckerberg enlists his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), an economics major, to handle all the business matters of The Facebook as it gains success across the Harvard campus.When it garners national attention, Zuckerberg and Saverin are contacted by Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), a sleazy entrepreneur, known for creating Napster. He offers his services to them, and advises them to shorten the website’s name to “Facebook.” The rest of the movie focuses less on Facebook’s growth, and more on Zuckerberg’s long list

of annoyed friends. Fincher’s direction was superb, and, as a result, there were excellent performances out of every cast member. Sorkin did a great job at turning real people into characters, and the dialogue was humorous. Eisenberg, known for always portraying dorky but lovable characters, was a perfect choice to play Zuckerberg who is notoriously nerdy and awkward. Timberlake played an excellent Parker, making him out to be a shady and cynical antagonist. My only problem with the movie was that I wanted to learn more about Facebook’s popularity and less about Zuckerberg’s character. Though the movie did mention the growth of Facebook it did not elaborate on the site’s development. If you want to learn about Mark Zuckerberg’s egotism and relationships (or lack thereof), see the film, but if you want to learn more about how Mark Zuckerberg made Facebook what it is today, read the book.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Wavves’ Are Really the Kings Of the Beach


Band Bring a Mainstream Simplicity to Their Sophomore Album BY SOPHIA WARREN

With its gritty yet poppy sound, Wavves’ sophomore album, King of the Beach, released in August on Fat Possum Records, is sure to be a somewhat mainstream hit. The album sounds likes a mix of fellow Brooklyn DIY-scene bands, Woods, Parts & Labor, and So So Glos, but definitely has a marketable quality that could put it among main stream hits. The track-list is whim-

sical, full of short, goofy titles such as “Mickey Mouse” and “Linus Spacehead.” Although the titles are no classics, the album features elements reminiscent of good old noise music and lyrics that wail out of the speakers, seeming to exclaim ‘Get pumped!’ Yes, it’s one of those albums, the kind that makes you want to jump up and down on your bed with its simple anthem-like songs. The first song, “King of the Beach” is incredibly

upbeat with simple rhythms and ‘beachy’ undertones

is happy. Although the third track, titled ‘Idiot’, begins with a fifteen second hysterical laughing fit, the strangely upbeat ballad, soon shifts tone, while front man, Nathan Williams, states that he’d “say sorry, but it wouldn’t mean s**t.” Not exactly ‘bright’ per se, still simple and clear. There’s nothing confusing about this album. It goes back to the day of simple, jamming-out-ofyour-mom’s-garage rock n’ roll (with a new lo-fi

King of the Beach is definitely the best un-iced cake of 2010 with a chorus of “You’re never gonna stop me! King of the beach!” Pretty unstoppable, no? That’s not to say that every song

WAVVES ARE THE ALL THE RAVE: Nathan Williams, Wavves front man, brings new sound to the band’s sophomore album. twist). There’s no icing on this cake, but King of the

Beach is definitely the best un-iced cake of 2010.

groom,” “Tom Tit Tot,” “Clever Gretel,” and “The Bremen Town Musicians”.

of modern times, but many of them pertain to old England and other European countries,” said Mike Nocera (’11), whose roles include a carpenter and a robber.

Fables, Morals, Murder and Mirth Upper School Fall Play to Showcase New Style of Theater BY JORDAN WOLMAN

Packer’s fall play will feature an aristocratic serial killer, a golden goose, and a king. Story Theater includes a variety of fables and tales of folklore. It will run Nov. 11-13 in the Pratt Theater. “It’s a laugh-fest,” said Deborah Pressman,

head of the arts department. Story Theater marks the introduction of a fresh, new theatrical style to Packer’s art department, according to Ms. Pressman. Story Theater adapts and expands classic children’s stories, making them more accessible to a wider audience. Actors

will take on multiple roles throughout the play. Characters will also act as their own narrators. “All the characters are vastly different which makes it very demanding on us, as actors, to be able to be one character with a specific personality and then a scene later be someone completely new,”

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said Arif Silverman(’11), who will play a king and a farmer, in addition to other roles. Some fables are light-hearted while others are less so. The play consists of stories such as “Golden Goose,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “The Little Peasant,” “All Three of Us,” “The Robber Bride-

“It’s a laughfast,” said Ms. Pressman. “The play is a compilation of short [ stories] that are similar to cartoons

The Cartoon Corner BY SIENA DELLA-FAVE

Do You Doodle in Class?

ACROSS 4. Ask 6. From your screen to the big screen 7. Newest technological addition to Packer 9. Latest addition to the front hall 10. Our president

DOWN 1. Latest renovation 2. Banana bread 3. Last name of Diversity Director 4. Best local newspaper 5. Showing midrift? You’ll wear ... 6. John Lord’s new title 8. William Durrah’s nickname

Don’t worry, we won’t tell your teachers. But if you’re an artist, a wordsmith, a puzzler, or a joke smuggler (it rhymed), submit your work to The Prism. Last year beloved Prism crossword maker Anna Schechtman (‘08) went on to make a crossword for the New York Times. Who knows? You could be next. To contribute, email Sophie Fishbein at with your idea and a sample of your work.



Varsity Soccer Brings Out “The Animal” Boys Play With New Intensity

The varsity soccer team has seen a lot of ups and downs this fall. The team, whose current record is 5-4-3, is looking to win the ACIS championships and compete in the NYSAIS tournament. The season got off to an auspicious start when one of the team’s key players, center defender Jackson Morrow (’11), sprained his ankle at a summer basketball camp. With Jackson on the sidelines, team members were forced to play different positions. Despite having to adjust to a new defensive back four, the team has enjoyed wins this season. The biggest wins have been against Lycee Francais, Co-

lumbia Prep and Trevor Day School. Both Lycee Francais and Columbia Prep have been teams that Packer has fallen short against year after year.

“This game showed us that we really need to focus right until the end of every game,” said Co-Captain Silas Brickner (‘11). The team wasn’t as successful against Friends Seminary and SIA (Staten Island Academy). Packer was up 3-0 at the half against SIA, but let up three goals in the final 20 minutes of the game. “I think that we were all very frustrated

after this game and I think that this game showed us that we really need to focus right until the end of every game,” said co-captain Silas Brickner (’11). A week after that game Packer competed against Friends Seminary. This was the team’s first league game and Packer felt ready. Right from the start Packer showed a lot of energy but couldn’t convert on many attacks. Packer lost the game 3-0. “We went into the game very timid and scared and just couldn't pass the ball like we normally do myself included,” said Harrison Laifer (’11). Packer got a big 8-1 win against Trevor Day Sept. 27 Packer




PATCHED UP: Jackson Morrow (‘11), who spent about a month on the disabled list with an injured ankle boxes out a Friends Seminary attacker in a 3-0 loss against Friends Seminary at Red Hook Sept. 24.

took the field that day ready to redeem themselves. Before the game began Coach Shane Pierre boarded the bus and told players that he that he had made some lineup changes after the disappointing loss to Friends Seminary. Coach Pierre told

player that the team needed to collectively toughen up and “bring out the animal” if they wanted to win this game. Packer players quickly attacked Trevor’s defense and the team was up 3-0 at the half. The second half of

the game featured goal after goal. The team’s next big game is against UNIS Oct. 15.

Rebuilding Continues As Season Improves Girls Show They Have What it Takes to Win BY JOSH BREWER

The varsity girls soccer team has experienced several changes this season. They have changed formations and lineups to fit their best style of play. Although the team is currently 3-1 in the AAIS, the team started off 0-3 but only fell to 0-1 in the league. The team is looking to rebuild after losing a total of seven seniors from the 2009 campaign. Over the preseason, the team worked on filling defensive, midfield and attacking positions, spots formerly taken by seniors. Several players played different positions in preparation for the season. After losing their first three games by a close margin, the team went on a three game winning streak that


Shannon Rhodes (‘12) dribbles past an Elizabeth Irwin defender at Red Hook in an 8-0 victory on Sept. 24.

included Packer scoring 16 goals and only giving up one. After losing to Poly Prep 3-0, Berkeley Carroll 2-1, and arch-rival St. Ann’s 3-1, the girls were only 0-1 in the AAIS. In those three games, Packer was outscored 8-2.

The girls were able to rebound in games against Hewitt and Little Red Elizabeth Irwin. Packer’s offense scored 13 goals while giving up none on defense. It’s still too early in the season to see where the girls will finish in

the league, but over the next nine games, six of them are against league opponents. The team will look to win as many games as possible to make up for the games lost early in the season. With a chance

to move up to 2-1 in the AAIS league, the team squared off against The Chapin School on September 27. “[The biggest things we have to work on] are communication and defense,” said offensive mid, Shannon Rhodes (’12). Packer in dramatic fashion won the game 3-2 thanks to two late goals by Shannon. “What a way to win. [That was a] great comeback win,” said Coach Rich Domanico after the final whistle blew. At 2-1, Packer faced off against Marymount and tied 4-4. The next day, Packer fell to Staten Island Academy, 4-0. The team then had a good showing against Nightingale Bamford, winning 5-2 moving them to 3-1-1 in league games on the season.

The team must now play league games against Brearly, Friends Seminary, Sacred Heart, Trinity, and Spence over a span of two weeks which will decide their playoff fate.

“[The biggest things we have to work on] are communication and defense,” said Shannon Rhodes (’12).

Through the first six games, Shannon led the team with seven goals.Amanda Katz, Keegan Mendez, and Sarah Miller all scored two goals apiece.

Reporting contributed by Silas Brickner



Maroon Dead Redemption

Girls Volleyball Looks to Recover After Tough 2009 Season BY GIDEON OLSHANSKY

The girls varsity volleyball team, hoping to bounce back after a disappointing 2009 season, has had a decent start this fall, with a record of five wins and eight losses. The team, which finished with a 5-10 record last year, hopes to bring home the ACIS trophy this year. In a game against St. Anns on Oct. 12th, the team tried to extend their first place lead in the ACIS league. St. Anns won the game in two straight sets, tying Packer for first place. “We have really great new coaches, and they are supporting us all the way. It is lots of fun. I feel like we’re more of a team,” said Isabelle McCarthy


Claire Rogers (‘13) patiently waits to bump the ball to Ali Caban (‘13) in straight set victory against Nightingale.

(’13). The team is starting the season with a completely new coaching staff and new players. Coach Phyllis Anderson, a former professional player, and Coach Byron Thomas, a middle school history teacher,, were replaced by Donovan Buckle, a former member of the Jamaican national

volleyball team, and Jennifer Johnson. In addition, two players, Ali Caban (’13) and Kiara Marmolejos (’13) have filled spots that were vacated by graduating seniors. “When we came in, we saw a set of girls who were willing to work, and get wins, and make the team successful,” said Coach Buck-

le. “They’re playing exceptionally.” The coaches made preseason practices rigorous. The team had five-hour practices, five days a week, for three weeks before school started. The season started Sept. 10 with an outof-league game against Poly Prep. Although the team fought hard, they lost in straight sets. Four days later, they won against Elizabeth Irwin in straight sets. Those games were followed by wins against Berkeley Carroll and Nightingale Bamford, and a loss to Brearley. On September 27 the team kicked off the busiest week they will have all season, playing four games in five days. The week started with a

New Coach, New Effort for XC Teams BY NABIL KHAN

The boys and girls cross country teams are ready for an exciting season with a new coaching staff and new uniforms. “My philosophy behind coaching is that the team should have a fun time and be competitive at the same time,” said new Head Coach Jeremy Busch. Busch replaced former Head Coach Robert Martin, who left Packer last spring.

“We have really great new coaches, and they are supporting us all the way,” said Adam Gordon (‘11). Coach Busch was the team’s co-head coach last season and is ready to take on the challenge as head coach alongside a new support staff. Assistant Coach

John Paul Montes leads workouts and training session for the varsity boys team. Assistant Coach Alex Bruskin is in charge of the girls varsity team along with Coach Phyllis Anderson and Coach Amy Peters. Bruskin is also in charge of the boys junior varsity team that was added this year. “The JV team is deep and strong and will be very competitive this year,” said Coach Busch. Before school began, runners attended a preseason camp at the Darrow School located in New Lebanon, New York. “The Darrow School had a beautiful campus and was a great place to train and run,” said Alex Lordahl (’11), a member of the boys varsity team. The boys varsity team began the season with their first major meet at the Bowdoin


Adam Gordon (‘11) runs hard at the Ivy Meet at Van Cortlandt Park Sept. 29.

Park Classic in Wappinger Falls, NY. The course was the same one the team ran on last year for the Federations cross country meet. This year Eddie Owens (’11) placed second at the Bowdoin Park Classic in a neck and neck run against Mike Mazzacaro (’11)

from CBA Lincroft in New Jersey. The boys varsity team ran the Ivy Meet at Van Cortlandt Park Sept. 29. Eddie placed first in this meet running the 2.5 mile run in 13 minutes and 23 seconds. “This was a good sample test for the team. I got to see where we are in the season and where we need to train or not, when it’s time for NYSAIS we will be one of the stronger teams there,” said Coach Busch. For the future of the season, Coach Busch believes the team can make NYSAIS and Federations. “I honestly believe we are the hardest working team at Packer right now,” said Adam Gordon (’11).

loss to Hewitt, followed by a win against Staten Island Academy, a win against United Nations International School, and a loss to Convent of the Sacred Heart. Tess Carse (’11) who did not get a lot of play time last season, has been a strong member of the team this year, and has been particularly successful at getting blocks. Captains Eve Burkhart (’12) and Marland Backus (’11) have also been playing really well, according to coaches and players. “We have put more effort and work into this year, and we’re focused on being better because last year we weren’t that good. We’re all there supporting each other,” said Isabelle. Injuries have not

been a problem for the team thus far. The only injuries that occurred were before the season even began. Giulia Morrone (’11), Anna Thin (’11), and Marisa Dolmatch (’11) are all out with torn ACLs, and Mikaela Monous (’11) endured an ankle injury during a preseason practice. The team has three more regular season games. They have clinched playoff spots in both the ACIS and the AAIS leagues, but they are still aiming for first place in the ACIS. If Packer and St. Anns are still tied at the end of the regular season, St. Anns will be in first place because they beat Packer in the regular season.

Freshmen Stars Photos courtesy of Katin Shalit

Name: Josh Kotran Sport: Cross Country Mile Time: 5:14 Watch out for him: Josh was the only freshman to make varsity cross country Hopes: Being harder, better, faster, stronger

Name: Raphael Santore Sport: Soccer Goals Scored: Five Hopes: Next time, beat St. Ann’s Home grown: Raph has been at Packer since Lower School.

Name: Aliza Cohen Sport: Soccer Watch out for her: Aliza is the starting goalie for varsity girls soccer Hopes: Make ACIS and NYSAIS

Don’t Look Back in Anger Varsity girls soccer hopes to rebound after tough 2009 season. Full coverage on page 9. KATIN SHALIT

FULL SPEED AHEAD BOYS Varsity boys soccer is on a quest to to win the NYSAIS tournament. Full coverage on page 9.


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