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Two English teachers hired to fill void left by resignations
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Senior named Presidential Scholar
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ue to the resignation of English teachers Ellen Austin and Denise Shaw, who are leaving to teach at Harker School and in the San Diego Unified School District, respectively, the administration has decided to hire new teachers for the English department to compensate for their departure. Potential teachers presented 30-minute mock lessons to several English classes, allowing supervisors to receive student feedback. “[It is] pretty standard to do those kind of test lessons,” English teacher Kindel Launer said. “You want to see how you establish rapport with the students.” Principal Phil Winston said that there were certain characteristics he was searching for when choosing new staff members.
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On May 6, senior Hilda Huang was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts for her achievements as a musician after participating in the YoungArts program. See Huang, Page A3
Graduation details StephEnie Zhang EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
n May 29, members of the senior class will have their graduation ceremony on the quad, with girls clad in white and boys in green, as they celebrate their final days at Paly. But before their last day, seniors have many activities and events to look forward to, including the traditional Baccalaureate ceremony on May 26 and the senior picnic on May 28. This year, Baccalaureate will be held at the Flint Center at De Anza College from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Senior class president Michael Wang will welcome the students, Stanford’s head football coach David Shaw will be the main speaker and some students will be giving performances. “We have David Shaw speaking, and I’m very excited about that,” Wang said. “I will be speaking there, and we have a lot of performances lined up courtesy of Mr. Najar. It’s going to be a great event and I’m very excited.” The senior class picnic follows two days after Baccalaureate.
Will be held at the Flint Center at De Anza College May
28 Senior class Picnic
Attend a continental breakfast before mandatory graduation rehearsal May
29 Graduation Ceremony
Grab your caps and gowns, the day has come for you to leave Paly
See Graduation, Page A3
Science Olympiad places 16th at Nationals, wins individual awards
Maya Kitayama Editor-In-Chief
aly’s Science Olympiad (Scioly) team finished their historic competition run by placing 16th out of 60 high schools at Nationals, which took place on May 15 and 16 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. The team accumulated 497 points, with the winning team, Solon High School, receiving 178 points. The team is ecstatic about their performance at Nationals, especially considering this was the team’s first year in attendance. “Nationals was always the goal, and every year we got closer and closer, and finally, I can’t believe it has happened,” junior team captain Grace Lin said. Junior team member Annie Chen also shares the feelings of exhilaration and team pride for reaching such a high level of competition. “It’s really amazing to be able to reach Nationals considering how we’ve missed going the past years when we were close, so I’m really, really thankful that we pulled through and made it happen,” Chen said.
The team advanced to Nationals for the first time in its history after winning the Northern California State Tournament on April 13. Paly represented Northern California, along with Winston Churchill Middle School, located in Carmichael, Calif. Paly joined the 120 other high school and middle school teams, one of which travelled all the way from Japan. Final rankings are determined based off a system of cumulative team points. Team members are placed
into pairs, or in the case of experimental design, three people, and compete in events. The groups then take tests or complete an engineering event, and based off their performance, they receive a place of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, all the way up to 60th. The overall team score is a culmination of all the team’s individual placings, and the team who finishes with the lowest score wins the competition.
See Scioly, Page A3
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Junior Nicolas Quach and senior Jeffrey Yan placed third in the Material Science competition at the Science Olympiad Nationals held on May 16.
Viking senior mural to be mounted on underpass
Senior gift from the class of 2013, a painted mural, will be mounted on the Paly side of the Embarcadero underpass. will kershner senior staff writer
he Paly class of 2013 has begun painting its senior class gift, a viking-themed mural set to be mounted on the Paly side of Embarcadero Road underpass. After designing and working with the Public Works Department, the project was approved by the Palo Alto Public Arts Commission. Seniors
Claire Marchon, Lisie Sabbag and senior class president Michael Wang are heading up the project by working hand in hand with the City of Palo Alto to make this mural a reality. The mural has run into a couple of obstacles, namely the possibility of water damage and graffiti. In response, a decision has been made to mount the mural onto the underpass instead of directly painting it on. “We chose to mount on the wall instead of painting directly onto the wall so that the project is protected against other tagging, water damage and in the event of an emergency it can be removed,” Wang said.
In addition to being mounted, the entire painting will be completed on plywood and sealed in plexiglass to prevent damage. This approach allows for even more flexibility as the artwork can be removed and replaced. “On top of that, classes can swap out the panels and add in their own creations,” Wang said. The painting began last Saturday as seniors showed up to volunteer their time to clean, stencil, prime, paint and relax. As of now, there is no completion date set. Any senior can come out to the quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday to volunteer, socialize and contribute to the senior gift.
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This year’s senior class gift, a mural (pictured above,) will be mounted on the Embarcadero underpass on the North end of campus
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The construction delays at the Mitchell Park Library have put the project over a year behind schedule.
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he City of Palo Alto, fed up with continued construction delays at the Mitchell Park Library, has told the project’s construction company, Flintco, that continued delays in the project will result in their replacement. The $30 million construction project, which was approved by voters in 2008, has now fallen more than a year behind schedule. In a letter sent from City Manager James Keene to Flintco, Keene outlined the numerous causes of the delays. Keene described work crews failing to show up, or even quitting, as well as unacceptable amounts of defective work that have failed inspection by the Palo Alto Building Department. “The schedules provided by Flintco show slippage each month,” the letter states. “Recently, the slippage has been so extensive that the schedule now indicates we are no closer to completion than we have been for
many months. In fact, Flintco has actually lengthened the schedule due to completed work that must be torn out and redone.” While waiting for a response from Flintco, Palo Alto has reached out to another construction company to finish the job should Flintco fail to stop the long string of errors that have led to the numerous delays.
Recently, the slippage has been so extensive that the schedule now indicates we are no closer to completion than we have been for many months. James Keene City Manager
The City of Palo Alto is also preparing itself for a legal battle if Flintco fails to correct its mistakes. The city has hired seven consultants, including attorneys and engineers, who will evaluate what went wrong during the construction process.
“We must now embark on a course of action to affect dramatic change quickly and a return to a normal and acceptable work pace,” Keene wrote. The new Mitchell Park Library is Palo Alto’s largest construction project in over 40 years and once completed, it will be the largest of the city’s five library branches. The two-story community center will feature a teen center, a large community room, a computer room, a cafe and a game room. Assuming that there are no future complications, Flintco estimates that the project will be completed by the end of November, which is more than a year and a half past the original estimated date of completion, April 2012. Even as Palo Alto prepares for a legal battle, the city says it still remains cautiously optimistic that Flintco will be able to complete the project in time. “We hope that Flintco will step up its performance and complete the building soon,” City Attorney Molly Stump told The Daily News.
Paly holds 14th “Annual Team Math” Competition Stephenie Zhang Editor-in-chief
n May 8, the Palo Alto High School Math Club held its 14th Annual Team Math (ATM) Competition in which 129 students from various math classes competed in. The ATM is a school-wide competition that has been run by the Paly Math Club since 1997. Students get into groups of three, with some regulations, and compete. When determining teams, each student is assigned a point value
based on their math class and a team cannot exceed 10 points. Students in calculus or higher count as five points; Analysis Honors or Introduction to Analysis and Calculus or Pre-calculus count as four points; Trigonometry/Analytics and Algebra 2/Trigonometry count as three points; Geometry/Algebra II, Algebra 1/Geometry and Geometry A count as two points and Algebra 1.1, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1 count as one point. This year, 43 teams participated, with the team of sophomores Alex Lu, Sauyon Lee and Ben Specktor earning 46 points, claiming the gold
medal. Sophomores Daniel CohenWang and Erek Tam and freshman Clara de Martel received silver, and freshman Eric Chiang and sophomores Noah Hashmi and Nihar Pol received bronze. The ATM is composed of three tests — an individual test, a team test and a lightning round. Unlike previous years, no cash prizes were awarded. In the lighting round, students sit behind one another in a line and have one minute to work on a given problem. When their time is up, they pass the problem back to the next
contestant, creating a cycle until the round is over. Math teacher Suzanne Antink wrote two of the three contests and the Math Club leadership team made the final team round. This year, teachers Radu Toma, David Baker and Arne Lim helped run the competition, with Math Club members scoring the test. For participating in the ATM, most math students received extra credit in their respective math classes. The ATM is meant to be a mixer to allow students from different math difficulty levels and grades to meet others.
Students enjoy free food, new activities at Paly’s annual Field Day
Construction to be finished by 2014
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tudents participated in the annual Field Day on Friday, May 19, during which they enjoyed an extended lunch with free food and inflatable games on the quad. In planning this year’s Field Day, Associated Student Body spirit commissioner Emma Ketchum and social commissioner Bria Vicenti hoped to join the school together in an exciting and playful environment before students split off for the summer. They aimed to create an event just as popular as in years past. “Last year was a pretty successful field day,” Ketchum said. “We definitely wanted to live up to that standard.” Some changes took place on Friday, most notably a lack of the traditional bounce houses. “This year we don’t have any bouncy houses because last year and the years before people have gotten too aggressive so they’ve either broke something or they got hurt,” Ketchum said. “We’ve had to cancel
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Students enjoyed activities such as an inflatable slide and an obstacle course during Paly’s annual Field Day.
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s ASB is winding down for the end of the school year, preparations for senior graduation, which will be held on May 29, are underway. Caps and gowns have recently arrived and are being distributed and managed by ASB; those who do not have a cap and gown will not be allowed to walk at graduation. Another graduation week event is Baccalaureate, which will be held at the Flint Center in Cupertino on May 26, with Stanford head football coach David Shaw as the keynote speaker. Student speakers for graduation are chosen by ASB advisor Matt Hall and several other teachers who reviewed applications and conduct tryouts for potential speakers on Tuesday, May 21. ASB has been assisting the senior class with their senior mural, which was finished up this past weekend and was a huge success. They have improved its involvement with the student body this year, especially through online communication with the student body and having a successful prom. With just weeks until the end of the school year, officers have already begun to think about next year’s prom locations and changes to be made for next year. The newest ASB elected and assigned officials are preparing to assume their responsibilities.
School Board Update
Daniel tachna-fram EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
he Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education is currently working on revamping its 2013 Strategic Plan, which guides staff work. The Strategic Plan is revisited about every five years, with the last revision having occurred in the spring of 2008. While preparing the 2013 revision of the PAUSD Strategic Plan, the school board has sought feedback from a wide-range of community members including interviews with principals, board members, members from Partners in Education (PiE) and the PTA. In addition, there have been focus groups with students from both Paly and Henry M. Gunn High School, as well as middle and elementary school teachers. Some of the goals of the new Strategic Plan include addressing how the success of the district is measured, better supporting the social and emotional needs of students, creating a transparent government model and optimizing the use of resources to support student development. Deliberations are still underway and the final 2013 Strategic Plan is scheduled for release on May 28.
the bouncy houses and then we lose money [as a result].” As a replacement, ASB ordered a large inflatable boat with slides called “the Kraken” as well as an inflatable obstacle course, which was larger than in previous years. Towards the end of lunch, students on the Quad experienced a small surprise when two male students slid down “The Kraken” completely naked, in order to honor the senior streaking tradition.
onstruction plans at Paly continue to evolve, with many projects well underway. The media arts and social sciences buildings are near completion, while renovations to the science building and the new gym are still in planning stages. The building that is to be shared by the math and history departments will be two stories tall and will feature offices as well as classrooms. The media arts building will host the Photography, Video Production and Advanced Journalism classes. The tentative plan to remodel the gym will be aided by a recent donation from billionaire Richard Peery, whose donation will help create a gym similar to the $18 million gym at Menlo. The proposed project would take eight months to a year to complete and would replace the outdated facilities that are in place. Environmental sustainability is a priority for all of the construction projects around Paly. The proposed addition to the science building will have solarpaneled roofs over four additional labs in the hopes of lessening the building’s carbon footprint.
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InFocus broadcast returns via web After updating technology to match with new equipment, InFocus returns to the classic broadcast utilizing the computer rather than televisions.
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After being off-air, InFocus resumes its broadcast through a new system requiring teachers to play the broadcast on a VLC player in the last five minutes of class before lunch.
the local either Wi-Fi or ethernet networks,” senior Ethan Cohen, former Executive Producer, said. “This is much better because it means that if there are problems the Paly [information technology] staff can much more easily work them out.” In addition, the new system is not dependent on televisions and therefore is suited for the new classrooms that will not have televisions, just computers and projectors. However, during this technological update, InFocus was forced to
temporarily revert to a less-modern system for announcements: the public address system. This was to guarantee effective announcements and avoid days without any announcements. “The administration’s number one goal for our broadcast is to make sure the communication is effective and the daily bulletin is effectively communicated to every student and staff member on campus,” Sklaroff said. Even during this technology transition, InFocus did not fail to broadcast; each broadcast was taped
and uploaded onto InFocus’s website. “People can actually go to the website and see our profiles for every staff member,” senior Alexia Garcia, 20:30 Producer, said. “They have access to all our videos and broadcasts, as well as segments.” “The structure of the class [didn’t] really [change],” Garcia said. “We still [have] a show everyday we just [record] it before the bell rings.” Despite the new technology, InFocus still has difficulties with broadcasting.
Senior Hilda Huang named Presidential Scholar of the Arts Angela stern staff writer
n May 6, senior Hilda Huang was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts for her achievements as a musician after participating in the YoungArts program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created by an executive order of the President in 1964, aimed to recognize and celebrate the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was expanded to also recognize students who perform exceptionally in the visual, creative and performing arts, thus creating the Presidential Scholar of the Arts award, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s website. To be eligible for this award, students must participate in the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts program in Miami and then must then be invited to apply for the award. “[YoungArts] was a week of a lot of performances, master classes, preparing chambermaids of work and interdisciplinary exposure,” Huang said. “There were visual artists, theatre people, dancers, etc. We just spent
Scioly returns from Nationals
Scioly, Continued from A1
Scioly awards medals to the top six for individual events and trophies to the top 10 for team performance. Paly excelled in the areas of Forestry, Material Science, Water Quality and Remote Sensing, with team members placing in the top 6 in all four events. Senior Jeffrey Yan and junior Nicolas Quach placed third in Material Science, sophomores Gary Chen and Jasen Liu took fourth in Water Quality, senior Jeffrey Ling and sophomore Max Krawcyk placed fifth in Remote Sensing and sophomore Jasen Liu and junior Annie Chen rounded off the team by winning first place in Forestry. “At the moment they announced that Jasen and I had placed first, I was so shocked and happy, but at the same time, so humbled,” Chen said. On the first day of competition, testing kicked off at 7 a.m. Multiple tests continued throughout the
English department welcomes new staff members
Austin, Continued from A1
fter months of being off air, InFocus, Paly’s broadcast journalism program, has returned. InFocus is now reverting back to its traditional on-air broadcast, as opposed to announcements over the public address system that it has used for the past few months. According to senior Maryssa Sklaroff, former Executive Producer, to play InFocus with the new system, teachers must open and double click on the file they were sent via email. This action requires the VLC media player to be installed on their computers; if VLC is not installed on the computer, teachers are advised to download the free program. Ideally, this procedure should be completed five minutes before the start of lunch. This change is necessary, as InFocus will need to adapt to new equipment and media arts building, scheduled to open spring 2014. “The old system used the cable that ran to all of the classrooms, for [the new system] our show gets sent over
the week hanging out with a bunch of kids who are really good artists in different fields. As part of participating in that program I got nominated to be a Presidential Scholar of the Arts, and then I filled out an application that had a lot of essays, and the rest was just through the Presidential Scholar program.” This summer, Huang will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Recognition Week where she will receive the award. “At the end of the week there is a performance at Kennedy Center, so I’ll be participating in that,” Huang said. “The rest of the week will be used for performances, ceremonies, rehearsals, screenings of the arts winners’ work and then also some time to meet with Congressional representatives and then hopefully, the President.” Although Huang has been playing the piano for 14 years now, she did not plan on competing for and winning the award. “I don’t really think of awards that way, like ‘oh when I grow up I want to win this competition’ or whatever, but this was just something that happened at the right time at the right place and I’m very grateful that it did,” Huang said.
duration of the day, and ended at 4 p.m., totaling in 23 different events. The team is incredibly happy with their successes this season and hopes to continue their dominance into next season and the years beyond. “We’ve come a really long way from the beginning of this year and the team has become really close as teammates and friends,” Chen said. “Nationals has taught us a lot about what we can do better for [Science Olympiad] next year, so we’re getting ready for that and planning accordingly.” We’ve come a really long way from the beginning of this year and the team has become really close as teammates and friends. Annie Chen Junior
Lin agrees and believes that the team has the capacity to succeed in future competitions. “Looking forward, it’s going to be a long, hard fight to win States again, but we’ve got a team strong enough to do it, and ready to make it happen,” Lin said.
For the Presidential Scholar of the Arts award, all of the nominees are semi-finalists, and there is only one step to move to a finalist.
Obviously I was very excited, but I didn’t feel the need to be excessively so, just because the friendships that I made through that program are much more valuable than those that I’ve made at a lot of other places. Hilda Huang Senior
“I’m friends with all of the other music kids who got nominated and we all kind of got through it together,” Huang said. “Obviously I was very excited, but I didn’t feel the need to be excessively so, just because the friendships that I made through that program are much more valuable than those that I’ve made at a lot of other places. You realize that there are people who didn’t win it and that doesn’t mean that you’re any better than they are. You just go back and keep on practicing.” Being a Presidential Scholar entails many opportunities that are
otherwise unavailable to students, however Huang has no immediate plans building off of this award. “I’m going to college next year, hopefully I’ll be playing some more piano,” Huang said. “One of my teacher’s good friends is a piano professor at Yale, so I’m going to be studying with him there and then hopefully I’ll just keep on playing.” As far as advice for the many Paly musicians and aspiring musicians, Huang suggests something legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida said in a recent article. “She was saying that a lot of the kids, when they’re young, they’re very good and they get drawn into this show business,” Huang said. “They try to succeed as a professional artists when they’re in their teens or early twenties and they don’t really value the artistic integrity of the work as much as they do the performance, the career and the fame that goes with it. I think it’s very important for a lot of artists, including myself, just to stay real and to focus on their art instead of focusing on the performance or the career. Because ultimately when you do what’s right for your art, your career will fall in place, whether that means you are an artist as a career or not.”
Legal rights in bullying scenarios clarified albert lee staff writer
representative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights explained the legal rights of students and parents in situations of bullying last Thursday, May 16, at Ohlone Elementary School. The school district was initially a co-sponsor, but withdrew its support out of the fear that the event would be used to encourage more civil rights complaints against the district, according to Superintendent Kevin Skelly. The parent-education event covers laws surrounding discriminatory bullying, what the Office for Civil Rights does and how people can file a complaint. The parent-education event comes in response to the federal investigation in February that discovered that a disabled student’s civil rights were violated when officials failed
to adequately investigate reports of bullying. A recent editorial by the Palo Alto Weekly commends school officials for continuing to work hard near the end of the school year. The school board is addressing the adoption of a new strategic plan that is “impressive,” a new elementary school, school calendars, a new “communications officer” and the bullying issue, according to the Palo Alto Weekly. One J.L.S. Middle School parent expressed bewilderment at the editorial and the withdrawal of sponsorship of the bullying event in a post on Palo Alto Online. “I take issue with the editorial saying that Kevin Skelly making a false statement to the press is ‘not horrible’ and just a sign of ‘overwork’ or ‘disorganization’ or ‘cutting corners,” the parent said. “Lying, that is stating a clear, provable, demonstrable falsehood is not a sign of any of those things. It is a sign of a lack of honesty. That is all it is a sign of.”
“I look for human traits; folks who have had some life experience, people who love to be with students [and are] risk takers,” Winston said. After interviewing several teachers, Winston and the administration decided to make two official additions to the English department. “We hired two teachers,” Winston said. “One is from [southern California] who has a journalism and very strong English background. The other one is Hawaiian and has a strong background in English as well.” Though the school will be saddened by Austin and Shaw’s decision to leave, Winston said the English department will continue to maintain its high quality of education. “I think Ms. Austin is very unique, but [the new staff members] will have to learn and grow,” Winston said. “I’m confident that they will meet everybody’s needs. It’s going to be a major loss, but the remaining English staff will fill in the gaps and we’re bringing [in] two outstanding educators.” Winston said that when choosing the new staff members, he wanted to make sure they reflected the broad range of students found in the Paly student body. “I strongly believe in diversity,” Winston said. “[The new staff] has to represent the students they’re teaching, and I feel an obligation to fulfill that.” Overall, Winston appeared to be extremely satisfied with his decision. “We are thrilled to have them join our staff,” Winston said. “They’re going to be dynamite human beings.
Upcoming graduation activities
Graduation, Continued from A1
For the senior picnic, planned by the Parent Teacher Student Association, seniors will attend a continental breakfast in the morning and a mandatory graduation rehearsal before boarding buses and spending a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. All throughout the following week, seniors have graduation practice to look forward to in preparation for the final graduation. During graduation, Principal Phil Winston and the Associated Student Body (ASB) President Jessica Tam will deliver the welcome speech. That night will also feature three more speakers that have not yet been chosen. Candidates submitted the online version of their speeches Friday, May 17 and had the in-person tryouts Tuesday, May 21. The graduation speakers will be chosen by a panel of faculty judges; the judging panel will choose three speakers. They are looking for, in three to five minutes, a story that shares the students’ experience at Paly in an engaging and authentic way. “They’re looking for someone unique whose voice really shines through,” Tam said. At the end of graduation, seniors will board a bus and head off to a surprise that awaits them at the Grad Night Party. As graduation nears, many seniors reminisce on their high school experiences and their favorite moments. For Tam, her favorite is being a part of the in the Paly community. “From both the perspective of an ASB member and as a student, I don’t think I have ever felt more proud to be a student at Palo Alto High School. I’m really going to miss Paly and being a part of the Paly community — it’s really the students and the people at Paly that make the school amazing. I know most students dread going to school everyday, but I actually look forward to seeing all of my friends and teachers. So I guess that’s my favorite part about Paly: the people.”
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Two students selected to attend U.S. National Physics Team camp this summer Two Paly students will travel to Maryland this summer to compete for a slot on the National Physics Team.
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enior Jeffrey Yan and junior Grace Lin were selected as two of 20 members of the U.S. Physics Team on April 29 after competing in two rounds of a highly selective testing process. Although Paly has had representatives on the U.S. Physics Team in the past, including Yan last year, it is highly unusual to have two students from the same high school qualify for the national team in the same year. “I think it’s really cool this year that there’s two people from Paly on a team of twenty from all across the United States,” Lin said. The city of Palo Alto will be sending three members to the physics team, as a student from Gunn High School also made the team. According to the American Association of Physics Teachers, approximately 4,435 students participated in the first round of the U.S. Physics Team selection process, which consisted of a multiple choice exam.
About 400 students qualified as semi-finalists and went on to take the second exam of the selection process, which contained six free response questions. Students were graded on their work, and the top 20 scoring semi-finalists were announced as members of the U.S. Physics team. “I’m so excited,” Lin said. “Every year there has always been one person from Palo Alto who has made it. It’s pretty exciting to have made it after I have seen some of my brother’s friends in their years make it — it’s a pretty big deal.” Both Lin and Yan have had to work outside of the classroom in order to cover all of the material on the selection exams. “They have learned a lot outside of class because the Physics Olympiad includes a lot of topics we don’t even cover in Physics 1 or AP Physics,” Shawn Leonard, Lin and Yan’s AP Physics teacher, said. “So they have done a lot of studying on their own outside of class to get to this point.” As members of the U.S. Physics team, Lin and Yan will attend a physics training camp at the end of the month at the University of Maryland. At the camp, team members will participate in various lectures, labs and tests. Based on their performance in these activities,
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Lin and Yan were selected out of 4,435 candidates to be a part of the 20-person U.S. National Physics Team.
the top five students will be selected to be on the “travelling team,” which will compete in the International Physics Olympiad in Copenhagen Denmark this July. Yan qualified as one of the top five students last year and competed in the 2012 Physics Olympiad in Estonia. “[At the camp] they have lectures at the beginning, and you gradually get more and more tests as it goes on,” Yan said. “You also have these
things called mystery labs where you walk into a lab and they give you an amount of time and you have to come up with some result. You don’t know anything beforehand and you have to figure how to use all the equipment.” In order to prepare for the camp, Lin plans to work on practice problems and research various physics topics over the next few weeks. She has worked towards
this moment for many years and hopes to continue studying physics in the future. “[Qualifying for the U.S. Physics team] is definitely something that I’ve been trying for and studying for [since sophomore year] so it’s really exciting to see it finally happen,” Lin said. “I think [pursuing physics in the future] is definitely an option. It’s something I like and it’s definitely something useful.”
Best Buddies club wins two awards for surpassing organization requirements josefin kenrick news editor
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Top: Members of the club gather for a group picture. Bottom Left: Myleana Parks and Kate Marinkovich pose together. Bottom Right: Griffin Cool and Adit Kumar play field games with the rest of the Best Buddies club.
his year marks an impressive year for the Best Buddies club as it won two awards from the annual Best Buddies friendship walk: the “Most Outstanding Chapter” and the “Most Outstanding Buddy Pair.” “This year Best Buddies has had a powerful impact on Paly community,” Best Buddies Club President Kate Marinkovich said. “I am so proud of our club winning these awards this year.” Both awards were given at the annual Best Buddies friendship walk in San Francisco, where chapters from schools around the Bay Area walked through San Francisco to raise money. After the walk, there was a ceremony where both awards were presented. The “Most Outstanding Chapter” award goes to the club that exceeds the requirements for buddy pairs. Paly’s Best Buddies club was awarded this for surpassing requirements to meet buddies twice outside of school and contact at least four times a month. Every month, friendship requirements are sent to Best Buddies headquarters by Marinkovich. These detail the contact made between buddies in the previous month.
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However, the requirements are very free form and can be fulfilled at any time by the buddies, as long as it is in the range of the month. “The foremost reason Paly won is because we have 100 percent of buddies meeting friendship requirements since November,” Marinkovich said. “Our buddies have done a great job of being versatile and making sure the friendship succeeds, which is important for the club as it promotes natural friendships.” The “Most Outstanding Buddy Pair” was awarded to Marinkovich and her buddy Diya Rao, who went beyond the requirements made for the friendships. Marinkovich and Rao had lunch every week, texted during the day, attended dance classes together and more. The Best Buddies awards will be presented at the annual Best Buddies leadership conference at Indiana University this summer, which Marinkovich will attend. The conference’s goal is to promote leadership development and the Best Buddies mission: to educate club members. Overall, Marinkovich is very proud of the club this year and expects its success to continue with the next school year. “A lot of my friends have changed their perspectives by seeing me and other buddies on the quad,” Marinkovich said. “This chapter has gone to great lengths to make sure their friendships succeed.”
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District survey results identify areas for improvement Hillel Zand editor-in-chief
n April 12, The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education released the results of a district-wide survey that evaluated the district’s strategic plan, which is updated every five years. The survey gained qualitative and quantitative responses in respect to the five topics covered: academic excellence and learning, personal development and support, innovative staff development and recruitment, optimized budget and infrastructure and, the final topic, transparent government and communication. Over 2,300 parents, 700 high school students and 500 teachers and administrators responded to the survey, for a total of 3,848 respondents. This was a sizable increase from the 2,563 respondents in the district’s 2010 strategic plan survey. While a large majority of the district remains to be satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of education students receive, the two major concerns among students came in response to PAUSD’s use of funds and consistency of grading and curriculum. Only 63 percent of students reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the district’s appropriation of funds; their stance was echoed by teachers, 66 percent of whom also agreed with this sentiment.
In contrast, 97 percent of district administrators approve of the district’s use of funds. Too much is spent on things we don’t need,” one anonymous student wrote. Another student added that there are “excessive and unnecessary facilities in some areas.” In March, the district announced that Richard Peery, a Paly graduate, made a multimillion-dollar donation toward the construction of a new Paly gym and athletic facilities, which was controversial to some, such as those who viewed added construction on campus, especially for athletics, was unnecessary. Students’ concerns over the consistency of education in the district was echoed by parents and district staff. Two-thirds of high school students surveyed believed that “teacher quality and difficulty is [not] consistent across schools and courses.” Sixty-two percent of parents and 46 percent of teachers also believed that consistency across schools and courses needs improvement. “Students enrolling in the same course could receive teachers ranging from bad to good, consequently resulting in inconsistent learning experiences,” an anonymous student wrote in the survey. While both parents and students alike are concerned about the stress of students, the survey showed a noticeable difference in perceptions of the student sources of stress. While only six percent of parents surveyed
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believed that pressure from parents and family as being a major source of stress, 33 percent of students identified parents and family as a major source of stress. Seventy-two percent of students believed that this source was still significant, even if it is not a major source. One of the most eye-opening results of the survey came from student responses to another stress source. Ninety-four percent of students identified pressure they put on themselves as a source of stress.
“[Student] wellbeing is being sacrificed to the academic pressures of the 'loud ones,” one parent wrote in the survey. One positive growth in the district that students identified was the improvement in college counseling. In 2008, 51 percent of Paly students surveyed in 2008 believed that they were receiving effective college counseling; that figure has jumped to 74 percent, according to the 2013 survey that was released. As the Board of Education begins to revise PAUSD’s strategic plan, the
survey highlighted certain areas that were identified for improvement. Increasing student support — especially for underperforming students — was one identified area of improvement. Other areas needing improvement include increasing consistency across teachers and schools, improving communication between the district and students and also improving the teacher feedback system in order to provide support for some teachers, and give recognition to those that are deemed most effective.
City manager proposes budget New PTSA board plan for increased funding members announced leslie wan staff writer
fter six years of budget deficits and service deductions will undergo several reforms. Palo Alto city manager James Keene proposed a new fiscal budget for 2014. The proposed budget calls for increased funding and revenue for Palo Alto’s expenditures, employee pensions and benefits. Moreover, City Council expects to see more employee contributions and improved city services after the recent economic boom. Much of this economic boom was caused by Palo Alto’s large commercial projects such as the new renovations of city libraries and other buildings. Palo Alto’s Planning and Community Environment Department expects a 48 percent increase due to the large projects and restructuring of a deposit account. Peter Pirnejad, director of Development Services, told Palo Alto Weekly that the building fees are expected to reach more than 10
million by the end of 2013 fiscal year and 13.5 million by July 2013. City Council will be distributing the newly acquired revenue in a series of different ways that will benefit citizens, local business employers and the community alike. For example, employee revenue will increase by five percent while employees are contributing more toward their pensions, and positions within the Police Department will be reopened. City budget officials expect to have a surplus of $200,000 by the end of the 2014 fiscal year. Other improvements include a 4.6 percent increase in expenditures, added funding to the Police Department. In addition, the budget plan calls for increased wages for policemen working overtime and added budgets to various City Hall departments, such as the offices of the City Clerk, to open new office positions. “For the first time since I was here, we’re in a better position as far as what I’m able to recommend to the Council,” Keene said, according to Palo Alto Weekly. “In a lot of ways, we’re not dealing with the kinds of cutbacks we’ve had to do every year. “
In addition, the new budget plan will not be proposing any cuts as it had been established in the past. For example, there will not be cutting benefits for animal shelter nor recreation programs. “I think that signals a more focused and stronger organizational strategy relating to our sustainability initiatives,” Keene said, according to Palo Alto Weekly. City Council expects to see an increase in its own budget, more meetings and paid travel expenses. However, there are also opportunity costs with the new office positions, improved services and increased revenues. City Council states that they will also be eliminating certain jobs, such as an administrative position in the City Clerk’s office and deputy city manager position along with reduced budgets of the city manager’s office. Overall, City Council and the city is ecstatic over the new proposed budget plan for 2014. Although there are certain reductions in wages and deductions in some jobs, people are nonetheless happy with the future improved customer services, job positions and employee benefits.
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he Paly Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) recently decided on their new board members for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Candidates were nominated by a committee of seven individuals and were then voted into office on April 25 at the PTSA meeting. Kathy Jordan, a member of the nominating committee, emphasized the qualifications the committee was mainly looking for in the new PTSA members: availability and willingness to work for a volunteer organization. “Not everyone is able to devote time as they are working or too busy assisting their families, so we must find folks willing to take on these volunteer positions,“ Jordan said. In order to execute its mission, promoting communication between schools and community members, the committee looked to diversify new board members. “We made an effort to reach out to incoming freshman parents and
tried to get representation from all three middle schools,” said Health & Welfare Vice President Dawn Billman, who also served on the nominating committee. The newly chosen board consists of both new and veteran PTSA members, including re-elected PTSA president Rebecca Fox. Fox expects this integration of board members of different levels of experience to positively affect the board’s presence in the upcoming year, and that their experience in other PTA’s will help Palo Alto. “The new board members have experience in other PTA’s and other schools, which brings a nice perspective,” Fox said. The PTSA has already begun work in preparation for the upcoming year, beginning with several discussions revolving around funding and event planning. “We all are interested in supporting Paly teachers and students and allocating our funds and energy to benefit the community in many positive ways,” Fox said. “We are currently working on our calendar of events for next year and our budget proposal for next year.”
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Western Washington University (1) Gonzaga University (2) University of Puget Sound (8) University of Washington (4) Washington State University (1) Reed College (1) Lewis and Clark College (1)
Sonoma State University (2) Saint Mary’s College (1) SF State University (2) UC Berkeley (18) University of SF (3) SF Art Institute (1) CSU East Bay (1) Stanford University (11) College of San Mateo (4) Foothill College (31) De Anza College (2) San Jose State University (2) Santa Clara University (2)
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The following is a list of all Palo Alto High School graduating seniors post high school plans, as of May 21. Congrats class of 2013! A Kathleen Abbott University of California, Berkeley Rebecca Ackroyd University of California, Davis Cyrus Afshar Cuesta College Jawwad Ahsan Foothill College Fatima Ahmed Undisclosed Jonathan Alee De Anza College Larry Allen College of San Mateo Stephanie Allen Foothill College Ariana Amanoni Undisclosed Erik Anderson Claremont McKenna College Skyler Anderson Pennsylvania State University Mariya Andreyeva University of California, Berkeley Catherine Angell-Atchison University of California, Merced David Anhalt University of Oregon Katherine Apostolou Carnegie Mellon University Kaelyn Apple Meredith Manor Int’l Equestrian College Joshua Arfin Lafayette College Aaron Arima Washington University in St. Louis Nikki Ashayer Foothill College Spencer Avocet-Van Horne University of Puget Sound Anthony Awaida University of California, Santa Cruz B Gabriella Bahlman University of Oregon Bolton Bailey California Institute of Technology Meha Bakshi University of California, Berkeley Scott Bara Arizona State University Gabriel Barragan Foothill College Anthony Barrera Undisclosed Charlotte Barry Wake Forest University Jordan Bautista Undisclosed Keturah Beaumont-Grant University of San Francisco Emma Beckstrom Tulane University Fariha Beig Gap Year Israa Beig Gap Year Yusra Beig Gap Year Isabel Benatar Gap Year ~ Northwestern University William Bergstrom Returning to Sweden Michael Berry Foothill College Brian Berry Wake Forest University Niassan Beyzaie University of California, Davis Robin Bickford University of California, Merced Charlotte Biffar University of California, Berkeley Sara Billman University of California, Berkeley Yodit Bitsuamlak Howard University Elisabeth Black Brigham Young University Leah Bleich University of California, Santa Barbara Mary Bonini Undisclosed Sophia Bono University of Arizona Cecile Bourbonnais University of Chicago Heather Bowman Carnegie Mellon University Elizabeth Bowman Washington University in St. Louis Anna Boyce California State University, Monterey Bay Taylor Boyle Purdue University Camden Boyle University of California, Santa Barbara Samantha Breaux Undisclosed Dominique Breckenridge Undisclosed Micayla Brewster Azusa Pacific University Jessica Brewster Undisclosed Jason Brigel Sonoma State University Marc Briosos Undisclosed Abigail Bromberg Occidental College Randall Burquez Undisclosed Simone Buteau Chapman University Josephine Butler Wake Forest University Brandon Byer University of Missouri C
Arizona State University (4) University of Arizona (4) University of Colorado, Boulder (4) University of Denver (1)
UC Los Angeles (2)
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University of Rochester (1) Wagner College (2) Cornell University (3) Colgate University (1) Bucknell University (1)
University of Virginia (1) Duke University (3) Elon University (1) UNC Chapel Hill (1) High Point University (1) Wake Forest University (5) Vanderbilt University (1) Emory University (2) Georgia Institute of Technology (1) University of Miami (1) Johnson and Wales College (1)
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Harvard University (2) Brandeis University (1) Boston College (1) Wellesley College (3) Boston University (3) Williams College (2) Emerson College (1)
Mount Holyoke College (2) Wesleyan University (1) Quinnipiac University (1) Yale University (2) Polytechnic Institute of New York University (1)
New York University (4) Columbia University (3) Barnard College (2) Princeton University (1) Swarthmore College (2) Drexel University (2) Coppin State University (1)
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Maryland Institute College of Art (1) Johns Hopkins University (5) Howard University (1) American University (2) The George Washington University (1) Georgetown University (2)
Franklin and Marshall College (1) Goucher College (1) Lehigh University (1)
Undisclosed Washington University in St. Louis University of Miami Undisclosed University of California, Berkeley Pennsylvania State University Goucher College United States Marine Corps (USMC) University of California, Davis Foothill College Gap Year University of California, Santa Barbara San Diego State University Johnson and Wales College George Washington University Undecided University of California, San Diego Kenyon College Wake Forest University University of Wisconsin-Madison Foothill College Undisclosed University of California, Davis Wagner College Undecided Columbia University Undecided Oregon State University University of California, Davis Undisclosed Foothill College Undisclosed University of Pennsylvania Undecided University of California, San Diego University of the Pacific University of Puget Sound Gap Year Boston University University of the Pacific Cal. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo Undisclosed Ecole Polytech. Fédérale de Lausanne Southern Methodist University Foothill College Undisclosed California State University, Chico Elon University Undecided Foothill College Cal. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo Returning to Denmark Brigham Young University Undisclosed University of California, Santa Cruz Kenyon College Drexel University Johns Hopkins University Scripps College Duke University Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of San Mateo Rice University California Institute of the Arts Lewis & Clark College Stanford University Undisclosed Barnard College
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Northeastern University (2)
University of Pennsylvannia (1) Carnegie Mellon University (7)
Marie Ezran - McGill University (Canada) Ian Oesterle - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) Marco Valente - University of Waterloo (Canada)
University of Rochester University of San Diego Undecided Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed University of California, Los Angeles Williams College University of Puget Sound Loyola Marymount University Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of San Mateo University of California, San Diego University of Southern California University of Washington Undisclosed Cal. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo Arizona State University Loyola Marymount University Ohio Wesleyan Arizona State University University of Southern California Willamette University San Jose State University Gap Year ~ Mount Holyoke College Georgetown University Boston College California State University, Fullerton Emerson College Foothill College Undisclosed Undisclosed New York University Undisclosed University of Oregon Western Washington University Columbia College Chicago Northwestern University Foothill College Purdue University Gap Year University of Puget Sound University of California, Santa Cruz Cornell University Israel Defense Forces University of California, Santa Cruz Duke University University of Southern California University of Colorado at Boulder Undisclosed University of Southern California Northwestern University University of California, Santa Barbara Cal. Poly. State Univ., Pomona Polytechnic Institute of New York Univ. Cal. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo University of Hawaii at Manoa University of the Pacific Duke University University of Michigan Undisclosed University of California, Berkeley Foothill College and De Anza College Stanford University Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of San Francisco University of Michigan Cal. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo
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Friday, May 24, 2013
THE ASB POST
The Official Newsletter of the Palo Alto High School Associated Student Body ASB’s theme this year is “Integration and Inclusion.” Our main goals this year are to: a) increase ASB’s involvement in all student activities and b) ensure that the student body always knows what ASB is doing. We hope to achieve these goals by boosting publicity and making it more effective. We want to strengthen the communication with the student body and enact more ASB events and activities on campus geared towards improving student life. For anyone seeking the latest updates about ASB, make sure to visit our website (https://sites.google.com/site/pahsasb/), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/palyasb), and Twitter account (https:// twitter.com/palyasb). ASB wants to remind students that anyone can approach an ASB officer, email Mr. Hall, request a private appointment with ASB or drop in suggestions through Formspring (http://www.formspring.me/PalyASB) and our ASB Comments box outside the SAO. Jessica tam (asb president):
The year is coming to a close and that means ASB is coming to end as well. We wanted to leave you with a little message from every senior on ASB with thanks and wishes for next year as they embark on a new journey. We hope to receive any feedback on the year from you before summer. We can’t wait for another amazing year to come!
It’s been such an honor to be able to serve the students at Palo Alto High School over these past two years. From Junior Class President to ASB President, I have truly enjoyed every minute of working with the amazing students at our school. You guys, the student body, make all of our efforts in ASB worthwhile. I will never forget what it feels like to be a part of the Paly community- thank you for an amazing four years.
Charlie dulik (ASB secretary): Paly it has been real. I have learned a lot from my experiences in ASB. I want to thank Mr. Hall for his help and guidance through the past few years. Can’t wait to explore a new school and new way of things, but I will never forget my Paly memories. Hope the dances get even cooler and prom next year is better than the last one. School has taught me so much and I am excited to go off onto another four years in a new place. This was pretty cool, thanks for everything!
Soo SONG (asb vice president): I can't believe these past two years in ASB have flown by already. It's been a gratifying experience and I've worked with so many amazing and inspiring people in ASB and outside (huge shoutout to all the club officers). I know that the incoming officers are going to do even greater things, so I hope that you (as a student body) continue offering them support and love! Thank you for the past four years, and for letting me represent you. Go Vikings! emma ketchum (spirit commissioner): It’s been a great four years here at Paly, and I have had an awesome time serving on ASB for three of those years. Spirit Week has been one of my favorite traditions, and I have had such a great time planning activities and making it as fun as possible for the student body. Although it’s going to be bittersweet to graduate, I look forward to the years to come. Hope Paly remains sick and I cant wait to come back and see the improvements of ASB. Laterz.
josh madej (asb treasurer): After several years of being involved in ASB, I’d like to thank everyone for their support along the way. I’ve had a great time planning many of the events, and making them happen so that everyone can have some fun during their high school career. It’s been a great run, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. The best of luck to all my fellow seniors going off to college, and to everyone else, good luck with the rest of high school.
Bria vicenti (social commissioner):
michael wang (senior class president):
sophie parker (spirit commissioner):
Looking back, my four years in Paly have been an intensely trying but rewarding experience. As an ASB member for two years I hope that what I’ve done has impacted Paly in a positive way I don’t think I’d be the same person had I not gone out of my comfort zone and ran for class president in my sophomore year. I encourage anyone reading this to do the same thing. Thanks to Paly, ASB, and my beloved class of 2013.
This year has been an incredible time and when I look back on the year I remember ASB playing a big role. I have loved planning and running spirit week for everyone, and seeing the huge smile on everyone’s faces throughout the day. I am excited to experience new things in college and that might include being a part of their ASB because I have loved being behind the scenes of the events that go on at Paly. We would love to hear how to make ASB better. Anyways, hope Paly is just as amazing next year! See ya!
Even though I was only on ASB for one year, I loved my entire time serving the student body. Through helping with spirit week and planning dances, I really got a new appreciation of the Paly community as a whole. Good luck to all my fellow seniors in your postgraduation adventures, and thanks for a great four years!
Josh stabinsky (senior class vice president):
Lorraine chen (social commissioner):
High school may be coming to a close but my love for all of you will never die. Treat every day at this school like it’s your last because one day it will be and you won’t know what to do with yourself. High school is like that song “glory days” by Bruce Springsteen and your years at Paly are no exception; this school is one giant glory day. Thank you.
I have learned so much from other ASB officers and I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I really appreciate the past three years that I’ve spent here at Paly with you guys after I transferred in sophomore year. The next four years in college will be even better. Thank you for making these years so memorable.
1. 5/21 graduation speakers chosen 2. 5/24 seniors last day of school 3. 5/26 baccalaureate at Flint Center at De Anza College 4. 5/28 senior picnic at boardwalk (Santa Cruz) 5. 5/29 graduation on Paly Quad 6. 5/31 Paly last day of school 7. 6/1 party time!
1. Paly baccalaureate Facebook event can be found at: www.facebook.com/events/ 527519870627214/?fref=ts 2. Paly graduation Facebook event can be found at: www.facebook.com/events/ 562068617149630/?fref=ts
Friday, May 24, 2013
Should Paly Service Day be mandatory?
Josefin Kenrick news editor
Every year, students give back to the Palo Alto community through volunteering during Paly Service Day. Paly Service Day is an effort by the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) to promote active service in the community, and it should be made mandatory for all students. Most importantly, Paly Service Day is about volunteering and contributing blood, sweat and tears (well, maybe not blood) to the organizations that operate in conjunction with Paly. The work that volunteers do are beneficial to the organizations, whether that work be voluntary or not. Volunteering by force may sound paradoxical, but the significance of volunteering is not obvious to some. For those people who think they would hate volunteering, perhaps being forced to hack at weeds at Arastradero Preserve by force would help them “see the light.” There is a certain feeling of accomplishment that comes from donating time and energy to help the community, and physical work can be great for relieving stress. In this way, a mandatory Paly Service Day would encourage more of the student body to create a longterm experience with volunteering, ultimately being more effective and helpful to the environment and other parts of the community. Moreover, a mandatory Paly Service Day would excuse all students from school, meaning that missing class would not be a problem. For students being excused, it eliminates
the risk of missing a test, missing notes and essentially missing anything. There are some whose parents would not allow them to miss school, and having a mandatory day would not create a problem for the parents. This would allow hundreds of teenagers, who normally do not get the chance to volunteer, to try something new in the most convenient way possible. A day without classes and mandatory volunteer work would create a nice cushion day for students to relax from the stress of everyday school and branch out into new activities. If Paly Service Day were mandatory, teachers would have an extra day free of grading, collaborating and planing lessons. Teachers could even participate in Paly Service Day themselves, creating a special bond between students and teachers and allowing teachers to feel the achievement of volunteering. A required Service Day every year would be extremely beneficial to everyone on campus by developing longterm volunteering projects for students and fostering good energy on campus.
Likewise, administrators could use a free day to bond with students and create interpersonal relationships, boosting morale around campus even after Service Day has ended. Overall, a required Paly Service Day every year would be extremely beneficial to everyone on campus, thought developing long-term volunteering projects for students by fostering good energy on campus. By requiring community service for everybody, PAUSD shows that it cares about the community through giving back in the form of student volunteering. In the future, this might lead to student volunteer days in elementary and middle schools, further developing volunteering as an important value to the district and community as a whole.
experience things and just dabble. It is the idea of just dabbling in [an] interest that makes you feel internally a sense of purpose.” Although converting those who previously have had no interest in community service into active community members is a second beneficial outcome of Paly Service Day, it is not the purpose of the day, and if it were the purpose, there are better ways of achieving that goal than simply forcing student participation in Paly Service Day.
Paly Service Day is a unique opportunity that allows students to volunteer at an organization of choice during the time they would normally be in the classroom. Few, if any, other public high schools offer a similar day dedicated to promoting community service. The positive effects of Paly Service Day, like opening students up to previously unknown service opportunities and promoting community awareness, are seemingly endless. But what if all Paly students were required to participate in Paly Service Day? Although seemingly wonderful at first, the idea of an entire school taking away time in the classroom to work together on community service and to learn the importance of community involvement is flawed. This idealistic view neglects the importance of self-motivation in community service as well as any realistic idea of how to logistically involve over 2000 students in Paly Service Day. Paly Service Day, as it currently stands, exposes students interested in community service to projects they might not have heard about or considered. “There are [community service opportunities] that people don’t know about and so [Paly Service Day] brings causes or organizations in that our students would connect to but might not know about,” Career and Community Engagement Advisor Christina Owen said. “We want to provide opportunities for people to
Community service cannot be standardly implemented because for effective service, the project should depend on the individual’s interests and strengths. Personal benefit from community service cannot be forced; therefore, forcing a service day upon the entire school is illogical. Forced participation would only hurt Paly Service Day and would be a distraction to its original intent. “For some students, there is not a benefit [of participating in community service] because they don’t understand the reason behind it and the purpose of it,” Owen said. “So if you send a bunch of students to go dig weeds, but they don’t understand the environment and the concept of what is this doing for the big picture, they are just digging weeds.” Certainly the manpower of an entire school working on an activity is incredible, but students will not benefit from it if they do not understand the importance of their work. Community service cannot be standardly implemented because for effective service, the project should depend on the individual’s interests and strengths. Personal benefit from community service cannot be forced; therefore, forcing a service day upon the entire school is illogical. The reason community service is important is often convoluted; forcing service would only further cloud the issue.
“If we are looking for quantity, then it becomes this competition” Owen said. “Each person is unique, so if you approach your specific interest and your specific skill set, then that helps you with your post-high school planning, with your career ideas and helps you make decisions for more than just getting into a certain school.” Moreover, even if mandating Paly Service Day were a good idea, it would realistically be a near-impossible feat. Currently, with only about 300 students participating in Paly Service Day, transportation is already difficult to arrange. “It is a logistical extreme challenge just setting up for 300 students,” Owen said. “The expense of the transportation: Where is that money going to come from? We already have around $2,000 for transportation, and that’s not enough.” Despite the extreme difficulties of transporting the entire school, one must also stay aware of the organizations that participate in Paly Service Day. Sending a few proactive high schoolers to an organization to help out is one thing; sending a mob of uncooperative, forced teenagers into an organization is another. Given the reasons above, it is necessary to clarify that although involvement of the entire school in a community service learning-related activity would be fantastic, Paly Service Day is not the place for such an activity. Any and all academic subjects can relate to a service and learning-oriented project, and most classes would probably even be able to find a local project or organization related to their class. As opposed to a mandatory allschool participation in Paly Service Day, smaller-scale service learning days related to individual subjects would be more beneficial. This would combat the problem of students not participating due to the pressure of making up work from missed classes, as whole classes would be working. In addition, this would emphasize the idea of community service as an activity that is not completed for hours, but for the humanitarian aspect of donating time to a good cause.
PAUSD should reconsider using Powderpuff activity suspensions as disciplinary tool needs revision
Alex Taussig senior staff writer
Students need to change their outlooks on failure in order to learn from mistakes.
chool disciplinary action against students has always been a complex and contentious issue. School districts have an obligation to create a safe learning environment and equal educational opportunities to all of its students. But when disruptive or violent behavior by any student infringes on the rights of other students, teachers or administrators, the school is forced into the precarious position of attempting to balance the rights of the individual student with the needs of the community as a whole. With that said, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) needs to rethink the way it disciplines its students, as does the country as a whole. Like so many schools districts across the state and the country, PAUSD uses a “zero tolerance” disciplinary policy that gravitates towards suspension as a sort of disciplinary panacea, with the Paly handbook listing suspension as a
punishment for infringements as serious as committing robbery and as minor as possessing a water balloon. Paly’s handbook refers to suspension as “removal of a student from regular classroom instruction for a period of time deemed necessary to correct the behavior of that student.” The harm to grades and college applications that can be caused by a suspension likely disincentivizes some of Paly’s more highly motivated and ambitious students from breaking school rules, but using suspensions with the goal of improving student behavior is extremely counterintuitive. Leaving a troublesome student, who may not want to go to school, with an excuse not to go to school and many unsupervised hours at home may well cause new problems. Additionally, PAUSD’s refusal to let suspended students make up missed work seems wholly illogical. Preventing suspended students from taking part in their academics would appear to be in direct conflict with the No Child Left Behind Act’s stated goal of equal educational opportunity for all students and has the potential to alienate many students and exacerbate the underlying problems that cause their disciplinary issues. The American Psychological Association has stated that there is no evidence that “zero tolerance” disciplinary policies, such as school suspensions, improve school safety or student behavior when applied to non violent offenses. Research by The Academy of American Pediatrics’ Committee on School Health suggests that suspension may act more as a reinforcement than a
deterrent to poor behavior, while actively harming the academics of suspended students. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, suspensions have been shown to harm schools as a whole. A UCLA study by Daniel Losen stated that higher rates of out-ofschool suspensions correlate with lower achievement scores, even after race and poverty are accounted for. Turning away from “zero tolerance” and suspensions has real world benefits. According to Jonathan Brice, School Support Network Officer for Baltimore City Schools, cutting down on suspensions by turning away from zero tolerance disciplinary policy and implementing a more lenient and holistic policy has cut his district’s dropout rate in half. Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) needs to rethink the way it discipline its students, as does the country as a whole. Every complex problem seems to have a simple solution that is, in actuality, incorrect; PAUSD’s broad use of suspensions is a prime example of such a “solution.” Suspensions allow for easy grandstanding by creating an illusion of decisive and useful disciplinary action, but in reality, only ignores the problems that causes students to behave poorly, while cynically and lazily removing at risk students from the classroom for the sake of convenience. Our disciplinary system is in serious need of reform.
charlie dulik Senior staff writer
n recent years, Paly’s annual powderpuff football tournament has seen brutal fights, tears and thrilling upsets. The exclusively female-played football event has proven popular enough to warrant a location change from the quad to the lacrosse field in order to accommodate an increase in fans. However, the event has strayed from its original intent and could greatly improve from a few structural changes. Created in 1945, powderpuff football predates Title IX, the mandate that both genders have equal access to federally funded activities. Mark T. Sheehan High School in Connecticut created the first powderpuff game of the modern era — an event designed to incorporate girls into more athletic events. Now, girls’ sports have equal funding and are guaranteed equal access to athletics. The tradition is obviously an important component in its continuance, but in addition, it exists as a way for girls to experience a sport that remains difficult for them to gain access to.
In the same way, boys should have access to a sport they otherwise would not play. Not because what one gender has, the other must, but because swapping sports can be a fun, eye-opening and bonding experience. Traditional powderpuff rules dictate that boys should assume the roles of cheerleaders for the girls’ football games, and that idea certainly should be entertained at Paly, which it has not in recent years. Another option would be holding a separate boys’ event in a sport like volleyball or softball that female athletes could coach. A third way to improve powderpuff would to make it co-ed, as a fun event for non-football athletes of either gender. Making the teams consist of players from several grades also would also facilitate a more community-oriented atmosphere. To its credit, Paly’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has been discussing some of these options and attempting to get all students to take part in powderpuff, regardless of their social circles. However, for change to be most effective and lasting, ASB needs to strongly incorporate students’ opinions about powderpuff. The ideas stated above provide multiple ways to improve the competition, and multitudes of other improvements undoubtedly exist. With an open dialogue between fans, players and student government, powderpuff can fulfill its potential of providing an equal opportunity for students from all different parts of Paly’s social spectrum to showcase their talents and bond.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Teachers deserve freedom to personalize curricula
Kate Apostolou Senior staff writer
tudents too often blame their teachers — when they receive poor grades, they assert they have the “harder teacher” of a particular course, and when their teachers create unique curriculums and grading systems, students accuse them of being arbitrary or subjective. This year in particular, students have repeatedly complained about unfair plagiarism policies, subjective grading and inconsistent teachers. In turn, Paly students have requested highly standardized grading rubrics across departments and uniform curriculums. While giving everyone a fair and equal chance to succeed academically is undoubtedly a crucial goal, total teacher consistency and objectivity is a dangerous solution. Students are misled in their quest for standardization because consequently, teachers cannot offer unique perspectives to students, respond to their interests or ultimately provide them with the well-rounded education they deserve. Even teachers of the same subject naturally emphasize different aspects of a topic based on their diverse experiences and strengths. So while having teachers give different feedback and assessments may seem unfair, students actually gain more from such variability because they learn multiple approaches to similar tasks over their four years in high school. “It will help someone to have me, who looks at the logical structure of an essay, and then [another teacher] who looks more at putting together the actual words — the diction and syntax — on top of the logic,” English teacher Kirk Hinton said. “So if you can get both [teachers], it makes you a better writer.” Hinton makes an interesting distinction between skills-based subjects like English and foreign language, which teach skills that can be applied
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to a variety of content, versus contentbased subjects like science, history and math, which follow set progressions and teach skills that apply only to specific content. If students proceed with their requests for greater teacher consistency and objectivity, they are asking for a more superficial education. As a result, it is often easier for English or foreign language teachers to personalize their classes, which also leads to students unfairly targeting these specific departments as biased because of perceived teacher inconsistencies. “The fact that English is a skillsbased class contributes to the idea that [English teachers] are just doing whatever we want, when really we are using different pieces of literature to teach the same skills,” Hinton said. The advantage of allowing English teachers to choose their own literature is that they can then teach material they are passionate about and have previous experience analyzing. Even though students benefit from such teachers, many still complain about discrepancies in grading because of the varied curricula. In addition, many worry that because
skills-based classes like English are inherently more subjective than content-based classes, in which problems are generally more black and white, the teachers will grade arbitrarily. These fears are irrational. Teachers in the English department score sample essays together in order to calibrate their grading, which allows students to earn roughly the same grade in a specific course no matter which teacher they have. Furthermore, it is detrimental, not to mention impossible, to completely eliminate subjectivity when grading skills-based assignments. Assigning purely objective grades to projects in these classes hurts students because it diminishes the role of individual teachers by preventing them from giving varied, personalized feedback. “If [English teachers] were to completely standardize and objectify as much as we could of the grading process, it would tend to narrow down the focus,” Hinton said. “We would be forced to choose something to privilege over other things.” The desire at Paly for standardized classes dangerously echoes a more widespread desire to measure educational success through numbers. This phenomenon serves as the central idea in “Schooling Beyond Measure,” an article written by nationally respected
educator, author and lecturer Alfie Kohn, in which he addresses the fear of subjectivity that pervades America’s education system and that is often pushed aside by standardized tests. “Subjectivity isn’t a bad thing; it’s about judgment, which is a marvelous human capacity that, in the plural, supplies the lifeblood of a democratic society,” Kohn writes. “What’s bad is the use of numbers to pretend that we’ve eliminated it.” Because what do these standardized tests and projects actually tell us? They certainly don’t assess students’ critical thinking. When the purpose of an assessment becomes to measure a student’s success purely objectively, this leads to assessments that are more easily measured. For example, in writing, it is easier to score a student’s sentence fluency than it is to assess their ability to excite the reader, and so mechanical skills are valued over personal voice and feeling. “Objectivity has a way of objectifying,” Kohn writes in his article. “Pretty soon the question of what our whole education system ought to be doing gives way to the question of which educational goals are easiest to measure.” This attitude towards education thwarts some of the most meaningful and subjective parts of learning: the thought process, the personal
connections and the deeper understandings of the significance of classroom material. These intangible yet incredibly important components of a student’s education apply to all academic subjects, whether skillsbased or content-based, and should be celebrated. Yet they cannot exist in highly standardized classes because of their personal and unquantifiable nature; and if students proceed with their requests for greater teacher consistency and objectivity, they are asking for a more superficial education. The outcome could look something like the rigid, prescriptive structure of Woodside High School that English teacher Mark Reibstein must teach under. Because Woodside is a Program Improvement School under the No Child Left Behind Act, meaning that its students fail to meet certain measurable benchmarks, Reibstein notices an increased emphasis on rote learning as opposed to teaching in response to students’ needs. He looks back longingly on his days as a private school teacher, when teaching was much more rewarding. “In my experience, education was a lot more exciting [at private schools],” Reibstein said. “There wasn’t any standardization. It was all about teachers following their passions and responding to students’ interests . . . So if Paly has that quality that’s closer to a private school, I wouldn’t give it up.” Even though Paly cannot realistically eliminate all standardized requirements and testing, the amount of freedom and flexibility teachers and students still possess is significant for a public school. Because teachers have opportunities to pass down their unique knowledge to students through specialized assignments that reflect interests rather than just state requirements, they should use every chance to do so. Ideally, these assignments would qualitatively assess students, focusing on their thought processes and ability to understand the larger applications of the skills and concepts they learn in the classroom — all meaningful abilities hard to capture on a rubric. While moving the focus away from the narrow, numeric assessments will take time, it starts by supporting teachers who personalize their curricula and grading systems in order to teach to their strengths and benefit their students.
AP testing environments need improvement
ALVINA ZOU BUSINESS MANAGER
very spring, students frantically prepare for the two weeks of Advanced Placement (AP) tests they have studied for and waited all year to take. Although AP testing at Paly has continued to improve from previous years, there is still considerable room for improvement. This year, each test took place in one of seven locations: the Big Gym, Small Gym, English Resource Center (ERC), Social Studies Resource Center (SSRC), Library Computer Lab (CL-2), Student Activities Office (SAO) and World Language Computer Lab (WL). Last year, the AP Spanish Literature test was held in the library, but students had difficulties hearing the speakers during the listening portion of the test. This year, the Spanish test was held in three separate rooms: the ERC, SSRC and CL-2. All provided an effective solution to the problem faced by students the previous year. For AP tests with a large number of students, the Big Gym provided an alternate location. “For the most part, taking the AP test in the big gym was okay,” junior Jared Filseth said. “Hearing the proctor was difficult at times and the lighting made this annoying buzzing sound, but there was nothing they
really could’ve done, so it was nice that they provided us with earplugs.” Although testing in the Big Gym had relatively few problems, testing in separate rooms would provide a better environment for student test-takers. Separate rooms would allow for more students to be able to hear the proctors and speakers more clearly and provide a silent area where students could focus. Many rooms, including the ERC, SSRC, CL2 and SAO provide locations that would better allow students to focus on the test and avoid distractions. Instead of worrying about fitting all students into one room, the administration should strive more to provide a quieter testing environment to students, allowing for greater student focus. Many individuals faced problems while taking their AP tests. Sophomore Michelle Xie took the AP Chinese test, which includes listening, reading, writing and speaking sections entirely done on a computer. “Once you put the test in the computer, all control of the data shifts over to the computer,” Xie said. “When I left the computer for break and came back, the computer automatically logged me out and then froze. Thankfully, none [of] the data was lost. For other people, their headsets wouldn’t work.” The administration told the students to arrive at the World Language Computer Lab at 11:30 a.m. But after students arrived, they were told that they could leave as long as they arrived back at 12:05 p.m. The test was delayed because students could not start the afternoon tests until the morning tests ended. Due to confusion with registration and the number of students, they started the test at 1:00 p.m.
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Students in AP Spanish Literature and Culture take their AP tests in the ERC as opposed to previous AP tests which were held in the library where students struggled to hear the speakers.
Senior Becca Wong also took the AP Chinese test and faced issues. “You had to wait forever for the proctors to get all the materials, and then you had to wait even more before you could actually start the test,” Wong said. “I think the waiting part was the most annoying. The straightforwardness of the computer-based exam was a plus since it was just clicking buttons. A lot of people had some technical difficulties. However, I think having the classic pencil and paper exam for the AP Chinese test is foolproof.” After taking their break midway through the test, a few students faced computer malfunctions and were delayed half an hour. “I guess it’s cool how the AP wants to use technology in its test, but I feel that it’s totally unnecessary,” Xie said. “Tape recorders and
listening CDs work fine. I mean, I spent four and a half hours in a testing room for a two and a half hour test. The teachers in the room were really trying to help, and phone calls were being made to the AP people. But it doesn’t really help once your computer has a glitch and the computer guy can’t fix it.” Although the proctors worked to fix the problems, there was still confusion among both the proctors and the students. This could be avoided through more organization and clarity among the proctors. “My computer froze so I had to restart the computer and re-insert my CD,” Wong said. ”The CD wouldn’t let me continue my exam and we were about to begin the second half of the exam. [Assistant Principal Jerry] Berkson and the tech guy came in to
try to fix the problem. After tampering with the administrative settings for my disk, Berkson called AP Tech Support and they said I clicked a ‘No’ button that would permanently shut down my CD. I never completed my exam, so now I have to retake it during the AP Make-Up Day.” AP testing has made improvements, transitioning from testing in the library to separate rooms after the difficulty in hearing the speakers last year. However, the locations of AP testing still have problems that could be improved upon by planning more tests in separate, quiet rooms. Overall, the AP tests need more planning and consistency to prevent confusion among test proctors. With these changes, students will be able to focus less on logistical problems and more on their test performances.
Friday, May 24, 2013
District must work to minimize achievement gap
Claire Liu Staff Writer
ess than a month ago, U.S. News and World Report released its “Best High Schools Rankings” of 2013. Many Palo Alto residents were shocked to discover that neither Paly nor Henry M. Gunn High School, two high-achieving and well-rounded institutions, were among the 2,290 nationally-ranked best public schools in America. There are surely many flaws with the U.S. News’ methodology and research; it is far from perfect. However, the purpose of this piece is not to nit-pick and find every small flaw in their findings. The purpose of this piece is to zone in on a huge issue our district is struggling with — an issue that should serve as a wake-up call to our school and Palo Alto’s false sense of an inclusive and progressive academic atmosphere. Yes, perhaps it is bothersome that neither high school is nationally ranked. But what should be of greater importance to this community is focusing on why. In her online article titled “Why Paly and Gunn Didn’t Make the U.S. News Ranking,” Palo Alto Patch editor Claudia Cruz reached out to Bob Morse, the director of data research at U.S. News and World Report. She asked about PAUSD’s ranking (or rather, lack thereof) and Morse stated that Paly and Gunn did not pass step two of the ranking process — maintaining “combined reading and mathematics proficiency levels that were at least
equal to the state’s combined reading and mathematics proficiency levels for those disadvantaged student groups.” For California public schools, the gap between school and state represents the difference between the school’s Academic Performance Index (API) from the state average API among disadvantaged students. The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged represents the difference between the API of those two student subgroups. Looking deeper into Paly’s profile, for state exams the gap between our school and the state among disadvantaged students was -11.8. The gap between the disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students is staggering: -232.7. Essentially, these numbers indicate that our underprivileged students are achieving less than and scoring below the state average for typically disadvantaged subgroups and far less than the non-disadvantaged students at Paly. It is our duty as a community and as a school district to re-evaluate our standards of success. Success can still mean high test scores, AP participation and college readiness. Now, compare these numbers, not with the highest ranked schools (a majority of which are charter schools with a high-intensity workload and an intense selection process), but rather, the schools that ranked around the 1000-2000s. For example, Valley Center High School in Calif., ranked number 1,361, has a gap of 34.1 between school and state among disadvantaged students, and a gap of -126.9 between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. Although they too have a significant achievement gap between the disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged, it is quite a bit smaller than Palo Alto’s. Additionally, the achievement of their disadvantaged students exceeds the state average for underperforming subgroups. Palo Alto’s achievement level for these students is in the negatives. What is most intriguing is that Valley Center High School (among numerous other ranked schools) has a significantly lower API, College Readiness
Due to the excessively large achievement gap in PAUSD last year, Paly was disqualified from the U.S. News “Best High Schools Rankings” of 2013.
Index and Advanced Placement participation rate than Paly. So despite the fact Paly may be “higher-achieving” and more “successful” in a traditional sense, it is completely failing to support the six percent of disadvantaged students in school. The majority of Paly is buzzing ahead, testing well and college-bound, while the underprivileged are scoring far below the state standard for disadvantaged student populations. What should we do? Our district and ourselves, the It is our duty as a community and as a school district to re-evaluate our standards of success and to improve our support and inclusiveness of all the students here. students, ought to take a greater initiative in working to minimize this achievement gap. Administration and district leaders do not need to look far for solutions. Parent activist and cofounder of We Can Do
Better Palo Alto, Ken Dauber, provides improvement ideas. “The good thing is we’re not having to find the solution for an unsolved problem,” Dauber said. “Many high schools nearby have already discovered strategies to better support their disadvantaged student populations. For example, Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School have both worked to minimize their gap and improve success for these kids. We don’t have to look far and we do not have to look hard for solutions.” Both Mountain View High School and Los Altos High School are nationally ranked. The test scores for their disadvantaged students exceed the state average by a fairly significant margin. “It’s simple — we look at the data, we look to districts doing better than ourselves and we follow these subjects,” Dauber said. “We talk to them and ask them what they’re doing and try to understand how we can best implement these strategies into our own district. We must be willing to listen.”
Dauber addressed what community members can do to accelerate this process. “What’s most important is public awareness,” Dauber said. “When people show their concern, district leaders will take initiative on a project to improve this situation. ” Additionally, peers and educators alike should think about steps they can take on a daily basis to welcome and truly support all different types of students in our district, not just the already well-to-do and academically successful ones who are likely to be college-ready without special attention. When discussing Paly’s visible social divide and its effects on the classroom environment, Dr. Greg Walton, a Stanford Psychology professor says how “the level to which a student feels included and valued in their school correlates with their success in that school.” However, while we pursue these aspects of “success,” it is necessary that we work hard to improve our support of all students here at Paly. — all 100 percent.
Schools should offer locally grown produce in cafeteria
Jack Paladin Opinion editor
s a part of the Palo Alto community, Paly has a responsibility to help support local business and keep Palo Alto students healthy and safe. One great way to do this is by serving locally grown food; however, our cafeteria sells unhealthy food options, almost all of which are not grown anywhere near Palo Alto. The school is giving
students unhealthy food that supports big business, the opposite of its duty as a member of the community. The main, and most obvious, reason our cafeteria should serve locally grown food is that such food is much healthier. Every day, students put greasy, fatty foods that provide almost no health benefits into their mouths. For many families, cafeteria food is the only way they can give their kids a lunch. For these families, the school offers a program that gives students free lunches. For these students, it is difficult to get healthy options for lunch, and one way to change this is by serving locally grown food. In Palo Alto, there are many businesses available to sell the cafeteria locally grown products. If the school were to buy from these local growers, students would be able to receive healthy food for lunch instead of the burgers and pizza currently offered in the cafeteria.
Consuming healthy foods may also help people stay more alert throughout the day, which would greatly increase the amount of quality conversations in classrooms and may even help raise grades. Another reason students should eat healthy is fairly obvious: to stay fit. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2010, 18 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 19 were obese; continuing to serve obese students unhealthy food at school only worsens the situation. At Paly, with physical education only required for the first two years of school, many students who do not play sports are not getting enough exercise to stay physically healthy. As many students are opposed to making physical education mandatory all four years, the least we can do is feed them healthy, locally grown food. Another reason we should serve locally grown food is that it supports our community. Many growers in the area travel to farmers’ markets
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on weekends to sell their products. Imagine if these farmers were employed by the school: they would not only be offering students healthy alternatives, but Paly would also be supporting local business. It is our duty to better the community, and supporting those working to produce quality local food is a good start. While it can be argued that the school does not have enough money to pay for the more expensive locally grown food, the health of the students’ health should be one of the main priorities of the school, so a little extra money is definitely worth keeping our students healthy. In the long run, the cost of the nation’s health bills due to dietrelated illnesses and diseases will very likely offset the cost of the healthier nutritional options that the school may be able to offer. Thus, serving local food will make sense both in terms of the nutritional benefit afforded to students as well as the economic viability of the plan.
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The cafeteria has added a salad bar, which gives students a healthy food option, but it is still missing the local piece to it that helps support local businesses and farmers. Paly should be able to easily find a local grower to supply us with healthy options to keep our students healthy and provide them with dietary options of superior nutritional value. If the school could help support the community and better feed its students, especially those who rely on lunches from its cafeteria, why not take that path? It is obvious that as a school we need to make a change and improve the nutritional value of cafeteria food by providing local, fresh-grown produce. In our long-running national crusade to contain the spread of obesity and diet-related disease epidemics, we need to pursue every option available to us that can help us improve the diets of the youth of today and tomorrow.
Friday, May 24, 2013
“Rape culture” investigation ill-advised
he Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) has launched an investigation into the so-called “Paly Rape Culture” in response to a series of articles published in Verde Magazine. These articles, which featured sensationalist titles such as, “You can’t tell me I wasn’t raped,” sparked the interest of numerous national and local media outlets. The Campanile believes that the negative attention these articles have brought on the Paly community is unwarranted and undeserved. Furthermore, Paly’s additional examination of two sexual assault cases brought into light by Verde is unneeded, as the examination will only resurface trauma from the experience. Paly does not have a “rape culture.” Just because there have been incidents of Paly students being raped, does not constitute a “rape culture.” Paly has an open and caring culture that allows students to learn and explore controversial issues in a safe environment. However, like all schools, Paly is not immune to broader social problems that plague
countless communities around the nation. The term “rape culture” blows the scale of these events way out of proportion. The cases highlighted in Verde’s articles are isolated cases that do not reflect the overall environment of the community. These articles and much of the discussion that has followed their publishing, portray Paly as a school where men sexually assault intoxicated women is a common occurrence. By framing Paly in this light, more negative attention is brought not just onto Paly as a whole, but also onto the victims of these attacks. While the articles were written with good intentions and under measures that attempted to protect the students’ identities, the reality is that the names of both students featured in the articles leaked out into the general student population. An investigation would force victims back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, since the publication of Verde’s articles, more ugly comments directed at the victims have been flying around campus. Moreover, PAUSD’s investigation into the “rape culture” is not
only unnecessary, but ensures that the victims will remain in the public eye if the district continues to conduct its long, strung-out investigation. The investigation is not necessary because under Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972, school districts are obligated to determine whether the alleged assaults led to a “hostile environment” on campus, both for the victim and for other students. Not only is there not a hostile environment on Paly’s campus, but some of the students featured in the article no longer attend Paly. The Campanile does not condone rape and would like the district to do everything in its power to protect its students from sexual assault. However, by conducting an investigation and thus prolonging the “rape culture” news cycle, the school district is only drawing more negative attention on the victims of these unfortunate rapes, attention that is not desired. Finally, bringing more attention to the so-called “rape culture” only insinuates that Paly does possess habitual rape occurances, which does not accurately represent the Paly social enviornment.
Class cap policy should be revised to improve equality
public school’s main intention ought to revolve around providing a quality education for its students, as well as ensuring equal opportunity in order to maximize the amount of students that succeed. However, despite the immense amount of courses available for students to enroll in, Paly also enforces class caps that limit the total amount of students allowed to enroll in certain classes. Class caps act as a barrier between a student and the classes he or she wishes to take. If a course holds a larger amount of student popularity, then that popularity shouldn’t in turn act as a hindrance from enrollment. Obviously, some classes are going to be more well-liked than others, causing an imbalance between courses and the total amount of students enrolled. However, the school administration should take it upon itself to enroll the maximum amount of students possible, in order to cater to the the student’s request, thus reaffirming the school’s mission of creating equal opportunity. Placing a cap on courses creates a level of inequality for students. If a certain amount of students are allowed to take a class but others are void of that opportunity due to a predetermined cap, then those students are put at a disadvantage. Paly should focus on allowing as many students as possible to take the classes they
actually desire, as opposed to forcing students to take classes they are not necessarily as interested in. Furthermore, a student placed in a class they did not elect to take is at risk of performing at a lower level than what they would have if they have been allowed to take their originally-elected course. Enthusiasm and interest are two important factors that perpetuate a student’s academic performance. Despite the obvious argument that the majority of Paly students strive to academically perform at a high caliber, a student who is enrolled in a class they are actually interested in will undoubtedly be happier in the long run, thereby inferring that the said student will ultimately be more successful. The Campanile believes that the administration should do away with class caps in order to maximize the amount of students that can enroll in a certain course. Doing so will not only cater to broader student interest, but will also allow for a more equal learning environment. If anything, a class cap should come from the physical limitations of classroom, not a preset cap. Furthermore, if a classroom is limited in the total capacity it can hold, then it should also be the administration’s duty to provide more facilities to support a larger class, by either opening more classes, hiring more teachers or moving classrooms in order to cater to a larger class size.
Club funding process needs to be more structured
aly clubs in need of funds tend to turn to the Associated Student Body (ASB) in hopes of obtaining grants for the club treasury. ASB, in turn, determines whether a club should receive those funds by asking itself the following questions: Will the expenditure be used to promote the general welfare, morale and educational experience of the students? Is the expenditure a responsibility of the district, the school, the department or the club requesting it? Has ASB or the district paid for this item in the past? Is ASB being asked to pay for an item because the group or club did not fundraise or budget adequately for the expense? Is this item something the district should provide, or is it really an “extra” that the students want? Who will be using the item or funds? Will the students benefit from this spending? If so, how large a group will benefit from ASB monetary support? Is this group an officially-recognized and chartered student body organization? After asking itself these questions, ASB invites the club to a meeting with all elected and appointed officers to present the budget and request for financial aid. During the meeting, ASB officers will ask questions and then participate in a majority vote publicly posted on the website.
The Campanile commends ASB for making the grant-giving process approved by students as the funds will be ultimately spent on students. However, there is no concrete system that dictates when and why certain groups get money; there is no official application for a grant. The above process is all that ASB undergoes when giving a grant. The questions based on the educational code are a good start as a foundation of an application process, but the possible range of answers provide little additional information to ASB about how the clubs need the grants. Clubs, after passing the minimum threshold required for those questions, show up to an ASB meeting, ask for money and ASB grants it. This is not to say the clubs that receive grants are not deserving, but that ASB needs a more regulated and ordered process in dealing with grants. Besides simply giving money to clubs, ASB needs more accountability for its money surplus and how it spends it. As of right now, there is no structured application an organization must go through to receive funds from ASB, which should be in place so that ASB can objectively determine whether the money granted will be spent well.
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Outside Lands Preview
a broader perspective on sexual assault The following article contains two stories, the first of which is my fictional rendition of a sexual assault scenario and the second is the story of Danny Brown, a rapper of whom I am an avid fan. I came across Danny’s story through a blog post written by female rapper Kitty Pryde. My version of Danny’s story below is created from the reading of various firsthand accounts and through in-depth observations of videos and photographs of the incident. My article is not an attempt to compare the two incidents, but rather to incongruously juxtapose them for the purpose of generating discussion. I am interested in exploring the Danny Brown incident and what it says about the way we discuss “rape culture” today. Moreover I hope to reconsider the assumptions we make about this topic, the experience of which is ultimately horrendous and incomprehensible, no matter how normal of a conversation it becomes in our everyday lives.
o if we were imagining a sexual assault scenario, how would we begin? Let’s start with Rachel Brown. If you have not heard of her, it is because she is not a real person, but instead was created for the purpose of this story. Let’s say Rachel, known by friends and family as “Rach,” is a college student from Detroit, Mich. Her success in school, extravagant looks and ever growing social life create an idyllic image that draws people toward her. Maybe there’s even an exclusive list of guys who have hooked up with her – every guy wants to. Just like many students in college, sexual situations and substances play a large role in Brown’s life. On any given day, let’s say Friday, April 26, Rachel Brown makes her way out of her dorm room to go pregame for the night. She deviates away from her usual tendency of counting the amount of drinks she finishes because she plans on going hard tonight. After consuming large amounts of alcohol with her friends, Brown makes her way to a party where more drinking occurred. Before she walks through the door, several guys use various sexual slurs to describe her and compliment her on her new belly button piercing. Soon, Rachel is sipping a drink that she doesn’t even remember obtaining and is losing all sense of judgement. A stranger appears and lurks around her. She is far too drunk to simply stand up and walk away. She makes a move to leave but he pulls her back urging her to stay and talk. Soon he is whispering in her ear, words she cannot even comprehend. Then what happens? Does he ask her to go upstairs? Does he take her to his car parked out front? Maybe he pulls her into a room? We all know what happens next.
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anny Brown helped me come to the realization of how limited my own vision of the rape culture is. If you have not heard of Danny Brown, chances are you are neither a fan of rap music nor do you frequent websites such as World Star Hiphop. Danny Brown, known by family and friends as Daniel Sewell, is a rapper out of Detroit, Mich., who has been on the rise in recent years. Brown’s unique voice, missing front teeth and lyrics so provocative and inappropriate that they cannot be quoted have created a bad boy image that draws people toward him. Just like most rappers, sexual situations and substances play a large role in Brown’s music. On Friday, April 26, Danny Brown made his way through security and into the venue he was scheduled to perform at that night for the 18-andup audience. After loosening up, most likely with a multitude of substances, Brown made his way backstage where drinks were served as well. Before he walked on the stage to perform, multitudes of girls were screaming and yelling for him to marry them. He disregarded them, for this was a normal occurrence ever since he had become famous. After performing a number of songs, Brown is exhausted, but his fans plea for more and more. He begins to play a song while being groped by a girl pressed against the stage. Danny Brown has found himself being grabbed and pulled by this stranger, somewhat against his will. He is way too into the current song he is belting out, “Monopoly,” to just step back and walk away as the girl continues pulling him closer. The music is loud and he does not recognize any faces in the crowd. The girl puts her hand near the waistband of his pants and he feels her tugging. He just wants to get back to center stage and finish the show. The girl has reached her hand into his pants. He realizes she has gone too far but is physically unable to prevent her from doing this without taking physical action. Danny Brown has made it clear that he is focusing on his music and not the girl, but she is intent on getting his attention. As she pulls down the front of his pants, he is unable to push or shove her off due to fear of being charged with battery, and cannot get away. By not being able to use self-defense, he is now publicly nude as the girl begins to perform fellatio on him. Danny is surrounded by pulling-and-pushing fans making it hard to step away from the girl who is currently forcing herself on him while he continues rapping. Fans are cheering on this illicit act before he is finally, after a number of seconds, able to step back and pull up his pants without harming the girl. He hides any change of emotion as he must feel embarrassed having been exposed and touched without permission in front of hundreds of people.
ut wait, let’s rewind. When did we start taking for granted that we know what comes next? We have been talking about sexual assault and the “rape culture” to the extent that it has become something of a national buzz word. When I think of a stereotypical sexual assault scenario, I think about a Rachel, but as I created this character I realized the implications of my creation. With the recognition for Paly’s awareness about the rape culture, we risk slipping into an assumption that claims to understand the situation. Moreover, we risk projecting a stereotype of what rape culture means. Why did I assume our victim was a girl? Did you protest when she was labeled as attractive? When a pushy stranger appeared, did you blink at such a character being the perpetrator? Was the fact she was under the influence the least bit odd to you? Let us examine Danny Brown who may change your views on the situation.
Danny Brown, a male rapper with lyrics that at times essentially describe himself as taking advantage of women, would be the last person you would consider to be the victim of sexual assault. Accordingly, I think we should use his story as an opportunity to broaden our scope and question our assumptions. Ultimately, many rape victims don’t fit into Rachel’s sensationalized scenario. The reality of the situation, however, is that according to the “Rape Abuse and Incest National Network,” someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the U.S. – both Rachel’s and Danny’s situations don’t cover a quarter of the tragedies that occur. Our notion that we can even imagine a “stereotypical” rape scenario implicitly diminishes the individual trauma of each victim, whose experience is obviously their own. As we have just hit the tip of the iceberg in even talking about the issue of sexual assault, we also have to realize how far the milestone of talking about this issue is from reconciling it. We must extend our vision not only of the victim, but of the entire scenario, in order to begin to reconcile this pervasive malady in our society.
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LIFESTYLE Student travel program offers Holocaust insight B2
Sophie parker senior staff writer
he amount of programs offered for youth within the Jewish community is astonishing. Many children spend their summers at Jewish sleepaway camps, attend youth groups throughout the year and spend time at the local Jewish Community Center, which holds many activities throughout the year. However, one program that stands out as an amazing educational experience for Jewish juniors and seniors in high school is called March of the Living. March of the Living is an organization that runs a trip once a year for teenagers all around the world to go to Poland for a week to visit concentration camps and learn in-depth about the Holocaust. This trip is purposefully planned to take place over the Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8, during which people remember all of the victims. Afterwards, the groups travel to Israel for another week to appreciate the state of Israel after experiencing the bitter Holocaust memories in Poland. The Israel portion coincides with Israel’s Independence Day, making the celebration of the country even more emotional. Although many students on the trip have not previously met one another, they often become close and supportive of each other after just a few days. The group from the Bay Area, San Diego and Palm Springs consisted of 35 students and was run by 10 staff members and a Holocaust survivor, Dora Akerman. Gideon
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March of Living provides Jewish juniors and seniors the opportunity to visit Auschwitz and other concentration camps to learn more about the Holocaust.
Wulfsohn, a member of the West Coast delegation for March of the Living and a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School described his experience as eye-opening. “I learned that the Holocaust was the most systematically inhumane genocide in human history,” Wulfsohn said. Many people in the group were appalled by Hitler’s systematic genocide and have continually asked, “Why did someone not do anything to stop it?” People were confused and did not know where to search for answers. “[March of the Living] 2013 was a very impactful experience,” participant Braden Katzman of San Jose said. “Not only did I see some of the most important sites and places in the world to the Jewish religion, [but I also] built a countless number of lifelong friendships in just two short weeks.”
People described the trip in different ways; some people thought of it as life-changing while others said it was exciting and incredible. However, nearly every student seemed to describe the trip as emotional. There was something new to learn at every site that was visited on the trip. “The moment when it really hit me was when we visited Auschwitz on the third day,” Katzman said. “Prior to this point, we had only seen memorials to the horrors of the Holocaust; memorials are meant to be seen, concentration camps are not. I have never felt so overwhelmed with and powerless to my emotions. ” March of the Living attracts Jews from all around the world every year to remember the six million who perished. According to the program’s website, “since the first March of the Living was held in 1988, over 150,000 youth from around the world have marched
down the same path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day.” The emotional rollercoaster that the participants experienced ranged from anger to sadness to immense happiness, making it that much easier for newly-acquainted people to get along. The transition from Poland to Israel is similar to the contrast between black and white. The weather changed from freezing cold snow to blazing hot sun, and all the participants’ faces turned from frowns to smiles in the course of the four hours traveling from Poland to Israel. “The craziest part of [March of the Living] is that I saw those sites and felt that pain with people that I had never met before in my life,” Katzman said. “When you go through something like that with others, whether you knew them before or not, you become instantly bonded. I knew I was going to my
homeland with ten thousand brothers and sisters.” This experience helped every participant connect with Judaism on a whole new level and realize all the work that was needed to create the State of Israel. It is hard to describe such an experience in words, which is why many participants feel stunned when they return from such an emotional journey. “Even though I had already seen the Holocaust sites, the experience was so surreal,” Katzman said. “In those two weeks I cried more than I ever have in my life, but I also sang, danced and loved more than I ever have in my life, and now that the trip is over I realize how life changing and important those memories and experiences are to me.” For more personal journals and pictures, visit: http://sophietheparker.wordpress.com/
New Gatsby movie provides vivid rendition of novel
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Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in Luhrmann’s recreation of the novel.
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irector Baz Luhrmann’s glamorous recreation of glimmering New York City in its Jazz Age, the heart-stopping intricacy of costume designs and the grandiose yet detailed scene sets contributed to a magnificently vivid rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a 1920s tale about epic love and careless partying within a rigid social hierarchy. Luhrmann took a rather superficial approach as the visual aspects of the movie were optically orgiastic. Gatsby’s glorious mansion precisely
resembled a factual imitation of Normandy’s Hotel de Ville, exactly how Fitzgerald’s had described it in his novel. The mansion set gave off an illustrious feeling with its opulent decorations and detailed furnishings like the grand organ, dazzling chandelier and golden rimmed arches. The party scenes were no less of a visual disappointment either. The shimmering dresses, endless glamour and vivacious entertainment evoked a sense of provocatore and shameless indulgence that Fitzgerald created in his novel. As f o r the cast, Leonard o DiCaprio fantastically captures Gatsby’s charm and cryptic demeanor in that he uses as a facade to cover his
self-made affluence and his arguably unattainable dream of a future with Daisy, played by Carey Mulligan. Specifically, DiCaprio’s staggering million-dollar smile precisely captures that of Gatsby’s, possessing the quality of eternal reassurance, as described by Fitzgerald. Mulligan also does a fine job of portraying Daisy’s overwhelming desire for luxury and ability to make anyone feel as if she was utterly fascinated with their being. In stark contrast, Joel Edgerton’s physical attributes alone already render him an exquisite fit for the role Tom Buchanan, precisely matching Fitzgerald’s creation of Tom as an aggressively masculine man with swanky attire and born into old money. Furthermore, the ferocity Edgerton is able to portray in his face resembles the misogynistic, forceful Tom extraordinarily well. On the other hand, for the character of Nick Carraway, played by Tobey Maguire, Luhrmann took a dangerously bold risk by portraying Nick as an alcoholic suffering with depression, insomnia and a variety of other illnesses, therapeutically writing about the tale of Gatsby in an asylum. This is perhaps the only area in which Luhrmann took the artistic liberty in straying away from the novel’s storyline. He seems to intertwine Nick’s character with the life of Fitzgerald, an alcoholic himself, to
create a twisted combination between the two, which somehow ingeniously embodied the best of both. However, in the beginning of the movie, the plot begins rolling in action through Nick’s sharp flashbacks as he attempts to write Gatsby’s story in his journal as a catharsis for his issues. The constant interruption of the storyline creates a jagged rhythm in the movie, but improves as the plot intensifies. In contrast, Luhrmann does a magnificent job of selecting the most prominent dialogue from the novel and faithfully recreating descriptive scenes, such as Daisy and Gatsby’s first encounter when he is a mere comrade. The noticeable chemistry between DiCaprio and Mulligan conveyed the classic love at first sight when they first meet and magically intensifies, showing that Daisy blossoms like a flower for Gatsby, like in the novel. Also, Luhrmann gives great attention to symbols in Fitzgerald’s novel such as the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg which represent the eyes of God appear during crucial scenes such as Myrtle’s death. Though he overdramatizes symbolic situations described by Fitzgerald, such as Tom’s adulterous escapades or Gatsby’s bootlegging empire, he fails to include essential relationships like that of Nick and Jordan Baker.
Furthermore, Luhrmann’s attempt at giving the Jazz Age tale a modern feel by including tracks from current hip hop stars like Jay-Z simply resulted in an uncomfortably eerie mixture between the 1920s and modern day style. Also Luhrmann’s attempt at humor made the movie somewhat stiff and uncomfortable, as the 1920s were an infamous time period of extreme racial segregation. In one scene, a group of black people ostentatiously drive besides Gatsby’s Rolls Royce in equal luxury and blasting rap music, which was not even invented until the mid 1960s. Another miss on Luhrmann’s part was the failure to include Gatsby’s father in the funeral scene, as it dramatizes Gatsby’s desolation and lack of bona fide relationships, as well as discarded Fitzgerald’s essential innuendo that Gatsby is left unnoticed and void of all riches, just as he was as an unadulterated young boy. In contrast, the lugubrious ending perfectly concludes Fitzgerald’s cynical love story with Maguire’s enigmatic narration and a dark stormy setting, showcasing the infamous green light glowing across ripples of harsh waves . Despite a few missteps, Luhrmann does a magnificent job at faithfully recreating Fitzgerald’s revered novel while presenting us with a visual tantalization.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Aretha’s timeless words
A deeper look into a world of hidden identities Maya Kitayama Editor-in-chief
he very idea of high school is already a dangerous social experiment. Placing hundreds of hormone-driven, emotionally unstable children onto one school campus, mix in hours of homework and studying, along with the societal pressures of a community like Palo Alto. Now consider the social implications of thriving everyday in such a magnified commune like a high school. The individual may feel lost among the swarms of other students that fill the campus. What seems most attractive to a lonely student who feels under-appreciated and inconsequential? Power. Power in its most obvious form comes from physical, monetary or political opportunities. However, these outlets aren’t exactly applicable to the majority of people, especially not the power-hungry students within a high school. This is where the idea of words comes into play. More specifically, words with no sort of tie back to the original owner. Anonymous activity is a very invigorating idea: getting away with an action, leaving the targeted person helpless and without means of discovering the perpetrator, all without suffering consequences. Ultimately, anonymity can be interpreted as asserting power over another teenager without having to ever leave the comfort of a computer. Anonymity has various applications, therefore giving it both positive and negative attributes. In some respects, anonymity benefits interaction between people. Removing a personal identity from a statement or piece of information forces an onlooker to solely view the text based on its content. Anonymity also helps to protect an individual from potential backlash, thus making a person more likely to speak with complete honesty. In both cases, anonymity acts as an asset, enabling people to more comfortably express themselves without the fear of being judged by others. However, anonymity also allows for a serious abuse of privilege, resulting in content or information that can deeply offend or harass someone on the receiving end. Allowing people, more specifically teenagers, the freedom to say whatever they feel without the fear of consequence opens up many potentially damaging possibilities. This abuse of anonymity is almost entirely seen online, dispersed among various forms of social media. Dr. Erica Pelavin, co-founder of “My Digital Tat2,” an organization that educates students about online actions and courtesy, speaks of the security that anonymity provides. “People get a lot bolder when they can hide behind anonymity,” Pelavin said. “When they don’t see someone on the other side of the screen, and they don’t see the reaction of the person, they have a very hard time modulating what they put out there.”
However, Pelavin believes that for the most part, teenagers who post information, data and media pertaining to themselves on the internet aren’t considering the all forms of possible feedback. “I think there is a lot of peer pressure to [post things online], there’s a lot of curiosity about what people think about them,” Pelavin said. “I feel like teenagers want to be visible and invisible all at the same time, they want feedback.” The capability of anonymously questioning online has recently resurfaced, especially with the newer occurrence of ask.fm accounts. Ask.fm is a social question and answer platform that allows users to answer anonymous questions sent in by anyone. Intended as yet another means of online connection, this form of anonymous interaction beholds possible unintentional consequences for students. “I know a lot of the anonymous sites like ask.fm and Formspring started as a way to get people to be a little more honest, but then I just think it gets to the point where people don’t use it for honest feedback, and it usually just ends up getting ugly and with people feeling bad,” Pelavin said. By creating an ask.fm account, a student is subjecting themselves to any kind of question or message another internet user may decide to ask.
I decided to make an ask.fm because I was curious about what sort of questions I would be asked. I also knew that a lot of people are not good at confronting people and that ask.fm would be a good tool for them to ask me questions and get some miscommunications cleared up. Savannah Feriante Sophomore
Sophomore Savannah Feriante originally chose to create her ask.fm because she believed the anonymous aspect would help other people submit honest questions. “I decided to make an ask.fm because I was curious about what sort of questions I would be asked,” Feriante said. “I also knew that a lot of people are not good at confronting people and that ask.fm would be a good tool for them to ask me questions and get some miscommunications cleared up.” However, this seemingly harmless choice soon turned into an overwhelmingly aggressive, hurtful, and horrifying experience for Feriante. “One night I got this one mean message, and then I guess people saw someone cyber-bullying me and other anonymous people jumped in on what they had to say to me too, it was very painful,” Feriante said. “I
almost deleted my account. The next day walking into school, I felt really unsafe, like someone was watching me and they didn’t like what they were seeing.” Possibly the greatest fear instigated by anonymous questions is the complete ignorance and unknowing of what internet users are capable of submitting. An anonymous question or message contains no sort of context, thus making the person receiving it more likely to succumb to a possible message of negativity. Anonymous, hateful messages directed at a singular person online subjects a victim to a sense of confusion, isolation, fear and even self-hatred. Furthermore, in the case of ask. fm, this sort of isolating and targeting action occurs quite commonly. Freshman Melanie Guan, who also decided to create an ask.fm account, believes that hurtful messages are unavoidable, and chooses to look past them, rather then question their prevalence. “I knew that I would be getting hate messages, everyone does,” Guan said. “But I guess it’s kind of a way find out what other people think about you.” However, aside from the immediate applications of anonymity, and the instances where its use becomes damaging, there is a deeper underlying cause behind it. Teenagers aren’t physically or mentally skilled to understanding the severity and longterm consequences of their actions on the internet, thus escalating the asperity of the problem. “When you’re 16, or any age up until 24, you don’t have the frontal lobe in,” Pelavin said. “The frontal lobe is what helps you with decision-making and [recognizing] consequences and that doesn’t even roll in until 24, so you have kids who are really technologically advanced without the sense of ‘oh, this might have long term consequences.’” The sheer enormity of the internet and its capabilities, along with the immense number of people interconnected through social media platforms only add to the potential long-term consequences. “I think [teenagers] put things out there without thinking about how many people it’s out there to.” Pelavin said. Despite the attractive power that an anonymous identity provides, people often forget that nothing on the internet is truly anonymous anymore. Comments, posts, and cyber-bullying can be very easily traced back to the perpetrator, regardless of any promises of complete anonymity on the world wide web. “The bottom line is that most things get tracked down, not only by the IP address, but also by word of mouth,” Pelavin said. For example, a case of anonymous users getting tracked down, despite their supposed privacy occurred directly within the Paly social media community.
On Jan. 27 of this year, two Paly students created a blog entitled “PA Gossip Girl,” which allowed people to submit messages pertaining to personal gossip and rumors about other Paly students, which the owners of the blog would then post on the internet. This blog quickly gained the indignant attention of the Paly community, and after several hours, the two creators decided to take the blog down.
We received a lot of private anonymous messages... people used that same way [we used] to bully us back. Taylor Anonymous Student
One of the original creators, Taylor (who chose to remain anonymous) initially didn’t think that the blog would create such an upheaval as it had. Taylor had seen blogs similar to PA Gossip Girl created at other schools, and none of those examples had ever suffered any serious backlash. “It was all anonymous on [other blogs] too, and no one had gotten in trouble for [them],” Taylor said. “We didn’t think it’d get so big, and we didn’t think people would find out about us.” Just as quickly as the PA Gossip Girl’s anonymous posts circulated throughout the Paly social media environment, the Paly community targeted the two students by sending them a slew of anonymous messages condemning their actions and behaviors. “We received a lot of private anonymous messages…people used that same way [we used] to bully us back,” Taylor said. “Someone called the police and they were starting an investigation, and people were bringing in screenshots and calling the Tumblr headquarters. It was very serious.” The debacle soon lost the attention of the student body as more recent news took the place of it. However, the power allocated by the anonymous activity still remains prevalent and integrated in student life. Aside from all the effects anonymity can have by fostering freedom and curiosity, a serious abuse of power and influence still remain on the internet, particularly on social media interfaces. Anonymity has given students a chance to connect with others, but it has also proven to be a harmful device for people to use for cyberbully other students on the internet and affect them physically and mentally as well. “It was easy when I made the anonymous account to think that it wasn’t something I’m doing it, it was someone else doing it,” Taylor said. “Being anonymous was like it wasn’t attached to me, or who I am. It was easier to not make it so personal.”
R-E-S-P-E-C-T Seven letters immortalized by the goddess Aretha Franklin in her feminist R&B pulpit and fed to children tirelessly through early adolescence by way of fables, cross-stitched pillow casings and kindergarten lectures. Yet somehow, the same seven letters seem to be starkly absent on our attentively manicured campus and from our similarly manicured peers. It’s an age-old concept, relevant in relationships with peers and teachers, but most importantly, it is vital to all relationships, present or future, adult or teenager. Working with other people is a pivotal aspect of being in an academic setting, and it is most especially important in relationships with teachers. We spend 230 minutes per week with each of our teachers, which is often more time than I spend in a week with my sibling or even, sometimes, my parents. Every student has had some reason to approach a teacher individually, whether it be for a grade question or to inquire after missed work from an absence. Oftentimes with grades, the teacher has something that you want and you must convince them to give it to you, like a plaintiff and a judge. Yet in this situation, the evidence that the teacher is judging is your character, and if you want to be in a position where teachers will rule in your favor, it is of the utmost importance that you show them a character that is respectful and worthy of whatever points award you are squabbling over. “When a student asks for something, 95 percent of it is approach,” says history teacher Steve Foug. “Face-to-face communication goes a long way.” The difference between sending a midnight email about an assignment versus making the time to stop by for a conversation is comparable to the difference between emailing your resume to an employer versus dropping it off in person to make an impression. And both of those differences are as wide as the Grand Canyon. And that is pretty wide. However, email can be necessary sometimes. Writing professional emails ranks among the most important skills to master and also among my most dreaded activities. There are too many instances where students place excessive blame on teachers for their apparent miscontrol of the gradebook. Teachers exist for so many more reasons than to simply fill out letters A through F on your transcript. They deserve due respect, not blame. But the thing is, those words go to both students and parents. Paly is not a private school. The entire city pays taxes to support our community’s outstanding schools. The fact that there are parents who challenge and yell at teachers over their students grades is simply abominable. Their disrespectful behavior sets an awful example for everyone. As we transition into the elusive world of adults, there is no “teenage” label anymore to serve as an excuse for being uncomfortable around anyone outside our peer group. Therefore, it is vital that students continue to develop respectful communication skills. (All of the aforementioned points apply tenfold to malicious anonymous internet commenting.) One cannot learn people skills in a classroom, all you can do is practice. Respectful communication should not be reserved only for coercing a police officer out of a speeding ticket. So take a minute, and next time you show up to class, ask your teacher “How are you?”. It’s about the little things. Let us not forget that teachers are people too. xoxo, McGiggles
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Naked Truth
Senior streakers recount experiences Hillel zand editor-in-chief
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Seniors, most of the second semester is concerned with leaving facets of our lives behind. We drift from acquaintances we’ve known since pre-K, move out of our families’ homes and finally exit the Palo Alto Unified School District. Oh, and we lose our clothes. Rest assured, Paly community, the month of May, containing finals, AP’s, baccalaureate and graduation, has remained infamous for its tradition of streakers. Year after year of Paly students grace the quad with nothing but a mask and uninhibited joy. Just as each noble streaker reveals their unclothed self to students, teachers and faculty, each grade exposes their identity with the form their streaking takes. As freshmen, my peers in the class of 2013 observed over 60 members of the class of 2010 parade through the school in their birthday suits, giving ex-Principal Jacqueline McEvoy what can only be described as a ballsy send-off. The class of 2011’s cocks set an incredibly high bar for any grade looking to leave an impression on the school. For those unfamiliar with that lore, a group of intrepid, visionary streakers carried live chickens while they ran, deposited said chickens in the middle of a Powderpuff football game, then exited the school. Last year, a rowdy group of showmen carried an American flag while sporting costumes of cowboys in various states of undress. They frolicked and danced on the quad, inspiring the masses. The class of 2013 compensated for their lack of clothes with an overwhelming amount of effort and creativity. Naked classmates that I am proud to call my peers streaked in near-record numbers. Props ranged from fish to swords, and lunch periods on the quad regularly saw double digits of streakers leaving their mark on the community. Each year burns both teenage nakedness and creative ideas into the minds of whoever is around to witness these acts of art. So, to get to my point: class of 2014, sooner than you think, you’ll have to carry the torch. Preferably while sprinting away from Berkson in your birthday suit, in a group of ten. When you streak, do not join the dull ranks of plain old strip-downand-runners. That’s not the type of boring legacy seniors should be terrifying freshmen with. Here are a number of suggestions of how to streak that would really push the envelope: 1) Have a slip ‘n’ slide on the quad. Streakers, take a quick rest from running and make your slick getaway on ten feet of wet plastic. 2) Horses/crocodiles/live animals. The more dangerous wild beasts involved, the better. If you have time and resources, I think naked jousting might be an amusing venture. 3) Zip line. Perhaps it only exists as a pipe dream, but ziplining down from the tower building before dashing by the senior deck would be an epic way to leave the school. 4) Flash mob. This one’s pretty self explanatory. Break it down as a group, with fewer clothes than the amount of people that attend ASB dances. Performing with music would be an added bonus. 5) The strip. Bold. Simple. Never been done before. Simply walking to the middle of the quad, removing ones’ clothes and walking off. An elegant way to go. Juniors, whether your plan next year will be traditional or innovative, group-oriented or a solo show, I wish you the best of luck. You will have waited four long years to run freely through the school, uninhibited by tests, homework or pants. Enjoy it. And hopefully you can run faster than Reese can bike.
ach May marks Paly’s most anticipated event of the year: Streak Week. Soonto-be graduates entertain the student body by jogging, sprinting and sometimes tripping across the quad in the complete flesh, oftentimes with a costume that covers up little of their bodies. Those who choose to run nude during Streak Week each go in with their own personal motivations and come out with unique memories. The names of these students have been changed to protect their anonymity.
Luke Male Streaker
Luke and his group of friends arguably had one of the most memorable performances of this year’s Streak Week. Armed with catfish over a foot in length, they sprinted across the quad, throwing the fish into the air, which hit a some innocent spectators. Although masked, Luke’s identity was not well-protected, as he was greeted by the administration when he and his accomplices returned to campus. “On our way back, [Vice Principal Jerry] Berkson came in his [golf cart] and just said ‘I’m not even going to ask,’ and then kept going,” Luke said. Luke and his fellow streakers had sprinted to the Churchill parking lot to meet their getaway driver which, in hindsight, he believes was a bad idea because “it was a really far distance to run when you’re tired.” Luke, like many of his peers, wanted to continue the respected tradition and leave his own mark on Streak Week 2013. “It’s fun and there’s the adrenaline rush of [the administration] maybe trying to catch you,” Luke said. Lucky for him, the administration was fairly lax in their attempted apprehensions of streakers, which Luke no doubt appreciated. “[Principal Phil] Winston took a picture with the catfish,” Luke said with a smile.
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During brunch and lunch, students congregate in mass numbers on the quad to observe streakers, who are usually greeted with applause. Students leave the lawn empty, so the whole school can observe the streaking.
Michaela Female Streaker
Ever since Michaela was a freshman, she was sure she would streak when her time came as a second semester senior. “Sure, I was nervous about it,” Michaela said. “But I also knew I’d regret it so much if I didn’t [streak].” Michaela began preparing months before the actual streaking. She and a few friends deliberated the route they would take and the costumes they would wear. “We really didn’t want anything to go wrong, naturally, so we spent a lot of time in preparation, which included picking out costumes and getting our stuff together,” Michaela said. “We even met at Paly at night once to do a practice run.” After years of being a spectator, Michaela’s role was now reversed. But before she knew it, the moment was over. “[It was] over surprisingly quickly,” Michaela recalled. “By the time I could actually comprehend my
situation, I was done running and already safe in the car.” Michaela recalls the anticipation of streaking having been the “most intense part of the whole experience,” having felt emotions of both excitement and dread before actually streaking. When the time came for her and her three friends to make their mad dash across the quad, masked only by their revealing Superwoman costumes, she says that “all those nerves disappeared and all I was concentrating on was running as fast as possible.” Rose Getaway Driver
Rose took a behind-the-scenes role by serving as the getaway driver for her friends. Her job was to wait for her friends at a designated location, and quickly drive away from campus and evade any pursuing school employees upon the streakers’ entrance into the vehicle.
“Someone asked me if I would be their driver, and I was more than happy to do it,” Rose said. The role of getaway driver is crucial; the driver helps plan running routes and is in charge of making sure that their nude friends do not get caught and are able to change safely and inconspicuously. “We got to school early that morning and walked through the route, and I showed them exactly where I was going to be,” Rose said. Luckily for Rose and her friends, everything went as planned, and Rose was surprised by the rush of excitement that her role gave her. “The amount of adrenaline rushing through me was more than I was prepared for, so I can’t even imagine what the streakers felt like,” Rose said. Rose took pride in being able to help her friends evade punishment, and said that they realized that her role was important because “if you have a trustworthy driver, you won’t get caught.”
Low cost ways to create a college wardrobe Beth Yan
Senior Staff Writer
eniors, perhaps putting down the deposit to your future college has finally solidified the reality that your favorite sundresses and shorts just aren’t going to hold up through a Midwest winter. Or perhaps your college visit to that East Coast institution convinced you that you really ought to invest in some salmon-colored shorts. No worries. College is a time of significant transition as many of us will be leaving behind the Palo Alto community and exploring other parts of the country. Thus, it seems only natural that wardrobes and clothing choices will undergo some changes as well. Whether you will be trading sunshine for snowbanks or you wish to adopt a new sense of style as your collegiate years begin, changing wardrobes does not have to be an enormous expenditure.
When thinking ahead to snowbound winters, you may consider stores along the lines of the North Face and Patagonia. Both these brands are favorites among Paly students, and are known for their functionality, sleek design and high prices. However, there is a solution for those who want the insulation without the hefty price tag. Nestled in north Berkeley at the intersection of 5th and Gilman Street is a hidden treasure for bargain shoppers: the North Face outlet. The unassuming whitewashed exterior conceals a paradise of reduced-price outdoor essentials, from knee-length parkas to cozy sleeping bags. While you will have to sort through the XXL sizes and garish pastel-hued items associated with all outlet stores, thorough searching is definitely worth your while.
On the other hand, your wardrobe transformation may be less attributed to weather change and more to aspirations of embracing the collegiate-preparatory environment. While your first instinct may be to buy a J.Crew Italian cashmere sweater in every color of the rainbow, but be warned that doing so will almost undoubtedly place some financial strain on your bank account. A better approach would be to stock up on some cheaper (but still classy) essentials and supplement them with some more splurge-y pieces. The Gap is always a go-to resource for reasonably priced classics. From the button-down shirt to the A-line dress, the Gap offers essential pieces in fun colors that will keep your outfits avant-garde. Once you feel you have sufficiently covered all your bases and have enough polos, sweaters and khakis to last you a school year, you can move on to embellishing your wardrobe. Here it may be more appropriate to invest in that cashmere with the leather elbow patches or the chambray that you fell in love with. After you build a solid foundation, you can begin completing the look with accessories. A typical backpack may be substituted with a classier bag, along the likes of a Longchamp or some sort of messenger. As usual, you must always balance fashion and functionality. While some may wonder how the Longchamp bag, essentially a glorified piece of canvas, could cost over a hundred dollars, it is quite a versatile bag. It can easily be dressed up for a formal occasion, hold your school supplies or be a reusable shopping bag — overall quite an investment. While you may be sad to leave the sunny Palo Alto bubble, this transition offers many unique opportunities to re-define yourself. As every cliche graduation speech says, this end is only a beginning. So get shopping.
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Casual yet preppy clothes like those featured above are perfect for blending in at any East Coast college. J. Crew can run on the expensive side, but other stores offer cheap and fashionable options in this style.
Friday, May 24, 2013
A glimpse into the futures of Campanile’s 2013 Editors-in-Chief Yasna Haghdoost
Outside Lands Preview
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The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival will be an event full of excitement with artists such as Gary Clark Jr. and Atlas Genius peforming.
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olden Gate Park. Great music. Wine tasting. Fog. Few events are more quintessentially San Francisco than Outside Lands Music & Art Festival, held from Aug. 9-11. Outside Lands once again boasts an insane lineup of artists spanning a multitude of genres, and overlapping set times will force concert-goers to make tough calls. Outside Lands’ biggest acts never disappoint, so the necessity of attending headliners like Paul McCartney or the Red Hot Chili Peppers feels almost too obvious to state. Equally important is attending popular bands like Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the National, all of whom will have just released new albums in the months prior to Outside Lands. One can never pass up seeing oldies like Willie Nelson and Hall & Oates, if only to enjoy music more popular with Paly parents than students, and even non-hip-hop fans would be silly to skip Jurassic 5’s reunion show. Though these bands are no-brainers to watch, there are broad swaths of bands that can easily be overlooked. These bands will not have the biggest shows or the most prominent time slots, but do not be fooled — which bands one chooses to patronize over long afternoons truly makes or breaks the Outside Lands experience. Here’s the Campanile’s breakdown of eight can’t-miss bands that may fly under the radar: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Possibly the only band in the world that describes their genre as “supafunkrock,” Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue combines old-school jazz, funk and soul, with hard-rock power chords and a hint of hip-hop beats. Band leader Troy “Trombone Short” Andrews hails from New Orleans’ 6th Ward, and the band’s Big Easy roots are clearly exhibited through explosive horns and highenergy style. Last year, Fitz & the Tantrums pop-soul ensemble made for a crazy party atmosphere. Gary Clark Jr.
With one of the most vibrant and impressive music scenes in the country, Austin, Texas boasts artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Spoon and the Butthole Surfers. Yet none of those artists have had a city holiday dedicated to them, like when the mayor of Austin officially named May 3 as Gary Clark Jr. Day in 2001. Clark’s guitar skills have been compared to Hendrix and Clapton, and with blues roots and influences from funk to classic rock, Clark has won the Austin
Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions. Clark’s shredding ability has few contemporary peers, and fans of the Black Keys and Jack White will no doubt love both his versatility and virtuosity. Anyone thinking of skipping this show can be referred to a quote from the Roots’ drummer, Questlove. “I don’t think y’all understand the greatness that is in front of you,” Questlove said on Twitter. “Gary Clark Jr. is kickin’ ass and takin’ names.”
Outside Lands’ robust list of electronic artists, ranging from techno to dubstep to EDM, are often overlooked by festival-goers just looking for a rock experience. This year boasts an especially stacked group of artists, from Pretty Lights to Zedd. Dillon Francis should absolutely not be written off as “just another EDM DJ.” After exploding onto the electronic scene in the last two years, Francis has collaborated with Diplo and toured with the uber-popular Nero. He claims a spot in music as a pioneer of moombahton, a subgenre of electronic music fusing together house music and reggaeton. As that subgenre has taken off, Francis has fallen into an even more niche subgenre, moombahcore, a new blend of Dutch house music, trap and more. Moombahton draws from most electronic genre, and slows the music down to around 110 beats per minute, the speed of reggae music. Francis’ music lives in the nexus of these genres, and with a reputation for putting on amazing shows, his set will surely be a singular experience. Youth Lagoon
Youth Lagoon is the best fuzzy, lo-fi pop artist out of Boise, Idaho. Granted, that bar is quite low, still, Youth Lagoon’s dreamy, cerebral music has manifested itself into two stellar albums, 2011’s “The Year of Hibernation” and 2013’s “Wondrous Bughouse.”Band leader Evan Powers has stated that “The Year of Hibernation” was based around the idea of psychological dysphoria, and the album follows the trails of his mind through hypnotically minimal soundscapes. His introspective writing style continued in his sophomore album, which he described as “more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world,” according to Pitchfork. Simple melodic embellishments break low-key songs open into echoing arrangements of grandeur. Youth Lagoon feels less like a band, and more like a home recorded project designed for a private listening experience. That is not a knock against the group, as not every show can be a wild party. Youth Lagoon is
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the perfect band to chill out to on a blustery San Francisco afternoon, so grab a blanket and your most thrifty light sweater and let their sweet melodies wash over you.
Chromatics’ “Kill For Love” was arguably the best album of 2012. Made up of glittering synth-pop tracks, the album echoes New Order, Joy Division and the post-punk bands of old without merely copying their styles. In all of Chromatic’s music, beautiful vocals hang rhythmically above dubby reverb and grainy synths. Their music is simple without being boring, elegant without being frivolous. There is little more to be said about the band, other than that it would be a huge mistake to miss their musical mastery. Wavves
“First we gotta get high / And sail to the sun, chances are none / Oh, but we’ll all die, that’s just the way we live,” Wavves’ lead singer Nathan Williams abrasively croons on “Sail to the Sun,” the opening track on the band’s most recent album, “Afraid of Heights.” This chorus aptly defines Wavves, the surf punk outfit from Santa Monica. Often singing about the beach, living freely and why goth sucks, few bands are as much pure fun to listen to as Wavves. Though they embody a somewhat of niche sound, they have found a cult following. “It’s like an infant crying out of pure joy and the acid he’s on,” senior Josh Stabinsky said. “It’s like a prepubescent altar boy shouting because of the pure emotion he experiences through his music.” Skuzzy guitar riffs are accompanied by lyrics that embody recklessly carefree youth, and Wavves combines the best of messy no-fi rock with sing-along melodies. For moshing, crowd-surfing and a generally wild time, Wavves is the band to see. Atlas Genius
Attentive radio-listeners may recognize Atlas Genius’ hit “Trojans,” as the summer jam that Live 105.3 plays about once every hour, but that is not the only fun hit of theirs — the Australian band’s 2013 debut LP hosts a thorough array of catchy tunes. Likened to a more pop-y STRFKR, the band’s simplistic interweaving of charging guitar and pounding keyboard can give off that impression. However, Atlas Genius’ closest comparisons would be somewhere more macho than Phoenix but less artsy than Gotye, a more synth-y version of the Killers or a not-terrible Imagine Dragons. Their anthemic hooks have hints of arena rock, which will only serve to create a more classic concert experience.
Atlas Genius is not the most sophisticated band, nor does it produce the most original, genre-pushing musical efforts. What they do offer is another indie-bubblegum sound, complete with popular-type lyrical gibberish, smooth guitar grooves and blithely melodic hooks. “[Atlas Genius makes] some nice feel good music that arouses both the mind and body,” senior Oren Carmeli said. Daughter
Some of Outside Lands’ most consistently overlooked artists are its incredible female-led groups. This year, Jessie Ware and Emeli Sandé lead an outstanding class of lady rockers, yet, it’s possible to overlook a hidden gem within the group of overlooked acts. In small letterhead near the bottom of the list of confirmed bands, resides Daughter, an English indie folk trio. Originally a solo project by Elena Tonra, Daughter features tragically beautiful lyrics sung by a voice that alternates between powerful and fullthroated and soft, airy whispering. Likening the band to aspects of Florence + the Machine is an obvious step. Atmospheric yet woodsy guitar effects, corrosive beats and heartwrenchingly heavy melodies magnify their distinctive sound. Daughter’s show is sure to be a unique change of pace.
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“Buckjump” running across the quad in full color. Gary Clark Jr. “When My Train Pulls In” Dillon Francis
“Masta Blasta” youth Lagoon
“Linus Spacehead” Atlas Genius
“Kill For Love” Daughter
Check out the best songs of every Outside Lands artist on the Campanile’s Outside Lands 2013 Spotify playlist, found on palycampanile.org.
After a year at the helm of the Campanile, it is with a mixture of relief and regret that your 2013 Editors-inChief (Theeds) pass on the mantle of leadership to a new crew of crazy and talented kids. But what about the future of the outgoing Theeds13? A highly accurate set of predictions answer just that question. Upon completing a colorful undergraduate experience at Stanford, Nira Krasnow will waltz into Harvard Medical School with yoga pants in tow. She will defy all odds by graduating with the highest scores while also maintaining her perfectly coiffed red hair, laid-back Cali girl style and vibrant social life. Dr. Krasnow’s heartwarming story will inspire a Legally Blonde spin-off (entitled “Medically Red”) starring Isla Fisher as the charming redhead. Kate “Kitty-Kaht” Apostolou will take Carnegie Mellon by storm, ultimately redesigning the entire campus layout to include more white space, while also taking some well-deserved time off to mingle with the university’s famously attractive School of Design students. Immediately after her graduation, Kate will be hired to redesign every single major print publication in the United States including, but not limited to, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. After suffering a minor withdrawal from no longer being Theed, Michael Wang will continue to design graphics for the Campanile from his John Hopkins dorm room in the middle of the night. He will be a formidable force when armed with his samurai sword hidden in said dorm room, right next to his stash of highly potent caffeinated beverages that were illegally imported from Mexico. His future success as a graphic designer, celebrated intellectual and daring iconoclast will inspire a TV show named “The Big Wang Theory.” After a spiritual semester in India, Charlie Dulik will return to the U.S. as the Mahatma Gandhi of his generation. However, Charlie’s humble lifestyle conflicts with his desire to blast out hipster music and to add to his collection of corduroy skinny pants. Skinny cords win out and Charlie enters politics, finally becoming the U.S. President in a landslide win. He is supported by hippie liberals who love his “green” message and by conservatives who don’t realize he was being sarcastic when he called for nuking the Middle East. Kiho “Alvin” Kim will be appointed by the Dulik Administration as the envoy to North Korea, where, like Dennis Rodman, he will use his athletic abilities (frisbee) to ease political tensions. However, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un will envy Alvin, who has taken to wooing the ladies of Pyongyang with his devilish charm. Two thwarted assassination attempts later (both involving a frisbee), Alvin flees back to Washington, where he is hailed as the hero of a generation. As for myself, I will return from Texas transformed into a ferocious conservative with a deep mistrust of foreigners and a love for bright red cowboy boots. After “interning” for Jon Stewart, I will abandon my hopes of infiltrating the media. Instead, I will violate U.S. sanctions against Iran and form a lucrative career smuggling the finest Persian pistachios to enthusiastic American consumers. After several close calls, I’ll retire from my life of crime and settle down in my humble Texas ranch. On behalf of the outgoing Theeds, I thank the entire staff of the Campanile for an memorable year, with plenty of crazy moments, laughter and spontaneous dance parties. And to my fellow Theeds13, no matter where our adventures take us, be it New York, Washington, North Korea or Iran, I hope our paths cross into the future as we prepare to take on the world.
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Fun, affordable ways to spend this summer
State Beach in Pacifica, California. Enjoy the beachfront with great waves to surf, meet friendly people and, of course, eat at the Taco Bell. The beach also contains bathrooms, showers and easy access to parking. Nothing is better than eating a chalupa by the water.
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ith the last days of school and summer vacation coming around, a road trip is a must – yet the costs are not exactly favorable. Here is a helpful list of some possible places where you and your friends can escape for a mini-vacation.
Santa Clara Paintball - $$$ 2542 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA 95111
Fountain Hopping/Geocaching at Stanford Campus - No Cost
Grab your swimsuit and head over to the campus right across from Paly. Not only is Stanford known for its woody atmosphere and cool architecture, but also for its fountains, which can serve as a cheaper version of Raging Waters. Jump around from fountain to fountain as you follow the Stanford tradition of “fountain hopping” and enjoying the sun for no cost (except maybe a sunburn). For all of the adventurous ones who love looking for buried treasure, “geocaching” is the perfect scavenger hunt that people play all around the world. According to the official geocaching website, geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt where participants use GPS-enabled devices to navigate to specific sets of GPS coordinates in attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. Often the geocache contains small tokens of prizes or a
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(Left to right): Sophomore Lelaina Hutson, junior Audrey DeBruine and sophomores Sophia Robinson and Emma Chiu fountain hop at Stanford during a track and field team practice.
list with hundreds of names of those who have previously found the geocache. Using the geocaching website or the application downloadable on smart phones; many participants can find coordinates of geocaches hidden on Stanford campus. Check out the website for more instructions and more places with geocaches (www.geocache.com).
Gamba Karaoke - $ 19990 W Homestead Rd Cupertino, CA 95014
Volunteers prepare blood bags, work as lab aides and help donors after they have donated. Stanford Hospital also accepts volunteers that are at least 16 years old and able to commit to a minimum of six months, during which time they will help with a variety of tasks such as directing patients to their appointments, working in the Stanford Health Library, answering calls and stocking shelves.
Get a private room for you and your friends to sing to your hearts’ desires, as loud as you want and as long as you want with over 1,000 song selections and rentable iPads. With a weekday rate of $1 to $6 an hour per person (depending on the
time of day), this affordable place is worth the money and will be the perfect place to practice your rap skills or laugh at your friends’ rap skills. Linda Mar/Pacific State Beach aka “Taco Bell Beach” - No Cost
Instead of heading south towards Santa Cruz, veer north for a change and head up to Linda Mar/Pacific
Play a game mixed with “hideand-seek” and “capture the flag” in an intense game of paintball. At Santa Clara Paintball, players have the chance to play on eight playing fields, ranging from the “airball” playing field containing inflatable barriers to hide behind, to the castlethemed playing field with cemented castle-shape infrastructure. Although a little bit on the pricier side, ranging from $45-$60 per person, the rental packages include many benefits including semi-automatic paintball marker, battle mask, 500 paintballs, unlimited air to power the equipment, chest protector and neck protector. Players are also allowed to participate bringing their own paintball equipment, reducing the cost to $15-$25. Players who decide to participate in paintball may receive battle wounds, but what is a good fight without some.
Volunteering options during break Lifeguard culture Emily Rosenthal senior staff writer
s the beginning of summer draws closer, many students are excitedly making plans for days at the beach, road trips and travels abroad. However, for those staying in Palo Alto, there are numerous volunteer opportunities available to fill long summer days. Working With Kids
For students interested in volunteer positions that allow them to work with children, summer can be a perfect time. The City of Palo Alto offers Counselor-in-Training positions for teenagers aged 12 to 18. Volunteers work at the Fine Arts Camps and assist with activities such as preparing supplies and working with the campers on the day’s activities. The Pacific Coast Kids is another summer camp that accepts student volunteers. Pacific Coast Kids offers three different camps — Lego, Arts or Science — for children entering kindergarten to sixth grade. Volunteers at all the camps are expected to help the children with projects and assist in executing the camp curriculum. Health
Although volunteering as a camp counselor is a traditional summer activity for teenagers, there are also volunteer opportunities for those more interested in health and science. The Stanford Blood Center accepts year-round volunteers.
Canopy is a local non-profit organization that plants and cares for trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers can help plant trees, take care of recently planted trees, teach and lead small groups during plantings or inform local residents how to help care for the trees. Environmental Volunteers is another environmental organization that aims to teach children about the environment. Though the majority of the volunteer positions for Environmental Volunteers are long-term, there are also some short-term opportunities available for the summer. Elderly
For students interested in working with senior citizens, there are many local opportunities to help out. Lytton Gardens offers a wide variety of volunteer projects, including teaching English, helping with errands, assisting with Poker Night and performing music for seniors. Channing House is another retirement home that also accepts volunteers.
The Palo Alto Humane Society is a non-profit organization and is one of the nation’s largest animal protection programs. They provide many programs for animal advocacy through education and intervention. Students who are at least 16 years old can volunteer for the Human Society and work at a shelter, organize fundraisers and create letter-writing parties to supports legislation. Another option for students interested in working with animals is CuriOdyssey, a science and wildlife center aimed at children. During the summer CuriOdyssey volunteers help visitors with the exhibits. There is also a Keeper in Training volunteer position where students help care for the animals, though this requires a yearlong commitment. Other
There are many other volunteer opportunities for students whose interests range from building homes to working at a food bank. Habitat for Humanity aims to build affordable homes and renovate homes and community facilities. Volunteers must be 16 to help with construction sites or 14 to help with other activities such as organizing, cleaning, unloading donated items and working as cashiers. The Ecumenical Hunger Program is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing and household essentials to those in need. Volunteers at this program will sort food and clothing, pack boxes and enter data.
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n the past few years, lifeguarding has become a popular part-time job for high school students. It is a great way to serve the community, as well as to meet other students. In order to become a lifeguard, students have to take a training course with the City of Palo Alto. The course includes certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using an automated external defibrillator (AED), first aid and other lifeguarding skills.
[The rescue] was a scary incident, but I was grateful that lifeguarding gave me the skills needed to help save someone’s life. Karina Goot Junior
“Lifeguard [training] includes information on how to scan the pool, deal with frustrated patrons and make different types of rescues,” junior Kristina Savvateeva, lifeguard at Rinconada Pool, said. Although the training course is rigorous, many believe that the lifeguarding experience is extremely rewarding. Junior Kyle Fisher, who has been a lifeguard for three years, loves working at Rinconada because of its pleasant environment.
“I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and fun in the pool as well as bonding with a lot of my co-workers,” Fisher said. Senior Maggie Schoenholtz, a lifeguard at Rinconada Pool and at Henry M. Gunn High School, expresses similar enthusiasm towards her experience. “[Lifeguarding] is an amazing first job,” Schoenholtz said. “You learn leadership, responsibility and important skills [such as] first aid and CPR.” In addition to gaining new skills, one of the most enjoyable parts of being a lifeguard is meeting students similar in age with the same passion for lifeguarding. “The City of Palo Alto lifeguard staff is very friendly,” Savvateeva said. “The lifeguards work as a team, which provides for a wonderful work environment.” However, even though lifeguarding may appear to be a relaxing job, it is in fact a huge responsibility and can often be stressful, especially if a swimmer has undergone an injury. Junior Karina Goot, lifeguard at Rinconada pool, recalls a time when she had to rescue a patron who had passed out at the bottom of the pool “[The rescue] was a scary incident, but I was grateful that lifeguarding gave me the skills needed to help save someone’s life,” Goot said. Although lifeguarding can be stressful at times, it is a great opportunity for high school students who enjoy serving the community and meeting others with similar interests.
Friday, May 24, 2013
ENTERTAINMENT B7 CREAM to open downtown Creating playlists for significant others Ever thinking of a clever way to impress your loved one? Create a playlist for someone to show how much you care. Jensen Hsiao Editor-In-Chief
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CREAM features a wide variety of cookies and ice cream flavors, allowing customers to create the perfect sandwich for their personal cravings. CREAM is expanding to downtown Palo Alto this summer.
Gracie FANG Senior staff writer
REAM Nation, a familyowned ice cream sandwich shop that originated in Berkeley, California, serves and caters to audiences all over the Bay Area and will be expanding to more locations including downtown Palo Alto, although the date has not been confirmed. Though its accidental family recipes dates back to over 25 years ago, CREAM officially started in 2010 by Co-Founders Gus Shamieh and Tag Shamieh. “We started in December 2010 and it developed out of a family tradition,” Gus said. “We started [making our own ice cream] about 25 years ago; my sister and I would take my mom’s cookies and put marshmallows and Hershey bars between them. One time, we put ice cream in between them and people loved it, and we loved it. So about two and a half years ago we decided to make it
a commercial venture — and that’s how it started.” CREAM offers a variety of ice cream and cookie flavors, which can be mixed and matched to make the ultimate personal and unique cookie ice cream sandwich. Some ice cream flavors include Golden Gate Caramel Swirl, White Pistachio and Coffee Almond Fudge. Cookie varieties include Double Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Butter Sugar, Turtle, Snickerdoodle and various other flavors. CREAM also offers dairy-free options for ice cream, including Soy Mint Chip and Soy Cherry Chocolate Chip. One can choose from a variety of ice cream and cookie sizes. CREAM offers single, double and triple serving ice creams and from one to a dozen individual cookies. Prices range depending on the serving size of ice cream and number of cookies, from $2.15 for a cookie single serving ice cream sandwich up to $7 for a half dozen cookies with a triple serving of ice cream.
Some other popular items on the menu are 16-ounce milkshakes for $4.95, 16-ounce floats for $4 and 16-ounce malts for $5.25. Customers can choose from a variety of toppings for the drinks, including whipped cream, cherries, almonds, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce and Ghirardelli caramel sauce. According to Gus, some of the original products on the menu include the cappuccino cookie and the M&M cookie, which were first experimented with at home before becoming part of the menu in their new ice cream sandwich business. Gus hopes to continue expanding the business throughout the Bay Area with multiple franchises in the near future, including one on University Avenue in Palo Alto. “We plan on spreading the CREAM experience to people all over — hopefully expanding all over the Bay Area and out,” Gus said. “But [we’re] not sure when the store on University is going to open since different locations take different times to open.”
hen you need a little boost in your relationship, either because your significant other is feeling down or you just want to blow them out of this world, making a playlist of music is always a heartwarming gesture. Be wary though, slapping together some random songs is not going to cut it.
Picking the songs
Picking the songs is going to be the hardest part. First, if there are any songs that will spark happy memories with your significant other, be sure to include those. Second, keep in mind the vibe you’re trying to send with this playlist. It is supposed to make her or him feel happy? Relaxed? Or is this a romantic playlist? If you can’t decide, making a collection of playlists for every mood is another good idea, just be sure to group similar songs together. If you are making a playlist to cheer up your significant other, stick to upbeat, relaxed, happy songs. Keep in mind your significant other is feeling down and; if you only have songs that boast about being happy all the time then they are not going to feel better. Find songs with deeper meanings; songs about being sad but finding love and becoming happy. They may sound cheesy, but there is a certain beauty to cheesy because cheesy is funny. And laughter is, after all, the cure to everything. For relationships that you want to bring to the next level, you can always make a romantic playlist. Music to
listen to while you and your significant other are eating caprese and sipping sparkling apple cider from champagne glasses on a red and white picnic blanket on the beach. Even if your romantic playlist is not supposed to spark unconditional romance, it will still provide a good laugh when your significant other starts playing it in their home stereo for everyone in the house to hear. If your music library doesn’t have the necessary tracks for the mood you are trying to portray with your playlist, you can always use applications such as Spotify or Pandora to find new music. You can even make a Spotify playlist and share it with him or her If your taste in music is not the greatest, find something else to give to your significant other. If you are still determined, work with a friend, or use applications on Spotify such as Moodagent, which finds new songs that go with the mood you are trying to express. Presenting the CD
Presentation is key. It is a hundred times cuter and more meaningful if you don’t share your playlist electronically and give it to your lover in person. Burn a CD of the playlist, decorate the top of the CD with hearts using red sharpies and grab a Hershey’s kiss. When gifting, presentation is key, especially with something as easy and cheap as a CD. It is the thought that counts, so surprise your significant other and shower them with your freshly-made playlist. This wonderful care package is a sure way to please. After you have completed all of these tasks, make sure to follow through with a kind message asking if they liked their present or not. It’s good to know if your music tastes are on par with your lover; if they are not, keep trying and never give up.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Bonjour mes amis! We are your honorary Nutella section editors, Charlotte
Barry and Marie Ezran, and we are here to share with you our wisdom and knowledge on the divine creation of Nutella. A little bit more about us: we were born with a pot of Nutella in our hands and since then, not one day has passed without our daily dose. It even runs through our blood. Our doctors tested us and the results are in: we have Type N blood (for Nutella, of course). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, midnight snack, pre-game snack, this creamy spread is perfect at any hour and on anything. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that incorporate Nutella — they are great for any occasion and are sure to impress all your friends and family. So whip out your chef’s hat and Nutella pot and get baking!
This edition featuring
Robert Lee and Justin Zhang
Text by Charlotte Barry & Marie Ezran
with The Campanile’s own Jensen Hsiao and Maya Kitayama
Honorary Nutella Section Editors
Design by Anna McGarrigle
Le Brownie au Nutella
Le Nutella Mousse
30 minutes of preparation, cook for 30 minutes
20 minutes of preparation, 3 hours of refrigeration, cook for 10 minutes
Ingredients 3 eggs 100 g (4 oz) of dark or milk chocolate 100 g (4 oz) of Nutella 100 g (4 oz) of butter 150 (6 oz) grams of powdered sugar 2 teaspoons of vanilla 2/3 cup of flour 50 g (2 oz) of pecans
Ingredients: 100 g (4 oz) of milk chocolate 50 g (2 oz) of Nutella 50 g (2 oz) of butter 3 eggs (separate the white from the yolk) 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar Procedure: Melt the chocolate and the Nutella in a double boiler pot.
Procedure Preheat the oven to 390 degrees Farenheit. Butter and flour the baking pan.
Add butter and mix until you obtain a creamy texture. Make sure there are no unmelted chunks.
Melt the butter in the double boiler and then add Nutella. Mix well.
Beat the egg whites with the salt until they form firm peaks. Progressively add the sugar while beating the eggs.
Beat the eggs with the sugar until the the mixture is light and creamy. Gradually add the chocolate mixture and the flour. Fold in the crushed pecans.
Scoop the mousse into individual cups and place in the fridge for three hours.
With a knife, crush the pecan nuts and roast them in a hot pan.
Take the chocolate mixture away from the heat and add the egg yolks.
Take the butter and Nutella mixture off the stove and mix in the small chunks of chocolate.
Delicately incorporate the egg whites into the cooled chocolate mixture without breaking the consistency of the egg whites.
Pour the brownie mixture in the pan and bake for about 30 minutes.
Tips from Charlotte and Marie: This is a very simple recipe and sure to impress all your guests! For a nice finishing touch, add some raspberries and whipped cream.
Tips from Charlotte and Marie: This is a very quick and simple recipe. The pecans are optional, but they add great flavor!
Le Birthday Cake
45 minutes of preparation, 2 hours of refrigeration, cook for 30 minutes
Le Muffin au Nutella
Ingredients Cake 175 g (6.2 oz) of flour 1 tablespoon of baking powder 175 g (6.20 g) of butter 4 eggs 2 tablespoons of Nutella 1 large pot of Nutella (for the frosting between the cake layers)
15 minutes of preparation, cook for 18-20 minutes Ingredients 200 g (7.0 oz) flour 3 spoons of baking soda 100 g (3.5 oz) powder sugar 1 spoon of salt 100 g (3.5 oz) of melted butter 3 egg 100 mL (3.5 oz) of heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon of milk 100 g (3.5 oz) of hazelnut milk chocolate 50 g(1.7 oz) of Nutella *makes 10 muffins
Frosting 750 g (26.5 oz) of powdered sugar 300 g (10.5 oz) of butter 150 g (5.3 oz) of melted chocolate chocolate shavings or sprinkles Procedure Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
Procedure Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Mix all of the dry ingredients.
Beat the eggs with the heavy whipping cream, then add the melted butter. Melt the chocolate in the double boiler with the one tablespoon of milk. Add the melted chocolate and the Nutella to the mix of eggs, cream, and butter. Mix well, then incorporate the dry ingredients.
Fill the muffin cups until they are three-fourths full and add one teaspoon of Nutella in the middle. Bake the muffin cups for 18-20 minutes.
Tips from Charlotte and Marie: Brownies are great for your friends’ birthdays, but they are getting to be a little common. Use this Nutella recipe for a flavorful twist and they will be so impressed!
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In a bowl with an electric mixer, mix all the ingredients for the cake until the cake batter is all smooth and does not contain any lumps.
Split the cake batter into two equal parts and pour in cake molds of equal size. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until fully cooked. Let the cakes cool fully by refrigerating them for two hours.
Beat the sugar with the butter until a creamy frosting has been formed. Add the melted chocolate and mix in.
Cut each cake into two horizontal pieces and spread Nutella over each cake layer. Stack all the cakes and spread the frosting over the exterior of the cake. Decorate with chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
Tips from Charlotte and Marie: Make sure each cake layer is completely cooled off before adding the Nutella between each layer. Adding fruit such as strawberries or raspberries on the cake or between the layers adds a nice extra touch!
strawberries raspberries croissants bagels blueberries ice cream
peanut butter cookies madeleines a spoon
…the possibilities are endless!
The Campanile: Tell us a little about yourselves. Justin Zhang: You know people mistaken us for each other a lot? It’s really funny. People think I’m Robert and he’s Justin, even though we don’t look the same at all. TC: Why? JZ: We have dark hair, small eyes, yellow skin and black eyebrows. We’re also both very good looking and intelligent, handsome devils. TC: Very interesting. Tell us about your passions. Robert Lee: I have no passions. I’m incapable of emotions. But if I would have to answer that, I like to listen to music a lot. I like to read classics. TC: For senior polls you were voted most likely to secede. Care to comment? RL: Yes, this summer I am considering taking up the flag of the Confederacy again, because the rebels never die. TC: Why? RL: The South deserves to win, and they should rise again. TC: Do you believe in slavery? RL: No and neither did Robert E. Lee, the person named after me. TC: So why do you support the South and the Confederacy? RL: One of the things they fought for was states’ rights. Federalism is something we should definitely continue in the USA. The federal government has a lot of strength right now and the states need to take back some of that power. TC: How have you brought this passion to Paly? RL: I like to salute people when I meet them. How do you? *salutes* That’s pretty much it because it’s a sensitive subject for some people. TC: Care to comment on your fondness for Phineas and Ferb? RL: I’m a big supporter of Perry the Platypus although they seem to be mutually exclusive. The Civil War and Perry are mutually exclusive TC: How do you know each other? JZ: It’s actually remarkable. Robert and I actually met during cross country but we realized we had so much more in common. TC: How romantic. JZ: It was basically love at first sight. Robert and I are both Eagle Scouts, we went to the same Chinese school and we were actually in the same class sophomore year. TC: Ni hao ma. JZ: Yes, Ni hao ma. TC: Wo hui shuo zhong wen. JZ: Wo ye hui shuo zhong wen, ta ye shuo zhong wen. TC: Ming nian ni hui qu na ge da xue? RL: I’m attending Cornell next year. JZ: I’m going to USC. It will be lonely, but we will have video chats. TC: Do you think your bond will stand the test of distance? JZ: Has the bond of China fallen in the past 5,000 years? I think not. TC: China died during the Communist revolution. RL: No comment. TC: Give us three words to describe yourselves. RL: Quirky, intelligent, witty. JZ: Bold, audacious, daring. RL: They all mean the same thing. JZ: Shhh. TC: Sum up your Paly experience. JZ: Quote from Confucius right here, “our greatest glory is not in never falling but rising every time we fall.”
Friday, May 24, 2013
Disappointment Girls’ lacrosse loses to Saint Francis in the SCVAL championship game. see C6
[The team] just needed to get back to playing calm, confident and clean Paly baseball. Michael Strong Senior see C3
Paly G lf: Back on Top ALVIN KIM
Senior Staff Writer
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2012-2013 Year in Review
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hile the Paly spotlight shined on the accomplishments of the spring spectator sports, the varsity golf team was steadily putting together one of its strongest seasons yet, going undefeated. The team, which plays in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, went 12-0 in league play and capped off its undefeated season with its first league tournament victory since 2004, winning by 15 shots with a total score of 385. They therefore qualified for the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournament in which they shot 384 in the first round, earning a spot in the final round of eight. However, they shot a score of 406 on May 13 in CCS finals, failing to receive a chance to move on to the NorCal Championships (NorCals). Senior captain Grant Raffel attributed his team’s success to its cohesiveness and ability to rely on each other. “This is the first time we’ve gone undefeated in my four years,” Raffel said. “I think our depth had a lot to do with our success. Different people stepped up when we needed it. We had a solid team and were consistent throughout the season. We didn’t have to rely on a star player, and when someone was having an off day others helped balance that out with good scores of their own.” This consistency led to the team accomplishing and then exceeding all of its preseason expectations. “Our main goal this year was to win all of our matches and win the league tournament,” Raffel said. “I’m glad that we accomplished those through a lot of dedication and hard work. The league tournament was huge for us. We have felt like we should have won it the last few years so to finally deliver on that was very cool.” Junior Patrick Fuery, who according to Raffel anchored the team in the CCS competition with the team’s lowest scores, also emphasized the importance of winning league championships for the team. “This was [Raffel’s] last year and Paly hadn’t won since 2004, so winning leagues was our first goal,” Fuery said. “We were prepared going in and won big. Winning leagues was definitely the highlight of the year, everything else was just icing on the cake.” The team made significant improvements across the board, and players attributed their newfound success to different sources. According to sophomore Michelle Xie, the new conditioning regime this season helped both with teamwork and personal growth, allowing them to be more prepared for their matches. “This year was the first year we started strengthening and conditioning,” Xie said. “It was just a couple laps
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for the guys, but for me it was really hard coming off of surgery. I think that conditioning really helped the team bond because we all hated it so much, but I do have to say it did keep me a bit fitter than I expected it to be.” Rather than the just the conditioning training, Fuery pointed to his renewed focus as the catalyst for his personal success. After playing junior varsity basketball his sophomore year, he decided to dedicate himself completely to the sport of golf. “As for myself, I took the year off from basketball to focus on golf in the offseason, so I came into the season warm and learned a lot about the game,” Fuery said. “Even though I could have played so much better this year, I think I improved the most from last year of anyone on the team.” Despite the team’s success this year, the players believe that the future is even brighter, pointing to numerous factors such as the reliable underclassmen and the high retention rate. The team only has two graduating seniors, Raffel and Mathias Schmutz. “The Paly golf team can be really strong in the next few years,” Xie said. “Of our current top six only two are leaving; Grant Raffel is graduating, and I’m joining the new girls’ golf team in the fall. Most of our players will remain, and we have three freshmen this year that still have three years to shape their games and improve. I think that the team can go really far.” Fuery believes though that the few losses will still set back the team and that the other players will need to focus on growing in order to continue their successes. He however remains optimistic about the team’s future. “We’re losing our beloved captain Grant Raffel, Michelle Xie and the always laser-focused Mathias Schmutz which will hurt, but we have a solid team and we’re all improving,” Fuery said. “As always, Raffel was key in keeping the team focused throughout the season and ended up with the low scoring average on the team. I think we’ll have a comparable year to this year as long as everyone improves.” Raffel’s departure this year will be a bittersweet moment for the four-year varsity member. He played a key role on the golf team during all of his years at Paly, but this season’s ending proved to be the best he could have hoped for. “I had an absolutely fantastic experience on the Paly golf team over the four years,” Raffel said. “The makeup of the team changed quite a bit and I went from being the youngest to oldest on the team in a matter of two years. This season was definitely our and my best. After we missed qualifying for NorCals we were a little upset and I think that shows how we have higher expectations now... I’m excited to see the team give it another shot next year.”
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Boys’ lacrosse ends season with loss to league powerhouse Sacred Heart Prep Ziv Schwartz Sports editor
he Paly boys’ lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking loss this past week to the Sacred Heart Prep Gators in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) semifinals. The final score of the game was 18-6 in favor of Sacred Heart, as the Vikings were unable to get anything done on either side of the ball. Despite multiple shots on goal in the first half, the Vikings could not get the ball past Sacred Heart’s goalie. Paly did not score until senior midfielder Walker Mees found the back of the net in the final minute of the second quarter. “It was one of those days where nothing clicked for us,” junior midfielder Zach Rizk said. “Their goalie was having a lights-out game. Going over the game film, literally every shot we took was blocked or hit pipe, with a few misses. It’s almost unbelievable to me. And with offense not being able to do much, defense could only hold out for so long before faltering.” Junior captain James Harrison voiced similar views on the semi-final game. “We needed more energy and more focus to win the game and I think we lacked both in that game,” Harrison, a defenseman, said. “It was disappointing because we knew we
could make it to the championship and win it all if we just left it on the field that game.” In the second half of the game, the Vikings were able to find the net more often, with junior attackman Jordan Gans and senior attackman Jonny Glazier netting two goals each and Mees adding one more. However, these five goals were not enough to keep up with Sacred Heart’s high-flying offense. “There’s something about Sacred Heart that we haven’t been able to get past,” Harrison said. “We definitely could have beat them because they lost to Menlo-Atherton in the [SCVAL] championship, who we beat at the end of the regular season. Overall, the last game of our season against Sacred Heart was pretty disappointing because we just didn’t show up the way we normally do. It’s going to be tough losing a lot of these seniors, but next year still looks promising.” The Vikings will be losing 10 seniors this year and while taking on more responsibility seems a bit daunting to the juniors, they acknowledge all that the seniors have done this past year and their dedication to the sport and team. Some seniors will go on to play collegiate lacrosse, like Mees who will play at Kenyon College this coming fall, and others will either play on a club team or hang up their sticks for good.
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Senior attackman Jonny Glazier takes on his defender as he drives to goal against Woodside High School in a nonleague game. Glazier led the team with nine goals and three assists in that game.
Local rowers suspended, expelled after scandal Rowing club looks to move past incident in which team members were discovered using drugs and alcohol.
Hillel Zand Editor-in-Chief
hen the topic of drugs arises in sports, it is most often in the case of performance-enhancing drugs. However, local rowing club Norcal Crew recently had a run-in with the other kind of drugs — the recreational ones. On April 11, Norcal Crew’s novice and varsity teams boarded buses to Eugene, Or., for the Dexter Covered Bridge Regatta. Upon arrival, some members of the club engaged in a more illicit kind of team bonding. “Once we arrived in Oregon, we were assigned to our rooms and
basically [all of the men’s novice team] congregated in one room,” said Reggie, a member of the team who requested anonymity due to the incident’s ongoing investigation by the club. “There was no adult supervision whatsoever. Everyone was doing illegal substances.” According to Reggie, approximately 20 male novice rowers were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in their hotel room. Before long, the coaching staff was made aware of the situation and “pulled everyone into a giant room and interrogated everyone one by one.” A rower on the novice team provided the coaching staff with a list of his teammates that had smoked or drank. This way, the rowers were compelled to tell the truth; those that lied were immediately kicked off the team. Those who had brought marijuana and alcohol to the regatta were kicked off the team indefinitely.
The coaching staff then proceeded to search the hotel rooms. “They ransacked our rooms completely,” said Carl, another anonymous rower. “They threw up our beds and looked under [them].”
They ransacked our rooms completely. They threw up our beds and looked under [them]. Carl Anonymous Rower
Reggie added that his coaches even looked in the toilets. He says that “the fact that they didn’t regulate [what was going on]... was ridiculous.” Since the incident, more than 20 members of the men’s novice and varsity team have been suspended and six have been dismissed from the team, including one female varsity
rower. While Reggie has not felt any backlash from his teammates, the reputation of Norcal Crew has been severely tainted as a result of the incident. “The staff probably lost half of the entire program for the way they reacted and the way they handled the situation,” Reggie said. This past year, the team placed fourth at the Head of the Charles regatta, which featured some of North America’s top rowing clubs. However, with the expulsions and suspensions of many of its rowers, the club may have a hard time rebounding from the incident in Oregon. Furthermore, as a result of the incident, Stanford University has decided to not admit any Norcal rowers, even if they did not smoke or drink. Reggie believes that the staff was biased because they allowed the varsity team race after some of its members were caught using drugs
and alcohol. However, all of the novice team was immediately sent home. Carl says that he “feel[s] horrible about” the incident and believes that the staff did not overreact. He added that the team will “come back strong.” While Reggie regrets the incident, he thinks the way the staff handled the situation made “the whole thing... a lot [harder] to deal with.” “All the other rowers were on my side and felt...that the staff overreacted,” Reggie said. According to its website, Norcal Crew aims to help athletes “trust and support others [and help instill] confidence and commitment.” While the nonprofit organization’s goals may have been accomplished over the weekend of April 11, they certainly were not achieved in the way that staff would have hoped. Reggie and Carl both declined to state their current status on the team.
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SPORTS C3 Strong finish gives swimmers hope for next season
oth boys’ and girls’ varsity swimming finished the season with a sense of satisfaction from personal improvements and chemistry within the team, although unable to walk away with the title of Central Coast Section (CCS) champions. Boys’ swimming placed second at CCS for the third year in a row, unable to break Bellarmine High School’s 29-year streak of winning CCS Championship. “The boys always go into the season with one goal: end the streak,” boys’ senior captain Alex Francis said. “Bellarmine has won the CCS Championship for 29 years in a row. They are widely regarded as untouchable, one of the best teams in the history of CCS for any sport.” Despite Bellarmine’s prestige, Francis believes that Paly swimming has the skill, potential and dedication to challenge and defeat Bellarmine in the future. “One thing we have learned over the years [is that] Bellarmine does not get worse,” Francis said. “As a result, our team must continue to work to get better.” Francis acknowledges that all swimmers on the boys’ team have trained hard this season to achieve their results. Despite an earlier loss to Monta Vista High School at a dual meet, which caused the boys’ team to be seeded behind them at the start of CCS, the boys’ team crushed Monta Vista by more than 100 points. Despite the second place finish, Francis is ecstatic about how the team performed as a whole throughout the season.
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Junior Omri Newman swims in the 100 yard race in CCS. The the boys’ varsity team went on to clinch second behind Catholic power house Bellermine.
“Some of our underclassmen really delivered during championship season,” Francis said. “Many of our upperclassmen exceeded their goals, which is always exciting.” Francisco says that the League Championships was the highlight of the season, due to the team’s spirit and performance. “It was exciting to see everyone cheer for each other at Leagues and to see all the times drop significantly,” Francis said. Girls’ senior captain Molly Zebker was also excited with the girls’ team’s results for finals in CCS.
“We had a lot of people qualify for CCS at Leagues, so it was exciting to have a larger team go to CCS,” Zebker said. Although the girls’ team slipped and placed tenth at CCS this year, Zebker says that the season was still gratifying even though there were tight relationship among the swimmers. “We all motivated each other and pushed each other to swim faster and that’s how we got a big group to qualify for CCS,” Zebker said. “The team is pretty young this year, meaning mostly freshmen, so hopefully they
will continue to train hard and bring back the League title.” Junior Andrew Liang agrees that the underclassmen provided a fresh boost to both teams and contributed to making the season terrific. “The young [swimmers] really stepped up and helped fill holes left by last year’s seniors,” Liang said. Liang became one of the fastest swimmers in history in the area. Although Liang was satisfied with his personal performance, he says that he would have liked to break the CCS record in the 100-yard butterfly, a record that he missed by 0.07
seconds. Liang hopes to continue improving his time and to win CCS. “My goals next year are to continue dropping time,” Liang said. “As a team, [my goal for next year is to] give Bellarmine a run for their money at TCC and definitely defend our League title.” Although the seniors will not be able to swim for Paly after graduating, they have high hopes for the teams in the coming seasons. “It has been amazing to watch this group grow and succeed,” Francis said. “There is nothing but good things in [the teams’] future.”
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n a matchup featuring fifth seeded Palo Alto High School and 12th seeded Watsonville High School, the Vikings came out with a 12-4 victory to get their CCS run off to a good start. Paly gave up two unearned runs in the first inning, but responded in the bottom of the 2nd inning when senior shortstop Michael Strong hit a bloop double to left with the bases loaded that cleared the bases. From that point on, the Vikings offense came alive as they scored eight more runs against the Watsonville pitching staff. “We came out and were really amped to play at first, which isn’t the best thing in baseball,” senior left fielder Isaac Feldstein said. “We settled down as the game went on and started playing better as a team.” This win was especially important for the Vikings, as they had been floundering during the league playoffs when it came to all facets
of the game. But today, the offense, defense, and pitching overall came together to produce a much needed victory to advance to the second round of the CCS playoffs. “It was a big win especially because it is win or go home now,” Feldstein said. “It was also good to get a win after all the tough losses we have had the past two weeks.” Junior starter Danny Erlich came in from the bullpen against Watsonville and pitched dominantly when he entered in the 4th inning retiring the side in order and asserting his dominance over the Watsonville lineup.
It was a big win especially because it is win or go home now. Isaac Feldstein Senior
“[Strategy] same as always throw strikes and trust my defense to do the work,” junior pitcher Danny Erlich said. “I’ve learned that when you walk people most of the time
those runs will score. So I have been working hard to throw lots of strikes and hit my spots consistently.” Prior to their CCS matchup with Watsonville, Paly was dealing with a four game losing streak in the SCVAL league playoffs last week, to say this came as a disappointment to the entire Palo Alto High School Varsity baseball team, would be quite the understatement. “We were pretty disappointed, but it doesn’t matter, Strong said. “Its behind us and we’re focused on the task at hand, [which is] winning CCS.” The Vikings were swept in back to back three game series by divisional rivals Saratoga and Homestead. This was the first time all season that the Vikings had been swept by any team inside their division, let alone two in consecutive series against league opponents in the playoffs. It was a devastating setback to the team. “We just haven’t put everything together,” Strong said. “One game we don’t hit well, another we make a couple of costly errors, and so forth. We just need to get back to
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playing calm, confident, and clean Paly baseball.” Paly has essentially limped their way into the CCS playoffs, as all facets of the game have not meshed together soundly in a while, whether it be the pitching staff, the lineup, or the defense that had let Paly down at one point or another during the four game losing streak the Vikings suffered. Now the regular season and league playoffs are a thing of the past to the coaches and players that make up the roster and staff of the Vikings. A new task is at hand which is to use the old cliche “one game at a time” to advance as far as they through the stiff competition that CCS presents. In the second round of the CCS tournament, the Vikings squared off against West Catholic Athletic League champion Bellarmine College Preparatory. Coming into the game Bellarmine starting pitcher Sam Fontaine had yet to surrender an earned run in 32 and two-thirds innings of work. Isaac Feldstein, the Vikings fourth batter of the
game, tagged Fontaine for his first earned run of the season with a twoout two run home run to left. In the middle innings the Bells battled back and gained a 4-2 advantage over the Vikings. However in the top of the sixth inning the Vikings regained the lead off back-to-back to singles by Jack Cleasby and Rowan Thompson to lead off the inning. From there the Vikings went on to take advantage of a few Bellarmine errors and stormed back, scoring four runs and taking back the lead. Junior Chris Smith pitched the final three innings and picked up the win. Smith navigated through a tough jam in the bottom of the seventh when the Bells loaded the bases off of a lead-off hit followed by an error and an intentional walk, before Smith induced a game-ending ground ball two the second baseman. The Vikings will now advance to the CCS semi-finals where they will face perennial West Catholic League powerhouse the St. Francis Lancers.
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Prior to the season, people pessimistically questioned whether the Lady Vikes would be able to recover from the graduation of several integral players and win the De Anza league for the seventh year in a row. But the team proved doubters wrong, finishing the season in first place and winning their league. The varsity volleyball team continued to uphold the almost decade-long tradition of winning a league championship.
Keller Chryst. Everyone at Paly knows him as a masterful powderpuff coach, not a legit quarterback for the Paly Vikings since he was a sophomore, and apparently one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country. Chryst was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game, a prestigious honor. According to the ESPN top 150 list, which ranks the best 150 prospective high school football players, Chryst is ranked 50th. Not only this, but he is the fourth of eleven quarterbacks to appear on the list — no wonder Paly is so good at football.
Boys’ Soccer Moves Up a League The Paly boys’ varsity soccer team managed to move back up a league after being dropped from the De Anza league after the 2011-2012 season. The Vikings had to push themselves this season, going 15-6-1 overall and barely scraping second place in the league in order to earn their promotion and a spot in the CCS tournament, in which they made it through the first round of the tournament.
The girls’ varsity soccer team pulled out a complete reversal of its performance in previous years. After being moved down to the El Camino League after last season, the Lady Vikes looked to win the El Camino league, move up a league and continue on to CCS — and they did just that. However, bureaucratic issues regarding the eligibility of a team member led to the team’s disqualification from the CCS tournament, which almost prevented the team from moving up a league. Despite this sad turn of events, the Lady Vikes achieved their preseason goals, and are prepared represent Paly in the coming 2013-2014 season.
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Winning every game in a season is a difficult feat to achieve. Well, not for the varsity girls’ lacrosse team! They pulled off an unbelievable season, finishing 14-0, and winning their league. Despite a winning streak that spanned almost the entire season, the Lady Vikes were unable to win the SCVAL championship game. However, we at Paly remain in awe of this impressive record, and look forward to supporting the Lady Vikes in the coming seasons, regardless of their outcomes.
Although the varsity boys’ tennis team’s league performance was seemingly mediocre, finishing with a record of 5-7, these results were obviously not indicative of their ability. Despite playing in a difficult league, the Vikings made it to the CCS tournament round of 16, leading to their being ranked 10th in the state.
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Wins League and SCVAL The varsity boys’ track & field team went undefeated in the 2013 season, sending numerous athletes to CCS and winning the De Anza league. After the season, the team went on to win the SCVAL meet, asserting its dominance on the entire central coast section of California. The team’s performance this season makes it now completely apparent that one person cannot make or break a team’s season, and that track is, in fact, a team sport. Senior Michael Johnson was only discovered by head track & field Coach Jason Fung as a potential hurdler during the 2012 season. Recently, Johnson ran 14.32 seconds to place third in CCS for the 110 high hurdles.
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Disqualified from CCS after strong season
The Paly Baseball team had a challenging, disappointing season, facing many tough opponents. Despite this, success! Despite three league losses, the Vikings still managed to win the SCVAL championship on the last day of the season. However, their loss in the SCVAL tournament meant that they had to, sadly, share their league championship with another team, becoming co-champions. The team defeated Watsonville in first round of CCS, and Bellarmine in the second round. They now prepare to face St. Francis in the CCS semi-finals.
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The 2012-2013 season was more of a learning season for the Lady Vikes than they would have prefered. Two of the returning starting five, Stephanie Allen and Hope Crockett, were injured for the majority of the season. This opened the door for many new, freshman faces; this young core of players will hopefully be beneficial to the Lady Vikes, as they will grow and develop as the team matures. Sadly, this heartwarming, ABC Family movie style, description of their season must end, as the Lady Vikes went 9-14, finishing fourth in the De Anza league.
Despite the loss of most of their starting lineup from last year, the Paly boys’ varsity basketball team still went undefeated in league, going 12-0. Members of the Paly community had doubts as to how the squad would perform after losing several key players after last year’s season such as EJ Floreal. However, these doubts were squashed as a result of the team rising to the occasion.
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Andrew Liang Finishes first in both his CCS events
Despite a season fraught with scandal regarding harassment, which, although embarrassing, actually led to the conviction of a criminal (so two wrongs made a right in this one circumstance), the boys’ lacrosse team still managed to make it into CCS with a record of 10-4. They did very well in the tournament, getting to the semi-finals, sending their many seniors of with a season well played (but not well conducted).
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The Vikings’ superb placing in CCS was a result of strong performances from swimmers across the board; however, junior Andrew Liang was one swimmer who definitely pulled his weight in CCS, as he won both of his individual events. Liang’s performances in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly were integral for the team’s overall success. The icing on the cake was the Palo Alto Weekly naming Liang an Athlete of the Week for his achievements in the league meet.
Cripples...everywhere. An unusually high number of the premiere athletes at Paly suffered injuries this year. Many sports teams were successful this season despite this setback; be it teams rising to the occasion, or Paly being so dominant in some sports that even the loss of key players has little effect on the outcome of the season.
Places 2nd in CCS and breaks school and meet record in 200-meter relay The Vikings continued their three-year-long streak of finishing second in CCS to regional powerhouse Bellarmine College Prepatory. Not only did the varsity boys’ swimming team win the 200 relay in CCS, they set both a meet and school record. This record supports the notion that Paly has established itself as a swimming powerhouse over the past few years.
Open any issue of the Palo Alto Weekly, and it is highly likely that a Paly athlete will have been named “athlete of the week”. This highlights the overall sports prowess that Paly possesses. Focusing on only this school year, the Paly athletes who have received the honor of being named “athlete of the week,” some even multiple times, are: Ronak Baldua, Charlotte Biffar, Aubrey Dawkins, Isaac Feldstein, Jayshawn Gates, Nina Kelty, Shelby Knowles, Andrew Liang, Chris Meredith, Aldis Petriceks, Becca Raffel and Matt Tolbert. If this isn’t proof enough that Paly is an athletic school, then we don’t know what is.
This girl just keeps on running! Sophomore Katie Foug’s stint at states for cross country was the culmination of an extremely impressive season for the Lady Vikes. The team finished third in CCS — the cherry on top of a fantastic season. Despite their impressive performance the entire team ended up missing qualification for states by just a mere five points, suggesting that in the not-so-distant-future the state meet will be filled with Paly green.
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Girls’ lacrosse endures heartbreaking end to season Julia Kwasnick Sports editor
he girls’ lacrosse team’s season came to a disappointing end when the team lost to Saint Francis High School in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) championship game on Saturday, May 11. The loss marked the completion of the program’s most successful campaign to date. After important seniors departed following the 2012 season, many on the team doubted that the team could perform up to par in 2013. “We definitely came into the season as the underdogs,” junior Anne Marie Drez said. “No one really expected us to be better than last year, but as a team, we all knew what we were capable of. We just had to perform it. We all put in 110 percent every single game, practice and drill in order to become the team we wanted to be.” Although expectations were low for the team, the team as a whole stepped up to support each other to make up for the loss of important players. Players who came in as unknown players showed through their growth that the team has a promising foundation for the future. “As the season progressed, each girl became more confident in [her] skills as a player, which is awesome to see because everyone, especially the underclassman, came out of their shells and really proved themselves as players,” senior captain Julia Farino said. The team ended up meshing together really well, resulting in a fantastic season, according to senior captain Nina Kelty. “[The team] became really close and it showed on the field,” Kelty said. “I think our strong teamwork is what lead to our successful season being undefeated in league play.” In the first half of the SCVAL championship game, the girls were ahead and playing with confidence. However, the team was unable to hold
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Top: The Palo Alto girls’ lacrosse team takes a victory lap across the field following a playoff victory. Bottom Left: Senior Olivia Cornfield sprints to her right while looking upfield. Bottom Right: Senior Charlotte Biffar makes her way towards goal while trying to avoid oncoming defenders.
its lead in the game and ended up losing in a frantic final few minutes. “Having beaten Saint Francis twice in [league play] and being ahead by a few goals at half time in the SCVAL finals, we were caught off guard with [Saint Francis] coming back so strong in the second half,” Kelty said. Although the loss was a disappointment for the team, it was also a learning experience. Next season,
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Sharks square off against Los Angeles Kings after first round series victory over Canucks The San Jose Sharks advanced to the second round after defeating the Canucks. The Kings took a 2-0 lead over San Jose in the first two games of the best-of-seven game series. Bowen Gerould Staff Writer
he San Jose Sharks, who finished 25-16-7 in the regular season, hope to bring home the Stanley Cup after making the playoffs for the ninth straight year. The Sharks, who have never won the Cup, finished the season tied for ninth in the overall standings and sixth in the Western Conference. In the first round, the sixth-seeded Sharks squared off against the thirdseeded Vancouver Canucks in what was supposed to be a lopsided series victory for the Canucks. Somebody forgot to tell the Sharks that. Game One was played in Vancouver and early on it was not looking good for the Sharks who fell behind in the second period when Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa scored during a scrum in front of the San Jose net. The Sharks quickly responded with a penalty induced power play goal off the stick of forward Logan Couture, who fired a quick wrist shot past Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo. Couture, who drew the penalty earlier in the period, led the Sharks in scoring this year. The Sharks kept their momentum going into the third period when defenseman Dan Boyle buried the second goal in the back of the net after some physical play by Sharks defenseman Andrew Desjardins and forward Tommy Wingels. Wingels made his presence known on the ice,
leading the team in hits in Game One as he finished his checks and showed off his physical nature of play. The Sharks padded their lead with another goal by team captain Patrick Marleau off of an assist from Couture. Couture had two points and was the star of the game. The Sharks did not stop there; they proceeded to take Game Two in a 3-2 overtime thriller. Forward Joe Thornton helped put his team out in front early with a goal in the first period after a rebound from a Brad Stuart shot. Goalie Antti Niemi kept the Canucks scoreless through two periods but surrendered a slapshot goal to Ryan Kesler, who later scored another goal off of a Joe Pavelski turnover. Down to their last minute, the Sharks evened the score at two on a Marleau goal, which silenced the crowd at Rogers Arena. The Sharks sealed the game with a one-timer off of the stick of former Canuck Raffi Torres. He was assisted by Brent Burns, who blocked a shot, picked up the rebound and passed the puck to an open Torres. Upon returning to HP Pavilion with a 2-0 series lead, the Sharks did not take their foot off the gas as they blew out the Canucks 5-2. Pavelski scored first on a three-onfive power play and tacked on another with a tip-in goal in front of the net off of a shot by Wingels. The Canucks narrowed the Sharks’ lead to one off of a wrist shot from Alex Burrows which floated above Niemi’s outstretched arm. The Sharks rebounded with a well-placed Couture wrist shot and Marleau netted another goal through the legs of Corey Schneider nine seconds later before the crowd could even calm down after the initial goal that was scored. Logan Couture tacked on another goal to make it 5-1
Sharks captain Joe Thornton works his way behind the Kings net, looking to pass to an open teammate. San Jose lost the first two games versus divison rival Los Angeles Kings 2-0, and are down 1-0 in the best-of-seven series.
late in the third period. After that it was all about running out the clock and getting ready for Game Four where they had the chance to sweep a series for the first time in Sharks playoff history. The first goal is always important in any game and the Sharks got it for the third time in the series when defenseman Brent Burns tipped in a shot to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead The Sharks and Canucks traded goals before the Canucks tied it up, and then proceeded to take the lead with nine minutes left in the third period, setting themselves up in good
position to possibly hand the Sharks a tough loss. The Canucks however could not hold the lead, surrendering a late goal to Pavelski sending the game into the second overtime of the series. The two teams had very close chances in the sudden death period but it was not until Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin drew a penalty did one side have an advantage. Marleau wasted no time by netting his fourth goal in as many games as Daniel Sedin could only watch from the penalty box as his Vancouver Canucks were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The second
round of the playoffs begin on May 14 after the Sharks had a few games off to rest their tired legs before they begin again. Now, San Jose will face off against the Los Angeles Kings and played game one already at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick has proved in the past to make it tough when San Jose, and Los Angeles face-off against one another. The Kings won by a score of 2-0 off of goals by Slava Voynov and Mike Richards, but the Sharks outshot the Kings 35-20.
Friday, May 24, 2013
NBA center Jason Collins becomes first openly gay male athlete active in a major American sport
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’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. Those were the words of 12-year National Basketball Association veteran Jason Collins, as they graced the pages of the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. The cover story was posted online on April 29 and sent shockwaves not just through the sports community, but also throughout the world, as Collins became the first American athlete in any of America’s “top 4 sports” – basketball, baseball, football and hockey – to openly come out as gay. Our country needed this to happen
and Collins agrees, telling George Stephanopoulos of Good Morning America that he thinks “the country is ready” for a gay athlete. Collins has now become the poster child, as well as a role model, for homosexuals everywhere. The issue of homosexuality continues to pervade our nation’s politics and daily affairs, yet cultural norms have prevented complete acceptance by the American public. By coming out, Collins has had more of an impact in defying stereotypes than arguably any other gay public figure in the past. Standing seven feet tall and weighing 255 pounds, Collins is a physical specimen known for his physical style of play, strong work ethic and commitment to his team. Collins shatters
preconceived notions that homosexuals are weak, afraid of being just as physical as their heterosexual counterparts, a stereotype that he says “people like me are trying to rewrite.” Collins has opened up a dialogue in this country about homosexuality in sports, an issue that has long been underreported. Gays and basketball, sexual orientation and football, samesex marriage and baseball, gay rights and hockey — all phrases that one would think never to be related. But now, the issue of homosexuality has permeated the realm of professional sports, and rightfully so. A Stanford alumnus, Collins is a humble big man, saying he “never set out to be the first” gay athlete in a major sport. He admitted that loyalty
to teammates prevented him from coming out during the season, as he did not want to be a distraction to the team. These kinds of attributes exemplify a leader, someone who is ready to initiate change and influence the lives of those around him. Collins played for the Boston Celtics during the 2012-2013 season and wore jersey number 98, a seemingly inconsequential decision, but one he explains in his Sports Illustrated cover story. He wore the number to pay homage to Matthew Shephard, a gay university student who was brutally tortured and killed in 1998. Shepard’s murder brought the issue of homosexuality to the national stage, just as Collins is doing today.
Former Czech tennis player Martina Navratilova, who came out in 1981, said that Collins’ announcement “is going to save some kids’ lives.” By coming out, Collins sends a clear message to youth athletes that being gay is okay and that trying to fight being gay because of the world you live in, which he admitted on Good Morning America, will only make it worse. Although Collins’ announcement is a national victory, we must not forget how much of a personal victory it is for him. Because, as Collins told Stephanopoulos, “When you finally get to that point of acceptance, there’s nothing more beautiful.”