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Welcome, Bienvenido, and 欢迎 to Penn Charter’s Newest Teachers! by Ani Schug , ‘13

First, she worked in business, This September, the Penn ran a study abroad program, and Charter Upper School welcomes then taught English as a second two new faces to its faculty, language. After receiving her both in the foreign language deMaster’s Degree from Ohio State partment. Lea Ekeburg replaces University, Ekeburg began her Daphne Lee as the career as a ManMiddle and Upper darin teacher at School teacher of Sidwell Friends Penn Charter’s newSchool in Washest and only nonington D.C. western language, At Penn CharMandarin, while Sater, new experirah Aguilar-Francis ences for Ekeis teaching levels I burg include and II of the most teaching Midpopular foreign dle School aged language, Spanish. Lea Ekeburg students and Born out- Photo by Rachael Morris, ‘13 becoming accusside of Chicago, Lea tomed to the conEkeburg attended fusing schedule. Swarthmore College in PennsylShe is looking forward to startvania, majoring in Asian Studies. ing a Chinese club and teaching She took a Mandarin class for the through stories rather than using first time in her freshman year a textbook. Outside of school, and enjoyed the experience imEkeburg enjoys knitting, cooking, mensely. However, she did not yoga, and playing the ukulele. immediately realize her desire to become a Mandarin teacher. Sarah Aguilar-Francis was Entertainment

born in Mexico City and lived dents. While Philadelphia does there until her family moved not have a great reputation in to Pittsburgh when she was six Pittsburgh, so far, Aguilar-Francis years old. She attended college enjoys living in the city of brothat Juniata College and graduate erly love. Nevertheless, she adschool at Carnmits that she is still egie Mellon Unia huge Steelers versity. Seeing and Penguins fan that many memand dislikes Philly bers of her famsports teams. Her ily are teachers, other interests init seemed natuclude travelling, ral for Aguilarand it is her goal Francis to also to visit all seven pursue a career continents. So far, in education. she has travelled She first taught to North America, Sarah Aguilar-Francis Spanish at a South America, Photo by Rachael Morris, ‘13 small school in Europe, and Asia, Fort Collins, Coloincluding trips rado for 3rd through 9th graders. to Guatemala, Ecuador, Sweden, Although not a Quaker, Denmark, England, the NetherAguilar-Francis feels she aligns lands, Italy, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, with Quaker values greatly and and Macau. She plans on parhence appreciates the Penn Char- ticipating in the Penn Charter exter environment. Her new job change program to Buenos Aires, differs from her old one in that Argentina as well supervising Penn Charter is a larger school the Upper School Spanish club, and she is teaching older stu- Amigos.

Dear sam.... Dear suzy..... Director Wes Anderson’s coming of age movies, such as Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Royal Tenenbaums, have made their way into many Penn Charter English classrooms. This summer, his most recent film, Moonrise Kingdom, hit theaters, and Anderson received high acclaim for his poignant story about two “troubled” teenagers who run away together on the New England island of New Penzance. This movie can relate to any teenager in the Penn Charter community who experienced

a first crush, and it especially relates to me because I have spent every summer on the island in which the movie is set. New Penzance is the 1965 cinematic replica of Prudence Island, located in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where I spend all of my summers. I run through the same trails and dirt roads as Sam and Suzy, the main characters in the film. Sam, an orphan, escapes from Scouts camp to meet up

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Inside this edition....

Photos by Molly Pollak, ‘14

Izzy Hirshberg, ‘15, Reflects on the Summer Movie Moonrise Kingdom

Penn Charter’s resident honeybees, just like PC students, are already busy at work this fall! As The Mirror staff welcomes everyone back to school, we, like the honeybees, are hoping for another productive and successful year. In order to print a paper that represents the views of the whole student body, we need your input. Please contact The Mirror staff at anytime with suggestions, comments or concerns. Find us in the hallways or send an e-mail to Have a great year!

College Recruits • Olympic Recap • Summer Movies • Advice for Freshman year Summer Sports Crossword • Music Reviews • Pop culture grid • and MORe....

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Senior Athletes commit to play at College level

by Aaron Mandelbaum, ‘13

Autumn is filled with seniors proach to choosing a college rushing to complete the college was an easy one, Senior Mike process as quickly and efficient- McGlinchey, a Notre Dame footly as possible. As ball recruit, exmost members of “The hard part plains, “It was and the class of 2013 it wasn’t. I knew was staying fobegin to choose I wanted to go to cused, because their favorite Notre Dame, but schools, some have throughout the I didn’t know if it already committed was actually goto a single school whole process...I ing to be possible... to play collegiate would be on the the hard part was athletics. focused, phone with num- staying For these because throughbers of coaches out the whole prostudent athletes, choosing a school and reporters cess of picking my is still a difficult [future] school, I every night.” process. There are would be on the academic requirephone with numments that need to bers of coaches - Michael McGlinchey be kept, campuses and reporters evewaiting to be visry night.” ited, videotapes to be sent, coaches that need to Senior Kelly Kubach, a be called, and athletes, simul- Michigan lacrosse recruit, offers taneously, must stay physically another perspective. She states, in shape. When asked if his ap- “It was easy in the way that I

knew [Michigan] was the number one place I wanted to be.” However, Kubach adds that her college process is similar to everyone else’s, mentioning, “it’s still on-going. I’m•working NEWSPAPER APRIL2012 on my [college] apps just like everyone else.”

for St. Joseph’s University, had a similiar experience. He states, “I always kind of overlooked [St. Joe’s], being from the city and all. But once I got on campus for a visit, I instantly felt that it [was] a great spot for me. The coaches are great and I can see myself really working hard unOften, student athletes are der them.” Plus, as Giunta points simply drawn out, “spending the to one specific “[The process] is next four years school. Kubach [fellow OPC still on-going. I’m with explains that, ‘13] Ray Vande“[I] just felt working on my [col- grift is a bonus.” right when I vis- lege] apps just like ited…everything While the everyone else.” about Michigan Penn Charter comis amazing: the munity is excited - Kelly Kubach academics, the to learn about environment, the already comand the community. The school mitted athletes, more talented and my coaches made me feel students from the class of 2013 wanted and special there.” are still deciding where to play and study. So stay tuned; there Senior Charles Giunta, is plenty more to come from the who will play lacrosse Penn Charter Quakers!

Vandergrift, Murphy, Giunta, Worley, and McGlinchey (order left to right) will all continue to play their sport at the Division I level next year. Photos by Julia Vahey,‘13

A List of Early PC Student Recruits Name Michael McGlinchey

Daryl Worley

Anna Wills

Kelly Kubach




University of Notre Dame


West Virginia University

Field Hockey

Bucknell University



University of Michigan

Charles Giunta


St. Joseph’s University

Raymond Vandegrift


St. Joseph’s University

Kevin Murphy


Monmouth University

Nine Tips of Advice for surviving the Ninth Grade


Everything a Freshman Needs to Know for the First Month of High School: Advice from an Upperclassman

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Wise Winston Advice Column

by well, we do not know...

Dear Wise Winston, I am a new freshman. How by Heidi Zisselman, ‘13 do I avoid the long lunch NEWSPAPER • APRIL2012 1. If Mr. Larrabee’s opening remarks did not satisfactorily answer lines? all your questions about the PC Administration or policies, wear a Sincerely, mini-skirt and get to know him and Mr. McCloskey at morning deImpatient tention.

2. Having trouble finding common ground with your teachers and classmates? In the vast diversity of the Penn Charter community, a commonality and bonding factor between the entire PC student body and faculty is that everyone gets stuck in the lunch line.

3. Is it tough meeting people on the first day? Leave your darkcolored, nondescript gym bag in the pile at the bottom of the back stairwell. In the 3:15 pm rush to sports practices, you will be sure to grab someone else’s bag by accident. While frantically searching the Field House locker rooms, you are certain to make many new acquaintances.

4. When people say, “Let your light shine” they are not endorsing

Photo by Julia Vahey, ‘13

petty arson.

5. If you always seem to get caught in the mob rushing for the li-

brary study hall sign-out sheet, techniques to navigate the crowd include sharpening your elbows, the “chat and cut,” and becoming friends with the teacher who is your study hall proctor.

6. The Math and Writing Centers are the best on-campus resources for one-on-one help or a mid-afternoon sugar rush.

Dear Impatient, First off, I’d like to cordially welcome you to high school. That said, I already hate you just because of your age. But since I’m here to help not to judge, I have a tip or two for you. As you might know, but probably don’t, since you’re new and young, Penn Charter is pretty old. Like older than America and Mr. Larrabee combined (Larrabee sure looks pretty young, but he uses a lot of anti-aging creams). In the Revolutionary War, the American army needed space to store some of the British prisoners. After the little-known Battle of Fox Street, the Americans decided the best place to put those bloody Red Coats was underneath Penn Charter. Now you may be saying, “Hey, Winston, Penn Charter didn’t move to this campus until the 19-somethings, they couldn’t have stored prisoners here.” Valid point, you obnoxious little twerp. Truth is, Penn Charter’s current campus is actually built on top of those prisons. If you can find a way down into those old dungeons, there’s a trapdoor that lets out right at the front of the lunch line as long as you can beat the dragon. Of course, the only one who knows how is me, and you’ll never find me. So basically what I’m trying to say is wait your turn and let the seniors and Larrabee go first. Love you, Larrabee! -WW

7. Is the forty-six acre campus daunting? If one of your teachers is Have your own questions late for class, volunteer to search for them. There is a 95% chance that your teacher is not at their desk, so take the time to go on a campus-wide hunt to get your bearings and eventually find your teacher.

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8. Want to meet more seniors? Take a casual stroll up the senior stairs between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

9. Can’t find the nurses office? Refer above to number 8. I hope these tips help you survive until mid-trimester!

Submit them in the box posted on the student message board and look for a response in the next edition of The Mirror!

Dear Wise Winston, Where do I go to get school supplies for cheap? Sincerely, Cheap Dear Cheap, Back to school shopping is easily the third worst thing about school, right behind it being school and being forced to wear clothes. I’m right there with you, I never know what to get, and then when I do get supplies I never get enough. It’s so hard to conserve these supplies, and it’s not like these paper and pencils grow on trees (badabing!). All jokes aside, I’ll tell you where to go for the best school supplies, best in the world. First step: cut out the middleman. From past experiences, I can tell you that it is a better investment to purchase a single engine plane and fly directly to the source rather than shop at these American outlets that are run by the Man. That said, you better be tough and ready, because you’re going to be flying to one of the most dangerous places in the world. This place is so hard, the only time you hear its name spoken aloud is when the toughest of street thugs are rapping it. If you didn’t know already, said street thug is the straight goon that is Aubrey Graham. You may know him by his street name “Drake”. You’re gonna be flying yourself into the deathtrap that is Toronto, Ontario. That’s right. You better not go there wearing the wrong colors. Anyway, since school supplies grow there naturally, you’re going to want to harvest all of the pens, pencils, notebooks, small animals, and erasers that you can, once you arrive. Fly yourself back home and you should be good to go. Oh, and finally, even if you come back with enough supplies to start a small school of your own, remember that you should still ask for someone else’s pen or pencil once in a while to avoid suspicion. I know you’ve heard this before, but rule number four is to never get by on your own supply. -WW

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News and Community

Seniors bond over square dancing, volleyball, and campfires The Senior Retreat was a fun-filled weekend that took place at Camp Starlight, located in upstate Pennsylvania. The retreat focused on strengthening the bonds and friendships of the class of 2013. Seniors split up into groups where they spoke about their hopes for the school year and obstacles that they may face in the pursuit of their goals. The student-only Meeting for Worship around

a campfire gave the class the opportunity to listen to each other and reflect on its new role as the student-leaders of the Penn Charter community. During free time, seniors participated in intense volleyball and hockey matches, went for swims in the pool, and (of course) had a blast square dancing with Sue and Lou.

Photo by Emma Higgins, ‘13

by Rachael Garnick, ‘13


Photo by Emma Higgins, ‘13

Photo by Julia Vahey, ‘13

A look back at london 2012 by Bennett Samuel, ‘13 Photo by Julia Vahey, ‘13 Maria Georgiou, ‘13, who travelled to London this summer, shares some of her photos of the Olympic Games. She was able to watch parts of the volleyball, rowing, and swimming competitions while she was there.

During the first two weeks of August, I enjoyed watching the world’s best athletes compete at the highest level while I sat on my couch and ate chips (not the only one I am sure). This year’s Olympics were nothing short of amazing. London set the stage for the games with an excellent opening ceremony, then the competition began. The US dominated in the pool with newcomer Missy Franklin taking center stage while Michael Phelps became the most deco-


rated Olympian ever. However, the swimmers were not the only ones getting wet. The US men’s and women’s basketball team were about as wet as the English Channel, both taking home gold. Other country favorites included women’s beach volleyball pair Misty MayTreanor and Kerri Walsh as well as the emergence of the “fab five” women’s gymnastics team. Averaging an age of about 17, they were the oldest in the competition, while China had a few toddlers backflipping their way to the podium. The games are the best two weeks of competition in sports and always produce amazing stories, like that of Oscar Pistorius. This double leg amputee became the first to compete in the Olympics and lead his relay team all the way to the final round of the 4x400 meter relay. It is uplifting stories like these that captivate us all every four years for those two special summer weeks.

Staying True to

News and Community Herself: An Interview with Sara Habbash

Ani Schug, ’13, sat down with Sara Habbash, the new Palestinian exchange student, to discuss her experience at Penn Charter so far and the differences between life in Philadelphia and Ramallah, Palestine.

A: Can you describe your daily life in Palestine and how it is different from life in America so far? S: We finish school at three everyday. We don’t have sports (laugh). We can go home. Sometimes, if we finish earlier we can go home. We have 6 classes that we can choose and we have two lunch breaks. I usually walk home and it takes…13 minutes… I go out during the week. I walk my dog. I go to a café after homework and then during the weekend (we have Friday and Sunday off, instead of Saturday and Sunday) I go out on Friday—well actually, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Saturday (laugh!). I can stay late outside…because it’s a safe place, nothing’s going to happen and I can walk home, even at 10 p.m. at night, if I have someone else with me. I wouldn’t walk home alone. Yes, well, you can tell the difference from Palestine and here. A: When you go out with friends in Palestine, what do you do? S: Well, we don’t have malls. So, we go to each other’s houses or a café. We have a bowling place (smile) and we have a cinema but not all the latest movies come in. So, if there is something we’re particularly interested in, we’ll go watch it. And yes, that’s it. (laugh) A: Oh yes, weren’t you on TV in Palestine? S: (Shyly) Yes, I’m on TV. Well, the last time I was on TV was in August for a TV series (laugh). A: Were you acting? Did you play a character? S: I had a different character each episode… The TV series [was] talking about problems in our community and how we should act—from fighting with your siblings, your parents, or school. In each episode I play a different character. A: And you’re in the play here, yes? S: I’m Lady Montague…It’s so exciting! A: Can you tell me more about Ra-

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mallah Friends School in terms of the classes? Is it very different from Penn Charter? S: It’s very different from Penn Charter. We take Arabic, English and starting in 5th grade English Science, and English Math starts in 7th grade… Once we start taking English classes we stop taking Arabic Science and Math. We also have religion, history, geography, art, and sports (as a class not after school.) A: What has been your favorite moment here and the hardest moment? S: Um. There wasn’t a hardest moment but the first week when my mother and my sister left, before I made friends…that was hard. I was very homesick. My host family was really nice… My favorite moment, well, everything has been so good. When I knew that I was accepted into the play, that was great. And the girls are really nice, like my classmates. So, I’m not having a hard time.

Photo by Ani Schug, ‘13

Ani: Why were you first interested in coming to Penn Charter? Sara: I knew that it [would be] a very good experience and not everybody can have that kind of experience, going abroad, studying for a year and living with a host family. And I think that I’m going to benefit from it now and after when I go back to Palestine because I’m going to be independent for a year. I have to be responsible for myself, and I’ll learn about different cultures and different people, and get exposure to a new place.

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that’s funny, but it’s nice that they care enough to ask me…They’re not just thinking, “oh she’s from the dark ages. They don’t have cheese. They don’t have laptops.“ A: How do you hope to educate people in the Penn Charter community about Palestine? S: I didn’t come here with the intention of freeing Palestine or talking about politics, but if I’m asked, I answer. And I hope that they understand that we’re not like what the media presents, the misconceptions, as you say. And that we’re friendly people and we have civilization and you’re welcome to come visit us if you want…We’re educated people too. A: You live in Ramallah? What is it like there? S: It’s a small city. The people there are very friendly. The atmosphere there is…everything is easy going… I’m not scared. I’m going to talk about the occupation now. The Israeli soldiers don’t come into Ramallah…there are cities in which they go in every day and every night. They can go and arrest someone without any charges…But in Ramallah, it’s a lot safer, they don’t come in. They do occasionally, but not everyday so it’s safe

A: Yay! So what are you looking forward to in the rest of the year? S: Making friends and representing my country the way it should be represented. I am representing my school, my country and my parents—they gave me that trust that I am going to do what I am supposed to do like what the students before me did to provide a good image of A: How did the conflict and occupaPalestine and the school. I hope I tion affect your life in Palestine? can do that (laugh). S: Well, in my city it’s okay, but if I want to go another city, or to the capA: What are your plans for when you ital of Palestine, Jerusalem, I need a go back to Palestine, and after high permit. No matter how old you are… school? you need a permit and sometimes S: I want to study theatre. I am going you get it and sometimes you don’t. to become an actress! And that could be really frustrating. A: Do you want to study theatre here And if I want to go to Jerusalem it in America? would take me 30 minutes in norS: Yes, New York, because we don’t mal conditions, but because I have 5 have theatre school in Palestine. to wait at the check point and be Yes, (laugh together) that’s a good checked and make sure I’m not carfuture plan. rying anything dangerous, even though nobody is… it will take an A: What misconceptions about Pales- hour to two to three hours dependtine have you found that people hold ing on the mood of the soldiers and here? if there are so many people…We S: Well, two girls thought I lived like don’t have an airport as well. We’re Persepolis (laugh together) and one not a country in the U.N. And if I person asked me if we have phones have to go to cross the bridge to Jorand laptops in Palestine. And one dan, from Palestine to Jordan it will person asked me if I knew cheese take an hour and 30 minutes, but or if we have cheese in Palestine, because we can’t drive…it will take

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6 hours. We have to keep hopping on and off buses and your passports keep getting checked…That’s [for] me but there are other people who are really really suffering. They live in refugee camps and some of them live in tents. They depend on U.N. aid and help for all the basic things. A: What advice would you give the next exchange student about the first month? S: I think that they should believe in themselves and where they come from and stay true to themselves and their values because the American lifestyle is very different from the Palestinian and Arab lifestyle and culture. So, I want them to stay true their selves. They’re going to have fun here. Everybody is nice and they’re going to make new friends. It’s going to be a great experience and they won’t want to go back home. (laugh)

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Moonrise Kingdom Review

with Suzy, his pen pal, who recently found out her mother is having an affair with the island policeman. In addition to her mother’s affair, Suzy also discovers the book Dealing with Your Troubled Child on top of the fridge, which sends her packing and out into the meadow to meet up with Sam. The adults in the film, played by stars such as Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand, illustrate how parents and guardians can affect teenagers.

As a policeman, Willis not only strives for order on the island, but also looks to find security in the children’s lives. Contrarily, as ‘Social Services,’ Swinton shows little regard for the welfare of a mere orphan. Throughout the movie, Suzy uses her binoculars to see the world around her. She has much to learn about this narrow frame of reference, and at one point, she even tells Sam that she wishes she were an orphan.

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He kindly replies, “I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.” Even parents can be baffled by teenage mishaps. When Suzy leaves with Sam, her mother (McDormand) NEWSPAPER asks her father (Mur• APRIL2012 ray), “Does it concern you that your daughter has run away from home,” to which he replies, “Well

Mirror Entertainment Editor, Izzy Hirshberg, ‘15, poses with props from the movie Moonrise Kingdom on Prudence Island, Rhode Island. The police car seen above was driven by Bruce Willis throughout the film.

that’s a loaded question.” This traditional Wes Anderson humor is seen throughout the movie, and leaves room for great interpretation. Music is used as both an accompaniment and a storyteller in the film. “Cuckoo,” sung by the London Children’s Choir, echoes throughout Moonrise Kingdom, including the climactic final scene. The movie opens with Suzy and her brothers discussing Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34,” and Suzy continues to play records for Sam on their escapades. In Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson enforces the importance of friendship. When the world seems turned against everything for which you try, it is often your peers who understand your troubles. The beautiful cinematography only added to the touching storyline, making it a movie for people of all ages to enjoy. Make sure to watch the end credits, when Bernstein’s “Opera 34” is played again in full.

Superheroes Soar Above Competition: A Recap of the Best Movies from Summer 2012

By Leigh Steinberg, ‘14 While the summer produced a few blockbusters, chick flicks and comedies did not rule the box office. Some notable films included Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Campaign, The Bourne Legacy, Moonrise Kingdom and Men In Black III. However, four movies soared above the rest this summer, and ultimately superheroes stole the show. Ted provided more than a couple of laughs. Mark Wahlberg played John, a man whose childhood wish of his teddy bear coming to life came true. The result was the now raunchy and immature Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, who walks, talks, drives and drinks. Mila Kunis rounded out the main stars as John’s girlfriend, who wants Ted to move out. Ted concludes with a kidnapping, wild chase around Boston, a death, a rebirth, and a marriage and by far wins as the best com-

edy of the summer. On to the men in tights saving lives. The Amazing SpiderMan turns back the clock on Peter Parker’s story and begins fresh with a new, young cast headed by Andrew Garfield as Parker/ Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his first love, Gwen Stacy. The movie is fast paced and is packed with action scenes of Spider-Man vs. “The Lizard” (a.k.a Peter’s dad’s colleague, Dr. Connors) and, of course, teen romance. It follows Parker from his parent’s departure, to his transformation into Spider-Man, and finally his imminent victory over the city’s nemesis. The Avengers brings together six butt-kicking heroes to defeat Loki and his army. United by Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, the team includes Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and

last but not least Iron Man. Nicknamed the team of “Lost Creatures,” the pack comes together to save the world from evil. The pinnacle fight takes place in New York City and the Avengers come out on top. Finally, rising to the top of summer’s must-see-movie list is The Dark Knight Rises. The conclusion to the epic trilogy, Rises did not disappoint fans. Four years after Batman, played by Christian Bale, defeated The Joker, he faces a new villain, Bane, 6 and Gotham is once again under siege. Eight years after the city branded Batman as an enemy, he once again does not fail the people of Gotham and rescues them from Bane’s plans to destroy the city. Batman is lead into a trap by Selina, played by Anne Hathaway, and imprisoned but eventually escapes to save the city from Bane. The city goes through

a social revolution where Bruce Wayne, whose alter-ego is Batman, is presumed dead and Batman himself seems to lose his life defeating Bane and his allies. Batman is again a hero, but his true identity is never revealed to the citizens of Gotham. To conclude the film, the Bat-signal is refurbished, Blake, Batman’s ally and young detective and police officer, inherits the Batcave, and Bruce (Batman) and Selina are spotted together and happily alive in Florence. So, as the lights come up and the last bowls of popcorn are finished, we return to school. But no need to fret! While school work may fill the void left by the summer movies, we can only count down the days until we can relive the action on DVD. Our first superheroes return when The Avengers hits the shelves on September 25, 2012.

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Electro Summer Rachael Morris, ‘13, Reviews Three of the Hottest New Albums Fragrant World by Yeasayer Described as “demented R&B,” Yeasayer’s album released this summer is a rhythmic and jittery cup of coffee. Throwing in heavy dub beats, Fragrant World sounds as if it came straight out of a sci-fi movie. Chris Keating uses his vocals to add to the overall sound of the songs rather than using them as the main focus. Generally, his voice blends in as an echoey ghost-like sound layered on top of the other intricacies within the song. Although the band performs with conventional instruments, half of the sounds heard in the songs are unidentifiable. At points it is almost as if the music itself is melting. Fragrant World does not make a lot of sense, however that is not the ultimate goal of the band. Whether you want to figure it out or not, it does have its own unique catchiness. It provides transcendence to a new musical planet worth exploring. Key Tracks: “Longevity,” “Henrietta,” “Reagan’s Skeleton”

Gossamer by Passion Pit As a followup to their album, Manners, Passion Pit released its second studio album this summer. Gossamer is an upNEWSPAPER • APRIL2012 beat party of sparkly pop tones and sunshine choruses. Michael Angelakos, the lead singer of Passion Pit, has a voice that seems to hug its listeners while dragging them into the fast-paced rave that is Gossamer. As the album progresses, it morphs into a slightly stranger and darker world. There is a dream-like quality to the overall sound of Gossamer. Opening with the track, “Take a Walk,” Passion Pit instantly compels listeners to enter on what appears to be a catchy pop album. However, Gossamer transforms itself until its closing track, “Where we Belong,” where the record leaves its audience with a sense of wonder and sadness. Passion Pit’s album is a fast-paced

emotional roller coaster that lis- However, this is not what makes teners will only want more of. the record work so well. The album pulls from 80’s influences Key Tracks: and electronic grooves. It has the “Take a Walk,” “Carried Away,” instant gratification that a pop “Where We Belong” record gives, yet Hot Chip does not restrain from including its In Our Heads by Hot Chip usual strangeness. While “Don’t The sheer excitement I get Deny Your Heart” is an easy gofrom this record is enveloped in ing electronic track, “Night and the first track Day” verges “Motion Sickon Hot Chip’s ness.” What more eccentric starts out to side. Overall, be a foreign In our Heads is sounding good for every set of tones kind of listenbuilds into a er because it climactic and provides the wondrous engagement song. Hot of an interestChip’s album ing pop record In our Heads while also is a huge step challenging up from their listeners to unlast album derstand the (which was far from memorable). bizarreness of Hot Chip. Each song could fit into its own music Key Tracks: genre. Neverthe- “Motion Sickness,” “Flutes,” less, In Our Heads “Ends of the Earth” should be seen as one whole sound Album Artwork From: from beginning to Alex Taylor’s loads/2012/06/Yeasayer_FragrantWorld_ voice, despite be- deluxe-560x560.jpg pretty high for content/uploads/2012/06/hotchip_inoura male, is beauti- heads_stickered.jpeg ful to say the least.

Pop Culture Grid: faculty edition By Izzy Hirshberg, ‘15 If you could add any food to the cafeteria what would it be?

What was the strangest job you held before working at Penn Charter?

What was the best movie you saw in the past year?

What was your favorite band when you were in high school?

Dan Evans, College Counselor

Fish Tacos

The dishwasher at the Grand Pix truck stop

The Big Lebowski


Robert Gordon, Math


General manager at a car dealership

Midnight in Paris

The Rolling Stones

Working at an airport

Annie Hall

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Mill test clerk

The Intouchables

The Beatles

Last Train Home

Otis Redding

Name and Subject

Benjamin Dziedzic, English

Jean Taraborelli, Spanish Teacher Fred, English

More salad bar 7 options and spicy tofu Nothing

Pasta dish with sausage and chicken

Transporting sailboats from New England to the Virgin Islands


Summer Sports Crossword Challenge By Ani Schug, ‘13 The first person to return a correctly completed crossword to Ani Schug will receive a special baked-goods treat! The solution will appear on The Mirror website ( later this month. NEWSPAPER • APRIL2012


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September/October 2012  

Print edition of the September/October 2012 Mirror.