The Nevarmore, January 2012

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Table of Contents Page 1 First Semester at a Glimpse Angel Barth Page 2 Eustace Conway Editors Page 3 Holiday Hysteria Max Sminkey Page 3 Black Friday Taylor letts & Layla Tanik Page 4 Community Service Sarah Collins Page 5 Face-Off Kenda Reevis-Nixon & Ellie Nye Page 6 Ski Trip Eric Iseley Page 7 Editorial Pages 8 & 9 Cookie Cutter Women Caroline Scales & Kate Sweeney Page 10 Blood Drive Sarah Collins Page 11 Girl Talk Editors Page 12 ‘Croft Cuisine Brad Ehilegbu Page 12 Break Breakdown Justin Sampere Page 13 Parents getting Reckless Michael Fagan

Deseré (Conway’s Assistant), Eustace Conway and Steve McGill take the road less traveled to the Upper School after Conway’s presentation. Photo by Helen Velk

Eustace Conway Comes Out of His Turtle Island Preserve Shell to Speak to Students editorialteam Editors


emember when you were 5 and you suddenly realized that an egg would have become a cute little chick if not for that McDonald’s Egg McMuffin you just devoured? Well, Eustace Conway is on a mission to bridge the gap between the convenient world we live in and “reality.” English Instructor Steve McGill invited Conway to speak with Upper School students in response their request upon completion of his biography, The Last American Man, written by best-selling author, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love.) Conway created a nature preserve in the mountains of North

Carolina that is operated as a selfsufficient educational center. It is all about getting down to life’s bare necessities. Conway’s idea of bare necessities is a way of life that most people cannot even imagine. For example, on Turtle Island Preserve, there is seldom running water, electricity, or heat. The food consumed doesn’t come from Harris Teeter. The temporary residents are responsible for growing or killing their own food in order to gain a better understanding of the true essentials of life. Although some members of the audience seemed skeptical as began his presentation, his quiet, sincere demeanor captivated the entire auditorium. Our technologically advanced society may be an advantage to most, but Conway sees

life quite differently. He believes in the bravery to defy conformity and encourages you to seek out your passions as a means to self-discovery. Conway refers to the conventional modern society as a series of boxes. He believes that we rarely leave the comfort of boxes; whether “box” refers to our homes, computers or offices. Along with founding the preserve, Conway had many other adventures. According to the Turtle Island Preserve website: Eustace is a veteran of an active life following the motto of “just do it!” Eustace camped alone for a week in the mountains at age twelve, living off the land and loving it! At age seventeen, he moved outside to live in an Indian tipi, which was his only home for 17 winters. For years

he wore only homemade buckskin clothes and made and gathered his implements. At age eighteen he canoed 1,000 miles on the Mississippi River. Then he walked across America on the Appalachian Trail, completing the 2,000 mile journey. He kayaked the entire southern coast of Alaska amongst icebergs and whales. He has backpacked over 5,000 miles of breathtaking wilderness trails in North America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe...from sandy deserts to lush jungles. He has lived with many different Indian tribes celebrating their cultures with them. He has served as federal interpreter at Chaco Canyon National Park in New Mexico and as state naturalist at Crowders Mountain Park in North Carolina.

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Halt the Holiday Hysteria! How much farther will commercialization go?

how you celebrate them, should be a time for families and friends to come together and spend time with each STAFF WRITER other watching football, eating tasty very year, it seems like holiday dinners, and frolicking out in Christmas comes sooner and sooner. the snow. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas The pressure of today’s and the holidays, the cold weather, world has made it harder to enjoy Christmas trees and music, but Christmas. Corporations spend businesses keep trying to push harder billions advertising each year and harder for you to spend, spend, targeting consumers, telling them that spend. It is the “season of giving” they must buy their products, either after all. The holidays, regardless of because of good deals, or to make sure that the gifts they give to their friends are expensive enough. In 2010 alone, U.S. advertising spending was $232 billion. This advertising campaign begins as early as October, and culminates on one the biggest shopping days of the year Black Friday. In 2010, U.S. consumers Isaac Choi, 16, waits in line to purchase two spent $45 billion on televisions and two Blu-Ray players Black Friday weekend shortly after midnight at a alone, and this year, Best Buy in Raleigh, North Carolina, that number was up to $52.4 billion, a record on Black Friday, November 25, 2011.

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breaking amount. With 226 million consumers visiting retail stores and malls, the average person spent nearly $400 dollars in those few days. A recent petition clearly outlined thousands of consumers who disagreed with the greed of corporations around the holiday shopping season. Over 200,000 people signed a protest against Target for deciding to open its stores for Black Friday deals on the midnight after Thanksgiving, saying that latenight workers would be forced to sleep during the day to prepare for their shifts, taking away from the time they would spend with families. Despite the concerns, Target decided to open at midnight. Not to mention the horror stories of workers, women, and children being stampeded as stores open makes Black Friday that much more despicable. As people stomp down doors, fight over televisions, and scream to get the best deal, the day is reminiscent of Lord of the Flies. Some people completely throw out all sense of respect while out in public, which is not only rude, but in some cases, dangerous. At a Los Angeles Walmart, 20 people were injured when a woman used

Target has been under scrutiny recently because of its Black Friday hours. (Image Source: Jay Reed, Flickr) pepperspray while shopping, in order to gain an advantage in buying discounted electronics. Another incident occurred at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville; multiple shots were fired as two suspects ran through the mall, seeking Black Friday deals. Along with the chaotic Black Friday itself, holiday shopping can take a psychological toll. According to the American Psychological Association, 76% of Americans report that money is a major part of stress throughout the year. Couple this stress with the obligation to buy gifts, set up decorations, and cook the perfect Christmas dinner, and the holiday season becomes a pressure

cooker of anxiety. Another 70% of Americans admit that they would prefer less giving and spending during the holiday season, according to a survey released by the Center for a New American Dream. The holidays also produce massive amounts of waste, both among consumers and businesses. Americans purchase 2.65 billion Christmas cards per year, which, if stacked, would fill a football field 10 stories high. Half of all the paper the U.S. consumes is used to wrap or decorate consumer products, with 4 million tons of trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags annually.

Black Friday Frantics: The Cost of Saving Taylor Letts & LaylaTanik



he term Black Friday first originated in 1966 from the Philadelphia Police Department. The officers hated the Friday after Thanksgiving because of the masses of crowds in the streets due to all the shoppers trying to take advantage of the first holiday sales. On November 25th, crazed shoppers stormed the stores searching for the best deals they could find on gifts for the holiday season. Every year there have been issues with the crowds of people turning violent and causing injury and sometimes even death. For example, in 2008, on Black Friday, a Walmart worker was trampled to death by a crowd of angry shoppers who had broken the hinges of the doors early. The pressure and want to find good deals on expensive items such as laptops and video games causes the crowds act wild. “I went to Best Buy. There were people set up with tents and News 14 was there. The line was wrapped around the building so we just left,” said Justin Sampere, ‘13. People woke up in the wee hours of the night to set up camp outside of many department stores. Much of the motivation behind the Black Friday madness is getting the best deals on gifts for the upcoming holidays. Parents want to be able to provide for their children but the gifts that are advertised are often expensive, making Black Friday a prime shopping time for adults looking to save on quality items. Some of the most brutal incidents include a gun fight between two men in Toys-R-Us. Two women got in a confrontation and their companions proceeded to pull out hand guns in the middle of the crowd. Another shocking incident was when an elderly lady was tossed to the ground by the raging crowd and was stepped on numerous times before she was helped up. “I didn’t go Black Friday shopping after hearing about what happened at Walmart last year,” Ann Barnett, ‘12, said.

Busy Shopping Weeks

A mother and her two sons were the first in line at Best Buy in South Carolina Thursday, November 24, 2011. Hundreds lined up at stores throughout the Midlands on Thanksgiving Day. The family spent the night at Best Buy to get a deal on a television. (Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT)

The Nevermore Asks... Would you ever go Black Friday shopping? “No, I would never get up that early to go stand in a line for that long.” - Josh McCoy ‘14

What do you think of the people that get in fights during Black Friday shopping? “They’re mostly nuts!” - Logan Greer ‘13.




Key Club Community Service February

Sat., Feb. 4: Video Game Tournament - proceeds go to Boys and Girls Home of NC. Games are coordinated by Arash Kasebi. Food is provided by Molly Hull.

March Sat., March 4: Warmth for Wake - See Bryant Dowd and Thomas Sigmon. Sat., March 10: UNC-TV from 2-8 PM - See Mariel Ziperski.

Wed., Feb. 8-14: Valentine Candy Grams for Cystic Fibrosis! See Lydia Jobe.

Fri. March 23-25: District Convention at RTP

Sat., Feb. 11: Warmth for Wake - See Bryant Dowd and Thomas Sigmon. Feb. 23-25: State Basketball Tournament - Spirit Sales. See Eryn Murphy. Sat., Feb. 25: Bowl for Kids Sake for Raleigh Big Brother/Big Sister. See Jordan Jeter.


Sat., March 24: Warmth for Wake - See Bryant Dowd and Thomas Sigmon. Sat., March 31: St. Baldricks - Join the Saints and Scholars team by cutting, shaving, or volunteering. See Perry Dubow.

Ice Skating for March of Dimes

On January 21st, 2012, Key Club held an ice skating fundraising event at the Iceplex to raise money to benefit the March of Dimes. March of Dimes educate future and expecting mothers about how to carry and raise a healthy child. The event raised $241 for March of Dimes.

Audrey Hammerstein, ‘14, Jessie Lutz, ‘14, and Elise Thrash smile for the camera. Photos provided by Elise Thrash

Above: Ravens on ice pose for a picture. Left: Ravens get by with a little help from their friends. Right: Will Barefoot contemplates his next move while he chills on the ice.





Valentine’s Day Face-Off :

Happiness or Heartache?

Have A Heart! eLLIE nye STAFF WRITER


ove is the only shocking act left on the planet.” These words were spoken by Ashton Kutcher in last year’s film Valentine’s Day. True, he may play the broken- hearted Walden Schmidt in Two and a Half Men, but if you ask me, Ashton is absolutely correct! Valentine’s Day is sweet and romantic; don’t be led astray by any cynical claims that it has no value! To effectively support my opinion, we have to go back to around 262 A.D. St. Valentine, the namesake of Valentine’s Day, was marrying Christian couples who were in love but could not legally wed due to the rules set by Claudius II in Rome. After St. Valentine’s death, an annual feast in his honor was celebrated on the 14th of February. A Saint who died in the name of faith and love- have a heart! Most people who dislike Valentine’s Day say that a day celebrating love is overrated and ‘corny’, with the cards and heart- shaped balloons adding to the idiocy. I decided to challenge that cynicism, and found some Ellie Nye, ‘14, is a true believer in crushing facts (love hurts) to back my opinion! Apparlove and Valentines Day. ently, over half the world’s population fall in love each Photo by Ellie Nye year! Ten percent of all marriage proposals occur on Valentine’s Day, and 2.2 million weddings take place annually. The United States is joined by six countries in annually celebrating Valentine’s Day, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Mexico, Belgium, and Australia. Need I say more? My counterpart also seems to believe that Valentine’s Day mocks the true meaning of love because of all the money that “must” be spent to prove your feelings are legitimate. When she does advertise this idea, my opponent herself is mocking the true meaning of love! While they may be popular, Valentine’s Day does not require chocolate and red roses to be appreciated. There is one valid point to be considered: Valentine’s Day is not so “enjoyable” for the single. But look at it this way; it’s a good excuse to spoon a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! I realize that’s a pretty weak consolation (with weighty consequences-- ha ha), but nobody should hate Valentine’s Day just because they’re not currently in a relationship. To back this statement (and there has to be a quote that doesn’t originate from a sappy chick-flick), as Lord Byron said, “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Caitlin Given, ‘14, supports Valentine’s Day, saying, “You don’t need a significant other to celebrate the day of love…why can’t you celebrate love with your friends and family?” This holiday revolves around people’s attitudes’; when you’re single, it’s either depressing or entertaining, when you’re dating it’s either romantic or a complete burden. Also, for those who detest Valentine’s Day because they are currently “on the market”, statistics almost guarantees that at some point in their lives they will be involved in a romantic relationship, (possibly) making Valentine’s Day’s their new favorite holiday! For starters, let’s hit close to home. At Ravenscroft, “candy-grams” are sold in Rhonda’s Cafe annually and have had an enormous success rate. Furthermore, these bags of candy are sold not just for those buying for their “significant others”, but friends can buy for their peers as a joke, which helps to prove that Valentine’s Day does not exclusively revolve around a person’s love life. So, is Valentine’s Day really pointless? As you have (hopefully) realized by now, I don’t think that is true. My opponent seems to believe that this holiday is one above the truly pointless April fool’s Day, but is that really fair judgment? Is Valentine’s Day worse than Groundhog’s Day—the day that a mute rodent makes a supposed weather prediction? In my opinion, I would rather dedicate twenty-four hours to something slightly more meaningful.

Valentines Day: It’s all a SHAM!

Kenda Revis-Nixon, ‘14, is skeptical about the whole “love” part of this commercialized “holiday.”

The ‘Lovers’



alentine’s Day. Some may see it as a day where couples can express their feelings. But personally, I believe it to be an overrated, consumerist holiday that makes single people cry alone in their bedrooms while shoveling down ice cream. I may be single, but I’m not that bitter. I understand that most boyfriends/girlfriends view Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show their true love how they feel. But shouldn’t couples show their love for their significant other every day? If you’re that smitten then you should be buying flowers, chocolates, and cheesy ‘I love you’ cards whenever you can. Last Valentine’s Day was not particularly exciting for me. Chillin’ in my room watching Disney Channel wasn’t exactly my idea of a romantic date. Ironically, this holiday also ruins people’s self-esteem. What better way to crush single people’s spirits than to see happy couples roaming around town, happily in love? Not to mention the increase of suicide rates around this holiday. No one needs a boyfriend/girlfriend to feel happy and to be successful. I’m single and I’m doing just fine! Right? Unlike my opponent, I am not a hopeless, over-dramatic romantic, who avoids reality. Valentine’s Day tries to display that love depends on how much you buy, or what type of presents you can get for your partner. However, that is totally false. Love is immeasurable, and Valentine’s Day goes completely against that. Instead, it derides the true meaning of love in every way possible. I am not saying that love in general is overrated, but Valentine’s Day certainly is.

Chris Antonello, class of 2014, shares a similar opinion to my own: “The holiday used to be a celebration for Saint Valentine, now, it has been commercialized and is just ridicoulous.”

1.) Sophia Giovanazzo- (‘14) thinks that Valentine’s Day is sweet, and enjoys the festivities. 2.) Wes Stroud (‘15) says that he likes Valentine’s Day because, “...onetime I got chocalate from someone and I really like chocalate.” 3.) Logan Greer (‘13) showed complete support for Valentine’s Day, explaining that he like to see how many presents he can stuff into his girlfriend’s locker!

Juanita Perdomo ‘14, is not afraid to speak the truth, stating that: “Valentine’s Day was only fun in elementary school”

4.) Beau Scheier (‘13) responded, ““The best way to a woman’s heart is through the tebaribases.” I consider that to be a yes... I think...

6.) Arash Kasebi (‘13) also gave us a supportive quote, “Every holiday is overrated. Every valentine’s day I buy my mom chocolate and give her a big kiss. That’s not overrated. That’s just traditional.”

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The ‘Haters’

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5.) Austin Morin (,15) admitted that his enjoyment of Valentine’s Day stemmed from his true love... of candy!

Photo by Ellie Nye

Happy Medium: "Valentine's Day is fun as long as you have a girlfriend."

- Josh McCoy, ‘14

Eryn Murphy, class of 2014,says that, “I really don’t like Valentines Day because it makes me feel more single than I already am.”





Breaking a Tradition: Annual Ski Trip Cancelled




he Ravenscroft mission statement: “The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.” Yet we can’t be trusted to go on a three day ski tip. How can a person thrive without the opportunity to fail? Ravenscroft School has taken a bus up to Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for many years. It has been a tradition that every Martin

Luther King Weekend a group of students and faculty travel up to the mountain for a weekend of skiing. The Ravenscroft Ski trip has been enjoyed by students and faculty for over a decade. It has helped to build closer relationships between students and faculty that would otherwise never have occurred. Another benefit has been the friendships students have formed outside of their classes. I, myself, went on the ski trip my freshman, sophomore, and junior years. In fact, one of my college recommendation letters came from the teacher who stayed in my condo junior year. This trip has made a difference in the lives of both students and faculty.

Eric Iseley, ‘12, Tyson Presnel, ‘10, Ryan Lanier, ‘12, Carole Verdru, ‘12, Grace Fuscoe, ‘12, John Willaur, ‘13, Eliza Kramer, ‘12, Laura Beacham, ‘12, Ann Barnett, ‘12, and Corinne May, ‘12 Photo provided by Eric Iseley

Hot tub after the polar bear run Ravenscroft Ski Trip 2011 at Snowshoe Mountain Photo provided by Eric Iseley

We all know what happened last year. A few students made the mistake of breaking the rules. Those students violated the trust they were given, but only they made that mistake. The rest of the students are being punished for those actions. The students who followed the rules and earned that trust, not just last year, but year after year on this trip. In addition to building closer

relationships, it has served as a leadership opportunity for students. It is rare for a student to have the chance to be able to lead their peers, and it builds character. It gives upperclassmen the opportunity to take on the role of the adults they are growing into. In the eyes of the administration, apparently last year was not a mistake, but rather

an indication of the behavior of Ravenscroft students as a whole. Students are held to the rules found within the student handbook, and while there are a few mistakes and misunderstandings along the way, Ravenscroft students as a whole are very good at staying within the rules. A fact you wouldn’t know by looking at this decision.

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Upper School Guidance Counselor Dr. Susan Perry shows students an image that represents relaxation. Photo by Justin Sampere

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et’s face it. Every student enrolled at the ‘Croft needs a break. The amount of homework that students have to do here is just crazy. Most students say that they have at least 2.5 to 3 hours a night. And, on top of that most are doing extracurricular activities and/or working. So, a good solid break is crucial. Many students believe that they were robbed of a few days this year during holiday break. This is all due to the scheduling difficulties based on the overall academic calendar. Exams generally begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. This year, exams began on a Thursday and ended on the following Wednesday. Bill Pruden, Head of Upper School, says that the faculty does the best they can in scheduling exams within the perameters set by what day of the week the Holidays fall on. He went on to explain that making a shorter break for students would also shorten their own break. They are doing their best to make it fair for their hard-working students. Upper School Guidance Counselor Dr. Susan Perry believes that “Balance is key. We are not sharks; they can go 24/7. As students, you invest enormously in school. Break allows you to tend to other aspects of your identity.” In other words, by the end of exams, students really need the break because their brains have pretty much turned to mush. “We need a break so that we can spend time with our family and friends, and not have to deal with the stresses of school,” says Catherine Green, ‘12. The holiday break gives us time to recharge our overworked brains and relax a little. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and chill with friends. Basically, we should get a longer break to be able to hang with family and friends. This way, we will be ready for the new year of school.





Enjoy the Journey: A s a tee n a ger,


becomes a multiple choice test: a) get good grades b) sleep c) have a social life Although it might not feel like it, the choice is yours.

Resist the urge to do everything now and enjoy where you are today


he 21st century teenage life parallels that of a 16th century one. Both face a future that has already been laid out for them by those who “know best.” Instead of devoting our lives to marriage at the age of fourteen, we are betrothed to the pursuit of the perfect Ivy League resumé. A study currently posted on, titled “Confronting Teen Stress, Meeting the Challenge in Baltimore City,” showed that school work was a stressor for 68% of teens, and a top stressor along with “parents’ problems” and “problems with friends.” 10% of teens suffer from an anxiety disorder as well. By putting this amount of stress on our bodies, we are racing towards the next illness. The American Medical Association reports that stress is responsible for 60% of all human diseases. Also, it is the number one proxy killer disease, meaning it is the number one silent killer. Not only are we racing through life to the finish line (death), but we are pushing ourselves into an unhealthy lifestyle along the way. No matter the hours spent slaving for perfection

or money squandered on books, tutors, or extracurricular resumé building activities, there is no guarantee of acceptance into your reach school. If you lack the natural ability, no amount of resources can formulate the skills needed to buy your way into X, Y, Z University. After high school comes college and after college, the “real world.” We are all racing towards the end. Instead of enjoying our current position in life, we are striving to become the person we are going to become years too early. Instead of taking a stressful college-level class in high school, we should only challenge ourselves in subjects that we truly enjoy. The subjects that we don’t care about are just fillers that block us from showing our true potential.

Birth. Death.

Why rush through the in-between? Where are we dying to go? We should do our best to prepare for an uncertain future, while still enjoying today.

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epression and anxiety prominent in teens are more common than one might think. Five to eight times more of teenagers are diagnosed with depression or anxiety than those fifty to seventy years ago. Jean Twenge at San Diego State University conducted a study based on data from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), which collected data from a teen questionnaire that began in 1938. This study has shown that depression and anxiety has dramatically increased in teenagers over the past three to four decades. Dr. Susan Perry, Upper School Guidance Counselor, says that there are three causes of depression, “physiological, environmental, and spiritual.” Depression can actually be genetically passed on. One anonymous student said, “My mother has depression and anxiety, and I now both of them. I think mine are caused from many things, yet genetics is definitely a main reason.” Perry continued, “when in look of spiritual guidance, depression occurs when they don’t find it.” In teens, though, depression can take on many forms. Perry says there are “five different types” of depression. With depression comes “intense feelings of sadness,” generally associated with a loss or longing. The anonymous student continues, “I feel like, due to recent family problems, that I’m alone and I just miss someone who’d be there for me.” Perry adds, “That’s the essence of human nature we are not made to be in isolation.” “And the worst part,” the student added, “is that no one noticed. No one noticed until I brought it up with my mom. It’s so much better when people you care about are looking over you.”

Sixteen-year-old Diana Dinh designed the T-shirt she is wearing for To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention and helping those who suffer from depression and addiction. (Laura A. Oda/Contra Costa Times/MCT)

Symptoms of Depression -Sadness or hopelessness -Irritability, anger, or hostility -Fearfulness or frequent crying -Withdrawal from friends and family -Loss of interest in activities -Changes in eating and sleeping habits -Restlessness and agitation

his disease is probably the most well known eating disorder and is characterized as an unhealthy obsession with restricting calories, excessively exercising, or both in the hopes to lose weight. Most anorexic people eat under 1,000 calories a day as opposed to the recommended 2,000. Some go days without eating or doing countless hours of exercise on an empty stomach. Anorexia is also the mental illness with the highest rate of mortality, killing around 20% of those affected.

What you can do to help: Talk to them about it and offer your support Don’t try to force them to eat - it will only make him or her angry Listen and offer support Talk to the person, not the disease


ating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified includes: People who behave as anorexics but are not underweight People with orthorexia, or an obsession with healthy and “clean” eating People who behave like bulimics but do not purge often enough to meet the diagnostic criteria Any other eating disorder that cannot be put into another category

Some side effects of EDNOS are: Same as those listed for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder

What you can do to help:

-Lack of enthusiasm and motivation


-Thoughts of death or suicide

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-Feelings of worthlessness and guilt

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ost people with an eating disorder do not seek treatment as it is extremely expensive, ranging from $500 to $2,800 a day. Many that go through treatment relapse within a year. It takes friends, family, and usually extensive psychological counseling for someone to recover and it is not like recovering from an illness. The eating disorder battle often lasts a lifetime.

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his is a disease characterized by binge eating, or eating massive quantities of food in secret, followed by an attempt to compensate for the binge by vomiting to avoid weight gain. Many bulimics have been through some sort of emotional trauma and use food as comfort. They may hoard food and eat in secret until they are uncomfortably full, followed by an overwhelming feeling of guilt and self-hatred. People with bulimia usually engage in self-induced vomiting and the abuse of laxatives. Some bulimics may fast or over-exercise after a binge instead.

Side effects:

Heart attacks Unbalanced electrolytes Ruptured esophagus Ruptured stomach Organ failure Yellow teeth Bad breath Insomnia Weak muscles Hair loss Digestive problems

What you can do to help:

Offer help in any way you can All you can do is offer to listen until he or she is ready to recover If he or she is experiencing scary side effects, you should alert his or her parents immediately

Binge Eating Disorder This disorder is characterized by eating massive quantities of food at a time in secret without attempts to compensate. It is probably the most common eating disorder but also not very well known. It has only recently been recognized as an official psychological disorder. Binges are often followed by a feeling of guilt and self loathing.

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Talk to him or her about it if he or she is willing and listen. Offer your support, but don’t act disgusted or make a big deal if this person’s eating habits seem abnormal. Understand that he or she is suffering from a real mental disease and offer to help in any way you can.

What About Guys? T

hroughout the years, men have also felt an increasing pressure to change their bodies. This is a problem because: Big, muscular guys appear on television and in the media and teenage males especially are pressured to look like them. Celebrities such as Taylor Lautner, Zac Efron, and Ryan Gosling portray unrealistic bodies and a ridiculous standard of attractiveness. “Getting big” at the gym isn’t as important as being healthy. Being confident and comfortable in your own skin is much more attractive to most women than having body builder sized biceps.

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Real Life Barbie Doll Caroline Scales E


very day, teenage girls see 400 advertisements telling them how they should look: small waists, big hips, and big breasts. Fifeteen new studies have linked the media portrayal of women to negative healths, behaviors, and lifestyles of teens. A 2001 study led by Danice K Eaton. Ph.D. of the Centers for Disease Control, interviewed 13,601 students that were in grades nine through twelve. She found that suicidal thoughts and attempts are significantly higher in teens that believe they are too fat or too thin based on “the perfect woman” in the TV shows they see every day. Also, around nineteen percent of the students have seriously considered suicide, and nine percent have actually attempted suicide, according to Dr. Eaton’s study.

Sixty-five percent of the students, medically, were in the “normal” weight range, while only fifty four percent believed they were “normal”. Dr. Susan Perry, Upper School Guidance Counselor, says that there is “no question” that advertisements have affects on teenagers. Perry believes that ads “could be a part” of eating disorders. “I don’t think it helps. The bigger issue is that it’s a very dehumanizing process for both men an women. It is suggesting that parts of humans are desirable and others are not,” added Perry. From the the age of three, girls are taught how to look through the image of Barbra Millicent Roberts. That’s right: Barbie. Little girls carry around, dress up, and send her on all sorts of wild vacations, with the thought that one day she will look exactly like Barbie. Yet, if Barbie was real, maybe every little girl would think twice about

being like her. She would be 7’2”, at 101 pounds with a BMI of 16.24. With that height and weight ratio, she would be considered anorexic. She would also most likely not menstruate with that ratio. Her measurements would be way out of proportion: 39” bust, 18” waist, 33” hips, with only a size 3 shoe. Due to her proportions, she would be forced to walk on all fours if she was a real woman. In 1964, Mattel released the “Sleepover Party Barbie” complete with a scale permanently set at 110 pounds, and a book entitled “How to Loose Weight”. In opening the book, the only words read, “don’t eat.” An estimated eight million Americans have an eating disorder, around seven million women and one million men. The culture in America is that skinny is beautiful, and while it is not the sole component of an eating disorder, it is a major cause.

Ideal Women in Literature Caroline Scales D


isney is famous for its lovely princesses falling head over heels in love instantaneously. Prince Charming meets Cinderella at the ball, Prince Eric is dazzled by the poor, voiceless, abandoned Ariel. Every one of these stories has a common denominator: the prince loves the damsel because of her looks. Throughout history, the hero has fallen for a breathtakingly gorgeous girl, leaving the question that maybe there is a standard for women who want to be saved. Steven McGill, Upper School English Instructor, says there is. “Definite character traits,” appear throughout literature in a damsel in distress,” McGill says. “They have uber-loyalty and faithfulness. Physically, they’re uber-pretty and forever young. An example would be Penelope [from Homer’s Odyssey]. Her husband’s gone for twenty years, and he expects her to be faithful when he sleeps around.” Yet, for the “evil” women, McGill says that their standard varies. The “nagging wife image” is present in American literature. “For example, Huck Finn has Miss Watson.” This contrasts to Lady Macbeth, an English character, the “very male-like, gluttony for power” woman. The beauty of the girl causing the hero to fall in love is very common. McGill says it’s “part of the Romantic ideal. For example, Romeo. He falls in love with Rosaline because of her looks and with Juliet because of hers. You don’t see them [the men] say, ‘what a beautiful person’ in literature or in life.” A ray of light shone through, though, when women started publishing their works. The female character became a “more fully developed person,” according to McGill. “The only male author who is an exception is Hawthorne. His female character is heroic. She’s a fully developed person, not just a

Hester Prynne & Pearl before the stocks Photo credit: The Scarlet Letter - edition: James R. Osgood & Co. pretty woman.” “American literature,” McGill says, “is mostly caricatures. American thinking is less complex, more black and white: good and bad.” In French literature, for example, “Victor Hugo creates complex people. But, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, she’s a former pretty girl who becomes a pretty woman who can’t think for herself.”





Key Club Blood Drive Red Cross Blood Drive held on January 24, 2012 yeilded 66 units of blood.

Eliza Kramer, ‘12, and Corinne May, ‘12, pass out name tags to donors.

EliseThrash is happy to donate blood.

Rachel Landers, ‘12, and Grace Fuscoe, ‘12, hydrate before giving blood. Josh Sliver, ‘12, enthusiastically embarks on the mission save a life. Photos provided by Elise Thrash

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GIRL TALK : FASHION EDITION Sarah Collins, Katherine Finney, & Caroline Scales


From the runway to Ravenscroft, fashion brands are everything. While girls may keep up with the latest trends, boys are often left Clueless. We wanted to test the fashion status of the male population on campus. What does this do?

What is a maxi-dress?

What is a fishtail braid?

“A dress that maxxinistas buy from T.J. Maxx.” - Garrett Bird, ‘12 “Summer flowing dress that you dance in the rain with.” - Mike Fagan, ‘15

“Wine bottle opener” - Josh McCoy, ‘14 “Eyelash curler. I used to play with my mom’s when I was little.” - Rashaad Ratliff, ‘13

Can you name a current Covergirl model?

What is a tankini? “A middle-aged woman’s version of a bathing suit intended to cover their love handles.” - Garrett Bird, ‘12

What is houndstooth?

“It’s straighat and then it has a little triangle at the end.” - Michael McNamera, ‘12

What is a kitten heel?

“Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, and any America’s Next Top Model” - Garrett Bird, ‘12

“Tar Heels’ feline mascot” - Garrett Bird, ‘12

“A heel made of kitten fur” - Mike Fagan, ‘14

What is a bandeau?

What is a CHI? “Like a big bucktooth?” - Justin Sampere, ‘13

What is a hobo?

“A hairtie that makes you look promiscuous.” - Justin Fleury, ‘13

Photo courtesy of the Public Domain

“The thing that cleans your butt!” - Justin Fleury, ‘13 “Wasn’t he a general in the American Revolution? ... Oh, wait. That’s Roshambeau.” - Garrett Bird, ‘12

What does D&G stand for?

“Find inner peace.” - Josh McCoy, ‘14

“Duchee and Gabana” - Charlie Hirsch and Max Dearinger, ‘12

“If a girl looks good, you say she’s ‘chi’.” - Charlie Hirsch and Max Dearinger, ‘12

“David and Garfunkle” - Josh McCoy, ‘14

“Ch-ch-ch-chia!” - Mike Fagan, ‘14





Cuisine Around the ‘Croft Where are your favorite places to eat around school?

brad ehilegbu STAFF WRITER


ou have many choices when your taste buds are tingling for some good food right around noon each day. There are so many delicious restaurants to choose from right around the ‘Croft, but sometimes you just don’t have enough time or cash to pick the best one. Your choice of restaurant really depends on the time of day but more importantly it depends on your taste buds. In the morning, we all know that it is extremely frowned upon to have something like a cheeseburger or a steak so that narrows down the options of where and what to eat. There are still a range of options to select from.

Some of those options for breakfast include: Bojangles, ChickFil-A, McDonald’s, etc. There are some other good restaurants like IHOP and Denny’s but most people just don’t have the time to eat there before they go to school unless they wake up really early, but is it worth it? Probably not. If your breakfast finishes digesting and your stomach starts growling, it is probably getting close to lunch time. As most of you may know, seniors are allowed to go off campus for lunch but time is very limited. So, they don’t really have time to go sit-down at places like Golden Corral or places that are far away like Kanki. Although some students call ahead to restaurants like Hibachi so that their food is ready when they arrive. Some of the prime places to eat lunch are Cookout, Zaxby’s, Wen-

dy’s, Subway, Bojangles’, Chick-FilA, Moe’s and my favorite of them all--McDonald’s. I go way too hard when it comes to memorizing the menu at McDonald’s. I’ve been to McDonald’s at least 500 times, but I mean, who’s counting? Among the senior class, Cookout seems to be the most popular choice of fast food for lunch. If you haven’t had Cookout, then you haven’t lived. Their meals are addictive and probably not good for your health, but the taste is definitely worth it. Lets say your lunch didn’t quite satisfy you, and you are still craving some more food. Some good dinner options are Applebee’s, Chili’s, Kanki, Macaroni Grill, Winston’s Grille, Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Outback, and if you are craving some good meat then you could even try the Angus Barn.

The Breakfast Club Sandwich, contains, bacon, eggs, spicy mayo, tomatoes and avocados. Perfect for a midnight snack on New Year's Eve, or breakfast the next morning. MCT Campus

The Nevarmore asks...

Whats your favorite off-campus lunch spot? “Whole Foods because the dimes shop there.” - Josh McCoy, ‘14

“McDonalds because it’s the best bang for your buck.” - Tim Hutter, ‘14 “Olive Garden becuase you get endless breadsticks.”

“California Pizza Kitchen because they have the best BBQ chicken salad.”

- Justin Fleury, ‘13, and Juanita Perdomo, ‘14

“Cookout because it’s good food.”

- Matt Mc Dowell, - Jamie Herakovich, ‘14 ‘12 Photos by Brad Ehilegbu and LifeTouch





Parents Getting Reckless MICHAEL FAGAN

The Nevarmore Asks... Ever witness misbehaving parents?



arents gone wild! Not something you hear every day but you might run into it at a Little League sporting event. When you listen to a Hall of Fame speech, the player thanks his parents for raising him, but he thanks his coaches for making him the player he is. This is how a sport is truly defined: having skill and being competitive. It is also about having fun. Most athletes only play in high school, a select few make it to the college level, and even fewer go pro. According to the NCAA, only 2 percent of high school athletes, roughly 130,000, get a full or partial scholarship to college. Even though parents know that it is highly unlikely that their child will go big time, there are still those parents who push their kids beyond the boundary. You’ve seen them in the stands. The ones who yell at the coach if their kid is taken out for one second, for a break that their child needs. Or the ones that yell at the referee, even when it’s a blatantly obvious call that goes against their son or daughter. Some parents even attend every one of their son or daughter’s practices and watch every second of them. Then, afterwards, you see kids talking to their parents while you’re leaving, and their parents hold them back to do “extra” practice. Let’s be real, they just didn’t like the way the coach taught it. When is enough, enough? Parents need to realize it’s not about them. They had their time to shine. Let your kids have theirs. When you’re at a game and your wife or husband won’t even sit next to you because you are trying to scream at the coaches or the referee, or trying to coach your kid, you need to calm down. It’s obnoxious when parents do that, and it makes others’ experiences, who are just trying to watch the game, terrible. Late one July afternoon, in 2000, two dads took it too far. Thomas Junta and Michael Costin got in an argument at their sons’ hockey practice due to rough play. Insults turned into fists, and a brawl broke out that left Costin dead. This is just one example of extreme parents getting out of hand. On Monday, September 26th, Ravenscroft had Dr. Dale, a Professor of Sport Psychology and Sport Ethics at Duke University, talk to the parents of varsity athletes about this issue. He addressed the problems with parents being too aggressive at their child’s sporting event. He talked to them about not being the coach but the fan. He also talked to the parents about letting the referees call the game. Hopefully, they got the message.

A Bit of Humor?

“Parents have been known to throw a healthy combination of clothes, money, and flowers onto the stage at Tebaribases concerts.”

Beau Scheier, ‘13

“One time I saw a parent of a kid that was playing soccer, and he was telling his kid to head the ball and stood up to do a header in midair. He was sitting alone in the stands and had no friends. He went way too hard.”

“I saw one parent get kicked out of rec basketball for throwing an ice pack at a teenage referee.” Garrett Bird, ‘12

Zack Hofstadter, ‘15 Photo by Lifetouch

Photo by Lifetouch

“One time I was playing tennis when another girl’s mom was yelling at her and trying to tell her what to do. After I beat her in the second set, she said she didn’t want to play anymore, and her mom took her off the court leaving everything on the court and sped away.” Layla Tanik, ‘13

“One time my grandma got in a verbal fight with the other team’s mom at a lax game.” Austin Morin, ‘15

Photo by Lifetouch

Photo by Lifetouch




Nevarmore Taisha Murphy, ‘15

Erin Kelly, ‘15

Elle Stumpo, ‘13

Photos by Dr. Watters

Lady Ravens’ Rocky Road alexus baldwin STAFF WRITER


he Ravens Girls Varsity Basketball team is off to a great start with three wins against Greenfield, St. David’s, and Wesleyan with final scores of 47-21, 56-45, and 52-48, respectively. But soon after, the team met its first real challenge from Riverside and Providence Day. The team shrunk from eleven to eight players because of injuries and lack of commitment to the team leaving the remaining players with the challenge of physically competing with teams twice as big. Head Coach Shon Hardy of the Varsity Girls Basketball team believes the team’s strengths lie in the “great team speed, and as a whole, good shooting.” The first week of December the Girls and Boys basketball teams had a semi-tournament with teams from Charlotte. Girls took an “L” the first game against Providence Day with a score of 65-38. Their biggest

scorers were Elle Stumpo, ‘13, Taisha Murphy, ‘15, and Erin Kelly, ’15; Stumpo with 14 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 steals; Murphy with 11 points and 7 steals; and Kelly with 6 points. Coach Hardy felt that even though they didn’t get a win they played a competitive game, played hard, and didn’t back down. The defeat didn’t stop them from getting the win over Charlotte Latin the next day winning by one point 6564. The biggest contributors were Stumpo with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals; Murphy with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals; and Kelly with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Returning player Stumpo put in work for Saturday’s game, according to Coach Hardy. “I believe our strongest players are Erin Kelly, a great shooter and scorer, Elle Stumpo, developing into a ‘stat stuffer,’ and Taisha Murphy, a strong physical player with good tenacity,” said Coach Hardy. He went on to say that returning player Stumpo has had a great influence on

the team as a team captain with one more year to play. “Our team this year is better than I thought. We’re winning a lot more than we expected. Our strengths are converting into the offense and shooting,” Stumpo admits. They also feel that even though the team is off to a good start as a whole they need to do better with lay-ups. Returning players Stumpo and Kelly expressed that they felt the team is off to a good start and added that the easiest competitors would be Wake Christian and Middle Creek and hardest will be Charlotte Country Day and Cary Academy. “I feel like our season is going OK, but it can definitely be better. We’re getting dub. But our attitude is our greatest weakness. We need to work better as a team,” added Murphy, freshman starter. Murphy believes that the easiest opponent will be North Raleigh Christian and the toughest will be Cardinal Gibbons.

Doctor’s Vision Center Holiday Invitational In the Holiday Tournament, December 28 to December 30, the

girls played against three teams in Vanceboro at West Craven High School with a loss against Rose High School in the first game, 56-71. Even though Stumpo knocked down 22 points along with Murphy’s 20 in the second game against Eastern Wayne, it was not enough to push the Ravens to a victory. But the third game was a turn-around as they defeated Southern Wayne by 20 as Kelly took control as the high scorer with 19 points. “Over the tournament, Murphy and Stumpo did the best as individuals. And, as a team, we did ok,” said Coach Hardy. Murphy was awarded the All Tournament Team Award. This award is given to the most valuable player on each team

Ravens Soar to Charlotte O

n Januarty thirteenth and fourteenth the Ravens went to Charlotte to play Charlotte Country Day on friday and Charlotte Christian on Saturday. In the first game the girls lost by only five with the score of 35-40. In the second game against Charlotte Christian the girls lost 38-64.

Varsity Boys Swimming

Varsity Wrestling

Varsity Girls Swimming

Varsity swimmer Dillon Ragusa, ‘13, races towards the finish line.

Varsity wrestler Ian Hicks, ‘12, takes control of the situation.

Varsity swimmer Parker Preston, ‘12, races towards the finish line.

Record : 3-6

Photo by Susan Washburn

Record : 20-11

Photo by Susan Washburn

Record : 10-0

Photo by Susan Washburn





The Sideline Story Kiana Thorbourne-Jimenez

Madison Jones

Torn MCL and LCL

Broken Growth Plate, Tibia and Fibula


enior point guard Madison Jones has been performing very well this season. He uses his quickness and athleticism to get to the rim and is very effective in doing so. With his quickness, it’s hard to believe that he has also suffered from injuries in the past. Two years ago, weeks before the start of his sophomore season, he broke is growth plate, tibia, and fibula in his left leg. Madison has taken a proactive approach and has worked on making his quadriceps and hamstrings a lot stronger. The main causes of injuries, especially in girls, are weak hamstrings and/or quadriceps. Strong quadriceps and hamstrings are essential to any athlete’s success.


ianna Thorbourne-Jimenez, ‘13, is out for the rest of the basketball season with a knee injury. Thorbourne-Jimenez tore her medial collateral ligament, otherwise known as the MCL, and her lateral collateral ligament, otherwise known as the LCL, and will need surgery on her knee along with many weeks of rehab.

Catherine Green, ‘12 interviews Kevin Billerman about his basketball experiences. Photo by Isaac Copeland

catherine green & isaac copeland STAFF WRITERs


Point Guard Madison Jones, ‘12 Photo by Dr. Waters

Isaac Copeland

Fractured Growth Plate

njuries are just a part of being an athlete. Several Ravenscroft basketball players have been injured recently and in the past. It’s not just here on campus either. Studies show that 200,000 kids ages 5-14 have been treated in hospitals for basketball - related injuries. There are three reasons why athletes are getting injured: their hamstrings and quadraceps are not strong enough, athletes have been playing the same sport from early age, so there has been a lot of overuse, and that athletes are not stretching enough to stay flexible and loose. When talking to Coach Kevin Billerman, he reflected on his college years at Duke and could relate to how much injury prevention has improved. He says, “Until I got to college, I had never stretched before practice.” Today, it is foreign not to have a planned stretch before every practice to stay limber. Injuries can be prevented if one takes time to stretch effectively. Madison Jones, ‘12, says, “I’ve grown up around the sport and have been on the court since I was five”. This directly relates to his injury. Being on his leg all the time running up an down the court has taken a toll on his bones causing them to weaken. Athletes need to learn how to take care of their bodies better. Here at Ravenscroft, thanks to Coach Michelle Piete and Coach Tim Savage, our athletes are learning how to do so. With the Sports Medicine class ,some of our athletes are learning the parts of the body and how to take care of themselves. This has been very beneficial to our school’s athletes, especially the boys varsity basketball team. With ice available after practice and multiple people with the ability to give it keeps the whole team in good shape.

Forward Kiana Thorbourne-Jimenez, ‘13. Photo taken by Dr.Waters

Alexus Baldwin Dislocated Patella


Forward Isaac Copeland, ‘13


Photo by Catherine Green

nother main cause to injuries is when athletes are in the growing processes and the bones lengthening. A prime example of this is Isaac Copeland. He fractured his growth plate during the pre season and the main cause to injury was his rapid growth. “Before coming to high school I was 6’1 and I have grown over 7 inches and was in my prime of the preseason when I got hurt, it was the worst feeling knowing I wouldnt be able to play for the marjority of the season, but I began to rehab and I am almost back to normal if not stronger.” More athletes are becoming injured everyday because athletes’ levels of competition are soaring.

lexus Baldwin, ‘14, is also out for the rest of the basketball season with knee injury. Baldwin dislocated her patella tendon and will also need weeks of rehab to return to the court. “The game is getting a lot more physical and as a result a lot more players are getting injured. The hardest part about being injured is not being able to play. Me, personally, I use that as Alexus Baldwin, ‘14 motivation and work extra hard Photo by Isaac Copeland in my rehab so I can get back on the court better than ever,” said Baldwin.





Ravens Reunite for Another Championship MVP

Anton Gill, ‘13

All-Tournament Team Madison Jones, ‘12 Marcus Bryan, ‘13

The Varsity Boys Basketball team celebrates after winning the back-to-back Invitational Championship.

Former Ravenscroft makes tournament history Holiday Tournament as only the second school in 40 years to All-Stars Rajon Rondo (9) repeat as champions and First was Cary High School (1982-83 and 1993-94) John Wall (2)

madison jones

staff writer


he Summit Hospitality Boys Bracket champion was Ravenscroft School from Raleigh, North Carolina for the second year in a row. Only the second team in 40 years to achieve this accomplishment. The MVP was named the University of Louisville commit Anton Gill. His teammates Madison Jones and Marcus Bryan were named to the AllTournament Team. The first oppenent the Ravens had to face was Greenfield School from Wilson, NC who defeated Ravenscroft earlier this season. Their star player was Wake Forest University commit Aaron Rountree, but the Ravens held him to 9 points. The Ravens went on to finish the game with a win 68-54. The Ravens’ next opponent was United Faith out of Charlotte, NC with the number one guard in the nation who commited to the University of Florida. Ravenscroft played outstanding defense and was very consistent on offense. They went on to win over United Faith and got a chance at the title game. Madison Jones, ‘12, and Anton Gill, ‘13, accept their tournament awards after beating Wesleyan Christian Academy (5344) on Friday at Broughton. Missing All-Tournament Ravenscroft Player, Marcus Bryan, ‘13. Photos by Susan Washburn

The championship games was a hard and tough game vs. N.C. Wesleyan who the Ravens beat earlier in the season so they wanted revenge. The Ravens started the game out on fire, but they came back. It was a battle all the way up until the fourth quarter, but the Ravens took control and came out victorious 53-44.

Ravenscroft Varsity Boys Basketball Team with their newly acquired trophy. The 2011 Holiday Invitational was filled with excitement and entertainment. Teams from Texas, Georgia, New York, and Massachusetts traveled to Raleigh to participate in this tournament. There were 5 different brackets, 2 girls and 3 boys. For 40 years, the Holiday Invitational formerly sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline but now by has been labeled as one of the best High School Basketball Tournaments in the country. The tournament was hosted December 26-30 and held in Raleigh, North Carolina at Broughton High School home of the legendary Pistol Pete. Many great players have played in this tournament such as Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Josh Smith, Loul Deng, Charlie Villanueva and many more.

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) guards Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) during firstquarter action at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, January 1, 2012. The Celtics defeated the Wizards, 94-86. (Chuck Myers/MCT)