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Friday, November 19, 2010 Issue 3, Volume XXVI | The Buckley School | 3900 Stansbury Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Oklahoma! lassos school community
JSA | page 3
chapter all set for Fall State
blochbuster | page 9 volleyball game reveals key to spirit
features Howdy Ya’ll: Junior Mark Cook (left) takes the stage, belting the opening number “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.” Seniors Brady Dowad and Miranda Rizzolo do a dance number. Sixth grader Kelly Moran, junior Anthony Gomez, and seniors Kylan Rutherford, Dowad, and Francesco Jimenez perform “Kansas City.”
driving | page 10
economics of student driving takes its toll
dance | page 25
group of students perform in Israel
girls tennis | page 26 team reaches third consecutive CIF final
Index: news...........................................1-7 opinion......................................8-9 features................................10-15 focus......................................16-17 arts & entertainment.......18-25 sports....................................26-32
Administration announces second building, to break ground in 2014 Starting in March 2011, school has six-year window to complete the CEP agenda. JordanBloch ‘11 editor-in-chief On November 16, the administration unveiled plans for phase two of the CEP—the Science and Academic building. This approximately 14,000 square foot facility will be home to the school’s science department and will include classrooms for all Upper School science courses, two science prep centers, a room devoted to robotics, as well as other academic rooms. The Science and Academic Building and the Performing Arts and Academic Building, due to break ground in March 2011, will add 18 classrooms to the current 26 classroom campus. “I think that this [next phase of the CEP] is fiscally responsible and educationally exciting,” said Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school. “To be honest, I am really excited about this plan because we have a phenomenal performing arts department and science department, and now we will have all the space to fit those fabulous programs.” Dougherty added that the new building will place Buckley’s science program at the pulse of scientific innovation. “Science is very crucial and we want students to have the best possible preparation for the twenty-first century,” said Dougherty. The building’s construction is set to start the spring of 2014 or earlier depending on the pace of fundraising success. According to Holly Bauer, campaign director, the first building is on schedule, and the funds for that have been raised. Demolition of the milk house is set for the start of spring break. Dougherty said that the administration plans to host a celebration
for breaking ground on the first building in early April. “I believe we have taken a very challenging situation and turned it into an opportunity for the school. We have been fiscally responsible and the plans are educationally exciting,” he said. Initially, the school planned to follow the Academic and Performing Arts Building with the Main Academic Center (MAC), but Bauer said that the MAC was not financially feasible given the CEP’s six-year construction window and the change in the economic climate. The Los Angeles Planning Department and City Council reviewed the CEP proposal in 2008 and granted the school an entitlement of approximately 168,000 sq ft. and six years to complete construction. “The timeline clock starts as soon as we begin tearing down the milk house over spring break,” said Bauer. The Board and administration revised the CEP master plan in light of the economic downturn but maintained a focus on the school’s top priorities, which Bauer said consist of improving facilities for the science program and performing arts, gaining additional net classrooms, maintaining the budget for Lower School upgrades, addressing the city’s parking requirement and building a theater. The school wanted to tackle all of these priorities without having to use temporary classrooms. “Given that we want to keep our options open, if something changes, we obtain more money and have the ability to build more buildings in a six year plan, next we will build a theater and library in the location of the Robert Young Library,” said Dougherty. Dougherty said that the building of a theater within the six see CEP, page 3
2009-10 Voice earns CSPA Gold Medal SarahRose ‘11 managing online editor The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has awarded The Student Voice a Gold Medal Award for the 25th edition, the newspaper’s fourth consecutive gold. “I appreciate the recognition, but I want to emphasize that the staff deserves all the credit for this award. They worked harder and did more than I ever thought possible, and any recognition they receive is hard earned and well deserved,” Max Baldi ‘10, 2009-10 editor-in-chief said. Out of 1,000 possible points, The Voice received 895, attaining AllColumbian honors in coverage and business operations. A judge critiqued the newspaper in the areas of coverage, writing and editing, graphic presentation, and business operations. The judge commended The Voice for its overall coverage and writing, calling it a “rock solid publication” and saying the staff does a “fabulous job.” “Getting feedback from critics really helps to direct our development,” said 2010-11 co-editor-in-chief, senior Ali Guthy. “We’re determined to take the judge’s words to heart to make our publication the best it can possibly be.” Crown Awards will be announced in early 2011. The 2008-09 Student Voice received a Gold Metal and a Silver Crown award.
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School launches updated website Technology and communications departments enhanced site organization and revamped the layout. Tagle called site “an eye candy change.” MarkCook ‘12 a&e editor A new address. A sleeker look. And easier navigation. The newly designed school website opened to the public on November 4. Programmer Scott Cazan, Kim Kerscher, director of communications, and Terry Hall, former director of technology, were the main instigators behind the website’s modernized redesign. Jose Tagle, director of technology, called it an “eye candy” change. Cazan, Kerscher and Hall filtered through many different designs and finally decided upon “a winner,” according to Cazan.
The newest feature is the layout of the information. Everything that students, parents, and faculty need is specified by, as Cazan and Tagle called them, “portals.” Students can use the portal to obtain the desired information, without entering the school site. “One of the best changes to the site is its usability; it invites parents to use the site more often because it pushes all the info they need into one spot,” said Cazan. Another new feature is the weekly hotlist, which notifies viewers of upcoming events and important dates. The tabs have remained the same, consisting of calendar, news, my classes, weekly hotlist, student gallery, and some old favorites as ask Fran, the handbook, etc. The middle of the pages contains school updates and important notices for students, parents, and faculty members. And the left panel consists of document based attachments such as forms, etc. The site has taken a more focused and direct path of
Brian Taylor named special consultant to the head of school Taylor has been involved in school administration for the last 20 years. JamesBernstein ‘14 business manager Brian Taylor has accepted the new position of special consultant to the head of school for special projects for the remainder of this year. Taylor will be involved in admissions and faculty recruitment, school programs including student affinity groups and the curriculum committee, as well as the school’s strategic planning committee working on targeted projects in fundraising. Taylor, who played guard in the ABA from 1972-1982, also plans to mentor our basketball teams.
brief Seniors host Buca di Buckley Kim Kerscher The Buckley School
No More buckleyla.org The website domain “www.buckleyla.org” is changing to “www.buckley.org”. After years of attempts, the school was able to purchase the domain name The technology department is taking gradual steps to the domain change.
organization and simplicity, yet remaining stylish with its new modern look. “This is a big functional change – it eliminates confusion
Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, said he has been planning to focus additional school resources for these critical projects. He added that Taylor fit the position because of his immediate impact on our school upon joining the Board of Trustees earlier this year. “I know that his assignments will evolve and expand as he becomes even more familiar with our school and community, and uncovers opportunities to help us move forward,” explained Dougherty. With 20 years of experience in school administration, Taylor has served as head of school for all three View Park Preparatory Schools’ charter schools operating under The Inner City Education Foundation. Taylor is taking the office of Joelina Machera, director of multiculturalism and inclusion, former office adjacent to Dougherty’s office in the administration building. Machera will move to the Lower School office area. “We are thrilled to add [Taylor’s] expertise to our work on some of the key priorities of the school: implementation of the strategic plan; diversity, multiculturalism and
on where to go, and at the same time we insisted on the change to keep up with the modern age to make the site more contemporary – more fresh,” said Tagle.
James Bernstein The Student Voice Brian Taylor inclusion; and fundraising and projects that ensure the financial strength of the school,” said Dougherty.
FREE PERIODS | page 7 JSA | page 3 Chapter ready to continue success at Fall State STREET FAIR | page 5 Monotones, Jazz Band, and an afternoon of tunes
STREET FAIR | page 5
53 students give blood to Red Cross As it has done for the past 22 years, the school hosted its annual blood drive inside the Roy E. Disney Family Pavilion November 10. Fifteen students signed up to donate blood, three less than last year. Chris Braunschwieger, community service director, said more juniors participated this year this year due to the efforts of juniors Lauren Halperin and Izzabelle Edwards. The collected units are donated to the American Red Cross. “Our goal was 42 units and we took in 48 units, which is pretty remarkable,” said Braunschweiger. TylerMorad ‘14
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The senior class brought a slice of Italy to campus during today’s Harvestfest. Those attending Buca di Buckley can expect Italian food catered by history teacher and professional chef Chris Beam. Along with food, there are several activities planned for the event. “We have a wide variety of entertainment options,” said Netel. “You can expect some very entertaining senior performances.” Those who opt for the $20 VIP tickets can pick seniors to sing them Italian songs. Regular tickets are $12; students can pay an additional $3 for fronton-the-line passes. TuckerHiggins’13
FREE PERIODS | page 7 The Voice investigates the facts behind free periods
P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Club supports AIDS walk Twenty-five students represented the school at the 26th Annual Aids Walk Los Angeles October 17. The walk raised $2.8 million; close to 30,000 people participate every year. “I feel really happy about Buckley’s support in the walk,” said P.E.G.A.S.U.S. club president, junior Nesta Myrie. Participants walked a 6.2 mile course around the West Hollywood Park. P.E.G.A.S.U.S. is an acronym for Pure Education Group Advocating Students Und+erstanding Sex. It is a new club this year. “I feel like P.E.G.A.S.U.S. is rising to one of the integral clubs on campus like JSA,” said Myrie. “I am proud of the dedication and hard work the club has shown towards the cause.” TylerMorad‘14
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JSA geared for Fall State The chapter’s delegation this weekend is the largest in the club’s history. Saunders believes the key to succeeding is better preparation. Fall State Los AngelesNovember 20-21 JamesBernstein ‘13 business manager Fifty members of Junior State of America (JSA) will attend the annual Fall State Convention on November 20-21 at the LAX Marriot. Senior Matthew Saunders, Governor of Southern California JSA, said he will strive to make this convention more fun for attendees through better preparation. “JSA is a great learning experience; the more fun that it is, the more receptive students are to it,” said Saunders. Sophomore Shilpa Mantri will debate about the United States education system. “This experience will bring me out of my comfort zone,” said Mantri. “It will definitely help me overcome the instinct of nervousness and ultimately help me become a better public speaker.” Sophomore Tucker Higgins said he is ready for his upcoming speech on affirmative action. “I debated the topic over the summer during a program at Georgetown, and so I feel confident with what I’m going to say,” said Higgins. “I’ve already done most of the preparation for it.” Chapter advisor Robert Wright said the best aspect of JSA conventions is that attendees get an opportunity to engage their peers from schools all over the state in conversations about politics and social issues. “I love it when students are excited about growing passion and appreciation for the world around them,” said Wright. Wright credits the growth of the club’s
popularity to student leadership. “This is a club about students,” said Wright. “It rises and falls due to the success of student leaders.” JSA hopes that by performing well at the first major convention, Fall State, they will have a successful year. “I am excited for the thrills that every convention and year of JSA brings. I know that this will be a phenomenal convention season,” said Saunders.
Fall State Orange County November 13-14 TuckerHiggins ‘13 staff reporter “Organizationally, this is the best convention we’ve ever had, ” said Saunders at the closing session of Fall State Orange County (FSOC). Chairing FSOC was Saunder’s first big task as the 2010-2011 Governor of the Southern California JSA. The overnight convention was held at the Hyatt in Irvine from November 13-14. Buckley sent seven delegates, who came back with three “best speaker” gavels, the traditional prize awarded at JSA conventions. Over 400 students attended. “We have been preparing for this since late August,” Saunders said. As Governor, it is Saunders’ job to oversee much of the work done by the convention department, and to work closely with the convention coordinator when planning events.
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PROPONENCY: Saunders delivers main speech during the AR one day debate block.
AR One Day- October 17 ClaireSelvin ‘13 features editor The October 17 Angeles Region one day conference for the Junior State of America held at Loyola Marymount University attracted 118 students from the Southern California region to debate current issues. “[The conference] was a good tone to start the year with because overall
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ORDER, ORDER: Friedman silences the audience during the one day final assembly meeting. attendance was more than in the past,” said junior Jonathan Friedman. Friedman helped run the conferences, and Saunders advised members in putting the event together. Twelve Buckley students attended. “The point of the event is to have great
Science and Academic Building unveiled from CEP, page 1 year timeframe is entirely dependent upon the timeline of the first two buildings and fundraising. “These buildings will improve our entire program, especially performing arts and the sciences. But having additional general classrooms will enhance every program across the school,” said Dougherty.
As a result of the master plan change, the school has revised its Capital Campaign goal from $50 million to $35 million. The school has already raised $25 million, and has collected $1.7 million towards the plan’s $2.5 million endowment goal. Both Dougherty and Bauer credited the school’s surging fundraising momentum to the support and generosity from the community, and the leadership of the Board of Trustees and Parents’ Association. “This is a very ‘pay-it-forward’ community,” said Bauer. “We have had tremendous support from our families here. That’s why I’m confident we can achieve our financial goals.” The school collected $2.7 million from the community during the 20092010 school year, and closed an additional $1 million gift this month.
featuredfacts about CEP REvised plan • Science and Academic Building will add 18 classrooms to the campus. • School raised $25 million of its $35 million capital campaign goal, and $1.7 million of its $2.5 million endowment goal.
FIRST FLOOR: Ground level will host all core science classes.
SECOND FLOOR: Upper level set to hold additional classroom space and a robotics lab.
debates and get new students involved,” said Friedman. The event included a speech from deputy district attorney Mario Trujillo who gave insight on his job and the local and state governments.
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EUP tightens technological oversight Dougherty said the EUP’s purpose is to cover the school from all theoretical technologically liable scenarios. JackRose ’13 focus editor The new Electronic Use Policy (EUP) created an uproar among the student body, with many students complaining that the policy compromises their First Amendment rights. The EUP replaces the Acceptable Use Policy this year in an attempt to help curb cyber bullying, protect students’ online lives, and uphold the values of the Buckley Commitment online and outside of school. The amendment’s clause 13 states that everything under the EUP applies both at home and at school. Administrators say that, although the clause include internet use at home, it is not as serious as it seems. Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, said the school’s lawyers revised the document in order to help “cover all the bases” in case a situation arose concerning a student or multiple students online. “We have some fairly broad language in there that gives us the ability to ensure the safety of our children,” said Dougherty. “Cyberbullying and unwise use of technology is a growing concern and the bottom line for me is we are a community committed to a set of values, and as an independent school we have the responsibility to uphold those values inside and outside of campus.” “[There is an uproar] because we made everybody resign it,” Tagle said. The EUP had to be “resigned” by everyone because it is a new document. Because of the creation of the EUP, the AUP will no longer be used.
Girls resistant to skort change Some girls plan to write petition to fight next year’s skort requirement. Sherman said 2010-11 uniform code is set. IsabellaAstor ’13 staff reporter Due to the excessive number of skirt violations, the administration announced last spring that skorts would be added to the uniform dress this year and would be a dress code requirement for the 2011-2012 school year. So far, students haven’t readily embraced the requirement. “Girls aren’t wearing the skorts this year because they aren’t comfortable and it’s more practical to just wear regular shorts under the skirt,” said sophomore Alexia Saleh. “The ones I bought don’t have pockets which makes them inconvenient and frustrating. I’m not wearing them until I absolutely have to,” she said. Some girls, such as sophomore Marlen Grussi, have gone to Dennis to buy the new skorts but do not wear them. According to senior Suzanne Cimolino, the majority of the girls think the administration is overreacting about the length of girls skirts. “Most of our skirts aren’t even that short ,and nearly every girl wears shorts under them anyway,” said Cimolino. Sue Sherman, Upper School dean of students, said that girls are still getting the same number of skirt violations this year. Some girls have brainstormed ways to avoid next year’s skort requirement. “I would like to form a group of girls to go to the administration about how we shouldn’t have to wear the new skorts but
Breaking down the EUP Contrary to popular belief, the EUP is not as restrictive as it may seem:
Messaging Online- Although this clause states that students are not allowed to send “unwanted messages” and that students must be polite online, students will not be punished for being impolite online unless the student who receives the message is offended and brings a complaint to the administration. Gaming- According to Jose Tagle, director of technology, students will not be punished for playing computer games at home unless they are harassing other students on the game. At Home- The most controversial clause says that everything in the EUP applies both in school and out of school. Although that is true, unless there is abuse or a problem with conduct online, the administration will not punish students unless this activity results in another student being harmed. In the future, only new students will have to sign the EUP until the document is changed again. Although the language is broad and seems to limit free speech, Dougherty emphasized that most of that language and limitations exist for theoretical purposes. The EUP suggests that if student were playing video games at home, they would not be punished. He said that if those students were playing inappropriate games or were harassing other student via the game, the school would take action. Those who did not turn the EUP in by its due date had their school accounts
Uniform policies of other independent high schools Notre Dame High School: Code: Girls can wear only skorts Policy: Skorts must be 3” above the knee. Marlborough School: Code: Girls can wear skirts. Policy: Skirt lengths may not be either extremely short or long. If a student abuses the uniform code, she is sent home and the absence is considered unexcused until the student returns to school in complete uniform. Campbell Hall: Code: Girls are permitted to wear any skorts, skirts, or shorts as long as they are khaki. These items can be made by any clothing company. Policy: Students receive uniform violations if bottoms are above finger-tip length. instead have it mandatory to wear bike shorts underneath instead; moreover, the shorts that are attached to the skorts are baggy and don’t do a very good job covering up undergarments,” said sophomore Carly Ackerman-Canning. Sherman said that the administration has no plans to change the skort dress code.
temporarily disabled, leaving them without access to their school email accounts, school computer log ins, and remote access to their documents from home until they turned in the forms.Students also complained about the clause that forbids the sending of inappropriate messages using technology. Tagle said that students will not be punished for posting profanity or unwanted content online unless the message results in further trouble. If a message posted online becomes a legal matter, the school has the ability to punish the student who posted the inappropriate message.
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Buckleybytes COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY October 9 marked the 11th annual Buckley Community Service Day. Over 400 faculty, staff, parents, and students attended. NEW WORKOUT T-SHIRTS Shirts can be purchased for $10 from social science department chair Rob Wright. MAKE-A-WISH HOLDS BAKE SALE Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls will be delivered to advisories Tuesday November 23 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Treats will be sold by the dozen for $10. SENIOR YOUNG ALUMNI DAY Seniors will meet with recent graduates on November 24 to discuss the college experience. Following will be a lunch for the attendees. DANCE TEAM FUNDRAISER AT ISLANDS On November 17 the Encino restaurant supported the team by donating 20 percent of the bills of students, family, and staff who brought in the dance team fundraiser. BBC AUDITIONS NOV. 29-30 Proceeds to benefit the Carter Newman-Milic Trust Fund and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
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Shorts privilege causes stir among seniors
Many seniors were initially frustrated that the privilege applies more to the boys than the girls, but many have come to embrace the unexpected change.
“I feel that we’ve definitely got the short end of the stick. I personally have never worn the shorts. But we have to remember it’s a privilege, and we should be happy with receiving anything.”
JordanBloch ‘11 editor-in-chief On October 11, the administration granted the senior class the privilege of wearing black Dennis shorts every day to school. The shorts must be black and in good condition, and the “fingertip-length” rule applies. This is the first school privilege restricted to Dennis outerwear. Sue Sherman, Upper School dean, Joe Sciuto, Upper School principal, and Dina Figueroa, assistant Upper School principal, determined the privilege. According to Sciuto, the trio tries to find a privilege that will excite the students and adhere to the school’s uniform expectations. “For the past four or five years, we have had the idea [of shorts], and we decided this was the year to try it,” said Sciuto. “And certainly, with the Class of 2011’s spirit and good behavior, and dedication to [the school], they deserved a good clothing privilege and an off-campus privilege.” The new privilege grasped the attention of the class, but not in the way Sciuto had anticipated. Following Sciuto’s announcement, cheerfulness and dejection filled room 101. “I thought it was a joke,” said senior Sara Freed. Freed said the administrators built the privilege up too much during the class meeting. “They told us that it was brand new,
they were trying something new with our grade, and they were hoping we would really like it,” said Freed. “I thought we were going to get boots.” Senior Matt Saunders loves the privilege because of its everyday applicability. “Beggars can’t be choosers,” said Saunders. “This is what we got, and I am making the most of it.” “I think that the shorts benefit the guys a bit more than the girls, but the thought that students would be unhappy never crossed the minds of the administrators,” said senior Eric Murray. “And frankly, it disappoints me that so many students are unappreciative.” BSC president senior Wes Haas and senior reps Olivia Forman and Madison Ne-
about the privilege,” said Sherman. The privilege is supposed to be something on the fun side, and for those people who say ‘thanks but no thanks,’ we say okay. The administrators have heard that every year. I basically told the reps that they need to give [their class] a history of the privilege and to frame it better for them.” “I thought [the meeting] was a great example of how the student body representatives act as a liaison between the class and the administration,” said Forman. We heard that people weren’t happy, so we did what we could to fix the situation. And even though there weren’t any changes made, both sides presented very reasonable arguments, and that’s all you can really ask for.”
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“If I had more time I might go out and get the shorts, but Dennis is out of my way. Maybe later in the year.”
“The reps were claiming that a lot of seniors, especially the girls, Cathryn Ortiz-Benz were complaining about the privilege. The privilege is supposed to be Senior something on the fun side, and for those people who say ‘thanks but no thanks,’ we say okay. The administrators have heard that every year. I basically told the reps that they need to give [their class] a “I dont think its a privilege because I would rather wear a history of the privilege and to frame it better for them.” skirt than shorts.”
Sue Sherman Dean of Students tel met with Sherman to discuss a privilege change or addition. Sherman rejected their proposal for an amendment, and advised the group to accept their privilege. Once announced, no senior privilege has been modified. Haas said that the much of the talk revolved around the shorts’ male gender bias. “The reps were claiming that a lot of seniors, especially the girls, were complaining
Many seniors are starting to embrace the privilege. Senior Annie Higgins views the privilege as an opportunity to accessorize another piece of Dennis apparel. Higgins said she enjoys the rolling up the shorts and wearing them with suspenders. “I thought we were given a senior privilege, so I decided to rock it,” said Higgins. “It’s not about changing the privilege; rather, it’s about making it work.”
“The shorts are an excellent senior privilege especially on a hot day where the breeze is nice on my legs.” Jordan Weiss Senior
Student talent takes stage on Ventura Blvd. Monotones, Jazz Band lit up the October 17 Sherman Oaks Street Fair with play tunes and Miles Davis’ selections “All Blues” and “Freddie Freeloader.”
ROCKIN OUT: Jazz band members seniors Tim DeVos and Soren Hopkins and freshmen Jordan Kessler and Gabriel Esmailian coordinate a solo during the afternoon.
IN HARMONY: Monotones “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught,” from the Muscial South Pacific.
CURLY: Junior Mark Cook sings the Oklahoma! classic“O, What A Beautiful Morning.”
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Giving back this season
An inside look: The Discipline Committee Nine staff members and two students make up a panel in charge of determining the suspension and expulsion fate of culpable students.
Discipline committee members on past experiences
“I volunteered because I felt I could be a fair and impartial member whose voice could be respected by all involved. I also don’t feel particularly suited to most of the other committees. And finally I hoped that we would TaraBitran ‘14 never meet. Unfortunately during the years I served that was rarely the staff reporter Every day, students attempt to bend the case. As for what I enjoyed most, I never felt it was an enjoyable experirules-- challenge the uniform policy, chew ence because it was always dealing with such serious matters. I just acgum, text on their blackberries. But when actions go too far, they have to face the cepted it as a solemn responsibility.” Discipline Committee, the committee that Steve Rollman handles student suspension and expulsion. “No one on the committee takes the decision lightly,” said Dina Figueroa, assistant principal of the Upper School and head of the Discipline Committee. A student is put in front of the committee for one of two reasons: One, they commit an egregious act, such as fighting or bringing drugs to school. Or, they are a repeat offender, meaning they have committed less serious infractions numerous times. Sue Sherman, Upper School dean of students and Michael Pourciau, Middle School dean of students, contact the committee if there is a student that has committed one of these acts. Members consist of faculty and staff, NHS president, senior Miranda Rizzolo, and Figueroa. The identities of the faculty members on the committee are kept confidential. “This year, there are returning members, while others are new. In total, there are 11, but every year there is an odd number of members,” said Figueroa. Figueroa’s job differs from one of the regular members because she picks the members, leads the training meetings at the beginning of each year, and runs the meetings with the students and the discussions that follow. Members of the committee differ in disciplines. Some teach English, others teach athletics, and there is a blend between Middle and Upper School faculty. Being a member of the committee is voluntary. Since all faculty members are required to serve on a committee, the Discipline Committee is one of their options. Once the members are picked, Figueroa holds a training meeting to go over the basics: meetings, protocol, and the importance of confidentiality. “At first when I bring students in to tell them that they are going to be put in front of the committee, they do not know what it means. So then I explain the significance to them and once they understand that they could possibly be expelled, they become scared,” said Pourciau. Student reaction to the disciplinary
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“In several instances, deciding a recommendation that could so seriously impact a young person was excruciatingly difficult. In only a very limited number of times did a student seem to be clearly lying to the committee, refusing to admit any wrong, or just being arrogant; usually the child sincerely regrets the mistake or mistakes that have brought him or her to that situation. Those were the sad cases.” Ellen Salas
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“Since kids at Buckley are pretty good, being on the committee was not a busy job. It also gave me a chance to see a different side of what can happen on campus. Overall, the experience was not enjoyable; there were ‘not a lot of laughs.’” When the committee did meet, it was always for something serious, which is an interesting but troubling aspect of it. Andrew Nelson English Teacher
meeting interests committee members. “Whenever we are brought a case, we are always curious as to what a student was like when they were brought into the Dean’s office,” said Figueroa. Sherman, Pourciau, and the Discipline Committee members discuss why the student is being put on trial before the committee meets with the student. During the meetings, students are allowed to state their case, say why they did it, and explain what they learned. Afterwards, members of the committee ask the student questions, and sometimes witnesses are called in to testify, such as Pourciau or Sherman. Everything that takes place during the meetings is confidential. Once the meeting is over, a long discussion takes place to determine
BSC reopens lounge for mornings only Haas said there is possibility of removing the restirction if the curprits come forward. ShilpaMantri ‘13 staff reporter In reopening the student lounge on November 2, BSC placed restrictions by making the lounge accessible only from sunrise period to lunch. The September vandalism occurred when there was no supervision in the library. To prevent students from vandalizing the lounge again, it is closed during F and G periods, according to BSC vice president senior Molefi Cooper. “Vandalism happened during that time, so there are restrictions during that time,” said Cooper. No action will be taken to find the culprits. Since no one admitted to vandalizing the lounge, BSC does not have proof or evidence needed to accuse anyone, according to Cooper. “No one cares about the culprits now. They are the ones that are taking it too seriously by not coming forward. Though,
there is the possibility of removing the current restrictions if the culprits do come forward,” said BSC president senior Wes Haas. Some students disagree about the reopening of the lounge. “I don’t think we deserve to have the student lounge open again, especially with the recent incident of vandalism. It’s as if we are taking advantage of what has been handed to us,” said sophomore Andrea Mackey. With the recent addition of foosball and new furniture, the lounge now offers students more activities and enjoyment. “Students are happy because it’s a great place to relax during free periods and play ping-pong. It is an added happiness factor for the student body,” said Cooper. Reopening the lounge lessened the noise and crowding that once filled the library’s studious environment. BSC reopened the lounge in hope that it would be respected in the future, according to Haas. “I hope this [vandalism] does not happen again and I hope we can take it as
the student’s possible expulsion. Even in cases that appear closed, committee members have thorough discussions and vote on the student’s expulsion. Once the decision is made, it is sent as a recommendation to the principal, who has the final say over a student’s expulsion. Only a handful of expulsion meetings have ever taken place. “Buckley students are mostly very good people and they are aware that there are repercussions for their actions,” said Figueroa. In the few meetings that have occurred, committee members are impressed with how thoughtful the students are with their statements, especially in that type of situation, which Figueroa called “troubling and scary.”
a learning lesson. We signed the Buckley Commitment in the beginning of the year,
With Thanksgiving in sight and the December holiday’s around the corner, here are some local ways to spread the holiday cheer:
SOVA Community Food & Resource Program The Virtual Food Drive sends purchased traditional Thanksgiving food online to families in need. Visit: http://www.jfsla.org/.
The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition
For the past 22 years, this group of volunteers has served meals every night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.to the homeless To get involved or register, visit: www. GWHFC.org
Holiday Toy Drive 2010 180 3-4- year- old Head Start preschoolers from the most economically challenged areas of Los Angeles are in need of a toy this holiday season. Sign-ups for the annual school Toy Drive started November 16. Please contact Chris Braunschweiger, Community Service Director, for more information.
KTLA Season of Sharing Food Drive KTLA, Ralphs, Stater Bros, LA County Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority have joined forces to collect non-perishable food items that will benefit local food banks. The food collected will help all through the holiday season. Visit: http://www.ktla.com/community/ seasonofsharing/ or contact Michael Petrella, history teacher for more information.
Uganda AIDS Orphan Children Foundation: Christmas Giving Tree The P.E.G.A.S.U.S. club is collecting money for the UAOCF in order to purchase clothing, school supplies, or toiletries for children in Uganda. Donations are tax deductable. For more information contact club president Jodi-Nesta Myrie.
and people should live up to the commitment and live up to what they signed,” said Cooper.
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The facts behind free periods The free period represents that opporunity for students to t ake a break from schoolwork, to study for exams, or even to sleep. Most students have one. Yet, everyone who does uses it differently. The Voice investigates the facts behind free-periods. AliceBreidenbach ‘12 a&e Editor It’s that break in the day. That time to do some last minute test preparation, finish up some homework, or just relax. For most students, free periods serve these crucial, and sometimes necessary, purposes. “I normally catch up on work during my free period,” said sophomore Ross Esse. “I work to get my homework out of the way ahead of time.” “I normally spend my free period studying for tests and quizzes or doing homework due that day. But If I have no outstanding work to get done, I will use my free period to relax and socialize,” explained junior Sophie Korchek. No matter the use of a free period, many students believe that this free time is a necessity when creating their schedules. “When creating their schedules, a small percentage of students ask about and are concerned with having a free period,” said Dina Figueroa, Upper School assistant principal. “The majority of students care mostly about getting the classes that they want to take.” Esse recognized the importance of such free time. “Yeah, I always try to make sure that I have a free period in my schedule,” said Esse. “It’s important to me that I get a break during the day.” For Korchek, after going a year without a free period, this time is incredibly valuable. “After not having a free period in 9th grade, it is very important to me to have one,” said Korchek. “I value it immensely. I had to change my schedule to get one this year, and when I didn’t have one, I just didn’t have enough time to do everything that I wanted to do in a day.” However, other students do not feel the need for free time in their schedule. “I like having a free period but it’s not a priority,” said
senior Samantha Wood. “I take what schedule they give me, and have never had to change my schedule.” Though students may disagree over the importance of free periods, most can agree on where to spend their free time. “I definitely chose to spend most of my free periods in the library,” said Korchek. “It can be loud sometimes, but there are always nooks that you can go into if you want to just concentrate in quiet. But that’s pretty much where everyone goes during their free periods. Almost everyone goes to the library.” The library’s popularity has given librarian Mathew Wittmer insight into how students spend their free time. “Socializing is usually a part of the students’ studying,” said Wittmer. “I see most students socializing, some students sleeping, and a few students that really studying on their own. But I think free periods are about being social. It’s about spending time with your peers. ” Many students recognize the trend, and sometimes temptation, of socializing during a free period. “I try to do work during my free period, but mostly I talk with friends,” said senior Samantha Wood. “I mostly reserve my busy work for my free periods
‘I see most students socializing, some students sleeping, and a few students that really studying on their own. But I think free periods are about being social. It’s about spending time with your peers.” Matthew Wittmer Upper School Librarian because it normally takes less concentration to complete,” said Korchek. Yet, Korchek sees the chance to socialize during free periods as an advantageous opportunity. “I made three of my closest friends through my free period last year,” said Korchek. “While it might be distracting to share your free periods with friends, I always view it as a chance to take a break, even if it’s for five minutes or so. My free period gives me a chance to breathe so that I can refocus for the rest of the day.”
CAC back for laughs The club is set to produce its second annual comedy benefit, “Laughter is the Best Medicine 2.”
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JordanBloch ‘11 editor-in-chief The Cancer Awareness Club (CAC) will host their second fundraiser, “Laughter is the Best Medicine 2,” from 5-7 p.m. at The Improv on November 21. Club copresidents, seniors Matthew Benzimra and Ryan Levy, will discuss the event during today’s assembly. Talent will consist of high school teens who have performed at The Improv, The Laugh Factory, and other comedy venues across Los Angeles. “We strayed from last years’ format of having half adults and half teens to having an all teen event,” said Benzimra. “I feel that the audience connects more to the teens and vice versa. There’s a greater connection to teens giving back, the teens just having a presence about them. They really lit up the room last time.” The event committee consists of Benzimra, Levy, seniors Eddie Manella,
“We strayed from last years’ format of having half adults and half teens to having an all teen event. I feel that the audience connects more to the teens and vice versa.” Matthew Benzimra Senior Francesco Jimenez, Ethan Fudge, Luka Bazelli, Brian Daneshgar, and juniors Brandon Afari and Sarah Schlitt. “They are very involved group of people who have been working tirelessly to make
sure this event goes off without a hitch,” said Benzimra. Tickets are being sold by the eight students and online at www.improv.com for $25. “The promotion for this event has been bigger,” said Levy. “We have a lot of members of the Cancer Awareness Club who have been talking up the event, and we have had [Chris Braunschweiger, community service director] send out an e-mail to all the parents of students. It’s not just word of mouth and Facebook, we have been getting publicity through the administration.” The committee hopes to sell out the venue, gross over $20,000, and have an uplifting day filled with laughter. Benzimra and Levy hope the laugh production will develop into an annual CAC tradition. “Because we’ve been so successful and because everyone has such a great time at the event, there’s no reason that the club shouldn’t be able to host this as an event every year,” said Levy.
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“What did you sign?” Controversy stirs over Electronic Use Policy (EUP) Abbrvs: What’s the deal with those things? Abbrvs. (otherwise known abbreviations) are, for lack of a better word, extremely annoying and seriously obnoxious. Awk., Legit., Obvi., I mean really? Since when did just shortening a word become so cool? Next thing you know people are going to start talking in binary code because it only uses two digits. If you want to say something, then just say it! There is no need to cut words into these bizarre phrases that take extra time to decipher. When texting, the whole abbreviation thing makes sense because it’s faster and more convenient to type that way. But really, since when did speaking become so tiresome that people had to start talking like a text? But it’s not just common texting lingo being used. People are now making up words to abbreviate, only adding to the annoyance. Camera is not “cam.” Wallet is not “wal.” Sorry, but there are just some words that can’t be abbreviated. I guess I just don’t understand the whole concept. To me, abbreviations are just a waste of time that are actually dumbing us down. Spell-check, Facebook, Twitter, and all sorts of other modern technologies have hindered our spelling abilities, and abbreviated speech is just making matters worse. That being said, several advocates of abbreviations, including senior Celine Nehoray (or “Sr. Cel. Neh.”) are continuing to speak out in support of the cause. “Obvi. I like abbrvs. ‘cause they’re so legit! Lol,” said Nehoray, when asked why she likes using abbreviations. Obvi. I’m not such a big fan. My problem is I don’t understand why people chose to use them. Why does “legit” sound better than legitimate or “d” better than down? Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but still some of these new abbreviations are just ridiculous. The cross country team, for instance, is known for their unique abbreviations before, during, and after practice. Captain of the boy’s team, Andrew Davis (or Cpt. And. Dav.) constantly uses phrases such as “I’m so d to r” (I’m so “down” to “run”) and “I’m so h” (I’m so “hungry”). No offense Davis, but really? Using abbreviations like “legit” is one thing, but only using the first letter of the word! That’s just going one step too far on the abbreviation scale if you ask me. Despite all my opposition to this trend, I must admit I’ve partaken in my fair share of team abbreviations. When someone on the tennis team says “TD” (a.k.a “total domination”) or “TSBRL” (“true story based on real life”), I don’t complain, I laugh. But this is different! I don’t go around saying “hey let’s TD” when I’m walking around campus every day. I guess the bottom line is there’s a time to use abbreviations and a time when they are just wrong. Sports teams, inside jokes, and text messaging, that’s all good; but when abbreviations start to transcend into everyday life, that’s the problem. But regardless of my opinion, I do not predict the end of abbreviations anytime soon. They have become so common that the days of fine-tuned, elaborate Shakespearean speeches may be behind us.
TuckerHiggins ‘13 staff reporter he new Electronic Use Policy (EUP) is unethical and unconstitutional. Freedom of expression cannot continue to be forgotten as a casualty in the war against misconduct. It is almost painful for me to add to the already out-of-proportion controversy that seems to surround the EUP, but I feel it necessary to rationalize this issue in a forum that combines the empirical nature of journalism with the boundless curiosity of the student body. I acknowledge that it is the role of the school to help shape members of society to behave with tact and social grace while away from supervision – but I do find some redeeming qualities in the arguments of the EUP’s detractors. Exactly what did you sign? Well, for starters, you have agreed not to distribute materials you have created. Also, to always be polite, to send only welcomed messages, to not play games (unless given explicit permission or direction from a Buckley employee), and to refrain from downloading, among other things, “educational software.” Because of Clause 13, these regulations apply contractually even while you are at home on a personal computer. Like the Commitment assembly, this policy represents an attempt at legislating morality, as opposed to instilling it through proper education and moral guidance. Unlike the Commitment assembly though, this contract is legally binding. Leonard Law prevents the enforcement of policies like the EUP, granting students who attend private high schools and colleges in California First Amendment rights
at home, and prohibiting any punishment “solely on the basis of conduct that is speech or other communication that, when engaged in outside of the campus, is protected from governmental restriction by the First Amendment.” After I interviewed a few school administrators, I understood that they will not – are not able to – enforce each rule all the time, and nor do they want to. The broadness of the contract’s language is simply meant to, as head of school Dr. Dougherty put it, “cover all of the bases,” and any infractions will be deemed inappropriate at the discretion of the school. Rejecting this same practice, though, Judge Stone notes in the court’s decision in Corry V. Stanford that “the First Amendment forbids such selective incorporation.” And at Stanford – notably also a private school protected by Leonard Law – their speech policy was not even as broad as the EUP; it banned only “hateful” or “fighting” words when their speech code was ruled unconstitutional by the court, not even approaching the realm of “impolite.” While Leonard Law does not give us the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection or the 5th Amendment’s Due Process, this covereverything-in-order-to-punish-anything method of policy writing seems, even with the best intentions, misguided. It may be convenient to believe that our small community or “private” status opens us up to further restriction. In Tinker V. Iowa though, Judge Abe Fortas reaffirms the strength of our freedom of speech. “Any word spoken,” he said, “in class, in the lunchroom, or on the campus, that deviates from the views of another person may start an argument or cause a disturbance. But our Constitution says we must take this risk, and our history says that it is this sort of hazardous freedom – this kind of openness – that is the basis of our national strength and the vigor of Americans who grow up and live in this relatively permissive, often disputatious, society.”
onthespot... What are your views on the Electronic Use Policy? “I think it’s important to have a technology agreement, however, I think the consequence for not turning it in is too severe because an e-mail account is crucial to students.” Daniel Gabbay, Junior “I don’t know how useful the new policy is because it wasn’t explained very well. I think it would have been better if the administration spent five minutes during assembly to explain it because people need to know what they are signing.” Daniel Azadegan, Junior
“I almost felt forced to sign the new policy because I didn’t want to lose the ability to use my Buckley e-mail. Also I don’t think I agree with what the actual policy says because it applies to my home life as well.” Samantha Stone, Senior “I think that changing the Electronic Use Policy was beneficial to Buckley students. The restrictions it sets on the use of electronics at school for students was necessary.” Anthony Romm, Freshman “ No one can understand it. The agreement seems to be between the school and the parents, whereas it should be with the students. It feels unofficial.” Marcell Johnson, Junior
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Student body: be responsible and mature Mature. Responsible. Dedicated. Is this our student body? For the most part, our community is comprised of devoted, hard-working individuals who accurately represent the characteristics outlined in the Commitment: respect, kindness, loyalty, honesty, self-reliance, and self-discipline. Although we can’t expect everyone to whole-heartedly rise to these standards, it’s about time we remember that the actions of few can affect the privileges of many. Needless to say, vandalizing the student lounge does not reflect these values expressed in the Commitment. The lounge was closed almost immediately as actions to find the perpetrator commenced. The Buckley Student Council (BSC) was later granted the authority to keep the so-called “investigation” within the student body, yet no disciplinary action has been enacted and the lounge has been reopened. Although this may be true, in the case of the student lounge why were the students involved not properly disciplined for their actions, and why was the lounge reopened? The Voice condemns the actions of those students involved and
applauds the efforts made by BSC to right those wrongs; however, what remains is a lounge tainted with vandalism and that was closed to students who deserved the right to use it. The students involved in the incident, and all students in general, need to be mature and take responsibility. Maturity means being courageous and standing up for what is right. We’ve all heard that on numerous occasions, “do what is right,” but how many of us actually follow through? We are all part of the same community, and together we either rise to the challenge of being mature or we fall. BSC tried to raise the bar by giving students the chance to make things right, but nothing happened, which reflects poorly on all of us, not just those directly involved. If we as students cannot be trustworthy in handling our own lounge, what can we be trusted with? Even though BSC’s attempts at restoring order in the lounge were valiant, no progress has been made. BSC is not entirely to blame for our current state of limbo. If the students will not stand-up against wrongdoing, BSC is
left with limited resources to handle the problem. BSC should not baby-sit the student body. Students themselves need to be involved in promoting good values, not spoon-fed the answers to every problem. If students will not rise to the occasion in the future, The Voice recommends that BSC, in conjunction with the administration, work to prevent misconduct. But it should not come to this. Students need to take pride in this community and handle such situations with a higher level of maturity. If we collectively do not start acting more responsibly towards the privileges we are given, such freedoms will be restricted. According to Upper School principal Joe Sciuto, future attacks on the student lounge or any other school property will be handled through the administration, not BSC. It’s a shame that our one chance as a student body to be responsible and govern ourselves was ineffective due to the blatant immaturity of some of our peers. The limitations placed on the student lounge are just the beginning. Let’s not all suffer at the irresponsible hands of a few.
Library social scene needs taming
SalimChamoun ‘14 staff reporter fter a long day of school, my goal is to complete all my homework. Every afternoon I go to the Robert Young Library, spending nearly 45 minutes trying to get a head start on homework. I walk through the front doors and the first thought that comes to my mind is: can I study in this environment? The library is a place for work and commotion. There are groups of students studying together, reading magazines, doing detention hours, or just talking. This is our library, and there’s nothing we can really do about it. Many people have classified the library as a so-called “student lounge,” due to the fact that it’s unlike a stereotypical library.
In public libraries, for instance, there are multiple staff members who continuously maintain the noise level and keep the library clean and organized. Rather, in our library, we have multiple computers, open areas for studying, comfortable furniture, and most importantly, students. Students rely on our library as their main place to study –and to hangout. The Student Voice poll of November 12 found that 21 percent of students have two free periods, and 71 percent of those students spend their free periods in the library. The first responsibility of students is to monitor their noise level, and clean up after themselves, two basic rules that most students are told to follow at home by their parents. Most students put all their responsibilities on the shoulders of the faculty. The noise becomes so loud that students who want to study are forced to find another place, most taking refuge in the senior courtyard. One of the greatest issues our library faces is the cut-back in staffing. For the past two years, head librarian Matthew Wittmer
has been the only full-time staff member in the library. If we go back nearly 15 years, there have always been two librarians working to maintain order in the library. Being the only staff member in the library forces Mr. Wittmer to juggle between tasks and priortize tasks that used to be handled by two librarians. If we can get ourselves to be considerate, the library can be a place to study and relax. I understand when students are working in pairs or groups it does create a noisy environment, but those who are just in the library to talk and hang out, should be considerate and understand the library is a place of work. Students need to understand they hold responsibility for the library, it belongs them. The library provides us with academic tools, and in return we the students should treat it with respect. Our library is unique; it is much more than the traditional library. If the students acknowledge their responsibility, the library is much more than just books, but a place to socialize with teachers and fellow students.
Privilege falls short?
Michael Cook The Student Voice
We don’t have school spirit. For years, students have regarded that bold notion as an understood fact. Some students say our sprit has been absent since the glory football days of the late 80’s. Others claim that it disappeared following the 04-05 varsity basketball season. And the rest simply believe that the red army, well, has always been the dead army. For the past three years, I’ve jumped on the “Buckley has no spirit” bandwagon. I have never seen a student, besides a sibling of a player or a team manager, attend one of my away matches. I have seldom witnessed students watch an H period game on Gilley, except for those required to attend by their regular PE coaches. Even teachers, who wear their FANS shirts with pride rarely stick around for home games. So when I went to watch the Buckley girls’ volleyball team battle Viewpoint for the league title on November 3, I thought I entered into the wrong gym. The usually barren, cobweb-infested bleachers were smothered in waves of Buckley red and a bit of Viewpoint blue. Students of all ages were launching cheers like cannon balls across the volleyball court, continuously belting, “sink the Navy” and “I believe that we will win,” when a strange idea crept into my mind. Did we find our school spirit? For years, the athletic department and student government have made numerous attempts to revive the Red Army. They’ve plastered flyers around campus, constructed a concession stand piled with candy, soda, and pizza, and have even re-established a Varsity Club devoted to promoting athletic spirit. But for this game, all it took was one Facebook message. A week before the championship showdown, a Patriot student disrupted the chain of ‘go Griffin’ messages on a girls’ volleyball event page with an unforeseen comment: “Viewpoint is going to smack down on Buckley like no tomorrow.” That one jeer triggered a full-blown war. Buckley students fired back with comments along the lines of: “get off our event page,” “what are you talking about,” and “we’re going to crush you on November 3.” The smack-talk story spread like wildfire. During school, conversations about the volleyball game and destroying the Navy rang throughout the locker halls. After school, students spent hours on Facebook and twitter, engaging in arguments over the game. Even BSC president, senior Wes Haas, sent out a special e-mail to the student body asking everyone to gear up for the showdown. “Viewpoint’s asking for it,” he said. For most students, this game was about more than just cheering on the seniors or supporting the girls’ volleyball team in their quest for a historic league championship. It was about saving our school pride. Viewpoint’s antagonizing comments roused us from apathetic hibernation. Their discriminating claims about the Red Army’s lack of school support incited us to bind together as an Upper School in order to preserve our dignity. When Viewpoint fanatics wrote on Facebook that they were bringing a busload of students to the game, to save face we brought double that amount. When Patriot supporters yelled cheers from the visiting stands, as the home team we overwhelmed them with screams of “Red Army!” That week and that game taught me a valuable lesson about our school spirit. Buckley has it. We’ve always had it. It just takes a little bit of pride nagging and dignity jabbing to awaken our Red Army.
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I’m driving, but who’s paying? Plenty of students have their licenses and are free to gas up and hit the road free of monetary resonsibilities.
ON THE ROAD: Senior Andrew Lockridge drives to school in his Lexus 400h that he shares with mother.
tudents do what they can to get their drivers licenses as soon as possible, but after they do, how do they afford to use them? At this school, most parents finance their kids’ cars. “[My car] is very useful on the weekends for recreational activities,” said junior Brandon Wong. “My mother pays for my insurance and the gas is paid for by various members of my family.” “I drive to school and to go to [social] activities on the weekends,” said senior Alec Shaul, who also has his own car, although it was his mom’s car first. Shaul’s parents also pay for his gas and insurance Senior Ravi Merritt has his license, but no car. Still, he is able to share his mom’s car at a little price. “If I’m using the car and the gas runs out, I have to pay for it. Otherwise, my parents pay for it,” he said. “I usually do errands for
her [my mom] and then she lets me use the car to go hang out with friends.” Merritt is one of the few students who have to pay for gas or insurance. “I pay for my insurance and my parents pay for my gas,” said junior Alexander Silverman. Silverman’s grandparents paid for his car and he said he uses it to drive to school and to go to friends’ houses, but he also runs errands with his car. With insurance rates for new drivers higher than $500 per month and gas over $3 per gallon, people can end up paying over $700 per month for a new driver. Is it bad that kids let their parents pay that much money on top of everything else parents do for their kids? Students don’t think so. “I never really felt bad about it because I don’t expect them to provide that service because I never just expected them to buy me a car,” said senior Eric Murray.
“Its not that I don’t feel that I should pay for myself, it’s that I’m perfectly content not having a car or not having gas. It’s their choice to give it to me.” Murray’s parents paid for his car and they also pay for his gas and insurance. Wong also does not feel bad that his parents pay for his car, as he does not have time for a job. “Where do you expect me to make money from?” he explained. Merritt admits to trying to get out of paying for gas by coming home when his gas is almost out. “I will admit that is me being a cheapskate,” he said. “[But] I don’t feel bad for [making my parents pay for] gas and stuff like that because I feel that it is one of their obligations because it is a necessity.” Merritt said that he has no source of income to pay for car upkeep. “I don’t have a job, there is really no there way for me to get money,” he said.
Jason Gold The Student Voice
As new drivers, students are very inexperienced. With inexperience come mistakes and with mistakes come accidents. So, students may get into accidents and then have to deal with the damage of both their car and the car of the person in the crash. “A week after I got my license I hit a BMW and [although there was no real damage] the lady made a huge deal out of it,” said Merritt. His father paid for the minimal damage that resulted from the accident, but there were consequences for Merritt. “It wasn’t a serious accident, so they [my parents] were able to [fix] it without insurance and my dad paid for it, but I had to do stuff for him, I pretty much had a month of being his slave until we were even,” he added. Murray has been in two accidents, but since they were minor, his insurance covered both of them, leaving the accidents free of charge to him, but blemishes on his driving record.
“My parents were more upset about the fact that one of them resulted in a moving violation because they acknowledged that neither accident was my fault,” said Murray. Some students have agreements with their parents about the limitations that can result in their cars and driving privileges taken away. Although most students say their parents trust them enough to let them have almost free use of driving at any time, most also have to behave well to keep their cars and licenses. “My parents trust me for the most part and they know I’m going to try and stay away from doing stupid things, but if I do something that is overtly stupid they will take my driving privileges away,” said Merritt. “If I am ever to be found violating California state law or federal law, my license is to be revoked by the authority of my parents,” said Wong.
insidefeatures students’ technology | page 11 Students’ use of technology in classes is often distracting to themselves and other students VETERANS DAY | page 12 Maj. Gabe and Cpt. Zach Szody have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. 25 YEARS AGO | page 14 New policies and classes have bloomed since 1985
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Technology takes toll in classrooms Some students are choosing to use laptops or iPads for notetaking during class, but many are tempted to browse the web or play games. MeherSingh ‘14 staff reporter aptop or notebook? “I find using a laptop in class more helpful and productive than pen and paper because it allows me to get through the notes quicker and allows me to have more time to listen to the teacher,” said junior Timothy Halimi. By taking notes on a laptop or iPad, students can have neater notes which are easier to study and look back on. “I think students are able to organize notes and revisit it quickly. If something comes up in a discussion that we did before, they refer to it quickly rather than writing it in somewhere and not really reading it,” said history teacher Karen Drohan. For those who write slowly or have bad handwriting, taking notes using a laptop is much more practical and helpful than writing them down by hand. Students can also reorganize their notes in an orderly fashion. Though taking notes on a laptop may be efficient for some, for many it is a distraction, with the Internet being a click away. “Any device connected to the Internet presents the opportunity to do something else besides pay attention in class,” said history teacher Michael Petrella.
This behavior distracts the student using the laptop and students around that student. When someone focuses on something outside of the class on a computer, other students tend to direct their attention towards that student instead of the teacher. “If they’re not sitting in the back, it’s a distraction for the kids behind them. I’ve had students check their ESPN fantasy teams and the kids behind them getting excited,” said math teacher Joshua Ryan.
Although some of these sites are blocked, students find ways to get around the technology department’s filters. “For some reason there is a always a group of Buckley males who believe that site blocks are a challenge to their manhood and spend oodles of time finding ways around them,” said Petrella. Another fear that some teachers may have with students using laptops in the classroom is being unknowingly recorded. “Just recently, a student of
mine, unbeknownst to me, recorded the class discussion. Not telling me that I was being recorded. I don’t know, it made me feel somehow violated,” said English teacher Andrew Nelson. However, Nelson’s student used the recording in order to add detail to her notes. “She e-mailed me later to gleefully tell me that she recorded me and that she took more notes from the recording. How mad could I get with this kid when her intentions were so wholesome?” said
Nelson. Teachers say they have difficulty ascertaining when students are wasting their time on their laptop or iPad or actually taking notes. “No matter how strict or quick a teacher is, a student can open and close windows faster than we can. It is almost solely incumbent upon the student to only use the device for note taking. Most, if not all, students stray,” said Petrella. Other teachers have found tricks to notice when a student is being productive with their laptop or not. “If I see colors changing on their white shirt, I know they’re not on one page,” said Drohan. Many teachers acknowledge the benefits of using laptops to take notes, but are not certain that the advantages outweigh the diversions that they sometimes create. “I think it’s come time to realize that the costs outweigh the benefits, drop all pretenses, and ban them from the classroom. College professors are increasingly doing that. We should too,” said Petrella. Nelson pointed out that the advantages depend on how the student chooses to use his or her laptop. “A lousy note taker is a lousy note taker, regardless of the medium through which he takes his notes,” said Nelson.
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Honoring servicemen close to our community Captain Gabe Szody and Major Zach Szody sacrifice their time, leave loved ones and friends and forego family events to serve in the United States Army wherever they are sent.
“A typical combat tour in Iraq or Afghanistan for a soldier is 12 to 15 months, and the amount of time that a soldier dedicates to the Army ranges from two to six years. A soldier dedicates his entire life for several years, to the defense of us and our people. He gives away everything just for this one cause. He gives away his happiness; ultimately he gives away his life, all in the name of service. Nothing could be a more honorable way to spend two to six years of your life.” Eric Murray Senior
Courtesy of Zach Szody
From remarks at Veterans Day assembly, November 10
A SPECIAL BOND: Major Zach Szody stands before armoured vehicle in Afghanistan with three of his fellow American soldiers.
“Not everyone jumps out of an aircraft at night armed with weapons and ammunition preparing for a combat mission,” said Maj. Gabe Szody, 33, Detachment Commander – Team Leader of a Special Forces Detachment Alpha. When he was 16-years-old, Szody knew he wanted to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and pursue a future in the military. Growing up in the 1990s, before 9/11 and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Szody longed to be involved in Special Forces: groups of 12 combat troops who go around the world and perform special international operations. Szody fulfilled part of his dream when he graduated from West Point in 1999 and two years later joined the special operations community and served in a Ranger unit. He then became a Green Beret. Starting in 2001, he said good-bye to his family, leaving behind weddings, birthdays, and graduations, including his sister’s, Spanish teacher Brooke Szody, college graduation. Szody came back to the U.S. for the birth of his first of two children but then had to go immediately back to Iraq for five months. Since then, Szody has been deployed five times on combat missions to Afghanistan. Most recently, Szody has served as a Special Forces team leader, in charge of his own 12-man detachment that worked with local inhabitants of the Middle East. “The most rewarding aspect is being able to take care of guys and see them get back okay,” said Szody. He said the toughest part about leading a team is getting his men to do things they wouldn’t normally do. “However, it’s not hard to get these men to do things they don’t want to do because they are not afraid,” he added. One of Szody’s operations was a military free fall combat mission. “It’s an intense feeling jumping 1,800 feet with a 70 to 80 pound bag, weapons, and an oxygen tank. There aren’t too many feelings like it,” said Szody. Szody said the Special Operations com-
munity is very different from the rest of the Army; this was one of the reasons it attracted him. “It’s a much more fast-pace tempo with much more risk involved than training at home,” said Szody. Szody clearly remembers his first combat mission. He endured a three and a half hour helicopter trip behind enemy lines and an hour long gunfight. “That was my first real mission. It was pretty intense and dangerous,” said Szody. Szody dispelled the negative connotation surrounding serving in the armed forces, saying that joining the military is a great decision that young adults should consider. He added that a person’s decision to serve should be completely up to the individual and that being cautious and knowing what one is getting into before signing up is crucial for prospective soldiers. Szody added that and he is strongly against instituting a draft. “You saw what happened in the 60’s and 70’s when there was a draft: a bunch of guys who didn’t have an option but to join,” said Szody. “If you don’t want to be part of the Army, we don’t want you.” Szody said his service has benefited him with his life now. He added that serving in the military gives you a reputation for being disciplined. “Serving in the military is a noble profession that provides life lessons and will impact the rest of your life,” said Szody. He added that the best friends one can make in life result from the bonds formed in the military. Having recently been promoted to the rank of Major, Szody is studying at Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. He has received three Bronze Stars, the third highest U.S. military honor, for heroism. Like his brother, Cpt. Zach Szody, 27, was inspired to serve in the military by thier father who fought in the Vietnam War. “He gave me a great appreciation for the military and I saw it more as my duty and I’d be honored to serve,” said Szody.
Maj. Szody started his military training by joining ROTC at the University of Portland. “It gave me a leadership role where I was responsible for the welfare of my fellow soldiers,” said Szody. After his graduation in 2005, Szody spent the next four and a half years in field artillery working with cannons. He became a Commander for the next four months and was platoon leader of 16 soldiers in Iraq, performing infantry style tactics, in the region between An-Najaf and South Baghdad. His platoon eventually grew to 40 soldiers. Shortly before his second deployment to Iraq as a platoon leader, Szody was shot in the hip in a drive-by shooting on Memorial Day weekend in 2008 at Colorado Springs. The bullet shattered his hip, which will have to be replaced at some point in the near future. Szody was temporarily stationed in the Washington D.C. area where he joined the Intelligence arena to support his platoon while they were deployed. He then became the liaison officer for a brigade and has been involved in Operation Security (OPSEC) since. Currently, Szody works with the First Information Operation Battalion and is in charge of his own Information Operations (IO) command. He has received a Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq. According to Szody, his service in the military has had a great impact on his life and was a good stepping stone for him. “It has given me a greater appreciation for our life and freedom,” said Szody. Szody said bonding in the military happens whether a soldier is fresh out of high school or has been in service for a long time. “We need to realize that this is a time of war. You’ve got to believe wholeheartedly in the men around you. It’s hard to explain the bond you form with these guys; you just know each other,” said Szody. “Fighting for freedom with the best Army in the world gives you learning and life experiences that exceed all others.”
Courtesy of Zach Szody STATIONED: Cpt. Zach Szody at a checkpoint south of Baghdad.
Courtesy of Gabe Szody ON PATROL: Maj. Gabe Szody has served two tours, stands at the Al Hadr ruins in North Iraq.
Courtesy of Brooke Szody
REUNITED: Maj. Gabe Szody with his sister, Spanish teacher Brooke Szody, and parents at a family wedding.
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ALIGUTHY ‘11 second of a two part series
Back in the days of blazers and batons Veteran teachers compare the campus academics and arts then and now.
life without calculators, can you imagine? This life was all that was known to current math department chair, Joanne Ryan, when she began her first year at Buckley in 1984. “It was a slow change, but we were finally able to get people into the idea of letting students use a calculator,” said Ryan. “All the calculator does that we don’t have is speed and accuracy, it doesn’t make mistakes. It allows us to explore problems we’d normally see as too difficult or too tedious.” Although the advent of calculators has somewhat revolutionized the math department’s policies, the effect of these devices appears to be inconsequential. “I feel it’s important for students to know how to use technology, but really students need to be able to analyze what they see on the calculator using the knowledge that they already have,” said Ryan. The recent introduction of Smartboards to the classroom has also altered the academic environment. The boards, which were first used by the math department, provide more techniques for presenting information, such as “Calculus in Motion” and “calculator emulators.” Although modern technological
developments have altered the course of academics, the overall approach to teaching has not changed. “I don’t believe students have changed academically,” said Ryan. “I think if students feel your main interest is their success, and you work as hard as you’re expecting them to work, they will always rise to the challenge.” Ryan and other veteran teachers agree that while the academic standards have always been high, student involvement and stress have increased dramatically, including pressure to take honors courses and get A’s in all courses. The level of extrra-curricular involvement is problematic to some teachers, who fear students are over-extending themselves just to boost college resumes. “I think kids now are more stressed because the mentality is you must get an A to succeed,” said math teacher Tami Woldman. “I was a good student when I was here, but I don’t remember having to work as many hours as I see many of my students working today.” English teacher Ellen Salas said that teachers began making required weekly assignment sheets for students in approximately 1987. Salas also said that more electives were offered, including single semester electives.
“I don’t believe students have changed academically. I think if students feel your main interest is their success, and you work as hard as you’re expecting them to work, they will always rise to the challenge.” Joanne Ryan Math department chair
hat has several instruments, plays rousing fight songs, and performs at every football game? You guessed it: a
marching band. In the early 1970s, the performing arts department had a 35 man marching band to cheer on the Griffin tackle football team. The band was disbanded when the football team was discontinued in the late 1980’s, and performing arts department chair, Vincent Houser replaced the marching band with a concert band. “Marching bands are important, but students learn a lot more about music by being in a concert band,” said Houser. “In a marching band, you have to worry about formations and it’s not necessarily the best way to improve tone.” Although the marching band no longer exists, remnants of their presence are still in use today. The Griffin shields that lead each Founder’s Day parade were part of the band gear, and on Halloween Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, appeared “in uniform” as a band member. Stage productions consisted only of the musical and the drama. The first production on the Pavilion stage, Alice in Wonderland, was considerably less ambitious than those produced today. “We didn’t have choir or theater classes, and we barely had dance classes,” said Houser. “At that time, they were good shows, but now the musicals, for the most part, are an end result of all the training students have during the year.” Houser helped expand the department by adding orchestra, choir, theater, and dance classes, which also extended extracurricular programs. With the expansion of the department came the development of Monotones, Jazz Band, Advanced Strings, Performance Lab, One Acts, Dance Festival, Culture Concerts, World Dance Festival,
Heritage Festival and Music in the Parks. Houser hopes to add Pep Band to be led by Daniel Hazlett, performing arts teacher. The band would perform at sporting events such as home basketball games in order to raise school spirit. Despite these new and diverse activities, Houser feels students have become more dedicated to a specific aspect of the arts. “I firmly believe students have become more interested and generally devoted to their particular field. I also firmly believe this is due to the charismatic, interested, and dedicated performing arts staff,” said Houser. In addition, modern technology, such as the Internet, has enhanced the quality of teaching for performing arts students. Watching videos on YouTube enables students to study “top notch” performance groups from all over the world. The visual arts department as well has experienced changes over the last 25 years. Visual arts department chair, Ellen Mahoney, recalls in 1981 the school did not have any art classes. “When I came here, we did not have any art classes, so I started classes that met regularly with assignments,” said Mahoney. “We introduced new courses such as photography, metal, computer graphic, and video.” Mahoney has also developed a collection of over 700 art books that support all art courses. Surprisingly, the art department was the first to use computers as part of regular teaching – a change that has inspired two of the three re-models of the art rooms. The visual arts department relies on individual student interest and desire for success. Since student involvement has greatly increased, more academically oriented AP and elective courses have become widespread.
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Organizations strive to benefit American soldiers Operation Gratitude and Cell Phones for Soldiers send care packages and prepaid phone cards to offer comfort to troops overseas.
Operation Gratitude JamesBernstein ‘14 business manager Operation Gratitude is a volunteer organization in Van Nuys that supports U.S. servicemen and women worldwide by sending them care packages filled with food, hygiene items, letters, and other entertainment items. It has sent more than 560,000 care packages to individual troops since its foundation. The best way to get involved at Operation Gratitude is to donate money and other goods. Another way to contribute is to write a personal letter to a soldier to get
involved in their letter-writing campaign. They have various collection and donation fundraisers throughout the year. Operation Gratitude holds two major campaigns during the year: the Holiday Drive is between September 13 and December 17, and the Patriotic drive which occurs in the spring. Anyone can volunteer at Operation Gratitude. Volunteer opportunities vary throughout the year. For more information, visit their website at www.operationgratitude.com.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Claire Selvin The Student Voice
GOOD CAUSE: Senior Tony Lobel and eigth grader Steven Rifkin help collect used cell phones for soldiers.
California in crisis: UC budget cuts Due to the the state’s economic woes, University of California and Cal State institutions have raised tuition, cut classes, and lowered salaries of professors and staff members. BenBeatty ‘13 staff reporter JamesBernstein ‘14 business manager he 2008-2009 recession and California’s budget crisis have hit nothing harder perhaps than the University of California system whose 2009-2010 budget was cut over $600 million, bringing consequences for both students and faculty, including several recent Buckley alumni. In May 2009, the UC system’s budget was reduced by nearly 20 percent. In order to compensate for the drop in funding, the UC system has been forced to raise tuition and make painful spending cuts. The tuition raise is the most difficult to bear for students; tuition has been raised almost 32 percent this year, with an increase of 8 percent for fall 2011 announced this week. In making these increases, the UC Regents have said they are forced to bring the system, which has for years maintained lower tuition than other elite universities, more in line with the standard tuition at other top institutions. Tuition has also gone up for the state run Cal State system, where students are seeing their tuition raised by around 15 percent. Both university systems are also expecting new raises in fees next semester, where tuition will be raised by 7 percent in both systems. This week, UC campuses announced they are planning to recruit more out-ofstate students, who pay $23,000 in tuition each year as opposed to the $11,000 in-state residents pay, for the “extra revenue and geographic diversity they bring to the cashstrapped system.” The faculty and staff of the UC system have also been hit by the budget cuts. By January 2011, over 200 staff members will have been laid off from UC Berkeley alone. In addition, a freeze on the hiring of new professors has been imposed across the system. In addition to layoffs, salary cuts are
now commonplace in the UC system. Some have seen their salaries drop by around 4 percent, but the cuts are affecting even those at the top. The president of the UC system, Mark Yudof, has taken a personal cut of 10 percent. The budget cuts and layoffs have also forced schools to cut down on the number of courses available to students. As a consequence, class sizes have risen, and many students are facing the prospect of not being able to finish their course requirements in four years. The new cuts in classes are already affecting Buckley alumni who attend University of California institutions. Lauren Lewis ’07, a student at University of California Irvine, has been forced to deal with changes in her course schedule. “Scheduling has become a nightmare,” said Lewis. “It’s become impossible to graduate on time.” Lewis, a computer science major, was only able to take to take three of the required five courses for her last academic quarter, leaving her in an uncertain position when it comes to graduation requirements. She has also seen her class sizes rise this year because of the cuts. She often finds that her classes are completely full, and many of her professors have been forced to stop accepting new students because rooms have reached maximum capacity. “Sometimes people wind up sitting on stairs, or on the floor,” said Lewis Lewis has always disliked the large class sizes at UCI, and the budget cuts have only made those issues worse. “It’s never going to be like a Buckley class. The class sizes have always been too large for my taste, and that hasn’t changed but for the worse,” said Lewis. Shannon Crow ‘09, now a foreign language major at UCLA, said she is concerned that the cuts have affected the number of times a year that languages are offered to students. She added that Spanish, one of the two foreign language classes that she is enrolled in, has not been hit hard by the cuts to her knowledge. Other, less popular languages
MichaelLen ’14 staff reporter Cell Phones for Soldiers collects used cell phones and sells them to ReCellular, which then pays Cellphone for Soldiers in return. They use the prepaid phone cards for soldiers stationed overseas. Each used phone can pay for one hour of talk time. “We realize that by opening our hearts to the plight of our soldiers we can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their loved ones,” said the Cell Phones for Soldiers club president, senior Tony Lobel.
ReCellular is a company that helps you to recycle your old cellphone. Since advancements in cellphone technology occur regularly, over a 130 million cell phones are thrown away every year, and only 2 percent of them are recycled. They resell the phones, and if necessary, dismantle and recycle the phones. There are over 3,000 collection site in the United States. “CCFS allows us to join together for the common good of service men and women,” said Lobel.
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• UC raised tuiton by 32% for the 20102011 school year. • UC Berkeley hired only 10 new faculty members instead of the usual 100. • UCLA stopped offering 165 courses this fall, a 10% drop . • UC faculty salaries have dropped by 4%. • UC institutions accepted 2,300 fewer students for the 2009-2010 school year. • UC budget was cut by 20%. • Tuition at California State institutions has risen by 15%.
Sources: The Los Angeles Times, Yahoo.com, The San Fransisco Public Press
have fallen victim to the cuts. Crow said that she also noticed decreases in library hours and student job availabilities, which have affected her friends recently. “I’ve noticed shortened library hours, which is a huge negative; and that is probably the most prominent change,” said Crow. Crow said she has not noticed a decrease in class sizes or campus construction plans recently. She added that she has not been unable to take any of the classes she wanted to, but her friends have told her that they have. According to Crow, UCLA reacted violently to the budget cuts in previous years. “I just hope that any protests this year aren’t as obnoxious or out of control as last year’s. People totally lost sight of why they were protesting and became violent, inconsiderate, and rude in their mob
like gathering and chasing of regents and storming of classrooms during lecture,” said Crow. The cuts, tuition raises, and layoffs have created an atmosphere of anger and discontent in the both the faculty and student body of the UC system. Both groups have been protesting since 2009 when the cuts were made, with some of these protests almost breaking out into riots. The California state in its 2010-2011 budget restored almost $305 million to the UCs, with $199 million coming from the state’s general fund, and $106 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment act. Restoration in funding has come from the state’s K-12 public education system; California’s public education budget was cut by nearly $3 billion for the 2010-2011 fiscal year in response to the budget crisis of the state.
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Social Initiation As freshmen experience clubs and varsity teams for the first time, they quickly learn to interact with upperclassmen who are in leadership roles. Fresh friends, a fresh year, and a fresh start. It’s no wonder they are called freshmen. “On the first day of school, I was really excited because I always wanted to know what it’s like to be a freshman. At the same time, I was nervous because there are new kids, and that adds to the social pressure of who are going to be my friends,” said freshman Madison Grubb.
Bottom Dogs After being the top dogs of middle school, the freshmen drop down to being the bottom dogs. At times they feel left out of the social circle of the Upper School and ignored by older students. “There’s the seniority argument: we’ve been the wrath of it [Upper School] for so long, and when you finally become a senior, you feel like you’ve achieved a status. We feel more intelligent and experienced,” said senior Matthew Saunders. From kindergarten to eighth grade, most students are usually friends with those in their grade. In high school, however, students begin to bond with upperclassmen. “I feel a sense of accomplishment when I make friends with older kids.
Earlier I hadn’t, but now it’s much easier to talk with them especially through sports teams and clubs,” said freshman Samantha Siciliano.
The Social Scene As freshmen navigate the social scene, they are exposed to peer pressure, drama, and rumors. “Now that I’m in high school, I feel that there is a lot of peer pressure to date, have a short skirt, and put more make-up on. I would only do it to impress myself though,” said Grubb. “I want to feel respected for who I am, and it’s difficult when people have to judge you on your appearance.” Grubb is not the only student who feels the effect of peer pressures. To overcome these pressures, freshmen turn to each other. “I’m more confident as a person because I’m around people who can relate to me in terms of intellectuality and physicality. Being in high school now, there’s a lot of drama and rumors which can ruin friendships, but it’s easy to rely on others in my grade because they are going through the same life situation,” said freshman Ryan O’Donnell.
Façades The pressure to be cool and popular among friends causes and creates a public façade. Many freshmen switch their friends to become popular. “Some people want to be someone else that they are not. They might change their identity to fit in a social circle. But the truth of the matter is that they are only destroying their identity and who they are as a person,” said freshman Gian Ignacio.
Parents Freshmen, as they create new personas and feel more independent, begin to rebel against parental control. “Now that I’m older, it’s a bit difficult because I feel like I should have some independence, and I don’t want my parents to interfere as much with my social life,” said Grubb.
New Students On top of these typical problems of being a freshman, those who are new to the school have to cope with much more: a new environment, new teachers, leaving old friends, and making new ones. “It feels really different to be in a
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school that is so small compared to my old public school. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make as many friends as I did, but since there were more new people this year, I got to experiment with my personality,” said Ignacio.
Labels As they are hunting for a way to survive their first year of high school, many freshmen acquire labels based on personality. For many, that label determines their reputation for the next four years. Some students embrace their label, and some attempt to change their reputation. “Ever since I was a freshman, I was always known as the person who always studied or worried about classes. But I think this reputation has made me study even harder and motivated me to do even better in school,” said junior Tiffany Nazar. Although freshman year can be one of the most difficult years for students, it is a time when they can develop their interests through clubs, sports teams, or academic classes. “Freshman year was where I found who I am as a person and what I like to do,” said Nazar.
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Academic Rigors Moving from eighth to ninth grade brings more homework and more studying for freshmen, plus the pressure of knowing that everything they do counts for college. Seventy-five freshmen walked through the doors of their first Upper School class this year. Since then, they’ve been adapting to their new work, new responsibilities and new classes. “It’s intense,” said freshman Tyra Gray. “But exciting. I mean, I’m going to high school.” Freshman Ibijola Lagundoye agrees. Both girls are not only new to high school, but new to Buckley. “I was really excited to start here. It was a new opportunity for me,” said Lagundoye. When one thinks of his or her freshman year, a few things may come to mind. Bio with Dr. Griffis, history with “P-trell,” lots of new kids, and Joshua Tree. “At first it was a difficult adjustment for me, but I’ve really enjoyed my high school experience thus far. It’s helped that I’ve made tons of new friends, my teachers are amazing, and I’ve been playing my
first year of high school volleyball,” said freshman Nikki Nahai. Freshmen like Nahai say they have more easily adjusted to high school because of the approachable people and open environment. They like being able to explore subjects through electives even if they have more work. “I’ve noticed that I need to put in more effort into my work this year, more than I did in middle school,” said freshman Jason Freedman. The transition from the Middle School to the Upper School also presents students with more academic freedom but also more academic responsibility. “You need to turn [freshmen] from middle school students into high school students. I expect them to be more independent learners. They need to be able to read a textbook and learn it,” said history teacher Mike Petrella.
Though freshmen are held to a higher standard than in middle school, there is still room to improve. Some freshmen say that they are already getting familiarized with the new aspects of upper school. “I’m doing better this year than last year. Now I’m looking at the bigger picture because I realize that soon I’m going to be applying to colleges,” said freshman Eva Nazar. Once in ninth grade, students realize that everything they do in class impacts the rest of their high school academics and finally counts for college. “I know that the habits you build in ninth grade would be harder to break as you get older,” said freshman Samantha Fett. Upperclassmen have simple advice for freshmen. “I think that your freshman year most students are just trying to figure it all out,”
said senior Madison Netel. Upperclassmen view freshman year as the last chance to relax. “Freshmen really should just enjoy the experience of high school more. They should cherish it because, honestly, it goes by too fast,” said senior Molefi Cooper. The administration also helps freshmen get acclimated to their new environment. “The administration does a great job of helping you structure your high school career. [Freshmen should] be grateful for this guidance that is given to them,” said Cooper. “The main goal of your freshman year is to improve,” said Petrella. “I’m learning the importance of time management and how to arrange my priorities. I’ve learned that if I have a history test tomorrow, I’ll be studying history instead of going on the computer,” said Lagundoye.
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HARRY POTTER | page 19 Photo by Jaap Buitendijk
backstage | page 21 Olivia Perez
HARRY POTTER | page 19 The release of Part I of the seventh movie of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, enchants and amazes fans across the campus. BACKSTAGE | page 21 Behind the curtain, students actors and tech crew members watch the action on stage and prepare for their cues. SAUSAGE | page 22 Gourmet German sausages treat the pallet to unusual flavor combinations in a trendy Downtown locale.
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Sausage | page 22 Courtesy of Wurstk端che
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS | page 22 Voice editor Alice Breidenbach visits the lastest and greatest at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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The beginning of the end of ‘Potter’ JEREMYLEVINSON‘11
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THEY’RE BACK: (From left to right) Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint reprise their roles as the world’s favorite wizards in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I. Warning: the following review may contain spoilers regarding the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I. “These are dark times, there is no denying.” With this dark proclamation, Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) sets the stage for the seventh Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Both the characters and the actors playing Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermoine (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) have greatly matured, and the film series seems to have matured with them. Now approaching the end of the series, the film takes on a much more grim, frantic tone. The protagonists have been cast out of the world, as Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his dark
forces now control Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. The three main characters are forced to live the lives of fugitives, constantly moving from place to place to stay ahead of the Death Eaters. Without the warmth, comfort and relative innocence of Hogwarts, protecting them, the trio must vie with the forces of evil on their own. After leaving their homes (and all traces of their former lives) at the start of the film, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are quickly swept up into a mission to destroy the Horcruxes and save their world. Perhaps the biggest news leading up to the movie’s release was the decision to split the seventh book into two films. There was debate as to whether the split was a genuine creative decision or merely a way
to increase profits, but regardless of the motives the break appears successful. The action is generally constant throughout, although some scenes are over-stretched. Most notably is Harry and Hermione’s romp through the British countryside, which tends to highlight the scenery more than the character’s involvement. While the movie generally follows the book closely, one scene added by director David Yates highlights the film’s more mature undertones while raising a few eyebrows in the audience. Almost out of nowhere, Harry and Hermione find themselves dancing to Nick Cave’s “The Children.” The exaggeratedly awkward release of tension after Ron had abandoned the duo lightens up the otherwise morose atmosphere, and provides a brief moment of comfort in their
lives on the run. There are also many humorous moments scattered throughout the film. Even among the pandemonium at the start of the film, the situation is lightened when a number of characters drink Polyjuice Potions to all resemble Harry and suddenly there are seven Harry’s running around in tuxedos and skirts. Dobby (Toby Jones) makes a triumphant return at the end of the film, providing a brief moment of comic relief that quickly turns into sorrow after he is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). The actors, aged 19-20 during the filming, have grown with their characters and now embody their roles. No longer does the plot and character control the actor, the veteran cast is now experienced
enough to define their own roles. In a marked shift from the earlier films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 focuses much more on character development and growth, interwoven brilliantly among the conflict. Out are the black-and-white interactions and personalities, the writers and Yates challenged the actors with much more depth and intricacy in the characters. In are Ron’s falling out with Harry, Ron’s falling in with Harry, Hermione’s falling in with Ron and Harry, good guys secretly bad, bad guys secretly good, and every actor rises to the occasion. The film cuts to credits just as Voldemort gains the upper hand, ending on an unexpected cliffhanger that promises continued, heightened action in Part 2.
Dumbledore’s Army prepares for new film Harry Potter-mania is about to hit Buckley. Part one of the series’ highly anticipated seventh film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, opens today. Students will be rushing to see the film on opening weekend, and a dedicated few will have already attended the midnight showing at the time of this publication. The franchise has enthralled and enchanted readers since its 1997 debut, but what is it that attracts these fans to the series? Senior Jason Rosenbaum feels the books offer a portal for the reader to experience a separate yet whimsical reality. “The series represents a reality that is just removed enough from ours to seem fantastical, but still close enough to seem possible,” said Rosenbaum. Teenaged fans are able to connect with the franchise more intimately, growing up alongside the protagonists. Most students, now in high school, were too young to appreciate the early books, so the series was an acquired taste for many readers. “I didn’t like it at first, when I was about five, but once I hit about 2nd or 3rd grade I really got into it and then a couple of years ago I got really obsessed,” said sophomore Andrea Mackey. Harry Potter fans at Buckley find many ways to show their support. While most are simply dedicated to following each of the books and movies, the more staunch supporters collect merchandise, quote characters, and even act out scenes. One dedicated group of students has formed a
club to celebrate the series. Mackey is the president of “Dumbledore’s Army,” named after a student organization that first appears in the fifth book. Mackey describes the club as a place where “Harry Potter fans can get together and cherish the books and movies,” though she hopes the club can represent something more. To add a charitable aspect, the founders encourage club members to share their love for the series with children in hospitals. “I’m trying to get the club to go to a hospital and read some of the books to the kids, and so far CedarsSinai seems like they want to do it,” said Mackey. The club has 30 members, and the founders expect it to gain members and support with the film’s release. To celebrate the release, Mackey, along with vice-president, sophomore Nika Shahery and secretary, sophomore Shilpa Mantri, are planning on taking club members to a weekend showing of the film. Regardless of their level of dedication to the Harry Potter universe, students are upset to see the series come to a close. Senior Andrew Lockridge claims he “shed 700some tears.” “Every time I finished a page I cried a little bit” said Lockridge. However, according to Shahery, there is no reason to be sad about the end of the films. “Harry Potter never dies.”
HOCUS POCUS: Sophomores Jonah Zarros, Alisa Spector and Emily Irani and senior Soren Hopkins attend the final Dubledore’s Army
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comes to Buckley ! a m o h Okla
ABOUT AS FAR AS THEY COULD GO TaraBitran ‘14 staff reporter Senior Annie Higgins sits alone on stage, as junior Mark Cook walks on singing, “There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow.” And so each performance of Oklahoma! began from November 11-13. The story centered around Laurey Williams, played by senior Alex Scolari, who had to decide whether she wanted to admit her feelings for Curly McLain, played by Cook, or become involved with the scary farmer Jud Fry, played by senior Ethan Fudge, all in the midst of Oklahoma becoming a state. A separate love triangle involved Laurey’s best friend, Ado Annie, played by sophomore Michaela Murphy, having to choose between cowman Will Parker, played by senior
Brady Dowad or the peddler-man, Ali Hakim, played by junior Michael Cook. In the end, Laurey ends up with Curly and Ado Annie with Will. “The shows went really well and everyone did a really good job. Some of the shows had funny mistakes, but some even made the show a bit better, like Mark’s gun not going off in a really intense scene made the show more humorous,” said sophomore and key grip, Emily Irani. While some performances contained mishaps, there were no major problems. “Luckily, nothing unusual happened during any of the performances, unlike in Sweet Charity where the dance bar fell,” said sophomore and stage manager, Zach Heffner. Audience members enjoyed the musical numbers the best.
“My favorite part of the show was watching the cast perform “Oklahoma.” I also really liked the ‘Dream Ballet’ and ‘Kansas City’,” said freshman and audience member, Sam Bierman. The performance that went the best was Saturday’s, according to production members. “Saturday is always the best. It always ends up reaching sort of an emotional climax, both on and off stage,” said senior Soren Hopkins, who played Slim. Oklahoma! Director and performing arts teacher, Neil Nash, was very pleased with the performances. “I was so happy with the quality of the production across the board. The students really hit their marks in every aspect; there were no weak links. Because of the success of Oklahoma!, it now makes me want to choose musicals of similar quality for future productions,” said Nash.
ELLER AND LAUREY
GOING FOR A RIDE
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news opinion features focus arts & entertainment sports Photos courtesy of Luka Bazeli AS FAR AS THEY COULD GO: Performers strike a pose at the end of “Kansas.” SURREY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP: Laurey (Alex Scolari) and Curly (Mark Cook) cuddle during a musical number. AUNT ELLER: Aunt Eller (Annie Higgins) gives the peddler Ali Hakim (Michael Cook) an earful. THE PEDLER: The peddler Ali Hakim (Micahel Cook) speaks with his sweetheart, Ado Annie(Michaela Murphy). JUD: The menacing Jud Fry (Ethan Fudge) mulls over his love for Laury .
SURREY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP
DANCERS: Senior Cathryn Ortiz-Benz, freshman Camilla Revah, junior Jesse Light, junior Sarah Schlitt and Scolari perform a dream sequence. ELLER AND LAUREY: Laurey (Scolari) helps Aunt Eller (Higgins) try on some of the Hakim’s (Michael Cook) goods. LASSO: Will Parker (Brady Dowad) shows off his rodeo moves. GOING FOR A RIDE: Curly (Mark Cook) takes Aunt Eller (Higgins) for a ride in his imagined surrey.
Heffner manages from behind the scenes AUNT ELLER
A look backstage AliceBreidenbach‘12 a&e editor As the curtains open and the lights come up, the audience at a theater production immediately becomes aware of the students on stage. It soon becomes clear that these performers have worked hard to memorize their lines, dance routines, and songs. But students put in great deal of work, largely unrecognized, behind the scenes of every show as well. “We basically run the production,” said junior Lauren Halperin, who works as a lighting technician for the tech crew. “The actors do their job, lighting does its job, and costumes do their job, and it all comes together in the final show, which is what the audience sees.” “We really assist the cast in completing the production,” explained sophomore and stage manager, Zachary Heffner. “We work to make sure that the actors look good during the show.” Before every performance, the crew’s work begins in costumes. Sophomore and head costume assistant, Nika Shahery, often oversees this portion of the crew’s work. “Backstage, [in costumes,] we make sure that everything is organized and that every costume has all of its pieces,” said Shahery. “We help the actors if there is a difficult costume change and we also keep control backstage. We try to keep everyone quiet because if people get too loud, and the audience can hear them, it really disrupts the performance.” Because the crew’s work takes place off stage, it is often overlooked by audience members. “Of course, I look at the lighting and costumes [when I see a Buckley show]. But I’m more focused on the performances,” said senior Brian Lee. “It’s sad that the work goes unnoticed sometimes. But I believe that the tech crew’s work is pivotal to making a good production. You can’t have a good show without good lighting
and good costumes.” Shahery also acknowledged the audience’s tendency to overlook the crew’s work. “Yeah, I do feel that our work is somewhat overlooked,” said Shahery. “I don’t think that people know how much work is put in backstage, or even into costumes alone. I don’t even think that most of the cast realizes it.” Senior and cast member Alex Scolari does recognize the importance of the crew’s work. “Even though the tech crew isn’t necessarily on stage, they play a huge part in the show itself,” said Scolari, who has performed in several Buckley productions. “It’s really a team effort and the tech crew is like the brains behind the production.” “We all come together to create the final show,” added Scolari. “If it was a musical without any special effects, such as lighting and costumes, it’d be pretty boring.” But the possibility of having their work overlooked does not deter the tech crew. “I have acted in Buckley productions, but with schoolwork, I like the time commitment of tech crew a lot more. And on tech crew you get to work with a lot of great people and do a lot of cool things that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise, like go up into the crawl space. It’s all such a great experience,” said Heffner. “No, I don’t think I’ll be acting in any Buckley productions any time soon.” Shahery, who has acted in past productions, may consider returning to the stage. “I was in Sweet Charity, and I might consider auditioning again,” she said. “People think the only people in the production are those on stage, but that’s not true. There are many people backstage that put in a lot of work too. The show is a product of the work everyone puts in. It’s a team effort.”
Zach Heffner AliEicher ‘14 staff reporter Adrenaline’s pumping. Last-minute nerves are setting in. The lights are up. The stage is set. The show is ready to begin. Yet, the key to a smooth production is in the hands of one person: sophomore Zachary Heffner. Heffner took on the role of stage manager for the fall musical, Oklahoma!. He is held accountable for the show’s technical cues and seamless transitions. “Zach has taken on the responsibilities of his job with great enthusiasm and seriousness, and he seems to relish the opportunity,” said Stephen Rollman, technical director. Heffner enjoys his new job. “I decided in my ninth grade year that this was what I was going to do,” said Heffner, who has been on technical crew for Middle School productions and spring dance concerts. But stage managing a musical is a new experience for Heffner. “With a musical, you have to deal with many more elements like the orchestra and more people in general. These elements add up to more responsibility overall,” said Heffner. Despite the obligations of his new job, Heffner is still a sophomore and must balance his schoolwork with tech work. “I have to mix using my free periods really well. I can’t always talk to my friends during frees, I always have to get my schoolwork done first,” said Heffner. Yet, Heffner is adjusting to his new position and receiving praise for his skills. “Zach does so many things well that
I am hard-pressed to find something that stands out,” said Rollman. Rollman credits the previous students who trained the next generation of “techies” so well that they can take over without missing a beat. Heffner’s fellow crew members commend him as well. “It’s a really great experience working with Zach. He’s so mature for his age and knows 10 times more than I do about lighting and stage work,” said junior Lauren Halperin, lighting technician for Oklahoma!. Rollman said that Heffner has not only already learned how to use the new light board, courtesy of last year’s Parents’ Association, but trained two other students on it as well. Oklahoma! presented a few technical challenges that Heffner had to solve. A dream sequence required the stage to be fairly empty, presenting the problem of limited wing space. Heffner and Rollman had to design a set that was big enough to look realistic, while still being able to fit offstage. The importance of Heffner’s position and the tech crew is evident in solving these dilemmas. “Tech crew really shows how much effort and behind-the-scenes work goes into the production. If one thing goes wrong on tech, the whole show is potentially in danger,” said Halperin. Heffner thinks students should join the tech crew because of what he’s gained from the opportunity. “You learn a lot from it and you learn to be responsible because of it. You get to work with people that are really awesome. It’s just like a bunch of great experiences.”
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soundoff SARAHROSE ‘12
Downtown sausage eatery updates tradi-tional fare
Matt & Kim: Sidewalks
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Matt and Kim are having a dance party and everyone is invited. On their third studio release, Cameras, the duo brings back their signature sugarcoated synthesizer melodies and lighthearted drum beats to create a work overflowing with warmth and smiles that will surely have listeners dancing, at least for the first part of the album. “Block After Block,” the first track on the disc, uses synchronized claps, sleigh bells, tambourine hits, and the repetition of ‘yeahs’ to welcome listeners to the festivities and to entice them to stick around. The fun and festivities continue on “AM/FM Sound.” The song’s chorus doesn’t even have actual words, but audiences feel compelled to sing along nevertheless. The driving melody, combined with Kim’s messy syncopated beats, creates a feeling of inclusion for the listener. This sentiment seems to be repeated throughout the album on such tracks as “Red Paint” and “Good For Great.” On “Where You’re Coming From,” the longest track on the CD, Matt continuously repeats the lyrics “I know where you’re coming from,” almost begging listeners to identify with the fact that he understands them. The album’s title track, “Cameras,” is probably the best song on the disc, incorporating tuba notes with xylophone sounds, and a catchy hook of “No time for cameras, we’ll use our eyes instead, no time for cameras, we’ll be gone when we’re dead.” “Northeast” is the least syrupy of the tracks on Cameras, providing a much needed break from the rest of the album, at least for the initial part of the song, where low piano notes contrast against the sleigh bells in the background, with Matt’s vocals creating a happy medium. The respite is interrupted, as the keys are reintroduced about two minutes into the song when a coda emerges, absent of vocals but full of synthesizer to remind us that everything is all fine and dandy in Matt and Kim land. The Matt and Kim party gets a bit old about midway through the disc, after a few too many fruity, highpitched, synthesizer-heavy, headache-inflicting tracks, suggesting that Cameras should be listened to in small doses. Despite the pervasiveness of the synthesizer (promoting the idea that it is a third band member), the album remains noteworthy, original, and fun.
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If you’re not paying attention, you might drive by it. With a line stretching down the street on weekend nights, this modern restaurant looks like a nightclub in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. But it’s Wurstküche, a German sausage restaurant that
Wurstküche 800 E 3rd Street, Los Angeles - (213) 687-4444 atmosphere: A young vibe with a night club feel. Customers eat in a large dining hall with private tables in the corners. sound level: A dj plays modern music adding to the upbeat atmosphere. Customers can recommend songs to play. recommended dishes: Bratwurst, duck and bacon sausages, rabit, veal and pork sausages. Truffle fries and the apple pie ice cream sanwich. service: The ordering line is quick and waiters bring the food to customers. price range: A complete meal should be between $10 and $15. hours: 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. credit cards: All major cards. what the stars mean: (none) just plain bad half-decent good quite good excellent Ratings reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, ambience and service, with price taken into consideration. Menu listings and prices are subject to change.
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serves over 20 sausage sandwiches. I wondered why a sausage restaurant would have such a long line. But as I entered the tiny room where they handle orders, the service was quick and efficient. As I waited in line, employees offered a selection of imported sodas. With a mid-20-year-old crowd dominating the restaurant, Wurstküche is more hip than it is expensive. If you’re savvy you can have a great meal under $12. A large glass display of all sausages headlines the ordering area. Behind the display are cooks firing up the grill as the sweet smell of sausage drifts through the room. The menu consists of three sausage sections: classics such as the bratwurst or hot Italian; gourmet such as mango jalapeño; and exotics such as rattlesnake and rabbit with peppers. From the exotic menu I ordered a duck and bacon sausage with jalapeño peppers. Complements are caramelized onions, sauerkraut, sweet or spicy peppers. I also ordered Belgian fries with white truffle oil glaze. Alongside the walls of the dining hall are private tables. The lights are dimmed and a DJ blasts music almost as loud as the voices inside the packed room. With a slick warehouse feel, Wurstküche is just as much a social venue as it is a restaurant. My sausage came in a heated bun with fries and a dipping sauce of bleu cheese, walnut and bacon. The peppers complemented the sausage to perfection and the fries added a delicious crunchy element to the meal. In just five minutes I devoured over half my food. Sophomore Elle Wisnicki joined me at Wurstküche ordering a chicken apple and spice sausage. “Even though I don’t eat pork, Wurstküche still had what I wanted. I really am not a huge sausage fan at all, but I can say differently now,” said Wisnicki. Wisnicki ordered the one desert on the menu: toasted apple pie ice cream sandwich. With two slabs of hot crunchy apple pie sandwiched between frosty vanilla ice cream, the desert is perfect after such a dense meal. If you’re looking for a great meal just 20 minutes away from the valley, then Wurstküche is the place to go.
Office 2011 for Mac falls short of making ‘must-have’ list JonathanFriedman ‘12 design and production editor Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Office 2011. Outlook: The power organization on the PC finally comes to the Mac, allowing users to manage email accounts, calendars, and address books with ease. Outlook users can import settings from Apple’s Mail application or add their usernames and passwords directly. The application is the most widely used personal information manager in the PC and this version for Mac is comparable on every level. Calendar syncing, with services like Google Calendar or MobileMe, however, isn’t offered Updated Menus: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the whole suite of applications, all use the menu bar “ribbon” used on the PC version which places all tasks in one
MOVED MENU: Office 2011 includes altered menu bars for multiple applications. The new menus now appear at the top of the window.
toolbar. However, the toolbar adds more space at the top of the window and must be used whenever a change to the formatting must be made.
Larger View: Full-screen view is now one of the many standard writing modes in Word, it places the document in full-screen, allowing font and formatting changes, but removing the distraction of other windows. Other applications offer the feature and adding it to Word will only help in reducing the number of Facebook procrastinators around the world. Speed: The entire office suite clocks in much faster than past versions. On some computers Word 2011 opens in around 7 seconds while Word 2008 opens in around 15 seconds. Online Connection: Microsoft also added online collaboration tools to the suite, allowing multiple people to edit a document at the same time. The tool works through Microsoft’s online SkyDrive service which syncs documents from the computer and the
web, making sure the version being edited is always up to date. So is it worth it to grab the latest version of the most popular office suite available? For users of the current version (Word 2008): a simple no. The biggest change to the suite, the addition of Outlook, is only available in the $279 “Home and Business” version. The “Home and Student” version, only $149 includes all the updated applications and is a great product, but is not a worthwhile upgrade for most as the new features are only minimal. Granted, Outlook isn’t necessary for most students, but that’s a high price to pay for one additional application. Office is still essential for most students, though, so for the student running an older version or the student that does not have the powerful productivity suite, Office 2011 is a smart purchase.
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Let’s Kik it.
Lunch hot spots ANDREWLOCKRIDGE‘11
Off-campus lunch privileges: sought by many; acquired by few. Traditionally, seniors are able to go off campus during lunch and any adjoining free periods to indulge in some off-campus fun. With sometimes only E period to eat (that’s 40 minutes), quick hot spots for lunches are more important than ever. Here are a few popular ones: Baja Fresh
Location: 12930 Ventura Blvd # 106 Studio City, CA 91604 Speed: 25-30 minutes Price: $8-10 Reasons to go: Although often compared to Poquito Más, Baja Fresh has its own flavor that students love.
Location: 4444 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 Speed: 20 minutes Price: $5-$7 Reasons to go: Everyone loves InN-Out, so it’s only natural to want to get lunch here during the school day. Senior Jason Gold loves In-NOut because “I can get my fries extra crispy. I think that’s definitely the best part; but make sure that if you go during lunch you allow a little extra time because there can be throngs of people, thus manifesting a line of greater magnitude than there would be if there were no throngs of people.”
Location: 14402 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Speed: 20 minutes Price: $5-7 Reasons to go: Delicious Fatburger, known for its “Triple King Challenge,” but don’t try that during E period because you surely won’t have enough time. Senior Samantha Wood says of Fatburger “the milkshakes are super thick and delicious and the servers are surprisingly funny.”
Subway JonathanFriedman ‘12 Kik is faster than the rest—according to the design and production editor company, even faster than BBM. Kik. But Kik has flaws. This BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) rival The biggest is downtime. came out of nowhere. In a span of less than Kik’s servers have crashed multiple a week, Kik was practically the star of most times since the app launched, leaving users Facebook news feeds and Twitter timelines. unable to chat. However, the company has But how did this messaging applica- added servers and claims this issue is over. tion rise to become the fifth most popular Another is a lack of features. app on Apple’s App Store and the third most Kik solely lets users use text. Attachpopular app on RIM’s (Research In Motion, ing pictures, voice notes, and other media is which makes the BlackBerry) BlackBerry not an option. Neither is group messaging, App World? a popular element of BBM. Another feature Well, it competes with text messages not included is the status message, so there’s easily. It’s free and instant, just like using no way for a user to list himself as “busy” or iChat on a computer. to let everyone know But it packs a threehe is “working, "Pow! Bam! Boom! that punch combo that places it don’t bother me.” Kik! And the mighty head-to-head with BBM. The way Kik Pow—Kik has the same BBM may finally face handles contacts also delivered and read markers needs improvement. some competition." BBM is known for. After a simple Bam—Kik is availsign-up process, Kik able on Blackberries, iOS devices (meaning bombards the user with a list of other coniPhones, iPod touches, and even iPads), and tacts it thinks the user may know. The only Android devices, while BBM is exclusive to way to add one of those contacts is to actuBlackBerries. ally have a conversation with the person. Boom—Kik’s chief executive was a Also a problem is that adding a user is not member of the BlackBerry Messenger team a request; any user can add any other user at RIM until he left to start Kik. without needing to be confirmed. For exPow!Bam!Boom!Kik! And the mighty ample, Jack can add Jill as a contact and BBM may finally face some competition. start chatting with her immediately; Jill can’t But there have been contenders before. ignore Jack’s contact request or even block Some might remember Ping, an app that let him from trying to talk to her. Kik will add iPhone users chat instantly with the same a block feature soon, but there are no andelivered and read notifications. It was pop- nounced plans to add an accept/reject feaular for around a week, and then it fell off ture for contacts. the radar. How is Kik different? Despite Kik’s flaws, the app is currently It is completely free, while Ping and the only multi platform, delivered/read noothers have a $1.99 or $.099 initial charge. tifying communication tool out there. Kik Also, it is multi-platform, so friends can Kik is free and available now on the App Store, from any popular smartphone. And finally, App World, and Android Market.
Location: 13535 Ventura Blvd. Unit A Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Speed: 15 minutes Price: $6-$8 Reasons to go: Perhaps you’re
looking for something healthy? Subway might be the right choice for you. Senior Cathryn Ortiz-Benz likes it because “not only are the sandwiches great, but there’s a Starbucks next door!”
Location: 13925 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Speed: 15 minutes Price: $5-7 Reasons to go: It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s close to Buckley and senior Suzanne Cimolino loves it: “McDonalds is my favorite off-campus lunch spot not only because of the wonderful food quality but because they offer a 20 piece Chicken McNuggets. Now that’s fun for the whole family!”
Location: 13905 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Speed: Just over 1 hour Price: $21+tip/person Reasons to go: Although to eat here you would definitely need F period free, senior Brian Daneshgar says: “It was fun being able to have some freedom to go off campus for a couple periods and get a great meal.”
Location: 13924 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 Speed: About 30 minutes Price: ~$10-12 Reasons to go: A moderately priced and close to school lunch spot, Poquito Más is popular with people outside of school for dinner as well as during E lunch if you make sure you can have the full period. Senior Jason Rosenbaum said, “Poquito Más is great because it’s really close to campus and has quality Mexican food.”
Students selected for SCVA honor choir NikaShahery ‘13 staff photographer Seven students, all members of the Monotones, have earned coveted positions in the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) Honor Choir after auditioning in the beginning of October at several high school locations. Seniors Brady Dowad, Ethan Fudge, Lexi St. John, and Liza St. John as well as juniors Mark Cook, Michael Cook, and Greg Sliskovich will perform on November 20 in the choir at Santa Monica High School. “I am such a supporter of this honor choir program as it gives our students the extraordinary opportunity to work with leading conductors in the field, and share an exceptional musical experience with the best high school choir singers in the state,” said John Hendricks, director of choral music. The audition process includes mastery of sight-singing, tonal recall, major scales, minor scales, major triads, minor triads, and chromatic scales; those auditioning
must prepare one of 24 previously selected Italian songs. The judges give each singer a score and determine their vocal range. “I am usually anxious when auditioning, so I spent my summer studying my Italian song. Because I was so prepared, it was a lot easier this year,” said Fudge. Since Buckley students began auditioning in 2005, 14 students have been accepted in the choir. “The audition process was thrilling, but I was nervous. However, the outcome was worth it,” said Michael Cook. The highest scorers will be invited to be a part of the California All State Honor Choir, which performs during spring break in Sacramento. As vice president of the organization, Hendricks has seen the scores of the Buckley students and said, “Buckley will most likely be represented.” “Amazing in short,” said Fudge, “you get an opportunity to be in a setting were everyone loves choir, choral music, and being there. I feed off those feelings and it’s just fun.”
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The appeal of concerts
Concerts’ surround sound draws teen listeners JasonGold ‘11 photo editor Most people love listening to music, but if some teens won’t even buy their music online or at a store, why do they drop anywhere from $40 to $300 on concert tickets? Sophomore Isabella Esposito attends concerts because concerts are great places to have fun with friends. “When you’re in a mosh pit and you and your best friend are being pushed up against each other, a concert is a great bonding experience,” said Esposito. For student musicians, concerts are a learning experience. Senior Anurag Choudhury, a musician himself, goes to concerts to learn more about being a performer. “At concerts I not only get to see a great show, but I also get to learn what to do onstage musically and visually to put on a good show,” said Choudhury. Many concerts maintain a relatively low level of security, allowing students inclined to drink or smoke to indulge in their controversial habits. Two anonymous seniors admitted to getting “draded,” a combination of drunk and high, at concerts. Both students believed that this state made the music or the concert experience much more enjoyable. No one goes to concerts without caring for the music though. Whether the music is electro, rap, or rock, there is something about the music at
a concert that separates this experience from merely listening to a CD. Some students, such as senior Jeffrey Bernstein, prefer the live jams at concerts as opposed to just listening to an album. “Good live bands will jam and stuff, which is something you don’t get through the album, and you get a better feel of what the artists actually are,” said Bernstein. Another aspect of live shows is the visual component. For many, if bands put on a visually satisfying show, then the lights and showmanship may outweigh the music itself. “Even if I’m seeing a band I have never heard of, I would be more inclined to watch their set if they put on a great show visually,” said senior Jason Rosenbaum Senior Andrew Lockridge prefers rock concerts, but when he goes to raves, the visual element is key. “I love tripping out at the strobes and flashy lights at raves. It really distracts me from how bad the music is,” said Lockridge. But none of the interviewees were able to describe the element that makes concerts so special and so exciting. The sensation that one must experience firsthand to understand. Dutch scientists have hypothesized that at 120 decibels – the average loudness at a concert – the auditory neurons fire at the maximal frequency, thusly saturating the brain with sound and inducing a state of euphoria, or a natural “high.” Could
this hypothesis be the answer concertgoers have been looking for? Most interviewees agreed with the hypothesis because there was no other explanation they could think of that explained this sensation. “I agree that the above evidence is a supplemental factor of my enjoyment of concerts,” said senior Brian Daneshgar. Students,who do not go to concerts said that they would be more willing to go to one after being presented with the hypothesis. Some teenagers who love music may not attend concerts due to economic or personal reasons. Sophomore Timothy Sohn loves to listen to music, but his parents do not let him attend concerts. “My parents think I might get lost or accept drugs from someone,” said Sohn. Other students dislike general admission “pits” because they do not like being surrounded by so many other people. But for senior Olivia Forman, being in the mosh pit is the best part about being at a concert. “It’s really amazing to be surrounded by hundreds of people who love [music] as much as you do. When you’re in the pit it’s like a familial subculture,” said Forman. At a concert, a sense of community and family is undeniable. Bernstein added, “At a good concert, everyone is just happy
yourvoice onconcerts “Coldplay was the best concert. It was entertaining and I really like the light effects. They had lasers and stuff.” Sam Bierman Freshman
“I saw Maroon 5 with OneRepublic and Ry Cumming. They were really good and played a lot of older songs that brought back great memories.” Alexa Benudiz Sophomore
“My favorite concert of all time was Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl because the music was beautiful and the lights were in sync with the music.” Brian Daneshgar
and it’s a wonderful environment to be in.” Although the price or the crowd at a concert may turn some people off, there is nothing to be said negatively about the atmosphere. Senior Jason Rosenbaum
summed up the concert experience. “When you’re at a concert, you’re surrounded with other people who enjoy the music just as much as you do. You don’t even know them, but it doesn’t matter. It’s not about you. It’s about the music. It unifies people.”
Jeremy Levinson The Student Voice
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Students dance in Israel ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant news editor Freshman Rebecca Freed and sophomore Greer Bronson danced their way to Israel, where they not only absorbed Israeli culture, but also spoke in the language of dance on their October weeklong journey. The team traveled to a convention attended by 2,000 people, where the team took classes with dancers from all over the world “I enjoyed taking classes the most because it was an extremely unique experience taking dance classes in foreign languages and comparing yourself to people who have trained for their whole lives in other countries,” said Bronson. Freed joined the Israel trip and continued to be a part of the company. “I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to become a part of a wonderful group,” said Freed. Bronson has danced with the team for four years and has been to Boston and Sacramento in the past. “Out of all the trips I’ve been on, this was the best because it was the longest and first one out of the country. I loved performing in a different country. It is fascinating to see how different cultures can relate to our dancing and how they appreciate it,” said Bronson. The team performed to several different kinds of music including modern Israeli music, folk Israeli music, and Pink Floyd music with a person looped over sharing her experience of how her son was killed in a terrorist attack. It was difficult for Freed, who does not understand Hebrew, to understand what was going on; instead she had to feel the beat of
the music. “Israeli dance is extremely different compared to any other dance [because] it has a lot less technique. I had to get rid of my eight year ballet background because ballet is based on technique unlike Israeli dance,” said Freed. Freed has traveled for dance programs, but because she had not performed with a company, she faced new and exciting challenges. She bonded with the team and even made friends with people in Israel through broken English and learned that they knew about American culture. Bronson and Freed went to workshops and learned different types of dance including Tigoof, a dance similar to “stomp” in which the body is used as a percussion instrument to create different sounds. To Freed’s amazement, every culture does Israeli dance the same. “We got to take classes at other dance workshops, which was really cool. We also got to dance for people who didn’t speak the same language as us, which was an experience I have never had before,” said Bronson. The team performed five difference dances. Most of the team had known the dances for a couple years, but official training for the trip began over the summer. The team performed in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, however the main convention they performed at for four days was Camp Bituna located at a hotel in Eilat. “I liked Tel Aviv because it is the least orthodox and has more of a young crowd, in Jerusalem if you walk outside in shorts people look
PERFORMANCE: (Clockwise from top) The dancers perform a more contemporary number at the convention. Dancers participate in a workshop on Israli dance. The dancers perform a second number at the convention. at you,” said Freed. When the girls perform they wear long skirts in order to keep the conservative tradition of Israeli
culture. “Since I am not religious and I was there last summer, it was really meaningful to experience the
culture through dance. Although it’s hard to communicate with people, we are all unified by our dancing,” said Bronson.
Alice through the Looking Glass Behind the glass double doors, sunlight filters into the rooms through a roof of skylights and an opposing glass wall, which also exposes the picturesque green lawn that stretches out beyond the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) new Lynda and Stewart Resnik Pavilion, the largest natural lit exhibition structure in the world. The space’s natural lighting allows viewers to appreciate art in an airy, open atmosphere that feels far more natural and less formal than comparatively stifling museum spaces. The building is not exactly a work of art: a cream colored box with a jagged roof of skylights, designed to let in an appropriate amount of light. The most appealing (and it is likable) element of the Pavilion is the structure’s red, external air duct system, which adds a shock of bold red to the building’s neutral façade. But that a necessary utility structure is the building’s only distinct stylistic element testifies to the architecture’s lack of design ingenuity. The Pavilion has been divided into three spaces to display three separate exhibitions: Olmec, Eye for the Sensual, and Fashioning Fashion. Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico includes both works of “colossal” sizes and smaller utensils from ancient Mexico. The large stone sculptures, which depict faces of both strength and severity, are shocking in their size and in the power that the faces possess. The juxtaposition of these larger, powerful sculptures with smaller, useful objects from ancient Mexico gives visitors a complete look into society whose utensils demonstrate their daily activities and whose art exemplifies their ideals and achievements.
A NEW LOOK: LACMA’s new Lynda and Stewart Resnik Pavilion The Pavilion also houses Eye for the Sensual: a Selection from the Resnik Collection. The exhibit of the Resnik’s personal art collection consists of five rooms, decorated and furnished to complement the Resnik’s baroque art. The instillation’s detailed decorations create a comforting, home-like atmosphere, as if the visitor is a guest in the Resnik’s house. These decorations also give a visitor a complete understanding of the baroque style, fully demonstrated in the exhibition’s decorations. Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, the third show within the Pavilion, deconstructs the complex world of European fashion from 1700 – 1915. The exhibit both demonstrates the changes in fashion over the centuries and
takes apart the styles to exhibit the many individual elements of each outfit. Fashioning, by far the most enjoyable exhibit in the Pavilion, is definitely worth one’s time. The exhibit is easy to understand in that its subject is one that all visitors can relate to: clothing. Fashioning inspires in its visitors an admiration for the people that dawned such intricate and complex clothing. The exhibit also strips down the trends to even show the undergarments worn during these centuries, so that every visitor gains a full understanding of fashion during the 18th and 19th centuries. Olmec and Eye for the Sensual are on display until January 9. Fashioning Fashion is on display until March 6.
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Girls tennis in CIF Finals Undefeated Griffins will travel to Claremont Club for match on Monday AndrewDaneshgar ‘11 sports editor Losing isn’t a word the girls varsity tennis team has been familiar with this season. The 15-1 (8-0) squad earned the first seed going into CIF division IV playoffs. “The first seed meant pressure,” said head coach Sue Sherman. “In short term, it’s a thank you, but when you’re number one, you have the target on your back.” The eventful season reached another level when the girls won the Liberty League title in a game at Viewpoint, the rival who won CIF last season, on October 12, 13-5. “After winning the Viewpoint match, we knew we really are ready for any team we would potentially face in playoffs,” said co-captain, junior Hadleigh Glist, who was also awarded with the league’s most valuable player award after a victory over Viewpoint’s Sam Eagle in individuals. “But we also knew that the Viewpoint was only step one, we still needed five more.” In the first round playoff game, a home game at Balboa Park on November 11, the squad faced Templeton and won 16-2 after Templeton’s head coach decided to forfeit the remaining three singles matches in the game. Sherman emphasized the success of the doubles teams in the game. Junior Natasha Super, who is the usual doubles one starter alongside captain, senior Ali Guthy, suffered a wrist injury that caused her to serve underhand throughout the game. The injury didn’t seem to play too big of a factor as the pair was substituted out after a round one 6-0 sweep. Going onto round two in another home game, the squad faced a stronger team in Arroyo, a team that finished a perfect 15-0 record, but the girls continued its command and won 11-7. Again, the doubles squad led the way with an almost perfect eight for nine outing. Junior Kiara Gitlin, who prior to the game was a singles starter, was moved to the doubles, pairing with sophomore Rita Farb due to a back injury suffered before the game. Gitlin was replaced by senior Liz Gershman and freshman Sheridan March on the singles end. “Having home court advantage is huge and gives us a boost in tight situations,” said Sherman. Sherman continued to recognize the doubles wins as the major part of the squad’s success. “The doubles end takes a defensive
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DOWN THE LINE: Freshman Sheridan March reaches with her forehand against Windward.
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side so what you’re seeing is a culmination of the doubles side,” said Sherman. In the quarter finals on November 16, the girls faced Cajon, a school of almost 2600 students, on the road. In the midst of a close first round, the score was tied at two with the sets of Glist and the team of Gitlin and Farb left, both sets leaving the Griffins trailing. “If we would have lost those two sets we
were losing in, we would have been down 4-2, which could have completely changed the outcome of the entire game,” explained Glist. But the girls stayed strong and continued their journey for the championship 11-7. Again, the doubles end of the squad carried the team, winning a perfect nine of nine sets. During publication, the squad was at home facing third seeded Cate in a semi final match.
15 -1 oakwood | away viewpoint | away templeton | home arroyo | home cajon | away cate | home
win win win win win win
vs Oaks Christian
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league record 17-01 13-05 16-02 11-07 11-07 11-07
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at New Roads
varsity girls soccer november 29 FOOTBALL | page 31 VOLLEYBALL | page 23 Girls volleyball finishes season 8-2 in league. Girls xc | page 27 The girls missed CIF finals by one place after a successful season. vOLLEYBALL | page 23
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football | page 31 Why the school needs football
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Volleyball falls in first round of CIF playoffs to Brethren Christian MichaelLen ‘14 staff reporter “I am so impressed with this group of girls because we never had been able to be one complete unit until this year,” said captain, senior Emily Field when looking back on the girls varsity volleyball season. A loss on November 3 against rival Viewpoint on senior night left a packed Red Army crowd heartbroken and gave the squad an even greater determination to achieve success in the playoffs. “The Viewpoint game was the best moment in my career at Buckley and in my opinion the best moment for Buckley volleyball,” said Field. “Despite the loss, I have never seen so many students so fired up about a volleyball game.” The squad was awarded the eighth seed going into the playoffs to face ninth seeded Brethren Christian. A 3-0 sweep eliminated
the squad from playoff contention. “Brethren Christian was a great team that is now in the finals, you can’t take that fact away from them,” said Field. “We knew we were just as good as them and we would all have to come together to win, and we just weren’t clicking that night.” Brethren Christian has gone on to play for the CIF championship. Team members say chemistry always played a positive role on the team, and that the team was always very tight-knit. They grew closer through events like “team bonding night,” a night where squad dressed up in costumes and romped through the streets of Sherman Oaks, completing wacky bonding tasks. “We bonded through embarrassment, and I think it really did make us a lot closer,” said freshman Sammy Siciliano.
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The team also worked on its tactics and skills, such as “first ball side out,” passing more accurately, and momentum. “Part of being a good team is knowing who you are, and most importantly, who you aren’t. We work very hard at transitioning the middles on offense, because that is how we get the majority of our kills. We don’t try to do too much out there, just stick to our game plan,” said head coach Tanner Ragland. The team believes their success was due to Ragland’s strong coaching. “I think that he is a good coach, because he really knows his stuff and he is also really nice. He knows how hard to push us, but he also makes us laugh basically every practice because he is so funny,” said Siciliano. Players have improved their game substantially, and with the help of Ragland, will only get better. Next season squad will be comprised of six seniors poised to lead the squad back into the playoffs. “There is no doubt in my mind that the girls will be in contention again next season,” said Field.
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SET: Senior Emily Field sets the ball for a teammate to spike over the net.
Girls miss CIF finals by one place at prelims
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FINISH STRONG: Sophomore Michaela Murphy placed second at league finals November 5.
BillyWilson ‘14 staff reporter Missing CIF finals by just one place, the varsity girls cross country team closed its season early by finishing sixth overall at CIF prelims. Sophomore Michaela Murphy led the Griffins placing 13th, missing individual qualification by five places. Defending team MVP, sophomore Elle Wisnicki, placed 23rd, running 29 seconds faster than her Mt. SAC invitational time. The girls season was also filled with many accomplishments as the girls finished the Mt. SAC invitational with all six of its runners clocking in with times faster than the Griffins’ number three runner in the same meet during the 2009-2010 season and finished eighth overall out of a field of 25 teams. Murphy placed 32nd, captain, senior Sarah Rose placed 56th, and Wisnicki finished 58th at the invite. All three rookies turned in respectable performances, freshmen Natalya Sands placing 113th and Natalie OniszkDe Vicenzi placing 121st. Sophomore Ally Borghi finished 133rd out of a field of 208 finishers. Newcomers outnumber the veterans on the team and according to head coach Brooke Szody, “are the base of the team.” This season, runners have had to step up due to numerous vacant slots in the roster caused by injury. Sophomore Samara Roman-Holba was sidelined for weeks with a problematic growth plate in her hip after she had consistently been a top 5 runner for the team. Borghi has been nursing her achilles following surgery last spring. “It’s a daily struggle to maintain girls’
bodies on a cross country team as it’s considered one of the most injury prone high school sports. We have the daily aches and pains,” said Szody. Szody’s training philosophy is more complex than simply taking it easy on some days and going hard on others. She aims to build a runner’s stamina first, and then add in speed while reducing the mileage of the practice runs. Finally she hopes to get her runners at their peak just in time for league finals. At league finals, the girls placed third overall in league earning them a spot in CIF prelims. Murphy led the Griffins placing second with a time of 20:48. Rose and Wisnicki followed placing eight and tenth, earning all league honors. In a typical week during the heart of the season, Szody makes her runners do interval workouts consisting of at least three 1600 meter runs on Monday, a tempo run on Tuesdays, hill repeats on Dixie Canyon on Wednesdays, a gentle 45-50 minute run on Thursdays, and a speed workout on Friday. Over the weekend, she expects runners to do long runs on one day and take a day off. Wisnicki, who suffered a knee injury over the summer, returned in fine form. Wisnicki had been running two days per week, working out on the remaining three days and has resting over weekends. She credits swimming and physical therapy to her recovery. Rose has been instrumental in guiding the young team to success. She overused the team’s motto (the faster you run, the faster you’re done) with motivating the team to “leave everything on the course.” Rose also said her leadership skills are a function of the training she received from last year’s captain, Tara Nahai ’10.
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MEMORIES: The cross country team admires sophomore Timmy Sohn’s hair and takes photos for Facebook.
Athletes celebrate seniors one last time ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant news editor Senior night started out as a way to honor senior athletes at the end of their season but has developed into an annual tradition that showers seniors with gifts, speeches and builds stronger bonds with teammates to culminate a season. For each fall team athlete, senior night conjures a different image. “For volleyball, senior night is important because it recognizes and celebrates players who have been on the team for awhile, it is all in all a fun night,” said sophomore Marlen Grussi, whose first senior night came during a league championship game against rival Viewpoint. Juniors on the volleyball team honored their seniors by speaking about them before the game, giving them flowers, and acknowledging each senior’s family in the crowd. This tradition was established before head coach Tanner Ragland started coaching in 2005. “The speeches given by juniors
to seniors are always very unique,” said Ragland. “They always tell a story or anecdote because it makes it more personal.” The juniors also lead their teammates in planning and hosting senior night by advertising the game, decorating the gym, and creating t-shirts honoring each senior. “My favorite things about senior night are acknowledging how much we care about the seniors and seeing the gym so packed with fans. It’s always so exciting,” said junior Grace Cartwright. Both tennis and cross-country celebrate senior night at someone’s house because their sports do not have games on campus. For these squads, their celebrations are only celebrated within the team. For the last game, the freshmen on the tennis team make posters, but the grand event is the annual dinner party at a junior’s house. “My favorite part about senior night is the dinner because it is a
time when the whole team gathers and has fun together. The tennis team has a great dynamic when we are all together so it is fun to just be together and joke and enjoy each other’s company,” said sophomore Rita Farb. During dinner, each senior is given a gag-gift, which is a funny inside joke between the team, and a real gift, which is usually jewelry of some kind. After the gift giving, head coach Susan Sherman, and the gift presenter say a few words about the senior. “It is a night dedicated to all the hard work the seniors put towards the team and how much they have to juggle such as college apps, tests, essays, and being a dedicated member of the team,” said Farb. Cross-country enjoys a similar event, but with a twist: the annual shaving of heads. After going on a run, the team meets at a house to give every boy a buzz cut, eat dinner, and acknowledge the seniors. To end the night of jokes and crazy hairstyles, the team
Intramural Sports League to kick off in second trimester SalimChamoun ‘14 staff reporter This year, students who are unable to commit to sports teams but enjoy outdoor activities have a second option: Intramural Sports League (ISL). Wes Haas, president of BSC, implemented his idea of student participation in the ISL during his presidential campaign. BSC officially created the sports league earlier this year and is still finalizing the certain aspects of the new league. ISL is based in Corvallis, Oregon, and consists of nearly 4,000 highly trained
professionals. Many schools throughout the United States have begun adopting this system. Haas’ inspiration derives from his middle school, where he participated in different ISL activities. This idea is similar to that of Ryan Rifkin’s ‘10, who formed a yearend football game open to all students. The teams established by the ISL are after-school programs and are run both within the student body and through faculty. Each member of the council participates in the league as either a director or player during games, where the council is held
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TRADITION: Brian Daneshgar shaves Alec Shaul’s hair at senior night. winds down with a movie about running: Without Limits. “Senior night emphasizes the camaraderie we had all season,” said senior Alec Shaul. The event takes place a week before league finals, which usually falls around Halloween, adding to the fun vibe. “Senior night means having fun, honoring our seniors, preparing and pumping everyone up for finals. It culminates the season in a wonderful tradition that brings everyone closer and practically forces friendship upon all team members,” said sophomore Jack Rose. Last year, senior Brian Daneshgar went as far as making his speech for Spencer Schwartz to the beat of ‘10 Forever Young, the cross-country theme song last season. Although the main senior night for cross-country is for the
responsible for the management of the schedules and the games. “We are finalizing certain aspects of the league because of its prematurity,” said Haas. Games such as dodge ball and kickball have been planned for the future. Many students have falsely believed that PE credits are earned for participation in the league; but its central purpose is to provide students with a way to relax after school. “It’s not a class; rather, it’s an afterschool service,” explained Haas. “The purpose of this club is to be a relaxing place where kids can hang out. We have nearly 40-50 students already signed up.” According to Haas, English teacher Andy Nelson, history teacher Marco Camargo, and athletic coaches have shown interest in supporting the league. Above any other grade, the freshmen
girls and boys teams, the girls have their own traditions. The girls pitch in to pay for gifts for each senior, including a gift certificate for a foot massage. In 2008, the girls took their senior Abby Kramer out to brunch. According head girls coach Brooke Szody, the squad appreciates little special things at the end of each year without the pressure of running. “We like to do a nice thing for seniors who have dedicated years to a sport that they love. It’s a nice going away party,” said Szody. Winter and spring sports teams have unique exciting traditions to honor their seniors as well. “The seniors have put a lot of time and effort towards the team so I think senior night is a good way for the rest of the team to show the seniors thanks for everything they do,” said Farb.
class has shown the most participation in this program over the years. “I believe they [freshmen] are more enthusiastic, carrying over their curiosity into their first year of high school,” said Haas. As each team prepares for games, team captains organize practices. Teams then compete against each other for prizes such as free lunches and trophies. The league does not require uniform, but students do need to bring appropriate attire. Games will take place on Gilley field, a spot Haas said “is really tough to find an opening on, because many of the many sports teams Buckley has.” ISL is a coed program open to upper school students only and will kick off with kickball in the middle of the second quarter.
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Glist leads Griffins squad to first seed entering playoffs One word is associated with junior Hadleigh Glist: dominance. Glist leads the varsity girls tennis team as the number one singles player. Losing just twice in league to Viewpoint’s Sam Eagle, Glist had one more chance to at Eagle in the Liberty League individuals tournament. Glist won the first set 7-6 and won 7-3 in the tiebreaker. She won the second set 6-4 and defeated to win the Liberty League singles MVP. “The game was like Wimbledon,” said senior Ali Guthy. “The ball kept going back and forth. Both players were so powerful with their hits.” In the end Glist hit the ground crying with joy.
“She’s like a sister to me. She’s an amazing player and person. If anyone deserves this award, it’s her,” said Guthy. Head coach Sue Sherman said that Glist has grown to be a great player in her time on the team. “If she wanted to play college, she could. That’s how good she is,” said Sherman. Glist started playing tennis when she was nine years old, joined the Griffin team as a freshman, and worked her way from doubles player, to singles player, to cocaptain. Sherman said that Glist has grown to be a great player through her time on the team. “She was always good enough to be in the singles position. Now her game is so well rounded and
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PRECISION: Junior Hadleigh Glist readies herself at a recent match.
she’s so hard hitting that she could stay in it with the best players,” said Sherman. Glist credits her father, who still plays competitive tennis, with her initial interest in tennis. “My dad really inspires me and always wants me to play well. He’s always at all of my matches and tournaments outside of school,” said Glist. “He doesn’t play with me. I kill him at singles,” joked Glist. Glist practices with a coach, plays in tournaments, and practices on weekends at Braemar Country Club. If Glist finds herself behind in a match, she quickly strategizes about how to gain advantage. “I usually think of [my opponent’s] weakest points and what stresses them out, but not in an un-sportsman way,” said Glist. Sherman said that Glist never gives up in a game situation. “It doesn’t matter if she’s ahead or behind; she fights to the bitter end,” said Sherman. Glist believes that she has grown both in skill and in sportsmanship since freshman year. “I’ve learned to grasp both singles and doubles. I’ve also become more mature. I used to go on the court and get upset after I’d lose but I’m much more controlled about how I play,” she said. Sherman also said that Glist is a great leader and representative of the team. “She leads by example. She’s definitely a true ambassador for our school and a model to the younger kids. I don’t think that I
Nourafchan and Goel lead squad of 10 new players HarrisonTrussell ‘12 staff reporter “The girls this year are really great, I believe that if we cooperate we can go really far,” said sophomore Alexandra Borghi. After a 3-10-2 (3-6-1) season last year characterized by a slew of injuries and upsets, head coach George Russo is poised to lead his squad to a year of improvement. “We have a really young team this year with a lot to learn, however they’re supported by many strong returnees so I expect a good outcome this season,” said Russo. After losing four seniors, this year’s roster is headlined by most valuable player, junior Shaina Goel, last year’s rookie of the year sophomore Elle Wisnicki, senior Lauren Nourafchan, and 10 rookies. “The team was very welcoming to me last season as a rookie and I also like that we’re working on the foundation aspect of soccer,” said Wisnicki. The rich sense of community that encompasses most Buckley sports teams is a pulling point for many prospective players. Wisnicki added that athletics aid in forming friendships that transcend the standard grade threshold, a key aspect to the
success of the squad’s chemistry. Among other league squads, rival Viewpoint sits on the squad’s radar as the team to beat in Liberty League. New Jewish Community, Yeshiva and Glendale are additions to the league this season. Last season, Goel led the squad with six goals and 12 points, 10 points more than any other player on the roster. A lack of scoring hurt the squad last season, with only nine goals in nine league games last season. “In order to defeat Viewpoint, premier physical fitness has been necessitated,” said Russo. In two games last season against Viewpoint, the girls were outscored 9-0. Viewpoint went on to lose in the second round of the playoffs. “I don’t think winning more games this season is too far out of reach,” said Goel. “We’ve done a lot of conditioning work so far and we’re in better shape then we’ve ever been.” With the addition of strength and conditioning coach Robert Wright, the girls participated in workouts two days a week for
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POWER: Junior Hadleigh Glist drives her body through a serve. could have asked for a better team captain: she’s calm and she cares about the program,” said Sherman. Freshman Lindsay Wilson thinks that Glist has been supportive since the beginning of the season. “Hadleigh is always on top of everything, she is organized, but also fun to be around. She knows how to motivate and what to say when you’re struggling in a match or nervous before a big game,” said Wilson. Wilson said that Glist is “willing to fight for her team” and inspires her teammates.
the entire preseason. “It [the workout] will strengthen legs, prevent injury and build core upper body strength,” said Russo. Goel is set to fill the void of last year’s team captain Emily Turner. She and Nourafchan will share Turner’s old position this year. Under the command of the captains, Russo expects that the dynamic of the squad will be more fluid, lending itself to a more efficient and focused group this season. “The new girls have brought a lot more energy to the squad, something we lacked last season down the stretch,” said Goel, who led the squad with six goals last season. “If we can continue devloping a strong team bond we can beat Oakwood and Providence again.” In four total games against Oakwood and Providence last season, the girls outscored their opponents 9-1 in their
Glist hopes to encourage all of the girls to take the game earnestly but still enjoy playing. “I just want the team to understand how serious tennis is and how much I take it seriously. It’s a fun sport and we all get along,” said Glist. She thinks that the team is successful due to the bonds of the players and their efforts during practices. “We have a lot of returning players who understand and know the game and we also have a lot of new players. Every time we practice we get stronger,” said Glist.
strongest four performances of last season. The squad has not finished above .500 since finishing 5-3-1 in the 2008 season. On November 29, the squad will take the field for the first time this season in a game at Marlborugh. “We have a really big team with a lot of potential. We even have a club player. All of the newcomers are working their hardest and busting their butts on the field,” said Wisnicki. Focus, dedication and control are components the team is working towards this season. According to Wisnicki, if the girls stay healthy, work hard and focus, they can be a commanding team in the Liberty League this season. “It won’t be easy, but if we improve our chemistry and execute little things like passing and communicating we can improve from last season,” said Goel.
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Quest for eight straight league titles begins now AndrewDavis ‘12 assistant editor “We’ve been spoiled,” said boys varsity basketball head coach Mike Hamilton reflecting on the last seven seasons. Jake Brodsky and Andrew Farhadi ’10 had been apart of varsity basketball since their freshmen year. Brodsky, with keen
point guard vision and Farhadi, with a will to never lose were a key components to success and the road to seven consecutive Liberty League titles. But this is a new basketball team, which according to Hamilton is deep and talented. Despite losing five seniors last season, the team hasn’t crumbled
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JUMPSHOT: Senior Nick de Bonfilhs puts up a jumpshot in practice.
at all. The new squad packed with fresh legs is focused on the road to success. Winning Liberty League is just the first step. Hamilton said whenever he looks at his hand and doesn’t see a ring he feels unsatisfied as Hamilton continues to push his team to work hard and win a CIF championship. “We have 15 talented basketball players. I can take out five and put in another five. There are so many ways to mix and match this team,” said Hamilton. Captain, senior Nick de Bonfilhs is the best player on the team. De Bonfilhs’ height, speed, and ability to cut through the lane are major components to the versatility of the team. According to Hamilton, sophomore Tyler Coppin-Carter can be one of the best sophomores in the valley. “He [Carter] started pretty much every game last season, which is a first. I’ve never had a freshman start that many games and perform so well in playoffs,” said Hamilton. With a whopping six freshmen on varsity, the team is young and quick. In the past four seasons, there have only been four freshmen playing at the varsity level. These new freshmen, including Larry Bush and Chase Holliday, promise success now and in the future. “The new players are well ahead of their class and have displayed maturity at crucial times in our preseason games. I fully trust them late in the game know they will beast it this year,” said junior Marcell Johnson.
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DEDICATION: Freshman Chase Holliday practices his crossover. But such raw young talent has its setback as Hamilton keeps pushing the boys to mesh and develop as a cohesive unit. Team chemistry is vital if this team wants success at the division V AA level. “Yes we’re athletic, yes we’re decent individual basketball players, but we need to become a unit. The successful teams at Buckley have been units, they’ve been close,” said Hamilton. With 42 games played over summer, the Griffins had much time for bonding. “We put in time together, work together for almost the entire year. These guys are my brothers. If we can stay like a family now and till the end of playoffs I know we will be a success,” said junior Daniel Azadegan. To be the most successful sports program on campus takes time. Varsity players give up lunches every week, taking quizzes and watching scouting
reports in order to develop their minds mentally for games. Part of winter break is given up to play in tournaments away from home. The team is stronger, faster, and more flexible with the help of strength and conditioning coach Robert Wright. Such strength is incorporated into practices during the week. The team works on its shot and most importantly defense, because as Hamilton puts it, “defense wins championships.” Saturday is when all the hard work comes together as the Griffins play in games and see if what they’ve been practicing works out or not. The Liberty League is tougher than ever with strong programs at Viewpoint, Yeshiva and Holy Martyrs all craving a spot on top of the Griffins. But through the leadership of Hamilton, the Griffins are in a strong position for the start of the season.
Boys soccer prepared to defend league title BenBeatty ‘13 staff reporter As he stood watching his team practice in 95°F heat on Gilley Field, varsity soccer head Coach Andrew Peace expressed his disappointment with the premature ending of last year’s soccer season. In 2009, a team led led by five starting seniors reached the second round of CIF playoffs before being defeated by Pasadena Polytechnic, a team that went on to lose in a close semi finals match during penalty kicks. “It was disappointing,” said Pearce. “We didn’t play our best game.” The team had been hurt by injuries during the playoffs when star junior Eddie Manella was forced off the field with a torn muscle. “Our greatest success last year was our undefeated Liberty League championship,” said Pearce. Though last year’s season wasn’t without its disappointments, Pearce and his squad are excited for another shot at a ring this season.
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TRAIN: Senior Eddie Menella leads drills.
Although the squad will be without defending Liberty League most valuable player John Wanglin, Pearce believes that this year’s team will be able to push itself to greater accomplishments than last season’s squad. New senior leadership is showing promise, as seniors Jordan Bloch, Thor Fienberg, Eddie Manella, and Tony Lobel have been named captains of the squad. Among the squad’s top players on the field are Fienberg and Manella, who Pearce believes will both be continuing their
successes in division I universities next year. Fienberg led the league last season in goals against average, a commanding .871. “My success last year was a great testament to how great our defense was last season,” said Fienberg. “This year our defense looks just as strong and we can do it all again.” This year the squad will be without former captain and four-year starter Tommy Manella and will now be under the command of Bloch on the defensive end. Junior Shawn Mcnitt-Gray and Lobel, who finished first and third in scoring last season, respectively, are also fresh of minor injuries to help lead the team back to another title run.
Pearce thinks that this type of leadership will bring the team, which now includes a promising group of sophomores and freshmen, to new heights of success. “It will be a much more tightly knit team this year,” said Pearce. “Everyone wants to play hard for each other.” Both the team and its coach are preparing for the upcoming season, where their packed schedule includes games against large schools like Brentwood and Oaks Christian. With any luck, the team’s dedication and preparation will pay off in its first non-league scrimmage against Milken on November 22 and will continue the whole season into playoffs.
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Girls varsity basketball aims for playofffs SalimChamoun ‘14 staff reporter The girls varsity basketball team is poised to make its way back into the playoffs for the third straight season. Last year, the squad was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs and earned a 14-8 (6-2) record. Headlining the roster is senior Samantha Wood and freshman Tyra Gray. “We have to stay focused and work hard every practice to condition while also building on our basic skills to get to a point where we can compete,” said Wood. “We have a lot of athletic girls that are capable and we just can’t slack off any practices since we are rebuilding our lineup.” This year’s squad will be without last year’s four captains who graduated, fourtime Liberty League most valuable player Lindsay Schapiro, Melissa Mulrooney, Erin Fukushima, and Gillian Wood. Wood touched on how new roles will be essential to filling the holes of previous captains and aiding to the team’s success. “The freshmen are all athletic and game ready. They also work very hard, I’m impressed with their work ethic,” said Wood. “Tyra will definitely be one of our strongest players this season since she has played competitively before. “ This season, the squad will be without its former head coach, athletic director Byrd Newman-Milic and are under command of head coach Marie Philman, who has previously served as an assitant coach to Milic. In looking at the schedule, the squad is looking at Holy Martyrs, last year’s Liberty League champion and a team the Griffins lost to twice last season, as the team to beat in league again. “Every game is important this season. In the last couple years we never really had a team we needed to beat since we had such a great team, but Holy Martyrs will be one of the harder teams to beat,” explained Wood. The season opener is set for the week of November 29 in the annual Buckley Holiday Tournament.
GET SET: The former Griffins varsity football squad gets set to run an offensive play in a 1980’s game on Gilley Field.
Angelenos want the football AndrewDaneshgar ‘11 sports editor “It’s almost just sad,” said senior David Derval passionately. “Los Angeles should have a football team, end of story.” The National Football League (NFL) is one of the most prominent sports leagues on the planet, and Los Angeles is one of the biggest sports cities. Having a pro team in Los Angeles would then seem obvious, yet LA’s fans remain at home watching. Not having a team cannot be because Los Angeles doesn’t attract a strong enough fan base. With the second highest population and market in the United States, the City of Angels makes for a prime destination to bring any sports franchise. Students who are sports fanatics find it difficult to deal with the emptiness they have without an NFL team to root for. “As Los Angeles sports fans we are truly spoiled with the prestige and success of teams like the Lakers, Dodgers, UCLA and USC,” said junior Daniel Azadegan. “It actually just depresses me that I can’t spend my Sundays cheering for one team that I love rather than just focusing on any other fantasy team I may have.” Azadegan is one of many students who participate in fantasy football leagues as a remedy to the ailing Sundays spent watching teams that no students are passionate about. On weekends, Azadegan, along with Derval, often meets with seniors Adam Akenzua and Chris Ray to watch games together. “Obviously we have some big NFL fans around campus, so why not meet together once in a while to watch the games?” explained Azadegan. “Hopefully once we get that Los Angeles
No support, no football When I think of what’s missing in our athletic program, one word comes to mind: football. We used to have a football team back in the day and today student population has only grown, why then, why is football no more? Walking into the gym without noticing the banners on the wall is impossible. If one were to look closely, he or she would notice that most league championships have come in recent years. The athletic department has been more
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successful in the past decade than any other decade. Varsity teams are also making strides to become more fit than ever before. With the addition of Strength and Conditioning coach Rob Wright’s twoday-a-week workout, athletes are given the opportunity to exercise using top of the line equipment that professionals at the highest levels train with. According to athletic director Byrd Newman-Milic, the football program was cut from the athletic department because of
team we can officially go to the games.” Los Angeles has in fact seen success in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams, which existed from 1946-1994, and the Los Angeles Raiders, which existed in Los Angeles from 1982-1994, both won a Super Bowl in Los Angeles and earned fair amounts of support from fans. For some students like senior Matt Arrow, not having a NFL team in Los Angeles gives him the opportunity to support his hometown USC Trojans to a greater level. “While I support a team in the NFL, I am a true die hard for USC football,” explained Arrow. “I like that in college football the passion and intensity the players play with is greater.” Why hasn’t Los Angeles had a NFL team in 16 years? “The fact that Los Angeles, a city that supports their home teams so much doesn’t have a NFL team really bothers me,” said sophomore Rami Pinchasi, an avid NFL fan. “It’s about time they finish building the stadium and bring a team in.” Los Angeles Stadium, located in the City of Industry, is the new state of the art facility being built by Majestic Realty Company that will play host to 75,000 fans across the greater Los Angeles area to a possible NFL team. The finalization of bringing a team back to Los Angeles is rumored to be one to three years away. “The process of bringing a team back to Los Angeles has taken 15 years too long,” said Derval. “It may even be a tier two team that moves here, I don’t care, we just need pro football in Los Angeles again.”
a declining interest from students. Milic still strongly supports the development of a team in the future, yet students continue a show of no interest. But we lost the team ten years ago. If you were to take a look at schools around the area that were athletically similar to Buckley, in almost all cases there is some sort of football team, tackle or flag. Viewpoint, arguably our most detested rival, has a tackle football team that participates in a division with Hamilton High School in Anza and Rio Honda Prep, both schools that the boys basketball team has beaten over the years. Similar to Buckley’s team, Viewpoint’s squad is made up of athletes from both basketball and soccer, two sports that the Griffins took the Liberty League in just a year ago. Crossroads, Milken, Wildwood, and New Roads participate in flag football leagues, another option the athletic department could choose to pursue to bring
football back to Gilley. Football season would be put in the fall sports season, a season where boys varsity athletes have only the option to participate in cross country. That leaves basketball, soccer, baseball and golf athletes the opportunity to take part on a potential team. Football wouldn’t only be just another sport on campus, but also a social gathering within the community. I’m not saying football would be the most interesting and popular event for students, but many students have seen shows like “Friday Night Lights” or movies like Remember the Titans, where football gives a greater sense of pride to an athletic program and community versus any other sport. Adding a football team to the program would be an active stride in making Buckley’s athletic department even better. Students: it’s your program, raise your voice and bring football back to Buckley.
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Leaders of the pack
ive guys. Fifty miles every week. Dozens of inside jokes. One cohesive belief: “We are the fastest Buckley team ever,” said sophomore Nick Martin. Say hello the 2010-11 varsity cross-country team, a squad determined to run the tables to State Finals. In its past three meets, the team, consisting of captains seniors Brian Daneshgar and Neil Martin, captain, junior Andrew Davis, and sophomores Nick Martin and Tucker Higgins, have taken Division V by storm. The five runners shattered the school’s Mt. SAC Invitational record by 1:47, and finished first in the North Hollywood Park course with an average time of 15:51. So what’s in their water? According to Davis, the team’s success has been driven by one concept— the time 17:05. “In reality, the way we can make state and control finals is if we all finish under 17:05,” explained Davis. More easily said than done. Since 2005, no varsity team has raced at Mt. SAC in under 18 minutes. When the squad took the course on October 22, only 40 of the top 103 runners in Division V finished the course in less than 17 minutes.
“Considering that most of us were in the 18 minute range last year, it takes a lot of training, eating, sleeping, icing, and just focusing all your time on preparing to race so that we can attain the best time we can possibly get,” said Davis. When the team began running in August, Neil Martin said that they didn’t understand the magnitude of their mission. After tearing through their first league meets, the runners became convinced that a spot at State Finals was theirs for the taking. That was, until they ran into a brick wall during the October 14 Paramount Ranch league meet. Leading the competition by well over 10 seconds, the Martin brothers accidentally turned down an unmarked path, and had to rejoin the race at an earlier checkpoint. The error lost the squad the race and sole possession of the league lead. “Ultimately, [the incident] was just a huge learning experience for us,” said Neil Martin. “It taught us all to be more careful, to take the next weeks more seriously if we want to win state. The mental aspect of not getting back into the race mentally taught us if anything happens again, like that, we are going to deal with it and move on.” Since that moment, the core runners, as they call themselves, have been running, sleeping, and
breathing cross-country. Every week, the five runners grind through 50 miles of hill repeats, mile repeats, half-mile repeats, and Valley Vista runs for practice. They stride on Gilley Field and run easy laps for cool downs. They relax by watching tapes of past Mt. SAC performances. “[During practice], they are always way ahead of us,” said sophomore Jack Rose. Higgins, Daneshgar, and Davis credit their intensive workout regiment to the Martin brothers. According to the three varsity runners, each brother’s hunger to beat out the other accelerates practices to a new, sometimes unbearable, level. Head coach Peter Keramidas guides the team in practices and always helps the boys cope with the pain after running. “Unlike other teams on campus, we hurt together,” said Higgins. “The goal in running is to hurt; because we all hurt together, we bond closer together.” But underneath their cramps and strains, what holds this core together is superglue of inside jokes and nicknames. According to the quintet, Nick Martin is the consistent one, who gets offended when the team says he doesn’t feel pain. Neil Martin, or “Papa Martin,” is the motivator, always trying to keep everyone
in line; Daneshgar is the comic relief. Higgins has a lot to say about everything, and Davis is the squad’s loudest and most insane member. “On the bus, he’s the only one you can hear, and you can hear him for the entire time,” said Higgins. In-between hill sprints and mile repeats, the core talks about three things— running, women, and food, respectively. “We talk about running a lot, but we have a ton of time to talk,” said Daneshgar. “It gets complicated because you are typically not supposed to talk, even smile, during races,” said Davis. “We have to push through the laughs.” But this team’s chemistry is strung together by more than just a few jokes. According to Daneshgar, there are three components that define the squad: speed, determination, and respect. “In past years, this varsity list has always been changing. But this year, the rosters have been pretty much set. This just shows how strong our varsity team is,” said Davis. All five runners bring something different to the raicing table. Neil Martin knows the ins and outs of flat and fast courses. Nick Martin and Davis specialize in running hills. Higgins stays consistent and always motivates
the squad. And Daneshgar is the all around runner, who Neil Martin calls the team’s wild card. “We all know where the other four are going to end, but we are not exactly sure where [Daneshgar] is going to end,” said Neil Martin. If [Daneshgar] can do what he expects himself to do, then we can make state.” Daneshgar, who typically completes with the Martin Brothers, has been plagued by tendonitis and constant cramping since the beginning of the season. According to Martin, it is Daneshgar’s, Higgins’, and Davis’ performances at CIF Finals that will make or break their State Finals mission. “The three, four, and five runners are very important,” said Martin. “Nick and I are out in front. The other three runners are in the middle of the pack, where every second is precious because all the runners are so close together.” “This is a team thing,” said Davis. “If one of us goes down, then we’re in trouble.” After winning first place in their heat at prelims, defeating five time defending state champions Woodcrest Christian, the boys race in CIF finals tomorrow at Mt. SAC. “We’ve been waiting for this race for over a year. If we run our best, I think we’ll be packing our bags for State Finals,” said Davis.
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TOP FIVE: Daneshgar, Davis, Higgins, Neil Martin, and Nick Martin lead the boys varsity cross country team.