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Friday, December 10, 2010 Issue 4, Volume XXVI | The Buckley School | 3900 Stansbury Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Girls tennis wins CIF title Team wins first CIF championship in school history.
toys galore | page 3 school donates toys for community service
finals | page 4 end of the year exams: are they necessary?
holidays | page 7
have the holidays lost their meaning?
JonathanFriedman ‘12 design and production editor The third time, as the saying goes, is the charm. After two consecutive CIF final losses, the girls varsity tennis team earned the title of CIF champions after defeating the Santa Ynez Pirates 77-70 in games, after match play ended in a nine set tie. “We’ve been down this road twice,” said captain and number one singles player junior Hadleigh Glist. “We had to win it and we did.” Junior Kiara Gitlin, playing number two singles, won the first set of the match 6-1, however the first round ended with a 3-3 set tie after losses from Glist, junior and number three singles player Spicy Garrick, and the number three doubles team composed of sophomore Rita Farb and freshman Sheridan March. The second round ended worse for the Griffins, with the team losing 2-4. The only wins were secured by Glist and, still undefeated from season play, the number one doubles team of captain senior Ali Guthy and junior Natasha Super. At the end of the second round the team was down 5-7, but knew what they needed for the win. “We won it in the third round because of our strong leadership and our determination,” said coach and Upper School dean of students Susan Sherman. To secure the championship, the team had to win four of the six sets in the third round. Both the see CIF Champs, page 11
new sound | page 8
cazan explores the art of listening.
basketball | page 10 team starts season with 1-1 record
Index: news...........................................1-3 opinion......................................4-5 features.....................................6-7 arts & entertainment............8-9 sports....................................10-12 joke............................................1-4
Lauren Halperin The Student Voice
CHAMPIONS: (Top) CIF champs pose after winning finals match against Santa Ynez. (Left) Freshman Lindsay Wilson prepares to smack a cross-court forehand. (Right) Sophomore Rita Farb charges the net during a match.
JSA captures nine gavels at Fall State Chapter brought 48 attendees to the weekend convention, and six members gave main speeches. AliEicher ‘14 Staff Reporter The school’s own reigning “Chapter of the Year” took home nine Best Speaker gavels at the November 20-21 JSA SoCal Fall State hosted at the LAX Marriot, the most of any of the attending delegations. With over 1210 students from 67 schools spread all over Southern California participating in the conference, 48 Buckley students spent their weekend speaking, moderating, or listening to different debate topics ranging from national economics to ‘whether or not you should have played with Barbie dolls as a child.’ Six Buckley students made main speeches and many more made subsequent speeches, moderated, and lead discussions. Sophomore Tucker Higgins won three gavels, senior Matthew Saunders won two, juniors Andrew Davis, Michael Vanhal and sophomores Ian Bernstein, Shilpa Mantri each won one. “This year’s Fall State was just amazing. It
comparingthenumbers about JSA Fall State 2009-2010
Gavel Count: 17 Attendance Count: 52 First time gavel winners: 1 Members on cabinet: 5 was way beyond my expectations. We had a lot of new students and a lot of seasoned veterans. I was pleasantly surprised,” said club advisor, history department chair Robert Wright. Students who attended were just as enthusiastic. “There was a certain mentality that defined most everything that we did: Buckley’s reemergence as a superpower. Having just come off of Spring State on cloud nine, this convention needed to be a reawakening,” said Higgins.
Gavel Count: 15 Attendance Count: 48 First time gavel winners: 3 Members on cabinet: 18 The convention’s theme was “Energizing America: Capturing the Winds of Change.” Led by Saunders, JSA Governor, change was implemented. The use of technology was more prevalent. Saunders and the cabinet designed an iPhone application that allowed students to have an agenda and calendar at their fingertips. Another new aspect introduced was see JSA, page 3
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Toy Drive donates 180 toys to Head Start Program Recipients ranged from three to four years old. Every child a part of the program received a gift. NikaShahery ‘13 staff photographer Students and faculty gave 180 children in some of the most economically disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles a Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza through their gift donations to the Head Start Program. “I saw someone in my advisory who donated a gift, and I thought it’s so doable. It’s so easy and affordable,” said librarian Matthew Wittmer. Participants
could adopt up to three children, whose ages range from 3 to 4 years old. Then, they received a handprint with the child’s name and the name of their desired toy. The requested toys are usually educational gifts like preschool aged laptops and EasyBake ovens. “When Kathy Jackson, the regional coordinator of Head Start, comes to pick up the gifts, it’s a magical moment. She is always so surprised by the generosity of our students and teachers,” said Christine Braunschweiger, community service director. Braunschweiger had a harder time getting students to adopt this year, but at the end no child was
“When Kathy Jackson, the regional coordinator of Head Start, comes to pick up the gifts, it’s a magical moment. She is always so surprised by the generosity of our students and teachers.” Chris Braunschweiger Community Service Director
Community Read books chosen, set for March 21
Sarah Rose The Student Voice
GIFTS GALORE: 180 children in some of the most economically disadvantaged areas will receive the toy drive gifts this month. turned away. Eighteen students and one faculty member adopted three children each. “I adopted three children because I like giving back and spreading holiday cheer,” said
Students experience G-card confusion Cards are to be used as a back-up to the Fresh Lunches pre-ordering system. Students and parents have had trouble loading lunch credit onto cards. ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant news editor Beginning second semester, G-cards will entirely replace lunch tickets; G-cards should only be used for emergency lunch purposes, not for every day lunch purchases. “I think it’s perfectly fine that we won’t be able to buy lunch tickets anymore. It will make it much easier to carry out the lunch system without the hassle of going to Fran’s desk. The new changes will make things much more organized,” said sophomore Nausher Walia. Fresh Lunches needs students to pre-order lunches so the company knows how much food they need to make. According to receptionist Fran Holtzman, even if it is only for two or three weeks, pre-ordering is essential.
In early October, the school upgraded the standard Student ID cards to more versatile G-card to make school credit transactions more efficient. The G-Cards haven’t been as efficient as planned. Students and parents have been confused by how to use the G-Card system. On the school website, parents must go to the parents section and then to “Campus Cash” to load credit onto their child’s card. “Because G-Cards are new, I’m sure that if more people were educated on how to use them and why they are more efficient than the old system, more students would use them,” said junior Lauren Halperin. If the G-Card experiment does work, the school plans to expand the use of the cards in other areas of student life. “If all goes well, the G-Card will be used to purchase anything a student needs on campus, like food at [the NHS breakfast sales] or tickets for performing arts shows” said Holtzman. Ben Beatty and Shilpa Mantri contributed to this article.
sophomore Carly AckermanCanning. “While picking out the gift, you get to be the kid inside, but in reality you are the Secret Santa,” said Wittmer.
yourvoice onthePRIViLEGE “The G-Cards are extremely convenient. I love to buy snacks without having to buy a meal.” Shaina Goel
“My parents are too lazy to put any money on it.” Ethan Hobel
“It was a good idea, but I don’t know how it works. I tried to put money on it and it didn’t work.” Sean Barnett Senior
DIVERSITY CLUB| page 3 HARVESTFEST| page 3 300 of 572 Middle and Upper School students attended. Fall State | page 3 JSA brings second largest delegation in chapter history.
HARVESTFEST | page 3
FALL STATE | page 3
DIVERSITY CLUB| page 3 Twelve students attended PoCC, SDLC, in San Diego.
Community Read committee chairs, English teacher Dr. Ellen Salas and math teacher Juan de La Cruz, announced that The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss, and The Diary of Anne Frank will be the Upper School and Middle School books respectively for this year’s Community Read. Community Read discussion will take place on March 21. De la Cruz emphasized that in choosing the selections, the committee considered students’ requests that the books not be too long and that they be a style and subject that appeals to teens. Salas added that it is difficult to pick a book that appeals to both freshmen and seniors, is not terribly long, and is available in paperback. “I’m hoping that students will try the first page and be engaged by the energy and voice of The History of Love,” she said. “They should be pleasantly surprised.” The format for the Community Read will remain the same as last year. The seniors will lead the Upper School discussions and the eighth-grade English Honors students will lead the Middle School discussions. MeherSingh ‘14
54 graduates return for Young Alumni Day The senior class attended the annual November 24 Young Alumni Event to get the inside scoop on the college application and university life. Alumni returned to tell seniors about their college experiences so far, give tips on the application process, and reunite with one another. 42 of the 54 returning alumni were gratues from the ’0910 class. Event attendees included Marissa Pomerance ‘10, Carissa Zidell ’10, Rachel Garfinkel ’10, Gabe Diamond ’10, Diana Barkhoudarian ’10, Erin Fukushima ’10, Nick Golden ’10, Nick Huddleston ’10, and Gillian Wood ’10. According to Marissa Pomerance ‘10, switching roles from taking the advice to giving it was an very enjoyable experience. “It was interesting to see which schools the current seniors are interested in and what questions they have about them. I felt that even though I have only been in college for a few months, I had a lot to say, and the seniors were happy to listen,” said Pomerance. TaraBitran ‘14
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Harvestfest nets senior class $3100 About 300 students attended, and close to 120 students brought VIP tickets. SalimChamoun ’14 staff reporter On November 19, the senior class’ Harvestfest, Buca di Buckley, raised $3100 for their prom fund. Dean of Upper School Sue Sherman, Madison Netel, and Olivia Forman organized this year’s event. Along with them came new ideas such as cheaper prices and front of the line passes. “The Harvestfest line is notoriously treacherous, and we wanted to give students a chance to bypass them,” said Forman. he $20 V.I.P. drew attention, and the gym was filled with students. “The well-organized and enthusiastic seniors made it a wonderful experience for
“We have incredibly talented students and we earned a lot of money just through people tipping us to sing on stage. Genius.” Olivia Forman Senior all involved,” said Beam. The food served this year included spaghetti and meatballs, cannolis, and pizza.
Food was flying off plates quickly. Beam said, “I was happy the food turned out really yummy.” “Clearly, the homemade meatballs and cannolis were the hit,” said Beam. The atmosphere of the event was planned to emulate a restaurant theme, which consisted of seniors singing with violins, dimmed lighting, and “very soft music for a pleasant aura,” said Forman.“We got a lot of great feedback about these things, as well as the detail oriented decorations that were a nice touch.” The seniors took raising as much money as possible to the extreme. “We have an incredibly talented grade and we earned a lot of money just through people tipping us to sing on stage. Genius,” said Forman. The seniors also came up with an idea to include tip jars, which became a major benefit to their fundraising. This gave students the freedom to make the seniors do whatever came to mind. Harvestfest produced many different highlights for the seniors. For some, the best part was the food, others claimed it was the atmosphere; Beam believes the highlights were“ the roving minstrels and subtitled Italian Films.” “We made a lot of money, [from Harvestfest], but we still have some more money to earn if we want to pay for our amazing prom. Some really exciting ideas for fundraising are being thrown around, so stay tuned,” said Forman.
Kim Kerschjer The Buckley School
GONDOLIERS: Seniors Andrew Lockridge, Carlin Stiehl, Jeremy Levinson, and Jason Gold provide table entertainment during Harvestfest.
Sarah Rose The Student Voice
PERFECTO!: Seniors serve caesar salad, penne pasta, and meatballs during the lunch.
Chapter has won 15 gavels so far this season from JSA, page 1
courtesy of Brian Lee
ORIENTATION: Diversity Club delegates attend the conference’s opening assembly.
School sends students and faculty to People of Color conferences Students had to submit a video, essay, poem, or rap expressing interest in multiculturalism in order to attend. NikaShahery ‘13 staff photographer Twelve students attended both the People of Color Conference (PoCC), and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) from December 4-5 in San Diego. “I believe it is essential for teachers and administrators to attend this conference, at some point, in their professional careers. After going to POCC, you return to your life and to your campus, a changed person, seeing through different eyes,” said Lower school principal Adrienne Parsons. The conferences centralizes around the themes of “catching the tides of change,” “ridding the waves of opportunity,” and “anchoring ourselves in the community harbor.” “While at the conference, we [the faculty] take a professional and a personal journey. The professional journey deepens our understanding of good pedagogy and best practice. The personal journey prompts us to reflect on our own identities and upbringing,” said Parsons. SDLC consisted of discussions amongst family groups and affinity groups. Activities included facing another person and responding to questions regarding cultural oppression, determining socio-economic status based on a number line system, and
identifying with being either masculine or feminine and listing the stereotypes given to both. Speakers included Earnest Green, the first to graduate of the Little Rock Nine, and Phoebe Ang, a national lecturer and author of Warrior Lessons. “I believe that our collective success is dependant on our individual efforts,” said Madison Netel, diversity club president, following the convention. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately”. Each person reaching out to help another person sustains diversity. Part of my mission this year is to sustain an environment in which people come to understand and appreciate our pluralistic society.” Most activities were discussion based and asked students to share their personal stories and beliefs, but some activities were done in silence. Harder activities were prefaced with food for thought or mediation, and finished off with moments to reflect with a neighbor. “I remember being shocked several years back when I was first exposed to the idea [at the conference] that I was privileged. Simply being male or white or heterosexual brings with it privilege and often therefore power. It is only by unveiling these privileges and trying to look at situations from others’ perspectives that we can better understand and appreciate one another and work to make our world a better place for everyone,” said second grade teacher Laura Sciliano.
the Competitive Debate program. It allowed students to be judged by teachers, receive feedback on their speeches, and be awarded for their scores in their debate. Many students new to the convention took advantage of this learning opportunity and spoke for the first time. Mantri won a gavel for her debate on if the U.S. education system adequately prepares students for competition in the global workforce. “The Buckley chapter is extremely supportive of our speakers. Especially when it came to my debate and I was feeling a bit nervous, it was nice to see friendly faces in the audience who were there to support and motivate me,” said Mantri.
bythenumbers about FALL STATE LA GAVELs Tucker Higgins: 3 Matthew Saunders: 2 Andrew Davis: 1 Michael Vanhal: 1 Ian Bernstein: 1 Shilpa Mantri: 1
Buckley’s chapter has grown immensely since it first started 14 years ago. “When I was a freshman, JSA was a small club of 19 members. When my junior year ended, we had 133 people and were the Chapter of the Year. The growth is incredible but came with the determination of the leadership of the club and the help of Mr. Wright,” said Saunders. Wright says that what separates JSA from other clubs is that they get to go to convention and develop their debating skills with practice. He also notes that their debate, argument, and communication savvy helps students get ready for the real world. “The Best Speaker Gavel is one of the highest honors a JSA student can get for debating. A gavel denotes a student’s ability to make an effective argument and persuade the audience,” said Saunders.
“There was a certain mentality that defined most everything that we did: Buckley’s reemergence as a superpower. Having just come off of Spring State on cloud nine, this convention needed to be a reawakening.” Tucker Higgins Sophomore
Courtesy of Daniel Molayem
FRONT AND CENTER: JSA delegation listens to chapter’s cabinet members during the opening assembly.
friday, december 10, 2010 | Letter to the Editor
Finals: what’s the deal with those things? I understand we need to take them because we’re going to have to take them in college anyway, but why? What’s their purpose? I guess knowing there’s going to be a big test at the end of the semester is supposed to motivate us to study harder during the year (and for me, it does), but is it really necessary to test us on everything in one sitting? I’m the type of person that needs to concentrate on one topic at a time, so it’s challenging for me to study all the different chapters or sections or units together at once. Not to mention, having to take a test in two different subjects in one day adds a completely new dimension to stress. Having math and history together, for instance, requires memorizing so many different kinds of facts that I often feel my brain is going to explode! It’s difficult to multitask and study for two subjects, no matter what they are, on the same day. Information "...Information gets mixedgets mixedup between up between the subjects, the subjects, and next thing you and next thing know you’re you know you're t h i n k i n g : thinking: Thomas T h o m a s Jefferson was Jefferson was elected in A elected in A squared plus squared plus B B squared squared equals C equals C squared. .." squared. B u t never mind my confusion; let’s do the simple math for a second. We spend roughly four to eight hours studying for a given subject, plus an additional hour or two of just thinking or worrying about the exam, then pile on another two hours to actually take the test; now we’re at over ten hours students dedicate to each final exam And for what? To add another 20 percent to our class grade? Why do we need more? Was all the work we did during the year not good enough? Then again, teachers as well have to devote hours on end to actually design each test, and they don’t complain as much as students do. Whether it’s coming up with new essay prompts, or writing a math problem, teachers spend hours at a time with final exams. Too often we forget that finals take a toll on teachers as well; so I think it’s fair to say they don’t choose to give us these big tests for their own pleasure. And have I mentioned they then get to read and grade them over break! Now that can’t be fun. But if teachers don’t like giving them as much as we don’t like taking them, then what’s the point of final exams? And why do we even call them final exams in the first place? They’re not the end of anything. Sure it’s the final test of the semester, but we never stop needing to know that information. AP students need to retain that knowledge all the way until April or May when they take an even bigger exam. But finals aren’t going away anytime soon, so we all try to prepare the best we can. Review week used to be regarded as a time to prepare, to get clarification on difficult topics from throughout the first semester in order to better succeed on the final exam. I’m not saying review week doesn’t still hold this meaning; all I’m saying is the name should be changed from “review week” to “review for two days.” Review week I have a quiz or test or project for each subject. Now how is that review?
Dear Editor, We support Tucker Higgins’ recent opinion, “What did you sign?” (November 19), in its desire to tackle a controversial issue and protect the rights of the student body. However, we disagree with the legal analysis, legal research, and claims that Buckley’s EUP is unethical and unconstitutional. Justice (not Judge) Abe Fortas wrote the opinion for the majority in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (393 U.S. 503); Tinker applied to the actions of school officials acting as officials of the state of Iowa. Plaintiffs brought the suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, which allows individuals to seek injunctive relief against a state or state official who deprives that individual of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Tinker applies to state-sponsored schools, not to private institutions. When Higgins writes, “It may be convenient to believe that our small community or “private” status opens us up to further restriction,” he is completely correct; the standards are not the same. Higgins’ article decontextualizes Tinker to make an argument inconsistent with the ruling. Since the Court ruled on Tinker in 1969, other rulings have curtailed the broad protections granted in Tinker. In 1986, the Court ruled that public schools may punish “lewd and indecent” speech in Bethel School District v. Fraser (478 U.S. 875). In 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (484 U.S. 260) granted school officials authority to censor schoolsponsored student publications. Morse v. Frederick (551 U.S. 393), from 2007, sustained the punishment of a student who promoted illegal drug use. Tinker is still a landmark case, but its grandiose statements must be carefully applied. Dropping a quote from the opinion to close an article relies on the readers’ ignorance of the case law. More importantly, the analysis of the relevant state law mischaracterizes the intention of the Leonard Law, beginning in the first paragraph, with the claim that the EUP is unconstitutional. Assuming that the policy does in fact violate the Leonard Law, such a violation would still only be of state statute and not of the state or federal constitutions.
A state superior court judge in Santa Clara County issued the ruling in Corry v. Stanford (Cal. Super. Feb. 27, 1995), and Stanford did not appeal. The decision thus lacks binding power over any other superior court or appellate court in the state. To rely on Corry as a definitive standard in support of his argument misreads its significance. Even if a Leonard Law plaintiff sued, neither the state appellate courts nor the federal courts have weighed in on the constitutionality of the law as it applies to private schools. A Leonard Law defendant could make the argument that prohibiting a private institution’s ability to regulate speech creates a damper on the institution’s right to free speech, which could not be said to meet a compelling government interest. Unfortunately for Higgins, the Leonard Law is a badly written, and unenforceable. The constitutionality of the EUP is definite. The Electronic Use Policy is also, in its basic intentions, ethical. As Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, is quoted as saying earlier in the same issue, the EUP “gives [Buckley] the ability to ensure the safety of [its] children.” Although the EUP is written very broadly, it is not intended to be a tool through which Buckley can regulate the speech of its students, at least not at home, but is designed to make sure students use school technologies appropriately. Buckley has every right and intention to enforce rules that keep students from harming other students or damaging their own reputations. We commend the administration for being cautious, legal, and just. This being said, we also caution the administration: they must keep their promise to only use the EUP to protect students. While we understand that the EUP is designed as a safeguard to cyber bullying, the language in many part of the document is too broad. To the students who disagree with the EUP, we would only point out that you are not required to sign it; signing the document is simply required to have the privilege of using the school’s technology. Faithfully yours, Matthew Saunders, Senior Maxwell Baldi ‘10
onthespot... What final would you prefer to take first and why?
“For me, studying is most intense in subjects such as history, foreign language, and science. So I would like to take one of those first so I’d have the weekend to study.” Soren Hopkins, Senior “I would want to take my physics final first because it’s my hardest subject. If it was first I’d have the most time to study over the weekend.” Hadleigh Glist, Junior “History would be the best subject to take first because there is so much to prepare for. There are so many facts and dates to know, the extra time to study would really be helpdul.” Madeline Fuhrman, Senior “I would like to take my finals in order of my class schedule. I’m use to having my classes in a certain order, so I’d prefer to take my finals that way. For me, I have biology sunrise, so I’d like to take that final first.“ Ryan O’Donnell, Freshman “I’d prefer to take history or English first because they are the hardest and I’d like to get them out of the way. Plus, I’d have the entire weekend to study for them.” Rouben Gregorian, Junior
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Stop the grade grubbing
e’ve all done it. The bell rings, class ends, and we approach the desk. The teacher peers up with a slight glance of discontent, anticipating what we both know will happen next: let the grade grubbing begin. What ensues is a last, feeble attempt to change a C to a B or a B to an A. And teachers hate it. The mundane routine of grade grubbing is not only an annoyance to teachers, but also a useless venture on the part of students. “Inquiring about your grade to date is perfectly acceptable, but asking to change a grade is unacceptable,” said Upper School history teacher, Christian Beam. “There’s no such thing as the point fairy; you get what you earn and you earn what you get.” Asking for clarification on a certain topic is one thing, but taking advantage of a teacher’s thoughtful accessibility by arguing for a grade not earned is just going one step too far. Students need to realize that yes, teachers are here to help, but no, they are not
walking get-out-of-jail-free cards. Not to mention when students badger teachers to boost their GPAs, this severely damages the student-teacher relationship. Whether in history, math, or English, constantly asking about grades undermines a teacher’s love of the subject. All the effort a teacher puts into making a class worthwhile is undervalued when a student cares only about a grade on a transcript. “I think grade grubbing is annoying,” said junior Nesta Myrie. “People are so focused with getting good grades that they often forget the improtance of the actual matieral.” Grade-grubbing also creates a divide within the student body. Students who ask teachers to boost their grade are getting an unfair advantage that other students... Fellow students, we have a choice to make: we either accept our shortcomings and learn from our mistakes, or mope and whine about them. Teachers understand the dilemma that students are facing; they are aware of the
effect grades have on college admissions, but as students we need to be more understanding. Not only is grade grubbing an underhanded insult to teachers, it unfairly divides the student body. Why should a teacher make a grade-boosting exception for one student and not another? Doesn’t everyone deserve the same increased grade boost? But teachers shouldn’t feel pressured to give an unequal advantage to certain students in the first place. Students who actively push for higher marks need to understand that their actions generate inequality. Since end of the semester grades are of particular importance, and there seems to be a general escalation of grade-grubbing before finals week, The Voice strongly encourages that all students carefully consider their actions. Ask yourself: “Did I really deserve this grade?” and if the answer is “yes,” don’t bombard teachers with baseless claims that you are entitled to more.
Michael Cook The Student Voice
Stress is a mess: let’s fix it
AliceBreidenbach ’12 a&e editor chool is stressful. There is always work to be done and deadlines to be meet. You can control the amount of school stress in your life through the classes and extracurricular activities that you decide to take, but this stress is never going to disappear completely. Even if administrators limit the amount of homework that teachers should assign and the amount of tests that can take place on a single day, they cannot change that we attend a competitive, college preparatory school. And with this preparation will always come stress. And some students are feeling the pressure. “I am definitely stressed. I have a lot of work, especially with college apps,” said senior Samantha Stone. “I don’t think all
teachers fully understand it. They say that they do, but they continue to assign so much work.” Rather than continuing to limit workload in an attempt to help students with their stress, I believe that Buckley needs to help students deal with the stress that already exists. One way, and probably the best way, to do this would be to hold an optional stress management workshop or class that would not take place during school hours or on a school night, as students have work to do. This workshop would give attendees ways to manage and deal with stress and useful study tips that could make assignments go faster. “I absolutely think that [the workshop] is a good idea” said Mara Tapia, school counselor . “I think it’s useful for students to have tools to deal with their stress, whether it’s from school or not.” It would also help if we established check-in groups, similar to those used in the Lower School. These check-ins could serve as a type of group support therapy, where students can talk to each other about stresses in their lives, from school or otherwise and maybe help
one another in confronting these pressures. “I think that some sort of stress management group or class would help,” said Stone. “I think that it would help kids let go of stress and let them know that they’re not alone in their worrying.” If the administration still does not want to establish a class that could only help students as they cope with the pressures of high school and could potentially give them stress management techniques that could benefit them for the rest of their life, I would like to appeal to them personally. I’m stressed a lot of the time, which I take responsibility for as it is due to my choices in classes. But I would love to have ways to work more efficiently and to cope with stress more effectively, and I know other students would join me in racing to be the first to sign up for a program that would provide these tools. High school principal, Joseph Scuito explained that, though the administration has considered ways to aid students in dealing with their stress, he thought that the idea of a workshop or check-in group was worth investigating. There is no downside to this option. So, all right then. Let’s do this.
I’ve been at a student Buckley my entire life. I’ve engage in 30 semesters of academia, vacationed over 45 winters, spring, and summer breaks, taken 60 final exams, and prepared too many tests, quizzes, and projects to count. And now, I am on my final round—I only have 9 days left until the end of my last first semester. Ever semester since Middle School, I have anticipated this moment. During crazy review weeks and anxiety-ridden final exam weekend, I’ve said to myself repeatedly, “Only three more years then I’m done.” “Only two more years remaining.” “I have one left of this.” I’ve always thought that when I got to this moment, I would be itching to shed myself of my Buckley ties, ready to race off to college, graduate school, and beyond, and to make a name for myself in the real world. Now, with nine mere days left, I have a different taste in my mouth. Typically, I use my column Blochbuster to “bust” a fallible school-related claim. But this issue, I take on a different tone. No busts. Only love and a pinch of wistfulness. This may sound strange, but I’m going to miss Buckley. I’m going to miss my fifteen person classes, the personal in-class discussion, and the plethora of inside jokes woven into 50 minute periods. I’m going to miss my teachers. I’m going to miss having the ability to go over tests and quizzes with them during lunch, and even having the ability to develop friendships with them outside of the classroom. I’m flat out going to miss my classmates. I’ve developed bond with my 74 other peers for the past 15 years, and I can’t imagine what my life will be like with them out of the picture. I’m going to miss Big Red assemblies on Friday’s, breakfast sales on Wednesdays, and the unparalleled craziness of Spirit Week. And most importantly, I’m going to miss Buckley because of the unmatched opportunities the school has provided me over the past four years. At school, I have the ability to take four weighted classes, help manage The Student Voice, and compete in a varsity high school soccer match, all in one day. Yes, I typically run late to classes and don’t get the most amount of sleep, but Buckley allowed me to successfully pursue whatever I have wanted to pursue. That’s something that can be rarely said in life. I’ve hyped up becoming a second semester senior and venturing off to college for as long as I can remember— but after glancing at what I just wrote above, I don’t know if college is going to be that end all, be all. I don’t know if I’m ever going to develop an inside joke about “centipedes” or “wacky bathroom gestures” during an undergraduate seminar. I’m not sure if I will ever get to know a professor more than the course he or she teaching. I don’t think I’m going to have a steady group of 75 friends over a four year colligate experience, let alone 15 years. And as much as I try, or as determine as I may be, there’s no guarantee that I’ll successfully pursue whatever I want to pursue. I know that there’s still a semester to go this school year; nonetheless, students, underclassmen especially, steady your race towards the college finish line and take in the high school air. Savor what Buckley has to offer. Because in a blink of an eye, it will be your last first semester.
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Student shoppers cash in for holiday sales Students utilize stores’ winter discounts and find the perfect gifts for friends and family members.
Jason Gold The Student Voice
THE PERFECT GIFT: During the holidays, students flock to Fashion Square Mall to find gifts for friends and family at The Apple Store and Macy’s.
WHERE TO SHOP
ith the holidays comes the return of holiday shopping and the season of gift giving. “I like giving gifts to my family and friends and seeing how happy it makes them,” said junior Julia Zukin. “Obviously I like getting new things as presents too, but I love seeing the look on my friends’ and family members’ faces when they open a present that I give to them.” For most students, the person they are shopping for dictates where they chose to shop for a gift. However, each student has his fail-proof stores. When doing her holiday shopping, Zukin normally chooses stores where she can find many different types of or gender neutral gifts. “It depends on the person that I’m shopping for, but I usually go to Bloomingdales, which is a really big department store so there’s a lot of variety, or Best Buy, which has a lot of electronics so it’s very easy to get a non gender gift,” explained Zukin. Many students, such as senior Ethan Fudge, chose to shop at popular clothing
retailers such as Urban Outfitters. “[Where I choose to shop] depends on the person I am shopping for, but I’ll normally go to a clothing store where I know that person shops. I’ll go to Urban Outfitters a lot because I know it is popular,” said Fudge. Junior Jody-Nesta Myrie, who often sculpts and creates jewelry, looks to his own abilities when he needs a gift for someone else. “I don’t really go shopping for gifts. I usually make something or give something that I have made. I normally give jewelry,” said Myrie. “I think that people like them and appreciate the effort.” Other students, such as seventh grader Emma Matson-Maguire, look for inspiration and advice in outside sources, such as magazines. “It depends on who I’m shopping for, but most of the time I’ll go to Urban Outfitters or Forever 21. Their stuff is really cute and I know that my friends will like it because they like to shop there,” said Matson-Maguire. “But I look in magazines like Seventeen for ideas because they normally have cute and affordable options.”
of students said that the price they are willing to spend on a gift depends for whom they are buying.
SALES AND SPENDING LIMITS
ales, whether in store or online, give buyers a chance to finish their holiday shopping without exceeding their holiday budget. But for most students, this budget is a consideration though not a first priority. “It’s definitely something that I think about,” said Zukin. “If I find something that I want to buy for someone, but it costs hundreds of dollars, I’m not going to buy it. But I definitely spend more on gifts for my family. Sales are always good, but I don’t necessarily go to a store for a sale.” Junior Rouben Gregorian shared similar thoughts on the price tag of gifts. “If I’m shopping for a good friend or family member, I’m not really worried about how much it costs. But if it’s someone I don’t really know, there is a budget. The budget is normally as much as my parents give me to spend,” said Gregorian. For Gregorian, giving gifts is about more than the cost. “I love giving gifts to people,” said Gregorian. “I’m not a huge fan of receiving gifts. I love seeing the reaction on a person’s face when they open a present.”
of students said that a good gift is chosen thoughtfully.
Fudge said that these sales affect where he chooses to shop. “I am more likely to shop at a store because of a sale that they offer. I’m spending my own money on holiday gifts, so I’ll look for a discount. But I don’t think that it’s about the money or how much the gift costs,” said Fudge. Just as with in-store sales, online retailers also use holiday-time discounts to entice consumers. “I’ll shop at certain websites because of the deals that they offer,” said Gregorian. “I don’t like the crowds at stores during the holidays, so I’ll shop at holiday sales online.” Sixth-grader Jillian Halperin also shops at Bloomingdales, and has already taken advantage of the holiday sales that the store offered on Black Friday. “I went [to the Black Friday sales] because I love to shop and getting up really early to go shop is fun, not because of advertising or the sales but more of the experience,” said Halperin. “I would recommend the sales to others but it’s more of the experience that makes me want to get up at 3:30 a.m. It’s also a tradition for me and my mom.”
of students said that the display is most likely to entice them to shop in a store.
insidefeatures FINALS WEEKEND | page 7 Most students choose to study seriously rather than party or socialize over the weekend before final exams.
finals WEEKEND | page 7
Holiday religions | page 7
HOLIDAY RELIGIONS | page 7 Holidays are characterized by religious observations, travel, and family get-togethers.
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Shopping, religion, and vacation vie for holiday observation
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Finals demand full attention The weekend before final exams brings massive amounts of studying with minimal time for usual social activities for students.
alking through the mall on a cold December day, one may hear Christmas carols playing. Some people simply take the music face value just as any other song, while others might apply a religious
connotation. Similarly, for some students, the holiday season focuses on religious worship, while others can’t wait to open presents or go on vacation. Religious students spend the holiday either at church, temple, or home. Sophomore Alexa Benudiz goes to temple regularly during the year especially for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but never on Chanukah. “Our family thinks about Chanukah as more of about family bonding, being at home, and lighting candles, rather than going to temple,” said Benudiz. Despite the importance of Chanukah, most students take a laid-back approach on the holiday, according to freshman Madison Grubb. “Personally, I have never celebrated Chanukah as part of Judaism. Instead, I treat it like a second thanksgiving with gifts as a token of appreciation,” said Grubb. Sophomore Andrea Mackey, who is Roman Catholic, makes a point of going to church every week, even on Christmas. “Worshipping makes Christmas more special because the holiday is all about Jesus and his birth. At church, it’s more interesting than regular Mass because they do a special ceremony by bringing out a baby Jesus and mother Mary in the church,” said Mackey. For sophomore Michaela Murphy, going to church is a way to escape her everyday busy life as a student. “The atmosphere is very light and peaceful. The people are all very nice, have clean minds, and good intentions for others’ well being. It’s much nicer than the school or even business atmosphere,” said Murphy. While some students find peace in going to church or temple, others feel obligated to go. “I dread going to temple sometimes because you have to wake up early. But then when I come out of temple, I feel like I’ve performed a mitzvah (a good deed), which makes me feel really good,” said Benudiz. Observing the holiday season religiously helps students learn more about their religion and what it means to them. “During Chanukah, I feel a sense of unity with my family and a closeness to my religion and divine power. It [worshipping] instills moral values that are important in my everyday life,” said junior Daniel Gabbay. It might be easy for some to worship every week or during the holiday season, but according to sophomore Gabriella Selover, she just doesn’t have enough time. “With family coming in during the holidays, they would be our first priority rather than going to church on Christmas or spending the day religiously,” said Selover. Many students enjoy the holiday spirit of sharing and giving, namely opening presents. “In my family, we exchange gifts and presents, but we don’t actually believe in celebrating Christmas,” said sophomore Alexia Saleh. Relaxing and taking a vacation during the holidays are more important to Saleh than spending Christmas religiously. In the midst of family coming in from out of town or making preparations for the holiday celebrations, some students take time to reflect on themselves. “Chanukah is important to me because it’s a tradition in my family and it reminds me where I came from. It doesn’t let me forget that I’m Jewish,” said junior Kevin Cohen. In the end, whether students spend the holiday season worshipping, opening presents, or taking a vacation, they agree that it is mostly a time to spend with their loved ones. “On Christmas, all my family gets together. Besides celebrating it religiously, Christmas, is about spending time with my family,” said Mackey.
What do the holidays mean to you? time with family
52% and friends
35% vacation time 8%
Poll data collected 12/8/10
Will this be you?
ClaireSelvin ‘13 features editor The weekend before final exams is full of reading, practicing math problems, and conjugating verbs. Will students be studying or socializing, pacing or cramming? Many students spend their weekend studying due to both academic drive and parental restrictions. Sophomore Sammy Breen prefinals weekend is a departure from her usual routine. “I usually don’t socialize the weekend before finals so I can be completely focused, though some years I have gone out in the night to hang out with friends as a reward for the day of studying,” explained
“I’ll try not to [cram] but I’ll probably end up doing it because I’ll probably be fake studying and end up realizing that I don’t know enough of the material by the final night.” Soren Hopkins Senior Breen. Some parents require that students remain at home studying throughout the weekend. “I’ll want to [socialize the weekend before finals] but my parents will say ‘no’. It’s nice to take breaks from studying and enjoy myself,” said senior Soren Hopkins. The party scene is another casualty of the weekend. “[Parties] take up a lot more time than just regular socializing and you end up getting very little sleep so it hurts your ability to
concentrate,” said Hopkins. Freshman Jason Freedman said that if he were to attend a party, he would make sure to get home early.
“It’s really a matter of spacing it out. I can’t leave everything until the night before because that’s when I will start to freak out.” Jason Freedman Freshman
“It would be early so that I could get enough sleep before the final exam,” said Freedman. With immense amounts of material to learn and memorize, some students neglect their studies and end up cramming the night before the test. Hopkins said that he studies for as long as possible until he is completely burnt out. “I pretty much study as much as possible until my brain goes dead,” said Hopkins. Breen always tries to space out her studying over the weekend so that she can move at a comfortable speed through subjects.
“[Parties] take up a lot more time than just regular socializing and you end up getting very little sleep so it hurts your ability to concentrate.” Soren hopkins Senior “I study the weekend before to avoid cramming and also so I can move at a slower pace to re-learn and remember everything,” said Breen.
Freedman creates study schedules for himself in order to avoid last minute cramming. “It’s really a matter of spacing it out. I can’t leave everything until the night before because that’s when I will start to freak out,” said Freedman. Freedman said that the night before the exam he looks over specific details but throughout the weekend he reviews fundamental concepts. Hopkins said that he does not study thoroughly, resulting in late night studying the night before the test. “I’ll try not to [cram] but I’ll probably end up doing it because I’ll probably be fake studying and end up realizing that I don’t know enough of the material by the final night,” said
“I usually don’t socialize the weekend before finals so I can be completely focused, though some years I have gone out in the night to hang out with friends as a reward for the day of studying.” Sammy Breen Sophomore Hopkins. Freedman said that he will study six to ten hours over the weekend since it is his first semester in high school. “[This year] it’s a matter of a bit more dedication and really focusing on what is important,” said Freedman. Breen generally studies four hours per final but spaces out her studying with breaks. “I study a little bit each night on the weekend before finals. I set time limits for certain subjects and then take a break in between subjects,” said Breen.
arts & entertainment friday, december 19, 2010 |
Making music with pots and pans PERFORMANCE: To listen to the combination of feedback and tapping on a metal bowl,Cazan feeds microphones into a mixer to create a feedback loop,
Courtesy of Scott Cazan
The tech department’s Scott Cazan is more than just a computer afficionado. He’s a musician. SarahRose ‘11 managing online editor Programmer Scott Cazan creates music with metal bowls, with his iPad - with almost anything that creates sound. His music is obviously not your typical song on the radio, complete with drums, guitars, and vocals. Rather, he explores, breaks, and pushes electronics to the limit, utilizing computer code, and everyday objects to create new and unique sounds. “[The music] is definitely not a song. ‘Organic’ is a good word for it. It’s playing. It’s a lot of play. It’s seeing what happens when you do this,” said Cazan. “It’s very improvised.” Cazan likes to listen. “When you play the violin, you’re playing the music, you’re executing the music; you’re kind of just making the sounds happen, you’re almost reading back. With this music, what I really enjoy about it is that I can sit back and listen. I can explore with my ears as opposed to just imitating the score right in front of me,” said Cazan. So when he puts on a show in front of a live audience, the effort isn’t entirely selfless, as he takes part in the listening along with them. “I can explore with my ears as opposed to just imitating the score right in front of me,” he said. “I can really interact with the sound. I can enjoy it as an audience member performing the sound.” Cazan compared his music to listening to the sounds of an air conditioner, saying that he takes regular, everyday sounds, and performs them to give his audience the ability to pay attention to sounds that are typically ignored – at least aesthetically. “The music is really just listening to sound. People come to listen because it forces you into a situation where you get enjoyment out of these sounds,” said Cazan. “It’s not just background noise. It’s this pleasant experience.” At an early age, Cazan started programming computers. He was also very interested in music and got his first job with the intent of saving up for music gear. In college, Cazan earned a BFA in music at UCSB, and later a MFA at Cal Arts. He wrote chamber music for orchestras, but always felt some detachment from his own music. “There’s this weird thing with orchestral music where you spend all this time creating these compositions, you pass them on to the conductor or the performer, and then maybe a few months later the performance comes up. You show up at your own performance and you just watch it, you’re completely uninvolved. You feel so divorced from the music,” said Cazan. Which is why Cazan decided to take his music into his own hands. Although he found his passion for listening to the sounds of machines by playing around with gadgets in his room, Cazan has taken his sound a step further by bringing it out of his room and into venues, both locally and internationally, so that the public too can enjoy his aural
Courtesy of Scott Cazan
KEY NOTES: Cazan experiments with a piano.
“[The music] is definitely not a song. ‘Organic’ is a good word for it. It’s playing. It’’s a lot of play. It’s seeing what happens when you do this. It’s very improvised.” Scott Cazan
Courtesy of Scott Cazan
MIXING: Cazan uses technology to create unique sounds.
experience. He recently returned from an early October tour in Berlin and Paris. “I perform a lot in Los Angeles. I’ve done a few shows in Paris and Berlin and I was in Germany last year,” said Cazan, who has released a CD, Interference, with Khalija Records, available on Amazon and iTunes. He is currently working on a sophomore album. Cazan often performs with a group called Better Then Future. “It’s a laptop group, which is three people with laptops that are all networked together and we interact with each other through the computers,” he said. In the past year, Cazan has been sticking to performing solo shows, allowing himself to get around quickly and to perform more shows on tour. Each performance is an experiment for Cazan, as he never really knows what is going to happen and just goes with what happens organically when he pushes a button, inserts a new pattern, or breaks the technology. He enjoys watching how the programs and machines react to his interaction and create sounds. “[At a recent show] I had a piece with a metal bowl where it was hooked up to microphones. I just tapped on the bowl a little bit. That feeds into the mixer, which I then rout back into the mixer again so it gets this feedback loop. So what you hear is just microphone feedback and me tapping on a metal bowl,” said Cazan. Another one of his pieces involves putting one’s ear against anything, a wall for example, and listening with the ear against the wall and then listening with the other ear, exploring the interaction between what is happening in the wall and what is happening in one’s ear. Sometimes, Cazan develops his show off of the room in which he is performing, tailoring the sounds to the venue’s acoustics. With speakers that literally push out air, filling the room with a vibrating aperture, combined with the way in which humans hear not only through their ears, but also through their bones, the experience becomes physical. “You can feel it. So it becomes a sculptural sound. When you push that much air through a room, everything in the room has an effect on the sound. You can walk through the room and get these different experiences,” said Cazan. When he isn’t masterminding the art of listening, Cazan teaches programming and uses his knowledge of music to integrate the art of programming into his lessons, taking the same approach in class that he does on stage to make coding a creative act. He said responses to his music have been generally good, but positive or negative reactions, he will continue to pursue, explore, and interact with sound. “This is what I do with most of my time,” said Cazan. “When I leave [Buckley] I’m usually at a concert or a rehearsal. I’m doing this all weekend. I have tours. I think of this as what I do. I’ve been doing it for a while and I went through tons of school for it.” To hear Cazan’s music go to voice.buckleyla.org. Look for the link in “Cazan explores our perception of sound.”
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the beatles: please please me
On November 16, The Beatles released their debut album – on iTunes that is. If their matching suits and haircuts aren’t enough, on Please Please Me, originally released on March 22, 1963 in the United Kingdom, The Beatles use their straightforward boy-loves-girl lyrics, simple yet catchy riffs, and enticing harmonies to charm audiences enough to tell them a thing or two about love. The band’s energy and distinct character transcend the songs and grab hold of the listener. This album not only launched the group’s career, but also introduced the John Lennon/Paul McCartney songwriting partnership, as it includes eight original songs, a testament to the quality of the songs and an innovation in bands writing their own songs. The remarkable simplicity of their lyrics yet subtle complexity of the music is especially noticeable on their first album. Through handclaps, repetitive lyrics about love at first sight, and George Harrison’s Chuck Berry influenced guitar solo, “I Saw Her Standing There,” the first song on the album, leaves audiences captivated and wanting more. On “Misery,” the group laments the end of a relationship, requesting that the listener “Send her back to me, ‘cause everyone can see, without her I will be in misery.” Ironically, Ringo Starr’s consistent drumbeat, repetitious, descending piano run, and the infectious harmonies of Lennon and McCartney, reminiscent of Frankie Valli, suggest that misery might just be a formality. “Anna (Go To Him),” the album’s first cover song, featuring Lennon’s tortured vocals singing “all my life I’ve been searching for a girl to love me and I love you,” nevertheless, he gives Anna permission to choose another,
asking only for the ring back if she does. “Anna,” the Gerry Goffin and Carol King penned “Chains,” and “Boys,” the first Beatles track featuring Starr’s lead vocals, all evoke sounds of the fab four’s perhaps largest influence: Elvis Presley. Other cover songs include “Baby It’s You,” “Twist and Shout,” and “A Taste of Honey,” which features double tracking, a recording technique where McCartney sang along to a previously recorded track of himself to create a dual vocal. The rawness and imperfection of the songs on Please Please Me, combined with the inclusion of Lennon’s bluesysounding harmonica on “Love Me Do,” “There’s A Place,” and the album’s title track add to the live quality of the album. On both “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do” The Beatles walk a fine line between maintaining their clean, nice-boy image and appearing desperate, obsessive, and slightly raunchy through the use of the word ‘please,’ repeated often in both songs. Despite their clean image and innovative sound, it is this lyrical ambiguity that gives depth to the music on this album. The originality, simplicity, and catchiness of the songs on the Beatles’ first album sent Please Please Me strait to the top of the charts, making it the springboard of their groundbreaking career and unparalleled influence on the world of music. Forty-seven years later, we’re still listening.
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A DARKER SIDE: Natalie Portman portrays ballet dancer Nina Sayer, who stars in Swan Lake. MarkCook ‘12 a&e editor You’ll never guess what will happen next. Black Swan keeps you on your toes, to say the least. Get ready to cringe, to gasp, to laugh, to jump, and to be amazed with Mark Heyman’s Black Swan, that opened December 3. The gentleman Thomas Leeroy, played by Vincent Cassel, decides to produce Swan Lake and casts the innocent Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman, as the Swan Queen. Portman’s portrayal of Nina is nothing short of excellent; she makes the viewer feel every bit of pain, pleasure, and suffering. Through her efforts to play the perfect Swan, Nina conveys the innocence and fragility of the White Swan yet struggles to release her lustful and destructive side, necessary to play the Black Swan. To play the perfect part, she must be able to convey both. Lily, played by Mila Kunis, embodies the free spirit and lust of the Black Swan, and lures Nina into indulging in her darker side through their twisted friendship based upon a crazy night at a club that includes drugs and sex. Though Nina exemplifies the innocence and fragility of the White Swan, the movie is dominated by the darkness of Nina’s fears and obsession with perfection. In her efforts to be perfect Nina does not eat, and it is clear she is anorexic when she takes off her shirt to be measured for a costume fitting. Her anorexia is just one of her problems. Her controlling mother, Erica Sayers, played by Barbara Hershey, obsesses over Nina’s dancing and constantly pushes her too far, one
of the factors that eventually make Nina crack. Each of the new pressures brings about problems for Nina, and ultimately pushes her to the edge, as she loses herself in the character of the Swan Queen. One quote seems to dominate the entire movie as Nina strives for the perfect performance as she has seen done by her dance role model and Leeroy’s previous star Beth Macintyre, played by Winona Ryder. “Your own biggest enemy is yourself.” The rest of the movie unfolds as Nina literally becomes the Swan Queen and the role takes over her mind and life. Due to sexual scenes, drug usage, and inappropriate language, the movie is rated R and is not for the younger audience. What really makes this movie complete is Portman’s performance as Nina. She is simply breath-taking. Portman portrays both the innocent child with a pink room and teddy bears and a lustful and rebellious woman that gives in to her desires. Yet the most impressive aspect of Portman’s performance is the transition that she conveys. The change from extremities of the homespun, innocent girl to the violent and sex-driven woman that Portman exemplifies is compelling, and nearly makes the movie. The limited use of four colors; white, pink, red, and black, throughout the movie demonstrates and emphasizes the innocence, fragility, violence, and lust that constantly reoccur. The limited color emphasizes Nina’s innocence through the white color of the swan, her fragility and
naivety with her pink room, her violence and destruction with the red blood, and finally her sexual desires and lust through the black swan. The movie is full of suspenseful moments, amplified by eerie music and quick camera turns. You are always on edge when you begin to hear the creep of the violins coming in, and the suspense builds to a maximum with the addition of quick camera turns, as an unexpected someone or something quickly appears behind Portman, in a mirror for example. Believable graphics also dominate the movie and add to the intensity. Multiple stabbing scenes and dripping blood are two of the more common graphic enhancements. Also contributing to the graphic intensity is the animation of inanimate objects, such as the movement of paintings, sculptures, and costumes. The cinematography also adds to the suspense. For example, at the beginning of the movie, the camera that follow Nina as she walks down an alley is very shaky and unstable, as if you were actually walking with her. Close-ups of Portman and intimate shots also dominate the movie, making each scene that much more intense and suspenseful. It is like the viewer is right there with her. For example as Nina rehearses the camera focuses on her entire body but usually on her feet and face, especially towards the end of the movie when the character of the Swan consumes her. If sexual content, bloody graphics, deep underlying messages, and magnificent acting is what you’re looking for in a movie, Black Swan should be the next to see on your list.
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Boys basketball adds six rookies After winning their first game 77-26, the boys lost to Pacific Hills, a top team in division IV. AndrewDavis ‘12 assistant editor They are very close to becoming a unit. Strength and conditioning coach Rob Wright worked out with the players all summer and though most thought this was a going to be a weak year after losing five seniors, the Griffins, in their first game of the season played Providence Hall and dominated, winning 77-26. “We kind of got off to a slow start but we pushed the tempo getting a lot of steals and a lot of fast break points,” said junior Daniel Azadegan. Pushing the tempo is the Griffins game. With a team 15 players deep, the squad can afford to push the ball as hard as possible because they have options. Defensively, the team can afford to take risks and be more aggressive because Hamilton can mix and match the team in so many different ways. The Griffins started the game solid on both ends of the court leading 25-6 by the end of the first quarter. “It was our zone offence that started us off so well. We moved the ball effectively around the perimeter and knocked down our open shots,” said Azadegan. According to Azadegan, the team was unselfish and kept up a solid defensive effort the entire game. With such a fast pace game, the energy lagged in the second quarter and the Griffins gave up 14 points, finishing the first half winning 51-20. But Hamilton’s halftime speech motivated the squad. The squad only gave up two points in the third quarter and four points in the fourth quarter. In their second game at home versus Pacific Hills the Griffins lost 54-31. The boys missed a lot of shots they’re accustomed to making and weren’t too
consistent on the defensive end. The Griffins best quarter was the fourth where they outscored Pacific Hills by two points; however, the damage had been done in the first three quarters. The Pacific Hills team finished last season 20-12-1. “We just weren’t making good passes and executing,” said senior Ryan Levy. “Anytime you have almost as many turnovers as points, you know something is going wrong.” Winning the Liberty League championship again will be a challenging task for the Griffins. “League is tough this year. Viewpoint is much improved and both Yeshiva and Holy Martyrs have everyone returning. I think they’re all tough opponents,” said Hamilton. In order to improve, the team watches videos of past games at lunchtime and after school. “We work on what we see on tape and realize what’s wrong and work on it in practice,” said Hamilton. Veterans and the freshmen are confident. The six rookies are the most Hamilton has ever had on his varsity team. “Four of those freshmen played for me for a whole year and we won two or three ARC championships together last year,” said Hamilton. “Three of those guys played middle school club and won the championship. Then with 40 games over summer, if you think about it, the average high school season is only 20-22 games. They [the freshmen] are like juniors and seniors in terms of their basketball IQ.” With a tough league schedule ahead, and a challenging field in the California southern section, the boys have much more to learn and experience before playoffs.
Jonathan Friedman The Student Voice
POWER: Sophomore Tyler Coppin-Carter pushes the ball down court in a 77-26 victory over Providence Hall on December 1.
SCOREBOARD Boys VARSITY Basketball
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Injuries plague girls team
Andrew Davis The Student Voice
DOWN THE LANE: Freshman Tara Bitran pushes her way through the key against New Community Jewish in the holiday tournament on December 1.
BillyWilson ‘14 staff reporter In its annual holiday tournament, the girls varsity basketball team placed fourth out of six teams and currently stands at 1-4. In the six games the squad played, the girls were outscored 155-215 and are averaging 25.5 points a game. “The tournament is not only a good opportunity for exposure for our team, but for our school as well”, said head coach Marie Philman. This season, Philman has stepped into the role of head coach of the squad replacing athletic director Byrd Newman-Milic. Last season, Milic focused on plays and specific player isolation. Under Philman’s command, the girls have been working on basic skills and game-like drills that make the team more comfortable with handling the ball and shooting under pressure. Freshman Tyra Gray, averaging 4.5 points per game, will play a major role this season, and seems to be very confident when discussing the team. “CIF is the goal we all have and I believe we can get there. The competition will be a little bit rough, but we got this in the bag. We will never back down from a challenge”, said Gray.
This year’s team leader, senior and captain Samantha Wood has averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, but suffered an unconfrmed knee injury in a loss against Mayfield. The roster features three seniors, four sophomores, and five freshmen. With so many underclassmen, it is important these Griffins develop their talents and abilities. According to Philman, the team is striving to perform well in league, as well as improve on fundamentals, hustling, and playing with a lot of energy. “We want to play every game like it is our last,” said Philman. Freshman Sammy Siciliano is a big addition to the team both on the offensive and defensive end with her speed. With Wood’s absence, Sicliano has been able to average six points and four assists per game while running point guard. Although injured, Wood and cocaptain Liza St. John are living up to the expectations of Philman. During winter break, the squad will participate in the Avalon tournament and begin its league games January 3 against Yeshiva. After that, the Griffins have a challending schedule leading up to CIF playoffs.
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X-Country falls short of state ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant news editor The boys varsity cross country team finished its season early on November 20 placing ninth at the CIF finals race at Mt. SAC. The boys missed the State Championship by two places. Sophomore Nick Martin placed 23rd, captain junior Andrew Davis placed 43rd, captain senior Neil Martin 44th, captain senior Brian Daneshgar 54th, and sophomore Tucker Higgins 73rd a total of 22 places and 1:36 seconds off the time needed to make the State Championship pool. “This group of boys was stronger than either the 2004 or 2006 teams that made it to state. You can do all the things that you think will position yourself to win, but in the end, we all have off days and some of the boys just didn’t have the day they were capable of having,” said head coach Peter Keramidas. After finishing CIF prelims first place in their heat, the boys prepared for CIF Finals, but their morning included a late bus, lack of time to warm up and an altered course to be flat because of the rain. “It’s disappointing because we worked so hard for so long and we could not even run on the regular Mt. SAC course. One of the fine specialties of this team is our ability to pass opponents on hills and this rain course was flat. We weren’t prepared and the course ate us up,” said Davis. The famous 2.93 mile Mt. SAC course features three major hills, but the course was changed to a 3.15 mile flat course because of the rain. The majority of the team feels strong on hills and no one had run the new course before. “I’m a pretty little guy, so, without discounting the effort I put in, I’m fairly predisposed to be good at hills. Hills bring my opponents to me; with flats, I have to chase them,” said sophomore
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START: Junior Andrew Davis and senior Neil Martin take off at league finals November 5. Tucker Higgins. Daneshgar agreed and added that all new courses pose difficulties for the team. “It is a better when you’ve run the race before. Just like at Paramount it was a new course and Neil and Nick went the wrong way. Cross country is as much physical as it is mental,” said Daneshgar. Although not making state
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DOWN THE PATH: Senior Brian Daneshgar runs with a Viewpoint runner at league finals November 5.
was a disappointment, most members said the season was successful. “Obviously not making state was very disappointing, but I am very proud to have had a great season to finish off senior year. We shattered previous course records, and that’s what it’s always about, isn’t it?” said Brian Daneshgar. Nick Martin, Neil Martin,
Davis, Daneshgar and Higgins all received All-Leage honors. “Overall we ran well at CIF Finals, but division five this year was the best ever. Any other year we would have made state. Anything can happen in future years, there are always surprises. If future teams want to push themselves hard in the off-season anything can happen,” said Daneshgar.
featuredplayer Nick Martin “Overall I would say that we had a successful year. However, we fell short of the ultimate goal in making state. Next year I know myself and Andrew Davis will really push the guys so we can finally make it to the championship.”
First CIF win ever, support Firsts are always memorable. A first day of school, a first car, every person will always remember the first time he or she did something significant in his or her life. It’s the same in the sports world. A franchise or school’s first championship will be recognized for the rest of its history. After 77 years, our community was given another first earlier this month, a first CIF championship, when our girls varsity
tennis team won its division IV CIF finals match. Apparently to some students, the thought of a southern section championship isn’t that exciting. It didn’t take long students to grow sick of the celebration either. The following day after the Griffins victory, the squad was granted an advisory assembly to present itself officially as champions. As I left the gym after the assembly,
quick facts: • 16:19 time at the Mt. SAC invitational -- beating the previous Grffin record by over 20 seconds • Finished second overall at league finals • All-league runner • Second place finish at the Staub Barnes Invitational. • First place at NoHo meet.
I remember seeing student after student irritated with the idea that the girls tennis team attracts such a vast amount of attention with the win. All that irritation confuses me. Students have grown accustomed in being aggravated rather than prideful. This is a championship for the school, and no one seems to care. This was the squad’s third straight trip to CIF finals, a testament to the fact that all the girls were determined to finally win a white banner. Isn’t that what the team’s goal always is from beginning to end? In high school sports the goal is to win. I’m not trying to take anything away from the boys cross country team, possibly the highest spirited team on campus, that just barely missed making the state finals,
the doubles teams and singles players rallied together before the start of play to refocus on how close they were to reaching their goal. Despite Garrick’s initial loss to the Santa Ynez number one singles player, her defeat was followed by four straight victories: first from the number two doubles team of senior Madeline Fuhrman and freshman Lindsay Wilson, then from Glist, then from Gitlin, and finally from Guthy and Super. “If it wasn’t for every single person [that played] on this team getting games, we wouldn’t have pulled out the win,” said Guthy. The Griffins successfully came back from a 5–7 second round with the score at 9-8 with one set to go in the last round. Farb and March, the last team to play, faced Santa Ynez’s number one doubles team as the underdogs. But the team refused to back down. The set went back and forth, and continued until the score tied at five games each, Sherman along with assistant coach Michael Jedrzejewski ‘98 were hugging and smiling on the next court. Despite Farb and March losing the next game, whispers of “it’s ok” and “we’ve already won it” could be heard from Sherman’s game break huddle. After a long set, Farb and March took a narrow 5-7 loss, but, after the final game ended, the entire girls team stormed the court where tears, hugs, and exclamations of “yes!” and “we finally did it!” could be seen and heard. “This is an unbelievable moment in Buckley’s history,” said Upper School principal Joe Sciuto while watching the team celebrate. “We had mental toughness that I’ve never seen in a team before.” The win marks the first team CIF championship for the school.
or the varsity girls volleyball team, that was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs after a heart-filled season. But the recognition the girls varsity tennis team has been given is deserved. Assemblies, whether they’re meant to cheer them on before its final match, which was done last season prior to its loss to Viewpoint in CIF finals, or in celebration of a southern section, is without a doubt 100 percent acceptable. What was done earlier this month was history and something that, although we as a community of competitive athletes are determined to prove false, will probably not happen again in any Griffin sport for a good amount of time. For now, relish the championship with pride and continue playing hard.
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SPEED: Senior Eddie Manella moves his way around two Oaks Christian players on December 1. The Griffins would go on to lose 2-1 in their first game of the season.
boys BenBeatty‘13 staff reporter After five games this season, the boys varsity soccer team stands at 3-2 and is set to start its league games after winter break. A 5-1 victory in a scrimmage against Milken kicked off the season for the team. Captain, senior Tony Lobel and junior Shawn Mcnitt-Gray led the way with a pair of goals each. The squad played its first non league regular season game against Oaks Christian, a team it lost to 2-1 on the road last season. Similar to last season, the squad fell short with a score of 2-1. “We had opportunities to push our lead to 2 or 3, but [our defense] let them in, and they equalized,” said head coach Andrew Pearce. Pearce believes that the inexperience of the team’s defense contributed to the loss. He schedules early season games against large schools like Oaks Christian because he believes it helps the team grow and improve as a whole. “If we lose, we learn from experience and adjust. If we win, it boosts our confidence and chemistry within the squad. Either way, it’s a win-win scenario,” said captain, senior Eddie Manella. The team’s defensive side, comprised of seniors Jordan Bloch and Neil Martin and freshmen Justin Chin and Eric Fett, have been the starting back line for the squad in each of its games so far. In the squad’s next two games, away
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FIGHT FOR POSSESSION: Freshman Chloe Boasberg fights her way in front of a Marlborough player to gain possession. The Griffins lost 0-3.
contests against Campbell Hall and Windward, the Griffins came out on top 3-0 and 9-0, respectively. “We were able to execute on our passes and get our strikers the ball and have them get shots on,” said Manella, who recorded five assists between the twelve goals in the two games. “Thor [Fienberg] was also solid in goal and made all his saves look easy.” In the squad’s most recent game, an away game against Malibu, the boys won 2-0 thanks to the help of the defense and Feinberg, who were awarded with their third clean sheet in three wins. Manella powered and led the offense with two penalty kick goals. “Honestly the game we played against Malibu wasn’t even close to being our best,” said Manella. “Our defense had to make some plays to keep us in it at the end.” Manella is optimistic about starting league games. “We have a very deep squad with very versatile players. Players coming off the bench are able to not only play in one position, but in several,” said Manella. The team will be practicing through winter break in anticipation of league matches, which begin with matches against Providence and Viewpoint the first week back from break. “Our team has the potential to go as far as we have ever gone before. If we can continue to work hard, remain focused, and keep everyone healthy, Buckley might be in for a real treat come February,” said Manella.
HarrisonTrussell‘12 staff reporter Led by head coach George Russo, the girls varsity soccer squad has been developing its soccer skills and fitness since before the season’s start. After three non league games against Marshall, Marlborough and Milken, the squad stands at 0-3. “We’re working not so much working on our weaknesses, but all aspects of the game in order to ensure that our girls, especially the newcomers, have a thorough understanding of the basic skills,” said Russo. Alongside self-imposed, individual training, the girls participated in strength and conditioning coach Rob Wright’s workouts with a set of exercises he specifically tailors to strengthen the soccer team’s primary areas of usage. “I feel like Mr. Wright is really ensuring that we’re in the best physical shape possible, something that’s essential to our success for this season,” said junior and co-captain Shaina Goel. The squad knows that ab exercises and core strength alone won’t secure them Liberty League. “ In four years of soccer I’ve never been part of a team as unified and with such a
great spirit as the one this year,” said senior and co-captain Lauren Nourafchan. According to Russo, team chemistry is the squad’s strength, a strength that will compensate for the large number of rookies that still need to enhance the squad’s grasp on the fundamentals of the game. With big games coming up against Providence and New Community Jewish High School, the girls will see if all of its training comes to fruition with the teams it needs to beat in order to make a push at making playoffs. In preparation for those games, Russo listed a few of his primary exercises that hone the girls’ skills. “We mainly work on ball control and passing in our pre-game exercises because those are such important skills to practice in soccer,” said Russo. The squad will face Providence in its league opening game on January 5. “We’re off to a slow start but that doesn’t mean we won’t win our league games against schools like Oakwood and Providence,” said Goel. “It’s a very new team and we all know that once we become one collective unit that works together and executes passes and possession we’ll be able to compete for a league title.”
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3-2 campbell hall | away windward | away brentwood | home malibu | away
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CHASE: Senior Brian Daneshgar runs ahead of an Oaks Christian player in order to gain posession and carry the ball down field.
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Chinese investor takes over Voice JeremyLevinson ‘11 missing deadlines In November, Chinese investor Bang Lin-Gao purchased The Student Voice for 13,000 Chinese Yuan. The Voice, which has struggled this year with a lack of readers and quality writers, was desperately seeking funding to get back on track. An appeal to the United States Congress for a $150 billion bailout passed in the House but was narrowly defeated in the Senate. The paper’s future was looking grim before being saved by the glorious Chinese investor. “This is a very exciting opportunity for the paper,” said director of student publications Dr. Ellen Salas, found lounging on a beach in Nassau, Bahamas. “I’m sure the new funds will be put to very good use on the newspaper,” she said, while sipping her margarita. Lin-Gao was on the verge of investing in the US steel industry, but leapt at the opportunity to own 100 percent of The Voice instead. “With $2.5 trillion in reserve, I could afford The Voice,” said LinGao. A number of changes are expected to be implemented as the new leadership settles in. The
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THE PACER: Voice editor Jordan Bloch ‘11 paces the streets of China whilst attempting to remain on time. Student Voice dungeon has been moved in entirety to Beijing, China. Over the next five years, all of the Buckley School staff and reporters will reportedly be phased out and all news will come straight from China. As part of the new partnership, all articles must be approved by an official at the “Ministry of Publicity and Public Security for the People’s Republic of China.” “Any writing deemed unfriendly to the State is quickly
stamped out and redacted” explains department chief Li Changchun. “We are very excited at the new freedoms we now have to write” said focus editor Jack Rose, referring to the change of leadership from the Buckley School administration to the Chinese government. “We finally feel like we can express ourselves and cover the news without the fear of a totalitarian regime watching over us.” Co editor-in-chief Jordan
Mustachioed fiends forge phony G-Cards, Sherman takes action SimpleJack ‘13 not very creative JordanBloch ‘11 always late Lurking in the shadows behind room 101, a clandestine group of students have been distributing fake G-cards. The group of card thieves, wearing all black with synchronized mustaches, were first dealing card by the matinence crew at 7:14 p.m. on December 4. Administrators spent the last week covertly investigating the scam and were catch the mustached students in action. “At first, we thought we were dealing the usual-counterfeit licenses, stolen phones, stolen Macbooks” said Sue Sherman. “But when we found out it was Fake G-Cards, we had to take action.” According to a December 5 cold-call, the perpetrators have stolen Fresh food lunches for the past two weeks and plan to escalate their fraudulent actions unless the school promises them free In-N-Out lunches. Sherman informed student body about the mounting G-card scandal and asked students with knowledge of the mustached crew to come forward. Students are starting to worry about their Fresh Lunch safety and privacy. “Everytime I order my athletic sized spaghetti and meatballs and see the student dealing pull out his or her G-Card, I shudder,” said one anonymous student. “First fake Buckley student Facebook profiles and now fake school ID Cards? What has this school come to?” said another
MUSTACHE: This fake G-card was found at the crime scene. Investigators are still struggling to identify the mystery student shown above. anonymous student. If the real identity of the fake students is found out, they will be sent before the school’s identity theft death panel for review. The panel has the final say on what is to be done with the perpetrators. The other concern for students is collateral consequence of identity theft. The thieves who are buying the fake G-Cards also often steal students’ identities, rather than creating new ones. “Common victims of student identity theft are those who are often sick and miss a lot of school… [The school] has reason to believe that the person selling the fake cards is a member of the Buckley community,” said Sherman. The suspected place for sale and distribution is in the dark stairway behind the Pavilion. Sherman also pointed out that, if found, the person selling the fake cards will be immediately put to review by the death panel.
Bloch was relocated to the Chinese headquarters in Beijing, China as of December 1. Earlier this week the school administration received a phone call from Chinese president Hu Jintao. “Thank you America for such a generous gift!” he said. “This is amazing, the entire country’s productivity is up 15 percent! Does this boy ever sleep‽” Diplomatic relations between the United States and China are apparently at an all-time high.
Saunders readies 2032 presidential campaign TuckerHiggins ‘13 bj Many go their entire lives looking for their moment of greatness. Senior Matt Saunders has found his moment, just 22 years in the future. Saunders’ political action committee (PAC), “A Beautiful Republican Day full of Sunshine and Rainbows: Saunders 2032,” has already begun raising funds in order to support the multi-decade campaign. “I don’t know exactly what the issues are going to be [in 2032,]” said Saunders, “but I can guess pretty well. Probably perfectly.” Saunders made his predictions clear to the Voice, offering political insight for the future. “After Obama is discovered [to be a socialist, fascist, Islamic Nazi Kenyan], we can pretty much assume two terms of Beck/Palin, the success of which will most likely be followed by two terms of Palin/ Beck,“ he said. This “brain drain,” as he calls it, will be advantageous for his candidacy – one based primarily on the premise of elitism. “As qualified as Sarah Palin is, grammar is not really her thing. Neither is geography. She is a little shaky on see Saunders, some other page
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Salas spends senior late fees on tropical trip AndrewLockridge ‘11 not on staff When seniors turn in their senior page for the yearbook, they must pay $10 per day if it is turned in past the deadline. This year all 75 seniors were approximately two weeks late in turning in their materials, thus totaling over $10,000 in fines. Last week, director of student publications Dr. Ellen Salas, returned from a 17-day vacation to the Bahamas. When asked about the nature of her trip, she answered “Ah, well, umm…” A likely story, Dr. Salas. Just as quickly as she returned from the Bahamas, a document was posted on the notorious GriffiLeaks.org detailing the reallocation of various yearbook funds toward her vacation. Despite the efforts, this GriffiLeak was not suppressed and quickly went viral, reaching over 250,000 hits in just 14 hours. Senior Jeremy Levinson, one of many who were forced to pay late fees, said, “It’s appalling the audacity of aforementioned instructor and how she would, with said fees, appropriate.” Blg words don’t make you sound smarter, Jeremy. In such a troubling time for The Student Voice, while being bought out by the Chinese adn moving to Beijing, many other students are simply saddened by the use of $10,000 on two first class tickets to the Bahamas and 17 nights at the Ritz-Carlton. “I don’t even know what to say. The GriffiLeak was so traumatizing and I just… just…” said sophomore Isabella Esposito while holding back tears. “I don’t even know what to say. The GriffiLeak was so traumatizing and I just…just…” We all feel your pain, Isabella. Salas, on the other hand, seems to have
Students now must complete labor hours to help with CEP TuckerHiggins ‘13 bj Following a promotion of former director of community service Christine Braunschweiger to “Labor Coordinator,” the school has announced plans to finish construction of the Campus Enhancement Plan (CEP) sooner than expected. “We have 770 students. We only used a few dozen construction-workers. It seemed inefficient to continue the way we were going,” said Dr. Dougherty, head of school.
NUCULAR DISCUSSION HALTS MUN advises JSA to reduce nuclear arsenal, JSA does nothing. STUDENT VOICE TAKEOVER Due to the recent purchase of the Student Voice by a Chinese investor, Buckley hires Mao Zi Dong as new Head of Publications. GRIFFILEAKS FOUNDER ARRESTED Maxwell Baldi ‘10 was brought up on charges of treason by the administration for leaking semiclassified documents about Dr. Dougherty’s frequent private trips to Italy. MORE UPs Social Science Department to be called HEP starting next year Wright said that initials will make department seem more sophisticated and scholarly. EVEN MORE UPs Technology department tweaks policy from EUP to TUP. Tagle believes the first initial change, from “electronic” to “technology” will help the department quell the policy’s broad language dilemma. NO REGRETS: Salas commented that after years in the dungeon, the was staying in the sun. no regrets. When asked about how she felt, she commented “WHAT?” After she turned down “Like a G6” and took out her earbuds, she said, “The audacity of the aforementioned Jeremy to not pay his dues justifies
my vacation and thusly balances the situation. It’s all good in the hood.” Pending further investigation, Salas faces 20 years at a hard-labor camp in the Shianjing Provence in China.
The changes to the current system include changing “community service” hours to “labor hours,” and utilizing these new hours for students to work on construction of the modernized CEP buildings. “Also,” said history teacher Christopher Beam, “I am no longer your advisor. I am now your supervisor.” The first building to be built will be positioned where the milk house and lower school playground used to be. Previously called the triangle building, the school administration have now begun to call it the “pyramid” building in order to build hype for the new project. “It just sounds better,” said Dougherty. “Not only do we no longer have to pay for construction workers,” said dean of students Susan Sherman, “but we can also get rid of detention entirely. Now all you have to do is more labor – it’s great. I’m excited.”
Sherman also proposed that the school eliminate sports (besides girls tennis) in lieu of increased work hours. “Besides tennis, we don’t really have a sports program. All I’m saying is that the other teams can work until they win a championship.” Because construction will be done and overseen directly by the school, there is more openness when it comes to construction. The underground prison that was rejected by the city in the first proposal is now a “definite possibility,” according to Sherman. Joseph Sciuto, dean of academics, supports the plan on the grounds of complying with Isabelle Buckley’s philosophy. “Liberty is precious,” Buckley said. “So precious, it must be closely watched, regulated, and contained.”
Dougherty complains about awkward walk to school SarahRose ‘11 the secret hipster For 37 years, students have walked or driven the streets of Stansbury Avenue on their ways to or from school. Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, has had enough. “The number of students I see on my way to school is out of control,” said Dougherty. Dougherty, who lives two houses away from campus, says he has to leave his house at 6 a.m. if he wants to make it to school student free. “It’s really a burden to wake up so early in the morning,” said Dougherty. “When I lived in Rome I always wandered down the Via Condotti and through St. Peter’s Square on my way to school and never ran into any students.” On days when he doesn’t feel like waking up early, Dougherty utilizes a periscope that he installed in his driveway to scan the street. When the coast is clear, he makes a break for it, running out the door, down the street, and on to campus as fast as
possible. “The feeling of relief when I make it on campus without any awkward student encounters makes all the effort worth it,” said Dougherty. In order to minimize the chance of seeing students, Dougherty has taken to training with the cross-country team with
the intent of decreasing the time it takes him to run from his house to school. “Aw yus,” said Dougherty. “Training with the cross country team is such a Finder. I’m so D!” When he’s not training with the team, Dougherty takes to kvetching about the student problem on Stansbury on his blog.
THE MOST UPs BSC creates the “Student’s Unification Policy” (SUP) which outlines proper student behavior towards CEP, EUP, TUP, FUP, HEP, SEP and all other __P’s.
Saunders’ campaign makes some noise from Saunders page 1 policy too, I guess,” said Saunders admiringly. A live jazz band that follows the campaign is just one of the tools in Saunders’ arsenal. Another tool, Joseph Ko, or “Joe the Golfer” as the campaign calls him, will give inspiring speeches at campaign fundraisers along the long road that lies ahead. Many rally attendees were confused though at his announcement this past Saturday, thinking it was a nomination rally for notable Saunders-lookalike Elena Kagan. Even after hearing him speak, the crowd could still be heard chanting for the Supreme Court justice. Coming out of a harshly contested close race for Governor of the (Junior) State, Saunders does acknowledge the troubled waters that lie ahead. “I understand that I may have to deal with [Daniel Flaxman] again, but America needs me,” Saunders said. Campaign Manager Maxwell Baldi ’10 attributes the early announcement to no one but God. “A statesman must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp victory at the hem of His garment,” he said. Asked about strategy, Baldi recognized that Saunders’ divine guidance alone would not be enough. Victory, he assured, would come only “through iron and through blood.” “We also must make sure the public sees a lot of him in his Dennis shorts,” added Baldi. “He really does look great in those shorts.”
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The student labor newspaper of Bang Lin-Gao Don’t contact The Voice at: 3900 Stanstruction Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 818.783.1610 ext. 666 email@example.com you’re gonna get me fired Queen Ellen “keep it real” Salas, Ph.D. the pacer Jordan Bloch ‘11 gluten-free Ali Guthy ‘11
JasonGold ‘11 not on staff ElleWisnicki ‘13 i talk loudly ake one look at senior Matthew Benzimra and what do you see? A respectable young man. Tall, dark, handsome, member of NHS, president of Cancer Awareness Club, a natural leader. But do you know what truly lies underneath that facade? “Matthew is a true leader. He’s hardworking and not the type of kid you’d see at a rave,” said NHS advisor Michael Petrella. In all respects, Matthew Benzimra is the ultimate Buckley student. However, unbeknownst to anyone in our community, Benzimra spends his nights in ways people
would never begin to fathom. After one night following “Benzi,” as his entourage calls him, into the field, I now see that the man I once knew was only half of the enigma that is Matthew Benzimra. The people who know me would consider me the ultimate partygoer, so I figured following Benzi for a night would be cake for me. Unfortunately, in the words of The Notorious BlG, I was dead wrong … I guess I am now the PEN-ultimate partygoer. After getting home at 3:17 pm (due to his tactically close proximity to school), Benzimra did not leave his house until 9:30 pm because he had to keep his reputation as that model student and finish his homework; but even with this delay, he took me along to 16 nightclubs within a span of 20 miles by 1:00 am. Pretty remarkable, one might say.
Once at the clubs, Benzimra was greeted perhaps a little too warmly. He knew literally everyone between the ages of 18 and 65. I asked one of his friends what she thought of his vivacious personality. “My first night at SkyBar in Hollywood, Benzi greeted me eagerly and we danced all night,” said Sienna Mayan. What’s even more remarkable? After that club, we booked it from Hollywood to University of California: Santa Barbara in 40 minutes flat. Jeff Gordon, NASCAR racer, remarked, “That is really [explative] fast.” At about 4:00 am we left and, still somehow ready to rock, bought McDonalds and recovered. After seven hours, 296 miles, and no alcohol nor illegal substances, a night in the life of Matthew Benzimra was over.
Tom Henderson: the man behind the mustache
hey man, i’m worried Andrew Davis ‘12 mr. condescending @jonfriedman ‘12 always late Jordan Bloch ‘11 i talk loudly Princess Elle Wisnicki ‘13 really? Ali Guthy ‘11 what am i doing wrong? Claire Selvin ‘13 “i’m not creative” Simple Jack ‘13 over-committed Alice Breidenbach ‘12 Mark Cook ‘12 sports editor Andrew “Richard Gere” Daneshgar ‘11
Mustaches start to take over the world. China incorporates ‘stache into country flag. AndrewLockridge ‘11 mustache aficionado Mr. Tom Henderson and the Mustache. Tom Henderson. Few see him. Many don’t even know who he is. But once you’ve seen him, you will never forget. He is the Buckley “print guy” whose shop is near Mr. Rector’s room up on the hill. Pictured below, Mr. Henderson is notorious for his incredible ability to keep a full groomed mustache at perfection each and every day. It doesn’t do too much, it doesn’t do too little. It’s the perfect combination of class and power.But when does a mustache go too far? When does a simple “accessory” begin to jeopardize international relations? Despite push from the Chinese government, his mustache was too strong. The original Chinese flag, which featured a large star (representing the Communist government) surrounded by an arc of four stars (representing four major social classes), was meant to symbolize the government’s leadership of the people. With the new adoption of Mr. Henderson’s mustache as the large golden star, it begins to paint another picture. Some have even begun to call this mustache revolutionary. Singlehandedly changing what Chinese have stood for for decades, the mustache is an uprising against nationalism. Computer Science teacher Mr. Ragland notes, “I always knew that Tom’s mustache was a cut above the rest, but to shape a country in this way? That’s too much power for one man.” Closer to home, Mr. Henderson’s mustache is pending a Board of Trustees vote to make it the official Buckley mascot,
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MUSTACHE: The new Chinese national flag was altered to include Henderson’s stupendous mustache (Top). Griffin (Right) sustains numerous injuries after losing mascot battle with the mustache. Tom Henderdon (Left) proudly displays his world-reknown ‘stache. retiring the Griffin after 77 years of service. Some begged for the Griffin and the Mustache to be combined and live happily as one mascot. As Senior Kylan Rutherford said “We can’t stand for this. This is a regime that Buckley cannot support and I will do
everything I can to see to the Mustache is not approved.” Mr. Rutherford has been missing since he was questioned for this article. The Board of Trustees votes on this matter in just 48 hours. They are expected to approve the Mustache unanimously.
“I always knew that Tom’s mustache was a cut above the rest, but to shape a country in this way? That’s too much power for one man.” Tanner Ragland Computer Science Department Chair
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SHAKIN HARD: Ravi “Roid-Rage” Merritt pumps his guns with the Shake Weight.
‘Shaked and Weighted’ class takes workout to new level @jonfriedman ’12 mr. condescending “Shake it harder!” screamed social science department chair and weight and conditioning coach Robert Wright during his first “Shaked and Weighted” work out last week. After receiving official sponsorship from FitnessIQ, the company behind the Shake Weight, Wright announced the successful product would be incorporated into most of his work outs, adding that work outs utilizing the Shake Weight would be called “Shaked and Weighted.” “I didn’t expect it would be such a big deal, but attendance has gone up
“I still don’t get why people laugh about [the Shake Weight]. It really works; if I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t have incorporated it into so many different positions...” Robert Wright Weight and Conditioning Coach
and people are really enjoying themselves,” said Wright. “From a training standpoint, the Shake Weights do nothing help to tone muscles” said physical trainer Melanie Ho l l a n d , who happens to double as Wright’s wife. “I can’t help but laugh a little every time I see [Wright] shake the weight… he gets really into it.” Wright’s official sponsorship began soon after he auditioned to appear in the Shake Weight for men commercial. According to a female company spokesperson, Wright was the only candidate who remained focus and serious throughout the audition. “I still don’t get why people laugh about [the Shake Weight],” said Wright. “It really works; if I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t have incorporated it into so many different positions during the work outs.” After watching one of Wright’s new workouts, director of student publications Dr. Ellen Salas said, “I’ve got to get one of those.” Boys basketball coach Mike Hamilton said he requires all varsity players to do the new workouts, adding that “shaking [the Shake Weight] is one of the best workouts a player can do.”
AndrewDavis ‘12 hey man, i’m worried Finder, raviv, vivar and nails. For months students have pushed the administration to allow these words to be used on English essays. Students have also been using the words in class and teachers don’t understand what the fuss is all about. “It’s a culture and I love it. Two basketball players on the Yeshiva team have the last names of Raviv and Finder. That’s where it all started,” said junior Daniel Azadegan. “Why say something like psyche or I’m playing with you when you can just say raviv to a friend and even on an essay.” “When students employ these words I become enamored with their creativity and their uselessness in trying to express fresh ideas in a rapidly deteriorating cultural mailer,” said English teacher Nancy Booth. “I noticed on the last AP Language examination, dolts from the College Board had incorporated many of these words into the multiple choice section; therefore, I have similarly included these words in to my curriculum -- success awaits us.” Junior Danny Molayem has been using the words since the start of the year. “It’s finder could outside,” said Molayem. “Well if you really want to know what this sentence means, I’ll tell you that finder means absolutely nothing – it just sounds cool.” And although the term “sharp as a nail” refers to someone who is intelligent and competent, the exact opposite is meant by the word ‘nails.’ “I swear there are so many people in this world who are dumb as nails,” said Taghdiri. “You’d have to be nails not to accept these new words... vivar.” “Yeah finder,” said Moleyam replying to Taghdiri’s nails comment. However, there are few students who despise the new language.
yourdictionary definitions FINDER, RAVIV, VIVAR, NAILS finder (n, adj, adv, v): absolutely nothing raviv (n, v): 1. when referring to an unfortunate situation. 2. To psyche someone out. vivar (n): opposite of raviv, when referring to something true nails (n): describes an individual who is not intellegent and fails in social situations “I find this language so incredibly not smart. I don’t like it. My language is good enough as it is already, it doesn’t need fixing,” said freshman Dana Azadegan. ‘Vivar’ which is ‘raviv’ spelled backwards means the opposite of raviv. “I’ll give you a perfect example,” said junior Brandon Wong. “The new Griffin suit is finder cool. That’s a total vivar and not a raviv because everyone will agree with me.” Although the new words take time getting adjusted to, many students are pleased with the hype going around campus. “I really think the English language is making a turn for the best. We all speak finder well,” said Molayem.
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Yao seventh freshman to join varsity basketball team School signs former NBA star to help deliver CIF Championship AndrewLockridge ‘11 chinese extraordinaire Just moments ago the story broke: basketball star Yao Ming has signed a 4- year, $25 million contract with the Buckley School to replace Nick de Bonfils as basketball center and tallest man on campus. The Buckley School, known for not recruiting, stands by its policy, noting that Mr. Ming scored a whopping 2350 on his SAT. Freshman basketball team captain, junior Ashkan Kashanchi says of the recent addition “I’m really looking forward to having Yao in the program. I think he’s a great team player and should be able to add a lot to the varsity squad.”
Buckley has been chasing a CIF Championship for years, and with the new addition, Ashkan says “Our chances are greater than ever.” But what does Nick de Bonfils think about this ordeal? He’s been on the team since he 9th grade, and he says, “I’m kind of in shock. I took the team this far, and yet they reward me like this? Sure, Buckley will probably win CIF this year, but at what cost? My emotional well being and college resumé, that’s what.” Buckley is slated to move up to Division 1 and compete with Harvard-Westlake in the first league game of the season next Friday evening at the Griffindome.
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