The official student newspaper of Bishop McNamara High School www.stampedenews.org November 10, 2011
Canopy Remodeling Underway Simone Miles ‘12 Staff Writer
Beauty in the Spaces: 26 September 2011—The Fred Hughes Jazz Trio performed at McNamara as the first of the Fine Arts
Diploma Endorsement (FADE) Program’s annual colloquia. The trio, made up of pianist Fred Hughes, bassist Keith Mohler, and drummer Frank Russo performed originals and standards while taking time to speak to students in between pieces. Pictured here is Mohler taking a rest between songs. To see more about the evening, visit stampedenews.org. (Matt Nuñez ‘12/ THE STAMPEDE)
Passion for the Game Not Lost in Translation McNamara Hosts Student Athletes from Palestine
Megan Ardovini ’13 News Editor
September 23, 2011 --- Ten volleyball players from Palestine visited McNamara as part of the United States Sports Diplomacy Program. This program is run by the U.S. Department of State with the intention of introducing a parallel between athletic success and both personal and academic growth. One of the purposes of the program is to present the travelers with a typical American high school day. Bishop McNamara was the high school chosen for this particular exchange by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs within the United States Department of State. The players who get to make this trip were specifically selected by the Consulate of Palestine based primarily on their performance on club level teams. The Consulate chooses four players from three different clubs to make up a group of six girls and six boys. One of these
twelve, Wisam Saddo, tells us that while twelve were selected only ten made the trip due to complications regarding visas. “The visit gave us the opportunity to widen our perception,” says Coach Randa Shélleh. The trip was an eye opening look into cultures, academics, and the lifestyle of counterparts of the same age halfway around the world for students on both sides of the exchange. Bishop McNamara served as a host for these students who were seeking a look into life in an American high school. The team’s interpreter, Ahmed Elsayel, observes the day, “as if it was a full day American immersion.” Just as any of our visitors, their day kicked off with the introduction of our Administration. The ten students and two coaches then received a student led tour of our school. Throughout the day, they were able to experience five classes in session. Among these were Spanish III with Mr. McClain, Honors French I with Ms. Kemmou, and Honors Global
Studies with Mr. Pozniak. After experiencing all the chaos of an American lunch period with our students, the day continued with two more classes. African Dance with Mr. Bah and Advanced Placement Psychology with Ms. Treichel rounded out the classroom experience. After an eventful day, it finally came time for the team to show why they were selected in their country to be the ten to make the trip. As you ventured towards the fine arts building there was an apparent, resonating “boom” originating from the gym. It wasn’t our volleyball team preparing for their games against St. Mary’s Ryken that afternoon. Rather, there was a Palestinian team laying down spike after spike proving just how much skill they had. On behalf of the ten students, coaches, and the entire group, Coach Randa Shélleh said she would like to “Express gratitude for giving us a chance to visit the school.”
From new deans and teachers to new lampposts, and the automatic gate, there have been a lot of changes at McNamara, inside and out. McNamara’s latest construction project is a new canopy on the backside of the school. On orientation day, students arrived at school, some coming for the first time as a Bishop McNamara student, to see that the canopy was coming down. All were confused about what was happening and why they were taking down our only shade from the sun on a hot summer day. None of us knew that coming soon would be a larger canopy to take its place. Many students wondered why the canopy was being replaced. “We decided to replace the canopy because it was 12 years old and the colors had faded and we wanted the back of the school to look as nice as the front because that is where most of the students enter,” President Marco Clark said. Originally the plan was to replace the canvas, but later it was decided that they would create a bigger, stronger, nicer canopy, according to Mr. Clark. The main structure will be done before homecoming and finishing touches will be added. “Most of the construction should be done by Open House in mid-November,” Principal Michael Hunt said. The new canopy will cover the back of the building, like the old one, but will also extend to the athletic entrance of the main building. The columns will be surrounded by brick and there will also be lighting fixtures going up. Mr. Clark said that they are pretty much on schedule but the rain did slow the process down a bit. Our school has gone through a sort of beautification in these last few months, with the new paved area by the Tyoka Jackson Field, the now enclosed bleachers and the new drainage system for the rain, also near the Tyoka Jackson Field.
This is the sight that greeted students the first weeks of school this fall. (Simone Miles ‘12 / THE STAMPEDE)
Senior Class, “Running the World” Misunderstanding leads to scramble for new theme Megan Ardovini ’13 News Editor
On the first day of school the senior shed was bare, the t-shirts were unordered, and there was a common sense of confusion. The Class of 2012 started the year without a theme. While many thought they had their theme set with the phrase, “It ends with us,” the theme did not receive approval from school administrators. The theme intended to play off the idea of the end of the Mayan calendar and other apocalyptic theories surrounding the year 2012. However, administration felt this theme would deviate from the purpose of the senior class theme. Assistant Principal and Dean of Program
and Performance Mr. Victor Shin says a senior theme should be a “celebration of the class and its achievements.” The administration felt this theme of apocalyptic nature should be avoided, as it wasn’t honoring the class or promoting its cumulative achievements. Although it took a little while to get everything up and started, the class of 2012 now has a theme. If you visit the shed, it is no longer bare. It proudly wear this year’s theme, “The World is Not Ending, We Just Run it.” The old theme still shines through, yet from a new angle. Mr. Shin describes this quick thinking and new angle as “bright” and “creative”. The shirts have been ordered, crisis has been avoided, and this “hiccup” is The senior class had to change their theme and the outcome was “We Make the Earth Shake,” as seen in the photo above. (Luciana Rodrigues ‘12 / THE far behind our seniors.
Jerica Deck ‘13, Editor Carolyn Conte ‘14, Editor
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No Game After Pep Rally
ithout a game afterward, the pep rally this year was almost a waste of our time. Although it used to be followed by a soccer game, there was no sports competitions after all of our hollering, group chants, crazy outfits, and pom-pom twirling. The football game was on Saturday as usual, but no sports game was held on the finale of our spirit week. So basically, the school got us to scream and get excited but then told us to just go home. The school should consider moving the pep rally to the big game day for football. Those who really have spirit would definitely show up. The only thing that would get in the way of a huge attendance rate to a pep rally on Saturday would be people who are busy prepping for the homecoming dance that night -- but that dilemma already intervenes with the football game itself. It would also be more convenient and exciting if a sports game, perhaps soccer, was on the day of the pep rally (Friday), when there would be more
roaring fans already hyped up and eager to root for McNamara. This year, the energy that could have helped us win another game was wasted when students just left after the pep rally. Admittedly, this change would conflict with the good-intentioned reason that many coaches did not schedule a game for this day: so that athletes didn’t have to leave early Friday and miss the pep rally. If administration will not consider this option, is there honestly nothing else the school could plan for after the rally? After the recent pep rally, most of us just drove home and slept, right after getting our adrenaline up. We realize that a pep rally isn’t just about supporting our athletics. The pep rally is also important for people who don’t participate in sports; for those who aren’t on a team, this is their opportunity to contribute and celebrate the spirit of McNamara. But having no game to attend after the rally was one mistake that hopefully will be fixed next year.
from The Stampede Online www.stampedenews.org
“Deer? They do nothing but look pretty. We don’t need them. Spiders, on the other hand, eat pests. Keep them.” Save the Planet? How about Not, by Andrew Meyer ‘12
“In the world of popular music, it can be pretty difficult to overcome the stereotypes that come with being a Christian band.” Review: Needtobreathe’s ‘The Reckoning’ by Matt Nunez ‘12
“If the athletes choose to consume these supplements, they’re taking a risk. ” College Sports Ban Vitamin Water by Anthony Brown ‘12
Cartoon by Shannell Smith ‘12 / THE STAMPEDE
A Moment Of Silence for Hallway That Was
Carolyn Conte ‘14
his year, freshman students are going to miss the experience of Freshman Hallway Chaos. It’s still not exactly roomy, but some of their lockers have been moved downstairs, creating extra space upstairs and clusters downstairs now. I think this creates negative results for the novices, robbing them of first-year adventures. Previously, students would have to either beat “Freshame Street” rush hour, or endure the standstill stalemate clump of people who’d be hollering and shoving and screeching and
laughing and jumping and creating turmoil. On the first day, one may be squished between classmates while watching in horror as people fall into their lockers and are lifted up by how tight the crowd was. Meanwhile, the disgusting smell that always accompanied that dreaded lane would cause choking and even more chaos. Yet, I am angry that all these delightful products of the close-knitted hall will be gone for the class of 2015. Not (solely) because it’s unfair to those who did have to undergo such fates, but for a list of valid reasons. For one thing, it gave freshmen something to look forward to about sophomore year. It was certainly drilled into my head that the second class year would not be fun, but I could cheer myself up with the prospect of a larger locker. Second, the loaded area forced young scholars to create several beneficial habits. One would be taught how to
maneuver large congregations smoothly, be shoved out of their comfort zone, and develop a somewhat more organized and clean personal space to avoid explosive lockers or mounds of people who’ve tripped over your trash. Lastly, this was the perfect scene for new freshmen to meet each other in and get to know their peers. As an added bonus, it could potentially cure someone of claustrophobia... if it doesn’t cause them to have an anxiety attack. But NOW, well now it’s just sad. The full-mouthed freshies are disturbing after school activities and choir and band practices which are held at the bottom of the stairwell. They are more distributed, clogging the bottom hallways for people trying to get places. But most mournful is that they’ll never laugh or cry over traumatic anecdotes of Freshman Hallway.
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Alexa Meade on her art and life Michael Breton ‘12 Editor
As an artsy kid in high school, “I would spend my lunch time in the art room where I would do paintings.” It was a nostalgic moment for Alexa Meade, the now 25 year-old, modern American artist who has been making a buzz in the international art scene right now. And I was lucky enough to interview her via Blackberry. The Washington D.C. native has been featured in many major publications like The London Telegraph and Elle Magazine, and has had exhibits in both New York and London art galleries. So what is an Alexa Meade masterpiece like? Well, it’s not just a painting on a white canvas. It’s a photograph of a painting. But get this: the canvas is the exterior of real peoples and real objects. She would paint on them to make them look unreal and abstract. Her work is like taking the work of Alfred
Stieglitz to the next level of modern art. There is also a sense of fantasy in her work, taking people out of our bleak reality. But like a street artist, her work will only last forever in a photograph. “I like the tension between permanence and impermanence, only existing in the moment,” Meade said. Because of this, you won’t see an original, living Alexa Meade piece at a Christie’s auction any time soon -- only a photograph. Aside from her groundbreaking talent, what was really inspiring about Alexa Meade is her cool and approachable personality (unlike the stereotypical artists who speaks a little too abstractly for the mundane crowd) and her story of finally doing her passion for art. Like what seniors go through every year, she was pressured to have a stable future that will feed her. So, before she became The Alexa Meade, she was a Capitol Hill working girl. Although she enjoyed
Images courtesy Alexa Meade (alexameade.com) TOP: Alexa Meade paints half of her own face in her work “Alexa Spilt in Two.” BOTTOM: Meade paints on human subjects and then photographs them, so that actual people look like they are part of a painting. her time in politics, she knew that she still had the passionate artsy kid in her. So Alexa finally left and became the one and only. In our conversation, she explained that, “We are a collection of everything we do in life.
Everything I do builds upon another.” Clearly, she was meant to do her craft. So, what’s next for Alexa Meade? “I am currently developing a performance and video art.” I can’t wait to see it.
inning!” I heard a boy shout while giving an overly excited high-five to another student in the hallway. The term suggests that someone has had something good happen to them, or simply that they’re happy. So why not say just that? Slang has accumulated and evolved throughout generations, but some terms used today are borderline ridiculous. “I’m tryna go smack,” is a phrase used when someone is trying to get to know someone else, but it comes off in an aggressive way. When I first said the phrase around my parents, they asked me, “smack what?” and I honestly didn’t know how to explain it to them. Even when I try to tell a story to someone, something is either going to be described as awkward or random. It’s now to the point that the, “ward,” in awkward is cut off and people just say, “awk...” Is our slang just a part of our culture or does it reach beyond our own? When McNamara had student volleyball players visit from Palestine I was able to speak with some of them. I was speaking with one guy in particular when a student from McNamara was being really loud and obnoxious in the hallway. The young man was alarmed and to apologize for the student I said, “Sorry they’re just ratchet.” He then gazed at me in confusion as if I had said something offensive. “Ra...what?” he asked. “Ratchet.” I said again foolishly, as if reiteration was going to help him understand more. From that experience I realized that Americans today, especially in my generation, are becoming lazy when it comes to speaking grammatically correct and harboring limited vocabularies. If you’re considering eavesdropping on a conversation between a group of teenagers I will save you the trouble and give you a quick synopsis. I guarantee there will be somebody who is, “guh,” somebody who is irrelevant and every other sentence will end with, “or whateva.” What does this say for our generation?
Megan Ardovini ‘13, News Editor Amanda Wilson ‘13, News Editor
Midquarter Reports Gone Digital Progress reports are being posted online this year
Kevin Glotfelty ’15 Staff Writer
Students are now receiving online progress reports.We will no longer have to wait for snail mail to receive our grades. At the end of last year, the school’s Administration made the decision to use online progress reports instead of hard copies in the 2011-2012 school year. W hy the big change? It saves money on postage and paper expense, and also this year McNamara has decided to use less paper. Ms. Karen Vinci, school registrar, stated that instead of stuffing envelopes the changes were easier on herself. The slow mail system will no longer be a cause of parents not receiving progress reports. Faculty are not the only ones who have something to say. Eva Gonzalez, ‘12 said “It’s really helpful and easier because you can access it from anywhere.” The big question on students’ minds was whether the report cards will be digital also. The answer is no. Mrs. Mindi Imes de Duclos, Assistant Principal and Academic Dean, said report cards will still be sent as hard copies. While the digital age is taking over, the old fashioned way still seems like a good option. What changes will be next? Will teachers tweet our homework assignments, or will parents receive our grades through text? How about YouTube videos that allow teachers to teach us while we’re off on spring break? Only time will tell.
Freshmen act out a skit on the benefits of being Proactive during their Freshman Seminar Day (Eric Darnell ‘12 / THE STAMPEDE)
From a Semester to Two Days
The Freshman Seminar class has been removed from the curriculum Megan Ardovini ‘13 News Editor
The Class of 2015 won’t have Freshman Seminar on their schedules, and therefore must become prepared in different ways. Prior to this year, the Freshman Seminar Class was required for all ninth graders entering Bishop McNamara to prepare them for the challenges and rigor of their upcoming four years of high school. This year however, the curriculum change from the one semester course of Geography to the full year U.S. Government and Politics course left no room for Freshman Seminar. To make up for the absence of the course, there will be two mandatory Freshman Seminar days. On October 31st and December 5th the freshman class will be participating in
discussions and other activities that previously were covered in the Freshman Seminar curriculum. Along with these mandatory days, the hope of the administration according to Ms. LaSandra Hayes, Dean of Students and Director of Student Life, is that students will also learn these necessary skills mainly from their religion classes as well as in their other core classes. Freshman Seminar reduced the shock of starting to take care of yourself on your own. The ninth grade year is a process. It’s a process of learning how to have eight different teachers, managing your time, and learning how to be in control of your schedule. “We are seeking ways to make sure they benefit and receive these skills elsewhere.” said Ms. Hayes. Mary Cavanagh ‘14 said that solely having
two days, “is not enough” for the freshman to learn all of their necessary skills. Bailey Allegro ’14 said the most important lesson she learned from the course was, “Don’t Procrastinate”. Allegro also felt the writing of the research paper that was required in the Freshman Seminar class has been very helpful. “The beauty of the Freshman Seminar course is how it makes the transition easier,” said former Freshman Seminar teacher Ms. Hayes. So the question becomes, what will this year’s freshman class do without this traditional McNamara course? Although there will be no semester long class, with the combination of the retreat, orientation, and two mandatory freshman seminar days, freshman students will receive the necessary assistance in making high school a successful four years.
Naviance Program Introduced Early
Naviance program is being introduced to underclassmen Amanda Wilson ‘13 News Editor
175 Years of Holy Cross Education
We are currently celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Holy Cross education. The mission of Holy Cross is lived out everyday in the students, teachers, administration, and all members of the Bishop McNamara family.
This year, many changes have been happening at McNamara. One of these changes that has students wondering is the Naviance program. In previous years, this program has been introduced to only juniors and seniors, but now it is being introduced to freshmen and sophomores. Family Connection from Naviance is a web-based service designed especially for students and families. Naviance is a comprehensive website that you can use to help in making decisions about your courses, colleges, and careers. This program is linked with College Planner, a service that is used in the guidance office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that’s
specific to our school. The question has been asked, why is Naviance being introduced so early to students that are freshmen and sophomores? According to Junior Counselor, Ms. Jennifer Auchmoody, “We feel that its a discussion that should start early. As a college preparatory school, it’s important that we give students specific tools to help them navigate the college application process. The earlier we introduce this process, the more aware students are of what it takes to get in to the school of their choice.” Naviance is helpful to students for many different reasons. “I think that the college search process can be very overwhelming and it helps to make it more concrete,” Mrs. Auchmoody said. The significance of this program is simple: “To organize the college search process. Naviance has many
tools to help students plan for college. It has an online 20-week process SAT prep course, a personality assessment which links you with possible career choices based upon your personality, a scholarship match program, and many other tools.” Teachers are not the only ones that think that this program is useful and important. Brianna Lawrence ‘13 said, “I think that Naviance is actually more helpful than it seems because all of the information that you’re getting from the website will help you for your future.” Sarah Coss ‘13 added, “Naviance is helpful when thinking about colleges. There is information that helps you to make decisions about where you might want to attend college and how to prepare for your future.”
Lucianna Rodrigues ‘12, Maestro Editor Leslie Martin ‘12, Design Chief Matt Nunez ‘12, Copy Chief
Track and Cross Country Exclusive
As with any sport, people can get injured doing track and cross country. Most of the injurys associated with these sports come from imporper streching, overuse, and repetitive motions.
Matt Nuñez ‘12 & Luciana Rodrigues ‘12 Editors-in-chief
As the fall sports season comes to a close, we see a changing of the guard in the cross country and track scene. Many believe that these remain the same all year long, but there are actually many differences between the seasons. Cross Country is more long distance running, typically a 5k long course. It is a fall sport for the WCAC. During this season, athletes who specialize in indoor track event also train and compete in cross country meets during the season. Cross country can often be overlooked as a fall sport, but is one that requires intense training, both physically and mentally. Indoor track is a winter-season sport and includes many different events. Indoor track and outdoor track can be similar but also have their differences. An indoor track is smaller than an outdoor track and, like it’s name says, is competed indoors. It often is though, practiced outdoors to prepare the atlethes at a higher level than what they are originally competing in. Track and field also includes a whole other side of competitions, the “field” events. This includes jumps, throws and vaulting. The jumps are the long jump, one of the oldest track and field events, the triple jump, which includes three different jumps within it and the high jump, which includes the athlete jumping over a horizontal bar onto a cushioned surface. Another track and field event is the different types of throws, shot put, discus throw and weight throw or hammer throw. All of these events except discus throw are competed in indoor and outdoor track. Shin Splints: This is the Track and Field is a sport that often can be most common injury for overlooked, because it appears to be quite simple. runners and occurs from There’s a lot more to track and field overuse and stress of than is may seem, read on the lower leg muscles. the rest of this page for more information on track Plantar Fasciitis: This is a more serious injury and field. that causes pain to the heel. It is caused when small tears in the tendon occur from repetitive motions
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump: There are three events in track that are related to jumps. They are the long jump, the triple jump and the high jump. The long jump involves taking a long jump into a sand pit, the farther you land the better. The triple jump, which is similar to the long jump involves three jumps heading into a sandpit. The high jump, which is different from the other two jumps involves taking a jump off of one foot and throwing the body over a horizontal bar.
Weight Throw: The weight throw, also known as the hammer throw, dates back to around 1800 BC and has been an Olympic Sport since 1900. It involves throwing a weight attached to a string by swinging the weight around before releasing. The weight is a ball which is 16 lbs. The name “hammer throw” stems from the various forms of the event that would be practiced in Ancient Europe, specifically the throwing of a wooden ball attached to a wooden handle. Shotput: Shot put is an event that requires throwing a weighted ball. The farther it goes the better you get scored. Many use the technique of spinning around in an entire circle before letting go of the shot. This method has shown better results in scores. The throwing area was a square for a while until the rule was changed to a circular throwing area. It has been an Olympic sport for men much longer than for women.
Psoas Muscles: Injury to these muscles (found in the pelvic region) usually occurs from improper streching. This injury is frequently confused with groin injuries.
Hamstrings: There are many injuries that can occur in the hamstring. Pulls and strains are fairly common in runners, especially when streching is not done properly.
Drawing by Evan Gaskin ‘12
Track Distances Explained
The other distances that McNamara students run are: -400 (2 laps) -800 (4 laps) -1000 (5 laps) -1600 (8 laps) -3200 (16 laps)
25 laps on an indoor track equals 3K, the length that cross country runs
One time down the striped section is 55 yards, the shortest distance ran in the WCAC Drawings by Shannell Smith ‘12
People to Watch
Wesley Gordon ‘12 Cross Country Wesley’s fastest time for a cross country race is 18:24. In order to run a good race, Wesley stresses the importance of a good warm up and a proper meal beforehand.
One lap on the spotted path is 200 yards, a very common spriting distance
Camille Chrysostom ‘13 Track Sprinter Camille runs in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m sprints for the track te a m . She r u ns c ros s country as well and was named cross country MVP last year.
John Richard Bryant ‘12 Track Jumper John Richard is captain of the track team and participates in the triple jump and the long jump. He also participates in the 4x4 relays.
Anthony Brown ‘12, Sports Editor Andrew Feather ‘13, Sports Editor
WCAC Cuts Soccer Schedule in Half McNamara players and coaches not fans of new schedule Andrew Feather ‘13 Sports Editor
Despite opposition from some coaches, this year the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference has adopted a new schedule for soccer teams. The new schedule has cut the number of conference games in half -- nine for boys, eight for girls. In addition the amount of total games allowed has been slashed by five to twenty. One of the coaches against the schedule change was Bishop McNamara Boys Soccer Coach Mr. Robert Nolte, who believes that the significant cut in conference games will create less parity in the WCAC. “It’s taking away from the importance of our league championship,” Nolte said about the change. “I think when we create a schedule where teams are permitted to play more out-of-league games than in league games, it takes away from the specialness of winning the WCAC.” About schools who supported the change, Nolte stated, “I think that they’re looking more towards playing programs of equal skill level of themselves rather than kind of thinking more towards winning the WCAC.” Although Mr. Nolte disagrees
with the change, he does see some positives to it. “I think we were playing too many games in our season. When we are playing at least two, sometimes three games per week over the course of two or so months, it puts a lot of wear and tear on an athlete’s body,” Nolte said. This was one of the major factors cited in the case to change the schedule. An email statement released by then WCAC Soccer Chairman William Simmons read, “Soccer is a sport that is firmly entrenched in the year-round club first mentality. High calibre players are routinely playing 3-5 competitive matches on the weekend for clubs and returning to school to play 2-3 games during the week. This routine, backed up by medical studies, show that soccer players have among the highest injury rates caused by ‘overuse’ of any athlete. They play year round. The elite teams in our league rarely practice on Monday because their players are exhausted from games, traveling nationally sometimes, and need time during the week to recover.” Many of the players, both boys and girls, don’t like the new schedule. Boys Varsity goalkeeper Tarik Endale ‘12 said, “I liked the old schedule better. There are no
A Captain’s Effort: Varsity Captain Cathy Anderson ‘12 lunges for a ball against a St. John’s player. (Matt Nunez ‘12 / THE STAMPEDE) For more soccer photos, visit ZOOM on McNamara at www.stampedenews.org/zoom second chances against teams now, and I like having more games to play.” Mike Andreozzi ‘12 and Stephen Czecha ‘12 both reiterated what Endale said, complaining about having less games when they really just want to play soccer. On the women’s side of the ball Cathy Anderson ‘12 said “I haven’t
liked it because it made the season feel really short,” and goalkeeper Sara Cavanaugh ‘13 said “It’s not as fun for players because we don’t play as many games and we only get one shot at each team.” Disappointed with the new schedule or not, the players attitudes won’t change. “It doesn’t
Mayweather’s K.O. was not O.K.
Jelani Scott ‘12 Staff Writer
Protect yourself at all times. All fighters know that failing to protect themselves even one time could result in them laying flat on their back, while the ref begins that dramatic count to 10. Unfortunately for “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, 24, it appeared that he forgot that rule during the biggest fight of his life against the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., 34, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on September 17th. The controversy of this fight began following an Ortiz headbutt, which appeared to be accidental, late in the fourth round, followed by a questionable knockout from Mayweather after a brief pause in action. When you look at the footage of the headbutt all the way to the fight’s end, there are several factors that have caused people to either applaud or despise Mayweather’s actions. Firstly, the headbutt itself did have a bit of extra force since Ortiz lifted his feet off the mat in a “heat of the moment”-type situation when he and Mayweather were
in a corner. Immediately, you could tell Mayweather felt the effects and was upset about the shot, which is just human nature. You could also see that the mood of the fight quickly changed as Ortiz started to apologize to Mayweather. He even went as far as hugging him and kissing him on the cheek but you could tell the damage was done. What happened next following the break will be a subject of debate for many years to come. It appeared that the ref gave a signal, albeit a weak one, for the fight to continue but for some inexplicable reason, he looked away from the fighters towards the judges’ table. Ortiz would then close in to hug Mayweather again and you could see the focused look on his face as he realized he could take advantage of the situation. Almost immediately after the hug, Mayweather landed a crushing left-right combo to Ortiz’s face and you could see the force he put into the punch, based off the look of anger on his face, as Ortiz went down and failed to answer the count of 10. This was shocking, to say the least. And although you can say that Ortiz showed his inexperience and forgot boxing’s most important rule at a crucial time, you can also argue that there is a rule that Mayweather forgot, as well. This unwritten rule of conduct states that when a fighter commits an illegal act in a fight such as a headbutt, accidental or intentional, action is stopped. The fighter who was hit illegally goes to his designated corner, and the fighter who did the action is deducted
matter how many times we play a team,” said Cameron Turner ‘13. “We are going to go out there and play our best no matter who the opponent is.”
Kayla Anderson ‘13 Volleyball, Outside Hitter a point. Once the ref signals to the judges what happened and the fighter loses that very important point, the fighters meet back at the center of the ring, get back in their stances, touch gloves as a sign of respect, and then continue fighting after the ref ’s signal. This ritual that fighters go through of allowing their opponent to refocus himself following the break in action demonstrates that they have respect for one another. It’s admirable, it’s respectable, and most importantly, it’s fair. However, “Money” Mayweather didn’t allow his opponent to refocus himself and that’s where the controversy lies. After the fight, Ortiz claimed that he didn’t see or hear the ref ’s signal, but Mayweather, who apparently saw the ref ’s “signal” and assumed it meant to resume fighting, took advantage of an odd moment in time and won his 42nd consecutive fight. Will this win give Mayweather more fans? Probably not. Were Mayweather’s actions fair? Absolutely not. Were they legal? Well, technically they were, but, in the eyes of this fan and many of those in attendance, that doesn’t justify his victory or make his actions right. Mayweather’s KO punch was a cheap shot mainly because Ortiz wasn’t ready. If you don’t agree with me, and you think Mayweather’s punch was perfectly legal, in conduct and actions, put yourself in Ortiz’s shoes and ask yourself one question: “If someone hit me in my face twice when I wasn’t ready, looking, or aware that it was legal to fight again and I lost, wouldn’t I feel that it was unfair?”... Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought.
Do you belong to any other BMHS teams? How about offcampus?
Yes. I play Varsity Softball for McNamara and I play Volleyball for Maryland Jr. Elite 17 and I play Softball for the Upper Marlboro Mustangs.
Do you plan on playing in college? Have colleges started recruiting you?
Yes. Well, I sent my recruitment CD to Dayton College. That’s about it.
Are you prepared for a leadership role as a senior next year?
Yes. I want to be captain because I feel like when the team’s down, I can pick them up and I can push them to do better.
Describe the relationship you and your team have with each other off the court.
Well, we aren’t all best friends but we’ll have conversations with each other or say “hi” to each other in the hallway. We all have friends outside of volleyball but on the court, we act like best friends. We work together.
What are some things you think the team is doing well?
For the most part, everyone’s at practice on time and willing to work hard.
You guys are currently 0-8. So, what are some things you think the team needs to improve on?
We need to improve on our commitment. Like, we all need to want to win. One person can’t want it for the whole team.
Interview by Jelani Scott ‘12.