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Inside the seniors stories who wore the hijab. Story starts on Page 1 More on Obama’s Peace Prize. Story and Opinion by Annie Czecha on page 2 The feedback on E-Learing. Page 3 Teacher Profile on Mr. Williams on page 3. Whats it like to be in Ms. Gossart’s shoes for a day? Story by Mylah Howard on page 4 Everything to know about the fall musical on page 5. Dillon DiSalvo is back with more about different bands on page 6. WCAC Player of the Year, Profile of Mayowa Alli on page 7! Check out page 7 for the men’s basketball preview. Facts about other WCAC schools on page 9!

Obama PEACE Prize

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In the Hijab Of A Muslim Woman

Bishop McNamara High School Forestville, Maryland Vol 30.3 • December 2009

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by Alex Vinci ‘11 Staff REporter

Pictured to the left, Seniors Jacqueline Wills ‘10 and Aley Vilareal’10 wear their hijabs outside of WalMart. Aley was more traditional with her dress whereas Jacqueline is wearing a skirt, which goes againist the Muslim beliefs about modesty. They wore contrasting outfits to see if this would affect people’s reactions.

photo by alex vinci ‘11

photo by JAcqueline Wills ‘10

Pictured to the right, Senior Alani Mason- Calloway smiles for the camera while wearing her hijab.

of both chemistry teacher Saiedeh Khalili and Gulrukhsor ‘Guli’ Nazirova, two Muslim women. (Guli attended McNamara with the class of ‘07 for one year as a representative of her country.) Neither found the proposal Alani Mason-Calloway ‘10 was walking down an aisle inappropriate as long as the girls had an understanding of in the grocery store when a woman took one look at her, the culture. Even further, Mr. Pozniak contacted Georgegrabbed her daughter and ran away. Alani is 4’ 11” and town University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies an AP student who made Summa Cum Laude, therefore with the same questions. He was again informed that it she does not come across as a scary person. “All I had to would not be considered disrespectful, once again, as long do to make you run away was put a scarf over my head,” as they were being sensitive to the religion. said Alani. The class came up with suggestions to make sure the Eight non-Muslim senior girls went into public wear- girls were responsive to the religion, such as keeping moding a hijab. A hijab is the veil that Muslim women choose esty in their entire dress. Once the girls were essentially to wear around their heads and necks to be conservative “coached,” they had to get a permission slip signed and and show modesty. While learning a unit on the Middle then were free to complete this activity for extra credit. East in Michael Pozniak’s Honors Global Studies class, They were required to write a short reflection on their the students began studying the hijab. As the class of experience and also give an informal presentation to their seniors were in the midst of reading about this garment, class about it. Renata Malionek ‘10 raised her hand and asked if they “My philosophy about teaching is that if students really could get a first-hand experience by wearing a hijab to see want to learn, my job is to provide that environment,” said what reactions they might receive. Immediately, the other Mr. Pozniak after commenting that the whole idea was girls showed enthusiasm about this prospective assign- student generated, and he was the “facilitator.” ment. They were curious about the reactions they might Out of the two sections of the Honors Global Studies, get and “if you were someone else how people treat you,” eight of the girls participated in the project. The girls went said Renata Malionek ‘10. out to ordinary places such as grocery stores, Walmart, gas Mr. Pozniak began researching whether or not this stations, and the movies. A common reaction that they project could be done respectfully. He got the opinion seemed to get was a lot of stares.

Mr. Pozniak’s Honors Global Studies Classes pushed to boundaries of learning when senior girls got a first-hand experience.

GPA=Honor Roll: It is the first question asked when one gets their report card: “What’s your GPA?” and “Did you make Cum Laude?” For the past couple of years at McNamara, these two items were independent of each other with students receiving honors for their work through a combination of A’s, B’s, and C’s. In past years, for Summa Cum Laude, students needed five grades of A with no grades below a B. For Magna Cum Laude, students needed four grades of A- and above with no grades below a B. Finally, for Cum Laude, students needed five grades of a B or higher with no grade below a C+. But now, this year honor roll will be determined by a student’s grade point average which has been long waited by students. Jake Allegro ‘11 said he likes the change, and would have liked it to have been done earlier. Under the current system, for Summa Cum Laude, a student needs a GPA of 3.74 or higher. For Magna Cum Laude, students need a GPA of 3.39 to 3.74, and to make Cum Laude, a student needs a GPA of 3.0 to 3.39. This change comes as a result of an annual review among teachers to help students. As Mindi Imes de Duclos ‘96, the Assistant Principal for Academics, said, “to reach their potential.” But what if a

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Honor roll now determined by weighted GPA

Story by A.C. Brown ‘10, News editor

students reaches this potential and still does not get recognized for their hard work? Peter Snow ‘10 recalls getting a “3.9” for his GPA last year, but he had one C on his report card, so he did not get recognition. This change will also help students at home when parents strive for their student to achieve awards of their academics. Peter recalls his parents asking the question, “Why didn’t you make honor roll?” Now, he will not have to face that question if his GPA remains around the 3.9 range. Ms. Imes de Duclos said the reasoning behind the change was to, “Help motivate students.” This new approach seems to be working based on the increase in amount of names on this year’s first quarter honor roll compared to last year’s first quarter honor roll. This year there were 587 names on the honor roll, but last year there were only 359 names. For the first time, Courtney Young ‘10 has made Magna Cum Luade after three consecutive years of receiving Cum Laude honors. This is proof that giving honors based on GPA has increased the student’s ability to break barriers while feeling proud that their hard work paid off.

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A page in the handbook shows the different grading system based on GPA.


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Scandalous or Seemly? It takes weeks of searching for a dress, hours of putting on make-up and styling hair, yet in simply seconds a faculty member could tell you to take that dress, hair, and make-up right back home because they don’t find it appropriate. Is preparing that much really worth going back home to sit on the sofa while your friends are having an evening at the dance that they will be talking about when Monday rolls around....? Exactly. I didn’t think so. Why let something as silly as the dress you’re wearing ruin your night? After the past homecoming, a letter was sent out to all students of our school community. This letter, addressed to all parents, referenced the fashion choices made by the women at the homecoming dance. The rule in the agenda book clearly states, “Students whose clothing styles are inappropriate or deemed to be too bare or immodest will not be allowed to attend the dance.” The Stampede finds that this rule is unnecessary unless it is enforced. Therefore, if this rule was implemented, people would take this matter more seriously. Think twice before leaving the house in something that wouldn’t be appropriate. Don’t think that just because you’re covering more that you don’t look amazing. Less DOES NOT equal more. There are many outfits that fit the criteria of the dress code that could easily be seen worn by most celebrities. By “modesty” Mr. Clark is not saying you should be wearing a t-shirt and a skirt to the floor. He wants you to look good and in good taste. So, for students, here’s some advice so that you don’t end up being the one turned away at the door for next dance. First, we see that depending upon your body type, height, etc., you know what you can pull off without it looking trashy or immodest. For example, the same dress worn by two different girls, one being four inches taller or a few sizes larger, may not look as tasteful. Therefore, consider your body type and know what looks good on you, not someone else. Second, ask yourself honestly if you think you would wear it to a nice event you’re going to with your grandmother. Would grandma look at you proudly and say what a beautiful young lady you are? Or would she offer to take out the hem on your skirt? Lastly, just be aware of the environment in which you will be; a Catholic high school dance, not a night club, and not in a music video. We want you to look good, but it’s not necessary to show too much in order to do so. So ladies, let’s step it up and not let this be you at the next school event.

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The Nobel Peace Prize

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize honored a man for something he has not actually done, but for what he represents. President Barack Obama was awarded for his diplomatic efforts to strengthen bonds between people of all nations. He has become the poster child for change. Being the first African American President of the United States was a huge accomplishment. From that point on, Obama captured the world with his ideas and peaceful plans. The Nobel Peace Prize is selected by a five member committee of Norwegian law makers who are chosen by parliament. This committee receives nominations from all over the world of deserving people. People cannot nominate themselves, but have to be nominated by a colleague. The nominations are due by February and the top nominees are selected. By October, one of them is chosen by simple majority vote. According to an article from CNN, Obama was nominated by the committee itself at the very last minute. As the voting began, it became an unani-

worry it may cloud not only his vision but the vision of the United States people. As important decisions are being made about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is paramount that the presidents stays focused. by Annie Czecha ‘10, Staff Writer Obama has indeed become the face of change for not only the United mous decision much less expect to be on who should placed in this honorary States but for politics of the world, but receive the prize. position. He was quot- this may make it hard for him to foPresident Baed by CNN saying he cus on very important and time based rack Obama was did not feel as though problems. As he begins to divvy up awarded the Nohe deserved to be in his very important time between probel Peace Prize the listing of past win- moting peace and making important and was notified ners. A spokesperson choices for the United States, questions at six am of that for the committee said have begun to rise. Another possible morning. The Obama was selected problem is Obama will lose credibility entire White because of his ability and will not be taken as seriously here House and all to strengthen ties be- in the United States. As he is being residents were tween countries and favored in ever growing amounts over Nobel Peace Prize surprised to learn peace movements. He seas, his favoritism here in the homeof the news. told CNN, “This award land has declined. Obama, however, Obama was falsely accused upon is not simply about my administration.” has held his ground his movements in receiving this highly coveted award. It “must be shared” with everyone who the Health Care debates and war decisions, the White House administration Some said it was because of his race, strives for “justice and dignity.” while some said he had done nothing With this already controversial presi- is hopeful that this will play out in a yet that was worthy of such recogni- dent being put in such a public display, positive spot light on the president and tion. In no way did Barack ever aspire, some White House officials began to his actions. After all, it is the Nobel Peace Prize.

Obama becomes more than United States President

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Thanksgiving: Turkey,

Stuffing, Pumpkin Pie, and... Nothing gets a high school student more excited than an extra two days off school. On Nov. 23rd and 24th, students had two extra days added to their Thanksgiving break. Was it a break from having to go to the school itself? Yes. Was it a break from the school work? No. WHY eLEARNING? Flooding in McNamara was the cause for our ten-day Thanksgiving break. On Oct. 7th, Principal Marco Clark sent a notice to the Bishop McNamara community to inform them of the repairs. But most likely, it was the headline “School Closure on November 23rd and 24th,” or the bold, underlined sentence in the middle of the page (“the school will be closed on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th) that stole their attention. In all of their excitement over the new prospects available over Thanksgiving break, some may have failed to read down to the third paragraph where Mr. Clark states that in an effort to not lose the two instructional days, distance learning, also known as Elearning, would take place. He also informed us of the reason for the school closure; major underground water leaking necessitated that the water be turned off throughout the entire building for repairs to begin on Nov. 23rd and and to be concluded no later than the end of that week. With the intention of maintaining the 23rd and 24th

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Percent of BMHS Teachers who assigned work over break that involved students’ use of the internet as days of instruction, the administration decided to initiate distance learning to be available to teachers to stay on track in their classes. EXPECTATIONS With the spread of the H1N1 concerning many schools in the DC metropolitan area, the school board wanted to prepare the administration for the possibility of a long term closure due to this influenza or other catastrophic event. The distance learning that took place on the 23rd and 24th was a “test run” of sorts that was meant to show if the school could sustain a distance learning program in the case of a unexpected closure. The administration hoped that this would serve as a way to reveal the weaknesses of the program as well as what needed to be altered to better accommodate the students and teachers. Some confusion was expected when trying E-learning for the first time, but it was a great chance to learn more about this process that may be of great use in the future. Not only would online learning keep us from getting behind in our work,

- Learning by Megan Ardovini ‘13 Staff writer

but it will also teach us how to use new types of technology. With so many programs out there at our finger tips, it would strongly benefit us to learn how to use them.Teachers were not required to administer online assignments or projects, and many chose to the stick to the packets, book work, or papers. Yet, some teachers were excited to try the new technologies available to them, and discovered a variety of new sites and programs available to utilize. The Assistant Principal for Academics, Mindi Imes de Duclos said, “[Distance Learning] challenges teachers to try something new and keeps the students on track with their content so they don’t fall behind.” Principal Marco Clark tells us, “This is not meant to be a burden over your Thanksgiving break.” Yet as expected, some students feel that it would prove itself to be a hassle anyway. Daniel Deplata III ‘13 says, “Break should be for sleeping and relaxing.” Many students feel the same way. The truth of the matter is we had two extra days off. Although students are asked to complete work on these two days, administration did not expect them to spend the same amount of hours in front of a computer as they would in a classroom. “[It is] a way to still learn, even though not all of us are together,” said Mrs. Imes de Duclos. SO, HOW WAS IT? Upon returning from Thanksgiv-

ing, students had mixed feelings about the distance learning assignments they had just completed. Generally, most students felt that there was too much work assigned. “It didn’t feel like a vacation for me with all the work,” says Michelle Anne dela Paz ‘12. Some could even be heard saying they would have rather been in school for those two days. Some believe less work would have had to be done if they were in class opposed to at home on break. Either way, we would have had to complete some form of work on those two days. The distance learning that took place was in lieu of these two full days of school that we missed. Students were not asked to do work all break or to alter their Thanksgiving plans because of this work either. When an informal survey was conducted, the result was that roughly onethird of the teachers actually assigned an online assignment. The other twothirds of the teachers assigned packets, papers, take home tests, book work, or other miscellaneous assignments. Colleen Fleming ‘10 makes a good point when saying, “Effectiveness depends on whether people actually did it.” Although it will take a little more time to discover whether this process to maintain these instructional days was successful, it was a great way to discover how a system like this would work, and now we can go from there. Mrs. Imes de Duclos reminds us, “You can always get better at something.”

The Traveling Teacher

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In shirt and tie like most, except this teacher has a passport to boast. Sitting in a history classroom of bright colors and unique finds from Africa and Asia, teacher Chris Williams tells me he has now visited a total of seventyfour countries and has participated in four years of volunteer teaching. Mr. Williams, of the social studies department, is back from his teaching mission in Guyana, country seventy four, and he celebrates teaching year thirty with sophomores, seniors, and the McNamara community. He took a break from McNamara to work with the Peace Core because he needed a challenge. Prior to his peace core work, he taught in Sudan during the later part of the 1970’s. One of his most recent volunteer efforts took place in the country of Guyana in South America where he has spent the last two years. He taught primary school which is most equivalent to our elementary school system. He worked with second through sixth grade students to help develop reading, writing, and phonics skills. Lucky for him, Guyana is an English speaking country seeing that English is the only language Mr. Williams speaks. Teaching the same curriculum year after year had lost its fire. Mr. Williams was stretching his students, but for him it was repetition and more meaningfully he said, “Volunteer work appealed to me very much.” Mr. Williams spoke with Principal Marco Clark, School President

by Alexis Jenkins ‘11 Staff writer

Heather Gossart and the administration about taking a leave of absence to pursue the opportunity abroad. The result was two years in Guyana. He went, taught and has come back revived. It proved to be a good experience. He said, “The children are sweethearts,” but admits it’s a lot harder than teaching high school, it requires more patience. Now, back at McNamara he celebrates his 30th year of teaching. He currently teaches sophomore Western Civilization and senior Global Studies. Mr. Williams hasn’t taught sophomores in a while and the high school gap is evident. He enjoys teaching both classes, but there is a difference. He said, “Seniors are nine months away from college and sophomores are three months away from freshmen year.” His sophomores are still developing writing skills, while his seniors are busy writing applications. To teach both classes he has to apply different motivations because they are at different stages and their outlooks vary. Looking around the same room Mr. Williams’ sophomores and seniors sit in, my eyes catch interest in the colorful walls once again. In room 215, many alluring ornaments come down from the ceiling to greet you accompanied by the artifacts on the walls. One of the items hanging from the ceiling is a gift of colorful ornamental balls that Mr. Williams received on a home-stay in Japan. Gift-giving holds great importance in Japan. It is disrespectful to visit someone with-

The Stampede


A Day In the Life...

of President Mrs. Heather Gossart

I wake up every morning excited for work.

photos by jacqueline wills ‘10 and thomas ingle ‘10

Pictured to the left Mrs. Gossart starts a morning off right with a cup of coffee. Pictured to the right is Mrs. Heather Gossart enjoys a very typical teenage pastime, texting

by Mylah Howard ‘10 Staff writer

dent and CEO. Meeting number one. Head plant engineer Otis Williams meets about hiring a new full time assistant. He also informs We think our days can be stressful and hectic as students, her about a situation involving the theater chairs in the fine but they’re nothing compared to Mrs. Gossart’s. Her morning arts building. alone could cause an ordinary student to shed tears due to the Meeting number two. Assistant principle Reginald Brady massive amount of responsibility, but to our president its just updates her of different situations regarding McNamara stusecond nature. dents and parents. He also gave her several ideas on ways we On a daily basis she can sit through countless meetings with could further renovate the school. anyone from administrators ,faculty and contractors. On this It’s only 9:15 and she has done more then what most of us particular day her meetings ranged from personnel acquisitions accomplish in a single school day. Once a day she makes it an to viewing her baby mustangs on the field. obligation to meet with Mr.Clark on school matters. They are 7:15 She begins her day. She pulls into her fancy reserved often informative meetings. Although she may be cooped up in parking space marked President. her office for a large chunk of her day, she always takes a fifteen 8:05 Walking into the main office she greets everyone includ- minute break to go see the students. She says it’s her favorite ing the shadow visitors. Noticing the rain outside she says “The part of her day. You also may want to be the lucky person in the sun may not be shining outside, but it’s always shining inside.” lunch line who lets Mrs.Gossart cut in front of you. She says While making her way into her private sanctuary she stops to she’ll often treat them to lunch. Most of us may not know that speak with Ms. Sandra Herndon, her assistant to clarify her we share similar habits as our President. A few times throughplans for the day. out the day she may flip out her cell phone to check her text 8:10 Sitting down at her desk she turns on her computer messages. Believe it or not one of our very own McNamara where she is greeted with 28 emails. Her emails range from students had the honor of teaching her how to text. invitations to book signings, to requests for sponsorship from Next year we will have someone new sitting at her desk and local charities. After turning on her t.v. to tune into W.M.A.C, answering her phones , but only Mrs Heather Gossart can do she picks up the phone begins returning any missed phone her job the way she does. calls. If you haven’t figured out who this wonderful, efficient, nurtu-ring woman is, SHE is Mrs Heather Gossart our Presi-

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Fall Musical by Marie Blair ‘11 Staff writer

South Pacific

photos by carlos chiarella ‘11

Pictured top left, Senior Jesse Marciniak, and Junior Lauren Turner pose in a love scene. Pictured top right, chorus members sing to one of the main songs.

Racial tension, military hardships, and the pressures of love. Though South Pacific was written sixty years ago, its themes are still relevant today. South Pacific’s opening night was November 13 and was performed a total of five times over the course of two weeks. Considering the play ran for only two weekends, it was widely attended. The lyrics and music for South Pacific were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and the book by Joshua Logan. The original Broadway version of the musical won numerous awards including a 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten different Tony Awards. This show has also won awards in multiple foreign countries. Though South Pacific was performed by mainly a teenage cast, the plot dealt with a lot of adult issues. Jesse Marciniak, a senior who played Lieutenant Cable and has been involved in McNamara theater since his Freshman year, said “[Lt. Cable is] probably the most realistic character I’ve played.” The main characters in the play were Emile De Becque, a Frenchman played by Dillon DiSalvo; Nellie Forbush, a woman deployed to an island in the South Pacific played by Jacqueline Wills; Lieutenant Cable, a military man on deployment to the island played by Jesse Marciniak; Bloody Mary, a Tonkinese woman who sells souvenirs to Americans played by Mylah Howard; and Liat, Bloody Mary’s daughter who falls in love with Lt. Cable, played by Lauren Turner. Though all the actors and actresses are common students in high school and have busy schedules,

A Family Dinner

the parts were acted with great respect and dedication. Despite the fact that this play is difficult to convey emotionally to the audience, especially since it deals with such difficult and current problems, the actors portrayed the parts well and clearly used a lot of talent and practice to get there. In fact, the Bishop McNamara theater practiced for two months prior to the production of the play, even staying until nine o’clock every night the week before opening night. “I thought it [the play] was very well acted on all levels,” boasted alumni Thomas DiSalvo, and even claimed it was, “better than Sweeny Todd,” the fall musical from the previous school year. Throughout the play, Emile and Nellie fall in love and deal with the fact that Emile has two children born of a Polynesian woman. Unfortunately, Nellie was brought up in a household where diversity was not accepted. Nellie and Emile get to know each other and Emile proposes. Nellie, however, cannot shake off her prejudices and declines the offer after finding out about his Polynesian children. In the mean time, Emile is asked to help with a military operation on an isolated island. Though at first he declines because he plans to marry Nellie, he later accepts, unbeknownst to her, after she calls off the engagement. While he is on the mission, Nellie looks for him, after realizing she still loves him. After learning he was on a military mission, she thinks he is dead, returns to Emile’s house and

befriends his kids. While they are having dinner one night, Emile comes back home and surprises them. Nellie apologizes, the two resolve their differences, and plan to get married. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Cable and Liat meet and immediately fall in love. However, when Lt. Cable is faced with either marrying her or allowing an alcoholic to marry her, he declines the proposal because of her ethnicity. Lt. Cable is also part of the same military mission as Emile, but dies from injuries he sustains from enemy attacks. Unfortunately, Liat is still very much in love with him and suffers much grief as a result of his death. With this production, not all the talent was on stage. Throughout the play, musical numbers were sung by the actors, but the music was performed by the Bishop McNamara Pit Orchestra. Though the instrumental balance was at times rough and some instruments were a little pitchy, the overall quality of the music was enjoyable and was clearly practiced a lot. The play was delivered beautifully, through song, dance, and dialog. Though there were a few minor technical problems, such as falling sets and dropped props, the overall outcome was a great success and was enjoyed immensely by the audience. As Lauren Turner, a junior who played Liat, looked back on the experience, she said, “I think we worked very well as a cast. I grew as an actress and I look forward to the Spring play.”

Seniors celebrate during annual Thanksgiving Dinner

by Matt Nunez ‘11 Staff Writer Turkey, stuffing, and green beans were among the many food choices that were set before the Class of 2010 at the Fifth Annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner. The Thanksgiving Dinner is a growing tradition here at McNamara and a time to bring the senior class even closer together in their preparation for college. According to Victor Shin, Assistant Principal for Student Life, the purpose of the dinner is to “promote community amongst the seniors. It’s a time of fellowship and a time for a break from the rigors of school and college applications.” So far, the dinner has showed promising results. “They become more united as a class - sitting down and eating in a more formal setting,” said Richard Middleton school counselor, “They realize this is one of just a few opportunities where they will come together as a class of 2010.” Each year, Juniors help serve the food, prepared by the Seniors, not as a sign of submission to the senior class, but rather as a way to say “thank you” for serving as leaders of our school. The dinner was held on Thursday, November 19 and before the dinner, anticipations were high as the seniors couldn’t wait to get inside. “Food always helps people come together,” stated Jonathan Molineaux ‘10, “We’re such a close-knit community.” Czarina Faye Andaya ‘10, felt the same way saying that her class gives her a “feeling of unity.” The night started with speeches by Joshua Crockett ‘10, who reflected on his time at McNamara after he transferred his sophomore year from DeMatha. The best experience Joshua said he had at Mc-

Namara was, “learning what the true meaning of family is.” After he was done with his speech, Hillary Sowa ‘10, reflected on her four years at the school, finishing it off with, “Let’s eat!” The food included –Ryan Leslie ‘10 two tables of ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed photo by Matt Nunez ‘12 potatoes, green beans, The seniors enjoy the huge amounts of salad, and rolls, and by food at the dinner. the end of the night, nothing was left. After everyone was finished eating, the dessert rush was on. With a table covered in pies, cookies, cake, and other sweets; no one could resist but to dig in. Once everyone had gotten their fill, the music was turned up and the party began, with conga lines, dance-offs and group photos filling the cafeteria. It was a night to remember and come graduation in May, it was a night that the Seniors will look upon as a time where they came together as the leaders of our school and as a family. As the Class of 2010.

“Families, they dine together, so it was a time to come together as a family.”


Another Edition of... by Dillon DiSalvo ‘10 Staff writer

Band Talk


A look at one of the greatest albums of all time: Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles had already been producing hit after hit. So, when they started recording their new album in late 1966, everyone was expecting great things. They got so much more. On June 1, 1967, the most influential rock album of all time was released. Music was changed, never to be the same. At first, it was hard for audiences to place Sgt. Pepper into a particular genre, because it was so different. It incorporated full orchestras, exotic instruments (like the sitar), ingenious and innovative recording techniques, and instrumental effects. Many referred to it as the defining album of the new psychedelic rock genre, because there was no category for it at the time. From the wildness of “Good Morning Good Morning” to the Indian feel of “Within you Without you,” Sgt. Pepper is full of musical marvels. The Beatles took ideas from many different genres and sometimes created something completely new. The opening song “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” starts with a classic rock feel, then all of the sudden the orchestra plays, then the chorus turns all heavy on the guitar as one would expect from some modern metal band, but the vocals are in two-part harmony. OH, IT IS CRAZY FOR SURE! Ahem, then you have my personal favorite, “A Day in the Life,” which is a masterful combination of classical and rock with that psychedelic crescendo that ends with an alarm clock ringing which leads you into the bridge where we hear about Paul’s day. Reading this, you may think that I am just going crazy with my favorite band of all time and no one else thinks the way I do. Well, you are mistaken my friends. Here are the facts: Sgt. Pepper won the 1968 Grammy Awards of “Album of the Year,” “Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts,” “Best Engineered Recording, Non-

Classical,” and “Best Contemporary Album.” In 1967, it was number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, the UK Albums Chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart, and the Norwegian Album Chart. See, even the Scandinavians liked it. Sgt. Pepper is a legend. Any self respecting musician knows this album or has at least heard some of the songs on it (sorry if I just offended you, but you should really respect yourself more). It’s one of my favorites, one of the world’s favorites, and soon to be one of your favorites. “So, may I introduce to you the act you’ve known for all these years, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The Modern Face

Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess- Live on Earth CD Everyone knows Jason’s famous song “I’m Yours,” so when I was given the opportunity to listen to his new live CD that came out Nov. 10, I was expecting a poppy, shoddy piece of junk that consisted of songs that could have possibly been written in under two minutes. I was half right. I realized while listening that he could not be classified in any particular genre. He has a jazzy feel, but the rhythm is of a reggae style. Somewhere he throws in a Spanish twist, and then it returns to poppy with his acoustic songs. It sounds like a generic hybrid of Chicago and OAR... with a mariachi band thrown in the mix. What surprised me was his skill as a singer and his backing band was not a bunch of biscuit heads who picked up their instruments the day before the concert (save one trombone player). I still don’t understand why they let that trombonist solo. Maybe he was someone’s brother. On the positive side, Mr. Mraz had many interesting harmony parts and his bassist in particular was very skilled. However, I was right about the generic sound and the senseless lyrics like in the song “Sunshine Song” and “Live High.” Live

Varsity Football Wrapup by Brandon Joyner ‘11 Staff writer

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great start, strong finish, spirited fans

The team finished 8-3 overall and third in the WCAC. Their 4-0 start marked one of the best starts in school history.Asistant coach Mr. Grimes said that the team learned a lot as a program and coach Bevill has done a extraordinary job managing this program. The team had been recognized by the Washington Post and ranked in the top 20 local teams in the area. The mustangs had grown because every different person stepped up and contributed to the team every game. The team had key victories on the road against St. Johns and Gonzaga. The Mustangs were on their way to a very successful season by defeating O’Connell for their homecoming game. The Mustangs went through the season only having losses to Good Counsel and DeMatha in both hard fought games. The team entered the playoffs in third place and had to play Good Counsel again in the first round. The mustangs played hard, but the season came to an end to Good Counsel. The team has had many individual awards as well. Head coach Bevill has been recognized as the WCAC coach of the year, according to DC Sports-

photo by grady wills ‘11

Pictured left, Senior Brandon Coleman talks to team mates during a practice.

photo by grady wills ‘11

Below, Junior Hannibal Robinson, points at the camera after making a catch. Senior Brandon Coleman and Matthew Goldsmith were recognized by earning first team all conference. Coleman has also been recognized as a Under Armour All American, first team All Met and first team all conference. One of the things that the mustangs will remember the most from the season is the school spirit among the fans and alumni that attended the games. When asked on how to build off the season, Mr Grimes said,”School spirit was priceless, hope we could build off that.”


Get Trampled! MaYoWa AlLi + WCAC MENS SOCCER

Are Wii Fit?! by Megan Timms ‘11 Staff writer

photo illustration by jacqueline wills ‘10 and thomas ingle ‘10.


by Josh Crockett ‘10 editor-in-chief Name: Mayowa Ali ‘09 Height: 5’11” Weight: 195 Favorite song: James Blunt “You Are Beautiful” Birth place: London, England First organized soccer team: Lanham Raiders Current club team: S.A.C. (Soccer Association of Columbia) Personal goals: First team all met Season accomplishments: First Team All WCAC, All-Met Nominee, WCAC Player of the Year College interest: Richmond, Dayton, and Bucknell Best game of the season: Good Counsel. “We held a very good offensive team to no goals.” If you could play another sport what would it be: Football. “I cannot kick a football though, it is not a normal object” Biggest Win of the season: Sweeping Gonzaga (WCAC Champions)

Technology has taken yet another step towards our wildest dreams with Nintendo’s recent release of the Wii Fit, a video game that helps players lose weight. Could this take the place of the hard work and exercise that many Americans have grown to hate? Upon arrival there were many disbelievers, but those that have experienced the Wii Fit say otherwise. “It’s really fun and addictive but its a workout!” said Kirsten Lawrence ‘11. Wii Fit features body analysis programs that keep track of a player’s heart rate, calories burned, and energy exposure. In fact, sports medicine professionals at the University of Maryland are testing to see if this new gaming technology could provide alternative methods of rehabilitation. They have discovered that this gaming device could serve as an inexpensive aide for their athletes as its strength exercises provide a full body workout.

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Mayowa Alli 10’ (WCAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR) steals the ball in a game against Dematha.

Men’s Basketball Preview by Taylor Brown ‘11 Staff Writer Athletes run the WCAC. Compared to last year the boys varsity basketball team has a young squad that is very athletic and talented. Players such as Brandon Coleman 10’, Marcus Pilgrim 10’, Marcus Thornton 11’ and Ibn Muhammad 11’ will all be important to the success of this years team. Leadership is demonstrated which will help the Mustangs accomplish their one goal that is to win. The boys varsity basketball team had a good season last year. They were a participant in the fourth Annual Alhambra National Catholic Invitational Tournament and in the Bojangles Holiday Tournament. Head coach Marty Keithline, led his team to the WCAC semi-finals last year where DeMatha knocked them off, 59-56. However, the eight graduated Mustangs helped finish the 2008-2009 season with 22 victories. Both Rashad Whack, shooting guard playing for George Mason University, and Talib Zanna, 6’9 forward playing for Pittsburgh University, were a huge threat to other teams. Rashad averaged 17 points per game as a junior and finished a career or 1,100 points. Talib Zanna averaged 14.6 points per game and was skilled the rebounds. Although the mustangs relied on the seniors a lot last year, coach Keithline said, “I’m looking forward with playing with a lot of new players this year.”

Coach Keithline is ready for the upcoming season. He believes that they can win the championship but he said, “The varsity players have to step into their roles quickly.” The team is very athletic so the transition into their roles should be no problem. Percy Davis 11’ added, “Everyone has to be in shape and we got to have heart.” Keithline prepares his players with fall workouts, fundamentals, and shooting drills. Fall workouts were scheduled everyday except Wednesday’s after school until 4:30pm. Individual meetings are photo by Taylor Brown ‘11 scheduled with the players and Andre Marcus Pilgrim shoots a three pointer at the top of the key druing try-outs. Hogue, personal trainer, helps individuals with their strength and conditioning. The Mustangs will be led by senior Brandon ColeIbn Muhammad 11’ said, “Compared to man. He is being recruited for basketball averaging last year there’s a lot of running.” 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. He led There is a new member to the coaching staff, Koran the team last year in blocked shots with a total of Godwin, as assistant coach. He wrote a book, “Ev112. Coleman plays with an incredible intensity and eryone hates a ball hog but loves a scorer,” and gave rebounds the ball offensively and defensively equally copies of his book to players. It’s about his life which well. Marcus Pilgrim, point-guard, is another team is very inspirational and motivating. It’s a studentleader who started 22 of 33 games in the 2008-2009 athlete manual for becoming a great scorer. Koran season. He is extremely quick and plays aggressive was an all time leading scorer at the University Flordefense. Shooting guard, Terell Buyck is an athletic ida. He has broken the scoring record at every level and energetic wing player. Leadership from Quinton he’s competed. He understands and experienced the Cole 10’ said, “I will help lead the team by keeping game well enough to help the team be successful. everyone focus on the continued on page 8

Name Behind the Banner

McNamara is not historically known for its athletic achievements. However, over the last thirty-six years, we have been victors of thirteen championships in the various sports in which we participate. Recently, the athletes that have performed on a record setting level have received recognition

in the form of banners posted in the main gym. These banners are a part of the newly created ‘Wall of Fame.’ The athletes selected for banners have accomplished an athletic achievement that few other athletes have in the school’s history. These athletes were some of the best athletes to walk

by Nic Barnes ‘11 Staff writer

the halls of Bishop McNamara. Many students are aware of Andrew Bannister’s four year reign on the wrestling mat. However, very few know that Kevin Colabucci ‘76 was a two time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) wrestling Champ when he went on to college and is a member of the Bishop

McNamara HS Hall Of Fame. As Andrew continues his wrestling career at VMI, he is nearly destined to be featured in the actual BMHS Hall of Fame.


The Stampede

Mrs. Gossart Steps Down Search Committee Steps Up

by Brandi Bottalico ‘10 Staff writer

survey helped get their perspective on what they were looking for in a new president.

Currently, a search is underway to find a successor to President Heather Gossart. Earlier in the year, a search committee was formed to find a person to assume this role. The head of the search committee, Charles Marvin, was chosen by the board of directors due to his knowledge of our school. His job is to determine the best candidate through listening sessions, interviews and review of applicants. “[The search committee members are] not strangers to the school and [they] understand who we are and what our mission is,” said Principal Marco Clark, reassuring that the situation is in good hands. “They have a goal of transparency where they really want to keep people informed and keep people as a part of the process,” said Mr. Clark referencing the search committee. The first step is setting up listening sessions. These are interviews in which community and student leadership, faculty, and even parents have an opportunity to provide their input. They are asked such questions as what characteristics, strengths and skills Mrs. Gossart’s successor should possess and what challenges the future holds. This provides the committee with a clear idea of what Mrs. Gossart’s successor needs to effectively serve our community.

Using the information from the listening sessions, they will carefully go through each applicant, interviewing and getting to know each of them, and choose the ones they find fit the description best. The names of any possibilities cannot be released due to confidentiality, so we won’t know who it is until it is official. “We need someone with just as deep of a commitment [as Mrs. Gossart],” Mr. Marvin said. They are seeking someone who is fully qualified and supportive of the Holy Cross Tradition. As the head of the search committee, Mr. Marvin has begun this photo by THomas Ingle ‘10 very long process toward getting just the right perDaniel Clement and brother David Andrews interviewing teachers son. Mr. Marvin’s qualifications include working about their thoughts and concerns on finding a new president. with Mrs. Gossart for about ten years and serving “I think that if they actually take our perspectives on the board of directors. According to Mr. Clark, into account when making the decision, then it’s he has McNamara’s best interests at heart and knows worthwhile,” said teacher Georgina Gomez-Bozzo personally what the school needs. “We will never be able to get another Mrs. Goswho took part in the listening sessions. The faculty sart because there is only one,” stated Mr. Marvin. was interviewed in small groups for thirty minute peHe assures us, though, that there is no need to worry, riods over the course of two days. Parents will begin since there are many qualified applicants who will be this same process in December and January. applying for this position. The search team is com“A survey went out to board members,” according mitted to finding the best person for the job who can to Sandy Herndon, secretary to Mrs. Gossart. This live up to Mrs. Gossart’s legacy.

Men’s Basketball Preview From page 7 one goal that is to win.” Ibn Muhammad, point guard, an quick offensive player, played in 26 of 33 games as a sophomore. He averaged 10 points and 12 assists last year. Tyler Shipe, shooting guard, played in 31 of 33 games as a sophomore. The returning players will help the newcomers step into their roles. The mustangs had try-outs on November 8. There was a lot of intense fundamental drills and stations on shooting, rebounding, penetrating, and ball handling. Their were tons of athleticism and leadership demonstrated during fall workouts and try-outs. Players such as Marcus Thornton, Percy Davis ,and Callon Dailey are great newcom-

ers to the team. Marcus Thornton, shooting guard, lead the JV team in scoring last year as a sophomore. He has handles and a sweet jump shot. Percy Davis, shooting guard, a transfer from Jericho can score the ball quickly and jump tremendously high. Callon Dailey, forward, led JV team in rebounding as a sophomore and plays a tough defense. Cuts have been made leaving 18 players on the floor for the varsity team overall; the boys should have another good season. They started their season off well defeating St.Mary’s Ryken 61-54. Coach Keithline well prepared his players. However, he doesn’t stop preparing them for the rest of season because

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“It seemed like I was distracting to other people, except the little kids who were just staring,” said Aley Villarreal ‘10. Lindy Ramsey ‘10 was on her way to West Virginia over Thanksgiving break and took a pit stop at a familiar gas station when she went in wearing the hijab. She noted, “I’ve been there before and they’ve said ‘hi’ and everything but this time they didn’t say anything.” As negative as some of those responses were, some reactions were the opposite, being extremely courteous. “In terms of politeness, some people were overly polite, like if you were dressed in regular clothes they would not have been that polite,” said Aley after her experience in Walmart. One man deliberately stepped out of Aley’s way in order to let her pass first. Each girl that participated in the assignment came out with a better understanding of what Muslim women may go through. Alani commented on the lesson she got out of the experi-

they are participating in the Gonzaga Classic and Bishop Gorman Holiday Classic Tournament over Christmas break. The mustangs are putting in a lot of hard work and dedication. Determination, desire, and discipline is demonstrated in the men’s basketball program. The mustangs need to continue to have the right attitude all the time especially against their two rivals, DeMatha and Gonzaga. The mustangs refuse to let the Stags knock them out the play-offs again. Their next home game is January 8, against the DeMatha Stags. They need your support, so come out and cheer them on.

ence and realized that, “no matter who you are, there are going to be prejudices.” Mr. Pozniak reflected that collectively the students all had diverse settings and diverse experiences which led to diverse reactions. Either way, it was clear that people did react. Whether it was because of the hijab, a prejudice, or just because of curiosity is unknown. “Who knows whether it’s a level of fear or insecurity of those who are different from those who are mainstream,” said Mr. Pozniak. All in all, this project was considered a great success, and Mr. Pozniak intends on continuing it in the years to come. He also expressed his ideas to build on the assignment as well by possibly having the students interview a Muslim woman about the hijab. Whatever may come in future years, it is obvious that this is due to a combined effort and a shared enthusiasm out of these seniors and their teacher.

Band Talk From page 6 high oooo live high (hack) live high! Anywho, his songs did not have much thought put in them, and then I began to realize the only reason liked some of the tracks was because his backing band was so good (save one trombone player). So, if you like Jason Mraz, go ahead and buy the CD. It is very good quality for a live album. The screaming girls come in so clear, you can hear what they are saying! It was reminiscent of the atmosphere of a Beatles concert, except not nearly as good. If you enjoy a good reggae, jazz and generic rock fusion... with a Spanish twist -- or as I like to call it “not my favorite” -- you should give it a try.


BYOC: Bring your own cup by Thomas Ingle ‘10 Staff writer The term “going green” is referred to quite frequently, but how many people do you know are actually “going green”? Shannon Anderson ‘11 has been working to make the world a greener place. Shannon has been working behind the scenes in order to rid the school of the Styrofoam cups. Her plan is to introduce a bring your own cup policy to the lunch room. This means you would bring a reusable to cup to school. The logistics of this plan are still unknown, but she has talked to school officials regarding this idea and they like it. Students also believe this is a practical idea. Brandon Graves ‘10 stated, “It is a fantastic way our school can preserve the planet.” Styrofoam does not degrade into the earth naturally like plastic or paper. They just break down into smaller and smaller pieces, therefore just taking up room on the Earth. Unfortunately, McNamara still uses Styrofoam for fountain drinks in the lunch room. Shannon has hinted to a slight discount in a price if you bring your own cup. When asked why she was pursuing this, she said “I just want to save the environment.”

Get Trampled!

Traveling Teacher out coming with a gift. In Japanese, nebura is the word meaning empty handed. Of course, Mr. Williams came with gift in hand and warmly received one back. Returning to his classroom there are many other decorations from different journeys. The wall above the whiteboards bears a sign with chocolate silhouettes advertising Ashanti hair salon in Ghana, West Africa. The room just shows the mix of culture that he has experienced from all around the globe. Other items found in the room include gifts from students and teachers who have traveled abroad. Of these gifts, one is a highly decorated wooden box from Iran, it was a gift from Chemistry teacher Saiedeh Khalili. Mr. Williams is enjoying teaching, but he may increase his count

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of seventy-four countries. I asked where he would like to travel next, and three countries came to mind. The first being Madagascar off the coast of Africa because of its unique cultural mix between Africa and Indonesia. “Madagascar has beautiful landscape,” Mr. Williams said, “and a lot of wildlife.” The second country is Papua New Guinea of the South West Pacific Islands because of its rich isolated culture. Papua New Guinea is said to have many undiscovered species of plants and animals. Maybe Mr. Williams can discover something new. Lastly, Easter Island in the Southeastern side of the Pacific Ocean because of its world renown Moai, the nine hundred stone statues that decorate the island.


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The Wii may not be a very good training tool if you are planning to run a marathon, but it may be ideal for nursing a minor injury, recreation, or to simply get an extra workout. Players create a character, called a Mii, and then stand on a board that weighs them, helps them balance, and monitors their performance during a game. Then, they do different exercises that tells them how old they are compared to their actual age, based on how well they performed. So if you’re 16 but out of shape, you might be told you’re 80 years old. Based on your health, it helps you find exercises to improve your score. Not everyone is a fan. Eric Darnell ‘12 said “I have played it, but I don’t like it because it’s an inside thing. It feels like it’s for people who are too

lazy to go outside and exercise.” And according to Garrett Tucker ‘13, users may not be getting the workout they think. “Someone may use it in the wrong way, not the workout intended, so they don’t get the workout.” The majority of the people interviewed did not know about the Wii Fit or care for it, because of other video game devices that they already have. Will the Wii Fit be as successful in the teens perspective? As of now it is up in the air, but with advances within the gaming industry to come, it’s highly debatable when teens will give up their remotes to get into shape.

Modeling Modesty: Are Trends Going Too Far? by Jerica Deck ‘13 Staff Writer Does fashion show more skin than fabric? At the homecoming dance, dresses were too short, too revealing and too tight. “They [girls at homecoming] looked like they were going to a night club,” said Emily Magruder ‘13. Imagine walking into your first homecoming and seeing everyone else wearing trashy dresses. Yet we get this new trend from the “perfect” girls dressed promiscuously in magazines, movies, TV shows, music videos, and even each other. “Look at what the media does at the way our star actors are portrayed. There is a big emphasis on tall [and] thin,” says Mr. Clark “ I’m concerned for them. They don’t need to follow a fashion trend to be popular. Its important not to follow the trap that revealing is beautiful.” In Mr. Clark’s letter he wrote that he was “unhappy with the trends that have returned this

year.” Designers love incorporating many trends from the eighties. Some looks use strong shoulders, asymmetrical dresses, and bright vibrant colors which are harmless. Also, recurring fashions that are now popular are leg warmers and leggings. However, other returning styles are tighter and more revealing. The fashion choices you make define you. Consider whether you would want to be seen as classy and sophisticated or just having gone too far. Recall Jordan Sparks at the 2009 People’s Choice Awards. She wore a blue strapless dress with a full skirt and a natural waist that hits exactly at the knee. This outfit would be appropriate and very cute if worn to a school event. Compare that to a skimpy outfit worn by women in music videos. Which way would you rather present yourself as? Some girls are worried about their outfits and how they will be viewed at this year’s Christmas Fine Arts show. “I feel exposed,” stated Stephanie Ayres

‘11. Her outfit for the show consists of a shortskirt, which doesn’t wrap all the way around, and kneehigh boots. This outfit is very similar to the one in the movie “Mean Girls” (2004). According to Mr. Clark, “It’s a little different...,” referring to the stage attire. It’s a group-assigned costume for showmanship, not a personal statement. It’s meant to portray the glitter and glitz of the Christmas performance. While some students feel uncomfortable wearing such outfits, it’s also probably evident to the audience they would never wear them outside of a performance setting. Although fabric may be scarce these days on many celebrities in the fashion world it’s all about the look you portray. Would you rather look like you walked straight out of a music video or the People’s Choice Awards? _______________________________________ Editors Brandi Bottalico ‘10 and Jacqueline Wills ‘10 contributed to this report.

What you didn’t know about schools in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

by Alexis Jenkins ‘11 Staff writer

· St. John’s is the oldest school in the WCAC. It was established in 1851. It is the only school in our conference to offer an ROTC program. Its unique sports include ice hockey, field hockey, crew, and rugby. · Holy Cross is the smallest school in the WCAC with a population of 555 students. However, it is the second oldest school having been established in 1868. HC is the only school with equestrian for a sport which is competitive horseback riding. · Seton has a crew and a field hockey team. It also went under renovations around the same time as McNamara; their renovations included a new wing with more classrooms and a dance studio just like us but also a new athletic gym, and weight room. · Dematha has many extracurricular clubs including a bicycle club, radio club, and video game club. It’s also currently under construction and is one of two schools with rugby as a spring sport. · Ryken is one of two schools that

have a sailing team. This is quite convenient since their campus is on a huge lake. Another huge thing about Ryken is the 87 acres on which it sits. It is the only other school besides us that has dance in its curriculum. Besides dance electives, it has a sports management class and a prearchitecture class. · Paul VI offers foreign language courses in German and Greek. No one else offers Greek while one other school offers German. PVI also offers a practical law course, and astronomy. · Good Counsel has a marching band and ten plus courses offered in music. They also have a special type of academic courses called IB (International Baccalaureate) courses, these are two year college level courses that are more rigorous than AP’s · O’Connell is the second biggest school with 1,367 students. They are the only other school to offer sailing. · Ireton has German as a foreign language course as well as Intro to Law, public speaking, and film class. BI is the only school with a water polo team and their colors are quite similar to ours. · Gonzaga doesn’t have a uniform

only a dress code. They also share colors with Holy Cross; Purple and White. · Carroll is currently considering endorsing the IB program like GC has. Unique courses include robotics I and II, sociology, and ceramic with 3D design. Ryken and O’Connell mascots are both the knights. Seton, Good Counsel, Ireton, and Gonzaga’s mascots are all birds; the Road Runners, Falcons, Cardinals, and the Purple Eagles. St. John’s, Ryken, Holy Cross, and O’Connell’s mascots are all military figures and not animals at all. McNamara, Dematha, Carroll, and Paul VI are the only mascots that are not winged animals; our beloved Mustang, the Stags, the Lions and the Panthers. Now that you’ve learned a little about all the other schools in the conference, here are some things unique to McNamara: McNamara is the only school to offer ASL (American Sign Language). We are the first school with a turf field in PG County. We are also the only school to offer a full dance program within our fine arts. Ryken has dance but only as an over view course. As you know, we have several disciplines and a dance team.


En te r ta i n m e n t

Both Comics Written and Drawn by Josh Sanders ‘10

Microsoft vs. Apple, Again

by AJ Gonzalez ‘10 Staff writer

Apple and Microsoft begin another battle in the portable music player market as Microsoft began selling the Zune HD to combat the iPod Touch. Apple and Microsoft have been competing with each other ever since the personal home computer had been invented. This competition has only increased over time, especially since Apple introduced the iPod back in 2002 and began gaining its share in the personal computer market that was once dominated by Microsoft. Now in 2009, the iPod is used for much more than storing music but also for things like movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks. And if you own an iPod touch or iPhone, over 100,000 applications can be stored on the device. So now that Apple has a dominating 70% share in the portable media player market, other electronics companies have been trying to rain on the iPod’s parade, but there is no getting away from the fact Apple and the iPod have become a household name. Apple’s biggest foe, Microsoft, decided back in 2006 to start making a device of its own. It was called the Zune, and it is Microsoft’s attempt to dethrone the iPod. Currently, the latest Zune, called the Zune HD, is targeted to compete with the iPod touch. It is similar, but there are differences between the two. Let’s start out with the similarities. The Zune can do all the basics that an iPod can do (Music, Videos, Photos), and it also utilizes WiFi connectivity and a touch screen interface. The differences are many. The Zune comes in a

16 & 32 GB version for $220 & $290, while the iPod touch comes in 8, 32 & 64 GB versions at $200, $300 & $400. The Zune also features a music subscription plan for $15/month where you have unlimited music downloads. However, this comes with restrictions. This plan is more of borrowing music then actually keeping it. Ten songs are free to keep per month. The rest have the ability to play and sync to Zune, but if the plan is canceled, they will stop playing. Subscription music cannot be burned to a CD unless it is paid in full. Physically, the Zune HD is also smaller then the iPod Touch. If ordered online, it also offers multiple engraving and color schemes. But it is something different to see than another iPod touch. Now, the Zune HD earns the ‘HD’ title because Microsoft loaded it high definition features. It has an OLED screen that makes everything look brilliant and wipes the floor with other devices such as the iPod touch. It also has a feature that many people have been longing for in the iPod touch, a FM radio, but it does not stop there because it will also receive HD radio broadcasts as well. There is also a docking station for $90 which will allow for content on the Zune to be broadcasted on a HD TV in HD resolution. Overall, the Zune seems like a good value: HD radio, $10 less than

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by Brandi Bottalico ‘10 News Editor It was about 7:30 PM on the outskirts of Baltimore and pitch black outside my car. I rolled my window down and after an ex-

the iPod, better screen, and more customizable if bought online. The Zune HD seems like a good contender for the iPod touch, but unfortunately the Zune software will only work on Windows computers, while iTunes works on both Windows and Macintosh. Zune is also limited to availability to the U.S. & Canada, while the iPod is known around the world. Apple stores will also give you 10% credit if you recycle an old iPod for a new one (at Apple stores only). Microsoft will need heavy promoting and patience to obtain some of the market share that Apple dominates at around 70% while Microsoft has a dismal 1%. Apple, simply put, has the monopoly with the portable media player market. iPods have one of the largest music stores, iTunes, and the most accessories available for many products featuring the ‘Compatible with iPod’ logo on it. Now that the holiday shopping season is here, people looking for a device to store music should not just go straight to the iPod section like everyone else. Microsoft’s Zune is not perfect, but it’s as good as the iPod. Both devices have their strengths and weaknesses. It may just be worth it to look at all the other devices under the iPods shadow.

Ipod Touch

While Going Out

change of money was ordered to turn all my lights off and drive forward. Then I met a guy, whose face I could barely make out, and was directed to go the end of the row of cars and park.

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The entrance to Bengies, a drive-in movie theater in Baltimore, Maryland that has been around since 1956.

I did as instructed and my heart welled up as I turned the knob on my radio. Then I heard the voice of Jim Carrey, as Scrooge, in surround sound broadcast through my FM radio.

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