Volume 18 Issue 2
Hello Students and Faculty, from the staff at the Salesian Spectator, the student-run newspaper of Salesian High School! Run by Paul Chen, Daniel Brandon, and Jon Cerini, the newspaper is seeking to enlighten the minds of all who attend this school. We are looking for any new members, as all students and their contributions are welcome. If you’d like to submit any material for The Salesian Spectator, send an email with your work as an attachment to email@example.com. Make sure you include your full name and year of graduation, so you can receive credit for it. Your name will appear in The Salesian Spectator’s credits section at the end of the issue to which you contribute. Thank you for reading and keep writing!
-- Paul Chen '17, Daniel Brandon '17, and Jon Cerini '17 Editors Daniel Brandon '17, Jon Cerini '17, and Paul Chen '17 Writers Daniel Brandon '17, Alex Caruso '17, Jon Cerini '17, Paul Chen '17, Marco Sinapi '17, and Nick Singlar '17 Editor In Chief Mr. John Small
In This Issue: Salesian News Current Events The Knicks, The Cubs, and Fantasy Football AND MORE!
Help Wanted: New Writers Needed Jon Cerini '17 Attention to all aspiring writers of Salesian High! Now that the Spectator has been handed over to the class of 2017, Daniel Brandon, Paul Chen, and I (Jon Cerini) look forward to this year’s experience with the school paper. We hope to add new columns for poetry, comics, short stories, advice, etc. We already have several great writers who keep the school up to date with current events in sports, culture, politics, and more but we could still use extra people to help. If you have any passion for writing, sharing news, or are possibly interested in a career in journalism, then talk to one of us to help strengthen the Salesian Spectator and make it even better!
Helped Wanted: AM Salesian Nick Singlar '17 A.M. Salesian is currently in search for new members. Our job is to broadcast the morning prayers and announcements to every homeroom and to make sure it goes off without a hitch (which does not always happen). Right now, A.M. Salesian consists mostly of seniors, so now more than ever do we need the help of the underclassmen. However, this does not mean seniors can't contribute. We need members ASAP, regardless of grade. You don't need any experience with computers, cameras, or AV equipment (although it helps). You will be taught on the job. All you need is a willingness to join. To preface: it is a lot of
work! We have a job to do every morning, and the entire school is watching. If you are interested, contact Father Bill or Br. Steve Eguino, or come to the A.M. Salesian Studio on the fourth floor before homeroom to talk to us directly. See you there!
The "New" New York Knicks Alex Caruso '17 Flashback to the 2012 NBA Playoffs: Carmelo Anthony leads the New York Knicks to a second round exit, the farthest the Knicks have gone in 12 years. Fast forward to the 2016 postseason: every player from that 2012 team is no longer apart of the Knicks, except for Carmelo Anthony. After coming off of a horrendous 2015-16 NBA Season, Phil Jackson looks to prep the team for an eventual playoff return. This past offseason has been the most productive in recent years for the Knicks, making key additions such as Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings, and several other role players. The head coaching job was open after the departure of interim head coach Kurt Rambis over the summer, making room for the new head coach, Jeff Hornacek. As the 2016 NBA season nears, the Knicks have one of the most solid starting lineups in recent memory. On Oct. 26, 2016, the NBA season began with the New York Knicks facing off against the reigning World Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first half ended with the Knicks trailing 4548. This New York Knicks team began to show hope against the reigning NBA
champions. They ended up getting obliterated in the 3rd quarter, but hope was seen for this Knicks team.
The New York Knicks are now 6-7 on the season, sitting at 8th in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose, a huge risk for the Knicks due to his past injuries, has shown heâ€™s not done yet, averaging 15.8 PPG, 4.6 APG, and 4.1 RPG. The Knicks undisputed leader, Carmelo Anthony averages 22.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, and 5.5 RPG. The Knicks first round pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 1.2 BLKPG. With a solid core putting up nice numbers, accompanied by solid bench players like Justin Holiday, Lance Thomas, and Brandon Jennings, the New York Knicks look to make their first playoff appearance since 2012.
The Cubs End the Curse Jon Cerini '17 For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for Major League Baseball as they defeated the Cleveland Indians in a grueling Game 7 that will go down in history. Both teams kept in mind the prolonged adversity there was to overcome in their own special way. Cleveland wished to continue its new streak of being champions after fellow Cleveland sports team, the Cavaliers, ended the Cleveland sports drought in the summer. Chicago hoped to end
their World Series drought for over 100 years. Only the best would prevail, and the Cubs proved their hunger by coming back from a 3-1 series lead.
Going into extra innings, the final game of the postseason would come down to a onepoint margin as the Cubs won 8-7. As soon as the first baseman, Anthony Rizzo caught the ball of the last play with his foot on first the team stormed to center field, as Chicago concluded a historic night. The Cubs’ home at Wrigley Field reacted immensely with fans toppling over each other in tears, celebrating the end of the infamous scarcity for Chicago baseball. There were visuals on the news, showing several uplifting signs and crowds as the city erupted with joy. Couples were kissing, children were jumping, devoted fans were crying; the atmosphere outside of Wrigley Field was one to remember.
It was a shame that many faithful supporters did not live to see the day the Cubs overcame the 108-year-drought. In fact, many people outside of Wrigley held up signs saying things such as, “This one’s for you, Grandpa” and “She’s not singing yet” referencing the constant battle the 2016 team faced to complete their goal of reuniting its biggest baseball fans. One remarkable story surfaced soon after the victory; 108-year-old, Mabel Ball was probably the only Chicago "superfan" to witness the 1908 and 2016 World Series wins
for the Cubs and was happy to be able to say she’s seen it happen twice. Unfortunately, Mable died shortly after her unforgettable experience as an avid watcher of the sport.
Nevertheless, The Chicago Cubs played one of the toughest World Series and took the title in one of the most highly anticipated game 7’s in MLB history. The nail-biting event had the cities of Chicago and Cleveland on the edge of their seats; the team with more passion would prevail. It was the Cubs who sealed the deal in the tenth and final inning as the seemingly endless curse and drought for Chicago was diminished. Wrigley Field, as well as other baseball fanatics, will always remember the day the Cubs overpowered their 108-year losing streak.
A House Divided Against Itself: A Statement on the Anti-Trump Riots Daniel Brandon '17 November 11, 2016, will continue to live on in American history as a day soaked in both controversy and shock. To the immense surprise of many political scientists and the sheer ire of many Americans, both Liberal and Conservative in nature, Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States.
Within hours of this announcement, many enraged Americans took to the streets to protest the election. Some Americans were peacefully demonstrating their frustration with what they considered a “Rigged System,” while others violently rioted while chanting slogans such as “5, 6, 7, 8, America was Never Great” or “9/11 Never Forget, 11/9 Always Regret”. Others threatened violence by chanting “There Will be Hell to Pay, Toupee,” as well as other vulgar slogans that I refuse to dignify through inclusion. This article aims to truly expose the fruitlessness and utter futility of both the peaceful protests and the violent riots.
Firstly, let me start by saying that I support the concept of peacefully protesting. This act is guaranteed as a right under the First Amendment of our Constitution. We are guaranteed the right to assemble PEACEFULLY to express our discontent with the status quo, with specific attention given to political grievances. These protests, while entirely American in nature, are also largely useless. The constitution also states that the system by which the President-Elect is elected is final, barring any impeachments during the interim period between election and inauguration. Additionally, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has already conceded the election to Donald Trump. Although this concession can be retracted, as it was in the 2000 election by George W. Bush, it would be very improbable and would be seen as distasteful. All things considered, this protesting is largely harmless and done with good intention, but its implications can be harmful to the nation as a whole.
Conversely, I am adamantly opposed to the violent rioting. The American Revolution is a beautiful example of violence being used justly to bring about political change. However, the blood spilled by the Patriots paired with the foundation of the Constitution ensured that Americans would no longer have a need to violently revolt against a “tyrannical system” by outlining individual personal rights, as well as peaceful ways to expel a despot from power. The excuse that these riots are modern interpretations of the American Revolution is nothing more than a thinly-veiled desecration of the ideals that many great patriots laid down their lives to defend. These riots are nothing more than an excuse for hooligans and ne’er-do-wells to spread wanton violence, anarchism, and mass-vandalism. Other looters join these anarchists to break into stores, to steal materials to make a profit. This is highly unacceptable, at any level by anyone.
This wave of public demonstrations is harming America at its core, regardless of how pure the intentions are. On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech to commemorate his nomination as the Republican nominee for the Senate. In this speech, he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” By this, he meant that national disunity would greatly scar this country, and eventually contribute to its downfall. 158 years later, we find ourselves in a similar situation. A vast majority of the American public is fundamentally opposed to the President-Elect, which is a sad statement indeed. Even those who peacefully protest his election are furthering disunity, which no doubt harms this union. It is perfectly normal to dislike someone who has been elected;
however, we must first give him a chance to prove us wrong. By opposing him before he takes office, we are setting ourselves up for a great disappointment while holding our nation’s well-being at risk.
Service with a Smile Jon Cerini '17 Here at Salesian, service plays a significant role in making upright Christians and honest citizens. It is mandatory for all students to achieve 50 or more service hours in one or several forms. If one cannot complete this goal, they will not walk with their graduating class to receive their diplomas. The school gives many different opportunities to serve with Soup Kitchen trips, NCYC, Gospel Roads, Camp Echo Bay and vice versa. Brother Steve DeMaio is working with Youth Ministry’s Service Team to start funds and activities to help support the idea of serving God. As Christians, it is imperative that we follow in Jesus’ footsteps and help the poor, the sick, the hungry and the homeless. The purpose of these little acts of kindness should not always be aimed towards finishing graduation requirements. For some people, it’s much more than that; it is perhaps, taking one step closer to heaven.
My experience with the soup kitchen was something I will never forget. Taking the short bus ride with six other students along with Mr. Cranston Gordon in the front was casual, but the moment we parked in front of the building in Portchester was somber. The line of poor men and women put me in perspective as I began to realize just how lucky and privileged I was. We went inside and set up different table stations, one for
food, and another for clothes and a third for children’s supplies. It was emotional to see a little girl grab a Dora the Explorer coloring book and a small stuffed animal with such joy as well as the rest of the reactions collected throughout the day. After giving all we could, more lined up in a small cafeteria as my fellow students and I began to serve meals. Eventually, we had the chance to sit down and eat; looking around, all I saw was happy faces, and one man sat next to me who was seemingly in tears after his overwhelming (and probably rare) meal. The second we gathered back in the yellow bus to go home, I felt as if I discovered a new calling for myself; service. I quickly joined the service team in Youth Ministry as I hope to spread the ways of service to more Salesian students. Recently, the service team’s meeting had conducted a few notes and ideas for the future. The Breast Cancer Walk at Orchard Beach was a success, and the Thanksgiving Food Drive is practically over. However, there’s still a second chance to give with a possible Christmas Toy Drive and Blood Drive in the works. Many do not know the cause of the student-run store in the student lobby; all money used to buy items is added to the fund for Haiti. Also, Mr. Trotta has mentioned thoughts of creating a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise funds too (Hoops for Haiti). Plenty of more chances to serve are coming soon, not only for yourself to surpass your service hour limit, but to take in perspective that you are fulfilling the image of God.
Fantasy Football So Far Marco Sinapi '17 We are in the time of year where football takes over almost every American household. Fantasy Football is the most played fantasy sport every single year, and it may be the most exciting thing about football season. Fantasy points come from how well a particular player performs. At the QB position, Drew Brees leads all players in fantasy points as he took the #1 spot from Matt Ryan. Matt Ryan is a close second and continues to light up the league. At the WR position, Julio Jones leads all WRs in fantasy points, but Mike Evans, the most targeted receiver in football isn’t too far behind. At the RB position, the most valuable RBs include Ezekiel Elliot, DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Jay Ajayi, and Matt Forte. The TE position is tricky because tight ends are sometimes hard to encounter. Greg Olsen, Rob Gronkowski, and Delanie Walker are three TEs that usually don’t disappoint. The kicker position is the easiest position to replace, but Matt Bryant and Adam Vinatieri are the leaders in fantasy points for kickers. As expected, the Broncos and Vikings defense are leading the way for all DEFs.
Now out of all the positions, which position is the most valuable (besides QB) WR or RB? The RB is easily the most valuable position in fantasy football, even though the Top 5 draft picks were all WR. WRs, for the most part, have proven to be a bust this year with the most typical example being Brandon Marshall (Jets). Marshall shouldn’t be blamed 100% for his disastrous season due to his QB situation, but a veteran WR should
find ways to get it done. What I’m trying to say is, leave Marshall on the bench and pick up someone like Rishard Matthews. Low own % and effective. The RB position puts up so many points each week with the best example being rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliot. Elliot leads the NFL with over 1,000 rushing yards and is a must-start every week no matter who the opponent is. The numbers prove how much more valuable a RB is rather than a WR.
Senior Joe Boyle says, “Each team only has one prime RB compared to most teams with two “go-to” receivers. Take the Broncos, for example, you could own Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders, who will likely see similar targets, but a healthy starting RB like C.J. Anderson (IR), would have the run-game all to himself.” This could prove wrong in the case of the Falcons, who have Devonta Freemen and Tevin Coleman, who split carries. Nonetheless, the RB position is still the most valuable position in fantasy football. So, by now teams should know if they’re playoff bound or not, so it’s important to look forward and try to add any key pieces from the waiver wire. Good Luck to all Fantasy Players!
Interview with Deacon John Paul Chen '17 Me: How did you discover Salesian High School? Deacon John: When I was looking for a high school for my oldest son, we came to Salesian and found it to be very, very good. I thought it was going to be a good fit. However, he ended up getting accepted another high school: Regis. Because he
made it there, it was a "toss-up;" plus my nephew went to Regis and my son wanted to follow in his footsteps. Nevertheless, we always kept Salesian in mind. When my second son was looking for a high school, we came back. After I met Fr. John at an open house, I knew here was the right fit. Me: What inspired you to become a deacon? Deacon John: Wow. Service. Basically service. My entire life has revolved around service. As a police officer, I was known to go out of my way for people in need. I always had a soft spot in my heart. I was always very active in my church. One day my pastor came to me and asked if I would be interested in the diaconate. Plus, my father-in-law, who was my scoutmaster at the time, was also a deacon, ordained in 1977 in one of the first classes. I've known him for a long time, and he has always been an inspiration to me, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Me: How have your first few months at Salesian been? Deacon John: Fantastic. The faculty have been very open and warm. They're more than helpful. I've found the students to be men of character, not character of man. Everyone has been very friendly and I love the atmosphere.
"Ask a Salesian" With Br. Bernie Jon Cerini '17 "Ask a Salesian" is a segment of the Salesian Spectator, where a writer presents a question to a Salesian. In this issue, Br. Bernie answered a series of questions. Question 1: Why do you believe in God and when did your commitment to the Salesians begin? Br. Bernie: I guess through my baptism, and through my parents who brought me the faith. They raised me as a Catholic and I went to Catholic school all my life. My commitment began when I belonged to the St. Dominic Savio Club when I was in grades 5, 6 and 7. Then I was involved in running the club and
that’s how I became a Salesian because I knew about St. Dominic Savio who was a student of St. John Bosco. Question 2: There’s been controversy over Mother Teresa’s canonization as a saint due to her doubtful mindset as seen in her spiritual journals. What’s your view on the situation? Br. Bernie: I am happy that she was canonized. I don’t see what the controversial thing was. I mean she’s a holy person, I guess it’s just a great example of giving until it hurts or giving out of love. Mother Teresa had doubts about God too, that came out after she died. Everybody goes through that, it’s normal. Question 3: There are many people in society who claim to believe in Jesus Christ and all of the Catholic/Christian values, yet most fall short of truly behaving in a proper manner for the religion itself. What are some things these people can do to strengthen their faith and love for God to make themselves an ideal image of God’s creation? Br. Bernie: Well, I guess what the Pope would say: let’s not judge them. You know, you go to church and you’ll have people say “Oh yeah that person’s a hypocrite, he’s having an affair” and blah blah blah, and see they’re not very nice but who are we to judge? We should not be going there judging people. I guess it’s human nature and we do end up falling short of our goal as Catholics, or as Christians, but we have to go out and live the best we can. Don Bosco used to say “Every day I take a step closer to God.” So you know, you make a mistake, you have to pick up the pieces and go on.