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Former Stanford admissions officer, Taylor-Vaz, to direct college counseling ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant editor Julie Taylor-Vaz will step in as the new director of college counseling and academic dean effective late July, as Ann Rike, director of College Counseling, has announced her retirement. “Ms. Taylor-Vaz is wellknown and well-respected in the college admissions and counseling communities. In meeting with her, she seems very open and able to bring new great ideas to the program and I am looking forward to working with her,” said associate director of college placement Brooke Yoshino. Taylor-Vaz has almost 20 years experience in independent Julie Taylor-Vaz school college counseling and six years experience in college admissions at Stanford University, her alma mater. Taylor-Vaz most recently served as co-director of college counseling at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans for 11 years. Previously, she worked at Oakwood giving her experience in the Los Angeles area. She co-founded the College Connection Institute, a professional development program for independent school college counselors in association with the National Association of Independent Schools and became the associate of College Counselors in Independent Schools. A committee of seven faculty members headed by Debroah Monroe, Upper School principal, and assistant head of school James Busby searched since October to find Taylor-Vaz. “I am the person that oversees that office on a frequent basis, so that’s why it was logical that I also participate in the search process. Also the college counselors are part of the academic advising system at Buckley going forward, this is someone I will be working very closely with regarding all academic advising and college placement,” said Monroe. The committee consisted of Busby and Monroe, cochairs, Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, Yoshino, Dave Carter, director of human resources, Dina Figueroa, Upper School assistant principal and former college counselor, and Joelina Machera, director of multiculturalism and inclusion. “Ms. Yoshino knows what the job involves more than anyone else here. Ms. Figueoroa has done the job as well. It was great to have people on the committee who have actually done the job and know the qualities it takes and can provide answers with a lot of confidence. Ms. Yoshino really knows what we need to fill,” said Busby. The committee used two search firms, Carny Sandoe and Cal West to find qualified applicants.

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Beatty, Benudiz win gavels at JSA winter congress Convention dress code and dance policy marked two of the central debates at the triannual leadership conference. AliceBreidenbach ‘12 a&e editor The Junior State of America club (JSA) came away with five best speaker gavels including four from junior Ben Beatty at Winter Congress convention February 18-19 at the Irvine Hilton. The club brought 28 members to the convention with four members proposing bills. Beatty won both full session Senate gavels, competing against half of the convention attendees. Junior Alexa Benudiz won Buckley’s fifth gavel. Congress also served as an opportunity for student leadership and for students to write legislation to be adopted by JSA. Recently, the Junior Statesman Foundation (JSF), JSA’s parent organization that provides adult supervisors, program directors, and funds to the student-run organization, introduced a new dress code and restrictions on inappropriate dancing during convention dances to the Southern California JSA state, the state that the school’s club belongs to. The new rules, which were set to go into effect

at Congress, were met with discontent from students across the state. “In the two weeks before Congress we were worried that we would not be able to get our attendance minimum for Congress,” said statewide Lieutenant Governor junior Tucker Higgins. “After we negotiated a compromise with the JSF, allowing students to have a voice in the dress code, attendance numbers rose in droves.” In anticipation of the new rules, attendance at Congress was expected to be drop. SoCal’s program director, Tracy Thomas, then informed attendees and club members that the new rules would be reviewed and the dress code would specifically addressed by students at Congress during the assembly meeting, where assembly members from each attending school propose and vote on rules and amendments to the JSA constitution. At the assembly meeting, assembly members talked about and wrote up a dress code of their own that they felt was appropriate for conventions, in which attendees are supposed to wear “business attire.” “It was great that students actually wrote what they wanted and got the chance to truly define the qualities and rules of the organization,” said club president senior Jonathan Friedman. “It was an apt example of the fact that JSA is the largest student-run organization in the country.” Buckley’s assembly member, junior Jack Rose, voted in favor of the proposed dress code, but whether the JSF will endorse the new rules is yet to be seen. The code is similar to the one proposed a few weeks ago by JSF, however the students’ code is slightly more lenient in its restrictions of heel height and skirt length. Other JSA members have reacted positively to the proposed dress code, as the organization prides itself on being the largest student-run organization in the country, and members want it to be entirely student-run and operated. The club’s next convention is Spring State, April 13-15.

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JSA: Junior Ben Beatty co-sponsored “A Joint Resolution Defining People as People” with junior Tucker Higgins.

110 students attend BSLC, participate in simulations The annual leadership conference hosted on campus February 11 featured an alumnus from the class of ‘96, Edward “Teddy” Davis, press secretary for the Los Angeles mayor, as well as from business leader Jerry Cohen.

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LEADERSHIP: Jerry Cohen, a founding member and principal of private equity firm Opteris, spoke to students about how to be a leader in business before students broke off into a business simulation. AliceBreidenbach ‘12 a&e editor BSC hosted 110 students for the annual Buckley Student Leadership Conference (BSLC) on February 11 in the Disney Family

Pavilion. The event, chaired by BSC president, senior Jonathan Friedman, kicked off with a speech from Edward “Teddy” Davis ‘96, press secretary for Mayor Antonio Villarai-

gosa. Davis spoke to attendees about his own careers in both politics and journalism, emphasizing that the detours in his professional life eventually allowed him to move forward. Attendees then broke off into smaller teams for a political simulation. The game required groups, acting as a city’s transportation committee, to provide the city’s transportation board with additional funding while maintaining a balanced budget. After breaking for lunch, students then

heard from Jerry Cohen, a founding member and principal of private equity firm Opteris and an Adjunct Faculty at the USC school of Cinematic Arts. Cohen spoke to students on the behavior of a business leader. Students then began on a business simulation in which each group was responsible for brainstorming a child’s toy, as well as potential manufacturing and marketing plans for the toy. “Students took the simulations seriously, which made the day very successful,” said Friedman.

insidenews CAREER DAY | page 3 For the first time, alumni visited with the senior class to talk about their careers and the students’ futures.

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Voice2Voice | page 5 Jose Tagle, director of technology, discusses challenges his department faces and the organization of his staff. SEMI-FORMAL | page 8 The dance raised $600 for the class of 2013. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed dance featured student djs.

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Rike set to step down from directorship after 12 year tenure

Seniors given five social science options for 2012-13

Ann Rike, director of college counseling, will retire at the end of June after successful career. ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant editor After a 12-year-long career at Buckley, Ann Rike, director of college counseling, is retiring effective this June. “Throughout my time at Buckley, the administration has been very supportive. I have worked for three different principals and three different heads of school and they have all been very engaging and have made sure we have the resources to ensure that Buckley students have every opportunity to consider and be considered by colleges,” said Rike. During her tenure, Rike not only saw the development of the online admission process, but also the change in college recruiting. She hopes her replacement is open to continuing to expand and improve on the services that are currently offered to students and their families at Buckley. “Mrs. Rike motivated me

to consider schools all over the country and made sure I was looking at colleges based on what I wanted, not what my parents wanted. She also made sure I did everything so that my applications were in on time and were the best they could be,” said senior Hadleigh Glist. Rike developed a strong

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friendship with current associate director of college placement, Brooke Yoshino. “Ms. Yoshino is my carpool mate, which has been a blessing. Ms. Yoshino is very knowledgeable and sensitive to students regarding how they are feeling, and what they are interested in. She engages with

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MEETING: Junior Jack Breen discusses the college application process and college options with director of college counseling Ann Rike. students and families very well and is very invested in the Buckley community,” said Rike. Yoshino was initially impressed with the incredible college program Rike had established and is grateful for the knowledge and confidence Rike has given her. “She knows so much and is so thorough that she provides students with a really solid basis of support. Mrs. Rike couples her competence with her intense passions for the college process,” said Yoshino. Students and parents said that they will miss her innovative college counseling skills. “Mrs. Rike helped me improve my transcript by

pointing out how I can do better in certain areas. She is encouraging and tells me my strengths and wants me to do well. She is really optimistic and truly knows what she is doing,” said junior Nausher Walia. Mrs. Rike is looking forward to spending time in Maui for the month of September. “My husband is very excited for me because I will have more time for myself and him. I hope that my replacement is well qualified and willing to help our community. I will miss all of the unexpected little things that happen every day with students. You never know what to expect each day, and somehow it always works out,” said Rike.

MichaelLen ‘14 staff reporter On February 27, Upper School principal Deborah Monroe announced that rising seniors will have a choice of five classes to fulfill their social science requirement. The seniors will have the choice of AP Art History, AP Government, Economics, International Relations, or Social and Political Philosophy as their history class for the year. This year, the seniors choose between AP Government or Social and Political Philosophy. “I came from a school that offered a lot of electives for students. If the elective covers them for their required history course, they are open to take another class that interests them, like an art class,” said Monroe. After a several year hiatus, the AP Art History class is once again available for students. English teacher James Evans has expressed his interest in teaching the course. “Art history is a class that hasn’t made it for a few years. I’ve been told that the teacher left, and that there has also been a lack of interest,” said Monroe.

alumnispeakers Alane Park ‘85 OB/GYN

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DISCUSSION: Seniors Jonathan Weiss and Daniel Azadegan chat with Ophir Tanz ‘00.

First career day features five alumni speakers AliceBreidenbach ‘12 a&e editor Five alumni and one other guest spoke to the senior class at the first career day on February 10. The day provided seniors with the opportunity to attend short sessions with four of the five career speakers, ranging from technological entrepreneurs to film producers to politicians. “My highest priority for the day was to create a meaningful experience for the senior class. Above all else, I did my best to find interesting and accomplished speakers who have achieved in industries where the seniors expressed an interest,” said Alyssa Brakey, director of development and alumni relations and the chair of the event. “I first surveyed the senior class and tried to glean in what areas the seniors wanted to learn about.” Senior Grace Cartwright found the event informative and beneficial as she hopes to pursue a career in film. “To be honest, I was little skeptical at first. But I ended up really enjoying [career day]. I may even have found my senior project through it,” said Cartwright. Cartwright believes that she may have learned the most from listening to film and television producer Suzanne Todd ’82, as Cartwright hopes to work in the film

industry. “I really learned a lot even from the speakers that work in areas where I don’t have that much interest. And I really like that they were Buckley alumni who understood us as Buckley students,” said Cartwright. Senior Anthony Gomez did not learn as much from speakers that did not share his interests, but found the event beneficial. “I think that the event needed some more variety – some different types of speakers. That’s my only critique of the event,” explained Gomez. “But I learned a lot from the actress (Heather Lindell ’00) because acting is an area that I’m interested in. She spoke a lot about not giving up and continuing to work hard and I think I benefitted from hearing her talk.” Brakey hopes to expand the event. “We intentionally started it this year with just the senior class to see how it goes, but I would love to continue it and to see a career day in the future for Middle and Upper School students,” said Brakey. “I think that it was just an old idea that needed some dusting off. But it’s definitely a great event.” Brakey feels that the speakers can benefit from participating in the event. “My hope is that the alumni will come back and see what talented students we have here at Buckley,” said Brakey.

ClaireSelvin ‘13 assistant editor Born in Seoul, Korea, Alane Park, M.D. ’85 pursued different interests throughout high school and college before becoming a board-certified doctor and Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN. Academically, she “loved” French class and took the language for her six years at and continued to study French at UC Berkeley. Branching out from French, Park volunteered at the student health center at UC Berkeley as a contraceptive counselor and medical chaperone for students receiving GYN examinations. “The funny thing is, I never in a million years at that time thought about becoming an OB/GYN,” she said. “In fact, I remember thinking while assisting the doctors, ‘Why would you want to do this?’ Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.” When she decided to major in biochemistry, Park was still unsure of her career path. She knew she enjoyed science, research, teaching, and the health care field. In her senior class’s time capsule, Park recorded that she wanted to be an engineer. She said that her chosen profession as an OB/GYN combines everything she loves: people, science, and educating patients. “I’m lucky that I found my passion. When you enjoy what you do, it just doesn’t seem like hard work. I feel fortunate that my patients allow me into their lives to do the thing I love to do: delivering their children and maintaining their health,” she said. A producer who wanted to create a documentary-like television show about an OB/GYN practice dealing with high-risk pregnancies approached Park.

“The purpose of the show was to educate women about pregnancies and deliveries from both the patients’ and our perspectives,” she said. Deliver Me initially aired on the Discovery Health Channel until it was taken over by OWN. The last five episodes of the show will air in May 2012.

Ophir Tanz ‘00 CEO

ShilpaMantri ‘13 focus editor When he was 13, Ophir Tanz ’00 decided he would never be able to work for anyone else. By 15, he had started his first company, an interactive and award-winning branding agency called Fluidesign. Tanz received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master of science degree in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University. After selling Fluidesign in 2007, Tanz became the CEO and co-founder of, a mobile media-sharing platform. Currently the CEO and founder of GumGum, Tanz revolutionized the advertising industry with the creation of the first and world’s largest in-image advertising platform. Recently, Tanz appeared on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine’s “Young Millionaires” edition and received Siemer Summit’s Innovation in Advertising Award. “Currently, what you see in the market is tremendous energy spent on behindthe-scene negotiations – all of which are messy and time consuming for everyone involved,” said Tanz. “Our [GumGum’s] value proposition is significant because we eliminate a huge amount of friction from the process.”

related Page 14: For 12 years, alumnus Surag Mantri ‘00 has pursued his interest in biomedical engineering. Now he travels the world training doctors to use the devices he has helped create. Pages 16-17: The Voice explores popular paths for college students and those looking toward professional degrees and careers. Read about what fields look most promising today.

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While we twitter, millions toil in China under harsh conditions Eighteen hour days and fast-paced assembly lines allow Apple and others to keep costs down in western markets, but labor conditions have also led to injuries, negligent death, and suicide. ShilpaMantri ‘13 focus editor Who made your iPhone? Toiling in factories on the side of the world, Chinese laborers build most of our staple technology, including Apple products. Most laborers are paid one dollar per day, and their typical workday lasts for at least 12 to 18 hours. Chinese production workers are subjected to torture and have no safety in their workplace. Apple has recently been accused of inflicting such conditions upon these workers. Factories that supply more than a dozen companies, including Apple, Wal-Mart, Disney, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, I.B.M., Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba, and others have been accused of unfair labor practices in China: using child labor, forcing

employees to work 16-hour days on fast-moving assembly lines, and paying workers less than minimum wage. “I think these conditions are appalling. Some reforms should definitely be made to ensure that the rights of workers are respected,” said senior Matthew Zidell. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens because it evaporated almost three times as fast as rubbing alcohol. Faster evaporation means workers could clean more screens each minute. Last year in May, two explosions at iPad factories in Shanghai and Chengdu killed four people and injured 77. In the Pearl River Delta region

near Hong Kong, factory workers lose or break about 40,000 fingers on the job every year, according to a study by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. “It’s unfair and inhumane, and yes we may get cheaper products, but at what cost? Another human? That deprecates the life of another human,” said junior Andrea Mackey. Chinese laborers often work excessive overtime hours, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Despite the unfair labor practices, junior Gabriella Selover still appreciates Apple products. “While I obviously think it’s horrible what they’re doing, I don’t see any other products that fulfill the same function as Apple’s

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products,” said Selover. While sending an iMessage to a friend or playing a game on the iPad, students might not think about the strenuous process of making these handheld luxuries. “Owning an Apple product, I suppose it’s the distance, the disconnect between the gross violations on human rights and my ownership of this product that keeps me from becoming disgusted any time I use my iPhone,” said

Zidell. In learning about the laborers’ hardships, some students said they cannot look at their Apple products in the same way they did before. “I wish I had known about the [unfair labor practices] before because I am, in turn, contributing to worsening their lifestyles. The only thing I can do now is to advocate a cause against unfair labor laws,” said Mackey.

THIS MONTH AT FOXCONN Apple asks Fair Labor Commission to review Foxconn factory in China.



New York Times writes critical 8/24/11

investigative feature: “In China, Human Costs Built into iPad.”

Foxconn announces raised wages and reduced overtime for Chinese workers.


President of Fair Labor Commission reports back in praise of Foxconn as “first class.”

To catch a plagiarist: Admission offices start turning to Turn-it-in SalimChamoun ‘14 assistant news editor In an effort to crack down on plagiarism and cheating on college admission essays, over 100 colleges including UCLA and Stanford have implemented sites such as into their academic process to identify potential cheating. After finding numerous reports of plagiarism in their MBA program, disguised by merely changing the font,


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Pennsylvania State University became the first college to use Turnitin for college admissions essays. Colleges such as Stanford, which screen essays, enforce trying “to be proactive in discouraging dishonesty.” A study conducted by Texas Tech professors, found that Turnitin flagged more papers for review than Safe Assign, another anti plagiarism site. Of the 400 papers reviewed, Turnitin found that 46


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Turn-it-in is 2.5 times more likely to report a paper as plagiarized than competitor SafeAssign.


After a leading newspaper ran a highprofile investigation, Apple asked the independent Fair Labor Commission to form their own report. Since, Foxconn has raised wages approximately 25% up to $400 a month for many employees.

had 26 to 50 percent unoriginal materials, compared to 18 percent identified by Safe Assign. UCLA, Anderson school of business, reported that in its first review of potential MBA candidate essays this year, Turnitin found significant plagiarism, “beyond borrowing a phrase here and there,” in a dozen of the 870 applications. Those students were denied admission. Colleges look for students to present their own voice, not trying to formulate a perfect application. “Students and parents will say what is the best activity for my student to do to get admitted to x, y, z school or how high do the grades need to be, and they don’t realize it is more rounded than that,” said associate dircetor of college placement Brooke Yoshino. Colleges want to see a story that tells or conveys who they are. “Even a small moment in life can reveal who you are to a college,” said Yoshino. As an admissions officer at Pitzer College for ten years, Yoshino saw plagiarism occurring in essays that recurred over years.

One of the issues with using antiplagiarism sites is that they sometimes find “false positives” or phrases too generic to be considered plagiarized. Professors and teachers do have the individual ability to screen the site’s findings to make sure there are no mistakes and the student indeed plagiarized. While other colleges remain private about their use of Turnitin, some, especially members of the ivy league, maintain that using plagiarism-checking sites suggests that they don’t trust their students to participate honestly in a sholarly environment, or that professors are unable to detect cheating. Turnitin is used at 9,000 high schools and colleges, and has processed more than 100 million papers. “We hear more about essays that have been doctored or assisted,” said David Hawkins, director of public policy and research for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. “And I’m not sure Turnitin will help identify those cases,” because tutors or parents can write a seemingly original piece that in actually is not the students words.

Taylor-Vaz to join school late July from college, page 1 According to both Yoshino and Busby, the committee wanted someone who meets their gold standard, which includes extensive experience with college admissions in California and Los Angeles, and having strong connections with top tier liberal arts schools. “In addition to all of her experience, she truly loves students,” said Yoshino.

The committee used its judgment to assess whether the person will be invested in Buckley by looking at how long they have stayed at past places, and picking up subtleties during conversation. “She adds a real commitment to students and parents to find what is best for them and their life beyond Buckley,” said Busby.

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JOSETAGLE Director of Technology As the director of technology at Buckley, Tagle oversees all technology related problems. His roles on campus range from supervising, coaching, developing, and evaluating job performance of the technology department personal. Tagle directs web page development and updates, researches new network and software applications, and oversees effective utilization of technology throughout the program in accordance to the school’s strategic plan. He supports the director of educational technology in efforts to integrate technology into the classroom. voice: What are you immediate or short term goals with there start switching out the equipment as they start dying night when the database went off, anything that was in Buckley technology?

out on us, we start standardizing.

tagle: The biggest issue was that laptops were taking more

voice: The recent server outage was the biggest one in a

than two minutes at a time to login. The other thing that we need to resolve is the wireless issue. We’ve only allocated a certain amount of IP addresses for anybody that is on campus and has a personal device and that does not only include a laptop but also any device that is Wi-Fi enabled, which includes phones. It’s easy for us to go ahead and give another badge of IP addresses – as many as we want – but we won’t make that decision until we’ve resolved the backend issues, such as bandwidth, quality of service, and, if all these devices are in fact on the network, to whom do we give priority? We block a lot of websites like YouTube, but there are other websites that are streaming, so we have to identify what is going to get what bandwidth on that BuckleyOpen network, as well as resolving and looking into why we have so many phones connecting to our network. That should not be the case. Phones should be off, but they are not. And there’s no way for us as a department to go around and make sure everyone has their phones off, that’s impossible, so we have to find a way to really tell our appliances whether it be the wireless network controller, or web filter, or the servers, to identify what type of devices connecting, and to either block it or allow it. This week I’ve allocated more IP addresses. The other thing I’m looking at this week is to increase our internet bandwidth. Before it was a project in its own, to bring in a fiber cable [which is more efficient than the current copper cable.

voice: Why didn’t we increase it last year? tagle: We want to increase it as we go, as we see then need

of the school. We’re going from 4.5 to 45. We can to go in increments; first one to 10, and we realized ok now 10 is a little too much, so instead of going to 20, I want to go to 45, because there is so many other things that we want to do. The keyword that has been thrown out— the “cloud”— that takes up a lot of bandwidth, so we have to look at those implementations and those features of the “cloud” that take up so much bandwidth. We’re trying to get there.

voice: Are there any long term goals? tagle: Long term is more looking into integration of technology within the curriculum, as far as audio and visual goes, when I talk about audio and visual, I’m referencing interactive projections, media players and things like that that the teachers use on a daily basis, as well as the computers. So the new building has helped us to look to the future and what we want to implement and what we want to standardize. Do we still want to stick to desktops? It has raised a lot of questions: do we want to stick to desktops, or visit laptops? Do we stick to windows? Do we go to Mac? Where do we implement Mac, and how do we manage that? Things like this that have been a long term looked at it to standardize, used as a standard, and from

while. What happened?

tagle: We do routine maintenance and we schedule them

off-hours. So breaks are usually the best time, while everyone is away, we try to take advantage of the routine maintenance. What happened was that for some reason there was another issue that came up – slowing down the email server, so that raised a flag and made us think “what’s going on with our exchange server.” It was running so slow that some people weren’t even able to pull up the mail.buckleyla server, and navigating through it was slow, so we knew we had to address it right away. And instead of waiting for our routine maintenance over a weekend or something, we needed to address it immediately, to determine if everything is checking out correctly, meaning the databases and everything on the email server. We went ahead and performed that routine maintenance, it was an emergency routine maintenance, and while we were checking the integrity of the databases the student database got flagged as corrupted. There are many reasons why something like that happens, we’re still trying to investigate, we’ve saved that database and then restored it from a backup. So were still investigating why it got flagged as corrupt. And the decision here was “flagged corrupted...what do I do?” As the director of technology do I go ahead and ignore it, put it back and mount it? Or do we want to address the issue? A corrupted database you really must address it because it can only get worse.

voice: And what exactly does it mean to be “flagged as corrupted?” tagle: The students have one database which contains all of your email, your entire email for students, there’s an employee one, an IT specific one, so there’s a couple of databases and if that gets corrupted that means that somewhere in there maybe a couple of students, their email records are flagged as corrupted. And were still investigating as to specifically why that is. When you hear database corrupted, it’s a big thing, so you have to make the decision and say ok I’m not going to mount this back again if its corrupted – lets run a check. A check according to Microsoft’s time, was supposed to take a couple of hours, and that was scheduled to have finished by 7 a.m. at the latest. And what happened was that by 4 a.m., it was only at 70 percent. And it stayed there. We waited and waited and at around 3 p.m. during school, I said let’s wait because I really do want to get this fixed, we went ahead and waited, and it remained stuck on 70 percent. So that’s when we had to make the decision to abort and restore from the backups, which are usually run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for students. So we restored it from Monday and we ran a quick database fix on that one, and it fixed it. So we mounted that one. The disadvantages of that was any emails the students had received from that backup, until about Tuesday

the inbox was gone. But anything from the point that we dismounted and to perform a check, from there everything was in a cue, so once we mounted it, all that email got delivered. But anything from that Monday to Tuesday night was lost. And that’s what backups are for, just in case something like this happens. So were still running a check on the actual database trying to determine what is it that happened.

voice: So we don’t know why that happened? tagle: Not in specifics, I don’t have any details, like say if

there were 10 mailboxes that got flagged as corrupted and that’s why the entire database got flagged as corrupted.

voice: Does something like that force us to consider going to

a non-self hosted server option? Like Google apps?

tagle: No, because you always tend to let go of that power, where you are maintaining your own database and everything. You determine when maintenance windows are going to take effect- you let go of that power when you try to have someone else host it for you. The other thing you risk as well is having them perform maintenance during a window that you all agree on - your just one person out of however many companies are hosting it, so you are bound to their maintenance windows. There are a lot of advantages as to why we should have someone externally host our exchange server, but then there are also those other advantages of having our own server that we have more control over. Over the six years that I’ve been here this was the first time that a database had ever been flagged as corrupted. We’re looking into it as to why, but that stuff really never does happen. voice: What does your average workday entail? tagle: I don’t have a specific routine – a daily routine –

because there are always new things that come up. Since I oversee all of technology, sometimes I’m focused on something that came up with the website and trying to direct that or trying to make decisions as to how we should handle something. And then there’s times I come in and all of a sudden there’s a network problem, that problem means it could be an exchange server, or something like that , so I have to supervise the network administrator, and as what are we going to do? How are we going to do this? How are we going to do that? And I’m worried that it’s stuck on 70 percent so let’s try this, try that, managing everything - so there are days that I’m stuck in the network side of things and there are days I’m having meetings about the new tech center or the new overall building and what is going to go in there. There is one day out of the week where I do billing and purchasing and that takes up one entire day of going through bills and what needs to be purchased, taking inventory of the software, so there is no daily routine.

voice: Thank you so much.

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In data-driven lectures, neuroscientist reimagines high school education

9 out of 10 ideas we learn in the classroom are forgotten within the month, according to Medina.

“It is high time for the world of education and the world of formal brain sciences to be working together.”

Forgotten material

Dr. John Medina

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Developmental Molecular Biologist

Perhaps the only thing more surprising than Dr. John Medina’s proposal to “destroy the notion of homework,” replace schooldesks with treadmills, eliminate summer vacation and redefine intelligence, is that, a year after unleashing his findings upon the school, he was invited back for more. On January 26 and 27, the developmental molecular biologist and New York Times bestselling author offered parents and faculty members insights into the startlingly under-examined relationship between neuroscience and education. Medina’s lecture to faculty this year was a continuation from last year’s address, which has already made a mark on the school’s curriculum, according to Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school. Apropos to research indicating that aerobic exercise improves learning in areas related to executive control and math, the school has positioned dance classes, recess, or physical education before nearly every math course taught in the Lower School. Brain and Behavior teacher Brian Rector proposed that we collect information and data from programs we run on campus, saying that the greatest benefits will come when we use the campus “like a laboratory.” “We brought Dr. Medina here not because [what he’s saying] is my opinion, but because the data are there, and we have the data, and we’ve got to figure out what do with them,” said Dougherty. Medina spoke to parents about exercise and multi-tasking, the subjects he addressed last year, and followed up the next day with

a presentation to teachers about significant external factors like parenting. Medina interwove short personal anecdotes, intelligent humor, explanations of technical tedium, and statistics, all of which have passed what he calls his “grumpy scientist” prerequisites of publication in more than one journal and controlled replication. When he speaks publicly, Medina parcels information into approximately ten-


to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom,” he said, referring to the sedentary setting and the average class’s length of 50 minutes. Later Medina showed parents that driving while texting can have far more deleterious effects than while drinking over the legal limit, that students who are physically fit learn Chinese faster than their couch-potato counterparts, and that

30 minute walks 5 times a week are thought to be the minimum aerobic exertion needed to boost scores.


A daily nap improved test scores of astronauts by 34%. For maximum efficacy, begin nap at 3 p.m.


50% more errors are present in the math homework of multi-taskers.


80% of car crashes occur within 3 seconds of a driver-distraction.

minute bundles, which, according to his 2009 book Brain Rules (Pear Press), is the best way to retain an audience’s attention. Lengthy lectures, he wrote, ensure that students forget up to 90 percent of the material they learn orally in the classroom. He shared similar sentiments during his presentation to parents. “If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed

depression can be cured to the exact same degree by aerobic exertion as by antidepressants and appropriate therapy.” “This is not opinion,” he said. To teachers, Medina presented research indicating that much of what goes into a successful student’s development happens outside of the classroom. Four parenting styles exist - dismissive, disapproving, laissez-faire, and authoritative

- and only one, authoritative, reliably breeds positive results (what determines a “good result” is agreed on by 80 percent of people). Authoritative parents, among other things, are aware of their child’s emotions, validate those emotions, and follow through on the limits that they set. To have an effect, such a parenting style only needs to be used 30 percent of the time, said Medina. After proposing such bold measures as using school campuses to teach parenting, Medina reminded both of his audiences that his findings are incomplete, and that his lectures were designed to serve, like his book, as a “call to research.” “We don’t know how you know how to pick up a pencil and use it. And if we did, it would probably trigger plenty of Nobel prizes,” said Medina at the beginning of his first lecture. But, at the end, he said that “it is high time for the world of education and the world of formal brain sciences to be working together. “If they did and they had an unlimited budget we would be asking—‘should you have nine windows open at the same time?’; ‘Should we be talking on the phone while doing math homework?’; ‘Should we be putting education as the first thing on the chopping block when we have a budget cut?’; I don’t know the answers, but as I was saying, if the world of education and the world of neuroscience ever got together, we’d probably turn the whole field upside down,” said Medina.

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In latest attempt at order, librarians silence E period Frequent noise in the library has pushed Upper School librarians Matthew Wittmer and Serena Vaquilar to implement a silent library during E period. The new policy has spurred amongst the student body. JamesBernstein ‘14 features editor Matthew Wittmer, Upper School librarian, cracked down on students’ behavior on January 31 by forbidding socializing in the library during E period lunch. Between 11:45 and 12:30 Monday through Thursday, students can only use the library only as a quiet study area. Wittmer said the noise level in the library rose during the week of January 23-26 after having settled toward the beginning of the semester. By January 30, he and Serena Vaquilar, Upper School assistant librarian, decided to take action. “I think the time has come where I’ve heard enough from parents, I’ve heard enough from students, and Ms. Vaquilar and I can’t concentrate. We think it’s not too much to ask for those 45 minutes of the day to be silent,” said Wittmer. Wittmer sent a blast email to the student body on January 30 and placed signs on all of the library doors on January 31. That week, Wittmer and Vaquilar patrolled the library during E period telling students to be quiet and asking the ones who weren’t cooperating to leave. Since its inception, the new policy has been met with resistance. Students often debate with the librarians over

whether they were talking and whether they should have to leave the library. Still, Wittmer said he understands students’ frustration because the library also acts as a “social spot.” The school recognizes the library as a social zone in addition to an individual study area, according to Wittmer, because there is currently no other indoor location on campus that the school can allocate exclusively to individual study or maintain solely as a social area. In addition to the E period policy, many students believe that the school recently stopped allowing food into the library. However, keeping the library food-free has been an existing policy for years, though recently the librarians have taken greater action to enforce the rule. “I don’t think we should have signs up that say ‘No, No, No, No.’ I just think that if everyone is respectful and nobody brings their food in the library then we wouldn’t have a problem,” said Wittmer. Junior Andrew Prajogi recommends that the school establish a hall monitor system where students can volunteer and earn community service hours during free periods by patrolling the library as the best method to aid the librarians. “So far, the library has been a tad bit noisy, but manageable. If we had hall monitors, we could ensure than all library rules are being enforced. Mr. Wittmer has done so many things for us already and we should help him and Ms. Vaquilar by making their lives easier.” Prajogi, like many students, believes that students use the library more as a social zone than a quiet study area, luring students with its comfortable chairs and unlimited access to computers and laptops.

Nine trimester PE policy to commence fall 2012 Third in a three-part series Such changes will provide students the freedom to schedule workouts that work for each respective student. trimestercomparison required










































the librarians weigh in Quiet down a bit in general, especially when you are in a group conversation; others are always trying to concentrate. If you are asked to do something by an adult, please consider being respectful by just complying without debate, unless of course you are invited to explain. Please push in any chair you sit in when you stand up, and log out of library computers you use. It really helps out. Don’t leave torn up paper on the tables, stairway, or floors. Remember that classes are in session in the lower level.

“I don’t think we should have signs up that say ‘No, No, No, No.’ I just think that if everyone is respectful and nobody brings their food in the library then we wouldn’t have a problem.” Matthew Wittmer Upper School Librarian

JonathanFriedman ‘12 design and production editor A cut from 11 required trimesters of physical education or activity to only nine trimesters is the first change being made to the school’s curriculum. The cut, announced before winter break, will go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year. Discussions about changing or reducing the school’s requirement have taken place for years; however with two new administrators on campus and a directive from Dr. Larry Dougherty, head of school, that change must happen, those talks have become more serious. Lowering student stress and giving students more academic and extracurricular options are two key reasons why administrators, department heads, and faculty began discussions. This PE requirement cut, according to James Busby, assistant head of school, could be classified as experimental. It is an attempt to give students more options when creating schedules; however it’s an immediate, and possibly temporary, response that may not necessarily fix many issues. Busby and other members of the Senior Academic Team (SAT) are looking at drastically changing the schedule and curriculum. Determining what requirements are actually necessary is critical to evaluating how to advance the school’s programs, he said. Many long term changes to the athletic curriculum are being considered, although

one new idea seems to be favored by many administrators. Upper School athletic director Frasier Allan, Deborah Monroe, Upper School principal, Busby, Dougherty, and other faculty members including director of student activities George Russo, are looking at a system which requires students to log a set number of minutes per week. This program would require updating some facilities and finding permanent staff members to monitor training areas like the pool and the weight room, but it would allow students the freedom to schedule exercise on their own time and it would require them to learn time-management skills. “We are in the process of changing from a traditional curriculum to a more progressive curriculum,” said Allan. This less-structured option is one of those progressive methods. The administrators all suggested that improving the school’s athletic facilities and allowing students to individually schedule workouts would bring the athletic program into the future. One school in Seattle has switched to a minute per week program and has, according to Allan, had much success. He favors overhauling the curriculum as opposed to simply cutting the program down. The trimester requirement cut marks the first definite change to the curriculum. And although administrators are discussing more changes, no timeline has been set to enact new policies.

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“I want to stay in shape rather than slack off senior year. However, it is nice to know that you have a possibility of freedom if you want to take a class.” Ryan O’Donnell Sophomore

“I was really happy to hear that the requirement changed. I hope to take an AP course and make the most of my senior year academically.” Alexander Ray Sophomore

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Semi formal dance raises $600 for juniors


Students enjoyed chocolate candies, student DJs, and a photo booth at Guys North. NatalyaSands ‘14 staff reporter The junior class raised $600 from its semi formal, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on February 11 at Guys North in Studio City. The class of 2013 sold a total of 184 golden tickets. The class representatives have been planning the dance since first semester. “I expected [planning the dance] to be difficult and stressful; however, it wasn’t actually as I expected and thankfully everything came together very nicely in the end,” said junior class representative Sammy Breen.

“I expected [planning the dance] to be difficult and stressful; however, it wasn’t actually as I expected and thankfully everything came together very nicely in the end.” Sammy Breen Junior The class representatives utilized connections with the owners of Guys North to hold the dance in the location for a second consecutive time. “Semi formal was a lot of fun and very well decorated. I really liked the music. I am so glad I went,” said freshman Kayla Levy.

Diversity Club coffee house draws students Alice Breidenbach The Student Voice

RELAX: The venue offered sofas for students to take a break from dancing.

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ELEGANT: Students dressed in bright, metallic colors for the event.

Overcrowded Fashion Square bus no longer an excuse for tardies ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant editor Late passes for missing the Fashion Square shuttle bus are no longer excused as of two weeks ago. “Students miss the Fashion bus on a daily basis and I advise them to take the 7:20 a.m. bus instead because it is their responsibility to arrive to class time,” said Middle School dean Michael Pourciau. The school has been on Tumbleweed’s waitlist to provide students with an extra or bigger 7:40 a.m. bus for a couple years, although Tumbleweed does not have any extra busses to accommodate the request. “I need my extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning. After a long night I need my sleep – it’s crucial,” said junior Ben Beatty. It takes 20 minutes for the Fashion bus to get from school and back there-

fore 7:20 and 7:40 are the only viable options for students to arrive to school on time. “The school is paying for a 7:20 bus so kids should take it,” said Russo, director of student activities. According to senior Leon Freyermuth, taking the 7:40 a.m. bus is bothersome because it is always at maximum capacity, with students tripling up on every seat. “One morning I got to Fashion at 7:39 a.m. and the bus was full, I had to wait until the 8:00 a.m. bus but it did not arrive. My teacher was disappointed with my tardiness,” said Beatty. According to Russo, the school has compared rates with other bus companies, and Tumbleweed has the lowest prices. “We have a longstanding relationship with Tumbleweed and do not want to switch companies so we have placed an order for the next available bus,” said Russo.

Prestige of jacket lessened, say some athletes Opinions differ on the unofficial loosening of Letterman jacket prerequisites, as Varsity Club debates lowering its purchasing requirements to bolster spirit and include a greater fraction students. JonathanFriedman ‘12 design and production editor Only one uniform item has remained over the last 75 years: the letterman jacket. The varsity jackets were delivered to athletes in early January, but controversy over the necessary qualifications to have a jacket has arisen. Varsity Club, the only official source for the jackets, has had the same rules for over ten years. Any member may own a jacket, but athletes must have played two seasons of the same varsity sport to be a club member. These membership rules are lax, however, and rarely enforced with many single-season athletes participating in the club. Because the Varsity Club membership requirements are not enforced, some students have started questioning whether certain students with letterman jackets have earned them. According to athletic director Byrd Newman-Milic, the two-season requirement was bent this year for students ordering jackets. “Because we weren’t sure when the jackets would arrive, we allowed students in the middle of their second season to order jackets,” said Milic. Some students on campus that have either participated in only one varsity season or two varsity seasons but in different sports

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yourvoice onLETTERMANS “The jacket has a serious traditional high school value that needs to be respected, which in my opinion can’t be given to everyone. Respect the varsity players who do and try hard to be a force on your team and hopefully you to will earn [the jacket].” John Kim Sophomore

that have jackets. Milic confirmed that the list of orders was checked by the athletic department and some students were not allowed to order a jacket. Varsity Club is considering lowering the requirement to one completed varsity

“The point of a letterman is to show which athletes do an outstanding job not only as players but as leaders as well. If everyone has one then how are we supposed to appreciate and know who are athletic leaders are?”

Jesse Paul Freshman

season. “There are kids on campus walking around in letterman jackets that just don’t deserve to wear them. It’s not a huge deal, but I think it, sort of, lessens their value when these young kids wear them,” said an anonymous senior.

Diversity Club held its second annual coffee house on February 23, in the senior courtyard. The event featured high school performers and was open to Upper School and eighth grade students. “[Sophomore] Alexa Lee’s violin performance was so beautiful. The intensity she had really set the mood for the rest of the coffee house because she was the first one,” said freshman Leah Purvis. The event received a large audience who enjoyed the range of performances from poetry readings to dances, featuring 11 students from both the Middle and Upper Schools. “The event is important because it not only spreads awareness of the club and its mission but it also brings people together provides them with a positive enviroment to showcase their talent,” said club president, senior Julia Zukin. NikaShahery ‘13 ElleWisnicki ‘13

Faculty fitness program offers workouts and rewards The faculty is getting physical as a part of the Faculty Wellness 10 week program that started January 17. The program is lead by swimming coach Keri Hehn, and offers a variety of classes, incentives, and a log in system for the faculty to keep track of their minutes exercised and steps. The program is a revival of the wellness program started two years ago on a smaller scale when Rob Wright, social science department chair, started to offer his ‘Wright’s Workout’ classes to teachers. The new comprehensive program began with offering free biometric, and blood pressure and cholesterol tests. The faculty can take a variety of classes before or after school including yoga, strength and cardio, swimming, and Pilates. Faculty can also opt to take classes outside of school, as discounts are offered on classes and gym memberships off campus or on home programs like WeightWatchers and P90X. Incentives, such as gift cards for Trader Joes, fitness apparel, and surprise grand prizes, are available for members who take the most steps and log the highest number of minutes exercised. “Teachers have the obligation to be a role model to students, not only in teaching but also in lifestyle. The benefits of living healthy are worth a lot more in life than how well students know about the War of 1812,” said Wright. NikaShahery ‘13

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Embrace today, love one another: do not take anything for granted

the student newspaper of The Buckley School

Approximately 13 months ago, both Steven Yampolsky and Jordan Weiss were students who explored their interests, laughed with friends, and lived happy lives. When the tragic news broke last year on January 28, some students were in shock, others in denial, and many depended upon the comfort of friends and family to overcome the unpredicted tragedy. We had all lost a fantastic person that photographs, written comments, tears, and prayers could not replace. In the weeks following Jordan’s death, the community came together as a cohesive unit – a unit that was there to support the emotional drawbacks and hardships the upcoming weeks, months, and year had in store. Coming together in the face of adversity, in the face of something that the Buckley community had never faced before – the death of a senior – was both bold and brilliant. We were all there for each other be-

cause our genuine love, concern, and care for everyone in this small community transcended whatever trivial conflict or argument was present amongst peers. This February 14, the community was hit by the death of Steven. Although Steven did not win his battle with cancer, what is so beautiful about Steven’s final year is that he fought this battle with loved ones he had the privilege of knowing for the past nine or more years. Although we cannot bring Steven back, we can remember him for his selflessness and his genuine spirit. Let Steven remind us that no matter how emotionally draining a situation may be, love, compassion, and kindness will be the antidotes in battling such adversity. Let Steven’s death remind us how precious our individual lives are. Befriend that person you may have been rude to and try your best to respect your peers with the same respect Steven and

The most painful lesson Twice grief has quieted our campus. Twice, in a little over a year, we’ve been brought together, and we’ve cried together, over the loss of friends and what feels now like insurmountable sorrow. What has happened to our community is in no way normal; it is not the average high school


experience of our older siblings or our parents. And for those who do look back on high school as a time of loss, their memories are seared. We, too, will remember these formative experiences of our childhood, marred by sadness and beset with a grim notion of mortality. We have

ear Editor, There have been many changes implemented this school year, and I am not against changes. Changes are good, but even good changes can be made bad with poor enforcement. I am talking about the changes in the library policy. I do agree that a quieter library is a more efficient place to work because I wrote this letter during one of those quiet times. However, when 20 people get kicked out of the library and sent to Sherm that makes me wonder what might be going wrong? From what I have heard, at least 3 people in that group were innocent and the actual

seen young people in situations that they don’t belong in—situations in which we’ve now inevitably imagined ourselves. And when we imagine ourselves faced with these challenges, the hum-drum trivia we aggrandize on a daily basis feel empty and irretrievably irrelevant. Because when something like a health crisis enters our consciousness and afflicts someone as immortal as a friend, as ourselves, the ethereal big picture crashlands in front of us. It becomes all we see, and our erstwhile busyness transforms far too quickly into something like adulthood. So here we are. Not ready to be adults, and

Jordan had for everyone. Be thankful for your family, be thankful for this safe community, be thankful for your teachers, and be thankful for your friends, because the people in this community will always have your back and support you. This community will be ready to face future hardship with the same emotional valiancy and resilience Steven had in the past year. Let Steven’s intrepid and bold qualities be something we all respect and follow. We do not always know what difficulties individuals face on and off campus, but know that if we continue to supply acts of kindness and affection to everyone, whether with a compliment, a hug, or pure support, we can battle any ordeal with true love and care. Remember that life is beautiful. Remember the past, and embrace the present. Live today like it is your last day because we don’t know what tomorrow has in store for any of us.

not capable of just being kids. What we have learned isn’t worth the experience; it is unnatural and it hurts—but we were not given any other options. I think that’s what Aeschylus meant when he wrote that “in our

it. There will probably be those who see no wisdom at all, as well as many who will put more faith in the value of community and of living with intention. To me, it’s a call to focus on the fragile and transient relationships with people I love while I

“What we have learned isn’t worth the experience; it’s unnatural and it hurts—but we weren’t given any other options.” own despite, against our will, comes wisdom to us through the awful grace of god.” We’ll all spend a while figuring out what that wisdom is, or if it exists, and I’m not so naive to think I can define

have the health to cherish them. The thought is not an original one, and neither is it worth all that went into it. But perspective has been pushed on us, and all we can do is learn what we can.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR people causing the distractions were not. And from what I have seen, most of the people taken in were not the main culprits. It’s like arresting the small drug dealer on the corner of the street while the main distributor gets away. Sure that’s going to make the distributor lie low for a while, but it’s not solving the problem. Am I comparing the DEA enforcement policies to the

Buckley enforcement policies? Not really, because I do not have enough information to make a definite conclusion. I am not bashing the new policy since I’m all for a quieter and cleaner library, but by taking away the main social spot, what’s going to happen? There is going to be loudness in the library and punishing the people who have no other good social place to go

“Now I know there is actual disrespect to Mr. Wittmer and that should not be happening, but I don’t want to get kicked out because I am talking in the library. It’s actually pretty cold outside in the morning and my Russian blood is not going to keep me warm the whole time.”

is simply counter-productive. Now I know there is actual disrespect to Mr. Wittmer and that should not be happening, but I don’t want to get kicked out because I am talking in the library. It’s actually pretty cold outside in the morning and my Russian blood is not going to keep me warm the whole time. Am I blaming the administration or the student body? No, but there needs to be a change on both sides for a better end of the year. Some more respect from the students, and a more accurate and fair enforcement of the rules (aka talking should be allowed). Thank you, Alexander Fatykhov ‘13

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Study zone

or Socialcenter

Which side are you on?

Daniel Gabbay The Student Voice

while I’m trying to write my English paper. But sometimes, the library’s noise level isn’t much better,” said senior Tiffany Nazar. Cases like Nazar’s show how vital the library is to our students’ academic success. DanielGabbay ‘12 And while the library should copy editor When you think of a be calm in order to aid library, you imagine a quiet, students, it should also remain relaxed place where students quiet so that prospective study, read, and focus on their families don’t think that our academics. You think of a students don’t take academics facility that provides people seriously. Conveying the with the resources to elevate message that the library as their learning experiences, but our campus’ social hub urges it seems that the only thing parents to question whether that has elevated in the Robert Buckley’s talkative atmosphere Young Library is the volume.        is hindering students from The library has transformed reaching their full academic from a calm study-place to potential. “The level of noise in a loud, messy social center. Students should not view the the library does disturb me. I library as a place to socialize appreciate that students need a and a destination to “hang social place, but the noise level, out” with friends. Let’s be I believe, is a hindrance to good honest, Buckley’s curriculum studying and concentration. is demanding. While it’s I also think that the noise understandable for students to level may not give prospective want to release stress by talking families a genuine sense of in the library, students have how academically rigorous taken advantage of the library’s we really are,” said Upper comfortable setting. We need to School assistant principal Dina use the library as a facility where Figueroa. So kids, let’s treat the teens can focus on their work. “I have three siblings, library in the way that it’s two of which are loud most supposed to be treated. When of the time, which means that you want to socialize with studying at home can get pretty friends, go elsewhere and difficult. I like studying in the leave the library for students library because I don’t have to who actually use it for what it’s worry about my little brothers meant to be used for – to study screaming and running around quietly.


MichaelLen ‘14 staff reporter The sound of learning is not silence. While we call the Robert Young a “library,” it is truly just a place for students to take refuge from cold and boredom. Not only does our library fulfill its function as a place where written materials are stored, but also as a meeting spot where people can de-stress and functions as a basic student technology center. A perfect parallel for the library is the internet. The internet started as a way for universities to exchange massive amounts of information on scientific experiments. The internet is now used for social networking, research (much like our library), blogging, and almost anything imaginable. Like the internet, the library is changing and evolving to suit the needs of people. The library shouldn’t be quiet, because of the so called proud “tradition of libraries.” Students should be able to share ideas and information together verbally.


Complimentaries useful? SalimChamoun ‘14 assistant news editor C ong r atu l at i ons , you just received five complimentaries and got a letter sent to your parents. It must feel great to see online notifications complimenting your academic abilities. But, you should ask yourself: do these complimentaries really matter? Some students

work to receive complimentaries to impress peers, parents, and themselves. But how necessary is this complimentary system when it doesn’t encourage a stronger learning ethic, but rather, places the focus on grades? The only benefit is that complimentaries notify you of your grade on an assessment. Other than that, a

When kids complain about the noise in the library, they ignore the simple solution of finding a nice quiet place. Buckley has the senior courtyard, a lower level to the library, art rooms, and a lunch area where one can study. During free periods, the senior courtyard is deserted. Students can use the library to exchange ideas and information, and use the senior courtyard as serene spot for studying. Considering how hectic the library can get, lunch time is by far the biggest challenge. Students fill campus, leaving very few sanctuaries of serenity. Math lab and English lab are quiet alternatives, even if a student isn’t working on one of the two subjects. Instead of threatening to ban kids from the library, the administration should understand what it has become, and open a study hall during lunch. While students shouldn’t be screaming at the top of their lungs, they shouldn’t be expected to be silent. With the new building, everything will change. The new tech center will give students more places to study and do homework. The noise problem is only temporary, and as long as we endure this matter for less than a year, the noise issue will disappear.

complimentary for participation, or a strong effort is worthless, even detrimental. Frequently, I see students begging their teachers for a complimentary. This system is creating a negative incentive to strive toward a small award, not because the student cares to contribute or to learn. The only way

students will stop obsessing and competing over a rewarding email is by eliminating the system itself. The focus should not be on complimentaries. Students should look to improve their grades in the classroom by giving a solid effort to perform well. Eliminating the complimentary system would prevent unnecessary competition amongst peers. The level of anxiety the system causes is

detrimental to a learning environment because students brag about how many complimentaries they have. Back in the day, you had to wait until the teacher gave back the assessment to see a score, which was only thing you received, a simple letter or percentage grade. So don’t spend your time thinking about a petty e-mail, and realize this system only creates quarrels, anxiety, and harmful competition amongst students.

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TEEN DRIVING “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20-year-olds. Sixteen-years-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any age. Sixteen-year-olds are three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers,” according to Teen Driving Statistics. Heading to Fashion Square the other day, I exited the 101 North at Woodman, turned right towards Riverside, and started to move into the left lane on Woodman. Out of nowhere, a luxury car cuts me off at about 50 miles per hour, missing my car by less than a foot. The car then turned onto Riverside and into the Fashion Square parking lot and I realized this was a Buckley student – a junior, a new driver – who had almost hit me. When I got on the Fashion bus, I talked to the student and tried to explain that he had almost had a terrible accident with me. The student was indifferent and apathetic; he looked at me, said “sorry,” chuckled a little bit, and then turned away to chat with friends. Looking out from my bus seat, I had an elevated view of the Fashion parking lot – which looked almost like a luxury automobile show with predominately BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis – cars that cost more than some people’s homes, with insurances that cost more than some people’s automobiles. I was upset. I realized that the pervasiveness of wealth in so many of our cl ass mate s t h e breeds a " sense of pervasiveness of entitlement wealth in so many that reaches an all-time of our classmates high when breeds a sense of students entitlement that pass their driving tests, reaches an allreceive their time high when licenses, and students receive as a reward, r e c e i v e $50,000 carS." $50,000 cars. I’m not saying that receiving such a nice car is a bad thing, but rather, I’m saying that some students’ maturity levels and driving experience have not been developed enough to be driving at all. I don’t know if the problem is that some students’ egotistical attitudes are reflected on the road, but what I do know is that I have experienced, witnessed, and heard about too many car accidents and potential tragedies. A student totaled his or her car last year, making a turn at about 60 miles per hour. An oncoming car hit another student when that teen turned in front of an oncoming car. Another student totaled a car because he or she fell asleep at the wheel, drove off the road, and drove into a wall. Another student rear-ended the car in front of him because he was texting at a red light and thought that the light had turned green. Another student crashed a car into a parked car and totaled the vehicle. Two other students were following each other up a canyon and one of the students switched lanes and hit the other car; both cars were totaled. All these accidents have happened in the last three years. I don’t want something terrible to happen to anyone in this community or to any other drivers on LA’s streets; we are all like one big family. Students, please remember to park your attitudes in the garage. Your car’s ability to go fast shouldn’t define you. Remain focused on the road at all times, not on your cell phone. Driving is no video game; recklessness can have fatal consequences.

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wednesday, february 29, 2012| DANIELGABBAY ‘12

t n e m o m d r a w k w A t a Th Y

ou’re out with your friends, seeing a movie, grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying your day. And then, you see a teacher. In public. Outside of the classroom. Away from their natural habitat. Duck for cover. Run and hide. Because the reality is that teachers exist outside of the classroom too. “Seeing teachers outside of school is just plain awkward. And actually bumping in to them – that’s the worst,” said an anonymous student. The possibility of seeing, or even running into, teachers outside of their regular setting has left students uneasy and leads to the urge for teens to distance themselves from faculty members. “I usually just pretend I don’t see them. It’s weird seeing them outside their natural habitat,” said an anonymous student. Most students feel that teacher-student relationships should remain in the classroom. While discomfort normally arises when students and teachers run into each other in public, junior Nick Martin has actually found his run-in with two faculty members to be comical. “During a Bar Mitzvah, I saw two teachers talking to two women at a bar. They were flirting it up with the ladies. At first, it was weird. But then, it was actually pretty funny,” said Martin. Not only did Martin get a kick out of seeing faculty members in public, but Ancient World History teacher, Michael Petrella, has also gotten a laugh out of seeing some familiar faces.

Daniel Gabbay The Student Voice

“The Cook brothers saw me when I was seeing Bruno with some friends, but they couldn’t get into the theater. They were so scared to come up to me at the Arclight, but they eventually told me that they were thinking of asking me to get them into the R-rated movie. It was so funny,” said Petrella. Senior Misty Kirk has also found fun in a previous encounter with her former teacher. “One time I ran into Mr. Sacon at Il Tram and we had a great time together,” said Kirk. “The way I react when I see a teacher outside of school really depends on the teacher.” While seeing teachers outside of school makes students feel excited, happy, nervous, or even terrified, the encounter also urges them to think and makes them realize that teachers carry lives outside of the classroom as well. “One time I saw a teacher in the grocery store in jeans and a hoodie buying food. I didn’t go up to them or anything because I didn’t want to cause any awkwardness tension, but the experience was really interesting because it made me realize that teachers are normal people too; they’re not just teachers, but they do many things that we students do also,” said an anonymous student. But how does a teacher feel if he spots a student outside of school? “I’d be thrilled to say hello to a student. But I’d also make sure to respect their privacy,” said librarian Matthew Wittmer. “I think it’s good to see people outside of the context you normally see them in. It reminds you that teachers are regular people too.”

Sue Sherman, Upper School dean, agrees with Wittmer. And while she enjoys seeing students outside of school, she is unsure that the feeling is always mutual. “It’s no different than when I see other people outside of school. I enjoy seeing students all the time – Not to say that they enjoy seeing me all the time,” said Sherman. Although some teachers may be eager to say hello to one a student in public, some teachers have a different perspective and would rather avoid an encounter. “I avoid going to places that students normally go to with their friends. I try to respect students’ privacy and hope that they would respect mine,” said an anonymous teacher. Some teachers even try to avoid running into their students because, similar to teens, they would also feel uncomfortable. “If I saw one of my students outside of school, I feel like I’d have to slip back into my ‘teacher mode.’ Even though I think it’s important for students to realize that teachers are real people too, seeing Buckley kids in public usually puts me in an uncomfortable position,” said an anonymous teacher. Indeed, teens have had many reactions to bumping into teachers outside of school. While the usual “that was awkward” reaction remains popular, some students have gotten a kick out of seeing their teachers. And who knew that some – but not all – teachers actually like seeing students outside of the classroom? It turns out that they’re regular people too. On that note, if you see Sherm or P-Trell out in the open, say hello – they don’t bite.

insidefeatures ALEXA | page 13 Playing violin since she was 5-years-old and joining Upper School Orchestra as a seventh grader, sophomore Alexa Lee is a rising star.

ALEXA | page 13

SURAG | page 14

SURAG | page 14 For 12 years, Surag Mantri ‘99 has been exploring the field of medical technology, contributing to various new devices such as the Chartis System.

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To meat or not to meat? WHICH ARE


59 5 Omnivore


*Numbers are reflected as a portion of 72 responses conducted on February 23.


2 Vegan

6 Other

ating “anything with eyes” simply is not an option for the 5 percent of Americans who refrain from incorporating meat, fish, seafood, or poultry into their diets on a daily basis. “[Eating meat] is not vital to my well-being, and I just cannot bear to imagine killing an animal myself,” said sophomore Madison Grubb. Levels of vegetarianism vary from that of a lacto-ovo vegetarian, who does not restrict dairy nor egg consumption, to that of a strict vegan, who may eliminate all animal products from their lifestyle, some of which may include honey and carrots as well as silk, leather, or wool. Yet despite differing degrees of commitment, they all maintain that animal protection and preservation are imperative. Since the age of 8, Grubb has never wavered from her “meat-free” lifestyle, as images of animal slaughterhouses and meat factories still continue to haunt her. “One of my best childhood friends was a vegetarian. She showed me a video detailing how dogs are butchered alive; I cannot even describe how sick I felt after that,” said Grubb. Sophomore Carissa Brones also supports animal rights, and her volunteer work at dog adoption centers, the pound, and animal shelters contributed to her vegetarianism. “Although I know one person not eating meat from those factories is not going to do anything, it makes me feel like I am doing something against the factories,” said Brones. Yet Grubb was not partial to the taste and texture of meat even before she ceased eating it, which is common among vegetarians. As the Vegetarian Resource Group and the Vegetarian and Vegan Food Guide attest, many non-meat eaters just are not fond of the contents of meat, provided that it has high levels of cholesterol and often contains concentrations of hormones and

preservatives. So many vegetarians adopt their lifestyles just to have a healthier meal plan. Mathematics teacher Andrew Buchan has been a vegan for 30 years, but initially became a vegetarian when he learned the origin of hamburgers. “I became a vegetarian when I was four-years-old, when my family and I went on a trip and my dad asked me if I knew where hamburgers came from. My dad then pointed to the cows outside the car window, which sickened me so much that I starved myself until my parents said it was ‘ok’ for me to stop eating meat completely,” said Buchan. Some religions also encourage their followers to espouse vegetarian nourishment, especially those of ancient Indian origin. In particular, Jainism requires that vegetarianism be mandatory, while some of the influential scriptures and religious authorities of Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism merely advocate it. Indian cuisine also includes a vast array of vegetarian delicacies, of which spices, herbs, fruits, and vegetables are the most extensively used ingredients. Yet strict followers of Judaism must wear clothing that does not abide by vegan restrictions. “I would not eat nor use animal products by choice, only if my life depended on it or in order to follow religious law and fulfill my obligation to wear tefillin, which are made of leather,” said Buchan. While the standards may be high for the food they ingest, vegetarians can find alternative meals that provide enough protein to satisfy their hunger and keep them healthy such as veggie sushi rolls, veggie chili salads, tofu, soymilk, beans, and quinoa. “Not eating meat is just like eliminating anything from your diet. People who are allergic to seafood do not die from fish deprivation, they simply find other sources of protein and vitamins,” said Grubb.

However, Brones vouches for the difficulty of maintaining that stereotype, as one can easily stray into just eating carbohydrates among the likes of pizza and cake rather than having a balanced meal plan. “I have a huge sweet tooth so I love dessert, which is obviously vegetarian. But, I am pretty conscious about what I eat because I like to stay healthy. It is actually harder to eat healthily being a vegetarian because you cannot just have a nutritious piece of chicken and vegetables for dinner,” said Brones. Yet there are still risks with leading an “extreme” lifestyle of such dietary limitations, as health concerns may arise if one is not adequately nourished. For example, a deficiency of b12, a vitamin that comes from meat and helps one’s brain and nervous system, could cause fatigue and trouble with focusing. “At first, I did struggle a lot with getting enough protein, which I actually have not gotten under control until very recently. My friend, who used to be vegetarian, developed a b12 deficiency and she ultimately had to stop being vegetarian because it was harming her body,” said Brones. Despite her ardent support for animal protection, Brones’ family was at first dismissive of her decision to become a vegetarian. “Since I am Argentinean, my whole family eats a lot of meat. So when I became a vegetarian, they all thought I was crazy, especially my dad. But, because I was so stubborn, he eventually stopped trying to make me stop being vegetarian because he knew that nagging me would only make me more determined to stay vegetarian,” said Brones. Grubb’s family respects her choice as well, and her father even stopped eating meat two years after her. “I like some animals and I dislike others. I like some people and I dislike others. But just because I dislike some animals or humans, that does not give me the right to eat nor kill them,” said Grubb.




Carissa Brones Brones became a vegetarian at age 11 for several reasons; chiefly, she wanted to see if she could commit herself to it. Since becoming a vegetarian, Brones has become heavily involved in animal rights programs, regularly volunteering at dog pounds and animal shelters.

Andrew Buchan An avid supporter of animal rights and protection, Buchan doesn’t believe any animal should be treated unjustly. Also Kosher and allergic to milk, Buchan uses Stan wheat gluten protein and Seitan as an “anythingmeat” substitute. In fact, it has a much higher proteincontent than most meats and is very low calorie.

“I like some animals and I dislike others. I like some people and I dislike others. But just because I dislike some animals or humans, that does not give me the right to eat nor kill them.” Madison Grubb Sophomore


1. Quinoa

2. Beans

3. Tofu

Madison Grubb Saying that she has abstained from eating meat since the age of 8 because it is “not vital to her wellbeing” and adding that she “couldn’t kill an animal herself,” Grubb makes eating healthy look easy, with a vast array of vegetarian foods in her diet ranging from veggie burgers and sushi rolls, to hummus and pita bread.

4. Nuts

5. Seeds

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lexa is top drawer. I firmly believe she can do it all.  I have been at Buckley 31 years and Alexa is definitely one of the greatest talents ever . . . period. Vincent Houser Orchestra Teacher

Virtuoso Courtesy of Laura Bamford

alexa lee’sviolin career

Played with Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic

January 2012

April 2010

Played in Vienna Music Festival

Joined Upper School Orchestra as a 7th grader

June 2009

September 2008

Played with Junior Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall

June 2007



Taught a violin class with Grammyaward winner Joshua Bell

TaraBitran ‘14 assistant a&e editor You can say you knew her when... While Alexa Lee may only be a sophomore in high school, she is already an accomplished violinist in the world of young musicians. Having begun playing at only 5-years-old, Lee has been honing her craft for 10 years, gaining international recognition as she has performed at venues from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to cathedrals in Vienna. “Alexa really is an amazing violinist. She truly is a dominant player, and members of the orchestra cannot help but follow her,” said senior Jonathan Weiss, concertmaster of the Concert Orchestra and fellow member of the Advanced Strings. Though she may have initially been interested in riding horses, Lee now cannot imagine life without her violin. “[Playing the violin] has allowed me to travel around the world with my orchestra and experience different things I would not have if I did not play violin. My violin is a big part of my life because I can just pick it up and start playing and forget about everything else; you could say in a way it is a stress reliever,” said Lee. Lee has been featured in prominent orchestras in Southern California since she was 8, including the Verdugo Young Musicians Orchestra, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California for the past four years. Though Lee has spent much of her time practicing, she finds nothing difficult about the violin. However, Lee still tries to improve her skills, as she has attended summer camps such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Meadowmount School of Music. She said her most rewarding, yet most difficult musical experience was her time spent at Meadowmount, where she had to practice for six hours each day and then take lessons as well. “The hours of practice sound intense but are really worth it considering you get so much done over the amount of time you are practicing. You also just become a better musician, which is everyone’s goal in the camp,” said Lee. Lee’s musical career at Buckley began as a fourth grader, when Vincent Houser, performing arts department chair, offered her a position in the Middle School Concert Orchestra in addition to her chosen participation in the Fourth Grade Orchestra. Though she was only in Lower School, Houser admired Lee’s already apparent commitment to her instrument; she went on to play for the Fifth Grade Orchestra the next year. “It was obvious from fifth grade that Alexa could become an excellent violinist. She is extraordinary in that she has taken the violin so seriously since her early years, not just in Upper School. Her playing and commitment have greatly influenced my orchestra at every level,” said Houser. Each year, Houser invited her to play until she could voluntarily join the Concert Orchestra as a sixth grader. As a freshman, Lee was accepted into the Advanced Strings and is currently preparing for her upcoming solo in a Vivaldi Four Seasons concerto, which she will perform at the spring concert and the Heritage Festival in May. “I think Alexa is top drawer. I firmly believe she can do

it all. I have been at Buckley 31 years and Alexa is definitely one of the greatest talents ever . . . period,” said Houser. While she may have schoolwork and basketball practice, Lee still finds time to fit in an hour of violin every day, and even more on the weekends. “We are really impressed with Alexa’s dedication, and even more impressed with her time management the past couple of years. There were some rough spots in middle school because she wanted to play sports. However, she really has a handle on things, and has balanced all of the different areas of her life,” said Lee’s mother, Jina Lee. Lee also rehearses with a private teacher, who sits in the first violin section in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Over the course of her musical career, Lee has acquired various skills including sight-reading and vibrato and has competed with various orchestras in competitions such as the Bach Festival and the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival. Winning second place in the National Vienna Orchestra Competition helped Lee realize her true passion for the violin. “Many people were there and we were playing against orchestras from all over the world. Everyone was nervous, but when we started to play this one song called ‘Feuerfest Polka’ by Strauss, the crowd started to just go crazy. It was really amazing how our playing can affect an audience so much and that is when I wanted to have the same effect on an audience with my playing,” said Lee. While Lee is dedicated to her violin, she can also play piano and a little bit of cello, and presently wants to learn how to play the electric violin. Lee classifies her style as very loud and romantic, which is showcased in her playing of “Bruch Concerto” and “Praledium and Allegro.” “These two pieces fit my style of playing very well. The ‘Praledium and Allegro’ showcases your ability to play certain notes and it helps me to showcase my playing ability. The ‘Bruch Concerto’ does so as well, but it is very complicated and takes a lot of practice,” said Lee. Although she has been playing for most of her life, Lee still enjoys just making music. “I love how you can make a song your own through your own vibrato, sound, and emotions. There are also a lot of different interpretations about music and it is not about how much your violin costs or how good you are, but what you make out of the violin you have,” said Lee. She aspires to play a solo with a respected orchestra or accompaniment to a violinist such as Joshua Bell or Sarah Chang. “It would be amazing to be able to play violin next to one of the most famous violinists in the world,” said Lee. Though Lee would like to continue her study after high school, she does not want to solely dedicate her time to her playing and hopes to go to a college where she can study multiple subjects. Yet, Lee has no desire to stop in the near future, as she wants to possibly pursue the violin as a career. “I would love to play violin professionally because it is something I enjoy. If I had the chance to play violin it would not be considered work, but just fun,” said Lee.

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From dreamer to doer 12 years later...

Courtesy of Jennifer Godwin

The Dreamer


rowing up, Surag Mantri ’99 wanted to become a cardiovascular surgeon. From ninth grade through twelfth grade, he pursued his passion for medicine by volunteering at the Northridge Hospital and for the Red Cross. At Buckley, Mantri was a class representative, a member of Pre-Med Club, a member of the concert and jazz band, NHS president, a member of the soccer team, a member of the swim team, and a member of The Student Voice where he was the creator and editor of his own “Science and Tech” section. The career path he had originally committed to changed, however, after Mantri had completed his freshman year at Stanford, where he majored in computer science.



ut the major was no cup of tea as Mantri found himself sitting in front of a computer day in and day out. “I was getting grades I never knew I would get. I did really well at Buckley and Stanford truly humbled me. Students brilliant with the subject destroyed the bell curve,” said Mantri. The group projects for Mantri’s major lasted for months; generating and testing software was time consuming. “I realized I couldn’t continue with this computer-facing lifestyle indefinitely,” said Mantri. During the summer before his senior year, Mantri heard about a new field called bioinformatics, a cross section of biology, medicine, and computer science. “I was passionate about medicine and biology, and also had a background in computer science,” said Mantri. “Bioinformatics seemed to be a great marriage of the two disciplines I had studied.” Stanford’s coterminal program, which provides students an opportunity to begin work on a master’s degree while finishing their bachelor’s degree, allowed Mantri to complete his master’s in one year instead of two. However, Mantri still felt dissatisfied; much of the creative energy in bioinformatics was applied, once again, in front of a computer.



antri decided to apply to an entrepreneurial program limited to a dozen Stanford students called Mayfield Fellowship Program. According to Stanford’s website, “the program combines an intense sequence of courses on the management of technology ventures, a paid summer internship at a start-up


Since he graduated in 1999, Surag Mantri has been on the cutting edge of the world of medical technology, traveling all over the globe and training doctors on how to use the devices he creates.

company, and ongoing mentoring and networking activities.” When Mantri was accepted into the program, he was required to apply to a start-up program of his choice; still at Stanford, Mantri joined a small company of two people as a software engineer. “The company had a patent on a smart LCD monitor to help prevent computer related health problems,” said Mantri. “It would automatically adjust its angle, distance, and height for optimal viewing based upon one’s seated position. The idea was to monitor you, adjust if needed, and tell you to take a break if you made too many errors typing. However, with money running dry and new investors interested in seeing something more than just a patent, Mantri decided to apply his creative skills in designing the first working monitor for the company. Coincidentally, when Mantri went to Toys ‘R Us to buy a gift for his sister, junior Shilpa Mantri, he stumbled upon a new Lego line called “Mind Storms.” “It was a crazy thought. What if I could build [the company’s] first prototype with Legos? I approached the CEO asking him for two weeks to build the robotic monitor out of Legos and you can imagine the look he gave me,” said Mantri. But Mantri was determined to prove a point. For the next two weeks, Mantri worked on building a monitor and eventually got it up and running to the point where it did what the company wanted it to do. “I hid the Legos so no one would saw what powered it behind the curtain,” said Mantri. “This was a very proud moment for me for it was a big leap forward for the company. I also realized that sometimes thinking outside the box was simply to think inside; that is, remember and leverage those things you do well.”



fter his summer internship, Mantri finally understood he was a tinkerer at heart who wanted to help people; he needed to find a way to combine his desire to build things with his existing background. Stanford was offering its first master’s bioengineering program, which appeared to be the perfect combination of all disciplines. “They accepted only one Stanford applicant. Somehow I received an email saying I was accepted,” said Mantri. As it turns out, bioengineering was where all of Mantri’s passions came together. “I never had so much fun in my life. No schoolwork felt tedious or boring. My grades couldn’t have been

better. When that passion-bug bites you, everything somehow falls into place; I was learning but also applying what I had been learning for the last eight years,” said Mantri. One of the program’s projects required Mantri to come up with an idea that would fulfill a clinical need. Mantri and his team decided to work on the prevention of falls in elderly individuals because the elderly have a tendency to lose sensation, known as proprioception, in their feet. Many venture capitalists and doctors were interested in the idea; CNN even wrote an article about the sock/brace. Mantri and his team tried to raise money to start their own company, but he ultimately entered the workforce after completing his masters in bioengineering.


Courtesy of Surag Mantri

Chartis System

This system eases the effects of Haemophilia by blocking diseased pathways inside the lung and allowing healthy tissue to regrow and replace the diseased area. Haemophilia causes the walls between alveoli to merge, slowing airflow.

Diseased alveoli

The Doer


antri then started working for a company called Circle Medical Devices where he managed the research and development of several projects for big and small companies; these products included insulin pumps for diabetic patients, a solution to help people with glaucoma, handheld tools for performing surgery, among others. “My very first product I worked on was a patient controlled breast tissue expander,” said Mantri. “This implant helps breast cancer patients to re-grow tissue after receiving a mastectomy.” Mantri then moved on to another biotechnological start-up company, Pulmonx, where he had the opportunity to work on a product that he could manage independently and with a sense of ownership. After Mantri led the product through clinical trials and regulatory approval, he was able to help start selling the product – a diagnostic tool for emphysema patients called the Chartis System (see graphic on right). After working four years with Pulmonx, on January 1, Mantri joined Procept BioRobotics where he is now the Director of Research and Development. He is currently working on the development of a robotic device that surgically treats prostate enlargement (also known as benign prostate hyperplasia) much faster and less painful than current surgically-related techniques. Mantri is gratified by this focus because his family has a history of suffering from prostate enlargement. For now, he is focused on this robotic device, but he has big ideas for the future. “One of my longer-term objectives is to apply my medical device knowledge to help developing countries that will serve the needs of individuals and doctors in a more cost effective manner,” said Mantri.


Deploy chartis

Chartis blocks diseased pathways

Healthy tissue regrows Courtesy of PulmonX

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an you name the top five most practical and impractical majors? TIME Magazine sifted through a total of 171 different undergraduate majors and ranked them according to career opportunities and annual earnings based on data collected from sources including the 2010 U.S. Census. The top five highest-earning undergraduate majors and median yearly earnings according to TIME: #1: Petroleum Engineering-$120,000 #2: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration-$105,000 #3: Mathematics and Computer Science-$98,000 #4: Aerospace Engineering-$87,000 #5: Chemical Engineering-$86,000 (Numbers six through ten on the list were all a variety of engineering majors.) The top five lowest-paying undergraduate majors and median yearly earnings according to TIME: #1: Counseling and Psychology-$29,000 #2: Early Childhood Education-$36,000 #3: Theology and Religious Vocations-$38,000 #4: Human Services and Community Organizations-$38,000 #5: Social Work-$39,000 (Numbers six through ten on the list mostly included a variety of arts majors.) Some of the most popular majors for U.S. students are biology, business, communications, education, computer science, nursing, psychology, political science, marketing, and criminal justice (CNN 2008). In fact, a 2010 survey of the UC system found that many science and engineering students were dropping out and switching to other majors, (English being the most popular). So why are the next generation of university-

bound Americans turning away from science and engineering? Between 40 and 60 percent of American students (depending on if you include premedical students) planning to earn science and engineering degrees end up turning to other fields or don’t earn degrees at all (New York Times 2010). Many students opt out of science and engineering majors due to the complexity of the subjects, the heavy workload of classes, and the fierce competition that arises among students in those fields. Vince Kapur ’01 received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from UC San Diego and is now the director of manufacturing operations for International Solar Electric Technology (ISET). His passion for aeronautics began in high school, where he launched a mini-dirigible on Gilley Field and followed that with a summer job in a blimp factory. In college, Kapur focused on the structural analysis of aircraft and spacecraft, determining the best designs to withstand takeoffs, launches, and in-flight g-forces. “I am passionate about creating something new that improves people’s lives. I enjoy international business and am trying to build my experience early so that I can establish a global reputation in my industry. Unfortunately, I had no idea what would be my path in college,” said Kapur. Kapur may be passionate about engineering, but he is in a select few. Except for computer science, which has grown in popularity among U.S. students in the past few years, Americans are shying away from the sciences and turning to other fields like business, making it easier for foreign youths to compete with them for the best job opportunities.



So you want to be an intern?

1. 2. 3. 4.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were both interns before they made the big time.

Since the 1980’s, internships have doubled, saving corporations more than $2 billion annually.

Women are 77% more likely than men to have an unpaid internship.

In 2010, someone bid $42,500 for a one week internship at Vogue with editor Anna Wintour.

the transition Student Interest and Return Medical


$300,000 Law


$120,000 Engineering


$110,000 Government


$90,000 Education


$60,000 Other


Percent of Buckley students interested in field Average yearly salary in field  RESPONSES COLLECTED FEBRUARY 


ore than ever,” said U.S. News and World Report, “schools across the country are pushing students of all majors toward internships,” saying that internships are “integral to finding meaningful employment in today’s seemingly impenetrable job market.” Ryan Ochs ’07 knows the value of internships. He began as a sports broadcasting at Chapman University but quickly realized that wasn’t what he wanted to do, turned to business, and transferred to Georgetown University where he became a business major with a dual concentration in finance and international business. He is now an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York City. “The job is great and it’s a very dynamic learning experience because you’re at the core of everything that’s going on with financial services. I get to have unlimited one-on-one time with company management and key deal-makers in the global world of finance. But it’s not like I’m doing anything wonderful,” said Ochs. “I’m not really helping or changing the world here.” Ochs held several internships during college. Starting out at RBC as an intern during his junior year, he accepted a job as a full-time analyst after he finished his senior year in 2011. Ochs said that getting a job in business is just like getting into college: you need grades, experience, and extra-curriculars. “The best way to get a job is to just put your head down and work hard. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do this job. It’s pretty much about hard work more than anything,” said Ochs. “Internships are definitely a key part and are today aggressive resume builders. You can’t just

do nothing in the summers if you want to get a job right out of college.” In 2010, over 20 percent (more than 325,000) of bachelor’s degrees were awarded to students with business and finance majors. However, undergraduate business majors are not nearly as diligent as they were a decade ago, according to The New York Times, which called business the “The Default Major”. In fact, business and finance students said that they completed fewer than 11 hours of work outside of class per week on average in the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement. Business and finance aren’t the only areas where the jobs are. Forbes reported that a growing number of American companies require employees with education and experience in science, technology, engineering and mechanics (STEM) fields (December 2011). Yet many of these job vacancies are left unfilled because young Americans lack such STEM skills. Kapur stressed that the most essential tool one can have while searching for a career in any field is a “track record of active involvement in a professional setting.” In Kapur’s mind, in order to have the most success finding a career path, one must get involved in activities and gain experience, “establish a network of professors who can help you get ahead,” and adapt to the challenges and opportunities that come one’s way. “Since joining the [solar energy] industry, I have not only developed technical experience, but I have also had the opportunity to network with some of the largest global companies on investing in next-generation green technologies,” said Kapur.



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The funny thing is, I never in a million years thought about becoming an OB/GYN. ALANE PARK M.D. ‘85



The interests in politics and journalism that started at Buckley very much continued throughout my career, without question. EDWARD DAVIS ‘96

the career


ny number of factors can play a role in choosing a career. For some, the influence of their parents and teachers pushes them toward their career path. Others just want to get away from all childhood influences and start anew. Ochs’ parents encouraged him to stay in Los Angeles and work in the entertainment business after college, but he had other plans so he headed to the East Coast where he began his path in business and finance at Georgetown. Most importantly, it was Ochs’ drive for “worldly knowledge” that eventually brought him to New York City. “There are a plethora of firms over here on the East Coast now. I mean there are literally 20 major global investment banks that I had never even heard of growing up on the West Coast,” said Ochs. “My parents wanted me to do the West Coast thing. They were pushing me toward film and television. But everything I had read and felt compelled to do in school, that drive and thirst for knowledge, pushed me into this field. There is always something new to learn every day. It’s profound.”

Although Ochs he is grateful for his current position at RBC Capital Markets, he still wants to go further in his career. Another factor that can shape one’s career path and impact work efficiency is whether and to what extent someone loves doing their job. Called “engaged workaholics” by the Los Angeles Times, these workers “are distinct from the classic, compulsively driven worker who can’t unplug ever” and can avoid negative repercussions from classic workaholism: less job satisfaction, poorer social relationships, more heart attacks, and more divorces. David Goldschmid ’88 began his entertainment career writing for the soap opera “General Hospital.” He then became a segment producer and associate producer in reality television, working on shows such as “Married…With Children” and “M*A*S*H.” Although he gained valuable experience from producing, he missed writing soap opera, and returned to “General Hospital,” where spent the last six years of his career in show business. Writing soap opera put Goldschmid through many challenges. He said that

he had almost no down time, was forced to write about someone else’s vision, and was looked down upon by the “rest of Hollywood.” He not only had to worry about his show getting cancelled, but also being replaced by the “growing number of out-of-work writers whose own soaps just got cancelled.” “Then there’s the brutal office politics. When people, even good people, work very hard and very closely with one another for a very long time? Backstabbing happens,” said Goldschmid. “You need thick skin. And paranoia is something you must get used to…Suddenly, things like amnesia and evil twins don’t seem like serious problems at all in comparison. But that’s showbiz.” Still, he was pleased with his job. “But hey,” said Goldschmid, “getting the chance to write something from your heart, even for just a little while, and seeing those ideas quickly communicated to millions of hungry fans: it beats digging ditches for a living, that’s for sure. It’s worth it.” Goldschmid may be one of the “engaged workaholics.” Even so, life in the entertainment business is a constant struggle for most of its workers. Not to

mention the myriad of people who are not enthusiastic about their jobs. Now Goldschmid is taking time off from writing soap opera and trying his hand at comic book writing. However, Goldschmid isn’t the only one who took a while to find the right career. Kapur did not discover his career path until trying things out after graduating. “It is important to note that an undergraduate engineering degree is really a summary foundation of knowledge, but that engineers must learn on the job the details of their specialty. Now I design factories for building solar panels, which is entirely different from analyzing designs for jumbo jets,” said Kapur. One of the main reasons that there are job opportunities in engineering for people like Kapur is that the “older generation” of American engineers—the generation that worked on early development of computers, the space shuttle, and other large defense projects—is retiring. Most professionals can agree that whether it be engineering, business, or entertainment, the jobs are there for the ones who work the hardest.


Women comprise 46% of the total labor force.

Women make $78 for every $100 men make.

Women account for 59% of workers making $8 an hour. SOURCE: COLLEGE TIMES

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our toWn Olivia Perez The Student Voice

ingrid | page 20 Music columnist Claire Selvin reviews Ingrid Micahelson’s new album. Monotones| page 19 The Monotones and the Advanced Strings perform for the Chamber of Commerce Installation gala. cais


our toWn | page 19 Our Town cast members continue prepping for upcoming performances. cais | page 19 Students participate in California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) honor music concert. bite| page 25 The newly formed Bite of The World Club exposes members to cuisine from around the globe. act of valor| page 25 A&E editor Mark Cook reviews the new military thriller, Act of Valor.

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Movie: Project X March 2

Movie: Black Butterflies March 2

Movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax March 2

Movie: Friends with Kids March 9

concert: Fun at: the glass house March 24

*See page 20 for a reivew of Fun’s new single.

concert: Lady Antebellum at: the staples center March 27

concert: Sara Bareilles at: the troubadour March 17

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Advanced Strings, Monotones perform for Chamber of Commerce ElleWisnicki‘13 assistant editor The Advanced Strings and Monotones performed for the Chamber of Commerce Installation gala on behalf of the school’s 30year long standing membership recognition. “The Chamber brings our community together,” said Vincent Houser, chair of performing arts. The Advanced Strings played a selection of songs as background music during cocktail hour from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, during which sophomore Alexa Lee played a selection of solos. “We provided a nice ambiance for the Chamber, whom we appreciate so much,” said senior Brandon Wong. The Advanced Strings had never played as background music before and initially did not know what to expect. “Even though they did not know what they were getting into, they had a great attitude; they enjoyed performing. They played well, were aggressive and thought it was great experience,” said Houser. Following the cocktail hour, chief financial officer Lisa Turchan and Neal Roden, Middle School principal accepted long

standing membership recognition award. “We are viewed as a prestigious school; the Chamber is always impressed with our performances. Having Buckley performers at the gala gives our school good promotion and visibility,” said Turchan. The Monotones sang four songs, each with soloists. “It’s important for this elite group to spread our musical sound to important businesses to help further generate our success as the Buckley Monotones,” said senior Michael Cook. The group sang “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “As Time Goes By,” “Now is the Month of Maying,” and “Fix You.” The Menotones, only the boys of the Monotones, performed “Jessie’s Girl.” “I like to have a variety of songs, providing something interesting for everyone in the audience,” said choral director John Hendricks. Following the performance, during their speeches, congressmen, councilmen, and members of the Chamber praised both the Advanced Strings and the Monotones. “The Monotones really hit their stride; it was the best performance for them of the

Elle Wisnicki The Student Voice

MUSIC: (Clockwise from top left) Seniors Brandon Wong and Alexander Silverman play violin as part of the Advanced Strings; Senior Mark Cook, sophomore Sam Bierman and senior Michael Cook perform “Jessie’s Girl” along with the male Monotones members; The Advanced Strings pose with members of the Chamber of Commerce. year and the audience’s response was humbling,” said Hendricks. Hendricks added that the Advanced Strings were musical, dynamic, fiery and well-played. “I am especially proud of the school for

Select students participate in honor concert performances MichaelLen‘14 staff reporter On February 4, schools forgot about their rivalries for a brief moment, and banded together in the spirit of music at Viewpoint for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Honor Choir, Band, and Orchestra. “When you put like-minded singers together, they can help and learn from each other. Kids learn what it is like to collaborate with others, and not always try to compete,” said choral director John Hendricks. Students spent 10 days rehearsing under a new conductor and new peers. Students from 12 schools, including Oakwood, Harvard-Westlake, and Sierra Canyon attended. Désirée LaVertu, from Occidental College, led the choir. Other directors included Phoenix Delgado and Ivan Shulman. “Our conductor taught us some really useful warm-ups. I never learned anything like them at school,” said sophomore Sam Bierman, a member of choir. Students submitted their applications to CAIS by October, so they knew if they would be attending in December. There is no interview or ranking system. While CAIS stands for cooperation, the Southern California Vocal Association, or SCVA, is a more competitive experience. It encourages students to compete against each other for rankings. “The SCVA is harder to get accepted to. It requires an inter-

being recognized. We have come a long way. The Monotones and Advanced Strings are the perfect example for what Buckley is and what our school brings to the community,” said Houser.

Cast preps for Our Town shows

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UNITY: Our Town cast works on a scene in the assembly room. AliceBreidenbach ‘12 a&e editor ed by director of theater Neil Nash, the cast of Our Town continues to rehearse for the March 8-10 performances. “We’re really starting to go deeper into the play, moving away from the general technical material,” said Nash. “It’s going as I anticipated. We’re beginning to narrow in on the meaty part of the play.” As the performers divert their focus from the technical aspects to the character emotion aspects of the play, they must demonstrate their profound understanding of the material. “What the transition requires is a certain understanding


John Hendricks The Buckley School

view, and if you get in, you will be ranked after honor choir weekend. Based on the rankings, the best singers go to California all State,” said Hendricks.

HONOR: (Top) The CAIS honor band takes the stage for a performance; Buckley’s members of the CAIS honor choir.

of what’s happening in a scene and the ability to execute it,” said Nash. “These scenes aren’t just two people talking. The demands are totally different because we’re dealing with character-driven scenes rather than action-driven scenes.” But Nash is confident that the cast can handle the charactercentric, “physically static” material. “The play definitely asks something of the audience that they may not be accustomed to,” said Nash. “And that relationship is definitely what I’m most nervous about. But the cast has a real understanding and appreciation for [the play]. So I feel pretty confident about the final performances.”

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In Sync It seems as though more and more musicians are ditching live singing for prepared tracks and synthetic vocals. But does this make them less of an artist? Stage–check. Lights–check. Costumes–check. Dancers– check. Microphone–check. Live singing…? In today’s music industry, artists strive to “wow” audiences by putting on a perfect show. But in order to do so, many singers rely on pre-recorded audio tracks so that they don’t have to sing and can focus on dancing and interacting with their fans. But when people pay to go to a show, don’t they expect to hear their favorite performers perform live? Indeed, lip-syncing relieves artists from worrying about how they sound live. But it essentially eliminates the hope of many fans to witness their favorite artists’ raw, un-auto-tuned talent come to life on stage. “I find it very disappointing when artists lip-sync because I expect to see them actually sing live at their performances,” said senior Grace Cartwright. “The only time artists should have an excuse to lip-sync is when they are dancing exceptionally.” R&B diva, Beyonce, and dance floor queen, Lady Gaga, are two of today’s most prominent artists because they manage to balance their

raw talent with a dazzling show. While both of them heavily incorporate dancing into their live performances, it is clearly evident that they sing live; neither artist sounds as perfect as they do on their records when they are energetically dancing on stage. But their fans actually find the imperfections in their live vocals entertaining and refreshingly honest. “I love going to Lady Gaga concerts because I know even though her shows are very theatrical and over-the-top and she dances through almost the entire show, she sings live – it’s just obvious,” said senior Daniel Azadegan. While some artists remain honest with their fans and always promise to sing live, various singers turn to lip-syncing in order to run a two-hour show successfully. Britney Spears, for instance, is infamous for lip-syncing. “One time, I saw Britney Spears chewing gum while she was ‘singing’ at one of her concerts. It was really disappointing and made me think less of her as an artist,” said freshman Kayla Levy. While lip-syncing has raised eyebrows amongst teens, head of the music department of CAA and agent to artists, Mitch Rose, as-

sures that lip-syncing is not meant to beguile fans, but rather to enable artists to perform at the best of their ability. “There are some artists who lip-sync to help them dance and perform better. There are some artists who want the vocal enhancement of tapes to help them sound better. I think that artists need to do what’s best for them,” said Rose. “If Britney feels most comfortable performing while lip-syncing, then that’s what she should do.” Some teens also think that lipsyncing enhances an artist’s ability to perform. “Of course a singer’s job is to sing. But if they put on an amazing show that keeps me entertained and they’re dancing, I wouldn’t mind if they’re not singing live,” said freshman Tyler Gabbay. Rose also claimed that “there are obviously fans who don’t care that the artist they are seeing is lipsyncing. Those fans want to see a show with all the bells and whistles, and if lip-syncing is a component of that show, they suspend belief and they just enjoy the performance with lip-syncing and all.” Indeed, lip-syncing defeats the purpose of attending a show to hear an artist sing live; neverthe-

less, it also allows artists to dance with more energy and entertain their fans. Ultimately, lip-syncing has changed the live aspect of the music industry. Concerts are no longer solely vocal performances. They have

turned into spectacles filled with lights and choreography that dazzle audiences. Now more than ever, concert-goers marvel at artists’ costumes, dance skills, and ability to move their lips to the sound of the music.


Does having an artist lip sync ruin the concert experience?

Yes. 72%



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Human Again, Ingrid Michaelson’s fifth studio album released January 24, is jaunty and bluesy, a great meeting of upbeat and slow, soulful tunes. The pop artist never

seems to lose her signature style of combining traditional acoustic sounds with modern, computer generated down beats. Human Again, filled, as all Ingrid’s albums are, with mellow

love songs, is a calming album. Despite its overall pleasantness of sound, the album fails to hit any profound chords in terms of lyricism or poetry. I for one miss the Ingrid Michaelson able to compose songs like “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” rather than slightly pathetic, melodramatic songs. “Palm of Your Hand,” a catchy, spunky song, features a steady and pronounced drumbeat that holds the song together throughout. “Palm of Your Hand” is one of Ingrid’s catchiest songs that doesn’t fail to make the listener want to dance. Ingrid mainly describes the almost violent power of love in this song: “There’s nobody else who can, you know you crush me in the palm of your hand.” “Palm of Your Hand” delivers engaging instrumentals,

though its lyricism may be lackluster and rather uninspiring. A slower song, “I’m Through,” begins with a cliché round of violins. Michaelson describes, rather self-deprecatingly, her attempts to restore her own happiness after a break up: “I’m going out again tonight, the first time in the longest time.” I can’t say that I was impressed by her lack of subtlety. The song is subdued and relaxing, but I wouldn’t suggest trying to gain any level of intellectual inspiration from it. Though Human Again offers listeners lovely instrumentals, Michaelson’s song writing has taken a plunge since her past triumphs. I miss her heartbreaking lyrics and regret that her music has become unremarkable and somewhat boring.

Fueled by Ramen FUN WE ARE YOUNG

“We Are Young,” Fun’s new single, progressively builds in its sound up to its explosively joyous chorus. The song is an uplifting and inspirational call for everyone to embrace life’s best moments and live to the fullest. The song begins with a simple drumbeat, soon a piano is added, then a deeper drum builds upon that. Finally, the chorus includes a slow but effective electric piano and steady downbeat combined with the lead singer’s passionate voice. The singer exclaims: “Tonight we are young, so let’s set the world on fire. We can burn brighter than the sun.” This undeniably celebratory message uplifts the listener and evokes spontaneous action and a “carpe diem” attitude. Later in the song, background singers accent the lead singer with a high pitched harmony. “We Are Young” offers a new sound to the world of popular music with choral elements and unique song and instrumental structures.

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Graphic Novels A new trend in adolescent literature, graphic novels offer readers an intriguing alternative to the average book. And because of their unique appeal, not quite comic, not quite novella, graphic novels are growing in popularity. Are they comics? Are they cartoons? What exactly are they? Graphic novels are books that may appear to be cartoons or comics, but unlike traditional comics, they are usually not about superheroes. Just as the “graphic” for novels does not refer to explicit or adult content. Rather, these novels are quicker reads, ideal for the unenthusiastic reader. Their quotes and lines are usually shorter, in order to fit into speech bubbles. Through their comic

book style, graphic novels provide a more casual reading experience than the traditional novel. However, despite their whimsical nature, graphic novels, like V for Vendetta, a story about a totalitarian nation, can convey deep messages. With a graphic novel, tracing a character’s physical development is easier than the traditional novel as the reader can view the character’s physical progression up close and personal. Graphic novels are

useful for visual learners who can connect more easily with the book, according to Commix Librarian. The novels also inspire readers to use their imagination to fill blanks between scenes. Graphic novels can motivate reluctant readers, according to Scholastic. They also provide autistic students with clues to emotional context that they might miss when reading traditional text, as the characters display physical emotions through the pictures and thought bubbles.

However, graphic novels’ absence of text can hinder its subject development, as a picture cannot always reveal complex ideas and underlying messages. According to Time Magazine, the publication of Will Eisner’s Contract with God 25 years ago started the fad of graphic novels and gave the genre its name. Works vary from memoirs through pictures, like Persepolis, and to simpler plots created for the younger crowd, like the Diaries of a Wimpy Kid.

Persepolis portrays revolution, stuggle through illustrations

Graphic recommendations:


V for Vendetta Alan Moore

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Traveling through the aftermath of a war fought by totalitarian England, V for Vendetta is a 10 issue comic following a dystopian union created to exist around the 1980’s-1990’s. In the world where freedom and individuality are brutally suppressed, a curious man wearing a porcelain white mask fights political oppressors through acts of terrorism and absurdity.

Berlin: City of Stones Jason Lutes The story traces the lives of people living during the Weimar Republic, the first book of Lutes’ trilogy. Kurt Severing, a journalist, and Marthe Muller, an art student, live through the historical period covering eight months in Berlin, September 1928 to May Day, 1929. The writing and drawing styles are clear, according to Time. Creative Commons


David Boring Daniel Clowes

Through Persepolis, a memoir about living through the worst of times, author Marjane Satrapi presents an unfathomable topic in tangible terms. Persepolis tells the story of a young girl who lived in Iran during the time of the Iranian Revolution. Marjane, or “Marji,” lives with her parents, who are devoted to remaining in Iran and battling between loyalty and rebellion during the tyrannical rule of the Rezah Shah. The story deals with death and teems with the revolutionary ideology of Iran’s period and state. Protests, scenes of torture, disappearances, and people escaping are common topics incorporated through the comics. Persepolis was the first graphic novel I read, and it was hard to put it down. I felt a pull to the work, as it relates with my heritage and as it follows events my parents’ faced. The book is also a good read for non-Persians as it attempts to grasp a topic that may be completely alien to some. The book is presented with direction; the plot has a great flow and the

"...the plot has a great flow and the pictures, however crudely, conveyed simple, relateable emotions." pictures, however crudely, conveyed simple, relatable emotions. Parts of the book have hardly any words, but the pictures tell more than a few lines could have. Satarpi highlights institutions of the time like the veil: how they were worn to discourage promiscuity and women’s’ views on wearing them. Satarpi also demonstrates the small acts of rebellion she committed at school, inevitably forcing her parents to send her to boarding school. However, to some, the book fails to fully encompass the entire Iranian Revolution experience. Although the language is simple and the message is blatantly clear, the concepts that the book presents are hard to grapple

with. The tragedy of people dying, families torn apart at the seams, and the overall destruction is just too much for pictures to handle. The Iranian Revolution was the darkest of times for an otherwise prosperous nation. The story and the revolution remain relevant, as Iran remains under an unstable government and poses a threat. I recommend Persepolis to students who do not consider themselves avid readers. Persepolis, the movie, was released in 2007, four years after the book was published. Rotten Tomatoes rates the movie at a 97 percent saying it is “emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling, and an autobiographical gem.” Persepolis is a great read to get a feasible, yet big picture of the effects of the Iranian Revolution presented in an appealing manner. However, Persepolis barely scratches the surface on the Iranian Revolution and its events. The novel itself is well developed, but I would suggest the reader who is looking for more depth to seek other accounts.

The novel revolves around David who is in search of a woman who embodies his feminine ideal, while the world may be ending. Clowes released the book Ghost World, which became a motion picture in 2001.

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Goosebumps R. I. Stine Primarily for middle school readers, three original Goosebumps stories were adapted to the comic format. Filled with creepy creatures, ghosts, and ghouls alike, the books entice readers interested in the supernatural. In the comic style, the readers can now not only read the events, but see them as well. Creative Commons

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Fame, records, and rock n’roll “The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact rock has made on our world. Like the music we celebrate, the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is alive with the energy, passion and spirit of music. The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, five theaters for films, special events and free public programs and ever-changing exhibits - plus, you can even rent the Rock Hall for a special event.”

Inductees 2012 Performer category Beastie Boys Donovan Guns n’ Roses

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Laura Nyro Red Hot Chili Peppers The Small Faces/ The Faces Early Influence

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Freddie King

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ahmet ertegun (nonperformer) award: Don Kirshner the award for Musical excellence:

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ROCK N ROLL: (Clockwise from top left) The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; Paul McCartney two time inductee, performing; The Red Hot Chili Peppers, a new inductee, in concert; two-time inductee Eric Clapton rehearsing; “The mother of punk,” and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith in concert. MarkCook‘12 a&e editor


he Beatles. Queen. The Talking Heads. Metallica. Neil Diamond. Run-D.M.C. Madonna. Black Sabbath. Eric Clapton. Aerosmith. Michael Jackson. The Ramones. AC/DC. Prince. The Cure. You may be wondering, why list all these musical geniuses together? What do they have in common? Aside from creating legendary pieces of musical art, they have all been inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum acknowledges true greats and geniuses who have created new genres, movements, and styles in the world of Rock and Roll. The 2012 nominees include the Beastie Boys, The Blue Caps, Cosimo Matassa, The Comets, The Crickets, The Cure, Donovan, Eric B. & Rakim, The Famous Flames, Glyn John, Guns ‘N Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, The Midnighters, The Miracles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Tom Dowd, Donna Summer, War, Of these nominees, the 2012 inductees include: Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/ The Faces, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Don Kir-

shner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps, and The Miracles. The 2011 inductees were Alice Cooper, performer, Neil Diamond, performer, Dr. John, performer, Darlene Love, performer, Tom Waits, performer, Jac Holzman, non-performer, Art Rupe, non-performer, and Leon Russell, sideman. One missing from this group, one may think, is KISS. Recognizable by their white face paint, hit rock songs, and of course, Gene Simmons’s long tongue, KISS has been the subject of popular debate amongst the Rock and Roll community. KISS should be in the nominees category, KISS shouldn’t be in the nominees category, despite the debate, the ultimate decision lies with the producers and executives in the nominating committee, and their vote was no. Nominees in multiple categories can be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including; Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Side Men. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Once eligible, criteria include the influence of the artists’ contributions to the development and continuation of Rock and Roll. After Rock and Roll historians in the Foundation’s nominating committee select nominees in the Performer category, ballots are sent to an international voting body of more than 500

Cosimo Matassa Tom Dowd Glyn Johns Creative Commons

rock experts. The nominees that receive both the highest number of votes and more than 50 percent of the vote are inducted. The Non-Performers category includes songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have majorly influenced the growth of Rock and Roll. Another category, Early Influences, includes artists whose music predated rock and roll but nonetheless influenced rock and roll’s leading artists and the evolution of the genre. Though, to select inductees in the Non-Performer and Early Influences categories, a special selection committee must meet and confer. A fairly new category to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Side Men category was introduced in 2000. As the name implies, the Side Men category highlights those that have spent their careers out of

the spotlight, including backup musicians in both recording sessions and in concert. A separate committee of producers selects these inductees that most of the public would not recognize by name, but still play a vital role in the development of Rock and Roll. Though in 2011 the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Award for Recording Excellence replaced the sidemen category. The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established by leaders in the music industry in 1983, seeking to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on Rock and Roll. There are 296 total inductees, 619 total number of people inducted, and 26 total number of induction ceremonies.

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Which do you prefer? Book ebook ShilpalMantri‘13 focus editor Predating the Kindle by several hundred years, books represent artifacts of our history and our humanity. They provide meaning in our otherwise digital lives, where we wallow in a wasteland of junk e-mail, YouTube videos, and Facebook “likes.” This meaning is rooted in the tactile, personal connection that a reader can have with a printed book. Although eBooks can store many electronic books in their small, rectangular frames, printed books create meaningful relationships between readers and authors’ stories. According to a recent study by Dr. Jakob Nielson, a Silicon Valley researcher, it takes longer for people to read a book on an eBook compared to the printed page; in fact, reading is 10.7 percent slower on an eBook. The slower pace can be attributed to the myriad of distractions on eBooks, such as reading e-mail, playing games, and listening to music. Ultimately, its advantages in creating and distributing texts notwithstanding, eBooks compromise, rather than enhance, the novel reading experience. Not only does the printed novel keep one anchored to the text and the author’s message and theme but it also provides access to a universal audience, especially people who cannot afford expensive mobile devices such as eBooks. Regardless of one’s economic situation, one can check out a book for free or can purchase it for as little as two dollars. Furthermore, printed books have the ability to foster real-world conversations and communities. For example, libraries are more than just houses of books. They are places for people of all ages to come together, discover books, and share a love

of learning. The sense of community that libraries foster remains ever important, and books are keys to that community. For example, after perusing 960 pages of the classic novel Gone with the Wind, one attains a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment as the reader journeys alongside the poignant characters from the beginning to the end. Certainly, no eBook can ever replace the heartfelt memories, have the same scented pages, or evoke the same emotional connection when one carefully and physically flips through each page. With a printed novel, one can interact extensively with the text, mark it up with annotations, and refer back to them easily. Novelist Colm Toibin once recounted a story about observing a Cantonese man sitting on a Kowloon footpath reading a book. According to him, the man’s face was stern with concentration, his finger tracing the line being read. The man looked up to the sky, his face beaming. Whether from a spontaneous joy with the act of reading or a revelation from the story, it did not matter. “What mattered was that the man was in possession of something private– a connection between him and the writer, between the real world and that world inscribed upon the pages,” said Toibin. Technology and rigid machines cannot replicate the spiritual and interactive experience of the printed page. In a rapidly developing and convoluted society, technology – iPods, Blackberrys, Amazon Kindles – tend to obscure the simple pleasures in life. In paging through a novel, one might appreciate its sweet simplicity in a grueling world.

TuckerHiggins‘13 staff reporter Here we go again. Every time some nascent technology is introduced that has the potential to upend a system we’ve grown used to, some oldies shuffle out of the woodwork to complain; change is scary, they say—it makes us dumb, or it just doesn’t feel right. Today we’re having this conversation about the e-reader, but yesterday it was the printing press. Not too long before that, the written word itself was the scary new technology. Socrates feared that a citizenry capable of reading would “be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing.” Luckily, someone (that’d be Plato) had the mind to write down what Socrates said, else we might forget that at some point all new technology is unnatural, and that occasionally the technology that seems unnecessary or dangerous to us today, tomorrow we will cling onto like a baby chihuahua, and let go of just as soon. Take the e-reader. According to any metric you could possibly devise, the Amazon Kindle, the most popular e-reader on the market, beats the traditional paper-made book into a frothy pulp. Most often, the metric blurted onto the blogosphere and beyond is storage capacity (the pocket-sized Kindle can fit about 4500 books). To critics I’ll happily admit that storage alone is not a revolution. Neither is the fact that, on the

Kindle, no books are ever lost or stolen or damaged—and may be accessed (complete with annotations) anywhere through the mysterious power of the interwebs. The Kindle paying for itself, according to the reputable web site ZDnet, after a scant three semesters of average college book-buying is cool, too, but hardly enough to overcome the inertia of the human race, a force multiplied further in those who still read books. In truth, I think there’s only one thing that has the power to change lives for the better, and that’s that the e-reader fits all of these features into a device that actually feels better in your hands. No more awkwardly finding a comfortable position to read in bed, only to shake and jiggle yourself into a new one once your arm goes numb. No more focusing on anything but reading when you’re reading. It’s ironic, considering the most commonly waged complaint about our generation—our incessant multi tasking—that our greatest contribution to the technology of reading does one thing, and does it well. Even accessing a dictionary doesn’t move you from the device in your hands. Of course, if you want to keep on reading paper books, go ahead. New technology doesn’t always mean the obsolescence of the old. But if in addition you wouldn’t mind being more comfortable while saving time and money, then get an e-reader.


Do you prefer to use ebooks or books? books ebooks

76.7% 23.3%

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Artistic achievement

Despite increasing competition from other high schools, Buckley students finished the art awards season with 19 individual awards and three portfolio awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, which includes over 2,000 submissions. Students also won two Drexel awards from the national competition that includes 1,850 entries. “I was pleased that our awards spanned all of the areas that we teach - from digital art to photography to ceramics to metal,” said visual art depart chair, Ellen Mahoney. “And I was also very glad that we had several portfolio awards because they recognize students’ body of work.”


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If You fall

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fruit: Senior Lauren Halperin’s abstract photo won a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. If you fall: Junior Nika Shahery’s etching won an honorable mention.

brothers love

night fog: Scholastic awarded Senior Jonathan Weiss an Honorable Mention for his candelabra. the angel of shabbat: Senior Jonathan Weiss’s candelabra won an Honorable Mention in the Design category. brothers love: Senior Michael Cook won a honorable mention for his abstract painting and a Silver Key for his portfolio. school for horse Sophomore Jasmine Chow earned an Honorable Mention for her colorful painting. birthday in brass: Sophomore Micahel Sliskovich’s metalwork won a Gold in the jewelry category. resisting the obscure: Senior Daniel Gabbay won an Honorable Mention for his photograph and a Silver Key for his portfolio.

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ready set: Halperin was awarded a Silver Key for her black and white portrait.

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the few. the proud.


Bite of the World Club brings exotic cuisine to campus

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The new action film Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a fictionalized account of Navy SEAL operations.


he only easy day was yesterday. For the active duty navy SEALS starring in Act of Valor, which hit the box offices February 24, this one sentence is their way of life. Inspired by true events, Act of Valor, directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, incorporates an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, through a powerful story of contemporary global antiterrorism. After a CIA operative Morales (Roselyn Sanchez) is kidnapped by confederates of drug dealer Cristo (Alex Veadov,) the Bandito Platoon begins their sequence of missions, only to discover that Cristo has a connection to the ruthless terrorist Abdul Shabal (Jason Cottle). The SEALs, focused mainly on Lieutenant Commander Rorke and special warfare Operator Chief Dave (aka Rorke and Dave), fly around the world following intelligence that finally leads them to the terrifying terrorist, although only through the valley of death that is Mexico’s drug cartels. The only drawback to the movie is the lack of acting ability. Which in my opinion, is excusable due to the fact that these men focus on keeping each other and themselves alive, rather than focus on training their acting skills. In addition to the incredible combat and military expeditions, Act of Valor incorporates the personal aspect of the soldiers lives; their families. One of the best scenes involves the team’s rescue of Morales, during which the team enters stealth mode, wearing face paint and gilley suits, using hand signals to communicate, and using suppressors on their weapons. The scene involves one SEAL going into the water surrounding an enemy guard, breaking the water without any sound, and slowly lifting his hands above the water. As the sniper in the brush some distance away sees the hands breaking the water, he “takes out” the guard, who then falls directly into the hands of the SEAL in the water, and is slowly guided into the water, without a sound. The team continues to execute incredible combat missions and raging gunfights while both fleeing in exciting car chases, on boats with 50 caliber machine guns, infiltrating suspected areas, and

more. Another unforgettable aspect of Act of Valor is the unbelievable use of technology. Some missions require technological aid and the demonstration of each device never ceases to amaze. For example, one SEAL member while aboard a speedboat throws a small remote-controlled plane, aka a recon drone, into the air and is able to track enemy movement and location. Other examples include night missions that require the use of night vision on helmets, airdropping boats from helicopters and submarines surfacing to meet a tiny boat in the middle of the ocean, and red lasers on SEAL team’s guns to enhance accuracy and visible aim. From a cinematography point of view, Act of Valor is one of the best-shot movies I’ve seen. It incorporates both third person and first-person point of views, to truly allow the viewer a sense of involvement. While watching, I felt at times like a third party spectator, and other times felt like I was one of the SEALs in the middle of the mission. Also, introductions to each character began with computerized profiles, just like in video games. All of the explosions, gun fights, and even some of the more gruesome scenes were truly exceptional, and one sticks out in particular; two SEALs enter a room during the infiltration of a Mexican drug lord safehouse, where a suicide bomber awaits, and activates her vest. The SEALs leap for their lives out of the door while flames engulf the woman and the explosion follows them in slow motion as scraps and dust scatter across them. The specific vest, as a part of the cruel terrorist tactic, included hundreds of balls to be shot in all directions like bullets. So the vest serves, in addition to the immense explosion, as a machine gun shooting in all directions. In this one scene the balls are shown in slow motion flying from the vest in a deadly dance with the flames. The slow motion of the flames and balls shooting out is breathtaking, and is a compelling moment for the cinematography of the movie. If you are looking for a movie with incredible combat scenes accompanied by long intervals of dialogue and plot, combined with mediocre acting, Act of Valor is the movie for you.

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TASTY: (Left) A Sicilian style pizza prepared by club advisor Christian Beam. (Center) Club members dig into Chicken Makhani. (Right) Beam prepares an Indian chicken dish for club members. With a lively atmosphere, exotic aromas, and fresh food, the newly formed Bite of the World club takes members around the world every other Monday lunch. On February 6, club advisor and chef, social science teacher Christian Beam prepared a very popular and ancient Indian dish, Chicken Makhani, right in front of club members. The dish consists of a curry made of butter, tomatoes, onions, spices, and whipped milk mixed with boneless pieces of grilled chicken. It is found at every Indian restaurant and is a staple of the cuisine served with either rice or naan (bread cooked

on a tandoor, or Indian grill). At most Indian restaurants around the world, the texture of Chicken Makhani is smooth and thick with a sweet, tangy taste. Indian food in general is distinctive for its spiciness and interesting flavors, but since the dish is so popular, each chef usually has his own interpretation of it. Beam too has his own spin on Chicken Makhani, adapting it to a more American taste: the curry was much more tomato concentrated and thinner than the average Chicken Makhani found in Indian homes. Although not traditional Indian food, the all-white chicken was

juicy and thoroughly cooked and the curry was definitely very tasty, and a perfect complement to the naan that Beam also had on the grill. “It was unique and I thought it was pretty close to Indian food. I’m glad it brought people together socially and culturally,” said club president sophomore Allen Simanian. “It [Chicken Makhani] was tender. Beam is an excellent cook. He can cook anything and figure it out,” said club vice president sophomore Ryan Kopelowicz. Though the main entrée was the chicken, the naan (which is readily available at Trader Joes) was extremely

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popular, finishing within minutes of serving. “The bread was delicious,” said club member sophomore Anthony Romm. Other members who attended seemed to agree. “I personally enjoyed the naan, which was very tasty and flavorful, more than the chicken, though both went well with each other,” said club member sophomore Tyler Morad. If you’re looking for something to spice up a dreary Monday afternoon, the Bite of the World Club is perfect for trying freshly cooked food in front of your eyes that will give you a taste of cuisines around the world.

past dishes Duck a l’Orange : France

Subanik (Meat and vegetable stew) : Guatemala

Sicilian Style Pizza : Italy

Chicken Makhani : India

Szechwan Chicken : China

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Southern California Showdown Andrew Davis The Student Voice

END OF THE ROAD (left): Junior Michael Ortiz-Benz watches the Titans celebrate after their game winning golden goal a few minutes into overtime. The Griffins were eliminated from playoffs while the Titans moved on to the second round against the Desert Hot Springs High School Golden Eagles. The Eagles won, 2-1. (right): Junior Matthew Kogan takes the ball from a Tahquitz player along the sideline February 17.

CIF bid ends on first-round overtime goal by Tahquitz Titans With missed opportunities early and missing players late, the Griffins come up short to Tahquitz in overtime, losing 2-1. Senior Shawn McNitt-Gray scored the Griffins’ only goal on a penalty kick in the second half. JackRose ‘13 sports editor After a 7-1 league record that netted them a league championship, the boys varsity soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to the Tahquitz Titans in the first round of playoffs February 17. The Titans scored the game-winning golden goal less than five minutes into the first overtime period. Coming into the game, the Griffins were missing only one major player, senior Omar Bongo-Ondimba, who was out with an injured knee. “He has been out of the lineup for three weeks and we have played a lot of games since then and we have gotten used to playing without him,” said captain, senior Shawn McNitt-Gray. “However, he would have contributed as a size and motivational factor.” McNitt-Gray added that Bongo-Ondimba

could have changed the outcome of the game, as he scored the second-most goals of anyone on the team. “In the first ten minutes we played really aggressively,” said McNitt-Gray. “We just couldn’t shoot. We had opportunities, but not great opportunities.” The Griffins missed multiple shots early in the game and McNitt-Gray said an early goal would have been a big momentum swing in the game. The Titans scored first and led 1-0 at halftime. During halftime, senior Michael Vanhal, a team captain and mid-fielder, had to leave for a trip planned before the game was rescheduled. “We had to move people around and play people in different positions that they don’t [normally play or] enjoy playing,” said McNittGray of Vanhal’s absence. “Missing one of our captains was very detrimental to the morale of the team.” Nonetheless, McNitt-Gray said the Griffins dominated most of the second half, leading to a goal. “We were making an attack and I made a pass and it went off [a Titan’s] hand and the ref called a penalty kick. I took the penalty kick and scored,” said McNitt-Gray. “After that we felt a lot more confident, we felt like we were in the game,” he continued.

“We were playing much better in the second half and we felt pretty confident going into the last 10-15 minutes of the game.” With less than five minutes left in the game, McNitt-Gray made a run at the goal and missed a shot wide left of the goal from about 30 yards out. “It went like three inches from the post,” he said. The game then went into the first of two ten-minute golden goal overtime periods, in which the first team to score wins. “There was a long pass over the top and it was kind of a breakaway [for the Titans],” said McNitt-Gray. “The player made a nice move and went over to the left and chipped the ball over [junior goalie Ian Bernstein]. The overtime loss was hard on McNittGray because in three out of his four years on the team, the Griffins were knocked out of playoffs in overtime. The other year, they lost at the very end of the game. “Execution in the first ten minutes would have been crucial,” he said. “[We could have] put the game away in the first ten minutes; get an early goal; and have them play the defensive for the rest of the game, that would have been great. That is how we had done it for the majority of the season.” The Griffins will lose four seniors from this years team before next season.


march 6 at Hoover

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boys tennis february 29 vs Valencia

march 6 vs Hart

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boys golf march 1 vs Milken

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swimming march 6

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SWIMMING | page 31 SHAWN | page 32 The senior forward has scored his last goal for the Griffins. BASEBALL | page 30 Team readies for Viewpoint in attempt to win league title.

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SWIMMING | page 31 Boys training to win CIF medley relay.

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softball march 6

vs Providence

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Boys fall short in first round of CIF playoffs to San Marino AndrewDavis ‘12 editor-in-chief Entering CIF Division 4AA playoffs as the number seven seed, the varsity boys basketball team played sixth seeded San Marino at home in a very close first round game. The Griffins failed to make it to the second round of playoffs, and did not win the Liberty League title with a record of 5-5 and 15-9 overall. In the fourth quarter of the San Marino game, junior Ryan Rodef sparked the Griffins’ offensive attack with a drive to the lane. In the next possession, freshman Austin Butler converted a three-point play. In the next two possessions for the Griffins, captain, junior Tyler CoppinCarter rebounded and scored an additional four points. But San Marino, led by nine seniors, continued their offensive attack. San Marino’s senior Jordon Dang made a three to bring the game back to one point, 50-49 Buckley. Buckley managed to score another point on a free throw and with a few seconds left in the game, San Marino had possession of the ball down by two, 51-49. With just a few seconds left in the game, one of the San Marino guards shot a fade away two pointer very close to the three point line to tie the game at 51 sending the game into overtime. As overtime play began, San Marino carried their lead to three points 56-59.

But when the Griffins regained possession, Carter hit a three pointer from the corner to tie the game at 59. But San Marino responded with a two point jump shot and eventually won the game 59-62. “They [San Marino] were ranked in the top 10 the whole year and we’re the seventh seed, but we’re playing the number six team in the first round of playoffs. It didn’t make sense to me,” said Hamilton. Despite a lack of success in league, one of Griffins’ most exciting league games was their last at home against Providence on February 9. The Griffins trailed early, but briefly managed to take a one point lead in the fourth quarter with a basket by Butler, 59-60. But Providence’s star, freshman Marcus LoVett, carried the Pioneers throughout the game. The Griffins continuously fouled LoVett, but the freshman managed to score 16 of 19 free throws finishing the game with a total of 30 points. “We had two chances to put that game away but we turned the ball over twice at the end of the game,” said Hamilton. The Griffins’ battle to beat the league champion Providence team was a game that lasted two hours and 15 minutes. Typically, high school games are an hour and a half at the longest. “The officiating was absolutely horrible. We had 22 fouls and they had 24, ridiculous,” said Hamilton. Despite the Griffins’ short end to the season,

Freshman Purvis plays senior role

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LEADER: Freshman Leah Purvis brings the ball up the court against league rival Viewpoint on January 19.

“To start the year 0-3, and then to go on a 7-game winning streak, well, that’s Leah... Sometime you just get lucky.” Marie Philman Head Coach

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EXTENSION: Freshman Austin Butler drives to the hoop against San Marino in the first round of CIF playoffs. The Griffins would lose, 62-59. Hamilton credits senior Brian Ghassemieh for leading by example and vocally throughout the season. “We wouldn’t have won the Yeshiva and Holy Matyrs game without Brian. He yielded his time and position to have [sophomore] Andrew Schiantarelli hit jump shots,” said

TuckerHiggins ‘13 staff reporter The senior who scored 21 points against Viewpoint on January 19, and then went on to hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the game, must have looked back with pride on a season, and a program, that had finally pulled itself up out of the trenches. Only that senior isn’t a senior; she’s a freshman, and instead of looking back, point-guard Leah Purvis marched forward to average an unmatched 25 points per game in her next five games en route to recieving Liberty League MVP honors after the season. “To start the year 0-3, and then to go on a 7-game winning streak, well, that’s Leah,” said head coach Marie Philman. Purvis enrolled in Buckley this year knowing that she wanted to play basketball, and has since made her way to the top of the program she’s helped to improve. Purvis is most well-known for her 3-pointers, hitting 33% of her attempts from behind the arc. “She’s really insightful about the game; she really knows what she’s doing,” said junior Marlen Grussi, who was unable to play this past season due to a torn ACL. Philman attributes Purvis’s ability to “see the court” as well as her experience playing on a national club team. “When she’s not [at school], she’s working with a trainer,” said Fey Tash, Purvis’s mother. Purvis started playing basketball when she was 8-years-old, tabling karate and gymnastics for a team sport—but taking with her the skills of both aggression and control. Her determination and outgoing personality have helped Purvis assume a leadership role on the court and off. “As a point guard you’re trained to lead the team no matter how old you are,” said Purvis. Whether it’s on a December trip to Catalina or at team sleepovers, Purvis is a happy and comforting force for the group of girls she considers to be “like sisters.” “Leah reaches out to everyone [and] has no problem going out of her way to make people feel special,” said Philman. Even eighth graders are included, as many are beginning to show up at high school girls basketball games. “We’re here to see Leah,” said eighth grader Dylan Roman-Holba. Purvis said that before she enrolled at Buckley, she knew that the 2011 Griffin season was plagued by injuries and a poor record. But with Purvis at the helm, the future of the young team looks promising. “Sometimes you just get lucky,” said Philman.

Hamilton. Hamilton is optimistic about having Rodef, Carter, and junior Reid Womack lead the team as seniors next year and hopes they follow Ghassemieh’s image as a leader. “We won’t be good. We’ll be great,” said Hamilton.

Girls win seven games but lose in CIF ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant editor GraceMcKagan ‘15 staff reporter The girls varsity basketball team came back after beginning the season with three losses going on a seven game winning streak finishing their season in the first round playoffs losing to the Templeton Eagles 48-83. After traveling four hours to play against a taller team, the squad stayed in the game until the third quarter. “To my girls credit they worked really hard. It’s harder for them; they are a shorter team. We had to have been able to shoot consistently. They had a good crowd,” said head coach Marie Philman. Once the team realized they could make playoffs, they gave everything to get there. Freshman Brenda Bouidae improved her shot making three-pointers in numerous games. Although the team consisted primarily of freshmen and sophomores, veteran players were an important example to the incoming freshman. “I look to the sophomores and juniors for ways to improve. They have welcomed me as a part of the team, and made my freshman year of varsity basketball a great experience,” said freshman Samantha Frey. Freshman Makhye Cannon credits sophomore Tyra Gray along with captains, sophomore Sammy Siciliano and junior Marlen Grussi as leaders by example. Grussi, who was unable to play this season due to surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, supported from the sidelines. “Marlen has a great energy about her, she is very enthusiastic and tries to motivate each player. She was always encouraging her players by clapping, shouting box out and whatever else was needed,” said Philman. Philman hopes the team will continue to build upon the strides they made this past season. “It says a lot when our girls were giving up their Saturday mornings to play at Beverly Hills high school. We have some eighth graders coming up that can make an impact next year as well. I just hope that we can continue to improve individually and as a team really,” said Philman.

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Girls out in first round of CIF After finishing second in league, the team lost to the Firebaugh High School Falcons 5-0 on February 17. Loss of captain Goel late in season led to struggles in team leadership and skill level. MeherSingh ‘14 assistant features editor The girls varsity soccer team was blanked in the first round of playoffs, 5-0, against Firebaugh High School after finishing second in Liberty League with a record of 10-5-1. After losing captain, senior Shaina Goel, to a herniated disk, the team struggled to fill her place. “I was absolutely gutted when we lost Shaina. Having coached her for so many years, she’s been such a rock for us, as a soccer player and as a person. As a captain, we are devastated, it really does hurt our team,” said head coach George Russo. Before her injury, Goel appointed sophomore, midfielder Chloe Boasberg as co-captain. “I think the whole team stepped up. There was an opportunity for many players to step up as a new leader and everyone did in a different way,” said Russo. Goel did not expect that a serious inury would inhibit her from playing in the rest of the season and playoffs. “Although Shaina’s tactical skills can never be replaced, Chloe has done a tremendous job in the midfield, replacing Shaina’s finesse and ball-handling power,” said junior Elle Wisnicki. “Not having Shaina on the field forced me to step up. I’ve tried to lead the team to

the best of my ability,” said Boasberg. Besides Goel, the team also had to compensate for the season-ending injuries to freshman Gigi Santro-Pietro and junior defender Alexia Saleh, but the barrage of new and improved players on the 17-girl squad made it easier to handle. Junior goalie Julia Arias de Liban has made her mark on the team by making up for losses on the defensive end. “Julia has stepped up in her second year as goalie. She is aggressive and gives advice to the defense. She comes out against forwards and is constantly improving,” said Wisnicki. Sophomore Natalie Oniszk-De Vincenzi, who Wisnicki describes as “always at the right place at the right time,” has also impressed teammates having no soccer experience before this season. Freshmen Carina Mehri and Alexis Eka have contributed to running the defense while junior Emily Irani, senior Liz Plumb, and sophomore Ibijola Lagundoye have made strong contributions to the team. In preparation, the team worked extensively on passing skills, enabling Boasberg to use the give-and-go technique more efficiently to facilitate the offense down the field to Irani and Wisnicki. Russo decided not to change strategy going into playoffs compared to last year, when the team had a first round exit. “We attacked it the same way every game,” said Russo. The team hoped that their strong bond and trust would outweigh the fact they played short-handed. “We get along really well as a team; we are all friends and positively impact each other. Even in difficult times, specifically against Viewpoint, and after losing in playoffs. I know we will bounce back next year and be better than ever before,” said Wisnicki.

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CLEARANCE: Junior Elle Wisnicki keeps her eye on the ball at Viewpoint on January 27. The Griffins would go on to suffer a 5-0 shutout.

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Fall sports previews

Boys golf set to hit the links again following 15-0 undefeated season TylerMorad ‘14 assistant sports editor Vying for the lowest score and the top spot on the boys golf team, junior Adrian Freyermuth and sophomore Sam Aronoff are attempting to fill the spot that Joe Ko and last year’s captain Alec Shaul ’11 left. “It does not really matter who is number one. Adrian and Sam are both very competitive and they both want the honor of being number one,” said captain, junior Jack Rose. “They will probably play together in most of the matches, which will work well because they will be competing with each other, as well as the other team, throughout each match.” Freyermuth believes that the pressure in key games will separate the number one and number two golfers. “I know that Sam is a talented player and I will have to compete to get the number one spot,” said Freyermuth. “Because golf is primarily a mental game, the test will be who can play better under constant pressure.” Aronoff and Freyermuth each have their own techniques. “Adrian [Freyermuth] is a great player as well as an important asset to the team. Adrian [Freyermuth] drives the ball straight and far off the tee, which allows him to have short shots into holes which gives him a huge advantage against our opponents,” said Aronoff. “Likewise, that allows him to have a shorter club to the pin which limits the chance of an off target shot.” Aronoff believes consistency is key to his game. “Generally speaking, I am a solid player that produces good results consistently. I am able to use my consistency as an advantage to produce good scores and help my team,” said Aronoff. Head coach Jonathan Klay appreciates that both Freyermuth and Aronoff compete both in and outside of school. “The fact that they [Freyermuth and Aronoff] compete outside of school accomplishes three goals.  First, it allows college coaches, who do not come to high school matches, to see them compete in a pressure setting.  Second, it allows them to be totally prepared when our season starts by already having played in “pressure” matches like our league matches.  Finally, it improves their overall knowledge of the game and its rules and strategies, and they in turn pass this

on to their teammates,” said Klay. The squad had a flawless season last year, going 15-0 under the leadership of Shaul. Rose believes that they have the ability to win league championship again. “We are definitely still the best team in Liberty League,” said Rose. “Although we do not know what [players] other schools have added over the summer, we still believe that we have the talent to beat all our opponents.” Although New Community Jewish High School was the squad’s biggest rival last year, the Griffins ousted them twice by over five strokes in both matches. “New Community Jewish is always a tough opponent, but we proved last year that we are consistent and have the ability to beat them,” said Rose. “Last year’s matches were not very close.” Klay hopes a more difficult non-league schedule will pay off. “I want the golfers to experience playing against really good teams to see how they stack up as a team, and where they need to be individually to compete,” said Klay. According to Rose, the incoming freshman and new golfers must prove that they have the ability to play well under pressure. “Golf is just as much a mental game as anything else,” he said. “Playing in school matches is much different than going out and playing around with friends; there is a lot more pressure.” The mental aspect becomes more important in league finals and CIF, when golfers play 18 holes, rather than the nine they play during league matches. “A full 18-hole round can be very mentally and physically taxing,” said Rose. “Our players have to be prepared for a long round with a lot of walking.” According to Rose, last season, in CIF, only Aronoff played close to his potential while the other five golfers did not. “All the rest of us cracked under the pressure and shot 15 to 20 strokes higher than we should,” he said. “We have to get better at performing under pressure,” said Rose. “If the freshmen can step up and play to their potential, we have the opportunity to make it very far.” The team’s first match is tomorrow against Milken at Balboa Golf Course.

Tennis improves consistency and conditioning ElleWisnicki ‘13 assistant editor “We plan to bring back the heart the tennis team that was missing in 2011. Through inspiration and desire to never give up even when times are tough we have to keep the same mental status as we do during the good times,” said captain, senior Daniel Azadegan. Three captains, seniors Brandon Afari, Azadegan, and junior Blake Resnikoff will carry the team not only mentally but also tactfully. Resnikoff will lead the singles line-up, replacing number one singles player last season, Cyrus Shaki-Khan ’11. “It’s very tough losing such a talented player [Shaki-Khan], but we still have a very strong team. Everyone has improved tremendously and our doubles are much stronger this year. We are all very comfortable, and although we lost Cyrus, we still have the determination to make it far,” said captain, senior Brandon Afari. Last year, Shaki-Khan, backed by Resnikoff, gave the team a one two punch in singles matches, according to head coach Sue Sherman. “Blake is one of the most coachable players, he is extremely open to changes, and he is intelligent and knows tennis. Blake is an all-around positive person, whether we are winning or losing, he knows what he has to do to win. He is strong emotionally, mentally, and is quite mature,” said Sherman. Freshman Spencer Schifino has gained

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TOP SPIN: Junior Blake Resnikoff loads up for a forehand in a scrimmage match against Crespi High School February 24. experience playing in many United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments. According to Azadegan, Schifino is perhaps as skilled as Shaki-Khan; he knows how to play the game and has a variety of shots. “Spencer is great and has a lot of potential. He is ready to take on a big part of the team as a freshman and this year we are going to have some other new good

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IT’S IN THE HOLE: Junior Jack Rose watches a putt role toward the cup on the sixth hole at Encino Golf Course in a practice round on March 24.

players on varsity from junior varsity that have improved and are ready to come join the varsity lineup,” said Resnikoff. Sophomore Billy Wilson has one year of high school varsity tennis under his belt, having played doubles with Azadegan last year. He also plays in USTA tournaments. “Some of the players on the team, like myself, play in USTA tournaments outside

of school, which is great because it gives us a lot more match experience. When the real matches come, we will be ready and more mentally tough,” said Resnikoff. In addition to having strong new and returning players, the team credits their success to the coaching skills of Sherman. “Coach Sherman is a winner, you don’t question a winner – she wins, we can’t argue with someone who wins,” said Azadegan. According to Resnikoff, Sherman knows how to push a team to the top. “Our coach pushes us to stay in shape, and make sure we’re working our hardest to play our best. She’s a great coach and helps us with our overall tennis play and fitness,” said Resnikoff. Last year, the team made it to the second round of playoffs losing by only one match. The team understands how important conditioning is. “We had it, but we had six injured players. Injuries destroyed our chances,” said Azadegan. The squad runs after every practice in order to avoid injuries. The boys encourage each other to keep running and working out on their own outside of practice to stay in shape for upcoming matches. According to Sherman, the team needs to improve its consistency and conditioning in order to succeed. “Like all other sports teams, I am hoping to make it all the way to the finals and get a CIF ring. If we didn’t believe we could do it, then we wouldn’t even bother trying,” said Afari. The bays placed second in league to rival Viewpoint last, and their goal is to beat them this year. The team faces Viewpoint April 20, and by then, will have played five league matches with the first on March 13 against Yeshiva. The team plays Valencia today at Balboa Park tennis courts.

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Uncertainty clouds softball season For the second year in a row, the softball team has new coaches and a small roster. The team has tried to rally girls to join through a pizza party.

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GROUND BALL: Junior second basemen Eli Given fields a grounder in practice as the team prepares to rival Viewpoint.

Young team building towards league title Led by nine juniors, baseball looks to pitching as the key as team swings for victories over league rival Viewpoint. JackRose ‘13 sports editor Starting the season 1-1, the boys varsity baseball team looks to challenge Viewpoint for its first outright league title since the 2007 season. The team enters the season with no seniors and will look to the younger players to step up and fill roles. The starting lineup is made up of mostly juniors, as seven of the nine starters are juniors, including number one starting pitcher, Jarret Weiss. Junior center fielder Ian Bernstein said that pitching will be one of the team’s biggest concerns this season. “[Sophomores Gabriel Esmalian] and German [Rojas] have to step up and pitch like they did on Friday and Saturday for us to have a chance this season,” he said. “They both have been working since last season ended and had strong first outings so it looks really bright.” Bernstein said the lineup “looks much stronger this year than in years past” and hopes that will help lead the team to a league title and playoffs.

In their first game against Grant High School on February 24, Bernstein said the team came out slowly, allowing the Lancers to jump out to a 3-0 lead after four innings. However, in the fifth, Bernstein and junior Ross Esse got RBIs to cut the deficit to one. In the sixth, the Griffins tied the game before taking a two run lead. One inning later, the score was 6-3. The Griffins sent Rojas in to pitch in the bottom of the fifth after Weiss started and gave up three runs. Rojas pitches three scoreless innings while the Griffins bats made their comeback. “German [Rojas] pitched great and never let them come back,” said Bernstein. The Griffins won 6-3. Their second game came a day later against the Lawndale Cardinals. Down one in the fifth, the Griffins scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. The Griffins got the first out of the bottom of the seventh before the Cardinals began to mount a comeback. A double and a triple later, the score was tied at two. The Griffins proceeded to intentionally walk the next two batters to load the bases. The infield was brought in to try and prevent a ground ball from getting to the outfield and the winning run from scoring. “Their player hit a grounder to [junior first baseman] Reid Womack who overthrew [sophomore catcher] Ben Shahar at the plate allowing Lawndale’s player to score the winning run,” said Bernstein. The Cardinals won 4-3 on the walk off hit. The Griffins next game is today on Gilley Field against Manual Arts High School as the team continues to prepare for rival Viewpoint, who they play for the first time April 10 on Gilley Field.

MichaelLen ‘14 staff reporter Last year, the girls softball team came into its season with a new coach and lots of confusion. Not much has changed. For the second year in a row, new coaches have been hired, leaving most of the girls in the dark until the first day of practice. “Most of the girls on our team [were] in playoffs for their previous sport. ” said captain, senior Lauren Halperin. The new coaches are Katy Wilkins and Sara Arroyo. Wilkins is a Notre Dame High School gradutate and a member of the Great Britain National Fastpitch Softball Team. She was named British Olympic Association’s athlete of the year, a highly prestigious award. “I grew up playing Buckley when I was a kid and I always believed Buckley was a great school, both academically and athletically. After meeting some of the softball girls, I couldn’t wait to start coaching,” said Wilkins Last season, the girls had a rough time adjusting and ended with a record of 2-12. “The biggest change from last year is probably the experience level on the team. We started last year with the majority of the team being freshman, most of whom have never played softball. After playing for a whole season, I think we can start to actually work on winning strategies rather than basic principles,” said Halperin. This year, the girls expect sophomore pitcher Sammy Siciliano, who plays on three varsity teams, to be their star player. Siciliano has come from leading the girls basketball team to playoffs as a captain in a highly improved season. She has been playing softball since she was seven, and has been competing with a travel team for three years. “My favorite part about softball is the feeling when you get a really nice, clean hit. It is extremely rewarding when you get it just right,” said Siciliano. Last year, Siciliano had a batting average of .464 with an on base percentage of .590 as a freshman. Her batting average was the highest on the team and she is looking forward to a productive year. “Sammy is a super consistent hitter. She is very experienced, and uses that to help her fellow teammates. She is also our best pitcher,” said sophomore Nia Cooper. While the team is still trying to get their bearings, the girls expressed confidence in their teammates and coaches. “The coaches are very intelligent. They know the game, and more importantly, understand the players. That, in my opinion, is the most important thing in a coach,” said Halperin.

Girls prepared to dive into record books

ElleWisnicki ’13 assistant editor Starting with six returning and eight total swimmers, the girls swim team works in small numbers on their journey back to CIF. “Our team as a whole finished the previous year strong; records were broken and swimmers advanced to CIF. Our goal for this year is to push ourselves to achieve higher places, break more records, and to finish even stronger than last year,” said junior Nika Shahery. The team had more swimmers practice during pre-season than last year. Most of the swimmers are faster going into the season than in their previous years. “I think that junior Dianne Jahangani has really stepped up during pre-season and helped the beginner swimmers with their stroke technique and any questions they

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BUTTERFLY: Freshman Sara Wilson swims a butterfly stroke in the first week of her team’s practice. In her first season, Wilson is expected to be one of the team’s better swimmers. have had about the basics of swimming,” said head coach Keri Hehn. According to junior Emma Jacobs, Jahangani and senior Nelly Schmuel finished strong last year and will be looked upon for advice this coming season. Not only do the girls look to experienced players for advice, but also to their coaches. “Coach Hehn is great at swimming and [she] inspires me to do well,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs is motivated by Hehn to set high goals, specifically with improving her 100 meter breaststroke time. “Our goal this year is to have more swimmers make their CIF times so we can have a larger team cheering us on. Also, we hope everyone gets their best times so we can be competitive with the other schools in our league,” said Hehn. According to Shahery, the team’s biggest

weakness is their small numbers. “We all need to swim extra in order to compete with teams like Brentwood who have double and in some cases triple the amount of competitors that we have,” she said. Freshman Sara Wilson, a strong new addition to the team, also swims for her club team outside of school. “Being a club swimmer helps tremendously because you get the year round swimming and the race experience that is vital to improving. Sara is very aggressive and wants to succeed but also is a team player that will motivate the other girls to step up and swim fast. I am excited to watch her race this season,” said Hehn. Shahery stresses working through every lap as key to succeeding this coming season. The team not only added the experience and talent of Wilson, but also added junior Michaela Murphy to the team to swim breaststroke and freestyle. “The new girls have become close with the team so quickly. The whole team has become a family; we truly love each other,” said Jacobs. “They have so much potential and are willing to listen and work hard. I can’t wait to see how they do this year,” said Hehn.

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200 meters, .3 seconds away from making history JackRose ‘13 sports editor Four swimmers, four strokes, 200 meters, and three seconds away from first place. The Griffin boys medley relay team was that close to winning a CIF championship race last season, and only .3 seconds away from second. Although the third place team lost their freestyle swimmer to graduation and their butterfly swimmer to an injury, the Griffin boys are looking to defeat reigning champion Viewpoint and win the CIF medley this year. Led by returning swimmers junior Daniel Primachenko, who swims breast stroke in the relay, and sophomore Austin Wilson, who swims butterfly, the relay

team was possibly the strongest part of the Griffin team last season. Junior Jess Walia will swim the backstroke leg this year, but the freestyle leg is still up for grabs. “Probably [junior Alexander] Fatykhov, [sophomore] Ben Miller, or [sophomore] Allen Simanian,” said Wilson on this year’s potential freestyle swimmer. Wilson thought that Fatykhov would most likely be the fastest, but Primachenko said the relay team could constantly be changing and they would not know until a couple of meets are completed. The team’s first meet is at Viewpoint, where the swimmers can test themselves against last year’s league champion. “We have all gotten a lot faster

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INTENSITY: Junior Jess Walia practices butterfly during practice.

National champion coaches both Griffin swim teams

TylerMorad ‘14 assistant sports editor Coach Keri Hehn is not just the average swim coach. She is a national champion, a state record holder, and a four time Olympic trial qualifier. “I am a very competitive person. I feel like I can still go faster and have not reached my potential,” said Hehn. “That is what keeps me going.” Hehn’s national championship title came in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2007. “It was my first time ever being national champion, which was awesome. I had worked a really long time to get to that place and it was really my breakthrough year. I switched teams and started training in California, where everything settled down,” said Hehn. Although there is intense competition from every swimmer at every meet, Hehn says her only competition is the lane in front of her. “Swimming is an individual sport and you always know that your competitors are tough, but you can only control what happens between your lane lines and the clock is your ultimate competitor,” said Hehn. Hehn, who has competed all over the world, was ranked number six in the world in 2008 and 2009 and she has been on the United States national team since 2002. She has also been ranked in the top 16 for the passed four years. “[Traveling around the world doing what I love] is amazing. I’ve had so many good experiences overseas and I think it makes you grow as a person and also as an athlete because you have to get out of your comfort zone and learn to prepare to compete when the situations might not be ideal,” said Hehn. Sophomore Ben Miller said he and other members on the swim team benefit from Hehn’s talent every day. “Coach Hehn is a great coach. I feel like she has so much to teach me and you can really feel her experience kicking in when she critiques your form,” said Miller. Hehn began swimming at age 15. Prior to swimming, she played volleyball and ran track, but a broken wrist caused her to give swimming a shot. “My brother swam before I did and I used to have to go sit at his practice everyday, and one day I just decided that I could beat him,” said Hehn. At Fargo North High School in Fargo, North Dakota, Hehn began her race on the swimming world. She was a High School All-American and a state record holder for the 200 meter breaststroke. Hehn noted that her career took off in her junior year

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SPLASH: The boys swim team practices their dives on February 22. (Left) Junior Jess Walia practices his butterfly stroke during the first week of practice. and we think we can make up for the losses from last year,” said Primachenko. Sean Barnett ’11 was a key part of the team’s success last year, as was senior Nesta Myrie, who will be unable to swim this year due to a shoulder injury. Viewpoint not only won the relay last year but also a CIF championship. But the Patriots lost more swimmers from last year’s team than did the Griffins. “Almost their [Viewpoint’s] entire swim team was seniors,” said Primachenko. Both Primachenko and Wilson expect to pass Viewpoint in the relay and overall

because of Viewpoint’s losses. The Griffin’s freestyle relay also made CIF last year and Wilson expects that relay to improve as well. “Individuals is also something we did very well in,” said Primachenko, who finished sixth in the 100-meter breast stroke race at CIF. “But my current time is faster than what the champion swam last year, and he graduated.” Primachenko also said that both his and Wilson’s times for the 200 meter individual medley, where a single swimmer swims one 50 meter leg of a different stroke: freestyle breast stroke, butterfly,

and backstroke, have improved to be faster than last year’s champion. “It is looking very positive for this year,” said Primachenko. “Also, we have way more swimmers than we had last year. We have well over 30, which, for us, is a lot.” Primachenko thinks the team is fast enough to challenge for the Liberty League title at league finals, where each race counts for points based on each swimmer’s place in that race. Relays count for twice as many points as individual races. The Griffins’ take to the blocks for their first meet on March 6 against Viewpoint.

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INHALE: Swim Coach Keri Hehn takes a breath during the 200 breast stroke at US Nationals.

of high school when she broke multiple state records and received college recruitment interests. After high school, Hehn attended the University of Minnesota, where she was an NCAA All-American and All Big-10 and broke multiple school records. As a senior in college, Hehn was selected to the World University Games team, where over 11,000 athletes came together in Daegu, South Korea, placing eighth in the 200-meter breaststroke, but she feels that this meet was the hardest of her career so far. “The time change was 14 hours ahead, the jet lag was tough, and the food was horrible,” said Hehn. “The Koreans smoked on deck so when you swam the water tasted funny. It was quite the experience but it was how you dealt with the adversity and conditions that toughened you up as an athlete. Needless to say my next international trip went a lot smoother.” Her next international meet came in 2007, when Hehn participated in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “[The Pan American Games] was my favorite meet. It was almost like a dance party on the deck and there were almost 11,000 fans booing us every single time we walked out, so it made us want to race harder. The crowd was almost as loud and crazy as a soccer game,” said Hehn. In 2009, Hehn competed in the World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy. Hehn finished second

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behind the world record holder for the 200 breaststroke. After taking a year off, Hehn is back and training for the 2012 Olympic trials where she hopes to make the team and compete in the 2012 Olympics. “I’m going to be more confident this year. Right before the last race [at 2008 Olympic trials] I got nervous and I changed my race plan and I will never get that nervous again,” said Hehn. Because Hehn is nationally ranked once again, she is constantly drug tested at random times wherever she is. Once a swimmer is top 50 in the world, he or she is selected for drug testing. Once he or she is top 16, then he or she is tested by two different companies and it’s all completely random so the sport stays clean. “They came unannounced wherever you are. For three months I have to give them a calendar of where I’ll be. If I go out of town, which is 45 or more minutes outside of Los Angeles, I must update them. They will honestly come find you wherever,” said Hehn. If the companies cannot find the swimmer, it is considered a missed test. One can only get three missed tests, and after that, the swimmer is ineligible for two years. Hehn will travel with the U.S. team to the Canadian Olympic trials in Montreal, Canada, in March to recruit fast American swimmers for the team to bring back to the U.S. “This will be a good meet to see where I am and what I need to adjust in my training,” said Hehn.

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From Buckley to the Big Apple Lucky number seven, the 201112 Liberty League MVP, has lost only three league games in his career with the boys varsity soccer team. If you were lucky enough to attend the senior night game against Yeshiva on February 2, you were lucky enough to see senior Shawn McNittGray score three goals. In the first five minutes of the game, McNitt-Gray scored his first goal in the box with his left foot. The second was a break away from a defender where McNitt-Gray went one-on-one with the keeper and scored. The third was a race for the ball

between the keeper and McNitt-Gray. Our soccer star got the ball first, kicked the ball over the keeper and scored a third and final time helping the Griffins defeat the Panthers 5-2. And while McNitt-Gray has had quite an impressive four-year career for the Griffins with 63 goals and 33 assists, he is a humble player who hates to brag. “I try to lead by example and I give and take criticism where it’s needed,” said McNitt-Gray. Since his freshman season, McNitt-Gray has been one of the Griffins’ starting forwards (center midfielder). Basically, he is the guy in the middle who tries to score on offense. McNitt-Gray has been playing club soccer since he was 12-years-old and is a member of The Galaxy Alliance – an elite club soccer team. According to McNitt-Gray, club is a lot harder than Liberty League competition. “We play in the CoSoccer League and we’re a Premier team. We play against nationally ranked teams. We even have two of the top 10 teams in the nation in our league,” said McNitt-Gray. Despite all his soccer experience, when McNittGray joined the school team as a h e freshman, what didn’t know to expect. “I was a l i t t l e intimidated that first season, but I was very confident in myself and kind of earned my way in the rankings,” said McNitt-Gray. “I don’t get nervous in games because I’ve had too much experience and have played in too many games.” While this is his first year as team captain alongside senior Michael Vanhal, McNitt-Gray says that he leads by example whereas Vanhal leads vocally. “Shawn is a fantastic player. Since our freshman year, he’s been playing like a veteran. His numbers are ridiculous this year and I think he absulutely deserves the [league] MVP award,” said Vanhal. “Shawn has a perfect soccer IQ and even though his shot is one of the best shots I’ve seen, he’s the most unselfish player on our team,” said sophomore Eric Fett. McNitt-Gray led the Griffins to a strong 7-1 record in league this season and was a primary contributor to the squad’s third consecutive Liberty League title. McNitt-Gray had his best

Griffin season with 23 goals 20 games and seven assists to go with it. McNitt-Gray has four hat tricks this season, including four goals against Rolling Hills Prep on February 9. While this season is a clear success, the 2010-11 season was McNitt-Gray’s favorite. “We had a really solid team. Undefeated in league, second round of playoffs. We should have won that game against Beaumont and it really hurt to lose that game,” said McNitt-Gray. As McNitt-Gray’s days as a Griffin are coming to an end, he was accepted early

decision and will play division three soccer at NYU this fall. “I started the whole recruiting process around sophomore year. I went to soccer ID camps and met with

coaches, emailed b a c k and forth, made calls, a n d left messages. I made a video; it’s on Youtube,” said McNittGray. McNitt-Gray created the video so that collegiate level coaches could see him play in college showcase tournaments. One of the biggest tournaments McNitt-Gray participated in was a Philadelphia ID camp. At the end of the week, McNitt-Gray was invited to start in the all star game with 21 other kids – players in the all star game had their personal information sent out to over 3,000 schools. “The NYU coach contacted me junior year. I met with him on the college tour, talked to him about the school and about how he’s running the team. It’s division three so it’s not too overwhelming but it’s still an intense level and he’s a great coach. I watched NYU play and they’re a technically gifted team that I look forward to playing with,” said McNitt-Gray. Because the jump from a high school senior to a college freshman will require a higher level of dedication, McNitt-Gray plans on committing to an intense cardiovascular, weight, and physical development program over the summer. “At the end of the day, I’m going to miss my Griffin team. The second trimester is the best time of the year. I’m going to miss coach Pearce and all the soccer lessons he has taught me. It has truly been a blast,” said McNitt-Gray.



BIG SHAWN: Senior Shawn McNitt-Gray dribbles towards the goal while holding off Tahquitz junior Mitchell Mendez in the Griffins’ first round of CIF playoffs, a game they lost in overtime 2-1.








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in memoriam

Steven Yampolsky April 7, 1995 - February 14, 2012 Diagnosed with cancer in December 2010, junior Steven Yampolsky passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on the evening of February 14. Members of the community gathered on campus to honor Steven at a memorial on February 17.

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Strong. Of all the words that have been used to define Steven Yampolsky, that word recurs the most. Near the end of 2010, Steven’s knee began to hurt. During a pre-season tennis practice, the pain grew to a point where a doctor’s visit was necessary. Within a few days, he’d seen a doctor and the inside of an MRI machine. The results were not what he expected. Steven, who was prepared for a fractured bone or a torn muscle, was diagnosed with bone cancer. But he did not tremble at the thought of cancer. No, Steven stood strong and confident in his ability to fight his illness. Steven fought vehemently until he could not any longer, never showing fear. Instead, Steven spent his final days as he had his entire life: smiling, laughing, and loving. On the evening of Tuesday, February 14, Steven lost his battle with cancer. But Steven’s positivity and strength live on through the lives he touched. Steven joined the Buckley community in 2003 as a third grader and a member of the Class of 2013. Just as much as Steven was brave, courageous, and strong, he was kind, funny, and happy. Not only did his smile light up a room, but it was

contagious. Steven loved to laugh, but he also loved to make others laugh. His love of joy and laughter could only be rivaled by two things: a love of the Lakers and tennis. An avid sports fan, Steven watched his favorite franchise’s games religiously. When the Lakers won, he won. When they lost, he lost. In the midst of his cancer treatment, Steven met former Laker Lamar Odom and made sure to tell him that watching Laker victories made his treatments “a little bit easier.” Steven was dedicated to the Lakers, just as he was to everything he valued. Steven joined the Griffin tennis program in Middle School as the only seventh grader on the varsity team. His passion for the game was immense, identifiable not only from his skill, but his professional attire complete with Rafa Nadal-inspired bandana. Despite making the high school varsity team his freshman year, Steven still strived to improve his skills before what would have been his sophomore season, when he would have had a starting singles spot in the lineup. In every aspect of his life, Steven’s smile was a constant reminder of not only his humor and happiness, but his positivity and strength. His smile will never be forgotten.

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wednesday, february 29, 2011

in memoriam

Steven Yampolsky

Steven “This is so unreal. It doesn’t make sense.” “Your strength and bravery have inspired me to do more and to do everything better.”

“I barely even knew you and you’re leaving a mark on my being. You were a kind, kind soul and it’s not fair at all.”

“Your smile, your laughter, and, most importantly, your strength will always remain ingrained in my mind and heart.”

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