Montgomery County purchases Accuplacer, allows students to succeed, p. A3
Volume 15 Number 2
James Hubert Blake High School
Silver Spring, MD
November 16, 2012
Life of Pi film adaptation features alumnus’ digital artistry Much-anticipated visual effects extravaganza opens Wednesday
Above: Alumnus Raymond Popka uses the program Side Effects Houdini to recreate the waves in the movie. Right: Pi (Actor Suraj Sharma) floats on a raft surrounded by glowing jellyfish. --Photo provided by Raymond Popka
x by Janine Taira & Nicole Sterling Lights, Camera, Action; fame and fortune are things that typical high school students only dream about for their future. However, alumnus Raymond Popka is proof that this goal is not impossible to reach. Popka graduated from Blake in 2007 and furthered his education at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in Atlanta, Georgia. For 15 months, Popka worked on Life of Pi, a movie that premieres Wednesday. “This would probably have to be the biggest project I ever worked on,” Popka says. “I did a fair amount of work in general in the film, and I was really proud of myself.” Popka is an “entry level technical director,” or software technician, who specializes in effects, which is recreating physical phenomena such as water, fire, smoke
and destruction. The discipline generally encompasses anything that is not modeled, textured or animated. Popka says, “Digital FX is a pretty complex thing. It takes a lot of artists, it takes a lot of management, it takes a lot of direction.” While Popka was working on his senior project at SCAD, he was recruited by the company Rhythm and Hues. “They saw my project and were like, ‘Oh, we want you. You know what you’re doing,’” says Popka. Popka was responsible for simulating the water effects in the trailer, and he also worked on the flank (or side) elements for the sequence when Pi is sitting on the raft at night, surrounded by bioluminescent jellyfish. “I worked on flank elements for all the shots in that scene,” he says. During a scene when a computer-generated tiger is tossed around in a boat full of water, Popka had to simulate the frothy, turbulent water. He says, “We basically had to
make stormy, sloshy water up close in front of a camera look realistic.” For such a complex shot, around ten artists spent hours laboring. Popka adds, “Our team did a pretty good job with the water composition.” He says, “[Later], you see all the imperfections that you wish you could improve, but to the audience, this is cool, awesome, magical stuff.” Unfortunately, Popka did not see the last screening of Life of Pi at his workplace. He says, “I really wish I had seen the last screening. I’m going to be one of the first people at the midnight opening because I missed my other opportunity.” Popka’s interest in digital art began when he learned 3-D programming on his own. “Be interested, be dedicated, and learn as much as you can on your own,” he says. “Institution is best used as a framework for your own personal knowledge gain. Classes can only teach you so much.”
Tradition in trouble: PTSA faces financial problems for after prom Nearly $25,000 needed to keep hopes of having spring event afloat by Michael Errigo x & Celeste Gregory
One highlight of high school is at risk as the PTSA is currently struggling to find $30,000 to fund this years after prom at Dave & Busters. “Simply put, if we don’t raise enough money, we won’t have an after prom,” says PTSA coordinator Lisa Hedgepath. Right now, around $3,500 has been raised. Multiple fundraising events have been planned including after-school pizza sales every Tuesday, a button sale, and upcoming dine-outs at Ledo’s, Mama Lucia’s, Green Turtle, California Tortilla and Urban Barbecue.
Each year, in addition to raising the funds needed, a reserve fund was available when needed. In 2011 and 2012, all of those reserve funds were depleted,
money without the help of the Blake community. Although donations are greatly appreciated, volunteering is also important. “[After prom] happens through the efforts
Simply put, if we don’t raise enough money, we won’t have an after prom. PTSA coordinator Lisa Hedgepath leaving us with a zero balance to start this year’s efforts. The PTSA cannot raise enough
of parent volunteers throughout the school year,” adds Hedgepath. After prom is a safe, supervised and
structured place to be between midnight and 5:00am after the prom. It is an alternative way to enjoy the rest of the evening without getting involved with inappropriate things “It’s a fun way to stay out of trouble and hang out with friends,” says senior Megan Cameron. Although after prom is geared toward juniors and seniors, it can also affect freshman and sophomores. Not raising enough money this year can have repercussions for years to come. Says Hedgepath, “If you are a parent of a freshman [or sophomore] and want your child to attend after prom as a junior or senior, you must get involved now, both financially and by volunteering.”
Omigod! Stage Company totally does justice to Legally Blonde: The Musical, p. A4-5
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November 16, 2012
School community weighs in on Obama’s win, MD issues Re-election, Question 6 surprise please teachers, students alike x by John Beers After all the votes were counted November 6, President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term in the White House, defeating the Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Going into the election, many political pundits saw the election as too close to call, but many students at Blake were confident that President Obama would remain in the oval office. “I wasn’t surprised that Obama won,” says sophomore Keenan Lo. “Once Obama won Wisconsin, I thought it was over.” “I was surprised at the margin of victory,” says AP Government teacher Mary Wag-
ner. “I thought it would go into Wednesday before we knew the result.” While the margin of victory in the Electoral College was projected to be significant, with Obama winning 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206, the election was much closer than meets the eye. Obama took the popular vote 50.6% to 47.9% (a significant decrease from the 2008 election), and was buoyed by surprising victories in swing states such as Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. Says senior Matt Krieger, “I was cautiously optimistic Obama would come out on top. I was certainly nervous because of how incredibly close the race in Florida was.”
Now that the President has assured himself four more years leading our country, the question becomes how he will handle his second term as Commanderin-Chief. Several students feel that the best way is for Obama to push through with his same policies in order to combat the growing debt and markedly high unemployment rates. “The whole point of Obama staying in office is that it’s not going to change as much,” says senior Lydia Curdts, president of the Young Democrats club. “It’s not that there’s not change, it’s just that the change and the goals he has finally have a chance to be put into action.” Even with the status quo
staying the same across the executive and legislative branches of the government, the hope among students is that the government can take a more unified approach in combating the issues the country faces, moving forward. “I think now that the Republicans have realized that they can’t change who is in office the next four years… maybe they will start to accept Obama… so we can finally work as a nation,” says freshman Victoria Nelson. “President Obama campaigned on the idea that the country is going in the right direction… He has had such a stiff opposition from the Republicans in the past two years—I hope both sides can find a way
to work together so that we can accomplish more in the next four years,” adds Ms. Wagner. The other monumental result of the election was the adoption of Question 6, which legalized marriage equality in Maryland. “I believe in equality for everyone [and] I don’t think anyone should be denied the right to marry the one they love,” says Nelson. She adds, “Maryland made history, and I hope I can live to see the day when all states allow it.” With Obama back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and a step toward equality in the books in Maryland, it is sure to be a historic next four years and beyond.
Upcoming winter dance sparks excitement amongst student body SGA strives to make this event a school tradition for years to come x by Dorian Purse & Zema Meseretu This January, the Student Government Association will hold a festive winter dance for students in spirit of the holiday season. “We just wanted a fun activity to keep students excited about school,” says SGA Homecoming week chair Danielle Snowden. This will be the first winter dance in some time, and it has created excitement. “There will be different decorations, because we want you to feel as if you’re in a winter wonderland,” adds Snowden. For many high schools, a winter dance is a tradition that the students look forward to. It is another chance for to gather with friends and have a good time. Last year, there was high anticipation for a spring dance, but lack of ticket sales and student interest led to its cancellation. SGA is putting a lot of thought and
planning into the winter dance in order for it to succeed. “I would love to see how the winter [dance] is going to be,” says junior Alexis Afamefune. Although a date has not been set, the student body is eager to see how the first winter dance will turn out. “The music must be good and up to date, and the price [for a ticket] must be reasonable. Then I believe there will be a big turnout,” says Afamefune. Senior Jean Suazzo shares that more efficient ticket sales and advertisements for the dance would also improve the turnout. “The way homecoming ticket sales went made the interest and experience not as most expected it to be,” says Suazzo. Other neighboring schools, including Paint Branch and Springbrook, have had the idea of having a winter dance as well. “After homecoming we don’t have a chance to have fun until the end of the year, and that’s
only for upperclassmen,” says senior Julia Doh. Like Doh, other students have expressed their disappointment in having school sponsored dances only twice a year. “There’s no use in having a winter formal if it isn’t going to be fun,” she says. Adds senior Everse Pullen, “School gets a little boring without having something to look forward to if you’re not a senior.” Due to the absence of a band during this past homecoming, some students called for performances during the winter dance. SGA aims to make the winter dance a recurring school event. “I hope that this tradition lives on because it’s something that will definitely be memorable,” says Snowden. If this seems like something that may interest you, keep your eyes open for the winter dance towards the end of January. You will definitely not want to miss this opportunity.
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Legally Blonde, 7:30pm Blake Ice Hockey vs. Poolesville @ Rockville Ice Rink, 9:50pm
November 17 Legally Blonde, 7:30pm Varsity Cheerleading MCPS County Cheer Competition
November 19 Deadline for Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program
CALENDAR PTSA General Meeting @ Media Center, 7pm 11th Grade Parent Meeting, 7-8:30pm
November 23 Holiday, School Closed
November 26 Athletic Department Fall Sports Awards Night in Auditorium, 6pm
November 22 Thanksgiving Day, No School
November 27 Winter Sports Parent Meeting in cafeteria, 7pm
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November 16, 2012
Students strive to spread holiday spirit with toy drive Organization to collect gifts for under-privileged, disadvantaged children by Dorian Purse x & Yvette Mingia
Toys for Tots is an organization that has been able to collect toys during the holidays from students that are willingly to give toys to under privileged and disadvantaged children. “The point is that these kids get a real holiday experience,” says English teacher Juliana Downey. Last year was Blake’s first year participating in Toys for Tots. “It was Maddy Bruffy’s idea,” says Mrs. Downey. “She came into class council last year really adamant about the program.” The program is run by current and retired Marine Corps. These Marines volunteer in their spare time to collect toys. Toys for Tots gives children, who normally would not get the luxury, the chance to enjoy the holiday’s with a present. Students all around the community have been opting to donate toys to Toys for Tots. Through the organization people all over the United States have the opportunity to donate. Big businesses join in on the donation, and encourage their customers to donate to the cause. Last year, coming in second in the county
to donate the most toys was a big accomplishment for the class council. “My students really worked hard, constantly nagging other students to donate toys,” adds Mrs. Downey. Last year, the students were delighted with the end results of the program and decided to host it again. “The class of 2013 did this program last year and it was a huge success. We had one of the largest pick-ups in the entire DMV area,” says senior class president Lydia Curdts. Marines were impressed with how many kids were responsive to the program. “We hope to do it again since it went so well last year,” adds Curdts. The only requirement for those wanting to donate to Toys for Tots is to give a new unwrapped toy to the bins that will be in every classroom, the media center, and the guidance office. The program has been providing toys success for the past years that the program has been in full effect. The date for Toys for Tots has not been confirmed yet, but look out for the big red boxes with the Toys for Tots logo. “Knowing that we’re making children’s holiday experience an actual holiday experience makes it worth it,” adds Mrs. Downey.
We hope to do [Toys for Tots] again since it went so well last year.
Graphic by Emily Tchai
SGA takes fundamental steps to encourage Bengals to over achieve
Students help peers become more determined to recieve good grades x by Hannah Kenney Officials have been persistently working on enhancing academic performance of students by creating helpful programs for individuals seeking a way to repair their grades, and develop the determination needed to succeed in school. The Student Government Association has directed their attention towards students drowning in their studies and are looking for a way to keep their head above water. This motivation is said to benefit everyone involved. “By focusing on helping the GPA’s of others, I remember to keep an eye on my own GPA as well,” says Senior Secretary Michael Kister. Student service hours are offered
to students who are willing to participate in Educorps— which is a class that enables students to assist teachers in teaching their class. During this second quarter project, the SGA has many planned strategies in order to motivate students. They began with a “dress like your future career” day, which took place on Halloween. Unfortunately, career day did not get enough publicity due to complications from Hurricane Sandy. Says Senior SGA president Aryn Frazier, “We are working hard every day to develop an effective approach to better student’s grades.” Daily motivational quotes will be displayed on the morning announcements and SGA members are also working on an assembly consisting of
inspirational speakers that will be presented soon. Small but fundamental steps are being taken to improve these low GPA’s. College prep literacy classes are one of the main focuses of SGA members. Classes that focus on improving kids GPA’s are being targeted. “If we can aim to improve the grades of students with the lowest GPA’s, we can over all improve the whole schools average GPA as well,” says senior class council member Maddy Benjoar. All students are encouraged to become involved in this effort to motivate peers to improve grades and stay focused in school. “I really enjoy being involved in helping my classmates,” says Kister. “It really gives me a sense of Blake’s community.”
New accuplacer rules serve to assist pupils seeking higher education Students and staff find county’s way of standardized testing beneficial
by Brenna Noone x & Jacqueline Hyman
Montgomery County bought the Accuplacer test this year in the hopes of providing students more opportunities to do well and earn credit for college classes. The Accuplacer is a placement test used by community colleges, such as Montgomery College, designed to evaluate a student’s readiness for college-level English, reading, and math. Anyone who earns less than 550 on the reading or math section of the SAT should take the Accuplacer. Even though there is no definite way to prepare for the test, it is still crucial that students take it seriously and practice for the exam. Alumna Niki Byrd says, “It is important to prepare and do your best on the Accuplacer because it can really influence how well you do in school.” If a student does not pass the Accuplacer, he or she will be placed in remedial classes that do not earn college credit and this can prolong his or her time in college, which lengthens the time it takes to obtain a degree. Teachers and administrators rec-
ommend taking the Accuplacer earlier rather than later, to leave room for retakes. Career Center coordinator Kathy Moore says, “It doesn’t pay to delay. Take it now to determine if you need remediation.” To avoid placement in non-credit remedial courses, students should prepare from now until April for the official Accuplacer. Many students think that the county’s purchase of the Accuplacer is advantageous for students who plan on attending community college. It allows students to take the test several times, whereas before students could only take the test once for free. “I think it is a great addition,” says senior Anna Galeano. “It really helps if you struggle at first, but want another shot at doing well [on the test].” Unfortunately, while taking the Accuplacer can be beneficial, not many students are set on attending a community college—and therefore, do not plan on taking the test. Senior Dan D’Amico, who took the test October 17, says, “Not many people I know [took the Accuplacer].” While Byrd felt the test was difficult, Galeano and D’Amico found the test easy. “It was challenging at times, but easy for the most part,” says Galeano.
Graphic by Janine Taira
November 16, 2012
The Blake Beat
Photos by Becca Schwartz & John Kos
Stage Company goes pink for Legally Blonde the Musical by Ann Cirincione x & Maryam Outlaw After months of preparation, the Blake Stage Company debuted Legally Blonde: the Musical, a theatrical performance based on the popular film, last Friday to entertain students, friends, and family. Legally Blonde: the Musical follows the story of a young, often underestimated, sorority girl who chases her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in hopes of winning his love back, staying true to herself along the way. Says Director Michel D’Anna, “[Legally Blonde’s message is to] be who you really are and reach for being the best person you can
be without being shaped by social or peer pressures to stereotype you.” The cast and crew have been rehearsing two and a half hours every day for eight weeks, the last two of which consuming both evenings and weekends. “I have been working with some of these kids just about year-round since freshman year,” says senior Jourdan Lewanda, double-cast with junior Kirsten Hines as Paulette. Adds Lewanda, “We fight, and cry, and laugh, and have gone through high school together, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more special than them.” Junior Becca Glatt, portraying the heroine Elle Woods, double-cast with junior Michelle Carter, is passionate
about the character she is playing in the fall production. Says Glatt, “Her journey is really much more complex than people realize. Although she starts out at Harvard for the wrong reasons, she stays for all the right ones.” The cast and crew performed Legally Blonde last Friday and Saturday as well as yesterday. “I thought it went really well,” says senior Calvin Perry. “This is a really good show [to perform].” Perry plays Professor Callahan, doublecast with senior Sam Jaffe, and feels the production has “improved a lot.” Carter, also enthusiastic about the show, feels that her peers are consistently working hard. “The whole thing with putting on our show is that we hope to keep
it at the same caliber it is every time, so we’re just really excited to keep putting on a great show,” says Carter. Legally Blonde will also be performed tonight and tomorrow night. Senior Charles Harper, who plays the role of Emmett, says, “[Tonight and tomorrow night are] going to be ten billion times better…it’s just going to be fantastic.” Students, friends, and family can see Legally Blonde at 7:30 pm in the auditorium for $12 general admission. Tickets will be available at the door. “I hope [the audience] smiles and appreciates what we’ve worked to do,” says Lewanda. “I am grateful for every person that comes to see us perform, and I hope they like it as much as we do.”
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November 16, 2012
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November 16, 2012
“Superstorm” Sandy devastates East Coast, Caribbean Hurricane creates major issues with floods, falling trees, power outages
x by Priya Dadlani
Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, touched down on the East Coast on October 29, affecting millions of people and destroying hundreds of communities. Sandy was the tenth hurricane of the year’s hurricane season and had winds as high as 110 miles per hour. Devastating portions of the Caribbean, MidAtlantic, and Northeastern regions, Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of 185 people. Ranking as the second most costly hurricane ever, Hurricane Sandy resulted, disrupting businesses, who lost $50 billion in prospective profits. However, many students feel that Sandy was over-exaggerated. Says senior Cole Bradshaw, “I feel that we could have had school on October 29 and 30. We just wasted a lot of time staying home doing nothing.” Although New York, New Jersey, and even Ocean City, Maryland
experienced a lot of damage from Sandy, Montgomery County was not devastated. Two days off from school were precautionary measures against the heavy rain and wind. Although distant from the places that were hit hard from the hurricane, many Marylanders were affected by the stories of the victims. Says freshman Kayla Taylor, “After hearing about the growing rate of deaths due to Sandy I couldn’t help but feel blessed to not have been in the middle of it all.” Most of the deaths were caused by falling trees and tumultuous waters that came on land. Enhanced by global warming, this powerful storm was called a “superstorm,” a combination of “a tropical storm with an extra-tropical storm.” The storm acquired additional energy from rare, very warm currents off the North American East Coast. Junior David Steele says, “Global warming has a very serious effect on our environment and some people don’t realize that until it is too late.”
There was only slight damage in Maryland, most of it taking place in Ocean City. According to Governor Martin O’Malley, the pier is “half-gone.” Also, in Howard County, there was a sewage overflow caused by a power outage during which raw sewage spilled at a rate of 2 million gallons per hour into the Little Patuxent River October 30. “Seeing Ocean City devastated like that really broke my heart,” says senior Patrick Richard. Parts of New York and New Jersey were out of power for almost two weeks, and many were relocated for that duration. “It was weird seeing New York City flooding,” says senior Estefania Velez. “You never picture a big city like that getting so devastated by a hurricane.” Sandy produced the most damage ever done to the 108-year-old New York City subway system, and it was the first time New York Stock Exchange closed for two days due to weather since the Great Blizzard of 1888.
Bengal Cafe rewards student with new position of product manager by John Kos x & Jacqueline Hyman While taking Entrepreneurship 2 this year, junior David Shipler has become one of the first juniors to obtain the position of product manager in the Bengal Café. Entrepreneurship teacher Fred Katz does not choose managers based on seniority. “It is based on individual qualifications and skills, not the class they are in,” he says. However, in the past only seniors have been qualified for the positions. Mr. Katz believes that having
the juniors as managers has worked well, even though they will gain more responsibilities over time. Mr. Katz was confident that Shipler could do the job he needed him to do. He says, “I had them as sophomores so I was already able to analyze their skills.” He also decided to appoint juniors as managers because he knows that they will be able to train students next year. “I was sort of shocked at first, since I’m not a senior, but I’m really glad that I am [a product manager],” says Shipler. He takes his job very seriously,
and knows what is required of him. He adds, “I think I received my position because Mr. Katz thought I could handle it and saw my potential to be really good in business.” Mr. Katz chooses management positions for students who display and use their leadership skills, and hopes to create an experience similar to real business. “It’s the same as the real world,” says Mr. Katz. “Yes, you can get fired at the Bengal Café.” Students create comprehensive business plans and take home exams throughout the semester. “It is a difficult business
class,” says Shipler, “but you definitely learn a lot from it.” Shipler enrolled in Entrepreneurship 2 because he is interested in pursuing business in college. “I thought it would be a good idea to get started early,” he says. Students get hands-on job experience and a business education similar to an undergraduate course. As a product manager, Shipler makes his main jobs calling orders, restocking and rotating the shelves, and selling the products to students. Manager status is granted to the best students and comes with added
responsibilities. “I wouldn’t say so much a higher position, just different responsibilities,” says Shipler. Entrepreneurship 2 students are required to work at the school store; for Entrepreneurship 1 students, a job at the café is optional. “We work as a team and you have to function as a whole,” says Shipler. The school’s store runs efficiently, serving four to five customers a minute by assigning each person his/her own salesperson. Shipler adds, “Everybody makes sure it runs—that’s why we run so smoothly.”
It is a difficult business class, but you definitely learn a lot from it.
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November 16, 2012
Juniors Jacqueline Villatoro and Christian Sabatino earned 2nd place in the “Cha Cha Cha” category at the Monday Night 2012 Latin Dance Competition. Senior Mariuxi Pintado received the Leadership Award. Fuego Latino would like to thank all the staff and administration for their support. Thanks to all who came to cheer them on! n n n The BlakeReads Fantasy Book Club will be holding a meeting November 27 at lunch in the Media Center meeting room. Be ready to discuss quality texts focused on the theme of “Retold Myths and Tales” while exploring conversations with other avid readers. n n n Key Club officers president Lillian Hallmark, vice president Eunseo Kim, treasurer Michelle Yeung, secretary Helena Waks and editor Isabel Rodriguez were honored by the Kiwanis at Leisure World for their service. Key Club raised $225.00 by selling candy grams to Congrats to the Blake Varsity Football team on making the playoffs. -----------------------------JOIN BLACK COFFEE SOCIETY: BLAKE’S STUDENT UNION -----------------------------Talk to DanDan. Then all your prob lems will be solved. -----------------------------Lindsey has a stalker...it’s Zach -----------------------------Chipotle is deathly -----------------------------70¢ JOIN YOUNG DEMOCRATS... WE’VE GOT JACKETS -----------------------------Deer Park Girls, it refreshes -----------------------------If I don’t reply to your texts... it’s not because my phone died. -----------------------------STOP PARKING IN SPACE 65! -----------------------------I SEE YOU WHITE ACURA^^^ -----------------------------Shout out to Mrs.Downey for being the bestest! -----------------------------HAPPY BIRTHDAY WESLEY -----------------------------OBAMA WON I’M GOING TO COLLEGE MA! -----------------------------Pradip & Priya <3 #PRAPRI #TEAMINDIA -----------------------------Come see the dance dimension this Saturday. -----------------------------Go support the Blake Varsity Cheerleading team @Blair tommorrow. -----------------------------Happy Anniversary Calvin <3 -----------------------------I love you Siggy <3 -----------------------------Zach Kushner loves Andrea more than Chipotle -----------------------------JOIN THE HONOR ENGLISH SOCIETY! -----------------------------etsy.com/shop/dontworrybehappy -----------------------------Donate to NHS! -----------------------------BUY BRACELETS FROM JOURDAN!
donate to a fundraiser called Project Eliminate through UNICEF to help eliminate neonatal and infant tetanus. n n n Blake High School will have its first video game tournament for in the amphitheater at lunch from December 4 to December 7. Students and staff will play for prizes, including gift cards to Best Buy, Target, Ledo’s Pizza, Blake Winter Athletic Passes, etc. Sign up for four dollars with Mr. Ritzenberg in E269. n n n Tomorrow the Leo Club will be participating in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Silver Spring. Those who are interested should meet at the Silver Spring Civic Center at 7:30am. The parade is expected to end around 1:30pm. Bundle up, bring your friends, and have some fun while earning SSL hours! n n n Senior Franchesca Kuhney has made the Gazette All County volleyball team. She has par-
ticipated in the Varsity Girls Volleyball team for the past four years. She was captain this year. n n n Senior Tierra Sweat works with the Montgomery County Government Health and Human Services. She works with the counseling and child welfare services division. senior Rachel Hewitt is serving an apprenticeship in geophysics at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. n n n The Huntington Learning Center will be offering a free full-length mock SAT to juniors and sophomores at Blake on Saturday, December 1 at 8am. Interested students need to register with Mr. Tyrell or Ms. Hayes by Monday, November 26. n n n Tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation will host its award-winning “Preparing for Success” seminar at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus. The program will be free to all participants.
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November 16, 2012
Deadly threat to all of humanity buzzes into classroom
Panic-stricken teachers, students still shaken by tragic insect event
x by Michael Errigo Chaos reigned yesterday as a flying object entered a classroom, sparking ten plus minutes of pure fear and pandemonium amongst the students present. Authorities have released a statement saying they believe the object to have been…a bee. The disturbance occurred at exactly 12:37pm and cost the class a good 14 minutes of learning time as students got up and some even left the classroom. “I was blindsided,” says one of the victims amidst sobs. “I guess a window was open. I hadn’t even noticed. Before I knew it, I was being thrown headfirst into a nightmare.” Research done at the scene of the crime shows that a window had been open and, because bees fly through the air, this allowed the insect to enter the classroom. The flame of fear was fanned after one of the students
in the classroom with the bee sent out a mass text message alerting his friends and family of the bug’s presence in hopes they would get to safety. “Threat Level: Yellow and Black,” the text read. The student spoke in code, just in case the bee read his texts and decided to take out his anger on the innocent boy. “I had a friend who had a friend who was in the bee classroom,” says one student. “My heart goes out to him and his family.” When polled on what the chances were that the bee would actually sting them, most students projected the risk to be between 75 and 95 percent. Some of the kids may have an allergy to these bees and a cautionary approach is more than understandable. However, unless the class in session is living with a Deadly Bee Allergy, the chances that all of these kids possess that allergy are little to none. This event was the second of its kind in the past week
as students are still recovering from the appearance of a stink bug in an English class Monday. That event, the first of its kind so far this year, shook that classroom and the school community to its core. So, to have a second appearance, this one involving a deadly killing machine such as a bee, has students on edge. “It really makes you think about what’s important in this life,” says another student. “You never know when one of these monsters will come buzzing into your classroom and turn your life around.” Students and staff alike hope that the future holds many things: recovery, peace, and unity in the face of great danger. One thing they hope the days ahead do not hold is another aerial attack. “I remember I was at the bank when Kennedy was shot,” says the teacher of the affected class. “And I was right there at that blackboard when the bee entered the classroom.”
Fifty shades of black: Students tired of being labeled based on skin Society needs to respect racial mixes, not sort everyone into one group by Chante Goodger x & Dorian Purse Our country was founded on the statement, “All men are created equal.” Well if that is the case, then why is the complexion of one’s skin a controversial topic within ethnic communities? As young adults we have been brought up to think the lighter, the brighter, the better. Complexion has become a definition of what “beauty” embodies. It is understandable that cultures from centuries ago looked upon fairer skin as more attractive than darker skin—skin color used to be a visual representation of
social status, revealing the amount of time one spent in the sun. But this has only created an atmosphere for self-hate amongst our younger generation. Honestly people, times have changed and history is still evolving. The media is partly to blame for this dysfunctional thought process of our society today. Many Celebrities are looked at as role models, but when stars like Lil Kim and Caribbean artist Vypz Kartel get their skin bleached, it misleads most of society into thinking that it is ethnically acceptable to strive for a
lighter skin tone. They may preach to the public that one should love themselves regardless of how they look, but it’s quite evident that they don’t seem to follow their own
people are different shade does not make them any less human, but we doubt that it will ever be possible for many of us, as human beings, to stop categorizing each other by color like a bunch of Crayola’s. Although society has come a long way from the brown paper bag test, we are forgetting that we were once in this together. If we keep going down the present road, then we will always be a color or a category. We are already being humanly classified when it comes to checking a box on the ballots that ask, “Caucasian,
We have been brought up to think the lighter, the brighter, the better. advice. It seems as though people have a fogged perspective of what is morally correct. Just because
African American, Asian, Native American/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/ Latin American, or other?” If only society realized that many of us are not just one race, but that we are a melting pot of races and cultures that cannot be put into subdivisions. In our situation we always feel that we are obligated to put African American, although we are of Caribbean descent and mixed with many races. Just like many other people, we feel as if we should have the option of checking more than one race. We want to be represented for what we are, and not what society depicts us as.
This means war: Google vs. Bing Two sites go head to head for public’s web-browsing needs
x by Emma Friedman
Search, enter, go, explore, find, I’m feeling lucky, magnifying glass. Fall head over heels into the wonder of all that is viral upon entering the websites of Google or Bing, popular search engines that lead to an everlasting, endless extent of encyclopedic enactments. Features of Google and Bing are comparable: they emphasize certain facets such as social media, artistic appearance or appeal and general offerings, but Google displays a more impressive array of innovation. Bing presents Hotmail or Windows emails while Gmail lets users have more social networking connections and greater association to the powerful name Google. Google implemented the Chrome browser offering users the ability to make documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, a more convenient tool than regular browsers. Bing only lets users see Facebook friends’ pictures in one location. Google+ is its own social networking site, where users can share life details with friends. Google Play provides internet shopping for music, videos, books, and apps like Apple’s online iTunes store. Bing’s “safe searches” limit information that falls under the “inappropriate adult content,” category, allowing room for error and/or bias. The Google doodles, with a private team of “doodlers,” or, inventers of designs, quickly attract and teach users about history or celebrations. Bing’s changing backgrounds illustrate scenes featuring Hotspots. These four squares detail web page links about the thought provoking picture of that day, but it requires more user effort than glancing at Google’s doodles. When typing into Bing, search results only appear if the entire phrase searched exists in the headlines of articles, omitting many other possibilities. Google displays links with any word from the search query in the headlines of articles, which produces complete, thorough results. Many students automatically use Google because it is common knowledge that Google is supreme. Both websites provide a multitude of useful information but Google’s innovations far outweigh Bing’s common or substandard attempts at captivating the computer savvy, versatile minds of the 21st century.
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November 16, 2012
Sterling supplies all the answers to your burning questions From Thanksgiving to jeans, senior fills minds with words of wisdom x by Nicole Sterling What is your favorite thanksgiving costume? Thanksgiving is about showing appreciation for the Native Americans. So my favorite thanksgiving costume would have to be an Indian costume; thanks to my feathered friends for helping out the pilgrims! What is something universal that every guy looks for in a girl besides looks? Ladies, for this question I went out and asked some guys for what they looked for: Guy 1: “She has to be funny and easy going.” Guy 2: “A girl that can help me bring out myself and be there for me. A girl that is down to earth not infatuated with cliché trends and knows her identity.” Guy 3: “A girl that is consistent with her character and is always herself.” Is it bad that I wear sweatpants every day? Not at all! If you feel comfortable and yourself in what you’re wearing, it shouldn’t matter how often you wear it. For all you sweatpants lovers out there, keep up the swag! How often should I wash my hair? A hair stylist will tell you to wash your hair every other day because shampooing every day dries out the natural oils in your hair. However, everyone is different and some people need to wash their hair every day because it gets oily. For oily hair, only condition the ends of your hair. Since there is excess oil at the scalp, that’s all the nutrients your hair needs. Also avoid over-touching your hair; running your fingers through your hair will only deposit more oil from the finger tips. Depends on the person! Is a girl attracted to a guy who can cook? It’s most definitely a pleasant surprise for a girl to hear, her guy can cook and not to be met with, “baby, can you make me a sandwich.” Guys, if you want to impress your girl, try surprising them with a dinner sometime: guaranteed good results! What kind of jeans do girls prefer to see on their guy? Finding the perfect pair of jeans that are both comfortable and flattering isn’t easy. Girls like to see guys in jeans that show off their assets, no pun intended. This does not mean skin tight pants or really loose baggy pants, because that just looks sloppy. Go shopping with a girl—they’ll show you right from wrong.
Seemingly endless election finally comes to close with Obama’s victory x by Aryn Frazier I willingly admit to my unending bias when it comes to political parties and candidates and elections. But, apart from the joy I felt when Barack Obama surpassed the 270 electoral votes he needed to continue as president, I felt relief. Yes, there was relief because I had been holding my breath in anticipation since the Republican primaries. And there was relief that the programs and freedoms I support like equal pay for equal work, and civil rights, and economic support for the middle class would remain. And there was relief that the anticipated Supreme Court retirees would not have their replacements picked by a man who said he would choose judges with the specific intent for them to overturn Roe v. Wade. There was relief that a man who privately disowned and condemned 47 percent of all Americans would not be the man making decisions for 100 percent of the country. All of that was good, and it all ran through my mind in the moments after the winner was announced, but
the real relief was felt at the fact that democracy refused to be compromised by corporate money, or false advertisements, or disgusting attempts to reignite racial hatred.
Over the course of this presidential election, it is estimated that both parties spent close to 1 billion dollars. This money was spent on advertising that told blatant lies. You see, I’ve adopted this phrase in the past few months
to describe the Romney camp: it’s not a lie if you really believe it, and Mitt Romney seemed to believe all of the things he said, never revoking a statement, even when the facts looked him in the eye and told him he was wrong. In fact, his campaign said early on that they would be “dictated by fact checkers” and although they had trouble sticking to other claims and positions, they held steadfast to this principle throughout the entire campaign. I guess what I’m getting at is that if Mitt Romney had won, the country wouldn’t have fallen apart, in fact, because it’s already on a path to economic recovery—it probably would have continued to improve financially. But the country would have had its version of democracy redefined into one where the winner is not determined by grassroots efforts or laid out plans or even the truth, but instead by which campaign can gain the most special-interest support, and by proxy, have the most corporate money at their disposal. No matter which way you lean politically, that world is scarier than either of the apocalyptic states predicted by the other side if their opposition had won.
Student weighs validity of SAT versus cost, worry it brings students x by Marce Erica Adegbembo The SAT, an assessment that colleges require students to take in order to make their mark, should be called the Standardized Aggravating Test. What if it doesn’t express the full potential of students trying to attend his or her desired college, and the school may miss out on the honor of having the next Bill Gates among its student body? For half of our junior or senior year we worry about taking the SAT: studying, taking expensive classes and pulling out our hair. The irrelevance of the SAT is what really annoys students. “It’s not fair that they use the SAT to determine your academic skills,” says senior Michael Frimpong.
The Center for Fair and Open Testing, opponents of the SAT, hopes to eliminate the SAT to give everyone a chance to not miss out on a quality education. If students only had to worry about passing their classes, maybe the United States wouldn’t have more than three mil-
isn’t for me.” GPA’s show the work ethic students put into their education. High scores on the SAT, however, do not. Three hours and forty-five minutes of doing the best one can on a test that, in some cases, defines a person’s career is not enough time because of the great
We worry about taking the SAT: studying, taking expensive classes and pulling out our hair. lion high school dropouts, and if colleges paid attention to GPA’s more than SAT scores, many students, such as senior Henoke Bekele, wouldn’t be saying, “College
importance it holds. “Some portions of the test should be timed and some portions shouldn’t,” says senior Roman Borris. Longer test time allows students the
opportunity to answer to the best of their ability. The ACT is just as bad as the SAT. It is supposed to be “easier” because it has questions that have to do with what students actually learn in class, but it is just another Aggravating Chthonic Test (You are welcome; I just taught you a good SAT word. Congrats). Dear College Admission directors, please understand students’ frustration with this aggravating test and make decisions based on the hard work students put into their academics in school. Do not admit people on a test that evaluates their total ability in four hours because those long four years of preparing were not just for show. By the way, Chthonic means hellish.
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November 16, 2012
Tests become focus of classes, students no longer really learn Senior expresses her frustration on over-emphasis of test-taking skills
x by Aliya Dean
Is it really too much to ask to spend our lives learning things without being tested on them? The amount of material students retain is not equivalent to their learning. It’s all become a means of memorization. Learning should be effortless; it should happen because a student is interested in what’s being taught instead of flustered by what’s to come. If I hear that a test is coming up, I immediately get anxious and begin to forget most of the things I memorized. It’s a reflex that I have with tests—it’s hard to explain because I’m not sure as to why it happens. I think it has to do with the pressure of tests’ impacts on my grade, especially if they’re not retakable. But then I realized that the whole time I hadn’t really been learning—I was just doing what I needed to do to maintain a passing grade. When students spend their school year doing such, they aren’t truly learning anything. The best learning is done when you’re unaware that you’re actually learning. My family and I took a trip up and down the west coast over
the summer to California, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah. I learned about Native-American reservations, the science behind Yellow Stone National Park and the reason why certain organisms live where they do, the history behind bread-making in California, and so much more. I actually learned. My parents didn’t whip out a packet inked with strenuous questions and a scantron that can only be taken with a number two pencil and say, “you have 40 minutes.” I didn’t need a test to prove that I learned. Like a majority of the student body, I am a horrible test taker. The school curriculum is based on these tests that could make or break students’ grades. Teachers adapt and begin to teach to the test instead of teaching to teach. It’s not fair for teachers to have their teaching ability determined by a mere test. They are expected to cover information in a restricted amount of time and have students ready for a big test at the end of the year, or at the end of each semester. It’s hard to break students out of the habit of memorization; it’s been so ingrained into us. If there’s one thing I learned throughout my school career, it’s how to memorize effectively.
The school curriculum is based on these tests that could make or break students’ grades.
Taylor Swift’s new album is a fairytale, “Love Story” for senior fan Singer/Songwriter changes genre, while being true to country roots
x by Brenna Noone Taylor Swift is a lyrical genius, a masterful song-writer, and an all-around mega superstar who has held the entertainment industry captive since her debut album in 2006. However, she is trying to encompass so many different types of genres in her more current music and attempting to appease all musiclovers that she is sometimes disappointing her devoted country-pop fans. Swift started her career with her selftitled album, which consisted of famous country hits, like “Our Song” and “Teardrops on my Guitar.” Then she released Fearless which incorporated a little more pop into her country twang, but her music was still pre-
dominantly country. On the release of Speak Now, Swift started to sway more towards pop and less towards country, although there was still a hint of the genre. In her most recent album, Red, most of the music is pop or alternative. She has totally abandoned country music and her devoted country fans that have followed her from the beginning are disappointed. Red songs like, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “22”, and “Red” have mostly elec-
tronic instruments and very little acoustic, which is pop’s signature. Other songs like “State of Grace” and “The Last Time” are basically alt-pop. Where is the country? She has abandoned her initial genre of success— country—and has given in to pop and indie music that sells the most and makes the most money. Many journalists and reporters mark Taylor Swift as a “crossover artist,” but many of her disappointed fans just see her as a traitor to country music. However harsh
She has abandoned her initial genre of success.
that claim may be, there is some validity in it. Red has absolutely no hint or indication of country music and it is understandable that her country fans would be frustrated. Obviously, this was a shock to her fans who waited and waited for her new album. Taylor Swift is still an incredible artist, and I’ve got to say, her songs are still insanely amazing and creative. I just wish she would have stayed true to herself and had that renowned country twang that instigated her success in 2006. However much I want to say I don’t like her music, it is basically impossible to hate Swift’s songs—even now her pop and indie tunes are so creative and catchy that I’m going to have to admit I have a few on my iPod.
Broke high-schooler holds servers to high standards come tip time
Service gratuities seen as something earned, not necessarily required x by Brittany Hargrave You are sitting at T.G.I. Friday’s chowing down on your food with friends when the check comes. You look down at it, baffled by how expensive the meal was. The dilemma: to tip or not to tip? If you’re anything like me, you will assess whether your waiter was tip-worthy or not. Replay the events of the night and ask yourself the following questions. Was he friendly? Did he look presentable? Was he a sweaty, greasy mess? Was he breathing over your food? How quickly did he bring you the check? I’m a student, and like most students I’m basically broke. So I don’t have money to blow on a so-so waiter who did a mediocre job. If that waiter wants a tip from me, service should be five-star. However, if the service is five-star and you choose not to tip, don’t be surprised when there’s saliva in your food the next time you eat there. Tipping is a way of showing your appreciation to waiters for their hard work. But if their service is not up to par, forget the tip. You shouldn’t feel obligated to tip everyone, but there are some people who should never leave without at least 15 percent in their hands. The pizza delivery guy, for instance, spends his time using his GPS and driving to your house, then waiting outside with a scalding hot pizza in his hands while you leisurely walk to the door. If you take the pizza and slam the door in his face, you better believe it doesn’t end there. Just remember, he knows where you live.
Valet service is also tip-worthy. You’ll most likely encounter valet at fancy restaurants, hotels, or formal events. Though it may be tempting to hop out of your car and simply hand your car keys off, make sure that you leave a little something behind for the valet. After all, you trust them with your car, and you don’t want that to be the last time you see them—or your vehicle. Then you have those places that make you wonder, “What am I tipping for?” The other day, for example, I walked into Yogiberry and ordered my usual cake batter. I headed to the register when I noticed a tip box. I understand tipping people who provide some sort of service, but tipping a cashier? Am I tipping her for ringing me up, or did she help me in some way that I wasn’t aware of?
I don’t have money to blow on a so-so waiter who did a mediocre job.
November 16, 2012
Students need Hygiene 101
Walking into school every morning, our eyes start to water. The stench of stinky teenagers with bad cases of body odor lingers through the hallways. It is really not that difficult to take ten minutes in the morning to wash yourself with soap and water. The same goes for the extreme cases of halitosis in the school. It is becoming an epidemic. While showering in the morning, why not take some time to brush your teeth? Try and be a multi-tasker. Squeeze that minty Colgate Total toothpaste onto your fresh Oral- B toothbrush and scrub away. Yellow teeth and bad breath are a double no-no. While walking to AP Biology class in D hallway, we smell the jungle. Students are pouring out of
No excuses, just excellence.
The Beat, named the state’s best student newspaper by the Maryland Scholastic Press Association for four of the last five years, is published monthly by journalism students at James Hubert Blake High School. Co-Editors-in-Chief John Beers Michael Errigo Janine Taira Associate Editors Tara Adhatamsoontra, Priya Dadlani, Emily Eaglin, Danny Gonzalez, Chante Goodgeer, Jane Hwang, Zema Meseretu, Yvette Mingia, Andrea Ortiz, Dorian Purse, Nicole Sterling Director of Photography Sami Wright Director of Business Operations Aryn Frazier Directors Jenna Beers (Graphics), Ann Cirincione (News), Maryam Outlaw (News), Emma Friedman (Opinion), Aliya Dean (Features), Celeste Gregory (Features), Hannah Kenney (Features), Jamil Gordon (Sports), John Kos (Sports), Zach Kushner (Sports), Michelle Ung (Sports), Jacqueline Hyman (Fine Arts), Jamie Nathlar (Fine Arts) News Managing Editors Anjelica Grant, Emily Tchai Opinion Managing Editors Marce-Erica Adegbembo, Brittany Hargrave, Marina McCaney, Brenna Noone Features Managing Editors Paul Choi, Emily George Sports Managing Editors Kwame Asante, Caroline Wannen Fine Arts Managing Editor Emily Tempchin Photo Managing Editors Paola Arbaiza, Becca Schwartz, John Kos Graphics Managing Editor Heidi Petersen Freelance Photographers Dennis Chan, Allie Marcus Adviser Joseph A. Caulfield
the gym locker rooms, sweaty and disgusting. How about bringing a towel to school and wiping entire body after gym class? Wear deodorant, spray cologne, and wash your face. No one wants to smell your cheesy armpits. Too many times we see people use the bathroom and walk out without washing their disgusting, bacteriafilled hands. Excuse us, but no one wants to touch your number one, two or combination hands. The least you can do is carry a hand sanitizer with you and use that to disinfect. These simple activities do not require much difficulty or time. This is an educational facility, not the zoo. Don’t come to school smelling like an orangutan that came out of a dumpster.
Seniors hunger for open lunch
By the time lunch rolls around students are either hungry, tired, frustrated or a wonderful combination of all three. And many responsible seniors have been graced with the privilege of earning our driver’s License. So why keep us cooped up in this over-crowded building? Give us a break! Many high schools in our area have open lunches, like Paint Branch High School for example. Seniors only of course, are allowed to leave school grounds during lunch as long as they’re back by the next class. Why are they awarded this luxury? Are we Blake seniors not worthy? Having an open lunch will not only relieve seniors from their stressful
school day, but it may let administration breathe a little bit as well. Without a fully packed school during lunch, it will be easier for teachers to navigate the extremely hot halls swarming with teenagers. On the other hand, teens will benefit because they will be able to retreat from school and take a short breather. It is common knowledge that after three years, high school can feel a bit like a chore. Ask any senior, none will object to an open lunch. If it is something that so many want, please don’t deny us. Cut us some slack and let us have some Chipotle or maybe a home cooked meal for lunch. Except for our wallets, who is it going to hurt?
Twitter: catalyst for ignorance
Remember that time you re-tweeted that Mitt Romney was “bringing back slavery,” or swore that Barack Obama had “faked his birth certificate” and “hid his worship of the devil all in an effort to turn the United States into a Socialist society”? You were undoubtedly wrong. When election season rolls around suddenly everyone believes that they are a politician and the ignorant tweets start rolling in. Clogging timelines with preposterous claims about candidates, it’s hard to even be on Twitter for elongated periods of time. People’s opinions are
often influenced by their parents’ views, and they tend to repeat what they have heard. To be honest the majority of high school students are not even eligible to vote. Most students are not even interested in the presidential election until debate night, or in some cases election night. It’s always a great thing to see teenagers who are interested and involved in politics, but please remember to form your own political opinion without the influence of others. Speak what’s on your mind, not what’s on someone else’s.
On untrue facts, space smells, Mona Lisa’s eyebrows x by Emily Eaglin
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second installment of quirky facts and life hacks. Would you mind it if I started off with some everyday facts, that are in fact not true? A dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s mouth. You do not only use 10% of your brain, you use all of it. Spiders and bugs do not crawl into your mouth when you sleep. The only reason you thought these facts were true was because you heard them more than once—and that might be the most shocking fact of them all; that hearing something more than once has an effect on what we think is true. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s continue, shall we? Americans eat an average of 18 acres of pizza… every day. Some scientists say that if everyone in China took a chair and simultaneously jumped off, the force may be enough to throw the earth a bit off of its orbit (somewhat like how the small force of a severe earthquake makes a day shorter by a fraction of a second). Do you know someone named ‘Wendy’? This was a made up name solely for the book “Peter Pan.” Speaking of beloved Disney charac-
ters, a Buzz Light-year action figure was commissioned by NASA to serve more than 15 months onboard the international space station, to infinity and beyond! Plus, according to NASA, outer space smells similar to fried steak and hot metal—interesting. Life Hack Ultimate Challenge: make money fast by betting a friend that they are so weak they can’t fold a normal sized piece of paper in half more than 8 times. That is because it is physically impossible for a human to do so! There are thought to be 8.7 million species on Earth, however, 80% of those species are thought to be undiscovered. Crazy huh!? The world record for youngest grandmother goes to a 23 year old woman. Mona Lisa has no eyebrows because it was a trend to shave them all off back in the day. The toothpaste company, “Colgate,” had problems marketing in Spanish speaking countries because it sounds like “Go hang yourself” or “cuélgate.” Shocking fact! The Harry Potter books all took place in the 1990s; Harry was born in 1980. And here is one final life hack; it is proven that if you had a bad day, you most likely had a bad morning. Your mood and attitude tend to spiral from the second you open your eyes, so wake up happy! :D
DOUBLE CHECK ARTICLES As much as I love the Blake Beat, a particular sentence in a feature article made me reevaluate my opinion of this publication. The phrase of concern was in an article detailing a student’s struggle with a rare sternum condition. After going through surgery to repair this condition, the article says the student enjoyed “painkillers and plethora of lady nurses at his beck and call to keep him going.” There are two problems with this phrase. For one it hints at condoning the frivolous use or narcotics. Addiction to painkillers is a serious problem for patients after a major surgery, and should not the subject of a cheap joke with such powerful negative consequences. The later part of the sentence is also extremely offensive to women and nurses in general. Being a daughter of a “lady nurse” I know very well just how hard the nurses work to make sure their patients have a speedy recover; some could argue that nurses are more integral to patient care than the doctors. By using such archaic language, we are transported to a time where women were treated as second class citizens, only good for completing domestic chores. Need I remind the staff that this is the twenty-first country where women are CEO’s of major companies, and have made billions by themselves? This fact should be kept in mind when selecting language to be featured in
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November 16, 2012
To date or not to date?
Beware of long-term side effects As high school stterm relationship is more or less a relationship that lasts more than six months. These six months can really teach you a lot about yourself. Do you become an insecure, unhappy version of yourself? Or do you crave being in a relationship and without it, you can’t function? Are you clingy and whiny or chill and accepting? Everyone’s different. Those who are “relationship seekers” feel they need to be in relationships in order to go on with life. Without a significant other their whole world crashes and burns. If one relationship ends, they’ll quickly seek someone else because they can’t stand being alone. A relationship-seeker may not be with someone out of love, but more out of an infatuation. Then you have your “Ronnie and Sam’s”: people who become angry, maniacal versions of themselves. Constantly bickering, crying, fighting—people around you wonder how you guys can even stand each other. Small issues turn into huge debates and every single thing that your partner does wrong will make you want to rip your hair out of the follicles.
Of course you may not fit either one of these descriptions. Just as there are a wide variety of different people there is a huge range of relationships. Relationships are like chemistry—mix two chemicals together and there’s always a reaction. Sometimes fizzy and sometimes flat, maybe it’ll explode or change colors but there will always be a different outcome. Meeting someone really worth all of the time and energy in high school is extremely difficult. We have school, sports, clubs, jobs, internships—can you even handle a relationship? But if you can deal with that one person who makes you happy without suffocating you and you do the exact same to them, then congratulations. Our only advice is that high school seems long, but it’s actually a very short four years that will someday end. Don’t let anyone hold you back from being yourself. This time of your life is precious, and is something that you can never re-do. Remember that next time you think about dating someone. Are they worth it?
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by Priya Dadlani & Jane Hwang
Rooming friends Yes with or No? Is dorming with your BFF a good idea?
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Rooming with stranger is risky proposition x by Brenna Noone
zens. As a U.S. citizen myself, I would tell them that the more competitors the greater the reward. Let the competition drive you to work harder and do better. If you really consider yourself competitive you shouldn’t be afraid. Everyone deserves a chance to live the American Dream. Sophomore Ariel Alexander Gomez
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ROMNEY VS. OBAMA I loved the article about Romney vs. Obama. It projected them pretty equally and gave their important key thoughts. It’s good to get teenagers more involved in politics and it exposed the candidates without any biased opinions. The two pictures cut into triangles equally show the fiercemess of both nominees. In the end, President Barack Obama won a second term, and even if some people aren’t in favor of him, we have to trust that he will represent our country in a postive way. Sophomore Bronwyn Evans
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Imagine coming home to your new roommate wearing your underwear and using your comforter as a cape, all while obnoxiously singing Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” at the top of his or her lungs. That’s what could happen if you do not pick your own roommate for college. Leaving your roommate to chance could leave you with memories that would last a lifetime—but not the good kind. Can you say worst college experience ever? All incoming college freshman need to pick a roommate that they already know, so that they don’t end up rooming with someone obsessed with fairies or keeping a collection of their toenail clippings. A roommate like that is definitely less than ideal. What if the prospective roommate ends up being a serial rapist or a psycho looking to steal a person’s identity—just like in the movie The Roommate? For incoming college freshmen, knowing the person that’s living with you will ensure a safer, and hopefully saner, college experience. It will also make for great company, especially when you’re new to the area and know very few
people attending your same college; you will have someone you already know that can help you meet new people and make new friends. Several colleges, like University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, allow an incoming freshman pick their own roommates, so rooming with your choice of roommate is allowed. Rooming with a familiar face will also help ease the already stressful worries of being away from home and the struggles of trying to navigate your new life without your parents. No one wants to start the college experience of becoming independent and living without his or her parents to clean up after them with a complete and total stranger—it won’t give anyone any comfort to live with someone new when going through that big of a transition. It will just make one feel insecure and become more homesick. Rooming with a stranger in college makes it harder to meet new people on campus because, especially if you know very few people attending your college, you will not have someone familiar by your side with whom you can explore the new campus. Rooming with someone you don’t know = lonely.
No: Sticking to old friends is a bad idea
College should be the time to branch out x by Aryn Frazier When you get to college the administrators and advisors tell you, especially during that first “freshmen only” week, to try new things, talk to random people, and put yourself out there. They say that everyone’s in the same position as everyone else, no one knows who anyone is, and no one is the clown, the brain, or the jock yet. While it may seem nice for those first few weeks of discomfort to have someone at school with you that you already know, it also eliminates the chance to branch out. When everyone else is out awkwardly introducing themselves to other people, finding people who share interests that they didn’t think anyone else had, bonding over the television shows and musical artists that were so uncool in their high schools, and growing from kids into people that more closely resemble adults,
you’ll be sitting in your dorm room with that same friend from high school, still listening to the same songs, “twatching” all of your old friends, and continuing to be the same person you’ve always been. You’ll be with someone who likes you exactly as you are. That’s cool, but college is about exploring classes and majors and clubs, it’s about exploring your options, and even more importantly, it’s about exploring yourself. Doing that is hard when you’re surrounded by the same person that already loves you as you are, and may not necessarily want you grow anymore. So when it comes to rooming with people you already know from high school, think wisely about it, not because you’ll end up hating your onetime best friend, or even outgrowing them. Think wisely because by holding so tightly to the past,
November 16, 2012
The Blake Beat
Favorite former psychos slowly but surely turn lives around Actions of celebrities becomes examplar for what people should not do
x by Jane Hwang Have you ever noticed how some of your favorite celebrities tend to just fall off the face of the Earth? One month they are on the front pages of People and US Weekly, and then the next month they are nowhere to be found. Where did they go? I miss them! Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, the Olsen twins and Britney Spears are just some of my favorite pyschos. Now, let’s just go over the background of your typical celeb psycho. They are usually known for attracting publicity for a mix of spontaneous drug usage, shaved heads, DUI’s, multiple random arrests, anorexia, and unhealthy relationships. I always loved how crazy and hec-
tic their lives were, and their misfortune subconsciously made me feel better about myself. These celebrities were around when I was growing up, and I always read about them, so over the years I developed a special bond with the pyschos.The fact that they are nowhere to be found now is breaking my heart. Of course, aside from the selfish needs of the greedy, attention seeking public, it can be a positive thing that these people are not the center of attention. Britney Spears strayed away from her crazy marriage with Kevin Federline and her dark days of being bald. Now she is a judge on X-Factor and has come out with a new album, titled Femme Fatale. After Nicole Richie’s rumors about her addiction to Adderall and being anorexic, she seems to be doing much
better with her dainty, cute pictures on Instagram of her and her baby. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen make their way onto the popular fashion pages of Tumblr and Pinterest daily. And as for Lindsay Lohan, well she is still going through a psycho phase. In September 2012 she went through minor arrests and tabloids continue to accuse her of drug abuse. Even though these people are not the best role models for young people, they still can be seen as some sort of inspiration or exemplar because of their imperfections. They might not be making all of the right decisions in life, but they still live however they want, and have that unique glimmer about them that makes people pay attention. Plus, on the flip side, they just seem so crazy and carefree. I love it.
Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, the Olsen twins and Brittany Spears are just some of my favorite psychos.
Extreme body modifications becoming new fads: how far is too far? Self-expression is not necessarily distorting or warping your anatomy x by Chante Goodger Mythical creatures belong in story books and Sci-Fi movies, not on our streets. People have become very fond of body modifications over the years, but recently this practice has been taken too far. Thousands of Americans have gotten implants, scarification, extreme tattoos, and much more. On the popular TV show, E!News, it was recently reported that the newest “fad” in Japan, is getting a bagel head; it has also been featured in Vogue Tokyo. It entails injecting saline into the forehead so that it will swell, then they push the middle of the swollen area to form the unusual
bagel shape. Fortunately, the body processes the saline, causing this bizarre cultural phenomenon to disappear in at least 24 hours. By now you’re probably wondering, “um what the blank?” Well it does not end there, considering the fact that there are thousands of different ways people, from all over the world, have discovered how to distort their bodies to look like, basically anything they want. Fifty year old Native American, Dennis Avner, decided to get pointing of his ears, bifurcation (splitting) of his upper lip, silicone cheek and forehead implants, tooth filing, long fake nails, facial tattoos and piercings—to which whiskers could
be attached. Avner wanted to acquire the appearance of looking like a tiger, after his Native chief told him to, “follow the ways of the tiger.” He sometimes goes by his Indian name, “Stalking Cat.” Talk about taking things too literally. So why is there so much fascination with body modification? Well many say it is a form of “expression.” The people that partake in these body modifying actions believe it is how they bring their inner self to the outside; I guess showing their “true spirit.” To me, your true spirit shines through your personality, not your appearance; this is just ruining the vessel you were born with. I am pretty sure if I walked through
the halls of James Hubert Blake High School with a bagel head or a split lip, nobody would ever look at me the same. I would be looked down upon and probably have people ask me stupid questions like, “Would you like cream cheese with that?” People always talk about wanting to be taken seriously, but how can you be taken seriously when you are walking around looking like a cartoon character from Adventure Time? Surely, you are a good person but I doubt anyone would want to get to know who you are. I am most definitely positive a job would be almost impossible to get and your love life will be nonexistent. Come on people, do better.
The Blake Beat
November 16, 2012
Bus is a bust for many irritated, cold Bengal passengers Transportation services proven incompetent
Activity routes provide nuisance for students
x by Jamie Nathlar
x by Candace Grant
Imagine waking up at 5:45am to catch the bus at 6:40am. Its freezing and you have too many things to carry. Surprise! The bus does not show. So you walk home, after standing there for 20 minutes, to get a ride to school. No ride? Well you are out of luck. Considering it is hard to find another way to get to school in the morning, the school bus is a necessity for most. It is especially trying on days when it is raining. Standing at a bus stop while cold rain is pouring down and cars are splashing water at you can make anyone want to find other means of transportation. And that is not even the worst part— with minimum space to even grab a seat, getting on the bus is almost as unbearable as watching a full episode of Jersey Shore. On multiple occasions I have had to endure waiting in the worst weather possible for the bus to come. My bus is scheduled to arrive at the stop at 6:42am. Now, I am not trying to demand that the bus show up at that precise time. Five minutes give-or-take is acceptable, but ten or more minutes is just pushing it. For example, on Columbus Day, my bus did not show up and it was 39 degrees Fahrenheit that morning. That is too cold to be waiting for a bus for 30 minutes. I was practically frozen when I got a ride to school. On top of everything, I cannot help but to become agitated with the condition of these buses. I sit in the same seat every morning and there is this one window that refuses to stay shut, no matter how many times you slam it back up. It has become so annoying that people usually avoid that seat on the bus now. Guess where it’s located? Ding-dingding! Right in front of me. The radio is constantly blasting static, and for some reason my bus driver thinks we want to hear that so early in our day. I clearly remember one day during sophomore year, I rode to school on a bus that was smoking. The smoke got so thick that cars had to slow down in order to see through it. Nothing could have been better than riding in a smoking bus. Nothing. I was totally embarrassed, and to top it all off my bus driver finally took notice and decided to call in to the headquarters after he dropped us off. I cannot imagine what I would do if the bus caught on fire or even exploded. As one of the most prosperous counties, Montgomery County needs to do better.
Activity buses allow non-driving students to participate in after-school events in case they can’t get a ride. Except, you know, if the buses do not go remotely close to your house. I wanted to ride the activity bus for the first time a couple weeks ago, so I tried to find some information about the routes. I went to the main office to ask if they had any information, but the only thing they had about the buses was a single, outdated paper from 2010, which was definitely less than helpful. Since the main office was not much help, they sent me to the guidance office, which did not have anything either and sent me back to the main office. Finally, they just told me to come back in a couple days, but I needed the information for the next day. Desperate, I questioned a couple people who regularly rode activity buses and was told that all the information I needed would be near the security office. The next day I checked there and finally, posted on the wall was a nice, neat list of all the routes. But now I had a new problem: none of the routes even went in the direction of my house let alone close enough to stop there. Long story short, I ended up having to wait an hour after my after-school activity had ended in order for my dad to get off work and then pick me up. During that hour, two administrators noticed how frustrated I was and asked why I had not just taken the activity bus. Once I told them that none of the buses went near my neighborhood, they told me the bus routes had been a problem for a while. About four years. And even though people have been filing complaints, the routes haven’t changed. This bus-route dilemma has been bothering me for a while; why are the routes so screwed up? The buses pretty much only go to the north and west of the school, which is the area where a lot of the school’s population lives. But what about the rest of the school’s population? Do we not get the privilege to use the activity buses just because we do not live in the right areas? This has been a problem for a lot of people for a long time so something needs to be done. Someone needs to be called to get this handled, whether it is the bus company or the county or whoever is in charge. Getting a ride from an activity bus is a privilege for our student, but only half of them get to take advantage of this benefit because of the messy bus routes.
Does high school really prepare us for the challenge of college? Senior reflects on high school career as she prepares for the future
x by Aliya Dean
Academics aren’t everything though; we need a system of balance.
We work four years to prepare for life after high school, much of which we hope to spend in college. The question is: are we actually prepared? I spent my freshman year unaware of the effect it would have on my transcript; I slacked because I was told that it was alright and that “freshman year doesn’t matter.” Coming into senior year, however, that advice has proven to be degenerate. Every year, every grade we receive adds up and ultimately determines where we stand after high school. It wasn’t until junior year, however, when a lot of us realized how much we actually need to do in order to be fully equipped for what’s to come. Junior year is often considered the most difficult year of high school, and a portion of that has to do
with us coming to terms with how much we actually slacked the previous two years. Since not every student takes AP or honors classes, the question of how they will be prepared for college work arises. AP classes are essentially college level classes, and they help students get a taste of the work load they’ll be getting in college as well as the pace at which they’ll be moving. Honors classes also help students get a sense of such things even though they move at a slower pace. Without dipping your toes in to either level of study, I can imagine you’d feel overwhelmed going into your first year of college. There are still cases, though, where people who take AP and honors courses throughout all four years of high school still struggle in college. Because of this, I think college prepara-
tion comes with how much effort and time we put into getting the grades we deserve, no matter what courses we take. Even though high level courses give us a glimpse into the college work load, our work ethic ultimately determines how well we are armed for college. Academics aren’t everything though; we need a system of balance. We need to make sure we not only refrain from overwhelming ourselves with work, but also avoid spending our time doing everything but school work. Our preparation includes balance. We’re going to have a lot more freedom in college but also many more responsibilities. People often attribute successful college preparation with the level of courses we take, but that’s not all there is to it. Our readiness is solidified by motivation, determination and balance.
We’re going to have a lot of freedom in college but also many more responsibilities.
The Blake Beat
November 16, 2012
The James Hubert Blake Booster Club congratulates these Minds in Motion student athletes for maintaining a 3.25 GPA during First Quarter while playing a Fall sport. Nicholas Aylward (Boys’ Cross Country) Gregory Bell (Boys’ Cross Country) Grayson Boone (Boys’ Cross Country) Bryan Citrenbaum (Boys’ Cross Country) Miles Douglas (Boys’ Cross Country) Ariel Gomez (Boys’ Cross Country) Benjamin Haley (Boys’ Cross Country) Antony Harris, Jr. (Boys’ Cross Country) Mahdi Malik (Boys’ Cross Country) James Newport (Boys’ Cross Country) Atijavansa Ok (Boys’ Cross Country) John Stout (Boys’ Cross Country) Thomas Cruz (Boys’ JV Soccer) Malcolm Gilbert (Boys’ JV Soccer) Brandon Johnson (Boys’ JV Soccer) Jack Tempchin (Boys’ JV Soccer) Stephen Via (Boys’ JV Soccer) Steven Botto (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Priya Dadlani (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Tanner Giles-Tucker (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Andres Gomez (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Clauton Kum (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Zachary Kushner (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Dunchadhn Lyons (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Jason Mayorga (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Emmanuel Oppong (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Christopher Richard (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Patrick Richard (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Ezra Roschu (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Matthew Russell (Boys’ Vars Soccer) David Steele (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Aboubakar Toure (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Estefania Velez (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Darien Waters (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Tanner Williams (Boys’ Vars Soccer) Julia Byrne (Girls’ Cross Country) Emily Eaglin (Girls’ Cross Country) Bronwyn Evans Girls’ Cross Country) Monique Gill (Girls’ Cross Country) Colleen Kalkofen (Girls’ Cross Country Catherine Oberfield (Girls’ Cross Country) Martha Sam (Girls’ Cross Country) Jasmine Stanton (Girls’ Cross Country) Tayllor Afram (Girls’ JV Soccer) Tessa Botkin (Girls’ JV Soccer) Kate Campbell (Girls’ JV Soccer) Ana Clyde (Girls’ JV Soccer) Jeri Isabella (Girls’ JV Soccer) Kaela Jones (Girls’ JV Soccer) Anna Lee (Girls’ JV Soccer) Camila Penaloza (Girls’ JV Soccer) Carly Plevy (Girls’ JV Soccer) Micah Richards (Girls’ JV Soccer) Taylor Riddick (Girls’ JV Soccer) Samantha Steel (Girls’ JV Soccer) Sydney Steel (Girls’ JV Soccer) Maika Taguchi (Girls’ JV Soccer) Syona Tuladhar (Girls’ JV Soccer) Kymanie Chung Jones (Girls’ JV Volleyball) Nailah Fisher (Girls’ JV Volleyball) Melissa Hewitt (Girls’ JV Volleyball) Kate Murphy (Girls’ JV Volleyball)
Alexis Prather (Girls’ JV Volleyball) Cora Present (Girls’ JV Volleyball) Maggie Tan (Girls’ JV Volleyball) Ayodele Adesanya (Girls’ Tennis) Nicole Barriga (Girls’ Tennis) Leah Goldberg (Girls’ Tennis) Naomi Piard (Girls’ Tennis) Kyla Schweber (Girls’ Tennis) Janine Taira (Girls’ Tennis) Natasha Virjee (Girls’ Tennis) Helena Waks (Girls’ Tennis) Sydney Wolk (Girls’ Tennis) Rachel Woo (Girls’ Tennis) Torie Broer (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Lindsey Comer (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Erika Cornejo (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Kaylie Deshler (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Alison Dionne (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Elana Harris (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Elizabeth Iduma (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Christina Irish (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Grace Johnson (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Hannah Kenney (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Marie Anne Louis-Charles (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Caroline Manzo (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Yoselin Milloy (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Brigit Ngaleu (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Brenna Noone (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Andrea Ortiz (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Sarah Sterling (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Kelly Stock (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Melinda Tchokogoue (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Denise Venero (Girls’ Vars Soccer) Colleen Burkhardt (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Elana Carr (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Kelly Crabtree (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Lillian Hallmark (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Monica Hallmark (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Rachel Hewitt (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Emily Kong (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Franchesca Kuhney (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Andrea Taylor (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Russell Wanke (Girls’ Vars Volleyball) Derek Glocker (Golf) Ibrahim Nhabay (Golf) Brian Sirk (Golf) Courtney Broadnax (JV Cheerleading) Alexis Carter (JV Cheerleading) Christine Evans (JV Cheerleading) Elizabeth Gross (JV Cheerleading) Latisha Mills (JV Cheerleading) Natalia Ventura (JV Cheerleading) Sarah Ajih (JV Field Hockey) Sandra Guevara (JV Field Hockey) Zoe Hatzes (JV Field Hockey) Samantha Holley (JV Field Hockey) Olivia Hubbard (JV Field Hockey) Alison Kerner (JV Field Hockey) Amanda Long (JV Field Hockey) Jordan McLean (JV Field Hockey) Victoria Nelson (JV Field Hockey) Madeleine Noonan-Shueh (JV Field Hockey)
McCallah Ott (JV Field Hockey) Jenna Ramirez (JV Field Hockey) Colleen Simmons (JV Field Hockey) Keri Walker (JV Field Hockey) Joan Wood (JV Field Hockey) Julian Carter (JV Football) Markel Hawkins (JV Football) Zachary Johnson (JV Football) Cameron Payton (JV Football) Joseph Prebble (JV Football) Jacob Silverman (JV Football) Emerson Sirk (JV Football) Joshua Werfel (JV Football) Jacob White (JV Football) Jacob Zebrowski (JV Football) Oritsetsolaye Akuya (Poms) Madison Bruffy (Poms) Thais Calderon (Poms) Natalie Domaas (Poms) McKenzie Dreher (Poms) Darien Ellis (Poms) Ashlin Lee (Poms) Samantha Luckert (Poms) Avery Potts (Poms) Anika Rumph (Poms) Alexandra Rundlett (Poms) Kara Savercool (Poms) Stacy Shin (Poms) Rebecca Smith (Poms) Emily Tempchin (Poms) Renee Treacy (Poms) Idara Umo (Poms) Alexandra Young (Poms) India Banks (Vars Cheerleading) Monica Eng (Vars Cheerleading) Alyssia Graves (Vars Cheerleading) Azalia Hernandez (Vars Cheerleading) Kristen Lewis (Vars Cheerleading) Kendall Meyer (Vars Cheerleading) Cianna Miller (Vars Cheerleading) Stephanie Van Albert (Vars Cheerleading) Emma Friedman (Vars Field Hockey) Candace Grant (Vars Field Hockey) Frank Hedgepeth (Vars Field Hockey) Melania Karmazyn (Vars Field Hockey) Theodora Lemberos (Vars Field Hockey) Nicole Lertora (Vars Field Hockey) Kristina McKenna (Vars Field Hockey) Rebecca Schwartz (Vars Field Hockey) Minjee Shim (Vars Field Hockey) Caroline Tatnall (Vars Field Hockey) Caroline Wannen (Vars Field Hockey) Lillian Watkins (Vars Field Hockey) Victoria Wolsh (Vars Field Hockey) Kwame Asante (Vars Football) Shayne Asher (Vars Football) Breon Herbert (Vars Football) Adefolarin Orimolade (Vars Football) Kevin Pharaon (Vars Football) Monroe Rogers (Vars Football) Dallas Wilson (Vars Football)