April 8, 2014
Convent of the Sacred Heart HS • San Francisco, California
Vol. 20, Iss. 5
2 EMPLOYMENT Students manage course work and part-time jobs.
4 UNCENSORED First Amendment rights give students a voice.
6 DIVE IN The swim team leads in an undefeated season.
7 RETREATS Classes take part in overnight retreats.
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UNRESTRICTED Mary Beth Tinker talked about the Civil Rights movement and her Supreme Court case during an assembly on Thursday. Tinker is juxtaposed against a Tinker Tour T-shirt designed by Cupertino journalism adviser Michelle Balmeo.
First Amendment icon shares her story Madison Riehle Editor-in-chief
Holding a pink detention slip from 1965 and sporting a black armband, the once shy 13-yearold Des Moines, Iowa student turned First Amendment rights activist spoke to to the student body in Syufy Theatre on what it means to stand up for personal beliefs. Mary Beth Tinker, now a pediatric nurse, stopped in San Francisco as a part of the at Tinker Tour on April 3 to talk about the landmark student rights case, “Tinker v. Des Moines.” “When a wall comes down, it doesn’t always come down all at once,” Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center Executive Director, who accompanied Tinker, said. “Sometimes it comes down brick by brick. It takes a young person chipping here, and a young person chipping there, and sometimes they’re not chipping for you, but for the future kids.” The American Civil Liberties Union took on Tinker’s case
after she and four other students were suspended from school for violating a school district ban on armbands. After losing in the District Court and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in her favor on February 24, 1969, writing
Democracy is based on people being aware and involved.
“students do not shed their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate.” “Civics education is getting a backseat in schools today,” Tinker said. “So many people are not learning about the First Amendment and the Constitution and how it affects students and young people.” Tinker said very few Americans know all components of the First Amendment; freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, right to
petition and right to assemble, with only 18 percent identifying freedom of the press, 14 percent identifying the right to assemble and 6 percent naming the right to petition, according to a 2010 Vanderbilt University study. “The First Amendment is so important,” junior Lian Radcliffe said. “When people are ignorant of their own rights, they don’t realize how many benefits it has, like being able to stand up for your religion or speak up for an injustice.” Tinker recounted various stories of civil rights injustices from her childhood, and of her own parents traveling to Mississippi to register black voters. “Democracy is based on people being aware and involved in the decisions that affect their lives,” Tinker said. “Without the average person knowing what’s going on and using their rights to take us in a direction that they believe, we don’t have democracy anymore. Without youth voices, our whole society and our whole country is cheated.” Tinker began her tour on
Constitution Day, Sept. 17, at the National Constitutional Center on in Philadelphia. The fall tour included 18 states and the District of Columbia, and visited about 60 schools. “A lot of schools have cut back on the rights of students,” Tinker said. “The rights of students are at an all time low since the trial, and there are a number of reasons for that. Young people’s voices are more important of now then ever.” Tinker’s stop at Convent was the 20th on her spring tour, and by the time it wraps on May 1, she will have visited over 100 schools and convention centers before beginning the Tinker World Tour, on May 2 in Vancouver. “Do the little bit that you feel like you can do,” Tinker said. “Just start with the small amount. When I wore the armband to school I was really scared and I took off the armband when the secretary told me to. I just ran out of courage. It still made a big impact from just a little bit of courage.”
8 TASTE OF VIETNAM Authentic Vietnamese street food comes to Chestnut Street.
QuickReads ►►SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Easter Break begins Friday, April 12, with all four schools resuming classes on Tuesday, April 22. ►►HOLA MEXICO CSH and SHHS will join Duchesne Academy in Omaha, Neb. on a service immersion trip to Mexico on April 12 and returning on April 19. ►►MILLER’S MILE MANIA The annual 2-mile run for students, faculty and staff, family and alumni will take place on Saturday, April 26. ►► “YAY” AREA CSH and SHHS Bay Areathemed prom will be held on May 17 in the Flood Mansion from 7 to 10 p.m. ►►A FINAL REMINDER Second semester finals will begin on Tuesday, May 27 and will end on Monday, June 2. ►►TEA TIME Senior Tea is set to take place on Thursday, May 1 in the Belvedere from 4 to 6 p.m. Junior volunteers are required to where full dress uniform.
Sophomores to present ‘TED Talks’ Tatiana Gutierrez Editor-in-chief
Sophomores will present a year-long project of each student’s choice in the form of a pseudo-TED Talk, which will complete the restructured Sophomore Interdisciplinary Project on April 24. “The TED Talk will focus on process,” Lead Sophomore Adviser Rachael Denny said. “They
will present on how they decided what they wanted to accomplish, what they wanted to do, and the steps they took to get to the finished product.” Sophomores previously presented a synthesis of three research papers they had completed throughout the year on a theological or ethical, historical and scientific standpoint. TED Talks are approximately 20-minute presentations given
by an individual specialized in a topic, but sophomore presentations will last five to seven minutes. “I think this year it is much more flexible and allows for more creativity,” sophomore Abby Dolan said. “There is not as much of a strict script like there was in the past, which makes it easier to be yourself and show personality.” See Sophs p. 2
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Too close for comfort Short uniform skirt sparks controversy
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uring attendance each morning, teachers also submit an online uniform check and are often caught in disagreements with students about sweaters, shirts, pants, shoes and what is considered “uniform.” Jeanne Asdourian, Lead Student Conduct Advisor, sees over a dozen uniform infractions a day, which have lead to a conversation about the school possibly moving from a uniform to a dress code. “Currently, the skirt is being worn too short,” Head of School Rachel Simpson said. “Its current look doesn’t connote a seriousness of purpose with the work done at school as a wellestablished uniform would.” Although some students knowing disregarded the uniform rules, others feel compelled to follow them. “The skirt represents our school and what makes our uniform unique to us,” junior Christina Berardi said. “I think a more clear understanding of what is uniform is more effective than the guidelines of a dress code would be.” Students formerly could wear any school T-shirt, but as of this past August students may only
wear collared shirts of four colors, while seniors may wear any color. In 2011, administrators brought three new skirt options along with the current one to the student body for a vote for the following year uniform. The decades’-old single inverted pleat won by a landslide. “The skirt is wore by a lot of the students,” junior Paloma Palmer said. “If we constantly hear from administrators to pull our skirts down, we might as well get rid of the skirt and look better in a dress code.” The most common uniform infraction is the lack of a collared shirt, according to Asdourian, and then pants that vary from the prescribed dark neutral tones — or are leggings. “Uniform skirts bring to mind a negative connotation of a risque plaid school-girl skirt,” Palmer said. “I like the tradition aspect of the skirt, but Convent needs to get up-to-date with what is going to be a realistically appropriate uniform.” Consequences for repeat offenders can range from a day of dress uniform to a week if the student is consistently out of uniform. An email is sent to the PAWS adviser, head of school and parents of the student. “The aspiration behind offering the variety of polo colors was
to get us out of the casual T-shirt look that was plaguing the uniform, but this has perhaps impacted the understanding of the colors and muddled the policies of the uniform,” Simpson said. CSH’s uniform has taken several forms since the original formal white blouse and black skirt of the 19th century students. Currently, khakis and corduroy pants are a part of the casual uniform and were officially added into the handbook in the late 2000s. “When I was a student at CSH, we picked the current skirt style and the burgundy sweater, and wore it with pride,” Asdorian (’79) said. “It was so cool to be the only school that would let the students pick a uniform that we could all feel comfortable and confident in. The current lack of compliance shows a genuine lack of pride of being in this community.” Asdorian says she tries to give students the benefit of the doubt allowing them to follow the rules has sent home a total of 15 emails home to repeat offenders this year. “It’s almost as if the uniform is the thing to rebel against yet it’s there to make us feel united by a sense of community, so in the end it’s the community that’s being rebelled against and suffers,”
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RISING UP Students walk down the stairs from the Center to
the second floor sporting the uniform skirt that has sparked debate due to the rising hem lines. Jeanne Asdourian. Fourteen-year-old Stuart Hall High School is the only one of the Sacred Heart Network of San Francisco schools with a dress code from its founding and students are known to adhere to their dress code better than the girls do with their uniform, according to Asdourian. “We live in a progressive and
Working it out with school Students gain work-experience, build resumes with part-time jobs Kristina Cary & Liana Lum
Dressed in a navy-blue apron, senior McKenna Eichler spends a couple afternoons a week chatting with customers while applying powdered sugar to creamfilled puffs and packaging them into small white boxes. “I know a lot of the girls who had previously worked there and had graduated,” Eichler said about her after-school job at Pacific Puffs bakery on Union Street. “My friend Janet works there, and she was able to connect me.” High school students, like Eichler, have part-time jobs, which compete for time that could be used for school work, athletics or other extra curriculars. Among them is senior Madeline “Addie” Schieber, who works as a piano teacher on weekends for her self-made business, Music with Madeline. “I decided to use a skill I knew well and target a market I knew existed,” Schieber, who usually teaches around six children each weekend, said. “Since piano teachers are usually exorbitantly expensive, charging about $30 to $50 for 30 minutes, this is a cheaper alternative with only $15 per half-hour.” The decision to work often comes from the students themselves. “McKenna’s dad and I have asked McKenna and her sister to do two sports or get a job in the school year,” Eichler’s mother Karen Eichler said. “This year she started cross country, and then decided she wanted to get a
job instead.” Prior to beginning a job, state law requires students aged 14 to 18 years old to first apply for and obtain a work permit, with the exception of students who are self-employed. Once students receive a work permit and begin working, they split their earnings usually toward savings, college or other daily expenses, such as food and bills. “I try to put about 20 percent of my paycheck into savings so I can use that either in college or later on,” senior Niamh Fitzsimon, who works at the St. Cecilia rectory, said. “A lot of times I’ll use the other money for food and clothes.” Some students, like Eichler, are using financial applications to keep track of their earnings. “Last month she downloaded a program called Mint,” Karen Eichler said. “McKenna likes to track her paycheck and decide how she spends it. I think that having a paycheck consistently has made that more enjoyable and has given her more freedom about what she spends.” Students who hold jobs gain life skills that prepare them for college and life beyond school, according to biology teacher Marisa Orso. “They can see the rewards of getting their own cash,” Orso, whose two children worked during high school, said. “Their maturity level jumps because they can’t just watch whatever TV shows or go out with friends whenever they want to — they have another commitment now.” A working student’s success at balancing schoolwork and
her job depends on how well she manages her time, similar to sports, according to math teacher Miriam Symonds. Having a part-time job is equally weighted by colleges to obtaining an internship or participating in community service, according to College Counseling Director Rebecca Munda. “Students do have busy schedules, and they may be very busy
in clubs and athletics,” Munda said. “Colleges want students to pursue activities outside of class that are of genuine interest.” “You gain a sense of ownership and responsibility because you make this money, and you have to figure out what to do with it,” Fitzsimon said. “You think more about it once you’ve worked for it instead of your parents just giving you money.”
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relaxed city and are the only independent school with a uniform,” Simpson said. “While students can benefit from having a little more freedom in the uniform, I appreciate the tradition of having a uniform and its benefits also. We have to evaluate how we’re living out the uniform and whether we actually have a uniform or a dress code.”
Sophs to present projects From Sophomores, p. 1 Sophomores previously presented a synthesis of three research papers they had completed throughout the year on a theological or ethical, historical and scientific standpoint. TED Talks are approximately 20-minute presentations given by an individual specialized in a topic, but sophomore presentations will last five to seven minutes. “I think this year it is much more flexible and allows for more creativity,” sophomore Abby Dolan said. “There is not as much of a strict script like there was in the past, which makes it easier to be yourself and show personality.” Sophomores will be graded on their presentations since they are not expected to have a finished product, as compared to previous sophomores who were solely graded on their research papers. “They will be assessed more on the presentation itself and the expression of the process they went through,” Denny said. Failure has been accepted as a possibility throughout the project, and if students experienced failure, they are expected to incorporate into the presentation how they coped. Although this type of project is new to the Sophomore Class, it is more than a decade old, according to Denny. “This is a well-studied, wellthought out, implemented project,” Denny said. “This project has been implemented in several different ways, in several different schools.”
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Students skirting the rules
n light of multiple infractions resulting from students wearing skirts administrators say they are too short, Head of School Rachel Simpson has presented students with the ultimatum to either increase their skirts’ lengths or face the removal of the skirt as approved school attire in the upcoming school year. The skirt is an integral part of the school’s dress code and its possible removal is causing students to question what dress uniform will replace as the idea of dress pants seems far-fetched. With the temperature rise that accompanies the arrival of spring, students are also concerned about the possibility of having to wear pants during warm weather. As it stands with the skirt length, rising temperatures could also translate into rising skirt lengths, despite warnings from faculty. These critiques are not completely unfounded. Walking up the staircases between the 10 floors within the Flood Mansion and the Siboni Arts and
Sciences building, there are many occasions where girls’ skirts are so short they reveal their undergarments. Upperthigh-level spandex shorts typically worn by girls as supporting undergarments are often visibly longer than the skirts themselves. Students have also been critiqued for not following other uniform requirements such wearing a collared shirt under uniform sweaters and wearing pants that are “dark and neutral” in color. This has caused administrators to temporarily suspend casual dress days until students better follow uniform regulations. Social expectations dictate what outfits are acceptable and
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which are not. The Student Handbook’s clause, “Dress at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School should reflect the school’s purpose: to empower young women, to be confident, comfortable and well prepared,” can translate into something completely different to some students, who believe that being “comfortable and confident” requires shorter
skirts like those featured in popular media. The removal of the skirt would bring an end to a longstanding school tradition, taking away a key element in the uniform. Instead, students and administrators should reach a consensus on uniform requirements that would satisfy both sides’ concerns. Administration, faculty and
students need to collaborate to define uniform options that are both stylish and conducive to the school’s professional environment. In the meantime, even if we do not agree with the details concerning the uniform, it’s our responsibility to better follow the guidelines if we want to continue to have the skirt as an option next year.
HOW SHORT DO YOU WEAR YOUR SKIRT? 1. SF Giants win their Opening Day game.
“I wear it mid-thigh because if I unroll it then it will fall down all the way. I need a smaller size, but they don’t come in my size at Dennis.” — Lillian Lachman, freshman
“I roll it once because if I don’t then it’s too loose. I think that the administration needs to remember that some of the skirts don’t fit you perfectly if they’re not rolled.” — Clare Pardini, senior
“I don’t wear it too short, but it’s kind of in between where it should be and being too short because I don’t want it to be uncomfortable.” — Kristin Weinman, sophomore
KEEPIN’ IT RIEHLE vvvvv Madison Riehle Editor-in-Chief
he 22, 1 and 43 are my friends, NextBus is my mentor and bus shelters are my home. I had hoped by the age of 17 I would have my license and would leave my elementary school bus days behind me, and yet I still leave my friends’ houses in a fury because “the 43 is coming in five minutes, and the next one comes in 15.” I got my permit just after my 16th birthday, when my uphill battle behind the steering wheel began. I started with the basics, figuring out which pedal was brake and which was the gas. Seven months later I was a self-proclaimed professional on the road. My right hand turns, impeccable. I was practicing driving on the notoriously hilly and curvy freeway to Santa Cruz with my mom when she asked me to take the off ramp for Los Ga-
Steering off course tos, and I nearly crashed the car going 45 in a 20 mph turn. I soon stopped practicing, afraid of potential disaster, and focused my energy into other things than driving, avoiding having to switch seats with my mom or dad with excuses like, “I have a headache,” or “It’s illegal to drive without shoes on” (It isn’t). While I put off getting behind the wheel, I was ignorant of how long my permit lasted — it was set to expire in a little less than nine months — as opposed to the normal 12 months. Two days before I planned on taking my license test, my permit expired. My apathy towards getting my license turned into resentment towards myself for not putting in as much effort as I should have, because I knew that I always had the bus system. Driving is a huge responsibility, I’ve known this ever since driversed.com forced me
to watch “Red Asphalt IV,” a movie not for the faint of heart that solely documents teen car crashes from speeding, drunk driving and reckless driving. I wasn’t, and am still not, ready to take on the burden of the road. It’s not that I don’t want to, but if I had taken my test without being ready, and barely passed, I could have ended up like the teenagers in the movie. Teenagers are three times more likely to get in a car accident that adults, and almost 5,000 teenagers die from car accidents every year, according to The Washington Post. Younger students often ask me if I have my license and are stunned that I don’t, but I always give them two pieces of advice: Stay on top of getting your license, and practice. If you don’t — or can’t handle the pressure like me — remember to keep your friends close, but your friends with licenses closer.
1. Tim Lincecum got injured playing the Oakland Athletics.
2. Pharrell Williams is “Happy” to be a coach on “The Voice.”
2. Cee Lo Green says “Forget You” to it.
3. The Affordable Care Act has 7 million signatures.
3. That’s 2.2 percent of Americans.
4. No U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan reported in March.
4. Fort Hood shooting injures 16 and kills four.
5. Easter Break starts next week.
5. Finals are quickly approaching.
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Got rights! Use them! Students have First Amendment rights whether they attend private or public schools — and the with these rights come responsibilities.
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hursday’s all-school assembly with Supreme Court plaintiff Mary Beth Tinker reminded students of their rights and responsibilities that come along with practicing free expression and the implications her case has for both public and private school students. Although “Tinker v. Des Moines” set a precedent for freedom of expression in schools and ruled that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” many private school students are not afforded the same rights as their California public school counterparts. “Enrolling in a private school entails signing a contract which requires waiving some of the First Amendment rights to free expression,” Lois Schwartz, Senior Lecturer in Law at Hastings College of the Law said. The First Amendment protects citizens from government control over their religion, speech and the press while also giving citizens the right to protest and enact or repeal laws. Private schools and the First Amendment Private school limitations are generally established in handbooks or mission statements, but if a student infringes on those guidelines, the First Amendment cannot act as a “Get out of Jail Free card,” according to Schwartz. “We willingly let the school infringe on our right to wear certain clothing and say certain things,” sophomore Jill Cardamon said. “We know we have to let go of them in agreeing come here.” Equally as important as a student’s First Amendment rights is how teachers interact with them according to Moral Philosophy teacher Paul Pryor Lorentz. “A teacher is supposed to be a guide for students,” Pryor Lorentz said. “It is his or her responsibility to call out students if they are saying something incorrect or derogatory because even though they’re protected by the First Amendment, the goal is for them to be upstanding, wellinformed citizens.” Free speech isn’t beneficial to just the student executing their rights, it also helps the greater good and promotes learning, according to senior Kellie La. “Regardless of whether we are a private school or not, students should be able to have their basic American rights,” La said. “I don’t think slander against the school should be allowed, but no matter what the school background is, exercising free speech and the First Amendment should be allowed.” “The First Amendment allows people to share their views with others and to really learn from one another,” Azhar Majeed, Director of the Individual Rights Education Program at FIRE said. “In that process, everybody benefits and people gain more knowledge and understanding while getting a broader range of perspectives.” FIRE, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, informs and defends individual students and faculty members at colleges and universities who have had their individual liberties violated. FIRE especially works to advance individuals’ understanding of those rights. Practicing rights in school “Students can’t engage in certain kinds
of speech and say that it is equally protected if it is racist or bullying,” Schwartz said. “Just like students can’t bring contraband drugs or weapons and claim that it’s a First Amendment right to have them on campus.” The amendment, when used respectfully, allows ideas to propagate and spread, but private school students have a second set of rights and rules to respect when they come on campus, according to sophomore Jillian Cardamon. Through education, the government directs many aspects of students’ daily lives, anything from how many hours in a school day to what constitutes a qualified teacher. Public universities like University of California schools are especially influenced by government decisions. “Everything from how many credits are needed to graduate, to what standardized tests will be required, to what colleges are going to use affirmative action in their admission are regulated,” Frank LoMonte, Executive Director at the Student Press Law Center said. “Government plays one of the biggest roles in the education of citizens.” With the freedom that the amendment grants come certain unspoken obligations, according to LoMonte. “As a citizen, there is a responsibility to participate at some level,” LoMonte said. “In order to be a good, fully functioning part of America’s democracy, people certainly have some responsibility to inform themselves.” A time and place for opinions Responsibility is key to using First Amendment liberties, as is determining the time and place for comments, according to Schwartz. “It is imperative to look at the setting and examine the forum and the effect the opinion will have on the surrounding people and ensure that is appropriate,” Schwartz said. The amendment exists to allow people to speak their minds, so there is a duty to protect even those who say things that you disagree with, according to Pryor Lorentz. “If free speech is to be upheld in a society, it needs to be consistently upheld for everyone,” Pryor Lorentz said. “That includes especially people that voice opinions that are not favorable or that people don’t agree with.” Because the government does not impose censorship of information, it is often left to the individual to determine what is and isn’t appropriate to print, say and broadcast. “Knowing that you have a First Amendment right to say something doesn’t mean that it is good judgment to say it,” LoMonte said. “You can say very hurtful and offensive things and the First Amendment legally gives the right to do that, but it doesn’t mean it’s good judgement. That’s where ethics come in.” Citizens have a right to the truth under the First Amendment, even when that truth isn’t pleasant. The adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all,” is far from applicable, as the question of ethics must be balanced with the public’s right to knowledge and the potential consequences that could ensue, according to Majeed. “Some people want to push the envelope about everything and anything all the time, even when it’s not worth pushing, which is an irresponsible thing to do,” History Department Chair Dr. Mi-
chael Steinbrecher said. “It shouldn’t be the kind of thing where someone goes out and tests its limits just for the sake of seeing how far they can go.” Free speech and security The right of personal freedom is one of the greatest and most fundamental rights and something that distinguishes a free society from a totalitarian one, according to Steinbrecher. “There’s always that balance between security and First Amendment rights,” Steinbrecher said. “There’s free speech, but you can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. That’s not free speech it’s abusive.” Equally as important as not overusing the freedom of speech, is speaking up, even when it may be unpopular, according to LoMonte. “The right of free expression is really just the starting point, but it often forces people to decide which are the battles to fight and what the priorities are,” LoMonte said. “Some things may be so important that they are worth speaking out about even at great risk. We see people blow the whistle on corruption and scandal at great personal risk to themselves, but that speech is especially important to them and the law allows them to say it.” The First Amendment often protects whistleblowers, however in cases like that of Edward Snowden where classified information about United States intelligence activities were stolen, the amendment cannot be used to defend such actions. Snowden leaked classified documents to the press while working as a contractor for the National Security Agency. Among the information released was proof that the NSA had been keeping surveillance of domestic and international telephone and Internet communications, in addition to spying on other governments and allies. The freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment allowed reporters to bring the activities of the NSA and Snowden to public attention, something other governments, many of whom control media, would never have permitted. “The government was collecting a lot more information on its citizens and other people than Americans knew,” LoMonte said. “It’s possible that some of that goes too far and does intrude on civil liberties.” Responsibility to be a participatory citizen In order to have a fair and balanced democracy, students need to be involved in government just as the government is involved in the lives of students, according to LoMonte. “Students need to have a meaningful voice in government policy and the First Amendment is what lets students do that,” LoMonte said. “Students really have more direct relationships with the government than just about any other citizen.” The Constitution creates a set of legal boundaries by prohibiting libelist speech, stealing copyright protected property, publishing photos, videos or recorded conversations that invade people’s privacy, according to LoMonte. “There certainly is the responsibility to use speech in a way that contributes to a meaningful discussion of issues,” LoMonte said. “Weighing the reliability of sources and not passing off rumors as facts is an important obligation whether you’re a professional publisher or you’re just tweeting.”
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ALL IN Junior Siobhan Lewkowitz, freshman Bella Kearney, freshman Masha Kozlova, sophomore
Rebecca Bruce, freshman Cameron Newman, junior Allie Rosen, junior James Hernendez and head coach Victoria Fernandez all put their hands in for a team cheer right before a meet at Hamilton Pool.
Stroke of success
Coed swim team remains undefeated after 3 league meets
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he swim team continues to build momentum, making school history with a yet undefeated girls’ team and a North Coast Sections considered time for the boys’ 4x400 free relay. “We have a great team this year, and everybody is looking really strong,” head coach Victoria Fernandez, who has coached the coed team for three years with assistant coach Tristan Krautkramer, said. “We have a good mix of swimmers that have been on the team, participated in swim teams and swam competitively, bringing a new dynamic to the team and our ability to be competitive.” With only three league meets this far, the team, composed of eight boys and eight girls, has already earned 13 new school records. “We came in fourth place in the city meet behind SI [St. Ignatius], Lowell and Univer-
sity, which is really good,” junior Siobhan Lewkowitz, who is team captain alongside juniors Benzi Blatman and Allie Rosen, said. “Practices are harder, and the coaches are pushing us more, but it’s paying off.” Coaches are also trying to get the team to a level where colleges may recruit, according to Lewkowitz. “We are implementing a lot more interval training,” Fernandez said. “We evaluate practices to see who’s going faster or keeping pace so we can personalize the practices to create a stronger team. Along with Coach K, we work with individual swimmers at a time for personalized attention.” Team members swim in three different lanes during practices based on their speed, with typical practices lasting two hours and focusing on technique and endurance. All swimmers participate in swim meets with their events chosen by the coaches. “Having a coed team doesn’t
make a difference during practice,” freshman Bella Kearney, who has broken school records in the 4x200 medley relay, 200 free and 100 back, said. “Once we’re outside of the pool, we’re getting to know each other as a team. It’s nice to meet the boys you don’t see all the time.” With practices everyday, the team knows each other very well, according to Blatman, who has set school records in the 100 free and 50 free and swam in the 4x400 free relay up for a NCS consideration time. They’ve been team bonding at In-N-Out after meets and frozen yogurt runs after practice. “The best part of the swim team is just the fact that we are a team,” Rosen said. “Swimming is often thought of as an individual sport, but we work together as a team, always cheering one another on. We’ve only had a few meets, but we’re already getting really close.” The next competition is Wednesday at Marin Academy, April 23 at 4 p.m.
STEP INTO THESE SNEAKERS Sarah Selzer Senior Reporter
Commiting to the course
edication is something I have struggled with throughout my adolescent life. The term “commitment” always made me feel uneasy because I cherished freedom in the idea that a team wasn’t relying on me. Commitment stressed me out whether it was deciding on what dish to order in a restaurant to the monumental decision of what high school to attend. I joined the cross-country team as a freshman not realizing the amount of time and effort that would be invested. I purposely ran slow during practice, talked back to my coaches and didn’t follow directions. After weeks of apathetic practices, I placed second in my first league race. My coach, Creighton Helms, came up to me a week later to talk to me about being a part of the prestigious “top seven” girls, also known as the varsity team. The way he described competing at that level didn’t sound like an exciting experience, but more of a chore. His emphasis
on committing to extensive practices over the weekends, and the dreaded post-season training sessions sounded revolting. Coach Helms then said something that struck me. He talked about how being in the top seven was an honor, one that not many athletes on cross-country get to endure. He explained I would be be a part of team that had the potential to break school records. After our talk, I committed full-time to the varsity squad. At first I struggled with giving up so much time to a single activity. I hated getting up for early morning practices, traveling to meets on weekends and the expectation that I had to achieve success as a varsity athlete. I now realize that by “running the extra mile,” properly stretching after every workout and listening to my coaches advice got me to the point where I am accustomed to working hard. I learned to accept the time I gave up to become a better athlete. Being on varsity was benefi-
cial to myself and to the team. My race times were improving and helped us surpass Marin Academy in our league rank. The North Coast Section was the last competitive race of my freshman season. The physical pain of the 3.2 miles couldn’t match the overwhelming joy I experienced sprinting past two competitors at the end of the race, receiving my best time on one of the most difficult courses. I had earned my record time with all the training I put into my racing throughout the season. Although I sometimes felt like giving up due to the physical pain and stress, NCS represented a stamp of validation, convincing myself that all the hard work and effort was worth it. Ultimately, committing to the varsity team was one of the best decisions I ever made. Being in the top seven pushed me to venture outside my comfort zone and taught me the meaning of dedication and success, ethics I carry with me to this day.
I definitely feel that our team has improved in terms of our basics and footwork, and we understand the foundation that badminton is built upon a lot better than we did last year. Now we have actual badminton coaches with experience, and we’re growing more a players– not just people who play badminton.
Other captains: Rebecca Stapleton, Patrick Wong
Everyone has made so much progress throughout the year, and it’s really cool to see on the course and in the results. The Gold Team is going to Gold Championships in April, and I’m really excited because that’s what I’ve been working for since freshman year. We’ve all become really realistic in our goals and how to pursue them. Other captains: Paloma Palmer, Will Paulsen
We’re doing really well even though it’s still early in the season. We had our first BCL league meet, and came in third on Tuesday. A lot of people already have personal bests and have broken their own records. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and watching everyone’s times improve.
Other captains: Caroline Coulter, Tess Holland
I’m really excited because there are a lot of young fencers on the team, which means that they’re all steadily improving throughout the whole process. I’m the only senior and the rest are freshman girls so it’s fun because everyone’s eager to learn. They’re all first year fencers– it’s hard not to exponentially improve at the beginning.
Other captains: Bea Gee, Zack Hammer, Demetri Sakellaropoulos
We didn’t start off on the best note, but our team has grown a lot and become a lot closer; it’s one of the best teams I’ve been on since I’ve come to Convent. Our team started off kind of disconnected, and everyone was doing different things, but as the season progressed, our team has learned to wor at a higher level. Other captain: Margaux Gaede
Currently we are undefeated since we have only had one dual meet against Urban and San Domenico. We have definitely gotten a lot better, and our coaches really want our team to improve even more so we can be at a the level where colleges are recruit us in a couple of years.
Other captains: Allie Rosen, Benzi Blatman
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A picture’s worth a thousand bites As the popularity of social media sites grow, so do the Instagram accounts dedicated to food.
Camilla Bykhovsky Senior Reporter
aking pictures of artfully presented restaurant dishes has become socially acceptable in many social circles, which may account for the rise of Instagram posts dedicated to food. “I love food and food photography, so I just mixed the two,” Lily Kaplin, food photographer and blogger, said. “I was always going out to nice restaurants, and I was never really documenting it, so I decided I wanted to share it with people.” Kaplin, who attended CSH for three years, has almost 4000 followers on her Instagram where she posts photos from wherever she eats. “The restaurant gets a lot more publicity based on the fact that I post pictures and influence people to eat at these places,” Kaplin said. “I don’t have a lot of followers in the grand scheme of things,
but I have been asked for opinions on where good places to eat are.” The popularity of Instagram and the attention it receives leads some of the social media users to start separate accounts for food photography to keep from overposting. “I made ‘cheeeezin’ when I was in New York my sophomore year,” junior Caroline Lo said. “I was taking so many pictures of food, and I didn’t want to post them all to my main Instagram, so I made a new one.” Due to the popularity of Kaplins’ ‘eatingthroughsf,’ she put the link on her resumé while searching for a job. “I am a social media intern at this juicery in New York,” Kaplin said. “I got the job because I sent them my blog, which showed that I was already part of the social media world.” Some restaurants are relying on the social network for advertising. “It was my boss’ idea, who is al-
ready super into Instagram,” Gabriela Ortiz, a shift lead at Cream in Berkeley said. “When we get new items and new products, my boss will definitely put that there, Instagramming probably once or twice a week.” Using Instagram for promotions, some restaurants give social media bloggers, who post a picture and review a meal, a discount or a free meal on the next visit. “We did a contest, Cal vs. Stanford,” Ortiz said. “If you posted a picture in your Cal or Stanford gear and a picture of your sandwich, then you could win a free sandwich.” Personal food Instagrams also sometimes provide benefits to the poster. “I think in San Francisco, a lot of the time when people say what influenced them to try a specific restaurant, they say that they saw it on ‘eatingthroughsf,’” Kaplin said, “or they comment other people’s names on a specific picture to spread the word.”
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FOODGRAM Junior Caro-
line Lo takes a picture of a Bun Mee sandwich for her fooddedicated Instagram account, ‘cheeeezin,’ during lunchtime at the Fillmore Street restaurant (above). The picture of the Vietnamese sandwich was uploaded immediately, gaining 183 likes (left).
Building bonds overnight Changes in the format of class retreats aim to create a more supportive environment and cohesive class.
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REFLECTIONS Juniors sit
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together, engaging in conversation and playing cards, while classmates held a kickball tournament on the second day of the retreat (top, clockwise). Sophomores Madison Stetter and Gwynie Dunlevy participate in a self-reflection after taking a hike around the scenic Marin Headlands. Senior Jewelia Nemy ties a dream flag, where she wrote her wishes for the future, among the flags of previous classes.
Ashley Latham Senior Reporter
eniors hiked to their dorm rooms in silence after a day of self-reflection and class activities during one of the class retreats on March 20, which had students staying the night either at school or at a conference center. Faculty restructured spring retreats to allow for classes to bond while encouraging self-reflection in a technology-free environment. “We are going to be integrating a lot of silent time and a lot of community time,” retreat leader Julia Arce said before the seniors left for Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. “We are also asking all students to leave their electronics at home.” Students noticed a change in class dynamics with the absence of phones and iPads. “It was a very unique experience,” senior Lauren Baum said. “I was able to say things to people that I wouldn’t be able to say in another setting.” The Senior Class participated in a gratitude circle, where each student spoke words of appreciation about each of her classmates. “I thought that it helped all of us get closer together,” senior Clare Pardini said. “I think we all became closer friends, and people I didn’t feel I knew, I now feel comfortable talking to.” After spending the day at Stu-
art Hall High School for an Ethics and Action Seminar in which junior boys and girls watched the movie “Her” and listened to David Kopf, founder of Remind101, and John Starr, manager of Twitter’s Minors and Content Team, who talked about identity on social media, CSH students went to the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Newman retreat center in Santa Rosa.
I was able to say things to people that I wouldn’t be able to say in another setting.
Juniors also had free time and some structured activities like writing mock Oscar acceptance speeches thanking loved ones, according to junior Christina Braa. “I really enjoyed all the free time we had,” Braa said. “It allowed for us to spend time together as well as bond and use our ‘wise freedom.’” Sophomores and juniors have traditionally participated in ropes courses during retreats. As part of the revamp, student council leaders in each grade collaborated with the faculty to plan retreats, according to Lead Student Conduct Advisor Jeanne Asdourian.
Sophomores left campus during their CORE period for the Marin Headlands. “We had a lot of free time to spend just hanging out with one another,” sophomore Stella Smith-Warner said. “I really loved having dinner family-style with our entire class. It allowed us to sit down and take a moment to be with each other.” Instead of serving at the Celebrate Spring Luncheon and visiting retired Religious of the Sacred Heart at Oakwood in Atherton, freshmen had a class sleepover and participated in team building activities at school. All the Sacred Heart student groups have been asked to refrain from visiting Oakwood due to the health concerns for elderly nuns. “These changes were made because — besides the conversations with the retired RSCJs — there was nothing really ‘retreat-like’ about past retreats since there wasn’t a lot of time for classes to spend with one another,” Asdourian said. Charis Denison, a consultant for the Durango Institute for CoCurricular Education, worked with the class. In addition to other exercises, Denison lead a sharing circle where students were able to speak freely with one another. “It was a really eye-opening experience,” freshman Julia Gutman said. “I thought it was great because we all learned something new and different about people.”
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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FOOD FOR DAYS
Vietnamese ‘street food’ on Steiner
Alice Jones Food Reviewer
Marina gets another specialty restaurant
hestnut Street can be a capricious venue, and many restaurants have attempted success between local Steiner Street favorites The Plant and Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers. Whether SaiWalks, a Vietnamese street food restaurant with rolls, banh mi sandwiches, salads, Pho noodle soups, noodle bowls and rice plates, will carve out a permanent niche, remains to be seen. Saigon Segway ($7.95) are crispy imperial rolls, stuffed with pork, crab, carrots, mushrooms and taro root with a side of cellophane noodles and mint. The thin, crispy skin is uniquely flaky yet slightly oily, accompanied by a light tangy vinegar based sauce. The vegetarian option for fresh spring rolls, the Marching Monk roll ($7.95), is full of tofu, mushrooms, bean sprouts, taro root and noodles with light accents of basil and mint bound tightly in a cellophane skin.
The side peanut sauce is a little soupy but dips easily to soak up the sauce’s sweet flavor. The banh mi sandwiches are sizable and heavy on the meat. Served on a French baguette with shavings of cucumber, carrots, cilantro and tomatoes, the Lampost Lingo ($8.95) pork is rather tender and chewy and is complemented perfectly with a sweet mayo. The Vermicelli bowls are massive, piled with pho noodles’ “thinner cousin,” shredded lettuce, pickled carrots, fresh mint, cucumber, roasted peanuts, browned “frizzled” shallots and vinaigrette nuoc mam dressing. The Passport Ponzi ($11.95) is massive and perfect for sharing, filled with delightfully tangy strips of grilled Angus steak and shreds of mango and pineapple. The Banh Xeo are Vietnamese crepes with French
influence and made with rice flour and coconut milk. The Saigon Savory ($11.95) with shrimp and pork was rather oily and heavily stuffed, with crunchy bean sprouts that would have been more appealing if it cooked thoroughly. Pho Comfort ($11.95) is piping hot chicken noodle soup with thin flat pho noodles. After diving through the reef of bok choy leaves and thinly-cut carrot, not much chicken is found in the 10-hour slowcooked broth flavored by green onions. The staff is friendly and has time to check in on how you are enjoying your meal. SaiWalks hasn’t quite found it’s customer basis yet; locals trickle in for a beverage or just to look inside at the new space. The menu has a lot of variety and is still experimenting and working out the kinks, but overall is worth a try for something different. Saiwalks is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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FRESH The Noisy Nos-
talgia is a grilled beef bahn mi-style sandwich with the option of spicing it up with some jalapeños. The cilantro blends well with the carrots and cucumbers (top). The Saigon Souvenir is the non-vegetarian spring roll option. The subtle tang of mango strips sweetens the savory poached shrimp wrapped in a cellophane skin (left).
40 years of satire Beach Blanket Babylon celebrates four decades of glitz and glamour
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SHOW-STOPPER The San Francisco Skyline finale hat has taken many forms over the 40 years of Beach Blanket Babylon. This 2010 version ‘sits’ atop Tammy Nelson’s head, supported by a body harness and counter weights.
Hall & Heart: Drawn to Life
ix foot dancing male poodles, Italian cooks holding meatballs the size of shoe boxes and President Barack Obama rapping are among the whacky, satirical acts crossing the stage at Club Fugazi seven times a week. The musical revue Beach Blanket Babylon is in its 40th year performing spoofs on pop culture and political parodies, punctuated with actors wearing big hair and oversized hats. “Beach Blanket Babylon is a sacred San Francisco tradition,” Stuart Hall High School senior Patrick Wong, who has seen the musical multiple times, said. “Its success comes from the musical’s quality, actors and comedic scenes.” The revue opens in the heart of North Beach with Snow White, a young princess from San Francisco, searching for love. She encounters societal icons and celebrities in the show who help her find her soul mate. “What I love about the show is that the princess Snow White travels all around the world but ends up where she belongs back in the heart of San Francisco,” audience member Leo LaRocca said. Beach Blanket Babylon is the
longest-running musical revue in America today. “It’s great to see a mix between different styles of humor through acting, singing and dancing,” audience member Cheryl Reasta said. “The parody of Ted Cruz was my favorite because it’s mainly topical and the actor who imitated Cruz had impeccable comedic timing as well as a good voice.” Beach Blanket Babylon’s characters and acts frequently change to reflect on current events and celebrity scandals. “Between Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and characters from Duck Dynasty, this show has developed into a unique performance,” LaRocca said. Tickets range from $25 to $130 and are available online, at the box office or by phone. All performances take place at Club Fugazi. Persons under 21 are only allowed at matinee performances. “The actors transport you into a world of comedy right from the beginning,” Wong said. “By the end of the musical everyone is clapping along to the finale music. It’s great to see tourists and native San Franciscans coming together to enjoy such a timeless show.”