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San Bruno explosion and fire devastates Bay Area community.
September 23, 2010
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School | San Francisco, California
news in brief ▶ No classes are scheduled
tomorrow due to a Faculty Inservice.
▶ Convent and Stuart
Hall plan to host an ice skating Supper Club at the Yerbe Buena Skating Center on Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m.
▶ The annual
California Coastal Cleanup is set for Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. Convent and Stuart Hall Students plan to meet as a group at Land’s End.
▶ The 2010 Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure is scheduled for Sunday beginning at the Ferry Building in the Embarcadero. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K walk/1 mile run begins at 9 a.m.
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Students hunt for additional parking
Shakespeare in the Park puts a unique spin on a classic play.
Two-hour street parking and special school zones in Pacific Heights force those who drive to the Broadway campus to frequently run out of classrooms and offices muttering the usual, “I need to move my car!” “I would never remember to move my car every two hours, and as busy as my schedule is some days, I would not have the time to move my car every two hours even if I did remember,” history teacher Michael Stafford said. “I take the bus to school every day, which is more convenient for me, and cheaper as well.” Two-hour restricted parking has always been a nuisance in Pacific Heights, but due to increased construction, road re-pavement, street cleaning and other restrictions, students and teachers find it almost impossible to get parking in the neighborhood. Many schools offer parking spaces for faculty and students, however due to lack of space the Broadway campus is unable to offer parking. While the Octavia campus offers limited parking garage space to faculty and
students, those who drive to Convent must get parking permits or find street parking. Unlike the newer Octavia campus which was built specifically with a parking garage, the historical Flood Mansion lacks parking space, forcing drivers to find alternatives. Senior Juliet Charnas says she faces the same issues as Stafford. “I would definitely drive to school more often if there were better options for parking,” Charnas said. “The main reason I rarely drive to school is the two-hour limit parking limit. I have classes all day, so moving my car isn’t really an option.” The majority of street parking in Pacific Heights is delegated as twohour parking except for residents who may purchase a $96 parking permit, creating difficulties for students and faculty. The two-hour limit is not the only reason why students and teachers say they struggle with parking. “There is virtually no street parking, so I have to avoid driving if I want to be sure to be on time for class,” senior Katie Carlson said. “Even if I did not have to move my car every two hours, I would still find parking by school incredibly inconvenient.” SEE ALTERNATIVE PG. 2
Walk raises money for Ugandan sister school Isabelle Pinard Reporter Approximately 800,000 children in Uganda 6-12 do not attend school, and few teens have had formal schooling. Almost 1.5 million children work to help support their families, while 25,000 have been abducted or forced to serve in the armed rebel forces according to Helping Education in Africa Researching Together, which has united with Convent of the Sacred Heart HS to bring education to Uganda. English teacher Theresa Padden and HEART founder Irene Cullen RSCJ, brainstormed a plan for Convent to raise funds for the primary sister school in Uganda — and the result was Walk for Uganda. “This walk raises funds to build and maintain the buildings for the primary School in Kyamusansala,” Padden said. “The money raised goes directly to water, solar projects and maintaining faculty housing. These projects are not diverted elsewhere.” Previous walks raised funds for a new academic building, providing the students in the primary school with
improved working space. Students attended school in classrooms on the second floor and 25-30 girls per room slept on the first. “When I visited Uganda two years ago, one of the students asked how can you love us so much when you don't even know us?” Padden said. “I just said it was because they were so easy to love and we couldn't help ourselves.” Other Network schools have joined in on fundraising to increase funds for the school in Uganda. “During this walk we meet a lot of people from our community including students and teachers from our sister school in Atherton,” Moral Philosophy teacher Paul Lorentz said. “Spending a whole day with them as one big community is a great way to experience the city and help our students in Uganda with their education at the same time.” The annual Walk for Uganda has raised over $30,000 since 2005. “It's fun, easy and relaxing,” Pad den said. “Students run the bridge — some walk, and some bring dogs. You can even “sleep in for Uganda” — just make a donation and stay in bed.” This year the Walk for Uganda is
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planned for Oct 16. Participants can gather at 10 a.m. for coffee and socializing before the walk begins. At 11 a.m. the participants will hike
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Students are not allowed to text, use their cell phones, or listen to music when walkng from campus to campus.
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up and over the Golden Gate Bridge while having the view of the Bay. Interested Walkers can register online at http://sacredsf.org.
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Senior Class catches Shakespeare ‘bug’ While most seniors explored the quaint parks, quirky restaurants and hippie havens that line Main Street in Ashland, Oregon on the Senior Trip, some never left their hotel rooms. Bouts of suspected food poisoning, colds and other ailments sidelined students from attending plays and other scheduled activities such as an acting workshop. “Some had been sick before they came, others got sick from the food or they got sick while they were there,” learning specialist Patricia Keivlan, one of the teachers who accompanied the Senior Class, said. Some seniors rested in their rooms while others attempted to watch the shows, coughing and sneezing. “About 15 seniors were sick,” senior Samantha Whittles said. “It made it really hard to watch the shows.” However, the majority of the students were able to attend all four plays and participate in other activities aimed at enriching the students’ experience at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “This year we saw four different plays – ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Twelfth Night,’ the musical ‘She Loves Me’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice,’” Kievlan said. “The seniors are currently reading ‘Hamlet’ in their English classes, so they really enjoyed seeing it performed on stage.” The plays were picked by English department head Karen Randall as well
History teacher Sarah Garlinghouse and senior Lizzy Van Zandt act out a traditional tea ceremony as experienced by English teacher Theresa Padden during her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan. Narrated by Elena Dudum and Zoë Newcomb, the skit demonstrated a ceremony similar to the ones students learned about in the all-school summer reading book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson about the country of Pakistan. ANJALI SHRESTHA | the broadview ZOË NEWCOMB | the broadview
Senior Brianna Davis blindly tries to naviagate a “minefield” of shoes as her partner shouts “Go there” or “Not there.” Students participated in several activites illustrating the steps in a “heroic journey.” as senior English and theology teacher Julia Arce, who also accompanied the students along with athletic director Elena DeSantis. In addition to watching the plays, seniors participated in an acting workshop, seminars before each play to set the scene and a backstage tour. “My tour was led by the actor who played Claudius in ‘Hamlet,’ so it was really interesting to see him on stage,”
Keivlan said. Between plays and tours, students had the opportunity to shop with friends or bond with their roommates. “We were so excited because it was finally our turn to go on this trip,” senior Elena Dudum said. “We had assigned roommates this year so it gave us a chance to get to know people who we don’t usually spend a lot of time with.” — Sara Kloepfer, Julia Nemy
Race to raise money for cancer research San Francisco is scheduled to take place on Sept. 26. Registration is online at http://www.komensf.org and is $35.
The four-school community can join Team Convent/Stuart Hall. — Ava Martinez
Understanding: Mammograms Several recently-published studies assert mammograms are not necessary for breast cancer prevention. However, many doctors continue to advocate for the importance of annual screenings.
What are mammograms?
Mammograms are X-ray images of the breasts that screen for abnormal masses. Screening mammograms test women with no symptoms by taking two X-rays from different angles. Diagnostic mammograms, which take more images of greater depth, are prescribed when abnormalities are detected.
Drivers struggle to find alternative parking space ▶ CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Alternative, albeit more convenient, parking options are available for those willing to pay a fee. “I recently started renting a parking space in an apartment building on Webster Street, a block away from school,” student life assistant Francis Cavalieri said. “It has relieved an enormous amount of stress because last year, I was constantly troubled with parking restrictions, ongoing construction and street cleaning.” In addition to a lack of street parking, construction in the neighborhood has increased significantly due to money from the Federal Stimulus Package. Several streets are undergoing repaving and other much-needed repairs, causing significant traffic delays during the morning commute and hunt for parking.
Cavalieri said the new schedule is a significant part of the reason she chose to rent a space. “With the schedule changes made this year, I need to be on campus earlier and longer than I did in past years,” Cavalieri said. “It is a relief not to have to worry about finding a spot and moving my car every two hours.” While having a parking space is useful, not all can afford to pay a monthly fee that averages $275. “Although the garages are a nice option, I cannot afford to rent out a space,” senior Kristy Harty-Connell said. “Sometimes I park in the Marina and take the bus up to school because it is free and has no time limit, but I could not imagine doing that every day.” Students and faculty who choose to drive to school often pay the price.
Grant to fund new course, ground-breaking research Zoë Newcomb | the broadview
Early on a Sunday morning every fall, students, faculty, teachers and parents from the Schools of the Sacred Heart community arrive at the Embarcadero to run or walk the Race for the Cure, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “I have been running the Race for the Cure for the last three years and I plan on doing it this year as well,” senior Tiana Abdulmassih said. Abdulmassih ran the race with the cross country team as a freshman and now continues to run to help keep in shape for crew. While many students chose to physically attend the race, other students who are unable to participate are still able to contribute. “I have never been to the actual Race for the Cure, but I still always ‘Sleep in for the Cure,’” senior Chloe Look said. “Women suffering from breast cancer deserve as much support as possible, even if it is from a complete stranger.” The sleep-in option is an opportunity for people who cannot physically come to the race to donate money to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Although people choosing this option do not attend the race, they pay the same race fee as those who do. “One of my favorite parts of doing this race is seeing all the people who have come out to support the breast cancer research,” Abdulmassih said. “It shows how our community, as well as others, have a common concern.” Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K races in the world, according to komen.org. The organization states its primary goals are to “raise significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.” Seventy-five percent of the funds raised from Race for the Cure goes to the Komen Foundation and provides breast health research, services and education for uninsured or under-insured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to national breast cancer research. The 2010 Race for the Cure in
Assembly, Mass celebrate community
Why should I get one?
Mammograms can identify lumps too small to be felt and calcium deposits that are precursors for cancer, contributing to early detection. Studies indicate that screenings have reduced breast cancer-caused deaths in middle-aged women.
How should I prepare for a screening?
• Do not apply deodorant, creams or powders to the underarms or breasts as the chemicals may interfere with the X-ray. • Ask if the screening center is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, certifying proper standards are met for the test.
Conservation Biology received a $3000 grant from the Save the Redwoods League to support the new class, created by Science department chair Ray Cinti, that will conduct new studies and experiments on redwood forests. “We will extract redwood DNA from coastal redwoods in the Muir Woods area and analyze it, clone it, and then sequence it,” Cinti said, adding the experiments would be difficult to conduct without funding. “The sequence of the gene we are considering is unknown and the students have the potential to be published,” Cinti said. The class will be taught in “authentic” research-style format rather than a traditional lecture-style class, and is open to both juniors and seniors. “Eighty percent of San Francisco’s Redwoods are now gone,” Cinti said. The trees were used to build homes, train tracks and school supplies. The students
in this course will go and help the redwoods and their help will be transferred to other people. The Save the Redwoods League protects the 5 percent of redwood groves that are still intact today. The Education Grants Program awards up to $3000 to proposals that will “foster a deeper understand of redwood forests through personal visits and educational experience,” according to the grant program’s description. “Money like this doesn’t just pop out — it takes an extensive process,” curriculum coordinator Douglas Grant said of Cinti’s persistence in submitting proposals to grant programs. “You have to go after it and apply for it with innovation,” Grant said. Conservation Biology had its first of four major field trips this past Saturday to the Armstrong Field National Park in Sonoma County. — Mika Esquivel-Vasqeuz
What should I expect?
Women remove all clothing and jewelry from the waist up. A technician guides and properly positions patients in front of the X-ray machine. Clear plastic plates apply pressure to the breast against a platform with the X-ray film on it. Pressure, not enough to be painful, evens out the tissue for optimal screening and holds the breast in place to prevent blurring. One breast at a time is screened, lasting under 30 minutes altogether.
When should I start?
Making a personalized schedule with a doctor is optimal, and general guidelines vary. The National Cancer Institute recommends women 40 and older get tested every 1-2 years, though other organizations suggest waiting until age 50 for annual screening. Women with a family history of or genetic predisposition to breast cancer should consult a physician and likely begin screening earlier. Source: http://mayoclinic.com
Science department chair Ray Cinti lectures Conservation Biology students. The class spent its first field trip classifying Redwoods trees.
Rosary remembers Katrina 5 years later Zoë Newcomb & Sara Kloepfer
eering through the broken glass of the double doors in her backyard, Charlotte Svenson saw for the first time the insides of her childhood home destroyed. Svenson’s mother broke down sobbing in her daughter’s arms. “My neighborhood showed no signs of civilization or the memories I cherished as a child,” Svenson, who was an eighth grader at Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans at the time, said. Once upon a time, Katrina was just a baby name. Now people know of it as the Category 5 monster that ripped apart the Louisiana coastline, killing more than 1500 and displacing countless other residents. “I remember during our evacuation, before Katrina hit, going to bed when the hurricane was a Category 3, and then waking up to it being a Category 5 the next morning,” Meredith Schiro, then a sophomore, said. “That entire time period seems like a blur now.”
Published five years ago today, The Broadview told the story of the aftermath of the storm and its effects on the lives of Sacred Heart students. Now the students reflect on what has changed since that unforgettable catastrophe. Students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart located in the Garden District of New Orleans were forced to transfer to schools around the country to continue their education. Most girls found a new home in Network schools, such as Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, LA and Duchesne Academy in Houston, TX. “My transition was relatively easy,” Clesi Bennet, who was a freshman when Katrina struck, said. “Our administration worked diligently to make everything as normal as possible. Although we weren’t in classrooms, ate lunch at Subway and didn’t always have chairs and tables, it was an experience I’ll never forget.” Schiro remembers attending class in “the shack” — an old physical therapy building located on a service road on the side of the interstate. The girls gathered in the chapel to sing and pray for loved ones. Others found their transition more difficult. “I was forced to merge with an entire new group of girls, in an entirely different city complete with a different culture and even different food,” Svenson said. “But Duchesne was a place I could get my mind off of things and pretend to be normal. As I entered high school, I began anew and left the memories and tragedies behind.” Charlotte’s older sister Bridget, then a junior, felt similarly distanced from the realities that many residents who stayed behind faced.
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“I didn’t watch the news and my mom didn’t tell us much about what was going on, so I don’t really have any bad Katrina memories,” Bridget Svenson said. Some students were not so fortunate to be sheltered from the horrors of post-Katrina New Orleans. “Everything just seemed to be in a military state,” Schiro said. “My family and I had to go pick up our MRE’s — military issued food. The entire city had this cloud of gloom and depression hovering over it. The water marks and wind-damaged structures were the wounds and scars left behind by Katrina.” Bennett described being surrounded by knocked down structures, uprooted trees and lawns littered with debris, even refrigerators. “I’ve never seen the city like that,” Bennett said. “But it was also amazing and so uplifting to see the numerous ‘WE’RE BACK’ or ‘WE WILL BE BACK SOON’ signs. It gave me hope to see people out in the streets cleaning and helping out their neighbors.
A ‘New Normal’
Even strangers came out to aid New Orleans, including Sacred Heart students. Convent and Stuart Hall students plan to return for the fourth annual community service trip this Thanksgiving. Students typically spend about five days restoring homes, gardening and visiting with residents. “The girls [at Rosary] were really grateful,” CSH senior Frankie Incerty said. “Everyone was affected. Everyone either knew someone who lost their home, or their house was flooded or they had to transfer schools — every-
one. One girl had to go all the way to Texas and didn’t talk to her family for two weeks.” Five years ago, Charlotte Svenson voiced her regret for not appreciating the little things that make New Orleans special while she still had the time, saying “[the city] will never be the same.” However, the cultural vitality that characterizes New Orleans was not washed away in the flood. “The city has found itself a new normal,” Schiro said. “Things are not quite exactly how they were before, but I feel like we have healed in our own way. We have not forgotten, but life moves on and it’s the only thing we can really do.” The city’s sense of pride has returned in full force, residents say. “If you thought people were passionate about New Orleans before, well, you should see them now,” Bennett said. “New Orleanians are obsessed with city, the Saints, the food, the music, the culture — everything.” The Saints, once considered among the worst in the NFL, even referred to as the “Ain’ts,” bounced back to win the Super Bowl last year. The team’s ability to overcome their opponents on the field symbolized the city’s rebirth after Katrina.
‘Mess to Clean Up’
While New Orleans is still celebrating its unique culture, the city still has a mess to clean up. Incerty described going on a “reality tour” of the Lower 9th Ward where the levees broke. The neighborhood looked like it had been hit only a month ago. Rotting houses are washed bare except for bold X’s and numbers painted over the
Five years ago, The Broadview ran a story on the aftermath Hurricane Katrina had on students attending Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, also known as the Rosary. Today the city is still suffering and CSH encourages its students to take part in community service to rebuild New Orleans. doorways, showing how many people had died inside. “It was eye-opening because we didn’t see any of that on the news,” Incerty said. There is a large discrepancy between the areas of the city that have been restored, like the uptown area where the Sacred Heart school is, versus the still-devastated projects of the 9th Ward. “We got three different perspectives from the Sacred Heart girls – one was not affected at all, one was somewhat affected, and one had lost everything,” said Green. “They were still angry five years later, even the one who hadn’t lost everything. They were pissed at the government for not doing
anything in all that time following the hurricane.” Although Louisiana’s Road Home program provided nearly $8.6 billion in aid to rebuild homes, it is winding down, leaving property owners who have not tapped these funds no longer eligible for help. Their only hope may be the community groups volunteering to restore the city, such as Make It Right, a nonprofit led by actor Brad Pitt. Make It Right plans to build homes in the Lower 9th Ward for 150 families, focusing on bringing back entire blocks rather than scattered houses. When these blighted areas finally catch up to the restored grandeur of the tourist traps, New Orleans may finally be able to breathe easy once again.
From Katrina to rebirth
June, 2008 September 2, 2005 The entire St. Charles StreetAugust 28, 2005 August 30. 2005 Five days after Hurricane car Line reopens, including Hurricane Katrina hit Louisi80 percent of the city was 20 Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the S. Carrollton Avenue leg. ana intensifying into a Catfeet below-sea-level, after two medical and food supplies aregory 5 Hurricane. Residents, levees broke. September 1, 2005 rived. President Bush visited December, 2008 unable to leave, numbering Congress spent $10.5 billion and ordered 10,000 National Storm damage estimates New Orleans ends the year 10,000 began pouring into the increased to more than $25 on a relief and rescue pack- Guard troops to help, there with 7.6 million in total visitors Louisiana Superdome. age for victims. were 40,000 soldiers total. billion. and $5.1 billion in spending.
2006 August 29, 2005 Katrina landed at 7:10 a.m. battering the city for eight hours. Only one levee was damaged.
2007 August 31, 2005 President Bush ordered National Guard troops to evacuate people. The Red Cross reported $21 million received in relief aid.
September 3, 2005 Homeland Secretary, Michael Chertoff said more than 100,000 people received humanitarian aid — 9,500 people were rescued.
September 5, 2005 Helicopters unloading sandbags along the street canal allowed engineers to plug the 200-foot-wide gap of the broken levee.
March, 2009 Jazz returns to Bourbon Street, when the Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta opens to the public.
February, 2010 The New Orleans Saints won first Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts.
2010 March, 2010 $400 million went to the rebuilding of the Louis Armstrong International Airport with an expected completion date scheduled for 2011.
September 23, 2010
Students should participate in community service events staff editorial
fter a long week of classes and sports, it can be hard to climb out of bed on a weekend and and drag oneself to do more work Once a year a group from Convent and Stuart Hall gathers at the beaches of Lands End for the annual coastal clean up, picking up plastic bags, cigarette butts and empty soda cans. Among this group of high school students is
sophomore Jewel Devorawood, who Being apart of the Network of bonds between people and is the founplays her part by carrying a hefty bag of the Sacred Heart Schools, Convent’s dation of creating a better community,” trash on one shoulder. community service broadens inditheology teacher Paul Lorentz said. “It “I have enjoyed participating in vidual outlooks on the world, realizes can also provide students with commuour community service trips nity service hours, which in both my freshman and doesn’t hurt because you Community service helps build sophomore year because need 100 hours in order bonds between people and is of what I have learned,” to graduate — so why not the foundation of creating a betsophomore Jewel Devorastart early?” wood said. “I learned that Opportunities to ter community – Paul Pryor Lorentz you can never give too join a community sermuch to the community. vice program outside of You can be helpful in so school are listed on the many ways, whether it is picking up the responsibility with regards to the school website under “Campus Life.” trash or feeding the homeless the pospoor, the environment, the elderly and Volunteer internships include the envisibilities are huge, and volunteering at encourages serving the community. ronment, elderly, hunger and homeless, Convent is one of them.” “Community service helps build youth and health.
just a thought Zoë Newcomb | Editor-in-Chief
Over the past two decades there has been a growing body of research concluding volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social benefits. Volunteering provides the participant with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing, acccording to the Corporation for National and Community Service organization. “If we do our community service we get the best of both worlds,” Devorawood said. “We help the environment, or people in need and we learn new things in the process that can be kept with us throughout our lives.”
Slow and steady doesn’t get you to Stuart Hall on time.
Recent tragic events remind students to live in the present
or many of my peers, high school is an excuse for ignorance. “We’re young,” they say, “We have the rest of ours lives to begin caring.” For others, like myself, high school is a time spent in limbo — accomplishing little, simply attempting to tame the uncertainties of the future. I’ve spent the last three years of my life thinking about college. Ever since that fateful day I, a naïve freshman, created a CollegeBoard account and began to receive daily reminders of how little I have achieved in life. It’s easy to forget about the life you’re living when the future feels so much more important. A few weeks ago, a sudden gas-line explosion in San Bruno took the lives of at least seven people and destroyed a neighborhood. Two days later, on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, I learned that two of the victims were a 13-year-old girl and her mother with close ties to several of my friends. It’s hard to understand how something two-degrees of separation away could still be so profoundly impacting, but it is. Sadly, it seems that only events like these can force us to actually stop our fast-paced lives and take a moment to think. Those things that had seemed liked priorities fall away to reveal the
true value of life. But it won’t last long. Soon the television reporters will pack up, the memorials services will end and the houses will be rebuilt. CollegeBoard continues to email me daily — “Zoë, where are you?” or “Deadlines are coming.” Messages that create the illusion CollegeBoard actually cares about me as a person. And I’ll treat them as if they do — responding to them more often than my grandparents, investing time that could be spent with my family and friends. We let the world tell us what matters. Getting ahead transcends everything else. But life will continue to speed by and then someday another disaster will hit, and we’ll have to stop and ask where all the time went. High school is not just a time to be carefree nor is it a time to be burdened by the future. Its simply a time to live. Living a full life is not about living a long one, but about embracing the days we have. These past few weeks have been tragic beyond words, reminders of just how precious life is. I’m not one for cheesy one-liners or clichés, but just this once: live life to the fullest. We’ve all been blessed with just a few short moments on earth — I’m not going to waste them.
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I would like to see mores stories that show student life, like clubs and outside activities. The Broadview always provides the important news stories that I need to know about, but is often lacking in pieces that students can relate to. A series on clubs in the school would be very interesting because there are so many that students do not know about, as well as more faculty profiles. Faculty members often participate in activities outside of school that would make for interesting feature stories. Juliet Charnas, senior
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1. Giants might actually make the playoffs. 2. British troops have been withdrawn from Afghanistan. 3. Finals are the week before Christmas this year. 4. Obama pledged to do what he could to help victims of the San Bruno fire. 5. Lady Gaga makes political speech in Maine.
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1. They aren’t going to win. 2. Now American soldiers have to pick up the slack. 3. Midterms are in less than two weeks. 4. The fire still hasn’t been declared a federal emergency. 5. Her other political statement, the “meat dress,” was offensive.
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Women need regular screening and self-checks
Aggie Kruse Reporter
t seems that every days experts give conflicting advice on health, and even when the professional medical community is divided, women must draw on personal logic and experience to make sense of the information, with creating a personalized plan and mixing advice from opposing guidelines as the best course of action. Controversy arose last November when the United States Preventive Services Task Force, appointed by the government to study the effectiveness of screening, issued guidelines conflicting with those of other organizations like the American Cancer Society. The task force recommended women start biannual screening at age 50, as opposed to annually at 40. The American Cancer Society, as did many other groups, repudiated the findings and kept its old recommendations. This applies to the average woman, and those with genetic predis-
positions or a family history should consult a doctor. Both sides have evidence from studies to back their guidelines-all the more reason to compromise. Mammograms have saved younger women’s lives, and the FDA reports that mammograms can detect a lump over a year before it can be felt. At the same time, the National Cancer Institute projects that more than 1,900 women need to be screened in a year to save one life of a woman in her 40s, and 1.3 in 100,000 fatal breast cancers are induced by mammogram radiation in women who began screening at 40. Many of the lumps detected are either benign or growing too slowly to affect a woman in her lifetime. The task force also refuted the usefulness of self-check exams, expressing concern that they caused unnecessary stress and unneeded biopsies in women who felt “lumps.” Self-check exams may or may not prove scientifically useful, but a woman knowing the feel of her own body will more likely help than harm, especially since mammograms
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Excessive funding affects perception of candidate
or a state seemingly drowned in debt, California proves itself a big financial player once again as Meg Whitman, Republican nominee for governor, lives up to the Golden State standard. The billionaire and former eBay CEO set a new record for personal spending on a U.S. political campaign — $119 million. She pushed herself into first place by giving her campaign an additional $15 million last week, according to The Los Angeles Times. Voters may wonder why she needs to add funds to a seemingly endless account, but her money is quickly being gobbled up by her publicity bill. Whitman spent $71 million to defeat millionaire state Treasurer Steve Poizner in the primary. The rest has gone to advertising, including an iPhone app that lets supporters donate money and a cable TV ad allowing viewers to order bumper stickers straight from their remote. Whitman has gathered $24 million from wealthy friends, unlike previous record holder, Michael Bloomberg, fellow billionaire and New York City Mayor, who rejected donations. Whitman claims that self-funding allows her to act independently, not beholden to the interests of backers, but by accepting this money she indicates otherwise. Bloomberg spent $109 million to get re-elected last year. His financial self-sufficiency gave citizens the confidence to vote to amend New York City’s term limits law, allowing him a third term. It is hard to imagine Whitman receiving the same support when voters are aware that she is indebted to her rich comrades and their leanings. Whitman’s spending also acts as a defense against the $12 million provided by union groups attacking her. Her opponent Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown has relied mostly on donations for his
campaign, only spending about $28 million. However, Brown did not have serious competition in the primary. He owns a precious commodity Whitman can’t buy — brandrecognition. Brown has spent most of his 72 years in politics, serving as governor from 1975-83 and running for president three times. Brown’s experience is in direct contrast to Whitman’s, who admits to rarely even voting in the last 28 years. Her lack of political involvement only adds to the impression that she is simply attempting to buy the governor’s office. Some could argue that by dedicating her personal funds to California, Whitman is showing she cares about the state’s future. However, if she really cared she would have voted for its leaders. If Whitman wins this election, the public could be led to believe it takes a king’s ransom to run for governor. What happened to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”? If the state cabinet becomes a billionaires’ club, the interests of the Average Joe could go unnoticed. Already Whitman plans to scale back state spending, eliminate 40,000 state jobs, reduce pension benefits and cut the welfare system. These actions affect the average working Californian in ways the über-rich cannot relate to. Whitman may know how to spend money, but she may not know how to save California’s.
can appear unclear or miss a small tumor at times. Occasional, not obsessive selfchecks can keep women in tune with their health. Perhaps women do not need to rush to a screening the moment 40 rolls around, although waiting until 50 might prove too late. Each woman should discuss what best fits herself with a doctor, and then decide what feels most comfortable. In general, receiving a few tests in the mid to late 40s then starting biannually in the 50s appears most prudent. In this way, any chances of early cancer are diminished and radiation impact is minimized. Compared to other screening methods of higher caliber, digital mammography possesses relatively low risk—the equivalent of two month’s worth of background radiation encountered naturally. Women should not hesitate to take advantage of this useful technology, however, pursuing moderation and screening a little less in later years with monthly self-checks might maximize benefits.
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Students with learning differences are not alone in their struggles Emily Bloch Reporter
ailure. Embarrassment. Weak. Stupid. Children with diagnosed learning differences often identify with these terms — however untrue — believing their different learning styles are inferior to those students who learn “traditionally.” Both traditional learners and those with differences should learn to embrace learning styles as something unique, not something wrong. Learning differences do not prevent people from becoming successful — Jay Leno, Charles Schwab and Larry Ellison as well actors Tom Cruise and Robin Williams all say they have dyslexia or other information processing issues. Receiving, processing, analyzing or storing information are the most common issues for students with learning differences. These obstacles often make it challenging for students to learn in the same way as their peers.
Learning differences among the school-aged population are prevalent in the United States, with about 10 percent having been formally diagnosed, according to the Child Development Institute. Children with learning differences are often given extra time on written work and exams, but studies show students without learning differences do not benefit from being given extra time on the same work. T h e cultural stigma that learning differences are “bad” needs to be erased. Thousands of students with differences go undiagnosed because they are afraid to come forward and embrace their differences.
Project Eye to Eye, a national nonprofit mentoring program for children and young adults with learning differences throughout the United States, provides a chance for high school girls and boys to bond with elementary school children through art, helping young people to grow up without that stigma. “Working with Eye to Eye gives the younger kids a chance to see how normal and acceptable it is to have a learning difference,” junior Quinn Reno, a member of Eye to Eye said. “If they see that the older kids, their role models, deal with it as well, it can take the stress off.” Bonding over learning differences can build confidence and eliminate frustration in class for students, knowing that millions of others struggle with the same problem.
How is the 20-minute passing period working for you? “I like the break but it is an awkward period because it is too short to go off campus, but too long to just sit.”
—Annie DeLancie, junior
“It doesn’t affect me because I don’t have to walk to Stuart Hall and I get an extra 20 minutes to eat.”
—Solana Boboschi, junior
“I’m usually waiting for class or socializing. I don’t go and ask the teachers for help though during the 20 minute passing periods because it is not enough time.”
—Jane Stephens, sophomore
“It does not really affect me. As long as I get back from Stuart Hall in time it is always fine.”
—Robin McGahey, freshman
— Compiled by Stephanie Gee
September 23, 2010
Explosion engulfs neig Bay Area community reaches out help to survivors of the natural gas pipeline explosion in quiet San Bruno
San Bruno explosion has detrimental effects Zoë Newcomb Editor-in-Chief
deafening crack echoed through San Bruno on Sept. 9, turning the quiet Thursday evening into something out of an apocalyptic movie as flames consumed the Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood, killing at least four people, injuring dozens more and damaging hundreds of houses. What eyewitnesses described as a bomb, a plane crash, an earthquake, and a fire geyser was actually a natural gas line explosion causing $64.5 million worth of damage and leaving a crater in the middle of the suburban neighborhood. In a press conference the evening of the explosion, Millbrae Fire Chief Dennis Haag described the chaos of the evacuees and confused first-responders as a “messy scene down there.” “I hope never to see anything like this again,” Haag said of the extreme heat explosion that cracked the windshields of fire trucks and prevented first-responders from getting to the epicenter of the scene until hours after the initial explosion.
Emergency shelters were quickly erected for the hundreds of residents evacuated, and hotlines put in place to account for each household affected by the fire. At the scene of the fire San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane avoided specificity and simply addressed the broad devastation of the pipeline burst. “A terrible, terrible tragedy has fallen on our city,” Ruane said. “This is going to be a long haul for out city.” Two weeks later, the chaos has changed from just a simple explosion to a multifaceted issue as details continue to emerge and officials search for three residents still missing as of press time. “All dead have been identified, anyone else missing are presumed dead. Mom, Greg and Willie have not been found,” Gary Bullis said of his mother, brother and 17-year-old nephew. The remains of four residents have been found and identified, including those of San Francisco State alumni Jacqueline Greig and her 13-year-old daughter Janessa, who attended St. Cecilia Elementary School. Officials believe the
high-temperature fire will have burned away the DNA in any other remains at the scene — making it impossible for physicians to make any additional concrete identifications. While Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has made a public apology and a $100 million pledge to assist victims of the fire, a San Bruno resident and fire evacuee Steve Dare is suing the company, asserting that without the court’s involvement the company could withdraw their pledge. Dare’s attorney cites “lack of transparency” in the lawsuit as the main issue, suggesting removing PG&E’s own agenda would ensure that victims would receive the assistance they need. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger returned from a trip abroad to Asia and toured the site of the explosion, releasing a statement last Friday addressing a lack of answers from PG&E regarding specific details of what happened. “The people of California deserve to know what cause the explosion, so we can learn from it and make sure it never happens again,” Schwarzenegger said.
The fire is still pending Federal Emergency Status, which would allow the state to receive federal money to pay for damages and repairs. “Its so scary that this could happen to anyone,” senior Sima Daniel said. “I don’t really understand how a pipe could just explode, and how am I supposed to know if theres one near me?” Daniels concerns reflect the greater Bay Area community, as many residents struggle to find out whether their home falls near any of PG&E’s other “100 priority pipelines,” like the one that exploded. While the list of names is currently available through state websites, finding the exact location of these unmarked, underground pipes is another story. Despite resident requests, PG&E refuses to release maps of pipelines, claiming the locations could become targets for terrorists. The scene of the fire was opened up this past week to residents, allowing them to return to their homes to assess damage and gather clothes and other necessities. Details will continue to come out in the upcoming weeks as reconstruction begins and victims return homes.
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he gas leak in San Bruno was the explosion heard around the Bay Area. The fires raged for two days, engulfing homes and forcing families to flee, fighting for their lives. The flames left an indelible mark on not only the scorched blocks of above the gas line but the people closest to those affected — four dead, three missing and many injured as of press time. A CSH student was wearing an orange ribbon pinned to her uniform sweater on Monday morning, in memory of family friends who perished in the fires. Orange was the 13-year-old girl’s favorite color. This small symbol served as a reminder that the blast affected not only victims of the fires, but those grieving for their loved ones. “Grief is a common and universal experience,” bereavement services manager Lauren Kenney said. “It is something most of us will feel at some point in our lives. With the San Bruno fires there is an experience of not only grief but trauma. It is truly a community tragedy. Such a sudden, violent and unexpected loss can make recovery a much longer process.” Kenney works at nonprofit Hospice by the Bay, which offers grief counseling to individuals, families and school groups affected by the fires. Capuchino High School and Peninsula High School in San
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e scene of the explosion, it took nearly an hour to discover the cause of the blast that damaged houses over half a mile away. Initially, firefighters believed that a small aircraft had crashed into the quiet cisco International Airport and smaller surrounding airports accounted for all planes, the responders were forced to examine other possibilities. The fire was not declared extinguished until Friday afternoon, a on at 6 p.m. on Thursday night. Fire temperatures reached over 1000 degrees and a 15-foot crater was left at the epicenter of the explosion. Since the explosion, PG&E has issued several statements apologizing n to assist victims. Officials are still investigating the exact cause of the pipeline burst and whether it could have been prevented, however the cause is believed to be a lack of pipeline pigs.
dents to confront loss of family and friends Bruno are also providing grief counseling, which focuses on helping someone cope with loss, usually a death. “As you can tell through the fires, loss can mean many different things — a house, a job, even something like a divorce,” Kenney, who has a master’s degree in social work, said. “It’s important for people to know that grief is a normal process that results from losing something or someone we love.” Grief counseling can be especially helpful to those who are having trouble coping on their own, lack s up p o r t in their community, or have a history of loss, according to Kenney. Many people are familiar with the Five Stages of Grief identified by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969 — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, acceptance. These stages may not occur in that particular order, the list simply shows that these feelings are typical for humans dealing with loss and are not a cause for additional concern. “It is a very personal and individual process and just because you don’t go through one of the stages doesn’t mean
you’re doing it wrong,” Kenney said. “They’re a general guideline, not everyone does it the same way. For people who have a sudden loss there is a sense of numbness that can last longer, it will take them longer to realize it really happened.” Numbness is the first stage of grieving identified in another model developed by Roberta Temes. According to Temes, numbness is followed by disorganization and reorganization. This initial numbness can resemble depression, so it can be difficult to identify when grief becomes abnormal and is a serious cause for concern. “ There isn’t necessarily a particular time frame when you’re supposed to be over it and that’s where people get tripped up,” Kenney said. “But typically depression goes beyond grief in that it affects relationships and interferes with everyday life.” Schools can help students affected by loss cope with their grief before it becomes a bigger problem. Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski has experienced two deaths of students at Stuart Hall High School during the school year while he was head of school there.
This small symbol served as a reminder that the blast affected not only victims of the fires, but those grieving for their loved ones.
“[The loss] affects the very place in which you spend your days,” said Sharafinski. “That tragedy and grief that ensues is very immediate because it touches everyone in the school.” Although grief may affect an entire city, Sharafinski says that each school must respond in a manner that is appropriate for that community. “Because our school is small, the relationships between students and teachers are so personal that we are able to deal with the situation ourselves, rather than bringing in grief counselors like they do at bigger schools,” said Sharafinski. Fellow students can also aid th o s e wh o were m o st a f f e c te d . “It helps to have someone acknowledge that they’ve had a loss,” said Kenney. “All you can do is take people’s lead, see whether they want to talk or not. It helps just to be available to listen, but also not pressure them to talk.” For those who feel that they are not doing anything to help by simply waiting to listen, Kenney maintains that their friend’s silence now does not mean they will not want to talk in the future. Another way to help community recovery is becoming active in the relief effort. “It’s wonderful how much people have come together to support the victims by donating clothes and food and showing that they care and are thinking about them,” Kenney said.
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Neighbors hug upon returning to their homes for the first time after days in a shelter. Several shelters were opened surrounding the effected neighborhood to provide a place for those evacuated from their homes. Officials also created an emergency hotline for residents to call to account for all households. As of press time, three residents are unaccounted for and presumed dead.
September 23, 2010
Neighborhood Cinemas Date Established
Landmark Clay Theater Foreign and independent films 2261 Fillmore St. 415.267.4893
Independent, foreign and documentary films 3177 16th St. 415.863.1087
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Clay Theater open– for now Emily Bloch Reporter
n a world where box-office hits and indie sensations are readily accessible online, around the corner at a neighborhood Redbox or streaming straight to the comfort of ones home, driving 20 minutes to a movie theater is becoming a thing of the past. However, almost immediately after a notice was posted in the box office window of the Landmark Clay Theater on Fillmore street, announcing that Aug. 29 would be the theater’s final day, Art Persyko, a resident of the neighborhood appeared before the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to raise awareness of the venue’s situation. Everybody “is committed to keeping it as a theater” building owner Balgobund Jaiswal said in a letter to the community. “We are trying to find a long-term solution, rather than being back in the same situation in two years,” Jaiswal said.
The landlord of The Clay has come to an agreement with Landmark Theater on keeping the historic building running for the short term, while future plans are being negotiated. Finding an economically reasonable solution could be difficult despite community support, as residents find more convenient ways to watch movies. “I rarely go to movies at the Clay,” senior Katie Shulman said of the theater that is less than 300 feet from her front door. “Sometimes my parents will go see a foreign film there, but usually they don’t have the movies I want to see so it’s not worth leaving my house for.” Chris Hatfield, Jaiswal’s lawyer and manager, said he hopes The Film Society, who sponsors San Francisco’s International Film Festival and programs a year-round screening at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown, can take over, but no deals have officially been made. Discussions about the future of the Clay Theater began after Landmark Theaters realized last December it
Teens gain valuable experience from internships during summer
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s an alternative to a summer of staying at home, catching up on TV series or relaxing, some students decided to go out and explore what jobs and internships have to offer. “I decided to be a manager of a camp run by teenagers,” senior Monica Rodriguez said. “Four adults were there for safety, and I assumed the responsibility of taking care of kids within a cabin and family group.” In addition to earning money, some students said their internships and jobs gave them a better understanding of careers they are interested in persuing as well as experience they could use for other jobs. “I decided to write my college essay on how I leaned to become a leader and step up to the challenge,” Rodriguez said. “I realized that I really enjoy dealing with kids as well, which will be an interest I pursue in college.” Students said they were challenged by the work which allowed them to learn about how to deal with similar obstacles in the future. “I had absolutely no experience, as one of the only two high school
students accepted for an internship with Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA),” senior Charlotte Coover said. “It was intimidating at first to ask the college students for help who were experienced in the area, but I reminded myself that we were all there to learn and it was not a competition.” Internships and jobs serve as avenues for students to explore their strengths and how they can improve. “Throughout the experience I was able to stand up and be a leader although I was surrounded by older people,” Coover said. “I was not afraid to be a leader and confident in my abilities.” According to University of North Carolina Greensboro career center, a good rule of thumb is to begin looking for internships at least 2-3 months in advance, leaving time to write or finetune a resume, apply for internships and interview. “Colleges do find it impressive to have students with work experience and who are committed to hard work,” said college counselor Rebecca Wandro. “Students should work hard in any job they have because that employer can provide future references and important connections.”
could no longer afford to operate the distinguished theater, which has been showing foreign and historic films for 100 years. A neighborhood rally in support of the Clay was held three weeks ago across the street from the theater at Long Bar, where leaders of the Film Society and Jaiswal spoke about their concerns and brainstormed solutions. Part of the problem is theaters are locked into contract schedules with distributors and do not have alternatives to fall back on if a movie fails, something that larger chain theaters can manage but could be potentially devastating to a mom and pop theater like the Clay. The Castro Theater, similar to The Clay and other single-screen theaters, is failing financially because of the competing factor of Netflix, on demand, dvr and movie rental stores. “I don’t ever go there, I’d much rather just watch a movie on my computer,” Shulman said, “but that doesn’t mean I want the neighborhood to lose it’s history either.”
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Independent films and classic screenings at midnight 3010 Geary Blvd. 415.267.4893
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Club bakes to help others Katy Hallowell Reporter
ith meetings that coincide with international disasters and pleas for help throughout the city, Cakes for a Cause donates its time making baked goods for people and charities in need. Afternoons are spent in the Flood Mansion kitchen baking for various charities. Cakes for a Cause plans to meet once a month this year, but meetings are subject to change to fit the needs of organizations according to club head senior Katie Carlson. Ingredients for baking are assigned to club members who are responsible providing all supplies. Mathematics chair Megan Storti and Director of Student Life Celine Curran have helped out with running the club and events and bake sales the club hosts. The club donated $607 directly to Convent-affiliated volunteers in Haiti. “Last year we teamed up with Simple Gifts so hopefully we’ll do that again this year,” said Carlson. The clubs held a Christmas bake sale that sold
cookies to raise money to help women and children around the Bay Area. The club also provided Halloween cookies and cupcakes for the Koret Family House, a home providing room and board for cancer patients and their
said Carlson. Despite the name, the club does not often make full-size cakes. “We actually make more cupcakes than cakes,” said Carlson, “but Cakes for a Cause sounds better than ‘Cupcakes for a Cause.’” Students interested in joining the club can contact Natalie Garnett or Carlson. Heading into its second year, the club heads plan to return to the Koret Family House as well as other charities throughout the city. In addition to selling cakes to raise money, the club would like to expand into actually donating cakes to organizations around the city that work with children, like the Ronald McDonald house. “A ton of new freshman have signed up so we’ve grown,” Carlson said. “This way we’ll be able to really impact more NATALIE GARNETT | the broadview charities around the city. We’ve families. got more helping hands.” said Carlson. “Natalie and I usually just pick Cakes for a Cause will have its [the charities]. I volunteered at the first meeting later this month to finalize Koret Family House for community plans for the year, followed by their first service day one year, I thought of how baking session in the Flood Mansion they’d appreciate if we baked for them,” kitchen.
Pixar celebrates 20 years in the animation industry
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he room was heavy with silence. Elderly couples slowly moved from wall to wall, stopping to pause and admire the artwork. Ushers around every corner repeatedly shushed any side conversation, trying to maintain a solemn environment. No, not an impressionist exhibit or a new innovative modern art display, but a Pixar exhibit dedicated to all the influential leaders of the past 30 years — “the Incredibles,” “Nemo” and the unforgettable Woody from “Toy Story.” The “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California provides a unique glimpse behind the curtain of the magical movies that have defined a generation. The juxtaposition of a hushed venue and iconic childhood heroes is strange to be
sure, however the artwork is so captivating the environment quickly seems to fade into the background. The exhibit is generally split up into rooms by movie — each filled with the vibrant colors Pixar is so know for. Along with entire walls covered in screenshots from the selected films are concept drawings, storyboards and paintings that show the meticulous preparation and care that goes into the pre-production of every Pixar Production. The development of a single fish in finding Nemo from a drab 3D model to an exotically colored animation is fascinating. A highlight of the exhibit is the captivating Pixar Zoetrope, a device that displays still images in rapid succession to create the appearance of movement, however the paramount experience of the entire exhibit is the Artscape — a 15 minutes movie presented on a screen the size of a wall.
Viewers enter a room filled with benches and beanbags, get comfortable and take off into the world of Pixar movies for an experience less like watching a DVD and more like going on a roller-coaster. Entirely set to a soundtrack that jumps back and forth between poignancy and adventure, audience members fly through the trees and under the sea, experiencing various movies settings. While each location is automatically recognizable, never do viewers glimpse any of the characters for which the movies are know. While Pixar: 25 Years of Animation isn’t quite set up well for their assumed target audience — children, it provides an enthralling look for adults at the mesmerizing world of animation. “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” runs through Jan. 9. Tickets are $10.50 for students, $13.50 for adults. Visit http://museumca.org/exhibit/pixar25-years-animation for more details.
Fall musical programs recruit members for the school year Becky Lee Reporter Liturgical music accompanied by a trumpet, piano and two guitars accompanying Joyful Noise! fills the second floor of the Siboni Arts and Science Center after school one day, while the next morning loud Christmas music resonates on the first floor from Instrumental Music. Both groups give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to share the musical talents with the four-school community. “The students have a choice to help lead [religious] services,” theology teacher Kate McMichael, who directs Joyful Noise! said. “I like it when all people are joyful and having a good time but dislike the feeling that one is excluded.” “[ Joyful Noise!] helps people focus, especially during chapel,” junior Natalie Sullivan said. “Not all of us are necessarily religious, so it gets people involved.” Participating in concerts outside of liturgies allows members to sing other genres of music. Their December concert is in collaboration with the Four-School Orchestra. Director Bonnie Fraenza says she is aiming to incorporate more girls
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(from left to right) Theology department chair Julia Arce, religion teacher Micheal Campos, learning resiurce teacher Patricia Monticello Kievlan, administrative assistant Jeanne asdourian, Junior Brooke Thomas, Senior Ronella , Junior Meghan Helms, Junior Nikki Hvid, and Junior Natalie Sullivan sing in Joyful Noise during Mass of the Holy Spirit. from both the elementary and high schools into the orchestra, athough it’s a challenge. “Sports make it difficult for kids to join,” Fraenza said, “and it doesn’t draw people who already play instruments.” “I have a very busy schedule,” said junior Caitlin Martin, who has played the violin for 12 years. “I already have lots of music to learn. There’s too much on my plate.” Fraenza encourages students with a wide variety of musical ex-
perience, although she has a few requirements. “They should be able to read music,” Fraenza said. “We can teach them how to play and they will get better through practices.” Joyful Noise! gathers weekly on Wednesdays during Activity Period in the Den and Instrumental Music rehearses after school on Tuesdays and during Breakfast Club on Thursdays. Contact Fraenza at fraenza@sacredsf. org or McMichael at mcmichael@ sacredsf.org for more information.
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low, plodding piano notes gather speed as a pixilated picture of a young woman comes into focus on the screen. She is followed by more pictures — close-ups and group shots — all recognizable as profile pictures from Facebook. Radiohead’s “Creep” is sung softly, hauntingly by a choir, growing louder at the line “I want you to notice, when I’m not around.” Status updates, friend requests and relationship statuses flash by, leading into scenes from the upcoming movie “The Social Network,” which tells the story of the making of Facebook and its notorious founder Mark Zuckerberg. The trailer ends with the tagline “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” “Sure, I’ll see that, I thought,” and clicked the window on my computer closed. The next week I saw another “Social Network” trailer. Instead of the quiet, melodic opening of the previous teaser, Kanye West’s “Power” blasts in the background, declaring “No one man should have all that power,” as the words “At 23, he became the world’s youngest billionaire” appear. Much of the same scenes play out — Zuckerberg and his co-founder/partner-in-crime create Facebook out of their Harvard dorm room, the site becomes popular and so do they. They party, crash, burn, etc. For some reason this version stayed with me for weeks, more than just a passing notion to see it in theaters. It was not so much the movie itself I was fascinated with, rather the motives behind it. It seems everyone has a Facebook profile these days, and if there really are 500 million of us, does that guarantee 500 million movie tickets sold? It is a simple enough advertising concept — make a movie about something people use everyday, incorporate a scandalous back-story, and voila, success. This past week I saw a trailer for “Catfish,” which seemed like a cutesy, romantic boy-meets-girl (over the Internet) movie.
“I mean she must be pretty awesome — at least, from Facebook,” Nev says as he scrolls through Megan’s pictures. Nev’s two friends film the budding relationship as they text, call and decide to meet. This is when the trailer turns sinister and the fascination becomes morbid. As the three friends pull up to Megan’s farm in the dark, one of them says what everyone is thinking — “I’m a little scared, this place gives me the creeps.” Eerie horror-movie-like gasps are heard as the image of Nev approaching the driveway dissolves and a review appears — “The final 40 minutes of the film will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride that you won’t be able to shake for days.” Again I was thinking about Facebook. Yes, everyone has one, supposedly to connect with friends. But just how well do we know these “friends”? Whether or not “Megan” is real, fake, or lying — or even if the documentary itself is staged — it shows that Facebook has set a standard for not only communication, but also potential privacy invasion. We can stalk both friends and strangers at the click of a mouse, but we never know who is hiding behind each profile. As Kanye proclaims at the beginning of “The Social Network” trailer, “We livin’ in that 21st century.” Does that mean privacy is moot in the new millennium? It seems so. “Facebook stalking” has become socially acceptable simply because everyone can do it. I admit that I do it. My friends do it. But as the parental phrase goes, “Just because ‘everybody’s doing it’ doesn’t make it right.” According to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, “The Social Network” is “The movie of the year that also brilliantly defines the decade.” It may be true that the Internet and Facebook are essential characteristics of the age of Apple, but is this how we want to be defined? We may be the most advanced generation, but we are also the creepiest.
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September 23, 2010
5 minute breakfasts: Consequences of cell phone radiation factor into product sales with new bill
an Francisco’s new law requiring cell phone radiation levels to be posted by retailers was signed in June, however the Cellular Telephone Industries Association is suing San Francisco in an attempt to block the law’s implementation, citing the legislation could lead consumers to believe some cell phones are better to use than others. “I am surprised that industry representatives would choose to spend untold sums of money to fight this in the courts, instead of cooperatively working with San Francisco to comply with a reasonable law that provides greater transparency and information without putting any undue burdens on small businesses or discourage cell phone use in any way,” Mayor Newsom said in a press release. Cell phones transmit calls through
radio frequencies that emit low levels of radiation. High levels of radiation necessary to operate X-Rays are known to cause cancer, but since cell phones are more recent advancements, the effects of their radiation are hig hly speculated, but b el ie ve d to cause brain and salivar y cancer. I f the bill d o e s inde e d go into effect, retailers will be required to prov i d e c o n s um e r s with the information about the effects of their cell phones’ radiation levels before choosing to purchase them. “In addition to protecting the ANJALI SHRESTHA | photo illustration
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consumers’ right to know this legislation will encourage telephone manufacturers to redesign their devices to function at lower radiation levels,” Newsom said. Wing Wong, an employee of Citicomm Wireless on Folsom Street, says making the information public will effect customers’ decisions in more ways than one. Cellphones emitting high levels of radiation also provide their user with higher reception. “I would recommend [cellphones with] higher reception,” Wang said, “if customers can’t get calls, they will complain even though those phones may have higher radiation.” Director of Technology Hoover Chan, PhD, says although the long-term effects of cell phone radiation have not been determined, he worries about the effects of the radiation in the school, especially since younger children may be exposed. Use the lowest [amounts] of radiation that satisfy [your] needs, but be very conscious about the amount of time you spend [on your phone],” Chan said. “Lessen the impact [by] using hands-free or corded headsets.”
Bananas on toast is an easy on-the-go breakfast packed full of healthy nutrients. Bananas give a boost of energy and the protein in peanut butter makes this energy last through the morning. Spread peanut butter on toast, slice up a banana and you’re ready to go.
Slice of whole wheat bread: 128 calories 2 grams of total fat 24 grams of carbohydrates 4 grams of protein
1 serving of peanut butter: 1517 calories 130 grams of total fat 52 grams of carbohydrates 65 grams of protein
Bananas: 200 calories 1 gram of total fat 51 grams of carbohydrates 2 grams of protein
Compiled by Zoë Newcomb www.mayoclinic.com
Hop, skip and a jump Anjali Shrestha | Features Editor
Alternate T.V. workout programs make a comeback wall at waist to chest height, up in the air, down between your feet, diagonal up and down throws are also all great ways to work your abdominals in a explosive fashion which translates to better performance,” Leo Shveyd, the strength and conditioning specialist said. “Explosive Cardio,” the other option in the category, begins with a buff man who introduces himself as Kendell Holden while he marches in place. Five minutes into the session, I had converted my living room in a studio, changing from lounge clothes to workout gear, pushing the coffee table to the side and positioning myself in front of the television so I could follow the steps of the instructor perfectly. “Squat, squat and march, march,
Then and Now: Exercise Videos Since workout videos first debuted in the 1970s, hundreds of celebrities have joined in on the trend — some even creating brands like fitness icon Jillian Michaels, who has over ten fitness videos in stores currently. Celebrities like Carmen Electra have expanded their empires through the release of videos that sell to consumers proven ways to attain a celebrity body.
Jane Fonda, former actress and model, in her traditional tights and leotard. Fonda instructed exercise videos that were popular in the 1980s.
march,” the television was instructing me to do. Though this cardio was not particularly strenuous and felt even more like a dance, there was nothing stopping me from plopping down on my couch grabbing a snack from the table two feet away. There was no motivation for me to continue. It was much easier to watch the instructor, promising to get up in a few minutes rather than continue to jump around my living room, hoping nobody would come in and see how ridiculous I looked. Although I spent an hour in front of the screen trying different workout programs, I felt no strain and experienced no indication that I had spent time working out.
“Understand exercise instruction is not a ‘one size fits all’ endeavor,” Shveyd said. “What works for one person, may not for another. In a traditional exercise classes, adrenaline is high as people attempt to complete the same routines. An attentive instructor is key to a successful workout class and that’s why I attended them. Virtual workouts — convenient and free (with Comcast cable) — is tailored in such a way that television viewers cannot capture the same essence. The bottom line is, when an instructor isn’t physically there to help, there is no drive for me to continue when a couch and a snack are just a few feet away.
WATCH IT NOW TELEVISION | with permission
The first one I chose, “AM Standing Abs,” sponsored by Exercise TV, is a high-powered, 10-minute combination led by trainer Jennifer Galardi. “Please consult with your physician before beginning this or any other exercise program,” flashed the screen before the session began — and I hoped this was no indication of how hard the workout would be. Starting off easy enough by raising arms and pulling one to the other side of my body and then moving into oblique pulls was a new way to work my abs rather than the usual crunches. Performing squats and using cables to stretch limbs are also alternative ways to work abs explained the television instructor. “Medicine ball throws against the
HARRY LANGDON | with permission
n an age in which anyone can connect with people through the camera on a computer, watch the latest movies online or make a restaurant reservation through a website, I really should not need to go to a gym to participate in a workout class. Comcast’s On Demand feature brings instant workout programs to cable television, ranging from workout plans specifically for weight loss and toning to yoga and meditation. While some programs boast commercial titles such as “Bombshell Beach Body,” other categories like 10-30 minute workouts offer options and varied workout combinations. Under “Workout Type,” I chose the folder “AM & PM Workouts,” figuring they would be the best to do at any point in the day.
Kim Kardashian poses on the cover of her exercise video. Kardashian’s video was released in 2009.
Athletes work to manage academics, sports
Liz Smith Asst. Sports Editor
ophomore Mary Katherine MichielsKibler returns from cross country practice and lifts her heavy backpack and sports bag onto her shoulders before heading up to the library. Michiels-Kibler is one of many students who budgets her time around after school sports. “At first finding a balance can be hard,” Michiels-Kibler said. “But I always find that once a couple of weeks go by it is actually easier because you have a routine.” The cross country team practices every day of the school week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Michiels-Kibler is a veteran to the team and
has found a way to manage her time after school. “I don’t procrastinate because I have just exercised, which gives me a break from school work so I feel ready for homework,” MichielsKibler said. Junior Caitlin Martin plays on the varsity tennis team. The team practices every day of the week from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Martin says she spends four hours a night on homework. “When tennis is not in season I do have more time and I actually take longer to finish my homework because I tend to put it off and procrastinate,” Martin said. “So playing a sport gives me the drive to get my homework done.” Caroline Hearst (’10), a freshman at Princeton, danced six days a week while she attended
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CSH. Hearst said that learning to balance school and extracurricular activities didn’t come all at once. “A big piece of the puzzle is just staying on task when you have homework to do,” Hearst said. “Facebook, iTunes, IM, email and our cell phones are all pulling us away from our work.” Nearly all students at CSH play a sport or have another extracurricular like dance after school. “Under the pressure of time, you have to take advantage of every available minute,” Hearst said. “Having something to balance school with, something that eats up your time, like ballet, also encourages you to stay on task.”
with tennis coaches
Marcella Di Sciullo Q: What’s it like to be back at your old high school? A: I am absolutely trilled because for me it is like coming home. I graduated in 2003, and I refer to Convent as my home. I feel so loved.
Q: What was your previous job? ZOE NEWCOMB | the broadview
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Freshman Mika Esquivel-Varela runs at a meet in the Presidio. Sophomore Jane Stephens placed third in the meet against University. The next cross country meet, the Stanford Invitational, is at Stanford University on Sunday at 7 a.m.
Freshmen Tess Holland and Shannan Lum receive balls for JV volleyball warm-up. The team’s record is currently 2-1. JV and varsity play against Urban at St. Agnes Gym on Tuesday, at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.
A: I was a strategic planner at the Chinese American School. Before that I lived in China, teaching Chinese at a school.
Q: What are your goals as a coach? A: My goals as a coach are to establish team cohesiveness and spirit and make sure not only is everyone learning and benefiting from practices, but they are also having fun.
Q: How will you measure your success? A: Of course I want the team to have a competitive edge and win so they can advance and compete in tournaments, but the team is filled with wonderful, respectful players.
Q: What is unique about you as coach? KATY HALLOWELL| the broadview
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Senior Bridgette Hanley chips the ball at a golf practice at Presidio Golf Course. The team’s first meet was Wednesday against St. Ignatius. Results were not available at press time. The golf team will play in a tournament against Bay School next week at Presidio Golf Course on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Senior Sophie De Lancie returns a volley during a varsity tennis practice. The team’s record is currently 1-0 after one match against Bentley. JV’s next match is against University at Moscone Courts on Monday at 4 p.m. Varsity’s next match is against Drew at Golden Gate Park at the same time.
A: Because I was once part of the Convent community, I feel as though I’m still part of the team. I run with the girls and jump in line to take turns during many of the exercises. I want the girls to see me as really in it with them.
Carrie Birgbaurer Q: How did you get into coaching? A: It was a natural complement to teaching, and I was able to connect with students on a different level. Previously I was a teacher’s assistant, so I enjoyed being in charge and helping the students improve their technique. Because it is not an academic activity, we are able to be more free.
Q: How long have your played tennis? A: For 30 years. I played for four years at Trinity College. I loved my experience being able to release tension and play tennis with my fellow college teammates.
Q: What are your goals as a coach? A: My goals for this season are to have fun, compete, be gracious winners and losers, learn about the strategy of tennis, work together as a team and play hard.
Q: How will you measure your success? A: If [the players] feel good about how they play, that is all that matters.
Q: What is unique about you as coach? A: I have been playing for 30 years and I love it passionately, I even play as an adult on a team myself. I am able to walk the talk. — compiled by Ta Lynn Mitchell
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September 23, 2010
Shakespeare gets groovy Free park production offers modern reboot of the Bard’s famous play
Zoë Newcomb Editor-in-Chief
sat down in the Presidio on a warm Sunday afternoon, expecting to see classic Shakespeare. I left rather shell-shocked, not quite sure what I had just witnessed. What do ‘60’s music and Shakespeare have in common? Very little I learned. The annual San Francisco Free Shakespeare in the Park has been a wellloved tradition in the city since 1938. Families and friends gather to watch modernized versions of the classics from “Midsummer Night’s Dream” to “Twelfth Night.” This year’s production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” fell short of the standard, failing miserably to integrate a ’60’s concert with iambic pentameter. “Two Gentlemen” might be one of Shakespeare’s most relatable plays, a comedy centering around friendship, jealously and love. Sadly, had it not been for my prior knowledge of the play, I would not have been able to follow. Costumes, set and music all distract from the most important component of the play — the dialogue.
The costumes come off as gaudy Halloween getups rather than a realistic tribute to 1960s mod, and the set is awkward and unbelievable. Exposed scaffolding furnished by a giant blue hand sitting on a column seems out of place and disconnected. Each act is interrupted by the cast lip-synching and air-guitaring to ’60’s classics like “Don’t Throw Your Love Away” by the Searchers and “Where Are You” by Cat Stevens. Rather than set the scene in the 1960s, the interludes just break up the flow and further complicate the performance. The actors themselves are more than qualified, obviously trained in Shakespearean performance, and the director should receive recognition for such a bold interpretation of the play. Unfortunately for the talented actors, the concept did not quite translate from script to stage. The most entertaining part of the afternoon was watching the eclectic audience sprawled across the grass on lawn chairs and blankets. Two little girls had untied their father’s shoes, unbuckled his belt and tied his legs together with bungee cords before finding a comfort-
able spot sitting on his shoulders. A group of foreign exchange students sampled less than appetizing snacks and chattered away in Russian, seemingly unaware that they were in the middle of a performance. An elderly couple sipped Pinot Noir and guffawed loudly at the slightest joke. Despite a less than satisfactory performance, most audience members left with smiles on their faces, seemingly happy with their experience. Unlike a theater production, Shakespeare in the Park is more than just a play but a chance to eat, talk and spend time outdoors with friends and family. So while “Two Gentlemen of Verona” will not be winning awards anytime soon, it’s a worthwhile experience — combining cross-dressing, foggy days and Shakespeare into something uniquely San Francisco. Word to the wise: bring a jacket. Attend free performances of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Presidio. More information is available at http://www.sfshakes.org.
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Actors Emily Jordan (Silvia) and Michael Navarra (Valentine) in Free Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” enact Silvia tricking Valentine into writing her a love letter. The ’60’s costumes and props are anachronistic to Shakespeare’s orignial play.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Bridge School Benefit
Treasure Island Music Festival
Live 105’s Subsonic Spookfest
featuring Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse Shoreline Ampitheatre Mountain View October 23-24 $47.35
featuring Indigo Girls, Fountains of Wayne, Emmylou Harris Golden Gate Park San Francisco October 1-3 Free
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The Jonas Brothers perform opening song “Feelin’ Good” last Saturday at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View. The concert featured guest artists and opening acts from their Disney Channel movie “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”
featuring LCD Soundsystem, Deadmau5, Belle & Sebastian Treasure Island San Francisco October 16-17 $67.50 each day or $119.50 for both
Key to the city
featuring DJ Shadow, MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki Cow Palace Daly City October 29 $50
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