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Winter Issue 2013 Need to Know

Beloved teacher welcomes child

IT’S a girl! On November 18th, GRHS biology teacher, Mrs. Binder gave birth to Megan Rose. Her baby girl was born at 9:27am at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 19 inches long. The new addition to the Binder Family brings them lots of joy, especially during the holiday season.

Home for the holidays Kelly Streaser

honor, courage, and commitment stress selflessness, integrity, and dedication to the greater good. The marines are… the best the country has to offer, and I wanted to be part of that culture and that way of life.”

AT the end of each school year, onlookers watch as the graduating seniors prepare to go on to ‘bigger and better’ things, a phrase which often equates to going to college in the fall. But a traditional college was not the case for And so for approxiDan Vest, class of 2013. mately three months,

P.E. teacher joins Ridgewood Police FOR the past two and a half months, former GRHS physical education teacher, Mr. Karcher, has been training to become a policeman at the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove. In April 2014, Mr. Karcher will officially be a policeman of Ridgewood. Reflecting back on his teaching years, Mr. Karcher misses his classes, coaching his teams, and the consistency of our high school schedule.

Former teacher on archaeological dig

Señor Fuentes, a former GRHS Spanish teacher, has been missed by his past students this year. Señor Fuentes did not return for the 13-14 school year. According to Señora Guevarez, Señor Fuentes moved to Ecuador and is working on his family farm while participating in an archaeological dig. We at The Glen Echo wish him the best.

At attention, GRHS alumni, Dan Vest, lines up with the United States Marine Corps.

ON September 9th, 2013, Dan Vest left his home for Parris Island, SC and reported for boot camp. Dan made the decision to become a United States Marine during his senior year at Glen Rock High School. “I joined the Marine Corps because of the lifestyle and the mentality,” he explained. “The Corps’ values of

Dan was put through rigorous training at boot camp. This regime included waking up at 4 a.m. every morning, learning the history of the Marine Corps and their values, physical training, studying weapons and developing rifle skills, and hours of drill practice – all under the watch of the Drill Instructors. It all leads up to ‘the

It’s great to be home and to see my friends and family again. Crucible,’ a final test of teamwork, physical strength, and mental endurance that lasts for 54 hours at the end of boot camp. A ‘crucible,’ perhaps familiar from the 1953 play by Arthur Miller, is “a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development,” according to Merriam-Webster. The name derives from a heated pot in which metals are raised to incredibly high temperatures.

recalled. “The second day, when we all thought it couldn’t get worse, it started to rain. The rain didn’t let up until the next morning when we were halfway through our 12k hike For Dan, ‘the Crucible’ back to the squad bay.” contained the best and worst parts of boot But, according to Dan, camp. The test was gru- it was all worth it in eling. “I spent the first the end. “When we day out in below freez- got back to the squad ing temps with noth- bay was the best moing but cargo pants, a ment of my life, and a cami-blouse, boots, a feeling I’ll never forget hat and gloves,” Dan so long as I live. That’s

A spruce tree and a holiday lamp

Kaitlin Stansel

IT has long been a tradition in Glen Rock for families of the small suburban town to gather around the flagpole outside of Boiling Springs Saving’s bank, with hot chocolate grasped between their hands, as they watch the lights on the Christmas

tree illuminate the town and spread the familiar warmth of holiday spirit. This year, though, this celebration has been altered in order to be inclusive of the customs of those from varying backgrounds. A ‘Winter Wonderland’ was created on Saturday, December 7th

Embracing his father after returning from his three months of training, Dan Vest is thrilled to be home.

outside of Borough Hall; numerous spruce trees were lit-up and decorated as ‘holiday ornaments’ in front of the building. Replacing the traditional Santa Claus, a snowman greeted the spectators of the Winter Wonderland lighting.

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the moment you know that you’ve completed the first step of a long, difficult experience, and you’ve earned the right to call yourself a United States Marine.” On December 6th, Dan graduated from boot camp, completing the first phase of his training. Then, on the 8th, he returned home for the first time in three months.

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About The Glen Echo

The Glen Echo is the school newspaper of Glen Rock High School. Originally published in 1956, The Glen Echo now celebrates over 55 years of excellence. Advised by high school English and Journalism teacher, Mr. Toncic, The Glen Echo is now published both

online (www.theglenecho. com) and in print -- which you are, of course, reading now. Written exclusively by students, The Glen Echo is proud to bring in the 13-14 school year as another year of journalistic distinction. We hope you enjoy the Winter Issue.


December 2013

The Glen Echo

A Verdi Blu Christmas Kaitlin Stansel

WITH the holiday season quickly approaching, Verdi Blu is sure to satisfy your wish list. Verdi Blu is a boutique, newly opened on Rock Road, aimed to please almost every audience; the proprietor of Verdi Blu guarantees it to have something for almost everyone. “Classic style for everyday living,” Lori Craft, co-owner of Verdi Blu (with Jessica Miele), said, describing the style of the boutique. “We consider ourselves more of a lifestyle brand as opposed to just a gift shop or a woman’s shop… I feel as though the way I curated and collected different products sort of makes it its own brand.” The store carries everything

from traditional, conservative, and classic brands (e.g. Ralph Lauren), but also more modern brands like David Hicks. The shop mainly carries accessories and clothing for women and home, however, they do have some items for men – such as belts, ties, and cuff links. “I love it there, they have the cutest décor and it’s so homey,” said sophomore Fiona Higgins, reflecting on her experience in the charming store. Lori Craft was motivated by her previous experience in retail as the opening manager for the very first Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue. “It was in my blood,” Lori said. “I’ve always really loved to do retail and that kind of retail, and that kind of product, great quality yet not crazy price

points, items that you could still afford and things you aspire to keep for a long time.” Although the favored products in Verdi Blu have fluctuated over the weeks that it has been open, scarves, jewelry, phone cases, women’s tunics, frames, candles, and pillows seem to be most desired by the boutique’s range of customers.

As for the holiday season, Verdi Blu is making sure to be prepared for the wave of customers demanding gifts for upcoming holiday parties. “Every week you will notice something different even if it’s not new,” Lori said. The boutique is deliberately stocked with items under fifty dollars that can be given to family, friends, and party entertainers. The sophisticated boutique is the perfect place to purchase gifts for loved ones at low costs for not only parents, but also for students on a budget. “We have lots of amazing bracelets and lots of great statement necklaces that are all under fifty dollars,” said Lori. “We have great bowties, for the guys, we have fun belts with beach badges on them and a sort of preppy kind of feel. We have customized phone and lap-

top cases, and customized pieces like that, that I can still get in time for Christmas.” Conveniently and accessibly placed, Verdi Blu is exciting many residents of Glen Rock. Senior Erica Melz shared her excitement on the opening of the store. “I haven’t been inside yet, but I’m definitely going to look for some presents there!” she said. “It’s wonderful to be able to shop locally for unique gifts for family and friends,” Glen Rock resident Kara Stansel commented on the store’s opening – just in time for the holiday season. As for Lori’s aspirations for Verdi Blu, she hopes for the store to bring a new positive ambiance to the town. “My goals are to bring a lot more vitality to downtown Glen

Rock, to really help revitalize, so to speak, and brighten it up,” said Lori. “I think people feel good when they come in… I think it just kind of makes you smile.” It seems as though, in the three weeks that the store has been open, she has already begun to accomplish that. “Verdi Blu is a great addition to Glen Rock because we haven’t had a stylish boutique for women in a long time; it’s exactly what the town needs,” Junior student Caroline Moscatello said after visiting the store. It goes without saying that in the next few weeks, Verdi Blu products will be under plenty of menorahs and Christmas trees as gifts for loved ones this holiday season.

GRHS Theater Company’s Bow Tie Tuesday November performance hits stage Lauren Jones

ibly comfortable to dance.”

Yeheun Son

“REHEARSING for two months has been kind of secret and now we finally get to show everyone else. I am really excited about it,” said Miss McKinley, GRHS Theatre Company director and GRHS teacher. The GRHS Theatre Company, with about 40 members of cast and a dozen members of crew, is ready to ‘Get Smart.’ The show is based on the first two episodes of the well-known TV series of the same name. The story is of a secret agent, Maxwell Smart, who makes a lot of mistakes. In this production, he is off on a bizarre new case with beautiful Agent 99 – yet things always work out for him in the end. “The whole show is so silly,” Miss McKinley said, laughing. She guaranteed that this comedy show would be both hysterical and enjoyable. As this show is about spies, there will be some parody of James Bond and other spy thrillers. This show was not planned in one day; it was created by an adviser, cast, and crew who put forth much effort. Miss McKinley first researches for a script and

Get there. Be ready. And get smart. buys the rights to it for the performance. In the first week of school, she casts actors from an audition. From here, the actors are given roles and read the scripts many times. They talk about characters and their relationships. Then, they start to learn their lines, culminating in rehearsals. Aside from the cast, the crews’ devotion should not be forgotten. Students worked on sound, costumes, and props behind the scenes. Every step is taken thoroughly. The students get to be specific and creative about what they are performing. For example, there is some dancing in the show, and it was all planned out by two students. “At first, it was a mental breakdown [to dance],” Jay Farrell, GRHS sophomore, said. “But we practiced them [the steps] for a while. Now, I feel incred-

Summarizing his time in GRHS Theatre CompaRehearsing for three days ny, Jay Farrell was pleased. a week for two months “It is [a] very fun experihas been exhausting for ence getting to meet the some, yet the show’s ded- cast members and estabicated cast feels rewarded. lishing the show,” he said. “This is my first year in “I was [a] little tired. We the Theatre Company. It have to do a lot of prac- is incredible and I cantice of the dance, which is not ask for anything else.” a lot more tiring than just running scenes with lines. He also gave the audience But we had a lot of fun,” a message: “Get there. Be Mike Zilvetti (’16) said. ready. And get smart.” After translating the show from scripts to the stage, the cast also added their own impromptu lines. “In rehearsal process, if someone does something funny, we will be like, ‘Oh! Let’s put that it, let’s keep it,’ adding our own stuff,” said Miss McKinley.

Mike Zilvetti added, “They are going to love it.” The Glen Rock High School Theatre Company performed the comedy, Get Smart, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23.

LOOKING through a magazine or even around the school hallways, it is clear to see that bow ties have come back on the men’s fashion radar -- especially on Tuesdays.

ing the trendy look at school on the day of a sports game or during other social events, like sweet sixteens.

“I get to show my true self through my bow ties,” explained junior Last year, Mr. Toncic student Noah Weindid not only come in stock. Noah, a member as an English teach- of a growing number of er, but he also became supporters in GRHS, has a new trendsetter. Mr. gone so far as to claim Toncic introduced that self-tie bow ties the school to  Bow Tie are superior to clip-ons. Tuesday  -- the  name is self-explanatory. Not only do guys like Every Tuesday, Mr. bow ties and Bow Tie Toncic wears a bow Tuesday, but also girls tie. “I like doing like it, too. Most will tell something different to you that it makes guys break the routine of look very put together traditional ties,” he said. and that the style looks nice. “I think bow ties When asked why he are very professionlikes the idea of bow ties al, and they look great so much, Mr. Toncic re- on mostly anyone,” plied, “I like a classy and said sophomore Nicole respectful style of dress.” Jones. “They make you look nerdy yet aweMr. Toncic isn’t the only some at the same time.” one who enjoys wearing bow ties, though. “I think they look realIt isn’t uncommon to ly good on people,” said see classmates sport- freshman Alyssa Lorenz. Mr. Toncic joked that Bow Tie Tuesday has also felt like a public service. “I feel as if I’m a walking calendar on Tuesday,” he said.

December 2013

The Glen Echo

Incidences rock students’ nerves Lilia Wood

GLEN Rock has a reputation as one of the safest towns in New Jersey. But, lately, it has not felt that protected. Starting in early November, numerous worrisome events have occurred in Glen Rock and local towns in the area. “I feel safe in my hometown, Glen Rock, and I always will,” GRHS student, Jordan McMahon said. “But I just hope that these incidents stop occurring, so that students can feel safe in a town like Glen Rock.” Glen Rock students are aware of these occurrences and some are starting to become concerned over what the future entails. Students are hesitant to do simple, everyday tasks like walking home alone, babysitting, or even hanging out with friends at the mall. The first instance happened on November 1st, when a suspicious man grabbed a Ridgewood middle school student.

was not intending on hurting anyone other than himself.

“I still plan on going to Garden State Plaza because it is so convenient,” Sarah Crawford (’17) said. “They better have really good security.” The following day, one of Glen Rock’s elementary schools, Alexander Hamilton, got a threatening call around 1 p.m. and all Glen Journalism students during the November 5th lockdown at GRHS. Rock public and private schools were put on “shelter“Certain things are not as “I live so far away from in-place” alert. All schools safe as they used to be,” Glen school, so now I have to be (other than Alexander HamRock High School soph- extra cautious when I’m ilton) had students stay in omore, Julia Gaffey said. walking home,” GRHS stu- their classrooms with the “Walking home alone was dent Christina Howie said. doors and windows locked, what everyone used to do, “However, I think it’s sad but could still continue to but now parents are being that Glen Rock students run a normal class. Students a lot more cautious. School have to be so cautious.” in the high school’s Journalsecurity systems are beism department reported coming a lot more essential, Another incident happened on the events in real time. which is good. Students just on November 4th when a need to be more careful and suspicious gunman walked The students who attended aware of what’s going on.” into Garden State Plaza. Alexander Hamilton were The mall was put on lock- immediately evacuated and Thankfully, the Ridgewood down immediately. Later in escorted to the nearest school, middle school student was the evening, police discov- Academy of Our Lady. able to get away safely. Oth- ered that the man had killed er incidents like this have himself in a supply closet at “I think living in Glen been reported to the local the mall. Police officers later Rock is safe. Despite this, police in the past few weeks. announced that the suspect it does scare me how inci-

dents, like what happened at Sandy Hook elementary school, could happen in any ordinary school, including ours,” Haley Rosenwald (’16) said. “With this, I think school security is important, and I’m happy there’s been progress with Glen Rock schools’ security system.” Alexander Hamilton was put through an in-depth search, with police investigating on the roof while K9 units were sniffing the school. A few hours later, the school was given the all-clear. “Seeing Glen Rock on Eyewitness News was so weird,” said GRHS sophomore Victoria Messikian. “The fact that it happened at my sisters’ school made it ten times scarier.” The next week, a Glen Rock homeowner discovered a burglar hiding in his basement on November 14th. Once the burglar was found, he ran out of the back door. The alleged bandit has still not been found.


“This story makes me afraid to stay home alone,” Victoria added. “I will always keep my doors and windows closed and locked.” A few days later, on Wednesday, November 20th, a man hit a Ridgewood student repeatedly with a knife while he was walking back to the school after his lunch break. The man who assaulted him was trying to steal his backpack and pulled the student down while trying to do so. The student was brought to Valley hospital and only had minor injuries. “I do feel safe, but I feel less safe,” sophomore Jack Jensen said. “I walk home every day, and I can honestly say that I’m more cautious and aware of my surroundings after there was the string of car burglaries.” All these incidences are reminders that in this day and age we need to be mindful to take safety measures even in a presumably safe town such as Glen Rock.

Seniors slide into the holidays Alyssa Lorenz and Rebecca Jacobs

A Very Miley Christmas? Santas running through the hallways? A Very Spanish Christmas? There is only one thing that can make sense of all this: the holiday slideshow! As the sophomores, juniors, seniors, and teachers all know the day before winter break is the holiday assembly. Mrs. Cella’s and Mr. Kupka’s Media Arts classes reveal the ‘holiday slideshow’ during the assembly. “I am really excited for the slideshow, and I have never seen it before!” said freshman student Hannah Mayer. The first step in making a slideshow video is by making a story

board with group mates, during this step the students plan out each frame of their story and how it will all work out. The next step in making a slideshow is picking out props and costumes. After students plan it all out, they must ask the teachers and administrators for permission to use faculty members (as actors), their classrooms, or anything miscellaneous that they need approval for. “It’s a fun way for students to showcase their sense of humor and personality,” said senior student Anna Lis. The next part is the seniors’ self-nominated favorite: the filming. This is when the rest of the students can play parts in the filming. The seniors adventure throughout the school in their costumes with props and film their videos. If a student is lucky enough to be hanging around the right places, s/he may just be featured in a video with Santa, aliens, or a costumed Miley Cyrus.

“A group of seniors came into my class and took our picture and had us run through the hallway,” junior student Jessica Koo said. After the seniors film their videos, they return to the media arts room and edit the videos on a computer program called Adobe Premiere Elements. This is one of the most difficult steps

for seniors. The students learn to use Premiere Elements as they go, and the program is quite difficult to work with. From here, the students add music, effects, and fine-tune their videos. The edited videos are then given to Mr. Kupka and Mrs. Cella for review (who will look them over), and then to Mr. Purciello and the administration

for the final approval. “It is a Glen Rock tradition and has been here since before I worked here. It gives the students a way to express themselves,” said the high school assistant principal, Mr. Purciello. Tim Hahn, a student from Mrs. Cella’s period eight Media Arts class, said, “The Holiday Slideshow is a group of Media Arts students coming together to make videos, slideshows, skits, and music to go with a holiday theme.” He added that the goal is “to make a two-hour long slideshow that is played during the Holiday Assembly the day before the December Break.” During the few weeks between Thanksgiving break and winter break, the students learn to use Adobe Premiere Elements, film, edit, and produce their videos created throughout the hallways and classrooms. To be filmed for the holiday slideshow, the best places to be during free periods are common areas: the lunchroom,

junior hallway, senior lounge, and the gym. Otherwise, senior students occasionally seek permission to enter a classroom, resulting in Santa, for example, asking Mr. Badr to dance along with students. “My favorite part of making the holiday slideshow is working with my crewmates to make the video,” said senior student, Dan Dooner. The holiday slideshow influences many students to take Media Arts once they are in their senior year. Media Arts gives students who do not think of themselves as ‘artistic’ a chance to practice the arts without having to draw and paint.

4 The Glen Echo Powder-puff game indefinitely postponed

Courtney Schmitt

ON Tuesday, November 26, 2013 a great battle was set to occur on the lower fields at Glen Rock High School as the junior class girls would take on the Senior girls in the first annual Powder-puff game. However, many students were disappointed that day as the game did not take place. For weeks leading up to the big day, the Student Council and the Varsity Cheerleaders had worked together to make the game happen. It was decided upon that the money raised through participation fees and tickets to the game would be donated toward alleviating the tragedy of the recent disastrous typhoon that hit the Philippines. Many of the students involved were excited for the game even though, for some, Powder-puff was an entirely new concept. “At first, I thought it had to do with a TV show on Cartoon Network and I got really excited,” said senior student Jesse Forstot. Powder-puff is a flag-football game played between upperclassman girls. Boys cheer, teachers ref, and the football players coach the girls in this role-reversing tradition. Melissa Rosen, a senior who signed up to participate said, “I think it’ll be good grade-bonding for the girls and upperclassmen. I hope that the seniors will win and everyone comes out to support.” The day of the event, however, things did not seem to go as planned. As students were walking to school, the air was frigid, the sky cloudy, and the weather forecast for the day was not promising. The Student Council became worried that the game would be cancelled due to the weather, and they began working to find alternative solutions. Among these options were moving the game to the high school gym,

December 2013

since the game is not ‘tackle’ and could be played inside. However, this brought up other issues – such as whether or not the gym was even available. In addition, if the game were not played on Tuesday, then it would be hard to reschedule due to winter sports starting within the next week.

The holiday season takes over Glen Rock High School

At the start of 8th period it began to hail, and it was clear that playing the game outside was no longer an option. Mr. Arlotta officially cleared up the uncertainty revolving around the fate of the game, announcing that it was cancelled. Some students were relieved that they would not have to play outside, such as Janice Leibman (’14). She said, “I didn’t want to play in hail.” Yet other students, such as Meghan Donohue (’15), were upset about how things ended up. “It was a shame we couldn’t have our first Powder-puff game. I thought that everyone was really excited for it,” said Donohue. The future of Powder-puff at Glen Rock High School still remains unknown. Many people were disappointed, especially after paying money for shirts to wear the day of the big event. “I was really looking forward to experience Powder Puff for myself after hearing about it done at so many other schools. It seems like it would have been such a cool bonding experience for the seniors; guys and girls, as well as the juniors. It’s just upsetting that I’ll graduate not having experienced this, especially after buying the shirt and getting my hopes up for it,” said Mikaela Waller (’14).

Teachers write curriculum while you sleep in HOW long

was your weekend?

Glen Rock High School students enjoyed three days off the weekend of the 9th as they had no school on Monday.

But the same could not be said for teachers. Instead of a break, they had a workshop on Monday, December 9th, as it was a Staff Day. There is a chance that the Development game could take place in the spring after the winter sports finish and athletes have time to participate. But, for now, many feel that the weather has rained on their parade.

class which required quite a bit of thinking.”

Yeheun Son

Staff Development Days are planned for teachers to get together, share what they have accomplished, and talk about what they still need to do. Teachers also

I think it was pretty productive to turn our ideas into a digital document. familiarized themselves with a (recently updated) program called Rubicon Atlas.

Then, in the afternoon, the teachers learned to use Rubicon Atlas, a program to aid in curriculum mapping. According to the Rubicon Atlas website, “Atlas is designed to electronically encompass the entire process of curriculum enhancement in support of faculty, administrators and greater school community and is always customized to reflect a school’s pedagogy, academic standards and unique curricular needs. “

“Most of the morning, we worked on something called ‘curriculum mapping,’” said high school English teacher, Mr. Milsovic. “We thought about The program personour goals for each alizes the mapping

journey by allowing each educator to easily pin meaningful reports to their own dashboard for at-aglance access to information they need. GRHS teachers put down their plans not only on paper but also in the program. Teachers can also make data reports about their application of the common core standards. “I think it was pretty productive to turn our ideas into a digital document,” Mr. Milsovic said. There will be another staff workshop on January 27th, 2013.

December 2013

Boardwalk Empire Richard Gueren

THE fourth season of Boardwalk Empire has ended. Just like any series on HBO, people are sad to see it end. Hopefully, the show will come back for a fifth season next fall. In case you missed the show, here’s a recap. Boardwalk Empire, which is directed by the famous Martin Scorsese, takes place in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the prohibition era. The story centers on the intersection of politics and corruption in the 1920s. In particular, the show focuses on one man who has an opulent lifestyle, but has found himself engrained in the wrong circle of cohorts, people who have the potential to bring down his entire empire. The show, which aired Sunday nights at 10 p.m., has many different characters with profoundly different roles. The show’s protagonist, “Nucky Thompson” (Steve Buschemi), plays the role of a famous criminal linchpin of the time. Based in Atlantic City, “Nucky” is the city’s most powerful individual who runs a bootlegging empire. Essentially, he is breaking the law by

shipping large amounts of alcohol in a secretive manner. With a mild manner and a businesslike demeanor, Nucky is one of the best actors in the series.

Albert “Chalky” White (Michael Kenneth William) is another one of Nucky’s closest friends. White has developed a close relationship with Nucky in Atlantic City and runs his own bootlegging operation in Harlem, New York, a center for African American people during this time period. White’s presence allows Nucky to influence the African American community in many different ways. White is a “rough around the edges” individual whose slickness allows him to do an outstanding job.

Another actor who plays an outstanding role is that of Richard Harrow (Jack Huston). Richard is a distinguished World War I soldier whose face was blown off during the war. Richard wears a mask on half of his face in order to cover up his scars. After the war, Richard returned home to Wisconsin with his sister, Emma, in order to recover from the trauma he had experienced. After a few years in isolation, he moved to Chicago where he met a man who runs a bootlegging operation. Thus, this iconic character is created. His life essen-

tially consists of working for his friend Jimmy and ‘knocking off ’ anybody when the time arises. Channeling Harrow’s shy personality and violent soul are the key ingrediNucky has a chain of ents to this actor’s success. command that reports directly to him. Elias “Eli” On the other hand, Thompson (Franklin Shea there is a set of characWhigham Jr.), Nucky’s ters that runs a different brother and former po- bootlegging operation litical boss, is the closest and generally does not confidante Nucky has in engage with the other the business. The two have group. Al Capone (Stevery close familial rela- phen Graham) leads this tions which only helps to Chicago crime scene further their relationship. with Johnny Torio (Greg

Antonacci) at the top of the food chain. Capone, who plays his historically-based role during this time, was born in Italy in 1899. The family moved to Brooklyn, New York where Capone had a difficult time adjusting to life. He dropped out of school and met Johnny, who then became his mentor. Another man in the Chicago chain of command is Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon). Nelson was a former prohibition agent who attempted to bring down Nucky Thompson. However, during his stint at the Bureau of Prohibition, he was engrossed by the criminal machinations of his gang. Thus, he became a criminal outlaw with Al Capone. Skillful, modest, violent, and clever, Van Alden is the best character for this complex role.

The show’s season ended with many interesting plot lines still developing. One involves Richard Harrow, who was shot for botching an assassination attempt.  Richard was supposed to kill Dr. Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), another gangster in Harlem who is competitive with Chalky White.  Nucky is distressed by the simmering rivalry between White and Narcisse.  However, he seems to view Narcisse as inflexible to his demands and thus he orders Richard to kill Narcisse. 

Another interesting question the series left unanswered is the fate of Nucky Thompson. He had been examined very carefully, and was nearly on his way to leaving the country, when he was stopped by FBI agents. Nucky tried to escape to Cuba with his girlfriend, but then made plans to cancel the trip. Nucky will have to also deal with the fact that Eli, his brother, may not have his back anymore. There is clearly a lot of money on the line, not to mention the lifestyle that Nucky has enjoyed for most of his life. The show also left open the fate of Al Capone and his empire. With the pending exit of his boss, Johnny Torio, Capone must run this empire from the bottom to the top. Will Nelson Van Alden continue to associate with Capone in the next season or ditch his partner-in-crime? Will law enforcement catch onto the evil plans of Capone? These and many other questions will hopefully be explored next season.

Not only is the show educational, in that it takes you back to the Prohibition Era, but it’s also finely narrated. The character’s personalities and lifestyles correspond directly to that time period. The sets add to the fascination with that time period. The background and motivations of the characters Richard, however, botch- is vivid and captivating. es the simple instructions he received from The show has one other Nucky and instead killed important quality. The White’s daughter, Mabel. show has mastered the This is a classic example art of keeping the viewof how the show brings er interested. A typical together many plots into viewer could witness the one storyline and leaves violence and swearing viewers shocked and sur- (that is common for this prised. Richard was one type of screening) and of the best characters the decide to watch someshow created, and they thing else. However, killed him in a way that with the introduction left viewers blindsid- of patriotic World War I ed. However, his death veterans like Richard and may signal a brand new mobsters with crazy mochapter in the series. The tivations, the show has hit show may leave us guess- a new ceiling of interest. ing until another climax is reached, but the view- During the interim, ers are  more  interested Boardwalk Empire will in preparing themselves be missed but will hopefor future events. Nev- fully come back for anertheless, this event does other season next fall. have the potential to be a real turning point.  

The Glen Echo


Whoop, there it is Noah Weinstock

A case of the whooping cough has been reported in the high school, prompting students and faculty members to be diligent in their hygiene. Pertussis, or the “whooping cough,” is a serious illness that has taken the lives of many worldwide and can last up to ten weeks or more, leading to the notorious nickname of the “100-day cough.” On November 19th, a statement was released to all faculty members in the Glen Rock High School and Middle School by Mr. John Arlotta, high school principal. It read: “We have received information from the Bergen County Community Health Department that an eleventh grade student in Glen Rock High School was diagnosed with a probable case of pertussis (whooping cough). The student has been treated and is no longer contagious. … It is advisable that those at high risk or someone with a persistent cough should contact their medical provider.” The statement also provided a link to a fact sheet discussing pertussis, borrowed from the New Jersey Department

of Health and Senior Services. The sheet answers important questions, such as: what is pertussis, what are the symptoms of pertussis, and what can be done to prevent the spread of pertussis? Pertussis is a disease concerning the respiratory tract and is highly contagious. It is triggered by a bacterium located in the throat, mouth, and nose. According to the fact sheet, pertussis is “primarily spread through the air” by close encounters with infected individuals. Initially, the first symptoms of the disease resemble those of a common cold. However, within two weeks, the cough develops to be more severe and the individual has “episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop.” The afflicted student described the systems as “hell,” missing a total of five days of school. As the student laid bed ridden for days, s/he drank tea and slept to lessen the discomfort. While there have been no additional cases of Pertussis reported thus far, the school nurse still urges everyone “to be aware.”

Is Brian Griffin gone forever? Jade Quigley

FAMILY Guy’s Brian Griffin, also known as “America’s dog” was killed on November 24th, leaving fans of the animated show, Family Guy, in shock. Brian, who has been on the show for 11 seasons, was hit by a car on Sunday’s episode, resulting in his demise. “For most people, Brian Griffin was one of the major reasons they turned on Family Guy,” Junior Dan Evans said. Brian was replaced by a new dog, Vinnie, who is voiced by the Sopranos star Tony Sirico. After Sunday’s episode, several fans signed a petition on www.change. org, pleading with creator Seth Macfarlane and Fox Broadcasting to bring Brian back – somehow. “The writers of Family Guy didn’t just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years,” reads the online pe-

tition. “They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America’s dog!” Sunday’s episode was entitled the “Life of Brian,” leading fans to believe that his death was permanent. After Brian had died, baby Stewie tried to bring him back using his time machine but was unable to solve the heartbreaking problem. Junior Emily Kuiken commented, “I thought that he was a great part of the show and he showed a certain type of comic relief that none of the other characters could have.” If they were to revive Brian, Fox Broadcasting has already allegedly said that it wouldn’t be the first time a TV show has brought a character back to life.  “If they don’t bring him back on the show, the ratings are definitely going to decrease,” Junior Sean Lynch added.


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Please wait: your education is still booting up Lauren Jones

THIS past September, people stood in long lines for hours to exchange their iPhone 4s for the new and improved iPhone 5s – released a year later, many customers were already prepared to trade-in their now-dated technology for a brand new phone. Teacher laptops, on the other hand, are entering the seventh year of use. Resembling blackened bricks, the laptops seem to be old, antiquated technology. For instance, the 15 inch notebook has one gigabyte of ram (the hardware that determines how much data a laptop can process at once) while the Samsung Galaxy S3, a recent smartphone, has two gigabytes of ram – that’s right, a phone in one’s pocket has more ram than those laptops. Teachers at Glen Rock

High School are provided with the 2007 HP Compaq 6710b notebooks PC World, at the time of its release seven years ago, stated that these laptops are “one of the slower performers.”

sued laptops, which have made it more difficult to perform educational tasks in an increasingly digital world.

dance, putting up webpages, and loading Power Points take longer than necessary, wasting class time. Ms. Bergof-

the possible schedule change next year, up-todate technology could help to increase the amount of instruction

The school provides these for its teachers so they can type lesson plans, worksheets, various tests and quizzes, etc. while at school or home. Although the idea of these laptops resonates positively with the faculty, many teachers have bemoaned the difficulties they have had with using this hardware.

Some have said that since the school-issued laptops lack in performance, it could be more effective for the staff to bring their own device (also known as BYOD) to school. “I would love to bring my Apple laptop to school,” said Mrs. McNicholas. Ms. Bergoffen said, “I use my own laptop at home and will use it in school if BYOD is adopted.”

One major issue with the laptops is that they often take too long to turn on and lag when they finally power up. English teacher Mrs. McNicholas and science teacher Ms. Bergoffen are two teachers who have had trouble with their school-is-

“rigid and sturdy design feels like it’s up to a bit of traveling and can take a few knocks.” That is a great quality for teachers who are constantly moving around to different classrooms.

The teachers said that it takes anywhere from “two to five minutes” just to get the computer on. This makes everyday tasks like taking atten-

fen said such a setback has made her “late taking attendance.” With the increased focus on raising instructional time, particularly with

within the classroom. Yet despite the fact that the teacher’s laptops can be slow, they do have a few good qualities. PC World noted that their

For an alternative to laptops, Mrs. McNicholas suggested that the administration could consider tablets. “I would love a tablet – they’re easy to carry around and more effective,” she said.

A spruce tree and a holiday lamp (continued from page 1)

Lenora Benjamin, the borough administrator, said that this change was implemented for a number of reasons.

Pictured here in the military barracks, Dan Vest returned to Glen Rock High School on December 11th, visiting many old teachers and classmates.

Home for the holidays Continued from page 1 ture, Dan plans to finish Yet Dan must prepare to depart again shortly, as he will leave on December 16th for Marine Combat Training. Fortunately, he will have four days of leave so he can spend Christmas with his family.

his five year enlistment and then go to college for health and physical education to eventually become a Physical Education teacher.

But, for now, Dan is just happy to be home. “It’s great to be home and to see my friends and Looking towards the fu- family again,” he said.

“The creation of the Winter Wonderland was brought to the Mayor and Council from the Chamber of Commerce as a new idea to first have a community event and, secondly, create stimulation in the downtown area and for all Glen Rock businesses. It is just a new idea that we hoped would provide a winter event along with helping out the local merchants,” said Benjamin. “The original Christmas tree lighting was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and this year’s Winter Wonderland event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, The Central Business District, and the Borough of Glen Rock.  It is an event that is not associated with a specific holiday but celebrates the season.”

The revision of the former holiday tradition has started buzz amongst many Glen Rock High School students. Many were vehement about upholding the years-old tradition.

“I don’t get why people get upset about a Christmas tree being called a ‘Christmas tree,’ it’s not like they call a menorah a ‘holiday lamp,’” freshman Jewel Quigley commented. “Although I do see the complainer’s point of view, I don’t think it was necessary to alter the name of the traditional Christmas tree lighting,” sophomore John Scandale added. “It’s called a Christmas tree lighting because Christmas is celebrated by decorating trees. Rather than eliminate a genuine tradition, maybe we should add symbols to the lighting – such as a menorah for Hanukkah” Members of the Jewish Community have also opined that the traditions do not have to be altered.

“The decision to not have a [Christmas] tree this year is surprising to me. It’s understandable that people feel offended, but the tree has been a Glen Rock tradition for years,” said sophomore Matt Isaac, member of Temple Emeth in Teaneck.

Member of the Glen Rock Jewish Center, Ravi Rosen, said, “Having a Christmas tree in town personally does not bother me, but I do recognize how it could offend some people who think that their beliefs are not being represented.” Nonetheless, many remain indifferent about the modification. “I don’t particularly care about the change because typically I don’t acknowledge the holiday decorations,” said Juliana Roddy. Several rumors have been spread that the motivation for the change of celebration resulted from complaints filed in previous years about a lack of a menorah. The rumors entailed claims

that, when the town had tried to ask for a permit for a menorah, they were denied; therefore, they created the Winter Wonderland to better suit all customs and traditions of varying natures. However, in response, Lenora Benjamin said that she had not heard of the rumor and that no one had filed a complaint of that nature with her. Additionally the decision to create the Winter Wonderland had only been decided in the past eight weeks or so. Glen Rock is not the only town that is experiencing this ‘customs conflict.’ Many other towns and schools in the United States battle with this complication yearly as the holiday season approaches. According to The Times, in Robbinsville, New Jersey, Mayor David Fried stood his ground as he proudly conducted a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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Security was the priority at the New York City Marathon Ariel Shilitz ON the crisp fall morning of November 3rd, 50,740 people lined up at the starting line for the ING New York City Marathon. As one of the major five marathons on Earth, this event attracted runners from 85 different countries around the world. Both two-time consecutive winners, Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya, repeated their victories from 2011. American, Tatyana McFadden, accomplished the historic sweep of winning the Boston, London, Chicago, and New York marathons in the wheelchair division all in the same year. McFadden was the first person ever to win four marathons in one calendar year. After the catastrophe at the Boston Marathon earlier this year, and the New York marathon being a highly populated event, previous security protocol had been scrutinized, improved, and newly implemented. There were the obvious prohibited articles: weapons, flammable liquids, any dangerous or “dual use” items that could be used as weapons, large packages, coolers, tents, and other objects that could be perilous to someone’s life. Additionally, as the marathon is always secured by New York Police Department, there was an increase in the amount of police presence on and around the course this year, particularly compared to other earlier NYC, domestic, and international marathons that have taken place. Multiple-time NYC marathon runner Stu Shilitz said, “You felt the additional security around you, without a doubt. I felt reassured that there wouldn’t be any issues.” According to the ING NYC Marathon 2013 Official Program, a new system was implemented this year along the course of the race. The Event Alert System was created to “communicate the status of course conditions on race day.” The

Bomb sniffing K9 units were on the scene at the NYC Marathon.

lowest level was green and then the others ranged from moderate, to high, and, ultimately, extreme. The extreme level would discontinue the race and all runners would have to stop running. Family members, friends, and bomb sniffing dogs were also walking along the course, inspecting many popular areas such as the starting line, the 13-mile mark, and all around the Central Park and finish line area. Above were a handful of helicopters, patrolling the skies. Likewise, as runners made their way to Staten Island for the start, Coast Guard boats were patrolling along the New York Harbor. “If you didn’t feel the security in the different villages, you could definitely feel the police presence as you ran across the Verrazano Bridge with a NYC police helicopter hovering at eye level,” Shilitz said. As the runners entered the starting village, each runner was obligated to take off all metal objects and proceed through a metal detector just as if they were at an airport.

If someone chose to arrange a bag at the finish line, the only bag that a runner could use was a clear drawstring bag that was given to each runner at the official NYC Marathon Expo that weekend. These bags were also put through security and then taken on trucks to the finish line, which runners could then pick-up once they had completed the race. To secure the finish line, spectators who purchased grandstand seats had an ID access badge, and they too were obligated to go through security detectors. Despite the increased security protocol, ultimately the day was about running, and completing, a race that stems from the accomplishment of an ancient Greek courier and hero, Pheidippides, who delivered the news of the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon before perishing from exhaustion. Professional marathoner Dick Beardsley said, in the film Spirit of the Marathon, “When you cross that finish line -- no matter how slow, no matter how fast -- it will change your life forever.”



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Dressed to impress

Anna Barton

SCHOOL uniforms— standardized clothing required in private schools across the U.S.— are slowly making their way into public school districts. As a heated topic of debate throughout the country, uniforms are a hot-button issue. In most public school districts, dress codes are implemented for practical and social reasons. According to French Toast Official School Wear, a company which specializes in selling school uniforms, “Some of our public school systems are in a dispirited and discouraged state. Violence, poor attendance, disruptive behavior and disheartening attitudes stand in the way of today’s education.”

However, it could also be said that children wearing uniforms find it difficult to concentrate in class since they are too focused on their discomfort in their uniforms. The out-ofdate-fashions, the itchy material—it’s just not the best learning-enhancer. Not to mention these uniforms aren’t the most flattering of clothing.

up with the current style of clothes. Nevertheless, while clothes may be a main concern to most teens, there are often those who choose not to pay attention to the current style, and who may become the victims of bullying because of it.

“Everyone’s wearing the same [uniform], so you can’t really get made fun “You don’t get a chance to wear of for your clothes,” Nickie Jones, an what you want to wear and be com- Academy of Our Lady alumnus, said. fortable going to school,” former Academy of Our Lady student, It is estimated that 160,000 children Michael Szawaluk, commented. miss school every day due to the fear of intimidation by other students. Most argue that school uniforms are Therefore, as schools turn to manuncomfortable to wear, expensive, dated uniforms, the hypothetical and, needless to say, ugly. Neverthe- student who was previously uneasy less, while some may argue that they about coming to school because he cause difficulty learning, others may had been made fun of for the way he argue that they help center students’ dressed, could now feel more relaxed focus on school rather than what about going to school. The student they’re wearing and how they look. could focus less on the opinions of his peers and more on his schoolwork. “It’s not a fashion show, it’s school— we’re not here to compare shoes,” Brendan Cummins, a sophomore at Don sophomore Caitlin Pfeiffer said. Bosco High School, agreed that wearing uniforms seemed to simplify things. In recent years, there has been heavy competition amongst teens to keep “I honestly don’t mind them at all. If

they were more comfortable, I would actually prefer them. But they’re really no big deal at all when you walk around school where it’s normal,” he said. “And it’s also easier to get ready in the morning, not having to pick out what to wear.”

You can’t really get made fun of for your clothes.

The World and Journal

Trevor LaVine

KEEP an eye out for The Glen Echo’s new tabloid publications, The Glen Echo: World and The Glen Echo: Journal. The World is made by period five, and the Journal is made by period eight. They will be coming out monthly and will contain a few articles each. The articles may be on similar topics, to determine which period can come up with a better paper. The first editions have already been published! Check them out for articles about fashion, culture, and the holiday season. Once you’ve read them, visit www. to vote for your favorite!

Do school uniforms stifle students’ individuality?

Some students choose to show their college pride.

Are you a conformist? Hailey Nirenberg

IMAGINE walking down the hall, seeing plaid skirt after plaid skirt, khaki pant after khaki pant, sweater vest after sweater vest, not being able to tell student from student. This frightening scenario is what many students across the country experience daily. Thankfully, here at Glen Rock High School, students are free to wear whatever they want (while following the dress code, of course).

If a school has set uniforms in place, students aren’t allowed to express their individuality.

“I think that what clothes you wear show a lot about your person1ality and they are a way to express yourself, and wearing uniforms takes that away from you,” said current Glen Rock High School sophomore and former Academy of Our Lady student Erin Jones. “Regular clothes say a lot about who you are and they make you your own person.”

Not only do school uniforms limit the way students can express themselves in school but, with everyone wearing the same exact outfit, “boring” is quite the understatement. “I didn’t like having to wear uniforms because we weren’t allowed to express ourselves and wearing the same thing was kind of boring,” said former Academy of Our Lady student and current GRHS sophomore John Cunningham. Some have said that what students wear to school can be distracting to oth-

ers, but does what students wear really hinder the education of others? According to a survey done by the US Department of Education in October of 2013, only 35% of parents surveyed said that school uniforms have improved the learning environment of where their children attend school. “I really don’t think my mom would want to spend extra money for a school uniform, she would rather just see me wear what makes me happy,” expressed GRHS sophomore Sydney Struble.

Wearing school uniforms can be quite expensive, which is an extra and unwanted burden placed on parents. As revealed by the US Board of Education, the annual cost for school uniforms is $249. This $249 comprises the required pants, shirts, skirts, shoes, socks, sweaters, jackets, etc. required by schools with uniforms. Especially now with the struggling economy, saving money is a must, and finding an extra $249 to spare is not easy.

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A spruce tree and a holiday lamp Continued from page 6. “This is just not right,” Mayor Fried said. “We can say we have a Menorah, a Jewish religious symbol, but for some reason we can’t call our tree what it is - a Christmas tree, which is not even a religious symbol. The tree is a symbol of the Christmas celebration.” Fried went on to cite the Constitution, saying, “Freedom of religion should mean we are free to celebrate whatever religion each citizen wishes to celebrate, It should mean we embrace all religions and ‘the free exercise thereof’ in all parts of

our lives, just as we embrace all cultures in other aspects of our society.” Fried said that he wished to return to a time where people could say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah” without being forced to ignore that people are celebrating those religious events throughout this wintry season.

Yet although in Glen Rock Santa had been replaced at the traditional lighting ceremony, he has been summoned back to Glen Rock on his sleigh! A special Santa Clause event is being held in town on Rock Road on December 21st between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. Numerous businesses (including Image Art Studio, Burke Video Productions, Dunkin’ Donuts and The Glen Rock Inn) have organized the event.

music and it should be a lot of fun,” said Ted Burke, GRTV’s Station Manager and Programming Director. “We’re hoping that residents will come out to see Santa and take the opportunity to support our local businesses. After the Santa Claus event, we are inviting folks to

join us at the Glen Rock Inn to thank them for their support and share in some Christmas cheer.” Although new amendments have been made to previous holiday customs, Glen Rock is still creating many new traditions this season. The trees in front

of Borough hall twinkle beautifully as they illuminate the wintery suburban wonderland. Throughout all the changes, the festive decorations still reflect the warm, celebratory feeling that Glen Rock traditionally gives off during the season.

Freedom of religion should mean we are free to celebrate whatever religion each citizen wishes to celebrate.

“We encourage parents to bring their own cameras to take pictures with Santa. We will have coffee, hot chocolate and some donuts for all to enjoy. There will be Christmas

GRHS student signs with Bryant University for Division I lacrosse Pat Lawless

decision, but also the Jake then added that THE National Sign- team’s previous and he was recruited to be seasons. a two-way midfield ing Day for Athletes upcoming all across the coun- Jake discussed with player, which means try recently occured, The Glen Echo ex- that he will play ofand Glen Rock High actly why he decided fense and defense. School lacrosse play- to sign with Bryant. Pellegrino added that this also heavily iner, Jake Pellegrino, is making headlines “I decided on Bry- fluenced his decision. as he signs with Bry- ant because the head Pellegrino is excited to ant University – a coach is amazing,” he have the chance to play Division I program. said. “They have good Division I lacrosse. Pellegrino caught up with The Glen Echo and talked about not only his life-changing

academics and a great up-and-coming lacrosse program, which the president of Bryant supports 100%.”

“It’s an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to play Division I lacrosse against some of the best talent

in the country and hopefully compete for a national championship,” he continued to tell The Glen Echo.

the upcoming season. a winning record and make a deep run in “This year, the high States,” Jake said. “As school team has a for me, I want to have challenging sched- more assists than ule, but I think we goals and more points will have a good sea- than I had last year.” son and make a run in the state tourna- If you haven’t seen ment,” said Pellegrino. Jake play yet, you should take the time Jake’s Bryant com- to watch. He is a spemitment has laid cial player, and it’s not some of his goals every year that you out for both him and get so see a Division his team this year. I athlete play at Glen “This season, the goal Rock High School.

During the high school season, Jake would like to improve on his speed, strength, and stick skills. Despite signing with Bryant, Jake continues to think about playing for the high school team this year; he believes that they have a lot of potential in for the team is to have


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What your phone case says about you Anna Lis

sible and think ahead.

THERE is no better way to show-case your individuality than an overpriced piece of plastic. It almost seems pointless to fret over what color phone you should buy because it will just end up being covered by polyurethane. In an age where it is weird to not have your phone onhand, uniqueness is hard to establish in the sea of iPhones and Android smartphones. But with the help of your phone case, you are sure to make people think twice about who you really are.

J. Crew phone case: Nothing is classier than J.Crew and to exemplify your elegance you can now dress your phone in it. These cases offer barely any protection and, if you drop your phone, it will crack. But that crack will be one classy crack.

An Otterbox: This specific case speaks more about you than probably anything you have ever owned. It says, “I am a mess and can’t manage to keep my phone in my hands.” Not to fret, though – this case may show that you drop your phone a lot, but it also shows that you are able to be respon-

Kate Spade: Please see J. Crew. A Galaxy Phone Case: You are probably really different in the best way. You spend your free time in coffee shops or record stores. Also your clothes are probably thrifted.

A Verizon Phone Case: A new phone and a new start. Maybe this time you will not drop your phone in the toilet and crack it – the key word being maybe. You have not had time yet to really customize it but for now that color (that you spent too long deciding on) is all you need.

The holiday spirit? Courtney Schmitt

THE holiday season is upon us here at Glen Rock High School. Everyone seems to be in the spirit. The halls are decked, the students merry, and the finishing touches are added to the annual Winter Slide Show. Yet while students anxiously await winter break, the much-needed week and a half off of school is not the only thing on their minds.

help of many volunteers. Other popular places to volunteer are at Oasis in Paterson, the dog shelter, or even the Arboretum.

For some, this requirement may be a burden and will try to quickly squeeze in the required amount of hours, and, for others, they are submitting volunteer hours for side work that is genuine and not required of them. Either way, it raises a good Those who are a part question... should of National Honor So- there even be a volunciety see that the end teering requirement? of the semester is soon approaching, and Some students take with it the deadline pride in the work to complete 40 hours they do outside of the of volunteer work. classroom and feel that helping others is Many students find something important that helping out to them and not just during the holidays is hours to hand in at easy since clubs like the end of a semesInteract organize a lot ter. “I volunteer, and I of drives during this don’t always use those time which need the

hours as part of the the chance to do so.” requirement,” said senior Ethan Klein. Yet others disagree. “I think you should do it The advantages to vol- [volunteer] because unteering are clear. you want to make a Those who are for- difference not because tunate and have the you have to,” said means of helping out senior, Julia Wood. others will be able to do so and make an Kelly Streaser, also a impact, big or small, senior, said, “It gets in their community or people involved, but even, with enough ef- not really for the right fort, on a larger scale. reasons. It shouldn’t However, the inten- be a thing people tions for dedicating are forced to do. The their time differ for good cause should everyone. Some see be reason enough.” that a requirement is The holidays are a time a great way to get as to reflect upon what many people involved we are grateful for and and giving back. are known for fosterSenior, Lauren Goodyear explained, “I think its good because people should get a chance to be exposed to different types of community service, but we are so busy we don’t prioritize it, so requiring hours gives us

ing a sense of charity in people. Whether you are volunteering because it is required of you, or because are interested in helping others, spending your time benefitting others is probably the best gift to give someone this holiday season.

Teachers replaced by students for a day Sondra Nieradka WHILE strolling through the halls of GRHS on Wednesday, November 27th, it was not difficult to spot teachers sporting jeans and sweatshirts or students wearing blazers and cardigans.

Anna Lis, Jillian Rotondaro, and Kelly Streaser (left-toright) dressed as Mr. Toncic for 2013’s Student-Teacher Day.

The half-day before the extended weekend in November is always highly anticipated by many at Glen Rock High School. Not simply because they are looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving, but also because it is Student-Teacher Day.

Being Dowell was the highlight of my high school career.

This tradition at Glen Rock High School gives seniors the opportunity to dress up like a teacher of their choosing and instruct their classes. The majority of lesson plans consist of trivia quizzes and an abundance of candy. Participating


ers and seniors also attended a breakfast at 7:30 before school. Mary McDonough said, “Being Dowell was the highlight of my high school career.” An exaggeration, perhaps, but this tradition is certainly one that the graduating class reminisces about come June. “It was really cool to see how teaching works and how tiring it could be,” said Anna Lis who was Mr. Toncic for the day. She instructed his three tenth grade English classes and two Journalism classes alongside

Jillian Rotondaro and Kelly Streaser. Half of a day was enough to give the student-teachers insight as to what the typical teacher’s day is like. The experience proved to be an enlightening and entertaining experience for students and faculty alike.

It was cool seeing how teaching works and how tiring it could be.

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New seasonable fashions F. Timothy Mountain & Frank Connor

AS the barren trees fall sparse of leaves, the once-verdant lawns metamorphose into pallid, malnourished clusters of grass. This upheaval in seasonal pattern can only indicate the newfound presence of one well-anticipated phenomenon: Winter is just around the corner— and, mounted on winter’s back, the most awaited transmutation of all: a fresh new batch of cute, zany, quirky winter fashions, which will have folks subserviently scouring their wallets for more capital with which to mindlessly squander on opulent attire.

Connor strikes a provocative pose, enticing even the most modest women. When not participating in the current fashion, Frank is hunting his wardrobe for the upcoming season. “Coats are tough old buggers so I generally go with a 50cal rifle. However, if they seem particularly cross, it can be better to just use a bazooka.” Coats are not Frank’s biggest issue however. “Khakis are generally very clever,” he said. “They

This first fashion, elegantly titled “The trash can,”(right) really speaks volumes about its wearer’s deep and latent inner-troubles. Modeling this trend, the ever-beautiful Frank

tend to hide in shrubbery and behind trees, and god help the poor devil that goes in after them.”

there, grazing on some grass, clearly terrified of me. One bolt of my crossbow and he was mine.”

Frank, one time, witnessed a man suffer the consequences of diving in after a pair of nicely-pleated khakis. Frank described a macabre mutilation, one too ghastly to print, but concluded, “His new pants, however, looked very smart, and complemented his Polo shirt very dashingly.”

Joachim can now be seen with the taxidermic beast at important social events, particularly near his spiritual home of Paris, France. “It’s my pride and joy,” he said.

The fashion business, however, is not all fun and games. This next fashion to look out for in the coming winter is called “Printer Boy.” Tyler Joachim mimics the pose of a pouncing leopard in this picture, emphasizing the ‘natural wilderness’ look which it represents. While not strictly an “article of clothing,” this printer brilliantly exemplifies the emotions which

Tyler strives to express with this particular fashion. Considered an accessory, one may consider bringing a printer everywhere he/she travels. “What I was attempting to do is create an ethereal sense of oneness between man and machine,” said Tyler, the fashionista. “It is hope.” Joachim states that he discovered the printer lurking in the shadows of the woods behind his house, and he just had to have it. “He was just standing

The next big fashion, which will be ‘hot off the presses’ this winter is referred to by many as “The Big Heavy Steel Thing,” is so bulky that few are able to pull it off correctly. Though a rather bland style on its own, Will Connor, a freshman, skillfully utilizes the simple elegance of the rusted steel to appear modest (yet dashing) around the ladies.

fashion for me,” he said. Will does, interestingly, fancy the idea of having steel exist as a major component in his clothing, mainly because of the enhanced strength and durability that it offers. Despite the durability however, he doesn’t recommend it to those who intend to grow in the near future. “I am going to stay this size for my entire life,” he commented dolefully, “So I will only need one pair of ‘The Big Heavy Steel Thing’.”

The above story is a work of satire.

Will is a fan of looking both chic and discreet. “I don’t particularly enjoy drawing attention, which is why this inconspicuous steel collar is the perfect

Support pours in for typhoon Haiyan’s victims Lilia Wood

treasurer of the Class of 2016, said. “Due to the severe water damage, there was little to no places for supplies that were flown over to be placed.”

IN Glen Rock, students grow up helping their neighbors. This time, their neighbors are 8,575 miles away. Typhoon Haiyan (also referred to as Typhoon Yolanda) was a category five storm that hit the Philippines on November 9th. The storm was devastating and many Filipino people lost their lives or livelihood. Many families were torn apart; children were orphaned and parents were left childless. The typhoon killed more than 5,200 people in the Philippines Islands.

the typhoon, my first thought was ‘oh my God those poor people,’” Kieran Rooney, vice president of the sophomore class, said. “Things like this happen way too often.” The class officers and advisors of all grades decided to run a supply drive for the Philippines, so everyone could get involved and because the Filipinos are lacking a lot of life essentials.

Immediately after viewing this catastrophe on the news, Glen Rock High School’s class officers and advisors knew that they had to help. Together, they “I expected our school brainstormed ideas to produce a large to help the victims. amount of donations, “When I heard about mostly because it is

for a good cause,” Juliana Roddy, a class officer, said. “Also, GRHS held a supply drive for Haiti in 2010, and it was very successful.” The class officers researched what the Filipinos needed the most, where the students should drop off the donations, and how the supplies would get half-way across the world most efficiently.

assigned baby and child supplies, the sophomores were to bring in clothing for all ages, the juniors were asked to bring in toiletries, and the seniors were asked to bring in The advisors searched non-perishable food. for non-profit orga- Monetary donations nizations that would were also accepted. take the supplies with no traveling cost The supply drive endto the Philippines. ed on Friday, December 13th, allotThey decided to work ting just enough time with the American Red for the Filipinos to Cross, a profit free or- get their supplies for ganization that works the holiday season. closely with the Philippines. As of November The school collect27th, the American Red ed piles and piles of Cross has donated ap- supplies ranging from proximately sixteen million dollars to restore the lives of the Filipinos.

On Thursday, November 21st, the supply drive was announced to the school. All stu“The Philippines were dents were encouraged not taking donations to bring an item from for the first few weeks the category correafter the typhoon had sponding to their grade. hit,” Kaitlin Stansel, The freshmen were

children’s medicine to canned food to blankets to keep the Filipinos warm. The class advisors and officers were very grateful for all of the supplies collected and were very impatient waiting for the day the supplies would arrive in the Philippines. “I think that our school’s donation to the Philippines will help ease the evident struggles of celebrating the holidays during this tragic time,” president of the sophomore class, John Scandale, said. “In the sense that we are giving them some hope and


December 2013

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‘1D Day’ live stream draws record crowd Jewel Quigley ON Saturday, November 23rd, a highly anticipated event, named 1D Day, occurred globally, spanning 61 countries, all from a studio in Los Angeles – a seven and a half hour internet live stream starring, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik. Hosting live performances, celebrity guests, tons of fan interactions, song teases from their new album Midnight Memories, magic tricks performed by Dynamo that baffled the boys, and attempts to break Guinness world records being broadcasted off of YouTube: this evening was a non-stop homage to one of the most popular boy bands of the 21st century, One Direction. How can devoted fans sit at their computers for seven and half hours straight with no breaks whatsoever? Glen Rock student, Desha McCarthy, was one of those diehard fans, stocking up on supplies and plugging in her laptop waiting for the online marathon to begin. “I was so excited to watch the broadcast. When it came to waking up early in the morning, I was an early bird,” she said. “The only times I’m

hangout and being picked to be followed on Twitter -- by using randomized games involving rubber ducks or a spinning wheel. “Having a sibling that is in love with One Direction, I know that getting a follow on Twitter from one of the One Direction boys would mean a lot to her,” junior student Jade Quigley said.

an early bird is on Christmas and for the live stream.” Desha is one of the many fans called ‘Directioners’ who prepared for “1D Day.” Desha said, “Before the live stream, I went to the store with my friend and we bought a bunch of snacks.” Many fans prepared for this event by stocking up on food and beverages, perhaps even amassing all the food they could find in their house, and then

Christmas Time Brendan Geen                                                 Christmas. He has been doing this for many years and looks SINCE Christmas falls at the forward to it annually. Even same time every year, some though it is the same thing families have traditions of every year, he enjoys it just as doing the same thing ev- much as he had the first time. ery year for the holiday. “I have dinner with my cousSome families go on va- ins every year,” said Frank. cation every year to the “They live in Glen Rock so same place, some go to see it isn’t very far. It’s always the same family members really nice to see my famevery year, some go out ily. Even though we both to the same restaurant for live in town, we don’t see Christmas dinner every a lot of each other because year, and some Glen Rock we are both very busy.” families do something different every Christmas. Richard Gueren, the Managing Editor, is another student Frank Connor and Rich- who has a tradition that he ard Gueren are two mem- does every Christmas. Every bers of The Glen Echo year for Christmas break, staff who anticipate their Richard and his family go to families’ yearly traditions. Key West in Florida to spend the holiday in the warmth. Business Manager, Frank Connor, goes and sees He has been going down his cousins every year for there for the last two years,

locking themselves into a room with a computer. To some, this process could be called hibernation. More than 777,000 fans tuned into the live stream, as well as some lucky ‘Directioners’ who got to attend the event. Celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Khloe Kardashian, Michael Buble, Jerry Springer, Piers Morgan, Kelly Rowland, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion, dynamo, Sarah Craw-

ford, and many more used Google+ to video chat the five young lads, asking questions. A few celebrities appeared live on the show, providing fun-filled games and asking the boys questions that were submitted by fans through the social media website Twitter. There were many direct fan interactions, such as being able to ask the One Direction group members questions via Google+’s video

One game involved the guys one-by-one answering true or false questions about a statement made about a country: if the musician in question got it wrong, it would result in him eating a truly disgusting food: brain, chocolate covered bugs, grasshoppers, or a tuna shake. But if the performer got the question right, he would be lucky enough to eat a delicacy from the country the question referred too. All throughout the video live stream, the boys performed new songs from their album Midnight Memories, which made its debut on November 25th, 2013. Also, while the five guys continued on with the live stream, a few fans got to be among the first of the Directioners to hear the full album, reporting

back to the boys on what they thought of the album. As the world’s biggest boy band, the group thought it may be enjoyable to attempt to break a few world records. They attempted to break the world record for most toilet paper rolls stacked within 30 seconds, the record held at 28 rolls. The boys attempted the challenge but sadly failed to beat the record. Another record they tried to break was the most balloons popped with their bum within the time of 30 seconds – the record was 27. The last record they tried to beat was putting on the most t-shirts in 1 minute – the most was 30. But they failed that challenge attempt, too, although they were close to breaking the record. These funny moments and the determination the boys had to try to break the record made it fun to watch. And although the live stream had some technical difficulties, it went on. It was a fun-filled time for all One Direction lovers to see the five guys goofoff and have a great time. Many fans requested for 1D day to be an annual event.

Top ten items for your holiday list Rebecca Jacobs and he is going there again this year. He enjoys spending time with his family and getting a break from the same routine that he goes through every day in Glen Rock. “My family and I go down to Florida every year for Christmas,” said Richard Gueren (’15). “We usually leave the day after Christmas and get back in time for school to start again. We go to Key West and it’s always really fun. It’s really nice down there and it’s always warm.” Perhaps sharing stories such as these is one way of spreading holiday cheer. “I love hearing about other peoples holiday traditions,” Lilia Wood said.

ARE you stuck when your family asks what you want for the holidays? Do you have no idea what you want? Here are the top ten things kids our age are asking for this year! Portable Bluetooth Speakers: With all this new technology coming out, one of the cool new things is the portable Bluetooth speaker. They’re easy to use and work with your phone’s Bluetooth option. The Jawbone Jambox is about $130.00 and is one of the pricier Bluetooth speaker devices. You can easily find them online from $15-30 bucks, as well. Call of Duty: Ghosts: A great gift for guys, the newest Call of Duty game of the series. This game is produced by Infinity Ward and can be played on the XBOX game consoles, Playstation consoles, Nintendo consoles, and on PCs. The price of Call of Duty: Ghosts ranges from about $30.00 to $60.00.

Naked 3 Palette: A great gift for a teenage girl, the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is an eye shadow palette. The Naked 3 Palette is the third of Urban Decay’s Naked series. The Naked 3 Palette is $50.00 and can be found at Sephora. Cards Against Humanity: A new card game that is fun for guys and girls. Albeit quirky and frequently inappropriate, this game will have friends and family roaring in laughter face-toface. The game is sold for $28.00 on; there are four available expansion packs, as well. Touch Screen Gloves: A useful gift for the holidays would be touch screen gloves. With these gloves, you can text your friends and not worry about your fingers becoming numb. You can find these gloves on Amazon. com for a cheap $8.00. Monogram Necklace: The Verdi Blu Monogram Necklace is a cute and fabulous necklace request for the holidays.

The necklace is $125.00, and you can find the store in the middle of town. Ugg Australia ‘Ascot’ Slipper for Men: The new and comfy slipper/shoe is a great item to ask for if you’re a guy. The shoe is $99.95 and can be found in Nordstrom at Garden State Plaza. Men’s Nixon Watch: ‘The Private’ Camo Bezel Bracelet Watch, 42 mm is $200.00. This watch can be found at Nordstrom in Garden State Plaza and is a great gift for guys this holiday season. Women’s Marc Jacobs Watch: The Marc Jacobs 40 MM black watch is a great, cute accessory to throw on your Holiday Wish list as well. It is priced at $250.00 and can be found at Marc Jacobs distributers. Numark iDJ Live DJ software controller for iPad, iPhone, or iPod: A great, cool gift for all genders. This device can lead you to making some great music. The device sells for $39.99 and can be found on

December 2013

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How could this political maneuver be legal? Richard Gueren IF you’ve ever wondered why nothing seems to get done in the nation’s capital, you’re not alone. However, I bet you’ve never wondered if politicians in Washington are engaged in activities that any other modern institution would deem ‘illegal.’ There are three big ways in which a typical Washington politician survives in the modern day. Each of these activities is completely legal, but would be deemed ‘illegal’ by most of the American populace. Therefore, the depressing fact of the matter is that they become wealthier and prestigious simply by holding elected office. If you know how to penetrate the system, which most members can figure out, then you have bought your ticket to a carefree existence in the nation’s capital. The first questionable activity is the practice of trading stocks in the open market. There have been many cases of this mechanism, which usually occurs when particular politicians sit on an oversight committee. For example, a politician can sit on the financial committee, and be made aware of pending legislation in the committee. Hypothetically, the legislation in the com-

mittee could regulate the size of banks and require the banks to shrink in size. The politician would then sell his bank stocks in anticipation of those stocks selling off with the introduction of that bill. This practice takes place under a range of circumstances, but the most common practice is trading stocks based on insider (or non-public) information. A classic example of this behavior is demonstrated by the actions of Representative Spencer Bachus in 2008. Senator Bachus, a Republican from Alabama, was a ranking Republican member on the House Financial Services Committee in 2008. According to CBS News’ 60 Minutes, Bachus was publically attempting to save the economy despite the fact that he was betting against the stock market. According to a 2011 report by the news show, he was privately placing trades that would go up in value if the markets cratered. He thought the markets would crater because of the briefings he was receiving that were awful in tenor. More troubling, Senator Bachus received briefings from insiders who were privy to the latest machinations in the financial system. This action could be called immoral when one considers

that average citizens were losing their life savings in the stock markets during that time. 60 Minutes could not, at the time, interview the congressman, so they contacted his press secretary’s office. His press secretary, Tim Johnson, claimed in a statement that the congressman had never traded stock based on non-public information. Let the readers be the judge of that statement. In addition to Bachus, many other politicians have been investigated based upon their questionable financial trades. According to Fox News, democrats such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Tom Carper, and Rep. Gary Ackerman have engaged in similar kinds of activity, just to name a few. In addition to trading on non-public information, members of congress can treat their families and friends to the luxuries of public office. There are some very clear lines of abuse. According to the report by 60 Minutes, many current and former members of congress are big offenders. They included former representative Ron Paul of Texas, who until a year ago used his campaign payroll to pay six of his family members. He paid his daughter,

three grandchildren, grandchild in-law, and daughter’s mother in law a total of $304,000 over the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. In addition to this, members can treat their friends and contributors to expensive trips on the taxpayer dime. 60 Minutes also used Republican representative Ander Crenshaw of Florida who spent $32,000 to host a tour of California wineries for a group of defense contractors. This and other examples of using an elected office to benefit yourself or friends that is perfectly legal in Washington. Another way to have a successful life in Washington is to become a politician for a few years and then land a job in the lobbying industry. If you are a former member of congress, lobbying firms have an added incentive to hire you because of your experience with legislation. And it’s becoming a lucrative job, with a total of 16 lawmakers since 2011 joining the lobbying industry, according to a tally from the USA Today. That total compares with the 98 lawmakers who either have retired or were ousted in the last two years. “The congress to K-street connection has been institutionalized,” says Sheila Krumholz of the non-partisan Center

Flying like an Eagle

Former Ohio congressman Steve LaTourette is a prime example of this change. A member of congress for 18 years, he left in January to head the Washington lobbying branch of a Cleveland based law firm, according to USA Today. The paper identifies Former Democratic Senator Denny Rehberg and former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson as heading into the lobbying industry as well. However, interestingly, lobbying firms have suffered recently due in large part to congressional inaction. “This is a really difficult time,” said Ivan Adler, a principal at the McCormick Group. “It’s been the most challenging time for former lawmakers who don’t have the seniority and haven’t been on money committees.” Since congress is not passing a lot of bills, lobbying firms have had a more difficult time delivering for their clients. Their clients usually want specific legislation passed on Capitol Hill and if congress does not pass it, then clients find somewhere else to push

was a boy scout when he was a child, but never accomplished such a feat. I was motivated to surpass my dad and accomplish something Scout, and now that that not even he has.” I’m a recipient of the award, I feel elated.” Glen Rock High School senior, Matt Neumann, Before receiving the said of Hahn, “He has award, Hahn had one an unbelievable work final task to complete ethic and drive for what before becoming an he does. I couldn’t be Eagle Scout. He built more proud of my best seven benches and a friend, and there’s no fire-pit at Westside one more deserving.” Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood as his com- Hahn often has troumunity service project ble balancing his (pictured bottom right).

Max Felsenstein

TWO years as starting goal keeper for varsity boys’ soccer, Honor Roll student, and now recently approved as an Eagle Scout, Glen Rock High School senior, Tim Hahn has accomplished many feats, not only in the classroom and on the field, but also in his pack. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest feasible achievement in the Boy Scouts of America Program. Before receiving the award, the recipient must traverse the ranks from Tenderfoot to Life Scout, earn 21 merit badges, and must complete several tasks along the way – while advancing through five additional ranks as a Life Scout.

for Responsive Politics, an organization that tracks lobbying and political money. “It’s Plan A for former members of congress.”

In a recent interview with The Glen Echo, Tim spoke to us briefly about what earning the award meant to him. Tim Hahn is a member of Troop 15 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He started as a cub scout in Pack 1 at Central

School and has contin- “This is a huge accomued his hard work and plishment for not only dedication ever since. me, but also for my family. This will be someHahn said, “It’s been thing I will talk about my childhood dream for the rest of my life,” to become an Eagle Hahn said. “My dad

their special interest agenda. This is a stunning seatchange for the influence peddlers of Washington. What one must consider is that this behavior is perfectly legal. Yes, politicians in Washington seem to operate under a completely different set of rules than the American people do. This double standard is created because politicians write the laws for themselves. Since congress is the legislative branch, they create the rules and influence the process of lawmaking to a large extent. Thus, if they find loopholes or want to create loopholes, their job allows them to do that. Therefore, the most effective form of accountability is not investigations so much as it is embarrassment. The non-partisan organizations that track this kind of behavior must continue to effectively carry out their work. At the end of the day, politicians will be exposed by those organizations and forced to answer questions from their constituents. This is the only way to change the system – force the politicians to change the laws or vote them out in the next election. They will feel the pressure from their constituents.

school-work with athletics and boy scouts; nevertheless, over the summer, Hahn continues his community involvement by reading to children in Paterson, New Jersey. “Tim has accomplished so much and has done a lot as a volunteer for the greater good of the community. He’s just 18 years old but has an even brighter future,” Glen Rock High School sophomore, Ryan Stolz, said of Hahn.


December 2013

The Glen Echo

Advice For Young Writers Ariel Shilitz HAVE you ever wondered what it takes to be a published author? Meet Jennifer Donnelly, author of five novels and one children’s picture book. Donnelly attended Rye High School in Rye, NY and has always loved to write. During her four years at secondary school her favorite classes to attend were History and English. Although she loved these subjects, it wasn’t her History or English teacher that influenced her to be a writer; it was her Home Economics teacher, Mrs. Norwood. Donnelly said Mrs. Norwood “recognized my writing talent and praised it highly.” She continued, “I had to do a project on small children in a preschool classroom and wrote up my findings in what must’ve been an engaging way, as Mrs. Norwood wrote: ‘Jennifer, you’re going to be a writer!’ on my paper and gave me an A.” It was during her mid-twenties when Jennifer Donnelly decided to write her first novel. One of the most difficult tasks for a writer is coming up with what they are going to write about. An author has to come up with a story that is interesting and can be written in the span of 200 plus pages. Jennifer Donnelly said, “Inspiration usually gets me.” It is emotion that sparks her motivation. “I’ll read something and it gets inside me and stirs up very strong emotion, and I have to get that emotion out the only way I know how – by telling a story.” Many times when an author writes a novel, part of the characters is either based off of the author or someone that is an important figure in the author’s life. In Donnelly’s books, the characters aren’t based off of her. “They probably have tiny bits, but I hope they are themselves – fully formed independent people,” Donnelly said. When writing in either her home or her office

Inspiration usually gets me.

during the week, Donnelly only occasionally revisits and rereads the books that she wrote. Donnelly feels that, “It’s like visiting with a long lost friend.” When she isn’t writing or reading one of her own novels, Donnelly could be found looking back at Ulysses written by James Joyce or The Passion written by Jeanette Winterson, both of which are two of

Donnelly’s favorite novels. As for advice Jennifer would give to young writers, she feels that there are four important aspects: writing, reading, finishing what you start, and listening to your own thoughts and feelings. Writing. Any type of writing will “hone your ability with words” even if it’s letters to your grandmother, term papers, or journals.

“As you keep writing, you’ll learn how to do more with less,” Donnelly said. “You’ll get a feel for simplicity and elegance, when to let rip and when to hold back, and how the subtle art of suggestion can lend incredible power to a paragraph or scene.” Even as an author, Donnelly had to overcome her issues with overwriting, “I have a tendency to overwrite, but when I do nail a scene, I can sense it, and it’s a tremendous feeling.”

Reading. Although writers are the people who write the story, reading plays an extremely vast role to show “how other writers do it, how they succeed, and where they fail.” As a reader, it is the reader’s job to decide how well the author did. By reading, a writer can take away new techniques to put into their own writing. “You may not be aware of it, but every time you get lost in a story, or intrigued by a magazine article, you’re also picking up pointers on structure, plot, and style,” Donnelly said. Donnelly used books to teach herself because, after college, she could not afford to go to graduate school or take a workshop. Donnelly suggests that any young writer should always finish what s/he starts writing. “Finishing is what makes the difference between ideas and books,” Donnelly said. She also feels that it is important to listen to what the writer’s feelings are. Rejection is dealt with differently by everyone but most authors deal with rejection poorly, including Donnelly. When it was time for Donnelly to get her first book published, The Tea Rose, it was thrown away by every single publishing house. Six months later, however, some editors became intrigued by the book. The lesson Donnelly learned was “that no one could guarantee my work would get published, but only one person in the entire world could guarantee it wouldn’t, and that was me.” Donnelly continued, “If I’d lost heart and quit, I never would have become an author.” “Don’t let other people tell you no and more importantly, don’t tell yourself no,” Donnelly said. Just like an artist needs to draw, Donnelly needs to writes. “It’s more than ‘like,’” Donnelly said, “It’s love. A compulsion. A passion. A need.” Check out Jennifer Donnelly’s adult and young adult novels: The Tea Rose, A Northern Light, The Winter Rose, Revolution, and The Wild Rose (pictured center).

December 2013

The Glen Echo

Opinion: When girls become men Tyler Joachim

GLEN Rock High School intended to start the age old tradition known as the powder-puff football game on November 26th. This event, which had its beginnings in 1945, involves the female students of the senior and junior classes playing each other in flag or touch football while the boys cheer them on in a strange instance of gender role-reversal. However, as of the writing of this article, the

game has been postponed due to inclement weather. Thanksgiving break and winter weather make rescheduling the game difficult. Yet, the idea of such an event is still polarizing regardless of whether or not Glen Rock will ultimately host one this year. The idea of men and women exchanging traditional roles in the pursuance of diversion through a powder-puff football game is a strange irregularity that was likely conceived

as a means of fundraising for dances, charity, and the senior class.

Yet despite the fact that it is only a first year tradition in Glen Rock, the powder-puff game is a well-known and not-atall questioned phenomenon that has occurred many times in high schools throughout the second half of the twentieth century in the United States. This is due, in part, to the lack of a male presence in high school in the years of World War II.

What is so disturbing about this event, though, is the idea of women becoming men for the sake of feeling empowered. Why must women inhabit male roles in order to feel empowered?

This type of gender-role reversal is not entirely uncommon, and it has been evidenced throughout history in both fiction and non-fiction. One example that students may recognize is of Lady Brett Ashley from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Brett is a

man in every sense except for the physiological. She drinks, smokes, and has sexual tendencies indicative of men. She has a man’s name and short hair (as was a contemporary style). This was, in fact, intended by Hemingway to embody the identity of the “new woman” of the era.

In Hemingway’s time, and indeed before and after it, it would be unacceptable for a woman to act in such a way, and the fact that Brett’s masculine behavior and ap-

pearance are evident in the book certainly mean something. In fact, literature is riddled with examples of powerful women like Lady Brett. Yet, all of this begs the question of why it is necessary for women to embody masculine roles whatsoever. Women should be able to feel bold in their roles. And if they would like to pursue something non-traditional, then it should be genuine and not something as caricaturized as a powder-puff football game.

Boys Basketball: Season Preview Max Felsenstein and Ryan Stolz

late into improved play on the court this season.

WITH a flurry of breaks approaching, many students have one thing on their minds: basketball season.

This looks to be a statement year for Glen Rock, which hopes to prove they have reached elite status. Coach Mittelman aspires to reach the playoffs this year, “hoping the program takes a significant step forward with a state playoff appearance and hopefully a county tournament invite.” Coach Mittelman started building the foundation for the resurgence of the program three years ago and circled this season as the one in which the program takes a big step forward.

The start of the high school basketball season is fast approaching and the players and coaches have high expectations for this year’s boys team. Glen Rock’s varsity basketball coach, Jason Mittelman, says the team’s motto this season is “Whatever it takes.” He added, “The thrust of this is self-sacrifice... passing on one’s own personal self-interests for the interests of the team.” The Panther’s core values are the same as always: Commitment, Responsibility, Hard Work, Respect, and Integrity. Many players believe that those values will trans-

GRHS boys basketball is ready to improve this season with a strong returning core.

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Aspiring junior player, Dan Frissora, shares the same feelings. “We are definitely looking to turn the corner this year,” he said. “The previous seniors have helped lay the foundation for us to have a success-


ful season, and we’re defi- less, and Michael Bernanitely looking to do that.” chea, all of whom could play key roles this season. Last season, the team went “We’re looking for big men 8-16 overall and went 4-12 such as Jeff Ross and Zach in league play. Mittelman Lucca to step up and play said he expects this sea- tough down low,” said anson to be a “breakthrough other player in the organiyear for the program.” zation after Lucca and Ross finished with a combined After continuous strength 7.4 PPG and 5.7 RPG. training workouts every other day this offseason, With a strong sophothe Panthers have contin- more campaign last seaued to work hard and have son from Guard/Forward kept up the intensity, even Khalil Williams, who avafter graduating seven se- eraged 7.4 PPG and 3.2 niors. One player in the RPG, the now-junior organization said, “We’ve could step up and bring been working hard and a veteran presence to the we’re looking to do some team on and off the court. damage in the league this season and further on.” Coach Mittleman’s excitement for the season Glen Rock has several re- is contagious, and he beturning seniors including lieves that this season’s Christian Vila, Jeff Ross, returning group underZach Lucca, Anthony stands the importance of D’Onofrio, Justin Powell, self-sacrifice and “will be AJ Rinbrand, Patrick Law- successful as a result of it.”

Having transformed their lounge into a winter wonderland, students from the 2014 graduating class enjoy the season.

Thanks to: Mr. Toncic, Faculty Adviser Dr. Valenti, District Superintendent Mr. Arlotta, Principal Mr. Purciello, Vice Principal Mrs. O’Hearn, Business Manager Kelly Streaser, Editor-in-Chief Trevor LaVine, Print Editor-in-Chief Lilia Wood, News Editor Richard Gueren, Managing Editor Frank Connor, Business Manager Dan Frissora, Food Critic Anna Lis, Chief Photographer Sondra Nieradka, Chief Photographer Jonathan Spielman, Copy Editor Max Marcilla, Sports Editor Raquel Lesser, Political Issues Editor Rebecca Jacobs, Fashion Editor Victoria Messikian, Alumni Editor Nadia Fazal, Advertising Manager Yeheun Son, Advertising Manager Courtney Schmitt, Periodical Editor Max Felsenstein, Coach Beat Writer Ryan Stolz, Athlete Beat Writer Josh Stein, Graphic Designer F. Timothy Mountain, Lead Satirist Kaitlin Stansel, Foreign Affairs Liaison

Pat Lawless, Staff Writer

Rachel O’Connor, Staff Writer Hailey Nirenberg, Staff Writer Juliana Brancato, Staff Writer Andrew Nappi, Staff Writer Matt Zakowski, Staff Writer Julian Bennett, Staff Writer Meaghan Murray, Staff Writer Ricardo Pereira, Staff Writer Anna Barton, Staff Writer Beth Keefe, Staff Writer Erica Melz, Staff Writer Lee Maitner, Staff Writer Alyssa Lorenz, Staff Writer Tori Rusko, Staff Writer Jewel Quigley, Staff Writer Lauren Jones, Staff Writer Brendan Green, Staff Writer Tyler Joachim, Staff Writer Ariel Shilitz, Staff Writer Caroline Moscatello, Staff Writer Jade Quigley, Staff Writer Marisa Kobylowski, Staff Writer Juliana Roddy, Staff Writer Cristal Santos, Staff Writer

Sam Halpert Rodis, St. Writer

The first snowfall of the season blankets the school in white.

Messikian Family Rusko Family Berke Family Linda Brennan Blomstrom Family Pat Carlin Dowling Family Darrell and Lori Felsenstein Stacie Gallo Barbra Gomes Richard and Sally-Ann Gueren Frank & Sharon La Roux Lesser Family Debbie Maitner Amy & Jose Martin Martino Family Miller Family Scott McCoy Milsovic Family Gail Neumann Seniora Plescia Schwartz Family Maureen Huntley Sheahen Lawrence

MOYU Konishi (’15), artist of the political cartoon (left) attempted to delineate the qualms she has with the advent of the new block scheduling proposal, which may be introduced next year.

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The courtyard seems tranquil with the snow lightly falling on the campus.

Interview with the artist

Ariel Shilitz

Stein Family Streaser Family Treacy Family Vila Family Warner Family

According to the new proposal, the junior class students, during the school year of 2014-2015, will be able to leave campus for lunch – a privilege that previously only senior students could enjoy.

capstone of their fourth year, but now, because of the new scheduling, that special privilege may be undermined.

ple that this year’s juniors are really upset with this, and that they feel that only seniors should have the privilege,” Moyu said. “I Moyu sketched this controversy felt it’s a very current isin a political cartoon for Mrs. sue going on in the school, Underclassmen had looked Walters’ 11th grade history class. so I just decided to draw forward to attaining this privimy political cartoon on it.” lege while in high school as a “I’ve heard from a lot of peo-

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