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Newtonite ◆ Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 • Volume 87, Issue 1

School to enforce ban on smoking

Newton North High School, 360 Lowell Ave., Newtonville, Mass. 02460

Building costs keep going up

in the arts

MOLLY SILVERMAN Although costs are increasing and aldermen and others in the city objecting, plans are still moving ahead for the new school. The price for the new building has risen to $186 million, mayor David Cohen said last Wednesday. “We will have a guaranteed maximum price in mid-May,” said Jeremy Solomon ’88, the city’s director of policy and communication. Wednesday, Feb. 13, the mayor will return to the Board of Aldermen with an updated cost estimate, Solomon said. One of the reasons for the cost increase is that the cost of construction materials has increased worldwide, he said. Also, the site plan “underwent an extensive review process that extended the life of the project by roughly a year,” Solomon said, referring to the approval process for site plan 5a, the plan the community approved in a referendum last year. Removing buried asbestos and an underground ledge on the site have also raised the price, Solomon said. Expressing concern about the costs, alderman Ken Parker predicted Wednesday that the “real figure is probably over $200 million.” Parker is running an exploratory committee for mayor for 2009. “We need to acknowledge that site plan 5a was a mistake,” Parker said. “It is impossible to fix the mistake until it is acknowledged. “A fancy building will not teach students. I’ve always wanted a simple, compact design.” According to Parker, one option is to renovate the current building, with an expanded science wing. A second is to build a “new, Lincoln-Sudbury style high school.” A third option, he said, would be to build a new academic core, taking off the athletic and theatre wings. The chief advantage to this option would be having “no construction delays,” Parker said. BY

City ordinance goes into effect

MOLLY SILVERMAN Because of a new city ordinance, all smoking on public property will be banned within 300 yards of Newton North starting Monday, principal Jennifer Price said. People violating the ordinance will face increasing fines with the option of attending free smoking cessation classes instead, said prevention/intervention counselor Alison Malkin. David Naparstek, the city’s health commissioner, “will deputize some faculty including administrators, campus aides and me to enforce the ordinance,” Malkin said. Also, she said she has written to the law department about the possibility that if students under 18 are in violation, the school can send a letter to their parents, and on the ticket write the students’ and parents’ names. Under Mass. General Law Chapter 270, Section 6, anyone under 18 is prohibited from buying tobacco products. However, Massachusetts does not prohibit minors from carrying or using tobacco products. “The first ticket is a written warning,” Malkin said. Violators can choose to take smoking cessation classes instead of paying the fines. Fines start at $50 for the second offense, $100 for the third and $200 for the fourth, Malkin said. However, if people do not pay and do not take the classes, it may become a criminal matter and they would have to appear in court, Malkin said. Each housemaster will have a record of the number of tickets a student receives, similar to the school’s cheating and plagiarism policies, Malkin said. All money from the fines will go the city, she said.

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“Greased Lightning:” Junior Ian McGoldrick, seniors David Mokriski and Blake Rosenbaum and sophomore Luke Gitzen rehearse their dance for the musical “Grease,” which goes up March 13. Julie Dauber, a choreographer, observes.

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EnviroJAM: Juniors Annabel Raby and Rachel Gore present a concert to benefit the environment. See review page 9

The best way to approach construction of the new school would be to have an “open and honest community discussion, where students, parents, teachers and all Newton taxpayers could be involved,” Parker said. In a guest column in the Wednesday, Jan. 9 TAB, the mayor says that the “most inexpensive way to deliver the high school Newton voters approved is to continue our progress without needless delay.” Cohen also says that “rising and recurring expenses due to health insurance, energy and pension costs” have “dwarfed” the cost of the school project. Referring to a tax override referendum this May, he says the city’s structural deficit is “driving the need for this override, not the cost of the Newton North project.” With blasting completed on the underground ledge and current asbestos removal nearly complete, documents for the new school are 80 percent complete, said Heidi Black, director of high school construction. March 15 is the deadline for 100 percent completion of construction documents, she said. Speaking about the building’s interior, Black told faculty Tuesday, Jan. 15 that certain identifying landmarks, such as house offices and counselors’ offices, will all be the same color but located on different floors. “We think Main Street will function in the same way,” Black said. But she said the new Main Street will lead directly into the cafeteria, which which will be floor-to-ceiling glass. Students, faculty and visitors will be able to get a “full visual from Main Street out to the back of the school,” she said. According to Solomon, “There were two major elements that we were very specific about when we put this project out to bid for designers: to get natural light into every classroom, as well as have better ventilation, so there would not be the same problems that plagued the old school.”

Faculty might put their grades, assignments on line BEN PLOTKIN HAO-HUA WU On a voluntary basis, individual faculty might decide to use a web-based program, said special education teacher Dianne Lochhead, a co-chair of the Streamlining Communications Committee. With the program, called Edline, they could “post assignments and grades and help students stay on track,”she said. Students and parents could also use the program to check out announcements, school news and upcoming events, she said. The site would include a student’s academic information and provide links to the teacher’s emails, so that teachers would be BY


easy to contact, Lochhead said. Since parents could check their children’s academic performance daily , there should be “no surprises” with the coming of a report card, she said. But Lochhead emphasized that teachers would not be required to post their grades online. “If a teacher feels very strongly that they don’t want their grades to go up, they don’t have to put them up,” she said. The Streamlining Communications Committee is getting ready to discuss Edline with the faculty at a meeting in the coming weeks, Lochhead said. She noted that Boston University uses one consolidated website that allows students to

access syllabi, curriculum lists and grades for all of their classes, which she said is an advantage that Edline would have. “This school uses 17 different sites just to manage the school itself, let alone all the individual sites run by teachers,” she said. “Edline would take those myriad sites and consolidate them.” Edline also offers a calendar that shows what assignments are due on specific days, Lochhead said. Some teachers already have a website with a course syllabus and up-to-date grades, but they are all on separate links, Lochhead said. “We need a centralized system for students,” she said.

According to science teacher Matt Anderson, who co-chairs the committee with Adams secretary Lorene Shapiro, counselor Darby Verre and Lochhead, the First Class server “is not very good because the site tends to crash.” This problem could explain why a first-term faculty and staff survey showed that less than 10 percent of the respondents have a working website, Anderson said. Despite its benefits, Edline may cause concerns, Lochhead said. “For parents who trust their kids, Edline is a good system,” Lochhead said. “But for parents who tend to micromanage their

kids’ lives, Edline might facilitate their efforts. “However, those kinds of parents are going to micromanage their kids’ lives no matter what. There is no way to prevent those parents from hovering.” Anderson said that although he does not personally agree with the potential drawbacks, he has heard similar criticisms. “The program could provide information too easily to students, so that there may be fewer opportunities for students and teachers to talk face-to-face,” he said. If the schools agree to pay the annual fee of approximately $3,000, Edline could replace First Class, Anderson said.

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‘Astonishment’? ‘Money pit’?


Friday, Jan. 25, 2008

Thanks for our visit

Local media tend to exagerate coverage of building project


eporting on the new high school’s pricetag, a story in the Boston Globe Friday says: “Just a year ago, it was supposed to be $141 million, a figure that would have made the proposed Newton North High School the most expensive school ever built in the state. Then, it went up to $154 million. Then, $171 million. “And now, to the community’s astonishment, the price is pegged at $186 million. And rising.” Then the story quotes alderman Cheryl Lappin as saying she “wouldn’t be surprised” if the cost rose to $200 million. So how’s that for astonishment? We don’t get it. Yes, it’s true that the cost of the school has risen since last year’s referendum. But the Globe does not present the whole story. For one thing, the story says that mayor David Cohen “capped” the cost of the new


high school at $141 million. Yet in fact, the city has not established a maximum price, and Cohen has said he will not do so until the construction documents are complete in March. In addition, the Globe describes the indoor pool and a student restaurant as if they were special features of the new building, when in fact the current building has both. In fact, the boys’ swimming team is undefeated. Wednesday’s Newton TAB even has a front-page, reverse plate caption that calls the site a “money pit.” Please. It’s a new school that students and teachers need. So although this newspaper is well aware of how easy it is to make mistakes, we hope the Globe and The TAB papers will be a little more restrained.


When we first came here, we found the situation very interesting: ardent teaching, unique students and a confusing school. People were very nice to us through we weren’t able to understand much. We gave 17 presentations throughout the four months of our visit. Most of our presentations for elementary school audiences were for second-graders because they are having their “Chinese Year.” By and by, our English improved and we got more involved in our classes. School life was fun, maybe because there is less homework here than at Jingshan. Also, we got to go on field trips. But the four months passed fast. Thanks to all the teachers and students for giving us a great time.

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Thinking green: This photo evokes textures of spring.


Superintendent writes on security in Newton schools COMMUNITY: I am writing this letter to answer the many questions that arose around the placement of security cameras at Newton South High School and to propose some next steps to address whether or not we wish to use cameras or other technologies to assist with security in our schools, how we would use these items if we had them, and the implications of surveillance on students and adults within our buildings. As the situation at Newton South High School has captured public attention in recent weeks, I want to tell you exactly what happened there. But first, I want to apologize to everyone at Newton South for the administration’s failure to define a clear policy about the use of cameras. TO THE

an open letter Regrettably, an internal communication problem caused unnecessary and unwanted distraction in the school. I hope this letter will set us off on a better path toward understanding the challenges and options we have with regard to keeping our schools safe and secure. Now for the history. As is their style, the principals of Newton North and Newton South consult on a wide range of issues. When Principal Salzer faced serious issues of theft and vandalism at South last spring, he contacted Principal Price at North for suggestions. Ms. Price told Mr. Salzer how before she became the principal

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North had lost over $30,000 worth of technology equipment, including laptops, LCD projectors, and other peripherals. Working with the Newton Police Department, North installed four cameras—two inside the technology storage closet and two in the corridor outside the closet. Shortly thereafter, the thief was recorded using a file photo pair of shears Jeffrey to cut the chain Young locks on the closet door and was arrested. Much of the stolen property was recovered. No other use was made of the tape, and the system has since been turned off. At South, Mr. Salzer was dealing with about 20 thefts of backpacks, cell phones, iPods, calculators and other personal belongings from the locker room area. In addition, one bathroom near the auditorium was being repeatedly vandalized, with someone destroying fixtures and writing graffiti. He wanted this to stop, as did the Newton Police, so he contacted Mr. Cronin, the system’s Chief of Operations, about using cameras in the school. Consequently, Mr. Cronin arranged to have three cameras installed outside the locker room area (The cameras did not look inside the locker room) and two outside the bathroom area (Likewise, they did not look inside the bathroom). Mr. Salzer intended that once the cameras were operational, he would meet with the school community and explain their presence as a strategic deterrent. Mr. Cronin expected that the system would run as it had at North, designed to catch the offender and then be turned off. Here is where the confusion started. All parties now understand how these sorts of issues

require much more discussion as well as a clear policy for the use of cameras and other security devices. The five cameras were installed at South last August. The system was not designed for general long-term surveillance but rather for a snapshot moment with no audio recording. For example, if a backpack went missing at, say 3:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, the principal, at his computer, would have been able to look at the video for that time period. No one was being paid to monitor ongoing videotape. Because of a software problem between the camera and the principal’s desktop computer, however, the system was never made operational; and, in fact, Mr. Salzer was not aware that the system had been partially installed…until, of course, Denebola reporters got on the case. The cameras at South are off and will remain off, unless and until the School Committee decides on a policy for their use. The same is true for the cameras at North. There are no security cameras in any other Newton schools. As this security issue occurred “on my watch,” I accept responsibility for the distress it caused. I have now met several times with the main parties to this story and we have agreed upon certain steps to take to ensure we do not repeat our internal communication mistakes. I can assure you that there will be no further missteps as far as security cameras are concerned. It has been our history not to advertise security practices, but we clearly need to address policy considerations around the use of technology for security. Policy issues are decided by the School Committee after consultation with School Department personnel. Looking ahead, I see at least four questions we must answer: (1)Should the high school principals have at their disposal a small number of portable secu-

rity cameras that they could use for specific purposes in targeted areas? Presumably, the answer to this question would be made public, so that students and staff are aware of the existence of and possible use of the devices, if not their exact location. (2)Should we install security cameras outside the high schools to help identify visitors/intruders? This approach could have made a big difference in the recent bomb threat/evacuation at Newton North. (3)How might we utilize a combination of education and technology to make our high school campuses as safe and secure as possible? (4)What are the privacy considerations for children and adults within the buildings, and are there pressing security situations which might outweigh privacy concerns? In the coming weeks, I will recommend a process and timeline for the School Committee to take up these questions, as well as others that might emerge. School security is a complex issue, with dimensions ranging from the legal to the emotional. Any organization must find a way to balance the rights of the individual with the general interests of the group or community. I am committed to working with all of you to find a good way to have these important conversations and to reach the best conclusions. —JEFFREY M. YOUNG, SUPERINTENDENT

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Superintendent presents first of two budgets

Department honors outstanding students S


SFA to plan agenda for coming months

Fourth computer lab increases access

MOLLY SILVERMAN Students can use their ID numbers to access their saved documents from any computer in a lab or the library, said computer


education-related work experience ◆possess leadership qualities ◆have demonstrated respect for human differences ◆be involved in their community and in extracurricular activities. Others nominated are Carpentry Major student Brian Caruso, Technology and Engineering Major James Cucchi, Automotive Technology Major Paul D’Amore, and Culinary Major Charles Krasnow. Carpentry teacher Garrett Tingle said he nominated Caruso because of his excellence in carpentry and a “quiet, subtle concern that Brian has for others.” echnology and Engineering teacher Scott Rosenhahn said he nominated Cucchi because of his varied accomplishments. In addition to earning straight

As and making the honor roll for four consecutive years, Cucchi volunteers at the library, sits on the Student Faculty Adminstration Board, and is preparing to take a test that will certify him as a second-degree black-belt in karate, Rosenhahn said. utomotive Technology teacher Phil Rousseau said D’Amore, whom he nominated, is “very bright.” “He stays on the task until it’s finished,” Rousseau said. According to Culinary teacher William O’Neill, he and Culinary teacher Lisa McKinney nominated Krasnow because he “encompasses” the criteria. Krasnow impressed his supervisors when he worked at Legal Sea Foods over the summer, O’Neill said. Outside the kitchen Krasnow “strives for academic excellence,” O’Neill said.

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put in internet drops to connect the computers to the internet and finished the job Friday, Jan. 4, Murphy said. The 71 newer Macs do not support Mac Operating System 9, the system version that runs 22 of the math applications, Murphy said. “Traditionally, OS 9 has always been used by math teachers,” Murphy said. Room 420 will keep the older computers, so math applications will still be available, as well as keep an internet connection, Murphy said. Also the room has a color printer.

teacher Chris Murphy. Each student can invent his or her own password and create and access portfolios of saved work from any computer, Murphy said. Room 420, formerly a math lab, has become an additional network computer lab, along with 411, 419 and 423. “The new lab has been open all year, but it was just brought online after vacation,” Murphy said. People from the Ed. Center



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sents a 10.5 percent increase over last year’s $155.1 million budget. “Over the past four years, there has been a gradual erosion in our schools,” Young told the School Committee. “The choice could not be plainer. We need to vote the override for our schools to be what Newton expects them to be. He outlined three major points in his budget: maintenance of effort, improvements and restoration and ongoing initiatives. Maintenance of effort focuses on salaries of all school employees, along with fixed and mandated cost increases. Improvements and restorations would include improving the elementary schools and its curriculum, along with bolstering Day’s P.E. program. Ongoing initiatives include math and technology programs that are carrying over from last year’s budget. Salaries account for 83 percent of the total budget, Young said. Improvements and restorations would also include updating textbooks and technology. Updating textbooks will cost $250,000, Young said. Technology updates would include updating old computers and laptops for teachers and administrators, at a cost of $441,000. The high school’s special education programs would be improved, Young said. Ongoing initiatives would also include summer workshops being reinstated for teachers. “Requested funds will reinstate key professional development opportunities that reestablish systemic workshops in instructional strategies for the diverse needs and learning styles of our students,” Young said. —M AT T K ALISH CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY.

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MOLLY SILVERMAN To plan agenda for the rest of the year, the Student Faculty Administration Board will meet B and C-blocks Wednesday, Feb. 13. Subcommittees will categorize “the work we have already done,” said history teacher Gregory Drake. Those subcommittees will be academic oversight, assessment, community outreach, constitution, scheduling, and school life. “These subcommittees are to channel our efforts and improve our efficiency,” said junior Andreas Rotenberg. Subcommittees will produce proposals, and “by putting people together who have similar interests, we’ll have more proposals and more work to do,” Drake said. BY

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Electrical Major: Senior Dan Giovannucci works in shop.


BEN PLOTKIN Superintendent Jeffrey Young presented what he terms an “Override Budget,” which totals $171.4 million for maintenance of effort. The budget would come up for approval if voters override Proposition 2 ½ this May, he said Tuesday, Jan. 15. “History tells us that if the override fails, erosion begins again,” Young said while presenting the budget. “That’s the choice the community is going to face.” Young will present the second of two system-wide budgets Monday night. The second budget will be an allocation budget that will be used if the override is not approved, he said. If the city approves the override budget, the per pupil allocation for this school will rise from $105 to $141 per student, for a net increase of approximately $70,000. The increase will allow the school to purchase new textbooks and better science equipment and to improve professional development activities. High schools will receive an 0.5 full-time equivalent increase in the information technology department to balance staffing. Class sizes at the high school level would be reduced, with Curriculum I and honors-level classes having an average size of 22.5 students, down .1 students from last year. Curriculum II classes would have 15.2 students per class, on average. In addition, some department head positions would be restored to the career and tech ed. department, and there would be a 0.9 full-time equivalent increase in fine arts. Also, this school would receive five new special education aide positions. The override budget repreBY


REBECCA HARRIS enior Dan Giovannucci, an Electrical Major, has won the Career and Technical Education Outstanding Student of the Year Award. He has “done everything he can to wring every opportunity out of his education, said his teacher, Steve Grimaldi. Karen Giovannucci, Dan’s mother, who teaches in the Plowshares Program, once shared a philosophy with him that represents Giovannucci’s success, Grimaldi said. “His mother told him, ‘Don’t worry about finding success,’” Grimaldi said. “Become a good person and success will find you.’ “Danny will continue to earn success as he enters the work force.” Since junior year, Giovannucci has sold Pop Tarts snacks to athletes after school and donated half the proceeds to the principal’s discretionary fund, which helps students afford to go on field trips, Grimaldi noted. n addition, he is a leader of Mentors in Violence Prevention and donates time to a food shelter in Boston, Grimaldi said. He played tackle and guard in football and does shotput and discus on the indoor and outdoor track teams. April 10 in Worcester, Giovannucci and his parents will attend a dinner for all winners statewide. Giovannucci said he plans to attend New England Institute of Technology for a two-year program in electrical technology. Choosing the student of the year was “a very difficult decision,” said Diana Nadeau-Robbins, career and technical education director. To become the Career and Technical Education Oustanding Student of the Year, nominees must ◆have a 3.5 cumulative average ◆have good attendance ◆demonstrate technical competence in their career fields ◆have career and technical BY


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Winning essays about modern heroes who embody Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit

Grandmother stood up to bank F MOLLY KAUFMAN orty-four years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” His words ring true today. Yet a hero is not necessarily defined by his or her fame or the level at which he or she affected history. In fact, the lesser known heroes are often the most remarkable ones. My hero is my grandmother, Daphne Howard. Although it was difficult, my grandmother succeeded at embodying Rev. King’s spirit, speaking out eloquently against discrimination and always maintaining an air of dignity. Through her activism, my grandmother encouraged gender equality at MercantileCommerce Bank. Her fight for equality parallels Rev. King’s. In 1970, Daphne Howard began working as a teller at Mercantile-Commerce Bank in St. Louis, Mo. She was in her mid40s and bringing up four children. At the time, the bank employed virtually no women in high ranking positions. Running a bank was a “man’s job.” Due to this sexist idea, being a teller was the best job a woman could get at the bank. While she was working as a teller, my grandmother had her first taste of the bank’s gender discrimination. “All of the Mercantile-Commerce Bank tellers were women,” she said. “The bank forced us to put our first names on our name tags while the male employees could use their more formal last names on theirs. “I felt disrespected when customers—especially students from the nearby university—called me ‘Daphne’ instead of the ‘Mrs. Howard’ I was accustomed to.” My grandmother was not a radical by any means; she was a quiet, intelligent and dignified mother. She was angered at the unfair treatment she received because she was a woman. s an experienced teller, it was my grandmother’s job to train the new male employees. She would often end up watching as they got promoted to ranks far above hers. In 1972, the assistant branch manager decided to retire, and my grandmother took over for him. She took on all the duties but none of the privileges such as opening the vault because that was a “man’s job.” Mercantile-Commerce Bank also refused to pay my grandmother or give her the title assistant branch manager because she was a woman. She wanted to unlock the “vault” containing gender equality, but the sexist bank wouldn’t allow it. She kept track of the gender discrimination she was experiencing. Though it meant risking her job, she decided to sue. June 17, 1974 Daphne Howard filed a sex discrimination suit against the bank with the relatively new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC was formed in 1965 to protect the rights of women and minorities, and promoted equal pay for equal work. The lawsuit charged the bank with violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act as amended by the Equal Pay Act. It made headlines as the first major sex discrimination suit against a St. Louis-based bank. The story broke in the St. Louis Post Dispatch June 17, 1974. It was reported by Pamela Meyers, an accomplished writer and friend of my grandmother’s. People all over the city were reading about her struggle for gender equality. It was two long years before the court BY


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date. For my grandmother, they were torture. The bank could not fire my grandmother, so they harassed her and made her working conditions uncomfortable. For example, the bank refused to give my grandmother work to do. She sat stoically, eight hours a day for two years, without anything gracing her desk. In addition, other employees at the bank refused to associate with my grandmother because they felt it would endanger their own jobs. My grandmother felt totally isolated, yet she persevered. Each day, she got up, dressed in her best work clothes and went to the bank knowing she would sit idle all day and be ignored by her co-workers. ike Rev. King, my grandmother endured her hardships with dignity and never once succumbed to the bank’s discouraging efforts. The week before the trial, the bank (facing negative publicity) offered to settle. My grandmother settled with the bank, but she wanted something more than just money. She insisted that the settlement include an agreement that would improve the working environment for women at banks. The bank agreed to form a consortium with other major banks in the area. The consortium hired a law firm that would oversee their hiring and promotion practices and ensure that they complied with the EEOC’s standards. In effect, my grandmother made sure that her experience with the bank wouldn’t happen to any other female employees. Before the lawsuit, only five out of 20 employees in the executive training program at Mercantile-Commerce Bank were women. By 1978, four years after the lawsuit, 10 out of the 20 employees in the program were women. In addition, only 10 percent of the bank officers were female pre-lawsuit compared with 50 percent post-lawsuit. Other banks changed as well. First National Bank, one of the largest banks in Missouri, said it had around 10 female bank officers out of 140 bank officers in its St. Louis branch prior to the lawsuit. After the lawsuit, the number of female bank officers was 57. y grandmother stood by her values and refused to support injustice. She spurred change, and what she did will undoubtedly affect me when I go to work some day. I thank her for her courage. We can all learn something from Rev. King and my grandmother: We must never be afraid to act on our beliefs. As Rev King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”




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James Brown would say it loud, black and proud SOPHIA BELL usic is about attitude. It’s about the way you present yourself, the way you walk and sound. It’s about luring people into a world only you can create. It’s about change. Let me show you . . . Hit play. It was the night of August 7, 1968 when James Brown was getting ready to leave his hotel room. He felt good about the song he recorded that day. It was called “Say it Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud.” He hoped it would calm the heated black mobs accumulating after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He was almost prepared when he heard a strange noise outside of the hotel room. He opened the door. ight in front of him stood the essence of what he strove to abolish all his life: racism. He was staring at a ticking bomb. Though the bomb ended up being a phony, there was a burning fear in his heart that night that shouldn’t have been there. It was the same burning fear that overcame him and millions of other blacks as they walked down the streets, the anger in their hearts swelling as whites sneered and stared condescendingly. Brown knew if he didn’t transform that fear into pride, and that rage into justice, America would never accept blacks and whites as equal. This is how James Brown embodied the spirit of Rev. King. Rev. King might have reached out to people’s souls through speech, but Brown reached out to people’s souls through music. But he wasn’t always the Godfather of Soul. . . Let me take you back another 35 years. James Brown came into this world May 3, 1933 in South Carolina during the Depression. His mother abandoned their family when he was only 4. At age 5 he was taken from his neglecting father by his aunt, and into a house full of unwanted children. At age 10 he dropped out of school. To survive, he had to spend all day working in the fields, melting under the sweltering Southern sun, and all night entertaining passersby on the streets to earn a few pennies. Despite these hardships Brown still found outlets of hope. He attended church regularly and became a fan of gospel music. He loved the way music made him feel, the deep chords mingling with soulful screams of emotional pain, and the culture and life of it all. But he didn’t only listen to it. Music was James Brown’s ultimate gift. He could play the harmonica at age 5 and the piano at 7. He also learned to play a few simple blues chords on the guitar. Little James Brown always knew he had a special knack for music. BY

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Winners: Sophomores Sophia Bell, Jaya Tripathi and Molly Kaufman read their essays Friday, Jan. 18 in Lasker Auditorium. The three also read at a city-wide service Monday at Second Church.

Grandfather protects village; funds school JAYA TRIPATHI ith his generosity, devotion, and desire for equality, my grandfather is making this world a better place, one small step at a time. Dr. Vinod Tripathi was born in Uttarpradesh, a small rural province in the north of India. His father was a lawyer and a zamindar, a landowner allowed to keep his land and protect the people on that land by paying taxes to the British. His family were strict Brahmans, and my grandfather was brought up in the traditional way; learning prayers at 4, in the morning, going to school, then returning family photo home to learn more Vinod prayers. His father Tripathi wanted him to be an engineer and serve his country after its independence from Britain. But my grandfather went through King George’s Medical College in Lucknow. There he met Usha Seth, and the two fell in love. Ignoring the fact that they were in different castes, they caused a huge scandal by having a love marriage instead of a normal arranged marriage. The newlyweds came to the United States soon after to get a better education. My grandfather opened a practice in Pelham, N.H., and spent his days and nights making house calls and operating. His hard work and dedication led him to become the chief of medical staff at Lowell General Hospital and a district president BY


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of the Mass. Medical Society. His climb from poor immigrant to respected doctor is proof of his devotion to medicine and his dedication to the work he loves. y grandfather is a firm believer in equality. Like Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., he grew up seeing segregation around him— not between black people and white people, but between those of different social levels and genders. Rev. King refused to see these inequalities without acting to change them, and my grandfather follows the same principles. In his village in India, there is no electricity or running water. Everything, from making clothes to picking crops, is done by hand. The houses are rickety and broken down. Each year my grandfather visits the village to see what they need. My grandfather’s biggest achievement is with the village children. It is said that the best thing to do in poor countries is to educate girls, and my grandfather agrees. Several years ago he paid for and oversaw the building of a school for girls in the village. He pays to fund it daily, as well as to hire staff. Girls attending the school must pay a very small tuition; if they can’t pay for it, he allows them to work for him, giving them small tasks that will not interfere with their duties at home. Currently the school has 60 students, and girls who formerly had no education opportunities now have the chance to do what they want to do with their lives. I visited the village when I was 10, and I remember being shocked by the poverty. But the strongest memory I have is the devotion every villager shows to my grandfather as he walks among them. They will come to talk to him, consulting him about a problem or just saying hello. They listen to his words with deep respect, sure that he wants only the best for them. Most important of all to my grandfather, the children he has helped flock around him, smiling and talking to him about school and anything else on their minds, grateful to the man who has made their lives better. My grandfather is a hero like Rev. King was, fighting in his own quiet way for his beliefs and lighting up the world around him with his generosity and devotion. o the untouchable who does not have to live the street, and to the girl who is now going through school instead of suffering in an early marriage, my grandfather is a hero. And in the grateful eyes of the 60 girls who are being told that they too can be educated and follow their dreams, my grandfather is a hero to match Rev. King.




As a bright, attractive young man, he was ready to hit it big. He had been singing in the gospel band James Brown and the Famous Flames and was starting to get noticed by big shots like Little Richard. But it was the little things he did (even if they took a toll on how much money came in, how many fans he had) that had the most influence on society back then. When he was not yet the Godfather of Soul, Brown would constantly be referred to as “that n—” by people on the set or promoters interested in booking his shows. e would always be careful never to work with them again. He also made sure the radio stations he owned played both “black” music and “white” music. Though this might have lost him listeners, he felt it was a necessity because supporting just one race would only deepen the differences. While music was undergoing a revolution, so was the rest of America. As James Brown and the Famous Flames soared to success, Rev. King was leading marches and movements that would influence blacks everywhere to be proud and stand up for themselves. April 12, 1963 Rev. King was arrested for demonstrating without a permit. He was sentenced to 11 days in jail. During this time he wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In August of that year Rev. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the largest civil rights demonstration in history. This is where the tape jams, and the music stops. . . . Rev. King was assassinated Thursday, April 4, 1968. James Brown had a show scheduled in Boston Garden the next night. He could either cancel the show and let the authorities deal with angry mobs, or he could support his people. He received encouragement from the mayor to broadcast it on television. This would take away from the amount of money he should have been making because people would much rather stay home than go out into the mean and rioting streets. What did Brown do? He got on that stage, of course. After speaking a few words about keeping the peace and honoring Rev. King, he began the show. After a while some little kids got really into it and got up on the stage and started to dance. The police, fearing a riot, rushed toward them. But Brown insisted that they step back and let him deal with it. Then he turned to one of the boys and said to him, “Hey, son. You wanna dance? So dance.” At this, too many people began to climb up on the stage, and it began to get a little out of control. Still, Brown insisted the police stay back. When he finally got everyone to get back into the crowd, he gave them what I believe to be as powerful to those kids as King’s speeches. He said, “Hey, hey wait a minute . . . Look . . . You makin’ me look bad. I asked the police to step back because I thought I could get respect from my people. “Makes sense? Are we together or ain’t we?” ith a roar from the crowd as a reply, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business put a smile on his face and continued his performance. And I’m quite sure, though the tension and anger after Rev. King’s death swept through the hearts of blacks everywhere, that night there was more than one riot stopped because of James Brown’s command for peace. While Rev. King comforted a race through speech, James Brown comforted that race through music. So flip the tape over . . . Let’s start again.




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‘Freshman Cabaret’ a clever, intriguing show ANDREW STANKO itty sketches and exceptional music made “Freshman Cabaret” a hit. With 29 scenes, the show went up Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11 in Lasker Auditorium under the direction of sophomores Chris Annas-Lee, Mary Naugler and Seth Simons, and the musical direction of junior Rachel Bronstein. Nine scenes were originals by Annas-Lee and Simons, and one was written by freshman Derek Butterton, who also appeared in four sketches. Highlighting the theme of newcomers to the school’s theatre program, the show opened BY


review with a lively performance of the song, “A New World” by Jason Robert Brown. As a group of bumbling businessmen, Butterton, Jaryd Justice-Moote and John MacGaffey appeared in three sketches by Annas-Lee and Simons. They debated issues ranging from the use of “unregulatory quantities of sweetener” in beverages to difficulties in obtaining a copy of the 1964 U.S. Census. A particularly sharp and wellpaced scene by the playwright Don Zolidis featured Butterton and Skylar Fox as two circus performers who were past their prime and whose relationship

was in jeopardy. “By the time I was 4, I had been shot out of everything from a battleship to a bomb-bay door,” Butterton’s character reminisced. “I was a child prodigy.” In an original sketch by Annas-Lee and Simons titled “Authors On Trial,” Kevin Zabrecky, acting as a judge, held a trial for the author of the novel “Fight Club,” Chuck Palahniuk, for a major crime committed in his book as if it had really occurred. Another original sketch, “Minor Inconveniences,” featured “The Society of People Who Misalign Drawers to Make Them Stick.” Caleb Weinreb acted as the group’s chairman and led the actors to reach their goal of

infiltrating all the hotels in the principality in order to wedge objects into drawers, jamming them and causing inconvenience. Also, Joanna Yelen choreographed an intricate, modern dance set to Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” which she and Nicole Curhan, Johanna Gittleman, Annie Gombosi, Kelly McIntyre and Flannery Sockwell performed. “Freshman Cabaret” also featured three sketches from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” One featured an author trapped in an awkward interview, and another followed a man named Ralph Mellish, played by Zabrecky, as he lived the most ordinary day imaginable. For Mellish, there was no “trail

of events which would not, in no time at all, involve him in neither a tangled knot of suspicion, nor any web of lies, which would, had he been not involved, surely have led him to no other place, than the central criminal court of the Old Bailey,” a narrator played by Josh Brooks remarked. The third was a conversation among four Yorkshiremen as they debated whose childhood was the worst. Most of the cast completed the show onstage singing a delightful rendition of “Happiness” from the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” “Freshman Cabaret” was an engaging show that brought a talented group together.

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Visiting artist describes his work ELLEN SARKISIAN Art versus commerce, the struggle between the desire to do creative work and the necessity of payment, is one of the hardest parts of photography, said Peter Vanderwarker. “The important thing is that if you like something, keep at it,” he said. An architecture and landscape photographer, Vanderwarker presented a slide show of his work Wednesday, Jan. 9. He showed scenes of Bhutan, a South Asian country between India and China; Boston; Marfa, Texas; New York City and Paris. Vanderwarker said he took his Bhutan photos during a threeweek trip with 15 photography students from the Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester. “The whole environment there is about prayer and respect for the natural world,” he said. One photograph shows a traditional Bhutanese building. Called a dzong, the building functioned as a fortress, monastery, seat of government and temple, Vanderwarker said. His Boston photos of the Central Artery Tunnel Project, known as the Big Dig, won him a National Endowment of the Arts grant in 1987. “It’s hard to go around in the Big Dig project,” he said. “It’s dusty and noisy, and you have to be careful not to drop your BY

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In St. Petersburg: Simona Schneider ’00 attends an exhibition at the Nabokov Museum.

Translating Russian humor for audiences in this country MEGAN KENSLEA Daniil Kharms, a Soviet-era writer, “has a sense of humor that at first shocks and then dismantles everything you thought you knew about literature,” said Simona Schneider ’00. “He shows it can be raucous, uproariously funny, and, at the same time, sentimental,” she said. “The propriety one usually associates with literature is almost methodically attacked.” As a student at this school, Schneider studied Russian for four years and was editor in chief of this newspaper. This past fall, she contributed to the translations in the book “Today I Wrote Nothing,” a collection of Kharms’ work published by Overlook Press. Some of her translations from the book were also published in The New Yorker last July. “I began translating primarily because of Kharms,” Schneider said. At Columbia, Schneider majored in comparative literature and studied French and Russian. She traveled to Russia in the summers through Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg. There, she took workshops and gave literary tours to other students. She also wrote film reviews for the Columbia Spectator and BY

published poems in the Columbia Review. “I wrote my thesis on Kharms and George Perec, a French writer, and I needed English translations of some of the short prose I used,” Schneider said. “When I looked for them, either they didn’t exist at all, or they existed in a book published in Britain in the 1990s that uses a very British English. I didn’t think it did Kharms’ humor justice for an American public. “The language of humor is one of the most difficult things to translate, I soon learned. I started translating some pieces myself for my thesis and enjoyed it.” Schneider said she continued translating pieces after college in her free time to keep up her Russian. “I found out Matvei Yankelevich, the main translator of the book, had been working on Kharms translations since he graduated from college, a long time before me,” Schneider said. “I was lucky enough to be able to team up with him, as I had translated pieces he hadn’t translated yet.” Schneider said Kharms’ work appeals to readers because he “challenges literature’s formal aspects: cause and effect, trajectory and plot.” “Everything can be overturned

in the last sentence of a story,” she said. “Whole characters can vanish because it turns out that in fact they don’t exist. “Kharms refuses to give in to the expected, and to the linear narrative. His characters are always getting themselves into trouble by being honest with themselves. “It is quite fun to see the rules broken because the imagination has no bounds. Then again, he knows the rules very well in order to be able to break them so hilariously.” Schneider said she recommends comparative literature and society as an “ideal major” for students who are interested in working with more than one language and literature. “It is difficult to get a career directly in the field of literature unless you want to go into publishing or teaching, and I know people who did that happily. I was more interested in experimenting in different fields. “Getting involved with the Newtonite and local papers or literary reviews is an excellent way to flex one’s love of writing and literature,” Schneider said. “Participate in exchanges. Do an internship at a publishing house to see if that’s something you’d enjoy. Even if it’s not, you’ll get free books out of the deal.”

on campus camera because once you do, and it’s gone.” In the slide show, a series of photos traced the progression of the artery in 1954, 1989, 1999 and 2006. Other local shots were of the MIT Center for Brain and Cognitive Studies in Cambridge, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the John Hancock Building and Fenway Park, which he called a “unique and photogenic park.” In Marfa, Texas, he took pictures of “abstract boxes” that an artist, Donald Judd, created in 1960 on an abandoned military base. Vanderwarker’s pictures of New York City included a townhouse belonging to an “anonymous entertainer.” He said that Paris is treated as a big work of art by the government and the people who live there. Vanderwarker has won grants from the Boston Society of Architects and the Graham Foundation. He has had foor books published. His latest book is “The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City,” published in 2001 by Little, Brown. According to on campus coordinator Jeanne White, Vanderwarker is working on a new book about sustainable communities.


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MAALIKA BANERJEE nviroJAM 2008: Rock to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint centered on eco-friendly values and entertained an enthusiastic audience last Thursday evening. Between musical acts, juniors Rachel Gore and Annabel Raby, who presented the show as their AP Biology Environmental Service Project, delivered green tips at the ring of a chime. Also, a representative from the Green Decade Coalition and New England Wind Fund, Eric Olson, explained how proceeds from the event would go to installing solar panels in Newton elementary schools and developing the state’s wind power. And along Main Street, the Green Decade Coalition, Environmental Club and Microcredit Club had booths. But the most fun was the music—a variety of songs ranging from soul to rock. The Jubilee Singers began with a moving original composition, “Power of Love.” Forté followed with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” with senior Claire Pywell in a beautifully crafted performance. Adding a folk element, junior Alice Howe enraptured the audience with “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell, and “These Days” by Jackson Browne. orthern Lights followed with an energetic “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba featuring senior Matt Lovett and sophomore Ryan Vona. Band St. Cool brought much laughter with an original. First, junior Gabe Nicholas sang, “What’s Going On In This World Of Mine?” as junior Eli Dreyfus accompanied on guitar. “Here’s what you should do, global warming,” sang Nicholas as he stripped off his sweatshirt. Another highlight was senior Matt Parad on guitar with junior Mark Ward on drums in a jazzy, freestyle piece with English teacher Stephen Chinosi on guitar. Also, the Proud Sponsors, juniors Dan Abromowitz, Dreyfus, Dan Hamilton and Andrew Stanko, rocked through an original piece, “It’s Cheaper to Slowly Die in Canada.” Adding a country element, a group, Harnosnowman, performed “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. Senior Sarah Harney sang, as senior Mia Friedman accompanied on the fiddle with science teachers Todd Nocera and Zack Snow on guitars. hen came a jazzy mix of soul and R&B, in the Mighty Chondria’s performance of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.” Senior Alysha Thomas sang, senior Nathan Berla-Shulock and junior Nikolai Klebanov played saxophone, and faculty backed up on percussion, bass, guitar, and keyboard. For a spirited, eco-friendly finish, a faculty-student group performed “The 3 R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by Jack Johnson. BY

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Presenters: Juniors Annabel Raby and Rachel Gore introduce the acts.

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Band St. Cool: Junior Gabe Nicholas performs an original composition.

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The Proud Sponsors: Juniors Dan Hamilton, Eli Dreyfus and Andrew Stanko rock out.

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‘The 3 R’s: Science teachers Todd Nocera and Zach Snow play a song by Jack Johnson.


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Jamming: Sophomore Nikolai Klebanov, science teacher Brian Gagne, senior Nathan Berla-Schulock, English teachers Stephen Chinosi and Neil Giordano, science teacher Matthew Anderson and senior Alysha Thomas perform “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse at EnviroJAM Thursday, Jan. 17 in the little theatre.

Jubilee to give concert ALI MASTERMAN Jubilee Singers will perform next Saturday evening in Lasker Auditorium along with South’s Harambe Gospel Choir. The groups will perform “spirituals, contemporary gospel, traditional hymns and several original compositions,” two of which are by former Jubilee member Alexi Paraschos ‘05,said music teacher Sheldon Reid, the Jubilee conductor. “I feel like every Jubilee concert is unique,” Reid said. “Each Jubilee group expresses things differently and each new combination of songs is a new experience, a new story to be told.” Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. The performance will be at 7. BY

Comedy to go on stage

Neil Simon’s ‘Lost in Yonkers’ to open February 7 MAALIKA BANERJEE Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” deals with the importance of family, tolerance of others and love, said senior Josh Laredo, a co-director with senior Lydia Ross. “We want the audience to leave having understood the values the show portrays, but also to laugh and enjoy it as they learn these lessons,” Laredo said. The directors chose the play, which goes up in the little theatre Thursday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 9, because of their love for Neil Simon’s comedy, Laredo said. “It is one of his most honest plays, and the audience gets to know and fall in love with certain characters,” Laredo said. Ross said the story is a “comedy with an emotional twist.” “We wanted a family-friendly show with a funny, unique plotline,” Ross said. “In life you are dealt the cards of different family members and you have to learn to love them though they might not be your ideal choice. “We want the audience to have a good time and laugh. When the audience walks away, we hope BY

they have a better sense of family and of loving people who are hard to love.” The story takes place in Yonkers, a suburb of New York City, in 1942 and centers on two brothers, Jay and Arty Kurnitz, played by sophomore Corey Robbins and freshman Edan Laniado. They have to live with their father’s relatives because their father has fallen into debt paying for their mother’s medical bills. “In the beginning, Jay and Arty think the rest of the family is crazy, and that they are the normal ones,” Robbins said. “But by the end, Jay learns to respect his family despite their differences.” One member of the family, the boys’ grandmother, played by senior Marissa Dungan, is cold and harsh. “She is like steel,” Ross said. “Because of her tough childhood, she has grown up to be an unforgiving and strict woman.” Other family members include the childlike Aunt Bella, who wishes to be married, and Uncle Louie, a gangster, played by junior Nathan Wainwright. Junior Annabel Raby, who

plays Bella, said her character “wants to prove that she is a woman.” “She’s a child in a woman’s body, but she wants to have what other women have,” Raby said. “She wants to be married and have children, but her mother would never let her.” Louie is a crook on the run and a role model for the boys. “He adds a lot of spice,” Ross said. The play follows how the brothers bring the family together in a reconciling, where Grandmother Kurnitz learns to respect her children and softens up a bit. The set, designed by sophomore Chris Annas-Lee, will show the family’s apartment, which is above the candy store they own. Props include a table in the dining room, a desk and a pullout sofa couch where the boys sleep. A bay window is installed into the little theatre wall along with several doors. Costumes designed by junior Ashley Young will be of the period. Tickets cost $5. The shows start at 7:30.


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Newtonite spring calendar January

Term II ends today. Students on the Chinese exchange leave for Beijing Wednesday.

February 1.

Students on the Italian exchange leave Friday, Feb.

The Jubilee Singers perform in Lasker Auditorium Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7. The School Council meets in the library Monday, Feb. 4 at 7. Junior Parents’ Night is in Lasker Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7. Career and tech education hosts the Main Street Event Wednesday, Feb. 6. On campus sponsors Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day Thursday, Feb. 7. This day also marks the Chinese New Year. “Lost in Yonkers,” under the direction of seniors Josh Laredo and Lydia Ross, goes up in the little theatre that night at 7:30 through Saturday, Feb. 9. Get ready. The ACT is Saturday, Feb. 9. Students on the French and Spanish exchanges depart. On campus and Mentors in Violence Prevention present MVP Day Tuesday, Feb. 12. The PTSO meets in the library that evening at 7:30. Asian Culture Club and on campus sponsor Asian Culture Day Wednesday, Feb. 13. Winterfest I takes place in Lasker Auditorium that evening at 7. Thursday, Feb. 14 marks Valentine’s Day. On campus sponsors PAWS diversity mediation training that day. Winterfest II is in Lasker Auditorium at 7. Relax. School closes for vacation Friday, Feb. 15 at 2:20. Students receive “Opportunities” and worksheets for planning next year’s courses Tuesday, Feb. 26 in homeroom. Tigers celebrate at the winter athletic awards in Lasker Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7. The Italian exchange returns Tuesday, Feb. 29.


Good luck. SATs are Saturday, March 1. Students on the Spanish exchange return that day. Students in Close Up depart for a week-long visit to Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 2. MCAS retakes are from Monday, March 3 until Friday, March 7. On campus presents an a cappella concert that Monday. School Council meets in the library at 7. Eighth-grade Parents’ Night starts that evening at 7. Latino Culture Day is Wednesday, March 5. Term III warnings are due that day. For the late arrival day, the blocks are C-3, D-4, and E-3, without homeroom Thursday, March 6. Students on the French exchange return Sunday, March 9. The PTSO meets in the library Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30. The Black Leadership Advisory Council presents BLAC Culture Day Wednesday, March 12. Registration is also that day. English teacher Inez Dover discusses the Harlem Renaissance in the Huntington Lecture Series in the film lecture hall Thursday, March 13 at 4. “Grease,” the all-school musical, opens in Lasker Auditorium that evening at 7:30 with performances through Sunday, March 16. The performance Sunday is at 2. Luck of the Irish? St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, March 17. For Good Friday, there is no school Friday, March 21. Easter is Sunday, March 23. Verification sheets for schedules and programs are sent home for parental approval Tuesday, March 25. MCAS English Language Arts testing takes place from Tuesday, March 25 until Thursday, March 27. The library will be closed. Musicians compete in the Battle of the Bands in the little theatre March 28 at 7:30.


Watch out. April Fool’s Day is Tuesday, April 1. Verification sheets are due that day. Volunteers can donate to the blood drive in Lasker Auditorium Wednesday, April 2. Makeup tests for the MCAS ELA Long Composition are also that day. The Singers’ Showcase is in Lasker Auditorium Thursday, April 3 at 7:30. Time for improv. “Spontaneous Generation” goes up in the little theatre that night at 7:30 through Satur-

day, April 5. Almost there. Term III ends Friday, April 4. The School Council meets in the library Monday, April 6 at 7. Spring forward. Remember to set clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Sunday, April 6. On campus sponsors the Day of Remembrance Wednesday, April 9. Musicians present Springfest in Lasker Auditorium Thursday, April 10 at 7. Term III grades are due Friday, April 11. The Sophomore Sleepover is that night from 9 until 6am. Ready? ACT testing is Saturday, April 12. Asian Culture Club hosts Asian Culture Night Saturday, April 12 at 7. MVP hosts Take Back the Night to advocate domestic violence awareness Tuesday, April 15. The PTSO meets in the library Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30. International Festival is on campus Thursday, April 17. Livingston Night is in the little theatre at 7. Just sit back and unwind. Vacation starts Friday, April 18 at 2:20. School reopens Monday, April 28. The Day of Silence is Friday, April 25.

May 2.

On campus sponsors the Day of Action Friday, May

Be prepared for the SATs Saturday, May 3. Check out the small ensembles in the little theatre Sunday, May 4 at noon and the Jubilee Singers in Lasker Auditorium at 4. School Council meets in the library Monday, May 5. On campus presents a pre-prom program Wednesday, May 7. Freshman sports orientation is in Lasker Auditorium that night at 6:30. Term IV warnings are due Thursday, May 8. “Romeo and Juliet” goes up in Lasker Auditorium that night at 7:30 through Saturday, May 10. Show off your work. Art in the Morning is in the art room Friday, May 9 at 7:15. The PTSO will meet in the library Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30. On campus sponsors the First-Year Forum Wednesday, May 14. The college admissions seminar for junior parents is in Lasker Auditorium at 7. Musicians perform at Pops Night in the cafeteria Thursday, May 15 at 6. Juniors have their semi-formal at the U.Mass/Boston Campus Center in Dorchester Saturday, May 17 at 7. Winning writers read their work in the Heintzelman assembly Monday, May 19. Math MCAS testing is Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 28. The spring athletic awards are in Lasker Auditorium that Thursday at 6:30. “Hot Mikado” opens under the direction of seniors Diana Raiselis and Sami Mirrer in the little theatre that evening at 7:30 through Sunday, May 27. The performance Sunday is at 2. No school Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. History department awards are in the film lecture hall Tuesday, May 27 at 7. Juniors take the MCAS U.S. History try-out exam Wednesday, May 28. The English department awards are presented in the film lecture hall at 7. The world language awards are in the little theatre Thursday, May 29 at 7. Students return from the Chinese exchange Friday, May 30.


Get ready to say goodbye. The seniors’ last day and their prom are Monday, June 2. School Council meets in the library that day at 7. Science MCAS is Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4. The library will be closed. Graduation for the Class of 2008 is at Boston College’s Conte Forum that Wednesday at 5. Middle school students arrive for Step-Up Day, Friday, June 6. School ends at 10:45. The blocks are A-4, B-4 and C-4, without homeroom. Get ready. SATs are Saturday, June 7. The PTSO meets in the library Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30. Theatre Ink’s banquet is in the cafeteria Saturday, June 14 at 6. Say hello to summer! Students’ last day of school is Wednesday, June 25. Term IV grades are due. Faculty and staff’s last day of school is Thursday, June 26. —CHLOE JUDELL-HALFPENNY

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On their last day here representing the Jingshan School Lewis Liu, Hanzhi Wang, Joan Feng, Frank Zang, Peter Zhang and Shan Huang work together on a journalism project in 101. They are back in Beijing today, home in time to celebrate the New Year.

New Year’s festivities fun for families HANZHI WANG Spring Festival, which begins Thursday, Feb. 7, is the most important festival for the Chinese people. It is when all family members get together. Unique customs accompany the Spring Festival. Although during these days families bustle around, the happiness we gain more than makes up for our exhaustion. Now, please follow me and see how we celebrate our New Year. BY

Preliminary Eve The 23rd day of the 12th month is called Preliminary Eve. The Western date is Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Spring Festival actually starts that day. This is called “Seeing the New Year in.” Depending on each family’s customs, we do a thorough cleaning not only inside and outside of our homes, but also our clothes, bed clothes and all our utensils. My father is in charge Spring of all the heavy chores and Festival helps my mother move heavy items so that she can clean all the hidden spots. Also, my mother has to do the laundry. As for me, my job is always to do some surface cleaning such as the windows, tables, chairs and closets. All of us are hardworking and conscientious so as to make sure to sweep all the misfortune and illness out of our home and have a new environment with best wishes for the coming New Year.

Purchasing necessities The following days are when we go out to purchase necessities for the New Year. Materials include oil, rice, flour, duck, fish, fruit— apples and oranges mean “peace and luck” in Chinese—candies and walnuts. Decorations, new clothes and shoes for the children as well as gifts for the elderly, friends and relatives are all on the list of purchases. Then we begin decorating our rooms to make an atmosphere of rejoicing. The main color is red, which has never been changed and will not be changed forever, because red is a symbol of well being in Chinese. I paste all the door panels with Spring Festival couplets, displaying Chinese calligraphy with black characters on red paper.

viewpoint When I was young, one of my parents would make the couplets. I did it just for fun. Now, we buy them from the store, which is actually much better than couplets we made but no longer as interesting. In our home, the Chinese Blessing character “fu,” which means blessing or happiness, must be written on red paper. The character put on paper can be pasted right side up or upside down. “Reversed Happiness” has the same pronunciation as “Happiness is coming” in Chinese.

Spring Festival Eve

People attach great importance to Spring Festival Eve. The Western date is Wednesday, Feb. 6. At the time, all family members get together to have a reunion meal. Reunion We always go back to my Meal parents’ hometown, Yizheng. It used to be a small town, but it’s a city now. Yizheng is a city of Jiangsu Province in Southern China. We get together with all our relatives. I have a big family! My mother has two sisters and one brother, and my father has one brother. Each of their brothers and sisters has one child. The dinner on Spring Festival Eve is more abundant than the usual dinner we have. In fact, dishes change every year but there are two kinds of food that cannot be excluded: fish and hot pot. Fish symbolizes auspiciousness, abundance and To have richness. The most disapabundance pointing thing is that the fish every year cannot be eaten until the first day of New Year. People actually just leave the fish on the table because we hope that we can still have the abundance and richness in the coming next year. The boiling hot pot is a symbol of flourishing. Setting off firecrackers is the most typical celebratory custom.

People used to think the spluttering sound could drive away evil spirits. However, such an activity is forbidden in big cities, including Beijing. That’s why I like to have Spring Festival in my hometown. Firecrackers are allowed here. Fireworks I always use the firecrackers to play a practical joke. I put the firecrackers under a car’s tires and just wait. When the car actually rolls over the firecrackers, you will hear some wonderful sounds. The crackers are not powerful enough to explode the tires, so it is safe. Actually, the driver will New Year’s just laugh because it happens to almost every car ever year Eve in this town. Even my father sometimes does that together with me. Anyway, whatever they do, everyone will stay up to see the New Year in.

New Year’s morning

Waking up on the New Year, everyone dresses up. The first thing I do is greet parents and relatives. Then comes the most exciting part. Children get red envelopes with money in them from their elders. In some parts of China, children also need to kneel down to show reverence. People in Northern China eat jiaozi, which are dumplings, for breakfast because they think “jiaozi” means “bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new.” Also, the shape of the dumpling is like a gold ingot from ancient China. For that reason, people eat them and wish for wealth. Southern Chinese people eat niangao, a New Year’s cake made of glutinous rice flour because as a homophone, niangao means “higher and higher, one year after another.” I’m lucky because my hometown is in the South and I’ve actually grown up in the North, so I can get a taste of both of these two kinds of food at the same time. The lively atmosphere at home also permeates the streets. A series of activities such as lion dancing, dragon lantern dancing, lantern festivals and temple fairs go on for days. Spring Festival comes to an end when the lantern festival is finished. The Western date is Saturday, Feb. 23. caligraphy by Hanzhi Wang


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Living abroad Experiment offers options for summer

ELI DAVIDOW Senior Olivia Swomley, who participated in an Experiment in International Living program in Granada, Spain last summer, said the families were “welcoming and fabulous.” “You actually got to live the life of another part of the world.” Swomley said she and her host sister became close to each other, doing activities that teen-agers would do, such as shopping and talking about boys. BY

Host family

“It is amazing how close you can get in such a short amount of time,” she said. “It was like having a sister and a best friend wrapped into one.” Even though a part of living in another culture is speaking its native language, Swomley said that Newton North prepared her well. “If you take a language here, you are more than prepared,” she said. Swomley and Laura McConaghy, who is an outreach manager for the Experiment in International Murrata Kapiga Living, spoke Laura on campus McConaghy about the program Wednesday, Jan. 9. McConaghy said that until she traveled to Cuba she planned to study science in college. “It was a great experience and I fell in love with the Spanish language,” she said. McConaghy said she has also visited a village in Chile, Vina del Mar, where she lived with a family for part of the summer four years ago. “You really get to experience the way of life in another culture,” she said. This experience included eating traditional foods and being immersed in the country’s way of life.

27 countries

Based in Brattleboro, Vt., the Experiment offers a variety of programs abroad in 27 countries for high school students going into in their sophomore year and above. Each program has a different theme, which might be canoeing on the Amazon River, doing community service in Argentina, playing soccer in Brazil or in Ecuador, or weaving in Morocco, McConaghy said. “There are many programs depending on your interests,” McConaghy said.

Travel in group

Every participant travels in a group of five to 15 students from around the country and lives with a host family, she said. Before leaving for the trip, the students write to their individual families and send a photo. One of the hardest parts for Swomley was saying goodbye to her host family, she said. But she said, “If you are up for the challenge, this will be one of the most memorable summers in your life.” The Experiment in International Living’s web-site is www.

Laura Nichols

Open rehearsal: Senior Megan Kenslea, sophomore Jackie Assar and juniors Dan Ackerman, Annie Kenslea, Will Feinstein and Sam Arsenault practice their skit at the MVP Summit Saturday, Jan. 12.

Laura Nichols

Introduction: Juniors Jackson Davidow and Rachel Stubblefield introduce the skit they wrote and directed.

Mentors in Violence Prevention hosts summit with other schools ELLEN SARKISIAN One of the strongest values of Mentors in Violence Prevention is its emphasis on the power of the bystander, said principal Jennifer Price. “As someone who has been a target of harassment, this is something that really speaks to me,” Price said. She gave the welcoming speech to those who attended an MVP Summit Saturday, Jan. 12. Students and coordinators of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program from Concord Academy, Concord-Carlisle High, Ipswich High, Maynard High, Newton South, Northeastern, Somerville High and Winchester High attended. Two college students, Sarah Frank ’05 and Josh Nathan, ’06 spoke next. Frank, former MVP co-captain, is now a sexual assault prevention and wellness coordinator at Oberlin College in Ohio. Frank directs a freshman orientation production known as the “OC” in her school. BY

The production aims to educate students about health and wellness and about sexual assault prevention, Frank said. She is also a member of Typecast, a community outreach theatre program, and Interactive Theatre. which provides a chance for students to discuss on-campus issues, she said. “I can use theatre as a tool to engage people and not have them sit as a passive audience member,” Frank said. Nathan, who was an MVP leader, is now a member of Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect. He said it’s a hotline at Amherst College where people can call 24/7 to talk about their experiences, whether they are “romantic or traumatic.” “The perspective that I have gained from MVP has allowed me to get more out of the courses that I am involed with now, such as Women’s Studies,” Nathan said. Next was an open rehearsal of a skit MVP will perform here next semester. The topic of the skit was both

homophobia and sexual harassment. The directors are juniors Jackson Davidow and Rachel Stubblefield. After the skit, the students were asked to identify the bully, target, instigator, ally or activist, follower, and bystander in the story. Nathan then led a group discussion about the MVP pro grams at individual schools, the challenges that the program faces, and how to connect and remain connected with other MVP groups. Two representatives of the Minga group, Becca Raffery and Taryn Valley, were the next speakers. Minga is a local organization whose goal is to end the global sexual exploitation of children, said Raffery, one of the representatives and a Newton South student. The next speaker was Danielle Goldman, a junior at Clark who worked with the district attorney’s office to learn about internet safety and cyberbullying.

“People have committed suicide because they have been cyber bullied,” she said. “It can be sending pictures, harassing by instant messaging, or impersonating someone online.” Goldman said that it is important to make sure that students protect themselves when online, and not give out any information online. Kim Coney, a domestic violence officer, and Katie Doyle, a Newton youth officer, were the last speakers. One of the places that sexual assault often occurs is through house parties, Doyle said. If a victim were to report an incident, Dolye said she would deal with it confidentially. Nancy Beardall, this school’s MVP coordinator, said the day went well. “The theme, ‘We can, we will, together,’ resonated throughout,” she said. “An important precedent began. Next year the summit will be at Winchester High.”

Two outline positive role sports can play Nancy Beardall, Peter Roby present third Huntington Lecture MATTHEW KALISH Mentors in Violence Prevention is one of the most innovative programs of its kind, said Peter Roby, athletic director at Northeastern. This school has been the kind of environment that celebrates its values, he said. Roby and Nancy Beardall, MVP coordinator and former dance teacher at F.A. Day Middle School gave the third Huntington Lecture Thursday, Jan. 10. “Both sports and dance play a huge role in many kids’ lives,” Beardall said. She said she uses dance to educate and work out issues that people may be having. “Dance is a wonderful way to let out emotions and to solve inner problems,” Beardall said. She said that while she was teaching at Day Middle School, there was a serious racial issue. The dance class worked together and developed a piece about bringing people together that they shared with the community, she said. BY

At Day, Beardall said she did a study to find out how dance affects self-esteem. She surveyed some of her former students and found that dancing in middle school was critical. “As a result of this study, I got the idea to have Newton high school kids go to the Newton middle schools and talk to them about different issues, and that still happens today,” Beardall said. According to Roby, “Newton North truly understands the value of integrating MVP with the students.” The program started at Northeastern, with sports playing a major role in how the program was conducted, Roby said. Sports can have a huge influence on many people, he said, and if people see sports stars using good judgment, they will make good decisions as well. At Northeastern, Roby and his co-workers take former college athletes, train them in a gender violence prevention program and

send them out to schools, colleges and professional teams to educate them in gender violence prevention. Northeastern’s staff trains the Patriots, Red Sox and athletes in the Southeastern Conference. “Instead of saying, ‘Don’t do drugs’, or ‘Don’t drink alcohol,’ I tell the athletes to make wise decisions and not to do things that will prevent them from achieving their goals,” Roby said. “Just recently, a woman came

in to my office,” Roby said. “She had just been to the hospital because of an alcohol overdose and had come to tell me she let me down. “That is important, knowing she remembered what I said and taking responsibility for it.” “The most rewarding experience of being a professional sports instructor is getting notes from my past players saying that they still remember the messages that I taught them.”

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Girls’ hockey to visit Flyers ELI DAVIDOW At 6-3, girls’ hockey’s strength has been its ability to contribute to offense and defense, said coach Bob MacDougall. He cited sophomore Rebecca Fleming, who leads the Tigers with 18 goals and five assists, sophomore Hannah Jellinek and freshman Michelle Troy for their strong performances. “They have helped to make our team multi-dimensional,” MacDougall said. The goalies, seniors Rachael Gilardetti and Leslie Kim, “have done a great job sharing the responsibility.” Tomorrow, the Tigers visit Framingham, which beat them 4-3 here in the season opener December 19. MacDougall said he hopes for a strong performance when the BY

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Headlocked: Junior Hagai Brandon practices with sophomore Sam Shames in preparation for a tournament in Norwood tomorrow. The Tigers are 8-4.

Tigers host Natick for the second time Wednesday. They won the first game 6-3 December 12 in Natick. Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Tigers will visit Dedham, a strong team that will provide competition, MacDougall said. “They are one of the élite teams in the league,” he said. The Tigers travel to DoverSherborn Saturday, Feb. 9 and Medfield Sunday, Feb. 10. Then, Sunday, Feb. 11, they visit Wellesley, a team having a statistically down year, MacDougall said. In recent action, the Tigers defeated Braintree 2-1 at home Monday. Needham won 3-0 Saturday in Needham, and Milton beat the Tigers 3-2 Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Milton.

Norwood meet to be challenging, coach predicts ELI DAVIDOW TIM JAMES Wrestling, 8-4 Tuesday, expects to match up well with Norwood when it visits the Mustangs for a tournament tomorrow, coach John Staulo said. “They are a team that used to be tough to beat, but we are catching them in a transition stage right now, so it should be a very even match,” he said. The Tigers are optimistic about prospects in the near and distant future, Staulo said. “Roger Cerqua, who wrestles BY


at 171 pounds, is the only senior in the starting lineup, so the nucleus of the team consists of young guys,” he said. “The good news is that everybody gives it their all and the team continues to improve.” Staulo cited junior Jared Forman at 112 pounds and sophomore Sam Shames, who wrestles at 103 pounds and had an overall record Tuesday of 23-3, as particularly hard workers. At tomorrow’s tournament, the Tigers will also face a “tough” Weymouth team and a “beatable”

Milton team, Staulo said. Tuesday, the Tigers host Wellesley, who has a new coach, Staulo said. The Tigers host Brookline Saturday, Feb. 2, but the traditional rivalry will not be a motivator for the team, said junior Hagai Brandon. “We’re just focusing on continuing to improve upon the things we work on in practice and keeping the effort up,” he said. Success for the rest of the season depends on the Tigers’ ability to stay motivated in practice,

Brandon said. “Wrestling takes a huge toll on the body, and towards the end of the season it’s easy for someone to want to become lazy,” he said. “Everyone needs to keep with it if we’re going to win.” At the South Sectionals Saturday, Feb. 9, the Tigers hope to finish in the top four as a team, Staulo said. The top four finishers in every weight class also advance to further competition. “If we finish there, we would go on to a dual meet the week after,” Staulo said.

In recent action, Shames finished third in the Weymouth tournament, in which 24 teams participated. “Many wrestlers won their matches, but no one else placed,” Staulo said. Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Tigers visited Braintree and came away with a 47-27 victory. “Momentum is very important in wrestling,” Staulo said. “When kids see one of their teammates do well, it makes them work harder and that’s what happened in Braintree.”


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Boys’ basketball to host Flyers

Boys get set for States

TIM JAMES Team cohesiveness is the measuring stick of success for 9-2 boys’ basketball, coach Paul Connolly said. “Everyone’s been making the necessary sacrifices and accepting their roles on the team,” Connolly said. “ We’ve come together as a team, and it is really fun to watch.” Tonight, the Tigers host Framingham, which is second in the Bay State Conference behind the Tigers. The Tigers defeated the Flyers 61-51 in Framingham Tuesday, Dec. 18. “They have the league’s top scorer in Dan Guadagnoli, so they will be tough to beat,” Connolly said. Sophomore Greg Kelley will play a major role offensively in the game against Framingham, Connolly said. Monday’s Globe said that Guadagnoli is the leading scorer in the league with 24.8 points per game and Kelley is third with 15.1. Connolly also said that to slow down the Flyers’ offense, junior Craig Marriro, a guard, must continue to play solid defense. “Craig has been a leader and a warrior on this team,” Connolly said. “He plays tremendous defense and finds ways to contribute on the offensive end by either scoring or distributing the ball.” Tuesday, the Tigers visit Natick, a Herget division team. “We only play Herget teams once a year, so we have to make sure we put forth our best effort,” assistant coach Peter Cavanagh said. “We can’t think that just because we have the tiger on our shirt, teams will let us walk all over them,” he said. Natick coach Tim Collins said that the Redmen are lacking experience, something the Tigers have. “We are in some ways not agile or athletic and we need to step up our play,” he said. The Tigers have a “storied program” which is “well-coached,” Collins said. During the game, Collin said he anticipates that the Tigers will “turn up the tempo and try to score a lot of points,” while Natick will focus more on defense. Braintree, 3-7, a team that the Tigers defeated 52-37 in Braintree back on Friday, Jan. 4, plays BY

Tigers to go to Salem meet

TIM JAMES As the season winds down, boys’ gymnastics will have a break from team competition until the State Championship meet Thursday, Feb. 14, coach Steve Chan said. Tomorrow, the Tigers, 0-5, compete in the Salem Invitational in Salem, N.H. “The purpose of the invitational is to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to win medals,” Chan said. “At the invitational, gymnasts participate in two events and one gymnast participates in four events,” he said. “This format allows for our guys to have a better chance of winning some medals.” Monday, Feb. 11, the Tigers participate in the Coaches Invitational, which follows the same format as the Salem Invitational, Chan said. Next, the Tigers compete in the State Championship Meet Thursday, Feb. 14. “We probably will not do too well as a team, but we certainly have some individuals who can place in the top six,” Chan said. South senior Frank Rand, a captain with South senior Dan Gubb, said he expects the Tigers to be competitive at States, but does not expect a championship. Chan said Rand, who competes on the rings and sophomore Justice Hedenberg, who competes on the vault have the potential to place high scores at States. In recent action, Burlington beat the Tigers 174–101 in Burlington Tuesday, Jan. 22. “We didn’t have Justice, our top all-around, but even with him there we probably wouldn’t have won,” Rand said. “Burlington is the best team we’ve seen, they compete all year and will probably win States,” he said. Friday, Andover hosted and defeated the Tigers 126-119 in Andover. “Their team is similar to ours,” Rand said. “They are an inexperienced team, but they executed a little better than us.”

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Swinging: Freshman Andrea Marzilli practices on the uneven bars for the girls’ gymnastics team’s upcoming meet.

Underclassmen key to girls’ gymnastics

ELI DAVIDOW Staying healthy will be crucial for girls’ gymnastics team, 3-2, said junior Nevart Varadian, a captain with junior Arliene Posno. “Every member on our team is important and contributes in different ways,” she said. “If we lose someone, we are in trouble.” Strong performers have been sophomore Rani Jacobson and freshman Andrea Marzilli, Varadian said. “They compete in all four events and have contributed the most points to our scores,” she said. The Tigers’ strength has been the beam, Varadian said. “Everyone does this event and it gives us most of our points,” she said. In Natick tomorrow and Braintree Tuesday, the meets should be close because the teams are similar to the Tigers, Varadian said. Winning in Brookline Friday should not be a problem, she BY

said. At the Bay State Conference Meet Friday, Feb. 8, the Tigers hope to finish in third place, Varadian said. “The best teams in the league are Framingham and Walpole, and they’ll probably take the first two spots,” she said. “If we can get third, that would be great.” The Tigers beat Needham away Tuesday, Jan. 22. 124.2117.25, where Jacobson dominated, coach James Chin said. “She finished top overall and on floor, vault and bars,” he said. Walpole defeated the Tigers 124-136 Friday in Walpole. Jacobson finished first all-around and on bars. “Even though we performed well, they were an overall better team than us,” he said. Framingham’s victory over the Tigers, 129-124.9 Tuesday, Jan. 15, was the team’s first loss, but it was also a season highlight because the team exceeded its expectations, Chin said.

here Friday, Feb. “Teams are always excited to play against us,” senior Idan Levy, a captain with seniors Tim Abbott and Kyle Ross said. “We can’t take any team for granted no matter what their record is.” Sunday, Feb. 3, the Tigers visit Brockton, a team that is one of the most talented and athletic teams that the Tigers face all season, Levy said. “They won’t have the most size of all the teams we’ve played this season, but they have a lot of fast and physically strong players,” he said. Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Tigers host Dedham, a team that the Tigers expect to have success against, but will not take lightly, Levy said. The Tigers will have the opportunity to avenge their second conference loss in four years when they host Weymouth, currently third in the league, Friday, Feb. 8. In its final game against Herget division competition, the Tigers host Wellesley Friday, Feb. 12. In the regular season finale, the Tigers visit Needham for a rematch of last week’s game in which the Tigers defeated the Rockets here 71-61. “We went on a 17-0 scoring run in the fourth quarter that gave us some separation,” Cavanagh said. Senior David Gentile and Marriro “had a lot of rebounds from the guard position, which was a huge boost for us,” he said. Tuesday, the Tigers won in Brookline 62-50, completing a streak of 10 straight over the Warriors. “Intensity in rebounding and defense was key in the game,” Cavanagh said. Senior Josh Duhlberg “knocked down some big threes in critical parts of the game” and senior Tim Abbott also contributed with solid minutes in the second half, he said. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Tigers defeated Milton here 55-43. “We played extremely hard, held them to nineteen points in the first quarter and shared the ball well,” Connolly said. Friday, Jan. 11, Weymouth beat the Tigers 63-50 in Weymouth. “Losses aren’t good things, but what they can do is motivate us to work harder and make us a better team,” Connolly said.

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States ahead for track


ndefeated in their regular seasons, both track teams are building toward post-season competition.

Girls strive for balance

ELI DAVIDOW Girls’ track, 4-0 has worked hard to create balance, coach Joe Tranchita said. Junior Carolyn Ranti, who runs the 1,000 meter, and senior Bonnie Guang, who does shot put, are essential to the Tigers’ success, Tranchita said. The Tigers’ hurdle team, distance medley, long jump team and shot put team all qualified for the McIntyre Élite Relays Sunday, Tranchita said. Next Saturday, the Tigers will send Guang in the shot put, Ranti and junior Nora Barnicle in the 1,000 meter, junior Franca Gondezi in the two-mile, junior Adina Hemly-Bronstein in the mile, junior Michelle Kaufman in the hurdles, junior Emma Kornetsky and sophomore Jaya Tripathi in the 600 meter and sophomore Amy Ren in the high jump to the State Coaches Invitational, Tranchita said. The top 24 finishers in each event advance to the State Coaches Élite Meet Sunday, Feb. 3. Tranchita said he will send two people in each event to the Bay State Conference meet Wednesday, Feb. 6. At the State Relays Saturday, Jan. 19, the Tigers finished seventh overall out of 43 teams. Thursday, Jan. 17, the Tigers beat Brookline 60-26. Yesterday, the Tigers were to have participated in the BSC Divisional Meet. BY

Freestyle: Junior Dong-Yeop Shin practices for Tuesday’s meet at Xaverian.

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Swimmers undefeated in league REBECCA HARRIS After defeating Needham 103-81 here Tuesday, boys’ swimming, 7-1 overall, completed an undefeated season in the Bay State Conference. “It is nice to see the plan come to fruition,” coach Amy Richard said. “There’s a lot of sweat in there, a lot of practice, a lot of yardage.” The Tigers will need to maintain their unity and energy to carry their success through the BY

Bay State Conference Meets Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, said senior Chao He, a co-captain with senior Sam Baron. Tuesday, the Tigers visit Xaverian, a large team with a lot of depth, Richard said. In the post-season, swimmers who qualify will swim in the South Sectional Championship Meet at MIT Sunday, Feb. 17. Five swimmers and all three relays have qualified for Sectionals: Baron in the 200 individual medley and the 200 freestyle,

junior Elias Menninger qualified in the 200 individual medley, junior Dong-Yeop Shin in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, sophomore Nick Blenis in the 500 freestyle, and sophomore Sam Rolfe in the 500 freestyle. In the final meet against Needham Tuesday, the Tigers won 103-81. Needham head coach Adam Cole cited sprint free-style as one of the Rocket’s strengths. “Newton North is stronger in the strokes,” Cole said.

“We really have opposite and opposing strengths.” Hosting Wellesley Friday, the Tigers won 108-64. Thursday, Jan. 17, hosting Boston Latin, and the Tigers won 57-45. The Tigers beat Framingham 97-83 here Tuesday, Jan. 15. Fueled by the Brookline rivalry that “just makes us swim harder,” the Tigers defeated the Warriors in Brookline 103-81 Friday, Jan. 11, Baron said.

Coach cites girls for improvement ELI DAVIDOW Girls’ basketball’s record, 1-10 Wednesday, does not reflect the effort the team puts in, said coach Nicole Conway. “If there is one thing we hate, it is losing,” she said. “Every game, we try our best to win.” The Tigers’ scores are steadily getting better every game, Conway said. “At the beginning of the season, we were scoring in the low 30s, but now we are scoring in the high 40s,” she said. Defense has been a “work inprogress” for the Tigers, lacking consistency, Conway said. Senior Lydia Rodman, the captain, said that the Tigers have united as a team. “We have come together during our games and tried to put in our best effort,” she said. Today, the Tigers visit Framingham, who beat them 50-28 December 18. Tuesday, the Tigers host Natick and Friday they host Braintree. Conway said that she hopes that home-court advantage helps the BY

Tigers’ score. The Wamps defeated the Tigers 50-35 Friday, Jan. 4 in Braintree. When the Tigers visit Dedham Tuesday, Feb. 5, they will play a team “that plays extremely well together,” she said. “It will be another challenging game.” Visiting Weymouth Friday, Feb. 8, the Tigers face another challenge, Conway said. The Wildcats beat them 43-36 Friday, Jan. 11 at home. Though Conway said she does not know a lot about Wellesley, which the Tigers visit Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Raiders are still a one of the top teams in the state. Thursday, Feb. 14, the Tigers host Needham, which beat them 58-46 last Friday. Tuesday, the Tigers collected their first victory of the season, beating Brookline 51-47. Junior Mariah Wynn scored 28 points and got seven rebounds. In Milton Tuesday, Jan. 15, Milton won 51-47 after Weymouth won here Friday Jan. 11 43-36.

Boys’ effort key

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Scrimmage: Sophomore Monet Lowe pushed by junior Hallie Vitagliano during practice for today’s game at Framingham.

Boys’ hockey, 6-6-1, to host Framingham ELI DAVIDOW Playing solid defense and scoring goals is crucial for boys’ hockey to succeed, said senior Angelo Paolini, a captain with seniors Tim Bialecki and Brian Lopez. Hosting Framingham tomorrow, the Tigers, 6-6-1, have a good chance of winning, Paolini said. They tied the Flyers 2-2 Wednesday, Dec. 19. In Natick Wednesday, the BY

Tigers should face a challenge, Paolini said. “They beat us last year 6-2 just because we played badly,” he said. “We should come home with a win, but it will be hard.” Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Tigers host Dedham, which they scrimmaged and beat “by at least eight goals,” Paolini said. The Tigers visit Braintree, a strong team, Saturday, Feb. 2,

TIM JAMES Effort is making the difference for boys’ track, 4-0, coach Jim Blackburn said. The best performers will go on to Sunday’s McIntyre Élite Relays, Blackburn said. “We had a few guys who did really well in the State Relays and got personal bests, and state records, so they will all be competing,” he said. The Tigers compete in the State Coaches Invitational next Saturday. The top 24 performers in each event from the State Coaches Invitational compete in the State Coaches Élite next Sunday. Then the Tigers send the top two performers in each event to the Bay State Conference Meet Wednesday, Feb. 6. In recent action, the Tigers finished third overall behind St. John’s and Brockton at the State Relays Saturday. The Tigers finished first in the long jump, breaking a state record with an overall distance of 62 feet and 10 inches. Seniors Ivan Kostadinov and Adam Bao, a captain with Seniors Hymlaire Lamisere and Seb Putzeys and junior Sam Arsenault all competed in the long jump. The Tigers finished second in the 4x4 relay and sprint medley, and third in both the 4x50 and high jump. Thursday, Jan. 17, the Tigers beat Brookline 44-42. The Tigers were to have competed in the Bay State Conference Divisional Meet yesterday. BY

Paolini said. The Wamps defeated the Tigers 6-2 Saturday, Jan. 5. “We lost to them pretty badly this year, but we should win this game because we have made strides over the season,” he said. Coach Jay Ferraro said Lopez and juniors Mike Asaley and Pat LeBlanc have been important team members, with their strong play and skating. The Tigers have pulled off a

string of victories including a 3-1 victory in Brookline Wednesday and a 9-1 victory at home against Everett Monday. Saturday, Jan. 19, Needham beat the Tigers 5-2 here. Milton hosted the Tigers Wednesday, Jan. 16 and won 7-4. Weymouth beat the Tigers 3-1 Saturday, Jan 12 in Weymouth.


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Volume 87 Issue 1, Newtonite