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Quote of the month from: Too Much Media: “At certain times I would rather make friends using the Internet than do my homework, because I would rather make that connection that we don’t get at school every day.” -Nia’08
Princeton president comes to Marlborough
F E AT U R E Katie ‘07 braves navigating the Marlborough campus using just a wheelchair. While she found people helpful during the momentto-moment trials and tribulations, Katie discovered something more important: Marlborough must always be prepared and equipped for students with serious physical disabilities.
Courtesy of Katie Keene
see WEEK ON WHEELS, page 10
nTilghman will speak at new conference to inspire advancement of young women in science By Marissa ’08 UV Staff
Pushing to maintain its newfound status as a luminary in the advancement of young women in science, Marlborough will hold a conference entitled “Women in Science: Building Partnerships for Success” on Feb 2. In addition to featuring various panels, the seminar will include a keynote speech by Princeton president and noted molecular biologist Shirley Tilghman.
Science instructor Dr. Arleen Forsheit and Head of School Barbara Wagner conceived of the seminar as a follow up to the release of the New York Times article in spring of 2005, in which Marlborough and its faculty were hailed as leaders in the promotion of young women in science. Both Forsheit and Wagner acknowledge that Marlborough felt a responsibility to adopt a greater leadership role, beyond the school community. Many of the logistics have
yet to be solidified, but as of now, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus. The seminar will consist of various panels, which will emphasize the creation and importance of partnership models between high school and college educators. Panel members include a variety of administrators, educators, and scientists interested in inspiring young women and girls to pursue advanced academic work and careers in science. The guest list is not definite,
but Wagner and Forsheit hope that a broad range of interested individuals will attend— students, faculty, teachers, and administrators primarily from California, representing public and private high schools and colleges. The event is about “envisioning women in science,” Forsheit said. “The issue is not that all women need to be scientists, rather, if a woman envisions herself as a scientist, see WOMEN IN SCIENCE, page 7
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NEWS Though the Internet has proven to be a terrific resource for research, some Marlborough students find that it may be more of a distraction than a helpful tool. Multi-taskers share their thoughts on how they balance their school work, extracurriculars, and time with websites like Facebook and MySpace.
see TOO MUCH MEDIA, page 4
E&A Drama students who take part in Marlborough’s theater performances discover whether it is possible to balance the school plays with auditioning outside of Marlborough. While some students sacrifice outside activities for Marlborough’s performances, others find themselves looking to futures in the film and television industry.
see PICUTRE PERFECT, page 11 COMMUNITY
see POSTERS, page 6
SPORTS Varsity tennis won its first-ever CIF Southern Section championship, defeating rival Santa Barbara 11-7 on Monday. Jane ’07, Maya ’10 and Michelle Brown ’08 drove the victory, all sweeping their singles matches.
Courtesy of Athletic Department
see TENNIS, page 19
B A C K PA G E Did you know that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were invented all the way back in 1928 by H.B. Reese, or that Sour Patch Kids were originally called Mars Men? The history of everyone’s favorite sweet treats is finally revealed.
see CANDY!, page 24 Inside the UV: News...............................................................2 Community.....................................................6 Feature..........................................................10 E&A........................................................14 Sports........................................................19 Opinion.........................................................22 Backpage......................................................24
IN FRONT: After winning its first-ever CIF Southern Section title, varsity cross country is poised not only to improve on 2005’s best-ever sixth place finish at the state finals - the team can win it all and give Marlborough its first state championship in any sport. See CROSS COUNTRY, page 19.
Cultural identity: Esmeralda Santiago
Photo by Niki Chang
It’s not just students who enjoy decorating their rooms with posters and pictures. Teachers at Marlborough decide how they should cover their four blank walls at the beginning of every school year. Students agree that Doc’s hats, Schuur’s cultural posters, and Uribe’s math posters are some of the best classroom decorations. Teachers reveal how they decide what to post on their walls and why.
By Marissa ’08 UV Staff
Caswell Hall was packed as faculty and students alike filed in to hear Esmeralda Santiago relate her knowledge and experiences. Best known to this year’s 7th grade class as the author of the memoir, “When I Was Puerto Rican,” this year’s Guerin Visiting Scholar was introduced by Barbara Wagner as a “philanthropist, author, and activist.” Over the course of her 45-minute presentation, Santiago, who hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, discussed everything from her transition from a “reader to a writer” to her personal experiences abroad. She spoke about both the benefits and
“Artists collect experiences to express humanity... As a single individual, I speak for thousands.”
the burdens of being an artist. “Artists collect experiences to express humanity,” she said. She added that an artist carries “the burden of culture and society” and “as a single individual, I speak for thousands.” In addition to speaking openly about herself, Santiago graciously volunteered to answer students’ questions. Jillian ’07 and Elyse ’12 were two of about ten girls who took advantage of the rare see SANTIAGO, page 3
Human Papillomavirus: Silent, but deadly By Thea ’07 UV Staff
A new STD is on the rise - an STD that has few to no symptoms, yet is one of the leading causes of cervical cancer and infects approximately 80% of women by the time they reach 50. And the vaccine for HPV, this silent yet increasingly deadly STD, isn’t even covered by most insurance companies.
HPV, scientifically known as Human Papillomavirus, is an STD spread by direct contact and, because there are generally no symptoms, many cases go unnoticed. Anyone who has any sexual activity involving genital contact can get HPV, and sexual intercourse isn’t necessary to contract the virus. There are approximately 100 different types of HPV, however there are two especially “high
risk” types. Cervical cancer is usually caused by Type 16 and Type 18 of HPV and, typically, teens and women in their early twenties are exposed to these two types. In 2000, approximately 9.2 million adults aged 15-24 had genital HPV. The National HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention Resource Center also estimates that there are roughly 5.5 million new cases of HPV every year. see HPV, page 6
More work, more students By Amanda’09 UV Staff
Marlborough’s Honors Research in Science program continues to attract more and more students who are pursuing projects in more diverse areas, including some typically dominated by men. Now in its tenth year, the science research program has its highest number of enrolled students – 15. In addition, five students are enrolled in the new Seniors Honors Project for the humanities, now in just its second year, meaning more students are doing off-campus honors project work than ever before. The subjects range from demographic mapping to the molecular basis of drug resistance in mycibacteria. Dr. Arleen Forsheit, who founded the program, said the continuing evolution of the program is about more than the number of the students, but the subjects students are exploring. “Five out of the 15 girls in the science program are working in the physical science/engineering areas,” she said. “These areas see SENIOR PROJECT, page 6
?2 days until Thanksgiving ?20 days until end of
?25days until Winter Fest ?43days until the start of 2nd semester New library databases aid students at home and at school By Kimberly ’07 UV Staff
Marlborough recently purchased a subscription to ArtStor, an online database with over 250,000 images. The collection features images from all over the world, starting from about 3,000 BCE. The art comes from as far away as Japan and Egypt and as close as the United States. Library Head Zorana Ercegovac, who advocated the purchase of this program, said she thinks this program is “a good fit.” “ArtStor will grow and improve continuously through new and ongoing collaborations with archives, libraries, museums and other institutions and individuals,” according to the database’s website. Students can access ArtStor from school or home. There is no general name and password needed for access. Students just go onto ArtStor at school and create a password for their e-mail addresses.
The new online feature that most students are familiar with is Athena, the new search engine, which is now available off the Marlborough website. “It has more character and is friendlier than the old search
CORRECTIONS An opinion piece in the Oct. 6 issue of The UltraViolet incorrectly stated that Prop 85, if passed, would force teenagers seeking abortions to first get their parents to sign a waiver permitting the procedure. Rather, the proposition would
engine, which just had lines of text,” Ercegovac said. It has colorful graphics and many different capabilities. The engine can compile and print lists of books, search other libraries, and seek out reading programs.
The Marlborough Salvatori Library now has online culture grams in addition to the standard bound volumes. The website provides recipe collections, a catalogue of famous people from various cultures, and a photo gallery. The computer database allows the viewer to do things that books cannot. For example, one can listen to the anthem and hear the official name of a country. The site also can convert currency and produce data tables to compare relevant facts. This database works well in conjunction with the school’s other databases, Ercegovac said. She said, “We give everyone IDs and passwords, but if we don’t teach people how to use them, they mean very little.” The library staff has been working to assure that students know how to use Marlborough’s many resources. They are trying to teach classes, such as global studies, that use these databases, how to integrate the diverse resources found in the library. have required doctors to notify parents, either in person or by certified mail, before they performed the procedure on a girl under the age of 18. It did not require doctors to obtain parental permission. The proposition was defeated Nov. 7 by a vote of 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Trips offered for Zambia, China By Julie ’10
Marlborough girls will have the opportunity to visit the Chimoza School in Africa this spring break and China this summer. The school-sanctioned trips will be handled by G2 Adventures, a new company owned by Steve Grace. The Zambia trip will run from March 24 to April 5, and the China trip will run from June 9-22. Each trip costs $4,880 and requires a minimum of 15 sign-ups, with a maximum of 25. Families and siblings are welcomed. “The trips are not just about the touring; they are personalizing it, so that relationships are built and we explore cultures below the surface,” said Middle School Director Robert Bryan. For the Zambia trip, the girls attending will spend their first week in Africa helping out with the school, and then they will spend the rest of the week in a wildlife safari in the South Luangwa National Park and stay at the Mufwe Lodge, a comfortable resort set with wildlife just nearby. “The idea of the trip is to create an experiential component to our views,” Bryan said. Grace echoed Bryan’s sentiment. “Africa gives off a compelling social importance like poverty, wealth on the continent, that by the end of day, I would love for students to come back and say, ‘My life has never been
the same.’” The trip to Africa is supposed to push Marlborough girls out of their “comfort zone”- however, Grace assures that the trip will not be dangerous and that there are a lot of unfamiliar issues in Africa that are “astounding.” Grace said the girls who want to go on the trip should be fit and hardy and be patient because “animals don’t appear every 15 minutes in the wild, although there are tremendous rewards when seeing one.”
I would love for students to come back and say, ‘My life has never been the same.’
Grace believes it’s important for there to be interaction between Americans and the rest of the world. “I think travel serves our interest through important function. It’s very helpful to see Americans listening to other people and pitch in,” Grace said. But before the take-off to Africa, it will be important to have meetings about the trip. Laurie Brown, Director of Community Service, believes that it’s important to know what you are doing before going on the trip.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Tree in The Diary of Anne Frank to be cut down
The 150-170 year old tree that comforted Anne Frank during the Nazi occupation will be cut down in several weeks because it has acquired an “aggressive fungus” and a moth. Anne Frank wrote in her diary on Feb. 23, 1944, “As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.” Source: Reuters online
TORONTO: Professors smoke marijuana legally oncampus
MOSCOW: Romanians in Borat upset
Romanian villagers who appeared in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan feel they were cheated and that the film will further increase discrimination of Romanians. “We want to sue them. They made the world laugh at us,” said Marin Marcel, a 34-year-old Roma Gypsy.
Two Toronto professors have been given access to specially ventilated rooms so they can smoke medical marijuana for health reasons. Said York University criminology professor Brian MacLean, “It helps me to maintain my mobility as a physical problem but it also helps me to keep the pain at a distance so I can focus on my work.”
Source: Reuters online
Source: Reuters online
BERLIN: German chancellor contributes to bad driver stereotype
German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that she paid her driving instructor to speed up the process of getting her license because she is a bad driver. She needed two to three times more lessons than the average driver does before her instructor would let her take the exam. Merkel, 26, said “In other words, I’m the incarnation of all those clichés.” Source: Reuters online
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She also said this trip is a “oncein-a-lifetime” opportunity. “If you clean up the beach, it gets dirty again. There’s no finish. But with the Chimoza School, there is a lasting effect,” she said. Brown hopes to continue maintaining the relationship between the Marlborough girls and the Chimoza students. Last October students wrote letters to their fellow students at the Chimoza School. Also, with the coming of AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Brown hopes to keep connected to the school before the trip to Africa. Speaking of the trip, Simone ’10 said, “It’s really special because it’s good for the Marlborough community.” However, she also mentioned that although it may seem like an amazing trip, girls tend to go on such long trips more often during the summer rather than during spring break. However, Grace differs in opinion. “I think that if you see where Marlborough girls go during the spring and summer break, their parents want to send them for a longer period of time.” In the China trip, students will travel widely across the country, from urban Shanghai to the Shangri-la valley. For more info, visit www. g2adventures.com/marlborough/ africa/, and www.g2adventures. com/marlborough/china/.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
By Sheri ’07 UV Staff
What has really made the difference in training, Napoleon said, “is having scenarios and training sessions. The more people know, the calmer they are when a crisis occurs.” Rachel ’08, one of the team’s communications directors, agrees that there is more emphasis on training. “We’re doing much more review of the skills. They care more that we remember what we’ve learned [in the class] and have followed up with more advanced training sessions,” she said. Aviva said, “The faculty and students really know, now, how to help certain injuries.” Just because a student passes the Emergency Preparedness course, however, does not guarantee them a spot on the Red Cross Team. “We look for students who stand out in the class, are strong athletes, team players, and leaders. They need to be coachable, teachable, and take the program seriously,” Brown said. “Kids are proud to be on the team - its very selective,” she added. The students are taking the team much more seriously, Napoleon commented. She added, “Marlborough’s group of students is unique. They make up a tremendous team to help in the event of a crisis.” The team has also gotten much more administrative support with an “excellent adult base,” Brown said. Carefully chosen, seven teachers lead student groups of six girls, one of whom is a student leader and another who is in charge of communications (use of walkie-talkies) for the group. Science Instructor Sarah Day is personally assisting Brown with the Red Cross’ triage and
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HELPING HAND: Nikki ’08, a team leader, prepares to help an “injured” infant dummy. Marlborough’s Red Cross team began 12 years ago.
Communication base located at Stork Fountain. “Ms. Day helps me because she is always so calm and collected,” Brown said. Brown is also very excited to have new Spanish Instructor Heath Wagerman and Math Instructor Daryl Doan working with her as they are “great new additions.” Brown also has Karen Wyatt, one of the Emergency Preparedness teachers, and Coach Naoto Tashiro by her side. Brown said, “Naoto Tashiro is so well equipped and so knowledgeable. He’s an expert.” She added, “Ms. Wyatt is fantastic!” Napoleon said, “We are so fortunate to have Brown. She and Naoto Tashiro have been professionally trained, which has really made the difference.” It was not easy, however, for Brown to alter the program that was started 12 years ago, raising the standards significantly in the classroom by adding to the
already heavy curriculum. One big change was that she has a hand in teaching the class itself. “I’ve always been in charge of the Red Cross Club,” Brown said. “I was also the co-leader of the club with the teacher of the Responder class. But I’ve been fully in charge now for 3 years and this summer was the first time I’ve co-taught the class [along with Wyatt and Tashiro].” Brown wanted the program to be more equipped for emergencies if one were to happen. “We’re just becoming a lot more proactive and upgrading our security skills,” she said. “The students now have more responsibility. Many of them are more trained than the adults. They are reliable and calm.” Brown is more confident than ever in her Red Cross Team. “I am now confident that we are ready for an emergency that we don’t want to have.”
Photos by Niki Chang
With a well-trained staff and the largest group of students yet, physical education instructor Tinka Brown’s Red Cross team is more equipped than ever to protect Marlborough School. In order to really step up the level of competence within the team, Brown has decided to raise the standards within the Emergency Preparedness class that Marlborough requires students take to graduate. The class feeds its top students right onto the team itself. Along with the usual curriculum of disease transmission, legal and ethical issues, lifting and moving, assessment, and cardiac emergencies, Brown has added much more for the students to learn. Brown said, “the class went from first aid to emergency preparedness. The team has become more medical and full of first responders.” According to Aviva ’07, the team is much more structured this school year. “We know what to do when we have a drill. There are different codes so that it isn’t chaotic. Our procedures are very systematic,” she said. Physical Education Department Head and Red Cross team leader Julie Napoleon said, “Before, we didn’t have the knowledge needed if there was a crisis. Now we do.” Students must be able to test a patient’s vitals and blood pressure, attend to oxygen administration, treat bleeding and shock, deliver a child (more of a life-emergency-skill than one to be used on campus), and be familiar with EMS (Emergency Medical System) operations.
eam faces more challenging expectations
Photo by Niki ’07
Santiago speaks about a writer’s life, cultural identity Continued from page 1 opportunity to speak to Santiago. Questions ranged from followups concerning the fate of the characters in Santiago’s first memoir, to inquiries about her artistic integrity and writing process. “[Santiago] told us where
her brothers and sisters ended up today!” Elyse said. “The seventh graders agree that the book was really honest, so it was really interesting to meet her in person, because we already knew a great deal about her.” “The way she talked to students made it easy to relate to her,” said Jillian. “It was a good experience
to see the different things a memoirist encounters when she decides to write a memoir,” she added. When asked about her upcoming writing projects, Santiago revealed that she has a historical trilogy in the works, and a fourth memoir on the way. No matter what genre
she writes in, however, all of Santiago’s prose are “about cultural identity.” Following the assembly in Caswell, Santiago attended several 7th grade English classes and spoke specifically about When I Was Puerto Rican in a more intimate setting.
revamp in place S i x t y percent of freshman and sophomores, as well as Eighty percent of eligible juniors, signed up for the first trimester of the new Caswell Scholars Program, despite the extra class time required before or after school. “That [60 percent] is pretty amazing…it’s a wonderful thing to see,” said Dr. Victor Ortiz, one of the faculty members who was responsible for the drastic alteration of the program, which began in the 1980s as primarily a summer reading program. “We were really looking for a different way to extend the curriculum while creating variety and interest,” said Middle School Director Robert Bryan, also a leader behind the change. He teaches two seminars in the new program – “Asian Thought” and “British Invasion,” a class mainly about British rock groups in the ’60s. (“Caswell Scholars gets a facelift,” June 2, 2006) - Alexa ’11 No longer MySpace? Internet users have begun to leave social-networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, several media outlets have reported. One of the most common complaints of these sites is that they have become too popular and that users receive too many friend requests and too much spam. Company analysts attribute the lower traffic on these sites to “seasonal changes in use patterns,” according to the Wall Street Journal. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News, Greg Sterling, a digital media analyst in Oakland, said “the kind of cutting-edge buzz that once defined it [MySpace] has diminished somewhat. And there’s a lot more competition.” (“MySpace.com fuels parent fear,” March 23, 2006) - Lorraine ’08 Prospectives lining up This year’s increase in tuition to over $25,000 a year isn’t keeping applicants away. This year’s first open house on Oct. 28 booked even faster than last year, with spaces for 160 prospective seventh and ninth graders being booked more than a month in advance. The second open house, held Nov. 18, enjoyed similar success. The open houses include self defense and music classes, meetings with coaches, drama, dance ensemble and chamber choir performances, and panels. Judith Campbell, the Associate Director of Admissions, said the most important element is having prospectives meet current students. “The best thing is when the girls interact with their tour guides,” she said. (“Tuition tops $25K,” March 23, 2006) - Casey ’10
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Multi-tasking becomes new way to work among teens UV Staff
Marlborough School is littered with technology. It isn’t uncommon to find girls using their laptops in a history or English class or during their breaks and free periods. Nearly every girl here has an iPod or cell phone, and most have both. The hallways are filled with conversations about TiVo, who has recently tagged you in a Facebook photo, or a video that somebody has just found on YouTube. What has become the typical word for a teen’s ability to watch TiVo, listen to his or her iTunes and check out a recently updated blog at the same time is “multi-tasking,” although this generation has taken it to a completely new level. The question is, do all these bells and whistles really aid a Marlborough girl in completing necessary tasks or does it just further hinder our ability to focus? Recently, a Bloomberg poll was conducted by the Los Angeles Times detailing how teenagers today felt towards the use of technology and whether or not they felt it was helping them complete tasks in their every day lives. One topic that the poll focused on out was teenagers and multi-tasking today on the Internet. A signature trait that ran through the surveys sent to over a thousand minors and young adults was the art of balancing several things at once. The majority of the females polled declared that they would rather multi-task than do one thing at a time – stating simply that they get bored easily during commercials on television and need something to do. Marlborough’s demographic has all grown up alongside the Internet boom, which means few of us have known anything besides being able to obtain information at the click of a button. The Internet also allows us
JORDAN’S TO-DO LIST Do 11/16 for 11/17 Tasks
AP Euro finish reading go over notes physics homework begin english paper
get food for PATH get list from Mom tennis lession @ 6:30
find out about times for PATH Call Evan about Sat. night
Photo by Evan Taksar
By Evan ’08
St. John’s Coldstones to interact with people behind a screen of anonymity. Because of this, our generation has become spoiled by the relatively endless entertainment options. Class websites, search engines and the ability to contact a teacher via e-mail have made the Internet a necessary tool in preparing for and excelling at school. However, many Marlborough girls find themselves using the Internet as a way to relax after a long night of homework and studying. When using the Internet while working, though, focusing is hard, as is evident by the ability to waste an hour on websites while knowing in the back of your mind that you have to get your English paper or Latin homework done. “It depends on how you use the Internet,” said Isabel ’08. “It is a really easy way to waste time, but it can also be a great research tool.” Networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have made the internet a hot spot for staying in touch with friends
WORK AND PLAY: Nia ’08 (left) and Jordan ’08 (right) are among many multi-tasking teens in the technology age.
from other schools or relatives in different states. “At certain times I would rather make friends using the Internet than do my homework, because I would rather make that connection that we don’t get at school every day,” said Nia ’08. “I sometimes feel as if I’m using
In the end it [the Internet] hurts you because you don’t get as much done.
the Internet for much more social reasons than academic ones.” Junior class member Jordan knows firsthand what it is like to multi-task alongside today’s many technological elements. Not only does she balance numerous extra-curricular activities outside of school, including playing for varsity tennis and taking
private tennis lessons, working at Coldstones Creamery, and volunteering over the weekends at St. Johns Hospital and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), but she is also taking two AP courses and one honors class. “Most of the time I feel like I can handle it,” Jordan said. “But then there comes the times when it’s Sunday at 7:30 and I still have to play tennis and do homework that I feel overwhelmed.” She is hardly the only one to feel overwhelmed by the amount of activities students take on. The use of the Internet and the ability to easily multi-task on a computer has both helped and hindered Sale’s ability to get things done. “Sometimes it’s really helpful, because it gives me the ability to type up an essay, research on Google and check definitions on dictionary.com all at the same time,” Jordan said. “But then other times I’ll get distracted and find myself wasting away half an hour on Facebook without even realizing it.” Marissa ’08 agreed. “You can be on-line, on Facebook, listening
to music all at the same time,” she said. “But in the end it hurts you because you don’t get as much done.” The Bloomberg/LA Time poll states that while the majority of boys and girls find themselves multi-tasking using technology (specifically the computer, which ranked the highest out a list of cell phones, television, or an mp3 player when asked what you would pick to be stranded with on a deserted island), once five or six applications are open at one time they get overwhelmed. “The positive is that you keep on track and it helps you keep in contact with people, and you are able to gather information quickly,” said school counselor Emily Vaughn. “The negative is that with high-speed Internet our impulses become quicker and that they are so much harder to monitor.”
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
India travels open eyes for two teachers
THE BRIEFING By Courtney ’07 UV Contributor
By Heather ’11 UV Contributor
As part of a delegation for diversity, organized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), English teacher Amita Walia-Fazio and History teacher Helen Mendoza spent three weeks of their summer in India, along with 54 teachers, principals, and other educators. Walia-Fazio and Mendoza explored India’s culture and diversity, mainly focusing on India’s schools and children, as well as India’s historic sites. They were able to experience the geographic, as well as cultural diversity of India, firsthand after landing in New Delhi, and plan to present their experiences in Seattle, at the People of Color Conference from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. For Walia-Fazio, this trip was much more than an educational experience. It was also one that touched a personal facet of her life. As Walia-Fazio’s mother is a native of India, the pungent smell of spices and curry as she got off the plane brought her a familiar feeling. Walia-Fazio was able to walk in her mother’s footsteps as she visited the places where her mother grew up and spent time as a child. From the recognizable Hindi and Punjabi spoken around her to the blaring horns as cars weaved through traffic, the
I’ve changed as a person. -Amita Walia-Fazio
entire experience affected Walia-Fazio. As a child, she had visited India, but in reflecting on this trip she said, “I’ve changed as person.” Mendoza did not have the same initial personal connection as Walia-Fazio, but the entire experience effected her profoundly. A first-time visitor to India, she was impressed by its size. Mendoza said, “It made me realize how enormous India is.” Mendoza also described the entire atmosphere as being overwhelming, because of all of the constant activity. As an Ancient Civilization teacher at Marlborough, Mendoza was most interested in India’s history, and was especially intrigued by the caste system, the hereditary system of social groups in India. She said she was curious as to how a system as such could work, and better understood it after the trip. Marlborough’s Professional Growth Committee funded Walia-Fazio and Mendoza’s trip completely. Walia-Fazio and Mendoza hoped the trip would broaden their global perspective and provide an opportunity to learn about another culture. Between both Mendoza and Walia’s different perspectives of India, the People of Color Conference will be a way for them to express the impact of the trip on them personally, and their learning experiences in terms of education awareness.
Violence against females at schools raises questions of safety Here at Marlborough, we are taught to handle dangerous situations that we may encounter outside of school. But what will we do if an emergency occurs at school? Looking at the recent gun-violence against schoolgirls suggests that, even within the school boundaries, we are not nearly as safe as we think. What recent violence has been directed at schoolgirls? On Oct. 2, 32-year-old Pennsylvania truck driver Charles Carl Roberts IV entered a local West Nickel Mines Amish School, where he brutally shot ten female students, execution style. Five of the girls died instantly, whereas the remaining five died slowly. The students’ ages ranged from six to 13. Only five days before, 53-year-old Duane Morrison, a carpenter, entered Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, where he captured six female students. Only five of the six students
survived; Morrison murdered 16-year-old student Emily Keyes. During his attack, he also molested many of the school’s female students. He explicitly told the male students to leave.
Morrison was a different story. Msnbc. com said that he had been in trouble with the law, but only for minor crimes: obstructing justice, stealing, and possessing marijuana.
What is the typical profile of these murderers? Surprisingly, many of these murderers are very unassuming, which makes them all the more frightening. CNN. com reports that Roberts, the Amish School shooter, was a family man and “was not previously wanted by authorities and had no known criminal history.” Roberts allegedly had another side to him; before his attack, Roberts left notes to his wife and children, explaining his history of molestation of younger female relatives as a teenager. He also explained how he was planning to molest again. The strange part is that these now adult women, who he claims to have molested, deny that he ever sexually abused them, according to crimelibrary.com.
Why did these men target schoolgirls? Roberts was originally a proud father. When he and his wife lost their child to a miscarriage, however, Roberts’ developed a need for revenge. Authorities believe that Roberts, who delivered milk to the Amish community each day, saw the Amish School as convenient. He lived right down the street. They do not believe that Roberts was seeking revenge on the Amish, but more so on children, particularly female, like the child he lost. Rumor has it that Morrison’s attack was not as random. A pedophile who favored blonde girls, Morrison lived near the high school he attacked, and police reports claim that he used myspace.com to hunt for particular victims.
Teen-movie screenwriter talks Girlhood with middle school By Julia ’09 UV Staff
When Kirsten Smith arrived at Marlborough, anxious seventh and eighth graders packed themselves like sardines into room C211. They wanted to hear the woman who wrote the screenplays 10 Things I Hate about You, Legally Blonde, Ella Enchanted, and She’s the Man, as well as the newly-released novel, The Geography of Girlhood. Smith started her lunchtime presentation by reading an excerpt from Girlhood, a coming-of-age novel written in a series of poems from the perspective of a fourteen-year-old girl, Penny. The novel, Smith’s first, has received strong reviews. According to Alexis White, Smith’s close friend, Penny is similar to Smith in that she struggles to break out of her small town. Smith said she is obsessed with the experiences of teenage girls and feels that she herself still has not grown up. Perhaps this explains her nickname, Kiwi, a fruit her mother used to pack in her lunch everyday. Though some students think the topic of typical teenage experiences is cliché, others still found the book to be original. “I thought it was a new way of describing the same thing,” said Sacha ’10. Smith also spoke about the writing process and the progress of her life as a writer. When Smith was young, writing was
the only thing she believed she was good at, White said. Smith’s career as a screenwriter began when she was hired as an intern at a low budget film company on Sunset Boulevard. While there, Smith reviewed hundreds of scripts, White said. Now established as a full-time writer, Smith said there are still challenges. Writer’s block is inevitable. “The writer’s biggest enemy is procrastination,” Smith said. Smith encourages students to be daring in their writing, and to not be afraid to write “suckage.” Relating her experiences as a writer to that of a student, Smith said, “If you’re a writer, it’s like having homework for the rest of your life.” Smith also spoke about the movies she wrote screenplays for. She said she believed they were about girls who are perceived differently from who they really are. “They are judged, girls who are different,” Smith said. Smith wrote these screenplays with her writing partner Karen McCullough Lutz. They met ten years ago while doing coverage at the film company on Sunset Boulevard. They have worked together ever since. Smith’s favorite of her screenplays is 10 Things I Hate about You, a modern parody of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Smith is currently working on a movie produced by Adam Sandler, starring actress Anna Farris.
Box Office Success 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU Starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles U.S. Box Office: $38,176,108 LEGALLY BLONDE Starring Reese Witherspoon U.S. Box Office: $96,483,526 SHE’S THE MAN Starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum U.S. Box Office: $33,687,630
Literary Success Kirsten Smith’s first novel, the coming of age book “Geography of Girlhood,” has earned strong reviews. “ ... it is the clarity, the keen understanding, and the apt metaphors that make Penny’s voice so memorable.” - Library Journal “... the emotions of high-school and small-town life are beautifully expressed ...” - Booklist “With pithy, evocative metaphors, Smith’s free-verse poems capture the fizzy energies, soul-deadened malaises, and ultra-confident poses that mark teen girl experience.” - Center for Children’s Books
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Posters mean everything
... and what’s your favorite room?
Teachers look for right kind of distraction By Evan ’08 UV Staff
We’ve all seen them before - inspirational posters glaring at us down from classroom walls, their subject matters ranging from basic math facts to learning how to count to ten in French or Spanish. How many of us have seen the poster with the cat hanging onto dear life and the words “Hang in There!” written underneath? What about the “Top Ten Homework Excuses?” At Marlborough, each teacher’s classroom has its very own feel to it because each teacher manages to bring his or her own sense of “style” to it. What goes through
COMFORT LEVEL: Dr. John “Doc” Langdon in his room, named students’ favorite.
teacher’s minds’ when they are faced with four blank walls at the beginning of the school year, and how exactly do they transform those walls into their own little niche on campus? “No matter where the student is looking, I want them to be able to learn,” Jennifer Uribe said, when asked about her especially colorful room. “Learning goes on in the classroom even if it isn’t being written down on the board, and I wanted things in this room that you could learn from,” Uribe added. “You have to have something on the walls,” Ric Kajikawa agrees. “Because you may be the most interesting person in the world, but peoples minds wander.” However, French instructor Dr. Sue Guild noted that the classroom should be “colorful but not distracting.” Making a room one’s own goes beyond the inspirational posters and maps of foreign countries. In a poll provided to the student body on its favorite classrooms, top classrooms that came in from seventh to twelfth grade were Dr. John “Doc” Langdon’s room, Martha Schuurs’, Uribes’ and Susan Cope’s. Favorite items in classrooms ranged from
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have the lowest female representation, and this is a nice expansion,” she added. Forsheit first launched the Honors Research in Science program during the 1997-1998 school year with the intent of providing students with the opportunity to experience “real world science in a real world research environment.” Forsheit hoped that the program would “make a difference in young women choosing a career in science,” she said. A few years ago, the program was kept smaller because she could only handle so many students, Forsheit said, but after recent press, such as a New York Times article in 2005, the school has invested resources to expand it. Also, she said, interest in any subject or activity rises and falls over time, and “now we’re in a period when we have a lot of science kids.” Forsheit has gotten new help this year. Though she still oversees both the science and humanities programs, she enlisted English teacher Dr. Reid Cottingham to directly pilot the humanities section, and, in terms of working with the science students on individual projects, she and Science Department Chair Dr. Jeffrey Morse have roughly divided the group in half. Both the science and humanities program require students to commit at least two full-time weeks during the summer to undergo basic training and to become acquainted with their off-campus project mentors, which Forsheit said allows the girls to concentrate without the interference of classes and get their projects rolling. Once the school year starts, it’s up to the students to juggle off-campus work and
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The middle school journalism class asked students if room art affected their learning and what their favorite rooms are. Over 200 students, spread evenly across all grades, answered.
MATH!: Jennifer Uribe’s decorative classroom is a hit among students for its posters and
the trolls in Sandra O’Connor’s room to the hats worn by Doc during class. “I want my room to be exciting,” Schuur said. “I want people to learn about different cultures when they’re in here.” “I like Mrs. Cope’s room because of the couches,” said Christiane ’12. “And you can put your feet up on the tables. Even though sometimes it’s hard to write, it’s really comfortable and different than any other classroom at school.” “Girls can feel safe when they walk in here because the posters and boards make it feel more comfortable than just plain white walls,” Uribe added. “And that’s important because for girls especially, it’s important to be in a safe place. When they feel safe they feel like they can take chances.” “I like Mrs. Schuur’s
school responsibilities. Though that can be hard, students enjoy the independence. “I really like the independence of the program. I love being able to make my own schedule,” said Julia Sonenshein ’07, a member of the humanities program. - The UV adviser contributed to this report This year’s individual projects are: Erin ’07- Bioluminescent Imaging and MRI in Determining Cancer Cell Growth Neha ’07- Adipokinetic Hormone in Drosophila and its Relevance to Obesity Lauren ’08 - Adult Endogenous Stem Cells: Role of Telomerase in Lung Repair Raleigh ’07 - Fungal Biomass Indicators in Sediments in Magrove Ecosystems Kate ’07 - Core Strength Training in High School Athletics Lauren ’07- Clinical Gait Analysis as a Tool to Assess Surgical Correction in Cerebral Palsy Lauren ’07 - Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Antisocial Behavior Sarah ’08 - Molecular Basis of Drug Resistance in Mycibacteria Sophia ’07- Role of Surviving After Photodynamic Therapy Jillian ’07 - Efficacy of Passive vs. Active Perceptual Learning Rachel ’07 - Transient PLasma Ignition in Automobile Engines Christina ’07 - Energy Harvesting in Piezoelectric Meterials Grace ’07 - Alzheimer’s Disease Differences in Men and Women Amanda ’08- Organic Framework Molecules as New Porous Materials Rachel ’08 - Molecular Basis of Learning and Memory in Aplysia Ibby ’07 - Sustainable Development in Developing Countries Alison ’07 - Middle East Politics Claire ’07 - Planning/Recycling in LA Katie ’07 - Race Politics and Voting in L.A. Julia ’07- Demographic Mapping
room because she has a lot of posters that have to do with what she talks about. It’s fun to see how people live in different areas because it gives you a different perspective on peoples lives,” Kyle ’11 said. “And her wall hangings, they’re really pretty.” Schuur agreed, noting that amongst everything in her classroom, her favorite things are her Ecuadorian wall hangings. “They’re bright and exactly what the villages in Ecuador are like, and they’re made out of Alpaca, “she said. So next time you walk into a classroom at Marlborough, take note of how the decorations are not put up at random – teachers take into consideration many variables when deciding how to organize and decorate it!
1. Dr. John Langdon 2. (tie) Jennifer Uribe and Marth Schuur 4. Susan Cope 5: (tie) Les Klein and Anrea Gloddy Some favorite items: Schuur’s world maps, O’Connor’s trolls, Doc’s Egyptian hat, Uribe’s Snapple caps, Llano’s Pirates of the Caribbean posters, the French classroom murals, Gloddy’s Red Sox photos, Uribe’s student pictures, and comics in the health room. Does room art affect how you learn? 65% - Yes, positively 31% - No 5% - Yes, negatively Which kind of decorations do you prefer? 34% - Related to the subject. 27% - Personal to the teacher 24% - Generally related to learning. 12% - Includes students or student work.
to cover Gardasil and she was reimbursed the $360, Evan said. Rachel ’07 is one more Marlborough student who was vaccinated against the HPV virus. “My mom’s a doctor and so she Continued from cover had heard a lot about the vaccine,” Rachel However, it must be stressed that said. And the majority of HPV infections don’t a l t h o u gh lead to cervical cancer. For about she was 85% of girls that contract HPV, one of their immune system can fight the the first virus. of a And now the odds are number getting even better for women of girls with HPV virus. Gardasil has to get the developed an HPV vaccine that vaccine, has very recently been FDA h e r approved and is targeted at girls HPV: d o c t o r ’ s as young as nine years old. The daughter had The vaccine - which is sexuallyjust gotten the given with three separate shots transmitted vaccine, so she virus has few noticeable symptoms, - is the most expensive vaccine figured it must but it can lead to cervical cancer. The ever developed: $360. vaccine to prevent costs $360 and isn’t have been wellThis preventive always covered by insurance. researched and vaccine will protect girls for at safe, Fisher least 4.5 years after the initial said. shot. However, it is not known to protect The HPV vaccine, however, is girls that are already infected with HPV. not without controversy. Evan ’08 is one of the many Because the vaccine is Marlborough girls who has received the administered to young pre-pubescent girls, HPV vaccine. “I was getting a check-up for some conservative lawyers and doctors summer camp and my doctor told me about believe that administering the vaccine a really new vaccine that he said would could clash with the idea of abstinence. Regardless though, the media is prevent me against cervical cancer and that directing more and more attention toward I had to get the vaccine over a six month the HPV vaccine (“Teen Vogue” and period,” Evan said. “People” recently ran spreads on it) and, In fact, the vaccine was so new ultimately, more and more teenage girls that it wasn’t even covered by Evan’s are choosing to get vaccinated. insurance. However, by the time she got her last shot, Evan’s insurance had started
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
New home, same fun By Marissa ’08 UV Staff
In a school that is dedicated to the adherence of many a time-honored tradition, the annual Father-Daughter Picnic stands out as one of few Marlborough events that involves the entire student body … and their dads. On Oct. 15, after a night of restless anticipation, my sister, my father, and I woke up early, revved up the car, and drove to the 53rd annual Father-Daughter Picnic. This year, the event was hosted by Brian D. (Rebecca ’08), Robert Rees (Amanda ’08, Kathryn ’12), and Bill F. (Caitlin ’08, Natasha ’10, Megan ’12) at the UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreational Center. Though the event was true to tradition in a good many ways, this years was the first time in many years that it was not held on the football field of the Harvard-Westlake Upper School
campus. In addition to using a new location, those in charge (to my chagrin) decided not to revert back to Pie ‘n Burger for lunch provisions. Instead, an enthusiastic band of fathers volunteered to barbecue burgers and chicken breasts themselves. Students who have attended in previous years did not seem to miss the old venue or provisions. Charlotte ’11 said “I liked the space this year because it felt intimate and communal. I also enjoyed the food more this year than I did last year.” While the location and food were different, I was happy to discover that the event activities were largely the same as those offered in years past. Fathers and their daughters hosted and participated in mini-competitions such as the horseshoe toss, putt-putt golf, and (my personal favorite) synchronized-father/daughterwalking-on-wooden-planks.
Scores for each event were tallied, winners were declared, and prizes were awarded. In addition to friendly (and in my case, inappropriately competitive) athletic competitions, the event included an organized raffle, a joke-telling contest, and, of course, the traditional senior
father-daughter song. This year the song of choice was an adaptation of American Pie, by Don McLaine. As was the case in years past, the Father-Daughter picnic was an enormous success. S a i d Lauren ’08, “Even though the Juniors lost in the tug of war, I
CLASS DIVIDE: The junior and senior class go head-to-head in the traditional costume contest held on Pumpkin Day. Here the juniors are seen wearing aprons and diner-styled hats, yelling the catch phrase of “Fry That Chicken!” The seniors came back at the eleventh grade class in T-shirts with the seven deadly junior sins written on them, which included thinking that drinking coffee makes you cool.
Continued from cover she should have the opportunity to become one,” Forsheit added. Forsheit said she is very excited that Tilghman, whom she describes as inspirational, is coming. “I haven’t heard anyone say a bad word about [Tilghman] as a person, as a scientist, or as a president,” she said. It was Wagner, who originally contacted Tilghman through a network of friends to see if she would be interested in being the keynote speaker. When Tilghman
“inspired by seeing educators supportive of young women developing skills as scientists.” Wagner also anticipates that attendees will come away with an expanded network of contacts within the scientific field, and a new batch of ideas. Forsheit said, the event does not solely pertain to women. It is relevant for “any underrepresented group. Science is losing if not everyone can participate.” Thus far, Wagner anticipates that the Women in Science event will become a “regular” one, rather than an “annual” one.
had an amazing time at FatherDaughter Picnic 2006.” Despite my overly critical nature and tendency to gripe, I could not agree more. My father, my sister (Kyra ’10), and I eagerly await father-daughter picnic number 54.
In Brief Dai heads for LAPL
agreed, Wagner was thrilled. Wagner marveled at how lucky Marlborough is to play host to Tilghman, who “will only be in Southern California for one day!” Wagner said, “we are honored to have [Tilghman] as keynote speaker.” The fact that she is coming “speaks highly of Marlborough.” Wagner believes that this event is important, especially in the wake of statements made by Harvard President Lawrence Summers that implied women might have less aptitude for science. Wagner hopes that those who attend the seminar will be
WALKING THE PLANK: Rachel ‘08 and her father compete in the infamous plank walking game.
“Fry That Chicken!”
Science conference scheduled for Feb.
After working in the Marlborough School Library for eight years, Sherri Dai left the school on Oct. 27 to take a fulltime job in the Los Angeles Public Library system. Dai’s job at the Marlborough School Library was to catalogue new CD’s and books. Dai was also always available to help students find books and check out computers. Shannon Acedo, assistant librarian, said no one can replace her sincerity and willingness to help anyone at any time. Dai, who already worked part-time at LAPL’s Lincoln Heights branch, will now handle library programs and references services there full-time. Dai said she appreciated how the Marlborough School community accepted her, despite the language barrier. She added that working at the Marlborough School Library helped her to improve her English skills. - Allison’ 11
For the defense The mock trial team, led by Grace Pringle ’07, won its Nov. 2 round one case, representing the defense, and narrowly lost its round two case on Nov. 9, playing the prosecution. Though the team won’t move on to the third round, school counselor Emily Vaughn, the team’s adviser, said everyone would have been impressed “at how articulate, poised, and resourceful the girls were
during the trials.” She noted that Marlborough competed against over 70 other schools, many of which offer Mock trial as a daily class. The team’s twelve girls, eleven seniors and one sophomore, met weekly since the beginning of school to rehearse their parts for the trial. In addition to Vaughn, Marlborough alumna and attorney Tanya Forsheit helped coach the team. The students act out various parts in the trial, such as pre-trial attorneys, defense and prosecution attorneys, witnesses, court clerk, and court bailiff. The competition is held at Los Angeles Superior Court. Sophomore Amanda Chan, was the team’s only non-senior. “I worked with a lot of these girls on Speech and Debate, and it was nice to work with them one last time before they graduate in May,” she said. - Kimberly ’07
Casino Night Success On the brisk evening of Oct. 14, the 2010 ninth grade class enjoyed one more Marlborough tradition: Casino Night. Held outside, Marlborough girls and their invitees danced and gambled away faux money, hoping to win prizes including iPod speakers and gift certificates to Abercombie and Fitch. The event invited male students from Loyala, Campbell Hall, Harvard-Westlakd, and other schools. - Sheri ’08
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
5 Library Tree Trimming Party
7 Semester Exam Review Day
Evening of Scenes 3 & 7 PM.
SAT & Subject Tests
8 Semester Exam Review Day
Winter Choral Concert 7 PM.
Marlborough B-ball Classic Tournament
Marlborough B-ball Classic Tournament
Marlborough B-ball Classic Tournament
Marlborough B-ball Classic Tournament
11 END OF QUARTER 2 ! (Weâ€™re halfway there!!)
12 EXAMS (check schedule!)
13 EXAMS (check schedule!)
14 EXAMS (check schedule!)
Marlborough B-ball Classic Tournament 15 EXAMS (check schedule!)
WINTER FEST !!
Semester Exam Review Day Early Dismissal @ 11:20 AM 17
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everybody!
Love, the UV staff.
Community Service Events ~*~ December 1-15 Toys and Toiletries 7th Grade: Toothbrushes/Toothpaste 8th Grade: Combs/Brushes 9th Grade: Bars of Soaps 10th Grade: Shampoo/Conditioner 11th Grade: Shaving Cream/Razors 12th Grade: Deodorant/Lotion/ Chapstick
December 1st One March Bring $1.00 and wear a red shirt!
December 5th Bookworm Wilshire Kindergarten students visit Marlborough!
December 6th Sock Ornaments Outside the library
December 15th Winter Fest! Remember to bring PEANUT BUTTER as the food of the month!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Sheri’s Cooking Corner I write this article, the first of many more to come, with a tissue box in my hand and a cold in my heart. And although I sit in the comfort of my home, I cannot help but daydream (or “nightmare”) of all the homework that awaits me and the impending sinus headache and sneezes that lurk in my future. I suffer from what many call “the common cold,” a sickness that seems to be making its rounds on Marlborough students. I blow my nose and think of the imminent L.A. “winter,” more specifically, winter break. I long for those two weeks during which I will be able to curl up on my couch with nothing other than a hot chocolate to sip and a bowl of steaming soup to devour. This brings me to my purpose: to share with you the delicious recipes that I plan to enjoy in the coming months. These recipes are some of my personal favorites. And as comfort food is needed more than ever during this demanding school year, I find that macaroni and cheese, and a mug of rich hot chocolate are just what the body needs to decompress and relax. Mom’s Mac and Cheese: This is an absolutely delicious dish, especially when watching a favorite movie. Don’t feel bad about licking the plate. Kosher salt Vegetable oil 1 pound elbow macaroni
1 quart milk 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)- YUMMY! 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups) 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I know it sounds strange, but it really rounds out the flavor.) 3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (4 small) (Optional.) 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2
tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top. Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate: A new take on an old favorite, this is not just another cup of chocolatey goodness. This recipe gives a kick with every sip. 3 ounces (tablet or cone) Mexican chocolate or bittersweet chocolate 3 cups milk 2 tablespoons sugar Pinch salt (It sounds strange, but salt really balances the flavor of the sugar.) Miniature marshmallows, for serving (These are my favorite!) 6 cinnamon sticks (preferably Mexican canela), for serving. Using a sharp knife, break up the chocolate into smaller pieces. In a saucepan, combine the chopped chocolate, milk, sugar, and salt over medium-low flame. Heat and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and milk is very hot, but not boiling, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and froth the chocolate milk with a mini whisk or molinillo. Divide the hot chocolate among big mugs, top each with a few marshmallows, and serve with the cinnamon sticks as stirrers.
Notes By Evan ’08 & Julia’07
The seventh grade has just finished up its first-ever class elections. They will soon learn that the student council is essentially pointless, save for the occasional “Wacky Wednesday,” or something.
zeighth grade The eighth grade has maintained a low profile this month, which is not surprising.
The freshman had a very successful and fun Casino Night. One that was not plagued by rain, a common factor of casino nights in the past.
The sophomores have just begun the long and (possibly dangerous) trek of trying to compromise on their class banner.
The juniors are beginning to enjoy the warm gallery now that the weather has turned cold. Or at least colder. Even though it hasn’t - this is November. Isn’t it supposed to be colder than eighty degrees? Council has found a semi-formal location . . . details to be announced later.
Seniors? Wait, they still go to this school?
Two and a half months gone, one more to go. It’s already been my 16th birthday, Oktoberfest, Halloween. I’ve had one roommate leave my room forever, gotten a new roommate, been in a couple intense (verbal) fights, survived five days on a farm in Italy, gotten used to 30 degree days, learned how to wear 4 inch heels while walking on cobblestones in the pouring rain, and discovered that no matter how far away you run, your life tends to catch up to you. TASIS is sort of like summer camp, I think. At first it is the most exiting thing because you get to meet so many new, amazing people and you get to be away from your parents. But after about a month, you start to realize that bad things happen everywhere, even in Switzerland. Of course the wonderful things more than balance out the bad things, but TASIS is not as perfect as I’d thought it was. School has gotten a lot harder than it was at the beginning. Still not as hard as Marlborough, maybe, but most nights I have more homework than I can finish during the 2 hours of study hall. Because it’s a boarding school and our entire day is planned for us, it’s hard sometimes to finish my homework. There is so much drama here it’s insane! I guess it’s because we’re all living together and so we never get a break from each other. There were about 2 weeks in late September, early October when I seriously thought that I would never be friends with Maria and Rebecca ever again. Of course that blew over after a while, and Rebecca is now one of my best friends.
Between the first and second quarters, we get a week long midterm break called InPro. Each student is assigned a different In-pro location and travels there with a group of students in his/her grade. Most people got to go to fun places like Paris, Venice, Geneva, Tuscany, or Sardinia. I had to go to a farm in Northern Italy for the Honors Biology In-pro. We took samples of water organisms and analyzed them in the lab, took a five hour bike ride (part of which was through a river that reached our thighs), waded through seven degree (Celcius) water in waisthigh wading boots, and stayed in a hostel. It was the worst InPro EVER and I actually had a break-down in the middle of it. But I survived and I guess it made me stronger or something. Since I’m writing to Marlborough girls, I think I should probably quickly say something about the TASIS guys. Well, pretty much there are no cute guys here, but everyone says that by the end of the year you have on your TASIS goggles and your standards are way lowered. But there are some really, really nice guys and so I have a lot of guy friends here which is something that I wasn’t really expecting. It sounds extremely cheesy, but I think that the worst thing about TASIS is that the time here goes by too quickly. In about one month we have Christmas break, and then I’m leaving forever. I try not to think about that too much, though, because it makes me too sad!
My best friends at TASIS are Rosalie and Rebecca, but I’m still really good friends with Caroline. Rosalie is from Bloomington, Illinois, but she lives in Lagos, Nigeria, and Rebecca is from Sydney, Australia but lives in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This weekend I’m going with Rosalie and Rebecca to stay at Rebe’s house in St. Moritz. Then, for Thanksgiving week, I’m going to Caroline’s house in Munich. I love how here, we talk about Italy, Germany, France, etc. like they’re fun places to go for a little weekend getaway.
F E AT
week on wheels Katie
No Marlborough student has been permanently bound to a wheelchair since 1996, when sixteen-yearold Jessie Alpaugh contracted encephalitis and became paralyzed. According to Monica DePriest, Alpaugh did not continue attending school in her wheelchair, but instead obtained a Marlborough diploma by working with her teachers individually. Alpaugh attended UC Berkeley and passed away during her junior year September 22, 2002 from complications related to her illness. But what if a student today had to attend school in a wheelchair? Regarding what it would be like to be handicapped at Marlborough, Director of Admissions Jeanette Woo Chitjian said, “I think it would be hard. Our campus is accessible; legally, we meet that requirement.” Excepting Alpaugh, Woo Chitjian does not recall any other students who have been in a wheelchair permanently. Other than the occasional relative or injured athlete, no one has recently traveled around school in a wheelchair. DAY 1 – October 16 I decided to give it a shot. 7:20 on Monday morning, my mom drove me to the front gate. I dropped my bags on the pavement. My mom popped the trunk and we carried out the chair, reattached the removable footrests, folded it out and wheeled it by my bags. I sat down in the chair and put my feet up on the footrests. For four days during school hours, I would not use my legs. I loaded my several-hundred-pound-backpack onto my lap and immediately realized I would need two trips to get my things upstairs. My first destination, the senior locker area, was on the second floor above the cafeteria area and the only elevator that could get me upstairs was at the other side of the school, near the library. Before I even made my way to the second floor, however, I had to get to the classroom level. There is only one ramp that connects the front bricks to the first floor. The weight of the backpack almost pushed me down the ramp as I went up it, and I started to develop a respect for people who did this everyday. Already, my flabby arms felt the strain. Since I had arrived early, the passages were unobstructed by backpacks spilling over the green line. I managed to get up the ramp, across the hall, up the elevator, and across another passage to the locker hall unscathed - twice. Then I went to the biology room for advisory and had to open the door. Getting a door open while on a wheelchair is an art, which I began to master the first day. When I pushed a door open, my wheelchair pushed backwards away from the door. When I pulled a door open, the chair got in the way. Often a Marlborough girl or teacher
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rushed to my aid. Nonetheless, I still often needed help if I did not want the door to slam against my chair, which is an embarrassing and occasionally painful experience. When the door slammed against the chair, I typically banged into the chair or the frame. Even when I got inside the doorway, my wheels were unable to get over the doorjambs for my history, English, and math classes. Unlike the science room doors, these doorjambs had no small riser leading up to the classroom floor. There was only a ledge. Earlier that morning I decided to meet with a teacher in one of the science rooms. I was already on the second floor, but the science rooms were on a higher level. I would need to use the lift. A student kindly pushed on the back and levered me onto the lift. The lift was so far off the ground that my wheels could not get over the edge. This machine, which is meant to give handicapped people access to the upper floors, was inaccessible to me without assistance. Once I did get in, I pressed buttons and managed to set off a bell. Science Department Head Dr. Jeffrey Morse ran out of a classroom and gave me a key, which I learned was necessary to use the school’s lifts. Without his help, I would have been unable to meet with my teacher that morning. Riding the lift, overall, was not problematic, except when it made snapping noises and seemed tilted. I knew I was safe, but it still made me uneasy. The sinks in the bathrooms were low enough for me, yet I was unsuccessful when it came to the water fountain outside. I had to hoist myself up, without legs, to use it. Perhaps with more experience, this task would have been easier, but I got more water on my shirt than in my mouth this time. Though I had issues with the door jambs and the lift, I was appreciative of how helpful Marlborough girls and faculty were that first day. I got many unsolicited offers of help with opening doors and getting into my classes. When I asked to get by people, I noticed only one grumble in my direction, which I feel is a miracle at Marlborough. My only issue was when people were too sympathetic. During my free period, I went to the library. I had to ask
two parents and a tour guide to move so I could get by and then apologized for breaking up their group. Out of kindness, a mother replied, “Oh, I’m sorry you’re…” She stopped herself mid-sentence, but I assume she guessed I was paralyzed, since I had no casts or evidence of a leg injury. I wasn’t certain how to respond; I just blurted out “Oh, I’m fine,” and wheeled away quickly. I felt uncomfortable. Her comment was completely well-meant, but I felt that if I were
paralyzed, I would not like hearing how sorry people were for me. DAY 2 – October 17 I anticipated problems with the water fountains, restrooms, and doorjambs. It was still difficult for me to open doors, and I still got unsolicited assistance. I remained unable to use the water fountain without looking like I had been in a wet t-shirt contest. The unexpected problem came that morning when I commuted to an All-School Assembly. I wheeled to another lift, located in the cafeteria area downstairs. It would take me up a flight of stairs so I could access the hallway to Caswell. The late bell rang as I put in Dr. Morse’s key and pulled down the lever. It should have come down so that I could get on, but it did not move an inch. An able-bodied friend, Courtney ’07, also tried to work it from upstairs unsuccessfully. I wheeled myself to the left so I could go through the bricked area to Stork Fountain. French teacher Dr. Susan Guild and sophomore Julia ’09 helped Courtney carry me over a flight of three or four stairs down to the brick ground, so I could wheel towards Stork Fountain. This seemed brilliant, until I was greeted by another larger flight of stairs up to Stork Fountain. Now I had to find an alternate route. Courtney offered to join me, and since she could not lift me back up the small flight, I had to take the long way. I wheeled to the front bricks to take the ramp, so that I could turn around and wheel through the pool area to get to Caswell. I went up the ramp and wheeled left towards the lift by the cafeteria. Then I turned right towards the pool. The ramps by the pool felt pretty steep after a day and a half on the chair, so I took them slowly.
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Between the ramps I had to roll on the wet and narrow cement passageway bordering the pool to get up to the next ramp. It was frightening, since I was not in the mood to attempt swimming legless. I did make my way to Caswell, but I was eight minutes late. The teachers in the doorway made way as I rolled in to sit in my chair beside the senior’s seats. On stage, a man was speaking about a Korean dance they were performing. I maneuvered to a place where I was not blocking anyone’s view. The rest of the day went smoothly until I used the elevator again and realized that the button that riders are supposed to push in case of a fire was inches higher than I could possibly reach. DAY 3 – October 18 Day 3 was different. Whether it was imagination or not, I felt less people rushed to help unsolicited, which if I were handicapped, I would appreciate. This was possibly because many people by this point were aware that I was not actually injured. But, even so, I felt so much more “normal” that day, which was great. I had one new issue before advisory. I printed out a paper in C225, and was unable to reach my papers in the printer easily. The printer was placed on a high table outside my reach. I could only access my papers from the side of the printer, and as I did, I was putting weight on the side of the printer. It rocked back and forth threateningly. Mildly terrified that the last thing I would ever see would be a printer crushing me to the floor, I once again needed to ask for help. After that, few surprises came until I became curious about what I would do in an emergency if handicapped and on the top floor. I started thinking more about the sign outside the elevator that warns people to take stairs in case of a fire. If paralyzed, I would need help to get downstairs. But I also wondered what I would do if stuck in the elevator during a fire or other emergency. The button that should be pushed in case of a fire was outside my reach, so I could push the bell button or the emergency call button. The bell sounds an alarm, but it would theoretically only draw attention to the elevator; it doesn’t say “Bring the hose!” as one would hope the fire alarm would indicate. I figured as a test, I would press the button accidentally. I was going up as I pushed it. I waited. It flashed, so I asked the receiver if anyone was there several times. No response. After riding the elevator up and down while still waiting for a response, I pushed it again. A minute later it turned off. I never spoke to anyone. Facilities Manager Misha Harris told me in a later interview that the elevator immediately drops to the bottom floor when the fire alarm sounds. Additionally, the phone button reaches someone from the elevator company, Harris said. Before lunchtime, I decided to see if the lift had been fixed. I wheeled to the cafeteria area, tried Dr. Morse’s key, and found it ineffective. Meanwhile, a woman was sitting on a chair she had leant against the upstairs lift entrance. The stairs were clear. I had not notified anyone about the lift yet, so I was not surprised that it was still not working. The day before I realized that the lift had been used as an alternate trash can. Not only was it dusty inside, but a used tissue, a half-dissolved mint, and a Popsicle stick had all been disposed of in the lift. Days later the litter was still there,
untouched. This time I got a really close look at the lift from the underside. It was all rusted along the bottom, and in fact was peeling in some areas. It was not a dangerous amount of rusting, as far as I know, but its appearance was nerve-racking. Kollender, who was accompanying me, also pointed out that the sticker including information about the maximum capacity had worn off so it was illegible. I tried the pool route again, and found a pile of packed cardboard boxes blocking half of the ramp. I was able to get by just barely and try the route again. Going through the pool area was still a scary experience. During lunch, I wheeled my way to facilities and reported the problem with the lift. It was fixed by the end of the day; some of my fellow students said that they saw it getting repaired at the end of lunch. DAY 4 – October 19 Thursday was my last day on the chair. I decided to follow up on previous issues and spend some time visiting campus areas I had not previously rolled through. Later in the afternoon, I used the lift in the cafeteria area and went through that hallway. I went tried out the elevator near Mr. Collicutt’s office for the first time and had a very smooth ride downstairs. However, when I went to the area designated as the handicapped restroom (it is also an ice room), the door was exceptionally heavy. I had more trouble opening that door than any other door that week. I did need a push inside. Once inside, I realized the rail around the toilet had been removed. The sink was a l s o
high for me. The elevator ride on the way up was easier; I cut through the gym to the narrow passageway by the tennis courts and was able to move through that area easily. The lifts were functioning, but no one responded when I tried the elevator’s emergency call button again. Though I had stretched hours before, occasionally staying in the chair until about 3:00 or so, I was eager to end the experiment by the fourth day. As soon as the 2:45 bell rang, I sprung out of my chair. Marlborough by foot is vastly easier than Marlborough by wheels.
How is Marlborough affected by ADA Title III? The ADA or the American Disabilities Act is a federally-enforced law to give equal opportunity to mentally or physically handicapped citizens. Title III is a section of the law centered structural accommodations, and was enacted January 26, 1992. This law applies to various public buildings, including schools. The ideal behind ADA Title III is that accommodations will put handicapped individuals on an equal playing field with individuals who are not disabled. If possible, the disabled should be able to travel through areas, participate in activities and communicate as easily as those who are not handicapped. Regarding how Marlborough complies with ADA, Facilities Manager Misha Harris said, “The government enforces ADA standards now even when things are being built, right from construction point. That’s more of our concern than every day instances.” The elevators are checked annually by the city if they are running properly. But according to Harris, the company is required by contract to inspect the elevator monthly if it breaks. If a fire alarm sounds, the elevator should immediately drop to the bottom floor. The lifts in the cafeteria area and by the science rooms are not regularly examined, but are immediately repaired if reported faulty. Concerning ADA standards for individual structures, Harris said “It depends when the law was put in and when the construction was done.” Harris added “With the new construction project, [Marlborough] will have state of the art ADA ramps and elevators and whatever new standards the ADA [enforces].” For additional information regarding ADA Title III see http://www. thearc.org/ada/adaguide.html. ~Katie ’07
Photos courtesy of Katie ’07
THE VIRUS: HPV silently affects women world
Prescription medications become
By Lorraine ’08 UV Staff
In an academic world where the pressure to succeed seems to be at an all-time high, a sharply rising number of teenagers are starting to abuse prescription stimulant drugs, also known as “smart pills,” to get ahead. Ritalin and Adderall, which are prescribed for people with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are among the most commonly misused drugs among high school students. The drugs are classified as amphetamines and contain the chemical methylphenidate. They are designed to help students with attention disorders to concentrate better, but the drugs act as speed for students without an attention disorder. The trend began in colleges but as the illegal use of the drugs has become more popular, their use has trickled down to high schools. A recent study by the University of Michigan reported that nonprescription Ritalin use has doubled among high school seniors. Although there is no evidence that there is widespread misuse of these prescription drugs at Marlborough, a Marlborough senior reports to have used Adderall, a drug not prescribed for her. “It will help you study for long amounts of time. So if you’re prepping for something like the SAT and don’t want to sit there for hours, Adderall will help you sit through it,” said “Sally,” who preferred to remain anonymous. She added, “You enjoy studying almost.” While many students claim increased scores, focus, energy and short-term memory many drug experts say that these drugs don’t help students perform better. “They have this idea, or illusion… that [prescription drugs are] going to help them focus, which is not true for somebody who does not have ADHD – it does not help them focus. It just acts as speed in their body,” said Kelly Townsend, Director of Miles to Go, a drug education program. When taken without a doctor’s prescription – illegally – drugs like Ritalin have the same effects as illegal drugs like cocaine. Despite this fact, a Partnership for a Drug-Free America study in 2005 showed that one in ten teenagers had tried prescription stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall illegally. “Sally” has taken Adderall about 10-15 times and was introduced to it by a friend before AP exams, she said. She said friends told her it would make studying much easier. “I don’t think the girls at Marlborough are any different
People who have learning differences have struggled for decades and decades to get help, and now when we’re suddenly getting help, people who don’t have the differences are abusing it.
- Kelly Townsend of Miles to Go
than the girls at… [other] independent schools. It’s a challenging school and they’re trying to stay ahead – they’re trying to keep up,” Townsend said. It’s difficult to try to maintain the expectations of parents, peers and teachers, she added. “Kids are often looking for that edge,” said Marlborough School Counselor Emily Vaughn. They think prescription drugs will move them that much more forward, she added. Another senior, “Jane,” who has been diagnosed with ADD, said she understands the temptation for other students to take the drugs but thinks it’s wrong. “Everybody’s really stressed out,” she said. “… [But] I don’t think it’s right for someone to take drugs they aren’t supposed to, whether they’re prescription or something else.”
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Townsend said the abuse of prescription drugs is unfair to those like “Jane.” “People who have learning differences have struggled for decades and decades to get help and now when we’re suddenly getting help, people who don’t have the differences are abusing it,” Townsend said. Somewhat surprising is how easily teenagers obtain prescription drugs, often getting them from medicine cabinets at home or from friends who take the drugs legally. “Sally” said her friends give Adderall to her for free, and she was asked only once by a friend to pay a few dollars. Eight years ago while visiting secondary schools on the
... if you’re prepping for something like the SAT and don’t want to sit there for hours, Adderall will help you ... You enjoy studying almost.
- anonymous Marlborough senior “Sally”
east coast, Director of Upper School Laura Hotchkiss first heard of teenagers abusing prescription drugs to enhance studying and learned it was one of the biggest concerns of the schools. “I think more troublesome [than the use of the drugs] was the fact that students thought it was ‘okay’ to share their prescriptions,” Hotchkiss said. Townsend said doctors are also contributing to this rising trend by giving out prescriptions too easily. “Unscrupulous doctors are more apt to give prescriptions out,” Townsend said. “It’s hard to deceive a doctor who takes the time to really test you… true diagnosis of ADD, ADHD and dyslexia takes a lot of time and effort, and a lot of doctors don’t have that time.” Other doctors are tougher. “Jane” said when she was diagnosed with ADD, the doctor required her to sign a form that said she wouldn’t give her medication to anyone else or sell it. “She made it very explicit about not doing that,” “Jane” said. Her diagnosis took approximately six hours and involved her being asked a series of questions so the doctor could test her ability to think in certain areas. “Sally” said she will continue using Adderall on a need basis. “I’m sure it’s not good for me… but I can’t imagine that doing it as little as I am will have a long-term effect for [sic] me,” “Sally” said. “It’s a pretty big gamble with your brain… and with your future,” Townsend said. “When you’re over-medicating for something you don’t have, you’re learning how to learn using drugs,” Townsend said. You should learn to do everything naturally, she said. “I think that if we can get girls to understand… what [prescription drugs] do, I think they make smarter decisions. It doesn’t mean that they don’t choose to do things recreationally and make decisions that we don’t think are always the best decisions as adults, but they’re adolescents and those are the decisions they’re going to make,” Hotchkiss said. If studying is truly important, taking any drugs that have a possibility of hurting instead of helping you isn’t worth it, Hotchkiss said. “Why risk it?”
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popular and illegal study tool The Hangover
The High-Speed Trend ♦ 2.25 million middle school and high school students are using Ritalin without prescription, estimates The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, based on a 2006 survey. That’s roughly one in 10 students. ♦ Some 29 percent of teens said they have close friends who have abused prescription stimulants Ritalin and Adderall, according to a 2006 survey by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. ♦ Sales of Adderall are up over 3,000 percent over the last four years, according to IMS Health, a pharmaceutical information company. ♦ The number of 12 to 17 year olds who abused controlled prescription drugs jumped 212 percent from 1992 to 2003, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
Some short-term effects of prescription stimulants…
♦ Increased blood pressure and heart rate ♦ Increased breathing ♦ Loss of appetite ♦ Severe depression upon withdrawal
Some long-term effects of prescription stimulants…
♦ Users take stimulants compulsively due to addiction ♦ Paranoia ♦ Irregular heartbeat ♦ Dangerously high body temperatures Sources: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and KidsHealth
Is it that important? Avoid the stress and the cheating By Kimberly ’07 UV Staff
Marlborough girls have heard it before; there is a difference between good stress and bad stress, and if you have too much stress talk to your teacher. However, Marlborough girls know that this statement usually doesn’t give the desired results—less homework and fewer tests. “Stress is here to stay,” said School Counselor Emily. Vaughn, so we better learn to deal. Below is a twelve step plan of how to reclaim your life and health and, hopefully, make your time at more enjoyable and a little less crazy.
1. Understand stress.
Our freshman health binders provide a wealth of information, so if you are interested in learning more about this topic, start there.
2. Do something about it.
Focusing on how stressful your life is or how swamped you are with work will only make it feel worse. Yeah, six tests in one week is harsh, but after you’ve told us this seventeen times, you should have some of the test dates changed or change the rules that allow something like that to happen.
3. Learn to say no,
and do it without a lengthy explanation or compromise. Whether it is saying no to a teacher who insists that you take a third test on one day or a friend who wants you to be in her club, learn to accept that you just can’t do everything.
4. Don’t waste time.
If you’re not doing something you enjoy, don’t do it. It’s as simple as that.
5. Scale back.
Take the list of things from step three and cut them out of your schedule.
6. Schedule your time.
This allows you to see how many hours of unscheduled time you really have to work with. If it is unrealistic - if you come up with twenty-five scheduled hours each day, for example - something has to give. Go back up to step three and go through your activities again.
7. Think twice before taking on anything new.
Vaughn said to think of your time as a plate. If you put something else on, you are going to have to take something else off to make it fit. What is more valuable to you, this new activity or having the time it would have taken free?
8. Get enough sleep.
Get eight hours of sleep. Magically, everything will seem easier once you’ve got a good number of z’s under your belt. Trying to do anything, from driving to studying, is difficult after you’ve gotten two hours of sleep two nights in a row.
9. Make time for yourself.
I don’t know what your favorite thing to do is. Maybe its football games, or fly-fishing, or sitting around and reading romance novels. Whatever it is, make sure you schedule it in to your week.
10. Take up yoga or mediation and breathing exercises.
Recently, Ms. Vaughn said, “if you calm your body down, your mind calms down.” Yoga slows down your breathing and relaxes your body, which in turn shuts down the “fight or flight” response to stress.
11. Be helpful
Serving your community can take many forms. Helping others takes you out of yourself and gives you a purpose.
12. Remember to Laugh
“Laughing and smiling is very important,” Ms. Vaughn said. Laughter really is the best medicine. And who needs another excuse to have fun with their friends?
Entertainment & the Arts
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Bat Boy Soars
NO TOLERANCE: Rick Taylor (right), played by Sacha Spielberg, isn’t ready to accept the humanity of “Bat Boy” Edgar (left and below), played by Emily Goldwyn.
that we bring a unified energy to the stage. I think that energy creates an atmosphere for the audience that really allows them to experience the story and enjoy themselves,” Emily said. However, although the cast relished their time spent together and working on “Bat Boy,” many girls in the cast admitted that the couple of weeks preceding the show’s opening were difficult, as many rehearsals went late and they still had to keep up with their schoolwork. Julie ’10 , a dancer in the cast, said crunch week was definitely stressful. “I had two tests this week and I’ve had rehearsals
Monday and Tuesday that ended at 8 to 8:30,” she said. “It’s manageable but it’s still hard.” Sally ’09 agreed that the rehearsals were tough. “‘Bat Boy’ is a very active play, and a lot of us don’t have much time offstage,” said Sally, who played a rancher. “That’s made the weeks leading up the opening more tiring than usual, but the payoff was definitely worth the extra effort.” The audience seemed to wholeheartedly agree. As crew member Grace ’08 put it, “I think it’s a very powerful cast that has a great range of physical and vocal ability.” The play’s success was clearly
due to a variety of factors, but especially Director Tom Q u a i n t a n c e ’s creative talent and ability to inspire the energy and dedication of the entire “Bat Boy” cast. Also key were music director Ernie Scarbrough, who lead a fivepiece rock band including Rich Del Grosso, choreographer Deon Shaver, costume designer Kharen Zeunert, vocal coach Michelle Wolf, and acting coach Anne Scarbrough, just to name a few.
Photos by Tom Small
By the time Emily ’07 stepped to center stage to take the final bow, the sold-out Saturday night audience packed into Caswell Hall was reveling in the ambiance that “Bat Boy: The Musical” had magnificently created. The 33 person cast of “Bat Boy,” aided by a student crew of five, had rehearsed for most of the first semester to pull off the Nov. 16 opening for Marlborough’s first-ever rock musical, a tale of the “inner beast” and tolerance pulled from tabloid headlines by writers Brian Flemming and Keythe Farley. Cast members became extremely close as a result of the many hours spent together during the weeks of rehearsal, defying both grade and age differences. Meghan ’11, who played the role of the postman, said that the process of putting together the play was fun. “We all get to have relationships with each other.” She added, “We’ve worked really hard, and it’s really sad that it’s ending, because we’ve all become one big family.” Senior Emily, whose singing as Pan brought together the secret union of Bat Boy and his love Meredith whilst in the woods, echoed Meghan’s thoughts. “The cast is so intensely close
When the final Saturday perfomance rolled around, each cast member was sad that the production was finally coming to a close. Chiara ’10 echoed the thoughts of her castmates when she said, “I’m so unwilling to believe it’s the last show tonight.”
-Evelyn ’10, Thea ’07, Katie ’07, and Amanda ‘09
Playing to strengths, playing to challenges, playing to students By Colette ’11 UV Contributor
Coach Anne Scarborough and Tom Quaintance sift through piles of scripts, looking at each one carefully before tossing it aside. Yet again, they are undertaking the most challenging task of their careers: trying to pick the right play for their students to perform. These teachers can spend months reading and eliminating hundreds of scripts from consideration. Fortunately, they each only have to do this difficult task twice each year: Coach Scarbrough goes through the process of choosing and directing both the 7th grade play and a play for Drama Ensemble, while Mr. Quaintance is in charge of the all-school and middle-school plays. There are many factors that the two teachers say they must take into consideration when choosing a play, such as the storyline, the number of parts available for students to take, and the message being sent to the audience. However, the factors are different for the two different teachers. Quaintance considers himself a “storyteller at heart” and is “always looking for stories” while attempting to pick his two plays. He also favors plays that have a strong female character as one of the leading parts and loves storylines that can only exist in plays. He said, “If what you’re trying to do can be done better on TV or
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film, you shouldn’t be doing it.” Sometimes a selection takes a while. In the case of “Bat Boy,” Quaintance thought about the show for a couple years before selecting it. He chose it for this fall after talking to one of the writers this summer and
discussing how the show could be put on with a larger cast and making some scenes more “G-rated.”’ On the other hand, Scarborough loves a good drama or a comedy, especially those that give her audience something to go away with by bringing up important questions for them to consider. She also tries to find plays that give her students room to work creatively as artists. One thing that both Quaintance and Scarbrough take into serious consideration is their students. They are “probably the first factor we take into consideration,” as Scarbrough says. Quaintance agrees with her on the importance matching plays with the students he is sure will audition. “You think of who you have and what their strengths are in general,” he says. Both teachers try to challenge their drama students,or play to their strengths, depending on the students they are working with. They sometimes even pick a play depending on one student to take a certain difficult part. An example of a recently chosen THE RIGHT STUFF: Anne (and performed) play is “Ruthless,” last Scarbrough (above) and fellow instructor Tom year’s Drama Ensemble production. This Quaintance read hundreds of scripts before they play was chosen by Scarborough with choose the right one for production.
her Drama Ensemble students in mind. Being a musical, all the regular aspects of “Ruthless” were considered, as well as the matter of the abilities of the students. Scarbrough had to ask, “can [my students] act, sing, and dance?” She thought they could. However, the students had other thoughts running through their heads. But with Scarbrough’s encouragement, the play was performed and enjoyed thoroughly by both the students and their audience. Every other aspect of a drama teacher’s career hinges on whether they chose the right play. As Scarborough says of a play she will perform, “It needs to be worthwhile… If we choose the right [play], it can be such a wonderful experience.”
The cast of Bat Boy took a field trip to the House of Blues for the its Sunday Gospel Brunch to help prepare for last weekend’s shows. Director Tom Quaintance thought it would help his rock ‘n’ roll musical’s cast to see the style and the movement of the gospel singers at the brunch. One of key songs in Bat Boy, “A Joyful Noise,” is a gospel. Cast members said the trip was a success. “The concert was helpful because we could see what we were supposed to be performing,” said Amanda Smith. She added that the audience was active in the concert, as the students caught the spirit of the moment. “It was really fun to see the Marlborough girls getting into it,” she said. - Izzy ’11
Entertainment & the Arts
PicturePerfect: Tuesday, November 21, 2006
By Sally ’09 UV Contributor
Growing up in Los Angeles, Marlborough girls are affected by the entertainment industry on a daily basis. We get caught in traffic near movie premiers. We see Adam Brody at the grocery store. Many of our parents have made their careers in the Industry. Aspiring actors flock to our hometown in hopes of making it big, and this year, several Marlborough students are trying to do just that. Los Angeles provides immense opportunities for young actors. However, with those opportunities come tough decisions and a tricky balancing act. For many students, the most difficult choice to make is whether or not to forgo drama opportunities in school. Drama instructor Tom Quaintance says that he thinks “the drama department [at Marlborough] teaches a really strong foundation for acting,” which is certainly valuable to any student wishing to pursue a career. He cautions that some students may “make the mistake of thinking that going out and working in the business is the same thing as training as an actor, and they’re not the same thing.” Students deal with the issue of combining school drama and outside auditions in different ways. Of course, they must also manage their normal school work, which can be a daunting task. Still, some girls are passionate enough about acting to pursue it as a career, despite the difficulties this presents. Eighth grader Meghan ’11 is one such student. After a leading role in last year’s 7th grade play and a part in the middle school production, Meghan was awarded the Lee Strausberg
scholarship. This prize is given by each year by Quaintance and Coach Anne Scarborough to a seventh grader who shows acting talent. Meghan studied this summer at the Strausberg institute, where one of the teachers suggested that she begin attending auditions. He gave her the name of his manager, with whom Meghan has been working ever since. Currently, she is in a “working actor’s class” to improve her on-
This is what I want to do. I want to act.
-Rachel Quinn ’07
screen acting techniques. Despite her outside commitments, Meghan has a part in the all-school musical and is enrolled in the “Theater 8” drama class at school. She sometimes has to come home late because of meetings with her manager or after school classes, but believes that when she has more to do, she is more efficient at completing her work. She says that school work and in-school drama productions “come before professional work at this age” and adds that “school productions are so much more fun to me because [they’re] not as competitive…and you’re not expected to act like you’re twenty.” While Meghan admits that she sometimes worries about losing the chance to be a kid, she hopes that starting to work at a young age will help her get better parts as she gets older and attempts to make a career as an actress.
Acting teacher Anne “Coach” Scarbrough agrees that in-school auditioning is in some ways less competitive than auditioning in the industry. At Marlborough, the pool of girls one is auditioning against is about 40-50, but in the outside world, it might be as many as 500. She adds that in school productions “we take into account what we know about the girls, so that they can earn their way into consideration for a part that they might not be considered for otherwise.” Still, auditioning at Marlborough can be competitive: Coach says that at some schools she has taught at, everyone who auditions for a production is cast. Here, that is not the case. Some plays cut fewer students than others, but competition can be fierce. Scarbrough observes that some girls have auditioned three times before being accepted into Drama Ensemble. Unlike Meghan, junior Jen decided to opt out of the school production in favor of an outside play. “I knew the musical wasn’t for me this year, so I knew I wouldn’t be doing anything at school, so that kind of left me open for other things…for a long time I’ve been talking to my parents about finally starting [my career].” Jen has been in three school productions and has taken the Drama I-Drama IV courses at school. Currently, Jen is playing the part of Beth Bradley in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” which opens on Dec. 1 at the Knightsbridge Theater and will run to Dec. 23. She rehearses from 6-9 o’clock three days a week, and says that she has to manage her time very carefully. Once the shows begin, things will get really hectic, but Jen says that she’ll just “work around it.” Like Meghan, she is currently in a working actor’s class. She hopes that this will give her some con-
Marlborough’s stage actors take the next step and audition for the silver screen
nections and referrals as she tries to find an agent. The class also prepares her for the tough world of auditions: her teacher is “totally brutally honest…but it’s what you’re going to hear.” Her time in the Marlborough drama department may have prepared her somewhat for this: she says that “Coach and Quaintance are also pretty honest” but that at school, actors are given more direction on how to improve and more time in which to work. Jen is fully aware of the difficulties of working in the industry: “I realize that it’s going to be really really really hard and I might not even get work or make it, but I love it enough that I’m going to try.” Rachel ’07 had been heavily involved in the Marlborough drama department before she decided this year to pursue a career as an actress. She says that the decision not to take part in the Drama Ensemble this year was “actually the hardest decision of my life” because she has had such a positive experience with the group. This summer, Rachel put in a lot of work to be signed by an agency. She posted her resume and head shot on the websites “LA Casting” and “Actor’s Access.” She also had to get a work permit and a “Coogan Account” to protect her earnings from being stolen by her parents—this is something that all kids going into the entertainment have to get. Finally, she was signed by an agency and has been on five auditions to date. She has been called back after every audition and offered a few parts as an extra, but has not yet taken a role. Because Rachel’s agent only gives her about one day’s notice about an audition, she could not give a serious commitment to both the Drama Ensemble and her agent, and did not want to snub either side. She says that she
STILL TREADING THE BOARDS: Eighth grader Meghan (left), shown here in last year’s middle school play “The Mouse That Roared,” continues to play in school shows while trying also looking for work in film and television. Junior Jen (left), shown in last year’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” skipped this year’s all-school play, but she’s still on the stage – she’s playing in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Knightsbridge Theater.
After LEAVING THE NEST: After years in Marlborough drama productions (above), this year Rachel ‘07 made the “hardest decision of my life” to pursue film and television roles instead of participating in school productions. Her professional head shot is below.
knows it was a big risk to take, but “this is what I want to do. I want to act…I think you have to take risks, and you can’t just pass up opportunities to play it safe.” While she misses the comfortable environment of school drama productions, she says that “there’s something freer about doing it out of school…I can let myself go more because there aren’t people that you know that are judging you.” Rachel is only applying to colleges in Southern California so that she can pursue her career and says that acting is definitely what she wants to do. Los Angeles is the ideal place for young actors to jump start their careers: If a student is sure that they want to pursue it, auditioning while still in school can be the most practical decision. In addition, Quaintance points out that because television and film are “so type driven, there are opportunities for high school girls and younger that are only available for those years.” All in all, he agrees with the students that auditioning while still in school is a “balancing act” and can be risky. Still, for those with passion, it is a risk worth taking.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Senioritis II: a multitude of mediums displayed By Niki ’07 UV Staff
Signs of filled -in standardized test bubbles spelling out “Opening Reception of the Senioritis II Show” were scattered about the school publicizing the second installment of the Senioritis show series. The show, featuring thirteen seniors who dabble in a multitude of mediums, was on display in the Disney Gallery Oct. 12 through Nov.10. The artwork featured in the show ranged from ceramics by Avery, Mya, and Tiffany, to a painted hubcap by Akilah. Tiffany presented artwork from two different mediums. Along with her ceramic pieces, she submited a series of over twenty color portrait photographs taken during her trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, Enoshima, and Hakone. Tiffany also included information that she gathered from the subjects of her photographs in her “mini exhibit.” For example, she found that in general, the inhabitants of Kyoto enjoyed the more natural aspects of life while the people from Tokyo preferred the western
world’s influence. Many other artists exhibited photographs from their various trips they took to different parts of the world. Megan shot perspective dominating nature shots of her trip southern Australia. Laura photographed “animals of flight” featuring owls, eagles, and other high soaring birds. Glenna, who stayed close to home, presented digital photographs of graffiti art that she took in Venice, California and Rachel documented her trip to Virginia using infrared film. In her artist statement, Rachel
I wanted to show people that not all art has to be traditional painting. -Alison Meyer
stated, “I loved the stark contrast between the bare tree branches and the white winter sky, a contrast that is enhanced though black and white film.” Her emphasis on dramatic
PERSPECTIVE: Glenna Moran exposed the beauty of graffiti in her photographs, which all featured urban scenes and were on display for Senioritis II.
lighting created an eerie quality in the photographs that was both subtly peculiar and striking. Coco’s color digital photographs also emphasize a juxtaposition of dark and light. Coco presented a series featuring tea and images of tea kettles, bags, and cups. Jillian, who also used color photography, exhibited a series of babies emerging from broken eggshells to imply an alteration
in mammalian birth. In Jillian’s artist statement, she informed the viewer that through her work, she questioned nature and why humans are separate from other living things. The eggs were placed in grass, dirt, and concrete - even in egg cartons. Jillian played upon nature versus nurture and the viewer was left asking, are these babies supposed to be created from man or born from nature?
Another integral part of the show were the paintings and drawings. Lily exhibited a variety of abstract, self portrait, and landscape paintings and drawings, and categorized her artwork with bold colors. Her bright, impressionistic paintings and drawings ranged from pure abstraction to a surrealistic self portrait. Ibby also exhibited abstract paintings, but wanted to emphasize to the viewer that she began as a figure drawer. She later explored other realms of artwork, such as watercolor and painting with different mediums. Alison, as well, included different mediums featuring four bold paintings and a collage of drawing done in her various solid classes. To many viewers, seeing her doodles might seem untraditional, but Alison purposefully included them because, “I wanted to show people that not all art has to be traditional painting and that you can do art in any sort of way,” said Alison. Alison’s favorite of her see SENIORITIS II, page 17
Sophomores take first at LA County Fair By Amanda ’09 UV Staff
Photo by Les Klein
Pres de Lune rises to occasion By Heather ’11 UV Contributor
This year, the 22 cast members of the seventh grade play, Pres De Lune, not only surprised their audiences with their acting, singing, dancing, and gymnastic abilities, but also their talent for balancing on stilts. Pres de Lune, written by Marlborough’s very own Coach Anne Scarbrough and Anne Slatton, takes place in the mythical village Pres de Lune, where the young women of the village compete to become the next Lunessa, star of the annual moon festival. A c c o r d i n g t o Scarbrough, the play explores the idea of looking inside oneself and sharing the true you” with those around. Due to the “stilts element,” Pres de Lune was held outside of Caswell Hall. Scarbrough and choreographer Cathy Atwell faced the challenge of noise and availability of grass area. Thus,
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Scarborough and Atwell worked with what Scarborough calls an “awesome 7th grade” for six weeks. Students, faculty, and parents gathered outside on Oct. 26- 27 on the pool lawn, to watch the seventh graders perform. At both performances, the 108 people audience poured in, with blankets and heavy jackets in tow. Pres de Lune tickets were in such demand that both of the performances sold out the day they went on sale, and extra seating had to be added. The audience really enjoyed seeing their classmates in Pres de Lune. “The story was really interesting and the girls did an amazing job,” said Amanda ’11. For cast members like Joplin King, it was great to get to “bond with new people.” And for lead Erin, the stilts were fun to work with as “another pair of legs.”
Sophomores Sophia S. and Anna H. knit blankets for premature babies. They design and sew their own dresses for events such as Casino Night. Last year they submitted “Formole” into Marlborough’s annual Mole Day. Now, they have something else to add to their résumé: This past summer, they submitted pottery, dyed yarn, and several knitted, sewed, and crocheted pieces to the Los Angeles County Fair, where all of their submitted pieces earned first and second place awards. Last year, when Sophia visited the LA County Fair, she visited the arts and craft complex where there were rows of kids and teens’ artwork on display. She was intrigued, and she consulted with Anna about submitting their work, which they made for their Marlborough art classes and during their leisure time. The pieces they submitted were not purposely made to submit to the fair. Anna explains that “if I had stuff sitting around that fit a category, I submitted it. I didn’t specifically make anything for the fair.” Because the judging panel does not notify the winners, Sophia and Anna had to wait until the LA County Fair opened to view their displayed pieces. Anna says that “we were excited to see our work on display, and I ran over and started taking pictures.” Sophia explains that, “just having our artwork on display was
Courtesy of Stacy Sjoberg KNITTING FACTORY: A prize-winning knit bag by Sophia ’09 on display with other winning crafts.
disbelief.” They did not expect to win. In fact, Sophia and Anna were “happy the fair even accepted our work to exhibit, because sometimes, there are so many entries that people are turned away.” Anna’s mother initially taught her to sew, but Anna eventually took her skill and knowledge to higher levels that surpassed basic sewing techniques. Sophia started knitting because her grandmother sewed when she was little. Both Anna and Sophia are “excited that crafts like knitting and sewing have made resurgence. Only five years ago, if you told someone that you enjoyed knitting, they would have responded with a ‘huh?’” Anna and Sophia subscribe to various magazines such as Martha Stewart’s magazine,
and they read articles online on knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Anna sews “for fun and to fill a need. If I need a new shirt, apron, or a gift, and I know that I can make it, I’ll try. But if it doesn’t work out, it’s still okay.” Sophia knits sweaters, hats, mittens, and gloves. She most recently knitted a scarf for her older sister Ariste. Rankings for the two:
Anna coil pot – 2nd place plate – 2nd place dress – 1st place apron – 1st place Sophia knit shawl - 1st place pitcher - 1st place crochet bag - 1st place dyed yarn - 1st place
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Contest solicits more Edge submissions By Julie ’10
One Marlborough writer will have a chance to win tickets to see writer David Sedaris, and six finalists will take part in a writing workshop with “Lost” writer Carlton Cuse as part of a new writing contest by The Edge, Marlborough’s literary magazine. In addition to the new writing contest, one artist’s artwork will be prominently featured in The Edge’s May edition. The senior co-editors of The Edge, Anna F. and Illana, adviser Eliot Sloan, and the magazine’s entire staff have created a competition for all grades in the hopes of increasing submissions to their publication. The competition’s deadline is
Photo by Niki Chang HEALTHY GOURMET: The grilled tuna burger on whole wheat is the UV’s favorite at M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose
Melrose goes Macrobiotic By Misha ’08 UV Staff
With a contemporary macrobiotic cuisine, M Café de Chaya, located on Melrose Avenue, just west of La Brea is a great restaurant for Marlborough juniors and seniors to enjoy a meal that is not only healthy, but delicious. Though its food is prepared without any refined sugars, eggs dairy, red meat or poultry, its dishes are certainly not lacking in flavor. With such a large variety of dishes to choose from, there is something to satisfy every taste bud. Because the food is based on a macrobiotic diet, this is a great place for vegetarians. Open Everyday from 9 am to 9 pm, M Café offers classic breakfast dishes with a gourmet twist. One of these dishes includes the Cranberry & Walnut French toast, served with organic maple syrup, soy butter, and cranberry compote.
Senioritis II Continued from page 16 four paintings is one of George W. Bush. “A lot of people have a hard time recognizing him but I actually took a lot of time painting his face because it is so recognizable,” said Alison. In the background, behind the portrait, Meyer included an outline of a cityscape implying the ghost of a metropolis, commenting on such consequences of actions that have affected the whole world. Alison’s portrait of the president
Seasonal soups are prepared daily, with the small priced at $3.50 and the large soup priced at $5.75. A personal favorite of mine, The Grilled Tuna burger, is seared and glazed with teriyaki sauce and garnished with avocado. The burger is seared and served on a house-baked whole wheat bun. M cafe also serves sushi, which is prepared with organic heirloom varietal whole-grain brown rice from Koda Farms. M Cafe also has a great selection of pastries and desserts. It also has great fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and natural sodas. For coffee lovers, it has a large variety of hot beverages. If you also happen to be a Pinkberry fanatic, after you enjoy your delicious healthy meal at M Cafe, you can have your mouth-watering natural fat-free frozen yogurt at the newly opened Pinkberry located next door to M Cafe.
was a catalyst for observers to think about what they would put behind them in a painting of what they have changed in the world. As Alison said, “I want people to think: what would be in my background? What do I affect?” The Senioritis II opening was a success, and as the gallery gets ready for the Winter art show, everyone is excited for the next opening.
Dec. 1st and it is open to all types of writing submissions, ranging from prose poetry to essay writing. The contest’s grand prize to see Sedaris is for or upperschoolers only, but the six spots in the writing workshop are for all grades. In addition to the writing contests, there is also an art competition. The winner’s artwork will be featured eitehr on the front cover or first inside page of The Edge. Both competitions will be judged by a panel of teachers and the winners will be announced at Winter Fest on Dec. 15. The Edge staff plans to transform the literary magazine into a professional looking
publication, complete with a new binding. The editors also want to submit the magazine to the Columbia University’s Literary Publication Contest. However, The Edge has not yet reached its full potential. “In the past years, many people didn’t take The Edge very seriously, and we’re not up to speed just yet,” Sloan said. “Marlborough girls are so talented, and that’s why we’re encouraging unlimited amount of submissions,” Sloane added. Students can submit now online at theedge@marlboroughschool. org or submit in The Edge box in front of the library.
Middle schoolers take firsts in piano competition By Kelsey ’11 UV Contributor
At the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (SCJBF), piano students, Lauren ’12 and Allison ’11 both won first place in the categories they competed in at Cal State LA on Oct. 14. The purpose of the SCJBF is to get dedicated piano students to focus on sharpening their skills for the rigors of competition. They are given a chance to showcase their talents, while performing for a crowd in hopes of coming away with top marks from the judges. Lauren and Allisonhave both been playing piano for more than half of their lives, and share the same trainer, Jee-Sung K., who is also Lauren’s mom. Allison competed in the category Invention and Sinfonia in A Minor. She spent numerous weekends driving to South Pasadena for lessons preparing her for this festival. “I was confident and practiced the piece like forever,” said Allison of her stunning Bach rendition. Lauren competed in the French Suites category and walked away with a first place medal. The competition “forces the students to focus,” said Deborah Sealove, the director of Music Ensemble at Marlborough. Both Lauren and Allison improved their skills under her direction in Marlborough’s Music Ensemble. They each made it through three stiff rounds of this demanding competition, going up against roughly a hundred students, all of whom must be highly skilled in piano to be accepted into this program. As Lauren put it, “it pays off in the end.”
TUNE IN Mr. Aieta
Top 10 songs for fall
The Smiths “How Soon is Now?” The Stone Roses “I Wanna be Adored” The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” Van Halen “Dance the Night Away” The The “Armageddon Days” Death Cab for Cutie “Your Heart is an Empty Room” The Brand New Heavies featuring the Pharcyde “Soul Flower” Arctic Monkeys “Dancing Shoes” Morrissey - Pretty much any song Cake “The Distance”
Faculty chorus performance set The faculty and staff chorus is a voluntary choral group conducted by Ernie Scarborough, and it includes 10 vocalists who practice on Friday mornings at 7:15. These “songbirds” perform once a year at the Winter Choral Concert, at 7:00 P.M. on December 8th. The chorus will be singing their favorite tunes, which they have been practicing all year. Helen Mendoza, a soprano in the chorus, said that “the
chorus is a good chance to see teachers from other departments that I don’t normally have an opportunity to interact with.” Others point out that the chorus is a nice break from their teaching responsibilities, as well as an opportunity to follow their passion. After hard work, and many early Friday mornings, this group is enthusiastic to share their music with the Marlborough community at their upcoming concert. - Simone ’10
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Blast from the Marlborough past: Sophie Buhai takes on fashion By Misha ’08
flects Buhai’s personal style. Bu- hai displayed a keen eye for fashhai still shops at flea markets, but ion and art beyond her years at Parsons school Sophie Buhai, Marlborough is able to combine her look with designer pieces from Miu Miu of Design. class of 1998, is one of the two with a higher budget than she had Her art teachdesigners for the popular contemas a high school student. ers recognized porary clothing line, Vena Cava. While at Marlborough, Buhai her talent and In the short three years since it found ways to rebel against the saw her future began, Vena Cava has developed uniform code, without breakin art very a reputation with loyal celebrity ing any rules. She pushed the early on. clientele and is admired by “fashlimits by wearing a vintage “I always ionistas” worldwide. With its thought that growing recognition in the fash- silk collared shirt with white embroidery and cuffed gray she would ion world, Vena Cava has been school pants. Buhai loved become a fashfeatured in top fashion magazines: to shop a flea markets and ion designer” “Vogue,” “Elle,” and “Harper’s vintage shops. said Kathy Rea, Bazaar.” “People were reMarlborough art ally into artsy, crafty, teacher. “She do-it-yourself looks. was always Girls made their interested own purses out in clothes of scrap faband accesric. I guess sories. Her work the popular was specific. She look was used simple clean grunge and designs that stood Vena Cava is inspired hippy-boout from the crowd. I by past eras, while its look is still h e m i a n ” identified early on that very modern. The line is filled said Buhai Sophie would do somewith dresses and blouses of clasabout the thing very specific with sic silhouettes. Vena Cava’s caretrends and her artwork.” ful attention to detail and hand Sophie’s passion did stitched designs create a dainty p o p u l a r l o o k s not lie solely in fashion. feminine look, yet it is still very of the “I first wanted to bewearable. Vena Cava’s clothes, time. come an actress, then a though simple, do not lack in designer, then an artist” style. The look is sophisticated B u said Buhai of the careers she and displays its own complexity planned on through subtle detail. A timeless going into VENA CAVA: A patterned dress from Buhai’s Spring look created by the perfect mix of as an ado2006 collection. vintage and modern elements relescent. UV Staff
Fashion is a lot more business oriented than one would think.
Buhai was not only a visual artist but also a performing artist. Sophie was in all the school plays and did a great job playing male parts. “I aced in a lot of Shakespeare’s plays at Marlborough, and short hair was good for all the male roles,” Buhai answered when asked about her decision for her Jean Seaberg/ Audrey Hepburn inspired haircut during her junior year. Though she shared her love of fashion with the love of performing, Sophie applied early to Parsons School of Design, and was accepted. As a student of Parsons, Buhai sent her portfolio and landed an impressive internship with Marc Jacobs. At Parsons, Sophie met Lisa Mayock, her design partner. The two Los Angeles natives graduated in 2003 and there began Vena Cava. With her interest in fashion leading toward a career, Buhai learned about the real world of fashion. “Fashion is a lot more business oriented than one would think. It’s more like 20% designing and I had to take a lot of business classes.” Though a career in the fashion industry has many difficulties, Vena Cava proves to be successful. Vena Cava can be found at top Los Angeles clothing boutiques that include Creatures of
Comfort, Satine, Yellow, and Curve. It can also be found at Ron Herman and high end department store, Barneys New York. Sophie Buhai currently lives in New York and finds it an inspirational place to live. “I enjoy being able to take the subway everywhere.”
Sophia Buhai Fashion Designer
Favorite designers: prada, lanvin, marni, dries van noten. Favorite shopping, NY: bird, opening ceremony, h&m, steven alan. Favorite shopping, LA: barneys, miu miu, flea markets, ebay, creatures of comfort, satine, ron herman, fred segal
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The varsity cross country team conquered at the CIF Southern Section finals on Saturday, with runners placing first, second, eighth, 13th and 23rd, and Kate ’07 breaking the school record for the course with a time of 18:21. Winning by an eighty point margin, the team collectively scored 34 points, annihilating the runner-up team that had scored 115 points. Senior Christina describes their victory as “crushing our competition.” Next Saturday at the state finals in Fresno, the team, under head coach Jimmie Grant, hopes to not only improve on their bestever sixth place finish last year, but to bring home Marlborough’s first state championship in any sport.
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ough’s combined time of 95:43 for its first five runners at CIF-SS finals was its best, and was over six minutes better than the runner up. nKate ’07 broke the school for the
course with a time of 18:21
nMarborough place three runners
in the top ten.
nThe team goes into the state finals on Nov. 25 ranked first in Div. 4 and has a chance to win the school’s first ever state championship in any sport.
“We’re going to win,” said Collicutt, assuring victory. “We have improved so much since seventh grade and the beginning of the season,” said sophomore Ashley, who came in 8th at the meet. The team bumped to the No. 1 ranking in the state for their division on Nov. 14, following a strong performance in the CIF-SS preliminaries. The team’s performance has been strong since the season began. It won the Bell-Jeff Invitational and then took third place overall at the Stanford Invitational at Stanford University in Palo Alto, where they faced top competition from around the state and the country. They then swept through the Sunshine League. They maintained their victory at see CROSS COUNTRY, page 19
Photo Courtesy of Athletic Dept.
PUSHING EACH OTHER: Kate ’07, in the lead, and Danielle ’10, just behind, have pushed each other to record-setting performances all year.
Grace and Van De Sande push each other out front By Caitlyn Lewis UV Staff
Every athlete comes prepared to compete. Whether it be on the soccer field, the basketball court or in the water, each individual suits up knowing that they need to exert themselves to both their physical and mental maximum. Athletes push other athletes to these maximums, making each work harder just to stay in competition with the other. Each push makes both athletes stronger allowing them to take their ability to the next level, a level untouched by both. Kate ’07 and Danielle ’10 are achieving these new
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Cross Country is No. 1 By Julia ’09
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heights as they challenge each other on the road to CIF state finals. Although both extremely competitive, Kate and Danielle do not see each other as rivals. “They respect each other as athletes” and see that their “level of competition helps out the entire team,” said team assistant coach Ola Adeniji. Athletic Director David Collicutt described Kate as highly competitive. He said that while she is not a distance runner, she wins because she has a sprinter’s speed and the will to rise to any challenge. Collicutt also said that Kate will not lead a race but follow closely behind and use her
“kick” at the final turn to burn the competition. Collicutt described Danielle as “more of a distance runner.” Her style, while different than Kate’s, is one of endurance and motivation. She starts out every race strong, pushing her way to the front of the pack and maintaining her pace throughout the race. Collicutt said that “she will lead out a race and sustain her tough and fast pace from the start gun to the finish line.” Collicutt agreed with Adeniji when he said they “both really work well together because they both want to win and support see SENIOR, page 19
rankings of both the varsity tennis and cross country teams
varsity volleyball’s place in the Sunshine League, the toughest league in division I-A
number of years varsity tennis has advanced to CIF semi-finals
number of years since the tennis team beat rival Santa Barbara
Varsity tennis takes first-ever CIF-SS championship By Misha ’08 and Amanda ’09
Photos Courtesy of Athletic Dept.
The varsity tennis team won a thrilling re-match with Santa Barbara on Monday to claim its first-ever CIF Southern Section Champtionship. The team won 11-7, with all three of its singles players - Jane Huh, Maya Humes and Michelle Brown - sweeping their matches. Brown didn’t lose a game. “Michelle was the standout singles player,” said Athletic Director David Collicutt. With win followed another thrilling victory over Campbell Hall last week, which allowed the team to advance to the CIF Southern Section finals for the first time since 2000. Coach Gunner Fox had expected a tough match from Santa Barbara, hich Marlboroug beat by the same 11-7 score earlier this season. “It will be really close, and it can go either
33 LEADING THE WAY: Seniors Jane and Aviva have helped the team to its best year since 2000.
way,” he said last Saturday. Jordan ’08 was more confident beforehand. “Marlborough’s tennis team is the best, and we are going to win.” Though this was the seventh straight year the team made it to the semi-finals and the ninth consecutive time it won the Sunshine League Championship, this year the team stepped it up
a notch. This season has been incredibly strong with only two losses to Corona Del Mar and Peninsula High School, two of the top teams in the state. “This year, the team was clicking, and there was definite team chemistry, with the seniors and freshmen working together,” said senior Aviva. In addition, singles play-
er Jane ’07and the doubles teams of Maya ’10 and Jordan ’08and Allie ’07 and Liz ’08, advanced to the round of 16 in the CIF-SS individual tournament on Saturday. This all happened despite the loss of some great players from the class of 2006 such as Ashley, Jenna, and Jessica.
number of points earned by Lindsay Field ’09, the highest placing out of the junior varsity riders
the difference between the scores of the first place and the runner-up cross country teams
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Equestrian riders gallop into new season By Katie ’07
CLEARING THE BAR: Veronica ’07 and her horse, Cassandra, compete in Jumpers Class. Here they nail the first jump on their way to a 7th place finish.
Veronica said she chooses to compete in Jumper classes because she feels it all comes down to down the riders’ ability. Veronica said, “It’s all about your talent really. It doesn’t matter if you have a really expensive horse, and the person next to you has a $100 horse.” Veronica, regarding her and Cassandra’s performance Oc-
Volleyball digs hard By Niki ’07 UV Staff
The varsity volleyball team competed in the Sunshine League, which is toughest league, in division I-A, finished in 3rd place and qualified for the playoffs, though it lost in the first round. The team finished the regular season with a 9-14 overall record and a 4-4 League tally. The team played a tough out-of-league schedule, while its league is one of the best in Southern California. “[The volleyball team’s] overall record isn’t the best, but they showed that they did well by playing a couple of tough programs,” said David Collicutt, Director of Athletics. “Their inconsistency cost them a little bit in some ways but they played their best; they’re very good.” The varsity volleyball team’s final playoff game was against Upland High School (Champions of the Baseline League), and unfortunately, their loss came sooner than expected. “We lost the first CIF game on Tuesday. It was disappointing because we could have won that game,” said Spencer, a junior on the team. “We needed to be much more defensive and then we’d have more depth,” said Spencer. When Coach Erin Pryor was asked about the season, she said that, “There are a lot of really good teams and schools, especially Upland School with 4000 kids. For that, the girls play really well.” Spencer, along with Taryn ’07 and Vanessa ’07 were the three-team captains.
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“We have a young team, but a strong team,” said Taryn, one of the two seniors on the team. The majority of the varsity team consists of sophomores and juniors. The other senior on the team is Vanessa, who was the team’s go-to hitter this year. Senning, at 6’2’’, was the hitter that the other players would set the ball to and rely on her to put it away. Because they are losing Vanessa, Pryor predicts that the team will need to be more spread out and consistent. Spencer predicts that the team will be much deeper next year and “you will have to fight for your spot,” she says. Earlier in the season, the team went to Kawaii, Hawaii for a tournament in August. They spent nearly a week there and Spencer and Taryn were given the opportunity to write an article about their itinerary in Hawaii for Volleyball Magazine. “They have lots of potential in the future—there are some great young players. Their game at home against Marymount was one of their strongest. Although they lost, that game showed that when they’re on their game, they’re quite good,” said Collicutt. Pryor said some closing remarks about the overall record of the team.“The league is so strong and the team was works really hard. I am really proud of how they played and I know that they had fun, which is the most important,” said Pryor of the season as a whole.
tober 22, was pleased. “I hadn’t shown since January, so I felt we did really well,” Veronica said. There were other impressing placements at the show. Marlborough ranked fourth overall with 170 points. Three Marlborough girls are competing at the varsity level this year, though Jennifer ’08 was the only
riders; she finished in 24th place with 15 points. The highest ranked among the Novice riders, Jenny ’12 placed fifth in her division with 30 points. The October 22 show was the first of four shows the Marlborough equestrian team plans to compete in this year. The Marlborough team also has seven junior varsity riders, three freshman riders, and three novice riders. Math teacher Allison Moser continues as the team’s advisor, having replaced Associate Director of Admission Judith Campbell ’65 three years ago. Regarding her job as the team’s advisor, Moser said,
“What makes me happy is when
girls feel that they rode well and [that] they had a good time.” Other shows are currently scheduled for December 3, January 13, and April 15 and will all take place at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center located in Sylmar, California.
photo courtesy of Athletic Dept.
Veronica ’07 competed in the junior varsity Jumpers class as one of the twelve members of the Marlborough equestrian team showing at the October 22 horse show at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. The hoofs began to hit the dirt in a rhythmic pattern as Veronica led her horse Cassandra to the first jump in Ring Five. After nailing that jump, Cassandra cleared all of the remaining jumps twice, without knocking over a single pole. Veronica stopped Cassandra to hear the judge announce that the pair were currently ranked seventh place among the junior varsity Jumpers with a time of 47.263 seconds. The purple saddle pad on which Veronica rode served as a reminder that it was also a victory for Marlborough. Veronica, who is a cocaptain for the team with Sarah ’07, has hour-long practices three times a week to prepare for shows, and she has been riding Cassandra for around a year.
photo by Allison Moser
varsity rider able to compete in the first show. Jennifer ’08, who rode her horse My Way, earned second in the Medal class and ranked tenth overall among the varsity riders with 22 points. The Marlborough website reported that junior varsity made Reserve Champion honors for the third consecutive year. There are seven junior varsity riders on the Marlborough team and they all showed October 22. According to www.theiel.org, they managed to collectively earn 80 points, more than any other team’s junior varsity division, exempting Harvard Westlake. Lindsay ’09, having earned 33 points, received the highest placing out of the junior varsity riders. The freshman riders ranked fourteenth in most accumulated points within their division with 29 points; in their division, the novice riders ranked eighth for most points with 39 points. Alessandra ‘10 was the highest ranked of the freshman
HITTING HARD: Tania ’09 goes for a spike.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Senior and freshman push each other out front
Continued from page each other’s determination with friendly challenges.” Danielle said her “goal is to stay with Kate every step of a race.” She said that running with Kate motivates her to keep up the blistering pace she sets for herself during practice and on the course. Christina ’07, a high-scoring member of the team, said that they make the team dynamic stronger by motivating everyone to push themselves beyond their thresholds. Kate and Danielle have lead the team all season, posting first and second times in all their league meets and breaking every cross country record in Marlborough’s history.
They both want to win and support each other’s determination with friendly challenges.
A rundown of the big upcoming games to watch ...
C r o s s Country It’s a heck of trip to Fresno, but if they’ll let you on bus, go. What better way to remember Thanksgiving break 2006 than by watching the team bring home the school’s first-ever state championship on Nov. 27? AD Collicutt has guaranteed victory! Tennis You might have a hard time getting out of physics to see it, but five team members will compete
in the round of 16 for the CIFSS individual tournament at Seal Beach on Nov. 30. Basketball When Ralph Sampson graduated from the University of Virginia after leading the team to its first NCAA Final Four appearance, fans thought the Cavaliers were finished. They went back the next year - without him. Like Sampson, Abi O. was a player with
historic impact on her school. But while she may be gone, there’s a very talented team left behind. CIF-SS title number five? Watch them get started on the road to another title at Marlborough Basketball Classic Tournament Dec. 4-9. Soccer They’re back, and they’re for real. The reigning co-Sunshine League champions begin their new season away against Beverly Hills on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
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t h e team’s first meet, the Bell Jeff Invitational, Danielle made her varsity debut, defeating Kate in a tight battle for 8th place (out of 140 division IV female runners). Kate came back with a victory at a league meet against Ramona Convent besting Danielle’s time of 18:56 by five seconds. Danielle then went on to set a new school record on the team’s home course taking the title from Kate who had set a record on the Griffith park course the previous year. At the league finals, where the team captured the first place title, Danielle was poised to reset the school record, record her personal best time and win the race. However, Kate overtook Danielle during the final sprint, setting the school record and a personal best of 17:24, just ahead of Danielle’s 17:25. The two runners were the first in Marlborough’s history to break the 18 minute mark.
First Place Cross Country Goes to State
- David Collicutt
Sunshine League Finals, where Kate and Danielle ’10 broke the school record of 18:04 for the Griffith Park course, which Danielle had set earlier in the season.. Danielleran 17:25, one second behind Kate, 17:24. All together, the team ran a time of 98:05 at the CIF-Preliminaries and won first in their heat. The times were Danielle 18:38, Kate 19:27, Ashley 20:06, Christina 19:54, Celia 20:00, Carlyle 20:56, Emily 22:23. The team lowered that to 95:43 in the CIF-SS finals, with Kate coming in at 18:21 - the school record for the Mt. San Antonio College course - and Danielle right behind at 18:30. For Kate, Christina, and Celia, this is their last season. “After four years of hard work and building the team, this is the happiest way to end our senior year,” said Christina said. “I’ve said they’ve been wonderful, but right now is when it starts,” Collicutt.
Don’t forget to see
“The Little Prince” Drama Ensemble Short Jan. 12, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Legitimate and Justifiable? We, The UltraViolet staff, support Marlborough students, and all high-school students for that matter, who take prescription drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderol, when there is a legitimate and justifiable reason for doing so, such as ADD and ADHD. However, when students abuse these drugs in order to gain extended time on standardized tests, suppress their appetite, or help them stay up longer to study for tests, we condemn such behavior. The newspaper staff does not endorse drugs when students abuse them and use them to, in essence, serve the same purpose as speed. We fully understand the pressures that accompany going to school at such an academically rigorous school as Marlborough. We go here too. But the ability to stay up later and study longer are NOT justifiable reasons to abuse drugs that are only meant to help students with legitimate learning disabilities, namely ADD and ADHD. If a student feels that Marlborough has driven them to abuse prescription drugs in such a way that could be potentially lethal—something’s obviously wrong. We believe that no one, nowhere should feel the need to resort to drug abuse in order to cope, in order “to deal.” Because abusing drugs is not a solution to a problem, it merely generates an assortment of new and much bigger ones. A student should never feel so stressed out with school that they believe the only way for them to excel on a test or at a standardized test is by misusing ADD and ADHD. We also believe that those students who abuse prescription drugs in order to booster their chance of getting the coveted “2400” on the SAT are giving themselves are not only giving themselves an unfair advantage, but they are also taking advantage of the students that actually do have learning disabilities. Yes, if a student does lie about having ADD or ADHD, they might have a better chance at doing well on the SAT. It’s a sad truth, but oftentimes it’s true. But, ultimately, it says something much larger about one’s character than one’s SAT scores do. We don’t think we need to spell out what it says about one’s character if one abuses prescription drugs, as mentioned above, we’re all smart girls.
Girls in Action On November 15th, 2006, National Call in Day, Marlborough girls gathered on the deck to call their local representatives urging senators to stop the genocide in Darfur. Approximately 75 calls were made, according to Ali Slagle, who led the project along with Emily Sufrin ‘09 under the supervision of Martha Schuur, Marlborough’s head of Amnesty International. According to some students, the senatorial staff fielding the calls became annoyed and frustrated with the efflux of calls. “Some got annoyed, but it’s good because if they are inundated with phone calls, they’ll see that the students of Los Angeles care,” said Slagle. - Julia ’09
Volume 37, Issue 2
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
View from the top julia ’07
Junior-Senior rivalry keeps it PG, lame n October brings another grand Marlborough tradition--Pumpkin Day. Students can enjoy a parade/costume context, free ice cream, and having an excuse to not really concentrate in class. They got it right in 2004. I was in tenth grade at the time—dressed as God knows what—and the seniors’ yearlong theme was being the “big fish on campus.” Come Pumpkin day, the juniors came dressed as sushi chefs, killed some senior fish, and made them into a delicious treat. Clever. Cute. It got the job done. The next year, and this is my alltime favorite, went far beyond clever and cute. The “We’ve Gone All the Way” class of 2005 was met by 85 junior girls dressed as crabs. I liked that. A thinly veiled allusion to senior promiscuity and the subsequent STDs are everything I look for in a juniorsenior rivalry: class, sass, and an apology to the seventh graders who thought the contraceptives thrown during the assembly were candy. The Marlborough health system really failed you on that one, Class of 2010. I’m a senior this year, and let me just say, I am disappointed. No seafood theme, no awkward sexual references/ mass loss of seventh grade innocence. I honestly thought that both the juniors and the seniors fell short; at least the senior’s
idea of the Seven Deadly Sins of Juniors was accurate. But here’s the other thing: even if the juniors had come up with a great idea, one that really grated at us and got under our skin, nothing would change the fact that we have less than a quarter left of doing work; you juniors have five.
Class, sass, and an apology to the seventh graders who thought the contraceptives thrown during the assembly were candy.
We’re done in a matter of weeks, it’s more than a year for you. And you say that when you’re seniors, you’re going to show, yet again, that your class is superior? Have fun with your Halloween carnival, we’ll be in college. Chickens? Why not? I guess the only thing to say is….that is so high school. I have one more thing to address. I did not see any seniors dressed up as seventh graders on Tuesday. If I had, I’m sure it would’ve entailed ankle-length skirts,
bobby socks, Keds, and Ziplock baggies filled with Hershey’s kisses. If that had happened, you seemingly-fearless kids would have marched right up to us and decreed that you don’t wear your skirts that low, etc. So why was it okay for you to dress like us? First of all, I don’t know what seniors in their right mind would support that and give you one of our sweaters, but I feel the need to say this: We do not promenade about with such a hip flounce as Lindsay Lohan, we do not chat on our cell phones with such pompous aloofness as you would suggest, not one senior wears Uggs to school, and we are not under five feet tall. Please get yourself some politeness, Converse, and stilts, and then you could approximate us. Overall, not the best Marlborough Halloween I’ve seen, not the worst. I personally know that the seniors had a great week and are thick as thieves now. I know how much closer we are as a class after this strange Marlborough event (and Pumpkin Day, too). And to the Juniors: ONE MORE YEAR, YOU’RE STILL HERE. Fry that.
Challenging ADD stereotypes By Katie ’07
UV Staff Hopefully those who are reading this have read the Feature article concerning the misuse of medications for Attention Deficit Disorder. My initial response to this article was not positive; one might say I panicked. I heard this article might discuss how people are pretending to have ADD. As someone diagnosed with ADD, I worry about articles that I feel could potentially encourage ADD stereotypes. The article was done with great intentions and was written by a great staff reporter, but I am still scared this topic makes people mistrust anyone who exposes their ADD diagnosis. To deal with this fear, my intentions are to clear up misconceptions concerning ADD in this article. I’m no expert, but I think I have some important information. The most sensational stereotype is that ADD simply doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, this widespread rumor has crept into some doctor’s offices. Before you consider this solid proof that ADD does not exist, think of how many diseases or disorders doctors nationwide previously refused and currently refuse to diagnose. Over the years, many doctors have refused to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some doctors still insist that a woman’s period has no affect on her mood. Extensive Research has gone into
determining ADD’s existence. Dr. Edward Hallowell has ADD and has become an expert on the disorder. In his book “Delivered from Distraction,” Hallowell states that “ADD is not a religious principle; it is a medical diagnosis derived from such solid evidence as genetic studies, brain scans, and worldwide epidemiological surveys.” Hallowell claims that over the past forty years, various studies have examined brains of individuals with ADD in comparison to individuals without ADD, and have found structural differences with the brain. I do not understand why ADD is so hard for people to believe on a rational level. Does everyone have occasional ADD-like symptoms? Absolutely. But doesn’t everyone also have occasional cold-like symptoms too? Also, absolutely. Everyone sneezes and coughs at one point or another, but these coughs and sneezes are not considered symptoms of allergies or a cold (and thus are not treated) until they are persistent. The diagnosis depends solely on how often the symptoms occur. Such is the same, from my standpoint, for ADD. Some daydreaming and fidgeting often does not result in a diagnosis, because everyone does that to some extent. Speaking of diagnoses, another ADD stereotype is that it is over diagnosed. Hallowell claims that ADD is over diagnosed in some areas, but there are still plenty of areas within this country where ADD is severely under diagnosed. There
are still, as I’ve mentioned, doctors who deny its existence. We’ve all heard the “jokes” about rich neglectful parents giving their kids some ADD drug every time their kid acts hyperactive. For those who have seen the film Orange County, there is a scene where Shaun’s young stepbrother, Jake, acts up and his mother responds by yelling at the nurse to give him some Ritalin. I admit that the scene from Orange County may, unfortunately, have reflected the parenting techniques of some families, and I cannot directly prove that no teenagers are faking ADD to suck up the benefits. Drug Expert Kelly Townsend admitted to reporter Lorraine Lee that it does happen, when doctors do not want to put in the time to give a patient a legitimate, well thought-out diagnosis. Nevertheless, getting a reliable prescription is often no easy task; Hallowell notes that a history of ADD-like-symptoms is the most crucial piece of evidence in diagnoses. This would mean fakers would have to fake long-term, which would obviously not be easy. There is also a more recently available qEEG test with tests brain waves and is 90% accurate in diagnosing ADD. There is also the possibility of matching up symptoms to the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, or taking tests like the Brown scale or the ADHD Rating Scale. If there are possible additional problems along see ADD, page 23
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The Mailroom Reader Questions and Concerns Dear Ultra-Violet Staff, I’d like to compliment the entire staff on the October issue – it is so professional, and filled with interesting articles, features, and opinion pieces. I really enjoyed reading it! I’d also like to thank you for your balanced and well-written story and editorial about the use of iPods in the Foreign Language Department. We are very proud of the students and teachers who are working to utilize the latest technology for language learning, and it’s great to have the publicity for the project. I did want to address a couple of the questions you raised about our decisions, if I may. Even though the iPods and sound recorders are an added expense for students who are already buying books and supplies, it didn’t seem right to subsidize the cost out of tuition money, because (at least for now) only certain classes are benefiting from their use. We view the iPods as comparable to the graphing calculators which students in advanced math or science classes are required to buy, or a materials fee for an
art class. Also, students who already have iPods suitable for the language classes shouldn’t have to have part of their tuition used for other people’s iPod purchases. Your editorial mentioned that students who already have iPod Minis and Nanos couldn’t use them and had to buy a new one – true, but only because there are no sound recorders on the market compatible with the smaller iPods, and sound recording is one of the key features of the use of iPods in French and Spanish classes. And finally, if I may respectfully disagree with the conclusion of your editorial, the real test of the usefulness of the iPods won’t be the results of the AP exams so much as the increased ability of students to speak, hear, understand, and enjoy their foreign language in all kinds of situations. If students can improve their fluency and have fun doing it, we’ll consider the iPod project a great success!
The UltraViolet Co-Editors in Chief Thea ’07 Caitlyn ’07
Entertainment & the Arts Julia ’07
Designers Cover Sheri’08
Senior Reporter Marissa ’08
Member of the Quill and Scroll Society, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association
Community Managing Editor Evan ’08 Kimberly ’07 Backpage Misha ’08 Assignment Editors Photo Editor Lorraine ’08 Niki ’07 Katie ’07
News Lorraine ’08 Feature Katie ’07 Sports Amanda ’09 Julia ’09
Advisor Mark Krewatch Contributers Isabel ’07 Sally ’09 Courtney ’07
Dr. Hansen Department Head, Foreign Language
Our Mission The UltraViolet staff pledges to produce a quality publication which: Addresses issues of importance in the Marlborough Community Sparks interest among our readers Demonstrates ethical and objective news reporting Represents a range of opinions
Continued from page 22 with ADD, SPECT scans are also available in select locations. Some of these options are not as easily accessible, so one can see how claiming a true ADD diagnosis is easy, is simply unfair. Perhaps the rumor of excessive diagnoses stems from the fact that more people are diagnosed, because the medical community knows more about how to spot it. Look at the last generation. Out of the estimated ten million American adults with ADD, approximately 15% have had a diagnosis and have undergone treatment. Recently, too, many of us
Not only is getting a diagnosis tough for most, but getting extra time on the SAT is a grueling process.
Illustration by Isabel ’07
have heard about these teenagers who are pretending to have ADD, so they can have extra time (on the SAT for instance). Not only is getting a diagnosis tough for most, but getting extra time on the SAT is a grueling process. Some believe the SAT gives extended time to almost anyone who claimed they had ADD. It was more relaxed, but it’s now—in my opinion—ridiculously strict and complex. The SAT officials have heard the
rumors too, and they are trying to put a stop to it. In fact, some of us who actually have ADD (myself included), were not able to get extended time because the process is so tough. For those cases in which an ADD diagnosis or ADD medication falls into the hands of someone who should not have either, it’s extremely troubling to me. These are brain pills, point blank. And, they are designed for brains that operate differently, and considering how much power our brain has over every aspect of our body, I don’t think it’s an organ to be messed with. Ritalin and other medications are touchy enough for people with ADD. It is still possible for us to overdose or get too high a prescription, and as someone who’s had trouble with her ADD medication, I feel I can say it’s no picnic. So, when I think of people without ADD messing with these “brain pills,” it’s scary to me. I really hope the anonymous senior quoted in Lee’s article stops using Adderall. It’s none of my business; it’s her body and her brain that she’s risking. Nevertheless, I hope she’ll reconsider what she’s doing because I feel the side effects are just not worth it. Students with ADD seemingly are in a damned if you don’t and damned if you do situation. I mean this in the sense that without a diagnosis, those with ADD deal with the misunderstandings. Yet, if we do get the diagnosis, we still face a whole new set of misunderstandings.
Another favorite is Hershey’s Reese’s Pieces peanut butter-filled chocolate cups. Created in 1928 by H.B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey, Reese’s candy company made its start in the basePennsylvania. H.B. Reese ment of his house in Hershey, later merged with The HerCompany Candy due to the peanut butter shey Company outstanding popularity. c u p s ’ the 1982 movie E.T. The n I Extraterrestrial, Reese’s Pieces candy made its big screen debut as E.T’s favorite candy.
By Amanda ’09, UV Staff
Tootsie Rolls, the chewy, chocolatey candy that delights Americans today, was created by Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield, who named the candy after his five year-old daughter whose nickname was “Tootsie.” Tootsie rolls were included in World War II rations to provide troops with quick energy during severe weather conditions. Today, the candy is still sold for its original price at a penny a piece
Life Savers were created in 1912 by Cleveland chocolatier Clarence Crane. The candy was first called “Crane’s Peppermint Life Savers” because they looked like miniature life preservers, which began being used after the Titanic disaster. As legend has it, the hole in the middle of the candy was put there because the creator’s daughter died after choking on the hard candy. So the hole is literally a “life saver.”
The History of Candy
Pop Rocks were developed in 1956 when General Foods research scientist William A. Mitchell discovered a way to put carbon dioxide into a solid. When tiny air pockets of carbonation dioxide are released into your mouth, there is a mild “crackling” and “popping” sensation. Because these noises startled anxious parents, the Food and Drug Administration established a telephone hotline to assure parents that the popping candy would not cause children to choke or explode.
Candy Corn is no longer strictly a Halloween treat. Candy makers have created Reindeer Corn for Christmas, Cupid Corn for Valentine’s Day, and Bunny Corn for Easter. When candy corn was first created more than 100 years ago, farmers were initially attracted to the candy because of its agrarian look and tri-color design, which was considered revolutionary at the time.
Despite different cultures and time periods, candy has always been a special treat. During the Middle Ages, sugar was so costly that sugar candy was a delicacy that only the wealthy could afford. Today, candy is so cheap, it is sold everywhere from vending machines to gas stations.
It’s not easy to become a tier-one candy bar. In order to advertise and promote the Baby Ruth candy bar, company owner Otto Schnering chartered a plane in 1923 Baby Ruth to drop thousands of Pittsburg. The candy bars over the city of first class – each candy bar was bars were delivered equipped with its own mini parachute. Due to the combination of this ingenious marketing plan and the Baby Ruth’s irresistible tastes, the Baby Ruth candy bar is now a top confectionary brand owned by Nestlé.
Pez dispensers were created in 1927 when Austrian Edward Haas decided to create an adult peppermint that was an alternative to smoking. PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint (pfefferminz). Pez used to be carried in pocket tins, but in order to appeal to children, the company places iconic characters on the heads of dispensers.
Sour Patch Kids were originally called Mars Men. At the time of their inception, UFO sightings were a common fad. Sour Patch Kids are modelled after these supposed invading aliens. In addition, it is believed that “Patch,” which is part of the name, derived from the Cabbage Patch Kids, which were popular during the 1980s.