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W E D N E S D AY May 9, 2007 Volume 37 Issue 5
Marlborough School 250 S. Rossmore Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90004
Marlborough’s annual Alumnae Day was held on April 21. Classes reunited and enjoyed a series of seminars and an alumnae panel on philanthropy. The Marlborough graduates spent the rest of the weekend at their alma mater taking part in more activities commemorating their high school years. Photo by Niki Chang
see ALUMNAE DAY, page 3
F E AT U R E On April 26, Head of School Barbara Wagner announced to Marlborough’s student body that the campus will begin construction over winter break of 2007. The $65 million project will add 86,000 square feet to the school and provide new state-of-the-art facilities.
By Lorraine’08 UV Staff
After three years of planning, Marlborough has set into motion a $65 million plan to demolish the Salvatori Library and replace it with a new Academic Resource Center (ARC) and Visual Arts Center, as well as renovate Mitchell Hall and create an underground parking lot. The project, called the “Leadership in Learning Campaign,” was revealed to the student body by Head of School Barbara Wagner on April 26. The plan, part of the school’s new campus master
planning process, was developed through extensive consultation with trustees, teachers, parents, students, alumnae and experts in the construction industry. The first stage of the largest part of the construction, taking down the Salvatori Library, includes internal demolition of the library that will begin over winter break of 2007, at which point a number of classes will be relocated to a “modular village” and Mitchell Hall. After the building is cleared, demolition will commence during Spring Break of 2008. “I can assure [that] this is the
school’s biggest-ever construction project,” Wagner said at the assembly. Among the many changes the school will undergo, the building that holds the Salvatori Library and art gallery will see the greatest. The building that replaces the Salvatori Library will become home to a new Academic Resource Center and Visual Arts Center. The Visual Arts Center will be on the first floor and include a new art gallery with classrooms branching off from it. According to Marlborough’s “case statement,” the first step a non-profit organization takes to
.Photos by Anthony Brunsman/MaxPreps.com
see CAMPBELL, page 10
On April 13, Marlborough hosted its 3rd Annual Film Festival. Presenters Neha ’07, Megan ’07 and Emily ’07 screened films directed by students from all over the Los Angeles area, including Santa Monica High, Harvard-Westlake, Crossroads, Notre Dame, Beverly Hills High, and Marlborough. With special guest directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton from Little Miss Sunshine, the event was a huge success. see FILM FESTIVAL, page 6
Marlborough’s varsity swim team is already making waves. With an outstanding record, family-like bond and rigorous workout regimen, the team might win the CIF-SS championship for 2007. Photo by Alison Moser
see SWIMMING, page 13
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS Schuyler ’12, Julia ’11 and Julia ’11 are the 2006-07 National Middle School Debate Champions. With over 350 middle school students in attendance divided into over 100 different teams from all across the country and world (including South Korea, Saipan, and Slovenia), Marlborough took second place in the overall wins.
see COMMUNITY, page 10
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“I don’t know what to expect but I’m really excited to see what the ladies of Marlborough have come up with. It’s a wonderful venture. I’m incredibly impressed.”
-Andrae Gonzalo from Project Runway
• 18 months of building will bring a new Academic Resource Center, Visual Arts Center and more ...
After 38 years, Judith Campbell is retiring. Campbell has been more than just an administrator - she is also a loyal alumna and former parent, teacher, adviser to the school newspaper, and coach of the equestrian team. Returning to her alma mater directly after college, Campbell’s long journey at Marlborough is recounted.
from Fashion Show:
$65 mil construction project unveiled
see CONSTRUCTION, page 8
Quote of the month
GOING ALL THE WAY: Stephanie ’09 (top left), Nikki ’08 (top middle), and Lindsay ’07 (bottom left) go to the basket against the St. Patrick/St. Vincent Bruins at Arco Arena in Sacramento. At right, the team celebrates on the court after coming from behind to win 67-52, bringing home Marlborough’s first state basketball championship.
Mustangs win Championship
By Brianne ’10 UV Contributor
Led by junior guard Nikki, Marlborough’s varsity basketball team came back from 16 points behind St. Patrick/St. Vincent Bruins at Sacramento’s Arco Arena to bring home the school’s first ever state basketball championship. The team beat the Bruins, the Northern California Division IV champs, by a final score of 6752, on the same court the NBA’s Kings and WNBA’s Monarchs play on. “Oh my God, I couldn’t even describe it. We were playing on the same court as Mike Bibby and Kara Lawson. We were walking in their footsteps,” said NIkki, who finished the game with 25 points, including 20 in the second half, resulting in the Mustang win. Nikki doesn’t see the March 31
victory as the end of the road for the Mustangs. “We hope to win another championship,” she said. The Mustangs, who this year won their fifth straight CIF Southern Section championship along with their first Southern California and state titles, will lose only two seniors next year - Lindsay and Brittany. Both scored eight points in the game. Sophomore center Talia, who scored nine points, and junior forward Dominique, who scored six, will return with Speed and other talented juniors and sophomores. The Bruins challenged the Mustangs in the first half, but Speed, who was named player of the game, turned on her “A” game in the second half. “The first half was a wakeup call. During half- time in the locker room, we were yelled at by
[the coaches],” Nikki said. “We knew that nothing was going to be handed to us. Our motto was refuse to lose.” The Mustangs went to state after finally (after three tries) beating the La Jolla Country Day Torreys by seven points. The March 17 game, at Cal State Fullerton, was the Southern region title game. “We celebrated afterwards, but we reminded each other that there was one more game left,” Speed said. Roughly 200 Marlborough fans came to support the Mustangs, including a cheerleading squad led by the mathematics instructor. Alison Moser. Many traveled via a special bus provided by Head of School Barbara Wagner. But for those not in attendance, the game was broadcast on the internet by KBC sports.
launch a fund-raising campaign, the current visual arts facilities were constructed in the 1960s when there were half as many class offerings. The second floor will include Marlborough’s library as well as the technology department to create a state-of-the-art Academic Resource Center. Similar to public libraries and colleges and universities, ARC will include special study rooms as well as lounges to provide for a more communal feeling, Wagner said. A senior lounge area, a new student publication center and see CONSTRUCTION, page 8
Schools assess Wikipedia By Thea ’07 UV Staff
In early January of 2007, Republican Senator of Alaska Ted Stevens introduced The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (also known as Senate Bill 49). Due to Stevens’ prominence in the Senate, Bill 49 immediately gained national attention. The primary aim of Stevens’ bill is to protect children, but it also could have an impact on students writing research papers with the assistance of the popular website Wikipedia. The bill would be an amendment to The Communications Act of 1934, and its proponents believe that it would be a fundamental piece of legislation for protecting children from online predators. But in doing so, the act would block access to interactive websites, and possibly blogs, at all public libraries and schools. The actual phrasing of the bill stipulates that it would refuse access to any site that “enables communication among users.” This could include Wikipedia because the phrasing of the bill is so broad. Wikipedia (www. wikipedia.org) is an Internetaccessible search engine where information is posted without any formal peer review. Over 75,000 volunteers across the world have contributed to more than 5.3 million articles, according to Wikipedia’s website. According to the bill’s language, if it passes, the Federal Communications Commission would have 120 days to determine which sites would be restricted, and the bill’s stipulations would apply to any school or library that gets federal Internet subsidies. And although Marlborough School does not fall within these parameters (as it is not a public school), if this bill passes, there is see WIKIPEDIA, page 11
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
All-School Council elected for 2007-2008
day until the Middle School Production
days until Mother’s Day
days until the seniors go to Hawaii
Zambia and China trips cancelled, low enrollment By Julie ’09
Both Marlborough-affiliated trips to Africa and China have been cancelled due to lack of interest, even after having been moved from spring break to June 12-24. When it was first announced that Marlborough was hosting these trips in partnership with G2 Adventures, many students seemed fascinated at the idea of going halfway around the world. Laurie Brown, community service director, said she was “so sad that nobody signed up to go.”
[The] Africa connection will be made, but it takes time. We’ll just have to wait and see. -Robert Bryan, Middle School director
Considering that Marlborough was really intent about building the Chimoza School in Africa, why didn’t students sign up? Director of Middle School Robert Bryan said there are a few reasons. One is that students may already have summer plans and may be too busy to fit a trip into their schedule. Also, the issue of cost affected people’s decisions. According to Laura Hotchkiss, director of the Upper School, there was a lot of interest for both China and Africa, but once the information on payment and cost was sent out, the interest
began to diminish. Bryan said the expense of the trip is greater than one would expect because students would have had the opportunity to visit remote places that are “unusual, but interesting.” He also noted that fuel prices are “sky-rocketing,” which makes travel cost expensive. However, both Brown and Bryan agree that at $5,300, the trip to Africa was a good deal. Bryan also said, “The idea of parents relinquishing control of their child creates a psychological barrier because of the distance.” Bryan said he sees the distance to be more of an issue with Middle School students. Hotchkiss said going to distant places is not a problem for Upper School students because a lot of them go to summer programs abroad. Hotchkiss was asked by Marlborough parents to put two chaperones in one trip, but that would’ve meant raising the cost or increasing the number of students going. Steve Grace (Perry ’09 and Kate ’07), who owns G2 Adventures, said if students or parents have questions about tours, he will offer consultation, even though G2 will not be hosting its own trips to Zambia or China. Grace said that he “hopes to start [promotions] earlier in order to promote a good cause [the Chimoza School].” Bryan believes that both Africa and China trips are excellent, and that the “Africa connection will be made, but it takes time. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
CORRECTIONS In the March 14 issue of The UltraViolet, we incorrectly named Caroline Cuse as a member of the Class of 2008 in the article “Art students win big.” She is actually a member of the class of 2009.
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It’s official. The student body has spoken and the All-School Council for the 2007-2008 school year has been elected. The President is Jordan ’08; the Vice President is Isabel ’08 the Secretary/Treasurer is Rachel Z. ’08; the Performing Arts Representative is Rachel L. ’08; the Visual Arts Representative is Mei ’08; the Assembly Coordinator is Grace ’08; the Athletic Representative is Amanda ’08; and the Community Service Representative is Lauren ’08. The elections ran smoothly, and aside from a runoff for the presidential position between Jordan and Lauren ’08, the proceedings were swift and straightforward. The speeches were entertaining and informative, full of witty anecdotes and realistic promises for the year ahead, which candidates vowed to uphold. Needless to say, there were no references to frozen yogurt machines or additional free dress days. Rachel, for example, claimed that though she could not guarantee food or boys on the Marlborough campus, she
could make it her goal “to unify the student body and to sponsor events that incorporate students from all grades.” Hunter expressed a similar goal, as she stressed the importance of all-school cooperation and attendance at athletic events and competitions. Performing Arts Representative Rachel L. said, “My biggest goal is to generate
I want the arts to be more welcoming and for ensemble to lead an all-inclusive arts week.
-Rachel Lindee, Performing Arts Rep
JORDAN ’08 President
Photo by Niki ’07
PRESIDENTIAL PROMISES • Have an all-school event offcampus • Renew discounts on Larchmont • Hold stress-free events during finals like yoga and “a comfort foods bake sale” • Create an “expression wall”
more Marlborough spirit in the performing arts. I want the arts to be more welcoming and for ensemble to lead an all-inclusive arts week.” It is with pragmatism, a sense of humor and all-school pride that the new All-School Council looks to the fast-approaching 20072008 school year.
Photo by Niki ’07
By Marissa ’08
JERUSALEM, Israel: Tongue bit off in kiss
During a passionate French kiss, an Iran woman bit off part of her boyfriend’s tongue, which was reattached by an Israeli hospital. The boyfriend has been advised to sip iced drinks and avoid wet kisses until the stitch wound heals. Source: Reuters online
WAYNESBURG, Kentucky: Miss America 1944 confronts robber
BERLIN, Germany: polar bear receives death threat
Knut, Germany’s celebrity polar bear, received an anonymous death threat that prompted heightened security at Berlin Zoo. However, the day and time of the threat in the letter passed, with nothing happening to Knut. Berlin Zoo’s business manager Gerald Uhlich said, “They told us prominent figures often have things like this happen but in this instance we need not be too worried.” Knut’s mother rejected him at birth.
After Venus Ramey, 82, saw her dog run into a storage building on her farm, she followed it and ended up confronting a robber, claiming he was about to leave. “I said, ‘Oh, no you won’t,’ and I shot their tires so they couldn’t leave,” said Ramey, who had to balance on her walker to pull out her snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun. While Ramey was Miss America, she sold war bonds and her picture was adorned on a B-17 that made missions over Germany in World War II, according to the Miss America website.
Source: Yahoo! News
DESTIN, Florida: Possible world fishing record set
A mako shark was hooked near the shore in the Gulf of Mexico and is being invesigated as a possible world fishing record at 1,063 pounds and 12-feet 6-inches. “If (the shark) hadn’t been as tired as she was, this boat would be sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Lindsey Stanley, the Sea Ya Later II’s captain. Source: Yahoo! News
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Faculty succeeds outside classroom
Photos courtesy of Communications Department
MEMORY LANE: At right, Laura Tubelle de Gonzales ’87 meets dancer Jillian ’07. Top left, Erica Forneret ’99 (from left), Chrissy Roussell ’99 and Mala Jasper ’99 picnic on the field. Bottom left, standing alongside Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Lynn McCarthy, Catherine Morrison Zimmermann ‘27, the eldest alumna in attendance at the April 21 reunions, receives applause from attendees. Over 260 Marlborough alumnae attended the event, which included seminars in journalism, drama, dance, and estate planning.
Violets return to alma mater for weekend By Niki ’07 UV Staff
A successful Alumnae Day on April 21 highlighted an eventful Alumnae Weekend for this year’s reunion classes with graduation years ending in ‘2’ or ‘7.’ Over 260 Marlborough alumnae attended. The schedule of events began with tours of the campus by current students, “who guided the alumnae through the changes of the campus,” said Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Lynn McCarthy. Students from even as recent as ten years ago marveled at the changes the campus has undergone. Newer acquisitions such as the wooden deck on the field and the SmartBoards were some of the highlights of the tours. This year’s Alumnae Day presented three different seminars in journalism, drama and dance. In the journalism seminar, journalism instructor Mark Krewatch, accompanied by Marlborough students on
QUICK FACTS • Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, and is spoken by 837,000,000 people (English is at 370,000,000). • Taking Chinese can actually improve your mental power when you learn how to arrange your thoughts into an alternative pattern or organization. • To be considered literate in Mandarin Chinese, one needs to study at least 3000 symbols! http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~tao/why.htm http://www.language-capitals.com/
The UltraViolet and The M, led alumnae through a hands-on process of how the newspaper is laid out on Adobe InDesign. The drama seminar involved the Marlborough Drama Ensemble seniors and drama instructor Anne Scarbrough who presented few moments of their “Senior Shorts,” which was then followed by a discussion. Marlborough dance instructors Mpambo Wina and Deon Shaver presented select performances from Dance Dimensions and Dazzle in the dance seminar, and then “The Five Most Critical Things to Do in Your Estate Planning” was an informative discussion led by Glen Jenken (Rachael ’03), a certified estate and financial planner. Afterwards, an alumnae panel on “Women in Philanthropy” included Wendy Wachtell ’79, the Vice President & Program Director of the Joseph Brown Foundation; Belinda Smith Walker ’63, who is the Chair and on the Advisory Board of Girls & Gangs along with the Women’s
Foundation of California; and Ranlyn Hill Wrede ’83, who is the President of Benevolent Vision, the Founder of This Little Light in Support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and is the Co-Founder of Circle of Light in Support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Finally, the Alumnae Association honored the Women of 2007, Cynthia Henry Thielen ’51 and Katherine Brittain Bradley ’82. According to the mission statement of theAlumnaeAssociation’s Woman of the Year award, the Woman of the Year serves as an inspiration to all alumnae and students. She is accomplished, enthusiastic, and has contributed positively to the quality of life around her. Thielen is currently a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, having served as State Representative since 1990. She is also known for her support of renewable energy, and is the only Republican to make Sierra Club’s list of top ten legislators. Bradley is the president of
CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, D.C. In 2006, CityBridge launched a new five-year initiative to improve the quality of early childhood education in the District of Columbia. Preceding Alumnae Day was an Alumnae Reception for the Community Art Show on April 19, to give alumnae an opportunity to view the artwork made by members of the Marlborough community, which included fellow alumnae. On April 20, the Alumnae Office organized a Getty Museum trip with a discussion by Mary Morton ’82, who is the associate curator of paintings. There was also a 15Y Alumnae Picnic on Saturday April 21, for the alumnae from the classes of 1992-2006, which featured a moon bounce and a number of sports taught by physical education teacher Julie Napoleon, who taught all of the alumnae during their time at Marlborough.
Mandarin to be new language class By Julia ’09 UV Staff
Marlborough will be adding Mandarin Chinese to its curriculum for the 2007-2008 school year as it is becoming a “strategic language” in the 21st century. “Now that China has fully embarked on economic development, everybody realizes that the 21st century is China’s century,” said Director of Middle School Robert Bryan, who speaks Mandarin and is a history and social
sciences instructor. Over the last 20 years, China has been emerging as a major economic world power. About one fifth of the world’s population lives in China, which is experiencing a growth rate of 10 percent. Soon enough, China’s economy will exceed that of the U.S. In fact, within the next ten years, Chinese will become the main language on the Internet. “The curriculum needs to adapt to changing circumstances in the
world,” Bryan said. According to Bryan, when the language department considers the addition of a new language, the school is hesitant to give into trends and fads. “China is more strategic than a fad,” Bryan said. Some upperclassmen who did not previously have the option of taking Mandarin are taking advantage of the opportunity, and some are doubling up on languages.
Spanish instructor Eric Reinholtz’s essay, “Morphology of the Duende: Theory and Praxis of Death in the Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca,” has been published by Bucknell University Press in Modernism and Mourning (ed. Patricia Rae). In his essay, Reinholtz examines the themes of death and mourning in Lorca’s poetry from 1927 to 1936. Reinholtz contrasts the Spaniard’s aesthetic conception of death, one rooted deeply in Hispanic culture, with that of his AngloAmerican contemporaries whose own preoccupation with death and mourning is traditionally seen as an immediate consequence of the First World War. Reinholtz teaches the works of Lorca in both his AP Spanish Literature course and in the AP Drama English elective.
LAURA ROCHETTE English Instructor Laura Rochette was invited to present at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention to be held in New York in November. Rochette will be a panel member for teaching visual literacies in the English classroom. According to www.ncte.org, since 1911, “NCTE has worked to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels.”
MARTHA SCHUUR History instructor Martha Schuur received a Global Studies Grant that will provide partial support for her summer study in Tanzania with “Cross-Cultural Solutions.” Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 that has over 3,000 volunteers participate each year.
MARK KREWATCH A film that journalism instructor Mark Krewatch cowrote, titled “The First Saturday in May,” was chosen to be a part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The documenary follows six trainers and their horses as they try to get to the 2006 Kentucky Derby. A star of the film is the colt Barbaro, before he earned fame as the eventual winner of the Derby. There were over 200 films chosen from nearly 4,500 submissions, according to www. tribecafilmfestival.org. - Lorraine ’08
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Girls, ju$t DO It! Do you remember how much money your childhood lemonade stand made? $20?...$40? Charli, the fifth grade sister of Chelsea ’10, has made almost $2,000, to date. Lewis and some of her friends have sold hundreds of cups of lemonade. Charli is donating the money to Los Angeles Urban League Head Start, an organization that provides high quality preschool and parental education to minority children. Charli attends a local private elementary school whose community service program includes visiting Head Start centers. Charli said she decided to raise money for Head Start because “when we went on the field trip, they had so little and we have so much. And I love lemonade.”
Charli “just did it.” Kathleen ’12, Vice President of the seventh grade class, understands that attitude. Most of the school now knows Kathleen as “that seventh grader who negotiated all those deals for the school on Larchmont.” In a time when nearly every girl who makes an announcement, from any grade, goes up with a buddy, Kathleen walked to the podium by herself. Instead of making an announcement that Dippin’ Dots was coming on Wednesday, she recited a list of all the Larchmont vendors who have given Marlborough girls discounts. Ten percent off at Jamba Juice and Baskin Robbins (except the Kiddie scoop since it’s only 99
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I have loved coming to “school” every day to spend hours on end in the Living Room, catching up on perezhilton.com. And I will miss the sex talks. If ninth grade health failed you, the Living Room will catch you up. The level of frankness among Marlborough girls is astounding to me. Perhaps this is indicative of the trust we have for each other, or maybe it just illustrates the real reason that we have sex lives - so we can brag about it to other girls. Speaking of which, Prom is just around the corner... Moving on. I am 14 school days from leaving this place. It’s a matter of mere weeks before Ditch Day, Prom, APs , Hawaii, Graduation, and Gradnight are over, and it’s summertime and we are between schools again. Ditch Day at other schools seems to be a mass class outing - one huge act of bonding at the beach or some amusement park. Our school somehow managed to schedule our Ditch Day on the
same day as Prom (honestly, who has Prom during the week?), so there can’t really be a group activity. We will all be busy getting our hair and nails done, our expectations raised, and sex talks from our parents. And then comes Prom night. We aren’t allowed to get there later than 8:00, and can’t leave until 10:30, so we are basically forced to enjoy two and a half
The beauty pageant known as Graduation will be an event to remember.
hours of sitting and eating the dinner provided to us, taking an innumerable amount of pictures for Facebook, and awkwardly introducing our dates to the fac-
cents); Pinkberry will have some kind of deal the week before and during finals; and Kathleen has calls out to Louise’s, Chandara, and Koo Koo Roo. Kathleen “just did it.” Initially when The UV was crafting this editorial, this was going to be the point where we went on a tirade about how fifth and seventh graders were making more of a philanthropic difference and taking a more proactive approach to community and school service than most upper-schoolers at Marlborough. And up until recently, this statement wouldn’t have been too far from the mark, at least for many of us. But, after seeing the incredible fashion show that the Marlborough School Charitable
Fund put on, and then finding out that it grossed close to $31,000, it was clear to us that Marlborough girls are starting to change their ways. And so, likewise, the message of our editorial also had to change. To the MSCF organizers and participants, we applaud your achievement, it was certainly formidable. And to the rest of Marlborough, let’s follow the example that these girls, along with Charli and Kathleen have set by never forgetting to take a “just do it” approach to philanthropy - and anything else we say we want to accomplish.
By Julia ’07
UV Contributor ulty chaperones, who for some inexplicable reason ALWAYS want to meet your gentleman escort. I think the real stressful situation comes after Prom is over - what are we doing afterwards, where will we sleep, and so on and so forth. APs will be a joke. I will not even write about them here. Once I heard about a girl who wrote an essay about Prussia on her AP Calc exam. This is a pretty good idea, but I don’t remember enough of AP Euro to craft such an essay. I don’t even know what to say about Hawaii. When I picture Hawaii, I picture resorts with lots of tourists, pristine beaches, and nice women in grass skirts. We, apparently, are staying in “cabins” of 20-plus people. Groups of friends are over 20 girls. This means that multiple cliques will be sharing one bathroom. I am not sure that this will count. The beauty pageant known as Graduation will be an event to
remember. I feel that not only is Graduation ridiculously and unnecessarily long, but it is a health hazard. We will be sitting in the hot sun for hours, listening to people tell us that we are the closest knit class, we love each other the most. I propose that we cut out the bit where we parade in. This lasts for half and hour and seems completely extraneous. At least we could walk in all at once, not spaced out to maximize the amount of time that people stare at us. I heard that one year, the moms who organized Gradnight obtained male dancers who gyrated, shirtless, around the Marlborough seniors. I only hope that the moms this year will continue in this appropriate and completely not awkward tradition. Peace out, Marlborough.
Letter to the Editors Dear UltraViolet, I am writing to clarify the description of the 1998 Marlborough Equestrian Team, which was listed as an Honorable Mention in your “Champions Through the Ages” article. As the coach of the 1998 team, I am thrilled that this team achieved such recognition, especially since only a few years before 1998, it was simply a club at Marlborough! The Clarification: The Marlborough Equestrian Team competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian League, which designates a Varsity team as one made up of riders of any age who compete at a designated level. For those who participate in the events involving jumping, the
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horse and rider must be able to jump fences at a height of 3 feet 6 inches. For those who participate in the dressage events, the horse and rider must be able to complete a particular dressage test. There are also three other divisions, JV, Freshman, and Novice. It is quite possible that a school might not have a team on one of the four divisions because no rider on that team meets the criteria. In other sports, the varsity team is considered the “top team.” That is not the case with the Equestrian Team, where the horse you ride could determine the division in which you find yourself, no matter what your level of expertise. The top rider
on the team has in some years been riding on the Novice team! As a result, in judging the Equestrian Team with other Marlborough School teams, it is preferable to look at the year end standing of the team as a whole rather than its individual parts. The 1998 Marlborough Equestrian Team overall finished in 2nd place or Reserve Champions. This achievement was indeed a significant accomplishment given that they had been competing in league horse shows for just four years and were considerably smaller at 12 riders than the Championship team, La Reina, which probably had close to 40 riders. Thank you, Mrs. Judith Campbell
Dear Editors, This letter is addressed to the Seventh graders. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you. On the day that the paper comes out, I will be walking around with a bag of chocolates for your enjoyment. To the lovely and mature women who wrote me that letter, and to the spunky lady who accosted me on my way to Science and Society, please calm down. Please do not liken being made fun of for long skirts and high energy to a real social stereotype. This is offensive to people who face real stereotypes. Please gain some perspective and a few feet heightwise. Enjoy the chocolates! Fondly, Julia ’07
“Model” Experience By Julia ’09 UV Staff
When I boarded the bus with nineteen other Marlborough girls headed to my first Model United Nations Conference at Berkeley, I had no idea of the experience that lay ahead of me. As a new member of the club, I was assigned nearly two weeks before the conference to represent Belarus in General Assembly Legal Committee. My partner and I spent the two weeks writing our position paper, yet I still found myself unfamiliar with the topic Sovereignty in the 21st Century. We put hours into research and we checked our blogs on the Berkeley Model United Nations Online Blog, but there is only so much preparing you can do for a conference, as most of the research is done at the conference. Over the course of the weekend-long conference, we debated the issue of Sovereignty in the 21st Century, which centered on the possibility of reforming the composition of The Security Council. It was an exciting but challenging process to represent a country and come up with resolutions. I was able to contribute to something of importance, something that was a part of the bigger picture, and collaborate with a diverse group of students from all over California. The diverse group of students came to Berkeley from Orange County, Cerritos, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Irvine. Some students, like us, are members of a Model United Nations club, while others take Model United Nations as an AP course. I was surprised to learn that we were competing against teenagers whose grades would be determined by whether they won prizes or not. There were the delegates who handed out laminated flow charts and graphs. During informal caucus, swarms of students surrounded these delegates, who furiously typed on their laptops and printed out resolutions on portable printers. Then there were the less serious ones, like the kid who sang a parody to the song “Popular.” The judges, who were MUN Berkeley students, got annoyed with the less than decorous behavior of some of the delegates, and shouted, “Decorum, please delegates!” Through my experiences that weekend, I developed an appreciation and respect for all clubs at Marlborough. I realized how much work is involved with being in a club, even though Marlborough girls do not receive grades.
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Marlborough alumna weighs in on obesity By Nidah Ahmed ’06
UV Contributor For the past decade, a new trend has emerged in the search for a way to curb childhood obesity. Adderall, a highly controversial drug, has become the innovative way in which select doctors have decided to help their patients lose weight. An example in a recent CNN news piece is Alex Veith, who, despite not having ADHD, took the drug for seven years to shed the thirty pounds that once made him considered overweight. According to an article in the health section of CNN, blood tests showed that Veith was well on his way to Type 2 diabetes. And although the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved ADHD drugs like Adderall for weight loss, it has become common practice for doctors to prescribe such medications “off label.” At the age of eleven, before hitting puberty or entering adolescence, Dr. Fuad Ziai made the rash decision to put Veith on Adderall. Since then, he claims to have prescribed the drug to over eight hundred children and has received great results. The question to ask ourselves is, does this new precedent establish an acceptable means of weight loss? (To read more about the Veith “test case,” see http://www.cnn.com/2007/ HEALTH/03/21/vs.adderall/index.html.) A recent issue of US Weekly embraces a particularly sickly looking picture of Nicole Richie. The caption addresses the star’s dependence on Adderall. Also, one of the latest issues of In Touch Magazine is covered with pictures of Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, and Nicole Richie. Flip to the article and there, in a highlighted box, are photographs of the actual pill. This New Year
has rushed out cocaine and rushed in Adderall: the trendy new drug of choice abused by teenagers to stay up late and stay skinny. Though I consider myself an avid trashy gossip magazine reader, I also consider myself smart enough to weed the negative from the positive in these magazines. It is very much true that the magazine addiction begins at a young age and lasts years. Readers should be taught the significance of their superficiality before delving in. The new fad was essentially the next step in the teenage drug evolution. First it was marijuana, then it was cocaine, and now it is Adderall. There are so many ways that teenagers can get their hands on this form of speed. Many manipulate the test, bribe their doctors, or just have dealers. But now, not only are teenagers who are scamming to get their her hands on the pill, doctors are also willingly giving teenagers this drug to maintain their weight. What’s next, prescribed speed? The idea that doctors presume it is morally correct to prescribe this drug to overweight teens is unacceptable. Whatever happened to eating healthily and working out? Since when do we resort to drugs for everything? Alex Veith, after shedding the pounds, could not be happier, but what happens a couple of years from now when some of the weight comes back? By taking a pill to lose weight, it sets a precedent to children everywhere that this is okay. Walk into any Rite Aid and walk down the Gas/Acid Relief aisle and there are over fifty brands of pills dedicated to making their consumer lose weight. It is an obvious assumption that after seeing pill usage as an option to look like the celebrities every teenage girl aspires to be, they
would begin the habit. Cortislim, Anorex, Leptopril, Relacore, CarboExpel, and other weight loss pills captivate younger, immature, innocent teenagers and sway them to buy. The media sells us the image to be skinny, and many teenage girls would do anything, even harm their health and sacrifice their happiness, to look like their idols. Doctors who choose to prescribe the drug as a way of weight loss should rethink their decisionmaking. It has been estimated that $109 million are spent daily on dieting and diet-related products. It is claimed that 15 percent of young women have significantly disordered eating attitudes and behavior. An estimated one out of every three girls has had thoughts of purging. These statistics resonate and underline the idea that weight in America has become a particularly sensitive idea and is something that doctors should approach with caution. Every child in America should not be tempted into taking drugs to stay skinny; they must be taught at a young age that proper diet and exercise are essential to looking great and feeling healthy. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past two decades within the United States. It has become a serious epidemic that must be solved without the prescription of drugs; it is something that must be stopped before it starts. Nidah Ahmed is a former member of The UltraViolet staff, acting as advertising manager in 2005-2006. She now attends the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn.
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Secret takes flight
IT’S PAYBACK TIME!: This part-live action, part-animated Sin City spinoff was one of 14 diverse films screened at the 3rd Marlborough Film Festival.
Comedy and drama shine in Caswell Hall By Evan ’09 UV Staff
As the lights dimmed in Caswell Hall on Friday April 13, a hush fell over the audience as the 3rd Annual Film Festival began. Lights flickered onto a projection screen, showing a short movie that introduced the
There was a nice variation of different genres. - Jen ’08 viewers to the event. The crowd fell silent as Marlborough seniors and hosts of the film festival Neha ’07, Megan ’07 and Emily ’07 all tried to solve a problem – how to get to the festival after their van broke down! After numerous failed attempts (including scooters, hitch-hiking and bicycles) all three girls decided to push the van and hop in while it rolled down the street. Coincidentally similar to a current cult hit comedy released last year? I think not. This year’s film festival included a
very special aspect to it - the opportunity to meet AcademyAward nominated directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris of Little Miss Sunshine. Fourteen films were shown over the course of two hours, all from different schools in Los Angeles, tackling numerous (and often heavy) subjects. Schools that participated in the film festival included Santa Monica High School, HarvardWestlake, Crossroads, Notre Dame Academy, Beverly Hills High School, and Marlborough. Fan favorites included “Washington” from Santa Monica High School, which provided a modern-day look on the founder of our country; “Broken” from Harvard-Westlake, which tackled the tough subject of rape; “My Legacy” from Harvard-Westlake, a documentary about a family’s escape from Iran; and “Life is a Highway” from HarvardWestlake, a hysterical music video to the song by Rascal Flatts. “I thought they selected great films,” said Marlborough junior Jen , whose film “Closer to the Sun” premiered at the festival. “There
Voices rise in Caswell WINNER’S CIRCLE: The three first place winners from left: Washington, Life is a Highway, and Legacy.
see Film Festival, page 7
Lights out: Dimensions continues the Black Box experience By Marissa ’08 UV Staff
Dance Dimensions hosted its second annual Black Box Performance on Wednesday, April 25, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The show, which ran for one day only, took place in the downstairs dance studio. The mirrors were draped with black fabric to give the room a more intimate and theatrical vibe. The student choreographed
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event consisted of pieces crafted by both seasoned and first-time choreographers. Those including Lindsey Geher ’09, Carter Goffigon ’10, Lauren Kinrich ’07, Marissa D’Onofrio ’08, Rachel Guillame ’07, and Lindsay Robinson ’08. What is the significance of the “Black Box” show? Mpambo Wina, director of Dance Dimensions, said that the Black Box performance is an ex-
This year’s second semester Middle School play is “The Secret in the Wings,” a collection of Grimm fairy tales that culminate in a single, overarching story. Directed by Tom Quaintance, the play was adapted by Mary Zimmerman, who is also the playwright for a number of past Middle School plays, including “Metamorphosis” and “The Odyssey.” Coach Anne Scarbrough, who is helping the actors to perfect their scene work, said that this play is particularly probing as it “raises questions about societal perceptions of love and the demands and expectations of true love.” This production is unique in several ways - it incorporates a multitude of Marlborough faculty members, including history instructor Catherine Atwell, who is helping performers with the dance components of the play, and Chamber Choir Director Ernest Scarbrough, who has written several songs that he is in the process of teaching to the actors. Finally, “The Secret in the Wings” promises to be a unique theatrical experience because, rather than sitting in the recessed viewing portion of Caswell Hall, audience members will be sitting on stage with the actors. Coach Scarbrough liked this idea and said, “it is typically very difficult for students of any age to acoustically fill up Caswell Hall.” She added that having audience members on stage “takes off some of the pressure that students feel to project and creates a setting that is more intimate.” “The Secret in the Wings” debuts on May 10 at 3:00, May 11 at 3:30 and 7:00, and on May 12 at 7:00. It promises to be an affair to remember.
It is amazing to see a piece that I choreographed.
-Carter Goffigon ’10
cellent opportunity for new choreographers to showcase “works in progress” without the stress of
a large venue and audience. First time choreographer Goffigon agrees that Black Box is a unique and exciting opportunity. “It is amazing to see a piece that I choreographed in my room with music from my Ipod come to life,” Goffigon said. As was the case last year, seating was on a first-come-firstserve basis. Admission was free and approximately 50 seats were available.
The Marlborough Chamber Choir held its annual spring concert on Friday, April 20 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The performance, under the direction of Ernest Scarbrough, took place in Caswell Hall. Anna Rasmussen ’08 said, the show “was very intimate and was a wonderful send-off” for Middle School science instructor Richard Del Grosso,” who is leaving Marlborough next year. He and his guitar made special guest appearances in the concert and, said Rasmussen, “He chose a ‘bluesy’ song to which we sang and he played.” The singers sang to a small but captivated audience and look forward to their next concert in fall of next year. -Marissa’08
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was a nice variation of different genres and I was impressed they were all done by students.” “I thought some of the films eloquently tackled some difficult subjects,” said Isabel ’08. Subjects discussed throughout the film festival included rape, death and love. “I was surprised at how the films were all so good, and they were all different but they all had individual strong points. I loved the humor,” Dayton said. The mix of the fourteen films this year brought an eclectic taste to Marlborough. Despite a particular number of films that were heavy-handed, other ones brought out laughter from the Marlborough crowd. One in particular was “Washington,” which gave a modern-day spin on a historical hero, and “Life as a Highway,” which was a satire of not only the song, but also clichéd movie bits. “I thought the performances were great, and the fact that some of the subject matter was very bold – I loved that,” added Valerie Faris. “It’s amazing to me the quality of these films. It’s pretty advanced considering how hard it used to be to make films.” Both directors concluded that any advice they could give to aspiring filmmakers would be to continue to make movies. “Keep making films. Never stop making films, it’s really the way that you learn,” Dayton said. “It’s the greatest thing. And then you have something to show. It’s always better to show your work than to talk about it,” Faris said. The film festival was a huge success, thanks to the hard work and dedication of not only the hosts but also Susan Cope, who was the adviser.
Marlborough, Chimoza students exchange art By Katie ’07 UV Staff
Community service and the arts have joined forces in the newest school-wide project. The project entails Marlborough students and Chimoza students taking pictures of daily campus life, so that pictures from both schools can be combined for two separate collages.
That woman [Briski] could bridge the gap with the cameras.
Marlborough students will take the photographs first. Director of Community Service Laurie Brown initially intended to take half of the Marlborough photographs to the Chimoza Community School when she visits Zambia this summer. However, that trip was cancelled after students failed to sign up. Now, founder of the “Q” Fund (the organization responsible for raising money for the Chimoza Community School’s construction) Chellie Kew, will take the photographs when she travels to Zambia this June. Then, Chimoza students will take their photographs and send half of them to Marlborough. Each school will make a collage of the two schools’ photographs.
Brown is disappointed that she had to cancel the trip, but she is glad that the arts has joined with community service in becoming closer with the school in Africa, to which Marlborough donated over $20,000 last year for construction expenses “I think it’s a wonderful idea,” Brown said. The leader behind the project was All-School Visual Arts Rep Ibby ’07. Although Ibby terms the eventual plan as a “collective idea” with the rest of the council, Ibby proposed the use of photography in the project. She was inspired in part by the documentary, Born Into Brothels, which she saw in her creative writing class. Born Into Brothels is an award-winning documentary about British photographer Zana Briski’s efforts to teach photography to the children of prostitutes in India, so that they are able to express themselves artistically and eventually earn money for a better education. “That woman [Briski] could bridge the gap with the cameras,” Ibbysaid. The first idea was to make tiles for Chimoza’s art wing, but then council realized the project needed to be portable. That is when the concept of collages came up. It is Ibby’s hope that the collages will not only “bridge the gap” between Marlborough and the Chimoza Community School students, but also serve as a permanent connection between the two campuses.
SHORTS: Amy’09 and Laura’07 perform in Woody Allen’s play “God,” directed by Kat ’07.
Seen your shorts? By Cassidy ’10 UV Contributor
The Senior Shorts, a drama production that includes five separate performances directed by five seniors, were performed in the Intimate Theater on May 1. The directors, Taylor, Emily G., Kat, Megan, and Emily R., had only about three weeks for rehearsal time, which was obstructed by Marlborough’s two week spring break. “The hardest part is organization, and planning out rehearsal times,” Emily R. said. There were only two showings, one at three and the other at seven. The Intimate Theater, lined with numerous black folding chairs, was packed with adults, students and friends from other schools as the lights dimmed for the first one-act play of the night. Each performance, neatly transitioning into the next, enchanted the audience, whether through a descriptive narrator, interactions with the audience, a live video surveillance, or just through the acting itself.
On March 12 and 13, seventeen girls tried out for the 2007 Senior Shorts, but with five separate performances, there was a total of twenty one to cast. The five directors were short on actresses due to the fact that the drama ensemble play was occurring at the same time as the auditions, and most Middle School students were already rehearsing and auditioning for the Middle School play. Emily R. noted that, “the hardest part of casting was fitting people into five plays.” As the seniors have realized this spring, directing is a completely different from acting in a school play. As Emily R. explained, “it’s easy to know what we want,” but at times it’s hard to put those artistic ideas into action. When asked about the difference, Kat said, “When you direct, you are the one giving notes and trying to figure out how to create the atmosphere you want for your play. Props, costumes, blocking… all of that is the director’s job to figure out.”
Community of artists on display By Katie ’07 UV Staff
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Photo courtesy of Elizabeth ’09
Film Festival Continued from page 6
Within three minutes of the Marlborough Community Art Show’s April 17 opening, there were over twenty students crowding the Disney Gallery; in three more minutes there were over thirty. Photographs, quilts, paintings, drawings, ceramic pieces, multimedia sculptures, and even a bronze sculpture collectively filled every wall and case. Along with the impressive range of artwork was an impressive range of contributors: Marlborough parents and grandparents, teachers, students, and alumnae were all eager participants. The Community Art Show, according to art instructor Linda Aiello, traditionally opens every two years; this year it had not opened for about four. The art department, appreciating the show’s reputation of showing Marlborough affiliates’ work outside of school,
[The show] will form connections that we didn’t know we had before. - Gina Woodruff, art department chairwoman
not only made announcements to students and faculty to encourage participation, but asked the alumnae relations office to send out cards requesting contributions from former students. Though there was some disappointment at the lack of faculty contributions (math instructor Ric Kajikawa was the only participant outside of the art department), the show succeeded in its most important purpose:
linking Marlborough affiliates through art. “[The show] will form connections that we didn’t know we had before,” Art Department Chairwoman Gina Woodruff said. In fact, Woodruff reports, one student has already asked Kajikawa to teach her quilting as a special study after seeing two of his quilts on display at the show. Additionally, alumna Lindsay Krisel Rock ’94 reconnected with Woodruff (who started teaching at Marlborough when Rock was a pupil) by contributing artwork. The piece, a three dimensional sculpture made of green magazine strips needle-pointed into a metal frame, was a hit among attendees. Rock has been asked to come speak to students. Though this Community Art Show had its successes, Woodruff still hopes for more. “I would just like to encourage more people to participate the next time we do it,” Woodruff said.
LASTING INFLUENCE: Judith Campbel
Q & A: Wagner Talks Construction By Lorraine ’07 UV Staff
• After three years of planning, 18 months of
construction, and $65 million in fund-raising, the “Leadership in Learning” project will double the school’s physical size when finished in 2009. Students and employees prepare for growing pains and look forward to major improvements.
What kind of detail was required in the planning process?
A: The first step was really determining
what we thought [were] the needs for the school. And you can imagine that there were lots of different needs. So we started with sort of broad concepts, if you will, like community spaces, and once we determined what our needs were, then we had to figure out where we’re going to put all those things. So we started out thinking we were going to have a renovation, but we found out in looking at the building that completing a renovation wasn’t going to give us enough of what we thought we needed. And that’s when we started thinking about a whole new building, and that’s when we started thinking about parking, for instance. And then we basically figured out the size that we could make the building, then we figured out what went in it, then we figured out how the big the spaces are going to be. The last thing you do is think about what the inside is really going to look like.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced when planning the project?
A: It was a big challenge to decide
whether we should renovate the building or build a new one. It was a big challenge to figure out how we could do all the things we wanted to do and make all the pieces fit, sort of like a jigsaw puzzle.
What are some of the biggest challenges or frustrations you foresee when construction begins?
A: I think that it’ll be a transition – it’ll
be a challenge for people to deal with change and transition. I think that’ll be a challenge for students, I think it’ll be a challenge for parents, I think it’ll be a challenge for the faculty and staff, and I bet students will find it to be easiest. Our highest priority in all of this is to make sure that the girls’ needs and the educational needs of the school come first.
Who did you consult with on this project?
The faculty and staff and students – along the way there have been various student focus groups – met with architects, met with representatives from the city, met with trustees, and met with the construction company and lots of consultants on various things. Like we’re going to dig down to build the parking, so you have to know where the water table is. So to find out where the water table is, you have to do a drilling. I don’t know what I thought, but I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal. So one Saturday I got here and there was this huge truck with this huge drill thing, and I said, “What is that truck doing here?” And they said, “Oh, we’re going to check the water table.” You have to talk to experts for all of those things.
Besides the final product, what are you most looking forward to?
A: What this is going to do for the girls. What this is going to do for the school. I just think it’s pretty amazing.
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Continued from Cover a new Upper School office will also be located on the second floor. According to the case statement, which Director of Development Megan Murphy said “lays out what it is we want to do more of or better” and is “the heart and soul of why this is so important,” ARC “will have the newest technology in multimedia, language, and video-conferencing capabilities.” In addition, Marlborough will be able to expand its print collection by at least 20 percent. STATISTICS AND LOGISTICS So far the school has raised over $31 million, and it is ready to complete its fundraising by contacting additional donors who will hopefully help Marlborough reach the $65 million necessary, Murphy said. In addition to the approximately 86,000 square feet that ARC and the Visual Arts Center will provide, 18,446 square feet will be renovated in and around Mitchell Hall, creating a total of 104,821 square feet of new space, almost doubling the school’s current size. “The school site is relatively small and its location makes construction logistics and planning very complicated,” said Denise Gutches, who is the project manager and was also Marlborough’s director of finance and operations for nearly 12 years. “We tried to ensure that we were achieving as many of the school’s needs and priorities as possible, while at the same time being sensitive to the broader community issues - neighbors, city permit requirements, etc.
Many of the priorities were in conflict with the community issues, but by working with a comprehensive team of professionals, we were able to develop a plan that is win-win for all,” Gutches added. ON THE MOVE As internal demolition begins, the library will relocate to what is currently the senior living room, and the boardroom will serve as the new senior living room. Faculty who currently work in the Salvatori Library and Mitchell Hall and who don’t work with students on a dayto-day basis will move off-campus into a nearby building, allowing The UltraViolet office, School Counselor Emily Vaughn and Director of Community Service Laurie Brown to move into Mitchell Hall. The Mudd Computer Center’s computers will move into ARC during July 2009, and the center’s renovation will occur in July and August 2009, so students’ computer needs will not be impacted during any of the school years during the project, said Dr. Victor Ortiz, head of academic resources in the technology department. Following the renovation, the Mudd Computer Center will become a space for standard classrooms, helping to lessen the number of teachers who have to share rooms. Marlborough’s faculty and staff have increased by almost 60 percent over the past 25 years. The Café M area will also be renovated during the summer of 2009, so that there will be no impact on student use. The new area will include an outdoor café-style
104,821 square feet of new and renovated space
dining area, a much bigger kitchen with a pizza oven, and a larger menu including grab-and-go sandwiches. CREATING A VILLAGE To accommodate students and faculty during construction, the modular village will be set up on the north end of the field by September 2007 – the art department will move into the village after winter break, along with the math department, which collectively decided to move as a group despite the fact that most of the math classrooms will be unaffected. “We see ourselves as a team and we did not want two of our teachers [Ric Kajikawa and Sandra O’Connor] separated from the rest of us. We are constantly consulting one another, helping one another, and bouncing ideas off of one another,” said Dr. Chris Talone, chairman of the math department. Talone does not believe the modular village will negatively affect academics. “Believe it or not, we’re actually looking forward to the adventure. The classrooms in the village will have a SmartBoard, so our teaching will be the same as if we were in our current classrooms,” Talone said. Speaking about whether her academics would be disrupted, Kim ’12 said it depended on “how technically advanced the little trailers are.” Kathy Rea, visual arts instructor, believes moving into the modular village will in fact be beneficial to the arts. “I am very excited about the new construction project! We have been talking about it and working on plans for it for a very long time, and it is finally going to happen!” Rea said. “The modular drawing and painting studio will actually be larger than the current space, so we will finally have enough room to set up some painting easels!” Rea is looking forward to the larger classrooms in the new building. Other students did not have as positive a reaction to the modular village. “Modular villages?! Just say it! They’re going to get little trailer thingies and stick us in them,” said Laura ’11. “I don’t mind that much. Might be odd because I’m not a fan of trailers,” said Carina ’12. PARKING
Image courtesy of the Communications Department PURPLE: The colored area shows the outline GREEN: Mitchell Hall, the Mudd Computer of the future Academic Resource Center and Center, and the front plazas will see extensive Visual Arts Center. The inner border is the renovation, including new eating, sitting, and outline of the building that will be demolished. working spaces for students and employees. GREY: Blake Hall won’t change, but some classrooms on the south end will relocate during construction.
According to Associate Director of Communications Urmi Kar, there will be no impact on parking during the 2007-08 school year. Discussion about a shuttle service for employees and students for 2008-09 is still in progress.
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REACTION TO THE ASSEMBLY At the All-School Assembly held during break on April 26, which included a huge cake modeled after the current campus, Wagner unveiled the project to the Marlborough community with renderings of what the final product would look like. The renderings included the new Visual Arts Center, ARC and reception area, as well as the entrance to the new underground parking lot that will also contain ten times more storage space below ground than is currently available. Wagner also introduced students to the idea of the temporary modular village. Wagner discussed details of planning the project, saying she talked extensively to students (in particular seniors) and faculty to figure out what changes to implement. For example, she said she learned from those conversations that students avoid the grassy areas by the front bricks, so when she and planners envisioned the new entrance to the school, they decided that there should be a lot of sitting space for students. Another direct result of her discussions with the school community was the idea of building a covered staircase, which caused applause and cheering amongst students. The project is estimated to be completed by December 2009. The students had mixed reactions to the assembly. “I’m not happy that they’re taking away the parking, because we’ve waited so long to get our parking spaces and drive to school, and suddenly, you have to take a shuttle,” said Anna ’09. Laura ’11 said, “I think it [construction] will annoy and irritate me.” She added however that she does not believe construction will annoy her to such an extent that it will affect her academics. “The fact that we’re not going to have a nice, organized library to go to is going to definitely affect our schoolwork,” said Colette’11. However, Colette added, “I think it’s really cool we’re all going to be a part of history for Marlborough.” One parent said she understood the pros and cons of the project. “It’s really going to bring the school up to a state-of-the-art place. I’m just sad that my kid will miss it,” said parent Lynne (Elizabeth ’07).
“I’m happy for the school, but I’m upset that we’re not going to be there for it.” - Stephanie ’08
Image courtesy of the Communications Department
COMMUNITY SPACES In addition to a senior lounge area on the second floor of ARC, the new gallery will become a space for all students, not just juniors, according to Kar. Kar
– Suzanne Koudsi ’91
RECEPTION: Based on current plans, starting in the fall of 2010, when people enter the campus through the South Plaza off Rossmore Avenue, this is what they’ll see.
also said “the architectural plans call for increased numbers of community spaces for all students to enjoy!” Kathy Marik Thompson ’83, president of the Alumnae Council, looks forward to ARC’s community feel. “I think it’s really neat the way people are going to meet in a new area,” she said. TEACHERS LOOK TO THE FUTURE Library Department Director Zorana Ercegovac is excited for ARC as well as the journey to get to the final product. “I am looking forward most to the newly envisioned Academic Resource Center because our students, teachers and the entire Marlborough School community will have in one centralized place all resources together,” Ercegovac said. She added that although the library’s collection and space will be smaller, the library has planned creative ways to make sure “this building period marks the growth, enthusiasm, and perhaps some great surprises that we would not have seen if we didn’t have this ‘disruption’ around us. I would like to see this period as [a] transformation of our minds and working toward our common goal and vision,” Ercegovac said. Ortiz said ARC will invigorate the school’s program and allow students to
“take control of their own learning.” He added that because students and teachers will share ARC, “We have the opportunity to show our students how we create new knowledge, and maybe we will even create it together with them.” THE END RESULT Whether teachers and students are upset at these imminent changes, many agree that what they will receive in the end will outweigh any negatives. “I think this is an amazing opportunity for the school... I realize that we’ll all have to compromise a bit in the short run, but the payoff will be a huge gain for the school,” Talone said. “They [Wagner, the School administrators and faculty] all care deeply about the girls and want to make sure this project has a long-term impact that is meaningful for the students today [and] in the future,” Gutches said. “I will miss the atrium space the most. I have always loved the central focus of the gallery with the trees and the wonderful light… I know this campus is extremely limited in available space so we have to make trade-offs. The gain to the classrooms and the visual arts program will far outweigh any loss. I can hardly wait!” Rea said.
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THE TIMING The timetable Marlborough set for the project was a concern amongst students as well. “They say it’s going to be finished by December 2009 – that’s really far away. Our class is only going to have it as second semester seniors. That’ll be cool, but can they do it any faster?” said Hannah ’10. “I think that it might take longer than they expect, and I think that after a while, the ‘construction-ness’ might be annoying,” Kim ’12 said. Many students are still looking towards the benefits of the final product. “I think it will be nice with the new lounge-type area,” Carina ’12 said, referring to ARC. Although Jane ’08 will have graduated before the scheduled completion date of the project, she said she is looking forward to seeing the Visual Arts Center.
“Once it’s over and done with, I think the project is going to bring the school’s physical campus up to par with its academic and social standing as one of the most elite prep schools in the nation.”
“I’m sad that we’re not going to be here to reap the benefits, but I was happy that they gave us cake. It was like quintessential Marlborough; ‘maybe you’re sad that you won’t be able to experience the finished result, but here, eat some cake.’” - Sophia ’09 “Believe it or not, we’re actually looking forward to the adventure.” - Dr. Chris Talone, math department chairman, on moving to the modular village “It’s really going to bring the school up to a state-of-the-art place. I’m just sad that my kid will miss it.” - parent Lynne (Elizabeth ’07) “I think it’s really cool we’re all going to be a part of history for Marlborough.” – Colette ’11
By the Numbers
Modular village will be placed on North Field in September
New Construction (square feet) Now
Winter Break 2007-08: Move out
Above ground space for library, 16,796 technology and visual arts
Underground facilities and storage
of library, relocate non-academic administration offices off-campus, and begin internal demolition in library
Winter 2008: Begin altered
campus configuration in January 2008
Spring Break 2008: Demolish library building;
Graduation 2008: Begin construction
Renovation (square feet)
graduation for Class of 2008 on campus
immediately after graduation
Graduation 2009: In construction with altered campus configuration; graduation for Class of 2009 on campus
December 2009: Complete construction by end of fall term 2009
Mudd Computer Center
North and South Plazas
Total Construction and Renovation
Winter Break 2009-2010: Move into new facilities
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Middle School debaters take national title Julia M. ’11, Julia H. ’11 and Schuyler ’12 brought home the 2006-07 Middle School National Debate Championship at Claremont-McKenna College in April. The threesome, performing as a team for the first time, beat a team Polytechnic School in the semi-finals and another from Curtis School in the finals to come in first out of over 100 teams from all over the country, as well as from South Korea, Spain and Slovenia. More than 350 students participated in the weekend-long competition. In addition, the team of Kelsey ’11, Rebecca ’11 and Isabelle ’11 came in eighth place. Also, Julia H. and Sophia ’11 both placed in the top 50 of all students for their individual speaking scores. Marlborough’s Middle School debate squad, which fields multiple threesomes for competition, came in second as a school in the overall wins category. The full team, in just its third year, is advised by instructors Andrea Gloddy, Amaria Parker, Heath Wagerman, and Amy WaliaFazio.
Journalists recognized National high school journalism organizations honored several Marlborough journalists in April. Quill and Scroll named Lorraine ’08 and Stephanie Varela ’06 as national winners in its 2007 writing and photo contest. Lorraine won for her news article “Changes in The Understanding,” (Oct. 6, 2006) and Varela won for her editorial “Face It: Apathy is Alive and Well” (March 23, 2006). The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized seniors Caitlyn, Julia S. and Emily with certificates of merit in its 2007 Gold Circle Awards. Caitlyn and Julia were named for their feature design for the article “Edge of Reality: Charlotte ’07.” Podany was honored for her column “Discounting the Real College Admissions Game” (May 5, 2006). Also, newly inducted into the National Scholastic Press Honor Roll was junior Sheri ’08. Lastly, The M won a first place rating in the American Scholastic Newspaper Association’s 2007 contest and review. - Evan Taksar
Volume 37, Issue 5
Farewell Judy Campbell bids Violets goodbye after 38 years By Amanda ’09
Photos courtesy of Judith Campbell
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
To quote the Alma Mater, “when years of learning are behind us, love for Marlborough will endure.” These words certainly ring true for one Marlborough alumna, Judith Campbell ’65. After graduating from UCLA, violets reminded Campbell of “thy colors royal, pure,” and she returned to Marlborough as a substitute teacher. However, she didn’t return to Marlborough just as a teacher, but also as an administrator, athletic coach, and parent. Campbell’s brief return to the school turned into an elongated stay that spanned 38 years. After four decades at Marlborough, including the fiveplus years as a student, Campbell is retiring. Campbell’s legacy began in August of 1970, when she was hired to substitute-teach ninth grade English for Elizabeth Farrar. Campbell’s temporary job became a full-time position when Farrar declined to return. Campbell taught ninth grade English to the Classes of 1974 and 1975, whose students included Campbell’s sister and sister-in-law, as well as current history instructor Martha Schuur. Opting for a change, Campbell switched to teach seventh grade pre-algebra and shortly after, changed back to eighth grade English. One of her eighth-graders was former Marlborough history instructor Katie Ward ’81. In 1977, Campbell began
SO LONG, FAREWELL: To the left, Judy Campbell ’65 - then Judy Minor - poses in uniform as a Marlborough student. At center, she dresses up for Halloween with the admissions staff as part of her last position at the school, associate director of admissions. To the right, as coach of the equestrian team, she stands with one of her riders. This year, she will bid the Violets goodbye after a span of 38 years with the school.
work in Admissions and has been Associate Director of Admissions ever since. This is not to say that this is all she did. Over the years, she has also been a class adviser to grades 7, 8, and 9, adviser to The UltraViolet, and adviser to several clubs. Beyond doing interviews, reviewing applications, and serving on committees, Campbell has had her share of fun at Marlborough. In a fond memory, Campbell went on a school-affiliated trip to Disneyland with one of Walt Disney’s granddaughters. Campbell recalls, “Walt’s granddaughter and some of her classmates decided to disembark from their boat in Pirates of the Caribbean and run through the water. The park officials were NOT amused!” In addition to field trips, Marlborough traditions have
Marlborough gets ‘Lost’ By Kimberly ’07 UV Staff
To be a good writer, do three things: A) Read Stephen King’s “On Writing.” B) Read in general. C) Don’t overthink it. That was the advice of Carlton Cuse, Marlborough parent and writer and executive producer of the hit TV action-drama, “Lost,” when he met with finalists of The Edge’s fall writing contest. One rarely sees girls from almost every grade sitting in the Living Room together, but on March 8, fourteen girls of all ages sat in a tight circle listening to Cuse as he emphasized allowing oneself the freedom of discovery as one writes. “I think what makes writing fun is sitting down to write something and actually being surprised by what comes out,” he said. Cuse mentioned “On Writing” by Stephen King as an excellent book for any writer, and he singled
also changed with the times. Campbell said, “The tradition of the Marlborough School ring used to be that it was passed from Marlborough relative to relative. As each new student received the ring, her initials and year of graduation were engraved inside.” So Campbell, whose maiden name is Minor, passed her ring on to her younger sister Jill ’68, who passed it on to their youngest sister Jackie ’74. While Campbell was adviser to The UltraViolet, staff members inquired about where Campbell’s ring was. After explaining the tradition, Campbell was urged to get the ring from Jackie. To Campbell’s surprise, Jackie had lost it! But when Campbell retired from her full-time position as an eighth grade English teacher and newspaper adviser, she says that The UV staff, “presented me
Photo by Niki ’07
Seniors out to “assassinate” their classmates
By Evan ’08 UV Staff
begins in a room where the walls are covered by white boards for the team to record its brainstorming for new shows. Cuse said it is also important for writers to watch finished shows, because it helps them get to know the characters even better. “The writers get the characters voices in their heads,” he said. Cuse said that although the “Lost” writers don’t plan out all the details of individual episodes before they write, and they learn more about their characters as they go, they do have an overarching
Senior girls hide behind trash cans and around corners. They walk down the seventh grade locker hall looking over their shoulders and peer over stacks of books in the library with suspicious eyes. They wander through the fine arts hallway in packs, dodging each other’s glares from opposite ends of Caswell Hall. If you look around, have the halls of Marlborough suddenly become a war zone? Ask any of the girls in the class of 2007, and chances are that they will nod with a definitive ‘yes,’ citing the game of “assassin” as the cause for all of it. Senior class co-presidents Anna and Zuleikha were the deciding factors in playing assassin for the senior class. “Assassin,” Marlborough
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FOUND: Carlton Cuse seen speaking with Marlborough writers after school.
out a key element of King’s writing process. King “knows nothing as he writes,” Cuse said. “He never knows what the ending of his books are.” Cuse said that reading is the best way to improve one’s writing. He read hundreds of scripts early in his career, and he said that gave him his education on how to write one. As for television writing in particular, Cuse emphasized that it is a collaborative process. The writers “challenge each other to make their writing better,” he said. The process of writing “Lost”
with a new Marlborough ring. It was engraved ‘JMC from UV 1980.’ And that is the ring I wear today!” In the early ’90s, Campbell became attached to Marlborough by a different label - parent when her daughter, Alexandra ’98, entered Marlborough. That lead to another role, coach, as she and her daughter sought to revive the Marlborough equestrian team. Over the next six years, the team grew from one sole competitor, Alexandra, to 13. Campbell remarks, “from a lowly horse club, we grew to be a full-fledged athletic team with status like other Marlborough athletic teams and in 1998 came in second in a league of almost 30 schools.” After Alexandra graduated, Campbell continued as coach/advisor until 2004, when she “handed the see CAMPBELL, page 12
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Sheri’s Cooking Corner
Community Continued from Cover
threat to students using Wikipedia.
looming in our near futures, and summer seems Aside from legislation, some institutions of higher learning
just out of reach. I know that when I’m stressed, are beginning to ask whether students writing scholarly essays my first instinct is to reach for a piece of chocolate. should be using the website in Here are some great recipes that will immediately their research. Some schools,
Cupcakes with Incredible Cream Cheese Icing (Almost as good as Sprinkles) 18 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 cups sugar 6 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda For the icing: 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed, until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and stir until smooth. Sift together the flour, cornstarch,
salt, and baking soda in a bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. Fill the cupcake liners to the top with batter. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool to room temperature. For the icing, mix the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, mixing just until smooth. Spread the frosting generously on top of each cupcake.
Linzer Cookies 3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup good raspberry preserves Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl,
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sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-andsugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour, and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut 2 3/4-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter. With 1/2 of the rounds, cut a hole from the middle of each round with a heart or spade shaped cutter. Place all the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. Spread raspberry preserves on the flat side of each solid cookie. Dust the top of the cut-out cookies with confectioners’ sugar and press the flat sides together, with the raspberry preserves in the middle and the confectioners’ sugar on the top.
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such Middlebury College in Vermont, have already started to take steps to limit students’ use of Wikipedia. According to Middlebury history Professor Neil Waters, Middlebury now forbids students from citing Wikipedia articles in research papers. Many other schools have not taken as firm a stance on Wikipedia. In fact, many, such as UCLA, actually encourage students to use Wikipedia as an initial research tool, meaning students might use a Wikipedia article’s listed sources and additional website links to garner viable information, even if direct Wikipedia citation is forbidden. “I can see Wikipedia as a starting point for gathering information, but not an end point or primary source of reference,” said Vivek Shetty, a UCLA Academic Senate chairman. Even Middlebury allows students to use Wikipedia that way. And in general, the Marlborough community echoes such sentiments. Helen Mendoza, a seventh grade history teacher who is largely responsible for developing a seventh grade research project in which students are required to research a particular topic without using the Internet, said she doesn’t
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Good luck We’re on AP’s and almost exams, done! everyone!
1 Drama Senior Shorts 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
2 Science Honors Poster Presentations 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
4 7-8 Grade Dance! 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
5 SAT & Subject Tests :-( Good luck!!
6 African-American Seniors Reception (off-campus) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7 AP US Government AP French Language
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9 AP Calculus AB/BC
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12 Middle School Production 7:00 p.m.
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21 Senior Trip
22 Senior Trip
13 MOTHER’S DAY!
20 SO LONG, SENIORS. HAVE FUN IN HAWAII!
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16 AP English Language AP Art History Annual Summer Book Sale 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m Spring Sports Banquet AP WEEK AP WEEK
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23 END OF QUARTER FOUR Senior Trip
24 EXAMS Senior Trip
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9th Grade Pin Ceremony 7:00 p.m.
Semester Exam Review Day Early Dismissal!
28 MEMORIAL DAY (School Closed)
Graduation Rehearsal 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All-School Awards Ceremony & BBQ 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal 10th grade Porfolio Night
GRADUATION! CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2007!
Wikipedia debate heats up
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have any real problem with Wikipedia, though she prefers Encyclopedia Britannica. Nicholas Aieta, chairman of the Marlborough history department, reiterated his colleague’s sentiments when he said that, “as long as students realize Wikipedia’s limits as a source, I don’t see a problem with using it as a first step when researching.” In recent years, Brentwood School and Harvard-Westlake, like Marlborough, have been faced with “the Wikipedia issue.” At Brentwood School, “we don’t have a policy across the history department, but we do discourage our students from using Wikipedia as a scholarly source,” said Brentwood history teacher Meghan Kermott. “I tell the kids to start with encyclopedias including Wikipedia, but they can’t stop there,” Kermott added. The Upper Division Dean of Faculty at Brentwood School, Hank Koransky, added that, “since some of the contributors to Wikipedia are scholarly individuals, it is usually required to annotate information about the credentials of the author and the credibility of the material.” The history department at Harvard-Westlake has an even clearer policy on Wikipedia. “It [Wikipedia] can be informally consulted, but cannot be formally incorporated as a viable research component for a research paper requiring a bibliography and citations,” said Harvard-Westlake history teacher Dror Yaron. However, not everyone in Los Angeles academia is fine with Wikipedia, even as a starting place for research. Dr. Zorana Ercegovac, Marlborough School’s head librarian, has adopted a firm stance on Wikipedia. “I highly recommend encyclopedias (such as the Encyclopedia Britannica) as authoritative research tools over Wikipedia, which literally means ‘Quick Fix’ in Hawaiian,” Ercegovac said. “The problem with Wikipedia really comes down to the fact that it is a community based, additive site based on the hope that the submitters actually know and check their facts. In essence, Wikipedia provides limitless information, but every piece of that information is not necessarily knowledge,” Ercegovac added. Current Marlborough senior, Celia ’07, learned this lesson when doing research for her AP English: Bible as Literature class. “I was looking for some concise information on the Angel Gabriel, and so went onto Wikipedia…I was shocked by the results I got” Celia said. “Wikipedia claimed that Gabriel starred as one of Charlie’s Angels! Thankfully, I knew enough to realize that was completely false,” she said. Due to cases like Celia’s, it is clear that soon Wikipedia policies could be instigated at schools nationwide in order to insure greater factual credibility and accuracy in students’ papers.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The best kept secret at Marlborough
‘So long, farewell’
By Amanda ’09 They can be seen everywhere from athletic events to class meetings, dance concerts to benefit fashion shows, with cameras around their necks or notebooks close at hand, ready to snap a candid shot or conduct an on-the-spot interview. Who are these mysterious people? They are Marlborough’s beloved yearbook staff, the very same ones who, year after year, produce the amazing and highly-anticipated Sundial. Yearbook is similar to many other classes at Marlborough – it is stressful at times and is featured on one’s academic transcript. However, yearbook does not fulfill any course requirements and counts only as an extracurricular activity. As a result, the yearbook staff is a highly dedicated group that willingly takes the yearbook course, when they could instead have an extra free period. People join Yearbook for various reasons. Two of the 2006-2007 editors, seniors Neha and Emily R., said that they initially joined Yearbook because, “it is fun to put pictures into use and interesting to use Photoshop and digital design.” The third editor, senior Charlotte, said, “I loved getting my yearbook in elementary school, and I always wanted to be on the staff.” Charlotte’s comment embodies the true feelings about the Sundial. Everyone anxiously waits for the day in late May when the yearbooks are released. Seniors receive their yearbooks a week before the rest of the school because they take them to Hawaii. In the meantime, seventh through eleventh graders try to guess at the Sundial’s theme
Photo by Niki ’07
SHHHH!: The staff of the ‘Sundial’ hard at work in adviser Les Klein’s room.
or try to catch a glimpse of a senior’s yearbook. Editors warn that “this year is a different group of editors. The theme is different from years past and the layout is from different
We interview you because we want to make your year special; it is for you, not for us. People often forget that we’re working hard for them to enjoy [it]. Cut us some slack. - Neha’07, co-editor in
chief of the Sundial
magazines, not a template.” They see themselves as a “fresh, artistic group of editors.” The editors remark that they have gotten along incredibly well, and they are proud of what they have
accomplished. But this is not to say that Yearbook is all fun, even though they do have parties with ice cream. Wayne agrees that Yearbook is sometimes very “stressful,” and Emily agrees that the hardest thing about Yearbook is “consistency.” Emilysaid, “we are in charge of the organization of the whole book and making sure everyone on staff is on the same page.” Newcomer to Yearbook this year, Natalie ’09, said that the hardest thing about yearbook is “getting quotes from people who give vague answers – it is hard to get what you want.” Neha agrees. “We interview you because we want to make your year special; it is for you, not for us.” She said, “people often forget that we’re working hard for them to enjoy.” She added, “Cut us some slack.” On a closing note, sophomore Allyson ’09 said, “We’re very sorry that we can’t tell you the theme, and we apologize in advance for embarrassing pictures or misspelled names.”
Continued from page 10 reins” over to math instructor Alison Moser. The last 30 years have been quite satisfying for Campbell. She has worked with three admission directors, eight middle school and upper school directors, two heads of school, and many fabulous faculty members. Another source of pride is that two members of her former students, Martha Schuur ’74 and Katie Ward ’81, returned to teach at Marlborough, and two of her UV staff members went on to write for major newspapers; Amy Kazmin for the Financial Times (London) and Allison Weiner for the New York Times. (Weiner is the aunt of Avery Miller ’07). Campbell remarks that she has met “a lot of terrific people at Marlborough, but no one was as fabulous as the students.” Campbell’s other successes
‘Assassin’ a hit among seniors
Continued from page 10 style, is played with each member of the senior class receiving an envelope that holds the name of another member of the class, along with a sheet of stickers. The object of the game is to “kill” the person named in your envelope by placing a sticker on them. You cannot kill in the senior living room or outside the gates of Marlborough. Also, you cannot kill during a “concentration,” which includes tests, classes, sports games and practices, and all school and class meetings. The game was meant to bring the senior class closer together as
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SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday May 2 Vine Street School comes to school for their last visit of the year! 11:30 - 1:00
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they embark upon their last few months at Marlborough. Started on March 8, the game was widely accepted by the senior class, with each and every member readily participating. “I really liked it; it got the class to come together one last time,” said Nickie ’07. “Everybody really got into it. People were forming alliances; friends were going against friends, it was crazy. I thought at first when they announced that we would be playing, nobody would get into it, but, I was really excited that everybody got together.” It looks as if the senior class has left one of many marks on Marlborough - the juniors have already expressed their interest in playing assassin when the seniors go to Hawaii.
Tuesday May 22 Bookworms Come visit with Wilshire Elementary School!
include instituting numerous new programs as part of the admissions process at Marlborough. She was also a founding member of the Los Angeles Consortium of Independent School Admissions Directors, was part of the first group of admissions directors to work with the Minority Alliance, and spent endless hours on developing and maintaining relationships with feeder schools, their heads and their faculties. Campbell’s 38 years at Marlborough will not be forgotten. In recognition of her time and dedication, Campbell’s husband, Alex N. Campbell, Jr., and her daughter Alexandra ’98, are establishing The Judith Minor Campbell ’65 Endowment Fund that will be used for financial aid. Campbell remarks, “this fund will give others who wish to recognize my service to the school in some tangible way, a means to do that.” On a closing note, Campbell says, “I am grateful the school gave me so many opportunities - I never had a chance to get bored!”
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outline of what will happen over the life of the show, including how it will end. “We have the big mythology pieces in place, but the rest we make up as we go along,” Cuse said. The finalists found the event helpful. “It helped me a lot in terms of how I go about outlining my story, because [Cuse] said he has a clear vision in his head of the story before he writes,” Emily P. ’07 said. “It was really fascinating to find out how a real screenwriter’s mind works,” she added. Along with Emily, the other finalists were Taylor ’10, Evelyne ’10, Talia ’09, Aiden ’08, Niki ’07, Megan ’07, Elizabeth ’12, Rachel ’07, Vanessa ’11, and Rafi ’07.
Wednesday, May 9, 2006
Swimmers race towards victory
• After many successes, swimming hopes to be CIF-SS Champions By Simone ’10 UV Contributor
After placing seventh at the Beverly Hills Invitational against a field that included 25 Division I and II teams, the varsity swimming team appears to have a bright future. At the March 23 meet, the team’s biggest test before the CIF-Southern Section finals tomorrow, the Mustangs placed the highest of all Division IV competitors, and they also outswam over ten teams in higher divisions. The Beverly Hills performance, along with an undefeated regular season and fifth straight championship in the Sunshine League, has the team feeling strong about how well it will do at the CIF-SS level. Coach Peter Lambert, who is back for his second season at Marlborough, believes that the varsity team is the strongest it’s been in 20 years. After the team achieved last year’s goal of placing in the top five teams of the CIFSS, he hopes that this year it will
place in at least the top three. Although the team has been successful in years past, this particular team seems to be raising the bar. With new freshmen members Sacha and Caitlin, the team has significantly improved. At the Beverly Hills meet, two school records were broken. Both the 400 and 200 yard freestyle relays, swum by Erin ’07, Torie ’08, Katie ’08 and Caitlin, were performed faster than ever before. From the statistics, it is clear that this year’s team is full of talented athletes. However, in addition to the speedy swimmers, this year’s accomplishments can also be attributed to the team’s relationship. “The team has been very close-knit. Along with ‘Challenge Weekend’ came a boost in the girls’ confidence and an overall positive attitude,” Lambert said. Erin, who’s swimming her last season, agreed that this year’s team is special. “It’s been a really good
Bolting to the finish
season; we have a great team and the addition of some new, skilled swimmers. On our Senior Day meet, I’ll be receiving flowers to represent my last year on the team. I never though I’d get here – it’s sad and happy at the same time,” Adams said. Caitlin, who especially enjoys the long distance butterfly event, hopes to place in the top 10 at CIF. Though this is her first year, she continues to work hard and achieve her personal goals. Caitlin said, “During the beginning of the season, everyone was extremely welcoming. Each person on the team is considered an equal – we all contribute to the team and form a whole.” Assistant Coach Flavio Ribeiro, agreed that this year’s team has been especially close. “We have an amazing team. The girls work well together; they’re very cohesive. The season is going to be perfect – we’re going to beat everyone. We already did.” Overall, there is a unanimous
Photo Courtesy of Alison Moser BUTTERFLY: Harriet ’09 flies across the pool.
2007 Record Breakers 200 Freestyle Relay - School record of 1.44.89 seconds set by Torie ’08, Caitlin ’10, Katie ’08 and Erin ’07, while placing third at the Beverly Hills Invitational on March 23. 400 Freestyle Relay - School record of 3.49.30 seconds set by Torie ’08, Caitlin, Katie ’08 and Erin ’07 while placing fifth at the Beverly Hills Invitational on March 23. agreement that the season has been outstanding. The coaches and teammates have set challenging goals, which continue to be exceeded, and are looking forward to the future challenges.
Equestrian gallops to success By Julia ’09 UV Staff
The Marlborough equestrian team finished the season in first place in the Junior Varsity division after the fourth and final Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL) show of the season at Hansen Dam on Sunday April 15. The Mustangs, who competed against 50 schools in Varsity, JV, Freshman and Novice divisions, took fourth place overall for the season and first overall for the show. The Mustang Junior Varsity team included Devon ’12, Ashley ’12, Holly ’11, Christina ’10, Lindsay ’09, Veronica ’07, and Sarah ’07. Within the JV division, Sarah and her horse Copenhagen finished third overall in the Medal class, which is considered the most prestigious category. To compete for the Medal, riders must have accumulated enough points in the previous three shows. “I was just hoping to get in the top twelve, and we got third, so it was a really good day,” Sarah said. Lindsay and her horse Primetime finished sixth in the JV Medal class, and Lindsay also took second place for the season, called Reserve Champion, in the JV Hunter class.
“I’d just like to continue to hold on to my place there for next year,” Lindsay said. This was Sarah’s last show for Marlborough. She has been on the team since she started at Marlborough in seventh grade. “It was a great way to end my IEL season,” Sarah said. Though she will head off to New York University this fall, she may continue the sport after taking a break from it first semester. In other divisions, Jennifer ’08 and her horse Vinnie finished eighth in the Varsity Medal class, and Alessandra ’10 took home the Freshman Dressage Champion trophy for the season.Alessandra’s win followed Philippa ’06, who took the same honor last year. Also, Philippa’s younger sister Gabriella, a student at Archer School, won the Novice Dressage Champion trophy for the season, which Alessandra won last year. During the season, the equestrian team competes at only four IEL shows. For the rest of the time, the girls practice and compete on their own with their trainers.
league “a cruise.” “You’re
team that’s soon to be CIF-SS champions!” he said.
RIDING TO VICTORY: At left, Emily’09 and her horse prepare to jump at the equestrian team’s final show. Above, Sarah ’07 and Lindsay ’09 pose with their ribbons. Competing in the Junior Varsity division, Sarah took third place overall, while Lindsay finished sixth.
Track breaks new records and reaches new heights
By Caitlyn ’07
Photos courtesy of Alison Moser
Breaking almost every record in the Marlborough Hall of Fame, the 2007 Mustang runners are sprinting to state. With a fourth straight Sunshine League championship won last week, strong performances at the Stanford, Arcadia, and Mt. SAC invitational meets, and three members who notched top-five national marks in their events, the girls have set high expectations for the rest of the season. In the triple jump (a hop, step and jump) at Arcadia, Amanda ’08 jumped 41 feet 2.25 inches, a new school record that beat her previous mark of 40 feet 0.25 inches, which she set at the state finals last year. In the 1600 meters at Stanford, Kate ’07 also set a new Marlborough record, just breaking the five minute barrier with a time of 4:59.86. However, her strongest event remains the 800 meters, for which she is ranked 5th in the nation after running a school record of 2:10.18 at Mt. SAC. After winning the Arcadia Invitational for the long jump with a jump of 19 feet 2 inches, Ashytnn ’09 did even better at Mt. SAC with a school record of 19 feet 4.75 inches. The mark was good for third place at Mt. SAC - it is currently the fourth-best jump in the nation. When asked about the expectations for the girls at state, Assistant Coach Ola Adeniji said, “The goal is to win, but if someone is going to beat you, you have to
Three Mustangs have posted top-five high school marks in the United States for their events.
Ashtynn ’09 No. 4 mark, Long Jump 19 feet 4.75 inches (school record) Kate ’07 No. 5 mark, 800m 2 minutes 10:18 seconds (school record) Amanda ’08 No. 4 mark, Triple Jump 41 feet 2.25 inches (school record) - courtesy of dyestatecal.com as of May 2
make them work to do it.” The attitude of the coaching staff is that the girls should do their best but be they need to be realistic. Adeniji said, “If you come in second while still posting a time that you have been working towards, everyone is still going to be impressed.” Head Coach Jimmy Grant said that “it is not unrealistic for one of the runners to win state individually, because anything can happen at state. It is just a matter of your athletes taking advantage of the situation and performing at a level that will put them on top.” This weekend, the girls are looking to keep advancing through the CIF-SS preliminaries in hopes of qualifying for State. Christina ’07, a four-year veteran, said, “If the team members put in the level of hard work that they have been displaying, then up to five athletes will qualify for state, which is a large number for such a small school.”
Softball looks to finish season strong
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By Colleen ’10 UV Contributor
Lindsay Field’s place in the JV Hunter Class at the International Equestrian League’s final show at Hansen Dam Photo Courtesy of Athletic Dept.
the number of track team members who have registered marks this season that qualify them to compete in the state championships the number of years Katherine Kim fenced before taking first in the Pacific Coast Section Fencing Champsionship
10 13 41
the number of teams in higher divisions that the Div. IV varsity Mustangs out-swam at the Beverly Hills Invitational
the number of players on the varsity softball team who will return next year to take on the Sunshine League
number of feet plus 2.25 inches - that Amanda Hunter triplejumped to set a new school record
Wednesday, May 9, 2006
SWING: Chewy ’08 is right on the ball with a big swing. It’s been a hard season for the Mustangs, but they continue to improve as they seek to become a future force in Sunshine League.
After its first six league games of the season, the varsity softball team’s record stands at 0-6, but players still have an optimistic outlook towards the rest of the season. In February, during Challenge Weekend, players wrote a list of goals, and a common theme was to win a lot of games and eventually win the league championship. At the beginning of the season, Ali ’10, a new promising athlete, said, “We’re going to win.” According to Ali, the team has a more positive attitude this year and is more confident than other years because it is a bigger team with stronger bonds, and a “teamwork mentality” gained dur-
ing Challenge Weekend. “If we didn’t learn to love each other over Challenge Weekend, then we probably wouldn’t have survived,” Ali said. “We are a team on the field and off. We really formed a friendship that can’t be broken by any score,” co-captain Chewy ’08 said. “I think the girls are gaining some confidence in themselves. Each returning player has improved since last season,” said Dr. Daryl Doan, assistant coach and mathematics instructor. The overall record as of May 3 is 0-10, with three more league games in the season. On April 23, the team played a non-league game against Marshall Fundamental High School. The Mustangs were winning 6-0 for the first three innings, but in the end
they lost 6-9 and both captains were injured. Despite losses, there have been many improvements within the team. Coach Edward “Rambo” Ramirez noted that there was a lot of effort from the pitcher, Rose ’09, who has the job of keeping everything together on the field. “Although we have to work on our hitting, our defense got a lot better. All our players got stronger, making their throws a lot faster and more efficient,” Chewy said. The team needs support at their last league game on May 10 at 3:15 pm against Notre Dame Academy. “They are working hard; we just need to focus on the game. Don’t count us out [of winning league championship],” said Rambo.
Kim makes nationals By Brianne ’10 UV Contributor
Katherine ’11, an avid fencer, placed first in the Pacific Coast Section Fencing Championship for her age division, 14 and under. The championship is the most important tournament for the Pacific coast states of California, Utah, Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada. Katherine has been fencing for seven years and was inspired by the movie “Parent Trap.” Katherinebelonged to two fencing clubs in Los Angeles before joining the club Massialas Foundation in San Francisco. Katherine leaves school every Friday after lunch to catch a flight to San Francisco where she practices fencing. Besides training with her coach, Kim also does conditioning at home everyday and other cross-training exercises. Katherine’s coach, Greg Massialas, said that her challenge is “her location [in Southern California] and having to commute. She has to learn how to schedule that and stay on her academic work.” Katherine has only been working with Massialas for less than a year, but she has greatly improved. Massialas said that when she started working with them, she made a “dramatic change because in Southern California, she couldn’t find anyone in her age group to fence with. She was
fencing with adults and learning bad habits.” Now, he said she understands how to “create a champion from within,” which is one of the school’s philosophies. As Katherine continues fencing, Massialas sees a lot of potential for her because of her many strengths. Massialas said that she is “very independent, intelligent when it comes to analyzing a situation, patient in terms for waiting for things to happen, and assertive in deciding when to go after a certain goal.” Katherine didn’t need to do a lot of extra preparation for the championship besides practicing with Massialas. He said, “Sometimes Katherine would go to [San Francisco] for a week when there was no school and attend the mini camps to prepare for the big events.” The championship, which included a total of 37 fencers, is not the end for Katherine. Her future goal is “to do well in nationals,” which takesplace in Miami from July 1-9. This will be Katherine’s third time competing in nationals, which is important for youth fencers. However, she said, “I didn’t really make it a big deal.” “Fencing is a battle of minds between two individuals,” Massialas said. Katherine hopes to fulfill her goal of succeeding in nationals.
A rundown of the big upcoming games to watch ...
As the season slows to a halt, the team gets ready for “batters up”for its final Sunshine League match against Notre Dame Academy on Thursday, May 10. The game is at 3:15 and is at home, so there’s just enough time for you to leave school and arrive at home field Rancho Cienega Sports Complex: 5001 Rodeo Road, just off La Brea. Come cheer on the Mustangs as they try to finish out the season with a win.
After having gone undefeated in the Sunshine League and swept the league championship meet, the varsity swimming team has high hopes of becoming the 2007 CIF-SS champions. Mustang swimmers head to Long Beach on May 10 for the CIF-SS championship meet.
Track and Field The varsity track team, with three members ranked nationally in their events, also swept the Sunshine League championship meet. Be a part of history and support your friends as they sprint to the finish line and look to break new personal and school records at the preliminary round of CIF-SS Championships on Saturday, May 12, Carpenteria - then head to Cerritos College the following Saturday for the finals!
Photo Courtesy of Laurie Rasmussen SMOOTHING IT OUT: Juniors Becky Waldorf and Ariana Chehrazi navigate next to rocky terrain in a double scull for CYC. Waldorf, a veteran rower, is initiating novice Chehrazi into competitive rowing.
California Yacht Club varsity junior rowers Anna Rasmussen ’08 and Brittany Teleng ’07 placed first and second at the California Cup Regatta, held at the Long Beach Marina Stadium on April 7. Rasmussen, along with partner Katie O’Hanlon, took first in the junior women’s varsity double. Rasmussen and Teleng teamed with O’Hanlon and Gabriella Zarate-Demacedo to take second in the junior women’s varsity quad.
- UV Staff
Volume 37, Issue 5
Wednesday, May 9, 2006
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FAS HION A CAUSE FOR
by Amanda ’09
Photos courtesy of Marisa ’08 and Niki ’07.
UNIFORM RENOVATION: Audrey ’09
PRETTY IN PINK: Avery ’07, Katherine ’07
TEACHER CHALLENGE: Kendall ’11, Lauren ’11, Sophia ’11
RECYCLABLES: Claire ’07, Laura ’07, Megan ’07, Akilah ’07
The Marlborough Student Charitable Fund, the philanthropic group composed of Marlborough students, hosted the highlyanticipated “Project Runway”-inspired fashion show on Saturday, April 14. MSCF, the student run organization, was developed out of the Dollar$ and $ense program. The group is dedicated to the improvement of education in the lives of children throughout Los Angeles. The show, which featured celebrity judges such as Andrae Gonzalo from Project Runway, held a silent auction, and offered hor d’oeuvres catered by Cari Levin, a Marlborough alum, was a great success. The silent auction was comprised of items such as a vacation home in Mammoth and tickets to a taping of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Consisting of student designers and models, the Evening of Fashion, along with the silent auction prior to the show, raised over $31,000, an amount that is more than enough for MSCF to qualify officially under the Women’s Foundation of California. It was truly a remarkable evening.