Feature: New “Green” Thinking, page 9
INSIDE THE UV www1.marlboroughschool.org/UV/ NEWS Loafers have been removed from the uniform due to frustration over the wide range of styles being worn. Students speak out.
see LOAFERS, page 2
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Marlborough School 250 S. Rossmore Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90004
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Mungers give $13.5 million for construction r New
building will carry name of ’41 alumna and former board president
By Julia Gromis UV Staff
Former Marlborough Board President and Trustee Nancy Barry Munger ’41 and her husband Charles Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and founder of the Los Angeles firm Munger, Tolles, and Olson, donated $13.5 million to Marlborough for its $65 million construction project. The centerpiece of the “Leadership in Learning Campaign,” a new 86,375 squarefoot building that will house a new Academic Resource Center, Visual Arts Center, as well as
classrooms and administrative offices and two levels of underground parking, will be named Munger Hall. The donation is the largest gift presented to the school since its founding in 1889. It is also one of the top five largest gifts given to an all-girls school in the country. “It is a pivotal gift in support of both the project and the school,” Head of School Barbara Wagner said. “It is humbling to me to think of the generosity of people like Mr. and Mrs. Munger,” she added.
The school’s fundraising for the campaign is currently at a little more than $33 million, just over halfway to its goal. In addition to being an alumna and board member, Nancy Munger is a Marlborough parent and grandparent. Her daughter, daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and other relatives have also attended Marlborough. Wagner said the gift is a reflection of the Mungers “love of the school, commitment to the school, and life-long connection to the school.” In a prepared statement released by Marlborough, Nancy
North Field prepares to go modular
Chosen for its diverse themes, “The Golden Compass,” the summer all-school book, received varied reviews, but the main character, Lyra, appealed to students, teachers and faculty alike.
FEATURE Starting next summer, California drivers will no longer be able to talk on hand-held cell phones. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the initiative into law on Aug. 31, hoping to decrease car accidents and promote handsfree cell phone devices. see CELLPHONE LAW, page 8
see GUEST DIRECTOR, page 10
SPORTS Varsity volleyball faces the challenge of losing six seniors from the 2006 season, but Coach Erin Pryor believes that with hard work, her players can come together and compete hard in 2007. They have already beaten St. Monica and Laguna Blanca.
see VOLLEYBALL, page 12
INDEX News...............................................................2 Community.....................................................5 Feature............................................................8 E&A.........................................................10 Sports..........................................................12 Opinion.........................................................14 Backpage......................................................16
Catalina trip tradition ends By Cassidy ‘10
see GOLDEN COMPASS, page 7
Anjali Vashi, guest director for Marlborough’s all-school play, “Our Town,” will teach her students new styles and exercises during her quarter at the school.
Munger said, “As an alumna, I am thrilled that Charlie and I are able to give a major gift to the Campaign for Marlborough School. The facilities need to be brought up to date and on-site parking is a necessity for the safety of the girls and to clear the neighborhood streets of parked cars.” Charles Munger helped plan the project. “The project has been carefully thought out and will provide a huge forward boost to what is already a great school,” Nancy Munger said.
Photos by Colleen ‘10 MOVIN’ OUT: A wooden deck and cement walkway are being built as part of Marlborough’s modular village construction. Builders are preparing for the transfer of students from classrooms to the units. See story, page 7.
LEEDership in Learning r
School must decide which USGBC guidelines are best choice
By Julia Gromis UV Staff
For Marlborough’s upcoming $65 million construction project, the school and construction officials are considering environment-friendly “LEED” guidelines, though they emphasized that the actions prescribed by the governmentsponsored program do not always equal “green.” “We’re not planning for the cache of the term ‘LEED certification;’ more importantly we’re doing the responsible thing,” said Denise Gutches, the principal of DKG Consulting, which is managing Marlborough’s construction project. LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program run by the U.S. Green Building Commission. The program encourages building projects to comply with a
checklist of actions to better the environment both during and after construction, such as using recyclable building materials, promoting alternative transportation and reducing energy and water use. The program offers several certification levels – Platinum, Gold, Silver and simply certified. At this point, 1,059 buildings and only 96 K-12 and higher education schools have achieved any level of LEED certification in the country. Gutches and Head of School Barbara Wagner said the school is considering some of the items on the checklist. For instance, the school intends to install a $250,000 natural storm water filtration system that uses gravel to clean storm water before it gets into the city storm drain, and eventually into the ocean. Also, the school is trying to maximize the use of natural light to increase
efficiency. On the other hand, officials said not all checklist items are necessarily green. For example, the installation of a special air conditioning system releases emissions that are environmentally safe, but it runs on a unit that uses twice the amount of energy. “We are going to build a building that we consider to be a green building, whether we receive a grade for it or not,” Wagner said. Wagner said encouraging students to respect the environment is just as important as building an environmentally friendly building. “What’s more important is that 530 women who are as smart as you are and as passionate as you are, if you were as committed to a cause, you would by far have more ability to influence the see GREEN, page 9
Instead of having parents drop them off in Marina Del Rey to take a boat to Catalina, this September all 84 seventh graders gathered on the front bricks, waiting for a bus to El Capitan Canyon. The Class of 2013 is the first to go to the 300-acre site, just north of Santa Barbara on the Pacific. Middle School Director Robert Bryan’s reason for the switch was “because of a change in philosophy in the facility of Catalina.” In the past, Marlborough had the camp facilities at Catalina to itself, but this year it would have had to share them with other schools. Naturalists at Large, the organization assisting the school with the seventh and ninth grade trips, recommended El Capitan Canyon. “We can go on our own terms, and get the experience our students want to have,” Bryan said. Seventh grade level leader Sandra O’Connor said the accommodations were an improvement. The cabins had a refrigerator, microwave, and personal bathroom with a shower. The food was cooked, served outside, and much better than Catalina’s, she said. The class kayaked, boogie boarded, swam and did a high ropes course. “I really liked kayaking because I never get to do many ocean activities. It was a good bonding activity for everyone,” said Emily ’13. “The class is a sweet little bunch of girls who are going to get along well in this school,” O’Connor said. Many of the seventh graders said they were happy to go to El Capitan instead of Catalina based on what they had heard from students about the previous trip. “I’m glad I got to try out something new,” said Emily, whose sister Leah ’10 went to Catalina. The change in location is not necessarily permanent. “We are not ruling out the possibility of returning to Catalina,” Bryan said.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Hernandez replaces Ash By Sheri Holt UV Staff
Nick Hernandez has replaced Kathy Ash, Vice President of Operations at the Braille Institute, as Marlborough’s Director of Finance and Operations. Hernandez, who is second in line to Head of School Barbara Wagner, has an extensive list of responsibilities. Not only does he oversee the day-to-day accounting, funding, budgeting for trustees, Photo by Colleen ‘10 and endowment, he also acts as the conduit between the school NEW GUY: Nick Hernandez is now Marlborough’s Director of Finance and and the trustees. He additionally Operations after a long career at UCLA, where he earned his BA and MBA. administers facilities management, as the university’s assistant school,” he said. campus maintenance, auxiliary executive dean of finance and After a month on the job, services, community relations, administration. Hernandez is greatly enjoying his human resources, and information Hernandez then received a time spent on campus. technology. call from a head-hunter presenting “I’m surprised at how much Hernandez grew up in Los him with the opportunity to apply I’m enjoying it. There’s a lot to Angeles and attended Polytechnic for an opening at Marlborough. be done, but the people have been High School. From his graduating “I still wasn’t convinced, but wonderful.” class, he was one of two students thought I’d be foolish not to find With three daughters of accepted into UCLA, where out more,” Hernandez said. his own (ages 9, 7½, and 4), he he earned his BA in political After numerous meetings dreams of someday sending them science. After graduating in 1992, with Wagner, the school’s trustees, to Marlborough. Hernandez stayed and worked senior managers, and other school “I don’t think there is a better for the university in the areas of staff, Hernandez was offered the place to educate them, but we’re budget and finance, and then he position. taking one step at a time.” enrolled in the school’s MBA From the beginning, Another step Hernandez program. Hernandez said he was impressed could take in the future is teaching. Hernandez said that his time by not only Marlborough’s Having been around educational at UCLA’s Anderson business faculty, but also its students. institutions all his life, his passion program was the best two years “Ms. Wagner struck me early lies in the classroom. of his life, ultimately leading on. I am very impressed with “I keep reminding myself him back to UCLA for another her vision, commitment, and that we’re here for the students eight years, where he served engagement with the students and preparing them for the world.”
Loafers removed from uniform By Brooke ‘10 UV Staff
Loafers are now banned from the school uniform, a decision reached by the administration in May. Laura Hotchkiss, director of Upper School, said the rationale behind the ban is “frustration over what really is a loafer” and that many members of the student body were widely abusing what Marlborough considered to be proper shoe attire. Hotchkiss said a helpful tip that
would lead to fewer uniform violations is that a student should not wear shoes she thinks are potentially out of uniform. She added that it is important to remember that inappropriate shoes are a safety hazard, especially in science classes. Many students have protested the late notice the administration gave to students regarding the change. “If they had banned loafers because people were abusing the term ‘loafers,’ then those people
should receive demerits,” said Maddie ’10, who had been wearing loafers since she was in eighth grade. Maddie, along with other students who already purchased their shoes, believe some kind of reimbursement from the school is warranted. Hotchkiss apologizes that the students were not told in a timely fashion. However, incoming families were made aware of the new rule. Loafers will still be allowed for pin and ring ceremonies.
Parents’ Day unveils construction At this year’s Parents’ Night of Classes on Oct. 4, 800 people will gather on the field for a picnic and an informational program on the new “Leadership in Learning Campaign.” Despite the addition of the meal and program, “the purpose still remains to be true to Parents’ Night of Classes,” said Associate Director of Communications Urmi Kar. The parents will be given a 50-minute presentation on the construction project, including a short video. Following the theme of “green construction,” the picnic will consist of a bento box with
silverware and linen napkins. “We are trying to keep the waste and all the garbage as green as reasonably possible,” said Auxiliary Services Manager Clinton Oie, who is coordinating the catering. The meal will be preset. “The hardest part won’t be feeding them, it will be getting them to sit down,” Oie said. The day before Parents’ Night, Oct. 3, the school will play the video, which includes a virtual tour of the new building, for students, as well as give them a barbecue lunch on the field and a campaign gift. - Julia Gromis, UV Staff
Patio being built at Stork Fountain A patio area is being built in the Senior Garden behind Stork Fountain to replace the patio by the cafeteria which will be taken down as part of construction. “She [Head of School Barbara Wagner] felt it was important for the girls to have somewhere else to talk and eat lunch away from construction,” said Facilities Manager Misha Harris. The new patio will have the same “sails” concept for shade as
the current patio and will be able to fit approximately 30-40 girls, Harris said. There will also be an adjacent teacher patio which will be able to fit 12 teachers comfortably and which will be more “private,” Harris said. “The patio will benefit the whole campus,” Harris said. “It will be a place to take a break.” - Lorraine Lee, UV Staff
Construction website revealed A website offering updated information about Marlborough’s “Leadership in Learning Campaign” can now be accessed from a button on the school’s homepage. The website features an introduction from Head of School Barbara Wagner, as well as campaign updates, a count of how much money has been raised for the campaign, artist renderings of the new buildings and a section on how to donate to the campaign.
A helpful section of the website is the “frequently asked questions” page, which addresses important concerns including security on campus, how daily life will be interrupted and a general project timeline. “It is an integral part of how we communicate with the extended part of our community,” said Associate Director of Communications Urmi Kar. - Evan Taksar, UV Staff
Seniors score high on AP English
While the English Department is still waiting to hear whether some of its teachers have received College Board approval for their senior AP English classes in 20082009, the performance of last year’s seniors on the AP English Language and Composition exam seems to indicate that the students were well prepared. The class of 2007 scored “really high” on its AP English exams, said English Department Chairman Dr. Joe Koetters. The class averaged just under 4, a score that, since Koetters can remember, placed the seniors’ AP English test results above those of the juniors, who take the AP
Literature exam. Last year, Koetters said it might be a challenge to gain Board approval for all the school’s senior English electives. Though some senior English elective teachers are still waiting to hear about a final decision, at least one teacher’s syllabus was approved and Koetters said it is possible that all will be approved by next year. Koetters said teachers in other departments are also still waiting to hear back from the Board. College Board has apologized numerous times for the delay, Koetters said. - Lorraine Lee, UV Staff
All-School Council launches blog
Photo by Julie ‘10 SALSA: Contra-tiempo, a performing dance ensemble, expresses activism and resistance through salsa, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban dancing. The group visited Marlborough for an all-school assembly on Sept. 12.
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All-School Council created a blog to keep students updated on its progress and special events, among other things. The most recent posts are about Honor Day, the website’s new look, the Jena 6, and a poll about whether Dr. Tom Millar,
history instructor, should shave his goatee. Students can post comments on the site. You can visit the site at www. marlborough.learnerblogs.org - Lorraine Lee, UV Staff
Thursday, September 27, 2007
No honor for a day By Ali Slagle UV Staff
For the first time in five years, Marlborough students experienced a day without the Honor Code. Organized by All-School Council on Sept. 18, the day involved students being treated as if they didn’t have the trust of the school in the way that they typically do when they act “on their honor.” “The purpose of today was to make you think about what privileges Marlborough students can enjoy by upholding the Honor Code,” said All-School President Jordan Sale at the Honor Assembly. A day without the Honor Code involved students being greeted by security guards checking the contents of backpacks, and assignments proctored by teachers to ensure no cheating occurred. Also, students were no longer allowed to leave personal items behind “green lines,” at the risk of confiscation. Hall passes were
Face-It II attracts many
required to walk from assigned study hall rooms to go to the bathroom, while hall monitors patrolled the spotless, backpackfree hallways. “It’s over-exaggerated. Public school isn’t even this bad,” said Ashley Lyles ’09. Similar exclamations of irritation and frustration were heard throughout the morning. “I understand what they’re trying to show us, but my bags are really heavy,” said Emily ’11, who was forced to lug three bags around during the day. “It makes me appreciate the fact that I can leave my stuff anywhere.” “Marlborough is a really special place because you can park, leave your keys in your car, and know that your car will be there when you come back,” said AllSchool Vice President Isabel Kaplan. “This arrangement will only stay this way if everyone abides by the Honor Code and creates a community of honor, trust and independence.”
ON MY HONOR: Student Body president Jordan Sale ’08 acted as hall monitor, confiscating students’ backpacks when they were found unattended.
contractors on campus at all times,” Harris said. “Each will wear a badge with their photo ID and the company they work for. They all will have been background-checked. We will double-check the badges with our master list.” Construction workers will not be coming into contact with students or teachers. They will stay in their construction zones and increased security will monitor their entering and leaving. In addition, all visitors to the school, including parents and alumnae, must wear a badge once they enter the campus. “Previously, visitors were required to have identification and to sign in to be on campus. The signing in process was also for emergency procedures; if there
is an emergency, the school will know who is here and who to look for,” Harris said. “Now, security is being stepped up. Although we won’t be bringing in additional security until the library building comes down, every person on campus will be required to wear a badge.” Students won’t see any evident changes on a day-to-day basis. “Students should be aware of their surroundings. If they see someone without a badge, they should alert security,” Harris said. Otherwise, students shouldn’t be bothered by the process. If students have any additional questions, they should contact newly promoted Post Commander of Security Yolanda Jones. Once construction starts, there will be information sessions
By Jenny ‘10 UV Staff
Photo by Colleen ‘10
Security puts new badge system in place By Sophie ‘10 UV Staff
Campus security regulations have changed as a result of its construction project. Because so many additional people will be on campus, security has set up a badge system for all visitors, and all construction workers will be required to have background checks, similar to school employees. Facilities Manager Misha Harris said there was a schoolwide concern regarding the number of contractors who will be on-site during school hours. The administration had to come up with a plan to make sure the contractors working on the project had “appropriate” backgrounds. “Our head contractor will give us a master list of all the
incorporated into all-school meetings to update students on what’s happening on campus regarding the construction. “Once the library comes down, the meetings will keep students updated on the changes happening on campus. Also, the girls will learn about the renovations,” Harris said. “From a facility standpoint, the whole idea is that students need not be ‘aware’ – our job is to provide safety and a great learning environment for the girls, so it’s not noticeable that we’re having construction on-site,” Harris said. Separately, security noted that several new guards have joined the staff for the 2007-08 school year, including Kikk LaBeaud, Edith Melara (Rouer), Condetia Mulder, and Johann Wilson.
Junior Leadership updated r
Caswell scholars program requires triple the hours
By Ali Slagle UV Staff
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Eleventh graders in the Caswell Scholars program this year will participate in a redesigned leadership training class that will require students to work with mentors to create personal “action plans.” It will entail triple the time commitment. “Last year’s class was a very generic leadership curriculum, but this year’s will be much more focused on building a specific skill set that we feel will help Marlborough girls in their lives,” said Associate Director of College Counseling Monica DePriest, one of the administrators of the leadership class. Workshops in the class, designed by DePriest and Director of Admissions Jeanette Woo Chitjian, will be led by Marlborough faculty, parents and alumnae. They will cover topics like team management, persuasive speaking and self-
evaluation of leadership skills. Participants will also work in teams of three with the help of a mentor to design a specific plan of action, such as increasing morale during construction, parking solutions during construction and campus cleanliness. “The mentor program is a way to expose students to people in the Marlborough community who have great leadership skills but who students wouldn’t ordinarily get to have contact with,” DePriest said. The class this year will require about 12 to 15 hours from November to February versus last year’s three ninety-minute sessions. “It’s interesting that it’s not just three meetings and we get to work on an action plan,” said Katie McNutt, a junior who will participate in the class. “It will probably cover topics that will help me in the future.”
Forty-five Upper School students attended the second Face-It diversity retreat on Sept. 7. The student diversity retreat, held on campus again, brought members of the Marlborough community together to discuss race and ethnicity. The major change from last year’s program was the timing; last year the girls had to miss classes on Friday, but this year, Face-It II started on Friday afterschool and ended Saturday night. Lack of space, another problem last year, was not a problem this year. Organizers said few other changes were suggested by participants in last year’s Face-It program. The goal this year was to reach as many students as possible and to bait girls who do not see race and ethnicity as a topic of interest, said Director of Admissions Jeanette Woo Chitjian, the faculty leader of Face-It. The participants each had individual goals for Face-It II, but “as a group, the girls were hoping to gain a greater understanding of their own racial and ethnic ideals as well as to leave with their own personal action plans to make the Marlborough community inclusive,” Woo Chitjian said. “I was expecting a lot of open mindedness,” said Ashtynn Baltimore ’09, one of the program’s student organizers. “People opening up and sharing experiences and their views on certain subjects made the retreat great.” Last year’s retreat inspired Baltimore to create the club Common Ground “to open the door to issues pertaining to subjects such as race, ethnicity, identity and culture that our society does not acknowledge or are not open to discussing,” Baltimore said. Now in its second year, Common Ground meets in Les Klein’s room every other Thursday during lunch. Planning for Face-It II began in April and continued over the summer. Thanks to a gift from a donor, the retreat was wellbudgeted and all costs were easily covered. The success of the retreat rested upon each girl’s own comfort level and willingness to share truths, Woo Chitjian said. Face-It II was an “eyeopening experience,” said Seanie ’10. Face-It is now an established Upper School annual event. As a follow-up to the retreat, participants will lead a diversity activity in middle school advisories in February. “There is no way you can walk away from Face-It without having been influenced or touched in some way,” Baltimore said.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Meet the frontrunners
Although few Marlborough students will be able to vote in 2008’s presidential election, the outcome is important to many. We at The UV want to offer a way for students to stay aware of the latest developments in the campaign. We know your schedules are busy, so welcome to “The UltraViolet Presidential Briefing.” We’ll synthesize news stories about this important election and offer you analysis, quirky facts and quick summaries of recent events every issue.
“I’m a lousy cook, but I make pretty good soft scrambled eggs.”
The current Democratic front-runner, Clinton has served two terms as a New York senator and eight years in the White House as first lady. She has worked to overcome her reputation for coldness, and her strong performances in Democratic debates have helped her solidify her lead. Clinton has proposed a Senate bill (“Iraq Troop Protection and Reduction Act of 2007”) that would end the Iraq war before President Bush leaves office, and has pledged that she will make good on that promise if elected. She also promises universal healthcare and energy independence.
“We really don’t choose a Republican or Democrat, a conservative or liberal. We choose a leader.”
For more info, visit www.joinrudy08.com
For more info, visit www.hillaryclinton.com
The senator from Illinois is praised for his message of hope and change and criticized for his lack of experience (he has served two years in the Senate). Unlike the other two major Democratic candidates - Clinton and John Edwards - Obama voted against the Iraq war in 2002 and continues to support a phased withdrawal of American troops. He has released a healthcare plan in hopes of providing coverage for all Americans. In addition, he calls for increased fuel efficiency standards and tougher environmental policy. Time Magazine has called him “The Fresh Face.” Obama’s campaign centers on honesty and his desire to bring a commonsense perspective to Washington.
Thompson is the most recent entry to the race, having declared his candidacy on Sept. 5 while appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Many tout him as the one true conservative in the field: he is pro-life, antigun control and gay marriage (although he stated in a March interview with Fox News that he believes the decision about civil unions should be left up to the states). A New York Daily News editorial called him “a gung-ho war-on-terror man, a no-nonsense border-security man.” Thompson’s previous experience includes two terms as a Tennessee senator, a long stint as a lawyer/lobbyist, and some time as an actor – he is best know for his five seasons as the District Attorney on “Law and Order.”
“I’m a pretty good poker player.”
For more info, visit www.barackobama.com
Briefing by Sally Helm, Caricatures by Julie ‘10
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Giuliani gained fame during his two terms as the mayor of New York City, and many praise his handling of the September 11 attacks in 2001. In fact, Giuliani is known as a candidate who is tough on terror and strong on defense – Time Magazine dubbed him “Mr. Tough Talk” in its Sept. 3 issue. On social issues, however, Giuliani differs from many other Republicans (including Fred Thompson, his fellow candidate). He is pro-choice and supports gay rights. Other important campaign promises include energy independence, tax cuts and an end to illegal immigration through tough border control.
“After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.” For more info, visit www.fred08.com
Thursday, September 27, 2007
New faces on campus
By Amanda Chan UV Staff
Along with school receptionist Brenda Diaz, Director of Finance and Operations Nick Hernandez, and Mandarin teacher Xiaoli Zhou, a number of other new faculty and staff join the Marlborough ranks for the 2007-2008 school year. Math instructor Melissa Banister recently taught game theory for Johns Hopkins’ CTY at Loyola Marymount University. “As soon as I set foot at Marlborough, I sensed the close-knit community and honor code, which felt a lot like my college Harvey-Mudd,” she said. Science teacher Sean Fitts is beginning a robotics program at Marlborough. He has taught at Milken Community High School and Pressman Academy and recently moved to Southern California from Illinois. “I was teaching middle school teachers and nursing students and wanted to get back to middle school. The all-girls environment is also interesting,” he said. Regina Rosi will teach Spanish after spending last year as a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, where she studied indigenous Mayan communities in the Yucatan Peninsula. She has lived in cities such as Boston, where she didn’t need a car. Though she walks to school now, she is looking to buy a car. “I liked that Marlborough was an all-girls school and in L.A., which is diverse and a great place to live and speak Spanish,” she said. “The girls here are motivated, super smart, and want to do well and succeed.” Erin Lynch is temporarily stepping in for math instructor Jennifer Uribe while she is away on maternity leave. In college, Lynch backpacked for two days in the Middle Sister Mountains. The 10,000 foot climb was part of her college English class on introspective wilderness books. In September, Lynch ran in the Los Angeles triathlon. Assistant librarian Margaret Michaelson has an undergraduate degree in history and graduate degrees in journalism and library science. She spent her junior year of college in Greece, where she studied archaeology, modern language, poetry, and anthropology. Her passions include making quilts and collecting books on Abraham Lincoln. Replacing Judy Campbell as Associate Director of Admissions is Miranda Kobritz Payne ’94, who “wanted to come back to a great place, community, and school.” Though she now has a three-year-old son, Henry, it was not long ago that Payne roamed the “ever graceful halls of learning.” During her time at Marlborough, she experienced not only the 1994 Northridge Quake but also a bomb threat in 1993, in which an unclaimed pink lunchbox thrown in a tree was detonated by a bomb squad. History and social sciences teacher Nickole Branch grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Virginia Tech, where she was a cheerleader. The all-girls environment is not foreign to Branch, who attended Ursuline Academy, one of the oldest girls’ schools in the country. Doug Lowry, who will provide technical support in the Drama Department, is familiar to many students. He has assisted past school plays and traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, with Theater M as technical director of “The Little Prince.” Josh Deu is the school’s new graphic design and digital animation teacher. He also directs music videos and has worked with Bjork and Arcade Fire. Last year, Guillermo Ulloa only taught one student, Celia Stockwell ’07. This year, he returns as a full-time teacher in the science department. Every summer, Ulloa travels around the world following international drum corps competitions. Meredith Lee joins Marlborough as the Development Office’s database analyst. She knows the words to “Saved by the Bell” by heart. Kristin Tucker is the new assistant director in the Alumnae Relations Office, and Lezlie Bermudez replaced Yoko Ikeda as the new assistant in the Admissions Office. Also joining the library staff is Stacy Van Petten (Vanessa ’03, Courtney ’09, and Haley ’13). Van Petten, who after high school went straight into the workforce to support her siblings through college, now attends West Los Angeles Community College and hopes to transfer to UCLA. Not pictured: Bermudez, Lee, Van Petten. Photos by Colleen Loynachan and Hannah Hafey. Photo of Doug Lowry courtesy of Doug Lowry.
Photo by Colleen Loynachan CHINESE CHARACTERS: Zhou demonstrates proper pronunciation and some Chinese characters during class.
Zhou breaks new ground at Marlborough By Amanda Chan UV Staff
Newcomer to Marlborough Xiaoli Zhou has hosted a student TV show, won a student Oscar, and survived on instant noodles and goats while camping out on Tibet’s towering plateaus. Today, Zhou’s adventures continue at Marlborough as the school’s Mandarin Chinese teacher. Zhou’s daily commute plays a large part in her new journey: she comes to Marlborough all the way from Ojai, Calif., which can take up to two hours. She is looking for a home closer to Marlborough, but in the meantime, believes the long hours on the road are well worth it. “I want to give the most time possible to the girls; they deserve it,” Zhou said. Though her journeys across the globe have exposed her to experiences both foreign and exotic, Zhou’s job at Marlborough is not far from her original aspiration. Zhou chose to teach at Marlborough even though there are other schools in the Ojai area because she has “always been drawn to creative work.” “Mr. Bryan has a vision for a long-term, wide-spanning
program that includes both language and culture and history classes,” Zhou said. “Marlborough was an opportunity for me to be creative and play a part in shaping the Chinese program.” “Xiaoli is committed to beginning the program and sharing the culture and her love for the culture with American students,” said Robert Bryan, director of Middle School. While growing up in Shanghai, Zhou enjoyed organizing student fashion shows and was even a student hostess for a Shanghai T.V. station. After her experience with television media, Zhou decided to explore print media and became a researcher at the Shanghai Bureau for the “Wall Street Journal” for three years. Because the Chinese government does not allow its citizens to become reporters for foreign media, Zhou never got a byline. This was one of the causes impelling her to study journalism in the United States. A combination of high test scores and a scholarship led Zhou to UC Berkeley, where she focused on documentary filmmaking and also met her husband. Sponsored by a Hong Kong non-profit organization, Zhou spent all of last year in China,
Diaz takes over as receptionist By Brianne ‘10 UV Staff
It’s not easy to talk to new receptionist Brenda Diaz, who constantly has to multitask. During a 15–minute interview, Diaz was interrupted by three different groups of students looking for bus transfers or items left with Diaz for safekeeping, a faculty member dropping off a package for FedEx pickup, and of course there was the ringing phone. Diaz replaced former receptionist Sheriann Lucero. Before coming to Marlborough, Diaz was at LAUSD’s Fulton College Prep School in Van Nuys. She started as a bilingual teaching assistant and then moved into administration, working as an office assistant. Diaz attends Cal State University Northridge and is double majoring in sociology and Chicano studies. After she graduates next spring, she predicts that she’ll still be working here.
Cynthia Izaguirre, director of Human Resources, was in charge of searching for the new receptionist and interviewed Diaz. Izaguirre said 75 people applied for the job and that the two finalists had to meet with Head of School Barbara Wagner. Diaz has many strengths and qualifications. Izaguirre said that Diaz’s “professionalism, eagerness to learn and grow and organizational skills,” along with her experience, stood out to her during their interview. “She worked at a school with a similar capacity. It was grades 6-12. It was a big school with more students,” Izaguirre said. There was also a search committee that helped Izaguirre with interviewing. Some of the people on the committee were Jennifer Andrade, Melorie Cruz, Urmi Kar, Nancy Long and Clinton Oie. Diaz enjoys working here even though her first week was “slightly overwhelming.” She said everyone was really nice
where she studied China’s disappearing minorities. For sixth months she and her documentary team, which included her husbandto-be Brent, camped out on Tibet’s plateaus during the frigid winter. Zhou said sometimes it was so cold she couldn’t leave her tent to use the restroom. In addition to teaching at Marlborough, Zhou creates and produces documentaries on China. Her documentary on Chinese women, which was part of her senior thesis, won a student Oscar. So far, Zhou said Marlborough is “incredible” and has found everyone to be extremely kind and generous, especially with housing. Art instructor Kathy Rea offered Zhou a place to stay at her Altadena home for two nights during the first week of school. Rea has a ten-year-old Chinese daughter, and Zhou gave Rea and her daughter some Chinese lessons. Other teachers, such as English instructor Susan Cope and Director of Community Service Laurie Brown, have said that anytime she needs a place to stay, she would be welcome to use an extra bed or couch.
Photo by Colleen ‘10 DIAZ: Marlborough’s new voice.
and that some students even introduced themselves. Diaz said she feels that she has to “fill big shoes because everyone loved her [Lucero] so much.” Students have already formed good opinions about her. “She is really helpful and nice,” said Linda Flores ’10. Diaz said she now “does a little bit of everything,” whereas at Fulton, she dealt more with attendance and enrollment. Her favorite things about Marlborough are “the people and community.”
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sale’s all-school evolution
Haven’t You Wondered...
What are those cardboard duck cutouts hanging on phone wires? By Sally Helm We all have them: those little everyday mysteries that we notice, wonder about, and then leave unsolved. This column, “Haven’t You Wondered?” will provide the answer to one of those questions every issue, so you’ll never have to wonder again. This summer, I became a driver, which led to the startling realization that I had no idea how to direct myself around Los Angeles. So starting in June, I studied the roads. Perhaps it was this new scrutiny of the streets that led me to notice the ducks stenciled duck cutouts, slung over telephone wires in the way that old tennis shoes often are. I saw them on Melrose, Larchmont, Santa Monica, Sunset Junction. I heard that it was an ad campaign (not a very good one, since I couldn’t tell what they were advertising) or a gang symbol for the Windsor skateboard gang (although I doubted those prepubescent boys were hard-core enough to have a gang symbol, even something as lame as a duck). By the time school started, I was fully obsessed with my quest for answers. But where to start? I found a “Wilshire Community Telephone Directory” on the LAPD website and called the Wilshire Area Front Desk, where a boredsounding male receptionist seemed befuddled by my request. He eventually directed me to his Commanding Officer. “Hmmmmm…..Cardboard Duck cutouts?” the Commander said, forming the words slowly and carefully. He sent me on to a cheery receptionist named Autumn, who told me that “thiswas-the-Wilshire-CommunityRelations-Office-could-she-helpme?” She couldn’t. Increasingly desperate, I rescanned the phone list and decided to try the Youth Services Officer. I was a youth, after all, and in need of service. “Ducks?” she said. “That’s news to me. Hold on for a moment while I check on that.” I was on hold for many minutes. Then I was transferred on to the Bureau of Street Maintenance, which had nothing for me, but in turn directed me to “FilmLA,”
Photo by Colleen ‘10
NEW FLOCK ON BLOCK:
Hundreds of these cut-out birds have been hung on phone wires.
where movie producers turn to get permits for unusual ad campaigns. The receptionist actually laughed at me before she connected me with a representative, who told me shortly that his office had nothing to do with it and that it was probably some street art campaign, then hung up. I turned to the Internet. A search for “cardboard ducks on wires in Wilshire and Santa Monica areas” turned up a recipe for duck breast, and inexplicably, a link for “Planning a Special Birth and can’t Deliver at Home?” But when I
By the time school started, I was fully obsessed with my quest for answers.
typed in “Los Angeles Street Art,” the results poured in – as long as I was willing to dig. I was, and I got lucky with www.flickr.com/groups/ losangelesstreetart, through which I found a long list of archives that I absentmindedly clicked through. And suddenly… there it was: “The Hanging Birds of Los Angeles.” I knocked my water glass off my desk in my frenzied scramble to click on the link. Here was my artist. He calls himself 4eightyone, Bird Man, and Berd. On MySpace he identifies his location as LOS BERDGELES, CALIFORNIA, and has for his title quote, “The berd is the werd.” I sent him a short message asking for an interview and signed off. I didn’t expect a response. But a mere two hours later, I got a short, direct message from the
bird man: no words, no name, no time to call, just a “310” number. I could hardly think of what to do next. It had all happened so fast and now I had, here, right in front of me, the number to the elusive bird-hanger. I placed the call. The phone rang 1…2…3…4 times. Then it went to the message machine, which contained a few minutes of recorded street noise, and a beep. I didn’t leave a message. I just called back again, and this time he picked up. He wouldn’t tell me his name (“I keep my ID under wraps”) but gave me the code name “Browne” to use for this article. Browne owns a gallery in Echo Park, but hanging “berds” takes up much of his time. Each piece is hand-made out of plywood and hand-painted and stenciled. Browne has been hanging berds for two years, and estimates that the number in Los Angeles is “approaching 1,000… maybe more now.” There are also berds in New York City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Las Vegas. Browne said he is hoping to bring the berds to Japan at the end of this year, and that he’d “like to do a European Tour.” What the meaning behind the project is, though, he wouldn’t say. “I haven’t told anyone the meaning… people have their own interpretations and their own ideas about it. Why take that away from them?” The one clue he let slip was that the padlocks used to hang the berds serve not only as a counterweight, but have something to do with the meaning behind the project. Browne would not reveal the specific process that goes into hanging his pieces (“I’m not telling”), but said he hasn’t had too many experiences getting caught. “Every time I go out it’s somewhat risky, but I’m generally unseen.” Browne has done an exceptionally good job of making sure he can’t be found - and I would know. To visit Browne’s MySpace, go to www.myspace.com/4eightyone Ever wondered about something but haven’t been able to find an answer? E-mail your own “Haven’t You Wondered’s” to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll find out for you.
By Sophie ‘10
Photo by Colleen Loynachan
Marlborough’s All-School Council President Jordan Sale had the presidency on her radar years before the election. Sale had worked closely with past school presidents, and in September she decided she had to run or she would regret it. “I thought it would be an amazing experience and a chance to change what I thought was wrong with the school system,” Sale said. “By the time elections came around in May, I was ready to go.” Student council met over the summer to discuss themes for the year, such as communication, and to define their goals for the year. “This year, we’ll focus largely on environment - understanding more about it and promoting recycling, as well as bringing these topics to the outside community,” Sale said. Working closely with Upper School Director Laura Hotchkiss, Sale also plans to construct an “expression wall” which will serve as both a place for student flyers, quotes, and overall expression, as well as a student-generated mural of artwork. Students should expect a continuation of “Marvelous Mondays” and “Fabulous Fridays,” which have been reinvented as “Wonderful Weeks.” The first “Wonderful Weeks” event occurred on Sept. 17 and included slushees. Sale is also prepared to tackle the more sensitive issues on campus, such as the separation between grades. “I think there is a definite divide and it’s important to change that,” Sale said. “Marlborough already has a big and little sister program as well as events like family lunches, but more can be done.” Sale has already started doing her part to bridge the gap by reaching out to girls in different grades. With Sale’s position come difficulties. “It’s challenging producing results,” Sale said. “It’s hard because I’m in the public eye at school - people expect me to get things accomplished and be on top of everything. I didn’t realize how hard it would be, but I’m lucky to have such a great council to work with.” After school, Sale plays for the varsity tennis team.
She is active in community service, serving as vice chair of Marlborough Student Charitable Fund (MSCF). She is also interested in learning more about the homeless. This summer she interned with the director of homeless policy in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office, where she learned more about government outside of the school community. However, Sale said she does not want to pursue political leadership outside of school. Throughout her years at Marlborough, Sale has kept a high profile on campus, demonstrating the many positive traits which got her elected. “In addition to having a sharp intelligence, an infectious laugh, and an ebullience that is impossible to beat, Jordan is a kind and generous human being, always able to find the best in any situation or person,” said English instructor Dr. Reid Cottingham. “Best of all, she can do the splits like the most seasoned Olympic gymnast.” “[Jordan has] incredible drive and is a natural leader, as well as efficient, creative, and insightful,” said Alison Moser, math instructor and senior grade level leader. Friend and fellow council member Rachel Zipursky said Sale is enthusiastic and dedicated to the job, as well as prepared and organized. Even with such a demanding and hectic job, Sale doesn’t take herself too seriously. “I’m nice, but I’m also quirky, weird, awkward, and outgoing. I think I can be very entertaining because of my awkwardness,” she said. “[Jordan] has such a great attitude. She is so upbeat and excited about what she’s doing, it feels like she could take on the whole world and it wouldn’t be a lot of work,” Hotchkiss said.
Senior prank returns this year with pride By Brooke ‘10 UV Staff
Photo by Colleen ‘10 SENIOR PRIDE: Liz Duval, Luisa Accorsi and Liza Killian show their “Senior Pride” while standing in front of a tank. The class’s prank theme was “seniorism” and their shirts read: “Where we lead, you will follow,” a play off their class song by Carol King.
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Three major events occurred at Marlborough School on the first day of school. The senior class had a prank in store for the student body, the council members performed a skit, and speeches were made by Director of Upper School Laura Hotchkiss, all-school President Jordan Sale, and Head of School Barbara Wagner at the all-school assembly. Sale said her senior class “wanted to show the school that
we are the best class ever” with their “seniorism” prank theme. “Seniorism is a take off of the concept of communism and basically means that the seniors rule the school,” Sale said. The class’ prank included faux demerits, faux “Golden Compass” quizzes, a military vehicle in the parking lot, the “Order of ’08” rules, pictures of the senior class in the junior gallery, and the mandatory “re-education” on the field at lunch. Seventh grader Emily ‘13 said she had “expected a normal school day: friends hugging, girls
in uniform, and nervous seventh graders.” Despite the surprise, “the pranks made me feel like Marlborough was a fun school,” Emily ‘13 said. Council also introduced the school to this year’s theme, “Evolution”. It’s meant to correlate with the ongoing construction at school, Hotchkiss said. “[Council] did a good job of setting a tone for the rest of the year,” Hotchkiss said. The prank and assembly provided “fun and stress relieving opportunities for the student body,” she added.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Students, faculty review “The Golden Compass” By Colleen ‘10 UV Staff
Reading a book at different ages opens your eyes to a completely different set of issues, as was proven with this year’s all-school book, “The Golden Compass.” It had a diverse response from students and faculty. Haley ’10 read the book when she was in elementary school, but reading it again in tenth grade made her see more political and religious themes, as well as the sinister plot.
Mrs. Coulter sent a chill up my spine.
- Georgia ’10, on “Compass”
Lauren ’11 read the book for a school report before she came to Marlborough. After reading it a second time, she said, “stuff I never realized or understood fit together.” Students who had already read the book and loved it became ambassadors for the book on campus, said English Department Chairman Dr. Joe Koetters, who was on the committee that chose the book. “It’s hard to find a book that appeals to everyone,” Koetters said. The fantasy book and coming-of-age story of Lyra Belacqua was chosen during the middle of the 2006-2007 school year, and was thought to be accessible to younger grades, while sophisticated enough for the older students, Koetters said. One of the main reasons Koetters liked the book was because “the characters have a real human aspect to them,” he said. “Each character has depth to it.” Nicholas Aieta, history department chairman, thought the book was “compelling right away.” After reading just the first chapter, he knew he wanted to read the other two books in the series. He was curious to see how much Philip Pullman could answer in one book so that it could stand alone, but also have a conclusion as a whole series.
Big change on the way
Surveyors assessed site lines on the south end of campus for the new 86,375 square foot Munger Hall earlier this month. Demolition of the current building will begin over Winter Break, and the “modular village” will be ready for temporary occupation when students return for Photos by Mark Krewatch the second semester.
Niki ’13 said she liked “everything” about the book. “The Golden Compass” made her excited about reading the other two books in the series. Georgia ’10 said the characters came alive for her. “Mrs. Coulter sent a chill up my spine,” Loane said. Abby Schulman ’08 thought the book was “light” for a required reading book. “I thought it was good for a seventh grader, but not for a senior,” she said. “I thought it was targeted more towards the younger students,” said Allyson Taylor ’09. Harriet Hartman ’09 said she didn’t dislike the book but “wanted it to be more stimulating.” Aieta found many comparisons between “The Golden Compass” to last year’s all-school book, “The Member of the Wedding.” “Lyra and Frankie are very similar young women living in a fantasy world,” Aieta said. “They’re both exploring the dividing line between the world of adults and children.” Aieta said that although “The Member of the Wedding” was shorter, it felt longer because you were only in Frankie’s head. But in “The Golden Compass” there are multiple complex characters, which gave the book “a whole other element,” he said. Stephanie ’11 said “The Golden Compass” was a more exciting book than “The Member of the Wedding.” Allison ’11 thought the most exciting part of the book was when Lyra almost got detached from her daemon Pantalaimon. “Fantasy writers don’t just write a story, they create different worlds,” said Fiona ’10. There will be an extended advisory period on Sept. 28 dedicated to discussing the book. The movie based on the book, starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman, will come out Dec. 7. The other two books in the series “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman are “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass.”
Yoko Ikeda, former Admissions assistant, recently moved from the Admissions Office to the Development Office. After three years as the Admissions assistant, Ikeda, the new assistant director of Development, said she “was interested in trying something new.” Ikeda provided support for the Admissions Office and the school. Ikeda coordinated numerous events and was in charge of the Violet Key, an organization of girls who tour prospective students
’08, Maya Jones ’09, Katie McNutt ’09, Emily Sufrin ’09, and Audrey Wayne ’09, with the assistance of visual arts instructor Judith Tanzman, put together a promotional video for Tanzman’s cousin’s client, Jakk’s Pacific. Students visited Alexandria House, a local intermediary residence house for women and their children. At the suggestion of Director of Community Service Laurie Brown, they built a relationship with the children, donated toys from the toy company and took photographs and video footage of the children receiving the toys to
incorporate into the promotional video. “The trip to Alexandria House gave the project depth and meaning,” Sufrin said. The students’ hard work paid off when Jakk’s Pacific arrived with heaps of toys. “These pictures of the underprivileged children are weighted with so much feeling that you can’t help but smile when you look at them,” Fay said. The children each received multiple toys to keep, along with some extra toys for the neighborhood children who come to Alexandria House.
Modular village constructed over summer By Sally Helm UV Staff
Students arrived back to school in August to find the newly constructed “modular village” dominating the horizon on the north end of the field. The units, which will remain unoccupied until January, will eventually house Fine Arts and Math classes displaced by Marlborough’s $65 million construction project. The modular village marks the first visible step in the “Leadership in Learning Campaign,” which is scheduled to be completed in December 2009. Hannah ’12 said she was “very surprised” to see the units on the first day of school. Natalie Abshez ’09 agreed. “On the first day of school, it was definitely still foreign. Now I am much more used to it,” she said. Head of School Barbara Wagner was optimistic about the construction process. “To get everything done,
Six Marlborough students created a promotional video last year for toy company Jakk’s Pacific to highlight its philanthropic division, Jakk’s Cares, combining their photography skills with community service. By combining the photographs and video taken during the students’ visits to a local charity with news clips and footage of celebrities donating toys on behalf of the toy company, senior thesis photography students Caroline Cuse ’09, Caitlin Fay
everything has to work right on schedule, and we’re right on schedule; so I feel really good about it,” Wagner said. According to Neil Young, the on-site project manager and superintendent for the construction, the modular village units are now undergoing a “minor tweaking” to implement technology such as SmartBoards. Wagner said telephone lines and earthquake and fire alarms are also being put into place. Eventually, Wagner said the units “will be equipped with everything we have at school.” Young said the construction of the village took only 30 days, a time frame he called “impressive” considering the obstacles. Now the construction team is working on “a lot of little adjustments and making sure that as students enter the [units], everything functions, it’s clean, [and] it looks the way it needs to look,” Young said. Most students were optimistic
or indifferent about the prospect of moving into the trailers. “I think it’ll be okay, because we’re not going to be in them for that long,” said Sarah ’12. Caitlin ’10 said that although it would be a “transition to go to school there,” she was excited about the new building itself. One student concern is how the modular village will affect sports practices. Wagner said this will be a slight issue with the limited field space, but some practices will still run on the field, and the school has secured additional facilities off-site. With construction now underway, students, faculty and administration can prepare for the next step in the process: work will begin on the Salvatori Library in December. At the end of the day, Wagner hopes “to ensure that students have an optimal Marlborough experience, even while this is going on.”
around campus. Ikeda misses seeing the girls everyday. “I have not seen any girls walk in Development before,” Ikeda said. “I would love to work more with the girls, and my hopes are to try to incorporate them more at the different events we will be having as either volunteers or in some kind of performance activities.” Ikeda said Admissions was a more people-oriented job that represented the face of Marlborough. New, prospective parents and students were common
around the office. Development is more “behind-the-scenes,” Ikeda said. Ikeda now works with families of students and on the Parents’ and Friends’ Annual Giving Fund with Linda Badal, the Associate Director of Annual Giving. “[Ikeda] has a terrific opportunity to grow professionally, and Marlborough keeps a highly-valued employee,” said Jeanette Woo Chitjian, Director of Admissions. Lezlie Bermudez replaced Ikeda as Admissions assistant.
Ikeda moves to Development Office
By Jenny ‘10 UV Staff
Students make film to benefit toy drive By Ali Slagle
Photo by Emily Sufrin VIDEO SERVICE: Photography students created a promotional video to help raise awareness about children in need. “Not only did it turn out to be a fantastic video, but it is a perfect example of service-learning too,” said Community Service Director Laurie Brown.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
IN BRIEF • California Senate Bill 1613, passed August 31, 2006, will ban hand-held cell phone use while driving, although hands-free cell phone use is still legal. • Legislators are hoping this will decrease last year’s 4,236 car accidents, of which 45% were cell-phone related. • Drivers who break this law will be required to pay twenty dollars for a first offense and fifty dollars every offense thereafter. Tickets are not reported to insurance companies and will not go on an individual’s driving records.
By Megan Toombs UV Staff
Stephanie Hinds ’08 drives an average of six hours per week. At least one of those hours she spends on her cell phone. However, come July 1, 2008, Hinds will have to ditch her cell phone while driving or go hands-free. “It’s going to be a little irritating to now have to go and buy a hands-free device, because the wire gets twisted and tangled and may cause an accident,” Hinds said. California Senate Bill 1613, introduced by Senator Joe Simitian, gained support from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other legislators in California and was passed August 31, 2006. The bill will ban hand-held cell phone use while driving, although hands-free cell phone use will remain legal. Californians will only be allowed to use hand-held cell phones while driving in emergency situations. This new law, also known as California Wireless Telephone Automobile Safety Act of 2006, makes California the fifth state to pass such a law, following other states like Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and New York. If an officer finds a driver breaking this law, the driver will be required to pay twenty dollars for a first offense and fifty dollars for every offense after. These tickets will not be reported to insurance companies and will not go on an individual’s driving records. Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governor’s
OPPOSING VIEWS 1. According to the national database for the Department of Motor Vehicles, 45 percent of last year’s 4,236 car crashes in California were cell-phone related. 2. The Crashworthiness Data System, a part of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reports that only 3.6 percent of driver distraction was due to cell phone use.
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HANDS FULL: Grace Hazeltine ’08 talks on her cell phone while driving, which will be illegal beginning July 2008. Some say the law specifically targets younger drivers. Photo by Colleen Loynachan and Hannah Hafey.
Highway Safety Association, promoted passing this driving law in New York and supports this law for California. “Cell phone use while driving is a terrible idea,” Harsha said. “Driving is a complex task, one that requires your full attention whether you are a novice or experienced driver.” Harsha said since New York’s ban took effect in 2001, studies done by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have shown that hand-held use of cell phones went down the first year but went back up again the second year due to poor enforcement. Poor enforcement won’t be an issue in California, according to a traffic officer from the Traffic Unit of LAPD, who supports this law. “If you, as a driver, take
your eyes off the road, you take a risk of running into other cars or pedestrians and killing them,” he said. Whether using cell phones hand-held or hands-free, Harsha said mixing driving and cell phones leads to competition for the driver’s attention, and therefore, the “mind is distracted.” Abby Waldorf ’08 said the law unfairly targets cell phones. “If you’re going to ban cell phone use, why not ban shaving and putting on lipstick or eyeliner? All these laws will be unenforceable,” Waldorf said. However, she said she thinks her parents will be more strict about her cell phone use when she’s driving. Sophie Rovenger ’09, who
will get her driver’s license this October, said that this law won’t be much of a hassle for her. “I don’t think this law will affect me that much because my parents don’t like when I’m on the phone even as a passenger. So I’m used to not using my phone in the car,” Rovenger said. As of now, no other laws will be passed banning other cell phone functions like text messaging. “No law will be passed at this point in time completely banning all cell phone use in cars because there simply isn’t enough support for it in any state yet,” Harsha said. A local manager for one of Verizon’s stores said he supports the law. “The cell phone isn’t a dangerous tool, the problem is
more its functionality,” he said. Verizon, one of several cell phone companies that supported the law, anticipated its impact by implementing hands-free devices like Bluetooth, a device allowing cell phones to be hooked up to the car using the speakers to both dial and receive calls. Despite the law, Verizon expects an increase in sales because cell phones have become an essential part of communication today. “I think I will be hindered by all the new steps I will have to take, like remembering to put an earpiece on, which is just one more thing I will probably end up losing,” Hinds said. Hinds said she thinks this law is important to a certain extent because she can see her concentration shift while she’s driving while on her cell. “It’s the whole thing about talking to someone outside the car as opposed to inside the car where one can point out hazards. On the phone, the other person doesn’t know the driving conditions,” Hinds said. Verizon’s representative, who was recently in a car crash because the other driver was engrossed on his cell phone, spoke of the dangers of hand-held cell phones. “People have a tendency to talk on their cell phones and want to visually see [it]. People don’t look and see where they’re going because they are busy looking at the device in their lap,” he said. “And in four-tenths of a second you could be in a car crash due to negligence.”
How much does cell phone use affect driver safety? Percentage of Events Ahead Not Detected By Drivers
Driver Distraction Sources by percentage (2000-2003) Teens: 53.85%
Cell Phone: 3.6 Moving object in vehicle: 3.7 Using/reaching for object: 5.2
The Ford Car Company found that talking on the phone while driving significantly impaired the amount of information one processed. This result was especially amplified among teenagers.
Other occupant in vehicle: 20.8 Outside object/ person/event: 23.7
Adjusting radio/ cassette/CD: 2.9 Eating/drinking: 2.8 Adjusting controls: 1.5 Smoking: 1 Other/Unknown: 34.8
This study from CDS found that cell phones made up only 3.6 percent of driver distraction during a three year period. Other occupants in a vehicle, outside objects and events and other sources had a far greater impact.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
GOING GREEN: new Campus Environmental
Task Force promotes community eco-consciousness Members say little things add up as they look to promote greener habits such as reduced paper use By Ali Slagle UV Staff
Marlborough has adopted a set of environmental guidelines that acknowledges the school’s responsibility to help preserve the environment. Prospective actions include creating a recycling kiosk, reducing paper use by ten percent, and using energy-efficient light bulbs. The statement was put together last year by the school’s new Campus Environmental Task Force, which includes faculty, staff and students, to encourage “greener” habits with acts like consciously reducing resource consumption, educating about environmental impact and creating a more sustainable community. “Small changes can make a big difference. We want to move the ball forward and build on our previous actions,” said Robert Bryan, director of Middle School and leader of the task force. “The Environmental Task Force and its guiding principles is that first step for people who want to be active but don’t know how,” said Science Department Chairwoman Jennifer GarrisonRoss, a member of the task force. The One Billion Bulb Club, which encourages people to swap standard luminescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), is being considered for implementation. “It shouldn’t be just some
people responsible for all of Marlborough’s environmental initiatives, it should be everyone working together,” said task force member Rose Winer ’09, who brought alternative fuel expert Josh Tickell to speak at an allschool assembly last year (see UV, Vol. 37, Issue 4). Changes are already being made. The Publications office has changed the type of paper and ink it uses to be more environmentally conscious. In an effort to curb campus paper consumption, Head of School Barbara Wagner posed a goal for all faculty and staff to reduce the school’s monthly average of 137,000 copies by ten percent. The task force proposed a kiosk for announcements, which will reduce the amount of paper strewn about on campus, and has also suggested duplexing pages, using scratch paper, and simply being mindful of paper usage. School paper should not be used to print out the latest photo of the most popular actor or singer, said Ida Dahan, head of the school’s technology department. Improvements are already underway in the cafeteria. “The cafeteria is a perfect example of what progress can be made,” Garrison-Ross said. “People were concerned about using Styrofoam, communication occurred, and the buyer is now buying plastic plates.” After Marlborough’s
construction project is complete, the cafeteria will utilize reusable plastic trays and a dishwasher, which significantly reduces water consumption. The task force is actively pursuing the more environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel for school buses as well (see UV, Vol. 38, Issue 6). “This potential switch would improve the health of the students riding the buses and help the environment,” said Alison Dubchansky ’08, a member of the task force and co-president of ACUTE, Marlborough’s environmental club. “Ms. Wagner always mentions Marlborough as a leader in the community. Converting our buses to bio-diesel fuel will definitely fulfill that role,” Winer said. While Marlborough’s research on bio-diesel is still ongoing, Bryan said about 90 percent of the emissions have already been dealt with.
SMALL CHANGES: Step by step, Marlborough is becoming environmentally aware. Graphic by Hannah ‘10.
Construction project considers environment Continued from cover
environment than one building alone,” Wagner said. Other LEED criteria are related to the destruction of the building and the disposal of wastes and materials. LEED requires the identification of any substances that could potentially be dangerous, such as lead base paint. The school has hired hazardous material consultants
to identify harmful materials and help to dispose of them. There are also certain materials from demolition that the school can recycle. For instance, the carpet can be reused in a different project and bricks can be reused for paving surfaces. For Gutches and Wagner, LEED certification is not necessarily the most beneficial thing to do for the school.
“[LEED] is an important part of the process but not the priority, and is not driving the decision making,” Gutches said. Wagner agreed, saying green action is about an overall community mentality. “To me, it would be a shame to build a green building if we weren’t also incorporating the way each of us can contribute and help improve our environment,” Wagner said.
Students hold summer jobs, internships, gain experience By Cassidy ‘10 UV Staff
This summer many Marlborough girls worked at a wide range of summer internships and jobs. One student stayed close to home, gaining more responsibility as she worked her fifth summer at her elementary school. A junior worked at the Farmers Market, organizing old architectural plans in one of its many small offices. Another girl traveled to Oregon, combining a trip to visit relatives with a summer internship working with a politician. “Summers are just as important as the school years. Colleges are really looking for students that can show responsibility, commitment, and experience in the real world,” said Dr. Susan Lewandowski, director of College Counseling. Marlborough students work during the summer to impress colleges, make money, and fill empty calendars. It is more common for juniors and seniors to
have jobs, because it’s necessary to be at least sixteen to obtain a work permit. “Its pretty typical – we encourage students to do this,” Lewandowski said. Alyssa Topolsky ’09 worked as a camp counselor for a month to earn money so she wouldn’t have to rely on her parents. “You feel so much better when you’re spending your own money,” Topolsky said. Topolsky has been working as a camp counselor for five years at Los Encinos Elementary School in the Valley. The arts and music camp is for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade. Along with helping the kids, Topolsky runs programs, makes snacks, and does a lot of set-up and clean-up. Her favorite part of the job was “seeing the returning kids who have been there as long as you have been there, who you know,” Topolsky said. For one month, she worked from nine to twelve, which left
her afternoons and evenings free. She earned around $700. Some students also take on part-time jobs during the school year. Topolsky is considering applying for a job at Barnes & Noble after the first month of school has passed. Barnes & Noble hires teenagers to shelve books on a Saturday or Sunday from about seven to eleven in the morning. “It’s another thing on my plate, ultimately, but I think it’s worth it. It all boils down to time management,” Topolsky said. Natalie Abshez ’09 was able to spend about five weeks working in the marketing and developing office of the Farmers Market at The Grove. “I really wanted to make some of my own money and have something interesting to do,” Abshez said. Abshez started her application process in early June, and was able to find work through her dad’s friend. From nine in the morning until about four in
the afternoon each day, Abshez organized old architectural plans from earlier years. Her favorite part of the job was getting to know her coworkers. “I really liked working with the people in the small office,” Abshez said. For three weeks, Monica Jean ’09 was in Portland, Ore. to intern at her aunt’s office. Jean worked on a database project at the office of Jeff Cogen, the District 2 Commissioner of Multnomah County, Ore. There she organized Cogen’s contact information and researched crimes in Wal-Mart for an opinion article to be written by Cogen. Along with learning how to compile research, Jean said she learned the social dynamics at work. “The work environment is so different from here at Marlborough,” Jean said. Laurie Brown, director of community service, runs a
program at Marlborough setting up juniors, seniors, and alumnae with summer internships in their particular area of interest. Brown helps students create a résumé, and after, researches for hours in order to find an internship fitting to the student and her interests. From there, the student must complete at least thirty hours of work, but most students intern all summer. This past summer, only thirteen girls interned through Brown, less than half the usual amount. However, there was still a variety of internships. Ashtynn Baltimore ’09 worked with finance at Smith Barney, Sarah Parks ’09 worked with a PR advertising firm, and Misha Yim ’08 spent the entire summer working at Teen Magazine. Brown believes it is important to work sometime in your high school years. “It’s a good chance to see what’s going on in the work world,” Brown said. “Being out in the world is a great education.”
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The new “Gossip Girl”: lies, gossip and money
Quaintance leaves for North Carolina
By Evan Taksar
By Colleen ‘10
Drama instructor Tom Quaintance is leaving for five weeks during the second quarter to direct a production of “The Little Prince” in North Carolina with trained actors and designers. The artistic director of the PlayMakers Repertory Company, Joseph Haj, offered Quaintance the job. Quaintance said he would “not only work with great people, but learn from them too.” Quaintaince said it was a coincidence that he was directing Marlborough’s production of “The Little Prince” when he was asked to direct the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of the same play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Quaintance directed “Oliver” for the PlayMakers youth program this summer and was asked to direct “The Little Prince” before the production’s closing. Quaintance said this will be a great opportunity for him to see how professionals respond to his direction. He also hopes to make some contacts so that Marlborough students who are interested in attending the university will have some connections. Because it is a professional production, Quaintance will be arriving in North Carolina for the first rehearsal and will leave opening night, five weeks later. In Quaintance’s absence, drama instructor Anne Scarbrough and new tech assistant Doug Lowry will be filling his position. Anjali Vashi was also hired to be the guest director for the all-school play “Our Town,” and will teach Drama I and III.
Photo by Colleen ‘10 ANJALI VASHI: The new guest director works with students on the first day of play rehearsal.
Vashi to guest direct “Our Town”
By Julie ‘10 UV Staff
Anjali Vashi does not merely ask her actresses to learn the script, she asks them to learn about themselves. Vashi will guest direct “Our Town,” the all-school play, and will teach Drama I and III this fall, while drama instructor Tom Quaintance is on sabbatical in North Carolina. During the first week of rehearsal, just after read-throughs, Vashi had the actresses bring in old photographs of their families. As the actresses passed the photographs around, they reminisced about old stories. The story of “Our Town” is conveyed through memories, and the exercise helped Vashi and actresses set the scene. “One of our exercises was analyzing the different physicality of the old photographs,” actress Natalie Hession ’09 said. Actress Sarah Krinsky ’08 said Vashi has a “pretty innovative style.” Vashi said one of her strongest skills is viewpoints technique. This technique helps hone an actor’s awareness of surroundings and is a skill she wants to teach her students during her two and a half months at Marlborough. Actors have to be cautious about the way they use space and time. Hundreds of résumés were submitted for the guest director position, but drama instructor Anne Scarbrough said she chose Vashi because of her background and training.
“She has a good experience with directing students in schools like Marlborough. She seemed to understand the community,” Scarbrough said. Vashi grew up in the heart of New York City and received her undergraduate degree at Tufts University and Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University. She also taught five years at Pace University in New York. Vashi wants to obtain her Master of Arts at San Francisco University.
I want the audience to walk away wanting to put your arm around your parents or siblings or friends.
-Anjali Vashi, guest director, on the all-school play “Our Town”
“I am a school-oriented person because I am a teacher. I love working as a team,” Vashi said. Vashi said she hopes the audience will experience “Our Town” on two levels. “I want the audience to walk away wanting to put your arm around your parents or siblings or friends,” Vashi said. “I also want to highlight the importance of community in ‘Our Town.’ Like Marlborough, ‘Our Town’ serves to highlight the importance and the uniqueness of a community.”
Tucker’s sitcom wins “Script-A-Palooza” By Evan Taksar UV Staff
Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Kristin Tucker had her comedy script receive first place in the sitcom category of the screenwriting competition “Script-A-Palooza.” Her script was written for the hit NBC television show “The Office.” A graduate of the University of Texas with a master’s degree in screen writing, Tucker has always enjoyed the entertainment industry. However, it wasn’t until she worked as an assistant at the William-Morris Agency for a television literary agent that she realized she wanted to pursue writing for the small screen. “In grad school we worked on feature films,” Tucker said. “It wasn’t until I began working for a T.V. literary agent and I felt comfortable with T.V. that I really started to explore it. For young writers, it is a lot easier getting in the door with T.V. because there are a lot more opportunities available.”
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Tucker added that one of the most difficult parts about writing is trying to find representation for your work. So when she heard of the screenwriting contest “Script-A-Palooza,” she immediately became interested. “People recommend you enter contests for writers who are just starting out. It is a good way to get your name out there and get recognized if you don’t have representation,” Tucker said. “Script-A-Palooza” is open to both feature and television writers, and has sections for reality television, pilots, sitcoms and dramas. Sitcom scripts had to be half an hour in length, which is the equivalent of 30-45 pages. Tucker said it is important to be able to write in the style of the show for which you are submitting a script. She said she was particularly attracted to writing for “The Office.” “None of the storylines are anything you have ever heard of, none of the characters are typical,” said Tucker, who said that lack of originality on other shows
was one of the biggest reasons why she chose to write for “The Office.” “It actually makes me laugh out loud and no other shows make me do that. Also, the show is something you can relate to.” It was over five months before Tucker heard back from the competition. She submitted her script in April, and didn’t know she had won until a few weeks ago when she received an e-mail announcing the winners. “Originally I looked in the wrong category and didn’t see my name and thought, ‘Aw man, I didn’t win.’ It wasn’t until I looked again that I saw my script had won first place in the sitcom category that I started screaming.” Next up for Tucker? First, the Austin Film Festival, where her script is a semifinalist in the sitcom category. She is waiting to hear whether it has been picked as a finalist. Afterwards, she will attend numerous writing programs offered by different networks in Los Angeles, where she hopes to be chosen as a comedy writer and have her workshop scripts noticed, as well as meet with producers and agents.
Featuring lies, gossip and beautiful teenagers running around Manhattan with too much money, “Gossip Girl,” the new CW television show from producer Josh Schwartz, has everything a teenage-geared show needs, and everything necessary to make it a Marlborough classic. Based on the bestselling young adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, “Gossip Girl” follows the lives of the crème de la crème of Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side and the drama and scandal following the beautiful and popular. The pilot episode begins similarly to the first novel of the series, with former ‘IT’ girl Serena van der Woodsen (played perfectly by Blake Lively of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) returning home to New York after a mysterious absence at “boarding school.” Nobody is quite sure why she left, and nobody is quite sure why she returned, including her former best friend Blair Waldorf (played by newcomer Leighton Meester), who feels threatened by Serena’s return. The rest of the episode unfolds like the major story lines played out in the novels – we learn about Blair and Nate Archibald’s (her Abercrombie-looking stoner boyfriend, played by Chace Crawford) relationship, and the one drunken night between Serena and Nate. Also introduced in the first episode are Jenny (played by Taylor Momsen) and Dan Humphrey (played by an exceptionally attractive Penn Badgley, formerly known as “the other Tucker”) – the two kids from the “other side of the tracks” (or rather, Greenwich Village) who somehow end up partying with the inside crowd they have always looked upon from the outside. Less important characters in the novel are given much larger roles in the television show, including Rufus Humphrey, the aging rock-and-roll father of Jenny and Dan; Lili van der Woodsen, Serena’s ex-rock-and-roll groupie mother; and Erik van der Woodsen, who is Serena’s younger brother. As an avid fan of the books and now the television show, I am pleased to report that Schwartz and his writers keep the integrity of the novels intact. The principal characters – Serena, Blair, Chuck, Nate and Dan – are all recognizable in their true “love to hate them” fashion. Viewers of “Gossip Girl” will enjoy the parallels between this Josh Schwartz show and the former “The O.C.” because everybody loves watching a good catfight between the rich and the beautiful. Paired with a background soundtrack from hip rock and indie artists, “Gossip Girl” is absolutely perfect for the CW – and absolutely perfect for the student body at Marlborough. While the writing is not as sharp and witty as classic Seth Cohen/Ryan Atwood banter from “The O.C.,” fans of the novel will enjoy watching their favorite characters come to life, and newcomers will love watching how the powerful, beautiful and wealthy get tangled up with one another. “Gossip Girl” is featured on the CW network on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM PST. The novels by Cecily von Ziegesar are available at bookstores nationwide.
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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hits shelves By Hannah ‘10 UV Staff
The Beat! By Hannah ‘10 UV Staff
What’s happening now in the world of underground music
The Kills Armed with only vocals, a guitar and a drum machine, The Kills march out to battle with a variation of songs that bring a new definition to the word “raw.” They use only the bare minimum of what they need to create their sound; and unlike many artists, it works for them as vocalist Alison “VV” Mosshart and guitarist/ backup vox Jamie “Hotel” Hince bring minimalism to a whole new level. Their album, “No Wow,” is a menagerie of gritty deliciousness; with their stand-outs being “No Wow,” “The Good Ones,” and “Love is a Deserter.”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” may have brought JK Rowling’s series to an end, but its effect on the Marlborough community will be long-lasting. It’s been months since people lined up in front of bookstores or waited anxiously by their mailboxes to receive the long-awaited final chapter in Harry’s saga - it sold 8.3 million copies on the first day in the United States alone - but Marlborough students have not forgotten about him. *SPOILER ALERT!* There were mixed feelings
about the ending of the book amongst Marlborough students. “It was a little too neat for me, I thought some of the deaths were pointless,” said Grace Hazeltine ’08. “The ending, it was kind of expected and too happy. But I honestly don’t think she could have ended it any other way and not create riots,” said Lindsay ’10. Some thought more of the ending. “I think it ended perfectly. She wrapped up everything that needed to be wrapped up. It stayed to the canon ideals – by far my favorite of the books,” said Harry Potter club president Colleen Wilson ’08.
Math instructor Ric Kajikawa thinks the series have had a big impact on reading. “The biggest influence is that it encourages people to read. You hear stories about people who didn’t really enjoy reading before but once they started reading [Harry Potter] they branched out to read other things,” said Kajikawa, an avid fan of the books. Another appeal of the books is that the readers relate to the characters. “I could imagine myself as Ron. He’s clumsy but ends up being a good deal,” said Amy Egerton-Wiley ’09. Some read the series when they were younger, but still read
New T.V. shows for fall season By Justine Lee UV Staff
New T.V. series are approaching this fall with shows for everyone. If you’re a fan of Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) or Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), check out “Back to You.” If you like “Hell’s Kitchen,” then “Kitchen Nightmares” is a must-see.
Daredevil Jane Although Daredevil Jane isn’t considered big in the world of underground rock (which is pretty small), you can tell from the opening lick that they’re going to make it big. Lead guitarist Micah Anderson’s phenomenal guitar skills will blow you away; just listen to the bridge of “Queen Harlem Socialite.” Adrian Gunner’s vocals just borderline on screaming, but still remains audible enough to make you fall in love with his voice. All the songs on their debut CD are fantastic and original at the same time. Definitely check out “The Show,” “Mexico,” “Queen Harlem Socialite,” and “SuperSonicB***h.” Listening to DD Jane’s music is great, but seeing them live is almost a religious experience, so if you like them, be sure to check out when they’re playing in Los Angeles!
Sealove,“Broken Trail” nominated for Emmy
Music instructor Deborah Sealove’s husband, Carl Sealove, was nominated for an Emmy Award for his music editing on AMC’s “Broken Trail.” The T.V. movie, which stars Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, was nominated for fifteen other Emmy awards. The winning nominee in Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special, awarded on Sept. 8, was HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” Sealove has worked on movies including “Superbad” and “Waist Deep.” He is currently working on the newest Judd Apatow (director of “40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”) movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” - Ali Slagle, UV Staff
the books now because it brings back childhood memories. “My grandma used to read them to me, and when I got older it was one of the first books I ever read by myself,” said Erin ’10. “It’s always been there. It’s always been my rock. I’ve always been really intrigued. I’ve gotten into literature a lot more because of Harry Potter,” Wilson said. For adults like Kajikawa, the books have also been important. “It gives you a chance to just forget the world. Many adults were swept along with everybody – it’s just something you’re supposed to do,” Kajikawa said.
Photo courtesy of Anne Scarbrough
SCENE: Actresses from “Theatre M” pose in Scotland, where they performed eleven shows of “The Little Prince” at the Fringe Festival over a two-week period. Rachel Lindee ’08 (center) stands on stilts to promote their play.
Theatre M performs in Scotland By Colleen ‘10 UV Staff
There were no parents or friends in the audience. It was just a crowd full of curious faces they had never seen before, many of whom spoke languages that were incomprehensible to the girls. Eleven Marlborough girls traveled to Scotland this summer as “Theatre M” to perform “The Little Prince” in Edinburgh at the internationally renowned Fringe Festival for two weeks in August. The show was directed by Drama instructors Anne Scarbrough and Tom Quaintance, with tech support from Doug Lowry. The girls only had two weeks of intense rehearsal over the summer, and because they were not in school at the time, it made for a more professional atmosphere, Quaintance said. He added that it was “an intensively creative process” and the level of excitement and enthusiasm was heightened because this project was not part of Marlborough’s curriculum. There was a lot of guessing that had to be done in terms of staging and props, because they had not seen the theater or any of the stage’s limitations
beforehand. “We had to create it to put in a suitcase,” Quaintance said. Theatre M had no publicity for the show. The girls had to literally “sell the show” themselves, each doing two hours a day of publicity, Quaintance said. They blew up 100 balloons and went around the city, in particular down Royal Mile Lane, posting flyers and wearing T-shirts to promote the show. They even had Alejandra Higgins ’09, Rachel Lindee ’08, and Calista ’10 on stilts to encourage people to attend their performances. “Every morning we were excited to see the crowds we brought in,” Lindee said. The girls had ten minutes to set up the props on stage, or else they would cut into their short 45-minute time slot, and they wouldn’t have time to break down the set in time for the next performance. “It was a really physical production,” said Chiara ’10, who played a fox. “The Little Prince,” a novella originally written in French, was chosen because of its “appeal to an international group of people,” Scarbrough said. The Fringe Festival is home to 28,000 performances over a
three week period, and Theatre M was the first show of the day at 10 a.m. in the “C too” venue, which was in the basement of a church located across from a castle. The church had a thrust stage, on which the audience rose on three sides. “It was kind of scary,” Chiara said. “Most of us had never performed for people we had never met before and we didn’t know how we would be received.” Although the venue was marketed for a children’s show, the play captured a more mature audience. The number of audience members per production ranged from two to 80, with an average of 25 people per show. “No one knew us,” said Elizabeth Hecht ’09. “People woke up and came to the show for the talent of the people.” Because of the large amount of planning it took, it hasn’t been decided if the tour will happen again next year, but it is a possibility in the future, Quaintance said. Other members of Theatre M included Megan ’11, Hannah ’11, Sarah Krinsky ’08, Kat Morrison ’07, and Karen Ramos ’09.
Premiered Wednesday 9/19/07 9/8c FOX “Kitchen Nightmares,” a new unscripted series starring Gordon Ramsay, is inspired by his hit series “Hell’s Kitchen” and a popular U.K. show. Each episode Ramsay will help restaurants in need of much assistance. He reveals the truths about the food industry with a ruthless attitude and, surprisingly, warm sensitivity. Ramsay fires up success for a restaurant each episode and spends one week transforming it into a trendy hot-spot. Information from kitchennightmares/
Back to You
Premiered Wednesday 9/19/07 8/7c FOX A Pittsburgh TV news team consisting of Chuck Darling and Kelly Carr takes the stage in the new series “Back to You.” Chuck Darling, played by Kelsey Grammar, is an egotistical and macho women-degrader. Patricia Heaton plays Kelly Carr, a tense and obnoxious “know-it-all.” After Chuck is offered a better job, he ends up in a downward career spiral after a humiliating experience at work. He returns to his Pittsburgh TV team to join up with Kelly and possibly reignite the on-air spark that once existed. Information backtoyou/
Premiered Wednesday 9/26/07 9/8c NBC You can also check out “Bionic Woman” for its action-packed, technologically driven show. Information from http://www.nbc. com/Bionic_Woman/
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Tennis sets Division II, CIF goals By Julie ‘10
After coming back from the ninth grade trip to Pali Mountain, Lauren ‘11 carries her tennis rackets and steps onto the tennis courts for the first time as a freshman varsity tennis player. She anticipates what might happen at her first day of practice and worries about how the Upper School tennis players will treat her, since she is the only freshman and the youngest member on the team. Much to her surprise, the varsity tennis team welcomes Lauren and the other players who have joined the reigning CIFSouthern Section champions for the 20072008 school year. “They definitely tried to not leave me out on anything,” Lauren said. Trying to hold onto their title, the tennis players say they need to maintain their unity, which helped them become champions. “I just want team chemistry well before mid-season and to hit our stride for CIF,” said varsity tennis coach Gunner Fox. “We’re set on singles, but we want to keep developing doubles because most teams win on doubles. This really decides a close match.” The team lost its first match 3-16 to Corona del Mar, not only last year’s state champion but also the national title holder for 2006-07. The team rebounded to beat Chadwick 12-6 on Sept. 18. It’s next match is at home against Brentwood on Oct. 1 “I never feel happy after I lose, but I feel optimistic about the season on the whole. We’re really strong and I think we will do well,” said Jordan Sale ’08.
Photo by Julie Huh
number of varsity golf tournaments in school history
number of golf tournaments won so far by the varsity golf team
2 number of varsity volleyball’s Sunshine League opponents ranked in the top ten SERVICE ACE: Marchelle Ecung’ 08 takes a hit during the first varsity tennis match of the season. Although the team lost 3-16, it was playing Corona del Mar, which won the national championship last year. The team still has high hopes that it can repeat as CIF-Southern Section champ.
Pryor’s team tries to beat odds for new season By Brooke ‘10 UV Staff
Her players may not be the most experienced, and they might not be the tallest, but varsity volleyball coach Erin Pryor believes that they can make up for their lack of height if “the team works rigorously during practices on their offensive strategies.” If last week’s games against out-of-league opponents St. Monica and Laguna Blanca were any indication, the team is on the right track. They won both contests 3-1. Over half of the team’s starters graduated last year. “This year is all about rebuilding,” Pryor said.
The team has ten upperclassman, and the tallest player is 5’ 11”. The average height for the team is around 5’ 8”. Junior Michelle Dawson said the most important thing to do as a team is to “focus on staying mentally strong and motivated in games. We don’t have one player that we can rely on to carry the team through, so we all have to say focused. It’s a team effort.” After competing in tune-up tournaments in Hawaii this summer and the Gahr tournament earlier this month, the team is getting ready for a challenging schedule that includes playing Sunshine League rivals Marymount School, Notre Dame Academy, and Immaculate Heart. “I think that our team really steps up when we play those schools. Everyone gets
Anna Rassmussen ’08 won first place at the National Club Rowing Regatta this summer. She rowed with another senior from El Segundo High, Katie O’Hanlon, and competed for 2 days against 28 competitors. “Rowing is a tough sport. A lot of hard work and mental-toughness goes into every practice and every race. A national win really puts into perspective how hard we’ve worked and how much we’ve achieved,” Rassmussen said. Junior novice Ariana Chehrazi ’08 made it to finals with partner Becky Waldorf ’08. Chehrazi has had 6 months of practice. Waldorf has been a member of crew for two years. Together they placed fifth out of the eighteen other boats. - Megan Toombs, UV Staff
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excited because we’re all up to the challenge,” said co-captain Devin ‘10. The August tournament in Hawaii served as a “measuring point to see what they need to work on,” Pryor said. “The tournament was multipurpose because it also allowed the girls to bond and prep for the season.” Pryor said coaching has gotten easier since she started at Marlborough three years ago. Pryor now knows the personality of the different players and understands how Marlborough works. “I think that our goal for this year is for every player to improve her skills. No matter how many games we win or lose this season, I think everyone is looking forward to working hard and getting better as individuals and as a team,” Devin said.
First-ever golf team formed By Justine Lee
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Marlborough created its first-ever upper school golf team this year, and the team won its first match against Marymount on Sept. 18. So far, the varsity team consists of seven members: Kathryn ’11, Lindsay ’10, Grace Son ’09, Amanda Yoon ’09, Nia Zaferis ’08, Megan Toombs ’08, and Ali Slagle ’09. “We’ve had individuals compete in upper school, but never a team,” said Julie Napoleon, 7/8 grade athletic coordinator. The golf team was approved by Athletic Director David Collicutt after there was enough support for the team and Zaferis pushed for its formation. “We finally had enough people interested,” Collicutt said. In the past,
he said there had not been interest from enough students. He wanted at least eight committed golfers. A 7/8 grade golf team existed two or three years ago, said Collicutt, who was disappointed that there wasn’t one last year. Laura Morrison, coach of the varsity golf team, hopes to arrange the team’s next match this week. The varsity golf team’s first match took place at Rancho Park with a 3:18 p.m. tee off. Marlborough beat Marymount by 25 points. Kathryn ‘11, Marlborough’s low medalist for this game, received the highest score. Zaferis received the second highest score. Members of the golf team practice individually but play together for their tournaments. A Marymount rematch has been scheduled for Oct. 18.
3 number of doubles matches won by Liz and Jordan against Chadwick
ranking of the varsity cross country team in Division IV
19 number of girls on the cross country team this year
45 lowest score in the first golf competition by Kathryn ’11
50 the target number of miles per week that each person on cross country ran over the summer
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Running for Phillips logs the miles, leads cross country State - again By Amanda Chan
By Simone ‘10 UV Staff
After last year’s cross country team led Marlborough to their first ever state championship, this season’s runners have a lot to live up to. The team’s ranking is No. 9 in Division IV, and it runs its first Sunshine League match against Notre Dame Academy. The team will then travel north for the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. Runners look forward to the first races in dry weather, after the season-opening Malibu Invitational was run in heavy rain last weekend. Coach Jimmie Grant said he is optimistic about the season and looks forward to the challenges ahead. “I expect everyone to do the best they can and reach their goals. This is a postKate Grace era, but we have a dedicated group, and great possibilities,” Grant said. He also stressed the importance of staying healthy and preventing injuries. Although some talented runners have graduated, many of the previous runners are back for another season, and some new Mustangs have joined the team this year. Danielle ’10, who placed 21st in last year’s state competition even though she suffered an injury, is one of the team’s top runners. She said she hopes to place well in state, and to help motivate the team to win another outstanding victory. “We have some very committed members this year, and I already feel a strong bond between us,” Danielle said. Erica ’11 is new to the varsity team. She said she hopes to get as close as she can to the top runner’s times. As for being new to the team, she said, “It’s been a really great experience. The girls are extremely funny, and also very dedicated, which is very inspiring to keep going.” Though the season has just begun, the bond between the girls and the impressive collaboration of talent suggests that they’re on their way to a successful season.
Ashley Phillips ’09 lives four houses away from Marlborough. She wakes up at 7:15 a.m., leaves the house at 7:45, and arrives at school by 7:47. Although summer may seem less structured than the school year, this was not the case for Phillips. Every day this summer, she woke up at 6 a.m. to run. During her freshman year, a friend from Loyola joked that she should run with his team. Phillips, however, took her friend’s suggestion seriously and spent the last two summers running with the Loyola cross country team. “They ran so much faster than I could imagine and practicing with them really pushed me,” Phillips said. Phillips attempted to run 50 miles each week. “Of course running has its sacrifices, but running during the summer is definitely beneficial for cross county, because it creates a strong base,” Phillips said. Marlborough’s cross country coach, Jimmie Grant always says, “The broader the base work you have, the higher your peak during the season.” Phillips hopes to drop her time significantly, especially on the Mount Sac course, where the CIF preliminary and final courses are held. Her current time for the course is 19 minutes, 11 seconds - her goal is to run the course under 19 minutes. “A lot of responsibility has shifted to not only me but to the group since the seniors left,” Phillips said. Though the team has lost some strong runners, it has a strong foundation of juniors and sophomores. Phillips said the team’s success depends on how much the team wants it to happen and the amount of work the team is willing to put into achieving victory. Phillips respects the team just as much as they respect her. “Ashley’s positive spirit and attitude motivates everyone, especially when we’re
Photo by Colleen Loynachan LEADING THE WAY: Ashley Phillips ’09 (left) runs with Julie Heidt ’08 (right) during practice. Phillips is co-captain of the cross country team along with Emily Sufrin ’09.
tired. She loves cross country when others sometimes dread it,” said varsity runner Katia ’10. “She’s the first to motivate and is a key factor in success because of her experience, devotion, incredible ability to run, and skills as a team leader.” Originally a soccer player, Phillips has evolved from a three-season athlete to an accomplished runner. In elementary school, she played soccer with AYSO, and her coaches suggested she try cross country, since she had the endurance.
“When Ashley runs, she is a beast and is a very focused and dedicated runner,” Grant said. “Time management is tough. I try to get my work done during school and usually start working when practice ends at five,” Phillips said. “However, it would be weird to have a whole day to do homework, and I think I would be less productive, because I would get distracted. Running really motivates me to work more efficiently,” she added.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Cell phone law beneficial for everyone
done with this bill. Legislators are hoping the bill will decrease last year’s 4,236 car accidents, 45 percent of which were cellphone related according to the national database of the DMV. Banning the use of hand-held cell phones is the first step towards safer roads for children running across the street, 16year-old inexperienced drivers, and adults caught up in a business call on the way to their next meeting. As teenagers, we think we are invincible, but this is not true. Accidents happen, and distractions are magnified, especially with inexperienced drivers. There are 4.9 million accidents every year due to driver distractions, which add up to 34,000 people killed, 2.1 million injured, and $184 billion in damage to the economy, according to a 2006 report from Traffic Safety and Public Health. As teens and society become increasingly technologically-driven, this number is bound to increase as teens continue to do things like change radio stations until they find the perfect song and text friends on their Blackberries, all while driving.
Production Editor Sheri Holt
Banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving is especially important for young drivers
Teens and adults should not be allowed to use hand-held cell phones while driving. California Senate Bill 1613, passed last August, will ban hands-held use of cell phones for drivers starting July 1, 2008. Driving while talking on your cell phone causes accidents, whether hand-held or hands-free. It takes a skilled multi-tasker to be able to drive and talk to the person next to you – and the truth is that most people, especially teens, lack this skill. The Ford Company reported that teens don’t detect 53.85 percent of events in front of them when “hand held phone dialing,” while they only miss 3.54 percent of events in front of them when they are “just driving.” For adults, they don’t see 13.64 percent of events when “hand held phone dialing,” but when “just driving,” they don’t detect 3.02 percent of events. Those who use their cell phones while driving may argue that drivers have many other distractions in the car and that a law should address those first. It’s true that drivers are also occupied by activities like listening to the radio, putting on makeup,
By Evan Taksar
and eating and drinking, which cause accidents. In fact, a study reported that cell phones are only the eighth highest crash-causing distraction to drivers. But without question, it is a distraction, and a 2007 Nationwide Insurance survey
Accidents happen, and any distractions are magnified, especially when inexperienced drivers are involved.
reported that 73 percent of drivers use their cell phones while driving. Banning handheld cell phone use would reach a greater number of people and have a greater impact on drivers and potential car-crash victims than many of the other distractions, many of which would be nearly impossible to regulate. Lawmakers need to focus on what will have the greatest impact across a diverse group of people, as they have
as I thought the seniors were when I was a seventh grader – because, oh my God, I was terrified. Not only were they tall, but they all had cars and came to school with Starbucks. And not only was I in shock, but I was also in complete awe. When I was in seventh grade, after that lovely trip to Catalina and those even lovelier wet-suits, I couldn’t imagine ever becoming a senior. Even this year I couldn’t imagine it until the first day I stepped onto campus. And the fact is, sitting in the car the other day talking to my friend Katie about graduation dresses and how neither of us has any pictures for our senior page, it still hasn’t dawned on me that this is it. We both want to just take Marlborough with us to college – except with members of the opposite sex, classes that start at 2:00 p.m. and the ability to wear flip-flops whenever we want. However, this year has only just begun. And between filling out college applications that reach into the double
Copy Editor Amanda Chan
Opinion Editor Julia Gromis
Photo Editor Colleen ‘10
Sports Editor Colleen ‘10 Backpage Evan Taksar
Cover Editors Sheri Holt Justine Lee
Graphics Editor and Photo Asst. Hannah ‘10
Reporters Sophie ‘10 Jenny ‘10 Community Editor Brooke ‘10 Simone ‘10 Brianne ‘10 Ali Slagle Megan Toombs Feature Editor Sally Helm Cartoonist Diana Ling E & A Editor Cassidy ‘10 Adviser Mark Krewatch News Editor Julie ‘10
Member of the Quill and Scroll Society, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association Photo by Colleen ‘10
digits, studying (once again, yippee!) for the SAT, pulling in excellent grades for the first semester and then good grades for the second one, finding pictures for my senior page and designing graduation dresses, I think it’s really important that we all just take a breath; if not, the year is going to get the better of us. So take a breath and memorize all of the steps to the Soulja Boy dance, of course.
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Ever have one of those dreams that is so real and vivid, you are sure it has to be real? And it’s such a good dream too, that even when your alarm clock says 7:00 a.m. and you know that you have to be at school in 50 minutes, all you want to do is stay in bed and dream that same dream all day? Okay, now ever have one of those dreams where even though it’s really real and vivid, you just know that it can’t be real? My entire first day of school was exactly like the second dream. For the record, six years ago on my very first day at Marlborough, I honestly thought the seniors were at least 23 years old. Not only that, but there was nothing more frightening than the very first day at an all-girls school seeing boys dressed in skirts, patrolling the halls like they belonged here. This year when I had my best friend change into my skirt in the middle of the seventh grade locker hall, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what the seventh graders were thinking. Or if we’re really as scary
Editor-in-Chief Lorraine Lee
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
R-rated for smoking?
Film Rebel Rated R?
Film Rebel Rated PG-13?
We rate R for drug use - we should for smoking too. Movies don’t influence smoking - people do. By Julia Gromis UV Staff
It is only fair to the current and future generations of teenagers that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) give movies an R rating for tobacco use. Cigarettes are poisonous. It’s that simple. In each of the last three years, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that tobacco use in films was a major factor in promoting smoking.
The majority of adolescents are susceptible to falling into the traps of films that make smoking appeal to the audience.
Many anti-tobacco groups blame tobacco companies and major studios for endorsing smoking their cigarettes among their teenage audience. At the moment, tobacco companies and studios are battling against parents and anti-smoking groups to get the MPAA to rate movies with tobacco “R.” Tobaccofree.org, an anti-tobacco group, has gone as far as to argue that tobacco companies have paid actors and producers money for the appearance of cigarette brands in the movies as a marketing tool. While rating movies with tobacco use “R” might potentially harm the profits of major studios, it would encourage producers to turn away the requests of tobacco companies. According to Smoke Free Movies, PG-13-rated movies generate twice the amount of money at the box office than R rated movies do. Therefore, by taking out smoking and rating the movie PG-13, studios would actually gain a larger profit, ensuring the safety of teenagers. If teenagers under the age of seventeen were prohibited by the law to view movies
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with smoking, companies would lose a large percentage of their profits. Major studios can solve this problem by simply not working with tobacco companies, thus leading to fewer tobacco-related deaths. According to Smoke Free Movies, 52 percent of teenagers who start smoking have been influenced by tobacco use in films. Smoking in movies does a better job of promoting cigarettes than tobacco advertisements. Wired teens of the twenty-first century are practically glued to the silver screen. They watch DVDs on their portable DVD players, on their video Ipods, on their MAC books and in theaters. According to the Online Action Center, in popular PG-13 movies “Notting Hill,” “What Women Want,” and “The Family Man,” smoking was condoned in one way or another. When a teenage girl sees a “cool” celebrity taking a puff of a Marlboro, she thinks that cigarette will make her “cool” too. Celebrities are idolized on the Internet, on television, in movies, in magazines like “Cosmopolitan,” “People,” “Teen Vogue,” “US Weekly,” “Vogue,” and in all aspects of youth life. They are portrayed as being gorgeous, charismatic and popular. A University of California-San Diego study found that girls are more likely to smoke if their celebrity role models smoke. The fact is that teenagers are still getting to know themselves. They are often insecure and vulnerable. The majority of adolescents are susceptible to falling into the traps of films that make smoking appeal to the audience. Research has revealed that an “R” rating would save the lives of 50,00060,000 teenagers who would otherwise die because of smoking. If these lives are wasted, it will be because of the selfish motives of the tobacco companies and major studios, along with the passivity of the Motion Picture Association of America and the negligence of health leaders to notice and take charge. Should we continue to turn our heads when a major cause of teen smoking is so blatant, or should something be done?
By Cassidy ‘10 UV Staff
While walking down a busy street filled with pedestrians heading toward the bus, loitering around a porch or doorstep, or strolling around a public park, there is something that’s unavoidable: people with smoke curling out of their mouths. Whether they are forty or in their teens, there will always be a cigarette in someone’s hands around you. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is considering passing a proposal by Smoke Free Movies that would consider the use of tobacco in movie ratings; in short, a movie including smoking will be rated “R.” Smoking should not be taken into consideration when rating movies. Although Smoke Free Movies claims the proposed rating system will cut the amount of smoking in movies kids see in half, the Rating Board is not considering the effect of the amount of smoking kids see outside movies. Even if a thirteen-year-old watches a movie with no smoking in it, it will not stop him from smoking. According to the American Lung Association, 21 percent of Americans smoke. While walking to the movies, more than one fifth of the people he passes will be smokers. There is a strong argument that while walking to the movies, he will see numerous people of different ages smoking; who says he won’t pick up the habit from them? Consequently, the movie rating industry considering smoking in movies will not stop his exposure to smokers, and therefore would not stop him from smoking. Even if he doesn’t see it in the movies, he will still see, potentially admire, and be around cigarettes and tobacco. Movie ratings began in 1968, and swearing was established as one of the components to claim the movie inappropriate for children. But this did not stop people from swearing. Today, 72 percent of men and 58 percent of women swear, according to Tracy V. Wilson’s article, “How Swearing
Works.” People learned to swear from those around them, whether from their peers, their parents, or from strangers. If something is common in any random group of strangers, such as swearing or smoking, children will be exposed to it. Also, smoking in movies is sometimes needed to portray characters correctly, and some movies would need to have characters smoke in order to be accurate. Say a movie production company is filming a movie that portrays a historical character who smoked a lot. The production company would have to decide between not showing smoking in the movie to get a PG-13 rating, which would not correctly portray the character, or have smokers in the movie, which then would be rated R. This would make numerous historical movies only available to adults, when many times these historical movies can be educational for today’s youth. Now say another movie production company wants to make a documentary,
If something is common in any random group of strangers, such as swearing or smoking, children will be exposed to it.
and they film a person smoking while voicing their opinions. With the new ratings enforced, the production company would either have to ask the person not to smoke, which would take away part of their character and lifestyle, or use the clip and make the movie less available to today’s youth. Because of this, it is not a good idea for the MPAA to consider smoking in movie ratings. The change will only be a hassle and un-beneficial for film makers, and passing the proposal will not change today’s youth exposure to smoking.
Pali Overnight Adventure Camp provided 9th grade bonding, reassurance
By Ileana ‘11 UV Contributor
After a winding, twisting and scenic ride, the bus slowly pulled up to park and the Pali instructors could be seen waving from outside. We arrived to a week of not only memorable times, but a ride of emotional, and somewhat personal, bonding. I had never really had a chance to experience camp before, so I was a bit intimidated. The instructors at Pali Overnight Adventure Camp seemed friendly and fully prepared, but I still had my doubts. The only thing I could possibly do was unload my duffle bag from the containment hold in the bus, and pray for the best. That prayer was answered. Before I knew it, the entire ninth grade and I were headed down a dusty little hill to the camp’s
amphitheater to get introductions out of the way. As we all sat together on long wooden benches, I looked around at the faces of my classmates and couldn’t help
We arrived to a week of not only memorable times, but a ride of emotional, and somewhat personal, bonding.
but feel nervous. I knew some of them, but I was technically about to spend a week with strangers. As if starting fresh in a new school wasn’t challenging enough, imagine being with new people in a completely new environment! Thank goodness it was a challenge that was overcome in five minutes, at which time we were quickly
and efficiently shown to our cabins. From that moment on, everything ran smoothly. Cabin 8 became my temporary abode and personal bonding center. The conversations that were held every night were enough to make anyone forget that we were smack-dab on a mountainside. It seemed that the activities were held to emphasize that point. Now if I was to say that cabin time was the only bonding experience, I’d be 100 percent wrong. There was an activity known as zip line that truly proved how bravery is affected by the encouragement of those around you. I had to climb up a tree to reach a wooden platform where an instructor awaited with a rope that would attach to my belt, allowing me to swing off the platform. Being afraid of heights, I found climbing
up the tree impossible. Lucky for me, Lizzy, an instructor, and my peers cheered me on to such a point that I overcame my fear. That moment was the best experience I had on the trip. Why? Because I was able to receive well-needed support from people who at first I considered to be strangers – they became a source of inspirational guidance. The sense of reassurance could duly be noted in me as the rest of the days passed. The trip to Pali Camp was a true help. After what I went through there, I no longer walk the halls of Marlborough surrounded by strangers. I now see classmates who jumped off a tree, a teacher who helped me persevere during a long hike, and a community of people I can count on to help me overcome my fears and challenges.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Where in the world are Marlborough girls?
l e a r s I m and
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By Julia Gromis UV Staff
In 130 degree weather, Asha ’08 rode through the desert of Egypt on a camel, her entire body covered in clothing. Asha traveled to Egypt and Turkey this summer with her family during vacation. Asha traveled from Cairo in lower Egypt to Aswan in lower Egypt on a river cruise. She visited both the city and the countryside, and was shocked by the difference between the two. “They were worlds apart,” said Asha. In the countryside, Asha covered herself conservatively, whereas she wore her normal clothes in the city. In Turkey, Asha visited Istanbul, the old Roman city of Ephesus, and the beach. Asha especially loved Istanbul, which “was an interesting city to walk around and get lost in,” Asha said. “It was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to,” Asha said. According to Asha, the beach, which is located on the Aegean Sea, looks like the Greek Isles. She could see Troy from the beach, though there is almost nothing there today.
As Madeline ’10 walked through a Vietnamese orphanage, she could see the flies buzzing over the infants napping on tables. This summer, Madeline visited Israel and Vietnam with two very different intentions. Madeline traveled to Vietnam for a week with a family friend and her mother to help with the adoption of her three-month old god-child. Madeline spent most of her time at the orphanage
VIETNAM: Sophmore Madeline cradles a Vietnamese orphan in DaNang, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Madeline.
EGYPT: Senior Asha and her sister enjoy the sights and sounds of Cairo. Photo courtesy of Asha.
In Israel, we never did the same thing twice.
and helped take care of the baby. She also visited the Vietnamese cities of Da Nang and Hanoi, where she was shocked by the amount of pollution. The pollution is believed to be so harmful that many Vietnamese citizens wear surgical masks. Madeline did not have to wear a mask since she was only in the country for a week. Madeline also traveled to Israel with her parents, where they visited Jerusalem, Golan Heights and Haifa. While flying in an Israeli helicopter, Madeline even entered into Palestinian territory during one point. Madeline and her family looked at schools, libraries and other places in need of help. Among these, Madeline visited an Ethiopian Absorption Center where Ethiopian Jews go after they have moved from Ethiopia to Israel.
CIRCLING THE GLOBE: Eighth grader Catherine and her family traveled to over 11 countries this summer. Photo courtesy of Catherine.
d l r o W e und th
While her classmates were tanning at the beach and taking art classes, Catherine ’12 and her family were traveling around the world. They spent two months visiting and exploring Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Madagascar, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Morocco, Madrid, and Portugal. In Malaysia they saw the orangutans, in northern China the pandas, and in Zambia the Chimoza School. Shaw, who has been to all seven continents, has traveled around the world once before. Catherine’s journeys have exposed, enlightened, and
“The biodiversity in Madagascar is amazing, but it is horrible how the species are hunted and threatened.”
taught her many things. “Wherever you go, you have to abide by and respect the country’s rules and be culturally conscious,” Catherine said. In every country, Catherine and her family had their own tour guide and driver. Sometimes, they even had a bodyguard for security. Their visit to Papua New Guinea coincided with the country’s elections. According to Catherine, many tribes grew violent if they were not represented in the election. As a result, her family had to avoid being caught in the crossfire. However, Catherine never felt scared or threatened. Although Catherine’s trip is over, she will be traveling the world again - in her 8th grade Global Studies class.
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FRANCE: Atwell and her smart car - only 8 feet long! Photo courtesy of Catherine Atwell.
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MOROCCO: History instructor Catherine Atwell enjoys a camel ride with her dog Humphrey in Morocco. Photo courtesy of Catherine Atwell.
FRANCE: Atwell waterskiing in the French Riviera. Photo courtesy of Catherine Atwell.
At a restaurant in Barcelona, history instructor Catherine Atwell ordered a small appetizer of foie gras. The waiter emerged from the kitchen with the “largest piece of liver you have ever seen in your life.” Atwell traveled to Marakesh, the French Riviera and Barcelona this summer. Atwell enjoyed eating the different foods from the countries, like in Spain, where Barcelona is becoming a “great foodie capital.” Atwell took her dog Humphrey, a “veteran world traveler,” on her trip. This was not the first time Atwell has brought her dog on a trip. The children in Spain, France, and Morocco loved Humphrey. The cultures in the countries were different from American culture, and having a dog with Atwell was a “great way to break the ice with people.” Atwell had always wanted to visit Morocco, and in college she wanted to take Arabic, but was unable to because the course was not offered. During her trip, Atwell relaxed and went sightseeing. She visited the old city of Medina, where she saw the oldest Mosque. This fall, Atwell will head to Saudi Arabia to look at the oil fields.