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I’ve been meaning to write for some time. I’ve been thinking about this for a month and trying to figure out if it’s worth saying. I’m not really sure what this is supposed to be-- you can think of it as an invitation, a letter, a thought. I’m willing to talk about this, I’m willing to answer questions. I also understand that in receiving this, it may be nothing. I am not and will not be bothered if this is not of value or use to what you’re doing. You all have a vision and I don’t, but, at the same time, I need this to be read. I need this to hold court in someone else’s head besides my own. I cannot hang on to this, I’ve begun to feel stifled by my inaction and silence. I’m not brave enough to do it loudly and with my name attached---I cannot risk defining myself at someone else’s doing, I cannot allow that victory. I am writing this for methere is no illusion about that- but I am also writing this because it’s not really my story anymore and because everyday I see this story walking and breathing and thriving at our school outside of me. I’ll stop explaining. I am a senior right now and a year and four months ago I was sexually assaulted and almost raped by a stranger. The Tam News — December 2017



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Dear Reader,

At the end of every month, we as the Tam News plan out stories that are ready for the next issue to come. We had our plan, yet much of what we thought to publish was put on the back burner after receiving an anonymous letter to the editors detailing a similar story to what we saw when we turned on the TV and read the words: Brett Kavanaugh. After reading the letter and many articles criticizing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s story, the issue was clear. The lack of sexual assault education among us has gone unspoken for far too long. The thematic issue invites readers to explore real stories of students here at Tam and provides solutions to how we could better our community. We dive into the issue head on. Our editorial discusses the Kavanaugh case and the anonymous letter, to highlight the lack of respect and acceptance sexual assault survivors often experience. It is our objective to create a community in which students are able to express their own voices, without the fear of being judged or doubted. The anonymous letter, appearing both on the cover and as the feature, is followed by Senior, Maren Curtis’ message to admin. Curtis details her own struggles as a female student and expresses her wish for an extensive curriculum, educating students on the responsibilities and behavior that is expected of them now and how these ideas should be carried with them throughout the rest of their lives. We want these stories to be heard. We can learn from these stories, not only by knowing what happens in our community, but how we should respond to the issue of sexual assault. These stories are not going away. More recently we have seen survivors coming forward, and it is time for us, as a learning community, to understand our role in educating the future. - Ava Finn

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n election for three open positions on the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) Board of Trustees will take place on November 6, national Election Day. Current members Laura Anderson, Chuck Ford, and Michael Futterman declined reelection following the end of their four-year terms this year. Candidates Cynthia Roenisch, Kevin Saavedra, Dan Oppenheim, and Barbara McVeigh are running to fill these spots, and the elected three will join resident members Leslie

posed parcel tax would impose $149 per each parcel of property for the next four years. If passed, district schools collectively would obtain $5.1 million per year, which would be put towards maintaining academic and nonacademic programs alike, according to the TUHSD website. All of the candidates have stated they are prepared to implement immediate change and financial reevaluation in the district. Oppenheim, Roenisch, and Saavedra have established shared goals

including the district’s financial stage. Roenisch, a former attorney and current teacher at Alameda High School, has been on the Kentfield district board for 13 years. As her term on the Kentfield board ends, she said that her experience and knowledge would be of aid to the TUHSD board. “The first thing that obviously has to happen is the parcel tax needs to pass,” she said. “If that doesn’t pass in November, then plans need to be made to put it back

Cynthia Roenisch, Kevin Saavedra, Dan Oppenheim, and Barbara McVeigh are running for three open positions on the district Board of Trustees. The district’s budget crisis, and Measure J, which if passed will implement a parLundgren Harlander and Barbara Owens. and are campaigning as a slate. They Recent financial complications within hope to serve the district together and colthe district, which arose from a rising stu- laborate to enact their common values. dent population with no additional funding According to the TUHSD Goverto satisfy the influx, as well as the abrupt nance Handbook, “School boards are the resignation of former superintendent Da- democratic representation and are charged vid Yoshihara this summer, have left the with the legal responsibility to ensure all board with difficult decisions to make. To children in their community have the opcounter the problem, the Board of Trust- portunity to achieve an equitable and exees voted to put a local parcel tax on the cellent education.” The TUHSD Board ballot for Election Day on November 6, of Trustees holds monthly meetings to in an initiative called “Measure J.” Parcel implement goals surrounding the adtaxes are used in California to fund public vancement of the district and to uphold schools and community districts. The pro- the quality of the student experience, December 2017——The The Tam News 44 November 2018 Tam News

on the ballot within six months.” Roenisch said she successfully helped pass a parcel tax in Kentfield and she, Oppenheim, and Saavedra are determined to implement Measure J in the TUHSD. The parcel tax would not fix everything, according to Roenisch, and three million dollars in cuts need to be made in the district this year regardless of whether it passes. “The board would have to make decisions on where the savings would have to come from ... I have willingness to do it and I’m not afraid to deliver bad news,” Roenisch said. In terms of the board itself, Roe-


nisch would make setting ground rules for members a priority: “Putting some expectations in place and parameters in place about what’s proper for a board to do, [and] what the superintendent’s role is, so we’re working at optimal efficiency.” Saavedra, an investment banker and treasurer of the Measure J campaign, attributed the recent financial troubles to a lack of understanding on the board’s part. “District financial operations are not something that

very predictable and we could have seen it through the feeder schools in the past years,” he said. “The need for the budget cuts is because there unfortunately wasn’t planning for some of the issues that are coming through ... I would have preferred that the board would have taken action a couple years earlier and in a more significant form.” Using her experience in advocacy, McVeigh, an environmentalist, filmmaker, and author, aims to direct the board’s fo-

mean that that has to go away completely, it just means shifting it to the city or county.” McVeigh firmly opposes eliminating programs by way of budget cuts altogether. “I would never want to cut programs or cut teachers. I don’t think I could go to bed at night knowing that I was a part of that,” she said. “We are a wealthy community, but there are ways to get around that.” Saavedra described McVeigh’s focuses

most people understand until they engage and come to learn about them,” he said. “The people in place at that time did not really understand the trajectory that we are on ... There are ways to institute protocols so that these kinds of challenges can be addressed years before they have to be solved.” The district is currently dipping into reserves saved for times of financial need, with more significant cuts on the horizon. Oppenheim, a housing economist, reinforced that planning from this point forward is essential. “There’s a lot of the talk in terms of saying there’s need for budget cuts because of enrollment growth. That’s not correct. The enrollment growth was

cus to environmental and human rights issues. “Our schools are really rotten,” she said. “Heavy rotten, because we’re not teaching you guys the right kind of values — social justice, environmental ethos, because we’re not living them in this county.” She hopes to divert the focus of the budget to implementing environmentalfriendly transportation and agricultural reform. Specifically, she wants to propose defunding schools’ football teams. “How are we spending our money? Where is it going? Really questioning the sports right now, and I know that that’s going to be hard for some people because we have been so sports-driven,” McVeigh said. “It doesn’t

as at odds with the financial matters at hand and “entirely inappropriate for the situation.” “She’s not raising money for Measure J, she’s not volunteering for Measure J ... The district has issues that need people to engage to help solve and she’s not engaging in anything productive,” Saavedra said. All of the candidates agreed on fostering a collaborative dynamic between board members, as well as with the public. “I didn’t get a sense that [the board or the superintendent] felt accountable to the community for decisions that were being made,” Roenisch said. “In good times and bad times, (Continued on page 7)

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DA ELECTION PITS INSIDE EXPERIENCE AGAINST OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE by Benjy Wall-Feng with additional reporting by Ian Duncanson


ne of the most contested races in Marin County will be the runoff election for county district attorney between Lori Frugoli and Anna Pletcher on November 6. A June 5 election gave Frugoli and Pletcher 48.9 and 30.6 percent of the vote, respectively, and a third candidate, A.J. Brady, received 20.3 percent. Frugoli would have needed more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid the runoff election she now faces against Pletcher. One of the primary focuses of the competing campaigns has been that of experience: Frugoli has worked in the Marin County district attorney’s office for 27 years. She has been endorsed by cur-

she has built therein. Pletcher has framed her campaign as a push for change, citing various deficiencies in the office. Frugoli and Pletcher are both Democrats. Both candidates have been the subject of controversy during the race. An August 30 press release by the Marin Democratic Party criticized a “misleading mailer” sent out by the Frugoli campaign which, it said, featured “the phrase ‘The Only Democratic Candidate’ in large bold font followed by ‘Endorsed by Every Former Marin County DA’ in a much smaller font.” And Pletcher’s candidate statement, which mentioned her endorsement by the Marin Democratic Party and will appear on the ballot in November, was subject to a

that the objection had been made too late, and allowed the statement to remain. Frugoli and Pletcher engaged in debate over a number of topics, including bail reform, probation, plea bargain negotiations, criminal records, at a forum hosted by the Marin County League of Women Voters and the Marin County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Rafael on September 19. “I think Marin County is ready for a change. When you’ve had the same leadership for 80-plus years, you’re going to miss stuff,” Pletcher said. “They want a leader who can bring in restorative justice, they want a leader who’s going to address environmental issues, for example. These are

The election for county district attorney, between Lori Frugoli, a veteran of the county office, and Anna Pletcher, rent county district attorney Ed Berberian, who is retiring, and his three predecessors. Pletcher is a former federal prosecutor who spent 10 years working in the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco. She has been endorsed by the Marin County Democratic Party and the Sierra Club. Frugoli has touted her experience within the DA’s office and the relationships 66

complaint by the Marin County Registrar’s Office for ostensibly violating California law that such statements “shall not include the party affiliation of the candidate, nor membership or activity in partisan political organizations,” according to the Marin Independent Journal. But Marin County Superior Court Judge Roy O. Chernus ruled on August 29

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things that the Marin County DA’s office, and my opponent, have just not done, or done poorly.” “I think [Pletcher] is trying to put me in the same box as the current district attorney. There are many changes that need to be made, and I honor that — I acknowledge that, and I’m not him,” Frugoli said. “I’m my own woman. I stand for myself.” ♦

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he homecoming rally on September 28 received backlash from some students and staff for a number of questionable moments, some of which contained racist behavior. The events in question included juniors and seniors throwing water balloons at each other, white students dressed in Rastafarian hats with fake dreadlocks, and white students mouthing the n-word during a song that contained it in the lip sync. An apology email was sent by administration to teachers with the intention of being read to the student body in class on October 1. The same email was sent to the larger Tam community on October 2. “The Associated Student Body (ASB) and Administration sincerely apologize for the events that took place during Tam High’s Homecoming Rally,” the email read. “During the rally, several culturally insensitive costumes were displayed. While it was never the intent of

anyone to offend or harm others, we understand the impact of the behaviors and we take full responsibility.” Some of the students involved have since apologized for their behavior. “We sincerely apologize for any offense caused by our costume choice in our performance. Our intent all along was to create a fun experience representing our class and thought our props contributed to that,” sophomore Hannah Eigstis said. “We were under the impression that what we put together was run by leadership. We feel terrible about the situation and we realize we should have been more careful about how our performance could have come off to people. We wanted to participate in this rally as a fun way for the grades to come together and feel unified ... we are sincerely sorry to those who found this offensive.” Members of leadership, who

organized the rally, expressed that they were unaware of the events that would ensue, but still accepted responsibility and apologized. “When [the group with the hats] performed, they had ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ in their mix. However, they did not rehearse with any costumes whatsoever. They used many props which lead us to believe that those were the only things they were using … that was obviously not the case,” junior and leadership member Angie Zuber said. “We were shocked that they didn’t tell us about their costume choice, especially after not having it in rehearsal. We approved the song because it is a great song. However, we had no idea they would use those hats and we were just as shocked and embarrassed as everyone in the audience. We apologize to people who were offended.” Principal J.C. Farr discussed the controversies with leadership on


BOARD ELECTION / MEASURE J (continued from page 5) the board has to take accountability.” Roenisch also plans to prioritize transparency and board member accessibility within the district. Saavedra concurred. “We’ve got challenges. We know how to address them. But I definitely think the people on the board and the superintendent need to be more visible in the community,” he said. “When you have to come back to people and you have to say we’re gonna do a cut, you don’t want them saying, ‘Why?’ You want to make sure the community’s receptive to the things that we’re doing.” Maintaining successful district activities and programs is a priority

for all candidates, as is not allowing budget deficits to get in the way of program success. “In my opinion, the district does a very good job of operating,” Saavedra said. “The district right now is confronting a fiscal issue because of good things. Mass increase enrollment ... it’s our job to help the school system provide an experience for these kids that is [as] good at a higher enrollment as it was for a lower enrollment.” Roenisch is content with the quality of education the district provides as well. “I would just like to maintain the excellence that we have and that means continuing to retain

highly qualified teachers, hopefully maintaining class sizes, and then hopefully being able to maintain diversity of programs,” she said. “The main [goal] is to allow programs to continue and to make sure there’s the funding to enable that,” Oppenheim said. “We’ve got some of the top schools in the state and country here, and people live in the area because of that. The goal of the board should then be to help the superintendent, the administration, the teachers, and students to have this top-notch education,” Oppenheim said. He aims to “stabilize the district from the funding perspec-

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Sourdoughs and Sourdough-Nots by Elan Levine


he complimentary bread is arguably the most important component of a dining-out experience. It’s the part of the meal that sets the tone for the rest. But what makes the perfect piece of bread? To me it consists of a warm combination of golden crunch, a light fluffy interior and a blended taste of slightly salty sourdough. In search of the perfect complimentary bread in Marin, I journeyed to four restaurants, equal in merit, but varying in quality. Each complimentary bread would stand alone without any dip or butter. The most perfect bread would score 5 of 5 buns.

For my first stop, I made my way to downtown Mill Valley and went to Pizza D’Angelo (22 Miller Ave), an Italian restaurant. D’Angelo served two types of bread, walnut and sourdough, and out of all the restaurants, it served the most slices and with a side of pesto sauce. This bread was slightly cold and had a brown outer layer, and it lacked the inviting look that the other breads had. It was quite crunchy and at times was hard to chew. The inside was fairly fluffy, however it lacked in flavor, and had a generic taste with no extra charm so, I gave this bread 3 buns out of 5 buns. My second restaurant was Pizza Antica (800 Redwood Hwy #705), an American-style Italian restaurant, in Strawberry Village. I had high hopes for the bread since Pizza Antica has been one of my favorite restaurants since I was little. The bread looked appetizing, and it was coated with a golden outer layer and a few drizzles of olive oil presented in batches of four with a side of oil and vinegar. The first bite of focaccia instantly mesmerized me with a slightly salty taste. One bread piece was a whopping two inches thick, that looked and tasted fresh. However, it was chewy, had no crunch, and was a bit cold, which was a let down. The taste was the best part of this complimentary bread, but the the texture held it back. I’d rate this bread a 3.5 buns out of 5 buns. Next, I ventured to The Cheesecake Factory (1736 Redwood Hwy) in Corte Madera. The Cheesecake Factory serves a culmination of cuisines. This restaurant served two different breads, sourdough and pumpernickel, with a side of butter. The sourdough was definitely the more desirable of the two , although the pumpernickel did provide a healthier option. I loved the sourdough bread. It was crunchy, came out warm and had lovely taste. The pumpernickel didn’t have any crunch but it had decent flavors. I gave this bread 2 buns out of 5 buns. For my fourth and final restaurant I visited Piatti’s (625 Redwood Hwy), another Italian restaurant right across the highway from Pizza Antica. I had never been to the restaurant, so I came with no expectations. Upon entering, I immediately noticed the class and sophistication the entire restaurant exuded, and the bread was no exception. When it arrived at the table I was in awe of the slight steam rising from the bread and the golden brown exterior. It was served in sets of five pieces with a side of olive oil infused with red pepper flakes. This sourdough’s presentation was mouthwatering to say the least. It had an amazing crunch and was incredibly fluffy and soft on the inside. It was filling, yet still managed to be light. I rated this bread a score of 4.5 buns out of 5 buns. Adding a pinch more of salt would have made it perfect. Nothing could beat the warm, crunchy and fluffy slice of bread that they served, but they still did not achieve a 5 bun out of 5 bun rating. Thus, my quest for the perfect bread must continue. ♦



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All Wrapped Up


by Kevin Satake


ften debated, but never decided: who serves the best Mexican food in Marin? While most people are content having any burrito, a small niche of hardcore Mexican food connoisseurs have found themselves bitterly at odds with each other over the debate. To settle this disagreement, the four final contenders for the title of best Marin burrito — Joe’s Taco Lounge, Picante, Lucinda’s Mexican Food, and Taqueria San Jose — have been put to the test.

Joe’s Taco Lounge (382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley) is a classic for Mill Valley natives. It’s the most expensive of the four restaurants, as you’d be lucky to get out of there for under $10, but if you can’t or don’t want to leave Mill Valley, it’s definitely worth it. I’ve tried their tostadas, burritos, tacos, and black bean soup and I can confidently say that all of above are excellent. The chicken burrito is my favorite, and probably was their best burrito. The ratio of sauce to meat to tortilla is perfect, and if you’re a sour cream person then the 75 cents extra is an excellent upgrade to your burrito experience. The location and vibe of the place is also amazing; there’s nothing like sitting outside with a top quality burrito, watching cops hand out tickets to drivers making illegal U-turns on Miller. Unfortunately, the quality of the burritos can be inconsistent, so if you are looking for a more consistent burrito you may want to consider other options.

You’ve never had carnitas until you’ve had them from San Rafael’s Picante (340 Bellam Blvd, San Rafael). Everytime I walk in I see the chefs in front cooking up a brand new batch of carnitas, so their meat is fresh every time. The people at Picante have figured out the ideal ratio of ingredients. The vibe at this place is perfect, with a clean appearance and lots of locals dining all through the day. They’ve also got a mini fridge with the best salsa verde north of the border. However, it’s kind of a stretch to try to make it there and back in a lunch period.

Though the close proximity between Taqueria San Jose (615 4th St, San Rafael) and Picante poses a rivalry, Taqueria San Jose is seriously good as well. I’d recommend the al pastor burritos. Al Pastor is marinated pork and if you’re in the mood for it, San Jose’s does it better than anywhere else in Marin. The other ingredients are quite good but sometimes a little too dry for me. The salsa bar here is a bit lacking, so maybe smuggle in your own salsas and experiment. The food here is neck and neck with Picante, and it’s really personal taste, but I really prefer the physical restaurants that Picante has. San Jose is pretty darkly lit and you may find yourself thinking you’re in a cave. However, this place is a bit closer to school than Picante.

Lucinda’s Mexican Food (930 Redwood Highway Frontage Rd, Mill Valley) is the fast food of the burrito world,. With their cheapest burrito sitting at $3.25, it’s a very good choice and the location is close to get to during a lunch period. It doesn’t end there either. The burritos are solid, the sauce is great, and there’s no filler rice to get in between your taste buds and whatever type of burrito you ordered. A large downside is the lack of salsas offered at Lucinda’s. A word of warning: these burritos are seriously soupy so I would highly recommend grabbing a couple napkins if you’re eating to go.

Overall, choosing the right burrito depends on what you need and want. For a quick bite, Lucinda's is the way to go. If you crave an insane salsa collection and amazing burritos, then hit up Joe’s Taco Lounge. If you want great al pastor and complimentary chips, head over to Taqueria San Jose in San Rafael. If you want arguably the best carnitas paired with outstanding green salsa then get over to Picante and indulge in some great food. But in terms of the hands down best burrito, I’d say Picante or Joe’s. ♦

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Meet Our New AP: Tenisha Tate by Josie Spiegelman


alking into the room 108 in the administrative office, one may remember a tie-clad Mr. Rice there to greet them. Now it’s Assistant Principal Tenisha Tate’s room, and she has already made it her own. “I always feel like if you’re replacing someone, you actually can’t replace them. [Rice] made his mark, and it’s not my intention to compete with that,” Tate said. “The kids that he affected, they’re gonna feel that loss of him not being here, I know that. My job is to create connections with as many kids as I can.” With a plethora of teaching experience under her belt, Tate’s new office is the newest symbol of her teaching career. Tate has worked at multiple K-12 jobs both inside and outside the Bay Area, including Bayside MLK in the Sausalito-Marin City district and Hall Middle School in Larkspur-Corte Madera. She has worked as an assistant principal for the past seven years. Tate’s teaching career demonstrates her commitment to education, but what is most striking is her community service work as founder and executive director of a non-profit called 2Gen Equity. 2Gen Equity is aimed at interrupting the poverty cycle of young women and their kids, including having volunteers come over after school to practice edu-

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Tate aims to make an impact on Tam. cational exercises with the mother and child. “We quickly saw gains in the kids and quickly saw moms connecting with their kids more often,” Tate said. “That work is near and dear to my heart, because I was a single mom and I also understand that some people don’t have access to the information.” Even with a vast array of experience behind her, Tate is excited to take up the job of assistant principal once again. “I felt inclined to be at Tam because the school and the population and the number of kids that I could affect was a draw,” Tate said. “When I think about Southern Marin, and what school I would want to work in, that would be Tam High School. The diversity that’s reflected here, and the fact that it’s connected to the community that I live in [were draws]. My husband went to Tam High School, he’s an alumni here, so I felt connected to Tam on different levels.” Tate’s growing enthusiasm for the community shines through and is clear when talking to her. “I’m just trying to get the lay of the land, I obviously want to make sure that students know that I’m here to support them, but I’m also here to hold them accountable,” Tate said. “I think what’s special about Tam is that it has a long history and tradition of excellence that we all want to maintain as well as continue to develop and actually grow.”

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One thing Tate emphasizes is her focus on personal relationships with students. “Relationships are really important. I left my previous school and all the kids [I knew]. I miss the day to day connections with kids so I hope that I can build relationships with kids in the next couple months and regaining that sense of community,” she said. While Tate is still getting accustomed to her role at Tam, her goals to reach out to students sticks out more than anything else. “The first thing that I want Tam students to know about me is that I am a person,” Tate said. “I’m more than just an assistant principal. I have feelings, I have emotions, I’m a person. I also want them to know that I deeply care about their best interest and their success, and although we may be at odds at times or I may have to redirect them or provide a consequence, that’s not coming from a place of disdain or of malice, it’s because one it’s my job, and two it’s because I would much rather students have a consequence now and learn from their mistakes and not make those mistakes again than to make those mistakes later in life and have a bigger consequence.” Tate even stops me on my way out the door to emphasize her point. She tells me, “I’m a mother, that’s a part of my identity. I’m a wife, and I love to laugh at good jokes, and I like to shop.” ♦

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I’ve been meaning to write for some time. I’ve been thinking about this for a month and trying to figure out if it’s worth saying. I’m not really sure what this is supposed to be — you can think of it as an invitation, a letter, a thought. I’m willing to talk about this, I’m willing to answer questions. I also understand that in receiving this, it may be nothing. I am not and will not be bothered if this is not of value or use to what you’re doing. You all have a vision and I don’t, but, at the same time, I need this to be read. I need this to hold court in someone else’s head besides my own. I cannot hang on to this, I’ve begun to feel stifled by my inaction and silence. I’m not brave enough to do it loudly and with my name attached.I cannot risk defining myself at someone else’s doing, I cannot allow that victory. I am writing this for me — there is no illusion about that — but I am also writing this because it’s not really my story anymore and because everyday I see this story walking and breathing and thriving at our school outside of me. I’ll stop explaining. I am a senior right now and a year and four months ago I was sexually assaulted and almost raped by a stranger. Now, analyzing my reactions over this year, I have realized how deeply unfair and dangerous the conversations we have about sex and sex-related crimes are. When this happened to me I did not think it was a crime. I was raised to trust myself and my power and it seemed impossible that a person like me could ever experience this. The boy was larger than me — and I’m not a small person — he was larger and very strong and

very muscular. But I’m strong too. Sometimes I think about what would’ve happened if I had kicked him — I see him recoiling, calling me a bitch, and instead of violence it is an awkward sexual encounter and a close call for me. Or I see him apologizing, telling me that he had no idea and how deeply sorry he is. Or I see him angry, pinning me down and instead of being forceful, he’s ruthless. So I didn’t fight him. I didn’t struggle. But I also didn’t scream. A month or so later I would look up the legal definition of sexual assault and rape in California. My experience matched all the criteria. I didn’t scream. I didn’t scream for help. And I’ll be completely honest, which is hard because I will have to reveal my source of shame because what I did goes against my upbringing and completely undermines my sense of self and self-worth as a person, I didn’t scream because I didn’t want to be rude. I didn’t want to be the bad guy. This is where it becomes murky for me — this is what I battle myself over, this is when the narrative splits. I say this, I say that I didn’t want to be rude, and it stops being his fault. It becomes a teenage girl trying to accomodate a man. It becomes me acting out of pity. This turns me into a girl who is too sensitive and too selfinvolved. For some people, and for my uncertainty, it becomes consensual. Not wanted, not enjoyed, but consensual. Later, I think about this. When a voice tells me to move on, to stop being so childish, that it wasn’t that big of a deal, I counter with, “I said

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“I said no. I said no again and again and specifically and clearly. I did say no.”

If a friend told me this I would tell her that it was assault, I’d tell her that saying no but it nonconsensual. When I tell myself this I become a liar--I’m over exaggerating, if I really didn’t want it it wouldn’t have happened. I didn’t scream but I did say no. I told him to stop, to slow down, to please not do that. I said those things. I won’t be graphic, I’m not going to describe what he did so no need to worry about reading that. I will say this though: I smiled at him when he said I was beautiful. Who smiles if they didn’t want it? But I know why I smiled and I hate it, I hate the naivety and arrogance of it. I smiled because there has been no one in my life who has not listened to me. I am used to having myself as a human being respected. I expect that. I see myself as a complex and rich assortment of history and life, of decisions and growth and experience. I see myself as a human being and I said no. I smiled because in my world no meant no. No meant respect for me. I have gone through trying things, I have experienced cruelty-- but always there was a line I thought couldn’t be crossed in relation to me. I saw myself as an individual. To me people did not break this bond of self. I smiled because I still thought at the time that no person would be willing or capable to do sever that bond. He didn’t listen to me and I trusted that he would as an implicit tenet of humanity. So when he didn’t, when he kept not listening, part of I am used to having me trusted that. I trusted that the rules I understood where the same for him. This myself, as a human, being is my naivety-- I trusted all people to respected. I expect that. respect the compassion and empathy that is our humanity the same way I did. I smiled at I see myself as a rich him because the idea that someone could see a assortment of history person as less than their life and complexiand life, of decisions and ties was surreal. It was surreal to me. He hurt me. I said not to. growth, and experience.

I see myself as a human being and I said no.

I got away by pretending I could hear someone at the door, I rolled off the bed and got dressed as fast as possible. He walked me to the door. He said he’d love to spend more time with me but that he was busy now. The door shut. I wandered into a public bathroom and sat on the floor. I looked at my hands but my vision had a shiny surreal quality — they did not belong to me. My stomach was pulled out of me. — there was no nausea or pain it was gone, instinctually I moved to the toilet. I thought things in a very vague way.

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I stayed there for an hour. The only thing that felt real was the cold tile pressing into my back. I told my ex-boyfriend, I told him what happened that night because I thought it was odd. He asked if I was safe, he said he’d drive up, or punch him or get me out of there. I didn’t understand why. What had happened? I knew he missed something so I told him again, everything. He called me, on the phone he sounded distressed and panicked. “It’s fine,” I told him, “I’m fine.” A few weeks later I told my friend, but I told it to her like it was a funny story. Like it was absurd and funny, a “gosh, what a zany situation I found myself in, right?” kind of story. I remember waiting for her to laugh. I remember intensely focusing on her reaction, on what it meant. Two months later I had an appointment with a doctor. She and I talked about the summer and then very suddenly I heard myself say that there was actually something weird that happened, and could I

tell her? She said yes and I told her the story, again like it was funny, that boys of my generation saw sex differently than the rest of us. She didn’t say anything, just listened. Then she asked me how old he was, did I know him, where did he live, where this happened. I told her, thinking that she just wanted clarification. She stopped talking and looked at me. She then asked me if I wanted police involvement. I was stunned, I asked her why police mattered. She told me that what he did was a crime, and that I could involve the law. This was the first time I was told that what he did was wrong. That he was wrong. This was the first time I realized that what he did to me was criminal. I didn’t talk to the police, I didn’t tell my mother or an adult, I didn’t do this because I didn’t believe myself. After this happened I did not define it, I wanted my ex-boyfriend, my friend, my doctor to define it, treated it like a joke. There were conversait for me so I knew how to react. I was looking for tions I witnessed and was apart of him where justification of my experience, and if that didn’t people didn’t believe her, where people did behappen, if other people said it wasn’t bad, then I lieve her but didn’t think it mattered anymore. could just push it all away. I was so unsure. Every It wasn’t about Kavanaugh, it was about Ford. single day I thought about him and what happened It was what she looked like, how credible she but that didn’t fit with the story I told myself, why appeared to be, what she had to gain or lose, think about something non eventful every day if it whether she was making this up to push a polititruly meant nothing? cal agenda, that she was doing this for attention. Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing was a really hard week She became a spectacle and I sat in rooms with for me. I listened to Dr. Ford and then I listened people I have grown up with as they dissected to my classmates. Some people laughed about her, as they talked about sexual assault with negligence. No one said out right that she wanted it. But there were so many excuses made for him at her expense. Her character was dissected, not his. I heard this and all I could think was, would they believe me? I don’t think so. I think that the view towards sexual harassment and assault at our school needs to be discussed because it’s not doing anyone any favors. And personally, I’m scared by it.

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Dear Tam Administration, This letter was sent to the Tam Administration and the Tam News. It is printed here with minor grammatical edits.

I am writing to you out of a desire to address the lack of sexual harassment and assault education in the Tamalpais/Mill Valley school districts. In light of recent events regarding the Kavanaugh hearing and his entrance into the Supreme Court, there are a few things I feel the need to be addressed by both the school and by the district as a whole. Sexual assault is a very real problem that few have done anything to fix until very recently. Because of the shame and the damage it causes the abused, few feel comfortable coming forward about their own experiences. This feeling is why we have cases such as Ford v. Kavanaugh, where someone who has been silent for so long finally has the bravery to come forward, only to be shot down by the leaders of our country and told it is too late. How can this problem be solved for future generations? For my generation? Soon I will be able to vote, and I am beyond ecstatic for that day to come. In the meantime, I am left to watch idly by while yet another woman is left damaged and misunderstood. Simultaneously, a joke of a man who is more adamant about his taste in beer and calendars than he is about law is let into the highest court of our nation. I don’t want to play the pity card. I am not writing this for the purpose of generalizing men, nor to say that women are superior, but I can speak from personal experience to the humiliation and damage of sexual harassment. The first time I was ever hit on, I was 15 years old. Valentine’s Day had landed on a Tuesday that year, and I had work, bagging groceries at the Mill Valley Market. The store was busy, so it took me a while to see the man standing by the door. When I finally noticed him looming, I asked if he needed assistance. He told me what he was looking for and I pointed him in the right direction. It was no big deal. When he returned to pay for his food, however, I was surprised when he began helping me bag. He may have started out with a light joke, moved a little closer to me, I don’t really remember. What I do remember, is when he asked me if he could “take me out after I got off work.” Keep in mind, this man was probably 30 years old, and I hadn’t even gotten my driver’s license yet. I laughed, thinking he was joking. He was not. He repeated the question, this time adding on a “No seriously, when do you get off?” I stared him dead in the eye and told him no, to which he threw his hands up and said “alright, alright,” and left. He hadn’t laid a hand on me, but it didn’t take physical contact to leave a sour taste in my mouth. Even then, when I had never been approached like that before, I knew the sexual correlations that came with his offer. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that he wanted to have sex with me, that his unexplained looming by the door had been a strategy to stare at the gap in my apron which exposed the butt of my pants, that he was asking me out on Valentine’s day — a holiday devoted to sex. After that, my interactions with men of his nature became more common, even expected. It’s like some men can smell underaged girl in the air. I have been burdened with a naturally curvy body, one that sad lonely men think is an invitation for them to make me uncomfortable. I can honestly say that most of the insecurities I have developed from my own figure are not from looking at impossibly skinny supermodels in magazines, but rather from the degradation I so often receive when I walk down the street. The worst I’ve ever felt about myself was about a year after my experience at work. I was spending the summer in New York, which is an excruciatingly hot place in July. I was wearing a cropped shirt, far from scandalous, but enough to grab the attention of a man much older than me, probably in his late sixties, on the train across the tracks. He started making crude gestures, telling me through the glass of the doors that he wanted to f*** me. I naturally became angry and raised my middle finger. I realized quite quickly that doing so was a very bad idea. He started flipping me off, screaming “f*** you,” and making coercive sexual movements. It was a type of aggression I had never experienced before. I left in tears, wanting more than anything to cover myself completely and never enter the subway again. The thought of running into this man somewhere else terrified me. What would he do if he saw me again? I remained paranoid for the rest of the day, making sure to stay wary of my surroundings. In an expansive city like New York, where you can rest assured you’ll never see someone twice, I lived in fear of him possibly appearing around every corner. Nobody should have to live like this. Because of that day, I am suspicious of every man I pass on the street until I am proven of their worth. It’s a terrible way to see the world, and most boys my age are completely unaware of it. I bring this up because men like this are a result of miseducation. The boys I am friends with, whom 14 14

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I love and trust deeply, do not have a clear understanding of the struggle which it is to be a woman. I have spent time talking to some of them about my personal experiences with harassment and how it has hardened me, made me cold and untrusting to strangers. When I tell them these stories, the impression lasts. As much as I love the #MeToo movement and the new push to prosecute those at fault, it’s hard to relate to celebrities, especially to those who don’t feel the effects of sexual mistreatment, or teenage boys. Through my time in school, I have had five sexual education courses. I know the condom has to look like a sombrero and not a beanie and have a perfect understanding of how to use a dental dam, but I don’t know where to go or who to talk to if I’m sexually assaulted. Telling me to ‘find an adult’ is not good enough. Having a ten minute state mandated afterthought of a powerpoint describing the ‘different types of sexual harassment’ is not powerful. Sexual misconduct needs to be a part of our education. I don’t want to go to an assembly and listen to a motivational speaker, nobody does. As much as the school would like to think that everything needs to be sugar coated in order to protect feelings and regard sensitivity, doing so has little to no effect on change. I don’t remember a single thing from any assembly I’ve ever gone to at Tam, because having a stranger tell me about how togetherness is going to make the world a better place is childish and unrealistic. The most effective course I have ever taken was in seventh grade, when real drug addicts came to our individual classes and told us about their personal experiences. It was terrifying, and to this day their lessons have stuck with me and serve as a guideline for my own life. When someone comes up to me and reduces my self worth to near nothing, I am not going to politely ask them to step away, I’m going to get angry. I want my education of sexual assault to be real, thought out, and scary. I am not a toy, no woman is. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, any abuse of my personal space or dignity should not be taught as if it were being taught to a kindergartener. I am a senior in high school; I turn on the news and see war, police violence, rape, carnage — teaching students about sexual abuse needs to be taken seriously. It needs to be raw and disturbing because that’s what it is. I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t have a myriad of stories dedicated to their experiences with these kinds of men, including myself. We live in a time when our president not only defends men accused of sexual assault, but has been accused himself. Our country is represented by a man who doesn’t respect women, and now the Supreme Court is represented by one, too. How will young boys see this? Apparently in this country you can try to rape a woman, lose composure on the stand at your own hearing, and still be trusted to make smart, educated decisions concerning cases that will decide the future of our country. I am not angry that Kavanaugh has been elected as a conservative. Sure, as a liberal, having the court dominated by the opposite party is frightening. I personally believe Ford, but even her powerful testimony is not why I am afraid of Kavanaugh. I am afraid because he has no composure. Ford, who was drilled on television in front of the whole world and had to relive her attack in intense detail stayed calm. Kavanaugh, a judge, whose job is to stay placid in the face of accusation couldn’t hold himself together, kicking and screaming until he got his way — like a child. A judge, Supreme Court justice or not, is a symbol of reason, and our nation has been corrupted of that. It is a common frustration among adults that the younger generations do not vote. As unfitting as that is for me, I feel that the lack of urgency among young people is partially due to the fact that they don’t know what they’re voting for. Many don’t understand why their voice in politics is needed. Learning about problems within our country such as sexual assault in school is essential to creating motivation among young voters. Our country needs a change, it has to start in the schools, and it has to start now. I hope you take this into consideration. Best, Maren Curtis The Tam administration has been very open to working with Maren Curtis to create a program for Tam to address sexual assault, which will be rolled out by next Spring. This program will feature the stories, experiences, and thoughts of Tam students. If you have something you want to contribute, either to us or to be included in the education program, submit it on our website,

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Editorial: Tam News on Kavanaugh

In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, many Tam students are feeling disillusioned with the current state of our political system. A trial held in the Supreme court should not be subject to senseless interruptions, unprofessional displays of emotion, and incendiary behavior. Beyond this embarrassing production, though, we are deeply concerned by the lack of respect and attention that was granted to a woman who, despite having every reason to remain silent, came forward in order to voice her experience with sexual assault. While Tam has made attempts at addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the past, we feel that in light of our current political climate we need to take more drastic measures. Kavanaugh’s confirmation answered the question of how our government views sexual assault, but we don’t have to act accordingly. We, as a student body, have the power to show individuals who have

been assaulted that we do care, that we respect their story, and that we will take action. What message do we want to send to girls at Tam who are potentially dealing with the same situation as Christine Ford? Would we rather censor a potentially uncomfortable conversation than make sure girls are properly equipped to deal with sexual assault? Two years ago, the Tam News published a feature titled “It Happens Here” regarding sexual assault and rape culture at Tam. According to a survey conducted for the issue, more than half of our student population during the time it was published couldn’t even define sexual assault. One can assume that even fewer can identify the exact point where the line of consent is crossed. The environment Ford was faced with after she gave her testimony is the exact opposite of the environment we want to create a Tam. We need to emphasize respect and attentiveness, and ensure

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that each person feels that they will be heard. Victims’ lives should not be upended so that we can avoid acknowledging the ugly truth. “It Happens Here” featured three anonymous Tam students’ experiences with rape or sexual assault, and was an eye-opener for many who didn’t realize that students in their school were dealing the same situations the media was displaying through the #MeToo movement. Yet many girls in the Tam community still do not feel comfortable sharing their stories with anyone. Ultimately, we want to create a safe environment for these students. No one should be afraid, or be forced to face further consequences after they come forward. Talking to someone should be the first step in recovery rather than subjection to further degradation. What we are asking for is a fundamental change in the culture of our school. The task may seem daunting, but we think it is entirely possible. On October 7, Senior Maren Curtis sent a letter to administration stressing the importance of a new sexual assault education curriculum. Curtis has since been working with administration to create the program, which is currently set to be implemented in March or April of this school year. Mainly targeting juniors and seniors—as they are closest to entering the “real” world—the proposed program will include a showing of a video compilation of Tam students’ personal experiences with sexual assault, as well as visits from guest speakers and victims of sexual assault who will recount their own stories to students. The purpose of this isn’t only to shock, but to force individuals of all genders to take a long hard look at their actions. This issue features the voice of a student coping with her own experience with sexual assault. If we truly want to make all the changes we have endlessly discussed, the first step can begin right now, with you. Read her story without judgement. Take it for what it is: a genuine, raw experience. Not a political agenda. Not an attention scheme. Not a method of shaming men. And the next time someone needs to share a similar story, maybe you will be the one to create a safer, more productive and supportive environment. ♦


a walk down memory lane By Milo Levine

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who has bad luck. Maybe it’s just my pessimistic attitude. Maybe I’m cursed. Judge for yourself.

Immediately after I was born, my grandmother told my parents that I should be tested for Cerebral Palsy, because she thought that my head looked “wonky”. (Side note: I do not have Cerebral Palsy.)

I was walking my dog when a random lady approached me and said that I was making my dog sad.

I ordered a turkey sandwich at a supermarket and the guy at the deli forgot to put turkey on it. It was literally bread with some lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo, and it was $11.00.

A teacher mistook me for their daughter’s boyfriend and yelled at me because apparently I stood her up.

I have never ran a mile in less than 10 minutes. I almost did sophomore year, but I had an asthma attack on the final lap.

On my first day of high school, I was hit by a firework.

I pulled my pectoral muscle going to the bathroom.

Because I was expelled from Hebrew school, my parents had to hire me a private Hebrew tutor, who turned out to be a heroin addict and stole my dad’s laptop to sell on the black market.

I drank an entire bowl of bleu cheese dressing, because I thought that it was artisanal soup that had an acquired taste. Graphics by Sofia Reis

I was expelled from Hebrew school.

I was given a parking ticket for being about four feet from the curb.

As a little kid, I got lost in a Chuck E Cheese play structure for over an hour.

I got the stomach flu during a family vacation at Disneyland, and I had to spend my whole trip in a hotel room watching Toddlers & Tiaras.

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A Diabetic’s Halloween Celebrating my dia-versary By Max Goldberg Graphic by Sofia Reis

When you have diabetes, life finds a way to remind you every

day that you have to deal with diabetes. And me having it is not as much a tragedy as it is just annoying. On my flight home from Taiwan, when I was casually injecting myself with insulin so I could eat, the flight attendant asked if I could shoot up my heroin privately in the bathroom. And when Airport security detained me for an hour in order figure out why I was carrying 5,000+ jelly beans. “Are you sure this isn’t Marijuana?” Then there was that time when I had to go through the same process as an ex-con would have to go through to get their license, complete with an interrogation and an oath. Then, everything took a turn for the worst, when the waitress at Joe’s Taco Lounge told me she could hook me up with a heroin rehabilitation support group. I tried to explain that I wasn’t a victim of America’s opioid crisis, but she just served me the shrimp burrito and walked away in disgust. I’d still rather go there than Grilly’s. After a while, I started to get the impression that people didn’t really know how diabetes worked. I mean, dudes in hoodies ask me if I ever get high on my insulin, and then ask where they can get some. I think that speaks for itself. Everyday curious folks ask why I have a GoPro mount on my stomach, or why I carry around an emergency fanny pack everywhere that I go. These are totally reasonable questions, and I always give the same answer: I say “I have diabetes,” and then continue to give some dumbed down explanation about how it all works. And I’ve been doing this for a year. In fact, this October marks my one year Diaversary. I even got a card: “Don’t forget, you’re dia-beautiful.” And every time my diaversary rolls around, there’s a hilariously ironic way to make sure I don’t forget the special occasion: Halloween.

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It’s the only day of the year where people stop asking me if I’m a diabetic and start telling me. This Halloween, most will probably be wearing Fortnite costumes, but for me, it seems everybody decides to dress up as my resident endocrinologist. Whether it’s because they read a “How to prevent diabetes by avoiding these foods!” pop-up ad, or they took Honors Physiology, they feel very comfortable telling me how to manage my diabetes. I can’t even eat a Snickers in peace before somebody flies across the room and smacks it out of my hand like it’s poisoned. “Hey Max, do you want a... Oh snap, my bad man. Forgot about the whole (makes an injecting motion) thing.” “I thought you couldn’t eat that.” I usually tell them it’s fine, and that that’s not how it works. But then they wonder how it works, and my explanation makes it sound like that is exactly how it works. See my point? Nobody really knows how it works, and it’s led to misconceptions. These misconceptions lead to my friends becoming dietitians for one night every year. It’s not that I’m ungrateful to the people that care about me, I just think they’re misinformed. Like the guys who wanted to buy some insulin off me, people just need a quick physiology breakdown.

“It’s the only day of the year where people stop asking me if I’m a diabetic and start telling me.”



I’ll attempt to do this in the most basic way possible. There are two types of diabetes: The first being Type 2. This is what you know as diabetes. Just to ensure you know which type we are talking about, this is the one that’s always brought up in The Office. This is what everybody thinks all diabetics are, which is not a completely outrageous statement, as 95 percent of diabetics in America are. In this case, your body doesn’t stop producing insulin, but you are no longer effectively able to use it due to diet and exercise, or rather the lack thereof. Type 2 is curable. However, my type is not. Type 1 is autoimmune, meaning your immune system really screwed up and killed your own cells. Type 1 diabetics don’t produce any insulin, and can no longer regulate their blood sugar levels. Insulin (think Uber Eats but for your body) is a hormone that delivers glucose from the bloodstream to your cells. This is why I have to inject myself with heroin, I mean, artificial insulin. I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t caused by my diet, because not even doctors know exactly what causes either kind of diabetes, but I can tell you that eating candy wouldn’t hurt me any more than

it would a perfectly healthy kid, so long as I dose my heroin, I mean Insulin, properly. I can obviously see why people would confuse the two. Heck, before my diaversary I was under the impression that diabetes was exclusively for not-fitness oriented individuals too. In 8th grade I laughed at the MVMS Diabetes Club for serving Donuts at lunch, because I didn’t get it then. But now since I’m dia-woke, I get it, and it’s painfully funny to think about every time. While managing diabetes on Halloween is annoying, and managing the people around you is even more so, those times people thought I was a drug addict will make great stories for my grandchildren. Me and my grandparents with type 2 have plenty to talk about at Thanksgiving every year, and I have something in common with over 40 million dia-beautiful Americans. Halloween isn’t much without candy, and I refuse to have to eat sugar-free options because of a misconception. I think I speak for a lot of other type 1’s when I say, “Chill out. We got this.” We’ll enjoy our candy alongside you, but in reasonable amounts, of course. You wouldn’t want to get Diabetes or anything. ♦

Heard in the Hallways “I like sending my bitmogi to my parents cause it freaks them out.” - Lower Keyser “My english teacher thinks I can read 100 pages in 2 days. Who am I? God?” -APES “Friendships are temporary, but lamination is forever.” -Front Office

“You know what’s weird? I don’t do copious amounts of drugs anymore.” -Upper Keyser

“Most Sharks don’t actually exist” -marine bio

-Leadership classroom -arches

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Serving up old news Has tennis Become too Traditional? by Samantha Ferro


ike a few other sports, tennis is considered a gentleman’s sport and gentleman’s game. However, not just gentlemen now play. When people view sports they typically imagine sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and American football: team-oriented sports with huge crowds and massive stadiums. Although tennis has those things, it is more traditional in a sense there are certain etiquettes people follow when around the court that are different from those of most sports. Some major ones are that you do not talk during a point, you do not cheer other than after a good point where one would clap, and no one, including the coach, is allowed to talk to the players. There are certain customs players have always followed regarding the wardrobe but nothing has ever been written in the rule book other than in Wimbledon, which is one of the Grand Slams. So the question is, has the gentleman’s sport of tennis become too traditional and not forward-thinking? Recently two of the Grand Slams — which are the four biggest tournaments in the world for tennis — have been putting regulations on what the women can wear. Serena Williams, who is arguably the most well-known female player of her time, wore a bodysuit that people refer to as “the catsuit” in this year’s 2018 French Open. When Williams wears the suit she says she feels like a superhero and a warrior princess. “I have always wanted to be a superhero, and it is kind of my way of being a superhero,” she told the Guardian. As fun as it may be, Williams also wears the suit for medical reasons. In 2017, she had her first child, and after her pregnancy suffered from blood clots. The long pants keep her blood circulating, and help prevent her from getting more blood clots while she plays. Nike specially designed the suit to help her recover. The French Open, however, banned the famous catsuit from the tournament because it was considered disrespectful. “It will no longer be accepted,” French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said. “One must respect the game and the place.” The French Open will now “impose certain limits,” however the dress code will not be as strict as Wimbledon, which requires players to wear all white. Giudicelli and the French Open are now asking to see the clothing designs ahead of

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time to decipher if they are appropriate or not for the tournament. Many people were angry as a result of this decision and believed that the catsuit should not have been banned. Similarly, in the 2018 US Open, Alize Cornet received a code violation. When she returned to the court after a ten-minute heat break, she noticed that when she changed her shirt in the locker room, she put it on backward. Realizing her mistake before the break was over and before the point started, she walked to the back of the court facing away from it, quickly took off her shirt, and put it on the correct way, still having a sports bra on that covered her. The chair umpire gave her a code violation for doing so. However, the next day, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) confirmed the rules and regretted the code violation for realizing their mistake. Their statement read, “All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair. This is not considered a Code Violation.” Referring to women players, they added “may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance.” Both examples show that the game is flawed in its rulebook and biased against women. Tennis has had always had many traditions, but that doesn’t mean all traditions are good. Although men are allowed to sit in their players’ chairs shirtless for minutes on end, women cannot quickly change their shirts in the back of the court. Even though Cornet was wearing a sports bra that covered her breast completely, men are still allowed to wear even less. The USTA is living a double standard. Williams’s catsuit was banned because the French Open did not like it and they thought her outfit was not traditional enough and too revealing. Her catsuit was fitted to her; however, it covered her up entirely and from her neck down to her ankles and had quarter length sleeves. Although tradition can be a good thing in some cases, it seems the Grand Slam is pushing it too far.

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“We need to change the way society views women in sports...”

ootball. That is what it is called when men play it. Powder Puff is what it’s called when women play it, because god forbid women are taken seriously enough to play a sport that is technically co-ed. First, as a female athlete, as a teenager, and as a student at this school, I find it completely inappropriate that we continue to partake in this mysogynistic tradition. Secondly, the name “Powder Puff ” is nothing but demeaning. It implies that women can’t handle the “roughness” of the game. It also implies that when girls want to play football, it’s a one off event with the intention of being entertaining, not because they enjoy the sport, but because they want to be entertained by the idea of women playing football. Its literal definition is a reference to a woman putting on a “puff ” of makeup during a game. Thirdly, those who choose to play Powder Puff get their positions given to them by varsity football players and get coached by said football players. If this is actually about getting girls to play football, take us seriously. The Powder Puff players get treated like silly girls who don’t understand football or have never watched a real game. It adds to the stigma that Powder Puff is nothing but a joke. Women want to play football, I know I do, I just don’t have it in me to deal with the continuous misogyny that comes from not only the school but even from within the locker room (despite there actually being a girl on the team this year). While I understand that not all the players on the football team are misogynistic, there is a stigma that what is said in the locker rooms isn’t the most politically correct or women friendly. When Trump was caught was in the “Pussygate” scandal, his go-to justification was that it was “locker room talk.” What is said in locker rooms has tainted the way society views misogyny in sports and has also created a sense that it is socially acceptable. In a perfect world, men and women would play sports together; however, I think if football was, there would be more participation from girls purely because they would

feel more comfortable. Girls scramble to play Powder Puff — one can only assume that they want to have the opportunity to play football. And yet, this year is the first year that Tam has a girl on its football team. The fact is, the current society we live in sees men and women differently in a myriad of ways, not just strength. In many ways, Tam does its best to make all factions of society feel included, and some would argue that Powder Puff is just another way to do so. However, I can not shake the feeling that all it does it further separate girls and boys. Having said all that, this year the Tam leadership has decided to change the name from “Powder Puff ” to “Football Fest,” which of course is a step in the right direction but a name change won’t change generations of tradition. Nor will it change generations of thinking. We need to change the way society views women in sports from one that is negative to one that promotes equality of treatment and female empowerment. This is not a call to action or a call to get rid of Powder Puff; it’s a call for positive change within our society.

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Varsity football (6-2) broke the record for most points in a 68-win on October 13 against Novato. “I think it shows what this team is capable of,” said junior Aidan Newell. Moving on with a winning record, the team is confident as they approach their last two games. “I’m excited for the rest of the season, I think we can do great things,” Head Coach and Social Studies teacher Matthew LemMon said.

174 Strokes Girls’ varsity golf team defeated both Drake and Redwood in at home, earning a spot in the MCAL Tournament on Wednesday, September 20. The team shot a 174, beating their previous record of 182 strokes. “The final score of 174 was 19 strokes lower than a very good 193 from the talented Redwood squad,” coach John Haight, who is in his 11th year coaching the team, said This year’s team features five freshmen out of the nine girls. “This gives our team great depth for the future of our program and gives our team a good balance between new players and experienced ones,” Haight said.

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Girls’ varsity tennis team is currently on a 12-game winning streak as of October 16. “We have improved a lot and that is the secret to a really successful season,” head coach Bill Washauer said. The team is currently first in MCAL standings. “I feel like we are strong, we have a lot of good freshmen this year, and I think our overall bond is really good,” sophomore Jamilah Karah said.

Varsity field hockey has won 2 games this season as of October 17. “Mid season we started turning around, we started playing as a team, which was very exciting and we started using more advanced skills,” head coach Michelle Perrin said. “It’s our first year and we are just getting used to the sport but i’m really excited for next year to see where we go,” sophomore Quinn Rothwell said.


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st place Boys’ varsity water polo took first place in the Pinole Valley Invitational Tournament on October 13. “The boys are playing very well, they are very unselfish players, [and] they are very solid.” head coach Robert Kustel said. The team is tied for first in MCAL as of October 17. “As a team we are really coming together, we are starting to mesh. Everyone is starting to get a feel on how everyone feels and our team chemistry is really strong,” senior Weston Tuescher said.

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