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Vol. 3, No.3

Speakers Share Insights On Civil Rights

Arista President Theresa Lazar speaks while other Arista officers Karen Pollack and Stephanie J oseph look on.

by Holly Hatcher . Members of the school community celebrated the civil rights movement on January 13, and January 15 I with several visitors who expressed ~ .. their inspirations and shared their ~ insights. ~ The President of the Queens Greenberger, LindaChung, Ale~ ~ NAACP chapter, William Lynch, ~ voiced his opinions concern ing racism throughout the city and nation on January 13. According to Lynch, students of today should focus on making tomorrow a better place to live for all. "The future lies with that it was discriminating, potential- students because they live in the ly forming a " paradox in democratic future," stated Lynch. Lynch society." He raised the question of reminisced back to the days of the justifying the selection of an elite in 60's when Dr. Martin Luther King a democratic 'society . influenced student power among The new members were inducted classrooms across America . by Queens College Dean Robert Several current examplesof student Haan. Alec Pollak, vice president of power were cited during the lecture . the first year inductees read the eighty One example depicted the students of five names of the new members as Johannesburg , South Africa as acthey marched across the stage shak- tivists who made other nations aware ing hands with Dr. Largmann and of apartheid . Student activism is not receiving their pins from special limited to Africa only, but has spread Arista Consultant Bernice Horowitz, into China and Mexico. There can be a negative side to student power also, Assistant Principal, Supervision. The school band, conducted by unless it is used care fully and Walter Davis, performed at 路 the cautiously. ceremony , playing "Fete Tr iumTo gain a better understanding of phal" by Olivadoti for the proces- the world around them, " Students sional, the " Star Spangled Banner" cannot isolate themselves any more by Francis Scott Key, and then an in- and need to deal with problems that terlude of "America the Beautiful" confront them daily, " expressed .路 by S. Ward, jo ined in song by the Lynch. He continued , " the starving school chorus , directed by Joyce infant in Africa affects us here in Queens; the infant killed by terrorists Provezale. After the ceremony, refreshments affects us in the United States." Lynch concluded the presentation were served at the Queens College with a definition of the NAACP Student Union.

First Year.Arista Members Celebrate At Colden Auditorium by Dawn Cabage The second annual Arista installation took place on December 15, in Colden Auditorium at Queens College. The eighty five first year Honor Society inductees consisted of both juniors and sophomores . Arista Advisor Howard Wagner led the traditional ceremony. Many members of the Harris faculty graced the stage, including Arista Senate members Arthur Boulanger, Shelley Goldfarb , Myron Moskowitz, Wanda Nix, Sheila Orner, Principal Malcolm Largmann and the assistant principals and coordinators of each academic department. Dr . Largmann greeted the parents and the inductees with a speech based upon the characteristics of an Ariston ian. In a letter written from Thcimas Jefferson to John Adams , Jefferson agreed on "virtue and talents " as a characteristic of an Aristonian. Dr. Largmann stated that Townsend Harris encouraged virtues that are " the basis for the pursuit of . all knowledge. " He concluded that

as we search for the virtues and develop the talents we will surely "gain membersh ip in a true aristocracy. ' , The ceremony included a candle lighting ceremony by members of the Arista executive board . After she spoke briefly, Teresa Lazar, the President of Arista, lit the scholarship candle, Vice President Linda Cheung and leadership candle, Treasurer Stephanie Joseph the service candle, and Secretary Karen Greenberger the candle of character.

Members Praised Dr. Max Eckstein of the Queens College School of Education addressed the audience. He spoke about the honor of being selected for Arista offering its members the opportunity to "truly significant make achievements" and strive to work even harder. He also stated that in this way, the real honor is yet to come . Dr. Eckstein expressed his concern about the selection of an elite. He felt

organization and his insights of .. black colleges ." Two parents of Townsend Harris studen ts, Dr. Hugh and Mrs . Clementine Butts, spoke on the Civil Rights movements of the 60's on January 15. Both speakers met Dr. Martin Luther King at one point during the civil rights movement, Mrs. Butts defined Dr. King's nonviolence approach in simplest terms, as " good decent manners." Her hope and desire is that the present teenage generation has obtained the gift and "opportunity to know their fellow man as a . character and fellow person. " Mrs. Butts also hoped that this generation can stand back, assess and evaluate the children of the 60's to continue the paving of the road to equality. Dr. Butts shared his feelings and interpretations of Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolent actions . Dr. Butts regarded King' s life " as an instrument to succeed and perserve re." Mrs . Butts shared a personal childhood account of racism in the South, when a store manager refused to serve he r. She cl early remembered the embarrassment and humiliationshe felt when encountered with this situation. She was unable to identify the reason why she was denied service and could not understand that the color of her skin was the deterrent. Mrs. Butts recouperated from the experience and has attempted with her husband to create a better atmosphere. Each program concluded with a brief question and answer period.

Conference On Apartheid

Encourages Involvement In Struggle by Bernard Hyman The Board of Education sponsored an " Apartheid and South Africa" conference at the Brooklyn Museum, on December 10. The conference focused on student involvementin the struggle to eliminate this "crime against humanity . " A slide show at the start of the conference revealed the injustices and crimes against the South African Blacks. Apartheid was compared to The Holocaust several times during the meeting. Students sat in their seats trying to imagine how it would be to have their teacher arrested in the middle of their class. The audience wondered how it would be to live away from their families for months at a time, only being allowed to see them on holidays. The students were informed of some other conditions which exist in South.Africa .

Rob Jones of the American Comwriter of the poem,."Woe to be Black in South Africa," was also' there to mittee on Africa explained how the give his views as a Black South situation has changed under the " state of emergency" that now exists in the African. Hi s poem listed the region. The press has been disallowpunishments and treatments that ed. In this system , the police and Blacks are subjected to under the premilitia have "unlimited power" and sent system. In a conclusion to reading the poem, Jordan stated that they are allowed to arrest people unity and effort to abolish the "crime without specific charges. Group gatherings are outlawed above three / against humanity" is the responsibility of the South African people and people. other people and nations who oppose it. The students discussed ideas on how they could assist in the abolishment of apartheid . They suggested a Mr. Joel Carlson, a white South African, feels apartheid "should have student boycott against South African manufactured products. Also, arbeen abolished yesterday. " Mr. Carlson has been banned from South ticulate and dramatic demonstrations Africa and now makes his living as to alert the' American people were an Assistant District Attorney of mentioned. The conference speakers Queens County. felt students can make the difference Mr. Bonjona . Yuyisile Jordan, if their. "voices are hear.d .:'.' .路


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Media Overplays Howard Beach Incident

There is a fine line between reporting the news and creating it. The Classic believes that the press has cross- . ed this line in its coverage of the recent racial attacks in Howard Beach. We feel that the incidents have been overplayed by the media to the point where they have incited even f irther anger and have added unnecessary racial tension. The issue of racism is a serious one and should not be ignored. However, it has been blown out of proportion by the media. Through the use of irresponsible headlines and phrases such as the Daily News headline, "Hate on Earth in Howard Beach," printed a few days before Christmas, the press has succeeded in condemming an entire community for the destructive acts of a few teenagers. Some might argue that it is a journalist's responsibility to inform the public. However , this should be done in a responsible manner. The phrases and headlines a reporter or editor writes can sway the public. The unrelenting coverage of this issue bas incited even further anger and could possibly be responsible for additional incidents, such as the racial attack on Hillside Avenue in which a white youth was beaten -in-retaliation for the death of a black . in the Howard Beach incident. The issue should not be ignored; an innocent man died because of racism. However, we feel that the media has been unprofessional in its choice of words, and has overplayed this incident. On a sensitive issue such as this, the media should not rely on sensationalism to sell the story, but concentrate solely on accurately informing the public, a major responsibility of the press. .


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Whatever happened to the free marketplace? High school newspaper staffs are now restricted in their choice of a printer for the publication of their own school paper. This is a result of the Board ofEducation's decision to award a contract to one vendor, thus forcing all New York City high schools to print their papers through one agency. The Classic is extremely frustrated and disturbed; this decision is responsible for the decline in quality of ,our newspaper. The ,Classic staff works extremely hard to produce a finished product which displays our consistantly high standards. We won't allow these high standards to be reduced by slipshod printing. Our papers have come off the presses with dirty newsprint, incorrect headlines and uncorrected copy . In addition, Wells Graphics has taken it upon itself to alter our prescribed layout and format, thus violating the rules of headline composition.

MANAGING EDITOR: •••••••••••••••••Renata Kobetts NEWS EDITORS:HoUy Hatcher, Karen Greenberger We strive for perfection, and our staff is despondent. FEATURE EDITORS:Brad Mayer, Cheryl Schustack When a printer is given the responsibility of handling SPORTS EDITOR ••••••••.•••••••.••.••.••Bernie Hyman almost ninety school papers, he cannot possibly give EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR: •.••.••.•Michelle Gnyp enough time to provide proper consideration for all these PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR: •••.••. Russell De Castro issues . Our paper is severely shortchanged because Wells LAY-OUT EDITORS: ••.••Dawn Cabage, Gia Maika Graphics does not give it the same time and care in prinBUSINESS EDITORS:Sharon Bomzer, Nanette Kung ting as we put into its production. This is unfair to everyone 'EXCHANGE EDITOR: ..••.••• •Martha Douvogiannis on the staff as well as those who comprise its circulation. COpy EDITOR: . ..•••.••••••••••• ••••.••••••.• Doris Sachs Since Wells Graphics is located in Brooklyn, and many FACULTY ADVISOR: •..•.••..••..Mrs. Sheryl Rubin parents are reluctant to allow their children to travel over PRINCIPAL: Dr. Malcolm Largmann two hours , after dark, our editors are deprived of the 'STAFF: Corey Ackerman, Tammy Benjamin, Ji Yeon . hands-on experience critical for the production of a quality Choi, Lisa DeMairo, Linda Facinelli, Randi Feinberg, newspaper. Thus, the staff is denied the opportunity to David Fischer, Danielle Frons, Camille Gear, Eileen , proof the articles and see the paper through its stages of Gunn, David Herszenhorn, Christine Holowinsky, Lena production. These are vital steps of the production proJones, Stephanie Joseph, Ruth Lerman, Dan iel Lew , cess. Students who are victims of this new decision are -Michelle Lin, Suzanne Maline, Esther Soffer, Dorene Soo- deprived the chance to experience what the field of jour-Hoo. nalism has to offer . A poorly trained staff can only proThe Classic is the student newspaper at Townsend Har- duce a second-rate paper. ris High School. We are located at 75-40 Parsons Blvd., The Classic strongly believes that the decision be revokFlushing, N.Y. 11366-1038. Our telephone number is ed so that all high school papers may choose their own (718) 969-1433. printer for publication. Our paper has suffered enough . ",.11. r.D.nlo',o • PRiNTiNCO & TYPESETTiNG· 1742 FlATbusk AVE• • (71S) nS-7400 .: .. . . . . . . .. . . ... . . .. .',. . , , -' ' .' .... ~'

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As you know, the recent racial disturbances in Howard Beach, Queens have been high on the list of newsworthy items recently. It is the responsibility of the media to report the facts of these happenings accurately and thoroughly. It is also their responsibility to present these facts in a manner that conveys the necessary information and nothing else. It seems to me that the media is encouraging the presentation of these facts in a manner more suitable for a feature story. What started out as an incident with vague racial overtones has turned into an ethnic war, encouraged by the media . They spend so much time informing the people of the news that the people want to become part of the news. On Eyewitness News recent Iy, a black youth claimed to be involved in an attackon a white youth. Later, it was discovered that he had nothing to do with the incident . Because of the promise that he would receive attention , he claimed he was involved. He got attention and the media got a story. Other attacks that may not have been Howard Beach related were given that title by the media. Themedia ssould spend more time reporting the facts and less time or their "show and tell" format. Thein is but to inform and analyze , not t< incite and scandalize. Their editorial: and letters to the editor do that. Wher reporting news , the media shouk report news. Half truths and vagu ideas benefit no one. Since r ely Hayley Thoma

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by Brad Mayer I'm sick and tired of it. It's been a problem since the first day Townsend Harris opened and the situation has only deteriorated. Something has got to be done - and fast. The problem, of course, is the poor condition of the boys' bathroom. Looking gloomy like a graveyard, the boys' bathroom is in major need of several simple repairs to revive it to useable condition. First of all, where are the mirrors? Does the administration really think that only feinales care about how they look? It's extremely difficult to comb one's hair with a reflection off the bathroom . tile. Needless to say, along with mirrors we can only expect new lights. The bathroom is so dark, many boys have _ to walk outside just so they can find the zipper in their jeans! While the administration is up on the ladder .repairing the lights perhaps they can do something about the ceiling which " is caving in on us. It is easy to predict

the headline of a future issue of The ' Classic reading "Townsend Harris Boy Injured In Stall By Falling Ceiling. " The bathroom is supposed to be a place where one can go to be alone and do what ever is necessary for a, few minutes. The boys' bathroom does not provide a conducive atmosphere for these actions. Instead it is unsafe, unclean, and in general, just plain disgusting. Our female students report that their facilities are just fine. While it is true that there are more girls in OUI school, that does not eliminate the fact that boys need to use the bathroom as well. Immediate action must be takenby both the administration and the custodial staff so that boys, like girls, can go to the bathroom, in a sanitary, safe environ ment. If something is not done soon, Townsend Harris can look forward to the" day when a great deal of agitated males develop stomach and bladder conditions.

To the Editor: I think that Townsend Harris has done a good job concerning the Howard Beach incident. I feel this way because Townsend Harris has not over dramatized the incident or likewise swept it under the rug. In several classes the incident at Howard Beach was discussed. The issues were talked about intelligently and openly. Our school did not devote a day to the issue of racism or close its eyes to it either. I have noticed lately that several posters have been posted around the school denouncing prejudice. I think that this is a good method to initiate different new points about the Howard Beach incident. Townsend Harris recognizes that we can't ignore the issues, but at the same time we can't dwell upon them. . Sincerely, Ruth Kon

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A Dim Image Reflects .From Boys' Lavatory To the Editor: . . tionally, of course) that they do indeed have mirrors. Thi<; is not theend It has come to my attention that many of the male members of our of the problem. The girls' bathroom school have recently been complainhasanother commodity. Not only do ing for a very valid reason. This they have mirrors, but they also have school is not being fair to the boys better lighting. The darkness of the men's bathroom, on .the other band, that attend Townsend Harris High School. The reason why I am commakes anyone. so unfurtunate to go plaining is that the men's lavatory on ' in there, feel as though he were in a the first floor does not have mirrors. prison cell. Being a male, I am concerned very much ..This would n?t be such a pr~ blem If the. wome~ s bathroom did not have mirrors either, However, .this is not the case. Walking by the women's bathroom I have noticed many times (not inten-

Female~ are definitely not the only ones who care about their looks. It may surprise you to learn that men like to look at their images also. Sincerely yours, Raphael Halindol

Lines Leave No Time To Munch

Locker Syndrome Continues: Notre Dame Revisited

Reschedule Enrichment

Many students have jobs or other activities and would like to be able' to get home a little earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays to begin their homework and studying before they start their job or special activity . In this way they would be making good use of their time instead of participating in an activity that might not interest them. Those students who do not wish to participate in an extracurricular activity would be dismissed at 2:15, whereas those who do, would be dismissed at 3: 15. By doing this, those students who enjoy their enrichment activity will not be getting out of school any later than they already are now, but those who opt not to participate in any activity will have that extra hour to do something they consider beneficial to!


To the Editor: My suggestion is to have two I would like to mention a dilemma, separate lunch lines; one for the we, the population of Townsend Har"hot" lunch and one for the a la carte ris High School, face each and everypurchases. Maybe, we could have the To The Editor: day during E, F, and G lunch bands. school lunch line fonn where it does I would like to make a suggestion After a stressful morning of presently, and then have an a la carte concerning the distribution of classes, every student looks forward line form where the salad bar is transportation passes . At the present to having forty minutes to himself and located. At the a la carte section cold time, train passes are' distributed not to waiting on line for thirty-five milk, fresh juices, tasty cookies, monthly during a special homeroom minutes, to either have a freshly made donuts; 'popcorn and even some sandband. Queens Transit bus tickets, lunch or an a la carte item. Day after wiches could be sold. If this could be however, are sold during the lunch day, the routine becomes more taken into consideration by the school . bands. chaotic . If a person would simPiY~like lunch staff, ourcafetorium would be This procedure is often a long-and to purchase an la carte item, he must less chaotic and a much more ordertedious one : At times, some students • wait until seventy five students have ly atmosphere for students, as well as . have skipped lunch just to wait on the received their lunch and then wait for staff members. long lines to 'obtain a pass. 'Acquirthe rest of the students to get their a Sincerely yours, ing the ,transportatjol\, pass on that la carte items. Christine Holowinsky particular day is not guaranteed. , The necessarynumber of passes should be distributed to each official class . During a special homeroom . band, the money can be collected, demonstrating the picture of the To T he Editor: and bus and train passes could be Townsend Harris student in twenty I do not understand why we cand istributed to the students years. She slumped over to one side them, not something the school forces not open our lockers at any time dursimultaneously. so that her shoulders were in line with them to. ing the day. The students have so Sincerely yours, each other, vertically. I think this Enrichment was originally set up many books to carry around all day Lily T am locker situation is more than just what as a program to enable the students that our shou lders will probably fall we want; it can cause serious physical to participate in some extracurricular off soon. I find myself stifling groans damage, like a curved spine, if we activity without having to stay after every time I try to pick up ' my school. That's fine, and it's a good bookbag and end up lifting it about , keep on lugging all these books To the Editor: around. idea, but if enrichment is the last class two inches off the ground. If we I am writing to complain about the of the day, nobody is staying after could just use our lockers to put our So I hope whoever made this rule bus situation before and after school., books in any time we wanted, we school. Those who feel that this prowill think twice about what it might It is, to use my favorite word, gram, if put into effect, will enwould not look like the Hunchback do to us and let us use our lockers at CHAOTIC!!!! Students, in a rushto courage students not to participate in of Notre Dame in the near future. all times . get home, push and shove to get on enrichment, it should not. Those who Many people have the same the bus, sometimes getting people .. Sincerely yours, really enjoy their activity will stay; thoughts on this subject but one stuhurt in the process, or getting hurt Anna Azrieli those who do not wish to participate dent expressed them very well by themselves. There must be some will not. A better working environorganized way in which the students ment is created when everybody who can get on the bus without all this participates .is present because they mess . want to be, not because they are forcFurthermore, getting off the bus ed to. Everyone reaps the benefits. before school is also a problem. The Custom Picture Framing If a student is not interested in any enriehment activities, he should not people waiting for the bus are so im& Art Gallery patient that they don't wait until the . be required to participate. EnrichJudy Fliegel & Alex Leguisamo others get off. Instead, they ram into ment is an extracurrieular activity, and after all, aren't extracurricular: the bus and cause a gigantic problem. Why can't people just wait and be activities just what the name implies: rm~~ extra or optional? Yes, they are ex- ' paitent? custom picture framing & art gallery Maybe the school can get our own actly that! If enrichment is reschedul.79-11 main st. / kew garden hills, n.y. 11367 private bus to take us to and from cered as the last band of the day and is " tain places. Maybe this will be the made optional, everyone will benefit. · solution to everyone's problem. If the school really wants the students Sincerely yours, to be enriched, it will implement this Geraldine Gregorio change.

A New Option? by J oa nne M untzner Enrichment seems to be one of Townsend Harris High School's most outstanding features. No other high school in New York City offers a pro-, gram quite like it. But is it really a; help or is it a hindrance to the students? Enrichment should be rescheduled as the last band of the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and should be made optional.



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Is There I~ife Before Teaching? 8y Es ther Soffer 'onlyplayed the jazz trumpet foreriAre Townsend Harris teacher s for !joyment , he also played in a ja zz real'lDid they ever do anything that ensemble which cut an annui record. was fun or exciting, or were they Mr. Morales was also musically inborn boring and dull? clined ; he played the saxaphone in the No, they were not born this way, All-City Orchestra. to forever be uninteresting and humdrum. In fact, all of them at one time or another were exactly like students Just as students listen to a wide today, They wanted to do fun and exvariety of music today , so did citing things, too . Many Harris teachers when they were teenagers . • ''',. ' . I .teachers were normal teenagers who " 'Joe Horn and Sandy Eiseman both lied normal, everyday liv~s : ' .... , enjoyed the music of the folksingers When asked how they spent ' th~i~ "lwho could easily be found in the West free time during their teenage years, . Village. Mr:Rlisso enjoyed listening , they said theyall liked and enjoyed •• .to the opera on the radio , while Mr. ,pretty much the ~ame things students . Scholl mellowed out to the sound of [prefer today. . ' " .", ,. The Greatful Dead, Pink Floyd and

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Retired Townsend Harris teacher, Mrs. Renee Silver.

Silver Will Always Shine .by Doris Sachs Mrs . Renee Silver, the first French teacher at Townsend Harris, has retired from what she considers the active and demanding job of teaching. As a teacher, her life was filled with writing lessons, helping students and attending meetings . Mrs. Silver was born and educated in France, where she learned the importance of a good education, which she transmitted to her students. School in France was difficult and stric t. Her schooling instilled in her a sense of being accurate, precise and proper . After passing the baccala urate, the final examination in France after completion of high school , she emigrated to the United States. When she arrived in this country at the age of sixteen , she felt that she wasn't ready for college yet and decided to take another year of high school. Mr s. Silver didn't originally plan on being a teacher. Her first job was as a trans lator for a large mining firm . There she transl ated French, German, Latin and even Turkish . She left this job after her son entered kindergarten . Teac hing enabled her not only to spe nd time with her son but to also realize her love for languages. When asked why she wanted to teach at Townsend Harris, she said , "It had been a long time since I taught special students. " Mrs . Silv er wanted students who 'were willing to learn, not forced to learn. Teaching at Townsend H a r ri s gave her a challenge. "The entire experience was exciting for me."

ting standards for future French instructors. As Mrs. Silver said, "It was a lot of work and responsibility ." Besides teaching French, she was also the first grade advisor and the coach for the boys' tennis team . Her life at Townsend Harris was very busy and diverse. She "enjoyed the involvement with the school and with the students." Although she is starting a new chapter in her life and is catch ing up on some things she had neglected, she still misses the school very much . As she said, "I really miss the good things about being involved in a microcosm such as Townsend Harris."

Following Up On Hobbies She is now finally able to follow up on some hobb ies, frequently visiting .the library of the French Institute. She ;has also done some entertaining in her new kitchen which she has helped to create. "I've been involved in the tearing out of an old kitchen and desig ning and rebuilding of a ,beautiful new one made especially for me. I love it!" Mrs. Silverloved to bake for the ;faculty, as well as for her students, all of whom she loved , and to whom she relays this message : "As for your studies, you are certainly on the right track. At Townsend Harris you are learning that studying does not merely achieve grades but can be a source of revelation and joy. I hope you will have the opportunity to continue this search for learning, and, at a future time, be successful in making your way in life." The Townsend Harris faculty honored Mrs. Silver at a dinne r at Lauraine Murphy in Manhasset on December 11.

Since she was the first and only French teache r at Townsend Harris, she had a great responsibility in not only teach ing French but also in set-

~ob ~ylllD .. ' Dr. Largmann~id something ,d Ifferent and very 10.teresting where music and radio were Harris teachers were very ,healthy concerned; he U~ed to go to the radio and ,energetic kids when they were stations, and sit in on the live radio young because many of them enjoyed .; broadcasts. ' and participated in a variety of sports. Free Time Diversions Howard Wagner, Shelley Goldfarb ! Today , some teenagers' spare time and Joan Walsh enjoyed ice skating is used for work in order to make as one of their leisure sports; Mrs. some extra money, or just to Walsh took it seriously and even volunteer their services to their comcompeted in many COntests. Arthur munities. Such was the case for HarBoulanger and Donald Altman played ris teachers. Mr.:Wagner worked in football on their high school teams. a store across the street fro m Radio Michael Anzel played tennis. City Music Hall. Dr . Largmann sold Both Harry Rattien and Principal shoes, and in between all of her danMalcolm Largmann participated in cing lessons Mrs. Goldfarb worked many games of stickball. Anthony for a travel agency. She also belong Morales was active on his school's ed to her high school sorority "Gambasketball team and Richard Russo played on a hockey teain . ma Tau" which devoted itself to Many of the Townsend Harris staff volunteer work. Mr . Rattien 's was in also enjoyed music , - both playing it the army during his - later teenage years. a nd listening to it. Barry Scholl was Most of the teachers were very ,extremely interested in music. He not

Teachers Active . , ' • And Athletic

ser ious students who really applied themselves to their schoolwork. T herefore , they felt it was only right that after all the work was finished, that they thoroughly enjoy themselves . They all loved going out to the movies, dancing, to parties, to a Broadway show, or just plain "ha.ngill~ out" with their friends.

The Good Times Remembered , Whether it was Wanda Nix's fanu- ' ly get togethers, Mr. Morales and Mr. Altman with their friends down by the boardwalk on Coney Island, Mr. Boulanger and Dr. Anzel at Jahn's ice cream ' parlor, or Mr. Scholl and his f riends in the Barnum Woods in his hometown, it was the getting together with friends and dates and relaxing and having a good time that was important. Some of the teachers were asked to describe themselves as any type of teenager. Many said they were extremely serious individuals, and , many said that they were just plain " normal." Mr. Altman claimed to have been a "wholesome boy," . while Mrs. Goldfarb said that she was "the type of teenager who was rebellious with the appearance of being wholesome." So teachers are not just monotonous ogres who try to ruin students lives and bore them to death . They are people who were once exactly as students are now, and did things and acted in the same manner as kids do today. Remember all of this next time a teacher's "being human" is questioned.

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Good Eating In Any Language by Danielle Frons Coq au vin, beef wellington, Texas chili , and Key lime pie were just a few of the many delicious dishes brought in by the students and parents of Townsend Harris High School foi Internation al Night. The ethnic festivities took place on December 18 and succeeded in br inging together and exchanging the wide variety of .student cultures represented by their foods . One dish was Paella, a Spanish dish cons isting of shrimp, lobster, squid , chicken, vegetables and rice seasoned with a spec ial Spanish ingredient

called saffron . A tasty Israeli dish called Baba Ghanoush also contributed to the lovely buffet. Baba Ghanoush is made out of eggplant and 'sesame seed paste called tahini. This dip is eaten with toasted pita bread. A fluffy spinach quiche made to perfection accented the F ren ch culture as the cocktail meatballs added spice to Sweden.

A S weet Finale The desserts were absolutely tantalizing. The famous Key lime pie was a sweet sensation as were the .chocolate covered strawberries. The

parents took pains to prepare their special dishes . The success of the efforts was seen in great smiles of satisfaction acro ss the faces of the student connoisseurs . Afte r the gourmet foods were sampled, no one could argue that cooking is truly an art that, although e xacting, is open to inspiration and creativity . ' International Night exhibited tradi tional as well as original recipes for every occasi on. The array of dishes included a world-wide selection of ethnic recipes as well as foods common to the American household.

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by Corey Ackerman What seems to be the right thing to do , may not always be the bright thing to do, especially in the new film from Curtis Hanson, THE BEDROOM WINDOW. Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) is having an affair with his boss's wife, Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert) . Early one ,morning, the latter witnesses an "assault" from Terry's ' bedroom window. Later thatday there is news of a murder which took place near the site of ,the prev iously mentioned assault. Fearing a connection between these two crimes, Sylvia wants to go to the police. If she goes forward,

however, her relationship with Terry would be exposed. In order to keep the affair a secret while still doing the , " right thing," Terry lies, telling Sylvia's story as if he were the one who had witnessed the crime. THE BEDROOM WINDOW is a film strictly based on one man's foolishness. With each action Terry takes, he deepens his involvement with the case while making himself ' a murder suspect. It is annoying to watch a mtrying to be a hero when

it hardly fits that catagory , for it uses "cheap suspense." For instance, at a critical moment, a 1986 .Oldsmobile, seemingly in perfect cond ition, won't start. One would 'think that a car like this would rev ,right up . I guess this is supposed to add thrill to the scene, but it takes away from its realism . Something else which takes away from the film is its predictability. One can guess what is going to happen well before it actually takes place.

his efforts constantly result in nothing Two final suggestions might be : ," , . but trouble. Altho ill THE BEDROOM WIN IStev~ Guttenb~rg-stlck. to comedy. 'u thrill 'Moviegoers stick to HItchcock. DOW, . IS..billed • . . . ~ a suspense~ er, '. , .





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Anorexia And Bulimia. .

The Horrors Of Carrying Dieting Too Far by Camille G ear purge. " Bulimics experience eating Thin is in. It is shown to us in every frenzies that are usually about an hour magazine and newspaper article, and and a half, but can stretch as long as on televis ion . Clothes are usually three. After the frenzy diminishes the made with the perfect thin person in bulimic feels an overwhelming sense mind. The media and the world around of guilt and finds a way to compenus encourages us to be thin, and yet sate for his/her failure. tempts us with fattening foods at the , Some victims use laxatives (50-100 same time. Some peop le decide they pills), vomiting (stimulated mentally will be thin, and they will resort to or with chemical inducers). Some any means necessary to attain that bulimics take diuretics, drugs to in-' goal. It is this minority that indulges crease urination. Others engage in in the symptoms of Bulimia and strictfasting and vigorous exercise to Anorexia. counteract the effect of their calorie Bulimia arid Anorexia are inverses . . intake. Though each takes a different ap~eep proach to attain the same thin facade , , Anorexia Nervosa literally means both are hazardous and can be fatal the disruption of common eating patif not detected early. Both disorders ' terns due to nervousness. But the proforce their sufferers to lose control of blem is much deeper rooted than this. themselves as they continue on their Anorexia usually begins in the early -path of self destruction. "E ventually teens, ' but it can start its reign their preoccupation with their weight . anywhere between the ages of eight becomesan obsession. to sixty. Anorexia can overtake a person's 'entire life, or may make appearances for a few months. SeemBulimia is the newer disorde r of the ingly the person may get better at two. Although this is not the first time times, but others steadily get worse. it is found in history , (the ancient An anorexsic simply begins a diet , Romans engaged in bulimic practices and then loses control in maintaining at feasts) it is just now coming into its guidelines. The sufferers become focus for the medical world. Bulimics so strict that they neglect to provide are depicted by the phrase' 'binge and themselves with sufficient nutrients

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. and calories to properly mainta in , abuse the victim inflicts upon it. ,their body processes. This does not There is one major question that sound as serious as it really is. surfaces in an individual's mind However, victirriswho suffe r from Why? Many theories have been forthese two syndromes can do irmulated to answer this question..The reperable damage to their bodies, and generally accepted belief is it stems can even lose their lives . from chronic depression . This A bulimic will continuously purge depression is caused by biological to excrete unwanted calories from the ' factors. Many doctors believe if they " body . This purging causes many procan isolate these factors they can cure blems, making ' gums recede, and many eating disorder patients. ' facilitating tooth decay . .~ome~imes Another idea is that society is the cause of the problem. Individuals 'all the ' 'teeth must be pulled. The " eSophagus and stomach are also constantly feel the pressure to be thin. "harmed, ' They will try to attain the perfect per-

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The last, still pending, theory is that bulimics are addicted to endorphin . This is a chemical secreted from the hypothalamus and is responsible for the so called "joggers high." This chemical is released during vomiting and vigorous exercise. Whatever the reason, these diseases are a terrible problem facing society today. They must be dealt with. One son~ the society val~es. Hi~h way is to watch one's friends. Be on ,~ " ,. ' " achievers and goal onented mthe lookoutfor.possible danger signs, '. Many'nutrients, such potassium, dividuals usually suffer from eating excessive dieting,odd eating habi~ , " C3.lcium and magnesium are lost when disorders. Some may be looking for or aby deviation from their normal atf,9.~s are not digested. Bulimics can " , attention. They feel that they have to titudes about foods . As soon there -suffer from osteoporisis, heart troucompete with their peers or siblings is a suspicion something is wrong, ble, and fatigue. In short, the body and will not be able to deal with the , seek help . A friend will be glad this . becomes run down from the constant pressure. They feel they have no conwas done.

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other programs - there is something I By Cheryl Schustack of interest for everyone. Interested in f Come one , come all to the Junior computers? Lectures on computerAcademy of Sciences! The Academy tech and engineering are given on a is a growing organization of high regular basis. The Academy even has scho ol students - run by high school a strong astronomy prog ram for all students - with interests in all aspects students with eyes toward the world of science, mathematics, technology by E ileen Gunn beyond . and recently, human rights . The " I made it through junior high and Academy has grown since 1963 from elementary school. Then when I took a small, fledgling organization into A student's primary interest need the tests I made it here and into Bronx the only com pletely student-m anaged not be in the sciences to experience Science. " Junior Academy group in the United all the Academy has to offer. There Most people find the element of is an Art /Yearbook committee for States. challenge in these accomplishments . those with aesthetic talents, a Career All of the activities are student Andrea Moore, a tenth grader, had and College Guidance program which de signed and implemented. As a to over come addit ional obstacles in . inv ites re pres e nta tive s f ro m memb er, one not only receives the meeting these challenges because Anprestigious colleges and businesses to bene fits of what the Academy has to drea has cerebral palsy . Cerebral speak to members about their offer , but has the opportunity to serve ' palsy is an impa irment of muscular on or even head one of the commitorg anization, and a tutelage in which coordination caused by brain damage members can receive free tutoring in tees respon sible for the success of the during the delivery of a newborn most areas of science and math . . child. programs. This is perhaps the most There is also a Summer Opportunities outstanding feature of the Junior " I was always an ' A' student, " program which provides internships Academy - it's there solely for the Andrea explained . "When I came to students and their ideas make all the in various fields of science, and dayTownsend Harris I knew I'd be the difference. long field trips to scientific only one here . Th at's one of the institution s. An integral part of the Academy's reasons I wanted to come." The Junior Academy's informal atprograms are lectures , including talks Andrea is determined not to let her mosphere has contributed to the given by prominent scientists on their disability stop her from meeting beginning of many new friendships. area of expertise to large audiences, challenges and accomplishing her and discussions of topics crucial to This atmosphere is enhanced by the goals, but at the same time she readily the hi-tech world by major scientific numerous, exciting social events (dinadmits that it does sometimes inners, dances, picnics) that are given figures . Colloquia, offered for more timidate her. by the Academy . advanced students , are given in an in" I didn't raise my hand at all in The Academy offers opportunities formal setting with a small audience class last year. This year I have to every high school student. All inthat permits discussion on a one-tofriends in my class so it's a little terested, ambitious students are urgone basis with the speaker. easier ... I think it's harder for me ed to get involved . Many students are beginning to to meet boys . If I like a boy I'm very The Junior Academy of the New think about Westinghouse and other shy about going up and talking to him scientific competitions. The Junior . York Academy of Sciences is located because of how I talk." at 2 East 63rd Street in Manhattan. Academy can serve as the testing . One of the factors that contribute Membership applications are ground for students' projects. The toAndrea's dogged perseverance is available from Teresa Lazar, Cheryl Science Research Competition gives her realization of how lucky she is members the opportunity ' to submit Schustack or Mrs. Susan Appel. A <.just to be alive. The obstetrician was $5.00 membership includes a their work for judging by experiencoff duty the day she was delivered ed Academy members . Cash and trip ' subscription to The Sciences, the and the interns that were assigned magazine fo the New York Academy awards are given! weren't prepared to handle the comof Sciences. The Academy provides a wealth of plications that arose.


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When asked about the toughest obstacles that she was faced with because of her disability, Andrea explains her fears of not being accepted by her peers .She also expressed her feeling of discouragement and low self-esteem when ridiculed by other students. "When I was younger, kids used to tease me a .lot because I was different.T think elementary school kids should be educated about disabilities . Maybe they'll understand and won't tease as much." ,

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The Hero Who • Turned Dreams. Into Reality by Na ne tte Kung Jan uary 19 , 1986 marked the first national holiday in honor of Dr . Martin Luther King , Jr. He was a man committed to freedom and equal ity . He fought to abolish racism, poverty, and war in our nation. No other person could have evoked such emotion in us. He was in.tellectually keen and he was a great ora tor. : His words were powerful enough to move thousands to action. He despised black segregation and he wanted equality and justice not only for America's blacks, but for all races of people. Human rights and peace among all were what he fought for . He earned the world's respect and trust, not only because he fought for others, but because he was able to do it without bloodshed.



NationRemembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jt Dr. King grew up seeing all this As a chil d , young King grew up in around him . He was determined to a seg reg ated world. Blacks and take action. By preaching before conwhites in Atlanta, Geo rg ia lived separate lives in those times. Theres- gregtlT&tblacks;meprovokOOthem to do something about their present conwere designated ne ighborhoods dit ions. They had to fight for their where only whites could live. Blacks ' rights: ! ' We are .citizens too. We lived on the other side of town. must not be bitter. We must not lose Almost all restuarants had different dining areas for both parties. The .faith in our white brothers. Make a . dream . a reality. Fight for your United States government put up with rights !" this by allowing for racial descriminaSpeeches with lines such as these tion in public facilities. Water founmoved blacks and whites to action. tains were labeled "white" and " colKing first showed his great powers ored." There were segregated pools. of leadership in an incident invo lvEven the public transportation system ing a bus company. Most blacks took was a target of racism. Every time a the bus to work. They were forced black citizen got on a bus, he had to to obey the rule of giving up their sit in the back. If a white man got on seats to the whites. One day, a young the bus and there were no seats, the woman named Rosa Parks refused to black man had to give up his seat and give up her seat. She was immediatestand.

Plans For.New Building Surface by Renata Kobetts The setting is Townsend Harris High School at Queens College. A new building stands off Reeves Avenue, housing 1000 students. The year is 199 1. This is when Townsend Harris will abandon 75-40 Parsons Boulevard and move to Queens College. Late this spring, architects will be given the opportunity to enter plans. The Board of Education will allot $3.02 mill ion for des ign and site selection, followed by a budget of $30 million for construction , which is to begin in January, 1989. The build ing will include twelve regu lar classrooms, four science rooms , two labs, a speech workshop, a language lab, potential for five com-

puter rooms, and an orchestral music room twice the size of a classroom, as we ll as other instrumental facilities, an art classroom and an art studio. Any rooms which do not have windows will be air -conditioned. The hallways will be a foot wider . than those of 75-40 Pa rsons Boulevard, not including locker space. Students will enjoy the luxuries of a student store, a student government and clubs' office. 1 1/2 the size of a classroom, a classroom size publications' office, a student serv ices' office, full size guidance offices, a duplicating room, an elevator, and a college and vocational office, while faculty will enjoy the luxurIes ofbookrooms, lounges on each floor , and a faculty dining room.

There will be a classroom-size audio visual center off of the double classroom size library . The student cafeteria will be six times the size of a .classroom. Separate locker and shower rooms for the home and visiting teams will serve one large and one small gym . An auditorium seating 500 will include dressing rooms as well as a stage crafts room . Students of Townsend Harris have dreamed of such a building. They have grumbled in current close quarters, and winded the ir way through crowded hallways . The class of 1995 will "er experience this; to them 75-1; -ons Boulevard will only be a story told by alumni as ear lier alumni tell of the Manhattan Townsend Har ris at City College.

.TH VOWS For '87 by Dav id Herszenhorn and Ruth Lehrman As the new year rolled in, students made various New Yea r's resolutic A number of students were polled and here are the results: THE MOST POPULAR: To do better in school. THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS: Laura Joseph, " To do wild, crazy, bizarre things." THE MOST SINCERE: Music teache r Walter Davis, "To go back to p tieing my trumpet everyday ." THE MOST AMBITIOUS: Lucia Grillo, "To take more risks ; chances ." THE MOST RELIGIOUS: Jeffrey Cohen, "To join a monastic orde THE MOST POLITICAL Duncan Faherty, " Not to rest until Ror .•Reagan is deposed of as president of the United States." THE MOST CONVENIENT: Eddie Chin, " To never make a New Ye .•reso lution again."

by Karen G reenberger The first International Night Dinner, sponsored by ForeignLanguage Coordinator Robert Goodman, took place on the evening of December 18 in the cafetori um. Various dish es , ranging from Indian to Italian, were served buffet style and shared among the families . A dinn er representing each family ' s ethnic backgroun d was the cost of admission. " It [the dinner] was nice because it was a chance to blend cultures and to see how othe r people eat , " comme nted junior Regina Cavaioli. Win ners of the International Dinner raffle won food, wine , fru it basket s, a tur key, and a talcum powd er /cologn e set. . Among the -rnany winners were teachers Susan Appel and Sand ra Eiseman , and Gu idance Counselor Sheila Orner, tl who shared 15 raffles and won a ~ turkey and talcum powder/cologne ~ set. Junior Scott Siegal, also selected o


a a winner , received a bottle of \\ Students recited foreign lang ; poems dur ing the evening . " Le j euner du Marin," was performe Jenni fer Anto szewski, and .. Can de la Pirata, " ora ted by Lynd a I roll and Yasmin Santi ago . The Concert Band, under.the d t ion of W alter Davi s,per for "Jingle Bell Rock," and "We r a Little X-M as ." "Gospel JoJ "Tuxedo Junction," .and " Celt tion," were played by the Jazz E Conducted by Robert Lewis, Enrichment Band performed '" 'Colors," with a voca l solo by.I Garafalo. The Chorus , led by J Pro venzale, per for med "Lollip and "0 Holy Night. " "Jesus JI Ma n's Des iring," was performs the Violin Duet. Desp ite rainy weather condit a larger crowd participated thai been expected . "I had a lot 0 even though it was raining and peared that the rest of the peopk too," added student Chari Rein:

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Holocaust survivor Mrs. Clara Wachter-Feldman speaks of her by Karen Greenberger experiences. College advisors Dr. Paul Vicino and Mr. Howard Wagner are current"I can only hope that man will mother and I escaped, they would ly busy aiding students with their study himself and never allow such have killed my mother, " Mrs. career and college choices. a savage act to happen again." Feldman said. "War is not 'Rambo.' Both Vicino and Wagner strongly After remarking on the thousands War is not John Wayne on a white suggest students participate in of Jews who died fighting the Ger horse . War is hell ." Metroguide "School Sort, " a commans , Mrs . Feldman urged students In her speech Mrs . Feldman told puter which offers college suggesto read the daily newspapers to the story of her first grade teacher tions to the student based upon his understand what is going on in the who beat her hands when he . choice of a majo r. world around them. discovered that she was Jewish to Students are urged to make an ap" There is prejudice and hate all . show the class how much pain a Jew pointment with either advisor to around us . We have to teach our could toler ate, in addition to speakdiscuss colle ge selection . They plan children to be more human and care ing about her best friend, whose legs to revie w .each student's folders, about those around us, " M rs. were broken over and over again at Feldma n advi sed. PSAT scores, Metrogu ide " Scho ol Auschw itz because he was an athlete. Sort" .results, Achieve ment Te st "We survivors can never be free . When his legs could not be broken , The screams can not be heard , but we scores, car eer and college choic es, anymore, he was placed in the gas can ' still hear them ." , and areas of study. Students can set chambers. "

Today, Dr. King is a hero for great work and personal sacrifice. former ene mies are singing prai and issu ing proclamations to ho him . Politicians and preachers an calling th is man a hero; receptic speeches, and songs , all celebrate his hono r. All over the nation, this man is . ing remembered for the invalus debt owed him . That is why January 19, the nation remembers noble Martin Luther King, Jr. .' sac rificed everything for equa among all, by observing his birth s a national holiday .

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by Heather Nash Holocaust survivor Mrs. Clara Wach ter -Feldman from the Simon W iesent hal Center discussed her experiences concerning the Holocaust, dur ing enric hment on Decemb er 18, in the library . Mr s. Feldman beg an travelling from school to school after she was motivated by " One Little Boy , " an art icle in T he New Yor k T imes which told the story of a two year old who was placed in the ovens because he was too small to walk in himse lf. Born in Poland, Mrs . Feldman moved to Germany when she was two years old to get a bette r education. A few years late r her fami ly left Germany illegally for Holland where they were arrested by the Gestapo, and when released arrested by the Dutch police. As a child she constantly moved from country until she ended up in Italy. However, because she was Jewish, she was not permitted to have an education after elementary school. Separated from her family, Mrs . Feldman lived with a Christian family when she was 16, but was' eventually arrested by the Germans and placed in a detention center where she escaped before she was put on a cattle car . ''The only reaso n I escaped was because I was alone. If I was with my

ly arrested . This enraged the black community. Peo ple wanted revenge . King was able to convince them to combine forces and work together. With nationwide cooperation, King was able to organize a strike that proteste d against rac ial descrimination. By conv incing everyone to walk to work instead of taking the bus, whites wou ld be shown that blacks resented their treatment and were not going to put up with it any longer. Nobody got hurt, except the bus company which lost a lot of money. King had gained the recognition he wanted for his .cause.

up a preliminary meeting with o f them by first makin appointment. In ear ly February , teacher r mendation forms will be dist r to all juni -rs. Students will quired to l'Jlain three recomn tions . In order to receive recor dations , students must ask the p sia n of the teachers. The te chosen should first be cons before-hand, suggested Vicino completion, the form must be : ed to either college advisor. Says Vicino, "Try to visit ( cam puses . By walking around get the inside scoop ." Wagner preparing for a student visit to ,Albany in the Spring . :-:. .

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by David Fische r How do student athletes and coaches prepare for a game? How do they deal with the pressures of comb ining school time with play time? A sampling of coaches and players provides some answers : - Lucy Kim (volleyball, indoor track) - "Mentally, I think about the game, but I don't get psyched . I try to save my energy. I also try to block out everything else . Physically, I just practice with my teammates and loosen up before the game ." - Xavier Mendoza (volleyball) - " I just practice as much as I can to get myself ready for a game. I also do a lot of reading about the sport in order to look for certain strategies." - John Meredith (bowling, volleyball) - "I'm always nervous before the game . There's nothing I can do about it. But once I serve my first serve, . or Mowl my first ball, I'm usually o.k." - Wanda Nix (Coach - girls ' volleyball, girls' soccerjv .t'The way I prepare my team for a game depends a lot on the competition, the part of the season we're in, whether or not the team comes off a win or loss, and what the playoff situation is. I usually have them practice a lot to get them ready." - Hector Quintero (track) - "Physically, I always attend meets, and run on the weekends. Mentally, I always try to get psyched up and always think positively. I try to visually see myself doing well in the upcoming race. That helps me a lot." - Ellen Schwartz (Coach - girls' bowling , boys' tennis) - "We don't do anything special in the way of preparation. The only thing we do do in the way of preparation is to practice and correct the errors we make . My philosophy is that we have a good time. We aren 't looking for the talent as much as we are the experience."

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Sally Secures . Brighf Atmosphere By David Herszenhor n Those who have ever tried to cut on line for lunch or walk through the halls without permission have probably met Mrs . Sallie LeVine, one of the school's security guards. Sallie first became a security guard in 1972 because she thought that she would be good at it and "her family liked to eat." Sallie sighed , "I have .five kids and that means a lot of groce ries." Before coming to Townsend Harris, Sallie worked at John Bowne High School for thirteen years . When asked how she likes Townsend Harris she said, "I love it.the students are smart here and they have a good sense of humor." She also said that the students here are much brighter than at the prev ious schools she had worked in.

Sallie explained that there are no major behavioral problems at Townsend Harris because the guidance department is actively involved with student behavior. Dr. Malcolm Largmann and Assistant Principal Mal Rossman ask Sallie's advice and .frequently discuss cur rent school topics with her.

"Sally is the coolest" Tenth grade student Ray Altimarano said , "Sallie is one of a kind." Anothe r tenth grade r, Corey Ward, remarked, "Sallie is the coolest." Townsend Harris security guard stated her plans for the future, " I plan to stay healthy and work at Townsend Harris until your children attend this school. "

News Briefs The drama enrichment is preparing a full-length production of You Can't Take It With You to be presented in the spring. Seven faculty members and nine students participated in a Consultative Council meeting on January 15, where they discussed the Dude Ranch trip, the school consitution, and a liason committee for the future senior class. The student awareness program, and plans for next year's seniors were also . discussed. Mr. Myron Moskowitz's Student Leadership class met with the cafeteria staff in an effort to develop a nutritional, well-balanced menu to please the members of the school community. The Student Leadership class concluded their Food and Toy campaign for the Queens Hunger Network at the end of December. Inspector Genera l of Cultural Affairs for New York City, Gwendolyn Hatcher, spoke to the Mock Trial Enrichment on January 6. Hatcher discussed her law background, the duties of an Inspector General , and answered various questions concerning the BAR exam and law classes. Juniors Michael McDermott, Robert Mansuri, Eddie MacMahon and Dawn Cabage will repr esent THHS as the second year team at a Certamen (contest) at Stuyvesant High School on February 6 . Eight students part icipated in the Queens High School Festival of the Arts on December 17 and December 18 at Queensborough Community College . Alec Pollak received a trophy for the most talented art student in the school and Michelle Tong, Shea Fink , Kaming Lau, Te-Hs ing Niu, Elizabeth Moy , Lilly Tam , and Yasmin Santiago received certificates. T.!.!.e Insects, Bugs and Plants enrichment , under the guidance of Mrs . Odile Garci a, visited Kingsborough Com munity College on Janua ry 9 to attend workshops dealing with M arine Biology . Sponsored by the New York State Marine Education Association, the program included slide shows, workshops, and seminars dealing with "cor al reefs, sponges , whales and dol phins.

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by Doreen SooHoo What is a production editor? What does an acqusitions editor do? How .is a book created? What is the slush pile? These are some of the many ~ questions that were answered during ~ a special presentation in the Writing ~ . and lllustrating Books for Children ~ Enrichment on December 16 . a Peter Roberts , copy editor with the New American Library, came to speak to the students of Mrs . llsa Cowen's enrichment class. Mr. Roberts has the task of grammatically revising and rewriting a potential book in the paperback company . He is very interested in teaching and was very excited at the opportunity of sharing his work with the students . During this band, many "future writers" asked questions involving the topic of publishing- including how a book is published, machines used, specifications and measurements for the book, and symbols used by proofreaders. Sheets of the symbols were distributed to the stude nts. " The proofreaders try to make a standard style within the books.. .they are extremely willing to stretch and make the writing smooth, " said Mr . Roberts. Mr. Roberts described the different types of editors that are involved in the production of a book and the chances of a person having his/her manuscript published . "It is difficult for a person to have a book published but anyth ing is possible.. .anybody could have a book published," replied Mr. Roberts. Mr. Roberts also donated a large assortment of books for the students to read and enjoy. Gothic romance, mystery, and science fiction were among the large variety. Many students were pleased by the special presentation. "It was a .stimulating experience to actual ly 路 have someone in the field speak to us," said Marjorie Momplaisir.

Bowl For Breath Strikes Success by Lena Jones Twenty-one volunteers participated in " Bowl for Breath," a fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on December 22. Each participant bow led three games and gathered sponsors , who pledged a certa in amount of money per po int. Ellen Schwartz, the coord inator of the event said she was " pleased with the turnout, " and is "looking for ward to having even more participants next year. " .. Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease involving abnormal secretions of certain glands thro ughout the body . The disease appears in infancy and childhood and many of its victims die before adulthood. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is working on an effective cure for this disease and better treatment for those who already have it. Ms . Schwartz commented that since the participants do not personally benefit from the event, it showed that Harrisites are " willing to give their time to do things for others . " The " Bowl for Breath" gave its participants the opportunity to take part in the spirit of giving .







--SPORTS-don dominated the scoreboard again when both scored 16 points each in a .game which served John Adams their second loss versus the girls from Townsend Harris. Their first meeting ' by Randi Feinberg at Queens College resulted in a 34-5 The whistle blows and she's off. blowout. The second battle yielded an This amateur basketball star dribbles identical result as Harris trounced down the court, ducking in and out Adams, 38-12. of opposing team members. When the The crowd at Queens College was basket is near, she skillfully shoots silent. The scoreboard showed that the ball through the hoop and scores the Harris girls' undefeated record at one of her many points of the game . home was in jeopardy. Bryant shut This basketball dynamo is none other out Harris in the first quarter, 9-0, but than fourteen year old Keisha Robinthe tables turned on Bryant. Harris son, a starting freshman on the Townreturned the favor; they shut out send Harris Girls' basketball team. Bryant in the following eight minutes. Keisha started out on the bottom in At the end of the half,.the scoreboard basketball, and has really worked her read 9-8; Bryant still held the lead. way up. She attended Louis A. ArmHarris began their comeback when strong Junior High School, where g" they outscored Bryant, 10-3, in the ~. ' third period. Harris stunned Bryan, . fear kept her from playing well and ::t ' making the team . Finally, after a lot '3 25-18. of hard work and extra help from her !!l The team didn't stop there, coach, Keisha made the team in the Brooklyn Tech traveled to Queens Harris basketball star Eileen Gunnjumps to block an opposing player's shot. seventh grade . She went on to College to face the 8-1 Harris team. by Bernard Hyman become a co-captain in the eighth was fouled and went to the foul line. While they were in the middle of On December 12, lightning struck grade. Keisha learned a lot from this If Suzy had missed the first shot, defeating Tech, the coach and fans the rolling thunder of the Townsend 'e ither team would have a chance to experience. "In junior high school, witnessed a scene the coach said he'd Harris Girls' Varsity Basketball I became more fair about playing win. The crowd roared as Beach "never seen anything like." Coach Team. The team crushed its first five basketball; you have to both win and Channel roared and failed to distract ' Don Altman discovered the opponents but finally faced defeat lose games to understand it. It's betSuzy as she sank the winning bucket. substitutes studying on the bench . against Newtown. ter when it's balanced." Harris squeezed by, 43-42. "And I've been in sports all my life, " The coach of the girl's basketball Junior Terry Gordon, who has . Altman exclaimed. The team avenged their only defeat team, Donald Altman, gives Keisha been the high scorer five of Harris' After 16 minutes of play, Tech was by downing Newtown in the followextra help and attention, and really 11 games, has combined with Keisha down by two, 15-13. The girls' from ing game, 21-20 . The rampage conencourages her to play. Altman has Robinson for 216 points this season. Harris chose to do homework instead tinued; the team grabbed four more sent announcements of Keisha's game Terry Gordon, at center, averaged 10 of practicing during the intermission. victories which brought Harris to scores to Newsday. This has increased rebounds per game along with for"The funny thing is that we were 10-1. the number of college scouts who ward ,Abi Jones with 12 per game. only beating Tech by a couple of have already been inquiring about Keisha Robinson made her debut Beach Channel was added to the list points, but they started the second her. against Forest Hills and scored her of victims on January 12. In the final half like tigers and scored about 10 "I like playing on our school team, season high, 17 ' points. The team seconds of the game, it was tied straight," Altman stated . The team especially when we win, because peostarted its season with a 17-17 tie in 40-40. Beach Channel scored; they went on to defeat -Tech, 36-29 on pie don't expect a school like Townthe first half, but in the second half, took the lead with only 18 seconds on January 13. send Harris to win." Keisha's spirit Keisha scored seven of her 17 points the clock. Freshman Keisha RobinTwo days later, Townsend Harris shows in her playing as she averages along with Suzy Sanchez who netted son broke on a fast break and re-tied downed Franklin K. Lane in the same about sixteen points a game. four field goals. At the end of the the score . Eight seconds left on the manner. They captured the lead Although she is capable of rolling in third quarter, . Harris commanded a clock, and Beach Channel attempted through the first half . They studied. the points, Keisha plays with other three point lead. They held on to win, to inbound the ball but Harris forced They returned to blast Lane, 40-29 . things on her mind. "I try to be a 40-34. a turnover. The team had already beaten . Lane middleman, by passing the ball a lot Keisha Robinson and Terry GorAfter the turnover, Suzy Sanchez twice before. . and helping others to score. I don't

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like to just score the points; I'd ratl help others to make them ." Keisha is one of three freshmen the team. She is currently holding ' point-guard position. "At first pi pie are surprised that I'm a freshm but I usually gain their respect.' Keisha's family is very support and proud of her basketb all playii Her father helps her and practi. with her. " My dad and I used to to this park near my house, for to practice . My left hand needs m dribbling practice than my right ha My dad tied my right hand behind back, and had me running and dJ bling the ball around the park. I , just imagine what anyone passing must of thought when they saw hand was tied up." One minor setback for Keisha h pened when she tried out for I Girls' State Basketball Team. ' was rejected because they said ' she was too young, but the IT reason was that she was too sh Keisha soon regained her determ tion and is showing everyone that height definitely does not affect playing. "It's very hard juggling my scl work, basketball, and travelin Keisha lives in Long Island City it takes her an hour to get back . forth from school . She works all Saturday , and spends any free 1 that she has doing school work When asked about playing bas ball professionally, Keisha smiled shook her head. "Playing pre sionally would be nice, but I w need to do something' more sts There are too many risks with fessional basketball." Keisha's teammates say that s' a good player, and a definite ass the team. Good luck Keisha, and up the good work!

Boys Dribble Into Intramural Basketball Tournament by Bernard Hyman The Boys' Intramural tournament shot back into Townsend Harris for a second time . In May of 1986, Ms . Wanda Nix organized a school wide tournament ' for boys interested in playing basketball at Harris. Now, the school is preparing for the return of the league . Several students expressed their desire for its return and now they , have it. Ms. Nix has once again provided an outlet for the boys at Townsend Harris .. The tournament will be played through the month of February and will conclude with a championship match . The first and second place teams ,as well as Most Valuable Players for each of the seven teams will receive trophies for their performances . This could soon become a Townsend Harris tradition, since there is not a boys' basketball team in existence at the school. This year's participation is greater than last year's. Twenty-three of the 25 players who graced the court last year have retum-

ed. In addition, new members have been admitted to the league . The tournament . has grown in population and new features have been added . There will be seven teams, 21 games, and two officials for each game . Members of the girls' Varsity Basketball team have offered their assistance as referees and scorekeepers. Evonne Brown, Crystal Clark, Terry Gordon, Keisha Robinson, and Diana Zickuhr will be on hand to make the calls . Ms. Nix officiated all 12 games last year. In the championship game, she was assisted by Athletic Director Donald Altman. This year Ms. Nix had some assistance in organizing the hoop-shooting event. Mark Gilliam and Bernard Hyman travelled the halls recruiting for Basketmania. Among the recruits were last year's champions, Rene Stuart, Greg Warnke, David Crockett, Brian Smith, and Chris Jacobs . The Bulls were the team to beat last year; who will be the league prey this season? ...."

Anna Tarnapolski, Lisa DeMairo, and Christine McGrath pose during TH's first overnight "Dude Ski" a the Rocking Horse Ranch on January 18 and 19th. .


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