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Sunday, November 11, 2012

ESPN’s Rob King Inspires

Friday Night Reading

by george doolan '15

by molly mullen '13


Mr. Rob King, Senior Vice President of ESPN, talks to the Westminster community about how fortunate they are to be a part of the digital age. Prior to the arrival of Rob King, the Senior Vice President of Media for ESPN, the hilltop was buzzing with excitement. On October 26, many students looked forward to meeting a highly ranked official of ESPN, the largest sports network on television. Sixth Former A lemante Tedla said, “It is going to be very cool to see the Senior VP of ESPN.” This statement seemed to be a common attitude of many ESPN fans around campus. Mr. King lived up to all of the talk. He enthralled the audience with insight on ESPN, comedic stories, and even advice on how to stay in the moment and make the most out of our lives. One of the many topics that Mr. King discussed was technology. His view of technology differed from an average fifty-

year-old’s. Rather than giving the “technology has corrupted your society” lecture, Mr. King reminded us that technology is here to present us opportunities that we would not get otherwise, access to information, and easy contact through social media and email. Mr. King serves as the Senior Vice President and Editorin-Chief of Digital Media, so even though he knows the ins and outs of many forms of technology, he claims to learn more every day. He mentioned that being raised with computers rather gives teenagers an advantage today. Mr. King also touched on how lucky we are and tried to put things in perspective for his audience. He reminded us to be grateful for what we have today and to enjoy Westminster, rather than to focus on the next step of our

lives. This served as an eye opener for many. Staying in the moment and remembering to appreciate the good things in life is somet hing We st minster st udent s often forget. Mr. King’s instruction to “slow down” is something that anybody, especially busy Westminster students, can pay more attention to on a daily basis. Mr. King continued by showing how he has tied his ideas on diversity to his work by creating separate branches of ESPN not only for women, but for any sort of athlete or lover of sports. This served as a powerful example of how to take a great idea and put it into action. This idea inspired listeners to pursue their ideas and interests, even if it means taking extra time out of your day. As a chief official for ESPN, the audience expected Rob King to talk mainly about ESPN itself, himself, and sports. To their surprise and pleasure, he exceeded expectations, with inspiring intellectual content that added wonderful insight to the day. Many students had positive reactions to Mr. King’s talk. The eloquent words of Aidan Keohane '13, “It was great. I really liked it,” seemed to sum up the event. Students and teachers alike commented on Mr. King’s phenomenal posture and public speaking ability, and agreed that his talk had gone above and beyond expectations. Overall, students left inspired and refreshed, ready to tackle the challenges of their busy lives.

Students Debate Election Issues AP Comparative Government students represent Obama & Romney by dominica park '14 As the East Coast braced for Hurrican Sandy, Westminster’s Advanced Placement Comparative Govenment class held a presidential debate in the Werner Centennial Center. Given the fact that the United States of America is in the middle of election season, Ms. Heckman asked her AP Comparative Government class to prepare a mock debate to be presented in front of the entire school. The participants of this debate were all enthusiastic about the role of the American government in society. Twelve students participated, four representing the Republicans, four representing the Democrats, and and four were


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tions which teated almost every important topic of the election. The party members were unaware of the topics chosen by the moderators, therefore they prepared Continued on page 4

On Friday, November 2nd, Westminster School welcomed two poets to the Gund Reading Room for the second Friday Night Reading of this year’s series. Taite Puhala '14, the 2012 winner of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Ta lented Youth ’s Creative Minds Poetry Contest, introduced the night’s guest reader, Robert Cording. Taite mentioned that Cording was described by past Westminster reader Ginny Lowe Connors as “the most underappreciated poet in New England.” Taite and Cording held the packed room spellbound with their readings. Ta ite’s longtime habit of poetry writing has expanded into an exemption this fall, and Robert Cording has published six books of poetry, so both writers had more good poems than they could hope to share with the audience in one Friday night. When asked how they chose which poems to read, each came up with a different response. For Taite, choosing poems for the reading was a matter of sound. She said that she read several of her favorites aloud to herself and picked the three she read for their “sonic elements.” Cording says he focused on the audience at the reading when choosing his poems. First, he said, he chose “the ones I wasn’t sick of,” avoiding poems that he had read in other recent readings. Then, he focused on

poems that were shorter, more plot-driven, and poems with not a sonic element but a visual element. “Young people especially are such a visual culture,” he said, and so he “tried to read poems that evoke something visual.” In between their carefully chosen and carefully read poems, both authors shared with the audience a few details of their poetic inspiration. Taite’s inspirations were wide and varied: her first poem, “Temple,” was an effort to “subvert Cartesian Dualism, because the body usually gets the short end of the stick.” If that sounds overwhelming, Taite says the second poem, “wristbones,” grew out of a line she heard while watching “V for Vendetta” with her brother. Robert Cording also discussed the varied sources of his poetry. “I take walks every day Continued on page 3

Hurricane Sandy strikes Campus left in the dark by alemante tedla '13 & philip song '15 The anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy created a quiet, almost anxious ambience in the dorms during the hours leading up to the power outages. A power outage, especially in the technology-dominated modern world, threatens the easy evenings of television, Xbox, and Facebook that the student body is accustomed to. Students were also frustrated about the administration’s decision to weather the storm and hold classes on Monday. A s Sandy approached on Monday morning, administrators announced that classes and practices on Tuesday would be canceled. This was followed by an early dismissal of day students, and a joyous uproar from the students. This joviality, however, did not last. George Doolan '15 can

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attest to that, claiming, “When school was cancelled I got excited, but as the day went on and the power shut off, I got unhappy.” Even though Westminster knew that an outage was likely, it still seemed abrupt to the students when the power shut off at 6:55 on Monday evening. The groans and frantic cries of dorm residents shook an otherwise still, black campus. Students who had opened their windows could catch a glimpse of the red, green, and blue flashes of an exploding transformer in downtown Simsbury. Students were clearly very unhappy with the situation. “At first, it was bad. Then it got even worse,” says Brian Kelleher '15. Peter Johnson '15 agreed claiming, “I felt like I was living in Continued on page 4

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THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Sunday, November 11, 2012


APES Studies Local Ecosystem

Westminster Music Series

by caty pooley '13

by H ieu do '15

On Thursday, October 25th, the AP Environmental Science (APES) class took a field trip to the McLean Game Refuge in Simsbury. Their goal was to conduct a Stream Ecology survey of Salmon Brook, under the guidance of Mr. Gritzmacher, Mr. Sistare, and Mr. Pope. Dressed in warm layers and tall rubber boots, the students of the three different APES sections piled into vans around 8:30 in the morning, arriving at McLean in less than fifteen minutes. The different sections split up into smaller groups, and everyone was assigned a task. The first group collected insects in the river with Mr. Gritzmacher. Standing in the chilly river and using nets to catch a variety of bugs and critters, students put all the insects they found into a jar of isopropyl alcohol in order to study them later. The second section, led by

John Fitzpatrick '13 takes a break from researching Salmon Brook. Mr. Sistare, studied rock size, characteristics of the area, and the river’s velocity. Working on different tasks, some groups calculated the speed of the current, while others plunged their hands into the chilly stream to compare the size of the rocks. At the third station, Mr. Pope helped students to study the levels of different chemicals in the river. By 11:30, with all the assign-

ments finished up, the students cleaned up and boarded the vans. As one APES student, Annie French '13, noted, “going to McLean was a great way to spend our morning. The weather was great and a good time was had by all.” After a quick lunch break back at school, everyone congregated in the APES classroom. For the next few hours, the group tallied the different kind of insects collected and created graphs with the magnitude of data that was accumulated. After a long day in the lab, all the environmental scientists were tired but excited about their newfound information. Sam Dardani '14 said that he learned a great deal about the intricacies of nature. Clearly, this trip has a profound impact on the APES students as they learned about the details of the environment surrounding Westminster.


My new life in Spain by H E AT H E R F R E W '13 I have currently been in Spain for almost 2 months now and the journey thus far has been unreal. When we first landed, it hadn’t completely hit me that I was in a different country, on a different continent. It still doesn’t feel as though I will be spending the whole year here, but after a nervous first month, I am looking forward to the year I have ahead of me! My host mom is a ma zing. She is a widow in her late 60’s and also has two grown children that visit from time to time. Otherwise, it’s just the two of us, which is very relaxing. She doesn’t speak any English, so it was definitely a struggle to communicate, but every week, communicating in gets easier. It was a little strange for me to get used to making my bed every morning before school and doing other little “chores” that I wouldn’t have had to do in the US, but she keeps a very clean house. It’s the norm here to always wear slippers while in the house, and I’ve come to love wearing my slippers all the time! When I don’t wear them and just have socks on, my host mom gives me a funny look but doesn’t say anything. On another note, her cooking is unbelievable; I wish I could bring her back to the states with me at the end of the year! If you are someone who doesn’t like a lot of different food items or simply just can’t find anything you like to eat, I definitely recommend authentic Spanish food. It’s not too spicy and the f lavors are so rich that you just keep wanting more! A few things that I absolutely love here are the tortilla de patatas, which is a giant tortilla filled with potatoes and egg (I think). I also love what my host mom, Julia, does with watermelon: she

cuts it up, then squeezes lemon juice over all of it and sprinkles sugar on it. It’s pure heaven on your tongue before it slips into the cracks of your teeth and your cheeks, and then continues its path to your stomach. The taste lingers in your mouth until you keep eating more. It was strange to get used to the 2 o’clock lunch and 9:30 dinner, but it’s not so bad anymore. It’s still a little weird to make sure I have a snack at 6 because I’ll be starving by 9:30 if I don’t! Outside of lunch, which makes me miss Westy’s lunch, the food has been fantastic. In the beginning, I’m pretty sure I ate gelato almost every day. It’s just THAT amazing here. The coffee is heaven; even better than Starbucks. I’m already starting to become a regular at a café near our school. I have spent way too much money on rich cappuccinos or my usualcafé con leche (coffee with milk). Luckily, my host mom is very healthy and we eat a lot of veggies so I only have Spain’s delicious bread once a day, otherwise I’d definitely be gaining the “freshman 15” plus some! We hardly ever go out to eat so it’s all home cooked food, except for lunch. My healthy host mom also makes sure we have fruit every night instead of desert, which I don’t mind at all! School has been difficult. For those of you who have never done anything like this before, just imagine a school where maybe three of the 12 teachers speak Spanish, every time you speak you must use Spanish, otherwise you will get scolded and possibly lose points on your AP Spanish grade. All of the directions and homework assignments are in Spanish (including tests and making vocabulary lists all in the same language). The list goes

Heather is currently studying in Spain through SYA which also offers year long programs in France, China, and Italy. on. The first week was a madhouse, just trying not to get completely lost in class because the next week I’d be tested on that lesson even if I didn’t understand the sophisticated Spanish words that were used to describe it. They also told us that our first semester grades would be the worst grades we’ve ever gotten. Apparently that is normal so it’s okay, and they won’t be sent to colleges so that’s a relief! I don’t want to discourage you from trying an experience like this. I already know that each insecurity I felt will be worth it! To find that you can immerse yourself into a completely different culture with different rules and social norms is absolutely mind-blowing. . Don’t be afraid. Things will be different for sure but that’s what you signed up for and it’s okay to take as much time as you need to feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Make friends. It’s hard to get used to being in a new country, starting a new school, and meeting new people all in the same week but your friends in that school will really help you through the rough times because they are experiencing the same things you are. Try new things. You will never be fully immersed if you don’t try everything you are given to eat, especially since it is rude in their culture to refuse food.

On Friday, October 26th, the Gund Reading Room filled with the melodies of two professional guitarists, Judy Handler and Mark Levesque. Mrs. Handler earned certificates from schools in Aspen, Spain and Italy and is the co-founder of the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country. Mr. Levesque started playing the guitar when he was eleven years old, playing everything from jazz, to classical to international (including Latin American and Brazilian.) Besides the guitar, he is also a master of the mandolin. T he per forma nc e beg a n with an introduction from Mr. Chrzanowski, and then the duo started to play, transporting their audience around the world! Starting with a folk song from t he Net herla nds, Mrs. Ha nd ler a nd M r. L e ve sque amazed the audience with the exotic melody. The first performance ended in warm applause from the audience, and was a kick-off for a series of eight pieces from a variety of countries and religions around the world. These included a Brazilian song with a mandolin melody, an Irish folk song of the mid 1600s, a Paraguayan dance piece, a Jewish song, a Chinese piece, a Spanish dance piece, and a Russian folk song. Between performances the duo gave short “lessons” about the music elements in the songs as well as the origin of the instrument used in the performances: the mandolin. These short talks bridged the gap between the audience and the artists while simultaneously helping the audience to fully understand and appreciate the music. In the eighth and final performance, the audience was


Judy Handler and Mark Levesque, a popular guitar duo, have performed more than 1200 concerts together. The husband and wife duo visited Westminster’s campus two Fridays ago where they played for an excited group of Westminster students and faculty members. given the opportunity to follow the beats of the piece by clapping their hands to the instructions of Mrs. Handler and Mr. Levesque. After they finished, they were inspired to come up with an impromptu piece played together on a single guitar. Thanks to Mr. Chrzanowski, Mrs. Handler and Mr. Levesque, everyone at the concert had an enjoyable Friday night traveling around the world through beautiful melodies. Owen McNally, a music critic for the Hartford Courant, perfectly described the duo: “It’s a perfect musical marriage. A rich, zesty guitar gumbo, Handler & Levesque crackle with tasty elements of classical, swing, Gypsy, Brazilian and a dizzying array of world-music flavorings.”

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Cross Country: for the love of running

Friday Night Reading

by A nish C hadavalada '14

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The Cross Country seasons for both the boys and the girls culminated in the Founders’ League Championship at The Taft School. The championship, similar to the meets before it, was a close race as well as an exciting one, which resulted in a strong finish from both the First and Second Girls’ and Boys’ teams. The conditions at Taft were difficult with gusts of wind making the day feel colder than it already was. However, the Martlets winded the storm well and had strong finishers around the board. The Second Boys’ finished seventh, ahead of Kingswood-Oxford and Kent. The First Boys’ finished fifth, narrowly behind the host

team of Taft, which was in their sights the entire way. Meanwhile, both the First and Second Girls’ finished fifth out of seven and eight teams, respectively. The strong overall effort would not have been possible without the individual efforts of many runners, several of whom ran personal best times. Noah Zempsky '13 closed out his career with his fastest paced (7:08) run ever. First time runners Peter Johnson '15 and Hieu Do '15 both posted their fastest paces of the season in this last contest. Lauren Boures '15 ran her second fastest pace of the season and earned a First team spot for next weekend. Aaron Rubin '15, better known

as “Phenom,” placed first for the Martlets with an eighth place overall finish, earning all AllFounders League honors. Paige Capistran '16 also earned AllFounders League honors with a tenth place finish. All in all, it was a strong finish for all runners, with the top fourteen boys and girls continuing on to Hebron in Maine on Friday, November 9 for the last race of the season. Strong underclassmen runner Tommy Griffith '14, cemented his place as third on the First team ladder with another strong finish. The returners will look to make the cross-country squad even stronger next year.

Grandparents’ Day

Blonde on Blonde by Taite Puhala '14

of suburbia, you draw yourself up as a rebel with a cause, hold your arms out like the spirals of the milky way,

day was watching their grandchildren compete in their afternoon commitments. With many great contests on campus that day, the grandparents had an exciting afternoon. The grandparents also enjoyed chatting with other grandparents as well, sharing stories of their wonderful grandchildren. Mr. Richard Bergen, the school photographer, was another fun surprise for the grandparents. He was at hard at work snapping photos of grandparents and their grandchildren all day, photos that will surely be hanging on grandparent refrigerators as soon as they receive them. The grandparents were all clearly intrigued by the surroundings and by what their grandchil-

sending the glowing children congregating around you into a feverish whirl, because space is curved RICHARD BERGEN

Abby Newman ‘16 with her proud grandparents.

and so are the suburbs you traversed across to bring them here, winding through hills and streets to conduct

dren were learning in class. Some were not shy about pushing their grandchild to answer questions, which always got a good laugh out of the teachers. Grandparents’ Day represents the larger Westminster community, stretching beyond students and faculty and into their families. The Westminster community welcomes one and all to come and see what it is really like on the inside, and what makes our school a great place to live and to learn.

this sermon on a mount, so even the things that appear to move straight are really spinning around

Parents’ Weekend by A BBY R E E D '14 On the weekend of September 20th, Westminster held its annual Parents’ Weekend on the Hill. Parents’ Weekend is a great time for parents to meet with teachers and faculty and to watch the performing arts concert and numerous Saturday afternoon sports events. This year the weekend was a success, with sunny skies and no forecasted snow. Students enjoy Parents’ Weekend because it gives them their first long weekend of the school year, and of course, they get to see their parents. With a half day on Friday and no classes until Wednesday, the weekend brings a welcome break halfway through the term. Sta r ting on T hursday September 18th and continuing through Saturday morning, teachers held conferences with parents. Many teachers, like Mr. Cervas, love meeting with parents and talking to them about what their children have done in class so far. Most times students wait outside the classroom until the meeting is finished. However, some students, like those who have Mr. Doucette, are invited into conferences with their parents. Another aspect of Parents’ Weekend that everyone looks

the details in order to tell the truth. On Friday, January 25th, the third Friday Night Reading will feature Linda Peterson and Fred Strebeigh, both nonfiction writers and professors at Yale University. The student readers will be Sam Matlick '13 and Dana Niland '13, second and third place winners of the Sixth Form “This I Believe” essay contest. As always, anyone interested in hearing good writing is welcome to come.

having decided that your duty is to bring music and maybe a little bit of danger to the lifeless streets

by alli devins '13 At 8:00 am on, October 3, grandparents from all over the country came to Williams Hill and were warmly greeted by their grandchildren. Their day started with a greeting and introduction by Mr. Phillip. He then sent them on their way to conquer the school day with their grandchildren. The halls were packed with many smiling faces, eagerly anticipating the day ahead. In class, the grandparents weren’t afraid to chime and in give their two cents on the lesson that was being taught. In Mr. Gritzmacher’s AP Environmental Science (APES) class, a grandparent even offered him some cold medicine to sooth his sore throat. Another highlight for the grandparents during this special

and I teach - it’s quite boring,” he says. So, he emphasized that poetry can come from any source: “Your imaginative life doesn’t have to be just what happens to you.” Even so, his poems were definitely grounded in the details of everyday life - a golden retriever’s nose, his mother’s phone conversations, a favorite nature writer. Although his poems often began with real life, Cording also explained that not all the stories he told were true. He believes poets sometimes have to invent


forward to is the Fall Concert a nd Awa rd s C eremony t hat recognizes students’ performing arts and academic achievements. The concert opened up with two songs from the Concert Band, followed by one piece from the smaller Jazz Band. After the bands played some crowd favorites, they cleared the stage for the first set of awards. Mr. Marco announced those who achieved Summus last spring in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Forms, now the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Forms. The Dance Ensemble then took the stage and performed two contemporary dances, much enjoyed by the audience. Following the dances, Mr. Marco and Mr. Philip returned to distribute and announce the rest of the awards. First to be announced were the AP Scholar Awards, recogniz-

ing students for their performance on Advanced Placement Exams. Next, students were commended for their placement in the National Merit Scholarship Progra m. Fina lly ind ividua l book prizes for the past academic year for various subjects and the highest GPAs were distributed. Following this recognition of academic achievement, the concert continued with the Rising Sons, an all male a cappella group on campus that sings at various events throughout the year. They set the stage for the Chamber Choir and then Chorale, each of which sang two songs, completing the ceremony. T he weekend concluded with athletic events Saturday afternoon. All of the boys’ soccer teams took on teams from Avon Old Farms, with a win for both the First and Fourth squads. Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country had strong meets over AOF and Miss Porter’s respectively, with Girls’ conquering Porter’s for the first time in six years. Additionally, Girls’ Soccer a nd Field Hockey both had wins against Kingswood-Oxford. It was a good day for the Martlets, and a great start to the long weekend.

you have stolen your father’s turntable, and his old records, and his oversized coat, and while the sunset begins to stain things in a golden light, you put the needle on the vinyl and open old wounds while the only voice you have ever loved claws its way out of the box and into the grooves of the sky, making the stars scratch and whir, and time instead settles into the beats, breaks its lineage, and begins to, like everything, spin. 2012 winner of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth’s Creative Minds Poetry Contest

S.O.N. Helps Feed Simsbury by A BBY R E E D '14

S er v i ng Ou r Neig hbor s (S.O.N.) organized the annual Halloween dance Saturday, October 27th, and challenged students to bring at least 10 non-perishable food items to the dance. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of “Leading with Grit and Grace,” Westminster donated “well over 125 pounds of food” to the Simsbury Food Pantry, e xc l a i me d C h a rlot te B a r t h of Simsbur y Socia l Ser vices. Charlotte spent time with the students explaining how the Food Pantry in Simsbury works. She emphasized how this food came at a very needy time when

the pantry’s shelves were virtually empty after its October distributions. Students from the Fall Community Ser vice Program covered the school with posters reminding students to meet the food drive challenge before the dance, and afterwards they delivered the food to Eno Hall where the Simsbury Food Pantry is located. S.O.N. members organized the dance, oversaw the collection of the food items, and stored the cans until they could be delivered.Not only was the dance a success, but the school was also able to serve the local community.

THE WESTMINSTER NEWS, Sundy, November 11, 2012



Dear Sage

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Students gather at the makeshift internet cafe on the second floor

Andrews as a Third Former.” Mond ay n ig ht a nd a l l d ay Tuesday, residents of Westminster were transported back to the pre-electricity world. Xbox was replaced by Monopoly, and movies by books. Some students found this boring, but some found this change of perspective fun, and even unexpectedly exciting. For example, Andrew Weinschreider '13 enjoyed passing the time playing board games. “I played Monopoly day and night. It got so intense sometimes.” Technology-reliant students convened in Armour Academic Center’s Armstrong Atrium. Since a generator powers that building, it was an oasis of electricity, the only power source on campus. Only two outlets worked: one in the science wing, and the other in the basement. Both outlets were quickly surrounded with makeshift internet cafes consisting of a cluster of sofas, chairs, and tables, and an array of power cords and cables snaking in all directions. The school-wide chaos died down as power finally returned at 12:19 Wednesday morning, and in retrospect, seems short-lived. Some students will agree that their experience was an interesting one that allowed them the chance to pursue other interests. Others can say that the experience was a nightmare that tested their sanity. There are also those who honestly enjoyed Monopoly, yet for as long as power is still available and spending time on computer is an option, they will not be playing board games. Maybe not, that is, until the next power outage.

Dear Sage, I am dreading the winter because I’ve heard horror stories about the weather. Do we really have to walk to school in the middle of snowstorms? Does Andrews not have heat? I also don’t know how I’m going to handle not playing soccer anymore. I love it so much, especially my coach! I’m going to call everyday this winter, just because I don’t think I can survive without hearing that voice. Don’t even get me started on what winter sport I want to play, because I have no idea! I’ve never even picked up a squash racquet! Overall, I know that winter is going to be terrible, and I’m thinking of going abroad for just that term. Is this a good idea? Nervous for December Dear Nervous, Wow, I don’t even know where to start. First of all, do not go abroad your winter term! There is no point; anyone can handle a Westminster Winter. Yes, the weather will definitely be cold, and there will be days where you will probably refuse to leave your dorm, you can make it, I promise. Buy a coat and man up; Armour isn’t that far from the dorms. As far as a sport goes, just try something new. We’ve all had to do it, and there will be many people in the same position as you. I’m not telling you to not call your soccer coach everyday, but I’m not so sure that’s really the best idea. Overall, you will survive! Dear Sage, I’m rea lly afraid to ta ke a shower in the dorms. I know that it’s been a couple months and I should really be used to communal bathrooms by now, but I still get freaked out every time I even walk by. I only take a shower about once a week, because I have to time it perfectly so that nobody else is even in the hallway when I’m showering. I usually choose about 2 am on a Thursday, but it’s still a traumatic event. What should I do? Can I just get a shower installed in my room? Scared to Shower

Dear Scared, You really need to take more than one shower a month. I’m surprised your roommate hasn’t k icked you out of the room yet for not taking any showers! Although showering in a communal shower may not be anyone’s first choice situation, you cannot just install a shower in your dorm room. However, if you just wear a towel and flip-flops, I don’t see why taking a shower should be too much of an issue! If anything, maybe shower after study hall when most people don’t shower. You shouldn’t shower at 2 am though… you should be sleeping then, like the rest of us. Dear Sage, I really want to install a water feature in my room. I think it would just accent the room, and look great! My roommate is fine with the idea too. We’re thinking about getting a fountain, hot tub, or maybe even a pool. We’re thinking that a huge saltwater aquarium might be cool too. Which one should we do? Also, should we just call maintenance and ask them to install it? I think my room is going to be the coolest room on campus! Water Feature Wanted Dear Water, Didn’t you just read the showering question? You cannot just go and install a water feature in your room! Although I’m sure we’d all like a fountain or maybe even a Koi pond in our dorms, it’s not going to happen. I can’t even begin to list all of the potential safety issues that would accompany a water issue, not to mention the cost, which Westminster would definitely not approve! You should just get some posters of water features and call it a day. But remember, no tapestries

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What You Never Knew About Mrs. Duddy I nterview by julia benson '13 1) I have met Tom Brady, the late Junior Seau, and Robert Kraft, all New England Patriots legends. 2) I played varsity soccer at Bates College. 3) I met Mr. Duddy when I was younger than many of the 6th formers! 4) I love giving nick na mes: K ieran is Boo, Boosker or Kieran Bear, Kayla is Bean, Bea nie or Bea ntown, a nd Cedar, our golden retriever, is Cedar Monka. 5) Especially when I’m driving around Boston, I suffer from a serious case of road rage — just ask Mr. Duddy.

6) One of my guilty pleasures is reading all the top stories on 7) Despite the many versions I’ve heard in my life, I pronounce my first name, Ariel, like the letters: R-E-L. 8) I have been to roughly 20 Dave Matthews Band concerts. I went to my first when I was 12. 9) My favorite TV shows are “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” and “Parks and Recreation.” 10) Though I have traveled all over the world, my favorite place is Truro, Massachusetts.


Mrs. Duddy and her children Kieran (left) and Kayla enjoy a day at the park.

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Strange by danielle amiot '13 As a school prefect, head tour guide for Black and Gold, the treasurer of the John Hay Society, and a member of Westminster’s Multicultural Student Union, Ryan Strange has been a poster child involvement in Westminster’s many extracurricular activities during his four years on the hill. Among Ryan’s many leadership positions on campus is his role in the MentorMentee Club, an organization that matches underclassmen with upperclassmen who will act as their mentors until they become Fifth and Sixth Formers. Ryan’s mentor during his Third and Fourth Form years played a large role in further improving Ryan’s time at Westminster so he hopes to do the same for his mentee. In addition to his involvement in many clubs on campus Ryan is also a tri-first team athlete, participating in First


Football, First Boys’ Ice Hockey, and First Boys’ Baseball. During the school day Ryan looks forward to English and AP Comparative Government, his two favorite classes. Outside of school Ryan enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching his favorite shows, Boardwalk Empire and Homeland. Ryan looks forward to the rest of his time on the hill and hopes that he can make everyone’s time at Westy more enjoyable through his role as a School Prefect. .

Senior Spotlight: Sarah Holmes by laura tingley '13

Sarah Holmes is a Sixth Form boarder from Gates Mills, Ohio. Ever since she arrived on campus, Sarah has thrived on her involvement in Westminster clubs and extra curricular activities. Sarah is a Westminster Newspaper staff writer, yearbook editor, and a tour guide for Black and Gold. She is also an active member of Westminster’s EcoTeam and Improv Club. Her favorite classes during her time at Westy have been AP US History and AP Environmental Science. When Sarah isn’t at a club meeting or hitting the books, she likes to hang out with friends, listen to music, read, and run. Her greatest achievements at Westy have been making the First Field Hockey team and being voted a captain of the swim team. So far, Sarah’s most memorable moment


at Westy was competing in the New England swim meet that was held on campus last year. She also has really enjoyed the little things she has does with her friends such as baking at faculty houses. Outside of school Sarah really enjoys kayaking. Not only has she paddled in class III rapids, but she is also certified to teach classes in class I and II rapids. Although Sarah will be graduating this year, she has really enjoyed her three years here at Westminster.

Student Presidential Debate

Continued from Page 1 by researching their candidates, how Americans would benefit if ready to defend and promote their candidate were to be elected. them no matter what the topic. The debate hit on points regardOne student from each party rep- ing education, states rights, jobs, resented each of four issues: for- and other major issues in politics eign policy, the economy, social today. Extemporizing a response security, and healthcare. Klara from their knowledge about the Lindstrom '14, who defended American government, both the the foreign policy of the Obama Democrats and the Republicans administration, emphasized how advertised and informed the audithe debate is mutually beneficial ence while dodging denounceto the audience and the partici- ments from the opposite party. pants. The process of preparing The debate had a deep effect on for the debate helped the partici- the student body because it was pants to be better informed about student based. The participants the candidates and more gener- were able to clarify often confusally, the upcoming presidential ing retoric with everyday colloquial language. The debate had election. The debate’s main purpose an impact on notifying the stuwas to inform the audience of dent body of the global issues that the issues that are significant in correlate with the parties’ beliefs American politics today. The par- before the all-school election later ticipants of the debate were well that day. prepared, fervently proclaiming

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