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Walnut Hills High School

February 5, 2013

Volume CVII, Issue 5

Meet ALICE: CPS’ new lockdown procedure Jade Clark, ‘13 Jonah Roth, ‘13

The days of crowding up in a corner will soon be gone. With the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary shootings on everyone’s minds, school districts nationwide, including Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), are on the road to preventing potential tragedies. ALICE is CPS’ new weapon to protect its students so that something like Sandy Hook does not occur within our own classrooms. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. This system is different from its predecessor in that escape is the first option. If an intruder enters the school, faculty and students will no longer have to wait for the police to arrive. Waiting for help proved to be tragic in the case of Columbine High School in 1999 when the gunmen opened fire while the school was waiting for aid from the police.


Cincinnati Public Schools’ current lockdown procedure requires all the students to take cover in a corner of the room. Cincinnati Public School Resource Officer Shawn George wants CPS students to feel empowered and to fight back if escaping is not an option. He remarks to WCPO, “You’re not going to just sit under a table and get shot.” ALICE has been in place in

Sycamore Community Schools since 2011. English teacher Christine Miñano used to teach at Sycamore High School, and finds that the many options teachers are presented with can be very useful: “If teachers have other strategies such as fighting back, barricading, blocking windows, or [going] out

Robinson game to be a true test of character

the window, the chance for survival is much higher.” Mathematics teacher Michael Wathen adds that “any new lockdown procedure needs to be well-rehearsed.” Walnut teachers seem to have differing views on the current lockdown procedure and ALICE. Wathen does not believe the

current lockdown procedure is effective: “The red and green cards are asking for trouble.” Teachers are currently required to slide cards under their classroom door to signal whether or not they are safe. He is also concerned about his classroom specifically: “I’m concerned about how secure the courtyard is because anybody could come right through the window.” Science teacher Dr. Rajni Harsh thinks that the current lockdown procedure is effective: “They check all the rooms and make sure there’s no noise.” She adds that “leaving the classroom will not be effective.” In addition to ALICE, CPS plans on implementing several other security measures, including an employee card system, safe school entrances, camera systems, an automated system for checking in visitors, also known as a “lobby guard”, lockboxes, safety kits, and walkie-talkies.

Test scores = teachers’ salaries?


Do these students know their test scores could affect their teacher’s paycheck? Graham Fowler, ‘13


Walnut Hills faculty sit on the bench during last year’s Gabe Robinson game. Charlie Hatch, ‘13 On Saturday night, Walnut will once again hold the teachers versus students Gabe Robinson Game. This time, however, it will carry a new meaning. Not only will this be the first charity game in the new gym, it will also mark the first game without either of Gabe’s parents, Jackie and Paulette, who both passed away within the last twelve months. “Since Paulette passed away and Jackie passed away, I realized it was their strength that helped us all get through it,” says current mathematics teacher and former coach of Robinson, Mike Herald. Although the first alumnivarsity game took place in 1996, the game took on a much heavier meaning after Robinson collapsed and died during the second quarter of a game at Northwest High School on January 30, 1998. The charity event on Saturday

will stand as a testament to the great character, player and member of the Walnut community that Gabe Robinson was. “So few people at Walnut still remember the intense pain and the dissolution,” Herald says. “Its awesome so many people maintain the spirit of the game; come together, have fun, raise money to help kids have a better chance of going to college, and make it easier on them, all in the memory of Gabe Robinson.” The festivities will begin when the alumni battle in an odd year graduation versus an even year matchup. Following that game, a team of SENIORS will take on the teachers and try to end the faculty’s long-standing winning streak. But first, in order for the games to take place, an enormous amount of time and effort is required. “I have to give of the credit to the alumni association, who have

done all of the work to maintain the incredible amount of time it takes to organize,” Herald says. “[I want to thank] the faculty, for being able to go out and play basketball, [and] the students, for wanting to play and raise money for this. [The game has] evolved to where it is a Walnut family thing, and its been awesome.” To principal Jeffrey Brokamp, Saturday night is an opportunity for Walnut to come together, and become closer as a school. “It was easy to run a memorial scholarship game when the family members were there to thank you,” Brokamp says. “Its a real test, to our character as a school, to continue on and make it even better, and raise even more money for the scholarship for kids. “The old theory that character is demonstrated by what you do when no one is looking. No one is looking now.”

By the 2013-14 school year, teacher pay in Ohio will be linked to student test scores as a result of legislation signed by Gov. John Kasich. Though the law could still be changed before going into effect, it currently requires that Ohio public school districts give each teacher a grade determined by the new state budget. Half of each teacher’s grade will be based on how much their students have learned, as determined by their test scores. This grade will aid in decisions regarding salary, promotions and firings. Confusion among the teachers and administration revolves around this grading system (which will affect all teachers) and which tests will be scored. “In my case, I teach 11th grade English and French. There are no standardized tests for these [classes],” teacher Francesca Bownas-Rayburn states. Many teachers will find themselves in similar situations. “What I understand is that it is in house bill 555,” says English teacher Dawn Wolfe. “This is all very difficult and

Jade K. Clark, News & Features Editor

complicated. We didn’t make this plan, all we can do is adjust as best as we can,” art teacher and Union Representative Pearletta Williams says. Currently, the way that Art, Physical Education and Music teachers will be scored is not explicitly explained in this plan. “Many changes will be made before the dust settles,” BownasRayburn predicts. At this point, student awareness on this upcoming plan is mixed. SENIOR Andrew Schmalz says that “it seems like there would be trouble enforcing this new law; there are many cases where it doesn’t even apply.” Katie Chase, ‘16, adds that “as a freshman, I haven’t heard much about this. I think many freshman find themselves in my position. I know that there aren’t any standardized tests that apply to me as a freshman though.” Several Walnut students admitted to knowing nothing about it at all. Much needed clarification regarding this new grading system is still unavailable, but when it comes down to it, Wolfe says that “it’s the law; it’s coming whether we like it or not.”

The Chatterbox


News & Features Staff Emily Friedman, ‘13 Charlie Hatch, ‘13 Jonah Roth, ‘13

Josh Medrano, ‘13, Editor

Fixing Cincinnati’s “brain drain” IT Students gear up for first TechOlympics


The INTERalliance club tours Kroger’s data center. Josh Medrano, ‘13 Soon, students will have the ability to search the WHHS Library catalog through a mobile appication, just one of the biggest projects of the newly-formed INTERalliance club. Walnut Hills is one of the only six high schools who have been with this organization called INTERalliance from the start. Founded in 2005, the program, sponsored by locally, nationally and globally-renowned firms (such as Procter and Gamble, Kroger, Microsoft), reaches out to high schools in the tri-state area and has achieved plenty of accomplishments. In the program’s most recent annual report, executive director Doug Arthur reported more than 83 percent of the students who have participated in the INTERalliance have selected STEM (science/technology/engineering/ math) courses of study at local

universities within 100 miles of Cincinnati. Such is the vision-come-true of Arthur’s INTERalliance: to identify students with interest in information technology, nurture and train those students’ IT skills, employ them with internships and job opportunities, including those from Fortune 500 companies and most importantly retain them as a part of an evolving IT workforce in Cincinnati. The company also addresses the issue of brain drain, or human capital flight, the movement of people with special (usually technical or scientific) skills to other areas. According to the executive director of INTERalliance, Doug Arthur, people ultimately will come back to the Cincinnati area but only once they have gone and started their careers in other places. Arthur explains in the article released by PRWeb last year, “They did not realize what they sought was right in their own

backyards to begin with.” INTERalliance alumnus and associate director Kyle Gundrum started participating in 2008, became the webmaster for the organization’s official website and is currently attending University of Cincinnati with a major in Information Systems. “INTERalliance exposed me to all of this and influenced my decision by showing me what’s out there,” Gundrum says, “connecting me to prominent people in Cincinnati, and giving me an amazing base of experience that makes me feel qualified as an IT leader going forward.” The INTERalliance club at Walnut, led by Simerlink, Cameron Vaské, ’14, and Peter Huang, ‘14, has been active since it started meeting this school year. Members have done activities such as team-building and problem solving activities and coding and app-building contests. On Decem-

ber 13, they toured Kroger’s data center in Blue Ash. Currently students are working on an app for one of the biggest events INTERalliance holds each year: TechOlympics. This three-day event will assemble INTERalliance chapters and other high schools in the tri-state; it will feature a career fair, round-table discussions, keynote presentations and master classes. There will also be games and competitions among students Olympics-style. The school or team with the most points win the coveted TechOlympics Cup. Also counting for the Cup is a special tech showcase (such as video, app, science/engineering project) that will be presented by each member to a panel of judges. The Walnut Hills chapter is currently building a Walnut Hills Library app, which will contain teacher’s websites, class assignments, online resources and the library catalog. “We’ve decided to build the app because we think it’ll benefit the students by making the access of library resources easier,” says Huang. “Not to mention we thought it would be a fun and

While some of us are listening to music after school, these students are making it. The Social Rejects Club was formed by lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitar player Nathan Katkin, ‘14, who wanted to play at Walkathon and since then has stayed together to play concerts, wrote music and released a 19-track album. Katkin says the band’s name comes from a “misguided belief.” SENIOR Jaylen Hill, drummer, says “we were just spitballing names and that one eventually stuck.” The rest of the band is comprised of Jillian Kavinsky, ‘14, on harmonica, backup vocals and guitar; Julian Vanasse, ‘15, on bass and guitar; and Jacob Lovins, ‘14, on piano. The band makes a mixture of avant-pop/rock/folk/punk music. “One of the great things about our group is that we all come from completely different musical backgrounds,” says Kavinsky. “We

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have songs with punk melodies that have folk finger-picking lead guitar parts, or songs with rock melodies and honky-tonk piano. Even space-cowboy songs. We just play our instruments, and that’s what comes out.” “We started as acoustic folk punk....Then all the instruments went electric,” Hill says. “We have pianist now, and the songs are a bit tighter.” When it comes to writing songs, Lovins says the band has a background of music theory to write the sheet music and chord progressions. Katkin adds sarcastically, “Yes, I found Mackinder’s heartland theory

extremely instructional in the composition of several waltzes.” The band members are influenced by various artists including: The Beach Boys and Regina Spektor (Hill); “anything with slap bass” (Katkin); Radiohead, Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans (Lovins); and Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and Paul Simon (Kavinsky). Kanye West has also been influential in all of Hill’s musical career. The Social Rejects Club has released one album, entitled Climb a Tree. Katkin explains, jokingly: “The first CD is about trains and


(From left) Jillian Kavinsky, ‘14, Nathan Katkin, ‘14, and Jacob Lovins, ‘14.

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Ed. Note: TechOlympics will be held from Feb. 22-24 in Millenium Hotel. For more details, visit <>.


Students were challenged to make a tower solely made of paper. Nick Abbott, ‘15, builds one that contains almost 30 levels.

Student Band Profile: The Social Rejects Club Emily Friedman, ‘13

interesting challenge.” Matt Altman, ‘14, adds, “The club has a vast set of skills which is good because it means we can all teach each other, but on the other hand it can make it difficult to finish or even simply involve everyone effectively in projects.” By the end of the year, in addition to the library app, the Walnut Hills INTERalliance branch plans to build an app version of Walnut, which will feature “Walnut life,” with aspects such as morning announcements, after-school activity schedules, Powerschool and the Chatterbox, to name a few. In addition, Simerlink hopes to see all Walnut’s current INTERalliance club members attend the career camps and apply for internships in the summer, the Walnut chapter to branch into more non-IT fields and for future students to be more involved with INTERalliance program.

flowers, and the various interactions which the two have away from the prying eyes of man,” while Kavinsky says it’s about “four teenagers playing music in a basement.” The band is at work on releasing a second album. Their process is pretty simple according to Hill: “We learn the songs, perform the songs, record the songs, [and] eat pizza...” but it doesn’t mean the whole process is smooth. “There are tech issues galore,” says Hill, “but it usually all works out eventually.” The band records in Vanesse’s basement and mix the final tracks on his computer. If there are any problems, they’ll overdub and redo individual parts. “[Then] we have manufacturing days where we start sort of an assembly line of CD burning, insert folding, case opening, and paper cutting,” Kavinsky mentions. An AP Studio Art student, Kavinsky designed the first album artwork. See the rest of the article at <>.


John Simerlink, ‘14.

Upcoming Event: Senior Dinner Dance Who: Walnut Hills SENIORS What: An event that serves as both a dinner and a dance (hence the name) and gives SENIORS an opportunity to socialize among themselves. When: Saturday February 16 from 6:30 pm-10 pm Where: A Touch of Elegance at 5959 Kellogg Avenue in California, Cincinnati Why: According to SENIOR class president, Clara Smith, “It is very important for SENIORS to come so we can all spend a night together as a class and finish our senior year strong.” How: Tickets, costing $15, will be on sale from February 4 through February 6.

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Viewpoints Staff Brendan Franke, ‘13 Kyren Palmer, ‘14 KeMarca Wade, ‘13 Cohen Walker, ‘14

Jaylen Hill, Editor; Rico Blackman, Junior Editor

It may have been two months since our last issue, but the Chatterbox staff hasn’t rested a bit. So much is happening around our newly-extended campus—our basketball team is the top in Ohio, students and superintendents alike are reevaluating our security and the OGT and OAA are about to be replaced. Heard about the new debate society? The changes to the theater department? The winner of the spelling bee? We’ve covered it all, and you

Letter from an editor

can always find our latest news online at <>. It’s optioning season, and as always, there’s plenty of the stress that comes along with any important-looking decision. Everyone has different advice, but ultimately, if you take the classes that seem the most interesting to you, the next school year will be that much more satisfying. Of course, if you take the new News Writing I class, your school year will automatically be awesome, because you’ll have the opportunity to make your

Wally Hill


Since I made my last appearance we’ve given closure to a tumultuous election season by inaugurating a president. Both candidates put forth plans, but it should be noted that we elected the guy whose numbers added up. Those of you who don’t think you’ll use math in real life should not get their hopes up about the whole presidency gig. Meanwhile we’ve put the topic of national politics into a compartment deep inside our brains and have focused our attention on surviving the rest of the school year. SENIORS are busy voting on superlatives, deciding, in this humanistic ritual, which of us will be remembered as the paragons of intellectualism, musicianship, obnoxiousness, and leg…-iness. A brief obsession with legs will grip the SENIORS as we finish the last leg of the race that is high school, as the other classes struggle through optioning, deciding to which disperse parts of the build-

ing their tired legs will carry them. A good English teacher will tell you to get to the point, to state your thesis right at the outset, to wield it like a big aerial view of all your subject matter. And you’re probably noticing now the degree to which I’m flouting this advice. Truthfully, my writing style mirrors a thought I’ve been having recently, a thought about school and classes and how much we compartmentalize our lives. We divide our days into seven segments; just when discussions get deep or big, important points are understood—ding!—the bell rings like a factory whistle and we’re off to a completely different discipline, halfway across the building. By the end of the day our minds are so mashed and jumbled that it’s difficult to zoom out and see that big aerial view, that thesis. I remember in physics class last year, as we got into the nitty-gritty (and sometimes boring) details of the subject, I had to remind my-

voice heard to the whole Walnut community. On a more serious note, last month marked the 25th anniversary of the court case Hazelwood School District et al. v. Kuhlmeier et al., in which the principal censored controversial articles from Hazelwood East High School’s student newspaper. This case set a precedent for schools: student papers which have not established themselves as an open forum have less protection under the First Amendment. Journalism

self that the forces we were studying were not just letters in equations; they were what propelled our cars, our pens, the frantic fingers texting below the desks, the entire universe. This year I have to remind myself not to put the election and our politics totally out of mind; immigration reform or gun control or school security legislation could have dramatic effects on my friends or neighbors or family or myself. I have to remember that each line of poetry I read is composed of words laid out by a poet as carefully as a row of bricks by a bricklayer; each poem supports as much structure and meaning as Walnut’s red brick outer walls. And as I look at the pizza served at lunch in the cafeteria, I have to wonder what animal gave its life for the pepperoni (even what species—knowing school lunches, I suspect the source is some sort of test-tube-synthesized life form). I suppose the moral of this discursive tale is to collect your thoughts, to give your life a bit of a thesis, an aerial view. Or you can scrutinize other people’s legs and wonder what’s in the pepperoni. Whatever floats your boat. Discursively, Wally Hill

Questions or comments? We would love to hear your thoughts! All feedback and corrections for the Chatterbox should be directed to <>. Written feedback and submissions can also be dropped off in Room 2307.

The Chatterbox Editorial Staff

Charlie Hatch and Jonah Roth, Editors-in-Chief Emily Friedman, Senior Managing Editor Garretson Oester, Junior Managing Editor Joe Schmidlapp, Design Editor Martine Williams, Business Manager Page Editors Jade K. Clark, News Editor Josh Medrano, Features Editor Jaylen Hill, Viewpoints Editor Jenna Weber, Fine Arts Editor Austin Railey, Sports Editor Hannah Shaw, Style & Culture Editor Celeste Kearney and Zoe Cheng, Peanuts Editors Brandon Wagner, Arcade Editor Advisors: Samantha Gerwe-Perkins and Dawn Wolfe Illustration by Sarah Davidoff The Chatterbox Policy Statement The Chatterbox has been guaranteed the right of freedom of the press through the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The administration of Walnut Hills High School is thus bound to support and protect the Chatterbox’s inalienable rights as a free press. As an integral part of the Walnut Hills High School community, The Chatterbox has the responsibility to report in the most comprehensive and objective manner


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possible. Students, parents, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to use this publication as a forum to express any ideas or concerns, whether they be personal or of local, national, or international scope. Journalists are required to work under established guidelines. Invasion of privacy as a means of news gathering is prohibited. Articles found to be discriminatory, libelous, or unnecessarily obscene (as determined by the editors or the advisor) will not be published. Finally, journalists

are granted the right to keep private the name of a source from whom they received information with the understanding that the source was to remain anonymous. The role of the newspaper advisor will be to provide counsel and criticism pertaining to the newspaper’s content and production. Although both the advisor and the administration hold certain powers regarding the Chatterbox, both must respect the paper’s autonomy. No student shall be prevented from joining the staff on the basis of sex, race, creed, or national origin.

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classes like ours often look to the Hazelwood case as an example of suppression of free speech within public schools. This is as good a time as any to reiterate that the Chatterbox is an open forum for expression and communication by the entire Walnut Hills High School community, not just the 4th bell Chatterbox class. In the past three years we’ve published material written by students’ grandparents, brandnew seventh graders, administrators and more. Whether you are a

student, teacher, alumnus, parent, friend or member of the Walnut community, this paper is your place to make your voice heard about anything related to Walnut Hills. Jonah Roth, ‘13 Editor-in-Chief Submissions to the Chatterbox can be dropped off in room 2307 or emailed to <>.

Jobs for students? KeMarca Wade, ‘13 From bagging groceries at the local Kroger to waiting tables at Red Lobster, teenage workers are everywhere. Many students work and go to school, but does having a job help them or hurt them as they get ready for their futures? Jobs are shown to increase responsibility and help minors learn “the value of a dollar.” They can save for a new car, college or possibly rent for their own apartment. According to The College Board, “students who work are more confident and possess better timemanagement skills than students who are not employed. In addition to offering a paycheck, some independence and satisfaction, a part-time job can provide both training and experience. Working teaches students about responsibility and can also reinforce what they are learning in school.” In support of a job-free life for students, the study states that “experts agree that students who work more than 15 to 20

hours per week often experience decreased school success, which can lead to dropping out entirely. Working long hours can also limit opportunities to build friendships and explore interests that enhance intellectual and emotional development.” Students, if you’re planning on working (or trying to work), ask yourself if you’re willing to make some sacrifices, determine whether or not you already manage your time effectively. Also, consider trying to fit both school and work into your schedule while getting a sufficient amount of sleep and decent grades. And when searching for a job, make sure the employer will accommodate your studying and exam commitments. Remember, school is still very important. You have to make sure you can maintain your grades and get enough sleep. Balance is key. A job can be very beneficial and can help you establish points in your future, but only if you can control it.

Walnut and Sandy Hook Joe Schmidlapp, ‘14 Following the Newtown, Conn. shooting, the question on everyone’s mind is “could this happen at Walnut?” Every school has the possibility of being attacked. The real question should be how we can prevent or minimize the threat. For any student, the chances of a school shooting are no greater than one in one million, according to the US Department of Education and the Department of Justice. At first glance, Walnut itself is fairly safe. There are a number of security guards, alarm systems and security cameras, but looking closer, one finds large gaps. Take the general layout. The school is spread out over a large campus, in order to fit a large and growing student body. With such a large campus comes many entrances. Currently, Walnut Hills has a large number of exterior doors. There is no way to guard every door, even if they remain locked during class. The large windows on the classroom doors provide an easy look into the class for administration. From the main building to

the academic mods, it takes approximately 4-5 minutes to walk. In that time, a shooter could discharge anywhere between 150 and 300 rounds. Besides, the security guards are not armed. The security guards do have communication devices, but if they witness something, it could take minutes to even alert someone else. The average response time for police officers is around 9 minutes. In the 10 or so minutes before anyone could respond, a shooter would have ample time to escape through the nearest exit. The alarm systems are only active at night to prevent unwanted intruders. The cameras are not watched in real time. They are used as evidence after an event has occurred. Even if there was someone watching the cameras, they could not watch every camera at once. There is no easy solution to this problem. It is impossible for a school to efficiently handle a large volume of student traffic and still keep the school secure. There is no feasible way to guard the entire school. Every additional person needs a paycheck, health plan, etc. Who is going to pay for that?

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Sports Staff Austin Carpenter, ‘13 Isaiah Johnson, ‘13 Kate Warren, ‘14

Austin Railey, Editor

Coach brings success to Walnut Austin Carpenter ‘13 Five months ago, the Walnut Hills men’s basketball program was at a standstill after the announcement of the firing of former Coach Robert Moman. The program had to go through part of the off-season without a head Varsity basketball coach. As athletic director Tom Donnelly, assistant athletic director Joshua Hardin and principal Jeffrey Brokamp began to interview candidates for the spot, an unthought-of character came into the picture. “I have been playing basketball since I was ten years old, and I began coaching ten years ago,” says Ricardo Hill, current head coach for the Walnut Varsity basketball team. Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, coach Hill attended CAPE High School, then attended Western Kentucky and Ashland University where he played collegiate ball. Hill seemed to be the perfect fit to coach at Walnut. As well as being the head coach for the Eagles, Hill is also the coach for Ohio Western, a college team. Coach Hill says that high school basketball is very different from college basketball. “The high school game is a lot more teaching, which is what I absolutely love, and at the college level, it is more strategic, which has helped me grow as an overall coach.” Hill currently holds the record for most assists in a game at Ashland University with 19 set in 1992, the year he was an

Charlie Hatch, ‘13

AUSTIN RAILEY/CHATTERBOX Coach Ricardo Hill Sr. poses prior to the Purcell game. All-American. While playing at Ashland, Hill led the Eagles to a 43 game home win streak and he also led them to an Elite Eight appearance at the Hall of Fame National Invitational in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the midst of fifteen players on the team, there sits SENIOR Ricardo Hill Jr. Hill’s son. “Coaching Ricardo has been a wonderful dream,” says Coach Hill. “I have basically coached him his whole life and he is a coach’s dream. He is a coach on the court.” The father-son duo has been together on the court since Ricardo Jr. began playing AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball as a kid. Coach Hill has had the privilege of also coaching not only a statewide but nationally recog-

nized team. “This year’s team is a joy to coach because the basketball IQ is extremely high.” Currently, Walnut is ranked second in the state and top fifty in the country. “We try to stay level headed by maintaining our focus every single day and putting the team before any personal achievements.” Hill says. Hill and the Eagles are looking to continue the best season that Walnut basketball has ever had and take this team to a State championship for the first time in school history. “We are just having fun with everything and the guys know how to embrace the moment and believe that if we put the work in, we will get the results we want.”

SENIOR Spotlight: Caitlin Perry


SENIOR Caitlin Perry drives to the hoop earlier in the year against Purcell. Kate Warren, ‘14 One of the easiest ways to make long-lasting memories at Walnut is to get involved in team sports. SENIORS who have been at Walnut since seventh grade have had the greatest chance to make those memories and bonds. One SENIOR who has had success in her sport is Caitlin Perry. Perry began playing basketball in the 1st grade and continued playing once she came to Walnut in the 7th grade. She has been on

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Top ranked Eagles ready to pound the Bombers

the Varsity team since sophomore year and became team captain her SENIOR year. Perry has also participated on AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) teams in Cincinnati that include the Cincinnati Royals, the Cincy Legends and the Lady Mavs. Through playing on four different teams at Walnut, she has had the chance to get to know some of the girls really well. When asked who she has enjoyed playing with the most, Perry responded, “I’ve played basketball

with Ashley Brewster and Dominique Jones since the 7th grade, so it’s fun playing with them because we know each other’s style of play. But this year’s team is the most talented team I have played on, so I enjoy playing with all of the girls this year.” Being a SENIOR, Perry had a long response when asked what some of her favorite memories were: “One is my very first high school game, we beat Purcell. Another is in freshman year when I was with the Varsity team when Phylesha Bullard and Tayler Stanton were SENIORS and winning districts,” she said, “Also, our first game in the new gym this year, when the crowd had so much energy and we played a great game, and just hanging out with the team at practices and games.” Perry plans to end her basketball career in high school and is looking to major in engineering in college and currently has her eyes on Purdue University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati or University of Michigan. More SENIOR Spotlights will be published in the online version of the Chatterbox, so stay tuned to get to know more about your SENIORS and their athletic careers at Walnut.

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Next Tuesday’s clash between Walnut Hills and St. Xavier has been advertised as the “must-see” home basketball game for a variety of reasons. The Eagles will be coming into the February 12 game with the best rankings in the school history for basketball program. According to www.maxpreps. com, Walnut is regarded as the best team in Ohio, and at one point this season was ranked 44th in the country. The Eagles are also the state’s top team in the latest addition of the Associated Press’ Coaches’ Poll. Walnut has been in the USA Today’s “Super 25 Best of the Rest” list for the past month as well. The Bombers will come to Walnut boasting the seventh spot in the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Coaches’ Poll. The Eagles top that list. In addition, the Athletic Department, along with the studentled Nut House, have come together to create a wild atmosphere for the matchup, which is being advertised as a ‘White Out.’ The event is also being sponsored by O’Bryon’s Pub and Grill, Kroger and Steveco International Graphic Design Tuesday’s game will be televised locally thanks to Time Warner Cable. The company has already visited the gymnasium to help


The first 300 Nut House members to show up to the game will receive a free shirt with this design. find the best locations to place the cameras and audio equipment. The Nut House will also give out free special edition white t-shirts to the first 300 students to sit in it’s behind-the-hoop section. The shirts will be given out free on a first come, first served basis, so it is recommended that fans arrive early before the 7:30 p.m. varsity tipoff. Everyone in attendance will also be asked to wear white, to help all of the Eagle fans bolster a unified look. The Athletic Department also has another surprise they will unveil at the game, but for now it they plan on keeping it a secret. Walnut still has to play at Loveland of Friday before Tuesday’s matchup, but all eyes are looking ahead to ‘pound’ the Bombers.

Academically undefeated Austin Railey, ‘13 “We lift weights daily before and after practice two days a week..... It’s strenuous on the body,” says SENIOR Will Schweller, co-captain of the winningest athletic team at Walnut Hills: the Academic Quiz Team. Eagles have an outstanding record of (8-0) leading the ECC (Eastern Cincinnati Conference), winning their last competition against the previously undefeated Anderson Redskins where the Eagles were down in the lightning round portion of the competition and came back to recieve the win. Yes, Academic Team is a sport, if you’re wondering. It’s recognized by the ECC as a sport just as football and basketball are. But what gives it this title? When asked if

he thinks academic team is a sport SENIOR Kevin Snape member of the football team stated “I guess technically they are, but I mean, c’mon.” Our own academic team has had a history of “Sursum ad summum-ing,” in which they’ve gone undefeated in previous years in academic competitions. Averaging a score of 52.5 points per competition the Academic event with scores that nearly always double their competitors. The Eagles look to show off their academic ability at the end of the year when they compete in ECC Academic Team postseason competition. So to discount the academic team as a sport would take away the sport that has won most historically.

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Fine Arts Staff Maggie Garrigan, ‘13 Karinne Hill, ‘15

Jenna Weber, Editor

Walnut theater in flux Karinne Hill, ‘15 Jonah Roth, ‘13

When Walnut students returned from winter break, two facts loomed large for the theater program: The retirement of theater and music teachers Tom and Lisa Peters became common knowledge, and the small theater closed for renovation, leaving the final production of the year without a performance space. Throughout his final year, Mr. Peters has seen things from the closing of the small theater to changes to this year’s show lineup. The rooms surrounding the small theater also need new plumbing and electrical wiring, Peters says, meaning that holding classes in the small theater will not be practical for the remainder of the year.

Fine Arts in February If you’re a fan of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, visit the Playhouse in the Park for the new production of Abigail/1702 to see where Abigail ended up ten years after the events in Salem. Shows run through February 17th and tickets start at $30.


Lisa Peters (left) is currently the director of five different choirs. She and her husband will both be retiring at the end of this school year. “No one’s being negligent,” Peters adds. “Everyone’s working really hard.” Renovating a building built in 1931, however, is a complicated task. The news of the Peters’ retirement has been the source of much disappointment: “I really hoped it wouldn’t have been this soon,” says

Will Graber, ‘16, who starred in last fall’s production of Godspell, which both Mr. and Mrs. Peters worked on. “I was looking forward to doing a lot of other things, especially right after Godspell ended and I had just gotten to know him.” Although the search is on for a new director, Graber thinks

that Mr. Peters will be a tough act to follow: “He... embodied the way I think [directing] works.” Other students agree, but are excited to see what the future holds. “It’ll be weird not having Mr. Peters since he’s been my teacher since 8th grade,” says Erin Magner, ‘15. “But I’m excited to

Behind the “brochet” movement

said, “ I love community service, and volunteering, but I wanted to be different...I think the name and combining friends and service is what really made me.” Brochet meets Thursday’s in Mrs. Smith’s room during third lunch. But what if you’re a girl who wants to join? Brochet is open to girls, although Butler and club members prefer to stick to the “guy thing.” And if you can’t crochet, you’re still able to join. “None of [us] did, but we learned and we’d definitely teach anyone”. More importantly, Butler has a plan for Brochet’s longevity and its care for others. Instead of displaying their artwork in Walnut’s

halls, Brochet’s club members have another idea in mind. “We’re donating them to [the] Ronald McDonald House”.Some of the pieces being donated include hats and headbands. There’s more than just learning how to crochet in store for club member of Brochet. When asked what he wants members to take away from their involvement in the club, Butler said, “Really just that volunteering and helping others is amazing, and it doesn’t matter how you do it but as long as you’re sincere people really appreciate good work.” Mrs. Smith describes the atmosphere of Brochet as “one of comradery and quiet conversa-

Martine Williams, ‘13 You walk into a room full of guys crocheting. Yes you heard right, and there’s a story behind this. Brochet is a new club structured around more than just crocheting. Brochet’s founder SENIOR Jordan Butler has created an environment that is fun, instructive and social. When asked why he started the club, Butler

have a new experience with a new director.” What does Brokamp have in mind for this new director? “Our vision is what it always has been,” principal Jeffrey Brokamp says of the upcoming changes: “To provide the best program that we possibly can.” But Brokamp’s vision for Walnut Hills theater goes beyond finding just one new theater director: he hopes to expand the theater program to match the new spaces, including hiring multiple directors and searching for a technical coordinator. Although the search for the director is being conducted through the district’s protocol, Brokamp has some special qualities in mind: “I’m looking for someone who gets students really excited about theater... who has a vision [and] energy to grow the program.” Students involved in the theater department also have thoughts about what they want in a director. “I really want someone who can still keep it fun,” Graber explains. “That’s basically what a high school show is about.” tion.” Club member and female, SENIOR Kelsey Cornett, said, “You can express yourself and you get to share it with others that have true appreciation for what we make them. I think it’s a wonderful club to join!” It’s not so much the mastering of crocheting that’s important, but the message behind the bros who crochet. Shout-out:

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Staff picks: Photography feature In every issue, the Chatterbox Fine Arts staff will pick two pictures submitted by students to feature on our page. The reason for this spotlight on photography is to bring attention to the talent of the Walnut Hillls student body in non-conventional media. All other submissions will be displayed on our online publication. To submit photos for future consideration, e-mail a JPEG file to <>.


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Jo Ellen Pellman, ‘14, creates a miniature bouquet of flowers with the wax from Babybel Cheese.

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STYLE & CULTURE Hannah Shaw, Editor; Abrena Rowe, Junior Editor

Walnut Hills students are dressed to digress

Hannah Shaw, ‘14 Kyle Chase, ‘13


Neff and Schweller sport their signature looks.

The tattoo trend Sarah Wagner, ‘14

Teenagers with tattoos are typically stereotyped to be rebellious and careless. However, as this trend continues to grow, more students become accepting of the idea. Many students here at Walnut Hills have tattoos. When asked about tattoos, SENIOR Laine Kolesar said “Since so many people have them now, I think it’s just a way to be different... the tattoo you get can represent you and can be a way you express yourself.” Once eighteen, Kolesar designed and got a tattoo of a small sun symbol. It’s something she’s always drawn and liked as an artist. Because of it’s location (left hip) it can be partly covered up as to where she believes it looks like a rising sun. “I really like what a sun stands for: hope and life. It means a lot of different things in different cultures but that’s what I took it to mean,”she stated. “I just think it’s a really cool form of art.” She is definitely not alone in this thought. “I have two tattoos. I have a huge butterfly on my foot and another butterfly on my foreleg with a pretty little flower,” Danielle Hill, ‘14 told the Chatterbox. When deciding on tattoo designs she said, “You have to think long term when you think of these things and I figured a butterfly could never go wrong.” She continued, saying, “I mean who doesn’t want a butterfly?” Her ideas for her tattoos have changed but she’s wanted to have at least one for a long time. At age fourteen Hill went to Jag 864 to get her first design, where she

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needed parental consent for being underage. She later got her second butterfly body art at a tattoo party her friend threw. She describes this type of party to be one at which everyone invited has the opportunity to get a tattoo-even without parental consent. Parental consent and overall adult approval of teenagers getting tattoos is quite controversial. Although a teen’s friends and some family may approve of the idea, it is common for his/her parents to be skeptical. Hill’s parents on the other hand needed little convincing, however she did have another family member to bring around. “My grandmother rejected it, she did not like it at all because she’s really religious.” Hill explains how her grandmother “didn’t like the fact I was marking up my ‘temple.’” She thought that wasn’t a good permanent idea but, now, she kind of says it’s cute in the summertime when I show it off.” As for Maurice Ivory, ‘14, he says in regards to his parents, “I had to warm them up to the idea.” He was told to wait until he was seventeen for his first tattoo and until he turns eighteen for the second. “It’s a two part thing” Ivory says as he describes his idea to eventually have both the dream catcher on his left shoulder and to add a crucifix on his right one. It will be “like a triangle, because symbolically in the middle is your heart and that’s where my personal belief lies, between spirituality and established religion.” He got his dreamcatcher done at Xplosive Mentality where he says ”you need an adult if you’re under 18 or else you’ll basically get kicked out.”

“I wear clothes because it’s unhealthy not to.” SENIOR Will Schweller explains. For Schweller and fellow SENIOR Carson Neff, their style is just an extension of who they are: Two friends with very different clothing preferences that amplify their equally different personalities. Personal style is a way to express yourself. The way people dress can consist of clothing they like, or what looks good on them, or maybe whatever was lying on the floor that morning. Neff refers to his style as, “the material manifestation of the Dada-freak disco cherub that dwells within and animates my physical being every day.” Schweller describes it as “eclectic—accessible yet inaccessible. Every day he inches closer to chaos, and in doing inches towards the perfect wardrobe.” Even though they’re such good friends, Schweller’s style is quite different from Neff’s. Schweller’s dress-piration is ivy WASPS and the elderly, while Neff is more inspired by homeless folks and fire-flame chefs. Neff describes

Schweller’s choice of dress as “sassy but sensitive despot in the guise of a posh and self-righteous member of the English landed gentry.” Clothing choices can reflect how people are feeling on a particular day. For example, Mondays the halls of Walnut are more populated with sweatpants and “house slippers” than any other day of the week. When Schweller is feeling down to business he’ll sport a jaunty blazer and penny loafers. He contrasts his “ivy wasp” look with duckboots accented by orange laces to be sure he never takes anything too seriously. High school is often a time for people to find themselves, and in doing so, they find their personal style. Sure some people wear the same jeans from freshman to SENIOR year, but most people’s style changes as they grow up. Neff’s style metamorphisis can be described in three stages— beginning with shirts and jeans, progressing to mantanks and tighter jeans, and currently he can seen wearing what he describes as “found objects that may or may not function as suitable garb for my torso and the TIGHTEST jeans.” Schweller’s sartorial coming of age began with corduroys from the

Style & Culture Staff Kyle Chase, ‘13 Grace Hill, ‘15 Sarah Wagner, ‘14 Gap purchased his seventh grade year. These pants caused him to realise that he had a fondness for clothes. He adds, “I also didn’t want my mom choosing how I swag.” He progressed to an appreciation of tweed and corduroy, as well as neckties which he exclusively ties with the four-inhand-knot. This culminates into Schweller’s current rugged, classic, L.L. bean-esque style. Whether clothes are a means of self expression or a way to avoid getting arrested for public nudity, personal style reflects the person, and personality, under the clothes. A sense of style gives a person the inspiration to be whomever they want to on any particular day. As Neff explains, “My style and personality are ideal companions, because whenever I feel the urge to live amongst the alpacas and hermits of rural Chile, everything somehow works out.”

Want More? Check out the full interview and more pictures with Carson and Will at <>.


SENIOR Heather Caudill (left) and Elise Knuckles, ‘14 (right), pose with their tattoos. When asked if he believes the age restriction should be lowered he said “Yes. It’s not that big of a deal if you ask me, it’s a personal opinion.” When asked the same question, Elise Knuckles,‘14, had a differing statement. She says the wait until you’re eighteen to get a tattoo on your own “forces people to think...’what do I really want to get that I don’t mind having on me until I die?’” Knuckles didn’t have to wait though, she got her tattoo when she was sixteen. She and Hill, being best friends, are planning on getting matching tats soon as well. “A lot of my friends and family have tattoos. I just think they’re cute and I was so eager to get one. I wanted to be like my friends and my family.” Knuckles’ wish to get one inspired her mom to get her first tattoo with her. While her mom got hers,

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Knuckles and her boyfriend got coordinating tattoos of their zodiac signs; “He got his actual sign and I got mine [Leo] in Hebrew. I think it’s a beautiful language when it’s written.” This script on her wrist has a special meaning for her because she was born on the eighth month, eighth day and eighth hour. SENIOR Heather Caudill also decided to model her tattoo after her horoscope, Scorpio. After seeing a similar design in her sophomore year, Caudill went to Beelistics at age eighteen and got an artistic rendering of a scorpion on her shoulder. When asked about her reasoning behind her body art she said, as far as horoscopes are concerned, she believes “they actually relate to the characteristics of the person.” “Stereotypes on having tattoos, that’s one of the things I argued

with my parents about,” says Caudill. Even when about to get her tattoo, the artist asked her if she wanted it to be lower on her shoulder. (That way, it wouldn’t be as noticeable in job interviews.) However, she didn’t want him to alter the design and explains that “if a job can’t accept me for what I have then I don’t want to work there.” As Caudill talks about the idea of getting tattoos she says, “It’s just really cool. It’s a form of art. Your body’s plain, why not decorate it, make it look cool.”


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Peanuts Staff Augusta Battoclette, ‘17 Justeen Jackson, ‘18 Adrianna Smith, ‘18


Riley Taylor, ‘18 Tatyana Woodall, ’17 Kendall Young, ‘18

Celeste Kearney and Zoe Cheng, Editors

Ask Piper Peanut: How to deal with bullies Hey Piper Peanut, I’m always being called a weirdo, getting shoved around, getting lost and everything else you can think of! Just the other day I got called a weirdo again. I was wondering what sort of advice you could give me to make some friends and avoid being pushed around! I really need someone to help me out here. I get so lost; I have a map and piece of paper in my binder so I don’t get lost! Funny, right? Well, I hope you submit this because it can help others with the same problem as well as me! So thanks in advance. Sincerely, The Lost Peanut Dear Lost, First, I just want you to know

that I am sorry to hear that you are getting bullied. NO ONE deserves this type of abuse. You need to go to Mr. Cabrera, Ms. Morgan, Ms. Savage-Gentry or another trusted adult immediately. So talk to your parents or an older sibling and tell them about what’s happening to you. If you can identify your bullies, great-that way they can be stopped. An adult’s insight is helpful when dealing with problems. If you’re having problems coping with everything, don’t worry— that’s normal. At the school I went to last year, I got bullied. It wasn’t physical, but usually words hurt a lot more than actions. After it happened I did what everybody always tells you to do: tell the teacher. Yeah, you are actually supposed to listen to those antibully commercials. It works, and I

stopped being bullied! You absolutely can NOT let people change you into something you are not. You are who you are, don’t let anyone change that. So you can change your hair, clothes or stop eating, but you’ll always have to be able to accept who you are. You have to love yourself and I learned that the hard way. I know how it feels. It doesn’t matter how much someone says you’re beautiful, smart, funny, kind, and the list goes on; you can’t hear them until you start listening. Deep down you know that you are funny, beautiful, smart, kind, and every single thing that some people may say. If someone calls you a weirdo, just think of it this way: you’re weirdly awesome, you’re weirdly kind, you’re weirdly beautiful and

Junior high spelling bee attracts buzz

that will never be something bad. You have to love yourself more than anything, more than... ICE CREAM (if you like ice cream)! You might be told this all the time, but love is power. In fact, it’s the ultimate power: you’re born with it, once you have it you can’t get rid of it. It may be hidden, but it’s still there; you just gotta dig deep! Don’t worry about not finding friends. There is a circle for every-


one at Walnut. That’s one of the benefits of going to such a diverse school. By the way, I have a map too (it’s in my Latin binder), so you’re not alone. Nope. Never. Sincerely, Piper Peanut, ‘18

Ask Piper a question at <>.

Tip of the month: Valentine’s Day!

Zoe Cheng, ‘15 Beginning this year, the English Department is introducing an annual spelling bee for seventh and eighth graders. The bee, which has been broken up into two rounds, the first taking place within each English class, has become a several-week-long process aimed to educate students about new words. “The spelling bee is designed to increase awareness about gradelevel and above-grade-level words for students in the junior high grades,” says seventh-grade English teacher Marjorie Platt, who is in charge of organizing the event. “Not only [for] students [to] study spelling, but also [to] learn about various meanings, origins of words, and homonyms.” The words used in the bee were taken from study guides made available by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students were given these study guides to practice from before the bee. “Some [words] were easy, some were hard,” says David Flagg, ’18. There were two rounds in this year’s spelling bee; the preliminary round was overseen by each seventh and eighth grade English teacher during class time. Students who missed just two words or fewer were invited to the final round, which took place during second lunch in front of an audience. This year’s winner, Grace Gilbreath, ’18, is qualified for the 2013 WCPO-TV Spelling Bee, which will be conducted at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on February 23. “I feel very excited and pleased that I won,” Gilbreath says. As for others, junior high students seem to understand the bee’s good intentions. “I do enjoy the spelling bee, because it tests your skills and gives you a challenge,” says Henry Sofge, ’18. “Also, it is a great reward to win.” “It really improves your vocabulary,” says Camille Williams, ’18. “Besides, competition is fun!” Because this is the first year

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Making Valentines for friends and family is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day! Zoe Cheng, ‘15


Grace Gilbreath, ‘18, the winner of the 2013 Walnut Hills Spelling Bee. for the bee, some aspects, such as organizing rounds, are still being worked out. “We welcome any suggestions from students and/or staff about how we can work on establishing the spelling bee as a Walnut tradition,” says Platt, who plans on organizing the preliminary rounds earlier next year in order to set up a “word club” that will meet during lunch to prepare for the final round of the bee. As

for her opinion of the process? “These are skills that students can take with them into the upper grades, which will hopefully help prepare them for higher-level essay writing and testing situations.” Through this event, the English Department continues to aid student growth and progress, ensuring success for Walnut’s youngest Eagles further down the road.

Join the Peanuts family! What: The Peanuts section covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to 7th and 8th graders at Walnut Hills. When: Meetings are every 1st and 3rd Wednesday during 2nd lunch. Why: The Peanuts section is a great way to learn more about journalism. It will help you practice and develop your writing and photography skills that you can further in Intro to Newswriting. Contact: Email <> or come to one of the meetings.

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Pink cardboard paper slathered with cheesy sayings. Cheap candy taped to pop-out cards. Department stores festooned with paper hearts. Maybe you haven’t realized it’s coming, or maybe you’ve been prepping for weeks in advance. Yet whether you knew it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and here are a few tips on how to celebrate it in an original way. 1. Make cupcakes. Use red food coloring or strawberry baking mix, white icing, and heart candies to enhance these baked goods that you can share with your family and friends. 2. Watch a romantic comedy. (Midnight in Paris, Pretty Woman). Or watch a romantic tragedy (Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story). Or just watch Valentine’s Day. 3. Catch up on your Shakespeare. The world’s most renowned poet is speaking – and he

has a lot to say. Whether you have a complete volume of his works on your bedside table or have never heard of Shakespeare before, take time to look up a sonnet (you have more than one hundred to choose from!). His captivating and romantic writing style is perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 4. Surprise your family with gifts. Valentine’s Day celebrates not just romantic relationships but familial ones, too. Gift your family with candy, stuffed animals, novels, and the like. Valentine’s Day is a holiday often rooted in tedium and monotony. For some, it’s a day of tiring decorations that seem to revive each year over and over and over again – yet others keep the holiday unique and fresh by always coming up with creative, inventive thoughts. Try new things and brainstorm new ideas. But most importantly? Celebrate the day of love with the people you most cherish.

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Arcade Staff T.J. Brame, ‘13 Shawntez Robertson, ‘13 Sean Wood, ‘15

Brandon Wagner, Editor

The times are a-changing... Brandon Wagner, ‘13

Acorn Hills #2: A.A.A.H.N.T.A! Shawntez Robertson, ‘13

Student Poetry Chronometrophobia Amputee clock, just then cukoo, that is. Who, does refuse to proclaim the hour Lingering inside On account of rain Uncomfortable Umbrella, just now protruding through the victims head call it, no more Defective paramed watch, just now shock and observe Time is dead -Anonymous


Sean Wood, ‘15 The object of sudoku is to place the numbers 1 through 9 in each column, row and 3x3 box without repeating any of them. Order is not important as long as they don’t repeat.


3 1



8 4 9 7 4

9 6 1 8 9 7 6 Brandon Wagner,‘13


My opera career is kicking off! Page 8

In Character


I do not like opera.


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From left to right: Will Strasser, ‘15; Griffin Roberts, ‘16; Geoff Schueller, ‘15; Sam Petersen, ‘16.


Beefaroni does terrible things to me.

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