Bishop O’Connell High School Volume 51 Issue 4
Assembly Brings Out Wild Side been dancing for thirty four years.
Lulu Moore Brennon, Rose Sieve, and Valerie O’Connell’s favorite weather man,
Bob Ryan, hosted the couples’ game, Cystic Fibrosis affects about
Staff Writer Zetts. Their performances got students
clapping along. A thrilling performance reformatted this year for best friends. 30,000 people across the United
O’Connell! Are you ready to States. The three-million dollars
get “Wild for the Cure?” The Superdance Bishop O’Connell has raised over the
Assembly on Friday the 13th kicked past thirty-four years has contributed
off the month-long anticipation of to research that has changed the life
Superdance 2009. Two years ago we expectancy for CF patients from the
got our “License to Cure.” Last year, teens to the thirties.
we “Turned Up the Cure.” This year, on Rich Mattingly informed
March 14, we are going “Wild for the O’Connell of a recently-discovered trial
Cure.” drug that helps decrease the symptoms
Throughout the assembly, of Cystic Fibrosis, a giant step towards
various videos depicting former ultimately finding a cure.
O’Connell alumni along with some “The week before the dance
awesome dancing provided lots of will be ‘Superdance Spirit Week,’ loaded
entertainment and laughs, and kept with tons of fun!” said Executive Board
students entertained. Secretary Margaret Montavon.
“The dancing video was If you have any questions about
amazing!” said Junior Marley Garner. Superdance, or would like to become
Guest speakers included more involved, simply ask at the regis-
Rich Mattingly, Danny Bessette, the tration table in the cafeteria.
O’Donnells, and 10-year-old Allison, With Superdance only a mere
the youngest speaker, who took some 14 days away, students around the
time off from All Saints. school are preparing themselves to go
Each one of them shared “Wild for the Cure.” Why is Junior John
their personal observations about the from Seniors Ricky Tanis, Billy Roche, “We fight because they Duffy excited about Superdance?
incredible challenge of living with Laura Indigaro, John Joe Rother, fought,” exclaimed Mrs. Jorns, of the “The free t-shirts.”
Cystic Fibrosis, and how it affects Betty Olaya and Ryan Nichols further O’Donnell family, who summarized the What about Senior Yousef
people’s everyday lives. Musical acts inspired students with their dancing purpose of Superdance at the assembly. Qumseya?
followed from Juniors Virginia Gates, prowess. The death of Brenda O’Donnell inspired “Dancing with girls and my
Erin Conner, Natalie Pettit, Danny In the last student act, Matt Maura O’Donnell and Monsignor homies!”
Coit, Zach Tessier, and Steve Haynes James McMurtrie to organize the first and Taylor Hayes-Leak?
showed the school that they can hold Superdance in 1976. It is important to “I’m all about the dancing, and find-
their own next to the Royalettes. remember why O’Connell students have ing a cure.”
After Dancing for a Cure, Walk for Hope
day until Staff Writer
Saturday April 4th from 8 am
Casino Night to 10 am, the Interact Club and Helping
Hands Club are sponsoring the Walk of
Hope, a 5 K walk that will raise much
needed money for the children at the
Good Samaritan Orphanage in Kenya.
Anyone interested in partici-
pating is strongly encouraged to join in
the effort. The registration fee for the
walk is $10 a person.
The fundraiser is the first of its
kind and club members are spreading
days until their enthusiasm and excitement through
flyers posted around the school, as well
SUPERDANCE as getting the word out to local news
organizations. Christian service hours uted to a decline in the contributions
tance, and food.
for this school year will be awarded to needed to feed the children and continue
The school offers a brighter fu-
all participants. their education.
ture for these orphans, not only benefit-
“We want to give the orphans The Walk of Hope is designed
ting them directly, but also the future of
hope for future dreams and give them a to help pay for the school’s 2nd trimester.
Kenya, as several of the graduates have
strong Catholic education,” said sopho- Through the donations the children are
gone on to medical school.
more Andrea Portillo. able to receive clothing, medical assis-
The Interact Club is also ask-
ing for help from any parents willing
to donate their time to help organize What’s Inside:
days until the walk.
The Good Samaritan Orphan- Learn about senior Molly Courtney’s EMC experience.
4th quarter age is a Catholic boarding school in
Kenya for children who have lost both
Get one writer’s take on the Michael Phelps scandal.
their parents to AIDS.
This has been an important
project at O’Connell for several years,
but the difficult economy has contrib- Diet soda: worth the risk?
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Behaving Badly, In Spotlight The Visor
Bishop O’Connell High School
shocked many adults, as well as children 6600 Little Falls Road
If you have been watching your that these behaviors are wrong, despite
televisions at all in the past month or all over the country. how much we may look up to or adore Arlington, VA
so, you have definitely learned of some These two public figures, as well them. We need to realize that things such Published monthly, the student
interesting stories going on in the world of as countless movie stars, athletes, and as smoking, drunk driving, or violence newspaper of Bishop Denis J. O’Connell
sports. musicians, do truly have an impact on really are not things that we should mimic High School is a public forum with
If you watched the Super Bowl, today’s kids. or be influenced by in our daily lives. We its student editorial board making all
as most people probably did, you saw Reflecting on these bad behaviors need to be able to do what is right, no decisions about its content, under the
Steelers #92, James Harrison, make an makes many stop and wonder, “Are these matter what. guidance of its faculty advisor.
interception and run all 100 yards of the really the type of people that I should be And though that is hard, Opinions in the paper are not
field to score a touchdown at the end of looking up to?” sometimes due to peer pressure, we really necessarily those of the staff, nor should
the first half. However, later on in the But many kids continue to do so. need to be able to overcome it and “be any opinion expressed in this public
game, you also saw him punch a member Some look at these individuals your own person.” forum be construed as the opinion or
of the Cardinals not once but twice, and think, “Since they are doing it, it must We as teenagers should take a the policy of Bishop O’Connell High
drawing a personal foul. be okay.” hard look at the people we admire, and School, unless so attributed.
The next morning, if you flipped And that’s the problem; it’s think about not only the choices that they
the news, you probably saw a shocking not. Even though some may not realize have made, but the choices that we make
photo of Michael Phelps smoking it, people they admire or just see in the as well. Editors-In-Chief
marijuana from a bong. T public eye really influence them. Kids We should realize that some of Moey Fox
his photo may have given some see the success of these figures and are the activities they take part in just aren’t Taylor Brogan
people flashbacks to four years ago when willing to overlook their bad behavior, and ones we should follow. And because we
a then 19- year- old Phelps was arrested perhaps even accept it. are young, we can really change the next
for drunk driving. Although the American But if you take a closer look at generation and show that wrong behavior Editorials
hero of last summer has apologized for these people, even if they are basically is wrong, regardless of the status of the Sports Taylor Brogan
his behavior on both counts, it has still good, it’s vital that we as teenagers realize perpetrator. Mark Moran Moey Fox
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NEWSFLASH: Congress Does Business As Usual Campus News
Style Taylor Brogan
So I knew that I wanted to write really?” Finally, the guy hands you Katie Grady Moey Fox
about the stimulus bill, but when I first sat Let’s put this into perspective, back your wallet and says the following: Caroline Monek Jamitress Bowden
down to do it, I literally could not think shall we? Okay, say a guy comes up to “Because I am so generous, and because
of a single thing to say about it. Well— you. You’re standing in the middle of the you really really need a hand, I’m going
that’s not totally true. I could think of a street—God knows why—and you’ve got to give you $400 right now, $800 if you’re Staff Writers:
thousand non-specific things, but there your wallet hanging out there. Say you married, and then I’m going to give you Mark Azar, Tyler Bergeron, Kathleen
was nothing there to tie it all together. have a lot of money in that wallet. Say, $13 a week until next year, when I will Bettencourt, Jamitress Bowden, Maria
Instead of blaming that on $787 billion. give you $8 a week. I’m going to call this Buitrago, Christy Buranaamorn, David
my own lack of clarity or purpose in So the guy takes your wallet and a ‘benefit.’” Castro, Natalie Cocozza, Marley Garner,
thought, I decided to blame it on the your money and does the following: He Newsflash: When someone steals Maggie Goetzman, Joanna Harkins, Dan-
bill itself. The current bill—which has gives some of that money to a guy down your wallet and then gives you back a iel Herbert, Grace Hollis, Alexis Johnson,
already passed through the House and the the street who lost his job, and then he little bit of your money, I don’t call that Clair Jones, Matthew Kelley, Maggie
Senate—encompasses a little less than gives some to himself for having to travel a benefit. I call that stealing most of your Luning, Sandra Malone, Hayley Milon,
1600 pages. Mind you, that’s 1600 pages down the street to give money to the money. Lulu Moore, Caitlin Patterson, Rachel
of legal-speak (“language”) so confusing guy who lost his job. Also, there is this This is what’s happening, people. Potts, Amy Shepard, Kara Sims, Devon
that Nancy Pelosi can’t even describe business in town that isn’t doing so well, Wake up. The government claims to be Spencer
it. And, as we all know, interpretation is so he’s going to give a huge chunk of transparent. They claim it’s not “politics
everything. your money to the CEOs of that company. as usual,” but we know. We’re better than
Anyhoo, to say that the 1600 Simultaneously, he’s going to demand that. Faculty Moderator
page “Stimulus” Bill is “pork-free” is a that the workers at that CEO’s company It’s time to take a stand. To Dan Culler
little preposterous, even though President be paid more, forcing the CEO to lay off remind the government that it works for
Obama claims this is the case. That’s more workers. Then the guy will take us—not the other way around. We can’t sit
probably because the earmark-free more of your money and give it to the here and let Congress say one thing and
porkulus bill is an earmark itself. You workers who were subsequently laid off. do another: Hassle the CEOs for making
can’t earmark an earmark, can you? No, You following me here? so much money and then demand to get
you can’t say that the bill is pork-free- not Next, the CEOs of that company paid more themselves (they just got a
when Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that’s now running on your money will $4,000 pay increase—bringing them to
said this: “And let me say this to all of the buy expensive jets and throw week-long $169, 300 a year—and they will receive
chattering class that so much focuses on parties at the House of Blues in Chicago another increase this year without any
those little, tiny, yes, porky amendments; featuring stars like Sheryl Crow and the legislation to block it).
the American people really don’t care.” band Chicago. That will cost a couple of Tell Obama he can keep the
Gee, the American people don’t million dollars of your own money, but change. We don’t want it.
care, do they? In the wise words of Amy don’t worry—you’re not invited to these
Poehler: “Really? Really, Chuck Schumer, parties.
Staff Writer Q: Where do you volunteer? Q: Which of the two do you see yourself
pursuing? firefighting or medicine?
A: I volunteer at Ashburn Volunteer Fire –
Molly Courtney, a 17- year-
Rescue. Mostly I run calls on the ambu- A: I am interested in emergency medicine
old senior, has an unconventional after
lance or I respond to the fire engine alert. because I want to be a flight nurse on a
-school activity. She’s an Emergency
MedEvac [Medical Evacuation] copter.
Medical Technician (EMT). While many
Q: Have you ever been in the position to
teenagers spend their weekends hanging
save somebody’s life? Q: How time-consuming is it?
out with friends, Molly, whenever needed,
finds herself dealing with emergencies and
A: It’s definitely a team effort; I can’t A: It’s basically a full time job; it’s at least
really say that I was personally in charge, 30 hours a week.
Q: How and when did becoming an
Q: What words of encouragement do
EMT “spark” your interest?
Q: Have you ever been legitimately you have for your fellow students who
scared when putting out a fire? may be interested in these career paths?
A: Well, it was at the end of sophomore
year; and I’d always wanted to get into the
A: No, not really. When you’re on a call, A: For those interested in being a fire-
medical field so I thought that becoming
you’re anxious; but in a good way. I’ve fighter or EMT, you really have to have a Molly Courtney, Senior, shows
an EMT would really open that up for me.
put out small fires, but not a real house passion for helping others and you have to
Right now I’m in fire school, so I’m not off her super-cool firefighting
fire yet. be confident; it doesn’t really help going
yet as experienced in firefighting.
into a fire scared. skills.
Visor February 2009 Campus News Page 3
Service Savvy Keyettes Do Their Part
Sandra Malone Grad Party.
Staff Writer The
Keyettes also aided in the Diocesan
Institute, supporting the Catholic School
The Bishop O’Connell Keyettes Many Keyettes are also
are a service organization dedicated to independently active in their
serving the school and the community. communities. Junior Christy
Under the guidance of Mrs. Susan Graif Buranaamorn volunteers at INOVA
and Mrs. Susan Koranek, the Keyettes Fairfax Hospital.
assist at various school events such as Junior Keyette Marley Garner,
Open House, Opera Night, and Parent who also does hospital work, added
Conferences. “Volunteer work makes a strong
The most enjoyable part about impression that other people need help;
being a moderator, according to Mrs. it makes it easier to think outside of
Koranek is that, “It’s a good way for myself.”
great students to connect with other Marley volunteers at INOVA
people outside of the classroom.” such as the Advancement Office and Arts, and the Band Concert and Chorus Alexandria Hospital as a candy striper.
Both Mrs. Koranek and Mrs. Guidance Office. If you’ve noticed any Concert. She has been working there for 3 years
Graif contribute countless hours to of the ubiquitous, All-night Grad Party Not only do the Keyettes now, and reports for work every Saturday.
Keyettes, in addition to their teaching posters throughout the school, you may dedicate their time during and outside of Such sacrifice of personal time
duties. also know that the Keyettes created them. school, they enjoy every minute of it. shows the true character and selflessness
Not many people realize how Other recent Keyette projects “Keyettes allow us to serve our of the Bishop O’Connell Keyettes.
much the DJO Keyettes actually do for include volunteering to help at the Foreign community and have fun with our friends The Keyettes accept new
our school. Language Honor Society Induction, at the same time,” observed Junior and members each year, so any girl interested
During their lunch periods, many Admitted Students Night, National Keyette Joanna Harkins. should attend the annual meeting in
Keyettes complete tasks in school offices, Honor Society Induction, Festival of the Joanna participated in Opera the spring and sign up. Keyettes is an
Night, assists in the Advancement and excellent opportunity for those who wish
Guidance Offices, and has created colorful to grow in their faith and serve their
and informative posters for the All-night school.
Pro-Life Assembly Presents the
“Real Deal” vs. the “Imitation”
The Bishop O’Connell student Evert, who has spoken to O’Connell
body filed into the auditorium on January in previous years. He has written nine
21, expecting a slide show as in previous books, including popular titles such as If
years depicting what an actual abortion You Really Loved Me and Pure Love.
entails, and were instead greeted by a Senior Katie Gargulio is the one
pretty frank discussion about sex. This to see with questions about The Pure Love
got the attention of the students fast. The Club. She has been a part of it since the
speaker, Chris Stefanick spoke about eighth grade when she started going to
real love verses imitation love and all the meetings with her senior brother Joe and
frightening things his girlfriend.
Fashion is the New Club
the media does not Katie
reveal about STD’s. defined the Pure
“He did a Love Club as a
involved the art of tie-dying, a thoroughly great job discussing group of people
Christy Buranaamorn enjoyable experience for all who a touchy subject,” that encourages
Staff Writer participated. observed Father its members “to
The Fashion and Design Club is Hudgins. hold ourselves
showcasing Bishop O’Connell’s very first So who accountable for
The Fashion &Design Club Spring Fashion Show. The theme of the is Chris Stefanick, saving sex until
For the first time ever, Bishop show is Prom 2009. Local stores such as other than the father marriage, to
O’Connell has its own Fashion and Forever 21, Jessica McClintock, Caché, of five kids? He protect our hearts
Design Club. There are two main goals of and Leila Rowe will be loaning their is a speaker in a and minds…not
this club: First, to create a forum for ideas evening wear and stylish accessories for group formed by only preventing
involving different styles and fashions. this event. The Spring Fashion Show will Karl Keating called missteps
Everyone has their own personal style that be open house and will be a part of the Catholic Answers. but always
makes them unique. And the Fashion and upcoming Festival of the Art which will Keating formed strengthening
Design Club will offers a forum for all be held Saturday, April 25, 2009. Catholic Answers the current
types of people with various cultures and When asked about why she started the in 1979 after having relationships we
personalities to come together and express Fashion and Design Club, the sponsor a stroke of insight have with others
their views on today’s fashion. of the show Ms. Zitron said, “A lot of when he found an by keeping our
The second, and more important, students have approached me about how erroneous flier about Lord, Jesus Christ,
is to have fun! The Fashion and Design you can get more involved with fashion the Catholic Church at the center of all
Club officers and moderator have created and design, and I wanted to create a group on his car. He decided that he needed to of our relationships.”
a lively and enjoyable atmosphere which that could come together with others with create a group that would help give people When asked how Katie felt
welcomes everyone and encourages a common interest to pursue fashion and the right answers about the Church and about Chris’s talk she exclaimed, “He
all its members to share their special interior design after high school as well as its beliefs. He wrote many informative was awesome, even if his microphone
perspectives. get experience here through activities such articles and also answered people’s was a little bit too loud! I honestly think
The club discusses topics as the fashion show.” submitted questions regarding the Church. what he had to say got through to a lot
about the fashion world, as well as the This year’s Spring Fashion The group also sponsors a magazine, of people. Although it was a Pro-Life
fundamentals of interior design. Not only Show will be a huge event, therefore it called The Rock, that has been published assembly he really drew the parallel
can a person create art through clothing is essential for all DJO students to get since 1990. between protecting the unborn and having
choices, but also through the choices that involved. This show is in need of students “Catholic Answers” is also healthy relationships to prevent unwanted
create the atmosphere of a room. both front and behind the scenes such connected with an organization that is pregnancies; because the bottom line is
The Fashion and Design Club as models, lighting, and music. Ask Ms. familiar to O’Connell students: The Pure that if everyone were to save sex for a just
meets monthly and sponsors many Zitron if you want to participate in the Love Club. It is based in San Diego, and ordained marriage, there would be a
activities. One of the most recent Spring Fashion Show. California, and was created by Jason lot fewer abortions in this world.”
Visor February 2009 Campus News Page 4
Godspell Cast Casts Spell on Audience
Devon Spencer the stage as an endearing flirt. In her Junior Catherine Callahan’s highlighted the performers and unified the
Staff Writer rendition of “Turn Back Oh Man,” she performance of “Day by Day,” one of musical numbers.
Moey Fox As the second act came to an
Editor-In-Chief end, culminating in Jesus’ crucifixion
and resurrection, there were few dry eyes
This winter, DJO Drama in the audience. Williams’ and Brady’s
decided to take on another musical, convincing performances permeated the
Godspell. Performed on the weekend of auditorium. Their portrayal of one of the
February 20-22, it was unlike any other most important stories in the Catholic
DJO productions in recent memory. faith moved everyone who saw it—they
This musical was composed of literally brought it to life.
a much smaller cast of 25, with senior
Carlo Williams playing the white tuxedo- Even though Godspell was
clad Jesus and senior Matt Brady playing prepared in a shorter amount of time
the darkly dressed Judas/John the Baptist. than usual, the dancing and singing was
The smaller cast allowed each extremely well-orchestrated. Although the
member of the drama department to props and stage were fairly minimal, the
showcase their musical and dramatic tall scaffolding on which the actors stood
and danced added to the dynamic of the
Other than Williams and Brady, performance. The projector screen on the
the other actors sang under their own back of the stage showed biblical images
names and were all dressed in red. which inspired the overall mood of the
They acted out the parables and various musical. The scaffolding and projector
stories of the Bible in a less conventional ironically provided a very professional
and expected way. In addition, the feel to the performance.
glided through the audience, surprising the most famous Godspell songs, was
cast involved the audience on several some of the audience as she danced and powerful and moving. Senior Maddie In a time when all too many
occasions. sang her way up and down the aisles. Arthur’s wonderful singing voice was seem to forget their faith, Godspell was
another high point in the show. Senior the perfect reminder that Jesus is always
Senior Katlyn Clinton lit up Margaret Montavon’s choreography there for us.
Classmates Welcome French Exchange Students
Sandra Malone York City, a Mardi Gras party, and various
field they wish to pursue (like a major). in communications or publicity and will go
Staff Writer This decides the classes they take their final other excursions prepared by their hosts. into the economic section next year (she is
year. At the end of their third year, French They were very pleased with the welcoming in her second year).
For the past week, twelve students students must take the BAC, a rigorous attitude and general warmth of the teachers Although these students came to
from the Jean XIII school in France have and intimidating exam which basically and students. learn about our culture and way of life, they
been staying with generous O’Connell determines the course of their lives. Victoire Huyghues Despointes, have left us with something too. They have
families and accompanying students to hosted by Jamitress Bowden, commented, made it evident that, despite cultural and
Also, the everyday schooling and
school. They came to America not only “All the people have been very kind. I have language boundaries, it is entirely possible
grading systems are significantly different. liked everything about O’Connell.”
to improve their English, but also to learn While Americans are graded on a scale of for people from diverse backgrounds and
about American culture. One French student, Tiphanie cultures separate backgrounds to come
100, French students are graded on a scale
Bishop O’Connell has done this Fornage, serves as an example of together and become close friends.
of one to twenty.
exchange with the Jean XIII school for how American and French youth are Even though Tiphanie and
Those students who receive 17-20
three years now, with alternating hosts. not completely different. She enjoys Victoire may speak French and go to a
are considered exceptional and those who
Last year American students stayed with photography and shopping at Hollister, different school, they are still similar to
receive anything above the average 10 are
French families for a week, only about an Abercrombie & Fitch, and Tiffany &Co. their American counterparts.
considered good. French students go to
hour distant from Paris. Her favorite subject is English This serves as an important lesson
school from 8 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., have an
French students have good reason and she loves Starbucks, rap music, and that its our humanity that binds us: not our
hour and a half to eat lunch, have a fifteen-
to be curious about the American school parties. She wants to have a career either ethnicities, languages or cultures.
minute break, do not change classrooms,
system. High school in France is much and do not have every class every day.
different from high school in America. They are required to take two languages
French “lycéens” (high-schoolers), are (not just one) and enjoy less than an hour
divided into three grades, not four. of homework a night.
In their final year, they are divided The French students visiting
into three sections: literature, economics, O’Connell enjoyed a rich itinerary,
and science, depending on which career including trips to Washington D.C., New
Visor February 2009 Health Page 5
Good Nutrition Starts Now
permitted on school property and will be Mrs. Majoreck encourages
Staff Writer confiscated by faculty and/ or staff if they students to read the advertisements in the
are found. cafeteria. The system “Color Your Plate
Being nutrition-conscious is Healthy” displays the menu for the week
Sports drinks are a much better
always good, but is often difficult to follow and also shows the nutritional value of
choice, because they replace the electrolytes
its demands. A teenager has even more of a each item with color-coded diagrams. This
lost in sweat and provide the appropriate
struggle. But having good nutrition habits technique is used to make students more
“carbs” to fuel working muscles. Other
as a teenager improves an individual’s aware of the nutritional value of an entrée.
ways to obtain more energy are to hydrate Another good habit is staying
chance of becoming a healthier adult. Of
continuously and use sports drinks before, active. Adolescents are encouraged to
course, eating “junk food” every once in
during, and after workouts; to eat every 2-4 exercise for 30-60 minutes a day. Mr.
a while will not determine if a person has
excellent or horrific nutrition, but having hours by having three meals and two-three Tilson’s advice for fulfilling that hour of
unhealthy habits is something that will snacks a day, and also to get eight hours of activity is to “find something you like.”
affect an individual later in life. sleep every night. With spring sports try-outs on the horizon,
Energy drinks, such as Red Bull, there is always a way to stay active. Most
Mrs. Majoreck, Chef Garth and communities offer sports leagues as well.
Monster, etc., can stimulate instant energy,
the cafeteria staff have been working hard
but they can also bring great harm to the Nutrition is very important to
to supply O’Connell students with their
body. Drinks like these contain high help secure one’s health in later years.
nutritional needs. They sell more salads,
amounts of caffeine, the equivalent to Small changes can improve an individual’s
made fresh daily, that come in either a
drinking about 4 cokes, which has shown to nutrition, such as taking smaller portion
small or larger size. Chef Garth also makes
improve endurance in some areas, but has sizes or exercising more frequently. The
all meals from scratch every day. The
also contributed to increased or abnormal nutritional choices a person makes now
cafeteria always offers 1% milk, vitamin
heart rate, increased blood pressure, will have an effect on his/her future; and
water, Snapple, and Arizona Tea which
lightheadedness, anxiety, and jitters. The honestly: who really wants to be known as
WCAC strongly discourages athletes from provide healthier choices than soda. A milk
the “fat” one at their high school reunion?
consuming energy drinks. On page 52 the vending machine will soon be installed to
accident and first aid section of the school provide dairy products such as smoothies
hand book states that energy drinks are not and milkshakes.
The Scary Truth
About Diet Soda
Staff Writer Aspartame is dangerous because
it contains methyl alcohol. When methyl
alcohol enters a person’s body, it becomes
Millions of people today pat formaldehyde, a toxic and carcinogenic
themselves on the back with the complacent chemical that is used in laboratories as
statement of, “I’m healthy. I drink diet a disinfectant or a preservative. It is not
soda.” Diet soda, while it may not contain intended to be ingested into a person’s
calories, does contain a dangerous body. This could explain the ninety-two
chemical sweetener called aspartame. side effects associated with aspartame
Aspartame has been blamed for hundreds consumption.
of illnesses, including arthritis, birth
This information should not be
defects, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, lupus,
taken the wrong way. Because aspartame
multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. With all
is about 180 times sweeter than sugar,
these health risks, why would someone put
very little of it is used in diet sodas (which
something so toxic into their body in the
explains why diet soda has no calories).
Thus, a person will not develop lupus
Aspartame was invented by disease from drinking one diet coke.
a chemist named G.D. Searle in 1973. However, if aspartame is consumed over a
Searle decided that an ingredient that long period of time, it can pose a threat to a
allowed people to drink mass quantities person’s health.
Tea vs. Coffee
of soda without gaining weight could be a
goldmine. When it was first introduced to It is also understood that some
the FDA, it was denied, and subsequently people, such as diabetics, cannot drink
denied seven more times. Although many regular soda because of the high sugar
FDA scientists declared Searle’s testing content. But regular soda is not healthy
methods inconclusive and manipulated, either. A two-liter bottle of regular coke
aspartame was finally approved for use in contains 216 grams of sugar! Thus, one
should consider more natural options such
Which Do You Prefer?
dried goods in 1974.
In 1977, the FDA filed a as fruit juice. Of course, the best thing to
lawsuit against Searle for knowingly drink is water.
misrepresenting and concealing facts
about aspartame in safety tests. However,
Searle was never prosecuted because the Marley Gamer
leading attorney in the suit against him anti-oxidants in tea help fight off attacks
was offered a high-paying job by the law Staff Writer on the immune system.
firm representing Searle, causing him to “Tea tastes lighter and is really
resign as a U.S. attorney and withdraw good for you, especially with the anti-
from the case. He accepted the job with oxidants. Plus it tastes delicious!” said
In the early morning hours as
Searle’s firm and all investigations were junior Lulu Moore.
everyone grudgingly gets ready for school,
dropped. Further circumstances presented Whip cream, caramel, chocolate
they probably grab an “on-the-go” cup of
themselves in 1980, when the Public Board syrup…Is your mouth watering yet?
either coffee or tea.
of Inquiry determined that aspartame The options are endless, according
The tow favorites are easy and
should be approved. Arthur Hull Hayes, to junior Matt Allen.
instant energizers after a long night of
the FDA commissioner, approved it for “I like coffee because there are
homework. The choice of which of the two
beverages in 1983 (despite the fact that a million different ways to prepare it. In
works best can be a dilemma.
the National Soft Drink Administration tea you can only add so many different
Sugary and sweet or light and
urged the FDA to delay the approval until ingredients to customize it. And besides:
herby? Either comes in a variety of flavors,
further testing were done.) The same year, coffee really wakes me up better.”
to suit every taste imagineable.
Hayes was dismissed for accepting bribes, The toppings have helped make
Tea is refreshing, and possesses
and went to join Searle’s law firm. After coffee one of the most popular drinks in
soothing properties. When preparing for an
this, the FDA decided to prosecute Searle, the world.
exam it can calm nerves.
but the two leading attorneys in the case And besides its popularity, coffee
Because it contains fluorine, it
decided not to prosecute and went to also boasts a few health benefits, as studies
also provides a little dental care so by
join Searle’s firm. Thus, aspartame was have shown that it can relieve some of the
choosing tea you can perform a somewhat
legalized through false laboratory reports symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as
abbreviated version of brushing before you
and bribed attorneys. Alzheimer’s.
fly out the door.
In addition, the abundance of
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Girls’ Basketball: Rising to the Top!
O’Connell Varsity Boys as Coach Brown and the girls expect to
Basketball has always enjoyed a high profile reach lofty goals. The State Championship
throughout the country, which occasionally as well as the WCAC Championship are
makes it harder for other sports to shine. both on their “to do” list as they plan to
This year, another O’Connell team that is maneuver their way to victory. The Lady
sometimes overshadowed has managed to Knights have shown they are a force to be
capture the attention of many, due to its reckoned with by challenging the mighty
great success. The Varsity Girls Basketball Holy Cross team and forcing a tough game.
team has displayed its excellence and Unfortunately they lost by 8.
competitiveness by posting a 15-13 record Individual efforts have also played
in a highly competitive conference. a large factor as each player has her own role
Led by Head Coach Jimmy Brown, and contributes to the team in a different
the credit for the team’s success depends way. Meg Lagos is an assassin from beyond
on every single person, from the players the arch, as evidenced by her team-leading
to the assistants and even the managers. 52 threes. Sarah Jones is the leading scorer
This year’s squad depends upon Seniors The 2008-2009 Varsity Lady Knights Led by the Browns at 14 points per game, Shannon Tumelty is
Kelly Horvath, Meg Lagos, Kate Culhane, the team’s best defender, and Kate Culhane
and Mieke Coppes; Juniors Sarah Jones, this team different from previous years? three pointers currently at 192. They rely is considered “the facilitator and the person
Shannon Tumelty, Colleen Bannigan, and The team has been starting 5 guards, which so heavily on their outside shooting that that brings everyone on the floor together,”
Erin McDonough; Sophomore Meghan opens up the whole floor since everyone they call them the “Bolts of Lightning,” as described by Coach Brown. Individual
Gadell; and Freshman Nicole Carty. can shoot from the outside. This means that and as long as they make around 11 threes success has also been rewarded as Kelly
When asked what he thinks of the opposing team’s Center and the Power a game they believe they can compete with Horvath was recently named the Z-Burger
this year’s team, Coach Brown observes, Forward have to come out and chase them anyone in the country. player of the week by DC Sports Fan.
“They’re a great group, the best group of around the perimeter, thus opening up the The WCAC has always been a Coach Brown has been very
girls I’ve ever had. I’m very proud of them driving lanes. competitive league, described by Coach pleased with the team, and after Monday’s
and it’s good to see them finally succeed. The commitment to excellence Brown as the “best high school league in practice he praised and stressed the fact
You know, we’ve had some rough years on the team has also been great this season the country, hands down.” This team has that every one of the girls stayed for 20
but loyalty has been very important.” as only one girl has missed practice all been able to achieve many milestones along minutes after practice just talking and
After having their fair share year. This shows the girls’ dedication to the course of the season, including a league shooting around in the gym. The players
of struggles over the past years, one of winning and to their teammates. The all-time record with 13 three pointers made are good friends as well as teammates and
the main themes this year has been that results are obvious in their high level of against Ryken. enjoy each other’s company on and off
“Things Change” from one year to another; play. Experience has also played a big “It is really all about making shots the court, which helps them to play well
their philosophy has always been to create role this season as 5 players have been with this team; and as long as they do then together. This team is a great example
a mindset that will help them achieve on the Varsity team for the past 3 years, they’re very hard to beat.” of how the little things make a difference
victory. and already faced the big name schools. Though it is easy to become and practice truly does make perfect. This
This year’s team has posted some Playing them is nothing more than routine distracted by success, it is more important team overcame many struggles and Lady
big victories as they went on to defeat now. to finish the season strong, as the final Knights’ fans are excited to see them
Bishop Ireton twice, as well as earning One of the team’s biggest strength games of the season are all conference succeed as they cruise toward the WCAC
victories over St. Mary’s Ryken, Flint Hill, has been its ability to shoot the three ball. games. It is important to keep getting playoffs, hoping to raise the trophy at the
and Trinity. One might ask what makes O’Connell is leading the entire area in better. Expectations are high for this season end of the tournament.
ESPN Shines National Spotlight on Boys
Basketball Program and Fans
Staff Writer happens to be the youngest recruit in UNC
O’Connell gained national But Deatha was quick to the
exposure on February 17th, when the boards and sent several defensive rebounds
Kight’s men were handed a tough loss, 65- down the court quickly with their fast break
53, by the DeMatha Stags in a game aired game. The Knights did all they could to get
on ESPNU. back and set up their tight man defense.
O’Connell led throughout the Cole was always quick to get back, and
first quarter, but this was unfortunately he blocked several lay-up attempts by the
not televised because the earlier game ran Stags.
late. The fight over rebounds was
“DeMatha is a really good team,” physical, intense, and very exciting for the
said senior Devin Cole. “There were a lot fans.
of things that we had to be aware of.” “We knew the Stags wanted to
The guys play with a really fast win,” said Marshall; “but we played with a
tempo,” said head coach Joe Wooten. “We lot of energy and determination.”
are constantly moving, and at any given Regardless of the final score,
point the guys are each doing something Photos By Sarah Wilbur O’Connell put on a fabulous display on
productive.” and off the court for the fortunate ESPN
This tactic was shown throughout U viewers. The student section took up an
the course of the game. When a player entire side of the gym, filling it with cheers
wasn’t looking for a drive to the hoop, he led by the seniors, who had painted their
was looking for an opportunity to work faces and arms white.
the ball to the outside. The Stags sensed It was also senior night for the
the Knights’ intention of moving the ball basketball team, the cheerleading squad,
to the hoop from the first tip, and reacted and the pep band. Devin Cole, David
by putting a lot of pressure on the Knights’ Eismeier and Jordan Burgess were honored
offense. for their years of commitment just before
The usual stand-out players were tip-off.
counted on to make an impact with good The entire O’Connell community
shots. Kendall Marshall notched 14 points, was obviously proud of the team’s effort
causing the fans to burst into their “U N on national television, as evidenced by
C” cheer. ESPN commentators discussed their enthusiastic support throughout the
Marshall throughout the game, as Marshall tight contest.
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Maggie Luning This season was also made very
Staff Writer special with the retirement of an admired
coach, Coach Carpenter, after twenty-nine
years of coaching wrestling at O’Connell.
The best word to describe Senior Nam Dunbar commented
O’Connell’s boy’s wrestling team this on the season as a whole, “I’m really
year is simply one word: Champions. proud of the whole team, being able to
On January 31st, at Bishop Ireton High work together and come out with a tre-
School, the team achieved ed one of their mendous season.”
biggest goals this season, as well as many
previous ones: winning the WCACs, The team also boasted eleven
emerging on top of eight other conference starting senior wrestlers. Senior Jonathan
high schools, including Paul VI, Good Carpenter commented, “The fact that we
Counsel, and McNamara. O’Connell not won the WCACs, and ended DeMatha’s
only attained the prestigious title, but by streak is awesome; but that we being able
4.5 points ended DeMatha’s sequence of to do it with ten fellow seniors made the
twenty-three straight WCAC titles. The experience a rare and special time for us
team not only achieved the title, but also all.” The team concluded Coach Carpen-
won every one of their sixteen individual ter’s stellar career with a prestigious 10th
matches. The team placed first in both the place finish at the National Prep Champi-
St. Stephen’s Invitational Tournament and onship Tournament on February 20th and
in the Sterling Lions’ Club Invitational 21st at Lehigh University in Bethlehem,
Tournament. Pennsylvania. Coach Carpenter’s final season with Oconnell’s Wrestlers
Coach Carpenter Retiring After 28 Years
proach. You have to know your kids, and
tailor what you say and how you teach to losing so many times, beating our long- Mr. Carpenter says he’ll use this
Bill Carpenter, respected and be- newfound time to pursue another interest:
loved by all O’Connell’s faithful, has an- their style.” time rival was the best thing I could’ve
His favorite part of coaching is asked for.” traveling.
nounced his retirement after 28 years as After 28 years as one of
head coach of O’Connell’s varsity wres- the relationships he’s built with the kids He said that preparing for the
over the years, the opportunity to make WCAC was the same as preparing for any O’Connell’s finest coaches, Coach Car-
tling team. He also shared his great abili- penter says. “I appreciate the e-mails from
ties and enthusiasm on the football field those connections through his work. After match. They squad had to work very hard,
28 years, he recalls countless good memo- and give it their best shot. people, saying nothing but good things. I’ll
as an assistant coach for 22 years; but the miss coaching, but I’ll still do whatever I
wrestling has always held a special place in ries, and unforgettable times. Throughout “That’s all you can do, added
everything, the losses and challenges as Carpenter. can to help the program.”
Coach Carpenter’s heart. Mr. Carpenter will be greatly
As a freshman and sophomore well as the victories and accolades, he ex- With this championship newly in
presses no regrets. hand, many wonder why Coach Carpenter missed; his contributions to O’Connell
biology teacher, his teaching and guidance sports will never be forgotten. But if his
skills easily transferred to his coaching His current favorite moment, not has chosen this time to step down.
surprisingly, is the most recent: the WCAC “I’m not retiring all together, I’ll athletes feel they miss him too much, they
success. His basic philosophy? can always find him at the end of the mis-
“Every kid has different motiva- tournament victory over rival DeMatha. always love wrestling but I think it’s time
After years of challenging competition, for someone else to fill the position that cellaneous hallway, teaching those lucky
tions. They work differently; every kid has enough to have his and experience and ex-
his own formula for success. Some kids do often coming up “just short,” O’Connell I’ve held for all these years. There are a
finally defeated the talent-laden DeMatha lot of things I want to do, things I didn’t pertise as their biology instructor.
well when you yell; it drives them to do Mr. Carpenter’s final words on his
better. But others don’t like the yelling ap- squad. have time for because of my commitment
Coach Carpenter observes, “After to caching.” retirement? “Always go out on top.”
DC Sports Fan “Player of the Week”
Kathleen Bettencourt Junior teammate Shannon Tum-
elty commented, “Kelly or as we call her,
Staff Writer Boulder, is a great team leader and she re-
lates really well to all of our teammates.”
Another junior on the team, Sar-
Kelly Horvath has been on the ah Jones, added, “Kelly is my inspiration,
varsity girl’s basketball team since her she’s awesome!”
sophomore year and now serves as one of Horvath’s life doesn’t just revolve
the leading seniors on the team. This 5’5” around basketball. She is a very charis-
power-house point guard has helped lead matic and active member of O’Connell’s
the team to its many victories so far this student body, serving as President of the
season. DC Sports Fan recently named Spirit Club, winning the Senior Superla-
her “Player of the Week” for the week of tive for “Most School Spirited,” and also
1/25/09- 2/1/09. In that week she scored playing on the varsity girl’s lacrosse team.
71 points, had 38 rebounds, and logged She can always be found at other sports’
13 assists. She had an especially outstand- events, decked out in O’Connell colors,
ing performance in the team’s victory over face painted, and cheering on her fellow
Archbishop Carroll, where she scored 27 Knights. Even though sports occupy a lot
points, had 13 rebounds, and provided 5 of her time she is still able to tackle three
assists. AP classes and balance her active social
Horvath has been playing bas- life.
ketball for about ten years. Off the court, When asked if she would like
she is extremely modest about her athletic to continue playing basketball in college,
she replied, “Definitely; but I’m not sure
performance; she’s not one to brag about Kelly Horvath directs the offense from the court.
herself or her accomplishments. if I want to try out for the varsity team or
it all to my teammates because I couldn’t sportsmanship make her an even stronger play club. I don’t want to give the sport
After hearing that DC Sports Fan
have received the award without their player and team leader. Her teammates are up.” Kelly plans to attend the University
named her “Player of the Week,” she re-
help.” united in their praise of her, on and off the of Colorado in Boulder starting in the fall
sponded, “I was shocked; I wasn’t expect-
Her excellent attitude and good court. of 2009.
ing to win an award like that. But I owe
Visor February 2009 Style Page 8
A Unique Shopping Experience; A One of a Kind Store
Style Editor containing over thirty two aisles
Katie Grady of donated clothing, shoes, ap-
Style Editor pliances, and much more. An-
Finding stylish and rea- other advantage to shopping
sonably priced clothes can be at Unique is the weekly price
difficult and frustrating. With reductions on all merchandise
many people finding them- found in the store. Each Mon-
selves running low on cash, day, everything in the entire
shopping trips that used to store is marked down, with a
be fun and carefree have be- 25% discount!
come stressful. For those who Some people may not
can relate to this aggravation, have the eye or time for thrift
thrift store shopping may be stores, and will only shop there
the answer to what you’re for particular occasions, such
looking for. Not only do thrift as Spirit Week. Unique is defi-
stores carry merchandise at nitely the perfect spot to find a
extremely low prices, but can crazy and festive wacky-tacky
also boast designer brands and day outfit. Unique offers vari-
high fashion products. ous outfits embellished with
For fashionistas who bright colors and distinctive
like to have their own individ- and memorable designs.
ual style, Unique could be just The store is open Mon-
the right store for you. Located day through Saturday from Unique is a growing chain of stores that offers donated
a mere ten to fifteen minutes 10am to 8pm, and on Sundays clothing items from around the local area. This particular
from O’Connell, Unique is a from 11am to 6pm. Go check store is located in Falls Church.
convenient and one-of-a-kind out this up and coming place
place to shop. Unique is the and find yourself an awesome
largest thrift store in the area, outfit for a cheap price!
Found at Unique:
Visor February 2009 Entertainment Page 9
Shopaholic a Hit
Based on the first two of the series
by best-selling author, Sophie Kinsella,
Confessions of a Shopaholic, originally set
in London, was moved to New York City
is being hunted down by her bank manager
Alejandra Buitrago for the film version. Rebecca’s sincerity and
for the huge debt she cannot pay.
Staff Writer her humanity make her a truly endearing
As she works with Luke she
character, who learns from all the personal
finds that he is much more than a boss;
Ever since she could pick out her chaos that “little white lies” can only lead
he is someone with compassion and pride
own outfits, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla to disaster.
in his work who doesn’t seem to get the
Fisher, Wedding Crashers) has had only Overall, Confessions was a great
credit he deserves. She then learns of a
one true love: SHOPPING! But growing up movie, though the books more adequately
deeper secret: Luke is rich, but prefers to
on the other side of the Hudson, fun- loving explain Rebecca Bloomwood’s love of
lead a typically middle-class life. Rebecca
Rebecca was raised on a tight budget and shopping. Her economic situation is
falls madly in love with him, but another
bereft of the glamorous fashions which she particularly relevant today, as so many are
ambitious girl also has set her eyes on him.
desired so much. As she grows up, Rebecca guilty of spending so much more than they
Finally, her debts catch up to her in a fairly
only knows to spend frivolously without make. The movie provides a light look at
embarrassing and public way, forcing her
taking into account her outrageous debt; materialism, and it’s a great “chick flick” to
to tell the truth about her own financial
and living in luxurious New York doesn’t enjoy with your friends. Now in theaters, it
situation to all those whom she formerly
make it easier for her. To add to these also features John Cusack, John Goodman,
advised on money problems. Many of the
difficulties she loses her job at a gardening and John Lithgow. Confessions of a
predicaments Rebecca puts herself into
magazine, giving her absolutely no way Shopaholic will dazzle young audiences
could have been avoided if it were not for
to pay off her debt of $16,000. She has everywhere.
her naïveté and “little white lies.”
always dreamt of working at the fashion
staple Alette Magazine, but ironically lands
a position as an advice columnist for Smart
Savings, a financial magazine.
On her way to the supposed job
interview Alette, she passes one of the many
shop windows on Fifth Avenue and spots
a $125 green velvet scarf which she must
have in order to make a great impression.
Although she’s aware that her debt is
increasing daily, she sees this scarf as an
investment for her future career. It turns
out she’s short 35 dollars and quickly runs
to make change at a hot dog stand where
she unknowingly meets Luke Brandon
(Hugh Dancy, Ella Enchanted), her future
boss and editor. While writing a column
for Smart Savings as The Girl in the Green
Scarf, Rebecca writes an article that relates
finance to shopping. This catapults her
career from a menial financial journalist
into a savings guru, but all the while, she
A Museum Not to be Missed
For those who hate scary movies,
leader in promoting interest in modern art. lections and exhibitions. The Hirshhorn
Joanna Harkins “The Uninvited” is here. For many who
The actual building, which was designed also has a returning program called “Art-
Staff Writer like a little suspense, but can’t handle the
by architect Gordon Bunshaft, was the sub- Lab for Teens” which is a workshop in shocking and terrifying scenes that define
For the past 35 years the Hirsh- ject of controversy when it was first built. which teens contemplate, discuss, and cre- the horror movie, this is the perfect bal-
horn Museum and Sculpture Garden has The building itself is a piece of art. Today, ate art. Lastly, there are the “After Hours” ance.
been providing metro area residents with the museum continues its tradition of new events which include speeches from vari- Previews for “The Uninvited”
the best of modern and contemporary art. and fresh art. Two of the most recent exhi- ous artists, music, visual presentations and make it seem like a really scary, “clench
Located on the National Mall and within bitions include “Black Box,” by artist Ori curator-lead tours. the edge of your seat” movie. The film’s
walking distance of the L’Enfant Plaza Gersht, which explores the relationship If you aren’t in the mood to go several creepy, eerie scenes are balanced
metro station, it is the perfect place to between nature and humans; and “Strange inside the museum you can always grab a by unexpectedly comedic scenes, which
spend a Sunday afternoon. Bodies,” a series of figurative works from hotdog from a nearby vendor and enjoy the lift viewers’ spirits enough to get through
The museum includes everything the Hirshhorn’s collection. outside sculpture garden. The impressive the movie without wanting to cry.
from sculptures by Auguste Rodin to “Mar- There is more to do at the mu- collection includes works by artists like The main plot of the movie in-
ilyn Monroe Lips” by Andy Warhol. There seum than simply look at art. The Hirsh- Auguste Rodin, Alexander Calder, David volves two sisters, Anna and Alex (Emily
are works of art of many mediums: paint- horn hosts multiple events each month to Smith and Dan Graham. Browning and Arielle Kebbel), “freaking
ings, photographs, prints, sculptures and involve its patrons in art. Impressed by a So next time you find yourself bored and out” because they think that their father’s
even short films. The Hirshhorn is a place certain work of art or collection? You can wanting to do something new and exciting, new girlfriend, who was also a nurse to
for people who are just learning about meet the artist, listen to a lecture, and ask consider visiting the Hirshhorn for an edu- their late mother, is actually an obsessive,
modern and contemporary art and experts questions at one of the Hirshhorn’s “Meet cation in modern art. For more informa- psycho killer using a fake name to cover up
alike. There is something for everyone. the Artist” events. There are also “Gallery tion about exhibits and events visit http:// her past.
The Hirshhorn has always been a Talks” every Friday about the various col- hirshhorn.si.edu/. Anna returns home after spending
time in the hospital, following the tragic
death of her mother, also named Anna.
She discovers that her father’s recovery
has been a lot easier because his deceased
wife’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth
Banks), has been keeping him company.
Anna is visited by her mother’s
ghost who warns her that Rachel was the
one behind the tragic fire that killed her. Af-
ter that, Anna and Alex do some snooping
and realize that daddy’s new girlfriend is
not who she says she is. When their father
refuses to listen, the girls take matters into
their own hands and end up fighting for
The movie’s surprise ending is far
from predictable and makes what seemed
to be an average scary movie, a fascinat-
ing psychological thriller. Without the me-
diocre acting and just-decent action scenes,
This piece of artwork called “Pomegranate” from the new “Black Box” the film would be more worth your while.
exhibit by Ori Gersht, can be found in the Hirshhorn Museum.
Visor February 2009 Entertainment Page 10
Remixes/Remakes: Better Than Originals?
“Live Your Life”- Rihanna and T.I. “Use Your Love”- Katy Perry (originally
Staff Writer and Music Aficionado by The Outfield)
“Umbrella”- All Time Low, also the Plain
(recreation of “Dragostea din tei,” by White T’s (originally by Rihanna)
Norwegian O-Zone) When I heard the remake, I
Both covers are extremely
The Norwegian track is better couldn’t recall who’d performed the
different, considering All Time Low’s
known as “Numa Numa,” or “Miyah original; I just knew it wasn’t her. This
upbeat, “emo” sound, verses the Plain
“Sweet Apologize (Discotech Mash Up)”- hee.” Chances are you don’t speak version is totally different and pop-ified,
White T’s more soft and acoustic beat.
One Republic Featuring Timbaland Norwegian, so here is a basic translation: but catchy nonetheless. The emphasis
Both are great, depending on the tempo
So catchy, you can so easily calling someone, or “beeping them,” on guitars is appreciated, which keeps
that you prefer. Either way, both are
picture yourself grooving in a club to and the other not picking up. The singer a rock-esque ambience, rather than
totally different than the hip-hop original
this excellent creation. It mixes One also admires the other’s eyes, comparing her typical synthesized stuff. Perry’s
by Rihanna. For more covers of this
Republic’s “Apologize” with the classic them to the works of the oh-so-famous signature voice is so distinguishable, that
song, check out Linkin Park, McFly,
Eurhythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (are Made artist, Picasso. “Hello my love; it’s me, this is a modern sound to something that
Switchfoot, My Chemical Romance’s
of This).” It is so incredibly upbeat and your happiness,” are the sweetest lyrics, was once an oldies’ tune.
Gerad Way, and Mandy Moore. There’s a
“groovilicious.” The mix of an 80’s song in translation of course. Such a great and version for any music taste, but if you’re
with a modern one becomes pure genius. unique dance tune! an “everything” fan, you can check them
out on YouTube.
“Love Song”- Death Cab for Cutie
“ (originally by The Cure)
Baby, I’m Yours”- The Arctic Monkeys A classically loved-soaked song
(originally by Barbara Lewis, 1960’s) “Seven Nation Army”- Kate Nash
as this couldn’t be covered by anyone
This slow-dance love song is (originally by the White Stripes)
Charming singer/songwriter other than Death Cab. They do a perfect
adorable and traditional, causing the job staying true to the sad and somber
listener to have a desire to slow dance Nash will knock your socks off with this
with his/her sweetheart. Although the
vocals are different (Barbara to the
adorable cover song. She stays true to the
glum Stripes’ tone, but reforms it with
tone of the super-renowned song. They
also toss in a lovely piano solo. Front man Suggestions
Ben Gibbard sings it just how it should be
Monkey’s lead singer, Alex Turner), the her girly vocals. It’s a different take on a
super epic song that has been covered by sung.
tune and overall lightness or instruments
many, including the Flaming Lips.
remain the same.
“Flowers and Football Tops”- Glasvegas
Glasgow (Scotland) -based “Time After Time”- Quietdrive (originally
“Across the Universe”- Rufus Wainwright “Paper Planes DFA Remix”- M.I.A. Glasvegas put out the most unique and by Cyndi Lauper)
(originally by The Beatles) Surely you have all heard this interesting music in the indie music
The gentle and calming tempo incredible song, from either Pineapple scene. This beautifully tragic song about “Working Class Hero”- Green Day
stays the same in this spectacular cover Express or Slumdog Millionaire. It came love and loss has an end that is bound to (originally by John Lennon)
of the super-classic and super-acclaimed out in early 2008, but she later remixed it interest any listener. In the final minute of
song. Singer/songwriter Wainwright stays for the Slumdog soundtrack. Even though this five-minute song, singer James Allan “Mrs. Robinson” The Lemonheads
true to his slow, dramatic, and almost the original is great, it can be slightly begins to sing the lullaby “you are my (originally by Simon & Garfunkel)
operatic vocals that so many have fallen overbearing, with the gun and “ker-ching” sunshine, my only sunshine,” but not in a
in love with. At the same time modernizes sound effects. This version omits most of cliché-ridden or obnoxious way. He keeps “Freest Man CSS Remix”- Tilly & the
it in a very classy and professional way. those extras, producing a more fluid and his tone and sound, but adds a little hope Wall
cool sound. to the not-so-cheerful beginning.
Taylor Swift Fans: Listen Up! walls of many high schools, urging students
Natalie Cocozza across the country. The first prize of this with notifications and group invitations
contest? A Taylor Swift concert at the
Staff Writer One cannot even log onto regarding the contest.
winning school. Posters are covering the When asked what provoked her
Facebook without being bombarded
Of all the to start a Facebook group,
recognizable names in the the administrator for our
music world today, Taylor very own “Taylor Swift
Swift is definitely one that is at O’Connell!” Suzanne
universally known. Fonzi, said, “Actually it
Girls obsess over was my friend’s idea and
her lyrics and catchy songs- she started the group; but
even boys admit to liking her we just thought that it
sound. Her first performance would be a great way to
for the public was at the age make people more aware
of 11 when she sang ‘The of the contest and to raise
Star Spangled Banner’ at a enthusiasm amongst the
Philadelphia 76ers’ game. O’Connell student body.”
Swift went on to So how does one vote?
become a star at age 16 in If you have Verizon, use
2006 when she released her your wonderful cellular
first self-titled CD. In the device to text ‘TS’ to 3401.
summer of 2006 her single If you do not have
“Tim McGraw” became Verizon, that is no excuse
well-known and her career not to vote because you can
skyrocketed from there. go to taylorswiftconcerts.
She received a com and watch the video
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New Artist’ and has gone on You can do both as much
to release her popular second as one-hundred times, so
album in November 2008 your homework can wait
called Fearless. until later: VOTE!!!!
The hectic craze You have until March
surrounding the recent news of 23 to make this magical
a contest among high schools dream a reality for Bishop
has been a testament to her O’Connell. It’s all on
overwhelming popularity YOU.