Volume 9, Issue 4 South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852 January 2008
The Inaugural Ball
Junior Brian Raja
ratnam agreed, saying,
“I learned the rich his
tory of Kingston and Day
ton. You would think some
By Natalie Twerdowsky (‘09) thing like that isn’t that interest
ing, but it was a lot of fun to watch.”
On Friday, January 18, 2008, the Dead Presidents Society (DPS) Mayor Gambatese stressed the sig
held its 2nd Annual Inaugural Ball in the blue cafeteria and cafeteria al- niﬁcance of mixing such a fun night
cove. Tickets were $7 in advance, and $10 at the door. The Inaugural Ball with the educational values everyone
was not an exclusively high school event. Over 300 guests, comprised experiences.
of students, parents, and other members of the community, came out to “It’s important that we can mix histo
celebrate South Brunswick’s history, including South Brunswick Mayor ry and schoolwork with a really fun time,
Frank M. Gambatese and local historian Dr. Joan Luckhardt. because history is important to us. We need
Guests began arriving at 7 PM to the musical stylings of the SBHS to learn from history so we can become
Jazz Band, led by Mr. Mark Kraft. The band played over a dozen songs better in the future. We have a tendency to
as people ﬁltered in. Servers walked around, offering hors d’oeuvres to make mistakes over and over, and we can’t
guests, ranging from jalapeno poppers to quiches. make these mistakes again. That’s why this event
After an hour of mingling, eating, and listening to the band perform, is crucial,” he said.
DPS co-advisor and social studies teacher Mr. Justin Negraval, Assistant The rest of the night included performances
Principal Mr. Peter Varela, DPS president Shilpa Samudrala, and Mayor by social studies teacher Ms. Samantha Saldanha
Gambatese each delivered speeches to address the educational value and and The Zanzibar Band, Mr. Negraval’s band. Ms.
signiﬁcance of the historical elements throughout the night. Saldanha sang Sarah McLachlan’s song, “Angel,” and The Zanzi-
The Inaugural Ball is a charity event to raise money for the club to go bar band played covers of many hit songs, including tracks by Bryan
on historical ﬁeld trips to places such as Baltimore and Washington D.C. Adams and Bon Jovi.
This year’s proceeds will go towards a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Vir- “There’s something about Bon Jovi that makes people want to get
ginia. The members of the club actively participate in raising the money, up and scream! People danced all night!” Mr. Negraval said.
and played a huge role in the planning of the Inaugural Ball. The evening concluded with the winners of the Silent Auction, with
“The DPS students help us plan every aspect of the evening,” said prizes ranging from Rangers tickets to iPod nanos, and a ﬁnal set by
Mr. Negraval. “They go out to collect donations for prizes, they deco- The Zanzibar Band.
rate the room, they help serve the guests and they even provide part of “It was a huge success. It has become one of the largest and most suc-
the entertainment. Two of our students, Jordan Teicher and Fred Maurin, cessful events of the year. It reaches out to the whole community and
even created a 10-minute video about the history of South Brunswick. it helps bridge the gap between the high school and our community
The club planned this evening for months and it was nice to see it all go leaders,” Mr. Negraval said.
smoothly.” “My favorite part of the night was when Shilpa gave her speech,
“The students were involved in every aspect of the planning this year.” because s tudents play such a huge part in the development of this night,
co-advisor and social studies teacher Mrs. Corie Gaylord said, “Since this and Shilpa getting up there with all the other adults that gave speeches
is the second time we have put on this event, we had a better idea of what illustrates just that,” junior Keren Brown said.
worked and what could be tweaked this year and the students played a Samudrala concluded her speech by saying, “I ask for everyone here
big part in feedback as wel as planning. They also stayed after school the to appreciate South Brunswick history and look forward to its future.”
week of the Ball to prepare food and to decorate. They worked so hard.” Mrs. Corie Gaylord, SBHS social studies teacher, founded the Dead
The ﬁlm, Crossroads of Change: the History of South Brunswick, Presidents Society about ﬁve years ago. Its purpose was to bring history
explained historical sights in South Brunswick, as well as discussed the to life for students who wanted to learn more about US history beyond
founding of SBHS. a social studies class. Two years later, Mr. Negraval signed on as a
“I thought the ball was incredibly interesting, especially when I saw co-advisor, bringing fresh ideas to the club. Last year, the club came
the documentary because it showed how much of a rich history South up with the idea to host a ball to collaborate the history and fun DPS
Brunswick really has. So many of us weren’t aware of what happened focuses on.
here before our time, and now we know,” junior Stanley Baguchin By the end of the evening, it’s fair to say that most everyone was
sky said. doing as Samudrala suggested- appreciated South Brunswick’s history
and looking forward to its future.
Left: Mr. Negraval performs
with the Zanzibar Band;
Right: Guests start to arrive
and mingle at the start of the
Above: An SBHS Senior
performs his George Bush
Photos by Eddie Zaneski
Meet the 2008 A preview of the
Inside An Expose on SBHS Recreational
the Vibe Interracial Dating Candidates Basketball League
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PAGE 3 The Viking Vibe January 2008
Shades of Black and White:
An Exposé on Interracial Dating
By Dana Lucas (‘08) would date across racial lines.
“The only time color is an is-
A reported 46.3 million Ameri- sue is when other people make
cans from ages fourteen to twen- it an issue; we don’t care, but
ty-four are in interracial relation- sometimes they do,” said senior
ships, and year by year those Laura McGrath, who is white
numbers are increasing, accord- and currently in an interracial re-
ing to an article posted on usa- lationship with someone black.
today.com on February 8, 2006 March
1 4 , In the 1973 case of Loving vs. Vir-
entitled “New generation doesn’t free- ginia, Virginia became the last state
blink at interracial relationships.” 2006.
If d o m to rid of laws banning interracial
SBHS is a melting pot mi- a n d marriage. It may be hard to believe
crocosm of students and teach- this is the
case, why equality, so but interracial marriages between
ers who are both culturally and mixed cou- black and whites have only been
racially diverse. When walk- is there
sometimes ples should not legal for a little over forty years.
ing down the halls of our high at all ﬂabbergast Social studies teacher Mrs. Mary
school, it is obvious some stu- such bewil-
derment at an individual. Robinson-Cohen is black and has
dents have most deﬁnitely adapt- “Guess been married to her white husband
ed to their environment by dat- the sight
of the oh- W h o ’ s whom she met in law school for
ing people of different races. twenty-six years and “both of our
so-famil- C o m -
In fact, twenty-two percent of families embraced our relation-
iar black ing to Din-
Americans report having a close ner,” reports ship and two children,” she said.
relative who is married to some- and white
couple? that over sev- According to the U.S. Cen-
one of a different race, accord- enty-seven percent sus Bureau in, 1997 there were
ing to an article entitled, “Guess We live in
a country of adults agreed that 311,000 black-white couples.
Who’s Coming to Dinner,” posted it is “all right for blacks and This is more than six times
on the Pew Research website on that is marked by its promise of
whites to date each other.” the amount in the 1960’s.
The Viking Vibe The article also explains that
interracial dating is more accept-
“I think anything goes,”
said senior Malcolm Mc-
2007-2008 Staff able to the younger generation. Queen, “It’s who you meet.”
Editor-in-Chief: On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Yet, as social studies teach-
Gopal Narsimhamurthy Luther King Jr. said in his famous er Mr. Ramon Quinones said,
Advertising Editors: “I Have a Dream” speech, that he “For every individual that is for
Jordan Teicher and Jonathan Vamadeva dreamt of a day when “little black it, someone is against it,” add-
On-Line Editor: boys and girls will be able to join ing that the idea of blacks and
Sweta Haldar hands with little white boys and whites dating is similar to the is-
Photo Editor: girls as sisters and brothers.” sue of gay marriage, in that there
Though King spoke of Alabama, will always be a little resistance.
Andrew Constant his words represented the United “I think that as long as the two
Editorial Staff: States. His dream is evident today, people are comfortable there’s
Megan Behrend, Hannah Green, Surbi Luhadia, because not only have blacks and no problem with it,” said so-
Anita Modi, and Amy Rowe whites of all ages joined hands cial studies teacher and senior
Graphic Designer: as brothers and sisters, they have advisor Ms. Nicole Sanyigo.
Parag Patel taken holding hands to the next Today, studies show that people
level of long-term relationships. are becoming more tolerant and
Eddie Zaneski At South Brunswick High open-minded to the idea of cross-
Staff: School, black and white stu- ing racial barriers and committing
Gregory Aaron, Saadia Ahmad, Clara Appia, Maximillian Beckerman, dents are not afraid to cross to relationships with someone of
Justin Berger, Brittany Beris, Dhara Bhatt, Frank Celi, Sukriti Chadha, Dale racial barriers by dating oth- different skin tones. While some
Choi, Zachary Cohen, Rosemary Cosgrave, Amishi Desai, ers outside of their own race. oppose the idea of interracial dat-
Mark Desmond, Kevin DeVito, Timothy Doehler, Thomas
Dunleavy, Sukanya Dutta, Kaitlyn Fischer, Poorvi Goradia, Brandon James, “I have no problem with in- ing, integration in schools and
Melissa Katz, Jarret Klein, Kristen Kneis, Aaron Lassin, Amy Lis, Dana Lucas, terracial relationships,” said communities prevent the pos-
Gregory Madia, Michael Malﬁtano, Alisha Maskarenas, Suman Naringrekar, senior Ashley Bukoskey who sibility of it never happening.
Ashley Nelson, Lauren Nissenblatt, Tyler Olsson, is white, and admits that she “I think in the future, in-
Samantha Orlan, Ashna Pai, Dylan Parlow, Deviya Patel, Marielle
Rodriguez, Roshni Shah, Nazneen Shaikh, Kevin Shiraldi, Aradhana Srinagesh, likes black culture, “You can’t terracial dating won’t even be
Jacob Stern, Natalie Twerdowsky and Jeffrey Veith help who you want to be with.” worth talking about,” said Eng-
Bukoskey says that she lish teacher Mrs. Doris Bacon.
dates her current boyfriend, SBHS is living proof that so-
Mr. Andrew Loh
who is black because he is fun- ciety is becoming more and more
The Viking Vibe welcomes article submissions and ny and has a good personality. accepting of the black and white
letters to the editors, which may be delivered to Mr. Loh or “I think interracial dating is relationship, and interracial re-
dropped off in his mailbox. Submissions can also be sent to a good thing,” said senior Can- lationships from other groups
Aloh@sbschools.org. The Vibe reserves the right to edit, dice McNeill, “You have the in general. Whether this fact is
shorten or comment on any material submitted to the chance to learn other things good or bad is not up for out-
publication. The opinions expressed on the editorial page about different cultures by dating siders to decide, but instead for
do not necessarily represent the views of the advisor, edito- someone outside of your own.” members of those relationships.
rial staff, faculty, administrators or the Board of Educa- “You should be able to
date whomever you want
tion. Students interested in journalism are also encouraged to Sketch by Betty Wang
to,” said senior Raniyah
join the Newspaper Club, held every Tuesday in room A204.
Joyner who admits she too
January 2008 The Viking Vibe PAGE 4
‘Pedals’ Making New Progess
als for Progress will try to work
them up from there at a later date. 190 bikes,” said Mr. Witlen.
By Hannah Green (‘09) through the South Brunswick
Junior Christine Wotton said, “Mr. Witlen is a great teach-
Education Association (SBEA)
As South Brunswick High School “If this means that Pedals for er, and I’m sure he does a
to reach out to schools district
begins its tenth collection for Ped- Progress can get more donations, great job with Pedals for Prog-
wide. When their union repre-
als for Progress, it is taking on a then it sounds like a good idea.” ress,” said junior Jessica Liu.
sentatives visit the other schools
new goal. This year, math teacher SBHS has already had many Pedals for Progress will come
in the district, they can let them
and Pedals for Progress Coordi- successful collections for Ped- to collect all of the donations
know about Pedals for Prog-
nator, Mr. Larry Witlen, plans to als for Progress. Since the ﬁrst from SBHS in early June, but
ress and how they can help.
reach out to all schools in our dis- collection in 1999, it has col- donations have already begun.
“I cannot physically be at
trict to try and get more donations. lected over 1100 bicycles, along “We store the bicycles in
each school, which is why I
Pedals for Progress is an or- with approximately 30 sewing the book rooms here,” said Mr.
hope that working through
ganization based in New Jersey machines. Last year set new Witlen, “So we need to wait un-
the SBEA will reach more
that ships bicycles to less afﬂu- records for the SBHS collec- til at least October when they
people,” said Mr. Witlen.
ent countries in the world. Al- tion, when it received 190 bi- are used much less often.”
Mr. Witlen hopes to eventually
though bicycles are the main cycles and 5 sewing machines. Anyone looking for more in-
have a captain at each school to
donation, other items are also “We ask that those who do- formation on Pedals for Prog-
assist with collections from that
taken. SBHS collects bicy- nate a bicycle try to also donate ress can check out their website,
location. He also may try to set up
cles and sewing machines, as ten dollars to cover the trans- www.p4p.org. Anyone who
a system where people can deposit
well as monetary donations. portation costs. Last year we wishes to make a donation should
the bicycles at whichever school
According to Mr. Witlen, Ped- raised $3000, which was more contact Mr. Witlen via e-mail,
they attend, so he could then pick
than the target for shipping at Larry.Witlen@sbschools.org.
Viking Volunteers Reach Out to Greenbrook
By Poorvi Goradia (‘11) and
“The high school kids share an “I think it’s a very nice pro- “After a while, they get com-
Marielle Rodriguez (‘09) interest in reading and are also gram, since the little kids get fortable with you, and you form
role models. The program has the experience of high schoolers a special bond with them,”
Viking Volunteers have visited been going on with high school reading to them, ” said sopho- said freshman Amy Patel.
Greenbrook Elementary School kids for the past six years.” more Sarah Chang, who takes “The kids became friends
Mondays and Wednesdays for High school students who part in Operation Bookworm. with us. You can tell they
eight weeks to read and do dif- want to do local community ser- “They are still able to have peo- like it and how happy they
ferent activities with the students. vice graduation requirements ple read to them even if their are to read with us,” stated
Operation Bookworm, de- and are interested in work- parents don’t have the time.” sophomore Arthi Yerramilli.
veloped in 1991 by Mrs. Ellen ing with kids may participate. The buddies do different ac- The volunteers work on
Gordon and Ms. Eileen Zweig, is The high school students tivities together, such as role- building self- esteem. The chil-
used as a part of an early reading are assigned to one or two kids playing, making crafts, and cre- dren have fun with their bud-
program for elementary school each, who are their reading ating rhymes based on books. dies, and look up to them.
students. The program aims to buddies. The kids are chosen They draw pictures of their fa- “I like to hang out with my
improve the students’ reading based on teacher recommen- vorite parts, write stories, and buddy and read,” says Tere-
skills, as well as provide an op- dations and on their participa- make puppets of the characters. sa Capaccio, a fourth grader.
portunity for high school stu- tion in the after school program. A new component of Bookworm “I think its great,” said Ms.
dents to perform community They meet twice a week for an is the volunteers helping the kids Gordon, “The volunteers are
service. It also promotes interac- average of thirty minutes with to relate situations to their lives. enthusiastic and dedicated.
tion between the South Bruns- each elementary school student. “It’s really fun,” said a third It’s good to work with them.”
wick district schools, as well as Some of the high school kids grader, Serah Davis, “We do Operation Bookworm resumes
between different age groups. work with ﬁrst and second grad- lots of stuff here. We read on January 7th, 2008 for another
“We were doing Operation ers, in which they take two kids books and make projects. eight weeks. High school kids in-
Bookworm during the day with for a one-hour session. The rest of Sometimes we play games.” terested in the program can par-
parents, and we thought it might the high school kids are assigned “It’s a great experience to read ticipate through Viking Volun-
be interesting to ask high school third or fourth graders, which is to the kids and see them interest- teers, advised by Ms. Kelly Boyer.
kids to read,” said Mrs. Gordon, more of a mentoring program. ed,” said freshman Aditi Bhogal.
Aspiring Film Maker Turn the Music Up!
Documents National Events
By Kristen Kneis (‘09) was ﬁnished, VTN teacher Mr.
Timothy Sweeney informed Mike
Michael Galonzka, a senior
at SBHS, started a national-prize-
winning project a little over a
of a National Student Documen-
tary Contest held by CSPAN. The
contest was of course, just what
year ago focusing on the Septem- he was looking for. After having
By Amy Rowe (‘09) “from the outside looking in.”
ber 11th tragedy and the affects it to shorten his sixteen-minute ﬁlm The artist has been trying to per-
had on the staff and students of to ten minutes, he sent out the This month’s form for a long time, yet the op-
SBHS. His passion for ﬁlm di- documentary in March and during featured artist portunity has never come up.
recting, screenwriting, and acting lunch one day in May, Principle is a Turn The J.Roc said, “I’m extremely mad
began at an early age and has only Mr. Matheney informed him he Music Up ﬁrst that at least half of the junior class
helped him progress throughout had won third prize in the Nation-
in the aspect of has had sweet sixteen’s and [I was not
the years. During his sophomore genre, and ju- asked to perform] at any of them.”
al Student Documentary Contest. nior rapper Jer- Despite his in- experience
year, he had been working on “It was awesome. I was thrilled. emy Greenﬁeld, in per- forming,
numerous It felt like all many may know J.Roc plans to
v i d e o my hard work him as J.Rocwell or J.Roc, is spreading play a few
assign- had paid off,” the word about his musical inclination. shows in the
ments, Mike said, J.Roc coined his nickname in the sixth spring,
and he or seventh grade, yet continued to use it J . R o c ’s
was asked as his “rapper name” over the last few main mis-
on his third years. The rapper doesn’t just spit lyrics sion as a
to take an place win. into a microphone; he also utilizes a large musical art- ist
indepen- “Mike is a spectrum of instruments, primarily pia- is to make an
dent study great student. no, but also guitar, alto saxophone, bass, impact on the lives
course He takes xylophone and drums. J.Roc’s sound of his fans.
with Mr. criticism
has quite a few inﬂuences, including “I want [my music] to become a
Q u i - Prince, Quincy Jones, and Hall and Oats. soundtrack to my fans lives. I want my
well, he’s al- J.Roc struggles to de- songs to be thematic for the experienc-
nones. ways think- ﬁne his music with a genre. es of the listeners. Take my song ‘Un-
The ing outside “The genre I consider myself is grateful’ from my new album; it’s about
p r o j - of the box” ‘Different.’ It’s not rap, it’s not R&B, and someone breaking down because of all
ect was Mr. Shaun it’s not rock. The closest thing my music the drama and stress that is [occur-
a 9/11 Ruymen, a [can be compared] to is Pop music, ring in] someone’s life. A fan
Docu- VTN teacher
because it’s ‘popular’” might hear that and relate
mentary. Mike spent his time re- said J.Roc. to it, and that could possi-
at SBHS and a teacher of Mike The rap- bly help them go through
searching questions to ask teach- Galonzka for three years said. per records on the healing process of
ers, ﬁnding the forms and legal His ﬁlm ca- reer began a daily basis, various problems in
wavers needed to make the docu- at the age because he has their life,” said J,Roc.
mentary and found out the names of twelve, his own record- To listen to J.Roc’s
of all the teachers who were in when his ing equipment. music or purchase his
school at the time of September He does a lot of new album, visit www.
father myspace.com/jrocwell or www.
mixing, and as a re-
11th. He ﬁnally sent out 70 emails gifted sult has released ﬁve dif- Jrocwell.com for more information.
to different teachers, asking if him with ferent albums, including “7 Deadly asoundtrack to my fans lives. I want my
they’d like to be included in the his ﬁrst camcord- $ins”, “JRockumentary”, “Cancel Yo’ songs to be thematic for the experienc-
documentary and with difﬁculty er. He began making short ﬁlms Xmas”, “Can’t Prevent Forest Fires,” and es of the listeners. Take my song ‘Un-
received at total of 30 responses. with his friends soon after. Then his latest release. “The Rise.” grateful’ from my new album; it’s about
At points during this search he’d at age 14 he’d ﬁnally asked his fa-
J.Roc considers three someone breaking down because of all
literally have to go to cer- of his songs to be singles, the drama and stress that is [occur-
ther for an editing system and a “Dr. Pepper” ,“Mid- ring in] someone’s life. A fan
tain teacher’s rooms better camera, and focused on night Ridah” and might hear that and relate
to track them projects like sketch comedy, “Superstar.” The to it, and that could
d o w n . drama, and stop motion. rapper’s inspira- possibly
Many Currently Mike is tion for lyrics help them
times working on a 113- is himself. go through
he felt “That the healing
that he might sound process of vari-
with a friend, as conceited, but ous problems in
was be- well as a No Child ‘Me’ consists of my fam- their life,” said J,Roc.
ing discour- left Behind docu- ily, my friends, and my fans. To listen to J.Roc’s mu-
aged by others, mentary. His ultimate goal Whenever anyone comes up to me sic or purchase his new
but used it as fuel is to attend college at NYU and and says ‘J.Roc, I love your new song, It album, visit www.myspace.
to continue to do pursue a career in ﬁlm, acting,
really helped me through my problems’ com/jrocwell or www.
what he’s doing today. It makes my day. Usually right after I Jrocwell.com for more information.
directing and writing as well. hear that, I’m back in the studio mak-
Soon after his documentary
ing more inﬂuential music,” said J,Roc.
J.Roc’s number one rule when
creating music is to compose
January’s Restaurant of the “Eid Mubarak”:
Month: Giuseppe’s Pizzeria Holiday Blessings
and Restaurant! By Samantha Orlan (‘10) said, “On this past Eid, we ate-
festive foods and I met with
By Greg Madia (‘08) some of it home in a doggy bag. While the majority of SBHS my family. My dad went to a
Also, my other associate or- was celebrating Christmas over butcher where they sacriﬁced
Located on 24 Summerﬁeld winter break, students practicing
dered a dish of Chicken Primavera a goat, and then we distributed
Boulevard in Dayton is Gi- the religion of Islam celebrated
($14.50). She said the chicken was the meat, but I didn’t eat any.”
useppe’s Pizzeria and Restau- a holiday called Eid-al-Adha
just as she imagined. She also com- There are actually two celebra-
rant. Giuseppe’s menu contains shortly before the break began.
mented on the heavy pasta served tions called Eid; the one this past
many choices of Italian food. Eid-al-Adha is translated to
under the Chicken Primavera. The December is called Eid-al-Adha,
The ambiance consists of com- “Time of Unity”. Muslims com-
vegetables served with the chick- and one following Ramadan is
fortable chairs, attractive tables memorate the willingness of
en primavera were very fresh. called Eid-al-Fitr. During the month
and pleasant lighting. Those Abraham to sacriﬁce his son,
Though she thought it was a bit of Ramadan, Muslims observe
all give the restaurant a warm, Ishmael, to Allah (God), al-
bland, she said it was exactly what a strict fast, and once Ramadan
cozy feeling. The restaurant has though God ultimately stops him.
she was looking for in this meal. ends, Muslims break their fast in
beautiful Italian paintings all This year Eid was recognized
Next, my last dinner partner the celebration of Eid. Mirror-
over the wall. On the back wall on either December 19th or De-
ordered a meaty dish of Veal Scar- ing the events of Eid-al-Adha,
of the restaurant is a big screen cember 21st, depending on when
pariello ($14.75). The dish was Muslims attend their mosques
projection TV where people can each mosque decided to hold the
served with red peppers, sausage for prayer and proceed to spend
catch a game if they so choose. celebration. According to www.
and garlic and vinegar. He said time with family and friends.
The service at this restaurant islamicﬁnder.org, Eid falls on the
the veal cutlets were made just as Sophomore Saadia Ahmad
was rapid. The food orders were 10th day of Hajj, which is the pil-
they should be, tender and with said, “SBHS should be aware of
in and out in probably less than grimage to Mecca. Muslims try
excellent ﬂavor. Also, he said different cultures and religions
ten minutes. The waiters and to take at least one trip to Mecca
sausage and red peppers were because then they could use that
waitresses were always on the (modern-day Saudi Arabia) in
a great complement to the veal. knowledge beyond high school.”
ball. They were never shy about their lifetime, as it is amongst
Last, I ordered a hearty Sau- Ahmad said, “Eid is important
offering reﬁlls or seeing if anyone the ﬁve pillars of their faith.
sage Parmigiana sub ($6.50). The because you are getting together
at the table needed anything. The Muslims attend morning prayers
twelve-inch hot sub consisted of with family and friends and it gives
waitress really did make the expe- held at their local mosques and
toasted Italian bread ﬁlled with meat you time to relax and make the rela-
rience a relaxing one. My associ- make donations to the poor. Fol-
and melted mozzarella. It was more tionships stronger because we are
ate tasters and I ordered an appe- lowing prayers are visits with
meat than I really expected. The all celebrating a common holiday.”
tizer to share, dinner and desert. friends and family, where com-
sauce, the same as what was served According to www.religion-
For starters, everyone at the pany is enjoyed, gifts are ex-
with the calamari for appetizers, facts.com, the submission to
table decided to share an or- changed, and money is given, but
was again very tasty. The cheese God denoted by Abraham’s ac-
der of Fried Calamari ($8.95). primarily to children. Accord-
was perfectly melted on the sub. tions, written in the Qur’an (the
This came as a good-size por- ing to www.about.com, Muslims
To end the meal happily, ev- holy book of Islam), is the “cor-
tion enough to feed four. It was also sacriﬁce an animal on Eid.
eryone thought it would be nice to nerstone of the Islamic faith”.
excellent. Everyone at the table Sophomore Humza Haque
get a homemade Italian Cannoli
ranted about it. It was not greasy
($3.00). The very large cannoli
and it was served with a very
was most satisfying. The cream
light tomato sauce on the side.
ﬁlling inside had a very smooth
Also, Guisppe’s places a hot dish
taste inside of the ﬁlling was small
in six pieces of garlic bread on the
chocolate chips. It was a great
table. The taste of the garlic bread
way to ﬁnish off a great meal.
when it ﬁrst arrives at the table is
Overall, Guiseppe’s Pizzeria
simply superb. Also, served with
and Restaurant was great. The
my associate taster’s meal was
food was great, and the service
a tossed salad. Everyone com-
was superb. The experience was
mented on how fresh the lettuce
superior to many Italian restau-
was. Although they agreed a little
rants. Guiseppe’s has a menu
more of the salad would be nicer.
that doesn’t limit anyone at the
Next, for the main course
table. People can order anything
everyone at the table ordered
from a big entrée served with
something different. My ﬁrst
pasta and salad to a quick slice
tasting partner ordered a bowl
of pizza or sub. The restaurant
of Pasta Bolognese ($10.50). He
knows how to make a sweet end-
said that he was surprised at how
ing with a nice desert. Guiseppe’s
much meat was in the sauce on
can accommodate for a large fam-
the top of the pasta. The portion
ily or a buddy or two if anyone
was so big that he had to take
wants to grab a quick bit to eat.
A •Service: 5 Stars
I •Appetizers: 4 Stars
G •Main Entrees: 4.5 Stars
•Dessert: 5 Stars
•Overall: 4.5 Stars
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Name: Mitt Romney
Background: Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mitt
Romney grew up to become a successful entrepreneur.
He inherited his desire for reform in the business world
from his father, who managed to save the failing Ameri-
can Motors car company by introducing a the ﬁrst “com-
pact car.” In 1971, Romney earned his Bachelor’s De-
gree from Brigham Young University and furthered his
education by attending Harvard Business School where
he received his master’s degree. He later graduated from
Harvard Law School with a J.D cum laude. Three years
after Romney completed business and law school, he
held the position of vice president of Bain & Company, a
managing consultant ﬁrm. During the ﬁnancial crisis of
the 2002 Winter Olynpic Games, Romney took over and
became the CEO and president of the Salt Lake Organizing committee. His ability of
successfully overseeing the Olympic games demonstrated his leadership qualities and
won him governor of Massachusetts for the following four years. As mayor, Romney
Name: Mike Huckabee ensured every Massachusetts citizen with health insurance, lowered the unemploy-
ment rate, and erased deﬁcits by creating surpluses. At the end of his term, Romney
Background: Huckabee spent a signiﬁcant part of his was elected to the Chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association for the
adult life as a pastor for the Baptist congregations of 2006 election cycle.
Pine Bluff and Texarkana in Arkansas and as presi-
dent of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. His
strong background of religious leadership pervades Experience
much of his campaign, with his beliefs regarding Four years as Governor of Massachusetts
faith and politics at the forefront of his political plat- CEO and President of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
form. Huckabee is also the published author of ﬁve Vice President of Bain & Company, a managing consultant ﬁrm
books, including From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Elected to the Chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association for the 2006
STOPS to Restoring America’s Greatness.
Experience: Served as the 44th Governor of Arkan-
sas from 1996 to 2007. During his tenure as gover- On the Issues:
nor, he served in other leadership positions includ- Domestic: In regard to gun control laws, Romney believes Americans maintain the
ing president of the Council of State Governments, right to bear arms to protect their families and their homes. However, citizens who
state co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, own guns must follow the respective laws and those who fail to do so will face severe
and chairman of the Southern Governors Association, the Southern Regional Educa- punishments.
tion Board, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Southern Technology Council,
the Southern International Trade Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact
Commission. Foreign Policy: Romney supports President Bush’s decision to increase the number of
troops stationed in Iraq and disagrees with troop removal.
On the Issues:
Domestic Issues: Although he would like to see reform of the national healthcare Social Issues: He agrees with abortion laws that permit abortion during cases of rape,
system, particularly regarding disease prevention, Huckabee does not support the incest, and endangerment of the mother’s life. Romney also opposes same-sex mar-
implementation of socialized healthcare. Huckabee’s campaign also features a 9-
Point strategy devoted to the attrition of the illegal immigrant population entitled riages and civil unions.
“The Secure America Plan”.
Global Issues (energy): Although Romney believes human activity remains a leading
Taxes and the Economy: Huckabee supports the FairTax bill, which proposes the cause for the climate change, he also thinks that America requires an energy plan that
replacement of income taxes with a more comprehensive consumption tax. includes “reducing [its] consumption of oil, increasing [its] use of alternative sources
of energy like nuclear, ethanol, and biodiesel, and investing in the necessary research
Foreign Policy: Huckabee is strongly committed to keeping troops in Iraq. He also
intends to continue ﬁghting the War on Terror with the same intensity as the past and development programs for alternative energy, energy efﬁciency, and low-carbon
Social Issues: Huckabee is strongly opposed to abortion, embryonic stem-cell re- Economy: The three actions Romney would take to promote economic growth and
search, and gay marriage. In addition, as an unwavering proponent of Second Amend- prosperity are cut taxes, implement free trade agreements, and ease the competition
ment rights, he opposes gun control. for American companies in the global market. He plans to abolish the Death Tax and
Global Issues: Huckabee intends to make one of his ﬁrst actions as president sending to create a middle class savings plan that eliminates taxes on dividends, interests, and
a plan to establish energy independence to Congress. capital gains.
All facts can be veriﬁed on Mike Huckabee’s website, www.mikehuckabee.com. All facts can be veriﬁed on Mitt Romney’s website, www.mittromney.com.
Sketches drawn by Catharine Chu (‘08)
Name: John McCain
Background: Senator McCain was born in Panama in the Coco Solo Air Base. The son and grandson of US Navy Admirals, he had to
move around frequently when he was younger. The family settled in Virginia and then graduated from the US Naval Academy. His naval
honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and the Purple Heart. Additionally, Senator McCain was held as a POW from
the Vietcong during the Vietnam War.
Experience: John McCain was elected to the House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982. After serving two terms, he was elected to
the Senate in 1964, and then reelected in 2004.
On the Issues:
Domestic- Senator McCain believes border security should be tightened and an immigration reform.
Economic- McCain wants to reduce taxes on middle class families and wants to make the Bush income tax and investment tax cuts per-
manent. He is also open to a ﬂat tax or consumption tax.
Foreign- From 2003, McCain has called for more troops to Iraq. He believes that more troops are required to provide security, train the Iraqi Army, and implement American
personnel in Iraqi police units.
Social- Senator McCain wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and believes that individual states should answer the question of abortion. As president, he promises to nominate judges
that will interpret the Constitution the way intended by the Founding Fathers. Additionally, he now supports embryonic stem cell research, while he did not initially.
Global- He wants to reduce dependency on foreign energy supply and was the lead author of a Senate proposal to reduce carbon emissions by 65% by 2050.
All facts can be veriﬁed on John McCain’s website, www.johnmccain.com
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Name: Hillary Clinton
Background: Born in the suburban town of
Park Ridge, Illinois, Hillary Clinton was al-
ways a leader. She started as an active mem-
ber of her youth group as a child, became
the ﬁrst-ever commencement speaker of her
graduating class at Wellesley College, and
advocated children’s rights in court while still
a Yale Law School student. Throughout her
life, Clinton’s focus has been on women and
children. As First Lady of the United States
of America, she traveled the world to cham-
pion women’s rights; as a lawyer, she repre-
sented foster children and children of abusive
parents. One of her two published books, It
Takes a Village, discusses the responsibilities
society has towards children.
Experience: Before becoming the First Lady of Arkansas, and then the First Lady of
the United States, Clinton made a name for herself as a Yale Law School graduate,
and as a prominent lawyer primarily concerned with children’s affairs and has twice
been deemed one of the 100 most inﬂuential lawyers in America. During her years as Name: John Edwards
First Lady, she was appointed to serve on a number of boards, including the United
States Legal Services Corporation, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Child Care Backgruond: John Edwards, the dark horse demo-
cratic Presidential candidate and North Carolina
Action Campaign, and the Children’s Television Workshop. Hillary has also served native graduated from North Carolina State Univer-
as a Senator of New York for over seven years. sity in 1974 and received a law degree from North
Carolina University in 1977. He is married and had
On The Issues: four children, one of whom died in a car accident.
Domestic Issues: Throughout her campaign, Clinton has strongly advocated her He became a trial lawyer in 1977 and continued that
career for over twenty years until he moved on to
America Health Choices Plan, which means to provide affordable health insurance to politics in 1998.
all Americans by lowering costs and regulating insurance companies. Her campaign
stresses that those satisﬁed with their current plan need not switch providers. Experience: Edwards was elected as the U.S. Sena-
tor from North Carolina in 1998 and teamed up with
Taxes and the Economy: With respect to the economy, Clinton’s goals are to lessen John Kerry for the 2004 Presidential election as the
democratic candidate for Vice President.
the income disparity between the middle class and the upper class, as well as to stabi-
lize the housing market. To achieve her goals, Clinton plans to apply the income tax On the Issues:
rates that existed during her husband’s presidency. Domestic Issues: He wants all Americans to be covered with health insurance by
2012 and believes this can be achieved by getting rid of tax cuts for the wealthiest
Foreign Policy: Clinton has made it clear throughout her campaign that she wishes to citizens.
end the war in Iraq, starting within her ﬁrst days in ofﬁce. Her three-step withdrawal Taxes and Economy: Edwards opposed tax cuts by President Bush in his ﬁrst term,
plan calls for the aid of “key allies, other global powers, and all of the states border- and wants to eliminate tax cuts for the richest people in the country.
ing Iraq”, as well as that of the U.N.
Foreign Policy: Initially, when the reports came out that there were weapons of
Social Issues: Clinton is strongly pro-choice with regards to abortion, wishes to fur- mass destruction in Iraq, Edwards voted for troops to be sent there. Since then, he
has said his original decision was a mistake. He recently supported a bill that called
ther expand embryonic stem-cell research programs, and supports gay marriage. She for a complete troop withdrawal by 2008. He is also against any future plans to send
is also in favor of strict gun control. more troops in. In terms of immigration, he supports citizenship for some illegal im-
migrants but wants the border patrol to crack down on illegal trafﬁcking.
Global Issues: Clinton plans to reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil, as well as
make the country more green and efﬁcient, by reaching out to automakers, oil, ener- Social Issues: Edwards opposes same-sex marriage but also is against a constitu-
tional amendment banning them.
gy, and coal companies, and individuals alike. As president, she would develop a $50
billion Strategic Energy Fund to fund alternative energy research and investments. All facts can be veriﬁed on John Edward’s website, www.johnedwards.com.
All facts can be veriﬁed on Hillary Clinton’s website, www.hillaryclinton.com.
Name: Barack Obama
Background: Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. He was raised by his mother, a woman from small-town Kansas, his
father, a Kenyan native, having left when he was very young. He attended Columbia University, graduating in 1983. Rather than immediately
pursuing a career in law or the corporate world, he spent a number of years as a community organizer with a church-based group in Chicago,
helping to improve the lives of the urban poor. Hoping to enact change on a larger scale, he earned a law degree from Harvard in 1991, then
returned to Chicago to teach constitutional law and work as a civil rights lawyer.
Experience: Obama served in the Illinois State Senate for eight years. One of his notable accomplishments included attempting to make the
capital punishment process more equitable (after several death row inmates were found innocent) and pushing an expansion of early childhood
education. He is currently serving his ﬁrst term in the U.S. Senate, where his chief concerns include veteran’s affairs and government corrup-
tion. He is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
On the Issues:
Domestic Issues: Education is an important emphasis of Obama’s domestic platform. He plans to help redesign and better fund the No Child
Left Behind act and improve funding for early childhood education. His plan for a national healthcare plan includes provisions for those who
would prefer to retain their private insurance plan.
Taxes/Economy: Obama’s tax plan includes income taxes for low-income seniors and creating a working pay tax cut for middle-class Ameri-
Foreign Policy: Obama supports immediately removing troops from Iraq and adopting a tough diplomacy approach with Iran. A major part of his foreign policy platform is improv-
ing American prestige abroad.
Social Issues: Obama has little to say on polarizing moral issues like abortion and gay marriage. He has spoken extensively on his beliefs on the role of faith in a pluralistic soci-
ety—namely, that people of faith should translate their religious values into secular policies. He is a strong supporter of civil rights, including ending racial proﬁling and discrimi-
natory legal practices, as well as expanding hate crimes protections.
Global Issues: Obama believes in the U.S. taking a leadership role in ending the genocide in Darfur and in world AIDS efforts.
All facts can be veriﬁed on Barack Obama’s website, www.barackobama.com.
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Teens are Seeing Green
By Lauren Nissenblatt (‘09) site, the CW television net- mental club, Ms. Jane Rothfuss ic material to fertilize the earth.
work has launched a campaign was unavailable for comment Lowering the thermostat in the
Generation Y has decided to called “Free to be Green,” where regarding how South Brunswick winter, and raising it in the sum-
change the world, literally. With they try to tell their watchers High School environmental club mer saves energy and produces
companies, celebrities, and big about the danger of harming the is involved in “going green.” less pollution. Lessening the
time television networks “going earth and how to take care of it. The aforementioned website use of herbicides and pesticides
green,” it is no surprise that the The dailygreen.com, a states that 80% of American teens on lawns also limits pollution.
rest of the generation has jumped website for “The Consumers are concerned about the environ- “Today to help the environ-
aboard the eco-friendly wagon. Guide to the Green Revolution,” ment, and 61% believe their gen- ment, people are buying hybrid
According to the article “Busi- many inﬂuential celebrities have eration will be more responsible cars and eating organic food,”
ness Sees Green in Going Green,” “gone green,” which has jump- when it comes to the environment. said sophomore Chelsea Gohd.
posted on cnn.com, many com- started the revolution. Stars like Junior Marissa Olcott In fact, hybridcars.com, a
panies, like General Electric Zac Efron have arrived to award said, “ I think it’s great how this website with facts about hybrid
have changed their ways and are shows in eco-limos, and Bindi generation is becoming more cars said that a gallon of gaso-
developing new ways for their Irwin, the daughter of the late aware of the environment. The line weighs over six pounds, and
tasks that are more eco-friendly. crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, earth needs help, and no matter when that gasoline is burned, the
Stores are selling clothes has designed a clothing line us- how it happens, it is a good thing.” carbon in it combines with the
that have earth friendly messages ing eco-friendly fabrics, and There are many ways oxygen in it and created nearly
on them, such as “respect your shoes made from recycled rub- to help the environment. Ac- 20 pounds of Carbon Dioxide.
mother,” with a big picture of ber. Even Pope Benedict XVI cording to ecologyfund.com, a Eartheasy.com says a hybrid car
the earth on it. With the sudden has gone green. He has approved website dedicated to ecology, has a small fuel-efﬁcient gas
up rise in the need to “go green,” a project to outﬁt the roofs of using public transportation and engine that is combined with
many are concerned that being Vatican City with solar panels. carpooling saves a lot of fuel an electric motor that assists
eco-friendly is just the next trend. Assistant principal Mr. that can end up polluting the air. the engine when accelerating.
Junior Elise Greenberg Peter Varela said, “In a school Reusing, reducing, and recycling, “It may be a trend,
said, “Since the issue of global point of view we have added ad- are three ways to help reduce trash. but it may not be. People may
warming has arisen from people ditional recycle bins. [Our school 30% of all waste comes from want [“go green”] for the sake
like Al Gore and the popular does] meet the recycling numbers yard and kitchen waste, and this of the earth or for the sake of
media, it may be just a trend.” as far as the inspection goes.” amount can be reduced by com- the trend, either way it’s good
According to its web- Advisor of the environ- posting, or using decaying, organ- for the earth,” said Greenberg.
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By Surbi Luhadia (‘08)
Ms. Samantha Saldanha
dents because the barriers put
Ms. Samantha Saldanha has been up in class tend to come down.
teaching history and social scienc- Also, I just have a lot of fun be-
es for the past 7 years, 5 of those ing involved,” said Ms. Saldanha.
years at South Brunswick High Outside of the classroom,
School. Before teaching here, she Ms. Saldanha has many other
taught at both Edison High School interests. She really enjoys read-
and South Amboy High School. ing, watching foreign mov-
Ms. Saldahna began teaching ies, and especially traveling.
US History and Global Studies “I have been to 25 countries,
at SBHS, but she now teaches a but my favorite was deﬁnitely
multitude of classes; AP Com- Spain where I did a study abroad
parative Government and Poli- program in college. I also re-
tics, Honors Global Studies, ally liked Israel,” she added.
Anthropology, and Sociology. She has participated in programs
“I like teaching such a range that allow teachers to teach over-
of classes because it gives me seas. Recently, she taught in India
an opportunity to still be a stu- and Japan and is currently apply-
dent and learn. I like challeng- ing to a program to teach in Korea.
ing myself,” said Ms. Saldanha. When she is not off traveling
In addition to these classes, or grading papers, Ms. Saldanha
Ms. Saldanha advises numerous likes to read the Viking Vibe.
clubs and activities in the school “I think it is a good way to
such as Student Council for the highlight what is going on in the
Class of 2008, the Muslim Stu- school. Students really seem to
dent Association, and the SBHS enjoy it and it really appeals to the
chapter of Odyssey of the Mind. school community,” she added.
Though this seems like a long One of Ms. Saldanha’s hidden
list of activities to be involved talents is to sing and she displayed
in, Ms. Saldanha enjoys partici- her talent at the annual Dead Pres-
pating in the school community. ident’s Society’s Inaugural Ball.
“I enjoy advising many pro- The Viking Vibe would like
grams because I like to see how to thank Ms. Saldanha for her Mrs. Saldanha poses with her new very-own
students are outside of class. I continued support and for being
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Martin Luther King’s Dream Still Inspires
graduate studies at Boston Uni- would not give up her seat for cial injustices. However, his phi-
By Brandon James (‘10)
versity. During his time in Bos- a white passenger, ultimate- losophy was to promote peace and
ton, he met and married the love ly causing her to be arrested. nonviolence. He always ensured
On January 21st, 2008, students, that his protests were orderly,
of his life, Coretta Scott. The According to nobelprize.org,
teachers, faculty, and administra- and he never wanted his protests
two would go on to have two which includes a biography of
tion were able to sleep in and en- to become physical or violent.
sons and two daughters together. King’s life, as a result King then
joy the day off as SBHS was closed At the age of thirty-ﬁve, Dr.
In 1954, King became the led the famous Montgomery
to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King became the youngest man
pastor of the Dexter Avenue Bus Boycott, lasting for about
King, Jr. On this day, not only was ever to receive the Nobel Peace
Baptist Church in Montgomery, 382 days. During the days of
the SBHS community able to relax Prize. Being the class act that he
Alabama. During this time, racial the boycott, King was arrested,
and enjoy a day at home with friends was, he donated every penny to-
tension was at a massive high, es- his house was bombed, he faced
and family, but they were able to wards helping the Civil Rights
pecially in the south. Blacks were personal threats and abuse, and
take time and reﬂect on the sacriﬁc- Movement. Sadly, at the age of
forced to live under the harsh his family, friends, and support-
es and contributions Dr. King made. thirty-nine, on the evening of
Jim Crow laws. These laws pre- ers were constantly threatened.
“I have a dream” is arguably April 4th, 1968, King was assas-
vented blacks and whites from After a long and grueling boy-
one of the most famous phrases sinated on the balcony of his ho-
attending the same schools, eat- cott, the matter was taken to the
ever to be echoed in American tel room in Memphis, Tennessee.
ing at the same restaurants, rid- Supreme Court, and the decision
history. It was after his peaceful Sophomore Andrew Gong said,
ing on the same buses, and even was left for the judges to make.
march in Washington that his fa- “Martin Luther King helped give
from using the same restrooms. On December 21st, 1956, after
mous “I Have A Dream” speech, me the life that I know today.”
Theese were just a few ways in the Supreme Court declared the
touched an entire nation. During Many feel that Martin Luther
which black Americans were seg- segregation of buses unconsti-
his speech, he expressed his beliefs, King, Jr., left this world too soon
regated from white Americans. tutional and blacks and whites
goals, and dreams for all people and too young. He was a vic-
Blacks were treated as second- rode the buses as equals. King
to be treated like equals, and he tim of violence and hate, which
class citizens, and were constant- had organized this boycott and
delivered it in a strong, booming were the exact aspects of life he
ly terrorized, threatened, harmed, fought hard to maintain a peace-
voice that was hard to ignore. This spent his entire life facing and
and even killed from White Su- ful and positive environment. In
speech impacted people all across combating. Throughout his life,
premacy groups such as the Ku the end, he was a major factor
the nation and brought the Civil and even after his death, he be-
Klux Klan, and several others. in gaining this signiﬁcant right.
Rights Movement to new heights. came a symbolic representation
King had always worked hard Sophomore David Harry said,
Sophomore Hai Hemchan- of equality not only for blacks,
to gain equal rights and opportu- “MLK helped pave the way for me
dra said, “Martin Luther King but for all people as a whole.
nities for blacks. By 1954, King and other African-Americans.”
gave me a dream that all people Today, it is evident that King’s
had become a member of the ex- In 1957, King was elected
can come together and be equal.” life long dream of racial equality
ecutive committee of the National presidents of the Southern Chris-
Martin Luther King, Jr. was is being recognized and taking
Association for the Advancement tian Leadership Conference. This
born on January 15th, 1929 in At- great strides as African American
of Colored People (NAACP). was an organization formed to
lanta, Georgia. He attended seg- Democratic candidate Barrack
At this point in history, black provide new leadership for the
regated public schools in Georgia, Obama runs for president, and
people were forced to ride in the now blossoming Civil Rights
and graduated from high school at stands a legitimate change of be-
back of the bus, and were also Movement. The way King sought
the age of ﬁfteen. He then received coming the country’s ﬁrst black
expected to give up their seats to reach his goals stemmed from
his B.A. degree in 1948 from Mor- president. If not for Dr. Martin
for white riders. Rosa Parks, the teachings of Christianity and
house College. This was a sophis- Luther King, Jr., places like SBHS
a black woman, refused to sit from the techniques of Mahatma
ticated, predominantly black in- might not have such a diverse and
at the back of the bus, and also Gandhi. King aimed to protest ra-
stitution in Atlanta where both his unique makeup of students, teach-
father and grandfather attended. ers, faculty, and administration.
Following this, King enrolled in
Above: Many notable Civil Rights Activists walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Geor-
gia in remembrance of the march acros the same bridge from Selma to Montgomery in 1965
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SBHS Students Gear Up for Another Year of Dunleavy’s Pre-
1. Team Cuccia- favorites to win it all
By Tom Dunleavy (‘09) at the Crossroads North gym. this year. Solid backcourt of Muchanic
are going to unleash the beast!”
and Rogan. Big men, Sisco and Cuccia
The South Brunswick High League Commissioner Finally, this summer, will control the paint.
School recreation basketball Mr. Rex Mangrum, who has there will be an outdoor sum- 2. Team Allen- undefeated champions
league has been very popular for been running the league for 11 from freshmen-sophomore division last
mer rec basketball league with year who return all 5 starters. Key free
the SBHS students for over 20 years, enjoys what he does, “ games played at night at Woodlot agent pickup of P. Goldsmith.
years now. Students in grades 9- I love running the league. It Park. Flyers and sign-up forms 3. Team Zabel- Luke Zabel and Zach
Zenda will lead the way for this athletic
12 at SBHS can enjoy the com- is great to have 26 teams. It’s will be handed out during the team.
petitive and fun environment on competitive, but also very fun, winter season. Many students 4. Team Gazawie- Alex Gazawie and
Monday thru Thursday nights at and the kids have a great time.” Dave Santos are a strong presence on the
are very excited for the season. post. Could be a very dangerous team in
the Crossroads North and South New things for the 2008 Junior Jimmy Mikedes the playoffs.
gyms. Students are required to season are that teams may play (Team Allen) is very conﬁ- 5. Team Mortenson- solid team coached
by Dr. DeBari. Matt Mortenson will
create their own teams of 6-10 two games per week so the dent, “ There’s no team in the handle the point and Beck and Singh will
players and a coach over 21 years season will be ﬁnished earlier league that can run with us. control the boards.
old. The cost to play is $25 per this year. Last year the season 6. Team Dunleavy- undersized, up-tempo
Hands down, we tear up the team that only lost two games last year.
player, which is used for the new ran into the spring high school wood harder than anyone.” Will rely on shooting prowess of Olsson,
reversible jerseys and to pay for sports season and many players Joe Mastronardi, a ju- Klein, and Dunleavy.
7. Team Veglia- Gerard Veglia and Mike
the referees and scorekeepers. who play a spring sport had to nior and guard for Team Hol- “The Machine” Clark will lead the way
Because of the popularity and stop playing. Also new for this mes, said, “I am exhilarated for for this experienced team.
excessive interest for the boys’ year are the team jerseys which 8. Team Doshi- Doshi, Hayes, and
the season! We made it to the Mayﬁeld lead the way for this offensive
league, the league has been split are no longer single colored t- Championship last year and minded team. A very underrated and
into two divisions. In division A, shirts, instead new reversible we look to repeat this year.” dangerous team.
teams consist of mostly freshman jerseys. Last year there was a Games are played in two Division A
and sophomores, and in Division four-team playoff, but this year 20-minute halves with a running 1. Team Madia- Madia and Muha lead
B, teams consist of mostly ju- there may be a six-team playoff. the way for this offensive powerhouse.
clock that will stop for whistles 2. Team Palumbo- Tenacious defense by
niors and seniors. Division A will Furthermore, on Mon- under two minutes. There is also Mike “Icee” Ferrara and strong 3-point
play on Monday and Wednesday day thru Friday from 3-5 pm a 5-minute over-time period if shooting from Palumbo are the strengths
of this team.
nights at Crossroads South, and at Grand Slam, there will be needed. Each team will have 3 3. Team Berrios- Team with two years of
Division B will play on Tuesday an open gym where teams will timeouts per half. Anyone ejected rec experience under their belt. Led by
and Thursday nights. The two- be able to practice for free. Berrios and Bruzzano.
from a game will be suspended 4. Team Hemchandra- Guards Mandvi-
division system was introduced Junior Matt Mortenson, for the next two games. Every wal and Mauqe are the keys to success
for the ﬁrst time last season. No who claims to have been prac- player that plans to play in the for this team. Could make some noise in
longer could teams of all seniors ticing four nights a week pre- games must also have some form 5. Team Kennan- young, undersized
be playing teams of all freshmen paring for the season said, “My of identiﬁcation that shows they team that plays an up-tempo game. Will
and having lop-sided games. The team plays with a lot of heart. rely on shooting and strong defense.
attend SBHS (school id card, re- 6. Team Sadek- Cella, Chidid, and Sadek
teams were much closer in ability, Always 110%! Guard, Brian port card). Schedules were hand- are strong perimeter shooters. Team
games were more competitive, and Hayden, has recently grown a ed out already and games will plays with intensity on defense.
7. Team A. Patel- young, offensive
the rivalries were more intense. goatee, and we plan to use that as start on January 21. If anyone has minded team led by Wang and Modi.
The girls’ league has an intimidation factor this year. any questions about the league, 8. Team Turan- young, undersized team
a total of four teams and they We’ve been waiting for the sea- that plays an up-tempo game. Will rely
they can email Mr. Mangrum on shooting and strong defense.
will play on Monday nights son all year and on January 22 we at RexMangrum@comcast.net.
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Dr. Ithan Zimmer is a science teacher at South Brunswick High
“I... Will Serve School. He has been a member of the US Navy and Navy Reserve
for more than 20 years. Dr. Zimmer was recently recalled to active
Proudly” duty and will be serving in Afghanistan for at least the remainder
of the academic year. Below is a letter written by Dr. Zimmer to
SBHS students and faculty.
Dear SBHS Family,
I received word that I was being recalled to active duty (mobilized) in the Navy via
a phone call in early December. All reservists will most likely be recalled at
least once in their careers. This is my ﬁrst recall as a reservist, although I
have a number of deployments from my years on active duty, including two
aboard ships to the Persian Gulf. My orders are written for one year, as
most are, but they also state I will only be spending six months “in country.”
That country is Afghanistan, which is where many navy personnel are be
ing sent these days in addition to Iraq.
Before going to Afghanistan, I have approximately one week of
In this process, we get up to date on medical, getting any necessary shots, physicals, and other
medical screening. We are issued uniforms. We sit through a number of briefs to aid our transition
back to active duty. I am currently in Norfolk, Virginia going through the mobilization processing leg.
Around Saturday, January 19, I’ll travel to Fort Jackson, South Carolina to attend three weeks of Combat Train-
ing School. I’ll qualify on the M16 riﬂe, the M9 pistol, as well as an assortment of other equipment needed in a
combat zone. Additionally, we receive lessons on the Afghani culture, religion, and some of their language(s). Land
navigation, ﬁrst aid, and CPR are a few of the other topics we’ll cover. Physical Training (PT) will be done throughout
this time. Although I’m not as young as I used to be and likely older than most others going through this, I am not the
oldest and I assure everyone I am in good shape to make it through all right. After Combat Training, we ﬂy to Kuwait
for almost a week of additional training. The most important part of this training will be convoy operations. This means
how we safely move across the land in vehicles, watching out for road mines, and defending ourselves as necessary. I
expect to get to Afghanistan by mid-February. Actual assignments can and do change once you arrive in theatre. My job
is listed as Staff Ofﬁcer working with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at our headquarters in Kabul. This
command is run by NATO, a US Army four-star general is in charge. Normally, this type of position would be ﬁlled by an
Army ofﬁcer. However, the Army is spread thinly doing their primary job, so Naval Ofﬁcers ﬁll in as needed.
Naval ofﬁcers are well-qualiﬁed to do this type of staff work and the Army is quite happy with our support.
People ask me if I am upset about the recall. Initially, I must admit I was upset because I was leaving my family and
my students. Yes, I do miss my students a great deal and understand I may not see any of my seniors due to graduation.
But, I soon realized that this is what I promised to do. Almost twenty-two years ago I took an oath that started with stat-
ing my name and ended with “so help me God.” How can I not fulﬁll my responsibility? How can my peers and friends
go overseas and I stay home? I welcome this challenge and will serve proudly. I have no real concerns about myself
during this time. My biggest worry is my family – my wife and my son, Aaron. Aaron is 19 months old and my wife is
expecting our second child, a girl, in May. This is especially difﬁcult on my wife. I don’t really know how Aaron will
be affected, but I understand he misses me already. I’m typing this letter and will email it on the computer given to me
by the South Brunswick High School Family. I’ve told many navy friends about this gift and they are in awe as well as a
bit jealous. I did not see a gift like this coming and it already has made a world of difference.
Just today, I was able to talk to my wife and son via Skype and we all saw each other on the webcam. I will never be able
to thank everyone for their generosity, but it is appreciated deeply. As more exciting things happen, I’ll be sure to write. I
hope to start a blog that Dr. Murphy has helped me to set up.
CDR Ithan Zimmer, USN
(CDR is Commander, USN is United States Navy)
Left: Dr. Zimmer’s 1B AP Environ-
mental Science Class poses with Dr.
Zimmer and his new Navy Build-a-
Above: A photograph of the good-
bye card given to Dr. Zimmer on his
ﬁnal day in class