Volume 103, No. 1
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
SNEWSE HADY SID The Great Gourd
Meet President Tom Cangiano
By Marko Hudak
Thomas Cangiano, the new presi-
dent of Shady Side Academy, kicked off
the school year at Senior School Convo-
cation September 2, by addressing the
importance of forming an educated opin-
ion and the dangers of commenting on
issues one knows nothing about.
So let us learn something about our
Besides being an articulate speaker,
Mr. Cangiano also has an impressive
résumé. He graduated from Middlebury
College where he majored in American
Literature and minored in American His-
tory. He then earned a Master of Arts
in Teaching at Tufts University. Mr.
Cangiano was later accepted into a doc-
toral program in history at Columbia Photo by Lindsay Kovach
University in 1994. After two years in
We gather together. President Cangiano opens Convocation 2010.
the program, he received an M.A. in
history. After an additional two years, Mount Washington and the downtown in need of a head. Mr. Cangiano imme-
Photo courtesy of Jessica Parker he received a Master of Philosophy in area. He particularly enjoys running on diately fell in love with the school when
History. He then taught and was a the Senior School track before going to he was interviewing last August. He said
Guten Tag. German students and some of their hosts in Rowe. dormitory advisor at Lawrenceville work before the sun rises. The president that he “didn’t get the same feeling at
With them is Jessica Parker, Co-ordinator of International Programs. School in New Jersey for nine years. and his family collectively enjoy explor- other schools,” and felt that Shady Side
Mr. Cangiano finally accepted a po- ing new places and walking and hiking “would be a good fit for my family and
sition as head of the American School in around Fox Chapel because it has great me.”
Sofia, Bulgaria before coming to Shady trails. Mr. Cangiano said, “It’s been When asked if there was anything he
visit Shady Side
Side. Mr. Cangiano is married to his wife really, really enjoyable.” didn’t like about Shady Side Academy,
Linda and has a son, George, at the After learning a little about his per- Mr. Cangiano laughed. It took him a
Middle School, and two daughters, Grace sonal and family life, I questioned Mr. moment to think, and the only thing he
By Rachel Diehl visit our nation’s capital, and when they and Celia, at the Junior School. Cangiano more specifically on his role as could pinpoint was the environmental
We, the hosts, eagerly awaited the I had the special opportunity to sit president at Shady Side Academy. He issue. He thinks that there is a lot more
returned from their trip, they only had
arrival of our German exchange students down with the president and ask him mentioned that his short-term goal would work to be done in recycling and con-
good things to say about what they saw.
at the Pittsburgh airport on Sunday, While at school, they got to see the several questions regarding his new life be to “understand the school and the serving energy. He noted that we are
September 19. There was uncertainty here at the Academy, starting with how community as best as I can.” In order to behind compared to other schools. He
finest of what Shady Side Academy had
among us as to what the next three weeks to offer. The second week they were he and his family are adjusting to life in do so, he will try to talk to as many thinks that small changes will make a big
would entail. Pittsburgh. He stated that everybody is people as possible in the Shady Side overall difference. Mr. Cangiano was
here was Spirit Week, which meant that
As we saw the ten German students adjusting well, and was grateful that community. Thus far, he has spoken to very happy about the renovations in
Homecoming was on that Saturday.
approaching us, we became nervous to many people at the Senior School have many students, faculty members, em- Rowe, however.
Most of them came to the day’s
find out what our partners were really gone out of their way to make sure that ployees, parents, and alumni. The When asked if he could change one
sports events, including soccer, field
like. Having only received a one-page hockey, and football. The German stu- he and his family are transitioning president’s long-term goal is to figure thing about Shady Side Academy right
biography and a picture of our partners, smoothly. out how to make the school the best it this instant what it would be, Mr.
dents undoubtedly enjoyed their first
we were enthusiastic to learn what per- high school football game. Asked to comment on the atmo- can be. Mr. Cangiano would like to find Cangiano said that this was a hard ques-
sonal habits they would have, what sphere here at Shady Side, Mr. Cangiano the areas in which we as a community are tion to answer simply because he is still
Korinna Lorenz, a German student,
foods they would be willing to try, and noted that Shady Side is very special in not particularly strong and make them adjusting to life here and learning about
said,“The football was funny.”
whether or not they would understand This was all new to them, especially many ways. He has been spending time better. He also would like to contribute the community every day. However, he
a word of English. at each campus (Junior, Middle, and something “special” that could benefit did mention that he would like the three
the Homecoming dance. These students
After about twenty-four hours of were surprised with our dance because Senior) and interacting with students, Shady Side Academy. campuses to interact with each other
traveling, they were noticeably tired, teachers, and faculty members. The Mr. Cangiano demonstrated his en- more. He stated, “It is great to find ways
of how different it was from theirs. At
but just as equally excited to meet us. president particularly enjoys the as- thusiasm for the Academy by saying he to bring the entire community
their school, they only have one dance a
When we were introduced to our part- semblies every Monday and Friday. “loves it here,” and that “Shady Side is together…it’s difficult, but it means a
year and they dance nothing like we do.
ners, we took them home to spend their He said, “What really impressed me an incredible school with a great his- lot.”
During their last week, they took a day
first night in America. to go to Fox Chapel High School to see the most were the community meetings. tory.” The president does not think that Mr. Cangiano has previously taught
The German students’ time here was It is both positive and supportive en- there are any areas in need of major fixing History and English, and he would love
the difference between private and pub-
filled with a variety of planned events as lic schooling. ergy.” He loves that fact that both or transformation, but he would like to to get back into the classroom. He
well as time spent with their host fami- teachers and students can participate tweak certain things. The president ultimately would like to teach a history
The remainder of their week was
lies. During their first week, they went and work together on certain issues col- approaches his position open-mindedly, elective on the subject of Bulgaria or the
spent making memories with their hosts
to see multiple historical and educa- until Saturday morning, October 9, when lectively to enhance the community. optimistically, and he constantly looks Balkan region. He believes that the
tional sites in downtown Pittsburgh, This is one area where he thinks Shady for ways to improve the community. history of this area is fascinating. In the
the students left their newfound homes
including the Warhol Museum, Strip to be reunited with their own families Side has excelled. When Mr. Cangiano was looking for coming years, expect to see a history
District, and Heinz History Museum. After talking about the Shady Side a job, he narrowed his search by schools elective taught by the president himself.
back in Germany.
They were interested in the history atmosphere, Mr. Cangiano talked more looking for heads, and geographic region. In conclusion, Mr. Cangiano said
After three weeks, we all learned
behind each of these places. specifically about Pittsburgh and his Residing in the United States was what that he truly feels satisfied, fulfilled, and
valuable lessons about culture, accep-
After that, they were able to visit interests here at the Senior School. The the entire family wanted. He first found happy here at Shady Side Academy. He
tance, and friendship.
Washington, DC for two full days. All president has already been to both out about Shady Side Academy because and his family have a wonderful place to
of the German students were thrilled to (Please see Germany, page 2) Steelers and Pirates games and toured he saw that it was on the list of schools call home.
Homecoming week, 2 days to debate, 30 minutes to the gate
By Haley DeJulio
“It left without us!” These somber
words met eleven out of the thirteen
By Katie Prochownik Speech and Debate chaperones and stu-
Walking down the hallways of Shady dents as we ran up the stairs to our
Side during the week of September 27 to airplane departure gate. The plane had
October 1, one could only see that the departed, leaving behind over thirteen of
students are not in a normal frenzy. its expected passengers.
Pajamas, eye patches, black robes, Fortunately for us, our competition
Cinderella gowns, and blue and gold over the weekend of September 24, 2010
flashy goodness only add to the viva- went considerably better.
cious spirit of Shady Side Academy. The annual Yale Speech and Debate
For the school, Homecoming is a Tournament in New Haven, Connecti-
time not only to show spirit in apparel, cut beckons eager students each fall from
Photo courtesy of the Academian
but it is also a time to celebrate Shady around the country to compete in a
Side’s 127 years of faithful service to its myriad of events ranging from prose to
student and alumni community. public forum. Photo by Mary Krauland
President of Student Council This year, ten Shady Side Academy We won! Debaters attract the attention of airport passersby.
Broderick Kelley agrees. “With return- students and three chaperones (Mary
ing alumni, it is the perfect opportunity Krauland, John Tumolo, and Mary Ellen While the competition was tough, Peter Donahue won first place in parlia-
for Shady Side to exert new and old Costa) took part in this forensics frenzy. with over one hundred teams in public mentary.
traditions and familiarize the current Sophomores Paul Steenkiste, Perry forum alone and nearly forty in parlia- Whether we won or not, we all learned
student body with the past. This year’s Cao, Shivum Barill, and Anthony Costa mentary, Shady Side came out strong. a lot about debating at a high level of
Homecoming is bringing changes to the Slumber party! SSA seniors competed in Public Forum Debate along Anthony Costa and David Jimenez competition and traveling in large groups.
Shady Side Community by bringing forth enjoy an early reprieve from with Junior Rob Belles and Senior David advanced to the double octo round of We look forward to taking the knowl-
the tenure of our new President, Mr. Tom stress in their Monday PJs. Jimenez, and seniors Jemila Adoki, Haley public forum, Haley DeJulio and Jemila edge we gained at the national level and
Cangiano. His presence will facilitate a DeJulio, Ann Tumolo, and Peter Donahue Adoki advanced to the quarter finals of applying it to local tournaments through-
new era of the Shady Side community.” (See Homecoming Page 8) competed in Parliamentary Debate. parliamentary, and Ann Tumolo and out the season.
2 Opinions Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
IT’S JUST A HOUSE OF WORSHIP, EVERYBODY RELAX
Back in the band
By Niteesh Sundaram Mosque at Ground Zero
At the start of my junior year, I By Perry Cao from places such as the Iranian gov- constructing the mosque is a bad idea.
decided to drop out of band. I had It’s been a while since the plan for ernment and other organizations with When asked about his take on the
already accumulated three art cred- constructing a Muslim community un-American values. He denounces anti-mosque behavior, Roy Frye, an
its and by dropping band I could center and mosque near Ground Zero violence, and is seen as a pro-Ameri- atheist Unitarian Universalist of Pitts-
schedule a second science course. was unveiled (also known as “Park can within the Islamic world. burgh calls it “mean-spirited and un-
At first I felt that I had made a great 51” and the “Cordoba House”), but Since 9/11, he has supported and American.” We must consider the
decision. I mean, how was playing a the opposition to the idea is staying lectured on the idea that being a Mus- impact that this decision is having on
saxophone - rather mediocrely might strong. In a recent poll by Fox News, lim and being an American is not a our image—the American image.
I add - going to help me at all in my 64% of Americans were against the contradiction. He helped name the We also have to remember that
life? We all hear the stories about the idea of building the mosque (more mosque, originally supposed to be Christianity and Judaism (two of the
starving artist or the music major Republicans were against it than the “Cordoba House,” representing top ten largest faiths in the world,
who is now flipping burgers at a fast Democrats). Simply put, they be- the 8th-11th century city of Córdoba, Islam being the second largest) have
food joint. And besides, I was good lieved that it was inappropriate. Spain. This was meant to symbolize had some extremism as well (not very
at science. Science is something that In band, however, I am constantly Americans aren’t comfortable with the peaceful coexistence between Is- recent extremism, but extremism all
comes naturally to me, which is not being challenged. Reading rhythms the mosque being so close to the site lam, Christianity, and Judaism, but the same), but do you see people
the case with music, and I would and notes is not something that ever of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. also met controversy, as many people protesting the construction of a church
have had to be a fool to choose band came naturally to me. I must practice However, there are a lot of things saw it as a link to the Islamic conquest or a synagogue with such relentless
over science. quite a bit if I am to play the easiest that some people don’t understand. of the Christian Spaniards in Córdoba. determination? Of course not.
However, in less than a year since of arrangements that many of my First off, the mosque isn’t right next This idea of religious unity takes Sadly, the majority of Americans
I quit band, I am once again carrying classmates are able to sight read. At to Ground Zero, it’s two blocks away. me to my next point: America is a are still skeptical of the mosque pro-
my saxophone to and from school. the start of my junior year I took this It’s pretty much like any other mosque melting pot where cultures from posal. Sophomore President Paul
Looking back on my decision to to mean that I was a bad musician and in the urban sprawl of New York City around the world mingle and prosper. Steenkiste believes that the construc-
drop band, I realize that it was a that I should probably stop playing (which currently has about 100 some After all, this country was founded on tion of Park 51 is an “unwise endeavor
mistake. It was rather arrogant of me the saxophone. Although it took me mosques already). the basis of religious freedom. By because it touches on an issue that is
to assume that music is less impor- over a year to realize it, I wasn’t a bad Second, we have to remember that opposing the construction of the close to many Americans’ hearts.”
tant than science. You see, band musician; I was just lazy. Because the mosque is also a recreational cen- mosque, we are becoming dangerously Paul thinks that it’s reasonable to
class has taught me a more valuable science came so naturally to me, for ter which will house a pool, a gym, a narrow-minded. consider moving the mosque to a dif-
lesson than I have ever learned from the longest time I was really only library, an auditorium and more. It The citizens of the United States ferent location; preferably farther
a biology teacher or physics text- willing to pursue things that I was will be a social gathering place for the do not have the authority to deny away from Ground Zero. I disagree,
book. Band class taught me the good at from the start. people of Manhattan. According to individuals’ religious freedom (nei- even though his view is one shared by
importance of trying my hardest, My previous outlook was not Time Magazine, it’s time for Ameri- ther does the government; that’s ille- countless American citizens.
while science class simply rewarded only wrong, but also quite detrimen- cans to ditch their tendency to gal). Sam Swarts, a senior, says, “It’s But in order for the United States
me for being lucky enough to be tal. It was the reason I had aban- exaggerate Islamic extremism. in the constitution that there should to move forward, we need to stop
born with anaptitude for science. doned so many other activities that Islamophobia must end. be a separation between church and dwelling on the past. We need to
I’m not saying I don’t work at all I might have grown to love, or with The Muslims who are construct- state. So they should definitely build accept Islam and respect it, and re-
in science class (in fact I probably some practice found myself to be ing the mosque are a more liberal sect; the mosque.” sisting the construction of the Ground
work more in science class than I do very good at. If you are to take away more “peace-loving” than the more The extremists who organized and Zero mosque is a step in the wrong
in band), but it is rare that I find only one thing from my editorial let radical groups. The man behind the executed the 9/11 attacks were indeed direction. We live in a democratic
myself outside of my comfort zone in it be this: things in life worth pursu- project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is a re- Muslim, but that does not justify the country as a united people; a melting
a science class. That is, I may do a lot ing are not always easy, because if spectable imam who pursues harmony categorizing of all Muslims as terror- pot of faiths, cultures, and individu-
of work in science class, but it is not they were, it really wouldn’t be worth between Muslims and Americans. In ists. Therefore we cannot immedi- als. That’s what we stand for, and
difficult work, for me at least. pursuing them. fact, he denied funding for the project ately jump to the conclusion that that’s what we believe in.
Beck and Tea Party distort King Germans visit SSA
By David Jimenez (Continued from page 1) one had the same high hopes of returning
August 28 remains one of the most Rush Limbaugh becoming America’s We learned that a smile goes a long Even though we will be seeing our
solemn and important dates on our ethical and religious gurus. way, and that laughter is always under- partners in a few months, it was still so
nation’s calendar: the anniversary of In his shows, Beck does not view stood. We learned how to cry from the hard to give them that last goodbye hug.
Martin Luther King’s March on Wash- liberal and progressive leaders as legiti- separation of a friend. We learned that Every partner’s relationship went from
ington and “I Have a Dream” speech. On mate political partners but as sinister memories can last a lifetime. “who is he/she?” to crying that he/she is
this prophetic summer day, King and radicals bent on destroying America.
the followers of his movement outlined
a radical call for social and racial justice
Beck has accused Obama (and his ex- more than But, most importantly, we learned
the importance of friendship, whether it
Thora Hoffmann’s host, Lexie
tended family) of having a “deep-seated
flinging a coin
be local or from halfway around the Scozio, said, “Thora about cried. But I
that was deeply rooted in the American hatred for white people and white cul- world. After a mere three weeks in couldn’t or I was going to break down.”
experience. ture” (whatever that is). He compared America, the German students all wanted The hosts were able to bond so well
Unfortunately, this year Glenn Beck
and the rising Tea Party were willing to
the Democratic health care plan to
Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Obama’s plan
to a beggar. - to come back to visit.
Merle Haarbrücker said, “Hopefully
with their exchange students in those
three weeks that saying goodbye was,
launch their “Restore Honor” move- for increased national service programs I can see you again this summer!” Every- by far, the hardest part.
ment at the same date and place at the (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) to the
Lincoln Memorial, manipulating and “brownshirts and then the SS [in Nazi
twisting King’s message for their reac- Germany].” system . . . [if it] guarantees secure
tionary agenda. It was not a day of Both Beck and Palin have emerged as employment or guaranteed income, dig-
honor, but a day of shame and distortion members of a radical form of conserva- nity will come within the reach of all.”
of one of our greatest American heroes. tism that rejects any room for compro- Glenn Beck’s emphasis on Charity
Glenn Beck has insisted that the date mise and dialogue and twists the legiti- is wise, but limiting; as King points out,
was a coincidence and that he did not mate fears of Tea Party members for “true compassion is more than flinging
intend to hijack King’s message. But irrationals’ ends. Frankly, these ex- a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and
anyone observing the march and its treme partisan leaders are in no position superficial. It comes to see that [a
buildup can see that the Tea Party (and to restore moral “honor” to this country. society] which produces beggars needs
Beck) sought (ironically) to position Glen Beck is right about one thing: it restructuring.” Although Beck despises
themselves as the successors to the Civil is vital to study history. However, socialism, King’s views in reality are
Rights Movement. Beck originally when we look at the past objectively we closely aligned to many leftist goals and
claimed that the coincidence of the dates can see that Martin Luther King’s mes- principles. Historian Michael Eric
was a planning accident, but then pre- sage for social change stands in sharp Dyson notes that King described him-
sented it as “divine providence.” contrast to the Tea Party’s ideology of self as a “democratic socialist.” The Tea
Despite fierce criticism from civil hands-off government and uncontrolled Party seems willing to use Martin Luther
rights leaders, Beck claims he is seeking capitalism. King, but they fail to fully grasp his
to “reclaim the civil rights movement.” Beck has compared “social justice,” values and message.
The rally was filled with images of King. the Judeo-Christian doctrine of social Beck refuses to take King at his true
Sarah Palin, a keynote speaker, pro- and government commitment to serving words and life for obvious reasons. For
claimed that the mass of primarily Tea
Party activists held the same “spine and
moral courage . . . [of] Martin Luther
King.” After the rally, Beck even tear-
fully revealed his need to wear a bullet-
the poor and building an equitable soci-
ety, to Nazism and Communism. “So-
cial justice,” however, is not a fringe
belief but a central part of King’s phi-
losophy and all leading Christian
Beck, social democracy is not just incor-
rect but part of a dangerous tradition of
absolute government power and the
destruction of freedom. King’s commit-
ment to social change, however, reveals
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efit veterans’ families (even liberals and grams are pointless “hand outs.” King, the Vietnam War, American imperial-
“evil” progressives could support that). of course, had far higher faith in less ism, and untamed capitalism. Editors-in-Chief........ Haley DeJulio, Marko Hudak, Jeremie Kim, Niteesh Sundaram
The question, of course, is who was fortunate Americans and believed that For Americans trying to survive in a News Editors...........................Adi Krupski, Katie Prochownik, David Steiner
organizing and leading this rally, com- government had a moral responsibility system of failing schools, collapsing Features Editor ...........................................................................Shamike Dighe
posed almost entirely of Tea Party to combat poverty and unjust economic families, poverty, gang violence, and Asst. Features Editors...............................................Ayesha Shah, Anita Jain
members. Frankly, it is hard to believe structures. police brutality, King’s message remains Opinions Editors........ ..................................Yuval Ben-David, David Jimenez
that our nation’s moral and spiritual During the last months of his life, more relevant than ever. Americans of Asst. Opinions Editor ..................................................................Noah Schoen
revival should be led by a divisive talk Martin Luther King worked to organize all races, classes, and parties must reject Sports Editors..................................... Michelle Bucklew, Christopher Miller
show host, infamous for offensive com- sanitation workers and the Poor People’s Beck’s divisive ideology and instead Asst. Sports Editor .....................................................................Sarthak Dighe
ments, blind ideological thinking, con- March on Washington. While King embrace King’s “revolution of values” Photographers....................................Kimberly Flit, Nick Gasbarro, Allie Hull
spiracy theories, and an “us vs. them” recognized the importance of personal to transform our nation. Only then can Art Editor ............................................................................... Nicholas Barnes
view of the world. responsibility, he also stressed the role we truly “restore honor” in this country Layout Editors............................Lea Brown, Porter Ladley, Caitlin O’Connell
It would be like Louis Farrakhan or of society to place “responsibility on its and reach King’s “Promised Land.” Faculty Advisors.................................................Angela Irvine, Suzanne Belles
Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Opinions 3
The Internet: Pittsburgh Avid Alec’s Alaskan Adventure
loses race to gain speed By Alec Brown
This summer, I had the good fortune
By Adi Krupski around the U.S. to send in applications to be given a full scholarship to a pro-
Things happen when we least expect from which Google would later choose gram run by the Student Conservation
them. This September, the internet a location to begin its project to provide Association in Alaska. The SCA is a
business witnessed a new feat. One faster internet. Well, of course Pitts- government funded group that provides
would presume this would take place in burgh sent in an application. students in high school the opportunity
an area such as the Silicon Valley or New But some cities seem downright des- to learn about the environment as well as
York City, but no, it took place in a little perate for this project to begin in their first hand opportunities to work on
(and now very well known town) called territory. On March 1, 2010, the mayor conserving the environment.
Chattanooga, Tennessee. of Topeka, Kansas chose to change the I got involved with the SCA by
Chattanooga began to offer the fast- name of the state capital from Topeka, volunteering and then becoming a part of
est internet speed in the United States Kansas to Google, Kansas for a month. the Conservation Leadership Corps.
with one-gigabit-per-second internet Yes, Google, Kansas. Signs were The CLC is a program where students
upload and download speeds. While switched and billboards changed. And in from around the Pittsburgh area learn to
Pennsylvania as a state is roughly in the response, Google changed its name to conserve the environment and to lead
middle spectrum of the averages of states “Topeka” on April 1, 2010, for a day. Is others in that direction. They do this by
with a rate of 9 Mbps speed (if you’re this a little too much child’s play for the working on a local crew in state parks in
not familiar, 1 gigabyte = 1024 megabit- technological and political leaders of Western Pennsylvania.
per-second or Mbps), Pittsburgh was America? I was then selected from these stu-
actually rated as the third top U.S. city One day the U.S. might attain a dents to work on a national crew work-
in May, 2010, with an average speed of national average greater than that of ing in the White Mountains National
14.18 Mbps. countries such as Japan and South Korea Recreation Area. We were assigned to
However, no matter how proud we — as for now we are left behind the clear and build 1000 feet of trail. This
are of this speed, Chattanooga soon curve. Yet we have hope. It is the small, required chopping down trees, cutting
boasted that they are 250 times faster than unexpected occurrences that cities like into the tundra, dealing with permafrost,
the average internet speed in the nation; Chattanooga provide for our nation ev- and hauling rocks. This was hard work,
and Pittsburgh was left in the dust. ery day that give us hope. Let us never especially because it took twenty five
But no matter; Google, the savior of underestimate the power of the small. minutes to hike up the mountain to our
the United States, announced a project As Mohandas Gandhi once said, “A section of the trail. Alec’s forestry brigade. Building trails in Alaska’s White Mts.
earlier in the year that will provide faster small body of determined spirits fired Although we worked eight hours a
internet connections around the nation. by an unquenchable faith in their mis- day, we had lots of fun playing games My eight person crew consisted after four weeks, I would consider us all
This tremendous journey must start sion can alter the course of history.” Let and then going on a four day rec trip into of boys and girls from California, great friends. If anyone wants to get
somewhere, so Google asked mayors us hold that faith. Denali National Park. There, we saw New York, Boston, Connecticut, involved with the SCA or just become
bears, wolves, caribou, moose, eagles, Washington D.C. and myself. At first involved in the conservation of the
Movie review foxes, and the tallest mountain in North it was awkward and uncomfortable environment, just email me at
America, Mt. Mckinley. because nobody knew each other. But firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Manasa Reddy
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
Acting: 8.5/10 dies the old blue collar Wall Street atti-
A Frenchman in Lawrenceville
By Haley DeJulio brest line the cases. Everything looked
Plot: 6.5/10 tude, which gives way to the rise of the
Cinematography: 8/10 money-hungry, never-rich-enough drive While in Boston over the summer, I and sounded amazing, so I decided to try
Let’s start by being honest. As much of the young business unsavvy genera- discovered a wonderful bakery called a wide variety. The plain croissant and
as movie legend Michael Douglas and tion. Flour that I found irresistible. It had pan au chocolat were buttery, light and
promising new kid on the block Carrie Jacob ultimately unites with Gordon three locations and basically kept me crispy, and the vanilla bavarois was like
Mulligan protect the credibility of a in order to bring to fruition his dreams of alive for eight weeks, but I was suffering a fluffy vanilla mousse with a spongy
production, no one expected Disney independent success in his new world, severe Flour withdrawal symptoms af- vanilla genoise on the bottom for some
Channel drop-out Shia LaBeouf to carry but as the story unfolds, old tricks come ter returning to Pittsburgh. In despera- contrast in texture. Everything I tasted
any weight in this risky addition to the out, spirits are crushed, and basic human tion, I searched the Internet for new local was obviously fresh and made from
1987 production. However, I was both dignity sacrificed. We see a young man bakeries and happily stumbled upon a scratch the old-fashioned way that morn-
surprised and delighted to admit that claw his way to the top of the mountain real gem, La Gourmandine in ing.
this movie truly delivers the punch, only to realize that when he was at the Lawrenceville. I’ve returned six times since then and
living up to the dramatic advertising and bottom was when he was closest to his La Gourmandine (from the French every time I find something new to
the quality of the original. The acting essence. “gourmand”, meaning someone who likes enjoy. It took me three visits to try their
was largely authentic, the plot line clean, Overall, I found the acting to be to eat) had apparently opened at the end croissant aux amandes (almond crois-
and the twists satisfying. appropriate, although sloppy at times. of June. The location at 4605 Butler sant), which is crisp and sweet on the
The story follows Jacob Moore Shia LeBeouf really managed to dig him- Street didn’t surprise me – high quality outside and soft with a creamy texture
(LaBeouf), a young man playing with self out of the 7 ft. by 7ft. hole of his, and restaurants and bakeries have been pop- on the inside, tasting of vanilla and al-
the big dogs in the New York Stock this holds promise for his future roles. ping up all over Lawrenceville in recent mond in just the right amounts. This
Exchange. This parallels with the release Titans Frank Langella and Michael Dou- months – but the promise of an authentic viding Pittsburgh with the high quality delectable almond pastry has become
from jail of defunct Wall Street Execu- glas really managed to deliver with an air French bakery was a novel concept in patisserie and boulangerie found in ev- my new favorite.
tive Gordon Gekko (Douglas), whose of wisdom that no one else possessed. Pittsburgh. ery Parisian street. Needless to say I La Gourmandine also offers savory
years of cheating the system cost him Lastly, Josh Brolin was greasy, sin- “What about Jean-Marc Chatellier’s made my way to La Gourmandine with options, including turkey sandwiches,
eight years of life. ister, and all the while tame, the perfect French Bakery in Millvale?” you say, all possible haste. tuna sandwiches, and ham sandwiches
Douglas plays a man whose time for portrayal of a man with no real bound- but Jean-Marc has not remained true to As soon as you open the bakery door on freshly made and sliced baguette.
reflection has reformed his belief that aries. Ultimately, Carrie Mulligan came his very French roots. He makes some your senses are assaulted with the irre- Quiches, pizzas, and savory tarts are
“greed is good.” Jacob is dating Gekko’s short of my expectations, but, to her fine pastries to be sure, but has Ameri- sistible aromas of fine quality butter, also always in stock along with a unique
daughter, Winnie (Mulligan), a high end credit, her role was underwritten and she canized his product to the extent that it sugar and yeast, conjuring up images of selection of freshly made artisanal French
model of an earthy crunchy hippie envi- did well with what she had. is no longer always recognizable as au- puff pastry in all its glory. Baskets of bread. Get to this new bakery early and
ronmental activist who incidentally has Rather than seeing this as a success- thentically French. Fabien and Lisanne croissants, brioche, and chouquettes often, because if you arrive after 11:00
an embittered opinion of Wall Street ful reprise of the 1987 predecessor, look Moreau, on the other hand, opened their overflow on the counter, and perfect A.M., you may miss out on some of
executives since her father abandoned at this as a movie that can stand on its bakery with the express intent of pro- rows of fruit tarts, parfaits, and paris- your favorites.
their family during his prison stint. own for the modern generation and the
Early tensions on “the street,” in-
cited by falsified rumors circulated by
rising executive (Josh Brolin), lead to the
But perhaps you will save your
$11.50 in the bank for some distant
Summer Reading: Why we need it
By Josh Lawrence
death of Jacob’s mentor Louis Zabel occasion; because “you can never be I am sure that I was not the only one who do not read as much a chance to read read books that they would not nor-
(played by Frank Langella). With Zabel too rich.” when they would not normally do so.” mally choose on their own.”
to grumble a little when it came time to
fulfill my summer reading requirements. If you ask the average student whether And then there are all the other ben-
What’s Hot/What’s Not
But, like everyone else, I looked only at or not they like to read on a daily basis, efits from reading, such as expanding
the work that was necessary, and not the chances are you’re going to hear “no.” So your vocabulary, sparking interests, and
reason that we do the work. The reason summer reading gives the non-readers a bestowing knowledge.
By Sam Goodman and Maggie Leech why SSA does summer reading is quite chance to lose themselves in literature in So yes, summer reading may be an
WHAT’S HOT WHAT’S NOT simple: to get people to READ. a way that they would not normally do annoying thing to do right at the end of
As English teacher Elizabeth Garvey on their own. “Also,” continues Ms. summer, but it is also one thing that can
Glee American Idol puts it, “Summer reading gives students Garvey, “it allows regular readers to never hurt you.
German & French Students
Military chic: must-have for fall
By Alex Levy on to the army trend early on, found
Girls playing field hockey Boys playing field hockey If there’s one thing that you can’t go without this fall season that her army jacket became essen-
Eco Ego it’s a military inspired wardrobe. Military inspired jackets, tial once November came around
pants, and boots can be found everywhere: Vogue magazine, store last fall. So, if you have a pair of
Shirtdresses & jean jackets Jeggings windows, and even on Shady Side’s campus. army pants sitting in your closet, or
Hoop Earrings Dangle Earrings One advantage of this trend is that it even fits within the you are looking for a unique pair of
guidelines of Shady Side’s dress code. Junior Shamika Dighe shoes, you can rock the military
Concussions Swine ‘09 says, “I love army pants, they go with almost anything and you look, and even at school!
Charlie Batch Ben Roethlisberger can wear them year round.” A bit of army green is a great way Junior Camara Copeland, a bold
to spice up a favorite fall outfit. fashionista, advises, “If you’ve got
Super Heroes The Wild Wild West Junior Tess Rosenbloom has also been enjoying this military it, flaunt it.” Don’t be afraid to try a new look, because this
Stories and Appreciations The Assembly Show trend. She recently wore her military boots with a white lace fall, utilitarian is in so you’ll be comfortable and runway chic
Lady Gaga Taylor Swift dress, giving an edge to an otherwise girly outfit. in no time. This dress code appropriate trend is a great way to
Another great way to display this trend would be to keep keep up to date on the latest style, without having to avoid the
Consol Energy Center The Mellon Arena warm with an army green jacket before the cold winter months dean’s office. So do yourself, and Mrs. Skinner, a favor, and
require something heavier. Junior Lindsay Cozen, who caught add some military inspired flare to your wardrobe.
4 School News O’Nan
Man oh man, it’s Stewart
Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Book Review: Last
By Anthony Costa
Visiting author Stewart O’Nan met
with Angela Irvine and Judith Sanders’
Night at the Lobster
English classes before his assembly in By Anthony Costa
Rauh discussing Last Night at the Lob- As I closed the book after finishing
ster, September 20. Mr. O’Nan was the last page of Stewart O’Nan’s novel,
kind enough to stay the whole period Last Night at the Lobster, my action
and answer all questions that students seemed to merge into that of Manny’s
asked, including the following: locking of the restaurant door for the
Q#1: Manny’s memories of his final time. O’Nan’s detailed description
Abuelita (grandmother) usually happen of the multi-layered tasks done by line
when he is acting, once again, in a “re- cooks, waitresses, dishwashers, and jani-
sponsible way” - how do you view his tors made me feel for the first time that jewelry gift for Christmas. However, he
thoughts about his Abuelita? I just finished a busy eight hour shift. still has feelings for his old girlfriend,
A#1: Manny feels that he has to live Manny’s careful routine and dedi- waitress Jacquie, and is often distracted
up to the example of his Abuelita, who cated work ethic carries the theme that by thoughts of an ideal life where they
was hardworking and uncomplaining, regardless of the nature of a person’s job, would run off to be together. He wishes
even though her life was very tough. Photo by Nick Gasbarro
there is value and reward in doing a job that she held the same dreams. She
However, there is still a self pitying side Rock the Lobster. Stewart O’Nan shares character insights with well, even when the long term goals seems to represent a flash of excitement
of Manny when he thinks of his Abuelita, an audience of English students in the remodeled Memorial Hall. disappear. in a life dominated by daily routine.
where he feels he has lost everything, Manny knows that this is the final What is best about the book and what
including Jackie and the Lobster. So Deena. He knows he should not feel breaking of the Christmas ornament af- night for his restaurant, but continues to really satisfies Manny are those people
there is a double edge when he thinks of more for Jacquie, but what the reader has ter all this time symbolic because it show the same vigilance, even in the face that he serves and who appreciate what
his Abuelita because he knows he has to to decide is if his feelings for Jacquie are foreshadows that the last night at the of Shakespearean weather conditions he does for them. Coach is one of his
work hard, but at the same time Manny’s more than that of Deena or can his Lobster might affect all of the employ- echoing his fears for his own future. But regular customers, and Manny makes
woes incline him to question what the feelings be attributed to the anticipation ees more than they know? he is not the only one who continues to the extra effort not only to serve him but
impact and meaning of his work are. of the Lobster’s closing. He does see A#3: Wow, that’s pretty good. Well show loyalty to the cause, and he is help get his car out of a snow bank,
Q#2: The “Marlin” seems to be an himself as the Marlin. It’s funny be- to me when I was writing it, it made surprised when staff members come to leaving “his tie ruined,” and his clothes
overarching symbol - “Somewhere un- cause in the movie, Hollywood wanted Manny think what a waste it was for the work even when they have not been wet and freezing. The final irony comes
der the dust and shellac there must have Manny to steal the Marlin, and I knew ornament to break. The delicateness of offered a new position at the Olive when they stay open to service a bus
been a real fish once. How long ago?” that was a big stupid gesture. The the ornament kind of represented the Garden. The book highlights teamwork only to find that the passengers already
Does this represent Manny and his stealing of the Marlin is the first impulse delicateness of the family of employees and trying one’s personal best; there is ate at another restaurant that made them
unhappiness with always living his life as an author you have to crush because at the Lobster, and although they never a comfort and an affection that develops sick and now they need to use the bath-
in a responsible manner? you have to ask yourself, “Would say, “Nicolette, you’re my family mem- within that team, even for strong and rooms. He even offers up glasses of
A#2: Yes, and he is not happy with Manny ever steal the Marlin?” Hell no. ber,” in many ways she is. The breaking somewhat disruptive personalities. water as he wishes he had cleaned the
the falseness of his feelings. Since it is Q#3: Does Manny see his fate in the of the ornament as a waste, kind of Manny plans to marry his pregnant bathrooms prior to their arrival. Every
the last day, his feelings are tensed up; delicate ancient Christmas ornament that symbolizes that the closing of the Lob- girlfriend and dutifully steals time to slip restaurant should be so lucky to have an
he thinks he feels more for Jacquie than breaks on the last night? And is the ster is a waste too. to the Mall and buy her a last minute employee like this manager, Manny.
Find time for clubs Man on the Street wants to know...
by Tierney Weitz
By Ava Lazor learn in the classroom to real-life situations,
Get up. Dressed. First period. Free. one such club being Mock Trial,” jokes Dan
If you could spend a day with a cast member from “The Jersey Shore,” who would it be and why?
Advisee meeting. Last period. Locker. Coyne. The experiences in clubs build traits
Sports. Home. Facebook. Homework. such as cooperation, leadership, and initia-
Repeat. tive, driving both friends and strangers to-
Considering the nonstop talk about ward a common goal.
how frantic and strenuous high school can “What’s the best part about clubs?”
be, it seems like the days run together into asks junior Jenna Rosenbloom. “Having
a lull right around November. Besides the opportunity to be part of a group and
that, there is hardly any time between the meet new friends!” Sharing a common
items on our to-do lists to break the cycle interest is undoubtedly a catalyst for
for a dose of relaxation, socializing, and friend making, so why not risk talking to
free-flowing energy. someone new for a change?
Luckily, contrary to all of our claims Within every fun-filled meeting and
of having ‘no time to spare,’ a small free snack, success can also take prece-
amount of sanity lies just beyond 8th dence. As skills are built from practice
period – its name is Club Time. after practice for clubs such as Model UN
Within each of our overcrowded sched- and the Egerian, teams often attend com-
ules, there is opportunity for relaxation, petitions to acknowledge their hard work
creativity, challenges, and time with in hopes of having something to show for “Snooki. Even though she’s a gre-
friends, all centralized around our inter- it. For instance, after the team’s phenom- nade, she seems like the most fun, and
ests. Do you like making people smile as enal year, the Speech and Debate club had “Ronnie, because he’s down to have I’m actually taller than her.” “DJ Pauly D, because he is DTS.”
you strum on a guitar? Join Kords for two members, Frankie Costa, graduating fun and likes to smoosh.” - Marc Malloy - Chloe Gulati - Mackenzie Stevens
Kids! Are you into making people fall in class 2010, and senior David Jimenez,
Visiting Haiti, eight months later
love with you? Sign up for Italian Club! finish fifth in the nation, proving that
None of the DOZENS of available clubs persistence in even a non-academic pro-
strike your fancy? Find a space, teacher gram has major payoffs.
advisor, interest, and create one! All things considered, there are no down- By Tess Rosenbloom school, health, food, drinking water, rec- was one of the ten students who did not go
“The best thing about clubs in this school sides to joining clubs; they provide relief to As news of the earthquake that hit reation, that people die in subhuman to school the day of the quake, and therefore
is that students can create a club depending an increasingly monotonous school life, Haiti eight months ago wanes, the coun- conditions.” is one of the ten out of 150 who survived.
on their interests. There has been the Family potential for even more friends to be made at try remains devastated. As cameras turn Haiti’s weak government was severely According to the National Public Ra-
Guy club, the Grumpy Old Man’s club, and Shady Side, and enlightenment on topics of toward other world matters, its relevance damaged by this recent earthquake. Its dio, 2.5 million Haitian children do not
the Personal Finance club. “If there’s an an already fostered interest, strengthening an seems to fade as well. In order to maintain leaders have been slow at making deci- have access to schools, and the earth-
interest in it, there’s a club for it!” commented entire spectrum of abilities. awareness, I have interviewed men whom sions and have been “overwhelmed by the quake damaged or destroyed 5,000
Christine Czapleski. Mrs. Greene touched upon one of I met in Haiti after the quake. logistical complexities of issues like re- schools. Additionally, a large number of
Junior Betsy Vuchinich also had some- these abilities. “Legitimate clubs provide Marc-junior Lormis is a 24-year- moval of debris and identification of safe Haiti’s ministries and civil servants were
thing to say about club subjects. “We means for students to develop their lead- old interpreter for Project Medishare relocation sites,” writes Deborah Sontag killed, an additional set back for their
have such a wide variety of clubs here. ership skills.” Hospital. When the earthquake hit Haiti of The New York Times. struggling government.
There is something everyone can do! I’m And abilities you can gain! Consider- on January 12, 2010, he was watching There has also been skepticism con- Another man who remembers the
really looking forward to being a part of ing the nonstop talk about how frantic and television at home. cerning the monetary pledges that coun- earthquake is Claudy Pierre, an in-
all of the clubs I joined because every strenuous high school can be, you have “It was the first time I felt a feeling so tries have promised Haiti. As of three terpreter as well as transporter for the
single one interests me.” the chance to avoid the November lull different and destructive, I was so afraid months ago, only ten percent of the $5.3 hospital. “I remember I was talking with
Aside from a break from the pressures of when the days begin to run together and of dying that I saw death in front of me and billion pledged by governments at a United my friends inside of a car next to my house
school work, clubs at Shady Side also give follow any activity you desire. Clubs can I’ve raced like crazy when I went outside, Nations conference has been distributed and then the car started to shake. I thought
students a chance to engage in activities of offer all this and more, and opportunity it was as if I was in a dream: houses to the Haitian government. Haitians have someone was trying to sit in the back of
astounding influence and merit. “Legitimate waits every day after school; you just destroyed or damaged, people (friends) become increasingly impatient as they the car, but it wasn’t that. But when I took
clubs allow students to apply what they have to reach out and grab it! died or breakage of the arms and legs, it live packed together in tent cities. a look at the mountain I saw a lot of house
was the total disaster. In a few word, the “My hopes for Haiti are to have good collapsed and then I told everybody that’s
earthquake is the most hurtful thing ever leaders, so we can have a better future an earthquake. When I got off the car I saw
happens to me since I was born,” he says. where everybody in Haiti can go to school, a lot of people on the ground bleeding with
Asked about Haiti’s government, go to see a doctor every month, find a job, their legs broken, head injured. There
Marc voiced his disdain. “[Americans] have a house, have food, etcetera,” says were so many people on the ground I
should know that Haiti is a very poor Marc. “Haiti can be changed, but we need didn’t know what to do.”
country because our leaders are more help. All my family depends on me, so I’d Claudy lost his house, his car, and
sensitive for their pockets than they should like to find the chance go to the States to many of his friends from the quake.
be for the people, so we never have good study and then come back to work down His hopes are to come to the U.S. with
leaders. In Haiti, it’s completely different here, help my family and change the way his son and continue school here, as he has
in the sense that the government is like a that things are doing in Haiti.” stopped attending his school in Haiti.
business profit and beneficiaries fill their Samuel Bastien is 21 years old and Afterwards, he would like to return to his
pockets fighting almost daily in order to is also working at Project Medishare, as country to help other Haitians.
keep the palace as their own homes. The a pharmacy assistant for ten dollars a day. Haiti needs assistance, and will con-
president and his henchmen ... are the “When the earthquake happen I was tinue to for years to come. So, inform
most immoral people in the country, and home. I didn’t go to school that day yourself. Join Paul Hendershot’s Edu-
they still intend to bully people disadvan- because I had a head pain, everythings of Haiti club. Learn about Haiti’s history.
Juniors give up a Sunday afternoon to raise money for prom. taged. This does not affect their con- this day is always in my head like a scare Form opinions. And above all, maintain
Surprise VFD visit helps earn big bucks washing a Firetruck. science that people don’t have access to movie every time I close my eyes.” Samuel your awareness.
Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 School News 5
Gaga’s meat dress
By Delaney Fischer her endorsing the PETA movment. Jes-
At the 2010 Video Music Award’s sica Gurrentz gave Gaga negative feed-
this September, Lady Gaga was spotted back by saying, “I think it was a very
wearing what has been named ‘the meat loud statement from her, but she may be
dress.’ She claimed on the Ellen taking it a little too far. I know that’s
DeGeneres Show that she wore the dress she’s weird but that’s like ew. It went
because she “wanted to illustrate that from weird to gross [after finding out the
humans can be treated like pieces of meat was real and not fake].” Madi
meat, as she feels gays are, thanks to Sheerer claims that Gaga just wanted
laws like the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell attention, and Ellen Boyle said she was
policy.’” straight up annoyed by the meat dress.
The dress was made with real meat Other students, like Max Rosen and
by designer Franc Fernandez’s family Toran Spence, have no real opinion.
butcher as revealed by MTV Style. The Rosen doesn’t even like Gaga. “I didn’t
dress seems to have sparked an opinon even see the meat dress. 99% of the time
from most. While on the Ellen DeGreneres I will change the station when she comes
Show, Ellen explained to Gaga that she on the radio. I could care less about Lady
understands she is trying to make a huge Gaga,” he said. The only senior that
statement but expressed that there are seemed to have a positive opinion on the
other ways. She then presented Lady dress was Chelsea Begg. “I thought it
Gaga with a dress made of vegetables. was an interesting way to make a state-
Shady Side Academy seniors were ment. I mean, I would never wear it, but
eager to share their thoughts on her Gaga can pull that stuff off,” she said. Photo by Kimberly Flit
fashion statement. Kate Rosenzweig Throughout the night at the VMAs, Facebook additions. Kyle Smith, Dana Burgard, Austin Davidheiser, Leah Powers, and
stated, “As a vegaterian, I kinda thought Gaga was constantly discussing the Kegan Borland line up for a photo. Missing are Chris Rose and Chuck Shafer.
New faculty settles in at SSA
it was disgusting. I am a strong believer DADT policy. She brought soldiers to
in fashion and making a statement, but the awards show with her, and after the
that wasn’t the way.” VMAS, she posted on twitter “All
Fellow student Adam Petraglia also hands on deck Lil Monsters: Key senate By Jeremie Kim tory. A Shady Side alumnus, class of ’06, Carnegie Mellon University and when
gave negative feedback on the dress stat- vote this Tues. on DADT repeal. We This year, Shady Side welcomes into when asked why he decided to come to asked why he decided to come to Shady
ing, ” I thought it was hyprocritical need 60 senators. Call your senator the community six new faculty members SSA, Mr. Shafer responded, “It just felt Side, he replied, “I wanted the change. At
because I have seen her as an animal now.” in a variety of departments. Last spring good. I have the burden of figuring out how college level, there wasn’t enough time
activist, and clearly wearing meat is not Since the Awards show, Gaga has saw a significant number of departing to be a teacher at Shady Side, but I don’t for family and that’s what it boils down to.
supporting the values on which PETA been having a ‘twitter war’ with Senator faculty, for reasons ranging from mater- have the burden of figuring out the school. I also wanted to bring what knowledge I’ve
stands.” While Gaga is a known animal John McCain and has posted videos on nity leave to graduate school to a new job I think my being an alum helped those in acquired at the college level to high school
activist, there is no public connection of YouTube trying to rally for the cause. as department head. However, with the charge of hiring feel comfortable giving students and athletes.” He also said the
new faculty members’ diversity of expe- me this opportunity.” According to Mr. transition has been flawless so far, and
Lady Gaga concert
By Samantha Goodman
riences and knowledge, we are confident in
their ability to fill this large gap.
Kyle Smith, one of the new additions
to the history department, teaches two
Shafer, his transition from Williams Col-
lege to teaching at his alma mater went
great and he loves what he is doing and says
he is at home here. He adds, “It’s also hard,
students, parents, and staff were very
welcoming. Mr. Rose tries to remain
physically active, playing sports of all
kinds. He also enjoys camping, the out-
Lady Gaga made her Pittsburgh de- U.S. History classes and one Patterns of but it’s a good kind of hard.” doors, and travelling.
but with her magical Monster Ball Tour Western Thought class. As well as having Leah Powers, one of the new addi-
at the Consol Energy Center, September a role in the classroom, he coaches basket- tions to the science department, teaches
5. From the moment the curtain dropped, ball and Model U.N. Prior to joining us at chemistry as well as environmental sci-
she impressed the audience with her the Academy, Mr. Smith “taught history ence. She also coaches girls’ soccer and is
lavish costumes and sets, but most defi- at the college level for the past four years a part of environmental club. Ms. Powers
nitely with her voice. She took the stage at Grand Valley State University in Michi- has been teaching for about seven years at
by storm, bringing each of her “little gan.” Despite his status as a college public and private schools, but last year
professor, Mr. Smith “was looking for a she stayed at home with her newborn.
monsters” deeper into the spectacle as
transition to a prep school and was really When asked why she decided to teach at
every song went by. Shady Side, she replied, “Well, there was
attracted to Shady Side for its residential
She wore everything from a purple life.” He also thinks that Pittsburgh is a a job available. I guess it was close to home,
leopard corset to a latex nun suit, rocking fantastic city. an easy commute, and I want to be teach-
number one hits and spectacular ballads Mr. Smith commented on the transi- ing again. It seemed like a nice place to
alike. Whether electrifying the audience tion from university to high school, say- When asked about his hobbies, Mr. work.” She goes on to talk about the
with upbeat hits or toning it down with ing, “The transition has been smooth. I Shafer replied, “Too many! The impor- transition and says “It’s been great. I
jazzy piano numbers, Lady Gaga never was helped out by many of the generous tant ones… I like to ride my bike. I’m an really like it. It doesn’t feel like I’m new
stopped shining. She was the perfect people at Shady Side and the students have avid amateur bicyclist. I try to write as much as it did in other schools. I think
choice for first female performer at the been great, even if I have suffered four poetry myself. Writing in general is soccer really helped because of its pre-
Consol. Pirates losses of the five times I have been important in life, I feel, and especially season, where everyone met even before
I was lucky enough to attend this Photo by Tierney Weitz there.” Mr. Smith’s hobbies include important to me. Music as well - I play the school started.” When asked about her
concert, and my friends and I all agree liberating, and full of Gaga’s little mon- golfing, listening to country and jazz on guitar and sing. My hobbies are not hobbies, Ms. Powers responded, “I play
that it was magnificent. Sophomore Joe sters!” his old record player, and when he can, professional, because for me they are soccer. I like to sew. But I spend most of
McMahon could not have stated it bet- As the show came to an end, it was travelling. more spiritually refreshing, and because my time with the kids. We hike and
ter when he said, “As Gaga’s biggest fan, clear that Lady Gaga had left everyone Also joining us this year is Dana I’m not that good at them; haha right!” camp… walk dogs.
Burgard who teaches all levels of Ger- Kegan Borland, one of this year’s Austin Davidheiser joins us this
I thought the Monster Ball was glorious. amazed and wanting more. That’s just
man as well as helping out with PE Fitness new additions to the history department, year at the Hillman as the technical coor-
The stage, outfits, and her performance what her biggest fans will get if they dinator of SSA Theater. He runs all of the
all held up to her unique image. The and Untucked this year. When asked why teaches World History I and coaches swim-
choose to attend her next Pittsburgh events that come to our school and is
she decided to come teach at Shady Side, ming. Mr. Borland recently graduated
show was beautifully strange, morbid, concert February 26, 2011. currently designing the fall play along
Ms. Burgard replied, “I actually worked from Kenyon College, majoring in his-
with a Shady Side alum recently and so tory and minoring in humanities, before with student technicians. Before the Acad-
when I heard of a position opening, he said he joined the Academy. “I knew I wanted emy, Mr. Davidheiser worked at Kurtztown
it’s a great place, he loved working there, to get into teaching and I’m from Pitts- University as the technical director and
By Maggie Leech and that I had to see what it was all about.” burgh, so I know people here. Also I scene shop supervisor.
Previous to Shady Side, Ms. Burgard taught shadowed here last year,” said Mr. Borland Before Kurtztown, he worked with
Every school year is marked by its leader. Last
German and coached soccer and rowing at when asked why he decided to come to the high school students at Penn Governors’
year, Ben Ross kept assemblies funny and enter-
the Philips Andover Academy. Academy. He goes on to say that his School of Arts. Mr. Davidheiser decided
taining with his Assembly Show. This year, to come to Shady Side because it was an
Student Council President Brody Kelley is mak- She comments on the transition, transition to teaching at a high school has
interesting opportunity to work with high
Photo curtesy of the Academian
“The transition went well. It is a lot been pretty smooth so far and that he
ing some changes of his own. While Monday school students again as well as work in a
different coming from a seven-day board- enjoys being in the classroom. Mr.
assemblies still remain the same, Friday assem- Borland’s hobbies include participating in new facility.
ing school, but I really like it a lot here.”
blies have received an extreme makeover. Ms. Burgard enjoys playing soccer, sing- triathlons, golfing, rock climbing, and Asked about the transition to SSA, he
They contain three sections: Appreciations, ing, and travelling. playing poker. replied, “It’s going pretty well. It’s a busy
Concerns and Suggestions, and Stories for the Charles Shafer is among the new Joining us this year as Head Athletic environment here. Unlike most faculty,
Good of the Community. Appreciations recognize science faculty and teaches four sections Trainer, Chris Rose’s responsibilities I don’t have a daily schedule. I am dealing
the little things Shady Side community members of Concepts of Chemistry, his mission include injury recognition, evaluation, with lots of outside events such as the
do around campus when they think no one is statement being: “I try to teach how to act treatment and rehabilitation for athletes. Hillman series as well as day to day assem-
looking. Concerns and Suggestions give students Senior Rob Stokes and think like a chemist.” Before his Along with these responsibilities, Mr. Rose blies, advisees, and upcoming concerts.”
and faculty the chance to express their concerns about any aspect of the community career started at the Academy, Mr. Shafer also shares his knowledge with underclass- Mr. Davidheiser is a hockey fan, though
and follow with their idea of how to fix or improve it. Stories for the Good of the attended Williams College, studying chem- men in Health I and II. For the past five he roots for the Flyers, and he enjoys
Community can either be a parable or simply something funny a student did that istry, poetry, architecture, and art his- years, Mr. Rose was the athletic trainer at spending time with his kids when he can.
week. In addition, all assemblies end with the singing of the Alma Mater.
Brody says, “The idea behind the new assembly format was to make the
assembly period a more community-based time-frame.” Many students are Scribes change it up for new school year
enjoying the new system because they feel more connected to the people on stage. By Haley DeJulio peared to the right of the Writing Center, that block, and you are good to go! If you
Brody mentioned another goal of the change was to “give the student body the A new school year brings new his- as well as the poster displaying all of the don’t have time to sign up and would
ability to become more actively involved in the Academy’s life, as well as give it tory essays, English papers, and college scribes’ pictures (for easy identifica- rather show-up unannounced, then drop
the opportunity to give their input in a public and accountable setting.” All in all, supplements. What better way to ease tion). Pretty soon, this new schedule period scribing is for you!
the new assembly schedule seems to be a success and enjoyed by the student body. yourself into the workload or crystallize will be in full use. During these eight periods every
A major change in this year’s Student Council is the reformation of a Constitu- your writing than to visit a scribe and get The idea is simple. There will be cycle, walk-ins are welcome, no signing
tion. Brody, along with Mr. LaCasse, has been working throughout the summer to another opinion! Post-It Notes available next to the up necessary.
propose the Student Council’s mission and the qualifications and duties of officers. This year, the system has changed a “Master Schedule,” which lists all of the Listen for our announcement at as-
Brody explained, “Years ago there was an official Student Council constitution bit. For those of you who were with us periods that scribes are available and sembly and watch for the grand opening
that was passed down from class to class. Unfortunately, at some point in the last year, you remember the email based displays the names of those available of the Writing Center in the coming
Academy’s history, it disappeared. The new constitution was established to appointment system. Well, this year, it during each period. weeks for more information!
resurrect this tradition, and give the student government a more definitive lay out.” can all be done at school without the use Find a free in your schedule that Everyone, from freshmen to seniors,
The constitution was also designed to legitimize the Student Council and “allow of electronic communication. matches a scribe-filled period on the is welcome to stop by for writing help
for accountability on both the government and student sides.” It is great to see the You may have noticed the large, navy master schedule, write your name on a and suggestions. We hope to see you in
democratic process is alive and well at Shady Side Academy! blue schedule that mysteriously ap- sticky note, post it in the blank space in the Writing Center soon!
6 Sports stays on course What happened to
Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Shamika Dighe and
Both boys’ and girls’ cross country
By Sara Policastro and Carianne Lee
teams are off to a great start this fall. Most people, when they hear the word “volleyball”, think of beach, sand,
With a current record of 7-0, the unde- and a colorful blown up beach ball. However, more schools are bringing it in as
feated girls’ team, led by head coach Sue a sport during the academic year.
Whitney and assistant coach Eileen This year, sophomore Georgia Scott proposed the possibility of having a
Cunningham, has a very good shot at volleyball team for the fall season. When asked why she wanted to start a team,
claiming the section title this year. This Georgia said, “I played volleyball at my old school, and there wasn’t a team here,
is especially due to their incredible key so I thought I’d give it a try.”
victory at Greensburg Central Catholic, Unfortunately, the plans did not work out, and it had to be cancelled. Is it
where a 6th place tiebreaker won the meet because volleyball is a fun summer sport that people are not willing to join during
after the score was tied at 28-28. De- the intense fall term?
spite the loss of some key senior run- So, let’s get to know volleyball a bit better. The purpose, which most people
ners, the team is very optimistic. know from elementary gym classes, is to hit the ball over the net and have it hit
Coach Whitney says, “This year’s the ground on the opposing team’s side. However, a team has three hits to return
team has a solid core of returning runners it to the other side. On each team there are six players on the court. So with only
in Jennifer Nguyen, Christina Policastro, six players and a simple goal, what went wrong for volleyball at Shady Side?
and Emily Lamm as captains, and re- Like all sports, someone wanted to have a go at it, but for some reason
turning runners Elizabeth Roll, Shamika Photo courtesy of junior Shamika Dighe
Dighe, Kristen Olander, Christiana Jueng Go, girls. The Girls’ Cross Country Team poses for a picture. volleyball didn’t work out. Georgia says, “I don’t know...We were close to
having enough girls. We had seven and we needed twelve.”
and Sara Policastro. What makes this ing runners. new to all current runners, this course, Volleyball was going to be worth PE, rather than team sport, credit. Choosing
year so interesting is that more than half Top returning runners include senior which has a modified start from the volleyball would make it difficult for underclassmen to fulfill all of their sports
of the team has never participated in Christian Harchelroad, juniors Jack previous course, was actually the home requirements. But volleyball is not the only sport that has had a difficult time
cross country before — a testament to Bagamery, Adi Krupski, David course between 2002 and 2005. building a team. When the girls’ cross country team first started, it only had
the hard work the returning runners did Lembursky, and sophomore Max Young. This September, junior Jack three girls on the team. Luckily, the next year a larger number of girls joined, which
encouraging their friends from other Adding to these returners, freshman Bagamery set the boys’ school and saved the team.
sports to participate!” Adam D’Angelo has been a valuable course record with a time of 18:15. The Next year, Georgia hopes that volleyball will pull a cross-country move and
Senior captain Jenn Nguyen is also contributor. The strength of this year’s girls’ course and school record, which come through. So, for anyone who was interested this fall, next year can be your
very positive and agrees that, “This year team is depth, as there is a strong pack was set in 2002, is currently held by time to shine on the courts.
we surpassed all expectations for the of runners competing for the final two alumna Katie Roll, with a time of 21:26.
Tennis’ road to States
team and we’re looking forward to the varsity spots. This depth has allowed Whether forced to climb mountain-
end of the season and to continue our the boys to be very competitive in the like hills, navigate treacherous terrain, or
success in WPIALs.” section. run across seemingly never-ending fields
The boys’ team is also off to an With substantial drops in time as the in the middle of nowhere in a little more By Kelly Marous Haley are very solid, as well.”
impressive start this season, with a season continues, the boys’ team is on than underwear, both boys’ and girls’ After facing a devastating loss in Another key aspect to this year’s
record of 6-1, losing only to the up and up. teams have put forth tremendous effort WPIAL semifinals last season, the Girls’ success is the team’s overall close rela-
Southmoreland. After the loss of three As senior captain Christian throughout this season. Varsity tennis team has been working tionship.
top seniors from the varsity squad last Harchelroad puts it, “SSA Boys’ Cross In a few weeks the hard work of all really hard attempting to capture the Coach Jeff Miller says, “Once we
year, the boys’ team, led by head coach Country is being relentless this year.” these runners will be put to the test at the state title once again. start competing together and not against
Paul Ejzak and assistant coach Tom Several things this year are different WPIAL meet, annually held at Coopers This year’s singles lineup includes each other, then I believe that we will be
Colt, is definitely rebuilding this year for both teams. Along with losing many Lake. Both teams will run against other Sara Perelman at #1, followed by Kelly one of the best teams in the state.”
due to the contribution of incoming valuable runners, both teams are also AA teams in the WPIAL and fight to Mengel and Alexa Miller at #2 and #3. Not only has the lineup changed, but
freshmen and the progression of return- running a new home course. Although place in the top four to make it to states. The #1 doubles team consists of Lisha the coaching staff has slightly shifted, as
Gu and Rachel Diehl, while Lindsay well. In addition to Mr. Miller, Tom
Boys’ Golf Girls’ Golf hits it off Cozen and Haley Mears make up the #2
Mercer, an experienced tennis player,
having experiene in ten grand slams, is
The other varsity members include the new co-head coach.
By Michelle Bucklew Callihan, competed at Murrysville Golf Kelly Marous, Anita Jain, Liza Tom says, “The team is optimistic
The two time state-champion Course to each advance from Sectional Plakseychuck, Ashley Ferree, and Rachel about going to states and they have a
By Rob Belles Girls’Golf team is off to a great start Individuals to WPIAL Individuals. Kann. chance to win. I have confidence in this
A long-standing tradition at Shady this year under the leadership of its two Out of the five, Kendall, Michelle, Co-captain Sara Perelman says, “The team that they will play under pressure
Side Academy, the Boys’ Golf team has junior captains, Kendall Allen and and Shannon moved on to the next singles players are very strong with to the best of their ability.”
gotten off to a good start this season. Michelle Bucklew. round that took place Tuesday, Octo- three top ranked USTA middle states The entire team is excited about the
Junior Ryan Mengel said that the Although they lost a few extremely ber 5. players. With Kelly and Alexa playing fast approaching playoffs.
team is “doing well, [having] suffered valuable seniors, including last season’s Coach Helene Gosse says, “All five #2 and #3, our singles lineup is stacked As Sara puts it, “We work hard and
two tough losses but we are working captains, Elizabeth Diggs and Lauren of the girls played their game, and I am and no other team goes that deep. we know that no match will be easy
hard to get to the postseason. Troy Laufe, the team still looks promising, very proud of all of them.” Lisha has been playing #1 doubles coming down the road. We take one
Berglund and Brendan Gramley remain young, and encouraged. The closest match of the season thus since she came to Shady Side her sopho- match at a time. I feel as though there will
in individuals and are heading to WPIAL. Kendall Allen comments, “We have far has been the team’s match against its more year and is very experienced. Both be very good things to come, which
finals. We have team WPIALs in two some new girls on the team, including fiercest competition, Fox Chapel High Rachel and Lisha are very aggressive and hopefully includes a state champion-
weeks and, hopefully, we put together Molly Lowery and Sam Goodman, who School. they make a great team. Lindsay and ship.”
a good round.” are making tremendous progress and As junior Molly Lowery lined up
Even though the team has suffered have great potential. They are great her putt on the ninth green, the rest of
two losses so far, junior Brendan additions to the team!” the team sat in suspense, knowing
Gramley said, “We did beat our rival, The team has moved into a new that if the putt were made, the team
Mars, both times that we played them.” section and has continued its success, would pull out a victory by a mere
Gramley, who is also the team’s achieving a record of 10-0 with only two strokes.
captain, continued by saying, “We have two regular matches left in the season. Coming through for the team, Molly
had an up and down year. We are just Sophomore Shannon Gramley adds, finished her round with a bang, sinking
inconsistent. Which is not in any way “I love everything about golf season: the putt and helping the team sustain its
to say that the team has not won some the competition, the game, making undefeated record.
rounds; we certainly have.” friends with the girls in our section, and The team will soon play in WPIAL
Both head varsity coach Brett of course, I love our team!” semi-finals taking place at Ritzwood
Bergman and JV coaches Dan Kriebel Recently, five of the players, Kendall Golf Course and hopes to secure a spot
and John Uriah were unavailable for Allen, Michelle Bucklew, Shannon in WPIAL finals, giving the team an-
comments at this time. Gramley, Molly Lowery, and Maclean other chance at the state title.
‘Tis the season for Badminton
By Ayesha Shah
Photo by Kimberly Flit
It’s hard work. I’m going to be in the Pull! Teachers and students use all their strength to reign supreme.
Badminton is off to an amazing be- badminton Olympics!” senior Kimberly
SSA kicks off CUP!
ginning this year, with plenty of Flit says.
newfaces, but some old faces as well. Dr. Ashworth smiles and says, “The
It takes place in Curry Gym every shuttle travels over 200 miles per hour
day starting at 4:00 P.M. Full participa- in international competition. We’re By Tierney Weitz Senior Philip Elias said, “As co-
tion requires intense playing, laughter, barely doing 20 mph.” Although the rain threatened to captain of Bayard with Hillary, we have
and a good time. According to Coach Sophomore Dani Plung says, “It’s a dampen this year’s Cup Day Kick Off created a rigorous workout program for
Graham Ashworth, “All those silly little very dangerous contact sport.” “When festivities, the whole school still came our team members. Part of my duty as
varsity sports pale in comparison to the not played properly,” adds Dr. out to participate in the activities planned captain was to cross dress for the dance
great courage and athleticism displayed Ashworth. by Student Council. competition and dance to ‘Milkshake.’
in badminton, and everyone who is not The entire team has spirit. More The four teams, creating a sea of “I took hours of intense lessons to
in this fine sport is missing out on the than just playing the sport, they can sing intense colors in the gym, battled through perfect my booty shake. It was a nec-
best time of the day.” He says this with and dance. They compete among one intense tug-of-war, cheer-offs, and essary risk to really wow the judges. But
a smile and the entire team laughing. another, and the sport does get a little dance-offs. our team as a whole works really well
Dr. Ashworth is a brilliant coach, rough at times. So, occasionally, the Senior Ally Ross remarked on the together to create a strong family unit
who loves giving pointers to his stu- Photo by junior Kelly Remo team takes a break and talks music from original values that CUP represents say- that will work together to beat
dents. Anyone can play a game against Sophomores strike intense poses. the sixties (with Dr. Ashworth) to Lady ing, “despite the rain, the academy still Morewood.”
him, but one has to be daring enough to Gaga (with everyone else). Witty com- found a way to create community, unity, No matter what strategies each team
do it. Both teachers and students have ness!” cheers junior Amy Zhang, and ments make for great discussion, and the and pride in the gym.” utilized, as one of the biggest CUP
played against him, and it is pretty much everyone chimes in. “It may not seem laughter rings throughout the building. People from all four grades worked events of the year, the kick off definitely
guaranteed that he will win every time. competitive, but it really is. That shuttle- Visitors frequently stop by the bad- together to help their team dance their brought out the competitive sides of
“Badminton is awesome! No, it’s cock just flies right by like Swoosh! We minton courts, and everyone is wel- way to the top, making any necessary Shady Side’s students, all fighting for
beyond the description of awesome- train for the badminton Olympics here. come. Just be ready to have fun! sacrifices along the way. one common goal: the coveted CUP.
Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Sports 7
Girls’ Soccer is gellin’
By Katie Prochownik challenging schedule. It is very impor-
As the Springdale game ended, the tant for the team as a whole to always
Shady Side Girls’ Soccer team walked put their best foot forward, play with
quietly off of Springdale’s brightly lit energy, and communicate.”
soccer field. There was nothing else to So far, the team has responded well
be done than reflect on the hard fought to its new players. When asked about
game that ended just moments ago, with initially joining the team, freshman Zoe
Springdale scoring the winning goal in Schoen said, “We motivate each other in
the last 30 seconds of the first section different ways on the soccer field, and I
game of the season. As the girls hung think our drive to succeed is something
their heads in despair, Coach Caswell that will take the team far this year. So
Nilsen’s voice sounded softly over the far, it has been AMAZING.” Rebecca
cool night: “Heads up, Shady Side.” Donahue, a freshman goalie, concurs
Although the 2-1 loss against that the season so far has been produc-
Springdale still hangs in the back of the tive, despite its challenges. “As a goalie
girls’ heads, there is no question that the it’s hard to have composure and con-
team has made significant improvement tinue to focus on the game that’s still
from losing 10-0 to Springdale three going on, even after being scored on.”
years ago. With playoffs in the distance, the
According to senior Makenna Krebs, girls hope to once again make a run for it.
the team has made substantial improve- Returning coaches Caswell Nilsen,
ment over the past several years. “In the Marney Egan, and Gerald Hare have
past we’ve had trouble connecting on already experienced a playoff season
the field but this season it feels like last year.
we’ve bonded more on and off the field, Coach Nilsen reflects on the im-
which makes it easier for us to stay provements from last season. “I’m Photo by senior Nick Gasbarro
focused during stressful games.” excited by the level of talent and exper- In the action: Senior football captain Nick Loyacona protects the ball from the opposition.
Junior Annie Pooley also believes tise we have to draw on. The addition of
The Young and the Relentless
that working together is essential to the two new coaches this year has al-
succeed this season and into the next. “I lowed us to focus more on the funda-
think we have a great group of girls with mentals in both teams.” The girls are
a ton of potential that could not only excited to welcome two new coaches to By Nick Loyacona coming out party as the SSA newcomer team would lead a naive person to believe
make this season great, but also carry the team this year, Mary Bushnell and The identity of the 2010 Shady Side scored twice on runs of 4 yards and 24 that youth and inexperience are the rea-
over to next year.” Leah Powers. Academy Football team can be portrayed yards. sons for the losses, with only five seniors
Others also agree that the team has As senior captain Katie Prochownik by one simple digit, five. Not five as in the Szlachetka’s Squadron picked up right and a very large sophomore class.
worked better as a unit than in previous said, “I think the team has finally found number of playoff berths by SSA in the where they left off last year by recording But senior captain Harrison Hirsh has
years. its niche. We are right where we should last 10 seasons. Not five as in the number a shutout victory for the fifth time in their full faith in his younger peers, “Yea, we
Sophomore Felicia Tissenbaum com- be with coaching and working together of shutouts credited to the SSA defense last fourteen games played. are young but we are also hard working.
ments, “From last year to this year, the on and off the field. It’s taken some time, over the last 14 games. But five as in the The Shady Side defense not only We haven’t peaked yet and the under-
whole attitude of the team is much more but I think this is definitely the year number of seniors on this year’s team, denied all of Oliver’s scoring chances but classmen are going to get even better with
positive and I think our relationship as where we can make it happen.” which is only one third of the previous 15 also manufactured some of their own time. Take Joe Bray [sophomore starting
a team is also reflected upon that.” As the girls regain their composure seniors on last year’s squad. scoring opportunities. Senior strong safety lineman] for example. Joe will turn out to
Even with this newfound cohesive- from the Springdale loss, they look to Head Coach Dave Havern knows it’s Anthony Loyacona returned an intercep- be an all conference selection some point
ness, the girls must be conscious not to their five victories so far this season as not the quantity but the quality that tion 31 yards for six while freshman nose in his career, no doubt about it.”
lose sight of their ultimate goal, making encouragement and motivation. Per- matters. “We only have five [seniors], but guard Pete McDonagh added his contri- In addition to Joe, the contributing
playoffs by maintaining a positive atti- haps they could not hold onto that one they’re five great ones. These seniors bution by sacking the opposing quarter- underclassmen for Shady Side are Jarred
tude. victory against last year’s PIAA win- have great leadership and good character; back for a safety. Brevard, Dennis Briggs, Pete McDonagh,
Senior captain Aubrey Jaicks agrees ner. But there is no question: the girls they have a sense of ownership of this However, the celebration proved to be Chuck Calabrese, Josh Loper, Matt
with this concept. “We have a lot of will face Springdale for a final match in team. Though I would love to have more ephemeral for the team as their next three Granato, Jake Farrell, and Mike Pohl.
talent this year, but we also have a the playoffs. [seniors], these were the cards we were games were against squads ranked in the Probably the most mentioned author-
Boys’ Soccer on its way
dealt and you know what, it’s still going WPIAL top ten. SSA lost 49-12 to a ity on “growing pains” as a football player
to be a winning hand.” highly talented Seton-LaSalle team on is junior and starting center and defensive
Grant Foley, Frank Rocks, Harrison September 10. tackle Andy Geisler, who has started for
Hirsh (captain), Anthony Loyacona (cap- The following week the blue and gold Shady Side since he was a third former.
By Christopher Miller Kittanning. It was a historic game. The tain), and Nick Loyacona (captain) pro- lost a heartbreaker 13-10 to heated rival “With experience the games get slower,
The 2009-2010 Shady Side Acad- team went out and delivered a solid vide the much-needed leadership and ex- Freeport. And most recently the team the technique gets better, and your deci-
emy Boys’ Varsity team had a good year performance beating their opponent 9- perience essential for making an under- was defeated in a hard fought battle by sion making improves,” says Andy.
making it to the playoffs and dominating 1, and earning Head Coach Harry classmen-dominated team excel in the Ford City 26-3. Andy is a crucial part of the team and
all that they faced. Sadly, they lost a Fleishman his 400th career win. cutthroat world of WPIAL football. Though all three games weren’t ex- a member of a scintillating junior class that
close one to Seton LaSalle, ending their From here, the team traveled to face SSA was able to throttle the Oliver actly the outcomes the team had hoped is spearheaded by starting quarterback,
season. a very tough Mars team. This game was Brown Bears of the Pittsburgh city-league for, one game in particular was a tough pill starting cornerback, and captain Reggie
The 2010-2011 team, which brought definitely the best of the season so far. 35-0 in their opening contest. to swallow: the Saturday night show- Mitchell. Other vital juniors include
back most of their starters from last Mars scored early in the first half, and The offensive scoring was spread down with Freeport. “We didn’t play Ryan Reynolds, Jake Ellis, Will Supowitz,
year, has a chance to do as well if not they took that lead into halftime. The throughout the team as three different real well and still had a shot for the win. Tyler Petrucelli, Ricky Villani, Will
better than the team of last year, despite second half proved to be very defensive. players reached pay dirt for the blue and The younger guys have to realize one play Ruppel, and Jon Laufe.
the fact that the team chose to play With twenty-six seconds left, Shady gold. Senior running back Anthony can make a game,” says Coach Havern Though the number five may describe
against better competition this year, Side was still down one and had a corner Loyacona scored on a 21 yard run, senior about the game. the look of the 2010 SSA Football team, the
moving up from A to AA. kick. Once the play was set up, and the wide receiver Nick Loyacona scored on a Much has been made this year about number one describes the soul. In order for
The team started the regular season ball was ready to be kicked, there were 41 yard scamper, and freshman Jarred how young and inexperienced this year’s the team to be successful they must be one
on September 5, 2010 with the annual about fifteen seconds left. With eleven Brevard invited the whole “Tribe” to his squad really is. The demographics of the unit with one heartbeat and goal.
Ambridge Tournament. This year, the seconds left, Shady Side was able to use
Ultimate Frisbee: I’ve got it!
tournament consisted of West Allegh- the corner kick to their advantage and
eny, Burrell, Ambridge, and Shady Side. score the game-tying goal. The team
The team started the pre-season in carried that momentum into overtime
late August, putting together a record of and scored the game winner with about By Porter Ladley
1-0-1, beating North Hills and tying seven minutes left. This 2-0 overtime The Frisbee season has kicked off
Burrell 0-0. win improved their record to 5-0. again this year with around 50 people
The team’s first game was a memo- In the next game the Indians faced participating in the sport. These Frisbee-
rable one against West Allegheny. They their toughest opponent yet, a very ers gather on the quad every day after
did not play their best in the first half, talented Hampton team. The team school except for Friday to toss the disc
and as a result they went into halftime played well, but that just wasn’t good around and play some Ultimate Frisbee.
trailing by a score of 1-0. enough. This year, Ultimate Frisbee coach
In the second half, however, the team They lost a close one 2-0 to a section Matt Weiss has implemented some
looked unstoppable. Within the first opponent in Hampton, their only loss of changes. Jennifer Kacin, the coach of the
eight minutes of the second half, the the season so far, but the team hopes to girls’ competitive spring Ultimate team,
team found the net four times, giving get revenge when the two teams play is now coming to fall practices to give the
them a commanding lead with just above again later this season. The tough loss players who are more serious about
thirty minutes left to play. They fin- didn’t seem to faze the team. They Frisbee a chance to play a more competi-
ished strong with a 5-2 victory, and a bounced back quickly and made short tive game on the lower fields.
spot in the finals against the winner of work of Freeport, beating them 5-1. Naveen Menon, a frequent player on
Burrell and Ambridge. After Freeport, they played a close the more competitive team, said, “It’s
Despite the fact that there was a tie one against Knock. The team was able nice to have the experience to play
between Burrell and Ambridge, Shady to escape with a 1-0 win despite many Frisbee with people that are more seri-
Side played Ambridge in the finals. Once valiant efforts by Knock to tie it up late ous and more advanced rather than play-
Photo by senior Nick Gasbarro
here, the team did not disappoint, shut- in the game. Then, they went on to beat ing with people that are new to the sport
ting out the host team Ambridge by a Deer Lakes at home by a wide margin of or just starting to learn how to play.” I’ve Got It! Rashaad Phillips blocks Sarthak Dighe’s pass.
score of 4-0, thus defending their title 4-0. While the more advanced players go enced at Frisbee to play it.” The fall Ultimate Frisbee season
and winning the tournament for the At this point, the season is half over down to the lower fields, Mr. Weiss Ultimate is a very simple game to lasts into mid-October, giving its play-
second year in a row. and Shady Side has an overall record of stays up top with the new players to learn. The objective is to score a touch- ers a chance to get a strong hold on the
From there, it was off to Highlands, 8-1. They are currently in second place help with their throwing and catching. down by completing a pass into the end game and decide if they want to play
where the team played their most physi- in the section, and ranked fifth in AA. He offers Frisbee playing tips in a more zone. This can be done by either a more competitively in the spring. So if
cal game to date. The team escaped The team has truly dominated through relaxed environment, which is appreci- working of passes down the field, or a you have the time, come and check out
unscathed and picked up a 4-0 win. the first half of the season. Now, all that ated by many of the players. hail mary throw to the end zone. This the Frisbee squad. They will be on the
After that, the team played their first is left to do is wait and see how the rest Player Sam Campanella says, “You offers some healthy competition but in quad Monday through Thursday,
home game against section opponent of the season unfolds. don’t have to be competitive or experi- a laid-back way. weather permitting of course.
8 Odds & Ends Shady Side News
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Photos by Ally Bernstein,
Frank Crisanti, Kimberly Flit,
Allie Hull, Lindsay Kovach,
and Anita Schuchardt
Who are the Community Builders? Homecoming spirit
By Jenna Hebert leaders and clubs, work one on one with to about problems they might face as they (Continued from Page 1) Senior Jatara McGee agrees that
It’s easy to get overwhelmed at a Form III advisee groups, lead activities make the transition into high school. It is true that Shady Side has spirit is the driving force during
school where everyone excels at athletics, with the freshman class, facilitate discus- Finally, the Community Builders will always maintained strong bonds Homecoming week.
academics, music, the arts, et cetera. It can sions dealing with issues within the com- always be available as liaisons for the with its alumni, with Homecoming Jatara says, “School spirit plays
sometimes seem like everyone has every- munity through various means, and also student body, working to actively solve being a large factor in keeping that a HUGE role in Homecoming week.
thing under control, and it’s hard to watch avail themselves to students in all three problems within the community. close relationship. The feeling on campus is happier,
peers seamlessly juggle their personal and forms by being Peer Listeners.” Also, with the Peer Listeners pro- English teacher Buddy more energetic, and simply better.
academic lives while you are struggling to These student leaders want to empha- gram, students in any form will be able to Hendershot says, “I will be talking The vast majority of students are
keep up. It can be even harder when it feels size the positive things the students in the talk to a Community Builder about any to some alumni for the first time captivated in school spirit and pride,
like you have no one to talk to. community have done. By seeing their daily issues they are having or problems since they graduated, and these and that atmosphere makes you
On Monday, September 27, seniors accomplishments celebrated and praised, they feel are affecting the Shady Side alumni bring back wonderful memo- truly love and appreciate Shady Side
Katie Prochownik and Alex Koi gave a hard-working students will feel like they community. Similar to the Scribe Office, ries, as well as taking me back to my at its best!”
presentation at assembly introducing the are really contributing to the Shady Side these Peer Listeners have completed a first years of teaching. I actually Shady Side’s spirit during Home-
“Community Builders” of Shady Side community, allowing the student body as leadership workshop and peer listener taught Scott Aiken. Coming to- coming presents itself in numerous
Academy. They explained how these a whole to grow stronger. training. They will be available through- gether at these parties keeps alive forms, from spirit week, to the ath-
students were selected through an appli- The Community Builders also want out the day to all students and at the great moments of the past.” letic competitions, to, yes… the
cation process and that their primary goal to work with the freshmen. Coming into email@example.com. Amidst the reunions, galas, and Homecoming Dance. It is a time
is to see students value each other’s indi- a brand new setting can be overwhelming. If you feel there is a problem nega- parties, current students, alumni, when students, alumni, and faculty
viduality while at the same time helping Even a student coming from the Middle tively affecting the Shady Side commu- and faculty enjoy coming together can once again come together to
each other feel integrated and included, School has to adjust to new teachers, nity, know of a fellow student who should to cheer on the numerous athletic celebrate Shady Side’s legacy and
creating a diverse but cohesive commu- rigorous academics, new peers, and an be recognized for an accomplishment, or teams for their annual Homecoming accomplished history.
nity. “These student leaders are commit- intense schedule. This student group are just having a bad day and need some- Week games. As Senior School Head Jeremy
ted to being trustworthy, compassionate, wants to give the freshmen an opportu- one to talk to, contact a Community Senior Peter Scott observes, LaCasse puts it, “Folks have an
creative, and innovative,” says Michele nity to connect with upperclassmen. Builder who will be available to help. “There are always epic sports opportunity to connect with one
Greene, the founder of the student group. This year, two older students will be Making sure that everyone feels like events that are so much fun to another, friends, and former teach-
According to Ms. Greene, the Com- assigned to each Form III advisee group – they are part of the community is crucial watch.” ers, to hear about what is happening
munity Builders have several specific similar to a Big Brother/Big Sister pro- to building a strong, cohesive student Teams continue to carry out at school and to see what might be
goals this year: “To highlight and cel- gram. These upperclassmen will act as body. The Community Builders are work- school pride, drawing in fans to new. They get to have some fun and
ebrate accomplishments of members of confidants for freshmen, giving them ing hard to make the Shady Side commu- come together and enjoy Shady Side to share their life for a little bit.”
the community, support other student wiser, more experienced students to talk nity the best it can be. spirit at its best. That’s really what it’s all about.
Max Langa Chottiner Luke Charles Cudney Lia Piper Fani
Born July 1 Born August 22 Born June 21 (a Solstice baby!)
8 lbs, 5 oz 7 lbs, 9 oz 8 lbs, 1 oz
Faculty baby boom: Class of 2028 Trevor Samuel Fularz
Born September 21
Gaetano (Guy) Edward Zheng
Born September 25
By Yuvi Ben-David pregnant ladies and measure the circum- the babies added 24.5 pounds to faculty 7 lbs, 8 oz 8 lbs, 14 oz
When “the late” Molly Wilson told ference of their ever-widening bellies. weight.
her World History I class that she had Such jokes aside, let’s also disregard So who are these little ’uns? The case Non Profit Org.
some good news for them, they reflex- for the moment all those conspiracy theo- of Max Chottiner proves that the apple SHADY SIDE ACADEMY Pittsburgh, PA
ively congratulated her on her pregnancy. ries à la Synchronized Conception—and doesn’t fall far from the tree: this little US Postage
Almost, but no—pregnant with joy, you I’ve heard many, enough to convince me liberal menace has, by Mr. Chottiner’s
423 Fox Chapel Road
could say, she announced that she had that Shady Side students should take four interpretation, already displayed a strong Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Permit No. 609
gotten into grad school. John Landreth, years of Health—there’s something news- distaste for the likes of Glenn Beck (as
now on sabatical, strode into chemistry worthy (I hope!) about five almost simul- well as fellow conservative figureheads,
class last year to announce that he, too, taneous births amongst the faculty. Napping and Hunger). I should commend
was “preggo.” Two dads (David Chottiner and Chad Max for his nonpartisan flatulence. Ru-
At the time, the statement seemed less Fularz) and three moms (Sarah Cudney, mor has it that during his naming cer-
parody than policy: over the course of a Heather Fani, and Elyse Zheng, who left emony Max nearly asphyxiated his left-
few weeks three science teachers had most recently and was, by one account, wing rabbi. This being my own rabbi, I
individually publicized their pregnancies. the “nicest pregnant lady ever”) are all congratulate Max on a job well done.
Pregnancy, it seemed, was the next stage parents for the future Shady Side class of Says Mr. Chottiner of Max, “He al-
in the science department’s switch to the 2028. Their varying absences have left a ready has his mother’s dashing good looks
“modeling method.” Instead of growing palpable dent in the faculty—especially and witty sense of humor, coupled with
plants, Biology students would care for in faculty size, considering that altogether his father’s hairline.”