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The RiveRs edge Volume XXXVI, Number 3 The Rivers School, Weston, Massachusetts December 18, 2008 The recession of holiday cheer: financial crisis meted due to the large number of peo- it plummeted to 8,635.42 points on by Dave Tackeff ‘10 ple who had not paid the banks back. December 5, 2008. Fannie Mae, eDge STaff The investment banks, which took the Freddie Mac, and Lehman Brothers As music stations gradually loans, then were swindled out of their have all been put out of business due switch into smooth carols and fami- money while homeowners walked to these loans, and the insurance gi- lies hang up colorful or tacky lights away from the property unscathed. It ant AIG needed a $700,000,000 bail- in and around their homes, there is has gotten to the point where housing out in order to stay afloat. Several less of a joy this year than in past realtors do not know who owes the banks have closed due to their loss years. Stores open their doors wide money on the loans because the loans of interest from unpaid loans. Most for customers, but the stream of shop- have been bought by several different companies have seen sharp drops in pers is depleted as the stock market investment banks. As of last week, sales and are struggling to make it to continues to fall and wary customers one out of ten Americans was either the end of the year. The “Big Three” purchase smaller gifts due to anxiety thirty days behind of his payments or auto companies have run into woes pertaining to the economy. had gone through foreclosure. Thirty because their workers demand higher The United States’ once booming million people are directly affected wages than those of foreign compa- economy has slipped into a recession by the housing crisis. The special nies. The higher cost to make the that has destroyed many companies Fear and panic in the global economy leads to crashing stock mar- ended with an ominous warning that goods demands higher car costs, and and cost 2,000,000 workers their kets. Photo found on the web. Wall Street would soon reflect the the American auto industry is failing jobs. To show the source of this eco- family, in turn, pays back the money could not keep up with their payments hardships for so many Americans. because foreign companies can make nomic disaster, look no further than with interest and is therefore able to when the interest rates spiked after Sure enough, the past year has better cars at lower prices. The cri- the housing market. Mr. McCartney purchase will a house that it other- only a few years. About a year ago, been a downward spiral for the stock sis is truly expanding throughout the explained to his junior math classes wise could not afford. However, in Sixty Minutes aired a special about market. On January 1, 2008, the economy, and its effects are every- that the root of the problem stems the past half-century, companies such the economy and how in Stockton, Dow Jones Industrial average stood where Homework: a necessary evil? from mortgage loans based on ex- as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be- California, housing values had plum- at 13,043.96 points. Since that date, Continued on page 2 ponential models with the variable gan investing the interest for banks, e. When newlyweds or families look allowing people to buy homes with for homes, they do not need to pay no payment upfront. If the value of Although reading and working sitive to students’, needs to have for the house in full upfront. Instead, the homes fell after such a transac- by lizzy SouThWell’12 on papers often seems tedious, the some time with their families and the owner generally puts down a per- tion, the owners could simply walk conTribuTing WriTer goal of an English class is to discuss some time to pause and reflect, to ex- centage, usually 20-25%, as a down- away with no pain. Alternatively, Students are stressed out from do- and extract meaning from literature, ercise, and to play,” says Ms. Regan- payment, and then a bank loans him people could pay nothing at first with ing homework. Teachers are stressed which could not be accomplished Loomis. “That said, it is difficult to or her the rest of the money. The an adjustable rate mortgage but then out from grading homework. Why, without students previously reading move thecurriculum forward without Cell phones for sol- then, does homework exist? What, and analyzing the material by them- students doing outside work.” in a teacher’s opinion, is the reason selves. Learning is understandably So, what is a reasonable amount to assign so much work outside of more effective when a student has of time for teachers to expect students diers, a great success class? taken the time to take in and digest to spend on homework? “Homework should reinforce the the material on his own. “I believe that Rivers’ teachers skills and understandings of a particu- That being said, homework takes generally respect the forty-five min- The Bullion family has experi- lar course and prepare students for the up time and space in students’ lives. ute rule,” says Amy Enright of the byclare Sullivan ’11 enced firsthand the difficulties of a next day’s lesson,” says Patricia Car- Because students have commitments History Department, “though I can conTribuTing WriTer family member fighting overseas. bery, the Head of Upper School and besides schoolwork, homework will only really speak with authority about These days, cell phones with Callie Bullion, a junior at Rivers, was a member of the history department. likely conflict with other obligations. the history department.” new technology are released so inspired to become involved with the “It should always be connected to the Students often feel that they are spread Forty-five minutes is certainly frequently that keeping up with program Cell Phones for Soldiers be- larger goals of the subject.” too thin because of the multitude of a reasonable amount of homework trends is difficult. Rushing to have cause her father has served two tours Listening to a lecture would be commitments in their lives. For ex- for each subject because each stu- the most recent technology, people of duty in Iraq. She heard of the non- quite difficult without previous ex- ample, students who play sports both dent will have less than four hours of constantly replace their cell phones. profit organization last year. posure to the subject matter. Teachers in and out of school are often over- homework per night. Though this is Most wireless-obsessed people “He was the one who really turned assign homework because they know whelmed with the time commitment, realistic for a history class, forty-five are guilty of upgrading phones at me on to the idea, and he motivated that most students would be confused as they play lengthy games and spend minutes may not be enough for an least once a year. So, what do you me to start outreach at Rivers,” she in class if they had not been exposed hours traveling. A sports player often English class. do with your old cell phones? Toss says. to the subject matter ahead of time and returns home from a game at about 8 “Even if teachers want you to them in miscellaneous drawers? This is the second year that Cal- had time to encounter it on their own. p.m., leaving little time to complete do forty-five minutes for their class,” Throw them in the trash? lie has been working with the pro- The purpose of homework, however, every homework assignment and says Ms. Regan-Loomis, “we are Well, here is a fresh and envi- gram. Right now she only collects shifts slightly with different subjects. still get a good night’s rest. Theater nonetheless asking you do more work ronmentally-friendly alternative: phones at Rivers, but she hopes to Math and science homework consists rehearsals and music lessons are also than is possible in this timeframe. I donate them to Cell Phones for begin collecting in her hometown of of problems from textbooks, whereas time-consuming. Amidst after-school think this illustrates perfectly the Soldiers. With U.S. troops currently Millis and at her church in the near homework for English and history activity commitments, every student bind teachers are in: we are torn be- fighting two major wars in Afghani- future. According to Callie, Rivers classes usually consists of reading needs personal time and family-time. tween the need to have you practice stan and Iraq, and additional troops has done very well this school year that will be discussed in class the next School, now no longer merely con- skills and our concern that you are stationed all over the world, thou- in helping the cause. As a school, we day as well as a frequent essay. sisting of academics, is extremely stretched too thin.” sands of U.S. troops are defending have donated about one hundred and “It wouldn’t make sense to stressful. Therefore, as much as teachers our freedom this holiday season. fifty cell phones, which works out to spend time in class reading the book Kathryn Najarian, Rivers class try to assign a workload of forty-five During this time of celebration with be about one hundred and fifty hours that we are all studying together, as of ’10, remarks, “I don’t know if minutes per night, this is occasionally family and friends, it is especially worth of calling cards for the troops. it would take months to get through I’ll be able to handle it. I get home unrealistic. disheartening for those with loved Her goal is to double that number and individual novels,” says Meghan most nights at 5:30, on Tuesdays and Also, the type of homework that ones serving in our military not to collect three hundred cell phones. At Regan-Loomis, English Department Sundays I have rehearsal outside of is expected of students plays a big be able to spend quality time with the rate Rivers is donating, her goal Chair. “We depend upon outside read- school, and I work on Saturdays. So role in not only how tedious it seems, them. Now, more than ever, sol- will be reached easily. ing time. Similarly, a certain amount it’s hard to fit in all that homework.” but also in the amount students learn. diers overseas want to talk to their “High school students can make a of independent work--okay, a lot of For the most part, teachers under- Many find that the most laborious friends and family back home, but big impact,” Callie says. independent work-- is crucial for stand that students like Kathryn have homework is “busy work,” or overly this comes at a heavy price. Continued on page 2 writing papers.” hectic schedules. “I try to be sen- Continued on page 2 I News..........................2 News Features Arts Sports N Opinions/Editorial.....4 Improper treatment of International night “Four Christmases” falls Record number of fall S Features.....................6 Veterans across Amer- proves a worthwhile short as a hit holiday teams excel in post- I D Arts............................8 ica. experience for all. comedy. season games. E Sports.......................10 Page 3 Page 7 Page 9 Page 10 Page 2 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 News Briefs The financial crisis goes global Continued from page 1 A few ramifications of this crisis on the individual level have been mercial cheer that parallels the win- ter holidays has been stomped out by people’s paranoia and lack of money. tire country, has filed for bankruptcy and is asking the world to bail out their failing economy. The value of Upper School exhibi- seemingly insignificant, but are actu- In an attempt to remedy the situ- the Euro has dropped significantly. ally disturbing. Dunkin’ Donuts has ation, the government is starting a During the first part of 2008, the ex- tion showcases stu- seen its sales on coffee go up while $700,000,000,000 project to buy change rate for dollars to euros almost Starbucks has seen its sales go down out loans, reimburse businesses hit $1.80 to 1 euro. Today, the weak- dent art student artists at Rivers because people have switched to and, hopefully, provide an impetus ness of European economies has low- the cheaper brand. Walmart’s sales to the economy. Congressman Bar- ered the rate to $1.27 to 1 euro. Rus- have shot up recently because of ney Frank has been selected to lead sia saw its fledgling market lose half On Tuesday afternoon, their low prices. On Black Friday, the committee and the distribution of its value in a week and promptly showcased their latest works at the Upper School a clerk opened the doors for a mob of funds has provided some stabil- closed its markets to prevent further Student Art Exhibition in the Davenport Gallery. of customers, only to die after being ity, seeing as the Dow Jones seems damage. This crisis has caused a lev- The event represented an opportunity for students trampled by a stampede of greedy, to have leveled out at around 8,500 el of hardship not seen since the crash to see the wide variety of paintings, sculptures, bargain-hunting customers. Desper- points. of 1929. All over the world, coun- and photographs that their peers are producing at ate for larger grants, non-profit orga- It may be too early to definitively tries and businesses alike are laboring Rivers. nizations have stopped looking for say whether or not the bailout will to remain strong in this time of peril. “It’s like having an athletic event after all the smaller grants. Colleges have seen work, but the effects are still being People must brace themselves for the hours of practices,” says art teacher Rindy Gard- parts of their endowments disappear felt everywhere. During the past few long winter ahead and hope for light ner. “It’s a chance for the community to come and are struggling to give scholar- months, stock markets all over the at the end of the tunnel. together to celebrate these budding artists.” ships to those who need them. Lines world have been hit by the faltering The exhibit features works by Kate Szotkows- Increased work, infinite pressure at stores have vanished and the com- of American markets. Iceland, an en- ki, Phil Seidl, Marisa Fox, Leigh Carroll, and Leslie Sachs, among many others. -Rivers Website Continued from page 1 for homework materials.” schedules. And, as Mr. Rizoli and Mr. repetitive assignments that seem self- Come junior year, teachers give Lyons will tell every junior choosing explanatory. Many times students students more responsibility and their senior courses, applying to col- feel that in lieu of learning, facts are more difficult work. “I don’t think lege has a workload of an extra class. needlessly drilled into their heads. teachers realize how much pressure However, many teachers under- Teachers are torn whether or not they is put on us to do our best junior year stand the demands that college’ place should assign this type of homework. and how a bad grade on anything can on students. Teachers certainly do not want stu- really shake us up and make us crazy “Some of my teachers get it and dents spending time on useless work. with fear that we’ll never go to col- will count good grades three times in “The goal is to have meaningful lege,” says Bree. “They seem out of your trimester grade and bad grades homework assignments, not just a tune with it right now.” only one time in your trimester higher quantity of work,” says Ms. Advanced Placement classes are grade,” says Kathryn. Carberry. offered for upperclassmen, beginning Some teachers have said that late- However, many teachers feel that junior year. Since they are rewarded ly, they have actually ramped down Record-breaking fall repetitive assignments are often the with college credit, AP classes give on homework. “I myself have tried to best way to learn new material. “The more work and responsibility to ju- be more selective with assignments,” Bloodmobile visitto Rivers repetitive types of assignments are niors and seniors than do classes of- says Mr. Compagnone. how kids retain information,” says fered to freshmen and sophomores. According to Ms. Regan-Loomis, Domenic Compagnone of the Math “In AP and Honors courses, stu- she has been “assigning less home- The bi-annual bloodmobile visit Department. “That’s the meaning of dents will likely feel a more demand- work than [she has] historically” in proved extremely successful this fall. 64 of 68 perseverance.” ing level of homework throughout response to students’ growing need to slots were filled, and only five people were turned In addition, the homework load the year,” says Ms. Carberry. have time to themselves. Therefore, it away for not meeting qualification requirements. changes drastically as one moves Not to mention the college search is safe to say that many teachers are In total, 62 people “presented,” meaning they through school. With each new grade begins junior year. able to reasonably change their home- were interviewed, qualified, and were willing to come new responsibilities. Junior “The looming idea is almost work expectations if needs arise. At give. A total of 57 pints were collected, which Spring and Senior Fall are rumored to worse than actually dealing with the the same time, Ms. Regan-Loomis falls just short of the all-time record set in March be the two most stressful trimesters in applications,” says Bree. argues, “It is difficult to move the 2006 (59 pints). With this recent triumph, Rivers a high school student’s career. So, throughout junior year, the curriculum forward without students could conceivably save 171 lives. “Freshman year was a shock, and anticipation of applying to college doing outside work. The bottom line -Cara Bigony ‘09 sophomore year was not much more builds up, until before juniors re- is that there is just so much to learn, than freshman year, maybe a little alize it, they are in the midst of se- and not enough minutes in the day (or Rivers Symphony more,” comments Rivers junior Bree nior fall. Now students are dealing years in a lifetime) to take it all in.” Laukien, class of ’10. “Junior year has with the added stress of meeting all Teachers want their students to Orchestra presents been less busy work and more major their college deadlines, because even succeed, so they recognize that out- assignments so it’s hard to judge. those who work on applications over side work is crucial to moving for- all-Baroque concert Teachers expect a lot more effort in the summer end up having to make ward. Nobody enjoys homework, but minor and major assignments junior tweaks here and there, as well as cop- understanding that teachers are on year and hold you more responsible ing with their incredibly demanding our side may help. On December 7, The Rivers Symphony Or- chestra performed for a night of all-Baroque mu- sic from Handel, Telemann, Manfredini, Torelli Rivers donates to soldiers overseas and Vivaldi. Taking place at Bradley Hall at 7 Continued from page 1 p.m., the concert featured Conservatory Direc- In 2004, then thirteen-year-old how old it is. All cell phones yield eophones, rather than phone cards, so tor David Tierney as conductor, as well as fac- Brittany Bergquist and twelve-year- the same amount of money. troops can keep in touch with loved ulty member Betsy Hinkle as soloist in Vivaldi’s old Robbie Bergquist were inspired Since 2004, Cell Phones for Sol- ones on a regular basis. “Winter” Concerto from Four Seasons. to start the program when they heard diers has grown from its start in Mas- Cell Phones for Soldiers is one of -Rivers Website about a soldier who racked up an sachusetts to an international scale, many non-profit organizations that eight thousand dollar phone bill while running U.S. and Canadian chapters. help our troops overseas in many Results of the Rivers serving overseas. The two teens cre- They have raised more than $1.4 ways, such as sending care packages ated a system that converts used cell million and have maintained over and providing resources for troops 2008 mock-election phones to prepaid calling cards to six thousand drop-off sites to date, once they return home after their send to troops to use to call home. recently adding more than fifteen tours of duty. Even if one is morally 72% Obama When cell phones are donated, it is thousand drop-off sites at AT&T or ideologically opposed to the war taken to a drop-off site (this is Cal- wireless stores. The program collects itself, the troops, who are our neigh- lie’s job). From there, they are taken about fifty thousand cell phones each bors, friends, in some cases family, to a focal drop-off point and then to month nationwide and will average and above all fellow Americans, need a recycling company which recycles about 130 million phones this year. our support. Callie, the Berquists, 28% McCain the phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers The management of this project has and others have set a shining exam- receives roughly five dollars for every been a family effort. The Bergquists ple of a simple way for all of us to cell phone. That money is then put work with their father, mother and help. So this holiday season, when on phone cards that are sent to U.S. sister and are inspired by two of their you receive that new I-Phone, stop troops stationed around the world. In cousins who are in the military. They and think before you throw your old addition to cell phones, all phone ac- are also compelled by their inherent cellphone in the trash. And give it to cessory are accepted to be recycled, need to help others, making them Callie instead. such as old phone chargers. Also, any great at what they do. A future goal type of cell phone is taken - no matter is to provide troops with prepaid vid- December 18, 2008 The Rivers Edge Page 3 Rivers attempts to go green, making necessary changes broWnSTein ‘09 by ian school’s founding. Rivers was to the maintenance field. Save that school is motivated to become more the atmosphere (the equivalent of conTribuTing WriTer opened as an “open air” school in Stuff, a leading waste management ‘green’ only if there is an economic removing 13 cars off the road), ac- 1915. It was believed in the early company that helps over a thousand reason to do so: lower electric bills, cording to Save that Stuff. Practicing his trombone for twentieth century that the “stale” New England businesses and insti- lower fuel oil bills, etc. But we Unlike Torrice, some people the Rivers Jazz Festival in one of air inside schools was responsible tutions safely and efficiently get rid should really look at sustainability say that enough has not been done. Bradley Hall’s practice rooms, he is for a number of contagious dis- of paper recyclables and other re- as something that needs to be done, Those are “great and impressive left in the dark when the lights go eases, including respiratory flu and coverable scrap materials, empties because it teaches students...that we number[s], but if we are truly dedi- out. Tom Chalmers calmly gets up, tuberculosis. “So in a very real way, the new dumpster regularly. Also are responsible for a greater global cated to becoming a green school, presses the light on, returns to his The Rivers School’s founding as an under Andrews, Bradley Hall has community of organisms in which we should ask if we are really reduc- seat, and continues to play. open air school was an early step in recently been equipped with new we are included.” ing and reusing paper and materials This mild interruption in the vir- improving the quality of education bottle recycling bins, and central Geothermal heat pumps are before we are recycling them,” said tuoso’s practice was due to the fact by incorporating an environmental paper bins, from Save that Stuff, similar to ordinary heat pumps, but Karasch, who estimates that Riv- that the lights in Bradley Hall are all change,” commented Karasch. are on the bottom floors of Brad- use the ground instead of outside ers currently wastes 22,500 sheets on timers. After a certain amount of Since then Rivers has changed ley Hall and the Lewis Math and air to provide heating, air condi- of paper (45 reams or 5.5 cases of time, they go out if their sensors do locations and evolved with the Science Building. David Tierney, tioning, and, in most cases, hot paper) or more a year. “There is a not detect movement in the room or times. Chris Smick, a former fac- the Directory of the Rivers School water. Because they use the earth’s sustainability committee that was if a certain amount of time lapses ulty member (1968-1996), whose Conservatory, said that while these natural heat, they are among the formed last year; however, we have after they are turned on. picture is on the Strauss Dining bins are not the most stylish, they most efficient heating and cooling met just once and have not done so “When I arrived in 1990 there Room wall with others’ who have get the much-needed job done. technologies currently available, since.” were timer switches in the Allen taught more than 20 years at the “Unfortunately, ‘going green’ is according the Environmental Pro- Rivers students and faculty can Science Building that would turn school, was instrumental in forming not always as simple as I would like tection Agency’s website. But for do a lot with what Rivers currently off the lights after 40 or so min- the Environmental Action Commit- it to be. It takes a lot of money, a lot many people, whether homeown- has to reduce its carbon footprint. utes, about the time of a class,” said tee, which still meets today. “There of commitment, and a lot of coop- ers or business owners, the cost of “Closing the windows and doors Paul Karasch, the assistant Director were a number of student groups eration,” Barstow said. installing anything like geothermal would be a huge help to reduce of Technology and the Director of that focused on the environment in But some schools have spent heating is hard to justify. Rivers energy spends,” said Pier- Camp Nonesuch. Since then, the the years that followed as can be the money and seen savings as a “I am just not sure the economic son. “It’s ridiculous if we don’t. Allen Science Building has disap- chronicled by examining old year- result. Portsmouth Abbey, a coedu- end has wrapped their mind around Also, don’t waste paper towels, and peared with its light switches, but books from the 60’s on,” Karasch cational boarding and day school the idea,” AP Environmental teach- use recycling bins for recyclables, they have been reincarnated in the pointed out. “The school was for- for students in grades 9-12 that er, Stewart Pierson, said. not for pencils and plastics.” new Bradley Hall. tunate to have such students who was founded in 1926 by the Eng- To build a geothermal heating Even after her presentations, Since his arrival here at Rivers, were willing to push the envelope lish Benedictine community, has system can cost twice the price of a Barstow is still trying to make Riv- Karasch has been instrumental in and donate their time and effort to recently installed a wind turbine on standard heating system. For a non- ers a “greener” place by doing ac- the effort to make Rivers an envi- develop programs and plans when its campus on the shores of Rhode profit organization like Rivers, this tivities that don’t take time away ronmentally sustainable communi- the school as an institution was not Island’s Narragansett Bay. Br. Jo- would take money away from other from Rivers’ students and faculty ty. One of his most recent attempts yet ready or willing to do so.” seph, a Portsmouth Abbey affiliate, projects like a new turf field and the member’s days. “If we want to has been in the classrooms, and An example of one of these stu- has shown statistical data that the possible new or renovated Berwind make progress, we first need coop- most people have been oblivious dents is Molly Barstow. Since her school saved nearly $223,000 in Building. eration of people. I still see people to his simple scheme. Small clear sophomore year she has been en- the first year of the wind turbine’s For many students, the school throw paper into the trash even stickers with the phrase “T.O for couraging Rivers students, teach- operation through lower payments does enough to satisfy. “Recycling when the recycling bin is right next F.A” (Turn Off for Financial Aid) ers, and administrators to be more to the electric company, electricity is enough. I think the turf field was to it,” Barstow lamented. are hoping to remind students and environmentally friendly. She gave sold back to the grid, and renew- the best use of the school’s money Karasch looks at the issue from teachers to turn off the lights when a presentation to the school about able energy credits. possible,” said senior Marc Tor- a different perspective. “For too they leave the room. Through an the importance of reducing Rivers’ Karasch hopes that an alterna- rice. many years we’ve operated by the arrangement with Bruce Amsbary, negative impact on the environ- tive energy might be installed in Torrice claims he broke his leg belief that sustainability is a ‘stu- the Director of Finance and Opera- ment. “Not as many students as I the new Bradley Hall, like at Ports- on the old grass field because of the dent thing.’ That it’s a wonderful tions, if Karasch’s energy savings had hoped listened, but my message mouth Abbey. field’s deteriorating condition. for ‘teaching moments’ and proj- amount to $50,000 in one year the certainly got through to some,” she “When Bradley Hall construc- Since the new recycling dump- ects,” said Karasch. “But I believe money will go towards Rivers’ fi- commented. She pointed out that the tion was just starting, there was ster has been put in place, Rivers it’s the responsibility of the adults nancial aid. school had not purchased but had some brief consideration to install has saved 289 adult trees, 57 cu- in the community to lead; it’s a This plan is one of Rivers’ ef- relied on donated recycling bins on geothermal heat and cooling in the bic yards of landfill space, 75,683 problem that’s been created by forts to become a greener com- campus before Ben Andrews, the building. That was rejected after ...a kW of electricity (the equivalent of adults so we shouldn’t depend on munity. In essence, efforts to make new Director of Facilities, pushed very incomplete review process,” 45 barrels of oil), and saved 16.15 only the students to deal with the Rivers “green” originated at the for the new recycling dumpster next Karasch said. “Currently I think the metric tons of carbon from entering solutions.” Inadequate treatment of veterans across America byrob MargoliS ‘09 of soldiers returning from active autopsy revealed he had died from The commissions focused on ways is little nationwide care, and hun- conTribuTing WriTer duty. Walter Reed Army Medical alcohol poisoning. to help wounded soldiers who are dreds of veterans are still slipping Center has soldiers outnumber ci- Another tragic example of the leaving active duty and entering the through the cracks. Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan suf- vilian patients 17-1, and soldiers life of a soldier after duty is Stephen “bureaucratic labyrinth of Veteran Marine Sergeant Ryan Groves fered a broken neck, shredded left are therefore spilling into nearby Wade. Wade told a small group of Affairs.” Yet these outside commis- told a Washington Post reporter, ear, and nearly died from blood hotels and apartments. Because of fellow veterans how he phoned his sions only provided suggestions on “We’ve done our duty. We fought loss. He was evacuated from Iraq this, soldiers are going overlooked wife, only to have her put her new how to help the veterans; they never the war. We came home wounded. in February 2006 to Building 18 of and untreated by Walter Reed staff. boyfriend on the line. His wife provided any direct results. Fine. But whoever the people are Walter Reed Army Medical Center The Walter Reed National called him a bad husband for go- Another major reason why back here who are supposed to give in Washington D.C., where recov- Army Medical Center is located on ing to Iraq, and now he is praying many veterans are going unassisted us the easy transition should be do- ery was far from ideal. The walls 113 acres and it serves more than a judge grants him custody of his is because of their paperwork. The ing it. We don’t know what to do. of his recovery room were torn, and 150,000 active and retired person- young daughter. paperwork is often lost in the trans- The people who are supposed to when Duncan stood in the shower, nel from all branches of the military. Fortunately for Stephen Wade, fer between departments and forced know don’t have the answers. It’s he could see the bathtub on the The average stay is ten months, but he has found a small support group to be redone. a nonstop process of stalling.” Vet- floor above through a rotted hole. some soldiers have stayed at Walter called “Vets 4 Vets” that helps him Although attempts are being erans all over are going unnoticed The entire building showed signs Reed for as long as two years. deal with the struggles he faces. made to improve the system, they and untreated: In 2005 there were of neglect from mouse droppings, Walter Reed Medical Center pa- For the vast majority of veterans, are only baby steps towards a suc- at least 6,256 suicides among those dead cockroaches, stained carpets, tients often fall through the cracks. the U.S. Government is not pro- cessful solution, yet there are a few who served in the armed forces. and cheap mattresses. The Washington Post reported one viding enough support. The Bush programs that are making headway. A study published in 2005 by the Not all rooms were as horren- tragic example, Corporal Jeremy Administration’s response to ac- One of those is “Vets 4 Vets” in University of Georgia found that dous as Duncan’s, but the gloom of Harper, who returned from Iraq cusations regarding the treatment Stony Point, New York. This non- veterans were more than twice as Building 18 represented the larger with post-traumatic stress disorder of veterans has been to fire high- profit sets up peer support groups likely to commit suicide as non- problem: American Soldiers are re- after seeing three friends die. Cor- level officials for the Administra- around the country for a new gener- vets. (Veterans committed suicide turning home from war and not re- poral Harper kept his room dark, tion’s mistakes, but there is still ation of veterans. Another program at the rate of between 18.7 to 20.8 ceiving the support they need to get refused his combat medals, and was little support for veterans in need. that is helping veterans is “Back per 100,000, compared to other their lives back together. Soldiers always heavily medicated, accord- High level officials such as Maj. on Track,” which helps wounded Americans, who did so at the rate come back to civilian life with sev- ing to people who knew him. Ac- Gen. George W. Weightman, com- sailors and marines recover from of 8.9 per 100,000.) These statis- ered arms and legs, organ damage, cording to his mother, Harper was mander of Walter Reed, and Fran- mental health issues. “Back on tics are baffling, given the “Support brain injuries, and various degrees drunkenly wandering the lobby of cis Joseph Harvey, Secretary of the Track” is free to service members our Troops” bumper stickers and of post-traumatic stress, and the the Mologne House (a hotel in the United States Army, were both re- and provides relief through mental magnets seemingly everywhere, majority of their medical expenses area that houses Walter Reed pa- lieved of duty after their mistakes relaxation and stress management. but heed the advice of veterans like must be paid on a soldier’s salary of tients) on New Year’s Eve 2004, were revealed. The Bush Admin- Programs such as these are pop- Stephen Wade when they say these only $1245.90 a month. looking for a ride home to West istration also set up outside com- ping up all over the country, but slogans mean nothing to them. The United States government Virginia. The next morning he missions and outside advisors to their major downfall is that they Talk is cheap...at least until it’s sup- is not taking care of the well being was found dead in his room. An look into the Army’s medical care. only provide local support. There ported with action. Page 4 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 Editorial Cyberspace’s fallen standards make me ROFL The RiveRs edge OPINIONS A week ago, I opened my rarely-used AOL e-mail ac- count, and within seconds became frustrated by my inability to find the button to create a new e-mail. Minutes later, I saw AN OPEN FORUM FOR THE RIVERS COMMUNITY a small rectangle hiding in the left corner of my screen that said, “Compose.” The idea of looking for any word other than “new” to create an e-mail had eluded me. “Compose” added an The questions behind extra time importance to my impending e-mail that made me embarrassed of whether or not they meet the time, enabling unfair advantages. byDeb eDelMan’10 nationwide standards. “I do not think anyone would “When I struggle to finish a doubt that many of the students to have slang such as “cya l8r” serve as the grand finale to my conTribuTing WriTer test and see so many of my peers with extra time are deserving,” receiving additional time when said one Rivers junior, “but with “composition.” I started to wonder; with all the helpful simpli- With exam week just behind I have to put my pencil down, so many kids receiving extra us, those who manage to escape it makes me wonder why I can- time, it is hard not to wonder if all fication of cyberspace, have we lost an ability to appreciate and the dreaded wooden tables of not have the same benefits,” says of them are deserving.” the Auditorium and Haffenriefer Rivers junior Michelle Edelman. Sam Abrams, a Harvard grad- quickly become the envy of those “I feel that extra time on a test uatestudent who is conducting properly use language? less fortunate students who do could only help my grade.” studies on the issue claims, “Stu- not enjoy such luxury. With a However, the positive aspects dents of high status with money, The internet has programmed society to seek out the most milder style of proctoring, fewer of the increased use of the extra who are white and attending pri- students, restroom permission, time system are undeniable. vate schools or elite suburban and of course an additional hour “Twenty-five years ago, if a high schools , are the ones who basic headings, abbreviations, and slang, such as “ttyl” or to complete the given exam, the kid said he had a learning dis- take advantage of the relative appeal of the Rivers exam ex- ability, you didn’t even know ease to gain disability qualifica- “brb.” Yahoo e-mail has even eliminated words entirely, using tra time room is obvious. In the what he was talking about,” said tions and extended time.” regular exam venues, the tension John Mahoney, the director of un- With much controversy sur- animated pictures to help consumers create e-mail accounts. is much more palpable; teachers dergraduate admission at Boston rounding the issue, the invariable make their rounds, gazing over College. “There’s so much more question has arisen amongst stu- students’ shoulders, and there awareness now.” dents, parents and educators alike When did it get this drastic? Smart marketing is one thing, are always the unlucky few who As The College Board states across the country: Should time have to bear the wrath of their on their website, the objective of even be a variable when it comes but do we really need a picture of a stick figure standing still neighbors’ vigorous erasing, deep extra time accommodations is to to testing? breathing, or lack of Kleenex in “level the playing field” so that “There are so many places in the midst of their winter cold. students with disabilities are able life, beyond school, where timing to show us that we are at step 1 of a 3-step process? Also, the However, perhaps the most to have the same opportunities as is necessary,” says Michelle Edel- distinguishable factor between the their peers. The controversy that man. “Part of what I have learned average American teenager spends 30 hours per week on a two settings is a feeling that stu- occurs in communities like Riv- from being a student is to learn to dents in the standard room know ers is where to draw the line be- work under any circumstances at computer. This alone, although slightly excessive, is accepted. well: the thirty-minute stretch that tween a student that needs extra my own pace.” anchors the exam period in which time to perform at the same level However, if time is to be con- one races to finish her exam. Such as his or her peers because of a sidered a factor, it seems all can Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fancy myself above cyberspace a situation nearly sounds com- disability, and one that could ben- at least agree that it needs to be forting, the all or nothing sprint efit from extra time, in order to a fair factor. As senior Jenn Pol- lingo, and I use it frequently. Abbreviations, acronyms, and before winter break, but for those perform at an optimal level. The lan notes, “It seems to me the ex- students who have not quite mas- general opinion is that the latter tra time room is full of kids who tered the art of impeccable pac- group should not be allowed extra haven’t had the kind of serious nicknames have been part of society for centuries. But unfor- ing, these last thirty minutes can time because many students could neuro-psych testing necessary be nothing short of blood, sweat, benefit from extended time. for extra time on a national basis. tunately, cyberspace slang, originally intended to enhance the and tears, particularly for the fi- With just under one fifth of all I think it’s a shame because the nal essays of English or History Rivers students receiving extra kids that have had this testing and efficiency of instant messaging and e-mail, has seeped into the exams. time accommodations on tests truly need extra time are invali- Perhaps where the issue of and exams, almost four times the dated because the notion spreads extra time has received the most statewide percent, such statistics that anyone can find a way to get three-dimensional world. national attention has been for would undoubtedly leave any a few extra minutes if their par- the standard college admissions community member wondering ents push hard enough. It’s great I find it ridiculous, and relatively comedic, when I see some- exams, the SATs and ACTs. whether such high numbers sim- that Rivers respects kids with the The number of students receiv- ply render increased awareness type of learning disabilities that ing extra time on these tests has of learning disabilities within the require extra time, but I think it’s body respond to a joke by saying “lols,” instead of just laugh- doubled over the last few years school, or whether the numbers time to tighten the rules and make with approximately 5% of high indicate that Rivers has started to sure extra time is exclusively for ing. Doesn’t it seem as though the abbreviation has become school students in Massachusetts provide too many kids with extra those who truly need it.” receiving extra time on the SATs circuitous, and even awkward? A few days ago, I heard a stu- in 2006 and with about 2% re- ceiving extra time nationwide in the same year. However, Brian The Rivers Edge dent tell a teacher that they would “brb.” Luckily, it was not an O’Rielly, a spokesman for The Co-Editors-in-Chief............................ ........Cara Bigony ’09 College Board, the organization English teacher. These abbreviations have not only affected our that administers the SAT, claims Kate Burns ’09 that such an increase speaks sole- Assistant Editor ........................................Maddy Levitt ‘09 ly to the improvements made to speaking, but our writing as well. Newshouse News Service accommodate students with dis- News Editor....................................................Jenn Pollan’09 abilities. Features Editor..........................................Katie Voorhes ’09 has reported a significant increase in casual abbreviations used “Many years ago, students Opinions Editor..........................................Maddy Levitt ‘09 with disabilities were not con- sidered eligible for college,” said Arts Editors..............................................Brittany Dixon ‘09 in academic writing at the high school and college levels. This Sports Editor.......................................Adam Lowenstein ’10 O’Rielly. “Fortunately, that’s changed a great deal, and there Faculty Advisor...............................................Mary Mertsch isn’t surprising, considering most teenagers spend at least 12 are many more students with dis- abilities taking the SAT.” Contributing Writers: E. Bauer ‘11, L. Blake ‘09. I. Brownstein hours on instant messaging per week and send over 18.5 billion However, the question that is ‘09, B. Dixon ‘09, R. Drake ‘10, A. Drew ‘10, D. Edelman ‘10, raised in communities like Rivers M. Edelman ‘10 , L. Faas ‘11, Ben Foley ‘09, Summers Ford ‘09, is what qualifies a student for a text messages per month. spot on the extra time list for both J. Lapides ‘09, S. Lie ‘11, R. Margolis ‘09, Andrew Navoni ‘09, the SATs and in house exams? M. Orlander ‘10, B. Silberstein ‘10, D. Singer ‘10, D. Tackeff Unfortunately, our increasing dependency on it seems to be The standard nationwide system ‘10, L. Southwell ‘12, C. Sullivan ‘11, M. Tanner ‘12; Photogra- requires that a student undergo testing in order to diagnose a dis- phers: Maddy Levitt, Adam Lowenstein, Tim Morse. poisoning our language. Whether we realize it or not, our hours The riverS eDge iS publiSheD by The STuDenTS of The riverS ability that would impede a stu- School anD May be SubScribeD To for TWenTy DollarS a year. The dent from performing at the same eDge iS a foruM for The iDeaS anD concernS of The STuDenT boDy, anD spent on the computer affect how we communicate with those level as his peers. However, with- leTTerS anD conTribuTionS froM The enTire riverS coMMuniTy-STuDenTS, in a small, secondary community faculTy, STaff, parenTS anD aluMni- are WelcoMeD anD encourageD. un- around us, whether through writing or speaking. But wtv, i gtg like Rivers, students and teachers SigneD leTTerS Will noT be publiSheD, buT naMeS Will be WiThhelD upon can often work together to avoid requeST. We reServe The righT To eDiT all leTTerS boTh for Size anD such testing and allow students conTenT. pleaSe SenD To The eDiTor, The riverS eDge, 333 WinTer watch sum tv, so i’ll ttyl. extra time based on a demonstrat- STreeT, WeSTon, Ma 02493. ed or expressed need, regardless December 18, 2008 The Rivers Edge Page 5 The best burrito of Boston: where to find it, how to eat it by alex DreW’10 tortilla. Lastly in the Mexican fam- If the Santa Fe salad is present, conTribuTing WriTer ily tree is Baby Burrito Bowl, who hurry to the sandwich bar and grab contains the filling of King Burrito a tortilla before a line forms. At the Hola fellow burrito enthusiast! in a bowl instead of a tortilla. He sandwich bar, pile on lettuce and a Like you, I too am in search of the is ideal for those who, like a baby, few tomato slices (makeshift salsa). ideal burrito for all times of the cannot manage to keep their burrito Then relocate to the salad bar and day. Now, there are an overwhelm- together while eating. For proteins, pile on the Santa Fe salad and bell ing amount of decisions associated barbacoa is beef while carnitas, al peppers. Douse with hot sauce, roll with burritos: What burrito shop pastor, chorizo and chili verde are the tortilla, and thank Diane. shall I go to? Do I want a fajita bur- all variations on pork. Now that we If you are at home when the crav- rito, or maybe a taco? Guacamole have identified what we want, we ing strikes, try making your own or salsa? Refried beans or black need to identify where to get it. burrito. First, make sure you have beans? Burrito bowl or a super bur- It is difficult to decide who tortillas in the house. Otherwise, rito? The options are limitless. First, does the best Mexican food, be- give up now. Start boiling water one must rule out the worst options cause each place has its strengths. for the rice. Then, locate a protein (i.e. Qdoba). The burritos are bad, Photo by Alex Drew. However, Anna’s Taqueria does an (chicken, steak) or vegetables like and their ingredients are lacking exists, we are heading to Boloco. However, while waiting in line at amazing job, and I picked it as the bell peppers, onions, and zucchini. in quality. One must also avoid the Boloco is the odd ball of the burrito Chipotle, I immediately forget what number one place because I can Cook your protein or vegetables in burrito place in Faneuil Hall and world. Yes, you can get the typical I was originally craving because never find a single thing they do a greased skillet until done. Rum- Tango Mango. Yes, I know Faneuil rice and beans, but they also serve there are so many options. So, let’s wrong (not to mention they have a mage through the kitchen again and Hall is overwhelming, and there are delish teriyaki, Mediterranean, break it down. King Super Bur- cult-like following). Felipe’s makes look for avocadoes and tomatoes. so many dining options in Newton Bangkok and buffalo burritos. And rito rules the Mexican food fam- a good burrito as well, and remains Mashing avocadoes with onions Center that one might just desper- if the idea of a meat-filled burrito ily. A twelve inch tortilla warmed the nacho champion. Chipotle equals instant guacamole and chop- ately choose the burrito instead of sounds too daunting in the morning, and stuffed to perfection with rice, also proves to be very satisfying. ping tomatoes really small with remaining undecided on what to you can order a delectable break- beans, cheese, salsa, hot sauce and It is simple, delish, and if you tell onions equals instant salsa. Look in eat, but the burrito is a bad choice. fast burrito with a smoothie. The a protein. Then there’s Mr. Burrito, the people behind the counter that the fridge for cheese and search the Something about it is off. Upon breakfast burritos are egg based, which contains all the same things, you are writing an article for the pantry for beans. When you have all peeling the tin foil down and taking with toppings such as black beans, just a smaller amount. Sir Taco is school paper on burritos, they will of your burrito fillings compiled, lay a bite, I do not feel the satisfaction bacon, salsa, and melted cheese made of corn tortillas stuffed with be extra nice and answer your ques- them next to the stove. Melt a small I may feel at Anna’s or Felipe’s. In- wrapped in a mini or regular sized meat, salsa, cheese and lettuce. Sir tions. Chipotle also seems to be in slice of butter in a skillet the size stead. I feel somewhat disappointed tortilla. (The mini tortilla is really Taco has no rice, unlike its cousin, the most convenient locations, but of your tortilla. Turn the heat up on in my lunch and the fact that I just cute, I recommend it just so you can Mr. Burrito. Lady Quesadilla is lacks vegetables beyond peppers the skillet, lay the tortilla across the spent money on this hot mess of look at and go “awww, look at this a grilled cheese with salsa and a and onions. skillet and sprinkle cheese. Only food wrapped in a tortilla. cute little burrito.”) The smoothie protein without rice or beans. Un- So what is one to do, when the keep the tortilla on the hot skillet Now that we have eliminated accompanies the breakfast burrito like its neighbors, Sir Taco and Mr. burrito craving strikes during all for thirty seconds or so; otherwise, where we are not going for our well, and after that power break- Burrito, Lady Quesadilla is flat and school meeting or math class? The it will burn. Lay your assorted bur- burrito, we need to make another fast, and you’ll be ready to conquer grilled. Uncle Fajita Burrito has most obvious answer would be at- rito stuffings on the cheesy side of extremely important choice. Are the world. peppers and onions instead of beans. tempt to sneak off campus and run the tortilla and fold to the best of we absolutely sure we want Mexi- Most of the time, a burrito crav- Stepsister Plato is rice, beans, salsa to the nearest burrito shop (which your ability. If you are feeling truly can? Is there any desire deep within ing can only be satisfied by scoops and a protein in a mini tortilla and I believe is Chipotle in Framing- authentic, wrap the bottom of it in our souls for a breakfast burrito or of beans, salsa, guacamole, chick- is similar to Stepbrother Tostadas, ham), but that would be a long tin foil before taking the first glori- maybe some teriyaki delightfully en, steak, peppers and onions in a which includes beans, cheese, let- run, and during your D.C. hearing, ous bite. wrapped in a tortilla. If this desire tortilla fresh from the tortilla press. tuce and a protein in a mini corn they would not let you eat the bur- Keep in mind, burritos are an rito anyway. So, this is what to do: art. The making, the rolling, and First, check to see if the Santa Fe the enjoyment are all things that re- salad is being served. (It’s usually quire time and practice. So practice located next to the Caesar mix.) If the art of burritos often, and keep it not, give up all Mexican hopes and fresh. Adios! Read more about food go make a tuna sandwich (unless, at imfreakinhungry.blogspot.com. of course, it is chips and salsa day). Rivers Community’s Favorite Holiday Traditions 1. “Rocking out to Christmas music.” -Ally MacIntosh ‘09 and Kathryn Najarian ‘10 2. “Going to a Christmas movie and then baking Christ- mas cookies.” -Alexa Kopelman ‘09 and Jenn Pollan “09 3. “Watching Christmas movies for 24 hours on TBS.” -Sully Happy Holidays from the 4. “My family yelling at one another.” -Ryan Drake ‘10 Edge Staff! Have a great 5. “‘Jewish Christmas with my mom: going to the mov- winter break! ies and eating chinese food.” -Mr. Caplan Page 6 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 Features Election 2008: How Obama and McCain move forward by ben SilberSTein ’10 will and earnest effort to find ways to earn – I may not have won your stead of moderately governing this not intend to divide and has vowed conTribuTing WriTer to come together. To find the nec- vote, but I hear your voices, I need country, Bush leaned too far to the to do what is best for his country. It began with a chorus of ‘boos’ essary compromises to bridge our your help, and I will be your Presi- right for most Americans. Instead But he has also said he will not do from a group of unruly John McCa- differences.” John McCain handled dent too.” Obama also mentioned of uniting a greatly divided public it alone. If Obama should honor his in supporters: a concession speech the situation very well; two years of that he looked forward to working (less than half the country support- word and work with John McCain, on the night of the Presidential grueling work didn’t result as well with John McCain to solve Ameri- ed him), George Bush proceeded to and McCain should also oblige, election. With a few saddened ges- as he hoped. However, disappoint- ca’s issues. In retrospect, and not by alienate most of the country. then this country will travel down tures, McCain quieted the crowd, ment seemed far from McCain at coincidence, John McCain and Ba- Obama’s election was not nearly the middle of the road. before exploring the issues facing this moment. Instead of sulking, he rack Obama seem to have the same as contested as Bush’s. Obama won Whether Obama can both ac- this country. First, the senator of urged his supporters to find hope goals for this country. Both gentle- comfortably, which should be an complish this and still repair our Arizona graciously thanked and in the situation. John McCain sug- men focused on unity and compro- indication that America is ready for country remains to be seen. How- congratulated Barack Obama on a gested that instead of letting the mise. But there are plenty of John a change. But, as a very intelligent ever, he has spoken, and so has Mc- well-run campaign and victory. He outcome of this election further McCain supporters at Rivers: 28% man Mr. Dan McCartney once said, Cain. And while the election results then made a statement with a fair divide this nation, the American of the school voted for him in our “I could break my arm and that may not please everyone, both of amount of weight on it: “These are people should collectively unify. mock election. Though there is a could be a change, but it’s not a these candidates’ pledges should. difficult times for our country. And Barack Obama echosed this split in the Rivers’ community’s good change.” Mr. McCartney isn’t Whether you supported Obama or I pledge to [Obama] tonight to do sentiment in his victory speech, choice for President, it is signifi- convinced that Obama will help this McCain, change has been prom- all in my power to help him lead Obama when he said, “Let us resist cantly more important to focus on country, and it’s just as likely that ised. If Obama works alone, change us through the many challenges the temptation to fall back on the becoming a more united people. many other people have this stance, might be possible. However, if we face. I urge all Americans who same partisanship and pettiness and Eight years ago, George Bush too. Some people think Obama will Obama does indeed work with supported me to join me in not just immaturity that has poisoned our was elected President by less than do the same thing that Bush did those politicans with opinions dif- congratulating [Obama], but offer- politics for so long,” and, “To those 50% of the popular vote. Evidently, (but will instead strongly favor lib- ferent from his, then this country President Elect gets a jump start on major policies ing our next President our good Americans whose support I have yet America was greatly divided. In- erals). Time will tell. Obama does may meet with great success. Due to the global economic crisis, cabinet members. ing role to stabilize global finan- The historical election of Ba- by kaTe voorheS ‘09 there is no doubt that a smooth Environmentalists, concerned cial markets during this time of rack Obama will, if it hasn’t al- eDge STaff transition between presidents is about global warming and oil turmoil.” He also assured Obama ready, combat racial stereotypes If you think that landing a more crucial than it has been in extraction issues, are excited that Hong Kong would assist and in the U.S. and throughout the successful job or being admitted prior years. Obama began the tran- about Obama’s victory. He has cooperate with the US. world. Martin Luther King Jr. into an Ivy League School are sition process in August, an entire promised to completely revise The President of France and would have been proud to see high expectations, think again. three months before he won the US energy policies by strictly the European Council, Nico- his “dream” finally come true in The expectations set on the new election, when he recruited for- regulating greenhouse gases and las Sarkozy, offered his and the witnessing Obama’s election. The president-elect, Senator Barack mer President Clinton’s Chief-of- reverting to renewable fossil French people’s “warmest con- President Elect not only needs Obama, are set so high that they Sffice, John D. Podesta, to lead his fuels that provide efficient and gratulations,” and said that “an to keeps his promises, but also seem unrealistic. Americans elect- transition into the White House. clean energy. Obama, not waver- immense hope” had been raised needs to show he can help fulfill ed Senator Obama as president on Thirteen days prior to the elec- ing from his pledge that the envi- everywhere: in France, in Europe, Martin Luther King Jr’s dream. November 4, 2008 with hopes that tion, Obama asked General James ronmental situation is among his and around the world. As the President Elect of the he will facilitate change. Obama’s L. Jones to be his National Secu- most important concerns, is cur- The Iranian President Mah- world’s superpower, it is neces- campaign was based on the slo- rity Advisor. Transition officials rently choosing his Environment moud Ahmadinejad also con- sary that Obama promotes equal- gan “Change We Can Believe have confirmed that Obama held Cabinet, appointing positions in gratulated Obama on his victory, ity and improves the US’ global In,” referring to change in foreign private meetings with potential the next few days. The President which is the first time that an reputation. relations, economic strategies, candidates for cabinet positions Elect is looking to appoint indus- Iranian leader has congratulated “One of the worst things I think and dealing with environmental before Election Day. Before the try-focused people to his Environ- the President Elect of the United that could happen to a president is issues, not to mention a change election even took place, Obama ment Cabinet to move the current States since the Iranian Revolu- losing touch with what people are in the President’s skin color. But was not only confident, but ready energy policies into the emerging tion in 1979. He told Obama, going through day to day…I want will the first African-American for the challenges ahead. green era. “The great nation of Iran wel- to make sure that I keep my finger president really bring about the Obama has selected his cabi- He has recently appointed comes basic and fair changes in on the pulse of the struggles that change he has been promising? net and administration members former Senate Majority Leader U.S. policies and behaviors.” people are going through every According to voters, the num- in record time. In less than one Tom Daschle to be the Secretary Even Russian President Dmit- day,” said Obama, admitting his ber one concern in the United month after his election, he has of Health and Human Services ry Medvedev sent a congratula- greatest fear to Barbara Walters. States is the economic situation. named his selections for thirteen in his Cabinet. This significant tory telegram after the election. He sympathized that “there are The country’s current recession out of the twenty-four chief posi- move fulfills his promise to make He said there is “solid positive many who won’t agree with ev- has been compared to the Great tions in the new administration. healthcare a primary issue, not potential” for troubled relations ery decision or policy I make as Depression, having similar causes To get a sense of Obama’s selec- only by quickly filling the chief to improve between Washington president, and we know that gov- of over-speculation, over-spend- tion speed, at the same point dur- healthcare position, but also by and Moscow if Obama does his ernment can’t solve every prob- ing, and an excessive number of ing this time in history, Bill Clin- picking such a highly-ranked offi- part to communicate positively lem. But I will always be honest bank loans. Today’s situation has ton and George W. Bush had only cial as the Senate Majority Leader with Russia. with you about the challenges we bankrupted numerous companies, one of these jobs filled, Jimmy to hold the position. In addition to There is hope in Afghanistan face.” putting millions of Americans Carter and Ronald Reagan only having been a crucial member of that their needs for future change President Elect Obama is out of work, while similar effects two, and George Bush senior, the Senate, Daschle has written will be met during Obama’s pres- aware that the manner in which have been felt throughout the rest who had the advantage of taking books on how to solve the health- idency. The U.S. military is con- he handles his future tasks will of the world. Just two days af- office after a fellow Republican, care and economic problems. tinually inflicting violence upon be closely watched and any min- ter Barack Obama was elected, had only filled eight offices. Sev- Energy consumption and innocent Afghanis, and recently ute mistake he makes will have he acted immediately regarding enty-one percent of Americans healthcare are not the only is- killed thirty-seven people by consequences. But Obama, a man the economic crisis, which will approve of Obama’s selections, sues on which Barack Obama has bombing a wedding party. Presi- of determination and confidence, most definitely be the first major including his selection of former made progress. Winning the elec- dent Hamid Karzai said, “This is is skillful in turning deficits into concern of the new presidency. rival Hillary Clinton as the Sec- tion alone proved to be enough to my first demand of the new presi- assets, and is known for his re- He and Vice President Elect Joe retary of State, Rahm Emanuel as drastically improve foreign rela- dent of the United States — to put markable transformations in his Biden met with economic experts the White House Chief of Staff, tions. In a global internet poll run an end to civilian casualties.” personal life. Perhaps he will be to discuss the most effective ways Peter Rouse as the Senate Chief by The Economist, eighty-five per- The Czech Republic’s Presi- able to use this skill to benefit to steady the economy. Obama of Staff, and Timothy Geithner as cent of the world favored Obama dent Vaclav Klaus invited Obama America. said he will take “all necessary the Treasury Secretary. Obama is over McCain. When Obama was to visit Prague during the NATO “Some of the choices that steps to ease the credit crisis, help moving quickly to avoid mistakes elected to be the U.S. President, a summit in Germany, and Czech we’re going to make are going hardworking families, and restore made by previous Presidents. tremendous sigh of relief was felt Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek to be difficult,” Obama said. “It growth and prosperity,” providing By the time that the September across the world. cautioned that “the whole world is not going to be quick. It’s not specific examples such as produc- 11th tragedy occurred in 2001, The day following Obama’s will now watch with suspense going to be easy for us to dig our- ing jobs and financially aiding the President Bush still had not filled election, the Chief Executive of how he fulfills his promises.” selves out of the hole that we are auto industry, small businesses many of his national security po- Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, con- Though the world has had skepti- in.” But Obama said he is confi- and state and local governments sitions, whereas Obama is mak- gratulated Obama by inviting him cism about Obama’s promises of dent that his country can see it- so as to eliminate laying off work- ing sure each position is secure to Hong Kong, and told him, “We change, it is clear from the rapid self out of such a dark time. In ers and raising taxes. by the time he officially takes of- are confident that, under your progress Obama has made in ap- addressing the nation, he shared, If the new president wants to fice. Obama has focused on first leadership, the United States will pointing his administration mem- “We have come so far. We have accomplish the change he has establishing his White House op- remain committed to the ideals of bers that positive change is on its seen so much, but there is so promised, he must be prepared. eration, and then picking suitable open trade, and will play a lead- way. much more to do.” December 18, 2008 The Rivers Edge Page 7 Features The three controversial questions on the MA ballot by louiSe blake ’09 eDge STaff public safety institutions, like the face civil penalties instead of crim- on. One mistake shouldn’t ruin don’t know how much of a loss it In this election, while America police and fire departments. Taxes inal penalties. The previous pen- their future.” would be to close them.” voted for its next president, Massa- would also have had to been raised alty for this infraction was a $500 Ms. Argueta: (voted “NO”) “I chusetts made three other important in other ways to help make up for fine, criminal proceedings and six QUESTION 3: “YES” think they could have gone in and decisions. Questions 1, 2 and 3 on the deficit. As a result of the vote months in jail. Now, the fine has By voting “YES,” 56% to 44%, made the proper reforms. I hate the the ballot dealt with three contro- for “NO”, nothing will change from been reduced to $100, which goes Massachusetts voters have made fact that so many people are losing versial topics, and our state chose its current state. to the city of the bust, there is no greyhound racing an illegal busi- their jobs.” NO, YES, YES. The three ballot Ms. Donahue: (voted “NO”) jail time, and there are no criminal ness in Massachusetts. While any Casey Berman: (voted “YES”) questions involved the abolition “They’re going to get the money records kept. The penalty for mi- form of dog racing in which wagers “I wasn’t [well] educated on this of income tax, the decriminaliza- somewhere, so it wouldn’t make a nors is a drug awareness course, ten are placed on the speed and ability one, but there was a lot of negative tion of carrying one ounce or less difference.” hours of community service work of the animals is now prohibited, energy towards it.” of marijuana, and the abolition of Mr. Lyons: (voted “NO”) “On and a $1,000 fine. The penalties horse racing was not at all affected John Matthews: (voted “YES”) dog racing. Both Rivers students my salary, I’m not paying huge for selling, growing, and trafficking by this act. Any laws that previous- “It felt kind of bad to say, ‘Yes, kill and faculty, like the state of Mas- [taxes], and that’s a lot of money to marijuana, as well as the prohibition ly included stipulations about the dogs.’” sachusetts, had strong opinions on find someplace else.” against driving under the influence two forms of racing are to be read Anna Cummings: (voted these matters. Ms. Argueta: “I think maybe it of marijuana, remain unchanged. as though only applying to horses “YES”) “I know that a lot of grey- just should have [been] home own- Ms. Donahue: (voted “YES”) starting January 1, 2009. Any vio- hounds are kept in really inhumane QUESTION 1: NO! ers who [got] to vote on this one.” “It was needless amounts of money lation to this new protection act conditions.” By voting NO, 70% to 30%, Casey Berman: (voted “NO”) prosecuting needless crimes.” will result in a fine of $20,000 to While these opinions give a the state of Massachusetts did “For senior citizens who don’t get Ms. Argueta: (voted “YES”) the state racing commission. The sense of the various arguments, NOT get rid of the 5.3% income any income, that’s unfair.” “Before, it was just tying up the two current dog-racing tracks in they only represent a small fraction tax. If this question had passed, John Matthews: (voted “NO”) courts with people being prosecut- Massachusetts to be shut down are of Rivers voters. Unfortunately, the state would have reduced the “I think it’s careless, but it’s hard ed for something that didn’t harm Wonderland Greyhound Park and questions 1, 2 and 3 were not in- tax to 2.65% starting January 1, to say because it doesn’t directly anyone. It was a waste of time.” Raynham Park, where hundreds of cluded on the ballot of the mock 2009, and then gotten rid of the affect me.” Anonymous: (voted “NO”) “It’s employees will now be out of work. vote that our school held, so there tax altogether starting January 1, Anna Cummings: (voted “NO”) just not right to encourage drug use However, the dogs at these two is no statistical way to tell if Rivers 2010. Also, taxpayers would have “All it would do is increase prop- like that.” tracks were being kept in extreme- actually does mimic the state in our saved a great deal of money over erty taxes.” Casey Berman: (voted “YES”) ly inhumane conditions. It also beliefs. Nonetheless, these ques- the course of their lives. The state, “I don’t think it’s as big as other should be noted that the industry tions remain controversial on our however, would have lost roughly QUESTION 2: YES! crimes.” as a whole has been experiencing a campus even today, after the deci- 40% of its funding—adding up to Because the state voted YES, Anna Cummings: (voted rapid decline in popularity over the sions have already been made. For 11 billion dollars a year. This loss 65% to 35%, if an adult is found “YES”) “If a person gets caught in past couple of decades. now we can only speculate what the would have greatly affected public to be in possession of one ounce possession, it shouldn’t affect how Ms. Donahue: “I was undecided true effect of all three votes will be healthcare, public education, and or less of marijuana, he or she will they’re viewed by employers later about this question, because I just on our local economy and society. Diverse cultures, cuisines shine at International Night bySTephanie lie ’11 ees were pleasantly spectacular evening, showing the anDlaura faaS ‘11 surprised with each true purpose and theme of Inter- conTribuTing WriTerS aroma and taste that national Night: to bring the Rivers Students, families, and faculty flooded their senses community together for a night of all gathered to immerse themselves upon ingestion. As merging cultures. in over fifteen different cultures junior Ryan Drake International Night has become from around the globe at Rivers’ put it, “The food is a wonderful tradition here at Riv- Fifth Annual International Night. the best food I’ve ers. As Madame Stackler put it, the Faculty members and students alike ever experienced!” annual celebration is a “great way collaborated for weeks in advance At this point, nu- for the entire community to be in- in order to proudly display the in- merous members of troduced to different cultures, not ner workings of their heritage. the Rivers faculty only through language, but also This year, members hailing from went all-out trying through food.” That is exactly the all parts of the Rivers community to impress visitors. purpose of this night: the coming gathered in the Berwind Building Signors Comper- together of the entire community. to celebrate the school’s diversity. chio, Compagnone, Every day at school, the students The evening began with attend- DiMilla, and Rizoli and faculty see each other, but on ees mingling amongst the variety of broke out the Italian this night entire families of both extravagantly decorated tables rep- espresso machine International Night’s attendants participate in a cultural dance from students and faculty get to spend resenting nations from all across the and were serving time together. Mr Kosak put it in a globe, all together for one night in espresso along with Greece with Rindy. Photo by Edge Staff. way that expresses the importance the Strauss Dining Hall. Each table many Italian favor- utes, most likely due to the stormy a try. Angela Carcia, Rivers’ Direc- of extending relationships outside was adorned with authentic pieces ites such as antipasto and biscotti. night outside. Though many in the tor of Diversity, Rindy Garner, and the school day: “It’s really nice to that offered a glimpse into the tra- Madame Stackler at the French audience balked in surprise, the the always-adventurous Drake went see a cross-section of the Rivers ditions of each represented country. table was serving crepes and other always- professional jazz combo onstage to learn the Greek moves. community; I always think it’s fun Stations were stocked with items French favorites. A very popular retained complete composure and There were laughs and smiles all to see families in a setting outside of ranging from posters with pictures display was the Campanelli fam- never missed a beat. They contin- around, and the trained Greek danc- school. “ As for the “international” and maps, to Mandarin teacher Mr. ily’s table, featuring cuisine and ar- ued to play splendidly until the end ers were enthusiastic and pleased part of International Night, the di- Kosak’s traditional handmade Chi- tifacts from the Netherlands, which of their set, which would’ve greatly with how many people showed in- versity of the Rivers School is often nese eagle kite, to a wide selection included many types of pastries, impressed the audience even with- terest in their cultural celebrations. overlooked, except for a night ev- of Jewish dreidels over at the joint authentic Belgium waffles, and fa- out the power outage. The night’s final performance ery fall. By attending International Jewish-Colombian table. mous Dutch wooden clogs! Eventually, the power came was an Afro-Mediterranean musi- Night, attendees can see unique as- Soon after, the buffet com- After everyone had his fill of back on, and the next performance cal group called Atlas Soul. Their pects of the world in a single room. menced, people walked from table food, the entertainment for the came to the stage. They were a music is a blend of jazz and funk, On this night students show their to table sampling the traditional night began. The first act to hit the traditional Greek dance troupe, with its origins based on long-es- enthusiasm for world cultures and cuisine offered. There, they spoke stage was none other than the Riv- which included five dancers and tablished Middle Eastern and Ara- traditions. All people expressed the to table hosts and learned about ers Select Jazz Combo I. The mu- two musicians playing traditional bic sounds. The band is celebrated night’s theme unanimously: an en- the country or culture represented sicians included Casey Berman on Greek instruments. The performers world-wide because the members tertaining way of learning about the there. The tables represented cul- the tenor saxophone, Tom Chalm- followed memorized complex pat- use a blend of sounds and instru- world, thus creating a more unified, tures from the Caribbean, China, ers on the trombone, Aaron Behr terns, all the while holding hands ments converging from all across cultured community. Anna Teng Columbia, the Netherlands, Bel- on the piano, Jeramiah Campanelli with one another, symbolizing the the planet to make their music. (‘11) said, “The food is delicious gium, Ethiopia, France, Guatemala, on the drums, and Henry Fraser and unity of the Greek culture. Their When their upbeat tunes put the au- and I love having the opportunity Indonesia, Italy, Peru, the Philip- Elliot Berman on the basses. Every- steps produced a powerful beat, es- dience in a dancing mood, parents, to learn about different cultures.” pines, Sierra Leon, Spain, and Tai- one enjoyed the performance, even sentially adding a whole man-made faculty, and students congregated Look for Rivers Sixth Annual Inter- wan. All attendees stepped out of in the dark: soon after the combo instrument to the act. After they fin- together on the auditorium’s floor national Night some time next fall. their comfort zones and tested their started playing, the power in the ished their performance, the group and could soon enough be found palates by trying a variety of dishes Corkin Auditorium and the Din- brought some audience members dancing along to the one-of-a-kind from different continents. Attend- ing Hall went out for a few min- onstage to let others give the dance beat. Atlas-Soul concluded this Page 8 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 Arts The Rivers production of Much Ado About Nothing gether, Hero and Meg force Bea- convincingly set out on their quests by MaDDy leviTT ‘09 trice and Benedick to set aside their for love or lack there of. Ally Ma- eDge STaff arguments, and to realize the love cIntosh as Hero and Katheryn Na- that they have always felt for each jarian as Beatrice, the love interests In his tragedies, William Shake- other. Once they are able to do this, of the male leads, were great as speare often utilizes the device of the two couples are married side by well. And who can forget the im- “comic relief” in order to tempo- side at a second wedding on anoth- provised scene where Ryan, in des- rarily relieve his audience from er variety show, and both couples perate attempts to get Benedick’s the dark, depressing events of the are happy. attention so that he would overhear play. With thanks to Shakespeare, Not only was Mr. Compercio’s a false conversation, let go of all this November’s production of the adaptation endlessly amusing, but boundaries. The audience broke out comedy, Much Ado About Noth- it also allowed the actors to take into hilarity, laughing until its sides ing, itself served as just that kind more risks. Because they did not hurt. of reprieve for the Rivers commu- have to worry about deviating from As always, the behind-the- nity. Teachers and students alike a specific template, they could en- scenes crew masterfully pulled the appreciated this interlude from the hance the romances and add new show together to showcase the skill stresses of taking and grading test surprises. The intertwined comedy of the actors and the clever rendi- after test. “It was so nice just to routines and game shows at the tion of the play as conceived by Mr. laugh during a time as stressful as Waitresses Ally MacIntosh ‘09 and Kate Burns ‘09 in Much Ado. club helped to make the convo- Compercio. The costumes were senior fall!” commented audience Photo by M. Levitt. luted Shakespeare language come unforgettable, particularly a scene member Shy Roman. to life, adding humor and making at a masquerade ball at which par- The reason that Much Ado had away from Boston between New- owned by Leonato. His daughter, the show accessible to all ages. Mr. ticipants dressed as anything from a such broad appeal can largely be at- ton and Brookline. The cast was in Hero, works as the head waitress, Compercio obviously put a lot of beautiful princess to a very realistic tributed to its adaptation by Direc- modern dress, and although much and Hero’s best friend and cousin, time and thought into this creative bumble bee. The lighting and terrif- tor Joseph Compercio. If you previ- of Shakespeare’s language was Beatrice, is a comedian, known as adaptation, stating in his director’s ic scenery contributed to setting the ously knew of the show, you most preserved, many lines were notice- the “sweet and sour dame of com- message that, “Our cast of char- scene and tone in ways that one can likely recognized the names and ably modernized which effectively edy.” Meg (played by Kate Burns) acters in modern dress brings the easily take for granted because they the general story plot, which are altered the time period of the pro- is another waitress, and Hero’s best action of the play to life betwixt are so skillfully produced. Over- taken straight from the classic ver- duction. The show’s title was trans- friend. Don John (played by Alex comedy routines and a climactic all, the play offered an enjoyable, sion. Claudio (played by Phil Seidl) formed into the name of a game, Marz) is Don Pedro’s brother, who wedding scene performed live on a entertaining night out. It may not falls madly in love with Leonato’s with Willomena (played by Lizzy wants to make everyone’s lives as late-night variety show. This event have looked the way Shakespeare (played by Ryan Drake) daughter Southwell) standing at a micro- miserable as his. Don John con- is reminiscent of Tiny Tim’s tele- intended it, but it undoubtedly Hero (played be Ally MacIntosh). phone in the comedy club, calling structs a lie that Hero is sleeping vised marriage to “Miss Vicki” on achieved his desired effect. Benedick (played by Tim Swan) out with a somewhat baffled, yet with Borachio (played by Jon Cry- the Johny Carson Show in 1969, and Beatrice (played by Katheryn excited tone, “Who’s ready to play an), when it reality it is Meg who is which pulled the highest ratings in Ryan Drake thrills audience with Najarian) bicker constantly, but Much Ado About Nothing? The thus involved with him. TV history and made Timy Tim a his comedic portrayal of Leonato. ultimately recognize their love for game where nothing is what it ap- At the first wedding, performed household name.” Photo by M. Levitt. each other and are married. pears to be and none of the answers and filmed on a late-night variety Of course, much of the show’s But, one need not have been a make any sense.” show, Claudio discovers this news charm and humor must be attrib- Shakespearean scholar to notice the Instead of soldiers returning from and, outraged, says that he will uted to the acting talent of the cast, daring license taken by Mr. Comp- battle, Don Pedro and Benedick are never marry Hero because she is whose ability to recite some diffi- ercio. Whereas the classic story is veteran comedians returning from a whore. This misunderstanding cult Shakespearen language with set in Messina, Sicily, just off the Las Vegas where they have discov- is soon solved, and once Hero has such ease was truly remarkable. coast of Italy, Mr. Compercio’s ered the up-and-comer comedian, her Claudio back, she realizes that Everyone’s delivery was top notch modern adaptation was instead set Claudio. They bring him back to she wants her cousin Beatrice to and full of energy. Phil, Tim, and in a present day Comedy Club in their town of Messina to work in find love as well, so that they can Chris made a great trio of Claudio, Messina, now a town a few miles The Comedy Pit, a comedy club be in love simultaneously. So, to- Benedick, and Don Pedro, as they CD reviews: breathtaking vocals and catchy acoustics by alex DreW ‘10 yet, and that is certainly saying ous for the personal side.” Beyonce tions with other country artists. guitar solos. Brad’s duet with Andy anD Michelle eDelMan ‘10 something.” effectively proves once again her This great album won him male Griffith, “Waitin’ on a Woman,” conTribuTing WriTerS The first album also includes ability to remain at the top of the entertainer of the year at the 2008 describes, with a hint of humor and songs that are more typical of the music world in her third solo album Country Music Awards (CMA’s). satisfaction, all the times his lovely Beyonce, “I am Sasha Fierce” star and what fans are used to. The by blending spunk and powerful The single “Start a Band” is an In Beyonce’s new two-disc al- singer proves her strong and soulful emotions into two praiseworthy al- upbeat collaboration with fellow [Paisley] sticks to the bum, entitled “I am Sasha Fierce,” vocals through songs such as, “Dis- bums. country superstar, Keith Urban. real life lyrics and the singer portrays two different appear” and “Satellites,” as well as Brad Paisley, “Play” This song not only inspires the lis- personalities. Her single on the first through “Ave Maria.” Brad Paisley’s new album tener to start an epic country duo, catchy tunes that have disc, a ballad, “If I Were A Boy” The second disk presents Be- “Play” is a wonderful compilation but also to dance around his or her made him so popular in is filled with soulful rhythm and yonce’s “alter ego.” The idea was of acoustic tracks and collabora- room to Brad and Keith’s riveting deep emotions. Beyonce describes, created while making her 2003 hit the past. through heart wrenching words, the “Crazy in Love,” and the songs things she would do if she were a on this disc show off the singer’s man. “I’d put myself first and make spunk and outgoing side. The first wife Kimberly has made him late. the rules as I go,” she sings. How- hit off the album, “ Single Ladies The video won the CMA in 2008 ever, listeners can’t help but won- (Put A Ring On It),” is upbeat, fun, for best music video of the year. der if they would actually do the and inspiring. Beyonce sings, ‘I’ve Brad’s love for his pregnant wife is things she describes if they in fact been with you all this time, you’re clear in his acoustic song, “Kim.” were a boy. taking too long and now I’m look- This smooth guitar ballad that is The inspiration for this hit re- ing hot and you see it and you gotta dedicated to his wife of five years, mains unclear, because the singer’s suffer because you shoulda put a stands well with his other acoustic recent marriage to longtime boy- ring on it.” Also, with tracks such tracks with catchy names such as friend rapper, Jay-Z, has remained, as “Diva,” Beyonce appeals to more “Huckleberry Jam” and “Kentucky “strong and loving.” “It’s not a of a mainstream audience. Through Jelly.” Even with all of the acoustic traditional R&B song,” Beyonce the hit, Beyonce comes off as confi- tracks, Brad’s duets are still strong. explains. “It’s difficult to grow and dent and empowered, offering hope “Come on In” featuring Buck Ow- to break out and do new things be- to girls going through “difficulties ens and “Let the Good Times Roll” cause people have strong expecta- in relationships.” featuring B.B. King show some of tions.” “I am in a different place right Brad’s versatility and overall dedi- Music critic Billy Lambs says now and I wanted people to see cation to the country genre. This that, despite the risk, “Her vocal the many sides of me,” says the album will please Brad’s fans as performance is breathtaking: ex- singer of her album. “The music is he sticks to the real life lyrics and quisitely emotive, mournful and upbeat for the dance, fun side and catchy tunes that have made him so mature … her greatest achievement it is reflective, passionate and seri- popular in the past. December 18, 2008 The Rivers Edge Page 9 Arts Four Christmases...and none of them were funny! by ryan Drake ‘10 laughs (and I’m was reused from some previous conTribuTing WriTer sorry, after the film, and overall the film seemed to age of eight, pro- lack originality when the previews Usually by this time of the jectile vomiting seemed so promising. One scene year there are multiple Christmas just isn’t amus- with the trashy family is sunk by movies released. They are the first ing anymore.) cliches. Pregnant woman, check, boost you look for to get into the And, if you think Doritos being a meal, check, south- holiday spirit. But this year the only I am bringing up ern accents, check. Christmas movie seems to be Four the baby vomit The thing about the movie that Christmases, and what a shame for too much, then bothers me, aside from all the oth- this holiday season, because this you should see ers I have listed, is the misuse of year’s flick does not seem to be up the movie. Each talented actors. On paper, it sounds to par. Four Christmases’ leads, scene feels like like a great idea, but suffers greatly Reese Witherspoon and Vince that one really bad when translated to the big screen. Vaughn, though great actors on Saturday Night Witherspoon and Vaughn’s talents their own, have as much romantic Live skit after the are squandered on this film. Their chemistry as one does with one’s next that drags kissing scenes are painful to watch, grandmother, and they cannot save Unmarried couple Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn briefly experi- on forever, and 5 and they seem more like best this comedy. Maybe I am exagger- minutes into each friends than a couple. Witherspoon ence parenthood. Photo taken from the film’s website. ating, but while I would not call it family gathering did not seem to connect to her char- the worst movie I have ever seen, it conflict ensues when Brad asserts other romantic comedy I think you is enough to satisfy the viewer. acter as much as in the past, though is definitely close to the bottom. his desire to continue the life they can guess what happens. Another problem is some of the looking better than ever on screen. Four Christmases is the tale of a have sans a wedding and child, This movie, which could have plot is misplaced or does not seem Vaughn plays the same character couple, Brad and Kate, who refuse which leads them to feel like they had potential, seems to have opted to correspond with the experiences that he always plays, but this time to get married because they both are “drifting apart.” So for twenty for one big cliché moment after the of the characters. Witherspoon’s it isn’t nearly as funny due to poor come from divorced families and other. Not only does the plot seem character decides on a whim to have writing. The improv-based scenes choose to not continue the cycle “Cliché writing ruins implausible but also the jokes are a baby after three traumatic baby- have the potential to be funny, but of failed marriages. Brad and Kate stretches. The first family is from centered experiences. Anyone in Witherspoon and Vaughn don’t re- hate their families, and each year this holiday flick from the San Francisco area, and just in- their right mind would never want ally work off each other as well as they come up with a different story becoming anything case you did not get that they were children after going through what they could have. Instead of listen- of an abroad community service trip trashy, they also have southern ac- she does in this film. Any attempt at ing to each other, they just talk one to ditch their four families’ Christ- other than a Christmas cents, which do not make sense for an emotionally moving moment is other to the point where the audi- mas festivities while really taking movie throwaway.” their hometown. There are, how- awkwardly placed between a breast ence is missing half of the jokes be- a holiday together. But, when their ever, a few funny scenes scattered feeding joke and tackling children cause it can’t understand what they flight to Fiji gets cancelled due to throughout the movie, including in a moon bounce, which distracts are saying. fog, they are forced to go to four minutes there is the sulky “I miss their forced reenactment of the na- the reader from the sentimental Cliché writing and awkward family Christmases. Each family him, I miss her, I should do some tivity story, and a game of taboo be- emotions of the moment. Also, chemistry ruin this holiday flick is one extreme after the other, and soul searching and awkward stares tween Brad’s eccentric mother and half-hearted attempts at different from becoming anything other than each contrived scenario consists of into the distance” that every roman- her extremely younger boyfriend messages that seem somewhat ir- a Christmas movie throwaway that horrible slapstick, projectile vomit- tic comedy seems to be into these who happens to be Brad’s ex-best relevant and unnecessary dominate will be forgotten in a month until ing, and breast feeding. days. These twenty minutes made friend. Unfortunately, these mo- most scenes, once again confusing it comes out on HBO. This “ro- Somehow, after interacting with me want to vomit more than the ments are drowned out by the rest the audience. These “messages” are mantic comedy” had less heart and all the infants, Kate manages to babies did, and I swear if Michelle of the movie’s just being a mess. not developed enough to convey romance than Braveheart. It’s a get past having one baby projectile Branch’s “Everywhere” is used in The humor for the most part is their appropriate meaning and just shame that I wasted $10.25 on an- vomit on her after the next to de- one more romantic comedy, I will extremely low-brow and instead seem like time filler or some sort other unsatisfactory movie whose cide that she wants to marry Brad pull my hair out. I won’t spoil the of making fun of the situations, it of an attempt at giving this movie genre is getting less cute and more and have a family of her own. The ending, but if you have seen any resorts to slapstick humor to get its a heart. I felt as though every joke obnoxious as the years go on. How to Succeed in Business winter musical preview man and Rosemary, a secretary. grown on me, and I love working by Megan orlanDer ‘10 With scandal intertwined in Finch’s with such a talented group of peo- conTribuTing WriTer quest, his experiences never allow ple,” says Bower. the audience a dull moment. The actors also benefit from This year, the cast appears to working with the talented Mr. Still in its early stages, this year’s have a secret weapon, a new mu- Bower who was the vocal coach musical, How to Succeed in Busi- sic director, Mr. Bower. “I’m really for a singing group called Girl’s ness Without Really Trying, shows excited about working with the up- Authority in Sudbury and upon promise of developing into a rivet- per school because I feel like I only auditioning for the popular show ing performance. Based on a book know the nine students I teach and American Idol, made it past the written by Sheperd Mead, and set in this is a great way to meet new peo- first round. In cooperation with Mr. the 1950’s, the show takes place in ple in the community. Although, I Comperchio, the duo will rally a a primarily male dominated world, didn’t know the show at first, it has spectacular display. satirizing gender roles. Its debut on Broadway production of How to Succeed In Business. Photo taken Broadway, in 1961, has since led to from the internet. seven Tony Awards and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. are being dissected and solos dis- munity’s interest. As the play com- The talented cast in the River’s tributed throughout the ensemble mences, a window washer by the rendition includes actors Dave in effort to showcase immense in- name of Pierrepont Finch is found Tackeff (’10) as J. Pierrepont Finch, dividual abilities. On the subject, reading a book entitled, as one may Becca Greif (’11) as Rosemary, Kate Burns has to say, “Although infer from the title of the play, How Ryan Drake (’10) as Bud Frump, we have only just started rehears- to Succeed in Business Without Re- Kate Burns (’09) as Smitty, Tim als, I feel like this cast already has ally Trying. Following the steps the Swan (’09) as J.B. Biggley, and great chemistry. We have fun in re- book mandates, Finch procures a Cathleen Connors as (’09) Hedy ally low-key environments, know- job in the mailroom at the World LaRue. In regards to this lineup ing that everyone is really talented. Wide Wicket Company, run by Ryan Drake says, “We have a re- I think that because we have such J.B. Biggley. The rest of the show ally strong, perfect sized cast, and I amazing singers we will really be pertains to Mr. Finch’s journey think the show will be a success.” able to make our production unique through the corporate world as he Not to be forgotten are the many by including lots of featured solo- competes with Biggley’s nephew, other veterans and rookies to the ists.” Bud Frump, and uses the book to stage that will no doubt dazzle along In order to maintain a sense of guide him to the top with minimum side the aforementioned stars. In suspense, only a brief synopsis effort. Along the way, romance fact, the cast is so gifted that songs can be provided to peak the com- stirs between the aspiring business- Sports Page 10 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 Football players end strong--seniors giving final push pecially during the rainstorm, gave us (BT) was incredibly passionate and Manning was a great play-maker as by kaTe voorheS ‘09 a good feeling that we could win and inspiring to the team. He pushed his both quarterback and shutdown cor- eDge STaff do well.” These two early victories players, wide receivers, and defen- ner. Since this is Manning’s final set the tone of the team for the rest of sive backs to their fullest potential, season, defensive leader Ben Patrick It doesn’t matter if you win or the season. We can all learn a lesson and the team credits their persistence should replace Steve as a captain next lose; it’s how you play the game. from the football team regarding pur- and ambition to BT. The team also year. Safety Ben Patrick had many This was the Rivers Varsity Football suing goals: Just do it, but not without recognized that Assistant Coach Sem important interceptions during the team’s attitude for the 2008 season. having fun. Aykanian was a very strong defensive season. Matt Robinson, center and Although they finished the season Though the season didn’t turn out coordinator. His play-calling during linebacker, was another team leader with a 2 wins-6 losses record, they as well as expected, the coaches were the Rivers victory over Thayer helped who continuously provided moral certainly became closer as a team. fantastic and deserve to be praised. to lead the football team to one of the support, but was injured for the sec- During every game, the team always Senior Domenic DelFavero added, biggest victories in Rivers history, ond half of the season. displayed an intense game mentality. “The coaches were always well- which will not be forgotten anytime The resulting low number of wins Their first home game of the sea- The Rivers offense lineup pre- prepared and gave one-hundred per- soon. definitely did not match up with the son, which was against Thayer, was a pares for the third down. cent.” Head Coach Darren Sullivan The top scorers on the Rivers team’s high level of effort. Several significant 31-10 win for Rivers and Photo by T. Morse. always believed in the team. “He was football team included senior Drew seniors have said they will miss the truly brought the team together. The rain, no less. Though rainy weather ready for every practice and every Papas, junior Ben Patrick and senior team more than anything next year. encouraging win raised the team’s dampens most teams’ spirits, the Riv- game,” Stefen Laukien noted. “And captain Steve Manning. The senior Reflecting on his final football sea- level of confidence. Another crucial ers athletes persevered through the he always knew the right thing to captains included Manning, Matt son, Stefan Laukien said, “I will al- moment to developing the team’s mud-puddles and slippery surfaces, say.” Coach Sullivan’s encouraging Robinson, and Lenny Bautista. Man- ways remember my senior season at hope was the game on the road at remaining strong throughout the words were the key reason why the ning’s leadership was fundamental in Rivers.” St. Paul’s. Not only did Rivers win game. Senior kicker Stefen Laukien team stayed so strong together. keeping the team together as younger 20-7, but they won in the pouring commented, “Playing this game, es- Assistant Coach Bruce Taylor players had someone to look up to. Girls’ soccer advances in tournament, drawing crowd 2-1. The strong defensive line of Mi- bySTephanie lie ‘11 pointed, Coach Donahue was proud the girls had an oustanding season. chelle Durand, Niki Johnson, and sis- cult conditions because it had rained conTribuTing WriTer of the team and optimistically said, Coach Donahue agreed, “Sometimes ters Kaleigh and McKenzie Hunt had all week, soaking the field. Unfor- The 2008 season was an uphill “At least we went out playing well.” when a team faces adversity, morale to face the best forwards they played tunately in the first fifteen minutes, battle for Varsity Girls Soccer, but This past season produced many goes down, but that didn’t happen at all season. They worked extremely Brooks scored off a deflected shot. they fought hard, and their work paid challenges for the team to overcome. all this year.” hard and succeeded in keeping them However in the second half, Rivers off. They ended the regular ISL sea- First of all, the team suffered a mul- Kaleigh Hunt added, “The inten- away from the net. B.B.& N. scored came back with two goals, both by son with a record of 7 wins-4 losses-1 titude of injuries. Coach Donahue sity and heart that I know all the cap- the first goal of the game, but Rivers junior Sarah Sweeney. The first was tie, and an overall record of 8 wins-7 said that the 2008 team endured more tains saw was just amazing. In all my bounced back and tied the game with- off an Adrienne Anderson assist, and losses-1 tie. For the fourth consecu- injuries than any another team in her games and seasons, I have never seen in the next ten minutes. Just a few with fifteen minutes left in the game, tive year, Varsity Girls’ Soccer made entire coaching career. Many of a team with that much determination minutes later, freshman McKenzie Sweeney scored another. Rivers held it to the postseason under the direction these injuries plagued senior players, and heart as our team this year.” Hunt crossed it into the upper right onto that 2-1 lead until the last minute of Head Coach Susanna Donahue and which forced many inexperienced The highlight of the season was hand corner of the net. B.B.& N. was of the game when Brooks scored their assistant coaches, Erin O’Brien and lowerclassmen to play more minutes. beating B.B.& N in early October. not able to bring it back, and Rivers second goal. Both Rivers goalies, Emily Stevens. Captains Meghan In addition to this challenge, the girls won this important game. sophomore Allison Brustowicz and Tedoldi, Adrienne Anderson, Kaleigh also faced the high expectations that Another bright spot in the season freshman Taylor Cross, were able to Hunt, and Megan Delaney kept the the Rivers Girls’ Soccer program has was their final game home against play in the game, doing a fantastic job team’s spirit high as they faced each developed over the past few years. Brooks. Brooks, known for being a against a strong Brooks front line. opponent. Kaleigh Hunt commented, “I think a tough opponent, provided a formi- Overall, the season was outstand- During the postseason, the team lot of people believed that the girls dable challenge for the Varsity Girls ing, Seniors this year can say that unfortunately lost in the quarterfinals soccer program wasn’t very good this Soccer team. Rivers did not allow they made it to the tournament every in an away game against Wilbraham year because of the records we have Brooks to win, especially after Riv- year of their high school careers and and Monson Academy. Although it had in the past. However, our goal ers’ heartbreaking loss to them last have won three New England Cham- was a tough loss, Rivers outplayed was to come in the top five in the ISL year. Coach Donahue believed that pionships. As for the rest of the team Wilbraham and Monson throughout and to make the tournment. We came it was one of the best played games returning next year, Coach Donahue the game, keeping possession of the in fourth in the ISL, and we played all season. What made the game even is looking forward to coaching them ball the majority of the time. How- some of the best teams in New Eng- Junior Sarah Sweeney: All- sweeter was that senior Adrienne An- again. The players are hungry to get ever, Rivers was unable to get the ball land.” The team put past records be- States. Photo by T. Morse. derson was able to play in her last to the championship level again and in the net, and the game ended with hind them, made a goal for this year, Rivers had not beaten B.B.& N. in regular season game. She had been will be ready to work even harder in Wilbraham and Monson winning 1-0 and proudly achieved it. years, but this year Rivers played out all season with a strained MCL. order to get there. in double overtime. Although disap- Despite all these challenges, their hearts out and was able to win The girls had to play in some diffi- Boys’ and girls’ basketball gear up for a great season Girls’ Varsity Basketball was named all league last year, and Boys’ Varsity Basketball After stepping down as the Director mont Hill. After being down 24-8 at With new additions to the squad, one of last year’s teams leading scor- Although the Rivers Varsity of Basketball Operations at BU to halftime, Rivers stormed back in the the Girls’ Basketball team looks ers. The squad also has many new Boys’ Basketball team has not had concentrate on his family, Mirken second half, stealing the ball twelve ahead to a promising season. The editions seeing as six of last year’s a winning season in their last four is excited to return to high school times as opposed to the three steals team finished last year with a re- teammates were seniors most nota- years, new Head Coach Andrew coaching after an eight year hiatus. they had had in the first half. Rivers cord of 15-6, with victories against bly, Anna Littman-Quinn and Jordan Mirken preaches to this year’s play- Coach Mirken wants his players cut a 16-point halftime deficit all the worthy ISL opponents Thayer, Law- Balcom. ers to put those disappointing sea- to “play hard, play smart, [and] play way down to 3 and had a chance to rence, St. George’s and St. Paul’s. Clare Sullivan joins the team as sons behind them. Mirken has also together with pride and as a fam- tie the game with only 15 seconds re- The girls preformed well during the a promising sophomore with a com- brought along his longtime friend ily.” Since many of the varsity boys’ maining. Unfortunately, Rivers could season and were able to enter the bination of athleticism and skills. and confidante Bill Riley to serve as basketball players live in different not convert on any of the four 3-point New England Class B tournament, Also new to the team are freshman Assistant Coach. Coach Riley previ- towns, the coaching staff is making attempts on their final possession and winning initially over Pomfret Acad- Meghan Kerbs, Tayra Melendez, and ously led the Westwood High School their best effort to bring the team ended up losing 45-40 to Belmont emy by fifteen points. However, Katie Oppenheim. “We have a very Varsity Girls to sixteen Tri-Valley closer together. Coaches Mirken Hill. However, they outplayed BH by they lost in the second round against tall and athletic team this year,” says League (TVL) titles in his eighteen and Riley believe that a closer team a large margin in the second half. An Governor’s Academy, 29-43. Last coach Pipe years of coaching. allows everyone to trust each other offensive presence under the boards, season the team also had close losses So far the girls have worked well Coach Mirken most recently has both on and off the court. They also John Bullitt put up 8 points and 7 against Nobles, BB&N and Milton together, and have played successful served as the Director of Basketball put a strong emphasis on the team rebounds on 2-7 shooting from the Academy, and is hoping that this scrimmages against Winsor, Lexing- Operations at Boston University and tri-captains, junior guard Ben Pat- field and 4-4 from the line. Starting year it will be able to beat these and ton Christian Academy, and Weston has successively coached sixteen rick, senior guard Drew Papas, and point guard Ben Patrick led Rivers in more rival teams. High School. Keeping the successes years throughout Massachusetts. He junior forward John Bullitt, to make scoring and steals with 9 points and 5 Returning players to the team this of last year’s season in mind, the has also coached BABC, one of the everyone believe in each other. An steals. Senior Lenny Bautista, Riv- year includes juniors Leah Stansky, team hopes to be successful as the most prestigious AAU teams in New overnight sleepover at school is al- ers’ starting center, added 8 points on and Shannon McSweeney, who lead season moves forward. “We’re hop- England. While at Westwood High ready scheduled for the team and 4-6 shooting. This very encouraging the team as captains, Nikki Kaitz as ing to make it even further in the School, Mirken led the Varsity Boys’ will help the team learn to trust each first game of the season gave Coach well as Liza Warshaver, the one se- tournament than we did last year,” Team to 2 TVL titles in 3 with them other and to develop true teamwork. Mirken an excellent indication that nior on the team. Returning sopho- remarks Pipe, “I have high expecta- winning over sixty percent of their Rivers’ strong conditioning was this 2008-2009 team will not give mores include Ellie Jenkins and tions and am very enthusiastic about games. Coach Mirken was named especially evident in their first game up in any game. --Adam Lowenstein point guard Sarah Berthiume, who the group.”---Michelle Edelman ‘10 the TVL Coach of the Year in 1999. of the season on the road at Bel- ‘10 Sports December 18, 2008 The Rivers Edge Page 11 Boys’ soccer electrifies the New England championships came out roaring trying to prove for an incoming ball, and with his by JaMie lapiDeS‘09 that their 3-0 loss to Rivers one year courage came a knee into his head conTribuTing WriTer prior was just a fluke. “I knew ev- giving him a season ending injury eryone on the team would be very consisting of multiple broken bones athletic and would work very hard in his face as well as a concussion. With hopes of repeating the for 90 minutes,” said coach Bob Because Rivers’ back-up goalie was result of Rivers’ last trip to the Pipe about Groton. Coach Pipe was also injured, coach Pipe turned to NEPSAC championship, in distant exactly right on his prediction; the freshman Duncan Orlander for the 2001, the 2008 Rivers boys’ soccer Zebras out hustled Rivers, which job. Orlander bravely finished the team stepped onto a damp Loomis lead to their well-deserved 3-2 vic- game, allowing the Groton attack Chaffee Field with desire. In 2001, tory. “It was a hard loss because we only one goal. Rivers, a Class C school, defeated no longer controlled our destiny,” With the victory in the semi-fi- perennial power Loomis Chaffee, a Pipe explained. nals, Rivers faced off against South Class A school, in an historic Da- Despite the tough tie and ulti- Kent, a team from Connecticut with vid vs. Goliath contest. “We always mate realization that they could not only five American players. The hear about the 2001 soccer team,” win the league, the Rivers team fin- second half of this game started says senior captain Charlie Rugg, ished the regular season with four with Rivers pushing South Kent on “and frankly we are tired of it and straight victories, assuming second their heels with intentions of scoring we want to be the team everyone place in the ISL. With this strong the equalizing goal. Despite Rivers’ talks about seven years later.” finish, the boys were able to earn constant pressure and countless op- The opening minutes of the a second seed in the Class B tour- portunities, they were not able to 2008 NEPSAC final, however, nament and a home game against score in the second half, leading to looked more promising for the op- Williston Northampton. a 3-1 South Kent victory. posing side, South Kent School of In the first home tournament Suffering such a heart-breaking Connecticut. With two goals from game for Rivers boys’ soccer in 10 loss, the Rivers boys’ soccer team Moses Watkis, native of Jamaica, years, the boys took advantage of left Loomis Chaffee with a season in the first seven minutes, Rivers playing in front of their fans to the ending record of 14-3-2. “It was found themselves in an early hole Rivers fights for the win in an intense battle for the ball. Photo by T. fullest. Freshmen Colin Sweeney tough to lose when we played so against a very talented, interna- Morse. was given the responsibility of well,” explained Rugg. tional team. Though down early in to inclement weather, the long- a better finish from senior Charlie covering senior All American Sam Despite the final of the season the game, Rivers never lost hope. anticipated match-up between the Rugg. It only took 3 more minutes Demello, and did so without fail. not matching the intended outcome, Despite South Kent’s early edge, Red Wings of Rivers and the Bull- for Rivers to strike again, with a Failing to finish the majority of the boys ought to be proud of the all-American captain Charlie Rugg dogs of Nobles was postponed from pass from junior Jordan Greenfield, their opportunities, Rivers found success they had this season. Just a caused a dramatic momentum shift Wednesday to Thursday. Rivers en- Eric Anderson drilled the ball into the score of the game to be much few days following the culmination through his beautiful volley from tered this game with the knowledge the corner to take a commanding closer than the possession of play of the season, it was announced that captain Eric Anderson’s pass cap- in the back of their heads that Riv- 2-0 lead. With control of the game would suggest toward the end of senior tri-captains Charlie Rugg, ping his 31st and final goal of the ers hasn’t beaten Nobles in boys’ at half time, Rivers looked to put the of the contest. Putting the game Cecil Jeffery, Eric Anderson and se- year. With constant pressure from soccer since 2004. If this weren’t away the Bulldogs in the second away, Greenfield and Rugg were nior Harold Salinas were all named Rivers to close out the first half, the enough motivation to get the team half. able to score in the 85th and 89th to the All-ISL first team. In addition, boys were pleased to enter halftime going, Rivers lost a tough-fought Despite not being able to finish minute, respectively. sophomore goalie Peter Quayle was just where they wanted to be, in game to Nobles the previous year, their opportunities in the second In front of hundreds of fans on named All-ISL honorable mention. control of momentum and pushing a game in which Rivers dominated frame of play, the boys defended the 15th of November 2008, Riv- Not only was Charlie Rugg named the opponents onto their heels. possession but was shut down by well and shut down the oppos- ers squared off against the Groton to the first team All-ISL, but he was Early in the season, Coach Bob Duke-bound goalkeeper Jan Trnka- ing attack. With a career record school with hopes of ending their also named to the All-State team, as Pipe had given the 19 players a day Amrhein. 16 saves, sophomore goalie Peter post season, as they ruined their well as Massachusetts player of the off to have the annual preseason The 2008 installment of this se- Quayle was the unanimous man of regular season. The boys stepped year, All American, and was nomi- meeting. At this meeting it was es- ries was no exception of past trends the match. onto the field with hopes of prov- nated to be the Massachusetts Ga- tablished that the boys expected to in that it was exciting until the fi- Following this tilt, the boys won ing that their loss to Groton earlier torade Player of the year. Although win not only the competitive ISL, nal whistle. The first 30 minutes of three of the next four. There are in the year was just a fluke. Rivers the outcome of the season was not but also the New England cham- this game saw myriad chances, but some days in sports that one team did this by getting out to a 3-0 lead ideal, the boys had a great season pionship. With these expectations no finished opportunities. It wasn’t just wanted the game more than the on Groton before the whistle was and for the non-seniors, should be laid out, the team entered the sea- until the 37th minute that the dead- other team, and on October 18th, blown for half time. Unfortunately looking forward to repeat the suc- son with drive and determination. lock was spoiled with nice service 2008, this was, for Rivers, unfortu- for Rivers, sophomore goalie Peter cess in 2009. During the regular season, due from freshmen Colin Sweeney and nately the case. The Groton Zebras Quayle came off his line and went Field hockey excels in post-season, impressing all Debra eDelMan ‘10 winning streak with a strong 3-0 New England semi finals, played conTribuTing WriTer defeat of Pingree and followed at the mutual location of Deerfield by an impressive 4-1 win at home Academy where they faced off The Redwings Varsity Field over St. George’s. Despite loos- against Kimball Union in one of Hockey team saw a strong end to ing 2-0 to tough ISL opponent, their most competitive games of their season as they proved them- Middlesex, the girls held their the season. With Rivers getting on selves fierce competitors in the own only allowing one goal dur- the board before the half, Kimball New England Tournament, which ing each half and with sophomore Union only managed to tie up the was an incredibly impressive feat. goalie Carlie Tarbell blocking sev- game with ten minutes left, send- By qualifying for the New England eral difficult shots. The Redwings ing the redwings into their fourth Tournament, the team went farther finished off their season with a overtime game of the season. Un- than any Rivers Field Hockey team 6-0 shutout over Newton Country fortunately, Kimball Union was had in ten years. Before making it Day and a 5-1 wins over Concord victorious a scoring opportunity to the quarter and semi final rounds Academy. only two minutes into overtime, of the class C championship, the “We really came together as a which allowed them to take the girls had to prove their mastery of team this season and managed to game. However, ask any of the girls the game and defeated many tough defeat many opponents that we Offense heads towards opposing team’s goal during the last few minutes on the team about the tournament, ISL opponents, such as a 3-0 win lost to last year,” said senior captain in a high pressure overtime. Photo by T. Morse. and they will smile widely showing over Groton and a 2-1 victory of St. Becca Nichols. how proud they are of their team’s Paul’s only two days later. In addition to Nichols, other 2009 Future Elite team earlier this contributed our success this sea- accomplishments and would agree However, the team showed their strong team contributors include season, as well as hard work from son,” reflects senior and co-captain that their strong play in the New greatest feat of determination at senior co-captain Laura Blackett on her fellow offense players, sopho- Laura Blackett. Clearly, she had a England Tournament was a testa- Milton Academy where the two defense with her fellow senior and more Nicole Ferrara and junior lot to be proud of. ment to their hard work throughout teams were tied 1-1 at the top of the teammate Meggie Woodruff, with Alexis Antonelli. Their impressive record led the entire season second half, but Rivers’ great offen- Carlie Tarbell guarding the net. “This season was my all-time girls to enter the class C tourna- “Every single player on the sive pressure paid off in overtime On the offensive end, the team has favorite; we had incredible team ment as the number two seed, earn- team improved tremendously,” when they were able to capitalize seen consistently strong play from chemistry, and I think that the re- ing them a home game, where the continued Nichols. “That in itself on a loose ball and come away with freshman Elizabeth Hitti, who was lationships that we developed with girls earned a solid 4-2 victory. was our greatest victory.” a 2-1 win. The girls continued their named to the USA Field Hockey each other and our coaches really The next step took them into the Sports Page 12 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 Winter previews: boys’ and girls’ ski teams gear up Boys’ Varsity Skiing and standard weight training in lack of snow. Much of the team members, have proven to be out- Although the Varsity Boys’ Ski the gym. “The training we have graduated so last year’s ski team standing leaders during the early team has yet to return to the slopes done on dry land will help us per- was cut in half. Not only was weeks of the season. Through for another exciting season, this form very well in the races,” says their team smaller, but also the their encouragement and positive does not mean that they are not junior Daniel Korff. Weather weather didn’t cooperate. The attitude, the team has been hav- eager to hit the snow. Coming permitting, the team is scheduled winter was quite warm, and there ing a good time training before off a very successful 2008 season to have their first race on January was not always enough snow to they can hit the slopes. Kaleigh of skiing and high rankings in 7 in Nashoba Valley. Enthusias- race. The lack of snow resulted says, “In the first couple of weeks the tournament, they are ready to tic about heading to the slopes, in many of their races and prac- of practicing, we have become a welcome the new skiers and im- the boys are ready to take on the tices being cancelled. When they really close knit group while do- prove on last year’s record. ISL teams and improve on the were able to go up to the moun- ing a variety of training, which The ski team had tremendous success they had last season. Be tain, the snow conditions were includes yoga, soccer, and even success at the New England Class there on January 7th, and don’t not very good. The snow was laser tagging!” C tournament last February at forget your mittens! slushy, making it slow, and when This year, there are many Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire. -Ethan Bauer ‘11 it did get cold, the slush froze younger skiers. Head coach Kim They competed with eleven teams Girls’ Varsity Skiing and turned into ice. The team did Webster refers to it as a “rebuild- from Class C schools such as Boys and Girls Coaches Mr. Kosak Last year, the Varsity Girls’ not let these setbacks discourage ing year” because they lost some B.B.&N., Thayer Academy, Law- and Ms. Webster are optimistic Ski Team ended very well with a them. Instead, they worked hard older skiers and are now looking about the season to come. rence Academy, Bancroft School, third place finish in the New Eng- under the student leadership of at the potential of the younger Cushing Academy, and Brewster tic signs from the new members land Preparatory School Athletic Senior Captains Jacqui Durand ones. Eighth grader Ryanne Da- Academy. Led by senior co-cap- of the ski team. She noted, “My Council (NEPSAC) race. They and Caite Cutler, and their results ley trained with the team last year, tains Sam Masur and Jack Birger, hope is that the co-captains will skied against schools from all reflected this hard work. but did not race. However, this they finished an honorable third set an example for the new skiers around New England in Class C This year, the team looks year she is ready to go and has place. and that new members will fol- on February 14, 2008 at Mount ready to better their standings a lot of potential. It is quite un- As the boys kick off a new sea- low their lead.” Sunapee. Senior captain Kaleigh even more. The team has grown usual to have two middle school son of skiing, they are delighted The stellar combination of Hunt finished in fifth place in her in numbers. Head Coach Kim students on an upper school team, to have seniors Jamie Lapides coaching this season from Head Giant Slalom Race as a junior. Webster and Assistant Coach but Ryanne and Suzanne are great and Matt Robinson leading their Coach Kim Webster and new- This was a fantastic finish for a Frederick Kosak will be training additions to the team. They are team as co-captains. In the New comer Assistant Coach Frederick Rivers skier, and the whole team seniors Jacqueline Gannon, Ka- excited to be on the team and are England Class C tournament at Kosak proves to be very prom- followed her and ended with a leigh Hunt, Meghan Woodruff, ready to hit the slopes. Sunapee last year, Jamie Lapides ising for the team. All of the very good team finish. In addi- Marissa Fox, and Becca Duffy, For seniors Gannon, Hunt, and Matt Robinson placed 8th and players respond very well to the tion to this fifth place NEPSAC junior Leah Brady, sophomore Woodruff, Fox, and Duffy, this 9th respectively in the Men’s Sla- guidance and the instruction of finish, the girls finished fifth in Sam Stone, freshman Drew Sil- is the last year they will race in lom. In the Giant Slalom, Jaime the coaches, and, with careful at- the Independent School League verman, freshman McKenzie a Rivers uniform, and they, along Lapides and Matt Robinson also tention to details and hard work, (ISL). The ISL teams they raced Hunt, freshman Katie Bullion, with the rest of the team, are ready placed 6th and 10th respectively. they are poised to do well in the against were not necessarily in and eight graders Ryanne Daley to make the most of it by doing In addition, they both received upcoming season. the same class as they were be- and Suzanne Burzillo. Since the well and having fun at the same All-New England recognition for The team has already started cause the schools had more stu- mountain is not yet open the team time. The veteran skiers are pre- their outstanding performances preparing for the rigorous sea- dents. Therefore this was a very has been doing dryland-condi- pared to improve from last year, on the slope. son ahead of them by doing some respectable finish for a school of tioning everyday after school. and the new skiers have the op- Even though many fantastic dry land training. This year they our size. Their exercises include sprints, portunity to show their potential skiers graduated last year, Head have become quite creative with The team had to overcome weights, and even yoga. Senior by beginning racing at a competi- Coach Kim Webster sees many the different ways they train: la- obstacles last year including a captains Kaleigh Hunt and Jac- tive level. new encouraging and optimis- ser tag, yoga, running up hills, dramatically smaller team and queline Gannon, both four-year -Stephanie Lie‘11 Hockey preview: girls’, boys’ Red Wings look promising Boys’ Varsity Hockey purpose,” says Flemming. If they something we’ve lacked, putting goalie to replace them.” the girls qualified for the Divi- After a strong finish to last do this they will be able to com- pucks in the net.” However, this -Daniel Singer ‘10 sion Two Tournament, making it season, Head Coach Brendan pete tough teams, such as Bel- much offense was not enough to -Jenn Pollan ‘09 past the first round by defeating Flemming is hoping his team mont Hill and Nobles who “are overcome a powerful St. Sebas- Kent’s Hill Academy four to zero. Girls’ Varsity Hockey continues to play at this high lev- on the same level as us as far as tian’s team who would go on to However, their season ended after el. Coach Flemming commented, ability.” score seven goals before the final We all know when it is that losing to Middlesex two to one in “We played really well at the end Helping to make sure the team buzzer sounded. time of year again: the time of the semifinals of the tournament. of the year.” However, the begin- stays sharp mentally will be the Defense will be a key factor year when Jillian Dempsy no lon- The team was incredibly proud of ning of the season has proved to responsibility of captains, senior for Rivers if they want to have ger has to stick her head in the all they accomplished last winter be a challenge for this year’s Riv- Jeff Rautiola and junior Marco a successful season. Led by ju- freezer to remind herself of hock- but at the same time were sad to ers Varsity Boys Hockey team as Eberth. Unofficially, Coach nior Tommy Manna, who accord- ey. Because of the Rivers Varsity lose their departing seniors. they have faced three of the best Flemming will be depending on ing to Flemming is, “going to be Girls’ Hockey team’s unbeliev- Although the girls will miss teams in New England during all of the team’s juniors who will one of the top defensemen in the able success in the past, the Riv- their old teammates, they are ex- their first three games. In fact, “be looked upon as role models.” league,” the defense will have ers community is always eager to cited for the new season and new the schedule this year is even Coach Flemming has already no- to be extremely solid especially see what exciting wins the team players. This year, four freshmen more rigorous than the one for ticed some players standing out against some of the stronger New will have this season. are welcomed onto the team, fill- last year, with the additions of in practice, juniors or otherwise. England teams. Manna is joined The team is coming off an- ing in nicely for the graduated tough teams like Exeter, Hold- “Cam Brown, Connor Dempsey, by sophomore Cory Goldman, other excellent season. Last, year seniors. erness, and annual powerhouse Jack Brewer, and Tommy Manna whose job is to be a “stay home Head Coach Harder and her Girls’ Varsity Hockey shows Cushing Academy. “It will be have come really prepared, ready defender, don’t get beat” as well their stuff in the first game of the assistant coaches, Ms. Wade and expected that we go five hun- to work from day one.” Their in- as returning juniors Chris Allen season. Photo by K. Burns. Ms. Dolan, have already seen dred this year,” says Flemming, tensity is, “starting to filter out for and Dan DiIeso. Especially on the talent of their new team and “but in a such a competitive rest of the team.” defense, the team cannot afford are looking forward to sculpting league going five hundred is During the season opener any major injuries. “We just don’t such a skillful group of players. more difficult than it sounds.” against Philips Exeter; the team have extra guys [on defense]. Led by captain Becca Nichols, However, Coach Flemming played well for most of the game The injury bug could really hurt the girls have already shown their believes the team is talented but could not hold off Philips us.” In the net there are two pos- strength in the first two games enough to meet and even exceed Exeter’s offense. Against St. Se- sible goalies: junior Tim Corey of the season, with an exciting this goal if “we come ready to bastian’s, the team managed two and newcomer sophomore Dil- victory of five to zero against play everyday. We have to have goals, one scored by sophomore lon Pieri, who will “earn net time Kimball Union Academy and a a strong mental approach, we Connor Dempsey assisted by ju- in practice,” explains Flemming. very respectable tie in a scoreless can’t just walk into the locker nior Jack Brewer and a goal by In doing so, they will “push each game against Philips Andover room and put skates on and ex- newcomer Mike Wooley. Wool- other to become better,” and there Academy. At this rate, if the Riv- pect to win. We need to learn ey’s presence on the offensive end will always be a second goalie ers hockey girls can maintain this from our mistakes.” Also they fills a hole from last year. “He ready during games if needed. positive momentum, they are in will need to focus during prac- is very good offensively; he can Coach Flemming noted, “If one for a very promising season. tice. “Everything we do is for a score some more goals which is has a bad day, there is a capable -Kate Burns ‘09 Sports December 18, 2008 The Rivers Edge Page 13 The truth about Tony Duplisea, the ultimate Celtics fan byrob MargoliS ‘09 of players to ever touch the parquet conTribuTing WriTer floor: The great Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, and Bill Russell. They Tony Duplisea is what most would showed me video clips of the famous describe as an average Rivers School Pistons-Celtics clashes in the 80’s, student. He takes challenging class- and specifically of Robert Parish’s es, performs well but not outstanding take down of Bill Laimbeer in Game on the athletic field, and enjoys hang- 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Fi- ing out with friends on the weekend. nals. When I asked who Tony’s cur- He proudly wears his “game-bar” rent favorite player is, he responded hats, corduroy pants, and t-shirts, but quickly and without hesitation, “The what most don’t see is what’s always Truth: Paul Pierce.” When I asked under that shirt. Beneath that shirt is why, he responded, “Pierce embod- what can only be described as Tony’s ies everything a person who dons the alter-ego. Celtics green should; Pride, leader- It’s Tuesday, October 28th 2008 ship, talent, and of course that Boston and today is the beginning of a brand The ultimate Celtics fan shows his team spirit by dressing head-to-toe in Celtics clothing. Photo swagger.” new era. Tony wakes up and says by R. Margolis. When talking to students around to himself, “tonight the dynasty be- school, only a few know to what gins.” He gets ready for school with He then puts on the second jersey, game to anyone who comments on I asked him what that night meant to extent Tony is a fan. Senior Jamie his standard school clothes and heads number twenty Ray Allen, which is their Celtics apparel. They enter The him, and what was going through his Lapides described Tony as a, “smart, off. He coasts through the day, only followed by the third and most sen- Garden an hour before tip-off, and mind as they raised the seventeenth confident young lad who loves puck half focused, ready for what awaits timental jersey, number thirty-four walk up the same set of stairs, making banner. Tony sat on his bed for a min- and the Celtics. I always knew Tony him after school. After school he Paul Pierce. He puts on his black sure to step on the seventeenth step to ute thinking of some way to sum up was not a fair-weather Celtics fan and heads directly to the gym where he air force sneakers that he wore every signify the number of championship his emotions from last night. Finally I always gave him a tough time for drains five 3-point shots, then makes day last year during the 2008 play- banners the Celtics have won. They he let out in almost a whisper, “res- liking a team that has been terrible his way to the car. He drives home offs. Tony then takes the 1992 Celt- take a left at the top of the stairs and urrection of the brotherhood” which the past couple years.” Senior Cath- blasting Paradise City by Guns `n ics starters’ jacket, the one his father grab a program from the same ven- caught me off guard. I asked him to leen Connors knows Tony well and Roses. passed down to his older brother who dor who they are now on a first-name elaborate on that and he replied, “The summed him up by saying, “If the When Tony gets home, the real then passed it down to Tony, off the basis with. Tony then heads over to Celtics winning the championship Celtics die, Tony dies.” rituals begin. He starts off by watch- hook on his door and places that over the Fried Depot where Bob, the ven- last year was the greatest moment of As Tony and I sit in his room talk- ing clips from the movie Celtic Pride his three Celtics jerseys. Next comes dor, gets Tony the same pre-game my life. I would sacrifice anything ing about how his passion for the to get himself in the correct mind a new addition this year, which is his meal of chicken fingers and a Celtics to see another championship. Talk- Celtics has provided him with quali- state. He then goes and takes an ex- championship hat from the 2008 Celt- souvenirs cup as they talk about to- ing to my dad about the days when ties such as commitment and perse- actly fifteen minute shower. He puts ics season. Finally, when Tony tucks night’s game. Tony then heads for his the Celtics won championship after verance, I realize we have spent the on his shamrock boxers and his in- his 2002 Eastern Conference Finals seats in section 12, row 13, seat 12, championship, I want that, I want past four hours talking about more tensity starts to rise. He puts on the towel in the left side of his pants, the and begins the final mental prepara- that success more than anything in than a team to him; the Celtics are old official Celtics shorts that are so night can begin. tions for the game. He slaps the side the world.” his life. I ended the interview with short it is almost indecent to wear in Tony and his father Bill drive two of the seats before he sits down, and We then went on to talk about one final question. “Sum up what the public. He then puts on the first of hours before game time to the TD then waves hi to Dave, who sits next great Celtics players of past and Celtics mean to you in 5 words.” He three jerseys, number five Kevin Gar- Banknorth Garden to get their park- to Tony and has been a season ticket present. Tony and his father told me sits up and looks me right in the eye, nett, and tucks it into the short shorts. ing spot half a mile away from the holder for over 50 years. Tony says stories about the glory days of the “I am the Boston Celtics.” Then he throws on his Celtics pants, stadium. They walk through Quincy to himself, “Let it begin.” Celtics. The first championship in an heirloom in the Duplisea Family. market and talk about the upcoming Sitting in Tony’s room the next day 1957 with one of the greatest group Cross country: seniors cross finish line for the last time by MaTT Tanner ‘12 to captain Louise Blake, “I couldn’t en at this banquet, and David Shapiro anD SuMMerS forD ‘12 be more proud of us. Not only did and Jenn Polan received the F. E. Al- conTribuTing WriTerS we persevere in the championships, lison Award, while Cam Griffith and but also came together as a team. We Louise Blake received the Coaches’ This fall, the Boys’ and Girls’ ran both for each of ourselves and for Award. Cross Country teams finished strong, all of us, breaking into new levels of After this fall’s dynamic season, but both teams were sad when the sea- competition.” the returning members anticipate an- son came to its close because it meant At the season’s end banquet, the other great year ahead. Junior Leslie saying goodbye to many beloved se- athletes on both teams reflected on Sachs claims, “we’ll really miss all niors. Despite tough competition, the their great season, some for the last the seniors we are losing, but we’ll be teams brought a strong performance time ever. Both teams will be losing able to keep a strong core, and come in the New England and ISL champi- valuable seniors, who left their final back strong in 2009.” This year’s onship races. legacy this fall. On the boys’ team, freshmen, sophomores, and junior of This year, the ISLs were hosted at captains David Shapiro and Cam the boys team are ready to fill their St. George’s School on October 31. Griffith will be graduating, while the roles as new team leaders as well. In The team arrived in Rhode Island af- Captains Camden Griffith ‘09 and David Shapiro ‘09 lead for Rivers. girls will be losing Alexa Kopelman, the worlds of the boys head coach Photos by M. Tanner & S. Ford. ter a two-hour drive and right away Leigh Carroll, Becca Yau, Molly Bar- Mr. Palusio,“We’re looking at a good began to prepare. There were sixteen The next week of practice was Yet, despite these factors, the stow, and captains Jenn Pollan and many more years of cross country to teams at the ISL race in total, includ- spent training for the last race of the teams ran excellent races. The Boys’ Louise Blake. Awards were also giv- come.” ing Nobles, Thayer, and Milton. The season, and the teams ran hard every Varsity Team finished in fifth place weather was very cold, but the view day. The next Saturday, November overall, a highly respectable place- Captain Louise Blake ‘09 happily flashes a peace sign while run- ning. Photos by M. Tanner & S. Ford. was breathtaking, for one could see 8, Cross Country drove up to Ver- ment, while freshman runner Griffin the ocean from the starting line. The mont Academy for the New England Kay finished in fifth place in the ju- first two miles were relatively flat, Championships, a race consisting of nior varsity race. The Girls’ Team’s consisting of running different loops smaller, private schools, such as Riv- success was equally as exciting as the around the St. George Campus and ers and Brooks. After a long, grueling boys’. Freshman Phoebe Erickson fin- soccer fields. The third mile, howev- day of races, no teams were disap- ished sixth in the girls’ junior varsity er, consisted entirely of hills. Despite pointed. The first mile of the course race, while the varsity team placed this, everyone persevered to the end. was mainly flat, with an odd terrain fifth overall as well. However, the Unfortunately, the boy’s team missed variation. The course’s second and two teams in third and fourth place out on receiving a spot in the top ten third miles were nearly all uphill, en- were tied, and Rivers missed out on teams. The girls’ team finished tenth tering the Vermont Mountains. The this place bu just three points. Cross out of the sixteen teams, a commend- altitude reached a point where it be- country scores are determined by the able accomplishment. While the run- came harder to breathe. Furthermore, top five runners’ places, which ex- ners felt satisfied with both their in- weather conditions did not cooper- cludes the scores of the last two run- dividual and overall performances at ate, as it was unusually cold, and had ners on the team. Counting all seven this race, they were not prepared for rained the previous night and that scores in this race, the girls’ team the even greater success that would morning. Needless to say, the team finished in an overall second place, a come a week later. finished the race covered in mud. phenomenal achievement. According Page 14 The Rivers Edge December 18, 2008 The Quad Cheers and Jeers Cheers to it Cheers to finally snow- the begin- ing! No one ning of Oscar likes the cold season! Most weather un- people spend nine months of the year less there is snow cover- waiting for summer, but ing the ground! And the there are some of us that first snow of the year is await Oscar season with the exactly what we need to same excited anticipation. give us an added boost for Movie fans, get ready for three great months of pop- crunch time! corn, drama, and hopefully some knock-out films! Cheers to Jeers to ex- the holidays! ams. Exams are No matter unfortunately what reli- the necessary gion you are precursor to a this time of much-coveted winter break, but what if they weren’t? year, maybe it’s the lights Some schools don’t have outside houses, the fes- exams, which is a policy tive winter starbucks cups, that students at Rivers or the three- week break would support! Teachers, approaching, but every- imagine getting to go home over break and not having one seems to be in a better anything to grade. Exams mood. are stressful, and I think everyone would appreciate an extra week of vacation. Jeers to not being allowed Cheers to to sleep in the all the seniors library! What are who have sur- those comfy new vived senior chairs for if not for a good fall! Don’t nap? After a long night of let the senioritis bug get studying, if a student is you….well, maybe a little! reading in the library and It was a hectic trimester dozes off for a little while, between grades and infinite is that so bad? Do we really applications, but it’s finally deserve to get kicked out over. Congratulations to all of the library for something the seniors who have been that innocent? Rivers stu- admitted to college! Good dents work hard, and play luck to those who are still hard. Rest on, Redwings! waiting to hear. Quote of the Month Across “Nobody ever said it would be easy, they just 4 Merry ______________! 7 Brings presents to good boys and girls. 9 These are made of wax and have wicks. Down said it would be worth it” 1 A sock filled with goodies on Christmas day. 2 Circular decoration often hung on doors. - Anonymous 3 A red and white treat. 5 A gift. 6 The sound bells make. 8 Ice crystals. 10 A vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs, for transportation over snow.
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