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                                                 Eagle’s Eye                                                   Vol.16 /No. 5
                                                                                                               March 2008

                                                R O C K Y                             P O I N T                            S E N I O R                                 H. S.
                                                            82 Rocky Point–Yaphank Road, Rocky Point, NY 11778
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                 compiled by
                Erica Brooks

Third quarter progress reports will be mailed
home Wednesday, March 26 for grades 6-12.

The shared decision meeting is Monday, March
31, at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium.

The Board of Education meeting is Monday,
March 31, at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.

The registration deadline for the May 3 SAT I
and II exams is Tuesday, April 1.
                                                                                                                                                                    photo by Molly Walker


The athletic booster club meeting is Monday,           Mr. Pappas’s government class was not expecting to get the attention the coat drive received, but they were happy
April 14, at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.    to get such a positive response. Above, seniors Joe Sendra, Ross Goldman, Anthony Librizzi, and Dan Russo organize
                                                       the donations from students and staff.

The National Honor Society induction cer-
emony is Tuesday, April 15 at 7 pm in the high
school auditorium.
                                                      Government Class Explores
The shared decision meeting is Wednesday,
                                                      Virtue of Charity
April 16, at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium.
                                                      Coat Drive Encourages Students and Staff to Donate
The Board of Education meeting is Wednesday,          by Molly Walker
April 16 at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.
                                                                                                                         The drive even spread to the middle school. They be-
The senior citizen prom is Thursday, April 17,
                                                      A      simple community service project for Mr. Nick
                                                             Pappas’s government class quickly grew into a multi-
                                                      school effort to provide the less fortunate with warm win-
                                                                                                                         gan a competition between the government class and
                                                                                                                         all of the first period classes. The winning class received
from 4pm - 8pm in the high school auditorium and      ter clothing.                                                      a pizza party.
cafeteria.                                              “The original project was intended to work outside the              “Our teachers took tallies of whoever brought in the
                                                      textbook and help the community. The students selected             most coats,” said senior Christina Sanford.
Third quarter progress reports are being              ideas and we decided that the coat drive would be the                 Within the first day, the class’s expectations for the
mailed home Friday, April 18, for grades 6-12.        most fundamental,” said Pappas.                                    drive were overridden. “I thought there were going to
                                                        With Pappas’s help, the class decided to put together a          be like four coats on the first day,” said Librizzi. “It ba-
                                                      coat drive to help those in need. The drive, which began           sically tripled what I had thought was going to be.”
All schools are closed from Monday, April 21 to       officially on February 25 and ended on March 5, was                   The coats and jackets collected will be donated to The
Friday, April 25.                                     anything but a last-minute decision, as much preparation           Hope House in Port Jefferson Station, an organization
                                                      was required.                                                      committed to helping local people and families in crisis.
                                                        “We were thinking of all different ideas before we de-              The student body collected 422 winter items in to-
                                                      cided on the coat drive,” said senior Ginger Feist.                tal—a number which was not anticipated.
                                                                                                                            Pappas was very appreciative of everyone involved;
Quote of the Month                                      After coming up with the idea in class, school let out
                                                      for winter break. However, Pappas had already begun to             he is now hoping to make the coat drive an annual event.
                                                      put the idea into action.                                             “We are hoping to do this in the future, year by year,”
                                                        “We came back and were completely surprised. It just             said Pappas. “Thank you to everyone who was able to
“Success is simply a                                  kept getting bigger and bigger,” said senior Anthony Librizzi.
                                                        Students rapidly began to garner support for their cause
                                                                                                                         contribute; charity is a virtue people often forget. It is
                                                                                                                         very rewarding to take part in.”
matter of luck. Ask                                   through multiple resources.
                                                        “We put up fliers, posters, and we also had it announced
                                                                                                                            The coat drive, in the end, was a very successful event;
                                                                                                                         the first session Cosmetology class won the competi-
any failure.”                                         in the morning and afternoon announcements. I guess it
                                                      worked,” said senior Dan Russo. Their fellow students
                                                                                                                         tion, earning themselves a pizza party in honor of the
                                                                                                                         amount of winter clothing they collected.
                                                      quickly took notice.                                                  Jane Bonner, coucilwoman, awarded the students of

         ~ Earl Wilson                                  “It is a little hard to miss,” said junior Amelia Kelly, while
                                                      reading a fallen flier.
                                                        Multiple bins for collecting coats, jackets, and miscel-
                                                                                                                         the government class for their public avocation of charity
                                                                                                                         on March 13. The small ceremony was held outside of
                                                                                                                         Principal Caufield’s office where Bonner presented the
                                                      laneous apparel items were placed around the high school.          students and Pappas with certificates for their good deeds.•
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Local Boy Speaks Students Show Love for Locks of Love
for the Sound       by Krystie Serviss

by Lauren Belcastro R                                                         ocky Point’s cosmetology class held its second annual courage and the heart to donate many inches of their hair.
                                                                               Locks of Love fundraiser from February 4 to Feb- Mrs. Jean Poveromo, main office secretary, got her hair
                                                                         ruary 8. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organiza- cut and donated for the second year in a row to Locks

I  n the Long Island Sound, Broadwater Energy is seeking
    to establish a Liquefied Natural Gas processing plant
to lower high transportation costs of fuel. This has trig-
                                                                         tion that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children of Love.
                                                                         under age 18 who suffer from long-term medical hair
                                                                         loss from any diagnosis.
                                                                                                                                      “My cousin passed away a couple of years ago from
                                                                                                                                    cancer. She had a wig and that inspired me to donate
gered controversy by way of the environmental threat                        “We are excited to learn that over 17.5 feet of hair my hair,” said Poveromo.
that comes with it. A young boy took notice of the ar-                   has been collected by                                                                               Students from all grades
gument, and decided to speak out.                                        Rocky Point High School                                                                          donated great amounts of hair
   Leo Burke is a third grader at Joseph A. Edgar Inter-                 to benefit Locks of Love,                                                                        to the Locks of Love orga-
mediate School and has been voicing his opposition to                    which will further our ef-                                                                       nization. Junior Angela
the Broadwater controversy. Despite his young age, he                    forts to help children liv-                                                                      Generelli donated the most
cannot bear to see his beach obstructed with a factory,                  ing with medical hair                                                                            with 15 inches, freshman
ten stories high and the length of four football fields.                 loss,” said Locks of Love                                                                        Alejandra Vasquez donated 12
   “We’ve got to do something!” he proclaimed.                           Communications director                                                                          inches, junior Christina
   “Doing something” started with attending a press con-                 Lauren Kukkamaa. “We                                                                             Scavetta donated 10 inches,
                                          ference in Albany with         are grateful to these donors                                       photo courtesy of Cosmetology junior Lauren MacElveen
                                          his mother. At the con-        who continue to spread                                                                           donated nine inches, and
                                          ference, he made a             awareness of Locks of Juniors Nicole See, Mollie Gallagher, Asia Kaiser, and seniors sophomore Amanda Ferrer
                                                                                                        Micha Nardone and Angelina Daisy enjoyed taking part in
                                          speech expressing his          Love’s efforts. They assist the Locks of Love fundraiser.                                        donated eight inches.
                                          views on the issue.            us in reaching more and                                                                             “I donated my hair because
                                          This speech will be in         more families, and improving the day to day lives of                                             I know that it will grow back,
                                          a commercial, found            these children.”                                           and a cancer patient’s won’t,” said Ferrer.
                                          on       the         web.         The cosmetology students volunteered to use the hair-     “I wanted to give children that don’t have any hair the
                                          Broadwater spent               cutting skills learned in class as community service. Any- benefit of having it. I felt good and proud of giving my
                                          $100,000 dollars on            one was eligible to get a free haircut and donate their hair to unfortunate children,” said MacElveen.
                                          advertising, so Burke          hair as long as it was a minimum of six inches long.         The event was an even bigger success than last year’s.
                                          made a pledge to raise         The donated hair will be made into wigs for people who Over 17.5 feet will be donated to Locks of Love com-
                     photo by Diane Burke
                                          $100 dollars by selling        suffer from diseases that cause hair loss.                 pared to last year’s 16 feet. There were also two more
                                          t-shirts to put his               “It is really awesome knowing that we’re giving to donors this year than last year’s 23. More and more stu-
 Leo Burke presented his t-shirts speech onto DVDs
                                                                         such a great cause,” said senior cosmetology student dents are becoming inspired to donate longer sections
 protesting against broadwater at
 the recent civil meeting.
                                          sent to law-making             Ashley Wojcik.                                             of their hair and they realize that they are doing it for a
                                          bodies and civic                   “It feels great to give back to those less fortunate good cause. Receiving the gift of a wig will help to re-
groups. To hold up his part of the deal, he attended a                   because so many people take what they have for granted, store the self-esteem and confidence of the inopportune
Rocky Point civic meeting on February 13 at the VFW                      especially their hair,” said senior Meghan McEntee.        children thanks to the donors and the cosmetology class.•
Hall, where he sold his shirts.                                             Many students, as well as faculty members, had the
   Burke’s family, like many other families, was drawn
to Long Island because of the Sound. When and if the
plant comes to the Sound, problems within the plant
would cause the beaches to close, leaving many beach-
                                                                         Various Talents Showcased at Annual Fundraiser
goers high and dry.
    “I would not put one toe in the water if the process-                by Tom Gordon
ing plant was in there,” said Burke.
   The Burke family was not planning on taking an ac-
tive role in the
community, but
                                                                         T    alented students took the stage Friday night, March
                                                                              14, in the annual Variety Show hosted by the Rocky
                                                                         Point National Math and Honor Societies. Nerves and
                                                                                                                                         enal, all the teachers were a great help.”
                                                                                                                                            Not only was the night filled with a variety of talented
                                                                                                                                         students, there was even variety of languages.
as      problems                                                         jitters filled these students’ thoughts as they were set           A rather touching performance by senior Casey Cai had
arose they felt it                                                       to take the stage.                                              the crowd
was their duty.                                                             “Sure I was nervous,” said senior Roland Hepburn.            waving
    “It’s our wa-                                                        “But I think everyone is really talented at their instru-       their cell
ter,           not                                                       ment.” Hepburn and his band, Sound Choice Music,                phones in
Broadwater,”                                                             consisting of juniors Dominick Piganell, Tom Quatrtararo,       the sky.
said       Diane                                                         Jimmy Foti, and Joe Cambridge, rocked the stage with            His per-
Burke, echoing                                                           their performance of “Say it Ain’t So” by Weezer.               formance
the main slogan                                   photo by Diane Burke       The earnings from the show all went to the Canning          o          f
of their cam-                                                            family and the “Kids in Need” fund, set up to help edu-         “Tonghua”
paign.        The Leo Burke, right, sold shirts to raise                 cate students of today in ways schools cannot afford.           w i t h
                    money and awareness.
Burkes believe                                                           The “Kids in Need” fund sets up boxes of school sup-            Kiernan
                                                                                                                                                                                       photo by Tom Gordon
the residents’ voices should be heard.                                   plies for needy students as well as gives out grants to         Williams
   Besides having an effect on the community, Diane                      teacher applicants to help fund costly projects or field        on the pi- From left, sophomores Cabri Butler, Krystine
has affected Leo. When Leo was asked of his inspira-                     trips. In total the variety show and Chinese Auction that       a n o Ayres, Brianna Casazza and junior Christie Moran
tion he replied, “My mother; she taught me about                         immediately followed the show raised $4,458                     s h o w e d performed “Let Me Love You” by Mario.
Broadwater and encouraged me to be involved.”                               “I was just happy to help out a good cause” said senior      the crowd just what Chinese music is all about.
   There are various risks involved with Broadwater,                     Vox Mansalungan. “What is better than singing and                  “The variety show is a great show. I did my best and
including the processing of oil causing temperature change               helping?” Mansalungan showed creativity with his acous-         I had a lot of fun,” said Cai following his performance.
affecting fishing, and an increased risk for explosion                   tic rendition of “Hey Ya” by Andre 3000 from Outkast.              Dance performances lit the stage with excellence. Also,
and fire hazard. By making the use of fuel more effi-                       In addition to Mansalungan there were four girls who         solo numbers were performed by junior Erica Brooks
cient, finding alternate energy sources may be slowed.                   were also very excited to perform for a good cause.             and senior Angelica Jannace.
In addition, the production of the facility is supposed                  Junior Christie Moran, and sophomores Brianna Casazza,             A triple threat of jive dancers was hip-hopping with
to lower energy bills by $300 and help meet the grow-                    Krystin Ayres, and Cabri Butler got a standing ovation          their performance. Senior Angelica LaLota, junior Amanda
ing demand for gas; however, only 15% of fuel will be                    for their quartet version of “Let Me Love You” by Mario.        Galasso, and sophomore Brian Vacarro faced adversity
going to Long Island.                                                       “We are just happy to be here raising money and sup-         but that didn’t stop these driven dancers from perform-
   Diane said, “We get all the risks and almost none of                  porting our school. I recommend all students to try it          ing with quality.
the benefits.”                                                           out,” said Casazza.                                                “Two of the people in our act quit on us today,” said
   Those looking to voice any opinions about Broadwater                     Special thanks were also given out to the teachers           LaLota. “We only had a few hours to come up with a
can contact the Governor’s office. Allow Burke to be                     who helped make the night so special. The masterminds           whole new routine.”
a motivation; if someone as young as he can make that                    behind the variety show were Mrs. Jennifer Engellau                All in all, everything came together and the variety show
big of a difference, what could the efforts of many                      and Mrs. Holly Rizzi.                                           will truly be remembered as a great night. It was a once
accomplish? •                                                               “This show was definitely beneficial,” said Engellau.        in a lifetime experience. Whether watching, or perform-
                                                                         “Over $4,000 was raised. The students were phenom-              ing, fun was shared by everyone. •
          Vol. 16/No. 5
          March 2008

                                                  F                e a t u r e s

Rizzi is Irish Just the Same,                                                                                                                 Kitchen Nightmares
Only the Name Has Changed                                                                                                                     Visits Local Eatery
                                                                                                                                              by Rebekah Cleary
by Tom Wilson

                                  M        ost of us know one
                                            of our nicest, Irish
                                                                   advantages of which is the vast array of food choices.
                                                                      “I always get together with the family and have din-
                                                                                                                                              B     ritish chef Gordon Ramsay, who is known for his
                                                                                                                                                    temper and lack of compassion, recently filmed an
                                                                                                                                              episode of the FOX television show, Kitchen Nightmares
                                    guidance counselors as         ner. I now married an Italian, so now we may have to                       at the Handlebar Restaurant and Lounge in Mt. Sinai.
                                    Miss Holly McKibbin. She       add lasagna.”                                                                 I was among the crowd of approximately 100 people
                                    recently married and is           Rizzi also loves her job                                                present at the taping. Being present while filming a tele-
                                    now Mrs. Rizzi.                as a guidance counselor                                                    vision show is more difficult than one would expect.
                                      She met her husband at       because she gets to spend                                                  The rules included no taking pictures, no looking at the
                                    her thirtieth birthday party   a lot of time with students.                                               cameras that are constantly in your face, and no talk-
                                    through a friend.              She enjoys being involved                                                  ing to Gordon Ramsay, unless he talks to you first.
                                      “We went on our hon-         in the students’ lives. She                                                   The premise of Kitchen Nightmares is to completely
                                    eymoon to Nappa Valley,        has been in the field for six                                              revamp a restaurant’s poor food quality and to create
                                    right after the wedding in     years. One of those years                                                  a menu suitable to establishing long-term improvement.
         photo by Alexis McAllister December. My favorite          was spent at West Hamp-                                                       The Handlebar Restaurant and Lounge is a popular
                                    part of being married is       ton Beach High School,                                                     place for people to relax on the weekends, but it is not
 Guidance counselor Mrs.
 Holly Rizzi in the midst of her having my best friend with        while the other five have                                                  celebrated for the quality
 “dream job”.                       me every day,” said Rizzi.     been dedicated to the stu-                                                 of the food.
                                      Though her name is           dents of Rocky Point.                                                         “The first time I went
now changed, her sweet nature and Irish traditions have               “I love coming to work                photo courtesy of Mrs. Rizzi      there, the cuisine was
not. A very special time of the year for Rizzi is the month        every day not knowing Mrs. Rizzi and new husband                           grotesque. I was afraid to
of March. It symbolizes her heritage and brings every-             what I’m going to get,” Mr. Rizzi                                          eat it,” said sophomore
one in her family closer together. When St. Patrick’s              said Rizzi. “You get a relationship with the students that                 Sara Pena.
Day rolls around, Rizzi spends time with the family and            you wouldn’t normally get.”                                                   My parents and I ar-
enjoys some tasty Irish meals.                                        Rizzi is excited for what the next few months will bring.               rived at the restaurant at
  “We always go to the parade and we always eat corned             If everything goes as planned, it will include good food,                  approximately 6:30pm.
beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread,” said Rizzi.               quality time with her new husband, and visits from her                     An employee then took a
  Rizzi comes from an Irish-German family, one of the              favorite students.•                                                        picture of everyone hold-
                                                                                                                                              ing a numbered release
                                                                                                                                              form, for legal reasons.
Life Cleaning for a No-Stress, No-Mess Spring                                                                                                    As I entered the restau-
                                                                                                                                              rant, servers were
                                                                                                                                                                                       photo courtesy of yahoo.tv
                                                                                                                                              scrambling to satisfy the
by Grace Noto                                                                                                                                 demands of Ramsay. The       Chef Gordon Ramsay is a
                                                                                                                                              servers wore tired ex- major hit on the FOX show
                                                                                                                                              pressions on their faces, Kitchen Nightmares.
T    he long months of winter often seem to drag on
     and on for students. Some begin a form spring
cleaning after the winter months, finding ways to re-
                                                                   “Kids who do some type of sport are healthier and less
                                                                   stressed than others.”
                                                                      Joining a sports team can balance out the stress of your
                                                                                                                                              a clue as to what was happening behind the scenes.
                                                                                                                                                 At the beginning of the dinner, the participants were
lax, stop school-related stress, and organize their lives          mind and the stress of the body. The lightest form of                      served freshly baked potato chips and a tangy orange
in a more productive way. Students need to breathe after           exercise can reduce a person’s amount of stress.                           sauce as a substitute for the usual bread and butter.
dealing with the pressures that build up over the win-                “Exercise itself relaxes the body and relieves stress.                     After waiting for a considerable amount of time, the
ter season, especially those who have college applica-             It helps,” said physical education teacher Mr. Joseph                      waiter took our order and we were excited with the
tion essays, the SATs, or AP tests to prepare for.                 Spallina.                                                                  thought of filling our stomachs with improved food.
   “I have the AP World test this year. I’m worried about             Another way a student could spring clean is to take                     Unfortunately, luck was not on our side that night.
it on top of all my other classes,” said sophomore Krista          up a new hobby, like painting, yoga, or martial arts. Tai                     A concept of the television show is to have a large
Maura. “It’s a lot of information to master.”                      Chi is a form of self-defense that originated in ancient                   group of people come in for a meal at a specific time,
    Some of this stress comes from being unorganized.              China and is proven to help relieve stress. This ancient                   which is recipe for disaster. It is impossible to cook
Most students need to find ways to organize themselves             art uses flowing movements to connect the body and                         meals for a group of approximately 100 people and expect
in ways more beneficial to their academic goals. Luckily,          the mind, helping to relax and reduce stress. For this                     to get all the meals cooked in a scheduled amount of
there are many ways to help with both problems, or                 reason it is sometimes called “meditation in motion”. Tai                  time. It is assumed though that this is done on purpose
ways students can start their own, unique, spring cleaning.        Chi is pro-                                                                to create tension and stress.
   “It’s really difficult to get organized in school, espe-        moted for its                                                                 Responding to America’s love of dramatic television
cially trying to balance out all the different classes,”           serenity and                                                               sophomore Bronte Pitera said, “I love it.”
said sophomore Chelsea Salzan. “It’s impossible to do              for its overall                                                               After waiting almost two hours, we were finally served
when everything keeps piling up.”                                  helpfulness.                                                               our salads and appetizers.
   Some students have found a way to stop mixing up                   “By simply                                                                 While eating, Ramsay walked around and asked each
their different classes: many find accordion folders to            practicing the                                                             patron their opinion on the meal.
be extremely helpful in organizing paper. Many students            slow motion                                                                   Time started to slip away and the effects of the day
started using these after getting fed up with packed folders       movements,                                                                 began to sink. It was already 9:30 pm and we had still
during the winter. This is a good way to spring clean              Tai Chi has                                                                not been served our dinner. My parents decided to cancel
or organize; all of the information students are getting           been proven                           photo courtesy of Stephan Trilling   our orders and only pay for the drinks and appetizers.
for each class.                                                    to enhance Junior Stephan Trilling starts his spring                       Our waitress insisted that we did not have to pay and
   “I used to carry around just a single folder, but after         joint flexibility, cleaning by relaxing in the fresh air while             apologized for never receiving our food.
a while it got so confusing and I could never find any-            reduce stress reading.                                                        As my parents and I were preparing to leave the res-
thing,” said senior James Mayr. “Now I always use an               on the body                                                                taurant, a woman approached us to question our in-
accordion folder.”                                                 and mind, cure many physically related illnesses and im-                   ability to pay. We explained the situation to her but her
   Others prefer to use one binder with dividers for each          prove general health,” said sophomore Stefan Trilling, a                   belligerence set aside all proper judgment. In the spirit
class, and hole-punch their notes. That way, everything            long-time practitioner of the art. “Stress-wise, Tai Chi                   of interesting reality television, there was a heated ar-
is kept together, making it easy to find something spe-            has rid me of any aches or chronic physical pains that I                   gument and several cameras rushed over to the situa-
cific at a moment’s notice without the troubles of car-            thought were normal. Even if you aren’t stressed, Tai                      tion to capture the whole thing.
rying multiple binders and notebooks.                              Chi is a great defense system as well as a fascinating art                    I noticed Ramsay standing off to the side observing
   “It’s so much easier that way,” said sophomore Rachel           to master.”                                                                the whole argument, with a look of dismay etched across
Bennett. “There’s less to carry and less papers to shuffle            Whether it is art, exercise, or organization, methods                   his face. Things eventually simmered down and we
through.”                                                          such as these can help relieve stress, allowing one to                     exited the restaurant. A producer then asked my mother
    While organization helps reduce student stress, there          start over with the beginning of spring. As the first days                 if they could interview her about what had just occurred.
is a multitude of different ways a student could relax             of spring arrive, the students and staff members of Rocky                  She agreed and we stood off to the side still excited
and take the edge off like sports, or possibly a new hobby.        Point continue to clean out their closets of the mental                    about what had happened.
    “Doing sports decreases stress and benefits the body,”         and physical burdens of the winter season.•                                   Reality television most often seems staged and fake,
said physical education teacher Mr. Andrew Aschettino.                                                                                        but patrons at the taping of Kitchen Nightmares can attest,
                                                                                                                                              it most certainly was anything but staged.•
                                        F                     e a t u r e s                                                                                                                   Vol. 17/No. 5
                                                                                                                                                                                              March 2008




Media Inaccurately Lucky Students Wish Upon a Star
Glamorizes Teen    by Bryan Maggio
Pregnancy          H                                                               as the power of Irish luck ever flowed through your
                                                                                   veins? Many people have an item that they believe
                                                                                                                                                     nior Morgan Walters.
                                                                                                                                                       “I had the nicest pair of cowboy boots that I used to
                                                                            brings them luck. At one point in time, this feeling of                  wear when I played basketball. Unfortunately, my mom
by Victoria Dalessio                                                                                                    superstition was brought     told me it was time for them to go when I finally out-
                                                                                                                        across the seas from the     grew them,” said junior Sean Johns. “I was heartbro-
                                                                                                                        country of Ireland,          ken.”

T    oday’s society has a way of glamorizing serious
     events. These days, the media has been covering
more stories about celebrity pregnancies and births.
                                                                                                                        where the local people
                                                                                                                        have been known for the
                                                                                                                        famous “Luck of the
                                                                                                                                                       Although American and Irish traditions vary tremen-
                                                                                                                                                     dously, some people stay classic with their lucky charms.
                                                                                                                                                       “I found a four-leaf clover at my uncle’s house after
   “I’ve noticed recently an increase in the amount of                                                                  Irish.”                      he passed away, and I’ve always held it close to my heart
coverage on the personal lives of celebrities,” said se-                                                                   Many items in Irish       ever since then,” said senior Erin Peacock.
nior Marielle McMahon. “It’s interesting, but it gives                                                                  culture are believed to be     Even members of the Rocky Point staff have had their
you a false idea of how things are in the ‘real world.’                                                                 lucky, and have now be-      own lucky items.
It makes things seem much easier than they really are.”                                                                 come symbols of St.            Social studies teacher Mr. Chris Nentwich said, “I have
   Each year, al-                                                                            photo by Alexis McAllister Patrick’s Day. These         two lucky charms: a necklace
most 750,000                                                                 Mrs. Nyree Meadows displays
                                                                                                                        items include four-leaf      my mother and sister gave me
teens aged 15-19                                                             St. Gerard, her good luck charm. clovers, horseshoes,                   and a high school t-shirt I wore
become preg-                                                                                                            rabbit’s feet, and the pot   during all of my sport games.”
nant. The teen-                                                             of gold.                                                                   “A former baseball player
age pregnancy                                                                  All of these lucky objects descend from the Irish in                  handed his chain down to me
rate in this coun-                                                          various ways. The Leprechaun, who is said to guard the                   when we were knocked out of
try is at its low-                                                          pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, is a type of male               playoffs, and ever since, it’s
est level in 30                                                             faerie believed to inhabit the “Emerald Isle.”                           been close by whenever I step
years. Research                                                                A rabbit’s foot is used mostly by gamblers. It is be-                 on the field,” said baseball
suggests that                                                               lieved to be the most fabricated of these good luck charms.              coach Mr. Andrew Aschettino.
both increased                                                              According to tradition, the rabbit’s foot only brings luck                 “St. Gerard, on my chain, is
abstinence and                                                              if it is from an Irish rabbit.                                           the saint of fertility, and because
changes in con-                     photo courtesy of Jaimelynnspears.com      According to Irish legend, the horseshoe can bring both               of him I had a son,” said so-               photo by Alexis McAllister
traceptive prac-                                                            bad and good luck. If the two ends are pointing up, it is                cial studies teacher Mrs. Nyree
                     Jamie Lynn Spears, 16, recently                                                                                                                                     Senior Morgan Walters
tice are respon- revealed that she is pregnant.                             considered to hold the luck in, whereas if the two ends                  Meadows.
                                                                                                                                                                                         sports his Timberlands.
sible for the re-                                                           are pointing down, the luck is believed to have fallen out                 Mrs. Karne Wade in the
cent declines in teenage pregnancy.                                         and dissipated. The complexity of the horseshoe con-                     nurses’ office said, “I think my daughter Kerri is my
   During the past few months, media sources such                           tinues, as the horseshoe must be found, not purchased,                   good luck charm; she does nothing but succeed.”
as magazines and television have been flooded with the                      in order to be considered an item of luck.                                 Whether the item be a four-leaf clover or a pair of old
theme of teenage pregnancies. How many times have                              In the U.S., people still believe in good luck charms                 cowboy boots, the magic of luck has found its way into
you turned on the TV and seen an episode of Maury                           although they differ materialistically.                                  many peoples’ hearts. Most enjoy holding onto an item
where some young woman is trying to figure out the                             “I’m as Irish as they come, and with my Timberland                    and wishing upon it when needed.•
paternity results of her child? Or how about the last                       boots strapped tight, I’ll never have bad luck!” said se-
time you noticed yet another magazine cover dedicated
to the pregnancy of Jamie Lynn Spears? With all this
coverage comes a vast array of opinions and feelings
toward the idea of a young, unwed woman having a
                                                                            Honors Standards Lowered
baby.
   “When it comes to bringing a child into this world,                      by Stephan Trilling
I feel that it takes a great amount of responsibility,”
said librarian Mrs. Joanne Ely. “Taking care of a child
is not an easy thing; it takes a lot of maturity.”
   When junior Asia Kaiser found out she was preg-
                                                                            A      ccording to the new Rocky Point High School                “I feel that on one hand we are lowering standards,
                                                                                  Course Selection Guide, the honors standard as of but on the other hand we are giving more students an
                                                                            this year is now only an 82% average. Last year, the opportunity,” said English teacher Ms. Jennie Graziano.
nant at the age of 15, there were no magazine reports,                      minimum grade point average acceptable to stay in an              So is it a good choice to decrease the honors stan-
paparazzi, or film crews to document the event the way                      honors or Advanced Placement college level course was dards? Is it a good choice to remain in an honors class
                                                       Hollywood            an 85%.                                                        if you are not maintaining an 82%?
                                                       covers preg-            Beforehand, the level of difficulty in some of the honors      “To have an honors designation on a student’s tran-
                                                       nant young           and AP classes made it hard for some of the students to script with an 82% is generally better then having a 95%
                                                       starlets.            maintain the 85% minimum. The new 82% requirement in a regular Regents course,” said Scalfani.
                                                          “When I           has made for a dramatic decrease on the level of stress           Still, some students disagree. The good grade in a
                                                       found out I          felt by some of the accelerated level students.                Regents course versus an average grade in an AP course
                                                       was pregnant,           “If a student is a hard                                                                         dilemma is one that many ar-
                                                       I was in de-         worker and tries, it’s great to                                                                    gue about. Some think that
                                                       nial. I didn’t       let them into an honors                                                                            colleges would look more
                                                       think it was         course,” said director of stu-                                                                     highly upon a student main-
                                                       really true          dent services Ms. Annette                                                                          taining an A in a Regents level
                                                       even though          Scalfani.                                                                                          course rather than a B- in an
                                                       the test was            “It’s great that the bar has                                                                    honors course.
                                                       telling me it        been lowered! I’m less                                                                               “I think this new system
                                                       was,” said           stressed now about the abil-                                                                       makes the honors curriculum
                                                       Kaiser. “I was       ity to stay in honors Math,”                                                                       less meaningful. If you have
                                                                                                                                                    photo by Alexis McAllister
                                                       very open            said sophomore Emre                                                                                an 82% in an honors class you
                        photo courtesy of Asia Kaiser
                                                       about telling        Kocahasan.                         Mrs. Engelleau’s AP Calculus class is one of many that would probably get more out
 Junior Asia Kaiser, and son Dominick my parents                               Some students feel that the will be affected by the recent minimum grade change. of a regular class,” said fresh-
 live a life far from glamorous; but filled and friends.                    drop could have been more                                                                          man Zac Myslinski.
 with love.                                             They were           significant, but are happy about this change all the same.        For the most part, however, it is clear that students
angry at first, but there’s nothing you can really do.                         “I think that it is better. Although it is not a lot lower, are generally happy about the new 82% standard.
Abortion was never an option for me. I could never                          I’m fine with anything,” said sophomore Priyanka Tope.            “I think it’s good; people should be in honors classes
imagine giving up my child.”                                                   Many students are happy because the change in the if they want to put forth the effort ,” said senior Erin
   Not all young women receive the support that Kai-                        honors acceptance level will allow them and their fel- Peacock.
ser has. Many have a hard time and are in need of help,                     low classmates to continue into an honors and/or AP               “If you’re in the honors classes and excelling, it doesn’t
medically and emotionally. There are organizations out                      program next year.                                             matter how many people continue to be in them because
there for young women to turn to. Planned Parenthood,                          “I think it’s a great idea because it is easier to be in an you will stand out,” said freshman Joanna McDonnell.
an organization designed to help young pregnant teen-                       honors program now,” said freshman Sam Guido.                     Overall, this new change has certainly made it easier
agers by means of medical procedures, check ups, and                           Teachers have many mixed opinions on these changes. on honors students to stay in their classes. Although
counseling, is available 24/7 and can be contacted through                     “I think that as long as a student is putting forth ef- some people feel that an 82% is not honors standards,
their website plannedparenthood.org or by calling 1-                        fort and demonstrating a genuine attempt, an 82 aver- most feel that it is a change for the better and will help
800-230-PLAN.•                                                              age is fine,” said Spanish teacher Ms. Danielle Campbell. decrease stress on honors students.•
        Vol. 16/No. 5
        March 2008
                                            E                  ntertainment&Lifestyle

Spice Girls Reclaim the Stage
by Alexa Bennett - Rosman

M      any thought it would never happen; others hoped
       that it would. When it finally did, it sure caused
commotion. Twelve years after their first hit single
                                                                       Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham and
                                                                       Geri Halliwell, better known as Baby, Scary, Sporty, Posh,
                                                                       and Gin-
                                                                                                                                        bers of the student body disagree with the idea of the
                                                                                                                                        Spice Girls reuniting. They feel that it is ridiculous for
                                                                                                                                        this girl group to be making a comeback.
“Wannabe” was released, the Spice Girls announced their                ger are                                                             Senior Vinny Guido said, “It’s gross! They are old now.
reunion world tour. Concerts continued from Decem-                     quickly                                                          I don’t think that they should have a concert.”
ber through February and the buzz was that they are                    becoming                                                            Senior Brandon Escobar said, “They are too old to be
better than ever!                                                      familiar                                                         doing a concert now. They were good when they were
   The original tour had been planned to end in January,               names                                                            young. I thought they were hot. But they are all in their
yet tickets for a Spice Girls concert were in such high                again.                                                           thirties now.”
demand that extra tour dates became a necessity. Six-                     “My fa-                                                          After their lives in the spotlight slowed down a bit,
teen additional dates were added to the tour, making the               vorite was                                                       Beckham, Brown, Bunton, and Halliwell all decided to
last date February 24. The high demand for tickets caused              definitely                                            photo by   start families and raise children. All of the group’s members
some students, such as senior Chelsea Bruno, to miss                   Ginger, ”                                                        are in their thirties now, and continuing their accredited
                                                    their chances      said junior The Spice Girls take a bow at their reunion          lives. Baby Spice is 32, Scary Spice, Sporty Spice and
                                                                                    concert at Madison Square Garden.
                                                    of seeing a        Ryan Graf.                                                       Posh are all 33, and Ginger is the oldest at 35 years old.
                                                    concert.           “We both have red hair.”                                            The Spice Girls tour is now over, but their everlast-
                                                      Bruno ex-           Many students and even some faculty adore the Spice           ing achievements and the memories attained from their
                                                    claimed, “I        Girls.                                                           performances are endless. Students who attended en-
                                                    tried so, so          Senior Diana Squatriglia attended one of their reunion        joyed the performaces.
                                                    hard to get        concerts. “It was a pretty good concert,” she said. “But            “They were absolutely amazing! They sounded just
                                                    tickets and        I was surrounded by a bunch of little girls and their moms.      as good as they did in the 90s,” said sophomore Jenna
                                                    every time I       It made me feel really old.”                                     Ely.
                            photo by Ashley Shevlin
                                                    did        the        Junior Jackie Fertig said, “I still love the Spice Girls!        “I didn’t think it would be too great because I didn’t
                                                    website kept       Even before they decided to reunite, I blasted their old         remember all the songs,” said junior Christie Moran. “They
Spice Girls perform their hit single saying ‘sold-                     CD in the car while my mom was driving.”                         kept it short and sweet. It turned out really good.”•
“Wannabe” at their February 18 NYC show.
                                                    out.’ I am still       English teacher Mr. Eric Filardi also thought it was
upset over it!”
   These were the group’s first concerts since they of-
ficially announced their break-up in 2001. Emma Bunton,
                                                                       wonderful that the Spice Girls reunited for the tour. “I
                                                                       love them,” he said.
                                                                          Despite the numerous, wonderful remarks, many mem-
                                                                                                                                         Super Halftime
                                                                                                                                         Show Appeals to a
Saying Goodbye to the Late Heath                                                                                                         Different Crowd
Ledger                                                                                                                                   Jaime Seno
by Michele Kurtz
                                                                                                                                         T     he Super Bowl has been a monumental part of
                                                                                                                                              American culture for the past 42 years and the

A     ustralian-born actor, Heath Ledger, 28, died in his         “The movie really opened up issues of the gay com-
      Manhattan apartment on Tuesday, January 22, after munity, making it more acceptable,” said Harris.
an accidental overdose of prescription medication. Weeks          This romantic drama won over 40 awards, such as
                                                                                                                                         main highlight of these games is often the halftime
                                                                                                                                         show. These performances began with university bands
                                                                                                                                         and choruses exposing their collaborated work. The
have passed since the tragic day, but many Rocky Point Oscars, Golden Globes and many more honors. Led-                                  first Super Bowl halftime show was assembled by
students still feel an emotional connection to the actor. ger, himself, won eight awards for his performance in                          the University of Arizona marching band, where they
  “Even though I did not know Heath Ledger person- Brokeback Mountain alone, including the International                                 formed a liberty bell out of the band members.
ally, I learned to love him as an actor through his films Award for Best Actor, the COFCA Award for Actor of                                 “I watch the Super Bowl every year and always
and I’ll miss seeing him perform,” said junior Tim Harris. the Year and Best Lead Performance and the Sierra Award                       look forward to the halftime show,” said senior Jackie
   Ledger’s death was caused by a combination of six for Best Actor.                                                                     Kmiotek.
prescription drugs. New York Police Commissioner Ray              The recognition of Ledger’s work did not stop at                          Eventually, the halftime show began to feature well-
Kelly announced that the actor did not                                                    Brokeback Mountain. His perfor-                known artists, making
use illegal drugs. He did however, take                                                   mances in The Patriot won him the              the show as popular as
many prescription drugs. When medi-                                                       Blockbuster Entertainment Award for            it is now. Many people
cations like oxycodone, hydrocodone,                                                      Favorite Male Newcomer.                        view the Super Bowl pri-
and diazepam are mixed, the results can                                                     Ledger’s success did not end there.          marily for the halftime
be extremely dangerous.                                                                   His performance in the movie I’m Not           show, which flaunts ad-
  “Young admirers of his work will see                                                    There won him the Robert Altman                mired artists.
the effects of any use of drugs, whether                                                  Award for the movie, along with his                 Some students have
they are prescription or nonprescrip-                                                     cast members. He also won the                  a favorite performance,
tion,” said school nurse Mrs. Karen                                                       COFCA Award for Actor of the Year              dating back to their
Rosman.                                                                                   in The Brothers Grimm, Casanova, and           youth and others from
  There were many different reactions                                                     Lords of Dogtown.                              their preferences in mu-          photo courtesy of etonline.com

to the death of the young star. Many                                                        Throughout Ledger’s career, he               sic.                       Tom Petty performed at this
students and staff members were dis-                                                      played many different roles. His early            “Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, year’s halftime show.
appointed in Ledger’s drug use.                           photo courtesy of Wordpress.com performances in Two Hands and 10               and Britney Spears were better than the game in 2001,”
  “Of course it is upsetting to hear of                                                   Things I Hate About You classified him         said junior William Singh.
his death, but that is what happens when you overuse as a typical teen “heartthrob.” Ledger became tired of                                 “Paul McCartney did an amazing job of entertain-
drugs, prescription or nonprescription,” said senior being casted as a “bad boy” or the “hunk.” He decided                               ing the audience in 2005. His music is timeless, as
DeAnna Toronto.                                                to take on a more serious role in The Patriot. As Ledger                  well as his performances,” said junior Adrea Murphy.
  Many people felt that Ledger’s death displayed an- grew as an actor, the characters he played varied more                                 There are also halftime shows that are notoriously
other example of the media’s inappropriate reaction to and more. He transformed from a tough guy, to a knight,                           known, such as Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
drug abuse.                                                    to a homosexual cowboy, while keeping his talent intact                   in 2004 in which Timberlake created a stir by expos-
  “The way the media exploited his death was distasteful,” and his fans coming back for more.                                            ing Jackson. To avoid more controversies, halftime
said English teacher Mr. Eric Filardi.                            More importantly, Ledger was a father. Now, his two-                   shows have strayed from contemporary artists and
  Others just feel a deep sadness for the loss of the fa- year-old daughter, Matilda, is left with merely stories of                     have been directed toward classic rock; leading to this
mous actor. Aside from the circumstances of his death, her dad.                                                                          year’s performer, Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers.
they still admire Ledger’s work as a professional.                Unfortunately, Ledger’s experience is a fatal example                     Super Bowl halftime shows had begun as a simple
  “The way he died should not discount his great suc- for all of his family, friends, and fans to learn from. When                       separation of the game but have developed into a larger
cess as an actor and person,” said junior Sara McDonnell. medicine is not properly used, harmful things can hap-                         anticipated performance. Whether it’s resulting from
  The controversial film Brokeback Mountain brought pen. One mistake can determine someone’s last moments.                               good and bad performances or media controversies
much fame. Ledger played the part of Ennis del Mar, a Now only memories of Ledger remain. The late Heath                                 stemming from them, the Super Bowl halftime shows
ranch hand who fell in love with a rodeo cowboy named Ledger might have died, but his talent will live on in his                         have proven to always be memorable.•
Jack Twist.                                                    films.•
                                         O                     p i n i o n                                                                                                       Vol. 16/No. 5
                                                                                                                                                                                 March 2008



Working the Graveyard Shift Takes Its Toll
by Brittany Hernandez

                                    J  ust when I feel like my day
                                       has come to a restful end,
                                    the night initiates the start of
                                                                       just a bit longer; you can afford to waste more time.”
                                                                       Time’s not precious, I tell myself. It can always be re-
                                                                       newed. Feeling that time was not of the essence, I did
                                                                                                                                            the night work life. Exhaustion strikes over me through
                                                                                                                                            the duration of the night, and I am left in a slumber-like
                                                                                                                                            condition.
                                    the work to come. I dismem-        not feel as overwhelmed as I should have been. I had a                  I take a sip from my fifth coffee. I have half a cheese-
                                    ber my books from their neat       ton of homework; if I didn’t start it now, this pile of              cake in front of me; taking each bite, oblivious of the large
                                    pile and read each homework        assignments would consume even more of my valued                     consumption of calories, I am tranced, only worried about
                                    assignment to myself: endless      sleeping time.                                                       my work. The quality put into the assignments isn’t much
                                    pages of Physics, AP History         I was tired from my six-hour school day, which was                 of an issue now, rather, the fact that it gets done. I con-
                                    DBQ, 15 math problems, Span-       prolonged by basketball practice and SAT prep class. I               tinue, and continue onward. The night is a battle with
       photo by Alexis McAllister
                                    ish exercise, and an English es-   wanted to get started on my studies, yet I wanted to                 my body. My eyelids frequently close, as if a heavy var-
say, all due tomorrow.                                                 relax for a bit. I devoured dinner and started snacking.             nish is glazed over them. I eat and work, even exercise,
  Procrastination has become a new, significant part                   Ten-thirty rolled around, and not until my parents kissed            however, my energy takes a slow but steady plunge. As
of my life. It’s my inner being which tells me, “Wait                  me good-night did I realize how late it was. I was stressed          four o’clock rolls around, the fresh hour, the last few sen-
                                                                       at this point, and felt it was necessary to begin my sur-            tences of my English report come to me, surprisingly, ever
 Post-Super Bowl                                                       plus of homework.
                                                                         Starting with the larger assignments, I worked my way
                                                                                                                                            so elegantly. I drop my pen though, angered and anguished.
                                                                                                                                            I retire my now zombie-like mind to its bed.

 Forecast Calls for                                                    down. After working for two hours straight, I knew it
                                                                       was going to be an all-nighter.
                                                                                                                                               “Two hours of sleep,” I excitedly exclaim. I have never
                                                                                                                                            been more disappointed.
                                                                         All-nighters are the rare endless nights that all students            When will these lengthy nights end? This question strides
 Fair Weather Fans                                                     dread. Oddly enough, to me, all-nighters are somewhat                through my head. To the many who have subscribed them-
                                                                       enjoyable, as they are essential to finishing whatever work          selves to all-nighters, the night work life with no end, I
by Greg Savage                                                         needs to be done.                                                    admire them. They are those who strain themselves for
                                                                         I anticipate the everlasting hours of darkness. The gentle         the productivity of their school efforts. They are those

                                E    ver since the New York Gi-
                                      ants shocked the unde-
                                feated New England Patriots by
                                                                       sway of night allows me to write well. The quiet blankness
                                                                       calms my thoughts and allows me to rationalize, work,
                                                                       even dream. Such nights require toil of my mind, though.
                                                                                                                                            willing to put extra time, the amount most are not willing
                                                                                                                                            to share, to excel with every amount of labor of the mind.
                                                                                                                                            All-nighter students are the determined, possibly the pro-
                                winning Super Bowl XLII this           I understand through my experience the undertow of                   crastinating, but still, the working, and the strong-willed.•
                                February, I have noticed a trend
                                among students. Suddenly, ev-
                                eryone is a Giants fan. As I
                                walked into school the day af-
                                ter the Giants’ huge upset, I was
     photo by Alexis McAllister overwhelmed with all the Giants
                                                                       War on Diversity Has Stalled Primaries:
 apparel students were wearing.
    It aggravates me that all of a sudden everyone loves
                                                                       Clinton vs. Obama
 the Giants. Once they started winning in the play-
 offs, more and more people jumped on the bandwagon.                   by Brittany Tiedemann
 During the season, I hardly saw anyone wearing
 Giants gear but once they beat the Patriots, every-
 one became a “diehard” fan.
    According to SI.com, the total merchandise sale
 after New York’s victory surpassed the $125 mil-
                                                                                                  “I         am sure that every one of
                                                                                                             my colleagues, Democrat,
                                                                                                       Republican, and independent
                                                                                                                                            on their ethnicity or gender. It does not matter that Clinton
                                                                                                                                            is a woman, and that Obama is an African American. Un-
                                                                                                                                            decided voters should not look at the race-gender issue,
 lion record that was set more than a decade ago. This                                                 agrees with that statement. That     but should examine how the candidates are dealing with
 just shows that people only started paying attention                                                  in every voting booth, everyone      it, and decide whether, in their view, it would be better
 to the Giants when they started winning. I guaran-                                                    is equal,” said U.S. Senator from    for the country if Obama or Clinton became president.
 tee that half the people wearing Eli Manning jerseys                                                  the State of California, Barbara        The American people should look at the differences be-
 the day after the Super Bowl bought them when the                                                     Boxer.                               tween Obama and Clinton and choose which senator they
 team began to win the playoffs.                                                                          Boxer was one of the first Jew-   feel would be better to represent their country as presi-
    It is understandable that many people wanted a New                                                 ish females to be elected to the     dent. Abortion, the death penalty, gay marriage, the war
                                                                            photo by Alexis McAllister
 York team to win because we live in New York, but                                                     U.S Senate, and as an indepen-       on Iraq, social security, and Darfur genocide are just a
 you have to be loyal to the team you always root for,                 dent women, she and I both share the same opinion:                   few of the many issues that American people need to take
 not the team that is currently winning. People are too                everyone should be considered equal. The 2008 presi-                 a close look at to see what the two senators’ opinions are.
 quick to jump on a team’s bandwagon once they begin                   dential campaign might be considered the most contro-                   Millions of people are rightly inspired by the prospect
 to win.                                                               versial and published event in history. Hillary Clinton              of electing an African American president in a country
    That’s the problem with sports today. People do                    and Barack Obama are in a gender versus race war. Each               founded on slavery. Many women have decided to only
 not stay true to their favorite teams. Back in the old                of the two leading contenders part of the Democratic                 vote for Clinton due to the fact that she is a woman.
 days, if you had a favorite team you stuck with them                  Party is part of an oppressed group: women and Afri-                 Someone leading a country shouldn’t be elected because
 no matter what. That’s what makes sports so great:                    can Americans. With these circumstances, the public                  it’s a “first time in history’’ kind of thing. Americans should
 if you feel a part of your team. So to all the fair-weather           is now mainly looking at what color and sex they are                 look at the candidates’ liberal and conservative views and
 fans out there, please just stop pretending you’re a                  rather than what they stand for. The way society is                  what they can do to help make our country better. If the
 true fan. You’re not fooling anyone and you’re missing                judging the candidates is ridiculous.                                American people looked past Obama’s color and Clinton’s
 the true meaning of supporting a team.•                                 The United States presidential election and preceedings            gender and saw what they stand for, the democratic can-
                                                                       should be primarly based on the candidates’ views, not               didate would have been picked already.•

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                                                                                                                                                          year by the Journalism Class of
                                                                                                                                                             Rocky Point High School
                                                        Editor-In-Chief
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         Vol. 16/No. 5
         March 2008
                                                      O                      p i n i o n

Proposed Obesity Regulation Denies                                                                                                         Letter From the
Civil Rights                                                                                                                               Editor:
                                                                                                                                           by Stephanie Osmanski
by Molly Leckie
                                                                                                                                                                                   “Imagination is more
                                                                                                                                                                                 important than knowledge.
                                 W         e eat too much fast food,
                                             our portions are too
                                    large, and we are too fat.
                                                                         worse. Many overweight people have psychological is-
                                                                         sues to begin with, which contribute to their eating prob-
                                                                         lems. Embarrassing them in public and classifying them
                                                                                                                                                                                 Knowledge is limited.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Imagination encircles the
                                    Americans are constantly hear-       as obese, will only worsen their self-confidence issues.                                                world.”
                                    ing about the obesity problem           Not only will this bill affect the overweight adults in                                                ~ Albert Einstein
                                    in this country and how badly
                                    it needs to be stopped. How-
                                    ever, you never hear about the
                                                                         society, but it will affect the way children view them-
                                                                         selves and others. Young people already have so much
                                                                         pressure from the media telling them that skinny is the
                                                                                                                                                                            R         emember waking up
                                                                                                                                                                                     as a three-year-old on
                                                                                                                                                                                 a weekday? Wake-up
                                    leaders of the country doing         only pretty. If passed, this bill will prove to children that                                           wasn’t a designated time
         photo by Alexis McAllister anything to help the situation.      if a person is overweight they do not deserve to be ac-                      photo by Alexis McAllister and first morning thoughts
                                    The local government of Mis-         cepted. This bill is going to teach children that as they         weren’t plagued with homework and chores, but were
sissippi is finally trying to take action, but what they are             grow up they will be judged only on their appearances.            full of the adventures the day could possibly bring.
trying to do should be more of a concern than the obe-                      If the government really wants to take action on this          Enjoyment was found in banging on a few pots and
sity issue itself.                                                       issue, they should try focusing in on the food that is be-        pans with a wooden spoon while watching cartoons.
   In the state of Mississippi, there was a bill released                ing sold at these establishments and how it is being pre-         Now these times are merely memories labeled by how
written by W.T. Mayhall, Bobby Shows, and John Read                      pared. The government would, in reality, be more in               many years ago they occurred. To think, thirteen years
concerning the obesity problem in America. The gov-                      control of the eating habits of Americans if they not only        ago, “pretend” was an all-time favorite game, but now
ernment should intervene on this health issue, but the                   enabled, but encouraged them to eat at restaurants, and           it is only a stage I watch my niece go through.
bill that is supposedly going to act as a solution is actu-              monitored what was on the menu.                                      We have been sucked into a life where priorities
ally a big step in the wrong direction.                                     The government should also take a look at the produc-          outweigh the importance of fun and silliness. Some-
   House Bill #282, which is supposed to take effect after               tion and distribution of food being sold at supermarkets.         times a little silliness is necessary; it reminds us of
July 1, 2008, states that it should be against the law to                People do not only eat at restaurants; when not eating            the realm of possibility. What happened to our per-
serve obese people in restaurants. How could they pos-                   out, people eat the food that is available at supermarkets.       ception of life? What used to seem like one big party,
sibly classify obesity without making each person step                   Therefore in order for the government to really take control      one big quest, turned into school-centered chores and
on a scale as they enter the restaurant? Well, according                 of this issue, they need to take a look at the production         worries of the future. As exciting as the future can
to the bill, the state department of health will prepare                 and distribution of the food that people are buying and           be, sometimes I wish I could go back to the time when
written materials that describe and explain what makes                   bringing home to their families.                                  the unknown was amazingly fascinating and I spent
a person obese. The bill also states that restaurant own-                   Although it began with a good intention, this bill goes        hours spinning in circles or building a fort out of blankets.
ers who violate this bill could have their business licenses             against human rights and the Mississippi government               When times get hard, the homework piles up, the hours
revoked.                                                                 should do whatever they can to deny it. The government            of sports practice build up, and the years until col-
   How could anyone think that this bill will be effec-                  should instead come up with a bill that will respect the          lege wind down, many of us yearn for the same childish
tive? Turning an overweight person away from a res-                      freedom of the Mississippi citizens. A compromise that            wish.
taurant will do nothing more than make them feel em-                     does not exclude obese people from certain privileges,               Somewhere along the way, the sense of wonder that
barrassed and horrible about themselves. Preventing some-                perhaps a bill that monitors the food that is being sold          everyone is born with diminishes. Learning about life
one from eating at a particular restaurant will not stop                 rather than who it is being sold to, would keep everyone’s        causes an inevitable acceptance of the depressing and
them from eating, and it will not encourage them to make                 interests in mind and would be most appropriate.•                 the disturbing events that are encountered daily. If,
positive choices; if anything, it will just make matters                                                                                   as a human race, we were not so desperate to grow
                                                                                                                                           up, the general atmosphere would contain more ami-
                                                                                                                                           ability, more wonder.
Three Lates and You’re in Detention                                                                                                           When I was younger, playing with another child was
                                                                                                                                           a common occurrence; I’d march right up to another
                                                                                                                                           kid, say my name, offer to play, and within the next
                                                                                                                                           five minutes we’d be playing pretend. Despite what-
by Mike Garvey                                                                                                                             ever differences between me and another, friendship
                                                                                                                                           was always the result. “Hi, what’s your name?” was

                                   W          hen a student is late to
                                              school just once, even
                                       by mere minutes, he or she
                                                                         and it should also be instituted as a policy for lateness to
                                                                         school under five minutes. If a student is more than five
                                                                         minutes late the detention is generally fair.
                                                                                                                                           enough to form an acquaintance and was not nearly
                                                                                                                                           as awkward as it would be today. What happened to
                                                                                                                                           this friendly mentality? Now, I sometimes catch a
                                       is required to stay after            Also, the detention policy of not being able to attend         stranger’s eye and my reaction might be to politely
                                       school for an entire forty-       extra help confuses many students. Do the people who              smile, but if not obligated to gesture, ignoring the
                                       five minutes, serving deten-      make these rules really want students to succeed? By              stranger acts as an acceptable substitute.
                                       tion. This is a huge hassle for   the looks of this rule it would appear not.                          By resisting new experiences, new friendships, and
                                       a large portion of the student       Detention is a punishment, but at detention, students          new adventures—things that in our younger years we
                                       body at Rocky Point. Not          are not utilizing the time they have to possibly learn more.      would have welcomed with open arms—I feel like I’m
                                       only is it stressful to have to   Attending extra help during detention could still be con-         selling myself short. While my years of experience
                                       stay after school, but the        sidered a punishment because you still have to stay af-           begin to build up, the door to my imagination slowly
            photo by Alexis McAllister
                                       dangerous traffic on Rocky        ter school. It is simply just using this time to better grades,   and steadily closes, and I think this is the case for many.
                                       Point-Yaphank Road is a           and even to get motivated for education in general.               An entire day used to mean so many opportunities,
direct result of the many students, parents, and staff                      Some traffic issues near the school could also be solved       whereas now it means only so many hours to get things
members rushing to get to school on time.                                by allowing seniors to schedule unnecessary study halls           done.
   If the school had a less strict policy on lateness, there             and classes earlier in the day. Seniors are usually inex-            I often see the sheer amazement in my niece’s eyes
is no doubt that some students would unfairly take ad-                   perienced drivers, with just a year of driving experience,        about the most juvenile things, and I wonder why these
vantage of it. Despite this setback, such a policy would                 and scrambling to get into school by the bell is a very           events do not strike me the way they do her—why
make life a lot easier for a majority of students.                       dangerous element of the traffic in the morning. They             the things I once found wondrously captivating no
   One day I actually left my house at seven o’clock and                 shouldn’t have to come to school for pointless study halls        longer faze me. Rainstorms are now a burden, though
I was still thirty seconds late to school due to horrific                and classes they just sign up for to get through the day.         I once wondered what made them want to rain. The
traffic and unsafe driving habits of others trying to get                It would also free up electives for students who want             sherbet hue of the sky at sunrise often goes unno-
“first in line.”                                                         to be in them.                                                    ticed, though I used to ponder who painted them that
   The school could argue that a solution would be to                       The bus is always an option; however, on days where            way. Now I see the importance of maintaining a full,
leave earlier, but some parents just can’t drive their children          there is inclement weather, standing at the bus stop for          open imagination. It’s exactly like Albert Einstein said:
that early. Parents also have responsibilities and have to               often late buses is unhealthy and really just not fun. At         knowledge only travels so far. It goes to a certain extent,
get to work early as well. If a student is two minutes                   other schools there are three-late-to-school policies and         as far as invented or known, and then it’s over. Imagi-
late, are those two minutes really hindering their first period          it is a safer and viable option for Rocky Point.                  nation is created, extended with every thought made
progress? Generally, teachers don’t really start the class                  No matter the excuse for being late to school, whether         every day. If we don’t have imagination, then all that
until a few minutes into it anyway, as they are required                 it is sickness, traffic, or something of high importance,         is left is a pile of words, formulas, and equations—
to take attendance and listen to the morning announce-                   the “three lateness” policy, strictly implemented by the          methods that mean nothing in the grand scheme of
ments.                                                                   school, isn’t helping anyone. In order to please and be           things.•
   The “three lateness” policy works for being late to class             fair toward everyone, the policy must be revised.•
                                                                S                 p o r t s                                                                                  Vol. 16/No. 5
                                                                                                                                                                             March 2008




Red in the Face, RP Athletes Slip Up
by Jeanne Timmons
                                                                                                                                                              compiled by
F    or athletes, having an embarrassing moment dur-
     ing a sporting event can be especially harsh because
it is usually in front of friends, family, teammates, and
                                                                       rassing having everyone stare at me walk over and pick
                                                                       my stick up,” said sophomore Brittany Licciarello.
                                                                          “In 2005, I was coaching the varsity football team,
                                                                                                                                                            Brian Maggio
other students. Some of Rocky Point’s student and faculty              when a senior forgot his varsity helmet for practice. So
were valiant enough to share their most embarrassing                   I went and got a junior high hel-
moments during sports events.                                          met, one with a huge mask. He
                                                                                                                                            Boys’ Lacrosse
   “I was running my four-hundred hurdle race and was                  was so embarrassed because ev-
                                                                                                                                            4/2/2008 5:00 PM RP @ Hauppauge
coming around the last straightaway when I jumped over                 eryone on the team kept laugh-
                                                                                                                                            4/4/2008 4:00 PM RP @ Islip
the hurdle and lost my footing and instead of landing it               ing at him, but he never forgot
                                                                                                                                            4/8/2008 4:30 PM Babylon @ RP
like I should have, I wiped out in front of everyone,”                 his helmet again,” said football
                                                                                                                                            4/10/2008 4:30 PM Eastport/SManor @ RP
said senior Brinna O’Hara. “But I just got back up, kept               coach Mr. Chris Nentwich.
running and still won the race.”                                          “It was the first game ever of
                                                                                                                                            Girls’ Lacrosse
   “I was playing on the varsity baseball team as a sopho-             the Rocky Point Ice Hockey Club,
                                                                                                                                            4/1/2008 4:00 PM RP @ Islip
more, and was playing second base when a runner from                   we had only practiced once and          photo by Alexis McAllister
                                                                                                                                            4/3/2008 4:30 PM Harborfields @ RP
the other team tried to steal second. As I caught the ball,            no one on the team had ever played Mr. Chris Nentwich
                                                                                                                                            4/7/2008 4:30 PM Smithtown West @ RP
the runner slid into the base and accidentally spiked my               with each other. We went against Sachem and they beat
                                                                                                                                            4/9/2008 4:00 PM Kings Park @ RP
leg and tore open my pants and cut open my leg. After                  us 23-0,” said art teacher Mr. Seth Meier. “It was so
                                                                                                                                            4/11/2008 4:30 PM RP @ Eastport/SManor
the inning was over, I had to stand in front of everyone               embarrassing, we had thought there was at least a pos-
in my underwear as they treated my wound,” said math                   sibility that we could play well together.”
                                                                                                                                            Softball
teacher Mr. Jason Rand.                                                   “A couple years ago, our soccer team was waiting on
                                                                                                                                            4/2/2008 4:00 PM        RP @ East Hampton
   “In fourth grade I was on Sharks Football and dur-                  the track before a game when one of my teammates
                                                                                                                                            4/3/2008 4:00 PM         Shoreham WR @ RP
ing one of the games, we went against a team with a                    flagged another player and everything came down. He
                                                                                                                                            4/7/2008 4:00 PM        RP @ Harborfields
                                 really good female player. She got    still hasn’t lived it down,” said freshman Joe Bradley.
                                                                                                                                            4/9/2008 4:00 PM         Westhampton @ RP
                                 three touchdowns against us, and         “I was playing on an adult roller hockey team a couple
                                                                                                                                            4/10/2008 4:00 PM        RP @ Amityville
                                 to make it worse, she was on          years ago when I did a split with my skates and couldn’t
                                 Oprah a couple weeks after and        get up. I was laughing so hard and my teammates had
                                                                                                                                            Baseball
                                 they showed clips from our game       to come over and help me up,” said teacher aid Ms. Theresa
                                                                                                                                            4/2/2008 4:00 PM RP @ Westhampton
                                 on TV,” said senior Dan Kramer.       Collins.
                                                                                                                                            4/3/2008 4:00 PM Westhampton @ RP
                                   “During a baseball game in sev-        “I was late for one of my home basketball games be-
                                                                                                                                            4/7/2008 4:00 PM RP @ East Hampton
                                 enth grade, I was running to sec-     cause I had a doctor’s appointment. As I ran into the
                                                                                                                                            4/9/2008 4:30 PM East Hampton @ RP
                                 ond base and dove head first,” said   gym, my coach stared at me
      photo by Alexis McAllister                                                                                                            4/10/2008 4:00 PM RP @ East Hampton
                                 senior Jimmy Murrin. “When I          like I had ten heads. I was
  Senior Dan Kramer
                                 stood up, I noticed everyone look-    wearing my ‘away’ jersey in-
                                                                                                                                            Boys’ Tennis
ing at me laughing, and when I looked down, I realized                 stead of ‘home.’ I was embar-
                                                                                                                                            4/3/2008 4:00 PM Shoreham WR @ RP
that my pants were at my ankles.”                                      rassed because people in the
                                                                                                                                            4/7/2008 4:00 PM East Hampton/BH/Pier @ RP
   “In tenth grade I was on junior varsity basketball and              stands noticed too, and I had
                                                                                                                                            4/8/2008 4:15 PM Longwood @ RP
during a time-out, I went to get a ball from across the                to go home and get the right
                                                                                                                                            4/10/2008 4:30 PM H H Hills Wests @ RP
gym. As I was walking over to get it, I slipped on a                   jersey,” said sophomore
puddle of water and fell in front of everyone. It was                  Aimee Zlotoff.                          photo by Alexis McAllister
                                                                                                                                            Boys’ Track
the funniest thing ever,” said senior Mark Gross.                          “Last year, I was playing Sophomore Aimee Zlotoff
                                                                                                                                            4/3/2008 4:30 PM Harborfields @ RP
   “During a field hockey game last year, I was drib-                  handball with a whole bunch
                                                                                                                                            4/8/2008 4:00 PM RP @ East Hampton
bling the ball down the field with my head up. After I                 of people when I fell,” said junior Larry Falco. “I was
was halfway down the field I looked down and real-                     embarrassed enough that I fell, but when I got up someone
                                                                                                                                            Girls’ Track
ized that I didn’t have the ball anymore and then pro-                 pointed out that I had ripped my pants, too.”
                                                                                                                                            4/3/2008 4:00 PM RP @ Harborfields
ceeded to trip over my own feet and fall. This stuff hap-                 Next time you have an embarrassing moment, remember
                                                                                                                                            4/8/2008 4:30 PM East Hampton @ RP
pens to me all the time,” said sophomore Lucia Barella.                that you are not the only one; everyone has endured such
   “During my first year playing field hockey, I swung                 awkwardness at one point or another. Certain people may
to hit the ball and accidentally let go of my stick. If that           never let you forget, but sooner or later everyone en-
wasn’t bad enough, the stick went under a girl’s foot                  dures their own moment of humiliation. •
on the other team and she tripped. It was so embar-

New Coaches, Same Game
Younger Spallina Replaces Brother as Girls’ Lacrosse Coach
by Ashley Shevlin

E     ven though there are new coaches for the girls’ la- Daniel Spallina has watched his brother and learned from
      crosse team, the team’s expectations are still high him over the past four years.
and tradition is not changing. Stepping down for a once-       “Due to the great amount of success at Rocky Point
                                                                                                                                            as a coach, we’re still going to have a little piece of him
                                                                                                                                            in his brother,” explained senior Allison Staudt. “Daniel
                                                                                                                                            Spallina and Lauren Lopez are excited to come in and
in-a-lifetime chance, Mr. Joseph Spallina is handing the during the past ten years as head coach, I was presented                           guide us through our 2008 season.”
title of “coach” to his younger brother, Mr. Daniel Spallina. with an opportunity to coach a top-ranked college la-                           “Even though we have a new coach, I know our team
Along with Daniel, Ms.                                                                          crosse program,” explained                  will be as good as we always were. Nothing can stop
Lauren Lopez will also help                                                                     Joseph. “While it will be                   us,” said senior Chelsea Bruno.
out with the team.                                                                              hard to leave Rocky Point                     After watching his older brother coach the team, Daniel
   “I think they both are great                                                                 as a lacrosse coach, it is the              has learned many things. He is ready for his chance to
coaches, and I’m very                                                                           opportunity of a lifetime!”                 coach these girls and he’s not ending the victories now.
happy to have Lauren Lopez                                                                        Besides feeling upset                       “Tradition is the same and expectations are higher than
come and help assist us                                                                         because their well-loved                    ever. I’ve been in this program for four years and I’ve
again. It’s also nice because                                                                   coach is leaving, many of                   learned many things from my brother. You learn from
she played girls lacrosse at                                                                    the girls on the team are                   the best!” Daniel refered to the quote, “It’s all the same,
Adelphi and is a great player,”                                               photo courtesy of also excited to have the                    only the names will change.”
exclaimed senior Danielle The girls’ lacrosse team is very optimistic about the switch younger brother of their                               Though the girls’ lacrosse might be getting new coaches,
Vivonetto.                      between coaches.                                                former coach coming to                      the team is undaunted. They are going to play harder
   The girls’ lacrosse team is                                                                  take over. They believe this                than they ever played before and are not expecting any-
an outstanding team, assisted by a smart coach who helped is not going to change anything.                                                  thing less. They plan to stay on top, as always, and Mr.
them complete all of their amazing victories; they are         “We are confident that the new regime will pick up                           Daniel Spallina is going to make sure he follows in his
three-time County champs, two-time undefeated league where it left off. Lacrosse will always be on top,” said                               brother’s footsteps and keeps up the good work. Nothing
champs. Starting this year, the girls’ lacrosse team will Joseph.                                                                           can stop these girls!•
have a new Spallina helping them to their victories. Mr.       “As much as we’re all going to miss [Joseph] Spallina

								
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