Governor’s Race: H1N1 Flu: New CW Shows: The battle begins Becoming more and Attracting many between Democrat more dangerous, teenagers, especially Jon Corzine and the H1N1 Flu is a females, these TV Republican Chris concern for millions shows are hotter Christie. around the world. than ever. See page 2. See page 3. See page 4. Bringing You the Bear Facts THE CLARION From the Back of G5 September 2009 THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF EAST BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL Vol. 44, No. 1 Unity Lies in Diversity by Samina Zakir and Alana Barouch The East Brunswick Public and can be edited, so there is says Karen Parry, Manager Walking down the halls of another instance, students are Library is providing a no pressure. In addition to of Information Services at EBHS, it is noticeable that we encouraged to take foreign wonderful opportunity for have all kinds of people from all language courses of their some aspiring television over the world. From the colors choice. East Brunswick High reporters. The library is of skin, to different dialects, to School offers a variety of introducing a new medical various fashions, our school classes including French, collection and custom medical is rich with culture. “Being German, Spanish, and Italian. research, and would like to exposed to such diversity According to the State tell all of East Brunswick Sorry! The Clarion reserves the allows us to understand people who are different from Report Card, Mandarin is the primary language of 6.8% about it in a wide variety of languages in order to reach right to not publish photographs us, which helps eliminate of our student population. as many people as possible. stereotypes and prejudices and Another 4.8% speak Arabic, To promote the new or personal information of lets us learn ﬁrsthand about and 3.0% speak Russian or other cultures from none other Spanish. Amani believes that collection, the library will be airing commercials on Channel its students or faculty on the than our peers” said senior “just as we learn about math 3 in English, Hindi, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Gujarati, and internet. Amani Katatba. Despite our various ethnicities, as a school and history in classrooms, we learn about other faiths and Farsi. This is where you come we have found ways to keep heritages in places as simple as in: EBPL still needs translators our traditions as well as share the hallway. Because we are so for the last three languages, so them with others, especially mixed, we have the opportunity if you speak Korean, Gujarati, through multiple organizations to discover opinions and or Farsi and are comfortable that promote saving these ideas different from our own speaking in front of a camera, identities. For example, every and learn to respect them.” this is your chance to be on TV! year International Club makes a Ethnicities of EBHS Naomi Yama You would simply translate the EBHS is a blend of many cultures and ethnicities huge effort to host a show with White 63.8% English commercial about the talents from all over the world; Black 3.4% library health collection and the wonderful experience, EBPL. If you are interested, last year, they held a dance Latino 7.1% research services, and relay it would count toward your contact her at 732-390-6764 or competition in which students the message to the public— community service hours. k p a r r y @ e b p l . o r g ‘collided’ and displayed mind- Asian 20.1% the taping will not be live “It would be a lot of fun,” and grab this amazing chance. blowing dancing abilities. In Other 5.2% When the Bears Come Roaring by Aaron Himelman As all students here at East Piscataway, Sayreville, Brick Brunswick High School get Memorial, Freehold Township ready for another exciting and Jackson Memorial. school year, many of our fellow Despite a record of 4-6 last classmates are also looking year, the Bears believe that forward to beginning the fall they have the ability to win a Sorry! The Clarion reserves the right athletic season. With ten fall greater number of games and sports available for EBHS contend for a playoff birth students, the Bears can look in the highly competitive forward to a number of highly successful seasons, with the to not publish photographs or personal GMC Red Division. In addition, the boys ultimate goal of winning each team’s respective county and information of its students or faculty soccer team is preparing for its season as well here at the state championships. Here are a high school. Lead by senior few things to look forward to as the competition gets underway. on the internet. captains Chris Ramirez, Josh Alvarez, and Steve Fawzy, After ﬁnishing second in the the Bears seek to contend for Greater Middlesex Conference another GMC crown, while Tournament during last year’s along the way, defeating outstanding season, the boys arch rivals St. Joseph, South cross country team appears to Brunswick, and Old Bridge be an even bigger force to be Naomi Yama in the GMC Red Division. reckoned with in the upcoming Football players Anthony Gudzak and Tim O’Sullivan smile in anticipation of the season Ultimately, however, every 2009 campaign. They are lead athlete at East Brunswick by a strong class of juniors and set a standard of excellence back to the same destination, upcoming 2009 season, as they High School will be successful seniors, and hope to contend for every season to come.” despite losing a number of seek to repeat the memorable no matter what the outcome for the crown in both the Meanwhile, EBHS’s girls seniors to graduation. Lead by 2004 season with a Central of the season is. The values GMC Tournament and Meet of tennis team looks to follow current senior and 1st singles Jersey Group IV title. And and life lessons learned while Champions. As stated by senior up last year’s Tournament of player Stefania Balasa, the after a strong opening win on participating on a sports Dan Demarco, “This year’s Champions title with a similarly Bears seek to continue in the road agasint Woodbridge, team are ones that cannot be team will be the ﬁrst team in successful season, although their tradition of excellence the Bears have proven that they replicated anywhere else, and the history of the school to such a feat can be extremely and win both the county have the ability to compete each athlete will be able to acquire a top ten state ranking difﬁcult to accomplish two and state championships. on the highest level. Led by take something valuable away and advance to the Meet of years in a row. After beating On the gridiron, East seniors Mauro Tucci and Tim from the season. And to all Champions. Led by co-captains rival Millburn in the ﬁnal of Brunswick High School’s O’Sullivan, the Bears are those not participating during Dan and Joe Demarco and Matt the tournament last year, the football team has high ready for big-time showdowns this fall sports season: come Koller, this year’s team will Bears hope that they can get hopes and aspirations for the this season with the likes of out and support the Bears! Page 2 THE CLARION Entertainment/News THE CLARION The Show Must Go On! EDITORIAL STAFF Playhouse 22 Returns 2009-2010 by Indraneel Purohit The East Brunswick name from the old building in every hundred years, will be on Community Players, or which it performed, a building stage. Playhouse 22’s season is Playhouse 22, have a new it moved into 22 years after its rounded out with “Jewtopia,” Sophia Chang Editor-in-Chief home, and it’s heavenly. Part of ofﬁcial formation. The troupe which chronicles the story of Kathleen Sun Editor-in-Chief the Heavenly Farms complex, performed at a relatively two men who wish to marry Natesh Sood Business Editor at least. After purchasing the makeshift center on Dunhams women of the Jewish faith. Naomi Yama Visuals Editor land for $1.2 million in 2004, Corner Road, until 2005, when “Jewtopia” will run June 4th the township set its sights on the building was sold to fund through the 27th. Melissa Co News Editor creating the turf soccer/football/ the Community Center. Aﬁcionados of the theater Shreya Sarkar News Editor lacrosse ﬁelds, which have The 11th of September will appreciate the new facility Alana Barouch Features Editor now been operational for a few marked the ﬁrst theatrical and revival of Playhouse 22, Samina Zakir Features Editor years. The Community Center, production that Playhouse 22 as expected. What is more Sailaja Darisipudi Opinions Editor however, took a longer time to put on in four years. A female surprising, however, is the complete, due to funding issues version of “The Odd Couple,” increased interest from those Daphna LeGall Opinions Editor and efforts by the township to directed by Douglas Brautigam, generally not inclined to attend Vishah Dhamee Entertainment Editor improve the versatility of the will be running through October theater—as junior Aditya Indraneel Purohit Entertainment Editor building. 11th, except for a brief break Kalidindi says, “though I Jon Alba Sports Editor Seems like the ﬁve-year from the 18th through 20th of generally enjoy television and Aaron Himelman Sports Editor waiting period has been well September for Rosh Hashanah. movies, the new East Brunswick worth it, as the building is now From October 30th through Community Center is deﬁnitely ﬁnished, complete with 200 November 22nd, a Mary Lynn something that will increase the Ms. Cynthia Collins Advisor seats, a large stage and storage Dobson-directed “Guys & amount of interest in theater, area for props and costumes— Dolls” will run, followed by a given its excellent amenities Have any ideas you all built on a 22,000 square- foot complex. The total cost of nine-day run of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Tony Adase, that provide Playhouse 22 with a great new home.” want us to write about? the project, according to The starting December 11th. “A So, in this digital age, with Star Ledger, was $2.7 million Christmas Carol” was a staple homemade YouTube videos Send us an email at dollars. of Playhouse 22 at its previous and high budget Hollywood Though the facility will location, and should be a festive productions providing our TalkToClarion@gmail.com be used by many, no other organization will beneﬁt more show for all audiences. “You Can’t Take It With You,” based entertainment, it is great to see that theater—older than from it than Playhouse 22, on a Broadway comedy from recorded music, photographs, East Brunswick’s local acting the 1930s, will be Playhouse’s and more—is still alive and troupe. “This is an exciting time ﬁrst show of 2010 (February kicking. The Clarion for Playhouse 22, and we are 5th-28th), and will be directed For further information East Brunswick High School grateful for all support in the by Bob Gargiullo. From April regarding schedules and tickets 380 Cranbury Road community,” said Adam Neary, 9th-May 2nd, “Brigadoon,” a for the upcoming 2009-2010 East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Board Member, Playhouse 22. story involving a Scottish town Playhouse 22 season, visit The group actually took their that only appears for one day http://www.playhouse22.org New Jersey Gubernatorial Election by Shreya Sarkar The election for New Jersey whole new system of funding In the Governor’s proposed such leadership.” asked about the candidates’ Governor will be held on for public school districts FY 2010 budget, direct school When it comes to the views on educational reform. November 3, 2009 and buzz throughout New Jersey. The aid will be increased by another controversial issue of merit “The unknown here is the about the candidates has been state government can now more $300 million. Amy Chou, an pay, Jon Corzine does not capacity or willingness to fund growing over the past few these schools at the level of months. Over the years, New traditional public schools. The Jersey has become known to potential for charter schools is be a ‘blue’ state, consistently unlimited for kids with smarts leaning towards more liberal outside the traditional box of policies and candidates in local, pure academics.” state, and national elections Christie has already shared though of late, polls have his plans for future educational shown otherwise. reform if he were to be elected One of the most important in November. According to issues New Jersey citizens are his website, Christie states very keen on the candidates that in his policy plan, called addressing is education. New “Stopping the Brain Dead” Jersey is considered one of his key goals consisted of the most competitive areas “keeping New Jersey students in the country when it comes in New Jersey, linking higher to education curriculum and education to quality jobs, opportunity, both primary and having quality teachers lead secondary. However, some to quality education through regions of the state still ﬁnd new programs …Giving our their educational programs students and workers the skills lacking severely. The problem they need to be competitive in must be solved considering today’s emerging industries higher education is directly will ensure both New Jersey’s linked with New Jersey’s long- economic growth and job plaintalkgop.wordpress.com term economic viability. Campaign Snapshot Corzine and Christie from 2009 New Jersey Gubernatorial Election creation.” Back in April of 2009 To give voters more of during a conference, Governor equitably distribute schooling EBHS junior who has been support it. He believes it is a choice, Chris Daggett, an Corzine discussed what he had funds across the state on much working for the Corzine 2009 better to ﬁnd good teachers Independent candidate will be already implemented in the more individual and speciﬁc Campaign over the summer, and pay them professional on the ballot. past year concerning education needs. “The School Funding believes Jon Corzine’s policies salaries. Conversely, Chris Whatever the result may and his future goals, in hopes Reform Act is a major step are clearly better than Christie’s, Christie supports merit pay for be, it is already obvious that of being reelected as governor. forward for education reform in particularly for education, teachers. this gubernatorial 2009 race is Governor Corzine signed the our state,” declares Education considering his past decisions Joseph Wardy, a retired going to be highly competitive School Funding Reform Act Commissioner Lucille E. Davy for reform. “He brings results tenured teacher commented and exciting for the next two in January 2008, enabling a from the NJ Deparment. and we need to continue with in The Star-Ledger when months. Page 3 THE CLARION News/Opinions Swine Flu: What it Means for EB by Melissa Co Since its outbreak earlier sent out since the announcement avoiding contact with anyone communication amongst all. announced at the beginning of this year, the H1N1 virus, of the H1N1 pandemic last infected. No extreme actions It has been predicted that September, is that a new strain or swine ﬂu, has created a year to students in East have been taken as of yet within 30-50% of the American of H1N1 may form that will panic throughout the world, Brunswick schools which the town (nothing to match one population could be affected be able to resist the current inciting action on the part of included advisory information pharmaceutical treatment governments and individuals. on ﬁghting inﬂuenza in the and prevention methods. While some are suddenly schools and at home. In some How are other students disinfecting everything in elementary school classrooms, reacting to the pandemic? sight, others joke about the teachers and administrators While some continuously pandemic as if disbelieving the added bottles of hand sanitizer joke about it, others are more seriousness of the situation. to aid prevention. At the high concerned about its effects Whatever the case may be, school, dispensers of hand in the future. Said junior people are talking about it sanitizer will be available in Tiffany Lo, “People should everywhere—the subject itself strategic areas such as the learn to take the situation more is a pandemic in conversations. Cafeteria and Media Center. seriously and understand that it But how is it truly affecting us? In 2008, new requirements isn’t just some disease that is In Middlesex County alone, for immunization against affecting remote areas around there have been 173 conﬁrmed disease were posted by the the world.” Another junior, and probable cases of the ﬂu, New Jersey Department of Emily Jang, believes the policy ﬁve within East Brunswick, as Health and Senior Services, the town has taken to ﬁght the of early September, according one of which included an H1N1 virus is worthwhile. “It to the Middlesex County annual inﬂuenza vaccine for is our responsibility,” she said, Public Health Department. students 6-59 months old, “to take precautions against This number included the which may be helpful during contagious diseases such as cases of people who were part this year’s swine ﬂu hysteria. the swine ﬂu. Although not of ﬂu surveillance or those The East Brunswick Board everything is preventable hospitalized as a result of of Education is also more who.int we should be more educated the virus. Two deaths were strictly enforcing that students An H1N1 prevention poster published by the World Health and more aware of these Organization reported in the county. The with ﬂu-like symptoms must communicable sicknesses state’s response has been, stay at home until at least 24 New York district’s policy of by the H1N1 virus, causing that can easily be transmitted for the most part, focused on hours after they no longer have no touching whatsoever within 90,000 deaths; however, throughout public schools.” educating the public about fever without using analgesics schools!) Nationally, schools Centers for Disease Control and For more local information the disease and prevention (such as Tylenol or Advil), and and individuals have been Protection have deemed that and updates regarding H1N1, techniques, encouraging encouraging some conventional advised by the U.S. Department prediction unlikely to occur. check the E.B Township’s increased awareness and methods of ﬂu prevention, such of Education to update The real cause for concern, website or that of the Middlesex caution. Multiple notices were as washing/sanitizing hands and emergency plans and increase according to a CBS report County Department of Health. Teen Decals: Safe or Unfair? by Sailaja Darisipudi Teenagers and driving is a tricky with whom the restrictions drivers’ vehicles, not just the voices other concerns: “If they are new and inexperienced combination. After all, about and decal applies to. With so ones under 21. Furthermore, it teens have decals, then police drivers”. Despite the claims of 40% of teen deaths in America much potential for automobile doesn’t makes sense to restrict will already have formed an State Senator Fred Madden, a are caused by automobile accidents for so many different teenage drivers and not those opinion on the vehicle and sponsor of the decal measure, accidents. Perhaps this is what that “this bill isn’t about Governor Jon Corzine had in proﬁling,” it is hard to believe mind when he signed a bill that police ofﬁcers won’t form that requires decals to be put a personal bias against teenage on the vehicles of teenage drivers once they know who is drivers. Another bill, passed driving the car. Subsequently, simultaneously, contains new the police might spend more restrictions on young drivers time watching cars with decals such as an earlier curfew and on them rather than watching limitations on the number of out for adult offenders. And it passengers in cars with teen is deﬁnitely possible that older drivers. The “decal law”, in drivers might be con artists effect next year, requires that and try to harass the younger, identifying decals be placed on inexperienced drivers by the vehicles of drivers under cutting them off or encouraging the age of 21. This bill will them to break rules. make New Jersey the ﬁrst state =The fact is that these to require young drivers to decals may indeed reduce teen place identifying placards on car accidents or lessen the their vehicles. Although this temptation for teens to disobey law was met by mostly positive state laws for driving. But feedback from adults such as it may come at a cost. It will parents and insurers, it received violate the privacy and freedom an overwhelmingly negative of teens, and more importantly, response from teenagers. might increase the number of Sophomore Brinda Banerji mistakes non teen drivers make feels that, “The bill is unfair on the road; thus, it may add to and pointless. If teens should the number of car accidents get decals, why not drivers adults cause. We’ll ﬁnd out for who receive recurring DUIs? sure next year. But for now, the Or anyone who has a history only thing we as teens can do of car accidents or physical to ease the restrictions on teen handicaps?” She raises a good drivers or even possibly repeal point. Many teenagers feel that the decal law completely is to the bill is assuming that teen images.morris.com drive safely, follow the rules, drivers and irresponsible drivers Irresponsible teen habits such as talking on the cell phone while driving prompted Corzine to and prove to all the adults are interchangeable. If Corzine sign the controversial Kyleigh’s Law, named in honor of the 16 year old girl, last April in New Jersey, including wants the bill to effectively people, the bill cannot simply who have a tendency to drive its driver. Also, other drivers Governor Corzine, that teen prevent car accidents, then target teenage drivers. Decals while intoxicated. might try to take advantage of driver is not synonymous with the bill must be more speciﬁc should be placed on all new Junior Danielle Levin teenagers once they know that irresponsible driver. Page 4 THE CLARION Sports/Entertainment Fantasy Sports: Inside the Controversy by Jon Alba Over the past decade, fantasy the debacle that faces students Although the games are Many, however, claim committed to something.” sports have captivated the today. designed for fun, many argue that including money further Senator Raymond Lesniak has hearts of sports fans around the According to NBC, over that these practices of risking increases the intensity of the made efforts to legalize sports world. Regardless of the sport, nineteen million people played money have a negative game, alongside teaching gambling in the Garden State. teenagers and adults alike ﬁnd fantasy football in 2007. In inﬂuence on participants. several morals to maintaining In his plan, revenue received themselves drawn into these 2009, an estimated two million Woman Against Fantasy Sports, a commitment. Junior Asher from organized fantasy sports games, some spending large high school students will play an organization denouncing the Breverman has been playing ranked as a priority. sums of money to become Several media networks involved. While fun, much currently endorse the fantasy debate has surfaced over the sports practices. ESPN, for morals that these games create, example, has hired its own especially amongst high school consultants strictly for fantasy students in the United States. purposes. Due to this, viewers Fantasy sports, for those can actively tune into a show unaware, often involve team and receive an answer to a owners “drafting” their own question they may have for players (regardless of the their own beneﬁt. While the sport), thus creating their viewers’ knowledge of sports own roster. Based upon the may increase, their willingness respective players’ actual real- to spend money may as well. life performances during a Though several questions speciﬁc timetable, the owner remain regarding the growing ESPN.com will earn points for his team. High school students spend hours desperately searching for fantasy sports advice online participation in fantasy sports, Each team is registered in a the amount of players continues league which typically consists fantasy football in the United idea of fantasy sports, claims fantasy football for several to rise. It is this controversy of anywhere from four to States alone, with several other that the industry is worth close years. He stated that fantasy that makes the games that much fourteen teams overall. Fantasy millions across the world. More to $4 billion. With students sports, “not only require more appealing, especially sports services can be found times than not, these teens will actively throwing money away knowledge of that particular for students everywhere. on several websites for free, ﬁnd themselves placing large for a chance of bragging rights sport, but also require you to Regardless of the debate such as ESPN or Yahoo!, yet, wagers towards the league, all amongst their own friends, be constantly updating.” Asher however, as the popularity of very often owners decide to in an attempt to prove their the group argues that they are also argued that playing for professional sports grows, the put wagers or an entrance fee sports knowledge over their being introduced to a form of money “keeps you motivated popularity of fantasy sports upon entry to a league. This is peers. gambling at an early age. and teaches you how to stay will skyrocket! The CW’s Hottest Shows Unveiled by Vishah Dhamee This fall, the CW will air with David, even though she The show also features cope, Elena ﬁnds solace in her incident, Damon realizes that myriad shows, some old and has history with his father; models Marissa Delﬁna friends, while Jeremy looks to Stefan’s disdainful feelings some new. Returning shows attempts to destroy Ella’s (Ashley Madekwe), Isaac a hazardous course—drugs. stem from his attraction to include One Tree Hill, Gossip career as a publicist; and Taylor (Corbin Bleu), and Cole However, once school starts Elena. Girl, 90210, America’s Next supports Auggie’s aspirations Shepherd (Nico Tortorella), all at Mystic Falls High, Elena is Apparently, Elena resembles Top Model, Supernatural, and of becoming a restaurant chef. of whom share a residence with captivated by a striking, but a woman that both brothers Smallville, while new shows Other tenants in the Raina. The Beautiful Life: TBL weird new student, Stefan liked more than 100 years ago include Melrose Place, The apartment complex include will be airing every Wednesday Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Both and thus begins a battle between Beautiful Life: TBL, and The medical student Lauren at 9: 00 PM. are instantly attracted to each these two “for Elena’s soul and Vampire Diaries. Clearly, the Yung (Stephanie Jacobsen), Based on a series of other, but what Elena does for the souls of her friends, majority of these shows are ﬁlmmaker Jonah Miller geared towards the young adult (Michael Rady), ﬁrst-grade and adult female audience. teacher Riley Richmond Actually, last fall, America’s (Jessica Lucas), and newbie Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, Violet Foster (Ashlee Simpson- and One Tree Hill ranked as the Wentz). This interesting plot has three most watched shows on already attracted a signiﬁcant television for women between amount of the female audience. the ages of 18 and 34. Melrose Place will be airing With so many shows to every Tuesday at 9: 00 PM. choose from, it should be easy The Beautiful Life: TBL, for females to ﬁnd something from executive producer that they like! Ashton Kutcher, premiered on A revised version of a well- September 16th. Essentially, liked 1990s series, Melrose the show exposes the cutthroat Place debuted on September world of modeling which, in 8th. The show centers on the show, is discovered by two “the lives and relationships novel teen models—Raina of a diverse group of twenty Mayer (Sara Paxton) and somethings,” all of whom Chris Andrews (Benjamin tvrage.com live in an apartment complex Hollingsworth). In their show, the cast of The Beautiful Life portrays what it is like to live as young models in Los Angeles’ Melrose From her ﬁrst fashion show, neighborhood. The landlady, Raina is a success; she promptly books by L. J. Smith, The not know is that Stefan is in family and all the residents of 40, is Sydney Andrews overshadows Sonja Stone Vampire Diaries debuted on actuality a vampire—a “good” Mystic Falls, Virginia.” (Laura Leighton). Somehow, (Mischa Barton), a reigning September 10th. The show vampire. Yet when Elena’s The Vampire Diaries will be Sydney seems to considerably supermodel who has only just concerns siblings Elena (Nina friend, Viki (Kayla Ewell) is airing every Thursday at 8:00 inﬂuence her tenants David returned from an unexplained Dobrev) and Jeremy (Steven mysteriously bitten on her neck, PM. Breck (Shaun Sipos), Ella leave. Chris, on the other hand, R. McQueen) Gilbert, who Stefan suspects his brother All of these shows involve Simms (Katie Cassidy), and has trouble making it big in the live with their Aunt Jenna Damon (Ian Somerhalder)—a similar romance and suspense Auggie Kirkpatrick (Colin industry “until Raina comes to (Sara Canning) because of a “bad” vampire.” They have an plots that most female teenagers Egglesﬁeld). To accomplish his rescue, showing him how to catastrophic car accident that ongoing bitter rivalry and when will enjoy. You be the judge— this, Sydney begins an affair relax and work the camera.” killed both their parents. To Stefan scorns Damon for the will you be captivated too?
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