Serving the Amherst Regional High School community since 1914. The Graphic Volume XCV, Number 1, November 3, 2008 Nearly all men can stand ad- versity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln Leave your valuables at home Record high voter turnout for class elections is encouraging Nobody is safe from locker theft, not even you By Cameron Gemmell what they want with [my jock- A monster has reared its ugly strap], it’s just messed up.” By Michael Lawlor Eddings, David Eddy, Maya Nair Markham, and Anya Rosenberg. head, striking unsuspecting foot- Rosenbach agrees with Students funneled into the au- Noonan, Jack Palley, Rosie Rabi- Vice-President Niroshan said, ball players while at practice. Link.“It’s some messed up ditorium with anticipation for this novitz, and Adam Rosenberg. Dan- “This year our goal for the student “Locker rooms are a hot spot stuff goin’ down,” he said. year’s class election speeches. government is not only to fundraise at every school for things to get All the robberies are made Each year every class elects stu- for senior events, but to also unify stolen,” said Dean Earl McGraw, possible by the athletic lock- dents to represent them in their our class so that we can have the speaking from experience, as not ers. The doors to the lockers class government. Once everyone most enjoyable senior year possi- even Amherst is safe from the work but open when pulled was in the auditorium and seated, ble.” Amarasiriwardena will work greedy hands that pry open lock- on even when fastened with a the candidates presented speeches alongside his fellow members of ers in search of goodies. lock. It is almost better not to to their class on why they should the student government all year to Thieves generally sneak into use a lock, because locks act be voted for their class’ govern- accomplish this goal. the locker rooms during gym as a flag, revealing to thieves ment. The Class of 2011 elected Ryan classes, or while teams are at which locker has stuff in it. “This year was the highest voter Diplock as President, Marissa Ho practice. “Most of the action While countless reports turnout that ARHS has ever seen,” as Vice-President, Ali Cherrington goes down after school,” Mr. have been filed to the of- said Sherry Balzano, the organizer as Secretary, Tim Nagy as Trea- McGraw said. fice, the school has no plans of the class election. At lunch the surer, and Juliana Gensheimer as “Mad people got stuff stolen,” to increase security of locker students voted for their class’ gov- General Member. This year their Sam Rosenbach, ’11 said. “They rooms. “There’s nothing in ernment. In order to vote, each main goal is to fundraise, and also stole my jeans and my shoes… the budget,” admitted Mr. student had to check in with Ms. put on a collection drive to benefit Jordan 8’s that cost $150.” McGraw. To keep valuables Balzano and have their names Jessie’s House, which offers emer- While most of what is stolen from being stolen he recom- checked off to receive their ballot. gency housing for families. The is electronics or money, thieves mends students “keep them Later that day the results were an- class of 2011 is not just looking to are beginning to steal whatever with a trustworthy friend who nounced over the loudspeaker af- Photo by Sean Eddings make a profit, but to also help the they can get their hands on. Isa- has a safe place to put them,” ter the votes had been tallied. community. Adam Rosenberg runs to the iah Link, ’09 had his uniform and or simply, “leave valuables at Most of the speeches had a The student government for the next Student Council meeting. jockstrap stolen, “I don’t know home.” similar message: “Vote for me, class of 2012 consists of President because I will do the best job nenhauer was excited to be on the Joshua Wolfson; Vice-President Mock election provides fundraising for our senior events.” council this year, because he feels Rafer Dannenhauer, ’09, decided like it will be a productive year for Reed Elkinton; Secretary Sam Duncan; Treasurer Tanya Karagi- young voters with practice not to go the conventional route the class council. “Senior year is the and was able to use the Poké- most important because there is a annis; and General Member Ra- chel Carkhuff. The members of mon “Pikachu” and “Pidgey” lot more to do. There are important the 2012 student government sat By Michael Lawlor names crossed off on a master as symbols in his speech. In his decisions to make, and important down with Ms. Balzano last week It is a tradition that during list, to prevent people from vot- metaphor, Pikachu represented the agendas to put past the administra- discussing their plans for the year. every presidential election the ing twice, which would skew government and our capitalistic so- tion,” said Dannenhauer . After the meeting Elkinton said, “I US politics and government the results of the mock election. ciety, but Pikachu could be beaten These council members are originally ran for student govern- class holds a mock election for The ballots will consist only by Pidgey because of its numbers working towards the common goal ment because I was a strong believ- the students and staff of ARHS. of the presidential candidates. and how they work together to of giving their class a fun and excit- er in student voice. After our meet- This year the A f t e r complete a common task. Pidgey ing final year here at ARHS. ing with Ms. Balzano, I was pretty mock elec- lunch the tions are This mock election votes will represented a nonviolent, yet effec- The Class of 2010 has a student tual approach which Dannenhauer government led by Class President discouraged because it seemed like the student government doesn’t do being orga- nized by his- is a way to get the be tallied and an an- thought the class of 2009 should Mike Friedman; Vice-President or accomplish anything other than tory teacher ARHS community in- nounce- use to help unify the class and get Niroshan Amarasiriwardena; Trea- things accomplished. surer Anshul Dhankher; Secre- fundraising. This is something that I really want to work on, so that the Keith Lepine. “This inter- volved with the actu- ment will be made The 2009 class council con- tary Ben Brassord; and General voice of the student becomes more esting tradi- al election at the end sists of Rafer Dannenhauer, Sean Members Jonah Herscu, Emma valuable in our school.” RaDAR serves to further identi- tion fell right of the day, into my lap, in which fy, eliminate the -isms at ARHS and I would like to make it as the winner will be revealed. realistic as possible,” said Mr. This mock election is a way Lepine. to get the ARHS community The mock election will be involved with the actual elec- By Caroline Spurgin “The first path we jumped on students receive a larger percent- held on the day of the national tion, and to become famil- Do you feel that the high school was to look at the High School age of disciplinary actions than presidential election, November iar with the election process. still has some distance to go be- Student Handbook from the point their percentage of the popula- 4. The ballots will be distrib- Since the mock election is be- fore it can call itself unbiased, of view of students and parents. tion in the high school. “Unequal uted at lunch, but students and ing conducted in the most real- non-discriminatory and equal? So Did the Handbook meet our distribution of discipline goes faculty must be able to present istic way possible, it will give does RaDAR. “The mission [of needs? Did it seem to be fair in back to concerns the NAACP has a form of photo identification students a voting experience RaDAR] has remained constant - terms of how the policies would raised in in the past… For several to be able to vote. Students and before they actually go out and to identify and eliminate racism, be used? Did anything need to be years there has been a concern that faculty members will have their pull the lever. prejudice, and discrimination in addressed? For example: parents [specifically] black and Hispanic/ activities, attitudes, policies and said they were not informed in Latino students receive more dis- procedures within the Amherst a timely manner when their stu- ciplinary actions than their percent In thIs Issue... Regional school system… [and] to promote anti-racist, anti-preju- dents were called on the carpet for violation of rules. [There was] no in the population,” said Ms. Wolf. “People have wanted to discuss Garden Gnomes Page 2 diced and anti-discriminatory ac- clear policy about when parents what we are doing about racism / tivities with particular attention to should be notified. [RaDAR] put discrimination in the high school. discipline,” said core group mem- language into the handbook which RaDAR as a group really holds the Spanish Exchange Page 3 ber Jackie Wolf. addressed this problem with the idea that it’s a question of being at- RaDAR, which stands for help of Mr. Jackson,” said Wolf. tentive. We want to be attentive to Water Bubbler Review Page 4 “Race and Discipline, Action, Rights,” is a project that stems Another main focus of RaDAR is the issue of race discrimination injustice… we don’t want to as- sume its not happening. We would from the ARHS Parent Center and in disciplinary practices. “Students love people to feel that if they felt Pro-McCain Students Page 5 Study Circles. According to the came to us with the perception racial injustice, they could come to RaDAR website, It was organized that some students are treated less a group like RaDAR for support. in spring 2005 in response to con- harshly for minor infractions than We are not accusers - we want to Religion as Belief Page 6 cerns raised by ALANA (African, other students. That’s something be supportive; we want to be atten- African-American, Latino, Asian RADAR would love to investi- tive,” she said. Mr. Stauder Loves Art Page 7 and Asian-American and Native American) parents/guardians re- gate. [It’s important first to deter- mine] if it is happening, [then, if it Wolf stresses the fact that what RaDAR needs to be able to start garding issues of equity and jus- is happening,] how prevalent is it? tackling is the issue of unequal dis- Golf Team Goes to States Page 8 tice in discipline and education at Why is it happening?” Statistics cipline, and for students to come ARHS. show a pattern in which minority forward with their stories.