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                                                                                                                                                              Abram Kaplan
                                                                                                                                                              ’05 turned down a
                                                                                                                                                              Harvard acceptance
                                                                                                                                                              and chose instead to
                                                                                                                                                              spend two years at
                  offbeat food, drink & shopping                                                                                                              Deep Springs College
                  options close to school. PAGES 14-15                                                                                                        STORY, PAGE 13

 The Chro cle
        Harvard-Westlake School / 3700 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood, CA 91604 / Volume XV / Issue I / Sept. 7, 2005

                                                                                                                                                        Corso to
                                                                                                                                                        helm Cal
                                                                                                                                                        water polo
                                                                                                                                                        By SHAUN ALPERIN

                                                                                                                                                            Head boys’ water polo coach
                                                                                                                                                        Rich Corso left Harvard-
                                                                                                                                                        Westlake after 19 years to be-
                                                                                                                                                        come the head women’s water
                                                                                                                                                        polo coach at the University of
                                                                                                                                                        California at Berkeley. He was
                                                                                                                                                        replaced by assistant coach of
                                                                                                                                                        five years Larry Felix.
                                                                                                                                                            “Cal went for the very best,”
                                                                                                                                                        Headmaster Thomas C. Hud-
                                                                                                                                                        nut said. “The fi rst, last and
                                                                                                                                                        only person on their dream
                                                                                                                                                        list was Rich Corso.”
                                                                                                                                                            “The great thing about
                                                                                                                                                        Rich is that he doesn’t teach
                                                                                                                                                        boys or girls,” Felix said. “He
                                                                                                                                                        teaches water polo, and the
                                                                                                                                                        true winner is Cal Berkeley.”
                                                                                                                                                            Leaving Harvard-Westlake
                                                                                                                                                        wasn’t an easy decision. Corso
                                                                                                                                                        received Berkeley’s offer in
                                                                                                                                                        early August and didn’t make
                                                                                                                                                        his fi nal decision for nearly
                                                                                                                                                        four weeks.
                                                                                                                                                            “I will miss my student-
                                                                                                                        THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE/AP PHOTO    athletes,” Corso said. “There
RETURN TO VIETNAM: Upper school dean Canh Oxelson,                         who was adopted from Vietnam in 1972, returned as part                       were lots of great moments in
at right, along with girlfriend Rachel Boesing (far left), prepares to     of the 30 year reunion of the humanitarian movement                          the pool and academically.”
board the World Airways plane that will carry him to Saigon. Oxelson,      Operation Baby Lift. STORY, PAGE 16                                              During his tenure, Corso
                                                                                                                                                        led his teams to 19 league
                                                                                                                                                        championships and an over-
Chose Tufts? School                                     INSIDE                                                                                          all record of 495-92, 142-3 in
                                                                                                                                                        league. He won CIF champi-

started. Chose Tulane?                                                           The great melting pot
                                                                                 Stories of how foreign-born students
                                                                                                                                                        onships in 1988 and 1991, was
                                                                                                                                                        runner-up five times and pro-
                                                                                                                                                        duced 82 All-Americans. Ev-
You were evacuated.                                                              came to Harvard-Westlake. A poll of
                                                                                 408 students reveals just how diverse
                                                                                                                                                        ery team he coached made it
                                                                                                                                                        to at least the quarterfinals of
                                                                                 the school community really is.                                        CIF playoffs.
   8 alums stranded by Katrina                                                   STORY, PAGE 20                                                             “We would get done with
   contemplate school elsewhere                                                                                                                         games, and he would go down
                                                                                                                                                        to the water polo office which
By DANIELLE KOLIN                                                                                                                                       he called the high perfor-
                                                                                                                                                        mance lab because of all the
   Watching the news in his second floor                                                                                                                 video machines he collected
apartment in New Orleans, Robert Young                                                                                                                  over the years,” Felix said.
’01, a student at Tulane Law School, saw that                                                                                                           “We’d finish a game at eight,
Hurricane Katrina was predicted to make                                                                                                                 and he would watch videos un-
landfall near New Orleans.                                                                                                                              til midnight.”
   After checking that his mother and younger                                                                                                               “To be successful for so
brother, who were also in New Orleans, were                                                                                                             long, you have to have passion
safe, Young grabbed a duffel bag and quickly                                                                                                            for your craft,” Corso said. “I
stuffed inside all the clothes and photographs                   NICK ANGELICH                                                                          love the game. I love coaching,
that would fit. Young and his girlfriend fled           Within reach                                                                                      teaching, and playing at the
New Orleans midday Saturday, Aug. 27, after           Coverage of                                                                                       highest level.”
parking her car on the top story of a parking                                                                                                               Along with coaching, Corso
garage.                                               the upcoming                                                                                      also worked as Assistant Di-
   They drove to Shreveport, Louisiana and            football                                                                                          rector of Admissions for close
then to Houston, Texas. From there, Young             season begins                                                         COURTESY OF KATHERINE ZEE   to 15 years. Ryan Tarpley will
flew to his parents’ home in Los Angeles, where        on PAGE 21                 Prima Ballerina                                                        take over most of his duties
he is waiting for the damage to New Orleans           with a season                                                                                     and become the point man for
and Tulane to be repaired.                                                       In addition to managing a rigorous course-                             the upper school, but Sharon
                                                      preview and                load, one senior girl devotes 35 hours a
   Ronen Haldar-Sinha ’04, Greg Young ’04,                                                                                                              Cuseo and Gregory Gonza-
Jamie Smith ’02, Quinlan Carthane ’02, Chelsea        continues on                                                                                      lez will offer their assistance
                                                                                 week to ballet practice. STORY, PAGE 19
Gilliam ’04, Jaclyn Rosenson ’01 and Julia Bruno      PAGE 28 with                                                                                      throughout the year.
’03 also attended Tulane University and are           photos of                  New dean joins upper school community                                      “I was very upset,” Direc-
unable to go to classes there until the damage        Wolverine                                                                                         tor of Admissions Elizabeth
                                                                                 Beth Slattery hopes to use her experience
is repaired, which could take the whole year.         practices.                                                                                        Gregory said of Corso’s depar-
                                                                                 in USC Admissions to lessen students’ stress.
                                continued on page 4                              STORY, PAGE 2                                                                      continued on page 23

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