Shady Side learns the Steelers c by fjwuxn


									      Volume 101, No. 4
      Tuesday, April 14, 2009
      Pittsburgh, PA                                             SNEWSE      HADY SID                                                                                                                                 Junior Class
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Shady Side learns the Steelers can hoop it up, too                                                                                                                        By Billy Rutherford
                                                                                                                                                                              As Matt “The one and only”                 Steelers rolled to a 91-64 victory.
                                                                                                                                                                          Goldstein flaunted his arms during his             John Cappa, eager to prove Deal
                                                                                                                                                                          introduction, the Pittsburgh Steelers si-      wrong for putting him in third-string
                                                                                                                                                                          lently plotted their fierce onslaught of       position, looked to challenge the
                                                                                                                                                                          three-pointers and dunks alike.                Steelers, saying, “I take my game seri-
                                                                                                                                                                              The SSA team was coached by Gene           ous, boys, I’m not messing around.”
                                                                                                                                                                          Deal and consisted of alums, students,             SSA fed off this type of energy early
                                                                                                                                                                          and one very brave English teacher Jeff        on and took a quick 8-3 lead in the first
                                                                                                                                                                          Miller.                                        quarter.
                                                                                                                                                                              Head boys’ basketball coach Terrence           Shortly thereafter, Batch began his
                                                                                                                                                                          “Tank” Parham and former NFL player            assault of deep shots, and the home team
                                                                                                                                                                          (and Tank’s old roommate) Eugene               fell victim to the reigning Super Bowl
                                                                                                                                                                          Baker highlighted the Shady Side squad         champs.
                                                                                                                                                                          that showed flashes of competitiveness.            Says junior Max Heilbrunn, who
                                                                                                                                                                              Former SSA basketball state cham-          finished with 11 points, “As big as I
                                                                                                                                                                          pions Damian McGill and Tom Sochacki           thought [Mendenhall] was, he was even
                                                                                                                                                                          also put their uniforms on for the first       bigger in person. I just stayed away
                                                                                                                                                                          time since their playing days.                 from him, just too big for anything good
                                                                                                                                                                              Says sophomore player John Bray,           to happen.” Senior Raediah Lyles took
                                                                                                                                                                          “These guys are some of the legends at         a braver approach, jawing with Batch
                                                                                                                                                                          Shady Side, part of our basketball his-        throughout the game.
                                                                                                                                                                          tory, so it was a great opportunity to get         McGill, a state champion on SSA’s
                                                                                                                                                                          to play with them.”                            ‘95 team, led the team with twelve points.
                                                                                                                                                                              Standing in their way were six pro-        Baker finished with 10 points, and dished
                                                                                                                                                                          fessional athletes, including quarterbacks     out a clever no-look pass to Tank on a
                                                                                                                                                                          Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon, as well        fast break in the first half.
                                                                                                                                                                          as last year’s first round draft choice            The Steelers’ athleticism and sharp-
                                                                                                                                                                          fresh off a season-ending shoulder in-         shooting were in the end too much for
                                                                                                                                                                          jury, Rashad Mendenhall.                       SSA, and a monstrous dunk by Dixon
                                                                                                                                                                              Batch had the green light and practi-      with 30 seconds remaining on the clock
                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Justine Kim
                                                                                                                                                                          cally could not miss from behind the arc,      put an exclamation point on this historic
Time stands still. Shady Side basketball players look on in anticipation as Steelers take their foul shot.                                                                making ten three-pointers in all as the        game in Mellon Gym.

French connection                                                                                                      Shady Side’s Peruvian adventure
By Anna Sabo                                  plored the beautiful Impressionist paint-                                By Olivia Seecof
    While most Shady Side students were       ings of the Musée d’Orsay while others                                        Fourteen Shady Side Academy stu-
eagerly counting down the last five days      shopped in the grand ten-story Galeries                                  dents, along with two faculty members
before spring break, thirteen Shady Side      Lafayette.                                                               embarked on a true adventure over the
students and teachers Scott McClure               After bonding in Paris for a few days,                               2009 Spring Break. Shady Side teamed
and Michelle Ament were getting their         the American students said au revoir to                                  up with the World Leadership School,
first tastes of French culture from Air       Paris and flew to Bordeaux, where they                                   and organized a trip to Peru.
France’s surprisingly appetizing air-         were then transported to Saint Joseph                                         World Leadership School is a pro-
plane food and welcoming French-speak-        de Tivoli. Suddenly, everyone was filled                                 gram based in Denver, Colorado
ing flight attendants.                        with nervous anticipation as Shady Side                                  thatpromotes the idea of being a Global
    After countless baguettes and French      students saw their French correspon-                                     Citizen by sending students to different
pastries were consumed on the plane,          dents for the first time since October.                                  areas of the world to discuss and act on
these fifteen individuals found them-             Students and teachers of Saint Jo-                                   issues such as climate change and com-
selves waiting for lost luggage at the        seph de Tivoli welcomed the Shady Side                                   munity service. Our program was de-
baggage claim area of the Paris Charles de    group with a reception of French past-                                   signed so that we had the perfect balance
Gaulle International Airport.                 ries and appetizers. Despite the differ-                                 of sightseeing activities, and spending
    Despite the group’s sleep depriva-        ences between cultures, the Americans                                    time in a local village as everyday citi-
tion and the heavy rain falling outside,      quickly made new friends among the                                       zens helping a local school.
after a long bus ride everyone’s eyes         students of Tivoli and had the opportu-                                       After getting our luggage after three
were wide awake as the bus pulled up to       nity to observe a typical French class-                                  days and acclimating to the new altitude
the quaint Minerve Hotel in Paris.            room setting.                                                            of about 9,000 feet above sea level , we
    Students next had a chance to test            With a highly enforced no chewing                                    began our community service project.                                                                                        Photo by Erin Lasky
                                                                                                                       The project took place in a village about          Olivia Seecof, Missy Wolz, Frankie Costa, Chad Rosenbloom, Sujay Busam, Karen
their French skills while eating at a café,   gum rule, no bathroom breaks during
                                                                                                                       two hours from the city of Cusco, called           Dawson, Joey Hoffman, Todd Berglund, Emily Rosenberg, Noah Schoen, Kelsey
where some had their first croque             class, and a strict policy for prompt-                                                                                      Hickey, Nate de la Torre, C.J. TImoney, Dan Ament pose by their finished craft hut.
monsieurs and crème brulées.                  ness, Shady Side students soon discov-                                   Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a
    Afterwards, our time in Paris itself      ered how much more strict and difficult                                  town filled with ancient Incan ruins.              ploring their new place with smiles from       sations about things such as the current
began with a thorough bus tour of the         the French school system could be.                                       Over 90% of the population there is of             ear to ear.                                    United States economic crisis and a dis-
city. Points of interest ranged from          However, the experience was nothing                                      direct Incan descent.                                  The days were long and hot; some           cussion about why the Peruvian fútbol
seeing the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte,        short of eye-opening, and although stu-                                       The project was to build a craft hut          had to fight through itchy flea bites and      (soccer) team was better than any other
to witnessing the magnificent Sacre Coeur     dents often found it difficult to under-                                 at a local elementary school where the             peeling sunburn, and others battled            team in the world.
and Montmartre.                               stand all of the French, they sometimes                                  students can create crafts that they will          through illness due to the different bac-          The trip was not all focused on work,
    While experiencing the wonders of         had the convenient option of going to an                                 later sell. We worked with an organiza-            teria in the food and water, but the           as over the first weekend we took a break
true French crêpes, during the next few       English class instead.                                                   tion called Ania on a project called La            satisfaction of helping promote self-          from constructing the craft hut and went
days in Paris the group visited the Lou-          Junior Donnaya Presberry remarked                                    Tierra de los Niños (Childrens’ Land).             esteem and responsibility in the children      on an over-night trek through the Andes
vre, Notre Dame, the Place de la              about Tivoli, “I really appreciate Shady                                 This project will take many groups of              made everything worth while.                   Mountains. The trek was difficult be-
Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, climbed        Side more now because the way of teach-                                  volunteers like us to finish, but it is truly          While we were working on the build-        cause the altitude ranged from 13,000 to
to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and           ing at their school was so much differ-                                  amazing how much one group can do. A               ing, we were divided into groups of two        14,500 feet, and there were many steep
shopped on the Champs-Élysées.                ent.”                                                                    playground had already been built, and             or three and stayed in a local family’s        climbs. To ensure safety, we took many
                                                                                                                       there were children climbing, playing,             home.                                          breaks and drank plenty of water.
    During free time some students ex-         (Please see French, Page 2.)                                            and laughing all day long.                             The home stay was one of the high-             On the trek, we saw live alpacas,
                                                                                                                            Before starting the project, we took          lights of the trip to some, while others       llamas, and other wild life, as well as
                                                                                                                       part in a Despacio ceremony, in which              truly had an eye opening experience.           stunning views of grass covered hills and
                                                                                                                       we asked the Pachamama (mother earth)              The houses varied from those with              valleys. We spent the night in tents wet
                                                                                                                       to protect our work site. The experience           multiple guinea pigs and chickens run-         and cold at 14,000 feet, but it was an
                                                                                                                       was interesting and unlike anything any            ning around, to those with an actual           experience that we will all remember.
                                                                                                                       of us had attended before.                         living room, but either way, the bond          The hike on the second day was mostly
                                                                                                                            As for manual labor, we had to level          created between the Shady Side stu-            down hill, but the continuous rain clouded
                                                                                                                       the ground at the location of the building,        dents and the Ollantaytambo residents          the views and created even tougher ter-
                                                                                                                       sift the rocks out of the dirt by throwing         will last a lifetime.                          rain. Once again, our group stuck to-
                                                                                                                       it through a homemade screen, transport                Even those who did not speak Span-         gether and encouraged each other.
                                                                                           Courtesy of Scott McClure

                                                                                                                       the adobe bricks from a neighboring                ish felt as though they connected with             Another adventure our group took
                                                                                                                       village, create our own mud out of crushed         the family.                                    part in was the exploration of the famed
                                                                                                                       adobe and cactus, sort the grass for the               German speaker Kelsey Hickey said,         Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Won-
                                                                                                                       roof, and finally, actually build the build-       “Even though my Spanish is pretty              ders of the World, and it truly deserves
                                                                                                                       ing.                                               much limited to saying hello and goodbye,      that title.
                                                                                                                            It was a lot to do in six short days, but     please and thank you, and asking where             We said goodbye to our home stay
                                                                                                                       the group worked well together, and by             the bathroom is, I still feel like my family   families, and took the 5:00 AM train to
                                                                                                                       the sixth afternoon of work, the craft hut         accepted me and they loved to hear my          the town of Agua Caliente, which is right
Parlez vous Francais? Lindsay Bernstein, Meg Donnelly, Larisa                                                          was standing and we were enjoying an               attempt to learn new phrases.”                 below Machu Picchu. The first glance I
Bodnarchuk, Jemila Adoki, Anna Sabo, Tory Bruch, Mr. Scott McClure,                                                    “earth oven” dinner with our host fami-                As a level four Spanish speaker, I         had of Machu Picchu was from the very
Danny Rua, Alix Spence, Gena Bradford Tume, Donnaya Presberry,                                                         lies at the school. The children of the            loved the opportunity to enhance my            top, and it took my breath away.
Katie Foster, Joe Tumolo, Asher Saperstein in front of the Notre Dame.                                                 school were wandering through it, ex-              vocabulary and hold meal time conver-             (Please see Peru, Page 2)
2 Opinions, etc.                                                                                         Shady Side News
                                                                                                         Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 PECD strikes the United States SSA travels to Peru
 By Elizabeth Diggs                                                     So even though I
                                                                                                                                          (Continued from Page one)
                                                                                                                                            The ancient city was amazing, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                showed us around Cusco, and he pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                vided us with a day full of entertain-
                                                                                                                                        each rock looked like it had been placed                ment.”
      It’s been a little over five months since November 4, and     cannot watch the
                                                                                                                                        with a purpose, and the grassy terraces                     We also had a lot of time to explore
 I am still recovering from presidential election coverage          President speak to
                                                                                                                                        remained well kept and were filled with                 the city and give our contributions to the
 detoxification. The effects of PECD are devastating and            sell-out crowds of
                                                                                                                                        llamas roaming around, adding to the                    Peruvian economy by buying one of
 severe. CNN no longer plays twenty-four hours a day on             thousands, his tiny
                                                                                                                                        majestic beauty.                                        almost everything in sight.
 every television in the house and the latest polling results       but innovative tech-
                                                                                                                                            We took a tour and enjoyed lunch on                     A special added bonus to the trip was
 no longer conveniently pop up on my phone, fueling my              niques to unite and
                                                                                                                                        a small resting bench next to the Sun                   an extra day in Cusco due to inclement
 election addiction.                                                reach the public on a
                                                                                                                                        Temple. We then had free time to                        weather. We were all excited to return to
      From June 2008 to December 2008, these small com-             broader scale have
                                                                                                                                        explore the city. Some decided to hike                  the United States, but an extra day in
 forts became a part of my everyday life. In fact, for six          had extraordinary ef-
                                                                                                                                        the trail towards Wanu Picchu, while                    sunny 75 degree weather was not all that
 months I was transformed into a walking, talking election          fects on the way I
                                                                                                                                        others decided to relax on a terrace and                bad.
 expert. I watched the most up-to-date news, received up-           view his seat in pub-
                                                                                                                                        write in their journals.                                    We flew to Lima a day late, but we
 to-the-minute statistics, and closely followed my favorite         lic office. He seems
                                                                                                                                            Machu Picchu was a great place to                   still got to enjoy the planned activities in
 candidate, now President, through as many means as I               down-to-earth, ac-
                                                                                                                                        relax and take in the Incan culture while               the capital city. We took a short bus
 could: email, Facebook, YouTube, phone alerts, and tele-           cessible, and, even
                                                                                                                                        surrounded by astounding beauty.                        tour, ate lunch, enjoyed the rocky
 vision. I have never felt so connected to a political figure,      more importantly, attentive to the concerns of the Ameri-
                                                                                                                                            Our trip came to a close in the city of             beaches, and explored an underground
 to a movement.                                                     can people.
                                                                                                                                        Cusco. Cusco was much more metro-                       shopping mall.
      A week, however, after the inauguration I began to                Last December, the Obama camp launched a
                                                                                                                                        politan than Ollantaytambo, but it still                    On our way to the Lima airport, we
 wonder, “Why don’t I see President Obama as often                  groundbreaking experiment called “Open for Questions,”
                                                                                                                                        had Andean charm.                                       drove through downtown and saw where
 anymore? Will he still have time to make daily appearances         which acts as a vehicle for curious and inquiring citizens who
                                                                                                                                            The city is nicknamed the Belly                     the president of Peru, Alan Garcia, re-
 to deliver the same awe-inspiring words that captured my           want their queries to be heard. Here’s how it works: anyone
                                                                                                                                        Button of the World. We toured a                        sides and runs the country.
 interest and admiration in the first place?”                       who has access to the Internet can submit a question about
                                                                                                                                        cathedral and had the rare opportunity                      After a small struggle to get 16 seats
      Well, of course, the answer is obvious. President Obama       the economy to the link on and then
                                                                                                                                        of watching a parade that celebrated                    on the plane back to Atlanta, we were all
 is very busy, arguably the busiest person on the planet. He        can also vote “yes” or “no” to other submitted questions.
                                                                                                                                        native Peruvian culture.                                relieved to land on American soil, but the
 should be doing the job that we elected him to do rather than      A “yes” vote implies that they think the question is valid
                                                                                                                                            Sophomore Missy Wolz said, “I                       entire group was sad that the adventure
 striving to excite his fan base. After all, President Obama        and a “no” vote indicates the opposite. Then President
                                                                                                                                        loved our tour guide Saul; he truly                     had come to an end.
 has a lot on his plate. The economy is in shambles, bailouts       Obama answers the questions that received the most “yes”

                                                                                                                                        French exchange
 and bonuses are being handed out like candy, and millions          votes within a certain period of time in a town hall-like
 of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck (if getting           setting.
 one at all). Although these statements were convincing and             When the first run of this experiment began, close to
 accurate at the time, they did not make the detoxification         7,300 questions were submitted and over 600,000 votes                 (Continued from Page one)
 any easier.                                                        were cast. Now these numbers have swelled to 103,981                                                                        during the school day to places such as
      To me, the election was one big bonding experience. I         questions asked and 3,602,695 votes cast. These numbers                 Although the classroom environment                  the Dune du Pyla, Arcachon, Château
 bonded with my family as we discussed the latest election          may seem small compared to the overall population, but the          was somewhat strict, Shady Side stu-                    Camarsac, and San Sebastián in Spain.
 coverage at the dinner table. I bonded with friends who            sheer growth of the program shows that people are listening         dents had some more relaxing and recre-                 While touring and shopping in Bor-
 shared the same love of election reporting, and, finally, I felt   and open to this new form of communication.                         ational activities at Tivoli as well. Since             deaux, the group was also fortunate to
 as though I bonded with other Obama supporters around                  President Obama said of the program, “Many of you are           Tivoli students have an hour and a half                 witness in action one of France’s strikes
 the world as well as with the man himself. I believed in the       worried and have a lot of questions, and you want to know           for lunch each day, many students ate                   in response to the economic crisis.
 message and was overjoyed to witness President Barack              what your government is doing to get our economy back on            lunch in a park nearby on the sunny                         After a pot d’adieu reception on the
 Obama take his rightful place in the White House on                track. You deserve those answers. That’s why we are going           days.                                                   last day filled with slideshows, delicious
 January 24, 2009.                                                  to try something a little different. We’re going to take                Additionally, Shady Side students                   French food, and goodbyes, Shady Side
      Soon after the election concluded, however, I began to        advantage of the Internet to bring all of you to the White          had the opportunity to work with the                    students woke up bright and early to
 feel more and more disconnected from the message. Maybe            House to talk about the economy.”                                   elementary school students of Tivoli in                 catch their flight back to Paris and even-
 it was the lack of reminders and polling pop ups. Maybe                The great thing about “Open for Questions” is that              their English classes, and many were                    tually to America.
 it was the diminishing number of public appearances.               anyone can express a question, concern, or troubling thought.       surprised at how much French they                           Although everyone was excited to
 Either way, I hoped the disconnect would not last forever.         It does not cost money. You do not need tickets. There are          could learn from eight-year-olds.                       see their American families again, the
      President Barack Obama’s greatest tool has always             no age barriers. All you need is a computer and an Internet             The Americans learned many new                      students and teachers left their French
 been technology. Many have even argued, me included, that          connection. The program almost acts as a direct line to the         words from the young students and                       host families regretfully and with a few
 it electrified his campaign in a way that has never been seen      President’s ear. Do you have something you would like to            even played Bingo and “Jacques a dit,”                  tears.
 before on the national stage.                                      ask? Is there something that is troubling you and you don’t         which is the equivalent of “Simon says”                     Junior Tory Bruch said of her expe-
      Every other day during the campaign a new video               know where to turn? Well, submit a question to “Open for            in France.                                              rience, “I was humbled by the generos-
 message would be sent to my email address alerting me of           Questions” and, if you’re lucky, your inquiry will land on              The American students found bond-                   ity and kindness shown by my host
 upcoming events and projects. This kind of outreach was            the desk of the President of the United States.                     ing with their French students and fami-                family and it is so nice to know that
 not only convenient to an election observer like me; it                Between online programs that cause millions of Ameri-           lies an easy task because they shared so                across the ocean there will always be a
 invigorated his base and made each supporter feel linked to        cans to flock to their computers, daily Facebook updates            many common interests. Senior Gena                      family waiting for me!”
 his organization (it didn’t hurt that he referred to us as         and posts, and a late night appearance on the Tonight Show          Bradford-Tume said of the pairings, “I                      All Shady Side students and teachers
 “friends” either!). I knew that once the campaign process          with Jay Leno, it is clear the Obama administration is trying       think Mrs. Parker did a great job with                  agreed that the experience was life-chang-
 ended, these messages would be sorely missed.                      to get in touch with the American people.                           matching people up.” Jessica Parker is                  ing and unforgettable.
      Once the First Family gracefully settled into its new             For supporters like me who were deeply involved in the          Coordinator of the International Pro-                       Junior Katie Foster said of France, “I
 home, I assumed that the video notices and Internet an-            campaign and felt as though our duties ended when he was            gram.                                                   think it was a really great cultural expe-
 nouncements would stop. A couple of weeks into the term,           inaugurated in January, these outlets are a way to remind               During the group’s two-week stay                    rience and let us look into the lives of
 however, I was delighted to see messages return to my              us that our job isn’t over yet. We still have ideas, thoughts,      in Bordeaux, they took many excursions                  typical French teenagers.”
 inbox. I even received daily updates from President Obama          and judgments that need to be heard. And, who knows, with
 (or at least his staff) that flooded my Facebook homepage          all of these tools at our disposal, the detoxification might
 every time I logged on the site.                                   just go a little smoother.

                                                                                          Album Review:
Knowing                                                                                 Working
knows no                                                                                On a Dream
creativity                                                                                By Maria Natoli
                                                                                               After listening to Bruce Springsteen’s
                                                                                          latest album, Working On A Dream, I
By Haley DeJulio                                                                          think I can safely say that Bruce is back.
    Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas                                                      His loyal fans endured over a year of
and starring Nicholas Cage, is a disaster                                                 anticipation for his newest album, and it
movie that dares to be different.                                                         did not disappoint.
    Cage plays a professor at MIT, and                                                         Many of you might consider
when his son chooses a letter with num-                                                   Springsteen as some old guy your par-          Ides of March Madness. John Bray (Et tu, Brute?) wields the
bers on it that appear to be in random                                                    ents listen to, or remember him solely for     knife against Max Kaplan’s Caesar in Latin Club. Photo by Suzanne Belles
sequence from his school’s time cap-                                                      sliding across the stage, straight into a
sule, he investigates further.                                                            camera during his otherwise outstanding
                                                                                                                                                                        HADY SID
    As it turns out, the numbers have
actually successfully predicted every
disaster that has resulted in a number of
fatalities since 1959, but not all of the
foreseen disasters have happened.
                                                                                          Super Bowl XLIII halftime performance.
                                                                                          But I urge those of you with this mindset
                                                                                          to listen to Springsteen’s new album and
                                                                                          to change your minds.
                                                                                               While I admit this is not my favorite
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    The fast-paced core of this movie is                                                  of his numerous albums, Working On A                                 Published by Shady Side Academy
very thoughtfully directed, and by mak-                                                   Dream contains funky, bluesy, and                     423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 TEL: 412-968-3000
ing every scene count without any no-                                                     overall classic Springsteen songs such as
                                                                                          “Working On a Dream,” “Kingdom of                   The Shady Side News welcomes responses and opinions from students, faculty,
table wasted moments, Proyas captures
                                                                                          Days,” and “Outlaw Pete.” Another               and readers. All letters must be signed. News reserves the right to edit for content
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                                                                                          great song in this album is “The Wres-          if libelous statements are involved. If necessary, letters will be edited for length.
    This movie is rife with symbolism,
some of which is a little ambiguous, and                                                  tler.” It was winner of a Golden Globe
offers an unexpected and boundary-                                                        for Best Original Song in the movie of the      Editors-in-Chief........................................Justine Kim, Lizzi Diggs, Olivia Seecof
pushing conclusion.                                                                       same title. “The Wrestler” is an example        News Editors............................................................Anna Sabo, Zack Myers
    I enjoyed the movie for the most                                                      of a classic Springsteen song with pow-         Features Editors .............................................Rekha Toshok, Pooja Tripathi
part, but, where most of the film seems                                                   erful lyrics accompanied by simple gui-         Opinions Editors........ .........................................Jeremie Kim, Noah Schoen
highly plausible and realistic, the ending                                                tar and piano chords.                           Sports Editors....................................................Billy Rutherford, Jen Cozen
transitions into supernatural territory,                                                       Overall, the album is great; perhaps       Photography Editors........................................Kimberly Flit, Nick Gasbarro
and essentially renders the first 118                                                     not as inspirational as his past work, but      Art Editor .................................................................................. Nick Barnes
minutes of the film unnecessary.                                                          still excellent nonetheless.                    Faculty Advisors.............................................Angela Irvine, Suzanne Belles
                                                                                              Shady Side News
                                                                                         Tuesday , April 14, 2009   Barnum! 3
P.T.’s circus visits SSA
By Justine Kim
    “Barnum’s the name, P. T. Barnum!” From Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March
7, Shady Side Academy’s actors and actresses presented the spectacular and colorful
show “Barnum! The Musical” directed by our very own Mary Beth Gray, who will
be retiring at the end of the school year.
    Starring junior Mitchell Mason and senior Paige Kiliany as Mr. and Mrs. Phineas
Taylor Barnum, the musical told Mr. Barnum’s life story. A natural and ultimately
professional humbugger, Taylor Barnum, as his wife calls him, never sees a dull
moment. From owning a small, and oftentimes nonexistent, sideshow, to being
partner of the greatest show on earth, P. T. Barnum meets many obstacles and
successes. The tumultuous interactions with wife Charity “Chairy” and the
scandalous affair with Swedish nightingale Jenny Lind, played by senior Anna Sabo,
provide an amusing human streak.
    Ben Lawrence, a member of the orchestra pit, said of his favorite part, “In the
ballad ‘I Like Your Style,’ Paige has an awesome pose, one that’s almost half dance,
half fencing. It’s a very small detail, but it shows how much thought and energy
was put into this musical.” The orchestra and lively choral numbers were directed
by Dr. Brill.
    The musical engaged the audience through parades and animated clowns, who
were very amiable. Grabbing hands, flashing flamboyant smiles, and sporting
colorful costumes, make-up, and hairdos, the clowns, acrobats, and other perform-
ers introduced interaction between the circus and circus-goers.
    There was a visible increase in the number of seniors participating in the school
musical this year. After years of encouragement and advice concerning risk-taking,
the class of 2009 revealed many talents from singing and dancing to riding a unicycle.
Seniors Laura Allen, who played Joice Heth, the world’s oldest woman and nanny
to George Washington; Adnan Agha playing General Tom Thumb; Shivam Gosai
as the Concert Master; Saxon Baum playing Wilton; Alison Mears as the Blues
Singer; and Eva Raimondi all debuted with impressive solos, enthusiastically
received by the audience.
    Although the individual performers may have outshone the vehicle, the final
production was yet another success for student actors, actresses, and company.
Such a success on stage would not have been possible without the Director.
    “Ms. Gray has the amazing ability to keep the students engaged despite their
numbers and she really helps everyone get into their role. She will be missed,” said
Joe Tumolo.
    Senior Rekha Toshok, a member of the circus, offers her advice to the
underclassmen, “Having never participated in the musical before, this was a truly
awesome experience. I definitely regret not having done it in the past. For all of
you underclassmen, take advantage of the opportunities and join the musical. It’s
so fun and totally worth it!”

                                                                                                                          Photos by
                                                                                                                        Kimberly Flit,
                                                                                                                         Justine Kim,
                                                                                                                          Sam Rossi,
                                                                                                                        and Jack Wolf
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Swimmers raced towards victory Green Cup Challenge
                                                                                                                                      Shady Side News
                                                                                                                                      Tuesday, April 14, 2009

                               dares us to think green
By Sean Hannon
     Shady Side Swimming is a dynasty in
the truest sense of the word. The boys
captured their third consecutive section
title, eighth consecutive WPIAL title and
                                                                                                                                                                          By Kelly Casey Latterman
ninth in the last ten years, and second                                                                                                                                       The Green Cup Challenge (GCC) is
consecutive third place finish in the state.                                                                                                                              a student-led national competition where
The girls won their second section title in                                                                                                                               schools compete to reduce Carbon Di-
a row, finished second in the WPIAL for                                                                                                                                   oxide emissions over a month long pe-
the tenth time in the last thirteen years,                                                                                                                                riod by reducing campus energy use.
and finished second in the state.                                                                                                                                         Carbon Dioxide is a green house gas,
     The continued success of both the                                                                                                                                    which contributes to the effects of global
boys’ and girls’ swim teams is a tribute                                                                                                                                  climate change and the “greenhouse ef-

                                                                                                                                          Photo by Sean Hannon
to the countless hours coach John
Landreth puts in year in and year out.                                                                                                                                        Shady Side Academy entered the
     As Sean Hannon put it, “Coach                                                                                                                                        competition for the first time this year.
Landreth teaches during the day, but I                                                                                                                                    Sarah Cudney’s environmental science
swear he never stops thinking about swim-                                                                                                                                 classes were excited to take on the chal-    noted “Why not try candles, turn off the
ming and how he can make us better. He         Team work. The 200 Free Relay team, David Paulk, Erik                                                                      lenge. From January 26 to February 23,       lights!” Another encouraged conserva-
gets us to accomplish things we thought        Zentgraf, Brendan Scott,and Frank Brown, earned 5th at States.                                                             students recorded the wattage on elec-       tion with the slogan: “Not Liberal? Then
                                                                                                                                                                          tric meters across campus every Mon-         Conserve.”
were impossible.”                              at the WPIAL and PIAA meets for both         Collins, Hillary Cummings, Anne Marie
                                                                                                                                                                          day. The numbers were then compared              These messages, along with a
     Senior co-captain Andrew Ellis noted,     teams, with stellar performances in the      Bilott, and Alexis Georgiadis took second
                                                                                                                                                                          to those from the previous three Febru-      scoreboard outside the Dean’s office
“The boys’ and girls’ teams have a hand-       relays.                                      in the 200 Medley Relay; the team of
ful of swimmers who are just amazing, but                                                                                                                                 aries to measure the change.                 showing the percentage change of en-
                                                   As senior co-captain Basyl Stuyvesant    Alexis and Margaux Georgiadis, Katie
                                                                                                                                                                              To get the Shady Side community          ergy used by each building on campus
the majority of the team is made up of         said, “Any team can have a few good          Vincett, and Natalie Domeisen won and
                                                                                                                                                                          excited about the challenge the environ-     week by week, reminded students to
average and above average swimmers             swimmers who score points in individual      set a WPIAL record in the 200 Free Relay;
                                                                                                                                                                          mental classes did a lot of promotion.       reduce everywhere they went.
who become great by the end of the year.”      events, and we have swimmers who do          and the team of Domeisen, Vincett, Bilott,
                                                                                                                                                                          They made a funny environmentally            Morewood and Croft got into the spirit
     The main reason the teams overachieve     that, but the reason why we do so well in    and M. Georgiadis took second in the 400
                                                                                                                                                                          based video based on Cash Cab, which         and had their own competition.
is because they are among the hardest          these meets is because of our relays.”       Free Relay. At the PIAA meet, the 200
                                                                                                                                                                          was put on the GCC website along with            Both dorms reduced a significant
working at Shady Side. Erik Zentgraf               At the WPIAL meet, the boys’ team        Medley Relay took eleventh, the 200
                                                                                                                                                                          those from all of the other participating    amount, but in the end the boys of Croft
summed it up best, saying, “We come to         of Stuyvesant, David Paulk, Brody            Free Relay won and nearly set a PIAA
                                                                                                                                                                          day and boarding schools. The video          were able to pull off the largest reduction
school in the dark and leave school in the     Kelley, and Frank Brown won the 200          record (they were .04 seconds off), and
                                                                                                                                                                          was ranked by participating students         victory. Overall, every building on cam-
dark…enough said.”                             Medley Relay and set a new WPIAL             the 400 Free Relay won as well.
                                                                                                                                                                          from across the country and earned quite     pus reduced a percentage of its average
     Zentgraf is referring to the “volun-      record; the team of Sean Hannon, Brendan         The teams also had great individual
                                                                                                                                                                          a few stars!                                 energy use, except for the tech center.
tary” morning practices at 6:15 on Mon-        Scott, Erik Zentgraf, and Paulk took sec-    performances turned in at the state meet
                                                                                                                                                                              In addition to the video, students           The Green Cup Challenge was a huge
days, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Then in         ond in the 200 Free Relay; and the team      by Kelley in the 100 Fly, Stuyvesant in
                                                                                                                                                                          made posters which were hung in the          success. Though Shady Side did not win
the afternoon Landreth makes up work-          of Kelley, Stuyvesant, Zentgraf, and         the 200 IM and 100 Back, Paulk in the 200
                                                                                                                                                                          student center and across campus with        the overall GCC, the community made
outs that he describes as “harder than a       Brown won the 400 Free Relay.                IM and 500 Free (Paulk is the WPIAL
                                                                                                                                                                          informative messages and suggestions         a great environmental victory.
good amount of college programs.”                  At the PIAA state meet, the 200          champion in the 200 IM and runner up in
                                                                                                                                                                          on how to help Shady Side win the                The challenge may be over for this
     As senior co-captain Katie Vincett        Medley Relay team was disqualified for       both events at states), Brown in the 100
                                                                                                                                                                          challenge. One poster encouraged stu-        year, but keep on conserving because
said, “It is sometimes hard to push through    a false start; however, if anyone looks at   Free, Vincett in the 50 and 100 Free, M.
                                                                                                                                                                          dents to have a class in the dark, and       every little bit counts!
the practices since you don’t see the work     the replay the call was bogus so in our      Georgiadis in the 100 and 200 Free,
pay off immediately, but at the end of the     mind they are the state champions. The       Domeisen in the 500 free, and Bilott in the
year when we do so well, we realize it was     200 Free Relay took fifth (Brown swam        100 Breast and 200 IM (Bilott is the
all worth it.”                                 in Hannon’s place at states), and the 400    WPIAL champion in the 100 Breast).
     The depth of the teams is the strength    free relay took fourth.                           With this legacy, next year’s team
of the dynasty. This depth shined through          The WPIAL girls’ team of Courtney        will settle for nothing less than success.

Wrestling team finds gold
by Tim Giel                                    his third PIAA crown. Geoff placed 6th       from Benton High school. Lear had a
    The Shady Side wrestlers traveled to       in the state this year, battling through a   record of 34 – 1 coming into the finals,
Hershey, PA the weekend of March 6 to          very difficult bracket.                      his only loss coming at the hands of
try and claim the team gold at the PIAA            At 130 lbs, Frank Martellotti came       Matthew earlier this season at the
state wrestling tournament. Along with         away with the bronze medal for the           Powerade Tournament. Lear avenged
crowning individual champions in their         second year in a row. In arguably the        his loss by defeating Matthew 7-2 in the
respective weight classes, the PIAA            toughest bracket in the tournament,          finals.
also tallies a team score.                     Frankie lost a very hard-fought semi-            The other finalist was Dane Johnson
    When the dust had settled, Shady           finals match in overtime to eventual         at 140 lbs. Dane easily defeated his
Side had accumulated 84 team points,           champion Nick Hodgkins.                      opponent in the finals and became only
besting second place Benton High school            The other 3rd place finisher was at      the eighteenth wrestler in Pennsylvania
by 10 points. This is the second year in       189 lbs, where Roman San Doval lost a        history to win three PIAA Wrestling
a row that Shady Side has won the team         very tough semi-final match to Jon Fausey    Championships.
trophy, a feat that only five other AA         from Line Mountain High School, the              On his way to the championship
schools have been able to accomplish in        eventual State champion. In the semi-        match, Dane also set the new WPIAL
the history of this tournament.                final match Roman and Fausey had some        and PIAA records for most wins in a
    At 112 lbs Geoff Alexander set a new       incredible flurries of action, but Roman     career. He also garnered the coveted                                                                                                             Photo By Hanna Dolberg
WPIAL record for career wins for a sopho-      came up on the short end each time.          Outstanding Wrestler trophy.                                                  On tour in Berlin. Sarah Cudney, Vince Ciampaglia, Alice Curry, Peter
more. Geoff currently has 98 wins to his            Making it to the finals at 160 lbs,          Dane and Roman San Doval also                                            Sinnott, Basyl Stuyvesant, Charlie Rosenthal, Matt Limbach, Kevin
credit and with two more solid years will      Matthew Cunningham made easy work            competed in the Dapper Dan Wrestling                                          Lemon, Jessica Hirsh, Luke Racek, Sara Tisherman, Mary Krauland
make a run at Dane Johnson’s current           of his first three opponents, and pinned     Classic which has been called the “Rose
WPIAL record for career wins. Dane set         his semifinal opponent in 3:45. In the       Bowl of Wrestling,” and features the top                                      stand in front of the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.

Science Olympiad heads to States Reise nach Hamburg
the mark this past weekend on his way to       finals he was set up to meet Corey Lear      wrestlers from around the country.

                                                                                                                                                                               Ten SSA students enjoyed their reciprocal exchange with the Gymnasium
By Niteesh Sundaram                                                                                                                                                       Oldenfelde in Hamburg, Germany from March 20 through April 3. Kevin Lemon said
    The Shady Side Academy Science                                                                                                                                        of the three week stay, “In the history of everything, there has never been anything
Olympiad team was off to a very rough                                                                                                                                     as awesome as the German exchange.”
start in the beginning of the year. The team                                                                                                                                   SSA chaperone Mary Krauland managed the linguistic barrier with aplomb, saying,
lacked members and often had to compete                                                                                                                                   “I didn’t know much German when I arrived, but I learned to understand a lot.”
against some of the best schools in the                                                                                                                                        Among the memorable activities during the trip were a harbor cruise in Hamburg
nation, such as Solon and Centerville.                                                                                                                                    and a visit to the Planetarium for a Pink Floyd laser show. Sarah Tisherman says, “The
    On March 25, however, the team                                                                                                                                        culture wasn’t very different from ours. The kids are a lot like us.”
qualified for states by placing seventh                                                                                                                                        To express their gratitude and sincerity, the German students sent off the
                                                                                                                                          Photo by Stephanie Montemurro

overall in the Southwestern Regional tour-                                                                                                                                Americans with a song. Hanna Dolberg, lead teacher for the German students, said,
nament held at the California University                                                                                                                                  “Like the previous times, it was a heartbreaking goodbye and I saw tears in many eyes.”
of Pennsylvania. The team studied hard                                                                                                                                         Though most students are wishing they had not yet left Germany, Frau Dolberg
during break, and even came to school on                                                                                                                                  is already anticipating future parterships, saying, “So now our third exchange between
Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the                                                                                                                                     Shady Side and Gymnasium Oldenfelde has ended ... and I am already looking forward
tournament.                                                                                                                                                               to the next one in 2010!”
    Freshmen Monica Srinivasa and                                                                                                                                                                                                       Non Profit Org.
Naveen Menon and sophomore Marile                                                                                                                                          SHADY SIDE ACADEMY                                           Pittsburgh, PA
Schruat joined the team at the last second,    Hail, Olympians! The team at the Regional Tournament.                                                                       423 Fox Chapel Road                                            US Postage
and proved to be three of the most valu-                                                                                                                                   Pittsburgh, PA 15238                                              PAID
able members of the team. Monica               only a freshman, but he also joined the      tives,” and Ajay Kanak and Matt Malesky                                                                                                     Permit No. 609
Srinivasa won a gold medal in the event        team only two weeks before the tourna-       in “Junkyard Challenge.”
“It’s about time,” and Marile Schraut          ment. Naveen also won more medals than           The State tournament will be held
won a bronze medal in the event “Fos-          any other person on the team, which was      Friday, May 1 at Juniata College. The top
sils.”                                         comprised of mostly sophomores and           two teams will qualify for the national
    The largest contributor to the team by     juniors.                                     tournament held in Georgia.
far, however, was Naveen Menon, who                Others on the team who medaled in            The team is still looking for members.
won a gold medal in the event “As-             their events include Madhav Iyengar in       If any students are interested in going to
tronomy” and a bronze medal in “Fos-           “Astronomy,” David Franklin in “It’s         states with them, please contact or email
sils.” This is an incredibly impressive        About Time,” Nandeesh Prasad and             science teachers Stephanie Montemurro
achievement considering Naveen is not          Niteesh Sundaram in “Disease Detec-          or Elyse Zheng.

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