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Since 1974, Now Weekly Niskayuna High School June 6, 2003 Volume 29, Issue 28 Niskayuna debaters place at nationals High School, where they had to compete in by Evan Ballan five intense debate rounds with few breaks, NEWS Niskayuna senior Katherine Brainard getting out at around 7:00 that evening. A and sophomore Abby Alger placed at the dance was held for debaters at the hotel annual NCFL’s national forensics tourna-when they returned. Although the day was an intense one, Brainard and Alger ment in Arlington, Virginia this past Me- morial Day weekend, May 24 and 25. Algerhad fun. Commented Brainard, “NCFL’s made the quarterfinals while Brainard were an awesome experience. The com- came close to making the octo-finals. petitiors were challenging, intelligent, and The NCFL, or National Catholic Foren-polite. It was particularly exciting that Abby did so well!” sics League, marked its 51st year of host- ing its Grand National Tournament since They learned later that night that Alger its first competition in Brooklyn, New had made it into the top thirty-two debaters, York in 1952. This year’s tournament and would be competing the following day in brought 196 debaters from all around thethe final rounds. Alger made it to quarter- country, many of whom had to go through finals, the top eight debaters, before losing a round with a split decision. The top eight selection processes to even qualify for the competition. Alger and Brainard partici-is a record for a Niskayuna student, and although Brainard didn’t make the cut this pated at a qualifier on March 8th of this year at the Academy of the Holy Names intime around, she herself will be making Albany. The number of schools in the Niskayuna history in just a few short weeks. Photo courtesy Forensics Team Katherine, the president of Forensics at region dictated that three students could YOU WANT A PIECE?: Abby Alger contem- be sent to nationals, and of the sixteenNiskayuna, qualified for the NFL tourna- plates the coming debate. that competed at Holy Names, Alger and ment in Atlanta on the last week of school, Brainard were among the top three that NFL being, of course, the National Foren- NFL Nationals in Atlanta the last week were allowed to go. sics League, not the football organization. of school, for Katherine Brainard is the The weekend was a grueling one for Brainard will be the first student from first Nisky student ever to qualify for Alger and Brainard. After checking into Niskayuna to ever attend this competition. that National Tournament.” Coach Christopher Chadwick couldn’t be the Crystal City Marriott hotel on Thurs- The Forensics team encompasses both more proud of the two, as well as all the day night, they had to quickly rest up for speech and debate participants, but Alger other talent found in the rest of Niskayuna the opening rounds of Saturday, the bus to and Brainard stick to the latter. The which left at 6:30 in the morning. They high school’s forensics team. “I am getting exact type of debate they participated in arrived shortly thereafter at Yorktown used to our students going to NCFL Grand is called LD, or Lincoln-Douglas debate, N a t i o n a l s . named after the famous debate between Niskayuna has so the two candidates in 1858. The debates many exceptional follow a very specific pattern in which a students who must moral resolution is debated and each compete to be able participant is forced to argue for a side. to qualify for Na- The debaters write their speeches be- tionals, that not all forehand, then are required to defend will be able to their position against the attacks of their qualify. I am re- opponent. This kind of debate helps the ally pleased that students’ speaking skills and aids in the Abby made it to the structuring of arguments, skills that can elite eight in the be particularly helpful later on in life. nation, the best Hopefully, Niskayuna will return to any Niskayuna the National Tournament again next student has fared year, for it is quite an honor to even be at Nationals [so allowed to attend. It is truly an enrich- far]. I am proud of ing experience for all who are involved, Abby and and leaves the debaters wanting to come Katherine for rep- back. Congratulations to the debaters Photo courtesy Forensics Team r e s e n t i n g and coach Chadwick on a great tourna- MY VOICE IS MY STRENGTH: Catherine Brainard grabs a quick bite Niskayuna so well. ment and impressive year! before she returns to the trenches I look forward to 2 News June 6, 2003 The Warrior Several faculty members to retire this year Julia Napolitano doing so; as a high school student himself, was always one of his favorite areas, but NEWS Rini decided that being a math teacher was he derives enjoyment from any math- This year concludes with five faculty a profession he was well-suited for. ematical topic. “It’s really a nice feeling retirees: math teacher Richard Rini, Physi- “I think I was in eleventh grade, and what when you’ve worked on a lesson and sense cal Education instructor Dom Gisotti, happened was that I wanted to get into the that the kids get it,” said Rini in describ- custodian John Hladik, Physical Educa- same math class as a particular girl. I ing what he considers the most reward- tion secretary Mary Lee ing aspect as a teacher. Van Zweden, and guid- ‘I have him for homeroom; ance secretaries Pauline that makes it even better,” Jennings and Kathy said sophomore Lexi Montello. Each will Imgruth who clearly appre- surely be sorely missed ciated Rini’s sincere assis- by students and teachers tance to her as his math alike. student. An anonymous “The first thing I plan student added that “being to do is not work,” replied in Rini’s class is always... Rini with a smile when an experience,” indicating asked what he will do in his teacher’s approachable his retirement after work- and humorous attitude be- ing here since 1971. Along ing well-received and es- with volunteering for the sential to the overall class Peppertree Foundation atmosphere. (an animal rescue orga- Not only has Rini proved nization), golfing and his devotion as a reading are two activities hardworking teacher, but with which he says he is further recognized as the will occupy his weekday first coach of Niskayuna time, a departure from High’s girls’ soccer team, teaching various Re- establishing the team in gents- and Mastery-level 1976 and serving as its ad- math courses (3R and 3M visor until 1988. Calling it specifically this year). A Warrior Photo/ Julia Napolitano his greatest adventure out- new teacher has been RINI IS FINI: After teaching for over a quarter-century, Mr. Rini is retiring. side of the classroom, he hired to teach his classes. still keeps in touch with Rini grew up in Long Island, and moved offered to tutor her...she never did end up in players now forty years old or more. to upstate New York to pursue his degree my class, however I realized my strength in When asked to recall a favorite story as a certified math instructor at the Uni- explaining the subject to others,” he said. from these past thirty-two years, Rini versity of Albany. He enjoyed living in the He had considered a career involving his- told of an evening when, upon leaving a Capital Region and applied for a position tory or social studies, but claims to have baseball game, as he approached his at Niskayuna, where he has since spent chosen math instead “because [he] didn’t car, he found his entire career. He has no regrets in want to correct essays.” Algebra, he says, (Continued to Page 3, FACULTY) Student officers elected for 03-04 by Jeremy Wolos NEWS Class Office After attending all of the speeches Class of 2004: Class of 2006: made by aspiring Student Council President: Matt Larkin President: Elena Lecce and Student Congress members the Vice President: Allison Sail Vice President: Britnie Girigorie morning of Thursday, May 29th, Secretary: Mary Cirincione Secretary: Lauren Festine Niskayuna students had an evening Treasurer: Kevin O’Connor Treasurer: Jamie Brooks to consider all of the possibilities Historian: Lauren Palmer Historian: Kyle Johnson available to them, so that they could make their final decisions and vote Class of 2005: Student Congress the next day. The students decided President: Allison Sylvetsky President: Drew Knowlton on their leaders for the 2003-2004 Vice President: Ben Kelly Vice President: Allie Weingarten school year. Here are the results for Secretary: Corey Smetana Secretary: Tami Glaser of all the Student Council and Stu- Treasurer: Andy Marshall Treasurer: Nate Staudinger dent Congress elections: Historian: Lindsey Rosecrans Historian: Diana Mitsche The Warrior June 6, 2003 News 3 NHS ranks in top national percentile Niskayuna High School ranked 269th in the country’s top 4th percentile, according to a recent study published in Newsweek. The study, termed the Challenge Index, was devised by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post and ranks all of the nation’s public high schools by a certain formula. The formula consists of dividing the number of Advanced Placement tests taken by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that have an equal number of test takers as graduating students receive a one; the highest figure was 6.3. There were 737 schools listed among the top four percent as schools with the strongest AP programs. Congratulations to our AP students, teachers, and administrators. Nisk in N rank Faculty members to retire after many years of A (Continued from page 2, out of college in the fall of makes the players a perma- Jennings, part of the faculty test ta SEVERAL) 1971, and today he still nent part of the school.” This for 24 and 10 years, respec- the himself among a group of rau- teaches with the same en- year, Gisotti has taught life- tively, will be leaving the coun- cous teenagers and was nearly thusiasm that he did thirty- time gym class and drivers’ seling center, with the former arrested. He laughed remem- two years ago. He is like a big education, as well as coach- having earned her own posi- bering the police officer’s sur- brother that I see every day. ing football, baseball, wres- tion in an esthetics (skin care) prise at realizing he had I will miss him very much.” tling, and hockey. practice. She remarked on nabbed a faculty member. As mentioned, Rini is ea- When asked which sport the unflagging student con- One of his most insightful ger to offer assistance along he enjoyed coaching most, cern with education, and says comments was “The kids here with his wife to the Pepper- he replied, “Probably foot- that there is a consistently haven’t changed. They will tree Foundation after adopt- ball, though I really enjoy strong academic atmosphere. always test the boundaries; ing a dog through them in baseball because of the pace Also retiring is Mary Lee van they did in 1971, and they do 1995 after their former dog of the game.” Gisotti also Zweden, a clerical assistant for in 2003. The teachers, we are passed away. He is glad to commented on the the physical education depart- the ones who have changed. help foster animals back to community’s caring atmo- ment. She has worked in that We become more willing to do health, and to know his effort sphere. “In doing a lot of department for 6 years, and pre- things for our students; some- contributes to the area’s be- reflecting recently, I feel that viously filled a similar position times this is good, sometimes ing one of the top rescue ar- what makes Niskayuna it- in the English Department, Me- it’s bad.” He reflected on the eas in the country. self is the people; that in- dia Center, and Iroquois Middle passing of three decades and Also having served thirty- cludes the students and the School. Previously, she worked concluded that in no way has two years as a Niskayuna fac- colleagues. I have made for an optical firm in Albany. his job been boring; “sometimes ulty member, Coach Dom many life-long Originally from New Jersey, she [it’s] too exciting,” he says en- Gisotti intends to invest his friendships...people don’t re- has spent the past 37 years in thusiastically. “I’ve worked post retirement time in his alize what great of a thing Niskayuna, with three children with a lot of wonderful kids, family’s remodeling business, we have here.” The most passing through the high school. and a lot of wonderful math continuing his occupation rewarding thing as a teacher, She plans to relocate after retir- teachers.” here in the northeast where he says, is to watch the stu- ing in order to spend her winters One of these kids is current he has grown up. dents come into their own, in Florida. math teacher Stephanie “I always loved sports; one and to see them start in their Finally, one of school’s day Graseck, whom having spent of the traditions I continue growth process. Comparing custodians, John Hladik, is leav- only one year as his colleague from my time at Springfield it to his other line of work, ing the school after 20 years. He will miss his outgoing, humor- College is ‘the burning of the “It’s not like carpentry when plans to travel and spend time ous personality. “He has a shoe.’ Seniors, at their last the finished product is ap- with his grandchildren. When great [reputation] with a lot of game of the year, bring with parent.” He looks forward to asked about Niskayuna High students, he is always working them a personal belonging. keeping in touch with his School, he said he has “enjoyed with them and often stays late They share its value to them students as they mature into working for the time I’ve been to help them.” Commented fel- with the team, and then they adults. here.” low math teacher Irene Jovell, add it to the bonfire. The Clerical assistants Kathy With additional reporting by “He and I came together fresh burned ashes in the ground Montello and Pauline Leanne Merrill 4 Opinion June 6, 2003 The Warrior Warrior staff bids farewell The Warrior As the school year draws to a close and a safe and enjoyable one, and will hope- Niskayuna High School the summer months commence, The War- fully provide an excess of entertainment 1626 Balltown Road rior hopes that all Niskayuna students to prepare for the return to the not-so- Niskayuna, NY 12309 have a safe and enjoyable summer break. exciting ritual that is high school. (518) 382-2511, Ext. 351 This school year has been an interest- Meanwhile, the seniors, a number of http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/nhs/ ing one, from bomb threats galore in the whom will be attending university in the warrior/ autumn to the intense fall, have their future to look preparation for final exams forward to. The Warrior T H E S TA F F that has still to reach its conclusion. And in a few EDITORIAL wishes the best of luck to all of those graduating and we hope EDITORS -IN-CHIEF: TJ Andrews, Elspeth Edelstein short weeks, the ‘02-’03 they attain success in all fu- NEWS EDITORS: Jesse Conti, Leanne school year will be no more; freshmen, ture endeavors. All of the seniors have Merrill, Julia Napolitano, Jeremy sophomores and juniors off to enjoy two done an excellent job, and having finally Wolos months of sheer relaxation, a number reached the culmination of their high ASST. NEWS: Nate Staudinger departing for vacation spots while oth- school career, all have the remainder of OPINION EDITORS : Kishori Rajan, Alec ers participate in various pastimes. their lives to look forward to. Whatever Wilson Whether you go on a vacation, attend a ASST. OPINION: Evan Ballan lies ahead, The Warrior is confident that ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR : Stephanie summer camp, or camp in front of the it will be enjoyable. And for those stu- Blair, Matt Larkin television for eight weeks straight, The dents who will be returning to school S PORTS E DITORS: Jonathan Chow, Lisa Warrior hopes that your summer is both next year, we’ll see you in the fall! D’Aniello ASST. SPORTS: Peter Chalfin The United States,’02-’03 FEATURE E DITORS: Alice Lee, Anna Yu, Kathryn Fantauzzi DISTRIBUTION M ANAGER: Jackie Nguyen by Kishori Rajan ing out Osama bin Laden to France sentiment. Being B USINESS M ANAGER: Erik Donhowe OPINION Saddam Hussein was per- a nation’s ally doesn’t WEB SITE MANAGER: Brian Nevers It’s nice to believe that haps one of the greatest me- mean you have to blindly ADVERTISING MANAGER: Jonas Chang progression is time related, dia and government ploys support their actions; this GRAPHICS C OORDINATOR: Evan Fenaroli, that we mature as time goes of our time. The evidence of in fact would be very dan- Brian Nevers on, that the future is a WMDs was hazy, and after gerous. Before we throw ADVISORS: James Edgar, Meghan Sweet brighter, improved place. the smoke has cleared, we all our bottled Evian down Reality, unfortunately, still have yet to find any of the drain, consider this proves otherwise. From these biological or chemical situation: suppose France freedom fries to censor- had actually elected ship in the mall, to the strongly anti- EDITORIAL POLICIES priest sex scandals and “Has it become our Semitic Le Pen as LETTERS TO THE EDITOR are wel- Ashcroft’s immigration policies, the 2002-2003 patriotic duty to president, who has also been known to ex- come from all members of the school community. The Warrior school year was dyna- mite, tragic and con- turn the other way ercise torture on his reserves the right to edit letters enemies. Would the US for grammar and length. troversial year in the when our loyalties have stood back and SIGNED OPINION ARTICLES AND CAR- news, which seemed to supported him, as Le TOONS express the opinions of their take two steps back in conflict with our Pen lashed out against creators. every direction. Jews, Muslims, and UNSIGNED EDITORIALS represent With the repercus- conscience?” immigrants, just be- the consensus of the paper’s edi- sions of 9/11 still being cause France is our po- torial board, which may not re- felt, our government aggres- weapons that were the litical ally? Has it become flect the majority of the students’ sively fed off the hysteria. administration’s main ar- our patriotic duty to turn views. The wobbling economy, suf- gument for war. the other way when our THE OP-ED PAGES are a forum for fering state budgets, and The Iraq conflict and loyalties conflict with our students’ opinions and ideas. other serious domestic is- WMDs obviously dominated conscience? And if we are sues became secondary con- the headlines, but it was going to protest a nation’s cerns as our nation turned the lack of international policy, could we do any The Warrior is published each Fri- its eye abroad, making an support that proved to be a better than renaming a po- day the high school has classes (33 at best sketchy link between major sore spot for the coun- tato that wasn’t even times a year). al-Quaeda and Hussein, try. If the France scenario French to begin with? For a one-year subscription, send Bush riding in on his white displayed anything at all, it When the government a check for $25 payable to Niskayuna horse two days after the was America’s incredible constantly comes up with High School to The Warrior, Attn: very emotional and media- immaturity. What was even numerous fictitious, pro- Subscriptions, 1626 Balltown Rd., hyped 9/11 anniversary more amazing to see was pagandist tales and ex- Niskayuna, NY 12309. back in September. The how swept up the American (Continued to page 5, turn of attention from seek- public became in the anti- AMERICA) Suping it up: Eleven driving laws you should know 1. New laws require that drivers or Class MJ learner permit must bring Q&A with car fanatic under the age of 18 who hold a learner’s to the road test a statement that cer- permit to hold the permit for a mini- tifies that the driver has enough driv- Dave Muldowney mum of six months before they may ing experience. The statement must by Kathryn Fantauzzi obtain a junior license. certify that the junior driver had a MAGAZINE INTERVIEW minimum of 20 hours of supervised Dave Muldowney, a Niskayuna sopho- 2. This law also allows for a “limited driving experience. The supervising more, is the son of Shirley Muldowney, a class” license, which is available to driver must be a driver qualified by the famous racecar driver who was named one those under the age of 18 who pass law to supervise a junior driver. The of Sports Illustrated’s top 100 women ath- their test prior to holding their learn- parent or legal guardian of the junior letes, and the son of Jack Muldowney, a ers permit for at least six months. driver must sign this statement. mechanic and former racecar driver. 3. The new law also requires that 8. The DMV will also issue a limited- Q: What got you interested in cars? Did Learner’s permit holders obtain at least use junior license to junior driver who your family lineage play a part in your twenty hours of supervised driving with passes a road test during the first six interest? an experienced driver or instructor be- months after the learned permit was A: My father got me interested in cars, he fore being eligible to take a road test to issue. A limited-use junior license raced cars all his life and he is a mechanic. get a limited class or junior will allow the junior driver to license. drive without supervision Q: Why is driving so important to you? during specific hours A: It lets me get out of the house. It gives 4. On September 1, of the day and me a sense of freedom. 2003 these new re- within specific strictions will ex- g e o - Q: What if anything do you do to enhance ist for the jun- graphi- your car? ior license c a l A: I do everything. I changed my intake once ob- bound- and exhaust and I put wider tires on my tained. These aries. car. I also changed a couple motors, be- restrictions However, cause I blew them up. include, the in- a supervis- ability of a junior ing driver Q: How did you blow your motors up? driver to operate must be Was speed a factor? a vehicle that has present at A: Yes, I drove too fast, it put too much more than two pas- all other strain on the parts, they couldn’t handle it. sengers who are un- times. Six der the age of 21 months after Q: Do you speed on a regular basis? Why? unless a parent, a the earn per- A: Yes I’d say so. I speed because it’s guardian, or a mit of that thrilling, it gives me an adrenaline rush. driving instructor driver was is- also rides in the sued; the DMV Q: What is your favorite car? vehicle. However will issue a nor- A: My favorite car is a Mosler Mt900, this rule does not mal junior license to which is a racing inspired car. It is as close apply if the pas- replace the limited- to a race car as you can get for the street. sengers are im- use junior license. mediate family. Q: What do you think determines the 9. A junior license will quality of a car? 5. When the new law requires su- be issued by the DMV to those who A: It has to be made in the USA and it pervision of the junior driver, only pass the road test more than six needs to have a V8 engine, with a standard the supervising driver can ride in the months after receiving their permit. transmission, and rear-wheel drive. front seat. The supervising driver must also be 21 years of age or older 10. A new law which affects all Q: Are you interested in mechanics/ ma- and must have a valid driver license. drivers with a learner permit requires chinery in general of is your interest solely that a supervising driver must be 21 in cars? Why? 6. This law also requires that all years of age or older. The present law A: I like anything mechanical. I’m inter- passengers that ride with a junior requires that the supervising driver ested in how things run. driver must use the correct safety must be 18 years of age or older. restraints (seat belts or child safety s Q: Has anything funny or interesting seats). 11. Other laws have been put into happened to you when you were driving? affect presently, including the lower- A: One time, the exhaust pipe fell off 7. Many new restrictions will exist ing of the blood alcohol limit from .10 my car and cut the back tire, causing the for junior drivers who get learner to .08. car to go up on the side wheels. It almost permits that are issue on or after tipped us over. September 1, 2003. These restrictions —Compiled by Kathryn Fantauzzi include that a driver with a Class DJ Source: DMV.com Student Driving Safety Survey Results Survey of 119 student drivers finds that many are distracted, speed In The Warrior’s recent survey of Nisk- ayuna students who drive, we found that most students consider themselves safe drivers. We also found that most admit to doing activities while driving that could distract them and most admitted to speeding. Perhaps most disturbingly, we found Warrior photo / Liza Plotnikova HANDS OFF: This driver, eating a burger while waiting for the light to change at the high that five students school exit by the Balltown Road is typical of many, who do other activities while driving. claimed to have operated their vehicles while under the While Driving influence of alchohol, eaten food/drink having checked the 51 box marked “other” talked on handheld cell 29 and filling in the fixed appearance 14 blank. While some students may not have read something 9 taken the survey fallen asleep 3 seriously—we got a number of 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 unbelievable Students surveyed: 119 1 9 responses—the fact Editorial comments by Kathryn Fantauzzi and Anna Yu that five said they Driving Survey: Nisky students take the wheel Although most stu- dent drivers believe they drive safely, a majority of them also report that they speed. Survey by Alice Lee St. James Square parkers use illicit paths by Anna Yu To tell you the truth, I was contemplat- to park at St. James Square in the future. MAGAZINE ing cutting across the fence when I found Said Wetzel, “The high school is just try- With the advent of available parking spots Wetzel guarding it one Friday afternoon. ing to be good neighbors to Mr. Scott so he’ll at St. James Square, a sudden surge of high Rather than get caught attempting to use continue to let students park there.” school students have been taking advan- it, I pretended that I wanted to get a During Niska-Day, when many Niska- tage of a section of the fence between St. picture of him guarding the fence for a Day attendees parked at St. James Square, James Square and the high school that Warrior article. He declined a picture but many grandparents, adults, and young chil- has been torn down as a short cut. Just accepted an interview. dren took advantage of the break in the this year, St. James Sqaure’s proprietor According to Wetzel, the fence is there as fence right in front of the police and the Reginald Scott began allowing a handful a result of a zoning requirement the town police did nothing to stop them. It appears of Niskayuna students to park at the old placed when St. James Square was built. that the problem with the fence will con- Grand Union’s parking lot. Despite this Nobody’s quite sure who or what caused tinue until the high school or St. James generosity, many of these students have the fence to tear at that location. Wetzel Square physically repairs the fence. been abusing this privilege. commented, ”It could have Assistant principal David Wetzel been snow. It could have said,“Mr. Scott who owns St. James Square been students. We’ve asked has allowed students to park there. Unfor- to get [the fence] fixed but tunately, if I were him, I would pull that it keeps on getting worse because students have been rude and abus- and worse. It’s a constant ing his property.” maintenance issue.” For those unfamiliar, this torn down The high school has been fence is located approximately across the doing what it can to pre- New Cafe entrance and is so thoroughly vent a further deteriora- used that the originally upright fence is tion of the fence by guard- now nearly flat on the grass. This flatness ing it, but there is only so allows students to easily walk over the much the school can do. “I’ve fence to cross over St. James Square. been guarding [the fence] Before being given a parking permit at since the snow melted. St. James Sqaure, students must sign a Sometimes I’m here, some- contract. According to Wetzel, “[The con- times Tony [Barbalace] is tract] says that they’ll use the desig- here,” said Wetzel. Admin- nated walkways.” Therefore, using the istrators are concerned that Warrior photo / Jeremy Brown fence to get the high school is in violation if this problem continues, GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS: This section of of the contract. Scott will not allow students the fence between the high school and St. James Square is down. The Warrior June 6, 2003 Opinion 5 Dreaming of a distant summer to come by Alec Wilson not nearly long enough. to cope. to those who have absolutely OPINION Some of us cope with this fact To those who wrap them- nothing to do. To those lucky You can feel its presence, its better than others. On one end selves in their academic shell: people I wish you well in your essence. It permeates every of the spectrum, you have those mellow out. Realistically, bliss.) Those who are simply pore of your body and every who spend every waking mo- maintaining your average is not putting forth any effort re- thought of your mind. It’sthat ment with a textbook, and pro- important, and doing well on ally need to review their priori- seemingly simple season, long this waking moment to many of the before mentioned ties. While academics may not summer. Yes, that fabled time encompass most of the day. tests is too, but how much is be on the top of your list, they close to all high schoolers’ These people are those you will the last-minute cramming go- are still important. They pro- hearts, which spells freedom occasionally ing to help? vide a basis for your future. in so many ways. find freaking Any gleaned That is not to say you’re hor- Yet, this tangible entity lies out of reach, blocked by ines- out at random moments. SMART ALEC knowledge will only re- rible because you aren’t the best student, merely a reminder capable end-of-the-year tests, On the other side in your that a little effort is good. It projects, and other miscella- end are those who have simply short-term memory for a day doesn’t have to be hours on end, neous assignments. While given up or stopped caring, as or two at most and then vanish but some time and work will some of us have maneuvered they decide that sleep is too shortly after. prove to be worthwhile. ourselves effectively around valuable to be neglected. This However, those who have Finally, we come to you guys this fate, others have con- appears ideal, except when that been studying consistently all that have everything in control demned ourselves to SATs, tiny, nagging voice inside your year have a long-term memory and know what you want and SAT IIs, ACTs, AP tests, and head decides to remind you that basis, which is much more ef- what to do. Just keep on plug- honors classes. Not to men- doing one’s work would be a fective. Not to mention that ging away. For everyone, the last tion the regular finals and good thing. Then there are all depriving yourself of sleep hin- few days of this year are just a Regents exams, or the extra- those that fall in between. It ders your body’s ability to func- few more days of your life, just as curricular activities such as would be nice if we could all tion. In other words, you need any other days are. Have some sports (possibly state levels), become that perfect being who to relax, plan and manage your fun and get ready for a great music solos, competitions, and manages to do all possible tasks time, and leave it at that. summer, because that’s the best maybe even dance. This is and still maintain a level of Those who are completely way to look at it. Before you when one usually finds out sanity. Since we don’t live in a slacking off: do a little work. know it, it will be here and gone that a twenty-four hour day is perfect world however, we have (This obviously does not apply so start savoring it early. America should apply values domestically (continued from page 4, into. Nevermind that the American crous as saying all Germans are Nazis, U.S. IN) troops could have calmly walked into the or all Americans are in the KKK. (Speak- -ecuting covert operations, it seems hospital and taken Lynch home with no ing of which, why didn’t we ever try to almost a little too Hollywoodish to take resistance from the Iraqis, but instead combat our own domestic terrorist seriously. Yet when a unilateral war ef- decided to dramatize the event by wear- groups, if we’re really this passionate to fort that lacks major international sup- ing night vision goggles, and shooting wage this war on terrorism?) Along simi- port isn’t going too well, a little glamor- blanks to knock down the unlocked door, lar lines are the harsher immigration poli- ous bravery never hurts, even if it’s made in order to “rescue” the girl. It became cies our country has implemented this up. Enter Jessica Lynch, the young, “one of the most stunning pieces of news past year, again under Ashcroft’s hawk- blonde, nineteen-year-old sergeant who management yet conceived, according to ish eye. Ashcroft promoted the idea of became America’s modern war icon over- one news reporter, but it doesn’t matter. having foreign exchange students from night. The American public watched This was war, and Bush had a story to specified countries being fingerprinted, Lynch being “rescued” at night in a dar- tell. photographed, and on constant watch. This ing and heroic raid by a troop of Ameri- America has always prided itself on was denounced by the ACLU and the can soldiers, from her “evil” Iraqi cap- being a great defender of human rights. United Nations, who said that treating tors. Lynch was reported to have gun With the Bush administration, however, them as a separate element of society not wounds and other serious injuries, which we’ve found ourselves increasingly com- only violates certain civil liberties, but were inflicted when she fought off her promising these rights for many indi- also is a discriminatory act. attackers. Never mind that these sup- viduals and groups of people. The back- To fill the role of the world’s superpower posedly harmful Iraqi doctors actually lash against Arab-Americans and the must be done responsibly. If we are to be an fed her, took care of her, and protected Muslim religion has been prevalent in example to the rest of the world, we should her from looming thugs during those this country since 2001, strongly remi- uphold the virtues that really matter: jus- eight days. Never mind that when these niscent of that against the Japanese dur- tice, equality, and compassion. We should doctors tried to find American troops to ing the 1940s. John Ashcroft even sug- show our strength not through bombs or give Lynch back to them, they were shot gested the same internment camps for destruction, but through the undoubtedly at. Never mind that Lynch’s injuries all people of the Muslim faith. Will we harder method of diplomacy, generosity, weren’t really gun wounds, but more ever learn from our mistakes? To say and forgiveness. Then, we can really join likely from a car accident she got herself that all Arabs are terrorists is as ludi- hands and sing about the land of the free. 6 Entertainment June 6, 2003 The Warrior “J. Ho” reflects on radio’s low points by Jon Horowitz nal wit.” This might sound “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni the also terrible John Mayer. ENTERTAINMENT like something I just made Mitchell, which was an amaz- The last reason to destroy I’m so sick of the radio these up, but rest assured, I can ing song- before the Counting your local radio station is the days. Everything about it think of at least 5 radio shows Crows completely screwed it allowance of pre-teen girls to vexes me beyond what mere with this exact chemistry, and up. Isn’t the point of a cover squeal with ridiculous excite- words can describe. I’m not I don’t know how it hasn’t song to add something of your ment at having been “chosen” just talking about “Fly 92” and been previously exposed! own style to a classic? It seems to go on the air. Humankind “KROQ” or whatever, I’m re- Now, we all know that that this guy is a far manages to impress me with ferring to the whole AM/FM the supposed main in- worse singer then Joni. its stupidity once again when experience. I’m sure many of tention of the ra- This cover disgusts me. people decide to call a radio you are as sick of it as I am, dio is to offer a va- I’m going to officially station with the sole purpose and if you aren’t, maybe after riety of music. Un- change the lyrics from, of giving a “shout out.” Hav- reading this you’ll reconsider. fortunately, every “they paved paradise ing my name heard on a radio The first mistake that the radio station and put up a parking wouldn’t make my day at all. modern radio station makes plays l o t ” In fact, now that I’m recalling is simply stated: DJs! I mean, only a t o , the deficiencies of this particu- what is the point of having few se- lar channel of communication, some pompous sub-human l e c t if I were to hear my name in a make bad jokes and pretend songs “shout out,” I’d go so far as to to be responsible for what over and press charges. Who cares about songs the station plays? I’m over and whoever they’re “shouting” at? so sick of DJs that think they over. I I sure don’t. are amazing regardless of had to lis- So basically my message is their 100-person audience. If ten to i n that the radio is a massive I have to hear another plati- the ra- m y waste of time, money and ef- tude prank call or one of those dio at opin- fort. Due to its redundancy, incredbly irritating pop-song work i o n , poor staff, and incredible lack parodies, my eardrums might t o - t h e of quality in general (none of explode. The first time I heard day f a r the songs are even worthy of a DJ prank-call some guy and be- m o r e repelling bugs), the radio is tell him to “catch his refrig- cause s u i t - most definitely worth passing erator.” I almost laughed, but, some guy Warrior art / Andy Freidson a b l e , up. Instead of wasting my then again, I was six. Listen- wanted to listen to it. “Hey Counting time, I’m going to smash the ing to the same redundant jok- Needless to say, I heard the Crows, you recorded a terrible radio, plug in my superior CD ing style over and over, espe- worst song ever at least 10 rehash!” Counting Crows will player, and let Metallica cially when it’s censored, isn’t times. This song would be “In be touring this summer with RAWK AWN! even close to being funny. Da Club” by 50 Am I the only person out Cent, which con- there who thinks the entire sists of lyrics such population of DJs sounds pre- as “Go shorty! It’s cisely the same? I’m going to your birthday! Go Top five movies to rent this summer make a guess here, and state shorty! It’s your 1. The Sandlot - This classic movie about a group of boys and that there are about three ge- birthday! Go their adventures in baseball during the summer makes you want to neric voices, and DJ’s aren’t shorty! It’s your grab a glove and hit the field hired unless they fit into one of birthday.” As you those categories. The most can probably infer, 2. American Pie 2 - A group of college students come home for annoying is the nasal male this is done repeat- the summer, rent a beach house, and throw some crazy parties. Who voice. This guy is always edly! I also really could ask for a better movie? “funny” and likes to do “crazy” liked the meta- stunts that always get him in phor 50 used 3. Camp Nowhere - In this movie, a group of kids come up with “trouble.” This DJ normally has where “Shorty” is a plan to get away from their parents for the summer by creating a quirky name, such as Zeke. the anxiety of a de- their own summer camp. Now, it’s bad enough we have pressed man in a to listen to this Zeke character, modern world. I’m 4. Stand By Me - Kids in the 1960’s go on a search for a dead body but to balance out the “comic” not going to say during the summer and wind up beginning the journey to adult- factor of Zeke, they add a bor- anything else hood. Now that’s deep. ing character with a boring about that song, name. Let’s call this DJ “Todd.” because it ails me 5. National Lampoon’s Vacation - The origin of the Vacation Todd most likely has a deep too much to recall series, this movie follows a family on their trek through the west and voice, and isn’t be terribly out- its many short- on their way to Wallyworld. spoken. Therefore, he is often comings. I also Compiled by Matt Larkin “outsmarted” by Zeke’s “origi- heard a cover of The Warrior June 6, 2003 Sports 7 Showdown tonight in powder puff game By Colleen Donovan The juniors find their direction SPORTS from Chris Amiccuci and Jon Just as the strong sports sea- Prian, and their guidance from son cools down, the competition captains Lauren Palmer and Sa- between the seniors and the jun- rah Stempek. The junior team is iors is heating up. Tonght, girls stacked with potential stars, both from both classes will take the offensively and defensively. field for the annual Powder In past years, the senior class Puff game. The flag-football has always beaten the junior class. game will take place from 7 to This year’s seniors suffered a bru- 9 pm at the high school, and tal 21-6 defeat last year. However, admission is $3. Proceeds from Bisallon assured that this was a the game will benefit the Cys- motivating factor in saying, “The tic Fibrosis Foundation. seniors have a bitter taste in their Before any vivid images enter mouths from their loss last year, your head of the atrocious Illinois and we’re expecting a victory.” Powder Puff hazing incident that Reflecting on last year, has spread across the news like Halsey looks at tonight opti- wildfire, let it be known that this mistically. “This year is a Powder Puff game is nothing of whole new story. We have a Warrior photo / Lisa D’Aniello the sort. For the past month, the lot more experience and de- PREPARING FOR VICTORY: Expert football player senior Kevin seniors and juniors have been sire. We are going to keep the Jordan gives a group of senior girls some advice at a recent practice on the senior tradition alive.” best way to pulverize the juniors. practicing to prepare for a com- petitive but civil showdown on Junior Carrie Down, however, Of course, the game wouldn’t ment through their animated the football field. looks at the tradition with a differ- be a game without cheerleaders. cheers and dances. The seniors are coached by var- ent light. “Nobody expects us to Seniors Rhiannah Johnson and The phrase “powder puff” has sity football players Jon Bisaillon, win, which is great because it Annabel Polanco have been work- undoubtedly stirred up competi- Matt Draper, Kevin Jordan, and takes all of the pressure off. We ing diligently to prep the senior tion between the seniors and jun- led by captains Alex Piedmont have nothing to lose, so we will guys for the big show, as have iors throughout the past years. and Stephanie Plis. Last year, give all we have in order to secure Alyssa Krol, Terri Miller, Elisse With both classes vying for a Auriana Halsey, Megan Hilts, and a win.” Sliwinski, and Becky Szwedo with victory, tonight promises to e Piedmont were key players, so the Added Ammicucci, “We plan the junior guys. The cheerleaders exciting. Will the seniors pull class is looking for another top to be the first junior class to will surely be a major source of out a win, or are the juniors performance by them. succeed.” encouragement and entertain- going to break the tradition? Nisky finishes successful year in sports (continued from pg 8, REVIEW) hole, but they dug their way back, year. Penn Relays, where the 4 x 400 Boys’ Basketball: The team scoring a memorable victory over Girls’ Lacrosse: Under the and 4 x 100 relay teams came in went on to earn only a 4-11 league Bethlehem, 11-10 in a late ninth- coaching of Pete Melito, the team first in their heats. record, but those numbers do not inning rally and winning the last earned a respectable 7-6 record. Boys’ Tennis: Finishing with a demonstrate the team’s overall five of their seven games to finish The Lady Warriors qualified for 8-4 record, the team clinched sec- ability. Many of the losses suf- 8-11. Highlights included Matt the Section II tournament ond place in team Sectionals and fered were within ten points. Se- Simone notching two singles and where they lost to Columbia in sent two doubles teams to indi- nior Kevin Rusciniski was the big- batting a game-winning sacrifice the first round. vidual Sectionals and one team gest contributer, and scored a to- fly and Pete Chalfin racking up Boys’ Outdoor Track: The to States. Chanwoo Park and tal of 258 points throughout the ten strikeouts in one game. team finished with a disappoint- Aaron Mednick got to the season, with senior Frank Longo Softball: The Lady Warriors ing 2-8 record. However, it was quarterfinals of Sectionals and scoring 196 total points. lacked experience but were never- overshadowed by individual ac- Jon Chow and Albert Alant won Girls’ Basketball: The girls theless competitive in the Subur- complishments, such as Paul John Suburbans and Sectionals. They saw their best season in three ban Council, compiling a respect- and Matt Rogers qualifying for were upset in the semifinals of years, finishing with a 6-16 over- ful 4-9 record for the season. Jun- States and the DMR team of John, the State tournament. all record. Nearly all of the games ior Kathleen Gillen led the team Rogers, Rob Pierpont, and Bill Crew: The team went to the were well-played, but the and pitched four shutouts and Curran going to Nationals in Stotesbury Regatta and al- competion this year was very stiff. averged seven strikeouts/game. North Carolina on June 14th. though they didn’t place as well Senior Auriana Halsey and junior Boys’ Lacrosse: A strong force, Girls’ Outdoor Track: Earn- as they would have liked to, they Colleen Donovan formed the back- the team came within one win of ing a strong 5-5 team record, the still had a good time. The boys bone of the team, scoring 222 and qualifying for States, losing to girls’ track team placed 3rd at the “A” boat placed second at 176 points, respectively. Shen 9-7 in the finals of Sectionals. Eddy meet, won the Ballston Spa Sectionals and Andy Millspaugh Baseball: The boys baseball They finished with a 14-4 record invitational, and came in fifth in and Eric Betsweizer placed sixth team started off the season in a will remain a team to beat next Sectionals. Also, they went to the in a double at Nationals. Sports June 6, 2003 The Warrior 8 The 2002-2003 athletic year in review by Jon Chow, Lisa D’Aniello, and Pete After getting off to a somewhat slow start, Girls’ Ski Team: The girls’ team was Chalfin head coach Rachelle Mont and assistant much larger this year, more than doubling SPORTS coach Rick Mont motivated the girls enough in membership. Eighth grader Nicole June is here and the final season of sports to turn the season around. Bielek consistently finished in the top ten, for the school year is coming to an end. The Girls’ Cross-Country: The girls’ cross- and sophomore Mallory Cooper was also a 2002-2003 year has been filled with ups and country team, competing in the highly com- strong asset to the team. downs and expected and unexpected feats petitive Suburban Council, flirted with .500 Boys’ Indoor Track: Under new head that reflect the accomplishments of the for the majority of the season. At the Shaker coach, Jason DeRocco, the indoor track Niskayuna Silver Warriors. Invitational, three of the top eight runners team saw incredible performances through- Football: The football team ended the were from Niskayuna, as the team finished out the season. Highlights included the season on a high note with a four-game fourth out of the nine competing schools. At Dartmouth and Yale Invitationals, and a winning streak. The squad was motivated the Grout Run, all of Niskayuna’s varsity second-place finish at Class B Champion- after failing to make the sectional playoffs runners placed in the top half, and the ships. Senior Paul John placed fourth in for a second consecutive year due to three squad finished third out of ten. Junior Caitlin the state in the 1000 meters and junior tough losses earlier in the season. The pin- McTague came within eight seconds of set- Dave Parker finished 6th in the pole vault. nacle of the year came in a thrilling upset ting the course record. She later finished Girls’ Indoor Track: The girls’ Indoor over Roundout Valley, a team ranked third third at nationals. Track team enjoyed a third-place Sectional in the state. Boys’ Cross-Country: The cross-coun- finish, thanks to strong contributersfrom Girls’ Tennis: The girls’ tennis team had try team, dubbed the “Red Gremlins” by juniors Robin Bankert, Caitlin McTague, a very impressive season, finishing first in themselves, had one of the best seasons Anjana Rajan, freshman Ashlee Atwell, the Gold Division and third overall in the among any sports in the high school. The and the 4 x 800 relay team. Bankert ad- Suburban Council. They came through with team placed an impressive third at the Sec- vanced to States in the 600 as part of the big wins over Shen and Burnt Hills. The tion II championships, a major improve- Intersectional relay, and finished second. squad was led by senior captains Karin ment on past seasons, thanks to seniors Rob The girls’ distance medley relay was also Blecher and Michelle Moone. Facing many Pierpont and Paul John. very successful and placed fifth at the of the toughest teams in the league, the Field Hockey: Carol Baldwin took over Eastern States Championship. squad was very competitive, falling on both for Lynn Connors as the new varsity field Bowling: The bowling team, coached sides of numerous 5-4 decisions. hockey coach this past fall. The team im- by experienced bowler Joe Lamb, enjoyed Girls’ Swimming: The girls’ swimming proved from the previous season, when they much greater success this year, winning a and diving team managed to match last totaled only two victories all year. The large percentage of its games on the boys’ year’s record of 7-3, losing only to Shen, highlight of the season for the Lady War- side while the girls worked hard in their Saratoga, and Burnt Hills, the top three riors was finishing second in the Gloversville first year. Senior Brian Greppo, junior teams of the season. Only three people made Tournament. The team compiled impres- Anthony Tebano, and junior Aubrey up the diving portion, while over two dozen sive wins over Guilderland and Scotia. Cailin Haushalter were the team standouts. girls swam for the team. They are hoping for O’Meara was a leading goal-scorer for the Ice Hockey: The Niskayuna/ an even better turnout next year, with the team this year. Schenectady ice hockey teamfinished with addition of the new pool. Girls’ Soccer: The girls’ soccer team, an overall 7-5-2 record and made it to the Crew: The boys’ crew team entered the lead by head coach Bryce Colby, rebounded semifinals of Sectionals in a double-over- season replacing ten rowers that graduated from a slow start to finish the season strong. time game. Senior Eric Christy led the last spring. The varsity girls had sixteen After suffering through a three-game losing team in defense and leadership, while se- new members. Led by coaches Matt Hopkins streak, the Lady Warriors turned things nior Tom Gatta was a great contributer on and Carter Jameson, the boys’ crew got off to around and won three straight against offense, scoring a total of 17 goals through- a fast start, winning by over two minutes at Mohonasen, Saratoga, and Averill Park. out the season. the Head of the Seneca. The Niskayuna The defense stepped it up in the latter Wrestling: Snatching five victories in boys’ and girls’ First Eights won gold in their portion of the season, with Brittany the first six matches was a real confidence events, with a boys’ impressive victory by Fearnside and Lauren Cowans alternating booster for the team as Coach Joe Bena over two minutes. The girls’ Second Eight in goal. Lauren Palmer sparked the offense, finished up his last of 34 years of coaching. finished third, while the Four brought home leading the team in both goals and assists. The season ended with a team title at the the gold in their event. The boys’ Second Boys’ Soccer: The soccer team finished Leo J. Sammon Tournament, with help Eight placed fourth. Both squads took ad- with a 6-7-2 league record and 8-9-2 overall from strong team contributers sophomore vantage of two new boats this season. record. Senior Zachary Kelly led the team in Louis Kiernan and junior Stephen Johnas, Boys’ Volleyball: The boys’ volley- points, with a total of ten goals and one who scored his 100th career win. ball finished their season 5-13 in the assist, followed by sophomore Mark Bryan Boys’ Swimming: In the last year as Suburban Council, and 5-14 overall. The with seven goals and two assists, and senior the Niskayuna Mohonasen swim team team was lead by head coach Darryl Frank Longo with six goals and four assists. before the split that will occur next Bray. The highlight of the season was Juniors A.J. Ipsen and Joe Asmussen were year, the team finished with a 6-8 senior Rob Sorris winning the MVP the standouts on the defensive side. record. The season culminated in an award for the entire section. Boys’ Ski Team: Seniors Pat Sharkey, eighth place Sectional finish out of 16 Girls’ Volleyball: The girls’ volleyball Andrew Millspaugh, and Gerry Adler led total teams. Senior Eric Betzweiser team had an excellent season, winning eight the boys’ team to a third-place Sectional made it to States, finishing 25th in the of their thirteen games and defeating finish, and Sharkey placed in the top 35 at 50 m and 29th in the 100 meters. Amsterdam in the first round of Sectionals. States in both Slalom and Giant Slalom. (continued on page 7, SUCCESSFUL)
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