Volume LXVII / No.2 Xavier High School December 2003 In This Issue... America's Expanding Varsity Knights Conquer Waists ... 4 had to work out a few kinks which took Find out more about the obesity a couple of games, but when our engine problems that have reached epi- started, we drove strong to the very end. demic proportions in the U.S. This team was destined to be a great one. My freshman year on the J.V. Sleep Deﬁcit Continues to team was really amazing. We came out Rise Among Students ... 5 and won the City Championship. This The Review goes in depth to un- year the same freshmen and sophomore cover the undesirable effects of students who two years ago lit up the Ju- losing too much sleep. nior Varsity team gave their all as juniors and seniors on our Varsity team. We had Organic Produce Deserves an amazing line-up of players. Our goal A Second Look... 9 keeper, James Cappabianca, made excel- Find out why to take a second lent saves all season long. The defense look at that organic produce sec- consisting of David Weinstein, myself, tion in the market. Ricardo Velez, Eric Scotto, and Bren- dan Smith fought hard putting down NFL Post-Season Picks ... 6-7 any offensive attacks on our goal. The The Review recaps the latest Xavier Varsity Soccer team and coaches are joined by Rev. David mid-ﬁelders George Abikaram, Duncan football season and highlights Ciancimino as they enjoy their archdiocese triumph at Fordham. Trott, Stephen Pozzuoli, Lucas Telmo, players and coaches that shaped Theodore Droseros, and Alfonso Duran Paul Grech There is nothing better than winning, the season. gave intense effort playing the ﬁeld both Staff Reporter anyone can tell you that. Winning is This fall was a phenomenal the feeling that you gave it your best offensively and defensively. The strikers, Prom Etiquette... 8 captain and co-captain, Joseph Torre- season for Xavier varsity soccer: divi- and that you were able to conquer. The Review invites a guest writer giano and Salim Lewis, led us to victory to give students advice on how sion champs, Archdiocesan champs, What’s even better than winning and semi-ﬁnalists at States, a ﬁrst for is winning because you’re a team. after victory with their offensive power. to pick the right prom date. Last but not least, Coaches Atherton and the Xavier Varsity Soccer team. The You can easily compare ﬁnal showdown for the Archdiocesan sports to business or anything else Georgitis provided the guidance and Winter Season Outlook ... 8 discipline which shaped us into a team. Find out what the 2003-2004 CHSAA Division Trophy plaque saw you may do in life. In life you have Xavier facing Regis for the third time to develop the ability to work with Joining the soccer team has winter season has in store for New York City. Find out how El since the season began. The excitement others, the ability to rely on others, helped me understand the whole meaning Niño and La Niña will play a role lasted into the chilly early evening until and have a sense of trust in them. Soc- of Xavier. It helped me ﬁt in to the whole in the upcoming winter season. Regis, at the ﬁnal whistle, handed over cer is a sport in which everyone has scheme of things and make new friends. As the trophy plaque to Xavier. Staff report- to constantly work together. Whether a freshman it was important for me to get Review's Reviews ... 9 er, Paul Grech, reﬂects on the season. it’s the keeper to his fullbacks, the involved because I was able to feel a sense In this issue our staff of review- Accomplishments like this fullbacks to their mid-fielders, or of pride in Xavier very early in the year. ers looks at the latest hits in can only happen when you are part the mid-fielders to their strikers, Getting involved helped me to understand movies and music, as well as a of a terriﬁc team. I am proud to say communication is important. This what the Xavier experience is all about. look at some useful web sites. I was a part of that amazing team. year’s team did just that. At ﬁrst we Xavier Season Science Teacher Goes The Distance Previews ... 12 The J.V. Basketball team and Indoor track teams have begun their winter seasons. Find out marathon. All of the other members way through the race she became dehy- more about the status of the of her family have run the marathon be- drated and was faced with severe pain teams and their future goals. fore, but this was her ﬁrst time. “This because she had terrible cramps in her was the ﬁrst time I could dedicate this right calf. Even though there was dis- much time to it,” she said. This was appointment and pain, Miss Georgitis Student Poll something that she had always wanted to do and now that she had enough plans on running the marathon again. When questioned about how the Which factor is most impor- time, she jumped at the opportunity. experience changed her, she responded, tant in choosing a college? Training for the marathon "I deﬁnitely want to run one again. I’ve was rigorous. Miss Georgitis fol- never been in so much pain in my life, so lowed her sister’s training schedule it may seem kind of crazy to want to go in order to prepare for the big day. through that again. I enjoyed the train- She spent many weekends going for ing almost more than running the race. ten to twenty mile long runs. Miss Running is something that you have to Georgitis also lifted weights and of- do alone and with how fast-paced life 59 ten practiced yoga. In addition to this is now, it’s hard to ﬁnd much that you 22 exercise, she also worked out every can do alone, especially in New York Kenny Fackovec day at soccer practice, as the assis- City. It’s a sport that forces you to look Current Events Editor tant coach of the varsity soccer team. inside and decide how much more you On Sunday, November 2nd, When asked how she expected to do, can give. I’ve learned more about 3 9 one of Xavier’s new faculty mem- Miss Georgitis simply joked, “I just endurance and determination through bers completed the amazing task of want to beat P. Diddy.” In actuality, running than through anything else. running the 26-mile New York City she hoped to complete all twenty-six Plus, after running 26.2 miles, things Academics miles in about four and a half hours. like grading papers just seem easy. Marathon. Miss Georgitis, biology Location After the marathon I spoke Everyone should try to run one. It is and chemistry teacher, is overjoyed Status with Miss Georgitis to see how it went. one challenge that you can only do for that she completed her own per- Social Atmosphere sonal goal of running the marathon. Her time was a little over ﬁve hours, yourself. Your only opponent is you.” There were many reasons and she was disappointed that she was Miss Georgitis decided to run the not closer to four and a half hours. Half Xavier Review 30 W. 16 St. New York, NY 10011 Assistant Editor Layout Editor Editor-in-Chief Karol Kurzatkowski Steven Shlivko Fredric Lomangino School News Entertainment Managing Editor Faculty Moderators Sports Jabian Gutierrez Christopher Ghiorzi Samuel Rivera Ms. Mary-Grace Gannon William Moccia Michael Mallett Christopher Hernandez Ms. Erin Lockwood Paul Grech Student Relations Michael Mule Photography Current Events Editor Christopher Monterroso Joseph Mirisola Kenny Fackovec Open Forum Point- Why the War Should Have Been Avoided Peter Honan duction in Iraq. Blix could ﬁnd nothing, but thanks to who had nothing to do with the war in the future. This Staff Reporter the overconﬁdence and bravado of our president, we stands as another great ﬂaw of the Bush administration. I always found the name of the World Trade were convinced that there was some deception. We Finally, there is no real interest in liberation or Center restaurant to be quite ironic. “Windows on believed that someone, somewhere had lied. Sure, the freedom for the Iraqi people. The minute Republicans the World” would imply that this administration most logical assumption would be that there weren’t saw that this was a huge mistake, they all fell back on had its eyes focused on matters outside the country, any weapons of mass destruction, but that would require the same argument. “Well look what we did for them.” or that we weren’t oblivious to Muslim extremists our administration to admit fault, which is something Sure, I see what we did for the Iraqi people. Though, if plotting the worst attack on American soil since of which they are not too fond. Here we stand, months my memory serves me correctly, it is the Republicans Pearl Harbor. The irony here is the “Windows on later, and Bush has found himself on the hot seat. We who ignore worldwide crises by using phrases such as the World” was reduced to smoldering rubble on now ask Mr. Bush, “Where are those weapons, George?” “we are not the world’s policemen.” Well we have not September 11th, 2001 because we failed to look We were promised nuclear weapons facilities, biological been the world’s policemen for years, and we should out that window. The attacks on the eleventh weapons plants. Instead we found a collection of ques- not be now. In my opinion, we are just as bad as Iraq were wake up calls to the Bush administration. tionable chemicals. There was no great miscommunica- was in the Gulf War. They ignored U.N. restrictions The war began because of a series of events tion in the government either. This isn’t a giant game of then, and we are ignoring U.N. war restrictions now. beginning with the attacks on the 9/11/01. Our actions telephone; it’s the United States government. With that, Iraq invaded another nation, and George W. Bush led have been ineffective. We thought we ended the Tal- the United States should start taking some responsibil- an unlawful and dangerous invasion into Iraq with the iban regime and the terror in Afghanistan, but some ity. This is just one of the many holes in this war plot. support of nothing but a brainwashed United States could argue that it is worse now than before we got Another reason why this war is a mistake is and a terriﬁed Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister. there. The Taliban is regaining power in Afghanistan. the lack of foresight by the president and his weak ad- So I ask these questions: where is everything We refuse to ﬁx the problems there. Osama Bin Laden ministration. The fact is that we are in a huge ﬁnancial you promised your nation George? Why haven’t we has still not been found, and we have started a purpose- bind. This war has done nothing for the economy. The found these weapons of mass destruction that you less war with Iraq with anything but good intentions. projected cost for the war is around eighty-seven billion claim exist? Why are we letting American men and When Colin Powell presented the argument dollars. Had we not gone into this war, what might we women be killed overseas in this travesty? Finally, for war to the U.N. Security Council in early 2003, have done with eighty-seven billion dollars? Well after what is the point? We have nothing but conﬂict, con- the facts all seemed to be there. We believed that Iraq doing the math I found that we could actually upgrade fusion, and debt, and we have gotten nowhere with was developing weapons of mass destruction. We be- and renovate every single school in America and give it. The war is nothing but a distraction to the corrupt lieved we had the necessary “proof” in that argument them resources like computers and textbooks that would nature of the Bush administration. Sure, we could turn to at least convince a few members of the council make Xavier blush. The reality now is that the country a blind eye to corporate crimes or unresolved issues that war was our only option. Our administration faces an economic crisis of tremendous proportions. such as where is Osama Bin Laden, but now that we continued to push and push Hans Blix (head of U.N. Eighty-seven billion dollars will create a debt that will have started this mess, can we really afford to stay? weapons inspection) for information on weapons pro- take years to pay off and in the future will affect people Counterpoint- A Necessary War CJ Slicklen of America’s oil comes from Iraq? Twenty percent? educated, and all are fairly represented in the newly Staff Reporter Thirty percent? Try less than one percent. That’s right! formed Iraqi Government. Contrary to the liberal We were all there. We were some- Only two million barrels of oil, out of the nearly three media’s reports, reception of US troops from Iraqis where, some place when we heard. Some of us billion barrels imported to the United States every year has been with open arms. Many Iraqi people cry in were at school when we heard the fateful words, comes from Iraq. According to our government, most the arms of the soldiers as they lift years and years of “Two planes have crashed into the World Trade of the oil from Iraq goes towards ﬁlling a reserve to be Saddam’s dictatorship and cruelty. Several soldiers Center.” Do we not remember our emotions? used a later date. We don’t even need their oil! The have been dumbfounded when a belief contrary to Later, we learned of other threats to the majority of the oil from the US comes from South this idea is displayed throughout the media. My United States. The media’s spotlight shifted to America. How about 49 million from Canada? What suggestion to everyone is to seek an unbiased source Iraq and we saw the face of evil in Saddam Hus- about the 37 million from Venezuela? Thirteen mil- of media. Make sure that it’s not an opinion already. sein and his regime terrorizing the Iraqi people. lion from Great Britain. Give it a rest, “No blood for CBS, CNN, NBC, and The New York Times, are all ex- Reports and valid U.S. Intelligence told us that oil” folks. Ulterior motives are not driving this war. amples of news that is reported to you by editors who Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction Many of you say President Bush is an idiot and don’t provide all of the facts. These sources want to and urged “Death to America!” to his people. that there are no weapons. False intelligence, maybe? regulate the facts you receive so that you can form the Once inside (in Nasiriya) Iraq, we saw the What about our ever-so-wonderful Sen. Hilary Rodham same opinion they have from very little information. eerie image of two buildings, representing the World Clinton who has been known to rip into Bush because Now that our occupancy of Iraq progresses Trade Center, painted on a wall with planes crashing of the lack of weapons? Do they place all the blame many people yell to “Stop the war now!” Exactly what into them. Around the paintings we saw smiling on Bush? Many Democrats have openly criticized Bush do they want the government to stop, though? Do they faces and happy people. Do you remember were you for his “lack of intelligence.” Well in 2002, Clinton want us to stop providing food, education, and de- were on 9/11? Surely, you weren’t smiling. Saddam was quoted saying, “[The] intelligence reports show mocracy to the Iraqi people? Do they want us to pull and his supporters were. Are you okay with this? that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemi- out so that Saddam can regain power and possibly use Once we learned more about Iraq, we cal and biological and weapons stock... He has also weapons against us or join Osama bin Laden and plan learned of Saddam’s tyrant regime, his hatred of given aid, comfort and sanctuary to terrorists, includ- another terrorist attack? We’ll need to prevent this his people and his history of torture, abuse, and ing Al-Qaida members. It is clear, however, that if left in Iraq by providing presence for several years. murder. Innocent lives were lost at the hands of unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase Sadly, we still hear reports of US sol- this tyrant. Women were raped, men were robbed his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, diers dying in Iraq. These men died in one of of their life savings, children weren’t being edu- and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” the most glorious ways there is. They died pro- cated, and the Iraqi had a corrupt government. (Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, October 10, 2002). tecting our country. Freedom doesn’t come for Many Americans still say we’re only in Iraq for oil We’ve made excellent progress in Iraq. Most free. We have to realize that. And Saddam Hus- and, “No blood for oil,” is their common rally cry. importantly Saddam is no longer in power. Food and sein would hurt us even more if left untouched. Iraq may be an oil source, but what percent water is being distributed and Iraqi students are being Review December 2003 3 Americans Not Losing Sleep Over Sleep Deﬁcit Karol Kurzatkowski ﬁfteen minutes. The necessity of an Layout Editor alarm clock to awaken a person may also signify that one isn’t getting their An increasingly alarming trend share of rest. The ultimate indication is taking the nation by storm. This of sleep deprivation is excessive nap- story is not about expanding American ping. A well-rested individual can re- waists, but an issue that has plagued so- main awake through every provocation: ciety for many years, passing under the droning teachers, big meals, and boring radar without notice: sleep deprivation. books. Failing to meet these require- Living in a nation operating around the ments may mean that the individual is clock, sleep has become a luxury that indeed sleep deprived. can be sacriﬁced, or a nuisance that Getting by on insufficient must be endured. Millions of Ameri- amounts of sleep is similar to trying to cans, especially students, are chroni- ﬁt a size ten foot into a size nine shoe: cally deprived, getting as little as ﬁve possible but uncomfortable. So why or six hours of sleep. This, in effect, "Experts have indicated that skipping the required sleep is costly live with discomfort? People should poses perilous but surmountable health and sometimes hazardous to one's health." slow down their lives and simply make problems for the American people who room for more sleep on a daily basis. ﬁnd themselves in the 24-hour whirl of at the wheel at some point in their lives. they achieve this number when they are They should not rely on weekend hiber- everyday life. Other studies have found that it takes faced with academic schedules, friend- nation to close the gap. The national Experts across the nation have less alcohol to make a tired individual ships, and after school jobs. Not getting sleep deﬁcit will be difﬁcult to bring to indicated that forgoing the required rest legally drunk. Recent studies have even enough sleep interferes with student’s a close, but it can be accomplished with is costly and sometimes hazardous to indicated that people who received more ability to learn and concentrate, com- a fundamental change in the thinking on health. Each night of missed sleep has than seven hours of sleep daily will live plete their assignments, pay attention to the necessity of sleep. Sleep, after all, adverse effects on the human body. longer than the person who sleeps a few teachers, and results in frequent snoozing is a biological imperative just like food These build up and have future conse- hours less. Evidently, the effects of lack in the classroom. A recent report showed and water. American sleep problems quences. Skimping on sleep will lead to of sleep are vast, reaching many areas of that students score worse on tests when have reached epidemic proportions, sluggish behavior, a lack of mental con- society. they are tired than when they are properly surpassing obesity and smoking-related centration and humor, and hot tempers One of the most surprising rested. illnesses as the leading health issue in that ﬂare at even the smallest incident. discoveries concerns the updated sleep How does one know if they the states. Americans have laced up Each night of sleep deﬁcit will build needs of adolescents. Recent studies sug- are sleep deprived? Falling asleep their running shoes and stubbed out up to the point where the Friday night gest that teenagers require at least nine within ﬁve minutes of hitting the sack cigarettes. Now it is time to wake up drive home could be quite a risk. A and a half hours, an increase from the is an indication that the person may be by going back to sleep. recent report indicated that as many as previous measure of eight hours. Many inadequately rested. Most people tend 20 percent of drivers have fallen asleep teens ﬁnd themselves asking how can to doze off after lying down for at least The Merchant of Venice: Chat with the Director New Beats at Xavier Michael Fischetti Staff Reporter The Xavier High School Dramatics Society Presents Shane Gallagher Staff Reporter During this interview con- ducted with Br. Derby, the Review has Xavier is not known as an managed to accumulate some details art school, but there is a wide range and gain some insight into the Xavier of artistic talent within the school. Dramatics Society’s winter play, The With an exquisite dramatics society, Merchant of Venice. a skillful jazz band, an impressive Review: Why did you choose to do art department, a creative cartooning a Shakespearean play for this year's and illustration club, a classic liturgi- winter production? cal choir, and a new bagpipe band, Br. Derby: I wanted to do Shake- Xavier has an impressive gamut of speare last year, but I decided to do activities. There are many talented The Laramie Project instead. I chose vocalists at Xavier and now they The Merchant Of Venice because it is have the opportunity to sing contem- one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. porary music as a group. Math teach- Review: What was the last Shake- er Alison Benton, will be sharing her speare play that the Xavier Dramatics singing skills as moderator. Students Society did? will have the opportunity to partici- Br. Derby: The last Shakespeare play pate in an a cappella singing group, we did was Twelfth Night in 2001. which is focused on harmonizing Review: Did you cut any scenes and vocal percussion techniques. thereby requring you to cut charac- Tickets $8 A cappella is an Italian word ters? that means, “in the style/manner of Br. Derby: No, I did not cut any chapel/choir.” This is in reference scenes or characters, though I did cut to the old choir style in which the lines. This was mainly done because Friday, January 9, 2003 8:00 p.m. choir sang without the use of instru- today the humor would be very mental accompaniment. The goal obscure and probably hard for most Saturday January 10, 2003 8:00 p.m. of the group is to give students with people to understand. an enthusiasm for vocal music the Review: I hear the role of Shylock is Sunday, January 11, 2003 2:00 p.m. chance to enhance their abilities and being played by a girl. Is this true? perform in a group. The group will Br. Derby: Yes, we decided to have mine modern music genres such as Fiona Coen-Hunter play the part much the simple Shakespearean style students’ reactions to Shakespeare? R&B, jazz, and soul for song choices. because she was the person who was with Elizabethan style costumes and a Br. Derby: Well, I’d like to say that Enthusiasm is brewing most ﬁt for the role and is able to painted back drop. that everyone should not be turned off among students in the group and it handle the lightning shifts between Review: Have you tried to update any to seeing it just because it is Shake- is off to a great start. A major goal drama and humor. of the lines? speare. It is very easy to understand of the group is to include girls in Review: Is the set design traditional Br. Derby: Yes, we have tried to up- and it is also very entertaining at the eventually making a recording. Shakespearean or more realistic? date the lines, very much so. same time. Br. Derby: Oh yes the set is very Review: Any ﬁnal comment about the 4 December 2003 Review America's Expanding Waists: Epidemic Standards? Samuel M. Rivera stop this epidemic from causing mil- Staff Reporter lions of youngsters and adults to lead Diabetes. Hypertension. Emo- constrained and difﬁcult lives? tional and physical stress. These terms First, Americans and the Amer- are becoming commonplace in the vo- ican media must give this problem the cabulary of today’s youth. An epidemic attention that it deserves. Some talk that was once thought to plague only a shows and radio shows have already minority of youngsters in this country taken breakaway steps to address has now become serious, in fact, almost these issues; many more need to fol- epidemic throughout the United States. low suit. This problem is called obesity. Second, the United States Obesity is the second leading government and the health systems cause of unnecessary death, says the that fall under it need to respect this American Obesity Association. The epidemic and give scientists the fund- medical world, consumers, and the ing they need to research this problem government of this nation are now better. Also, the government needs to beginning to hear this claim and take supply groups that aid adolescents with it seriously. Approximately one-third this epidemic. of adult Americans are overweight, a Third, Americans as a people number that does not differ much from must start to lead healthier lives. Of Courtesy of National Institute of Health the number of children who are obese. course, this is not a simple process, Adolescent obesity is usually caused interesting facts about obesity are that American public. Many obese and but parents should teach their chil- by a number of factors, including lack health insurance providers rarely pay for overweight people are not given the dren how to eat right (perhaps dinner of exercise, sedentary behavior, poor treatment of obesity, despite its serious attention they deserve from the media, at McDonalds can happen only one eating habits, and even overexposure effects, and that the National Institutes the movie industry, or the general pub- night of the week instead of ﬁve). A to advertisements that promote high of Health annually spends less than 1.0 lic. Every day there is another story well balanced diet, despite the “carb- calorie food. The plague of obesity percent of its budget on obesity research. in the daily newspapers about young imbalanced” misconception, is not does not seem to escape any corner of Why is that? kids who are tormented and savagely one that centers around carbohydrates; this nation. abused by anti-obese people. These a person’s “plate” of food should be People who have and do not bullies do not understand that this is a Perhaps some important ques- have this ailment are trying and root out composed of half protein, a quarter car- serious problem in this country, and if bohydrates and fats and a quarter fruits tions that Americans need to address the problem in a variety of ways. Diet they do, that does not stop them from and vegetables. However, a person’s are: what is obesity? What problems groups such as Jenny Craig, Weight picking on overweight kids in the halls diet should depend on the person. Of does it cause? A person’s Body Mass Watchers, and LA Weight Loss have been of America’s schools. Movies and course, exercise, both aerobic and an- Index (BMI) determines obesity; this is approached by thousands of overweight television shows downplay or insult aerobic (i.e., weight-lifting), is a crucial calculated by dividing a person’s body and obese people yearning to breathe free the fact that someone is obese or may part of a healthy life. weight in kilograms by their height in in a healthier body. Scientists have at- becoming obese. When is the last time In the end, it will ultimately meters squared. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is tempted to ﬁnd the inherent gene, or so the star of a movie has been thirty-ﬁve be the American people themselves considered overweight and a BMI of 30 they claim, that causes people to tend to pounds overweight? When was the last who will determine whether they or above is considered obese. Disease be obese. The number of plastic surgeries time a movie was made about a young want larger or smaller waistlines. and illness do not escape the struggles in this nation is on the rise. Some people teenager struggling to escape the pain- Bullying will not help the process, but of an obese person. Obesity increases are even taking legal action against fast ful torment of not looking “skinny”? encouragement, healthy eating habits one’s risk of developing conditions food establishments and many cases have To put it frankly, when has the mass and trends, and governmental legisla- such as high blood pressure, diabetes already been shot down by the courts as media stood up for the fat guy? Not tion will be the cornerstones of a new (type 2), heart disease, stroke, gallblad- ludicrous. since La Guardia was mayor of New American Food Pyramid that will be der disease, and cancer of the breast, Perhaps the most startling re- York City. beneﬁcial to all. prostate and colon. Perhaps the most sponse to this illness has come from the The question is: how can we Organic Produce Deserves a Second Look Steven Shlivko as “endocrine disrupters.” Assistant Editor On average, a person consum- ing the fruits and vegetables listed The next time your mother above will receive approximately sends you out to buy fruit and vegeta- twelve pesticides a day. However, bles for your next meal, you may want there are a few ways around this. The to consider what’s really in your salad. ﬁrst is to simply avoid eating them as The last time you were in the produce much as possible. Although washing aisle, you may have noticed the high and peeling may seem like a solution, priced apples in the fancy packaging this is not often the case. In some cases, versus the ones you can freely choose washing with water may get rid of some for half price. The difference in price residue but will not completely elimi- actually has to do with the word "or- nate it. Peeling the skin off of your fruit ganic" printed on it. That simply means may cause you to miss out on most of that it is free of all pesticides, hormones the nutrients located in the skin. Along or any other synthetic chemicals. with the list of most contaminated A recent study conducted by fruit and vegetables were some of the the Environmental Working Group least contaminated fruit as well. The put out a list of the produce with the study found that eating fruit such as most and least amount of pesticides. Photos Courtesy of the Associated Press pineapples, mangoes, bananas, kiwis Among the most contaminated fruits and papayas signiﬁcantly reduce your Spinach, celery, potatoes and sweet bell trend among the scientiﬁc community. pesticide intake. The vegetables with were peaches, strawberries, apples, peppers were the vegetables most likely This is simply because a major portion the least amount of pesticides were nectarines, pears, cherries, red raspber- to expose a person to pesticides. Spinach has gone unstudied or has been misun- corn, avocado, cauliﬂower, asparagus, ries and imported grapes. Peaches and won the award for containing the most derstood. The information that scientists onions, peas and broccoli. raspberries came in ﬁrst for containing pesticides found on a single sample with gather points toward long term effects on The bottom line is that the next the most pesticides found in one single ten and bell peppers for the most pesti- fetal development. Scientists believe that time you’re in the produce aisle; you sample with a total of nine. Shocking cides overall with thirty nine. small doses of the pesticides can have life may want to think twice about passing as it is, peaches had some combination You may be thinking about what altering affects on a person by speciﬁ- up the more expensive organic pro- of an eye popping forty-ﬁve different this all means for you. Pesticides for one cally affecting their endocrine system. duce. pesticides. Vegetables faired slightly thing, cannot be good. Concern of the ef- They have even deemed a few of the better than the fruits, but not by much. fects of pesticides on people is a growing chemicals such as DDT and vizclozolin Review December 2003 5 How to Prepare Now For Your College Future Michael Mallett however, taking an SAT II would help through e-mail or visitation. This is knew about myself. I started visiting School News Coeditor your chances of getting admitted into the one of those small things that should colleges in the summer between my school. 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The best way Matt Hedge ‘03, currently at- picking-a-college.asp. without knowing what you want to do to learn more about a certain college is to tends Wagner College in Staten Island. www.collegeboard.com there. Before you decide your goals at talk to someone that goes there. If you “The most helpful resource was my col- college, the SAT scores will help de- don’t personally know someone there, lege counselor and I asked her ques- termine the range of colleges you can many admissions ofﬁces offer student tions about college. I took an aptitude be admitted to. Some colleges require to student communication programs test but it just conﬁrmed what I already an SAT II in order to gain acceptance, American College Gateway To Go Under Major Reconstruction Karol Kurzatkowski passages, the College Board threw out nearly Layout Editor forty well-known books. Why? “Reading com- Apparently the College Board hasn’t prehension questions should measure a student’s inﬂicted enough pain on teens across the na- ability to analyze something new, not something tion. Starting in March 2005, America’s col- already assigned in English class.” lege gatekeeper will receive a large makeover, The SAT, though not a perfect measure an exhaustive revision of the content contained of developed abilities, always depended on within the exam. The traditional SAT, which measuring only the aptitude of the test taker, is composed of verbal and math sections, is on nothing else. But, as a signal of change, the its way out, and the New SAT, as it is called, is College Board Committee approved the usage of poised to take its place. literary terminology and learned material in the What’s so different about this New SAT? questions in all sections, thus making the exam The revolutionary exam will feature for the ﬁrst more of an achievement test than one measur- time advanced algebra, grammar, and the most ing aptitude. Statistical analysis recently found dreaded part of all, the composition of an essay. that students taking the traditional SAT had a 47 This, along with the elimination of the verbal percent better chance of getting a similar but dif- analogies and quirky math problems that ask ferently worded question correct than in the New the test taker to compare two quantities, will SAT that used terminology. Simply stated, some combine to form an exam stressing the three questions in the New SAT call for knowledge “R’s” familiar to Americans: reading, writing, of the jargon relating to the subject, something and arithmetic. previous tests did not require. As a part of the new, introduced writing For the ﬁrst time in its 77-year history, section, students will be graded on their gram- the New SAT does not only rely on one’s devel- mar and style in an essay they will compose in oped abilities, but has also become an assess- an undecided measure of time, possibly 25-30 in ment of one’s personal achievements. As the length. These essays will be forwarded to grad- the raw score from another new grammar segment to SAT morphs from a test of general reasoning ers hired by the College Board to be evaluated. translate into an overall score ranging from 200 to 800. abilities into a test of what students can learn, it Two of these graders will read each essay and Controversy has been raised over the reliability of the becomes more and more like its competitor, the come up with an appropriate score for the piece. test considering that the writing section is susceptible ACT exam. Being a test of this kind, the New If a dispute occurs, a third or even fourth scorer to poor judgment from the graders themselves. Also, SAT presents a glaring disadvantage to those will step in and resolve the conﬂict. The given the New SAT will present only one writing topic making students not educated at the same level as their scores will range from one to six, “one” featur- it evident that one’s score may skyrocket because he peers. Many schools also ﬁnd themselves stum- ing “very poor o-` rganization and develop- or she enjoys the presented matter or may fail because bling to change their curriculum just to facilitate ment” and “six” meaning the student showed they have poor ideas on the given topic. a three-hour exam. As a result, the New SAT “good organization and facility with language, The innovative exam will encompass a re- will present a challenge to not only the students while insightfully addressing the writing task.” vamped reading section with at least one ﬁction pas- taking it but will also to the schools teaching the The raw one to six score will be combined with sage. When conducting a thorough search for these test takers. the nﬂ seas Compiled by Karol Kurzatkowski Game of the Year AFC Most Valuable Player Steve McNair Pick a body part and he has probably been injured there before. Air McNair has single-handedly led the Titans this season with his great pass distribu- tion and mobility. With McNair under the helm, the Titans possess the winningest record over the past four years. Honorable Mention Jamal Lewis- Including his record setting per- Indianapolis 38 formance in week 2, Lewis is the only reason the Tampa Bay 35 Ravens have been competitive this year, yet alone destined for a playoff spot. Lewis's league-leading With 5:19 left in the game, rushing yards have made for up spotty play at the Peyton Manning and All-Pro quarterback position. receiver Marvin Harrison went to to work and over- came a 21 point deﬁcit to send the game into over- AFC Offensive Player of the Year time. As the overtime pe- riod progressed, the Colts Clinton Portis moved into ﬁeld goal range Capped by his ﬁve touchdown performance against divison and sent automatic kicker leading K.C. Chiefs, Portis has been neck and neck with Ja- Mike Vanderjagt onto the mal Lewis for the Conference rushing lead. Defensive adjust- ﬁeld. Vanderjagt missed ments to Portis's effective running have made the job of Jake a rare ﬁeld goal, but Bucs Plummer, a ticking time bomb, much easier. Portis has made lineman Simeon Rice was Mile High Fans forget about the once popular Terrell Davis. called for a jumping penal- Honorable Mention ty. The Colts kicked again, this time sending it through Priest Holmes- K.C running back was the main reason for the uprights, in turn caus- Kansas City's undefeated streak. The backﬁeld force has ing the collapse of the Su- been a touchdown machine, reaching the status once pos- per Bowl Bucs. sessed by Marshall Faulk. AFC Championship Game 2003 Breakout Performers The Patriots have luck on their side this year, winning many games with a mediocre team at best. Bill Beli- Santana Moss- After the departure of Laverneus check and his defensive schemes will pose a chal- Coles and disappointing performances by Wayne lenge to the Titans but will not prevail- Titans win. Chrebet and Curtis Conway, Moss ﬁlled in well, scoring in six consecutive games. Moss has made the Mead- AFC Rookie of the Year owlands faithful forget about Keyshawn Johnson. Peter Warrick- Ever since draft day 2000, Warrick has disappointed many with his inconsistent and sloppy play. Along with the Cinncinati Renaissance, Domanick Davis- Despite Warrick blossomed into the respectable receiver only claiming the starting scouts envioined him as prior to draft day. role around week 7 and be- ing banged up for the last Matt Hasselbeck- After receiving a hefty contract month of the season, Davis for an unproven quarterback in 2001, Matt Hassel- has compiled nearly 1000 beck disappointed many with his inability to get rid of yards rushing, a tremendous the ball. Two years later, Hasselbeck has led the Se- accomplishement. His 4.4 ahawks to a playoff berth with an explosive offense. yards/carry is among the top in the NFL and his ability to Jake Plummer- Despite suffering a devastating in- receive out of the backﬁeld jury in week 8, Jake the Snake ﬁnally broke out and will make Davis a force to be became the electrifying quarterback he should have reckoned with for years to been since being drafted by the Cardinals. Plummer come. has reached career-highs in quarterback rating and touchdown-to-interception ratio. AFC Breakout Team of 2003 The Cinncinati Bengals- For the ﬁrst time since the year 1990, the Cinn- cinati Bengals are playing a meaningful game in the month of December. Coach Marvin Lewis and his defensive prowess are the main reasons the Bengals are battling for a playoff spot, and therefore, he should be the Coach of the Year. Led by star receivers Chad Johnson and Peter Warrick, perrenial Pro-Bowler Corey Dillion, and breakout quarterback Jon Kitna, the Bengals have evolved into a team the Cinncinati faithful can truly be proud of. on wrap-up NFC Most Valuable Player Play of the Year Stephen Davis Though a handful of backs have statistics that re- semble his, the acquisition of Davis gave Carolina a bruising back that coaches have yearned for over many years. The stability provided at the running back position has made the Panthers a winning ball- club. Honorable Mention Marc Bulger- Following Kurt Warner's spectacular breakout season, his touchdown-to-interception ratio kept decreasing and he kept putting the ball on turf. Recognizing that Warner was not the man for the job, Cinncinati 24 Coach Mike Martz replaced him with March Bulger Kansas City 19 who has since led to 10 out of 11 victories, some- 77-yard touchdown thing Warner could not accomplish. pass from QB Jon Kitna to WR Peter Warrick NFC Offensive Player of the Year over CB Eric Warﬁeld As Cinncinati receiver Torry Holt Peter Warrick headed for paydirt, the play sig- After busting open in Warner's ﬁrst year, Holt and the Best naled the end of an era. Show on Turf hit a rough spot in their progression. Finally, Not only did the game- Holt busted open in the 2003 season, surpassing the 100 re- winning 77-yard touch- ception and the 1500 yard marks, quite possibly making him down strike hand the the best receiver in the league. Chiefs their ﬁrst loss in Honorable Mention the 11-week old season, Deuce McAllister- Many questioned how the Saints could but it also indicated the have let go a back like Ricky Williams. With Aaron Brooks Bengals were no longer battling injury and ineffectiveness, the Saints "let the Deuce the laughing stock of the loose" with the back piling 8 consecutive 100-yard games, NFL. becoming a league leader in yards and rushes. 2003 Disappointing Performers NFC Championship Game After a dismal start, the Eagles have bounced back with a winning way. Rich Gannon- From MVP material to disgruntled Considering that all the other NFC leader, Gannon had a dismal 2003 season prior to teams have been playing poorly or suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. It seems cannot win on the road, the Eagles and Rams will make the that age has ﬁnally caught up to Rich and his veteran championship game.-Rams win in a shootout. receivers. Peerless Price- After signing a big off-season con- NFC Rookie of the Year tract, Price had a vast drop-off in receptions and receiving yards. Though it may be attributed to Mi- Anquan Boldin- This ris- chael Vick's absence, Price disappointed many with ing rookie receiver has made his poor performance. Cardinals fans forgetful about Michael Vick- Despite leading the Falcons to a his predecessor, San Diego's week 14 victory, Vick pampered his leg injury all Davis Boston. Once Boston season long. If the injury was originally supposed to departed for free agency, keep him out for only 3-4 weeks, why did it take him many questioned the move 14 weeks to come back? Thanks to Vick, Dan Reeves by Arizona. But with rookie took the axe for Atlanta's play. wonder Anquan Boldin in the top ﬁve in receptions, touch- Jeff Garcia- Once the best quarterback in the downs, and yards in the NFC game, Garcia had an up-and-down season at best. as a rookie, future Arizona Disagreement with star receiver Terrell Owens and quarterbacks will have a sure an inability to put points on the board brought upon target to throw to. a season of losing to the Bay Area. NFC Disappointing Team of 2003 New York Giants- The G-Men seem stuck in that horrible second half collapse last January against the 49ers. Out of the playoff hunt for the ﬁrst time in many years, the Giants have been sloppy and inept when it comes to scoring. Plagued by Tiki Barber's constant fumbles, Kerry Collin's poor low touchdown-to-interceprion ratio, and an overall lack of talent, the Giants spiraled from Super Bowl contender down to a team looking for a head coach in the off-season. 8 December 2003 Review Prom Etiquette: Alexandra Ghiorzi Advice from the Other Side So you’ve been best friends with have a blast with? Canceling seems to be of the worst things to do when looking Guest Writer from Dominican Academy Amy since middle school, and you’re a big problem among friends. You have for a date. Remember that canceling about to invite her to the prom. PAUSE! to remember your loyalty to the person without a good reason is extremely That time of year is approach- Amy has feelings too. Telling her, I have that said yes ﬁrst. You wouldn’t feel right rude and you should respect the girl ing when you match the tie and jacket, no one else to go with and that the girl I if a friend of yours said she had Yankees who said yes ﬁrst. shell out for the limo, and wonder like brutally shot me down so I have no World Series tickets for you and then Tip #3: Remember the cor- who you’re going to give that other choice but to ask decided to bring a date to the game in- sage, the guy should pay for the date, other ticket to. The Xavier a friend, is deﬁnitely stead. If you and focus your attention on her. military ball and proms not the way to feel strongly So the night has come. You are coming and un- go about about it talk had the courage to ask someone out or less you’re a guy who it. Tell to your you're going with a friend, either way plans on going stag, Amy the friend you’ve got your date but it’s not over (and more power to truth: that and see yet. Be a gentleman and remember all you), then you need you can- what she those little things that go along with the to ﬁnd a date. not bring says, but date. Remember that when you bring a The urban anyone going girl to a formal dance, no matter who, legend that you you are in- with she is she needs a corsage. Dancing have to have a terested in t h e may not be your thing, but you might girlfriend to go right now. orig- want to get up and try. If you know to the prom is Tell her that inal you don’t like to dance then try to an enormous you think it's dance a couple of slow songs with misconception; best to go with your date. It’s not as hard as it the majority of a friend because looks. Overall just be polite and girls who are you know you’ll courteous and do all of those little invited to formal have a blast like cliché things that we laugh about dances are either you two always every other day of the year. Just a friends or blind do. Most girls like reminder, traditionally guys pay dates, both of which to get all dressed for the date. This means unless are acceptable. To be up for these events you have planned otherwise, honest, the opposite so Amy will probably be your date is going to think that sex does not see the thrilled by the suggestion. you’ve taken care of the limo, drama that surrounds Tip #2: Canceling tickets, and everything else. the little question, “Will without a good reason is not To sum it up; if you you go with me?” acceptable. want to ask a girl to go with You’re not getting engaged, so Three weeks before the prom, you, then just do it. It takes breathe! The worst she can say is no, after Amy is all psyched with her dress a lot but you’ll be happy and girls really appreciate guys who in one hand and matching shoes in the when you do. If you’re not have the guts to ask. We understand that other, suppose the girl who shot you date is always the best decision. Why? interested in anyone, then don’t miss you might be a bit nervous and lack the down says she’s sorry that she said no in Because Girl A may call you up two out. Just bring a friend. Remember to conﬁdence to articulate. You just have the ﬁrst place and she would love to go days before the prom and tell you she act like the gentleman your parents to remember that the person you are to the prom with you. While hormones can’t go. Now that you’ve canceled raised you to be. You only go to high talking to is just another human being! threaten to take over, you have to remind on Amy, your dating prospects have school once, so take advantage of Tip #1: Just take the yourself that Girl A missed out and that dwindled away. Eighty-ﬁve percent of the prom, and have a great time with leap and ask her out. You’ll you have a date already. Remember your high school girls, junior and senior, say whomever you decide to bring. be surprised what can happen. best friend, Amy, who you’re going to that short notice and canceling are some Will El Niño and La Niña Affect Our Winter Weather? Fredric Lomangino change within the United States, the Editor-in-Chief amount of winter weather that affects the tri-state region is not dependant A phenomenon characterized on an El Niño or La Niña year. These by El Niño, simply deﬁned, is warmer ﬁndings help to prove a hypothesis that than normal temperatures in the Paciﬁc New York City’s winter weather is not Ocean. These warmer than normal heavily inﬂuenced by the El Niño and temperatures cause a climatic change La Nina phenomena. Just because a par- through a signiﬁcant part of the United ticular winter is classiﬁed as an El Niño States, especially on the West Coast. or La Niña winter does not necessarily La Niña is simply the opposite of El mean that the region’s winter weather Nino. During La Niña, Paciﬁc waters will be affected in a specific way. remain cooler than normal. These two So, what does this all mean weather phenomena are responsible for for the upcoming winter season? ﬂooding rains on the west coast as well Early signs indicate that a weak El as cooler than average temperatures Niño may be beginning. However, through the Midwest and Southeast. this El Niño will probably be too weak However, La Niña and El Niño may and come too late to signiﬁcantly af- not play as large role a in New York fect our winter weather. Therefore, City’s winters as some would believe. most of the country will experience New York’s average tempera- a neutral winter with the absence of tures through out a typical winter range both El Niño and La Niña. Typically, from 25°F to 45°F, while the average neutral winters result in above normal snowfall per winter holds at about twen- can see from the chart, is not the case. It can be assumed that cooler tempera- snowfall and near normal tempera- ty inches. The total snowfall amount at This graph represents snowfall tures during the winter would result in tures. The year has already taken a the end of the winter is usually drasti- measurements from selected El Niño more snowfall while La Niña winters rather stormy start with about a foot of cally different from one year to the winters that have been compared with would result in less snowfall. As you snow falling in early December. This next. By looking at these numbers it is snowfall measurements from La Niña can see from thg chart, the neutral year may be a sign of some rather stormy possible to assume that the occurrences winters. In an ideal setting, La Niña actually received considerably more weather to come for the remainder of of La Niña and El Niño are responsible should cause cooler temperatures on the snowfall than the other years depicted. December and into the winter months. for the above and below normal snow- East Coast while El Niño should cause While El Niño and La Niña fall amounts. This, however, as you warmer temperatures in the same locale. undoubtedly cause a weather pattern Review December 2003 9 Review's Reviews blockbuster hits o rld W W id e Wonders Anthony Artiga Staff Reporter Christopher Hernandez DVDS OF THE MONTH Entertainment Editor THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS- The machines are digging. It’s up to Neo Kevin Kennedy Ask Dr. Universe (http://www.wsu.edu/DrUniverse/) to save Zion from certain doom. There’s only one – Have you ever wondered why we wear wedding Staff Reporter problem. He’s nowhere to be found! These are just rings on our left hand and not our right? Have you Mike Myers stars in The Cat in the Hat along some of the problems that plague the city of Zion ever wondered what the purpose of the leap year is? with Dakota Fanning (Uptown Girls) and Spencer in this ﬁnal chapter of the highly successful Matrix This site offers the answers to those very questions Breslin (Spy Kids). The classic Dr. Seuss book has trilogy. The special effects are mind-blowing and as well as some of the weirdest questions you are ﬁnally been ruined by Hollywood. The Cat in the Hat the action sequences, from the opening skirmish of ever going to ﬁnd on the internet. The subjects of made 38.3 million dollars in its opening weekend. This machines versus the people of Zion to the climactic these questions cover every topic imaginable because comes as no surprise to most people because most teen- battle with Neo and Agent Smith, take your breath they are submitted by students and people just like agers love Mike Myers and most kids love Dr. Seuss. away. Despite this, however, the ﬁlm’s script is a yourselves. Dr. Universe, an afﬁliate of Washing- On a rainy day, the characters Sally and bit out of order and the actors' performances are ton State University, spends her days answering Conrad are bored. That is, they’re bored until the stiff and not believable. On the other hand the ﬁlm every possible question our curious little minds can cat in the hat comes. The cat (Mike Myers) tries doesn’t go to great lengths to answer the questions think up. She tackles all questions; because she to show them how to have fun. In doing so, there left from Reloaded. But if you're looking for a movie has a whole campus of experts to call on, so don’t are some amusing parts. And of course, being Dr. with massive action sequences, awesome special ef- think your question is too weird or dumb to ask. Seuss, Hollywood kept it PG. This was Mike My- fects, and pure movie fun, this is the ﬁlm for you! ers’ biggest role since the Austin Powers and Shrek The Phrase Finder (http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/) – This movies. My advice to Mike is to stick to playig X2: X-MEN UNITED- site is the ultimate free database of phrases. Ever Austin Powers. Because this was a Dr. Seuss ﬁlm, This is the ﬁrst time since Terminator 2: Judg- need some thoughtful advice or to give someone else almost anyone could have guessed the ending. ment Day that the special effects-laden sequel actually some inspirational words of wisdom? Then this site Mike Myers was the only reason I give this triumphs over the original. X2: X-Men United grabs is the right choice for you. Along with its proverbs, movie two stars. The supporting cast had two fairly you from the opening scene. And once it does, you quotes, and euphemisms, this site also provides a big names in Hollywood; well at least they used to be. won’t want it to let you go. The movie begins when list of some age-old monde greens. Not sure what a These two names are Kelly Preston (Jerry McGuire) X-Men newbie Nightcrawler attempts to kill the Presi- "monde green" is? By deﬁnition a monde green is a and Alec Baldwin (Beetlejuice, Pearl Harbor). Sean dent. After that a whirlwind of events takes place that common mishearing of a song lyric, for example some Hayes (Will and Grace) plays the voice of the ﬁsh and force the X-Men to ﬁght alongside their old nemesis, people might think the song goes: “Olive, the other Kelly Preston’s boss. All in all the acting was medio- Magneto, to take down a new enemy, Gen. William reindeer, used to laugh and call him names,” but the cre. Mike Myers was the only highlight of this movie. Stryker, a man whose goal is to wipe mutants off the correct line is “All of the other reindeer used to laugh To sum up, unless you’re five years face of the earth. This is a must-own DVD! Special and call him names.” This website has something for old, or just really need a good nap, don’t see fetures: deleted scenes and in-depth documentaries everyone, whether you are trying to learn something, this movie. Although, it had its moments, and featurettes take you into the making of the movie. sound inquisitive, or just looking for something in- the movie was boring and too predictabl e. teresting to read. CD Reviews: Dave Matthews, Outkast Song Facts (http://www.songfacts.com) – This site Patrick Donachie Outkast, Speakerboxx/The Love Below offers two distinct features that I found great for a Staff Reporter This is an album containing everything that guy like me. And, I am sure that all you music lovers Dave Matthews, Some Devil is appealing about Outkast. While Antwan Patton out there, regardless if you listen to rock, rap, pop, At ﬁrst glance, it seems odd that Dave Mat- always stays grounded in hip-hop, his partner, An- or country, will ﬁnd rather entertaining. This site is thews would even attempt a solo release considering dre 3000 excels in experimentation and the albums primarily a site devoted to offering people facts on he is the songwriter behind the extremely popular play off each other nicely. I say albums because this their favorite bands and their favorite songs from those Dave Matthews Band. Why release a solo album release is basically two solo albums; one from An- bands. The site offers artists from 50 Cent, Linkin when you are already part of a band whose name is twan “Big Boi” Patton and one from Andre “Andre Park, The Beatles, to Britney Spears. Once the facts your own? However, Matthews succeeds in creating 3000” Benjamin. Speakerboxxx, Patton’s album, is of a particular song are found the site also offers the a sound that is both familiar and distinctive from his most reminiscent of earlier Outkast. It’s cut from lyrics to it (another pleasant feature of the site). work with the band. Devil is not a ﬂawless record; the same cloth as their previous release, Stankonia, Not sure what song to look for exactly? On Matthews tries emulating several different styles although it never reaches that album’s heights. Still, the site you can search by artist name, song title, or and musicians. One song is reggae (which surpris- “Big Boi” raps about political unrest in "War," more even the year it was released. And if, after all of that, ingly comes off much less cheesy then it should), relevant than ever considering recent events. The Love you still haven’t found what you were looking for another song is gospel-influenced. One can hear Below, on the other hand, is a difﬁcult listen at ﬁrst. there is a section on the site where you can suggest a bands like Radiohead in “An’ Another Thing,” Peter I originally disliked it because it seemed that Andre song for them to get facts on. The site is open to all Gabriel in “Grey Blue Eyes” and U2 in “Trouble.” was trying too hard to be different, pushing musical kinds of music so whatever you are interested in you However, the good outweighs the bad. Matthew's ideas that just did not work. The Love Below is the can probably ﬁnd here, and even if you cannot there voice sounds far better on this release than his band harder listen of the two, but in the long run, it is also are several ways to ensure that your song is included. recordings, and two of the album’s best tracks show- more enjoyable and more interesting. Andre plays The site offers artists ranging from 50 Cent to Britney case his work as a songwriter, singing with only his guitar on the album, singing as opposed to raps, and Sprears, from The Beatles to Linkin Park. guitar and strings as accompaniment. The album even performs a duet with Norah Jones, a partner- rewards the listener and is a welcome change of ship that is surprising and satisfying. Andre also has pace from one of America’s more famous frontmen. crafted the best pop song of the year with “Hey Ya!” GRADE: B GRADE: B- 10 December 2003 Review Back to 1986 Damon Kenul A Christmas Quiz Staff Reporter 2. Which of the 48 conti- 3. When was Christmas ﬁrst 1. What did the Grinch use nental states was the last to celebrated? to pull his sleigh? In the News a) His dog declare Christmas as a legal a) The year after Jesus was holiday? cruciﬁed b) Rats a) Oregon b) Around 100AD In the world of ‘86, terrorism was quite c) Giant snails b) Oklahoma c) In the 4th century a problematic issue just as it is today. d) Eight of the Whos from Whoville c) New Hampshire d) 1635 Libya housed several major terrorist d) New York centers at the time. To discontinue any support of these organizations, Presi- dent Reagan froze all Libyan means of income in the U.S. on January 8th. On 4. What is Scrooge’s favorite 5. Who was the ﬁrst man to 6. St. Nicholas was born in April 14th, the U.S. launched an attack what country? phrase? illuminate the Christmas tree on these organizations. Soon after, on a) Godbless us everyone with candles? a) Holland November 6th, a secret group respon- b) Shazam a) Alexander the Great b) Turkey sible for the transporting of weaponry c) Holy Moses b) Pope John I c) The North Pole to Iran was discovered. In response, on d) Bah Humbug c) Martin Luther d) Istanbul November 19th, President Reagan de- d) Thomas Jefferson nied exchange of arms for hostages and temporarily froze all weapon sales. 9. One notable medieval English 7. In 1647, the English parlia- 8. In “Charlie Brown ment passed a law that Christmas” who builds a celebration featured a) Snowball ﬁghts between rival In the Science World a) Made Christmas illegal gray snowman? courtiers b) Recognize Christmas as a) Pigpen an ofﬁcial holiday b) Charlie Brown b) A swimming race across the - On January 14th, the space shuttle c) Let prisoners spend c) Linus English Channel “Challenger” exploded immediately Christmas Day at home d) Snoopy c) Huge crackers that sometimes after its launch from Cape Canaveral, d) Gave Santa immunity to exploded fatally break-and-enter charges d) A giant 165 pound pie Florida. All seven astronauts aboard were killed. - On June 11th, the Supreme Court reaf- ﬁrmed and ofﬁcially legalized abortion 10. Why was December 25th cho- 11. Which state has rights. sen as Christmas Day? a city named “Santa - Outside of the U.S., our country was a) That’s when Jesus was born Claus”? accused by the World Court of mining b) That’s when the Bible says to a) Alaska Answers: 1-a, 2-b, 3-c, 4-d, celebrate it b) Colorado 5-c, 6-b, 7-a, 8-a, 9-a, 10-d, in the waters of Nicaragua on June 27th. c) That’s when Christmas trees c) Indiana 11-b Apparently, it was against their national are in season d) Minnesota law. d) To compete with a pagan - Also this year, a new Chief Justice of celebration the Supreme Court was appointed. Wil- liam H. Rehnquist was elected by the Senate Judiciary Court on August 15th. Entertainment News In 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show appeared on national televi- sion. The national channel “Fox” was Although all of Xavier's faculty dress professionally, we polled students created by Barry Diller, head of the to scout out some of Xavier's best dressed and most stylish. News Corp. It was the fourth television network available at the time, airing Student Poll: Who is the best dressed faculty member? only ten hours a week. That’s not a lot. However, statistics show that the aver- age American family watched televi- Mr. Salvador sion for more than seven hours a day. To make matters worse for TV-loving Americans, Nintendo video games were introduced into the U.S. Mr. Sweeney Girls who didn’t want to play video games had the new and popular Ameri- can Girl Dolls toys to keep them occu- Mr. Petriello pied. For the high-tech scholars of the time, the Academic American Ency- clopedia was available on CD-ROM. It Fr. Brennan was the ﬁrst reference source accessible on the computer. Popular movies of the time include “Platoon,” “Hannah and Mrs. Sherman Her Sisters,” “The Color of Money,” and “The Mission.” Popular books include “The Old Devils,” by Kingsley Amis, “A Mr. Gross summer to Memphis,” by Peter Taylor, and “The Progress of Love” by Alice Munro. Ms. Lockwood Review December 2003 11 Baseball Off-Season Moves Leave Fans Puzzled Free Agents Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Shefﬁeld may be changing adresses as starting pitcher Andy Pettite is no longer a Bronx Bomber . Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez and the 180 million dollars left on his contract may be relocating....Photos Courtesy of mlb.com Joseph Varvara the Yankees traded for the 27 year old right-handed and that is not his forte. He is a speedy, contact hitter Sports Assistant pitcher Javier Vazquez from the Montreal Expos. The that will ﬁt in at the one or two hole for the Mets. There are four things we know are true. First, Yankees gave Montreal ﬁrst baseman Nick Johnson, But, that is not all that Matsui brings to the table. He George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York outﬁelder Juan Rivera, and left-handed pitcher Ran- is supposedly a great defensive player, and he could Yankees, will stop at nothing to beat the Boston Red dy Choate. The deal is a plus for both teams. The probably teach a little something to the young Reyes. Sox. Second, the New York Mets are moving their Yankees no longer needed a ﬁrst baseman because This isn’t going to propel the Mets to the playoffs, “Franchise Player” over to second base. Third, the of Jason Giambi's presence, and the team needed a but it will help them in the future. Yankee fans will be chanting “Gary” in a few months. young pitcher to take over the newly retired Roger As for future moves for the New York teams, And ﬁnally, pitching wins championships! Clemens spot. Vazquez being a young ﬂamethrower the Yankees should be set for the year. I think that It is just two months since the major league is a breath of fresh air for the unusually old Yankee the Mets should trade catcher Mike Piazza for some baseball season ended, and the real fun in baseball pitching staff. young talent, because Piazza is unwilling to move to has just begun. Baseball has headed in to its off-sea- Next, the Yankees basically signed a three ﬁrst base. He wants to break the hitting records as a son with tons of free agents and two teams that are year deal with outﬁelder Gary Shefﬁeld. The Yankees catcher. If they get rid of Piazza and bring in young planning to outdo each other at all costs. Let's start are waiting until after the arbitration deadline to sign pitchers, the Mets could be contenders in three or four of with the raging feud between the Boston Red Sox Shefﬁeld because they would forfeit a draft pick to years. They should learn a lesson from the Florida and New York Yankees. the Atlanta Braves, Shefﬁeld’s former team. Shefﬁeld Marlins on how to build a team. The Sox-Yankees feud has been going on for is a power hitter who will ﬁt nicely in to the Yankees years upon years, but this off-season the two teams lineup and he adds a cushion for Jason Giambi. Then, The Closing Bell: seem to be in a chess match that involves some of the Yankees attempted to ﬁx their horrible bullpen Let's Talk About ... the best players in the major leagues. The Red Sox situation that has plagued them since Mike Stanton The BCS System – The Bowl Championship struck ﬁrst with their blockbuster trade in which they left, ﬁnding a setup man for Mariano Rivera since last Series is a computed system that is set up to determine obtained All-Star right-handed pitcher, Curt Schilling, year. They signed Flash Gordon and Paul Quantrill to the championship games in College Football. This is from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Red Sox gave try to ﬁll the holes. The Yankees by mid-year should the worst system in Sports today; a computer deter- the Diamondbacks their left-handed pitcher Casey be looking for a new setup man. mines who gets to play in the championship game. Fossum, right-handed pitcher Brandon Lyon, and Comparing the two teams, the Yankees are If I am the NCAA, I learn a lesson from College inﬁelder Jorge de La Rosa, and a player to be named winning the race as we speak, but the Red Sox are basketball and set up a playoff system quick. This is later. supposedly going to drop a giant bomb on the league tarnishing College football and is making teams like The 37-year-old righty has been a ﬁve time if they can gain All-Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez USC get left out of a game they deserve to be in. All-Star and is considered to be one of the best pitch- from the Texas Rangers. If the Red Sox gain Rodri- Lawrence Taylor – The former Giants line- ers in the game. Schilling at 37 is at the end of his guez, the Yankees may not be able to counter that backer recently released a book about his wild ways career and he has just signed a two year deal with the move. In any event, the season is gearing up to be in the NFL. He is an embarrassment to the NFL and Red Sox with a one year extension. This trade helped between the Red Sox and Yankees all the way to the to the New York Giant’s organization. He said that boost the Red Sox pitching staff greatly by adding end. he cheated on a drug test and that he lived many years Schilling to a staff that already has Pedro Martinez, Now moving on to the other team in New constantly on drugs. What type of role model are you, possibly the best pitcher today, in addition to Derek York. The Mets are moving their franchise player Lawrence? Lowe and Tim Wakeﬁeld. That trade possibly gives shortstop Jose Reyes to second base after they signed The New York Rangers – The New York the Red Sox the best rotation. Japanese product, Kazuo “Little” Matsui. The speedy hockey team is playing its best hockey in the past Now honestly, did you expect George shortstop from Japan has no relation to Yankee out- few years. They are ﬁnally playing as a team and a Steinbrenner to let the Red Sox get one up on him? ﬁelder Hideki Matsui. This could turn out to be a good special pat on the back goes to center Mark Messier Steinbrenner called all his scouts to Tampa and came sign for the Mets if they slowly mold Reyes into a who, at 42, is playing like he is 24 and is putting up with a few counter moves for the Red Sox. First, second baseman. Matsui hit 55 homeruns in Japan, more effort in than any other player on the team. Who knows, this could be the year the drought ends! Hackers Steal Code of Highly Anticipated Video Game Matt Cantirino 23rd. But as that date approached, the developer, was stolen created a disaster. The people who Staff Reporter Valve Software, announced it would not ship as worked so hard to create that part of the game Released planned and gave no reason. Soon after, Valve ex- must now start from scratch. As if this was not a several years ago, the plained at a press conference why this happened. big enough task, the developer (Valve) has only PC game “Half-Life” “Thieves stole most of the source code,” given them until January 2004 to do it. If it takes was a smash hit. It said Valve representatives. People were shocked. too long, people will lose interest in the game and sold millions of cop- How could this happen? It turns out that hackers the graphics will be considered outdated. With a ies and spawned nu- broke into Valve’s computers where the game window of only two and a half months, the devel- merous expansions. was stored and simply transferred it to their own opment team has many long hours and much hard About a year ago, it computers. Police are now trying to determine work ahead to recreate almost a year of work. was announced that who the hackers are. But ﬁnding the attackers is Unfortunately, law enforcement ofﬁcials the long-awaited se- only half the problem. The hackers could now sell expect to see more of this kind of crime in the fu- quel was in production. “Half-Life 2” promised illegal copies of the game on the black market. ture. One criminal expert said “with all the good to take the series to the next level with a new plot, As a result, the game’s future is now in beneﬁts of the internet and technology comes cooler weapons and more mind-blowing graph- doubt. Although the code was stolen, it was not people who want to illegally take advantage of it." ics. Thousands of people pre-ordered the game, totally erased. Almost two-thirds of the game which was scheduled to come out on September was still intact. However, the one-third that Review December 2003 12 XAVIER SPORTS Yankees Baseball: A Postseason this year’s starting pitching was the highlight of the post-season. Even Mike Mussina threw well, though he Season Preview: Track and J.V Basketball was plagued by some poor defense Reﬂection and received next to no run support. Ryan Atwood If David Wells’ back hadn’t gone John Fagan Staff Reporter out during Game 5, the Yankees Staff Reporter The tryouts are over and Head probably would have extended the Winter is on its way and the bit- Coach Richard Duffell and Asst. Coach Series one more game. Instead, we ter cold weather is a clear sign of what Ben Hamm have made their decision fans were subjected to the horrors is to come. The stores are advertising on this year’s J.V. Basketball team. of the long relief for eight innings. for Christmas and the holiday blitz for Coach Duffell believes that the team In all honesty, much of the toys has already begun. This can only will have great success this year since intensity of the playoffs seemed lost mean one thing: Indoor track is now last year’s freshmen team won their after the incredible Boston series. beginning. division. The team is made up mostly Not that that’s any excuse for the After a tremendous start to the of last year’s freshmen team, except players, but I’m speaking from a year during Cross Country season, the for a few new faces like Nick Prekope, fan perspective. I was at Game One track team is looking great. Led by Danny Kennelly, and Rory Beirne. of the World Series, and I can tell Varsity runners Nick Peterson, James Hopefully these players will bring ad- William Moccia you that the crowd was most excited Hamilton, Evan Bernstein, John Ba- ditional talent and success to the team. Sports Editor while watching highlights of Aaron tista, Matt Muratore and Dan Murtagh, Players Christopher Zaniews- Boone’s homerun and booing Pedro it is clear that our Indoor Track team is ki, Stephan Jean-Jacques, and Tom Looking back at this postsea- Martinez. Most of the signs people brimming with talent. With this line-up Losquadro are expected to lead the team son, it is quite obvious that the Yankees were holding were focused on the of runners along with some impressive to much success this year. And we cannot did not deserve to be World Champi- ALCS. Of course, I’m not saying that ﬂair from the underclassmen, Mr. Dor- forget about Bryan and Tommy Ambery ons. Every problem that plagued the defeating Boston wasn’t the greatest mer is conﬁdent that our team is going who are the heart of the team’s motiva- team during the season was magniﬁed thing ever. In fact, beating the Red places this year. tion. Coach Duffell said that he would in the World Series, while the Marlins Sox was the only thing that made the Indoor track also spotlights like to work on the team’s defense, since played the loss to some of the less known and under- their offense is stronger. He also believes best fun- Beating the Red Sox was the only thing Florida appreciated events of track, such as that defense is the key to winning games. damental that made losing to Florida bearable. at all the beloved shotput competitions, The players show their devotion to the baseball I bear- hurdles, pole vault, and the long jump. coaches and team by practicing about six that have seen since the Yankees of able. It proved once again that "The The throwing team with an assortment days a week. Practices are usually made the late ‘90s. Inconsistent defense, Curse of the Bambino" lives on. It’s of seniors, juniors, and sophomores is up of sprints and drills for offense and untimely hitting (especially with ironic that Boone, who has thus far skilled and in sync. With a new throw- defense. runners in scoring position), and a been a tremendous disappointment, ing coach, the team of shot putters is On Wednesday, November 19, disaster of a bullpen spelled doom would make his sole contribution beginning to come together. the team showed its skills for the ﬁrst right from the start. Derek Jeter, as by sending the Red Sox and their Over the last couple of years, time in a scrimmage game against Poly usual, put up insanely high postsea- fans home. That just goes to show Mr. Dormer has cultivated the bodies Prep. There were six different quarters son numbers, but his error that led to that Boston can never escape "The and minds of our acclaimed track team and Xavier won four of them. Many the Marlins’ second run in Game Six Curse," and it will present itself and this year it is beginning to pay off. of the players showed great talent and was the ﬁnal straw for a team that in the most unlikely situations. Our team is at the very pinnacle of ex- did great jobs during their playing time. had trouble putting two hits together. Well, that wraps up an- cellence and we believe that this is the Matthew Rizzuto, Bryan Ambery, and In stark contrast to last year, other season of baseball. Bet- year we will ﬁnally pull through. Tommy Ambery were key players in the when the Angels bombarded Yankee ter luck next year! Go Yankees! game. All three of them scored about ten pitching, most people will admit that points each. Gang Green Season: Over Before It Started Casey Degliuomini returner Chad Morton. To compensate, He had an important and difﬁcult job The star receiver re-injured a Staff Reporter the Jets got veteran wide receiver Curtis picking up the slack for the injured Pen- concussion and may be out for the rest Conway and rookie sdefensive tackle, nington but the offense was not backed of his career. The Jets have also had The New York Jets seem to Dewayne Robertson as the #4 NFL Draft up well enough by the defense and the dents in their defense this year with Jon have yet another disappointing year Pick. With their newly altered team, the Jets record shows it. Chad Pennington McGraw and Donnie Abraham being ahead of them. The Jets currently Jets were ready for the season of 2003. returned to make his ﬁrst start of 2003 hurt. Defensive end John Abraham have a record of 6 wins and 8 losses. As the current season was be- on November 2nd. was injured for a game or two and was Halfway through the season that is not ginning, the Jets and their fans had high Chad made his return in what suspended for one because of DWI. an ideal position. Last year the Jets hopes for the next ﬁve months of football might have been the most exciting game Josh Evans, another starting defensive ﬁnished with a 9-7 record and were the led by the best quarterback in the league, of the season. The game was Jets versus lineman, has been out the entire season AFC Eastern Division Champions. Af- Chad Pennington. The hopes and dreams Giants and the Jets were playing with because of substance abuse during the ter smothering the Colts 41-0 in the ﬁrst were shattered as Pennington went down a home crowd. The Giants seemed to off-season. round of the playoffs, the Jets moved and broke his wrist in a pre-season game be slipping away but the Jets caught up There is nothing much positive on to the second round against the rival against the rival New York Giants. Pen- and tied it at the end of the fourth quar- to say about the 2003 New York Jets but Oakland Raiders. After a disappoint- nington’s injury meant that he would ter and forcing the game into overtime. maybe they will have a miraculous sec- ing game the Jets were eliminated with be out for most of the season and that Overtime was exiting. The Giants won ond half of the season. Miracle means a 30-10 loss as they were shut out in would mean that the Jets would have to the coin toss and were kicking a ﬁeld they win the rest of the games they play the second half of that game. The Jets play behind veteran quarterback Vinny goal to win it, but kicker Brett Conway and the other teams in their division, the finished last season on great terms Testaverde. Vinny’s spot was taken by kicked it wide and the ball was turned Dolphins, the Patriots, and Bills, lose considering they had been in the same Pennington in the 2002 season after the over to the Jets. Then, after a drive, the their remaining games. This seems like position they are in currently. The Jets Jets had a 2-5 record under Testaverde in Jets were about to kick a ﬁeld goal for a long shot and it is. The Jets will have season was looking down last year until the beginning of the season. the win. It was blocked and the ball was to play hard and wait until next year for quarterback Chad Pennington stepped Vinny would now have to start now turned back over to the Giants. The a possible playoff appearance or cham- up and led the Jets to numerous victo- another season for the Jets and though he Giants then executed a good drive and pionship of any kind. For Jets fans like ries and a division championship. played pretty well, some bad coaching kicked a ﬁeld goal to win it. This was a myself, hockey and basketball season During the offseason the Jets and weak defense still held the Jets back very disappointing loss for the Jets and are in play. It might be less painful to hype mellowed as they suffered great from winning some games. The Jets star their fans. After that game the Jets were follow the Rangers, Islanders, Devils, losses in their roster and spirit. They running back, Curtis Martin, has shown left with a 2-6 record and some more bad Knicks, or Nets. lost their star wide receiver Laveraneus signs of aging as he hasn’t been very news concerning wide receiver Wayne Coles and star running back and kick productive for the Jets’ running game. Chrebet.