The Newspaper for Bishop Guertin High School Volume One, Issue One JANUARY 2007
“Romance without regret” Danielle Fontaine
“Romance Without Regret” was how
Jason Everett’s speech was advertised
throughout BG. The assembly was held
December 5 and Everett discussed the
many reasons to remain chaste until
marriage. Honestly, I went in with that
to-even-listen attitude, and left with a
somewhat mixed opinion.
Jason Everett addresses My ﬁrst reaction was, I loved it. It
the beneﬁts of abstinence
was not the same talk I had heard so
many times throughout my school career. Sure, the message was
basically the same: sex is a commitment and sex can cause many
physical and emotional problems if you are not ready for it. But,
the presentation was unlike anything I had seen. Over 600+ students and parents attended “Romance Without Regret”
Everett engaged the audience with stories, jokes, and
things teenagers could relate to. He also included important Some other students also disapproved of omitting an important
statistics about STDs and pregnancies that were probably put fact about the STD called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
in just to scare us into abstinence but ended up being extremely Everett never explained that there is a vaccine for the disease.
informative. Overall, the speech was enjoyable and educational His “conveniently” forgetting this fact angered some students
about things that I hadn’t heard a million times in my life. and made them wonder if it was just another speaker trying to
However, after the “seminar,” a few things bothered my scare us into not having sex.
fellow students and me. The ﬁrst thing that was brought to my Despite the few things that annoyed students, the speaker
attention was the website that was given during the talk. Everett seemed to get his point across. He spoke frankly and at a level
told the audience that they could visit “www.pureloveclub.com.” that everyone could understand. Even though I was left with
Many students decided to look at the site and statements against a mixed opinion, it may have allowed many people to realize
homosexuality and same-sex attractions angered many of them. that they also wanted “Romance Without Regret.”
When many people think of BG, So how might those deﬁnitions pertain
homework comes to mind. While helping
out at open house, it is easy to see that it
Homework to us? Our pay? Maybe our pay could be
considered our grades. Instead of being
is a topic on many parents’ minds as well rewarded for our, as always, of course
as perspective students’, as it seems to be Danielle Anctil excellent work with money, we are given a
a frequent question. Staff Writer passing grade, allowing us one step closer
Being a college prep school, it is to graduation.
expected that we as students will get more To answer that question, one would The preparatory deﬁnition could
homework than a regular public school have to deﬁne the term “homework” be compared to studying for a quiz or test
might. Especially whereas most public the ﬁrst deﬁnition of three listed in the the day before the class.
schools provide “study” periods for Merriam-Webster online dictionary is But outside of the regular class
students, those schools provide a chance “piecework done at home for pay”. The period? A little bit more difﬁcult. Using this
for homework to be completed at school second deﬁnition: “an assignment given to deﬁnition, one could say that this could
rather than at home, which is where the a student to be completed outside of the mean anytime other than in the one class
work was intended to be completed in regular class period”. The third deﬁnition that a particular homework assignment is
the ﬁrst place, wasn’t it? was simply “preparatory reading or research”.
See page 7
News 1,7 Hockey Student The Tempest
Tryouts Profiles Play
Political Views 4,5,6 pg 12
Sports 8,9,10 pg 8 Pg 14
Around Campus 15
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When is the last time you called a one can tell much from mannerisms, eye As an age group we are now spending
customer service line and either a) you contact, body language, tone of one’s on average, 3 hours on-line each night,
didn’t get a computer answering service voice, and several other factors that we an we are not only talking on there, but
or b) you didn’t get a phone answering as humans have honed throughout the were living vicariously through our
service that was based in India (as the years in order to accurately interpret computers.
large majority of customer service calls what is being said and how it is meant. A recent AP-AOL poll found that
are now outsourced to the country)? Through our new technology, all of this about a ﬁfth of teen IM users have used
When is the last time you went to a is lost. IM to ask for or accept a date. Almost that
performance, be it a play, concert, movie, We are experiencing the same thing many, 16 percent, have used it to break
or gathering of any kind that required as in the business world. When we text up with someone. We now even look for
concentration and quiet and someone’s and IM instead of calling and talking love using websites such as Myspace and
phone didn’t go off? to a person, we cannot tell what the Facebook.
When is the last time you have person is feeling and we miss much of While some are impressed with our
been in a car and haven’t seen someone the conversation. In fact, scientists say AIM skills, namely, that we can keep half
talking on their cell phone, texting that more than half of a conversation is a dozen conversations or more going
while driving, or (my personal favorite communicated through body language at the same time, it can be more of a
as my Dad does this) emailing on their and gesturing, which means that when distraction than an accomplishment,
Blackberries(commonly referred to as we partake it texting and IMing, we only says Naomi Baron, a linguistics
“crackberries” due to the fact that many get half the conversation. professor at American University.
people are addicted to their devices) “If you have 15 conversations going
while driving? Do we care what the other simultaneously,” she said, “sometimes
The answer to all these questions is you’re just throwing things out there and
simple: not in a while. then dashing off to the next customer.”
Technologyisimprovingandadvances person has to say anyway? Isn’t that how today’s world works
are being made at an unprecedented rate. At most, employers are noting in though? Do we even care what the other
In just over 30 years computers have record numbers that our age groups person has to say anyway or are we just
gone from being unknown and only communication skills, not computer politely waiting our turn to say what we
in the academic world, to the ofﬁce, to skills, but rather human interaction want to?
the home, and now, to the bedrooms of still are egregious and many teens have Next time you are going to talk to
kids. While we all think this technology such a disconnect that employers will someone, do it in person.
is great, there is a major problem that not hire them because of their poor Get that human interaction, pick
these devices are creating: the lack of communication skills. up that other half of the conversation,
communication skills in today’s world. It’s getting so bad that many colleges the non-verbal one, that we all-to-often
It seems almost poetic and certainly and universities are now requiring that miss, and get back the connection that we
ironic that devices such as cell phones and all students take at least a public speaking make when participating in interpersonal
computers, devices created for the sole 101 to try an ameliorate this growing communication.
purpose of communication, are actually problem. However, just taking a class If we don’t want to be the generation
the cause of this disconnect. certainly isn’t enough. that just interacts with computers all day
We are loosing our personal Our excessive dependence on in a windowless cubicle, if we don’t want
connection with people and it is not technology is not only changing fashion, to be the generation that can’t carry on
only affecting business, but society as a many people now wear phones attached an intelligent conversation, if we don’t
whole. People will no longer call or meet to their hip at all times, but also creating want to be the generation that needs a cell
in person when an email will sufﬁce. This a shorter attention span for teenagers phone to survive, if we don’t want to be the
leads to a plethora of problems. One of and children, an effect that hinders our generation that ends human interaction;
the major problems is that when reading communication skills even more. The then we need to do a little more talking
an email, no emotion is included, so average attention span of a person is 3-5 and creating personal connections, and a
phrases can be interpreted a number of minutes times their age; however, studies little less texting and typing.
different ways (emoticons just don’t do indicate that this number is decreasing
the trick). But, when meeting in person, as new technology is being used at an
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Let the Mayhem begin
It all came so fast. We were all But, apparently, the aforementioned
basking in the excitement of the short only counts 80%.
weeks of October and Thanksgiving and Our progress hasn’t been measured
Christmas vacations. But that excitement just yet. Obviously, we need another
is over, The New Year is here, and that can 20% determinant. school and teachers continue with their
only mean one thing…MIDTERMS! Not just Bishop Guertin, but most teaching. EVERYTHING about our
Yes, ever since my freshman year at of America’s traditional (and non normal lives continues in addition to
BG, the New Year and post-Christmas traditional) high schools have decided the needed extensive preparation for
thrill has been squelched by the that we, the exhausted students, need our dreaded midterm exams.
daunting subject. Put objectively, for just one more factor in calculating the We don’t have HUGE class reviews
all the probably most timid freshman, a type of student we are. for them. It’s hard to get to our teachers
“midterm” is a large, 90-minute test that So what is the solution? Let’s have if we need help (I mean how do you say,
covers all of the information learned an ultra-cumulative exam. Mr. Fussell “I never really understood chapter 3 and
since August. We are slated to begin the even makes the preparation sound while you’re at it, could you help me
exams on January 16—the ﬁrst day back somewhat easy, “regular study and with the homework you are assigning
from a long Martin Luther King Day active participation in the instructional now from chapter 13?”).
weekend. process…” In reality, our gradual and
Thankfully, some of our teachers apt So what is the problem? I agree that progressive review is minimal at best.
for less conventional midterms such as midterms compel us to review what we We all do the last minute memorizing
projects, class presentations, or assigned have learned during the past months and we all create acronyms in place of
essays. and that they quite possibly reinforce understanding the material completely.
Yes, these can allay some of the pain, our knowledge. But, the environment
but nothing can excuse the mayhem of during the pre-midterm chaos is what is
that intimidating four day week. the most frustrating. So, are midterms really a
But has anyone ever taken the Let’s rewind to December 21, 2006. good determiner of how we
chance to consider why exactly we have We are about to leave for our 12-day
midterms? Christmas and New Year vacation. are doing?
For this—what appears to be such Chances are that our teachers have
an ambiguous question—I asked both sent us with plenty of homework and Hasn’t anyone—or if not known
Mr. Fussell, Vice Principal of Academics scheduled tests and quizzes for the week someone—that has done exceptionally
and Mr. Goyette, Vice Principal of we get back. well all year, but then proceeded to
Student Life. Mr. Goyette infers that they Just in case we don’t have anything bomb the exam? Is that because you or
are just like any other exam, “to assess better to do. your friend hasn’t really been getting
student progress up to that point.” Mr. BG is a school of serious, intelligent it all year long? Are the other hundred
Fussell believes that their purpose is “to students and we all leave school on grades so misguiding?
provide for a comprehensive assessment the 21st with the best of intentions for Or is it just that someone had a bad
of material learned in the ﬁrst half of a our break. We all plan on studying and day or just couldn’t devote the equivalent
full year course.” digging out some old ﬁles from the of hard work (that he or she has been
But isn’t that just more of the same? beginning of the year and seeing what devoting all year long) to study time for
we can accomplish. that one exam?
Point being, we have been “assessing,” But what happens? Remember, the Our academic system leaves room
practicing, evaluating, and working like key here is that we are on Christmas for mistakes. Every student from the 2.0
dogs all year long. Our progress has been break. Meaning, that chances are, there GPA’s to the 4.5 GPA’s have made mistakes
determined through one report card, will be festivities, parties, and other fun somewhere on an exam. Everyone has
two progress reports, and hundreds of that will call for some much needed awkward days. We are human. But with
other grades in between. Our parents “R and R.” And before we know it, it is repetition and practice, we overcome
have “conferenced” with our teachers December 31 and we are behind on our irregularities and triumph.
and we see our progress through section ambitious plans. But with midterms, one mistake and
quizzes, chapter quizzes, chapter tests, We barely make it to Wednesday you’re out. All your valiant efforts for the
and even cumulative unit tests. We the 3rd and then reality comes back to past 90 days of school (that’s 540 hours
complete projects and write essays. I life—we have several massive exams in in a classroom plus homework time)
think those sufﬁce for determining such 13 days. can go out the door in 90 minutes.
progress. And life does not slow down.
Our everyday activities keep us after Have fun, everybody.
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The Iraq Study Group
MEDIA HYPE OR A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION..
I THINK A BIT OF BOTH...
Here it is. The Iraq Study Group. Picture this in your minds, “When The world is a mess right now. Syria,
The two most brilliant men in the world you invite wolves into the kitchen to help Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea
James Baker and Lee Hamilton have with dinner, don’t be surprised who gets are looking to take power and change
come to enlighten the misguided Bush eaten.” the course of world history. We have
administration on how to “win” in Iraq. It is clear who inﬂuenced this Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al Qaeda making
All of the answers to our problems will conclusion. Jim Baker has a record of death pledges to kill any civilized person
be solved within the 84 page document. trying to make peace with Islamic fascist that crosses their paths.
What a day for America! organizations. President Bush has been—and will
Has anyone else received this Serving as Secretary of State under always be—steadfast with his policies
message from the news? I know I have. Bush ’41, he recommended that the US and guiding values. So, now is not the
But then again, if you are watching CNN relinquish settlements on the West Bank time to be foolish and pretend that the
or reading The New York Times, this to make peace with Palestine. Middle East is not fomenting into an
message just might have been jumping So, Mr. Baker, here is a little bit of American-hating killing machine. It
off the headline. information on—whom you would won’t ﬂy and won’t get us anywhere.
The Times recently leaked a story like to be—our new allies. The State The Baker-Hamilton report is a
reporting how the Baker Report will call Department Report on Terrorism in April good thing. It was doctored and has
for a substantial pull-out of US troops said: “Iran and Syria provide a unique been embraced by both Republicans and
from Iraq. Well, Mr. New York Times, you safe haven, substantial resources and Democrats. It makes some suggestions
are wrong. The Iraq Study Group is not guidance to terrorist organizations.” that probably have some validity.
recommending such dramatic action. The bottom line is that Iran and Syria President Bush understands that
The reason for all of this bedlam is do not want peace. Remember, they are Iraq has problems.
the leftist media and the cut-and-run Islamic fundamentalist whackos! We are But even more compelling, he
crazies thinking that Christmas came a western capitalist society! We get in the understands that we need a victory in
early for them this year. But unfortunately way of their world power, annihilation the country to continue to squelch the
for them, there won’t be much under the of Israel and a mass conversion to Islam. threats that face us abroad.
tree even if President Bush acts on some Iran has routinely expressed its desire And with bipartisanship, we can
of the reports recommendations. to have the U.S and Israel wiped off the triumph.
Generally speaking, the Baker- face of the planet.
Hamilton report speaks in generalities. So why do we want to make friends
It does not call for any substantial with these people? Well, the report
pull out of forces, nor does it give believes that, although hostile to the
a timetable on troop reductions. It U.S, Iran and Syria do not want to see
suggests that the Bush administration Iraq burst into chaos.
shift some of our manpower to continue That’s just not true. When, and if,
to train and advise the—what we want Iraq falls into the pinnacle of chaos, the
to be—burgeoning Iraqi army. So, at its Shiites would dominate and then favor
core, it is just restating the obvious: yes, Iran. Iran and Syria are waiting to take
we do eventually need to leave Iraq. over some new territory.
But there is one major, major But thankfully, President Bush has
problem here. The report urges President rejected this outright.
Bush to seek help from two of Iraq’s Hate him or love him, President
close neighbors, Syria and Iran. Bush is a man that sticks to his principles
There is only one word to describe and is not going to be considering this
such course of action: irresponsible. report as the be all and end all of an Iraq
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Politics /World News
It’s the Strategy, Stupid
The Baker-Hamilton Report and the Call for Change
Let’s face it. The War in Iraq is as grim as it seems over there, there is still a possible outcome. However, if the political
complicated. We the people hear one thing chance to save the millions of Iraqi’s facing offensive is implemented, Iran and Syria
fromthePentagon,onethingfromtheMedia, a civil war, the thousands of soldiers putting could be reasoned with, and with their help
and something completely different from their lives one the line, and the political to control their borders, the insurgents
both of those results from the White House. image of the USA from debacle that Iraq and the ﬂow of weapons into Iraq. Talks
n fact, the Bush Administration has has become. The solution, they say, would with these nations would also be required
received a lot of criticism for it’s almost constitute a 180 degree turnaround for to deal with the Arab-Israeli conﬂict, or
naïve, overly optimistic view on the the United States. Number one on there else the talks would all be for naught. As
situation in Iraq. And shortly after the agenda is restoring the balance of power in difﬁcult as it sounds, if a real effort were to
Democratic Party’s wins in the Congress, the American government. The situation be put into it, it would be entirely possible.
the President has ﬁnally conﬁrmed that in Iraq is complicated and divisive, and if Another incredibly important part
which the Pentagon has been saying for all Americans are not represented fairly, it of the solution is the phasing out of US
the better part of the year: the current could end up splitting the nation in two. troops. The best way to do this, according to
strategy is not working. And with succinct Both political parties need to be recognized the commission, is to increase the amount
timing, the Baker-Hamilton Commission in order for the planned solution to of military trainers we have operating in
announces its ﬁndings. And lo and behold, work, not just the party of the current Iraq, as well as imbedding more troops in
the Commission has conﬁrmed the fact president. Second, the US needs to work Iraqi units. By increasing the amount of
that we can no longer “Stay the Course”. to achieve strong and lasting agreements trained soldiers, and adding to the quality
The Baker-Hamilton Commission with the leaders of the other countries of these forces, we will not have to have as
was assembled by the Congress last March in the region and around the world in many divisions stationed in Iraq. And if
as a way to conduct a bipartisan review order to enact any real and meaningful we make it clear to the Iraqi government
of the situation in Iraq. Comprised of changes that will beneﬁt the Iraqi people. that these changes will be made (necessary
ﬁve Democrats and ﬁve Republicans, “As of now, the situation in Iraq due to the nature of the Iraqi government,
the panel included a number of is grave, and quickly deteriorating”. By which I will explain below), the nation will
powerful political leaders, such as calling for a political alliance with the be guarded by primarily Iraqi Battalions as
former Supreme Court Justice Sandra nations in the region to help keep Iraq soon as 2008. This will require a degree of
Day O’Conner and William J. Perry, stable, the US can simultaneously strike cooperation with the Iraqi leaders though,
former United States Secretary of a blow against terrorism, improve the and they must prove to its citizens that it
Defense.AftermeetingwithmanyAmerican future for thousands of Iraqis, and regain can adequately defend its people’s ideas
politicians including the President himself, international credibility lost due to the war. and lives. If their government cooperates,
along with numerous ofﬁcials from all The main challenge to stability in the nation and makes progress towards achieving
of the surrounding nations, they have is the sectarian violence. Iraq exists at the a set of milestones for the construction
a grim tale indeed to tell about Iraq. border of the Sunni Islamic world and the of their government, and if the political
The most important two points in Shia Islamic world. The sectarian division offensive is combined with the phasing
the 84 page PDF ﬁle that was the Baker- inside this nation could potentially spread out of US troops in a coordinated
Hamilton Report were these: if serious to other nations nearby if the violence fashion, the US, Iraq, and the whole of
changes are not implemented right away, spirals out of control. This would result the Middle East will be better off for it.
the consequences will be severe, and that in a humanitarian crisis in even the best
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It’s the Strategy, Stupid
The Baker-Hamilton Report and the Call for Change
This will be by no means a simple task. Up until recently, any questions about This document makes this clear:
With the increased amount of violence the ineffectiveness of the occupation of there is no perfect solution. Even the
in the region, people have lost faith in the Iraq were met with answers that told us that Diplomatic Offensive has its ﬂaws, namely,
government and have turned to sectarian everything was ﬁne and that we needed to believing that people would be willing to
militias. Sunnis, who have been largely trust that the White House knew what it was sit down and civilly discuss the matter of
excluded from the new government, have doing. Our plan was to walk into Baghdad, what to do with the nation. But one thing
formed various terrorist cells who work to oust Saddam, and bask in the adoration is clear. The current policy is not working.
subvert the Americans and the Shia –led of a liberated people. Recent polling gives Even the Bush Administration has been
government. These bandits attack Shias, the United States a chilling perspective forced to acknowledge this. Within days of
who then have to rely on the militias and of how effective our “strategy” has been. the article being published, the President
death squads. As the militias terrorize the Only 36% of the citizens of Iraq approve announced that a strategy change was in
Sunnis, more and more of them join the of the direction the nation is headed, 79% the works, because current policies were
terrorist squads. This violence has spread of Iraqis have a mostly negative view of ineffective. And now, with valuable time
to four of the 18 provinces of Iraq, and the inﬂuence of the United States in the slipping away, it is of the utmost importance
these four contain about 40% of Iraq’s total country. And ﬁnally, 61% of Iraqis approve that the United States focus on creating a
population. In the three years we have of attacks on the US led coalition forces. In bi-partisan government capable of putting
been there, we have successfully ousted our attempt to protect the United States the people of Iraq’s issues on the table as
a dictator, set up a democracy, and kick- from terrorism, we have turned a once articles of the utmost importance, and that
started a self-sustaining chain of religious stable, if despotic, country into a breeding we embrace a multi-lateral diplomatic effort
violence that will likely continue for years ground for anti- US feelings, and driven in order to protect and stabilize the region.
to come unless proper measures are taken. up the recruitment for terrorist cells in the
The major militias such as the Mahdi Middle East. And now, unless the gaping
Army, led cleric by Moqtada al-Sadr, holes in the strategy are dealt with swiftly
which is estimated to be as large as 60,000 and efﬁciently, the country will face anarchy.
strong, have seized tremendous power due If that were to happen, nearby countries
to the weak government of the country. will rush in to protect their own interests.
Not only does al-Sadr control one of the Turkey might send troops into Kurdistan
most powerful militias in the nation, he to prevent it from declaring independence,
also joined President Maliki’s coalition which would cause a rebellious fervor
government. And because he is adamantly among Turkey’s Kurdish population.
against the Americans being in Iraq, the Iran could move into Shia southern Iraq,
three departments of the government and gain control of the all important oil
he controls (Health, Agriculture, and ﬁelds. Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces would
Transport) refuse to work with Americans. converge on Afghanistan with a new zeal
This is incredibly hampering to US that would negate any good done there
attempts to rebuild the infrastructure of in the wake of the ousting of the Taliban
Iraq. And because of the religious tension in 2001. Terrorist cells like Al-Qaeda
throughout the country, Sunni Arabs are would paint the collapse of the nation as a
being persecuted even as the government victory, and would hurl wave after wave of
is trying to rebuild. In some primarily bombers at the United States and its allies.
Sunni districts, electricity is only provided Ethnic cleansing and religious violence
for two hours a day, and trash and clean up would spread all across the Middle East.
crews come through so rarely that there
are trash heaps waist high in the streets.
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given in, but this itself seems to conﬂict Could the success of Bishop Guertin only a slightly larger load of homework
with the “home” in homework. If not students be reﬂected in the amount of improves the grades of students and
necessarily needed to be done at home, homework they receive? Based on a helps them in in-school studies.
then why is it called homework? quick poll of ten students, BG students This may also be due to the idea that
This is due from the intent of tend to get an average of 1 ½- 2 hours while BG focuses on providing students
the teacher. When a teacher gives an of homework per night(not including with skills needed to graduate college,
assignment for homework, they intend reports or projects). Generally, public many public schools, while they may
for students to do it one their own school students get on average less encourage students to attend college,
time, usually at home (this is where the than one hour of homework per night tend to focus more on getting all of their
“home” part comes into play), and that (Reported in a CBS news article). On a students to graduate high school.
it be completed to reinforce and develop schedule similar to Bishop Guertin’s, if One thing is for sure. The stress
the in-class lesson and ability of the a public school student had a study it Bishop Guertin places on schoolwork
student to complete and to understand would be an hour long. On an average contributes to the success rate of the
the material. (The above information is day, this would give the student enough students. BG’s focus on academic
taken from http://www.ag.udel.edu) time to complete their assignments success by using homework to enhance
What is the intent of Bishop Guertin within the period. They would have no skills seems to be giving Bishop Guertin
teachers? As stated on the school website, need to take their books home at night, students an advantage over students of
the academic program of Bishop Guertin unless they chose to study. other schools. Although the “extra” work
is “designed so that any student who Bishop Guertin, with students may at times be aggravating, irritating,
successfully completes the requirements having more homework on average, seemingly useless, and just a headache
may move on to college”. BG is a high has 95-98% percent of students going to us students, it is time well spent.
school that prepares students for on to college, while public schools with
the expectations, requirements, and less homework have an average of 34% Come Do an Extra Hour of Homework
workload of college, regardless of what of graduating students continue on to a Night and go to college!
campus it may be. With rates of about college. A major factor in the difference
98% of graduating students moving onto in college attendance rate, along with
a higher education, BG has succeeded in other more minor factors, may be that
BG Takes Gold Kevin Preskenis
Copy Editor/staff writer
From December 6 to December 9,
the Bishop Guertin Model UN team They worked hard.
attended their ﬁrst delegation, held at Committees met everyday
Princeton University in New Jersey. from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and
In its ﬁrst year of existence, Bishop mostof the students were
Guertin’s Model United Nations team up even later meeting
certainly fared well. personally with another
The ﬂedgling team was honored delegate or preparing
with two awards: a verbal recognition for the next day. They
for Oliver Judd, who represented Sudan debated, discussed, and
on the African Union and the “Best wrote resolutions for
Delegate” for Elizabeth Anderson, who internationalissuessuchas
represented the United States on the UN terrorism, humanitarian
Security Council. aid, and drug and narcotic
“I was honored and quite surprised. trafﬁcking.
I never thought that I would have won BG’s Model United Nations Team
an award in my ﬁrst year as a United Sumi Sinha, team captain, saw the
Nations delegate,” says Anderson. trip as “an intellectually rigorous, planning to attend other delegations
“I think [our winning two awards] but rewarding experience.” Sinha later in 2007 at the University of Chicago
reﬂects the hard work that the entire represented the nation of Qatar and was and The Massachusetts Institute of
team put in,” says Judd. selected to serve on the UN Security Technology.
Coached by Mr. Brian Jackson and Council with Anderson. They were only “I am looking forward to subsequent
Mr. Peter Champagne, the team consisted two of 15 students world-wide to serve on delegations”, says Elizabeth.
of 14 BG juniors, sophomores, and the prestigious council. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Champagne are
freshman and represented ﬁve countries: The team enjoyed their hands-on certainly proud of their team’s success.
United States, Qatar, Switzerland, Sudan, lesson in international civics and is “I was just blown away,” says Champagne.
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A Test of Endurance Sam Howe
The Inside Look into Hockey tryouts Sports Editor
It’s called the Crucible. The ﬁnal The next day, was, thankfully, a lot making one of New Hampshire’s most
daunting test that forces one to search better. The coaching staff seemed to competitive high school hockey squads.
deep inside their hearts and minds to relax, having made their intentions clear The last day had a wide agenda, taking
ﬁnd a mental strength, team spirit, and on the onset tryout. Tuesday the 22nd place over an elongated three hours of ice
physical agility they never knew existed. featured a scrimmage between mixed time. For the ﬁrst hour, there was more
Now, from that description, I could teams of freshman and sophomores the of the intense skating similar to that of
either be describing the last segment ﬁrst hour, then a scrimmage between the Monday and Wednesday sessions,
of Marine Corps Boot Camp that tests mixed teams of Juniors and Seniors only much worse. At one point, there
everything a Marine recruit has learned, the second hour. The game-situational was a full forty-straight minutes of pure
or the four-day hockey tryout that scenarios allowed the BG coaches to skating drills, so tiring even Varsity team
Bishop Guertin Hockey Head Coach gain insight into how each player would veterans, the ones who had survived this
Gary Bishop oversaw at the Skate 3 perform during the season. They made tryout before, were clearly exhausted.
Arena in Tyngsboro. Bishop, who is hockey-intelligence; playmaking and But Gary Bishop was not sympathetic,
entering his 16th year as BG’s Varsity anticipation, center stage, while giving to say the least. Looking at his tired
Hockey’s Head Coach, obviously wants the players an opportunity to showcase players, he merely commented, “That’s
only the toughest on his bench come their passing and puck-handling skills. a skate you should be able to do even if
this season. In a game that is often won This day showed that a high school, you haven’t skated in ﬁve years.”
by a the team who can skate the hardest, division 1 hockey player must not only Next, the freshman and sophomore
fastest, and longest, it is no wonder as to be a skating machine, but an intelligent, players skated through drills (while the
why Bishop created such a intimidating unpredictable weapon on the ice. juniors and seniors headed upstairs
test for his players to face. Wednesday the 23rd featured more to “Big M’s Gym”, a facility housed in
The ﬁrst day of tryouts was Monday, scrimmages, and then the process Skate 3-BG’s home ice- that is owned
November 21st; a day that, in the words braked for Thanksgiving. On Thursday, and operated by BG Hockey assistant
of one participant was “a very painful BG hockey players slept not from an coach, Marc Mantone), emphasizing
two hours” in which they “pushed you overeating of turkey, but from exhaustion a fast, ﬁnesse style of play that coach
to your limit.” The coaching philosophy caused by the previous two days ice time. Gary Bishop seems to be supporting
fundamental to this ﬁrst day was actually On a day where it is highly practiced to this season. The coaches looked over
quite simple: skate them, skate them, thank God for all we have, those trying the passing, shooting, and puck-control
and then skate them some more. Then, out for BG hockey roster positions abilities of each player, with lots of
when they throw up, skate them again. thanked Him for a quick chance to offense men vs. defensemen situations.
It was a grueling session that quickly escape from Bishop’s commands, as well Next, the juniors and seniors took the
separated the men from the boys, a day as the fact they had survived through ice, the ﬁnal session of the tryout. After
that let everyone know exactly the kind the ﬁrst half of tryouts. these last drills had been completed,
of intense hockey they had signed up to Then, the last day thankfully came. Junior Varsity team cuts were made, and
play. The severe power-skating had been So much effort had been put into three tryouts were ﬁnished. The following
designed to loosen off any off-season days of showing the BG hockey staff week’s Monday housed the ﬁrst
rust that accumulated, even though the exactly what one could do on skates, and practices for both teams, and then on
majority of the players trying out were now there was only one opportunity left. Wednesday, the ﬁnal Varsity Team cuts
just ﬁnishing up fall seasons in some There was joy, as the brutal process was were made, sending additional players
of New England’s more elite junior nearing and end. However, there was to the JV squad. The boys had skated,
hockey leagues. It was also a wake-up also eagerness to play well, staying out on the decisions made, and now the teams
call, a cold, unforgiving welcome to BG the ice as long as possible to persuade the created.
hockey for freshman hockey newcomers, coaches you were an intelligent choice,
letting them know exactly what the BG before time ran out on Friday and you
either made it, or were cut, having to continued page 9
program is all about; winning by giving
200% effort every moment on the ice. wait till next year for another shot at
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A Test of Endurance
The Inside Look into Hockey tryouts (continued)
Gary Bishop had a very important exactly what I believe Bishop Guertin
reason for all the skating. The ﬁnesse wishes to implement this season.
style of play emphasizes skill, speed, But why such grueling tryouts? Simply
and puck movement, while putting less put, Bishop Guertin is serious about
importance on size, strength, and hitting its hockey, and Gary Bishop has built
abilities. This style was ﬁrst introduced a program that arguably hosts the best
to the world by the legendary Soviet division 1 team in New Hampshire, if not
Union Red Army hockey teams in Northern New England. Obviously, he is
the late 1960’s, and was reﬁned in the doing something right, and consistently
European Elite Leagues for most of ﬁnds the best players. BG Fans,
the 70’s before being introduced to the however, have not seen a championship
traditional, aggressive, hard-hitting in a couple of years, too long a drought
NHL style of play created by Canada for a powerhouse like our high school.
Zack Bradanack - 2007 Varsity Hockey Team
when Europeans began playing for NHL Unfortunately, the team has a bad habit
franchises in the late 70’s. The two styles of putting up impressive regular season
had a convergence in the 1980’s, and this records, only to fall early in the playoffs.
The author would like to thank the many
hybrid was ﬁrst showcased by the 1980 Hopefully, this year will change all that.
Bishop Guertin Hockey Players that gave
U.S. “Miracle” team, and is now used in At the end of the season, hopefully with
him indispensable information about their
the NHL today by many teams. The new a state Division 1 hockey championship
game plan encompasses speed, agility, in hand, maybe then will the players see November tryouts, without which this article
precision, and clean, efﬁcient hitting, the method behind the madness of the could not have been completed. Thank you
Bishop Guertin Crucible. for your cooperation and insight into such a
Guertin is looking good
Bg Boys VArsity Owns the Ice
Creative Editor/Staff writer
Five games into the season, the Boys each other. By the end of the game BG
Varsity Hockey team is currently unde- had accumulated 5 more goals, courtesy
feated. They won 6-0 in their ﬁrst game of Cory Rice, Peter LaFosse, Matt Gould,
against Hanover High School, which is and two by Ted McKenna. McKenna
ranked number one at Hockey Night in and LaFosse each got a hat trick.
Boston. Then against Nashua North, Guertin’s next victim was Pinker-
Pinkerton Academy, and Nashua South, ton Academy, some actual competition.
they won 13-0, 4-1, and 6-2, respective- Taylor Wood waits patiently for some action!
There were no goals scored in the ﬁrst
ly. They also recently destroyed Central period. Half way into the second pe-
High School, 13-1. riod, Derek Morgan had a sweet goal The boys then went on to beat
In the game against Nashua North, that went right in the ﬁve-hole. The South 6-2. Ward Gleason scored in
BG made quite a ﬁrst impression. Kyle rest of the points were made in the third the ﬁrst period, and then again in the
Curry scored 8 seconds into the game, period. Bobby Loranger shot the puck second period, 8 seconds after Kyle
followed by goals by Derek Morgan, Ted upstairs and scored unassisted, to which Curry. Zach Musgrave had two goals,
McKenna, and Ward Gleason. The ﬁrst the Astros responded with a goal of their and Austin Sullivan got one as well.
period ended with two goals by fresh- own. Derek Morgan scored again, and The team has a total of 42 points
man Peter LaFosse. In the second half Ward Gleason scored with two minutes thus far, averaging about 8.5 points a
of the game, Kevin Conley and Zach left to wrap up the game for the Cardi- game. Bishop Guertin is undoubtedly
Musgrave scored within 25 seconds of nals. the best team in town. I just hope they
don’t get bored this season.
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Believe or Not
There Is Snow up North
During the period between There are full day and half day
Thanksgiving and Christmas, races. The full day races consist of
the team held try-outs and two slalom and two giant slalom
performed their dry season races. The half day races only have
training regimen. Dry season one discipline. Six boys and six
2007 Ski Team training consists of stretching, girls are chosen from each team to
running, and other exercises designed compete in a meet. The best four
to prepare our skiers for the highly times are then added up to make the
Imagine racing down the face of a competitive season. After Christmas, team’s ﬁnal score.
mountain at increasingly greater speeds the team starts its practices on snow. “The team is very determined
while navigating a giant slalom course as The snow practices take place on and optimistic that we’ll have a
your teammates, fans and family members Mondays and Wednesdays at Pat’s Peak. successful season,” said Mrs. Schreck
cheer you on. This is what meets are like for On the mountain, they practice on the when asked about the 2007 ski team.
athletes on the Bishop Guertin ski team. slalom and the giant slalom runs. A The Bishop Guertin community
The team is made up of nineteen students slalom run is a zigzag ski course that is wishes the best to the ski team as they
who are coached by Mrs. Schreck and assisted by laid out with ﬂag-marked gates. train and compete in their meets.
Mrs. Gettel. This year, the team welcomes three The team holds its meets at Pat’s Peak, After all the hard work they’ve put
freshmen and three new sophomores. The team Mt. Cranmore, Mt. Sunapee, Waterville in, it’s all downhill from here.
is proud to have seniors Christine Page and Greg Valley, and Wild Cat Mountain.
Kana as their captains.
Be Sure to Support All Our Winter Teams!
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Arts & Entertainment
Matt Connolly Danielle Anctil
staff writer staff writer
Bells rang out and ﬁlled the John-
Louis Collignon Gymnasium on the
evening of December 12th.
On this night, over 80 Bishop
Guertin students gathered to put on a
winter concert. Beginning at 7:30, the
ﬁrst half of the performance featured
the chorus and then the jazz band, both
under the direction of Mr. Bill Whitney.
On Friday December 8th Bishop Chorus began with an arrangement
Guertin sponsored it’s annual Empty of “Lord of the Dance”, composed by
Bowl Supper and Faculty Coffee House. Sydney Carter and arranged by John
Mr. Don Greenwell, Mr. Dan Gurall, Along with Timothy Jenkins
Rutter. They then continued on with on piano, the present handbell
Mrs. Erin Beaulieu, and Mr. Mark Lajoie
all headlined the night. Joining them was three of seven movements of “Frostiana”, choir has only two members, seniors
Mrs. Erin Beaulieu and her husband, Mr. composed by Randall Thompson. To Melissa Trepanier and Emily Tardiff.
Kenneth Calabria, Mrs. Pat Daly, Mrs. conclude the choral section of the night, During their sweet-sounding and
Regina Olesen and her husband, and the traditional holiday song “Carol of the pleasant performance, both girls
Mr. Bill Whitney. Mr. Calabria emceed. Bells” by Mykola Leontovich and Peter demonstrated talent and perseverance-
Mr. Gurall opened the night with some Wilhousky was performed. In terms of and also exhibited courage in performing
soft acoustic rock before turning it over amount of members, the chorus has in front of a fairly large crowd,
to Mr. Lajoie for “La Jige de La Joie,” expanded greatly from last year and something many people do not have the
which got everyone moving, and some their diligent efforts to improve even nerve to even think about doing. For any
religious Christmas songs, accompanied more were clearly evident through their students even just considering possibly
by his trademark puns. Mr. Lajoie also strong and harmonious performance. joining in the future, director Kathryn
had to deal with the only heckler of Following the chorus was jazz band, Jenkins and the members of the choir
the night. Mr. Greenwell got the most performing a selection of tunes including would deﬁnitely welcome your interest
laughs for an act that night. First he “Fast Break” by John Edmondson, in becoming a ringer.
attempted to play his guitar with boxing “Summertime” by George Gershwin and Finally, also under the direction of
gloves, and later on gave the audience a arranged by Dave Rivello, and a unique, Mr. Whitney, the Bishop Guertin High
treat with one of his trademark “Tairy- swing version of the classic “The Little School Band played a selection of songs
Fales” at the request of one of his health Drummer Boy”, arranged by Joe Jackson. beginning with “Finlandia” by Jean
students. Perhaps the most stunning The admirable musical talents of all of Sibelius, followed by “Bolero” by Maurice
performance of the night was Mrs. the jazz band members were revealed in Ravel, and ﬁnished the evening concert
Daly and Mr. Whitney performing a the enjoyable selection of songs.
rendition of an Elton John classic, but with the winter song “Sleigh Ride” by
After a brief intermission, the Leroy Anderson. The concert band has
not before Mrs. Daly told a joke about
a decapitated motorcyclists’ girlfriend.. audience was brought into the Christmas worked extremely hard after school
Mrs. Olesen and her husband singing spirit by the members of the handbell three days a week since September, and
old country ballads, one of which Mr. choir performing “O Come Little their work seemed to pay off in their
Olesen described as “The story of us,” Children” and “A Quiet Christmas” pleasurable show.
which moved the crowd. Mr. Whitney (both by Douglas Wagner). And quiet it The students’ efforts paid off well in
followed with an amazing electric bass was. a concert enjoyed by all who attended.
solo leaving the audience speechless.
Before the author had to leave, Mr.
Greenwell performed an encore, ending
the author’s night with a beautiful,
unplanned duet with Mrs. Beaulieu.
Mrs. Beaulieu also performed some
acoustic with her husband, Mr. Calabria
set the “Standard” of the night with ‘20s
and ‘30s hits and also told a joke about a
man who did one good thing in his life
and a motorcyclist.
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Reviews WINTER 2006
A Preview of Once the holiday season has ended, and the lawn decorations stashed away (or not
for the lazier among ye), you will most likely ﬁnd you self swimming in a pool of gift
An Innocent cards or other “I thought this would be easier then actually looking for a present” type
presents. Well I’m here to tell you about a few DVDs that
Man came my way that may or may not be worth your not-so-
hard earned cash.
Michael Plesac 1. Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
staff writer This DVD release of the most popular movie this summer
was met with lots of anticipation. Firstly, let me say I enjoyed
Currently on the best seller list is John this movie, although it does have a cliffhanger ending which
Grisham’s latest, and also ﬁrst nonﬁction will probably annoy you. The movie is packed to the brim
book, An Innocent Man. Featuring with crazy special effects and action, all you expected from the
Ron Williamson, a baseball player, this ﬁrst ﬁlm. As for the actual DVD content, the various special
real-life scenario describes his arrest features on the DVD are more then enough to tide you over
and conviction of murder, of which he until the next release, if you’re the type of person that enjoys
did not commit. The novel is fun and watching special features (all 3 of you). Ultimately, I would
personally wait until the release of the inevitable Platinum
entertaining to read and contains a Collectors Edition box set, which should contain all three
complex plot similar to John Grisham’s ﬁlms when they’re released.
other ﬁctional mysteries. The book goes 2. Superman Returns
into detail on how Williamson’s case When this ﬁlm was released, many people had high expectations. I personally thought
was poorly treated, and how small town this movie was a letdown. But, if you enjoyed it, you will ﬁnd a lot of content on the
justice is carried out, or, in this case, how DVD. It is also available in HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats, for you fancy kids with
it is cut short. your expensive dvd players (or PS3s).
Set in a rural Ada, Oklahoma, the book 3. James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD Collections 1-4
frequently discusses the death penalty as These DVD sets are great because I for one have wanted to own a collection of these
well as DNA analysis. An Innocent Man movies for sometime. The bad news about this is that, while each of the collections has
is recommended to people interested in great movies, they always seem to put at least one bad movie in each. Sure everyone
loves Goldﬁnger, but do I really want to see Moonraker in the same package? Another
criminal justice, law, or just general mysteries bad point is that you know you’re going to have to buy the ﬁlms all over again when
of excitement. Many of the people narrated they release the box set containing Casino Royale (You will Only Pay Twice). Either
in this book are living and work in the same way, this is the best you’re going to get and if you’re even a remote fan of the series
town of Oklahoma today. you’ve got to get these. Oh yeah, and see Casino Royale sometime, because, well, it’s a
lot better then Moonraker, whatever that means.
On Friday, January 5th, Bishop Guertin’s drama club presented William Shakespeare’s
The Tempest. This play is set in a wintry, secluded corner of Battery Park, New York
some time in the near past. The tale tells of a homeless gypsy who
is exiled there in a world of magic. Sorceress Prospera and her fairy
Ariel, conjure up a wild storm which wreaked havoc for all. Everyone
enjoyed this wonderful play... well done!
plays the role of
Sorceress Prospera Tempest photography
courtesy of Br. Ralph Lebel
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Of Vice and Men
managing editor/staff writer
The replacement of the WB and counterpart will react a certain way, now claims the title of the quickest and
UPN networks with the new CW has either with a giggle, a cringe or a sigh, wittiest on television. Unlike Buffy,
brought a lot of changes to prime time. indicating the intended emotion instead whose battles we fought against the
Let’s begin Tuesday night. We get a allowing the viewer to decide for supernatural world, - where the good
mix of the pleasant and not so pleasant. themselves. I can’t help but think that and evil were cosmic- Veronica’s battle
The WB, without a doubt owes it last if Lorelai and Rory, world class cynical grows from within people- which is a
few years to Gilmore Girls. That goes brainiacs, could watch this show, they great deal more sinister. Buffy was always
without saying. That show carried the would hate it. saving the world-literally; Veronica
network when it was experiencing rough However, with the scripts lacking saves people that no one else really cares
times trying to savage other shows like in greatness, the actors have not given about.
Angel and Everwood. That fact is not up hope. Alexis Bledel still portrays Let’s not get the wrong impression.
true because of the actors- but because innocent, Mensa-bound Rory, and Veronica didn’t wake up one day and
of Amy Sherman Palladino, the creator Lauren Graham is still holds the say “Hey, I think I’ll try to be a detective
and head writer of Gilmore Girls. She, position of star player, running at full today!” Veronica’s interest in solving
along with her husband Daniel Palladino speed, giving all she can to show the TV- mysteries is a function of circumstances.
shared the task of writing the show for watching world that hard work pays off. Her father’s business and her own
the past six years. But at the end of last Unfortunately, the now-slumming show social survival depend on her ability
season the husband and wife duo hung shows Lauren Graham’s well deserved to outsmart those who treat her with
up their hats and passed the writing Emmy slowly slipping away. For six ridicule and mockery.
torch to David Rosenthal. whole years, Lorelai in Gilmore Girls has When Keith Mars, Veronica’s father,
So, did Gilmore Girls loose its heart been agonizing, amazing and thrilling to claimed he believed that Jake Kane was
when it lost its creator? Unfortunately watch. It is horrible that now, Rosenthal somehow involved in the murder of his
not, in fact it achieved the opposite. wants to blend her into traditionalism, daughter Lily Kane, the Mars family was
Rosenthal made it nothing but heart. take away her speed that became her stripped of their respect and high stance
Lorelai is now, very uncharacteristically, claim to fame and morph her into in the prestigious Neptune society.
might I add, swapping wedding vows another predictable television lead. Following that, Veronica’s mother,
with Christopher, and Rory is hopelessly Let’s hope that Lorelai will soon Leeann, left town because she couldn’t
devoted to London- based Logan. Where realize how out of character she really handle the loss of status. Due to these
is all this love coming from? is and begin to right all the wrongs events, the murder of her best friend, her
In season seven viewers don’t get in her life. And let’s keep our ﬁngers loss of social status and her crumbling
to see the same show they have been crossed that Rosenthal will do the same, family life, Veronica became determined
watching for all these years. All the light- comprehending his faults and attempting to turn her grief into something more
weight storylines, ﬂowing scripts and to salvage Gilmore Girls before it totally powerful and productive. She uses all
emotions in the show that used to be “jumps the shark”. her resources to solve any crime from
displayed along side ﬂighty music pieces, Now onto the better side of Tuesdays. dog-knappings to homicides.
whether cheesy songs sung by the town “If a school bus, traveling forty miles Besides the crime solving gig,
troubadour (Grant Lee Phillips), or the per hours drives off a cliff and plunges Veronica also deals with the trials and
funky-yet fun- Sam Phillips scores, have ninety feet into the jagged coastline… tribulations of everyday teenage life.
been substituted for countless scripted how many seconds did the six high Of course it wouldn’t be TV if it didn’t
reaction shots, clichéd doorstep love school students, their teacher, and bus have a few interesting twists including
scenes, enormous holes in the script driver have to contemplate the fact that a Private Investigator dad, a billionaire
solely for sentiments, and above all- they were about to die?” Veronica Mars boyfriend, and a pal in a motorcycle
sincerity. Gilmore Girls used to be the knows. She also knows who made that gang--- and she still ﬁnds time to get the
most upbeat show on television. Its bus claim the lives of eight innocent “money shot”.
tempo was unstoppable. Now Rosenthal people, who murdered her best friend People believe that you can’t attain
ﬁlls the show with gaps of silence. When Lily Kane, and who is responsible for knowledge by simply sitting in front
has Gilmore Girls ever been known for the string of rapes at Hearst College. You of the television set. But those are the
its lack of talking? The quick wit and know what mystery she hasn’t solved people who haven’t tuned into the CW
proverbial ping-pong-match dialogue yet? WHY NO ONE IS WATCHING on Tuesday and 9. When watching
used to be frowned upon by critics. But, HER SHOW! Veronica Mars, you aren’t just watching
now that old saying comes into play, Premiering in 2004, Veronica Mars her solve the mysteries so are helping her
“you never know what you had until it was thrown to the side as a Nancy Drew solve the mysteries. This show teaches
is gone.” slash Buffy The Vampire Slayer combo, the importance to pay attention to small
On Rosenthal’s Gilmore Girls, a but after two years on air, people are details- details that, in the end, could be
character delivers a line, and their ﬁnally starting to notice this show, which the difference between life and death.
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What to Do When Faced
with High School
Cue the Jaws music; it’s that time of year.
Yet again, those dreaded midterms are fast Henrich- Kevin Smith
approaching. Since we have yet to discover a
time machine which will enable us to bypass
this stressful period, it seems that our only
option is to battle through the exams. With
a large portion of our grade on the line and
half a year’s worth of knowledge to cram back
into our minds, the popular question seems
to be “How will we survive!?”
I’ll skip the boring old suggestions like
“study your notes,” “stay focused,” blah, blah,
blah. No one likes to be bashed over the head
with the same thing over and over again; it
would kill brain cells and we could use as many
as possible with exams. Now where to start?
1) A good way to begin is to TALK TO YOUR
TEACHER; they created the exam, thus
they’re probably your best source for tips
on how to study.
Nickname: Dee Nickname: I don’t have one
2) Try to AVOID CRAMMING the night
before. Save the cardiac arrests and Age: 14 Age: 15
anxiety attacks for later in life. Spread Grade: 9 Grade: 9
out your studying and focus on your Hometown: Nashua, NH Hometown: Townsend, MA
“problem” topics. Favorite Subject: Intro to Literature Favorite Subject:Math with
3) FRIENDS + SAME CLASS + STUDY with Mrs. Stone Mrs. Weilgoszinski
GROUP = GOOD THING. Try TV Show: 24 Favorite Movie: Anchorman
mixing studying alone with studying in Favorite Single Out: Heaven by Live Favorite TV Show: House
a group. Sometimes another person’s Favorite Movie: Wedding Crashers, Favorite Single Out:
perspective can give you new ideas or
new information. Rent Too hard to answer
Sports: Dance Favorite Movie: Anchorman
4) EAT HEALTHILY! Without junk food to Hobbies: Dance, Sports: Baseball and
weigh you down, you’ll have more drive Horse Back Riding basketball
to get through those study sessions. So,
as hard as it may be, step AWAY from the Why BG? Because I did not Hobbies: Guitar, Football,
twinkies!! want to go to my and sports in general
other school choice Why BG? My brother comes
5) TAKE BREAKS! Your brain can only soak because it was to far here so I had to
up so much information at one time. For
your own sanity, take little siestas. from my house and Best experience
not many people were at BG so far: Freshman
6) GET SLEEP GET SLEEP GET SLEEP!! going orientation was
The ﬁve more chapters you stayed up Best experience wicked fun
until 3 a.m. studying will do you no
good if you are passed out on your desk. at BG so far: Meeting everyone One thing people
Unfortunately drooling does NOT count in our class new and don’t know
towards your grade. becoming friends about you: I had lyme disease
Now STOP! Deep breath. Remember One thing people and mono at the
they’re just tests, not Armageddon. Next Friday don’t know about me: Not Available beginning of the
will be here before we know it. In the meantime, year.
however, if anyone would like to build that time
machine, I’ve got a Mr. Washington who would
like to meet you *wink wink*
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A little holiday cheer was
spread at a special luncheon
sponsored by the
Owen Butler participates
in the Ping Pong
Christmas food baskets were collected and
then distributed to
Corpus Christi Food Pantry Students ﬁnd time to work out in the
The Art of Chinese
On November 21st, Sophomore
Jenn Lee and her mother, Lily
Lee gave a presentation on the
Art of Chinese Lettering in Mrs.
Dinan’s Intermediate Art Class.
This tied in very nicely with a unit
on watercolor painting which the
students are presently studying.
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of the Month
Ms. Michele Alafat
Mr. Neil Pare
Br. Ralph Lebel
This month’s Contributing
Danielle Anctil Mark Rizzo reprinted with permission www.abcteach.com
Trish Manzanero Michael Plesac answers available at www.bghs.org/cardinalnews
Matt Connolly Aditya Ashok
Jake Crisp Lauren Miller
Erin Donovan Danielle Fontaine Question of the Month
Creative/Layout How do you feel about the amount of homework you receive nightly at Bishop
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Haylea Ledoux Tucker Gettel include your ﬁrst name and year of graduation.
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