Volume LXXX Issue No. 1 Serving the Baltimore City College High School Community Since 1929 Fall 2008
Dawson’s Vision for 2008-2009
Every new school year brings
new accomplishments and new hurdles.
c h a n g e s
Head of School Timothy Dawson has
seen plenty of both. In an interview with
The Collegian, Dawson discussed the
91 new security
new security cameras, the increase in hall
monitors, the replacement of Mr. Percy in
the college advising office, and the shake-
up at North Avenue.
As with last year, one of Dawson’s
his computer, Dawson demonstrates the
priorities is to improve the “culture of the
technological features of the cameras. The
school.” According to Dawson, students
cameras have an impressive range, and
should approach school like a business;
sharp zoom features. Dawson confirms that
it takes hard work, but ultimately leads to
these cameras do indeed exist, counteracting
some skepticism among students.
In order to create a “professional
During a recent student assembly,
learning community” Dawson will
when Dawson referred to an attempted
implement concrete and intangible changes.
theft in the music room, he stated that the
He is updating the academic infrastructure
culprit had not been caught. He now affirms
with new textbooks, computers, and
the effectiveness of the cameras by saying
technology. Dawson credits the Fair
the culprit had been caught, and it was an
Student Funding initiative with allotting
enough money for these resources.
Dawson sees the new cameras
According to the Preliminary Baltimore
as a deterrent, “keeping honest people Mr. Dawson in his office; he has devised new strategies for the upcoming school year
City School System Budget for 2009, the
honest.” The cameras are only placed
city has allotted $27,000 for computers at
in public places, such as hallways and social studies department head, Ms. Despite their lack of experience in college
City, and $170,000 for textbooks. Dawson
stairwells, not bathrooms or classrooms. Kriewald, supports the change, stating, advising, Dawson thinks that their degrees
says, “We went from having a little money
Even if an incident occurs in a place with “They’ve made it quieter in the hallways. and previous school experiences qualify
to having more money.”
no cameras, (such as fires in the bathrooms Hall monitors appear to be quite effective them for the position.
Dawson believes that the infusion
in past years), the cameras will pick up any in their job.” Since Percy was a temporary
of these funds has “allowed us to be more
people in the nearby hallways before and The status and pay of each hall employee, he had no rights to a permanent
competitive with private schools and county
after such an event. Furthermore, “there are monitor depends on their other duties and job. During the interview process, Dawson
schools,” who have traditionally attracted
cameras protecting cameras,” guaranteeing previous experience, but Dawson estimates simply says, “He was not selected.”
disillusioned families from Baltimore City.
total supervision. the cost at around $120,000 per year. He Despite the turmoil surrounding
He has tried to “make a major shift in terms
Thanks to the security cameras, dismisses the idea that this cost had any the change, Dawson states that, “I really
of an ethnic standpoint,” and refers to the
Dawson declares that, “This is probably he effect on other decisions pertaining to wanted [Mr. Percy] back at the school,” but
increased number of Asian and Caucasian
best first three weeks of school I’ve ever staff, saying that the decision to hire hall does not specify in what way.
students as a positive increase in diversity.
been associated with.” monitors was made last year. At a Parent-Teacher-Student
Another decision at North Avenue One the more controversial staff Association meeting, Dawson addressed
has had a direct impact on City. Recent
paring down of the bureaucracy has left
“This is probably the shifts this year had to do with the hiring some critics. The meeting was somewhat
of the new college advisors, Ms. Rhodes tumultuous, according to those who were
around 300 people without jobs. These best first three weeks and Ms. Cohen. They will be replacing Ms. present. Dawson accepts that it was “less
employees have been shifted to work at
various local schools. City has received of school I’ve ever Rudisill and Mr. Percy. Ms. Rudisill stated
her intention to move to a new position
than ideal,” but refers to the meeting as
“informative.” He is aware of the resistance
several of these employees, who can be
seen working in various capacities around been associated with.” in the spring, but the replacement of Mr.
Percy was a surprise to many, including Mr.
to this change, and cites the “eager beavers”
as the most vocal critics.
school. Dawson is confident that they will Percy himself. (See ‘Shake Ups’ below). Nevertheless, Mr. Dawson
find employment in the school system, Another security measure are
The new advisors were hired is satisfied with the improvements and
taking the place of around 350 employees the new hall monitors, who have been
just two weeks before school started, but changes around City College, and expects
who usually leave the school system by “extremely effective.” Dawson adds, “Ask
Dawson thinks, “They’re more than ready.” a successful school year.
October. the teachers, ask the students.” Indeed,
Inside: Shake Ups In College Advising Office
Facts on Palin.......pg 2 Zoe Rammelkamp series of contract-related issues. These that eventually, the contract would evolve
In addition to the many new issues began in late April, after Mr. Percy into a more stable position that would pay
Presidential Candidate Pro- teachers, City College recently welcomed was offered a better-paying, more stable him during the summer months. Mr. Percy
two new college advisors: Nancy Rhodes, college advising job in Massachusetts, Mr. says, “I was perfectly happy with coming
files..................pg 3 Director of College Advising, and Amee Percy says. back as a temporary contracted worker as
Cohen, Assistant Director of College He discussed his possibilities I had the previous two years even if there
Advising. regarding his future at City with Assistant wasn’t a specific time line as to when I
Interview with Marin Changes in the College Advising Principal Ms. Harcum, telling her that job would be made permanent.”
Alsop...........pg 5 Office are not unheard of. In fact, Mr. Hirsh security and the possibility to pursue a Meanwhile, Mr. Percy and Ms.
from the Social Studies department notes, Master’s Degree were important to him. Ms. Harcum had begun to interview people
“In my five years at City, there have been Harcum indicated that this was possible, and for Ms. Rudisill’s former position as
Club Profiles.........pg 7 five different Heads of College Advising.” together, she and Mr. Percy created a new Assistant Director. They found an excellent
These constant changes have caused position, entitled “Educational Assistant.” candidate, but Mr. Dawson announced that
plenty of concern for teachers, parents, This job would be a full-time position that there was a new procedure: instead of Mr.
Sports Round Up..pg 7 and students, as well as Principal Dawson would allow Mr. Percy to work during the Percy and Ms. Harcum determining the
and the former Head of College Advising, summers, unlike his temporary contract, new Assistant Director, there would be a
Ethan Percy. which only employed him for ten months. committee comprised of Mr. Dawson, Ms.
Baltimore City College Ms. Harcum confirms this account. Halterman, Ms. Harcum, and Ms. Legg
3220 The Alameda Mr. Percy, who worked in City’s
College Advising Office for two years, However, this position never that would decide. Also, Mr. Percy himself
Baltimore, MD 21218 materialized. Mr. Percy agreed to sign the would have to be interviewed.
410.396.6557 and who was looking forward to returning
to City this year, was not rehired after a temporary contract at the time, believing
email@example.com See “Shake Ups”, page 3
Fall 2008 Editorial Page 2
Obama For President •
Marries Todd Palin in 1988
Wins a seat on the Wasilla City
Council in 1992
Supporting Barack Obama for president is not an unpopular position here at • Elected Mayor of Wasilla
City. In the mock presidential primary last year, Barack Obama won in a landslide, with (population: 5,500) in 1996
85% of the vote. In a mock presidential election between Obama and John McCain, the • Requests Town Librarian, Police
margin of victory would no doubt be even more lopsided. Chief, Public Works Director,
In our predominately African-American school, the historic nature of Obama’s and Finance Director to submit
candidacy is important to many students at City. Everyone knows that if Obama were letters of resignation later in 1996
to win the presidential election, then certain demographic glass ceilings could finally be • October 1996, prohibits city
broken. personnel from talking to the
However, we should not vote for Senator Obama simply because of his race. press
Just as women should not vote for John McCain simply because Sarah Palin is his • December 1996, Palin asks town
running mate, African-Americans should not vote for Barack Obama simply because he
is an African-American. After all, the prospect of having someone other than a white
male represent the American people is new, exciting, and long overdue. Nevertheless,
Just the Facts: librarian to remove controversial
books from the library
• January 1997, terminates job of
we must vote for the candidate with the best background, principles, and ideas. The
Collegian considers Obama to be that candidate. Senator Obama is that candidate
because he will provide Americans with the change this country desperately needs.
Sarah Palin head of city museum
• Reelected as Mayor in 1999
• Runs for Lieutenant Governor
John David Merrill
Currently, the nation has a $9 trillion gross national debt weighing it down. We are If you haven’t been hibernating and loses in 2002
involved in a costly war; gas prices are at an all time high; financial markets are failing; in an igloo somewhere in Alaska for • Appointed in 2003 by the
and unemployment continues to hurt the lower class. the last month, you’ve probably heard Governor as the Chairwoman
While it is impossible to say with complete certainty that Barack Obama will something about Republican Presidential of the Alaska Oil and Gas
solve all of these problems, we must have hope. His plans to solve these problems Nominee John McCain selecting Alaskan Conservation despite having no
appear infinitely better than John McCain’s, and his record shows that he feels a Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice- experience in that field
genuine commitment to the American people. Therefore, for all of those who are President. Little did we (or John McCain) • 2006, Elected Governor of
able to vote this election, please vote for Barack Obama. If you are not old enough, know that his choice would turn out to Alaska
please attempt to persuade those who are undecided to vote for him. This election is be so controversial and so flawed. In • Bills taxpayers for 312 nights
unbelievably important, and we must join together to support Barack Obama. this article however, I will let you draw spent at home in the first 19
your own conclusions about the first months, costing tens of thousands
term governor-turned vice presidential of dollars
candidate. Here are a few facts about Mrs. • Bills Alaska $25,000 for her
Palin: daughters travel expenses
The Collegian • Born on February 11, 1964
• Becomes embroiled in a conflict
of interest scandal despite
Editor in Chief promising to clean Alaskan
• Begins College at Hawaii Pacific
Maia Gottlieb University in 1982 politics
Section Editors • Transfers to North Idaho College • August 29th, 2008, Sarah Palin
News: Zoe Rammelkamp in 1983 is chosen to be Senator John
Opinion: John David Merrill • Transfers again in 1984 to the McCain’s running mate after one
Features: Eliana Fabiyi University of Idaho news meeting
Clubs: Kaitlin Meissinger • Wins “Miss Wasilla” beauty It would be impossible to list all the facts
Sports: Henry Waldron pageant, comes in second for surrounding Sarah Palin and the various
Photography: Andrew Nagl “Miss Alaska” in 1984 controversies she is associated with.
• Transfers again to Matanuska- However, based on the few facts I have
Staff Writers: Joshua Beckett, Kate Bouth, Debra Brown, Simone Davis, Casey Susitna College in 1985 listed and that are publicly available, I
Durkin, Kenesha Gray, Briana Haley, Shakira Hamilton, Nia Hampton, Daisy Hart, Ta- • Transfers back to University of believe it is safe to say that she is neither
nasia Hazelton, Sakiera Malone, Julien Pollilo, Julia Queale, Sierra Richmond, Lanee Idaho for Spring 1986 an ideal nor prepared candidate for the
Rudolph, Joshua Russakis, Nhandi Singleton, Anias Stambolis-D’Agostino,Arielle Taft, • Sping 1987, finally graduates Vice Presidency. I only hope the rest of
Sparkle Taylor • Works for the next two years as a the country agrees.
Voters At City
Staff Photographers: Auriel Carter, Nekia Hampton, Nicholas Hill Nancy Morales
Copy Editor: Agata Nowosadko
Caroonist: Christopher Clemens
At City, 18 year old seniors are eligible to vote in the November
Publisher: T Dawson Zoe Rammelkamp
election. Here are the opinions of a few of those select seniors.
Advisor: V Valcik
Printer: Homestead Publishers
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Students write all articles and editorials. On occasion The Collegian prints
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the advisor assists with mechanics, structure, and legal issues. “I’m voting for Obama right now. It “I’m very excited. I’m voting for Obama
A decision by The Collegian Editorial Board, composed of the Editors-in-Chief, might change. I don’t think it will, but it because I align myself better with his
the business managers, and other section editors, determines the content of all unsigned might if Obama changes his ideas. I like political ideologies. I don’t like anything
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Board, as are anonymous sources. Security and that he’s against tax breaks
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The Collegian will do its utmost to retain an independent point of view and be
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censor the paper if necessary. Jacob Agus-Kleinman Tora Stinnette
The Collegian is the newspaper of the Baltimore City College community. If “I’m voting for Obama because I agree “I’m voting for Obama because I want to
any member of the community sees errors, it is that person’s duty to inform the staff. with his policies regarding education, vote for a Democratic candidate. I feel as
The Collegian welcomes letters from all readers. To send us letters, or to access foreign policy, and the economy. I feel though he will make a difference… I want
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be Bush and Cheney all over again.
Fall 2008 News Page 3
College Advising Shake Ups
Mr. Dawson said that he had asked Mr.
Percy to wait until October or November
for a job. When asked about this, Mr.
Percy was not certain what Mr. Dawson
was referring to, but said, “I haven’t had
any recent discussions with him regarding
employment in October or November.”
It appears as though Mr. Percy’s
future regarding City is quite uncertain.
However, the administration has put
several measures in place to ensure that
the current college advisors stay for an
extended period of time.
Mr. Dawson hopes to make the
college advising positions permanent by
October or November. After the surplus
employees from North Avenue have found Construction on
jobs, Mr. Dawson expects to be able to turn
the temporary contract into a permanent
Meanwhile, Mrs. Rhodes, Zoe Rammelkamp
Director of College Advising, and Ms. Christopher Jackson, a junior,
Cohen, Assistant College Director, have
says that he thinks the campus “basically
promised that they are “here for the long
looks the same as last year.” However, this
term.” Both women are excited to be at
will soon change. Last year, construction
City, and are pleased with their success so
workers had to rip up the sidewalk above
far. They say that the most difficult part
the student parking lot in order to repair
about being hired only two weeks before
the sewer lines. The sewer lines are now
the start of school was getting organized.
Mrs. Rhodes and Ms. Cohen are new to City and they look forward to working with City fixed, but the sidewalk is not. Therefore,
“We had to throw out papers from the early
students. They “blew the committee away”, according to Mr. Dawson. the construction workers now have a
90s,” Mrs. Rhodes says.
the loss,” he considers Mrs. Rhodes, the new project: to lay down the cement, in
From “Shake Ups”, Page 1 Seniors seem satisfied with Mrs.
order to make the sidewalk, which is also
As a result of the interviews, Mr. current Director of College Advising, the Rhodes and Ms. Cohen’s performance
best person to hold that position, saying, adjacent to the soccer field, safer and more
Percy did not get rehired. In an interview, so far. Tiffanie Smith, ’09, said, “I really
“She blew our committee away.” convenient.
Mr. Dawson said, “It was not just my think they’re doing their job.” Tiffanie
As a result of the decision, Mr. Mr. Mike Daniel, City’s Facilities
decision. It was the committee’s decision.” appreciates the frequent e-mails that they
Percy lost his job the day before teachers Director, does not know how long it will
Furthermore, “It’s not always the case send. Nevertheless, she calls Mr. Percy’s
were to return to City. In email message, take for the workers to finish up this piece
where the most qualified person gets absence “a tragedy.”
Mr. Percy says, “Currently, I am looking for of construction. Nevertheless, students
selected for the position. Many factors, Emily Swartz, ’09, also has strong
a new position but am not working. With should get used to the idea of having
aside from qualifications, are considered.” feelings regarding the Percy controversy,
Mr. Dawson’s decision so close to the many construction projects on campus.
He cites longevity, fit at the school, and saying, “I think it’s a shame that he spent
beginning of school, there aren’t many Soon, three gates will be constructed in
chemistry as important factors. so much time and energy last year and this
College Advisor/Counseling positions the parking lots. One will be placed in the
The long term prospects of the summer just to get it all thrown back in
available as most are filled in the spring. It student parking lot on Loch Raven, and the
new hires were of particular importance, his face. But it’s not the [current] college
has been difficult to begin looking for jobs others will be placed in the teacher parking
as there has been consistent turnover in advisors’ faults.” In fact, Emily notes that
when I spent the entire summer preparing to lot off of the Alameda.
the college advising office in the past five Mrs. Rhodes has “definitely offered a lot
work at City. I have offered my assistance Christopher Jackson will soon
years. “I knew they would not get up and of help.”
to anyone who has questions regarding the see the changes to the campus. The only
walk out the door because they did not When asked if he regrets the loss
college process. Anything I can do to help question is whether or not he will approve.
have benefits,” Dawson explains. of Percy, Dawson barely hesitates before
While Mr. Dawson “regrets the students of City I would do.” responding, “Definitely. [The decision]
During the interview, however, wasn’t easy.”
Presidential Election Candidate Profiles
Anias Stambolis-D’Agostino The 2008 presidential election is one of the most gripping to ever confront our
Barack Hussein Obama nation. With an African- American democratic nominee, and a female Republican vice John Sidney McCain III
president nominee, this election is without a doubt historic. John Sidney McCain III is the
Barack Hussien Obama represents
Republican choice of presidential nominee.
the Democratic party. He is the first ever
In 1986, McCain was elected to the United
African-American Democratic nominee for
States office, after serving two terms in
president. Since graduating from Columbia
the U.S. House of Representatives. In the
University in 1983, Senator Obama has
Senate, McCain intended to end loopholes
supported creating tax cuts for the poor,
for special interest groups, to stop allowing
fighting for the rights of war veterans, and
lobbyists to write legislation, and to stop
creating alternative fuel methods. Obama
“wasting tax payers money.” He is pro-
is pro-choice, pro same-sex civil-union,
life, pro- death penalty, against same-
against the death penalty, and if elected,
sex marriage and, if elected, intends to
plans to improve immigration policy and
strengthen our country’s defense and
immigrant rights. Obama also hopes to
armed forces. He also aims to strengthen
create a universal healthcare system, and
the 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms.
to end the war in Iraq.
Barack Obama, courtesy of Peter Wynn John McCain, courtesy of Stephen Crow-
Thompson, The New York Times ley, The New York Times Sarah Louise Heath Palin
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is The Republican vice presidential
serving as the Democratic vice presidential nominee is Sarah Louise Heath Palin.
nominee. In addition to serving as U.S. From 1996-2002, Palin served as mayor
Senator, Biden is also recognized as one of Wasilla, and in 2006, she was elected
of the nation’s leading authorities on governor of Alaska. A strong believer in gun
terrorism, drug policy, and crime. He is a rights, Palin is a member of the National
leader on the congressional effort to end Rifle Association. She considers herself to
genocide in Sudan, and he is also very be “as pro life as any candidate can be.”
active with issues important to women. For She opposes same sex marriage, promotes
example, he has written and passed several oil and natural gas resource exploitation in
legislations, including the Violence Against Alaska, and supports the war in Iraq, the
Women Act and Family and Medical Leave Joe Biden, courtesy of Alex Wong, Getty Sarah Palin, courtesy of Chris Miller, As- invasion of Iran, Pakistan, and possibly
Act. Images sociated Press Russia.
Fall 2008 Features Page 4
Early in the morning of October 3, the seniors of Baltimore City College
scurried into line in the hallway, preparing to officially become seniors at the Senior
Inaugural. They proceeded down the aisles of the auditorium, proudly displaying their
black and gold attire.
All eyes followed the seniors as friends and family greeted them with waves
and cheers from their seats. The juniors watched intently, as they knew that they will be
going through this ceremony next year.
First, the seniors were met with a common ritual, the recitation of the Pledge
of Allegiance in Latin. The Student Government Association president, Arielle Taft,
delivered a charismatic speech, aiming to inspire her peers to continue their year with
strength and determination.
Talented seniors entertained the crowd with artistic performances. Mitchell
Tilghman presented a musical selection and Marcus Frazier recited a class tribute poem.
Special guest Ja’ Hon Vance then addressed the class. His speech was humorous and
inspiring, although some seniors protested its religious nature. Adaria Brown, Kayla
Snow, and Shardonnay Wright gave one final dance performance. The young ladies
danced with precision and grace, until they experienced some technical difficulties.
Fortunately, the women persevered and managed to finish their routine.
As the ceremony came to a close, senior class counselor Ms. Givens inspired
the senior class. Seniors felt her genuine love for the class of 2009, and as the seniors
applauded her, you could sense their love and admiration in return. Following Mrs.
Givens, the seniors stood, raised their right hand, and recited the senior pledge. At last,
the class of 2009 was bestowed with the honor and responsibility of being the new
Decorations in white and gold, the colors of 2009, Courtesy of Shawniece Gause
leaders of Baltimore City College.
Fall Fashion Critic’s Choice: Movies
Daisy Hart being dead able to see and hear ghosts.
One of the ghosts, Frank Herlihy (Greg
Burn After Reading
Kinnear), begs Pincus to stop his widow
Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film,
Nhandi Singleton (Téa Leoni) from marrying a man whom
Burn After Reading is a generally humorous
Summer trends are so last season. dark comedy with an all-star cast including
It’s fall and time for the appropriate George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances
Vicky Cristina Barcelona- now playing!
fashion trends! So what are this season’s McDormand, and John Malkovich. Brad
In this beautiful film, Vicky (Rebecca Hall)
hottest trends? Color, for one. Fall’s most Pitt plays Chad Feldheimer, an employee
and Cristina (Scarlet Johansson) travel to
popular seasonal color, without a doubt, at Hardbodies gym who finds a memoir
Barcelona during their summer vacation.
is purple. Purple has become ubiquitous. filled with CIA secrets on a disk. Together,
They both fall in love with Juan Antonio
Fashion icons like British songbird Chad and his plastic-surgery addicted
(Javier Bardem), a recently divorced artist.
Victoria Beckham and Ashley Olsen have accomplice, Linda (Frances McDormand)
Cristina grows closer to Antonio, but soon
been spotted wearing shades of violet. The scheme to use this secret information and
realizes that there is still something going
best place to buy this look is at The Purple blackmail the author, Osborne Cox (John
on between him and his ex-wife (Penelope
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If purple just isn’t your color, completely awry.
another fall trend is minimalism. In This film is a complete shift from
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist- now
fashion, minimalism is the concept that Nikea Bell shows off her purple shirt the last Coen Brothers film, No Country
“less is more”. It’s more striking to have for Old Men. No Country for Old Men
Nick (Michael Cera) has recently been
one bold article of clothing than to have was much more dramatic, particularly
dumped by his girlfriend, Tris (Alexis
tons of clashing fabrics and colors in one compared to Burn After Reading, with a
Dziena). To make things worse, he sees her
outfit. Designer Calvin Klein’s Fall 2008 slapstick plot and humorous characters.
with another guy. Norah (Kate Dennings),
Collection is built around the minimalist This film requires a particular sense of
has also been dumped. Nick and Norah,
trend. He uses basic colors like blacks humor, but no Coen Brother’s fan will be
complete strangers, decide to date each
and grays, but adds an edge with unique disappointed. The actors were perfectly
other for five minutes to show that they’ve
garments. Banana Republic is the best cast - Brad Pitt is hilarious even when he
moved on. This leads to a crazy night in
place to find minimalist items. is not speaking. Even though audiences are
Manhattan, where anything is possible.
If your style isn’t simplistic, more used to seeing many of these actors in more
extravagant trends may be just right for you, serious roles, the actors effectively portray
Rachel Getting Married - now playing!
like bohemian, plaid prints, and patterned ridiculous characters that take themselves
This film focuses on a dysfunctional
tights. The bohemian trend is very chic. seriously.
daughter Kym (Anne Hathaway, from The
Natural colors like orange, brown, and Although this film’s top quality
Devil Wears Prada), who has been in and
green are some of the many colors that actors were a huge success, there were
out of rehab for years. She returns to her
surround this trend. The Hills star Lauren some faults with the plot. The middle had
family for the wedding of her sister, Rachel.
Conrad has become the poster child for the a long dry period, in which nothing really
She brings heavy emotional baggage and
bohemian trend, wearing braided hairstyles happened. The ending was also somewhat
tensions increase over the week of the
and flowy shirts and dresses on MTV’s disappointing, and could have been more
wedding feast. Early reviews are extremely
highest rated reality television show. The original, like the rest of the film. However,
positive, particularly for Hathaway, in one
best place to find this look is at FreePeople. this film can be counted as a success. The
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com. Coen brothers have smoothly transitioned
Plaid prints are a constant fall from drama to comedy in almost no time at
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
fashion trend. Plaid has been making its all.
- now playing!
mark on all articles of clothing. World Based on the memoir of a former Vanity
renowned fashion designers Dolce & Sarenka Smith shows off her bohemian Fair contributor, this movie is about a
Gabbana use plaid prints on jackets and look British journalist (Simon Pegg) making his
scarves, while Ralph Lauren uses plaid on way in New York social and media circles.
long coats and blouses. Pairing plaids with
solid colors creates a surefire statement,
come in multiple colors and patterns. One
of the most popular styles is tights with Don’t Miss…. However, on his way to the top, he “loses
friends and alienates people.” The cast also
diamonds. Be certain to wear subtle colors Ghost Town- now playing!
however, be sure not to overdo it with includes Megan Fox and Kirsten Dunst.
or matching colors if the tights are bold. In this comedy, Bertram Pincus (Ricky
the plaid. Many stores stock this look,
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always make it your own! overcome this when he wakes up from
and texture to an outfit. Patterned tights
Fall 2008 Features Page 5
Interview with Marin Alsop, BSO Conductor
The Baltimore City Choir had the privilege to work with
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop
at a gala on September 13th. The program also featured
famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Choir helped raise over $1
million for the BSO. Reporter Julia Queale interviewed
Ms. Alsop for The Collegian.
JQ: You have worked with the most famous orchestras
out there. Why did you choose to work with City’s
MA: Well, you have an excellent reputation, and I heard
about your trip to Carnegie Hall and how successful that
was. The orchestra has a history with collaborating with
your choir in lots and lots of different collaborations. But
for me, a big part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
is the community and collaborating with different
partners, so it seemed like the perfect mix. I have to say,
the number one reason is quality.
JQ: You regularly help nurture young musicians. Why do
you feel that this is important?
MA: Well, I think mentoring, for anyone that is
established in his or her profession, is an important part Marin Alsop, courtesy of Kym Thompson, at http://www.marinalsop.com/photos.php
of giving back to the community. Also, I think that by
doing that, you learn a lot about yourself, and it is not JQ: You are one of the only women conductors playing recent composers. Do you want to be known throughout
just a one way street. So I feel that is important, and I the world, or are you doing what you love for the people that love what you are doing?
especially feel, in terms of young women going into
conducting, that there are very few, so I do not mind MA: I never did anything to get well known. I don’t think that’s a good motivation in life because you are not
being some sort of role model. doing it for the right reasons. I don’t think it will sustain long term. For me, I’ve always programmed the music
that I believe in, and done the things that I believe in.
JQ: What advice do you have for young musicians?
JQ: What do you want others to say that you have contributed to music?
MA: Not just musicians, but I think that anybody who
is young and has a passion for something, whether it is MA: I’d like to be known as someone who had a very distinct point of view and who was always true to the
music or theater or math or whatever, it is important to composer, in terms of artistic things. But as a legacy, I would rather that young people coming up, especially the
pursue your passion and not give up easily. Music is a kids that I am working with, the young first graders in Baltimore, that they, in twenty years, will say, “Thanks to
tough career and it requires that you really be committed this conductor, I got an opportunity to do this.”
and work hard every day at it, even if you don’t feel as
if you are getting anywhere. I think perseverance is the JQ: Well, thank you for doing this!
most important quality. MA: Pleasure!
Critic’s Choice: Music Ratings System
= Don’t Bother
All pictures courtesy of amazon.com = Must Have
Gym Class Heroes: The Quilt Young Jeezy: The Recession Alice Smith: For Lovers, Dreamers, and Kings of Leon: Only by the Night
I must admit that when I Again, I came into this review a bit Only by the Night is definitely
heard that the Gym Class Heroes had hesitant about the album, as so many This next gem is not new, in one of my most anticipated releases of
a new album, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. prima donnas dominate the current Hip- fact, the album dropped in late 2006. But 2008. Kings of Leon have been around
Nonetheless, I gave the album a listen, Hop/Rap scene. While this may still be this does not take away from the sheer for a while, but only on this album, do
trying to be an unbiased music critic. true, Young Jeezy delivers an excellent greatness of this album. Imagine a cross they lock into their defining style. This
Despite my initial skepticism, the GCH’s album. Sure, there’s nothing deep about between Erykah Badu and Corinne Bailey album is less reminiscent of their earlier
junior album impressed me very much. this album, but who said there needs Rae, and you have Alice Smith. Smith’s “southern alternative/punk” albums, but
There are some great tracks on this album, to be? All and all, this album has some debut album is a bundle of soulsy, folky. finishes the change that the their junior
and pretty much every song on this album addictive tracks, definitely good driving funky goodness. Smith’s voice is full and album Because of the Times began.
has something to like. I’m glad to say music. I recommend: My President, capable, which she displays throughout Overall, there’s a perfect mix of energetic
that all the hype for this album is well Put On, Crazy World, Get Allot, and the album. If you don’t have this album songs with soul-grabbing riffs, and slower,
deserved. It’s great to see a band mature Circulate. I was disappointment that this I suggest finding it immediately. This is more introspective tracks with irresistibly
into a concrete style. The Quilt is clearly album didn’t come out earlier. There are a great album for a lazy fall day, hanging catchy hooks. Each track sustains
the end result of this metamorphosis. plenty of songs on this album that missed out or doing nothing at all. The best cuts the artistic integrity of songwriting,
their chance to become summer anthems are Dream, Woodstock, Desert Song, and while still entertaining the listener. I
because of the fall release date. New Religion. strongly recommend this album for your
Fall 2008 Features Page 6
The New Teacher Feature - Part 1
The thing about teachers is that they shape our school experience—our Armed with a Ph.D. and 24 years of teaching experience, Mr. Parker joins
enjoyment of school, the day to day routine, our motivation, our minds, and ultimately, us to teach French and Spanish classes. He’s an avid traveler who visits Europe two
what we get out of school. Sure we, the students have the biggest hand in it, but or three times a year. He also knows some Russian, and is fluent in German, since he
teachers catalyze us in ways that the majority of us may not even realize until we leave was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, teaching English to native German speakers. Mr.
City. Parker tries his hardest to stress the importance of proficiency in two languages to his
New teachers are therefore absolutely essential to the new school year, students.
bringing new life, new energy, and a new dynamic into our school lives.
Hailing all the way from the Philippines, Ms.Vertudis joins City’s Science
Head of the Social Studies department this year, Ms. Hodges comes to City department. She arrived here only this past July, and is thrilled to be at City. Although
after thirteen years of previous teaching experience. She loves City and is very excited she has a law degree, Ms. Vertudis feels her true calling is in the classroom, where she
to be here, especially with such dedicated faculty and focused students. Coincidentally, can touch students’ lives. This year, she hopes to become friends with her students.
she graduated from The College of Wooster in the same class as Mr. Morrow, also of the
Social Studies department.
Top Row: Ms. Hodges, Mr. Acampora, Dr. Lima. Middle Row: Senora Cullen, Mr. Parker, Mr. Gayle Bottom Row: Ms. Vertudies, Mr. Basoco, and Ms. Oncog.
Also from the Philippines is Ms. Oncog, who has come to the science
Mr. Basoco returns to City after graduating with the class of 1987. He has department, with 19 years of teaching experience already. She loves to read and listen
been with the school system for 14 years, and enjoys playing golf, and watching to Christian music. So far, Ms. Oncog loves City’s teachers, students and campus. She
football—particularly college football. He’s also a parent of young kids. Mr. Basoco is continues to learn from her fellow colleagues about different teaching and learning
a certified attorney, which comes in handy, as he teaches Law and Humanities. styles, and aspires to one day have a classroom of her own.
New to the Social Studies department, Mr. Acampora is thrilled to be here. Mr. Gayle, of the technology department, absolutely loves City. He is
“I am very excited to teach at City, and very excited about the work my students are particularly enjoying the chance to teach high school students, as opposed to middle
doing,” he says. He is especially excited about the personal projects—a sophomore and elementary school students, whom he has taught. An avid traveler, Mr. Gayle has
requirement which gives students complete free rein on a project of their choice. been to every continent except for Antarctica, which he believes should be left alone to
Outside of school, Mr. Acampora is an avid reader and is on the board of a non-profit preserve the wildlife. On these trips, he enjoys camping, hiking, whitewater canoeing,
which restores historic sites in Maryland. and sea kayaking.
Dr. Lima comes to City to teach Higher Level Math and Geometry. Originally Señora Cullen comes to City after teaching Spanish at Western. She holds a
from Brazil, he has 18 years of teaching experience both here and in Ohio. In his spare degree from Towson University in Spanish and English Language, and holds a MA from
time he likes to read, play tennis, and cook—especially Brazilian dishes. Dr. Lima is The College of Notre Dame of Maryland in teaching. She loves sports—she is both an
particularly excited about the diversity and challenges at City, and is glad to have the Orioles fan, and an obsessed Ravens fan. Señora Cullen wants her Spanish students to
opportunity to teach Higher Level Math. take risks when speaking the language.
To all our new teachers: The Collegian salutes you!
Watch for Part 2 of The Teacher Feature in the Collegian’s upcoming issue.
Reporting done by Katlin Meissinger, Sakiera Malone, and Arielle Taft
Clubs Page 7
Amnesty International – Thursdays Drama Club– Thursdays (Auditorium) The club plans to hold a school wide Speech & Debate (Room 153-1)
(Room 236) Drama club is a way to practice acting Christmas food drive. There are several facets of Speech and
Amnesty International dedicates itself skills and improve stage performance Debate. Debate focuses on arguing the
to advocating and fighting for human and presence through theatrical exercises Man to Man legitimacy or faults in international issues
rights. This year the club plans to hold a and games. In November, auditions will Man to Man is an all male club that aims such as foreign aid, alternative energy,
youth activism forum, raise awareness begin for the yearly play – this year it will toward helping young men make a smooth and community service. Lincoln-Douglas
about saving Darfur, and begin a pen pal be The Twelfth Night. The advisors, Mr. transition into manhood. This organization centers around theoretical debates. Speech
relationship with a school in Zimbabwe. Rosenberg and Mr. McBee, happily accept stresses honor, respect, chivalry, and is a way to display an ability to persuade
new members. honesty. The meetings have yet to begin, and deliver passionate speeches, whether
Animé Club – Every Other Friday but when they do, on a personal, global, or literary issue. The
(Room TBA) all young men are club provides fully–paid visits
The Animé Club is devoted to exposing encouraged to join. to competitions at leading universities,
different cultures through enriching shows, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and
readings, and art. The Animé Club plans Model United Nations Penn. You can speak to Mr. Daniels, Mr.
to hold a fundraiser for the Annual Otakon (Room 212) Rosenberg, or Ms. Steck about joining.
Fest, which will be held next year in the This club travels far and
inner harbor. wide to discuss topics SWTT – Tuesdays (Room 156)
facing the international Strong Women of Today and Tomorrow
Art Club realm. Students are (SWTT), is a club dedicated to empowering
This club emphasizes artistic creativity assigned a country young women through community
and personal expression. If you would and topic, which they involvement and projects, led by Ms.
like mentoring to improve your drawing, must research and Givens. This year SWTT plans to have a
painting, or other creative skills, this is the prepare to talk about relationship workshop, a Battle of the Sexes
club for you. with other students. Seminar, 5th Annual Women Tea, and Step
Trips this year include Team Christmas Show Performance.
Band – Monday through Friday (Band William and Mary,
room) Mr. Tittle working with a student at an Echos meeting and the University of Student Government Association –
The band offers many options to Chicago. See Mr. Hirsch Thursdays (Room 152)
instrumentalists. The band consists of ECHOS – Thursdays (Room 230) for information about joining. In this group of leaders, student
drummers, percussionists, trumpeters, ECHOS is a literary magazine compiled representatives are elected by their peers to
tuba players, and marchers. This club is from the work of today’s youth. It allows National Honor Society (NHS) plan various events throughout the school
wonderful for students who want to show youth to express themselves trhoguh The National Honor Society recognizes year. Class meetings occur once a week,
their City Pride and make lots of friends. through essays, poetry, and writing of all excellence in students through academics, while SGA meetings are bi-weekly. If you
The Band is one of the largest student kinds.The staff and writers are working leadership, character, and service. It is are interested in running for a position;
organizations at our school. on composing the first issue. If you have a renowned organization which here at begin to plan your election strategy for
any work you want to submit, the staff City holds two blood drives, inductions, elections, which occur at the end of May.
Bible Study advises you to stop by and see Mr. Tittle, and donations all driven by their own You must have a B average to be considered
The Bible Study club was started by a the ECHOS advisor. self-sufficient actions and independent for any position.
current SGA historian Daniel Rich. Last fundraisers. To find out more, find Ms.
year the club discussed issues facing today’s Expressions – Monthly Fridays (Room Bryant or Ms.
youth using the bible as a reference. 127) Ayo.
Expressions allows for open readings
Catwalk of poetry by students in a relaxed and One City One
Catwalk is a popular club that keeps up supportive environment. Expressions is a Book
with the current fashion and style of today’s student run club and a monthly event which One City One
youth. Cat Walk inspires self-confidence usually lasts for an hour or two. Book builds
and motivation in its members. The club community
plans to work towards the annual Spring GAC – Mondays and Wednesdays through literacy
Fashion Show. (Room 205) for parents and
The Global Action Committee (GAC) students. It is
Choir – Monday through Friday (Choir works to bring about social awareness a school wide
hall) about problems such as environmental event where
City’s choir has achieved international degradation, poverty, and many other students read
acclaim. This group of vocalists meets pressing matters which plague our world a chosen book
daily to practice routines and vocal today. One of the programs they are – this year the
performances. The choir consists of over involved in, Teaching Tolerance, helps novel is Hope
100 students. The chamber choir is much donate clothes, food, school supplies, and in the Unseen
smaller and more intense. The choir travels other necessities to children in third world by Ron Suskind
across the world annually to bless the countries. Future information about joining - and then meet
world with their harmonious melodies. If will be supplied. in the spring to
you would like to join, contact Ms. Hall discuss the book. Collegian Advisor Mr. Valcik sets up a new computer
in the choir hall, which is located in the GSA – Wednesdays (Room 215) Contact Ms. Rosoff
The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) holds The Collegian – Tuesdays (Room 248)
basement. for more information. Our very own newspaper spreads the word
discussions about the discrimination and
problems facing homosexuals, bisexuals, to the City community in its student run
Clean-Up Committee Outward Bound organization. We cover breaking news,
The Clean-up Committee is currently and transsexuals. Last year they sponsored Outward Bound builds peer leadership
The Day of Silence to illustrate the silence student opinions, clubs and sports, and
led by John David Merrill who decided and inspires self-discovery. In order controversial issues facing our own school.
to spring into action, after seeing and taken on by many people who are mocked to go on the 5 day trip in the spring and
by their sexual orientation. This year they We plan to release several more issues,
experiencing the lack of school bathroom explore the Appalachian Trail, students including a City-Poly paper. Mr. Valcik is
necessities. This year the committee plans plan to have Day of Silence, Coming Out have to apply. Self selection and teacher
Week, and No Name Calling Week. the advisor.
to hold cleanup sessions and improve the recommendations are needed in order to
appearance of City. be selected to experience this trip. See Mr. The Greenbag
Habitat For Humanity – Thursdays Miazga to apply.
(Room 203) The Yearbook is a junior-senior class
Chess Club - Tuesdays (though after school participation is
The chess club is an inclusive club for any To improve the home
conditions of residents possible) which compiles photographs,
and all who enjoy playing chess. Feel free stories, and memories from each year at
to stop into Mr. Birenbaum’s room in Baltimore, Habitat
for Humanity works in City. With a themed magazine style, the
the building process of Greenbag uses fall/winter and spring/
Civil Rights Tour summer sections. While seniors keep the
Different than a club, the Civil Rights Tour repairing dilapidated
houses. They also raise focus with superlatives and portraits, other
offers an opportunity for students to serve students will have pictures displayed.
their communities by guiding other students awareness and funds for
through a tour of the civil war. This group their cause and projects.
does not last the entirety of the school year,
so to join the cause, listen closely to the Kids Helping Kids
afternoon announcements. If you have any Kids Helping Kids is
questions, contact Mr. Morrow in the social a club dedicated to
studies department. improving the currentMembers of the Debate Club engage in spirited discussion
state of the community.
Fall 2008 Sports Page 8
Junior Joshua Lee, of Varsity Football, fights off a crush of players
Varsity Men’s Football Seniors Henry Waldron, John David Merrill, and Peter Merrit, run to the finish line.
There’s a great year ahead for the City varisty football team. After a loss in the first
game against Cumberland, the team hopes to bounce back. Coach Petrides says, “It’s a
big year,” for his senior players. This is especially true since the majority of the seniors Henry Waldron
plan on continuing their football career in college. City has won their last two games, The City Knights cross-country team is off to a brilliant start as they won their
against Digital Harbor and Walbrook. There was “no competition,” according to senior first official meet on September 17th. Led by a die-hard squad of seniors, the knights
Ellis Foster. finished placed six runners in the top ten of the meet. Joshua Russakis, Peter Merritt,
The players practice teamwork and unity. “We are one” is a familiar motto for James Robinson, John-David Merrill, Joseph Robertson and Henry Waldron were the top
the team. It’s no surprise that football games are a huge attraction for City students. One finishers for the knights as they defeated Northwestern, Walbrook and Poly. Coach Gloria
student compared it to going to a Ravens game. The team will continue to work together, Greene is already looking ahead and sees a district championship in the cross-country
leading up to the Homecoming game. team’s future. As convincing as their performance was on Wednesday, the Knights feel
as though they have not been challenged yet. In the next meet, City will face defending
Some district champions, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical School, as well as the second place
devoted finisher, Forest Park. As there are no juniors, and only one sophomore on the team, the
senior fans seniors feel that this is the last opportunity for the Knights to win the championship for
cheer on at least the next three years. Their emphatic victory and newfound confidence, combined
the Var- with veteran leadership, seem to be the perfect formula for a successful season.
26th. Henry Waldron
Beginning the season with a record of 3-2, the Lady Knights of the Varsity
Soccer team are “confident”, according to sophomore Rabiah Elisa. Elisa, who scored all
three of City’s goals in their 3-2 defeat of Digital Harbor, suffered a season ending knee
injury, but maintains that the team is still growing. Players agree that their unity stems
from a genuine love of soccer. Also, they are being led by a new coach, Mr. Smith. This
fresh face has, no doubt, accounted for a large portion of the ladies’ energetic play and
The Junior Varsity Football Knights remain undefeated, with a 3-0 record.
They defeated last year’s champions Digital Harbor, squeaked by Walbrook, and most Casey Durkins
recently shut out Patterson. The soccer Knights are 4-2 thus
With their starting quarterback, Randolph Allen, injured, freshman Brandon far this season. The two losses came in
Haley will have to step up with a little help from the offensive line, and sophomore tough matches to last year’s champions,
halfback John Thomas. Poly, nad this year’s favorites, Patterson.
When asked about losing their starting QB, first string defensive tackle Quintin Led by captains Max Efremov, a junior,
Hand, a sophomore, replied, “Losing Randolph will have a big impact, but we are still a and Julien Pollilo, a senior, the Knights
good football team.” Starting wideout, sophomore Quintez Collins shared the optimism, have accumulated three important wins as
“I strongly believe we can go undefeated because we are a well rounded team.” well. In upcoming games, the Knights will
If the team keeps that attitude, and that mental toughness, they will no doubt have a chance to obtain revenge against
go undefeated Poly and later, to knock off Patterson. If
all goes well, City could be vying for a
Deep Thoughts championship.
Senior Julien Pollilo fends off a Poly
Chris Clemens player