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Elderly couple stung to death by swarm of bees in Texas

An elderly couple was stung to death by a swarm of bees in McCallen, Texas on April 16th.
The husband and wife, in their late 90s, and their son, 67 years old, were cleaning out their hunting cabin when they were attacked. The son, still hospitalized, says they were moving an old wood burning stove when the hive was exposed. The son, Richard Steele, tried to run from the cabin but fell and was immediately stung by hundreds of bees. His parents, William and Myrtle, were hospitalized and died soon after. Richard Steele drove 15 miles to the nearest road after the attack where he called for help on his cell phone. Authorities say that the hive was most likely one of Africanized honey bees, more commonly known as killer bees. As a result of this tragedy, the US Department of Agriculture is distributing advice as to what to do when facing swarms of bees.

Social networking goes political: friend Obama on Facebook

As President Obama gears up to increase Democratic constituencies, he is gainingnew friends in the social networking world. Obama participated in a “town hall” on Wednesday, April 20, at the Facebook headquarters to be broadcast to millions of users.
Obama stated his motivation for speaking at Facebook was to prove that “there are many ways to speak to the American people.”
The question arose as to how effective the use of social networking sites is for political gain.
According to recent statistics only 1 in 5 internet users utilize social networking sites for politics. Statistics also say that more Republicans than Democrats use these sites for gain; hence Obama’s recent attempt to gain Facebook followers.

85-year-old sailor fulfill his dream

An 85-year old British sailor recently completed a 66-day trek across the Atlantic ocean—on a raft. His childhood dream was fulfilled with three of his lifelong friends. The raft was a large sail-powered craft that survived the two-month journey unscathed except for some damage to two of the rudders. Their goals were not only to fulfill dreams but also to raise awareness about the environment and use of eco-friendly watercrafts.
The crew departed from the Canary Islands and made a farewell speech to a crowd of locals. Oranges, avocados, potatoes, cabbages, and a pumpkin were some of the foods on board. Once the bread was consumed, they began making bread by hand in a small oven. The raft was built with seven pipes supplying fresh water to the crew. A forty-foot long mast and 400 square foot sail propelled the boat on the 3,000 mile journey. The journey was a success for them all. One man said there was nothing at all to fear on the trip, because they are all old men.



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Fleet Foxes at the Palladium

The Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes will perform at the Hollywood Palladium on May 7.  The five-person group describes their style as baroque harmonic pop and is widely recognized for their lyrics and harmony.  The group formed among a group of high school friends who idolized Bob Dylan and Neil Young.  After gaining a following on their Myspace page, the Fleet Foxes rose to popularity by late 2007, and their fan base spread until they earned a record deal with Warner music. Their upcoming album Helplessness Blues, which is set to release on May 3, is being anxiously awaited by critics and fans. The hope is that the new album will echo the same lyrical brilliance and musical originality as the last.  Fans can see for themselves by purchasing tickets, ranging from $60 all the way up to $200.

Xavier Rudd sings of social themes

Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd will perform at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on May 2.  After establishing a strong following in Australia and Canada, Rudd began to gain recognition in the states by performing in music festivals and concerts.  He often integrates themes of social consciousness into his music, singing about environmentalism and the rights of the Aboriginal people. Known for his original mixture of styles and themes, Rudd covers many different subjects in his music, all unified by romantic idealism and folk style.  To make his act even more unique, Rudd plays a wide variety of instruments, including guitars, didgeridoos, stomp boxes, djembe drums, and slide banjos.  Tickets to see this rare and rising artist range from $25 to $60.

Yelle at Music Box

Yelle, a French electro-pop and dance favorite consisting of lead singer Yelle and her band mates, will perform on May 21 at the Music Box in Los Angeles.  The band gained a following on Myspace after posting their first single, “Je ve te voir.”  The song attracted the attention of the record label called Source.  After rising to fame in France, the band has captured attention globally despite making songs completely in French.  They have completed a North American tour and also performed at the Coachella Music Festival in 2008.  Their diverse fan-base from multiple countries can finally enjoy the group’s second album, Safari Disco Club, which was just recently released.  Yelle fans can look forward to a spirited, humorous and energetic night of dancing at the Music Box for the price of a $25 ticket.

by Venessa Contratto

The Chadwick community celebrated Diversity Week between Monday, Apr. 18 and Friday, Apr. 22. Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion Jasmine Love led this week-long series of events with the Diversity Council and different school clubs.
Senior and co-leader of Diversity Council Airiss Finley said, “This year we are trying to focus on bringing other aspects of diversity into this week.”
“The clubs are collaborating, which is perfect for Diversity Week, because what I love about just the word “diversity” is that people get together from different cultures, different background, all kinds of diversity and do stuff” says Love.
The week was kicked off on Monday with three activities. One activity was making Native American prayer feathers, which are used ceremonially as a way of cleansing. A second activity was supporting Japan, and the Diversity Council provided origami paper to make paper cranes and write letters to the workers in Japan.
Tuesday’s main attraction was speaker, Amer Ahmed, expert on Islam and Muslim Culture and Associate Director of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students at the University of Michigan. His speech focused on “Islamophobia,” a word created to express the feelings many people have towards the Muslims and the Islamic culture. He was informative yet entertaining as he incorporated rap and hip-hop into his speech.
Love said, “I think it’s very pertinent because a lot of people don’t know a lot about the actual facts about what Muslim culture is and what Islamic faith is, and I think we will learn a lot.”
On Wednesday, students had the option to be silent for the day. Lisha Kim, senior and co-leader of the Gay Straight Alliance, said, “We empathize with the many members of the LGBT community and protest against the fact that they have been silenced by harassment or abuse.” Also, students formed the silent triangle for 10 minutes. An organization called the Rainbow Delegation donated 300 rainbow bracelets to Chadwick, so students could show their support.
During lunch, the Measles Awareness Club and Black Student Alliance came together and sold baked goods. The profits go to vaccinations for people in Africa with measles.
On Thursday, the Hispanic Culture Club, the ImaginAsian club, and the Micro Finance club held a Korean BBQ and taco sale, followed by a ping pong tournament. Also, the Genki Club, focused on Japanese culture, had a sale of Japanese trinkets and sold the “Lady Gaga Pray For Japan” bracelets.
Diversity Week concluded with Finley’s introduction of her new club, LBR, or Love Between Races. She described the club as, “Talking about…people that are multiracial…We have to have a group out there, here at Chadwick, that talks about that group of people that fit right in the middle.”
Love said, “I think that is just a really beautiful way to end diversity week.”
Love believes that Diversity Week does not last only one week, but rather the whole year. “We really have to live in a multicultural world…it’s really not diversity, its more about cross-cultural communication and just getting to know people who are different than you” she says. “If we are really honest and compassionate, we can learn a lot from each other.”

by Katherine Richardson

Chadwick welcomed a few new faces to campus during the week of Apr. 24.
A group of 18 girls from Cape Town, South Africa will be visiting and touring Los Angeles for eight days, during their two-week excursion of America.
The girls come from St. Cyprians, an all-girls independent school in Cape Town.  One of the founding Round Square Schools, it prides itself in its association with the organization, sending students all around the world on exchange and trips.
The visit was made possible through the efforts of teacher Siri Fiske, along with a few other teachers and administrators. Two years ago, Fiske and a group of students visited India for a Round Square Conference. They met a group from St. Cyrpians in Cape Town and made plans to exchange students between the schools.
Fiske said, “I brought 16 Chadwick middle schoolers and some parents to Cape Town for three weeks.  We went on safari tours, worked in an orphanage, cleared non-native vegetation, visited Nelson Mandela’s jail cell and spent time at St. Cyprian’s School.  This year they are coming to visit us.”
Before arriving at Chadwick, the group visited different sites and landmarks throughout the United States. First, they flew from Cape Town to Las Vegas. Casey Rautenbach, a student that will be on the trip, said,  “It was a long journey, some 32 hours from when we left Cape Town airport until we got to Las Vegas, but worth it no doubt.”
After their long travel hours, they will visit multiple attractions and landmarks around Las Vegas and Los Angeles including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and Joshua Tree. They will also visit a Navajo Reserve and get a tour from a Navajo elder.
While in Los Angeles, the eighteen girls, between seventh and ninth grades, will be hosted by different families from Chadwick. The Kathuria, Williams, Sim, Moskowitz, George, McEvilly, Richardson, Davis, and Bair families will be hosting two students each.
During their time with the Chadwick community, they will be visiting Universal Studios, Disneyland, downtown Los Angeles, and will also take a kayak tour with Marine Biology teacher Amy Hill.
The girls will also attend classes at Chadwick for a few days to see what Chadwick life is like. Fiske said, “While here they will get a glimpse of the life of a Chadwick student and visit some of our famous sites.  My hope is that we are setting up a relationship with this particular school that we can cultivate and perhaps invent a new model of exchange trips for the Round Square organization.”
The students are looking forward to the rest of their trip. Rautenbach said, “I have dreamt of seeing LA and Hollywood all my life [because] I love acting, and Disneyland is a close second.”
Cassandra Grimbly, another girl on the trip, said, “I am most excited about experiencing another school and I can’t wait to meet [everyone].”

by Hailey Waller

Good knife skills mean good life skills? Who knew! For their leadership project, seniors Ally Van Deuren, Arjun Bedi, Nadeem Khulusi, and Areille Levine invited Chadwick alumna and Food Network chef Aida Mollenkamp to cook with Chadwick students on Wednesday, April 20.
Aida Mollenkamp has worked with Ernst and Young Hotel and Restaurant Consulting, received a Grand Diplome from Le Codon Bleu Culinary Academy, lived in Florence, Italy and Paris France, and currently resides in San Francisco.
Eager to educate her classmates about the importance of proper nutrition for his final project in Ms. Stern’s Leadership class, Nadeem Khulusi said, “ My group and I sat down and discussed what interested us.” The four seniors decided to organize a seminar on good nutrition habits.
With help from Mrs. Lucier in the Alumni Office, they contacted Aida. After the groups extensive planning, announcements at assembly, Facebook notifications, and posters anticipating Aida’s appearance, their big day finally arrived.
In Laverty, Aida explained that eating mindfully benefits everyone. Many people don’t realize that America is at a crazy nutritional paradox. While obesity is all the chatter, on the opposite end of the spectrum one in ten kids goes hungry every day.
Today, 15% of Americans don’t have access to normal food.  Still, the average American wastes a pound of food a day. That’s 27% of their food and enough food to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to the brim on a daily basis. The average American eats too much processed food and excess amounts of salt, sugar and fat.  Aida shared her ten secrets to success:
1.  Shop on the perimeter of the market. The whole foods are usually refrigerated on the outer walls. Don’t get lost in the inner isles of doom and processed food!
2. Eat locally. Our average meal travels 1300 miles to simply get to us. What a waste of gas!
3. Eat organic. You are not only what you eat. You are what your food eats. Stay away from cows that are fed antibiotics.
4.  Use meat as a condiment. That means spare yourself the whole chicken and shred a few ounces up and throw it in a taco.
5. Taste the rainbow. Not the skittles rainbow, the real rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables! Get white off your plate!
6. Eat mindfully, not on the go. Sit down, be conscious of what you are putting in your mouth. Twenty percent of Americans eat in the car. Sit at the table.
7. Don’t drink calories. Drink water. And then drink more water.
8. Try to eat only ingredients you can pronounce. If you don’t know where it came from, be suspicious.
9. Family meals are of the utmost importance important.
10. Vote with your fork. Think a little more before you eat what’s on your plate.
In the amphitheater, students munched on fresh samples of strawberries, cucumbers, and ripe tomatoes donated by local farmers. The hungry high schoolers also  chowed down on an assortment of hors d’oeuvres: pasta shells, burrito bites, chips and chutney, and mint brownies.
Meanwhile, Chadwick’s own top chefs Marci Hall and senior Larry Feygin whipped up some simple salad dressing and raspberry whipped cream dessert with dark chocolate flakes.
On the other table, Aida demonstrated her simple pasta salad with a homemade vinaigrette. Her secret is four parts fat to one part acid. She used oil and vinegar, but lemon juice could be substituted. Aida added spinach leaves, mozzarella, olives, and a dash of salt and pepper to cooled pasta shells for a delicious twist on an incredibly healthy salad.
Aida’s smooshed sandwich turned out to be crowd favorite as well. Junior Hank Trumbull was so big on Aida’s meat and avocado delight that he leapt out of his seat and snatched the sandwich right off of Aida’s table.
The famous smooshed sandwich consisted of fresh Bristol Farms whole grain bread, sliced avocado, juicy tomato, prosciutto, and oregano for flavor. Half the time sandwiches get smooshed on the way to school anyway, so why not embrace the smoosh?
Essentially, any ingredients will do. Aida’s secret is in her smooshing technique. She recommends wrapping the sandwich in foil and leaving your ten-pound backpack on the sandwich, or even sitting on it to make sure it gets as smooshed as possible. She swears it tastes better that way!

by Jennifer Calfas

Chadwick representatives traveled to Canada to participate in Round Square’s regional conference, hosted by Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. Over the course of five days, student participants freshman Patty Jeon, sophomore Kelly Lee and juniors Crystal Ciaramitaro and Jennifer Calfas and Round Square Head John Nordquist advanced their understanding of the conference’s theme “Unity in Community.”
Delegates from various regional Round Square schools, ranging from Canada to India, joined the group as well. Connie Serra, one of the conference organizers and the Director of Round Square at Appleby College, stated that the participants would ideally discuss and experience multiculturalism and its effects on the modern world.
“I thought about a theme that really showed multiculturalism and diversity especially in Toronto,” said Serra. She strived to break the cultural barriers among students.
Delegates arrived to Appleby College on Friday, April 8, and lived with host families of various students from the school.
“My host family was unbelievably hospitable,” said Lee. “They gave me a whole bath set, like the ones that are wrapped nicely from Bed, Bath and Beyond, put chocolates next to my bed every day and even cooked breakfast each morning. I felt very welcomed and at home.”
However, delegates and host students alike remained busy with a full-day schedule filled with speakers, activities and socializing to promote the theme of Unity in Community. The speakers each shared a common message of promoting equity and unity in the world. Through the lens of photography to the cultural dances of indigenous Canadians, conference participants discovered the value of multiculturalism.
“I thought the first speaker, Chris D’Souza, was the best,” said Ciaramitaro. “He taught me that there’s discrimination within every diverse environment and that multiculturalism benefits the world a lot more than I thought before.”
Nonetheless, some delegates felt unsatisfied with the discussions held after the speakers’ presentations. “The reactions the other students and their opinions on the speakers’ presentation made me realize that what we are learning at Chadwick is actually two steps ahead of what other schools were learning,” said Lee.
With unity in the air, delegates also volunteered at service organizations near Toronto. One of the service spots, Community Living Oakville, strives to provide community participation with disabled people. Lee, who volunteered there, helped paint a mural of the conference’s logo. “I loved painting the mural,” said Lee. “I thought it was a great interactive experience that tied in with the conference’s theme nicely.”
In comparison to conferences in the past, Nordquist noted that diversity wasn’t as prevalent at a smaller scale regional conference. “Each conference has reflected the culture and perspective of the host school,” said Nordquist. “I think that because the culture of US and Canadian schools is not that different from that of Chadwick, conferences hosted there may not be as powerful as those held in countries with more radically different cultures, such as Thailand, India, and Peru.”
Overall, Serra believes the conference provided students with inspiration to break the common social barriers that they live in. “I hope that people succeeded in seeing that stereotypes aren’t always based on true facts, and that maybe people will start to see each other as more the same than different,” said Serra.

by Chris Stanton

Infectious terror hit Chadwick School last week when a deadly insect known as occidit studiosorum—“Oxy” for short—infested the campus’s Wi-Fi server, effectively slaughtering dozens of PCs in what has officially been labeled as a massacre.
“Macs appear to have dodged a bullet with this one,” said an anonymous technological expert, “But we believe Oxy may be evolving, as it has already reached level 20. Soon, nothing and no one will be immune. Oxy travels through wiring and can kill a human if looked at in the eyes.”
Oxy nearly claimed a life last week, that of sophomore Stella Dong. However, Dong’s color-changing contacts protected her and she was only petrified. The administration assured the Chadwick community that Nurse Ellie would be able to cure Dong in a matter of days. The attack has had a dramatic impact on the student body.
Junior Jessie Ralph said, “For the first time in my life, I’m worried about something other than grades and SATs.”
The administration of Chadwick School has been frantically attempting to rectify the situation, one they believe may negatively impact the impeccable reputation of this academic institution.
“The overblown issue regarding a sentient computer virus, nicknamed ‘Oxy’ and ‘He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named,’ is completely under control,” said the Chadwick administration in an official press release, “However, we are still willing to accept donations to stop the virus.”
Despite the attempted reassurance, Mainsheet journalists went incognito and unearthed a few facts on their own, mainly from an extremely reliable source who wishes to remain anonymous.
“Oxy continues to be a threat, and Chadwick’s attempt to tell people otherwise is merely a conspiracy dedicated to preserving the Chadwick image,” claims the source. “Oxy is very much alive, and also pregnant. He will give birth to a second, much larger- scale virus that will no longer remain restricted to wiring.”
Tech experts believe the only way to truly defeat the ever-growing threat is to trace it back to its source, something that will require taking a break from long hours of playing World of WarCraft. The task requires endless hours of checking Internet histories and taking long breaks to discuss video games and methods of killing Oxy once and for all.
However, through a whole week of tireless effort, several witnesses have come forth, namely sophomore Victor Martinez.
“I saw a hooded figure walk into the PC Lab and upload something into the computer,” said the entirely inconspicuous Martinez. “I never saw his face, but I am sure it was him.”
Though his story may seem improbable, the lead has helped the tech experts determine what computer the virus came from, and they are currently working on helping teachers fix their computers instead of killing the virus.
Unsatisfied with the actions of the tech experts, several students have banded together in the fight against the crazed killer, forming an organization labeled Oxy Resistance Group that has been responsible for several sabotages and guerilla assaults.
“The fight can only be won while separate from the bonds of establishment,” said sophomore and freedom fighter Austin Welch, “And I believe ORG should hold dictatorship over the school until the threat is eliminated, and I say we do so by any means necessary.”
While many may not agree with Welch and ORG’s rationale, almost the entire Chadwick community has joined the effort to be freed from the oppression of Oxy, who has been described as a “scorpion-like insect with a thirst for blood.”
Students from all over campus have joined in peaceful protests to end Oxy’s discrimination and animosity towards students. Several fundraisers have also been held to fund the resistance.
Despite the hush-hush nature of the administration’s efforts, Mainsheet has discovered an underground bounty on Oxy’s head that was set by a high official at Chadwick School. The bounty rests on Oxy’s head until a brave bounty hunter will step forward and slaughter the menacing bug. Many a man has tried and failed at this endeavor, and even Dog the Bounty Hunter failed at his attempt at catching the technological criminal.
The unstoppable nature of Oxy has many people worried, and until the killer’s weakness is determined and tech experts manage to erase its presence from the Chadwick server, it is advisable to keep small children at home and to avoid using any technological devices for fear of Oxy having become air-communicable.
The threat has risen to all new stakes, and soon someone’s life may be lost. The administration and ORG as well agree that the Chadwick community needs to keep a level head and try to remain calm in this dire situation. Teachers have been advised to give endless hours of homework for their students to complete on top of their extracurricular activities, so they can remain focused and do not get distracted by the event.
Until Oxy has been defeated, please refrain from using Chadwick Wi-Fi, and do not forget to re-register your laptop when the situation has been eradicated.

…..April fools!

by Chris Stanton

Participants opened to raucous applause at their Friday, April 22 opening of the much anticipated rendition of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. The production, largely student driven, was directed by Chad Detloff and art directed by senior Marisa Melideo. Seniors Cotter Phinney and Sarah Lindstedt played the respective leads.
The rendition was dubbed “modernized” by its participants and, although the original dialogue was featured and the plot remained unchanged, many aspects of the play were indeed altered through a more current pop culture lens. For one, the costumes were updated and many of the characters’ genders were altered. The hairstyles also included much more vibrant colors and teasing than was typical in Shakespeare’s time period.
“Conceptually, the vision of the show was to create a visual palimpset, superimposing a contemporary aesthetic both in costumes and set onto a more romantic, classic, period aesthetic,” said Detloff.
The production also featured modernized combat, including a slow motion chain fight and Romeo’s use of a pistol instead of the more traditional sword. Blackouts were covered by modern music, even going as far as to include a Lupe Fiasco song and a scandalous party scene played to the backdrop of a Lady Gaga single.
The more risqué alterations made to the Chadwick rendition of Romeo and Juliet earned the production a PG-13 rating for slightly sexual content and some violence. The rating and the justification were displayed on all posters advertising the play.
“I cannot express how easily Marisa, my artistic director, and I collaborated, and I have to credit her with the truly brilliant way she brought our vision to life,” praises Detloff.
The ambitious production also featured student-constructed sets, ranging from Juliet’s window to an apothecary’s door, which was constructed almost entirely out of Sprite bottles.
“We spent a lot of time making the sets,” said senior Nicole Stanton, “The soda bottle doorway especially took a long time to make, but I think it paid off.”
The show, which was put together and produced in under a month, was initially labeled as the senior project, but later expanded to be an option for all upper school aspiring thespians for lack of actors.
“It was a great experience getting to know some seniors and juniors in such a high-energy environment,” said freshman actor Matt Beshke.
Other students recall more intriguing memories of pre-production.
“It was all so hectic I can barely separate one rehearsal from another,” sad junior actor Molly Zuckerman, “I do, however, recall Marisa Melideo giving Evan Hamilton a haircut at one point.”
The production opened to a full house, and had an equally sustained audience on Saturday night, after which the cast and crew had to deconstruct the sets and repaint the entire stage in preparation for the orchestra concert taking place the following afternoon.
Detloff concluded, “As a set of goals, and I believe we achieved all of these, I hoped that the play would be a truly collaborative effort, that we would connect with the text on a more profound level, and that the seniors would be given a final opportunity to shine onstage before graduating.”

by Jimmy Courteau

Amer Ahmed’s visit to Chadwick on April 19 provided students with a unique perspective of Islam contrary to the prejudice and bigotry the world is too often exposed to by blaming Muslims for depriving women of rights, committing violence against Westerners and Jews, and conducting terrorism against the United States.
But rather than explain where and how the prejudice and the bigotry started and is perpetuated, Amer Ahmed espouses a simple greeting of peace.
Why is it important that we, as students, are exposed to a person who is dedicating his life to the respect and dignity of all people? Is it simply because we are students and the exposure of knowledge is the paramount goal, or is it because we, as human beings, want or need to gain a perspective, an deeper insight, into our own prejudice and bigotry? Which is more important; the knowledge of Islam and what is a Muslim or the questioning our ourselves? Who am I?
Ahmed told us, as human beings, that it is far better to respect others because we have questioned ourselves rather than merely respect others because we have been told to do so, as students.
Ahmed suggested that life is a path toward insight of how we can be better at understanding why we are the way we are. This is the life that Ahmed has chosen for himself.
When Ahmed spoke of “breaking down the barriers,” the simple mental image is that of barriers separate and exterior. Barriers certainly exist out in the world. But as Ahmed spoke about barriers, it slowly developed the idea that these barriers, or the barrier, is not out there somewhere, but rather right here on the Chadwick campus. It is in you.
Ahmed said that when we substitute myth for fact we create our own reality, our own barrier, blocking us from seeing. How many times have we heard someone say, “That may be your reality, but it’s not mine.”
Ahmed’s reality is that Allah, God, is for all people. His life’s work is built on Allah’s, God’s, five pillars of faith; and by following the five pillars, Amer Ahmed is allowed to see the dignity of all people.
During Ahmed’s talk he never once asked us to look inward or question our own personal beliefs. But because of who he is, what he has become, and what he is becoming, his presence at Chadwick and his speaking to us about the myths and the barriers, floated stuff to the surface that otherwise would sink us to negatively view others in a false reality.
While listening to Ahmed one got the feeling that he enjoyed showing us that reality is peace not conflict. That reality is easily explained and not complicated or confusing.
Ahmed spoke about Muslim belief, Muslim faith, Muslim life, and Muslim family. Perhaps it is in this last word “family” that we can all find common ground with Amer Ahmed. The “Family of Man” might be an alternative title for Amer Ahmed’s presentation, “Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers”; as family is the starting point for all of us even if it’s a Muslim family like Amer Ahmed’s in Middle America: Springfield, Ohio. Yes, a Muslim family in Ohio. Think about that. Somewhere in Ohio, U.S.A., a family is following the teachings of a prophet named Mohammed, praying five times every day to Allah, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, and saving money for a pilgrimage to Mecca to be with thousands of other Muslims in a small area.
Ahmed has given us a view into his life as a Muslim, an educator, a speaker, and a person whose work is his life. He’s not Amer Ahmed from 9 to 5. He’s Amer Ahmed 24/7. Maybe this last aspect, life’s work as one’s life, is the reason he came to Chadwick.
Amer Ahmed is very much like Margaret Chadwick: another person whose life’s work was her life.
Mrs. Chadwick knew that learning involves the whole student­—not just the mind —and that we must be open to new experiences and differing viewpoints. Ahmed spoke of the Five Pillars of the Faith. Chadwick School has followed Mrs. Chadwick’s inspiration by identifying five core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, and compassion. It’s not difficult to see that as students there are many roads to take to reach one’s goals, but only a few pillars or values that will make us better people.

by Ally Van Deuren

Are you always looking for a place to relax at school, but can never seem to find the right place? Look no further; Chadwick students will make it happen.
Each year, juniors and seniors in Lauren Stern’s History and Literature of Leadership class are asked to make a positive change in the community for their second semester project.
Seniors Natalie Behenna, Spencer LaFrance, and Lindsay Szper and junior Jared Agnew chose to create a new indoor environment on Chadwick’s campus where students can hang out without having to worry about being quiet.
After much discussion, they decided to renovate the magazine room in the library to serve this purpose.
“Team America,” as they call themselves, is hoping to put in glass doors in the spaces where there are now two doorways in the magazine room. These students are also planning on painting the walls, adding new and matching couches and furniture, video and board games, and other items to ensure that all students are satisfied.
“We want it to be a comfortable café or coffee house style,” senior Natalie Behenna said. “A place where kids can do group study and club meetings.”
In addition, the group of four believe that the student lounge will be a great location for younger siblings to hang out in if they are waiting for older siblings after school during Upper School sports practices.
Junior Jared Agnew adds that the lounge will be an exciting place because it will provide a studying venue for students that is “not the wooden benches in Roessler or the dirty carpet or the cold outside.”
The four have had many meetings with members of the faculty, administration and CPA board, who all approved their project and agree with the team’s ultimate goal of creating more of tight-knit community. They have high hopes that they can get their project underway as soon as humanly possible.
The group aims to have the room painted by the end of the year and to have it re-modeled, with the help of Bill Gibbs, by the end of the summer.
Current underclassmen and Middle Schoolers, look forward to reaping the benefits of this team’s hard work and dedication!
All four members of the team agreed on the fact that their extraordinary progress on something so huge and influential for the Chadwick community taught them more than just methods to make a positive change in the community.
Agnew said, “The project opened the door to the actual factory that Chadwick is.”

by Nikki Stein

The teachers strutted their competitive edges, each vying for the final chair on Tuesday, April 26 as students sat in suspense for  the Faculty Musical Chairs, hosted by the Foreign Languages Honor Society.
Teachers who teach in many different departments and a variety of grade levels came together to compete in this annual competition.
Members of the Foreign Language Honor Society run and play the music for the people competing in the game.
President of the Spanish Honors Society and senior Lindsay Szper said, “Musical chairs is a good way to share good foreign language music and hype up some fun and competition on campus.”
In previous years French Teacher Chantal Wilson, one of the head advisors of the honor society, has helped to plan this event. Although still very involved in the process, Wilson granted the society members with the responsibility to run the show on their own.
Ten teachers and faculty members competed in the festivities: science teacher Alana Wallace, English teacher George Ramos, headmaster Ted Hill, college counselor Marian Hersh, registrar Mrs. Hall, science teacher Trish Stevens, math teacher Sandy Morris, college counselor ShawnRae Passalacqua, English teacher John Matson and math teacher John Braadflat.
Before the event, Hall said, “I chose to participate in [musical chairs] because it is a fun activity. I have enjoyed the laughter and excitement generated by the contestants and their supporters alike.”
When asked why he chose to participate in musical chairs, Ramos said, “It’s for a good cause, and I think it’s important that students see that faculty members know how to have fun too.”
Before the event, Alana Wallace said, “I decided to participate so that I might beat Patrick and because Jim Wysocki would not be in the contest, although Trish Stevens is still around and she is hard to beat.”
In previous years, as well as this year, all the money made has been donated to benefit orphans in Rwanda. This charity organization is called, “Orphans of Rewanda.” This charity sponsors an African orphan to go to a university and get a higher education.
Chadwick has sponsored a young man in Africa for several years now. This former orphan now holds the resonsibility of supporting his siblings while trying to finish college.   Chadwick donated money to this man to help him pay for his college education.
Szper said, “I hope we raise a considerable amount for our charity and have a good time. It’s always fun to see our faculty (and student body) all excited for something light and non-academic for a little while…hopefully there won’t be any broken fingers this year!”
To raise money, members of the foreign language society sold raffle tickets to other students and teachers. These raffle tickets sold for two dollars, and on this raffle ticket students wrote which teacher they thought would win the musical chairs. Then after event everyone’s raffle ticket who had the name of the winner on it will be put into a bowl, and a ticket will be picked at random.  The student who wins gets a prize of fifty dollars.
In anticipation for the event to begin sophomore Molly Rowe said, “I am very excited for the musical chairs to begin. I think that this is a great annual Chadwick event because the students and teachers come together as one Chadwick community! I also love that we can come together as a community to help the charity Orphans of Rewanda. Although, I hope this year no teachers gets hurt like Mr. Detloff last year. I am so excited to see the game mainly because I love how feisty the teachers get, and how much they want to win!”
The MC for the games, Lucas Lebovitz, started with ten teachers standing by nine chairs. The song “Jump Around  by  House of Pain” started to play, and the teachers rotated around the nine chairs.
Within a couple of seconds the music stopped, and the teachers scrambled to grab a seat. Stevens got to a seat before Passalacqua, and Passalacqua sat on top of her lap, and he was out. In the second round the music stayed on for a little bit longer than in the first round, but Wallace could not grab a seat in time and she was out of the game.
In the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth round: Hersh, Matson, Morris, and Stevens respectively were eliminated. In the seventh round Hall and Hill both grabbed the same seat, but Hall prevailed and pushed Hill off of the sea.
When this happened Lebovitz sarcastically stated, “Mrs. Hall may now have a smaller salary.”
In the eight round the song “Jai Ho” played, and karma caught up with Hall, who was eliminated from the game. In the final round, the game was now between Braadflat and Ramos, but Ramos wrapped up the game by sitting down first, and he was crowned the winner of the game.
After the game of musical chairs ended Stevens said, “It was intense. I am proud that the games started with an Irish song, ‘Jump Around!’”
Matson said, “I got out much later than I thought! Overall it was a great game!”

Academic Council

by Nikki Stein

The existence of Academic Council, a group of Upper School students and teachers who discuss and reevaluate the school’s curriculum, gives Chadwick students an opportunity that few high school student bodies have.
“The purpose of Academic Council is to offer students the chance to provide input on academic issues presented to them by the administration as well as to offer topics for discussion of students own choosing,” said Wiedenmann.
The Academic Council has met once this school year on Jan. 6. Their main discussion topic revolved around the homework surveys required of students for each of their classes.
“I believe the input and feeback of students was quite helpful in improving the survey’s quality,” said Wiedenmann.
The Academic Council consists of twenty students and three faculty advisors: Headmaster Ted Hill, Dean of Students Lauren Stern and Head of Upper School Mark Wiedenmann.
Joining the Academic Council required student applicants to submit essays answering, “Why are you interested and what do you think you might be able to contribute to the group’s process?”
“There are no pre-requisites in terms of other elected and/or leadership positions, awards or accomplishments,” said Hill. “The essential criteria are thoughtfulness and a willingness to engage in an important process for the good of the school and your fellow students.”
This year, Hill has enacted changes intended to streamline the work of the council. “In response to feedback from students last year, we revised the Academic Council,” said Hill.
“The major changes are be to reduce the number of faculty and student participants and to focus the Academic Council’s meetings on issues on which we will move forward. We plan to include a limited number of representatives from each class (grades 9-12) to meet monthly,” he said.
Furthermore, Hill intends to broaden the spectrum of groups involved in the council as needed. “Depending on the focus of a given meeting, we will invite other members of the faculty and administration to attend and participate. Participants may be expected to read a modest number of background materials before meetings,” he said.
The Academic Council has bold goals for its 2010-2011 agenda. According to Hill, “The topics that we may tackle this year are the school’s new Strategic Plan for 2010-2020, relationships with Chadwick International School Songdo, AP-designated courses, homework, and the senior year experience.”

by Chris Stanton

Chadwick’s Round Square Board recently teamed up with the Cate School’s Round Square Board for a conference and charity event on Jan. 15, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California.
The diverse groups from the two schools added up to twenty-six students and faculty members, which included our Round Square Board members sophomores Emily Newton and Kelly Lee, juniors Madelyn Tournat, Eliza Powers and Faith Memmo and board director John Nordquist. Junior Maddy Sung also attended the event. During the trip, the two groups discussed the different community service and international exchange programs offered at their corresponding schools. They also discussed diversity within local communities.
“The trip was pretty fun. Not only did we get to meet some cool people from a school other than Chadwick, but we also got to help a few people along the way,” said Newton.
On the trip, the group of twenty-six participants visited some sights in Montecito and Santa Barbara. Diversity in the neighboring areas, they found, came in all shapes and sizes from socioeconomic status to ethnicity. After doing some sightseeing, the volunteers headed to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County to learn about hunger issues there and in surrounding locations.
“It was really shocking to hear about such issues in California,” said Tournat.
Later, the group of Round Square volunteers went to the food distribution center at the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County to be educated on the subject of local hunger.
After finishing their service, the students and faculty members drove directly to the Casa Esperanza Homeless Center, a charity dedicated to helping homeless men, women and children in the Santa Barbara community. The group served food to over 200 people and also cleaned the kitchen and the dining hall afterwards. Throughout this whole process, the members could ask the homeless center’s visitors about their lives and their beliefs.
“It was a great experience, and it was cool getting that chance to talk to homeless people about their hardships,” said Memmo.
The Chadwick group returned to Palos Verdes around 10 p.m. with a sense of accomplishment from their day of learning and helping others.
“We learned a lot from the Cate School’s Round Square members, and hopefully they learned from us,” said Memmo.

What’s up, LA?

by Talia DeRogatis

Celebrating musical talent at Coachella

Every year, thousands of music fanatics travel to Indio, California for the Coachella Music Festival. This year, the festival returns the weekend of April 15, featuring some of the most celebrated artists in music.
The headlining artists are Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Kanye West and the Strokes.  Since 2010, Arcade Fire, a Canadian indie rock band, has rapidly gained fans, fame and three Grammy nominations.
Other anticipated artists include the Black Keys and the relatively young English band Mumford and Sons, renowned for their meaningful music and live talent. A more veteran group, the Bright Eyes, is expected to attract crowds with brilliant, poetic lyrics and passionate folk songs.  Crowds also anxiously await Cee Lo Green, Wiz Khalifa, Cold War Kids and Empire of the Sun. Such exciting rising artists such as Jakes, Jack’s Mannequin and Yelle will also perform.
Because of the popularity of this event, scalpers have snatched all of the passes. However, Coachella hopefuls should wait patiently, because historically prices drop.

Hype for Beach House’s latest show

Beach House, an indie-rock duo formed in Baltimore, Maryland, will perform at the Music Box in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 17.
Consisting of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, the band formed in 2004 and has released three critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums since then. They are expected to continue developing upon their success and release more brilliant and addicting albums.
The band is influenced by Neil Young, Francoise Hardy, and Grizzly Bear, but has by now come into its own dynamic style. Many refer to this style as “dream pop,” and it is marked by a slow, atmospheric, sometimes haunting sound. After establishing this unique and powerful sound, Beach House has gained an impressive following.
Although the band still remains rather obscure to the majority of people, tickets to see this 8 pm show range from $50 to $70 and are projected to sell fairly quickly.

Blue Valentine captivates audiences

In the spirit of both the love and the heartbreak that surrounds Valentine’s Day, the film Blue Valentine is playing in general release in local theaters. The film, directed by Derek Cianfrance, tells the story of how a couple finds love, loses it, and attempts to get it back.
The story is told in a fragmented, unorganized sequence of past and present and mixes moments of joy and despair for a struggling married couple. All these portraits surround an emotional night during which the couple leaves their daughter for a night to attempt to save their marriage.
The raw, rough style of this film make it a fitting Cannes Film Festival selection, and the intensely real and vulnerable performances of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams add to its promise. The actors’ chemistry has been called unequaled and the film has been said to revolutionize the portrayal of a love story. Furthermore, critics have praised the film’s unique plotline and emotionally moving cinematography.

by Andie Conlon

This month, Chadwick students will roll their stockings down, “shimmy shake,” and “paint the town,” as they bring the Roaring 20’s back to life with the Upper School musical production Chicago.
Two casts will present this award-winning musical on Mar. 2, Mar. 3, and Mar. 4 at 7:30 pm, Mar. 5 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Mar. 6 at 3 pm.
The Saturday evening performance will feature a pre-show dinner theater—this year with a cabaret theme and student performances.
Chicago is a colorful, high-energy song and dance spectacular that features dazzling Bob Fosse choreography and catchy music and lyrics, including “All That Jazz” and “Give ’em the old razzle-dazzle.”
Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical takes on the themes of love, adultery, murder, fame, and scandal as it tells the story of chorus girl Roxie Hart (Ally Van Deuren and Sarah Brown), who murders her lover and is sent to Death Row.
Her cellblock is already inhabited by starlet Velma Kelly (Molly Heller and Amanda Long), who murdered her husband and her sister after she discovered they were having an affair.
The jail is controlled by the corrupt prison matron “Mama” (Zoe Fiske and Vanessa Contratto), whose song “When You’re Good To Mama” explains her system of aiding inmates in exchange for cash.
Mama has helped Velma become a media sensation as the “murderess of the moment” in the tabloids. Velma is not pleased to see Roxie, who is stealing her headlines as well as her lawyer, Billy Flynn (Jared Agnew and Matt Beshke).
After Roxie convinces her husband, Amos (Zach Blickensderfer and Arjun Bedi), to pay for Billy’s fees, Billy, surrounded by his adoring female fans, performs his anthem “All I Care About Is Love.” Billy takes Roxie’s case, Roxie becomes the new media sensation, and Velma’s fame is left in the dust.
When Roxie finds her own stardom fading, she fakes a pregnancy to put her back on the front page.
Drama teacher Thom McLaughlin is directing the musical, and choral music teacher Bob Marino is the musical director. Choreographer Leslie Miller is being assisted by sophomore Isabel Ngan.  Austin Welch, a sophmore, is the stage manager.
According to junior Zach Blickensderfer, the phrase “razzle dazzle” pretty much sums up what this musical is all about.
“The music is fantastic, catchy and memorable. The audience will enjoy the musical for its familiarity. People have seen the movie and have heard of the musical so they’ll know what the musical is going to be like going into it,” says Blickensderfer.
Chicago is known for its showstopping musical numbers and sizzling dance routines.
“The musical itself is different from any other I’ve done,” says Junior Jared Agnew, “because every other musical I’ve done has had music incorporated into the show and in this, the [musical] numbers are the whole show, with talking incorporated into the numbers.”
Senior Molly Heller thinks the audience will also enjoy the message of the musical.
“I love that the show really does a great job of commenting on the way societies [have a] fascination with celebrities and does so through great song and dance,” says Heller.
Most of the musical numbers are upbeat and light with the exception of Amos’s melancholy “Mr. Cellophane,” which is about how people can see right through him.
Numbers such as “All that Jazz” allow all members of the cast to shine.
“My favorite musical number has to be the ‘Cell Block Tango,’” says Heller, “it tells the story of six, sexy, menacing murderesses and how they killed their significant others. It’s really dark but really fun!”
Cast and crew have been working long hours to put together the best show possible. Rehearsal time increased after semester break to include weekend rehearsals. While some students will be relaxing or vacationing over President’s Day weekend, the Chicago cast and crew will be hard at work.
“It’s a big commitment,” says Blickensderfer. “The Fosse choreography is very difficult, and just getting the dance down is very challenging.”
That’s not to say that students aren’t having fun.  According to Stage Manager Welch, “The organization of having over sixty people in the performance is difficult, but enjoyable. It makes for quite a large family.”
Agnew agrees that working with a large cast can be challenging, but fun.
“There are so many people I’ve never talked to before, so it’s a nice way to meet people,” says Agnew.
As to the camaraderie backstage, Agnew says, “Everyone likes each other.  Everyone is supporting each other and wants to make the show the best.”
Chicago was inspired by real world headlines from the 1920’s.  The original play, written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, was made into a musical in the 1970’s with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, choreography by Bob Fosse, and book by Ebb and Fosse.
Heller says, “The Chadwick audience will like that this show is funny and sad. It is extremely entertaining, and the entire ensemble does an incredible job. This is a show you won’t want to miss!”

Hello, World

by Nicole Stanton

Teen arrested for aiming green laser beam at airplane beam attacks near LAX

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, a 14-year-old teen was arrested for pointing a green laser beam at a plane landing at Los Angeles International Airport.
Blinded by a green laser beam during its descent into the Los Angeles International Airport, the pilots of Boeing 737 were temporarily unable to see their path on the runway ahead. Fortunately, no one on board was injured.
The pilots were easily able to pinpoint the location of the laser, and the police immediately used their helicopters to find the suspect.
The 14-year-old boy was caught in his backyard still in possession of the laser.
This felony occurred less than a week after the U.S. Senate approved an amendment making pointing lasers at pilots illegal, thus a felony.
More than 100 of these green beam attacks have occurred near LAX in the past year. Nationally, the number of laser attacks on planes has doubled annually.
A spokesman of the Federal Aviation Administration stated that pointing a laser beam can cause temporary vision problems for the pilots, which forces pilots to turn over control of the aircraft to their co-pilots, or in worse cases, to abort landing.

Murderer convicted after leaving trail of leaves, squirrels
On Thursday, Jan. 6, Matthew Hoffman, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was found guilty of three murders and a kidnapping.
When SWAT members raided his home, they found dry leaves covering the floors of his entire house, bags of leaves filling the bathrooms and closets ground to ceiling, and two dead, skinned squirrels in his freezer next to red popsicles.
After Hoffman was taken away, a 13-year-old kidnapped girl was found in his basement, sexually harrassed and bound to a bed of leaves.
Unfortunately, unaware of the fact that Hoffman had already murdered her mother, brother, and friend, the girl asked the whereabouts of her family members when she was taken into the hospital.
However, the bodies of the two adults and 11-year-old child were not found in his home.
Four days later, using information from Hoffman, the bodies were discovered  stuffed in a nearby hollowed tree.
Hoffman pleaded guilty, and his sanity was examined. Surprisingly, families of the victims have asked that the death penalty not be pursued, and Hoffman is now serving a life sentence for three murders and for the kidnapping and rape of the teen.

Egypt’s future hangs on two big questions

Will the protests recede soon?
Egyptian President Honsni Bubarak’ resignation on Friday, Feb. 11,has met the key demand of the protestors. However, under the circumstances, it is not likely that the protests will end soon.
Following Mubarak’s departure, protesters of different groups have raised numerous new demands.
Some of these demands include the abolishment of the current constitution, the dissolution of the parliament, and the establishment of a transitional government.
The Egyptian revolution, now entering its third week, overthrew Mubarak’s 30-year regime as head of a  corrupt and repressive government.

Will the presidential election take place as planned?
The immediate priority for any party of Egypt is to put a stop to violent crimes and terrorist plots, and quickly restore social stability.
However, an election needs to be held in the midst of chaos due to huge domestic and foreign pressures trying to shape the structure of the new democratic government.

by Alex Nguyen-Phuc

Chadwick School’s 75th anniversary festivities continued last month, as photographs documenting the school in its earlier years were displayed in the Palos Verdes Library at the Peninsula Center.
The exhibit, entitled “Through the Lenses of Ansel Adams and Cedric Wright,” ran from Jan. 7 to 25. More than 25 images by the photographers lined the wall of the library lobby on either side of the library entrance. Chadwick covered the hallway with banners, school information pamphlets and 75th anniversary floor stickers.
For the school’s fifth anniversary, in 1940, Mrs. Margaret Chadwick decided to create a new catalog detailing the school’s highlights and mission. Ansel Adams, an environmentalist famous for his depictions of Yosemite National Park, became a part of the project during Chadwick’s annual ski trip to Yosemite in early February.

Adams’ photographs ranged from daily student life and sporting events, to images of the nearby landscape, including some taken on a weekend trip to Abalone Cove. He completed the catalog in 1941, but continued to have a lasting relationship with Chadwick School, later returning in 1942.
A good friend of Ansel Adams, photographer Cedric Wright joined the Chadwick community in 1948. Wright stayed on campus for much longer than Adams, and further captured the life of the students. Palos Verdes Library in Malaga Cove displayed his work in 1948.
Chadwick held an opening reception in the library on Jan. 8 as an introduction to the exhibit. Mary Baldovin, Chadwick’s Development Coordinator, who headed the event, said “ [I] expected a large turnout because of the advertising on photography blogs, Palos Verdes event calendars and media releases.”
The crowd included Chadwick students, faculty and alumni, as well as the general public. Background music and food catered by Red Onion Restaurant also helped draw an audience.
The reception featured Lance Bowling ’66, Chadwick’s historian, as a guest speaker. He spoke on the well-known history of the school as well as the conclusions that he had made from studying the photographs.
Baldovin said, “We’ve been thinking about exhibiting these photographs for decades now. We’ve had plenty of time to put it together, and a lot of people have been involved.”

Two Village School parents, Jennifer Borden and Deanne Shey, school archivist Fran Pullara, and a host of other volunteers contributed to the event.
The opening reception crowd mainly consisted of younger Chadwick students, parents, alumni and faculty. Fourth grader Grant Ho shrugged, saying the event was “pretty good” and “my mom just took me.” Other parents said that they received emails from the school and brought their children along thinking it would be a wonderful experience. Many of the Upper School art department faculty also appeared.
Missing, however, were students in the Middle and Upper Schools. Reasons ranged from being too busy to being unaware. Ninth grade student Zach Herbst said, “I wouldn’t have minded seeing it if I happened to be in the library, but I wouldn’t have had the time to go just for the exhibit.”
The planning team who coordinated the exhibit chose the library for this same reason. Knowing that the exhibit ran through final exam season for every student on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the library was an ideal location considering the numbers that filed in and out and past the photographs daily.
Baldovin said she “wanted to have the photographs in a place where people would really see them,” choosing the Peninsula Center library since it is a “well utilized place on the Peninsula.”
Parents waiting for their children outside the library said they got a great glimpse of Chadwick School. One parents remarked, “I really enjoyed seeing what Chadwick offered in terms of the outdoor atmosphere.”
Senior Lucas Lebovitz briefly saw the exhibit while in the library, though he said, “I did not specifically go to see it because I did not specifically know it was there.”
Isabel Ngan, a tenth grader, echoed this comment, saying, “I did not know there was an exhibit. But I go into the library mainly to study and do homework. I don’t really consider going in to see an exhibit.”
Older Chadwick students who did take advantage of seeing the photos only did so by chance. But for those who have yet to see the pictures, whose subjects range from basketball games to rabbit feedings, the photographs will be reproduced and framed and placed in permanent locations around campus.

by Hailey Waller

Students generated an atmosphere of pure gratitude for Martin Luther King Jr. when they gathered in Laverty Auditiorium to honor him on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Director of Multiculturalism Jasmine Love began the assembly by reminding students of the time not too many decades ago when her great-grandparents, along with many other African Americans, were slaves.
“My mother knew King Jr. personally. He was very shy and didn’t even have enough confidence to speak in front of his classmates at Boston University,” said Love.
Furthermore, the assembly sought to impress upon all students the importance of MLK’s struggle against oppression.
“King Jr. had to work to become the great leader and speaker that he was. Thanks to King Jr.’s newfound confidence and persistence, Chadwick students are ‘living the dream’ today,” said Love.
Besides the initial address by Love, students ran the majority of the conference. This represented a departure from previous years, when guest speakers came.
“I have always thought of Martin Luther King assemblies as full community moments, and I think they should be student-driven and involve all three divisions,” said Love. “This year, we attempted to involve the sixth graders and had two assemblies.”
Senior Ally Van Deuren led students in the song “We Shall Overcome,” a protest song that became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. Sophomores Imani Ingram and Chike Ochoifeoma performed a short piece symbolizing King’s dream for the many different types of people in the world to get along with each other. Then eighth grader Chelsea Childress, sixth grader Elijah DeVaughn and Jordyn Rand graced their schoolmates with speeches about what King Jr. would want today.
“Hearing Ally sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ moved me to tears,” said Love. “Furthermore, all the student speakers did a great job, and I commend them for their courage. I hope in the future, we can hear more from the students on this day.”
Students also responded positively to this change in the celebration of MLK Day.
“I really liked the assembly,” said Childress. “I’m so happy that it was student- driven. Everyone gets tired of hearing guest speakers. It was a nice change, and I think it would be great to have it this way again next year.”
These speeches and presentations were followed by the sixth grade choir, who performed “We Shall Not Be Moved,” as well as the high school dance company, performing an artistic interpretation of King’s life.
“About the dance—I personally asked the dance company to use that dance because I thought it represented community, love and a universal representation of Martin Luther King’s dream,” said Love. “I think dance has a way of presenting a theme and going straight to the heart, and that dance did that for me.”
Overall, Love hopes that the new focus of MLK assemblies influences students’ everyday lives.
“I believe MLK Assemblies should involve ALL students and ALL faculty and staff because Dr. King was about ALL people getting along and non-violent action. It would be great to focus on how closely his ideals matched Chadwick’s Core Values,” Love said.

by Alex Geffner-Mihlsten

The beginning of the new semester brought romance to the students with the annual winter formal dance on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Every year, the males of each grade invite their female friends or crushes to go to formal with them. The process of getting ready for formal gives students something to look forward to beyond finals.
“I really think that preparing for formal was a nice distraction from finals,” said sophomore Emily Nguyen.
The venue for this year’s formal, held  at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, had a wide dance floor, with narrow stairs leading to small booths to sit down in.
In the center of the room, there was a small bar where students could order sodas and other drinks. At the top of the stairs, above the room, was the DJ.
“I loved Union Station,” said sophomore Kyla Brooks, “but I think the size of the area that was our “dance floor” for the night was big. Even though it was really nice not to get as sweaty, not having everybody dancing in one packed space kind of brought the energy level down a bit.”
Another issue was that many students did not like the DJ.
Senior Lauren Stoneburner felt that the DJ’s music was too “obscure, outdated, unfamiliar, and overly distorted/remixed.”
One of the reasons many students did not like the music might have been caused by the DJ’s refusal to accept requests.
“The DJ stopped taking requests after he received a few, which was a killer for me. I feel like the DJ is there to make us happy, so he should play what we want to hear,” said Brooks.
Freshman Andres Valencia had an positive experience at the dance, although he shared Brooks’ feelings about the DJ.
Valencia said, “I thought formal was exciting and very enjoyable. The place was just marvelous. Although I had a great time, the DJ could have been a little bit better.”
Junior Jackie Stoneburner’s concern was that the process for voting for formal prince and princess was not made clear. “I didn’t even know I could vote,” she said.
Sophomore Ethan Leff enjoyed the formal’s venue, which continued the theme of a having formal in a historic place, like last year’s location of Dodger Stadium.
“It was an amazing experience to spend the evening in a historical part of L.A.,” said Leff.

by Alex-Geffner-Mihlsten

A new tradition at Chadwick, the Valentine’s Day Soiree, gave students a chance to have a sit-down lunch to support the building of a school in Ecuador.
Held this year on Wednesday, Feb. 9, the event is still very new at Chadwick. Junior Faith Memmo, a member of the Round Square Board, said, “This is only the second year of doing the Soiree.”
The Valentine’s Day Soiree was part of a larger effort by the Round Square Board. They plan to use the money to donate to an organization called “Free the Children.”

“Through ‘Free the Children,’ Chadwick is going to build a school in Chismaute, a village in Ecuador. We have been fundraising a lot this year, and this is one of our major fundraisers for that organization,” said Memmo.
Overall, the event was very successful, with over 100 students attending. “We came really close to selling out which would be $1,512 raised from tickets and a couple donations from faculty resulting in about $1600,” said junior Elizabeth Powers, head of the Round Square Board. “This money helps us come closer to the $8000 the board needs to make.”
However, the Chadwick Round Square Board intends not only to donate the raised funds to the group; they also will contribute labor to the construction of the school.

“This summer, students from Chadwick and other schools are going on a service project to Chismaute to begin construction of the school. Applications are due soon,” said Memmo.
Preparing the Soiree required each member of the Round Square Board to contribute. “We split up the tasks of cooking food and decorating and getting things together. Furthermore, as a sort of competition, we all had to sell tables,” said Memmo.
Due to the board’s hard work on the Valentine’s Day Soiree, they managed to reach their fundraising goal and sell almost all the spots.
“We reached our goal, and we came very close to selling out, but we are not done with fundraising for the school that we are trying to build in Ecuador,” said Powers. “It has been a long process and we are making extremely good progress.”
Despite the youth of the Valentine’s Day Soiree, many students enjoyed the luncheon.
“I thought the event was really well-thought out,” said junior Jamie Li. “It was a little slow at times, but overall they did a great job with it. I particularly loved that they incorporated music into the Soiree.”
One consistent complaint amongst the many students who attended was the service, however.
“I was a little disappointed with the service at the meal,” said sophomore Stephanie Paulson. “I was at the last table to be served because they completely overlooked or forgot about us. By the time we got the food, it was cold, and they had run out of salad. Needless to say, I was a little annoyed.”
Regardless, many of the students who attended the Soiree this year planned to return should another one occur next year.
“I would definitely consider doing it again next year because not only was it a time to relax with friends, but it also raised money for an amazing cause,” said Li.

New York tour includes five Brooadway shows

by Franny Hocking

Students and faculty explored Manhattan in the second annual New York Trip.
Ranging from the top of the Empire State building to Central Park, the group toured the city over a period of four days.
Over the course of the trip, the eight students and three faculty members saw five Broadway shows. Billy Elliot, which they saw only an hour after arriving, seemed to be the crowd favorite.
Senior Fiona Stout said, “[The show] had stunning dance sequences and amazing talent. Overall, the show was just flawless.”
The rest of the shows the group saw included Avenue Q, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and West Side Story.
After watching the professional shows, the group witnessed street performers who completed back-flips and complicated dance moves for the crowd.
Another trip highlight included a tour of the NBC Studios. The tour took the group through various famous sets used in the studio, including the Saturday Night Live (SNL) set.
According to the group, the set was only a quarter of the size of what is seen on TV. They also saw the SNL band rehearsing and the set being prepared for that night’s performance. The excitement from seeing the live band compelled the group to rush back to their hotel to watch the latest show.
On that same tour they also found themselves in the same room as some of the cast from the NBC TV show 30 Rock. Not only did they see the legendary Tina Fey, who plays Liz Lemon on the show, but also the actors who play Jenna Maroney and Kenneth Parcell.
In between their sightseeing and TV star-sightings, the travelers treated themselves to New York’s famous Dylan’s Candy Bar as well as the Hershey’s store. Not only did they fulfill their sugar needs, but the group indulged frequently in pizza and desert at Roxie’s Deli in Times Square.
After one of their dinners, Choral Director Bob Marino treated the homeless with their leftovers.
Without any hesitation, Marino “proved to be very charitable and great with comedic timing,” according to sophomore traveler Chris Stanton. Stout said Marino’s encounters were “truly inspirational.”
After bonding and enjoying what New York City has to offer, the students and faculty felt a void for the rest of the Thanksgiving break.
“The trip was so much fun. From eating pizza at one in the morning, to touring the entire city, I can easily say that I had the time of my life. Not only were students great, but the teachers treated us with respect and as equals,” said Stanton.

by Amanda Long

Chadwick’s third student-written, directed, and performed show, Lost and Found, was performed on Dec. 3 and 4.
Senior director Molly Heller said, “It’s an inspirational part of the year that makes you feel like you can create an amazing production out of nothing.”
The collaborative theatre project featured 18 original scenes, songs, dances, poems, and short films. Fifty students were involved in some form of production in order to create this show. In addition, English teacher Chad Detloff acted as the faculty advisor, while also performing in  the show itself.
The opening number of the show was a full-company dance choreographed by English teacher Erin Nordlund and senior Talia DeRogatis. “The opening scene poses the question the show is going to answer,” said DeRogatis. The number featured sophomore Hailey Waller as “lost,” and struggling to find herself through different parts of life that other cast members personified. These life stages included love, popularity, religion, and education. Even after testing the various opportunities, Waller still could not find herself at the end of the dance. As DeRogatis explained, the show was set to address this issue.
Senior Sarah Lindstedt and Francis McCarty, an Australian Round Square student, wrote and performed the song “8000 Miles Away.” This song was displayed as a video that was performed during a video-chat session between the two singers.
Another scene featured seniors Maddy Webster, Zoe Hamilton, Sarah Lindstedt, Ari Kassardijian, and Harrison Kidd in Molly Heller’s comedic musical number, “The Lost Dog.” Hamilton and Lindstedt played the two friends of Webster who had just lost her beloved dog. The friends told Webster to stop her unusual habits, ones that they found strange, but a popular boy, played by Kassardijian, found these habits attractive.
Senior Katie Starke wrote the satire “Lost In Translation,” which showed two teenagers caught within a conversation with translated hidden meanings. In the piece, a boy and girl would say one thing to the other, and then translate their line to what they actually meant. From communications to miscommunications to awkward pauses, the one act received big laughs.
Senior Ally Van Deuren danced in her brainchild “Pounding the Pavement,” with Chad Detloff. Van Deuren and Detloff played street performers who rhythmically hit trashcans and tap danced bare-foot. Originally, Van Deuren and Detloff performed separately, but after an impromptu competition, the two combined their musical sounds to create a dynamic duo that was more successful together.
“Bend. Break. Breathe,” was a scene submitted by an anonymous writer. Seniors Marisa Melideo and Berton (Cotter) Phinney acted in the poetic piece.
Another scene, “A Lost Life Story,” was a short documentary by Katie Hill and Lindsay Szper whose purpose was to get the audience closer to some of the people we may recognize, but may not have made an effort to get to know. The video was filled with interviews from Chadwick teachers to Starbucks baristas, all sharing their own stories.
DeRogatis choreographed and, Along with Waller, starred in the closing dance of the show. The duet was about “finding yourself through the realization that sometimes the best things come when you are lost and work your way out of it,” said DeRogatis. In the piece Waller, who was once lost, found herself. The whole company came on stage at the end of the dance to conclude the show.
Heller said the show was “more chill” than previous student-directed shows. “A couple years ago we had a really dramatic show, and last year’s show was pretty funny, but this one’s more […] hipster in a sense. It’s a lot more of a thoughtful production.”
“I thought the show was one of the better parts of my high school experience,” Heller continued, when asked about her inspirations for pursuing the project. Although Heller had been in earlier student-run productions, this one was special in its own way.
“It was super awesome,” said Starke, and DeRogatis added that it was a great experience for everyone involved.
Heller reflected on the cast, “I think it’s an incredible experience to see how committed every one of our cast and crew was and to see the spectrum of students that were involved in it.”
“At first I thought I would never want to go onstage and act and perform in front of all of those people […] but after trying something new, I think anyone who’s afraid to try it should just go ahead and take the risk.” said Roberts.

by Emily Nguyen and Alexa Aranjo

Two years of Chadwick effort on an international service project will come to fruition this summer when the Adopt-a-Village program builds a school in Chismaute, Ecuador.
The school would like to have students travel to Chismaute this June and July to help construct the school.
One of the leaders supervising the project, sophomore Emily Newton, explains that “the school will be built this summer during June and July no matter how much money is raised.”
This year both the Round Square Board and Chadwick students are dedicating their time and effort to reach their goal of $8,500 through various fund-raisers by the members of Round Square.
In addition, other commitees of Chadwick School recognize the  whole-school project and have offered to donate part of the profits they earn through their fundraisers. Diversity Council has donated their entire profit from the Samosas sale, and the Community Service Advisory Board has promised to donate 10 percent of the profits it makes from the Faculty Spelling Bee.
Many students have a very positive outlook on the trip.  However, some wish that they were more informed and directly involved in the process.
Sophomore Isabel Ngan said, “I do feel like they could’ve told us earlier why they were going to adopt a village. This way more people could’ve put more of an effort in all the community service drives for this project.”’
Ultimately, most of Chadwick’s community is intent on making sure that the children of Chismaute receive a good education. Faith Memmo, another leader of the project, said, “We also want gather a group of non-Chadwick students from other Round Square schools to participate in this project as well.” Gradually, Chadwick hopes that this project will become an international project.
In the future, after the school has been improved and helped in Chismaute, Chadwick hopes to be able to “expand the support to other schools” says history teacherJohn Nordquist.
Since 2008, the Round Square Board and Mr. Nord-quist have been raising money to help provide supplies for the school in the Chismaute village.
This project is part of the Adopt-a-Village program. In 2008 Nordquist’s Challenge 20/20 class began researching extreme poverty through the world and ways of helping. Through this research, the class discovered that education was the most effective way to help the suffering citizens of developing countries.
Meanwhile, Chadwick students attending a Round Sqaure conference in Vancouver.  From speaker Craig Keilburger, the founder of Free the Children, they learned about the types of actions that youth in the United States could take to help improve the lives of the children in these impoverished countries Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. The goal of this organization is to bring  the children out of poverty and exploitation.
As a result of this speech, Nordquist’s class asked fellow Chadwick students to help in the Adopt-a-Village program in hopes ofbuilding and continuing to support a school in Chismaute.
Adopt a-Village is based on the organization Free the Children. Founded in 1995, international child rights activist Kielburger has helped encourage more than one million youths to help other children in more than 45 different countries.
“We would like to build a relationship with the village of Chismaute over several years,” says Nordquist. “I don’t know what the future will hold. It depends a great deal on how the students respond to this challenge. We could make a significant difference in the lives of children over time. We also would learn a lot from our partners in the village. They have a lot they can teach us.”

by Kelly Lee

With much anticipation from its viewers, Chadwick Broadcast Service’s first show went on air on Thursday, Nov. 11, entering more than 100 homes of Chadwick students.
CBS is the broadcasting network for Chadwick School.  CBS airs monthly shows titled “The Blow-Hole,” which features news segments, both local and global, as well as funny segments like “Chad-Pads.”
The first show covered the homecoming football game, along with its many homecoming events and festivities.
Along with the homecoming fun, CBS aired an exclusive interview with English teacher Chad Detloff about his recent trips to Thailand and Cambodia. Detloff was accompanied by Chadwick students.
The show also proudly presented a segment called “Chad-Pads.” This part of the show is similar to MTV Cribs. The CBS cameraman visits the house of a Chadwick student, and gets a glimpse into the home lives of the “typical Chadwick teen.”
The student introduces the cameraman to all of the aspects of his house. At times there is even an entourage accompaning the designated student. The first “Chad-Pads” featured senior Benjamin Krauss’s house.
“The first show was a good trial and error for the club,” said senior co-club leader and producer Breanna Madrazo. “For one thing, our website wasn’t as good as it could have been, and there were comments made that weren’t appropriate and weren’t monitored.
“However, it was definitely not bad at all for our first show,” she continued. “It gave us a good outlook on what we can improve in the future.”
Club leaders senior James Calhoun and Madrazo started designing the structure of the club over the summer, planning the leadership responsibilities that were necessary for such a production.
“I have always kind of had the idea [of creating this club], ever since sophomore year, and that’s when I first started the project,” said Calhoun.
“I had some software to test it out, but it didn’t really pick up. Now that I have better, more high quality equipment, it is a lot easier to produce the shows,” he added.
Calhoun is the club leader and director. With this job description, Calhoun must direct most of his attention to the more technical part of the show, such as filming and video editing.
Calhoun’s interest in filming, and his immense skills in the field of filming, became well known to the school last year. Calhoun debuted his first self-produced movie, Prominence, to the Chadwick students  during the spring of his junior year.
“I have always been into film and television. When I went to New Zealand for a student ambassador program called ‘People to People,’ we did a mock live television show.  I was the director for that, so I got to learn a lot of firsthand experience on running a live show,” said Calhoun.
Madrazo shares the same passion as Calhoun. Madrazo’s first objective when starting the club was to have a source of media that was neither The Dolphin yearbook nor The Mainsheet.
Junior Ally Melideo, one of the main anchors of the club, also joined the club to achieve her goal.
“I joined the club because being a news anchor is one of my future dream jobs, so I wanted to see what it was like,” said Melideo, “I also wanted to get involved with what’s going on around school.”
Calhoun says that his most personal goal is to leave something behind for the Chadwick community.
“I want it to continue onward even after I am gone. That’s my biggest goal, my master plan,” said Calhoun.
He has been making many changes and receiving as much feedback from the community as possible in hopes that the shows can run as efficiently as possible.
Although Calhoun feels the first show was a success, he remains worried for the future of his club.
“I personally thought it was amazing that we got the first show to go on air, but I was a little disappointed that [the process] didn’t involve everyone,” said Calhoun.
Calhoun felt that he ended up with the majority of the work in the end, which is what he hopes to prevent in the future. His plan is to teach the juniors many of his skills and let the them run the next couple shows, so that they can produce shows free of his help.
To inform its viewers on CBS’s newest changes, Calhoun and Madrazo created a Facebook page. This will allow everyone to keep up with CBS’s newest improvements.
CBS encourages students to use the show to get their message out to the community.
Various clubs now have the opportunity to publicize their fundraisers or other events through commercials free of charge.
When sophomore Isabella Gradney, the head writer, was asked to sum up her vision for the club, she said, “I really want this show to move forward. We have a ton of potential, and I think our talents will shine through in the future.”
For more information on CBS broadcasts, visit wickcast.com.

What’s up, LA?

LA happenings in the months of December and January

Lissie comes back rocking at the Box

Lissie, a folk rock artist from Illinois, will perform at the Music Box at the Fonda in Los Angeles on Jan. 15. After debuting her first EP, “Why You Runnin’” about a year ago, Lissie has quickly risen to prominence. Before this release, Lissie began her career by opening for musicians who performed nearby when she attended Colorado State University.
After being noticed by the performing world, she opened for Lenny Kravitz in 2008 and caught the attention of the recording industry soon after. She released her first full album, Catching a Tiger in June 2010. Fans hope that she will perform her newest hits as well as her celebrated cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness,” at her 7 pm Los Angeles show.

 

Black Swan fulfills all expectations

The long-awaited psychological thriller Black Swan is now playing in movie theaters across the country. The film stars the adored actress Natalie Portman as well as the lesser known  That 70’s Show alumna Mila Kunis.
The renowned director of the film, Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) is known for engulfing his audiences in delusions and paranoia. His work in Black Swan is no exception.
He tells the tale of a ballerina in the New York City Ballet whose competitive ambition is to dance the role of the Black Swan in Swan Lake. This passion sends her down a dark and reckless path. Its reviewers have confirmed the excitement behind the release of this film.

 

Next to Normal comes to Ahmanson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal is now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre through Jan. 2.
Written by former Columbia students, the celebrated rock musical tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and how her illness affects her family.
The musical also juggles many other concepts and issues such as grieving, suburban life, suicide, drug abuse, and the ethical code of modern psychiatry.
This show has been praised for its innovative and impressive revival of the musical. Viewers are said to experience every emotion, while being captivated all the while. Tickets to see this rare theatrical experience range from $35 to $100.

 

Folk sensation Iron and Wine to perform at LA’s Wiltern

The legendary singer-songwriter known as Iron and Wine will perform on January 26 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. After rising to fame with the help of cover songs, such as his famous rendition of “Such Great Heights” in 2002, the man behind Iron and Wine, Samuel Beam, gained a following. His music, compared to Simon and Garfunkel and Nick Drake, is performed mostly with banjo and acoustic and slide guitar.  His newest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, will be released in January and promoted by the new tour. Opening for Iron and Wine is indie-folk band Low Anthem from Providence, Rhode Island.  Sought-after tickets to this show are about $40.

by Nikki Stein

Under the leadership of Jasmine Love, the new Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion, the Diversity Council has been active in a number of recent events on and off campus.
As recently as November, the council held a samosa sale to celebrate Diwali and hosted Natural November.
Organized by junior Letesia Fox, Natural November was held from Nov. 15-19, and established a new way of of celebrating diversity throughout the school.
Fox, the co-head of the African American Awareness Organization (AAAO), created the idea of Natural November after seeing the movie Good Hair by actor Chris Rock. Fox inspired students and faculty to wear their hair in its natural state: without the aid of hairspray, products, and straightening or curling irons. This was a process meant to stimulate everyone to embrace their natural looks, and “know that they are beautiful the way they are,” said Fox.
“We had Natural November to inspire people to feel beautiful. I wanted them to know that there is no such thing as ‘good hair,’ and that everyone can have natural beautiful hair,” continues Fox.
When asked if she would like to continue Natural November, Fox said, “I would love to continue to do this for years to come. I think women need to be comfortable with the skin that they’re in, and I hope that Natural November can be the light for people in finding their self love […] I mainly just wanted the Chadwick community to feel beautiful by just being themselves.”
In light of the recent involvement in diversity, Love feels that the Diversity Council has much potential to grow this year alone.
“I want to say that Diversity Council is evolving,” she said. “We have added Middle School students, and right now we are planning to introduce an ‘Identity Tree’ to the community.  You’ll have to wait to find out what it is,” says Love.
Students have also participated in two diversity conferences in November, as well. All students, not purely Council members, were given the opportunity to participate.
At the conference titled “Across Colors,” one speaker talked about the stereotypes that some Americans hold about Islam and Muslims in general, otherwise known as “Islamophobia.”
Love, with the help of the Director of Admissions Milton Mitchell, chose eleven students to participate in the second conference on Nov. 20.
The students were accompanied by eleven faculty members. Faculty and students separated for two different conferences and ultimately collaborated during the combined conference at the end.
In addition to Love, Dean of Faculty Dan Place, science teacher Maya Rao, Middle School Office Manager Elizabeth McLean, Village Office Manager Anna Chavez, Assistant Head of Middle School Summar Aubrey, College Counselor Shawn Rae Passalacqua, and Village teachers Michelle Gallagher, Matthew Risk, Jessica Nelle and Christina Morse attended the conference.
Students from an assortment of grades attended as well, including juniors David Cullum, Sidney Cole, Delfino Gaspar, Letetsia Fox and Rachel Young; sophomores Paige Watson, Asha Kamack, Imani Ingram and Katherine Vargas; and freshmen Ke’Ari Brooks and Anige’r Oriol.
The separate groups worked in workshops and affinity groups for discussion; the adult conference was titled “The People of Color Conference,” and and student conference  was titled “The Student Diversity Leadership Conference.”
“Thousands of people come—mainly people of color—so white people have the experience of being in the minority,” Love said. “[The discussion groups are] very intense but educational because you get to talk about things you might not talk about at school, and it is a safe place to just be yourself and explore your identity.”
By design, students get thrown into new situations that might make then feel uncomfortable. At these conferences one learns to step out of his or her shell and feel less awkward in these situations. Also students learn that cultural differences do exist, and it is possible to gain a better understanding of these differences.
When asked about this conference, Love said, “For me there were 3 highlights.First was watching our amazing Chadwick students represent the core values even outside of school, second was singing in the Multicultural Gospel Choir and also hearing Ernest Green of the Little Rock 9 speak.”
Love really enjoys Diversity Council this year. She said, “We’re still finding our sea legs and figuring out exactly what we want to do […] the main reason for Diversity Council is to have a safe place to talk about being different and to have an experience of fitting in.  So that is what I like best about it.  Everyone belongs.”
Love wants Diversity Council to be a place where everyone feels like they belong. She says, “This is a place where everyone should feel they fit in somewhere.  Well, everyone definitely fits in at Diversity Council because that is the point, celebrating differences.”

by Jared Agnew and Blake Range

Chadwick added a special edition to the football staff this year with physical education coach John Ziegler.
Although Ziegler is known to the students as the new special teams football coach, there are many unaware of the life he leads off the field in the arena of polemic political debates and the media.
In addition to his job at Chadwick, Ziegler is a conservative talk show host, and after years of involvement in the media business, Ziegler became a controversial documentary film maker.
Zeigler began his work in media as a sportscaster for a television channel owned by NBC. After leaving that particular job, Zeigler moved on to work with Fox, also as a sportscaster. However, Ziegler’s sharp personality and sarcasm forced him to eventually leave that job, as well.
By the early 2000s, Ziegler had worked  and been involved in multiple radio stations, but his outspoken personality caused him to continually move from place to place. Finally, he ended up in Los Angeles were he hosted a late night show on KFI 640.
Ziegler’s show consistently received high ratings, and as a result, he was named the 54th most important talk show host in the country by Talkers Magazine.
Ziegler decided that he wanted to pursue a career in discussing controversial topics. Thus, he went into talk radio on a station called WWTN-FM in Tennessee. On this radio show Ziegler was known to not only discuss the designated sports, but also politics.
His documentary, Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted, has become very controversial and examined the role of the media in the presidential election of 2008.
Ziegler says in his film “that the media did not fulfill its role as an unbiased institution, and left voters misinformed and uneducated.”  He blames the media for the disfiguration of Palin’s stature.
In his documentary, Ziegler interviews Democratic voters. Surprisingly, none of them could tell him who Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank or Harry Reid were.  Some had never even heard the names of these Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress  before.
When asked which candidate had a pregnant daughter or which candidate spent money on clothes, all of the interviewees named Sarah Palin.         Ziegler blamed this lack of real political education on the media, who he feels “targeted” Palin and were a main cause ofthe comical image that the public came to accept of her.
Today Ziegler has an active blog called http://www.HowObamaGotElected.com. All over this site are videos of interviews and articles made by Ziegler that deal with his opinions on current events.
These videos focus on subjects such as Ziegler’s dramatic arrest outside a Katie Couric award ceremony, a politican threatening Ziegler’s life, and even his participation on a dating show.

by Chris Stanton and Franny Hocking

A continuation of the celebration of Chadwick’s 75th anniversary, a school wide assembly occurred on Monday, Dec. 6. The purpose of the asembly was to open a time capsule that students attending Chadwick in 1994 created as an all-school project to celebrate the opening of the Village School Science Lab. The former students labeled the time capsule to be set to open in the year 2010.
Village School teacher Ann Biedenweg was onstage at the opening ceremony because, as a student, she helped bury the capsule at the time of its inception in the 1994 school year.
As a suitable representative of the group of students that assembled the time capsule sixteen years ago, Biedenweg said, “Every kid in the village was a part of it, and they thought it was exciting to put stuff in, they wanted to see how old they were going to be in sixteen years.”
She remembers the initiation of the idea of the time capsule, as though it was just yesterday.
“At the dedication ceremony to the new science lab,” Biedenweg said. “We held an all-school egg drop contest. In addition, someone had the idea of burying a time capsule. We then had the students make and bring sayings, pictures, memories and toys of the time.”
Years, later, Biedenweg witnessed the opening of the time capsule, and uncovered what she and her former classmates made and assembled together.
Before it began, the ambiguity of the assmbly left students questioning and eager to discover the purpose of the school-wide assmbly. “I was really excited. I had no idea what the assembly was going to be about,” said sophomore Jack Kirkpatrick.
The feeling seemed to encompass the entire student body as the students hurried to sit down in anticipation of what was about to happen.
Finally, All Student Body President senior Molly Heller announced the purpose of the assembly: to open a time capsule from  the 1990s that Biedenwig orignally contributed to.
Excitement began to build in the room as students eagerly awaited the opening of the time capsule, which sat on a table in the center of the gymnasium. The capsule itself was a very plain looking cement tube.
After Heller’s speech, Upper School Director Mark Wiedenmann approached the table and began to open the capsule, which appeared to be quite a difficult task.
Besides Heller, alongside to help pull items out of the time capsule, were several student body representatives from both the Middle and Village Schools.
When the time capsule was opened, the Student Council representatives began to pull items out of it one by one. Among the items were several photo collages of pictures of 90’s items as well as a hacky sack and an undisclosed action figure.
Biedenweg reflected on the sought-after items her peers contributed to the time capsule. “Hacky sacks were really popular in the 90’s,” said Biedenweg.
The Student Council representatives also found among the items in the time capsule a cassette tape, which housed a recording of students singing the song “Queen Colman,” which they recorded because Village School history teacher Diane Colmandressed up as a British queen on fifth grade Colonial Day every year.
The time capsule was also buried alongside some trash, including an orange peel and several jar lids. The students that had buried the capsule wanted to see how much the garbage would have decomposed after sixteen years.
When asked about what she thought students got out of the experience of burying a time capsule at Chadwick, Biedenweg said, “I wish alumni could have come to see the unearthing. I thought kids would have come back to see what they had buried when they were five or six. I know I would enjoy reading things I wrote when I was in elementary school!”
At the end of the assembly, Heller got up once again to announce that Chadwick would be putting together another time capsule this year, thus making the time capsule cycle complete.
“Each grade this year will be contributing to a new time capsule, one that will be opened in 2025, on Chadwick’s 100th anniversary,” announced Heller.
Students immediately began to murmur and discuss ideas for items to put into the capsule, and each was left with a memory they would never forget.

Minneapolis dome collapses because of heavy snow

The Minneapolis Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings football team, recently collapsed during a snow storm. The executive director of the Metrodome said that the extent of the damage has yet to be assessed.
Areas of Minnesota were hit with a blizzard that dumped 20 inches of snow. According to meteorologists the storm was one of the five largest to have ever hit Minnesota.
This is not the first time the Metrodome has collapsed due to excessive amounts of snow. It deflated in 1981, 1982, and 1983, each time due to tears caused by heavy snow.
The Vikings’ National Football League game against the New York Giants on Sunday, Dec. 12, was rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 13, because of the obvious damage, but it was not certain if the damage could be repaired by then.

 

Senator speaks out against tax cut for over 8 hours

In Washington, D.C., Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders fought Obama’s proposed tax cut for more than eight hours in the Senate. His speech began at 10:24 a.m. and did not end until 7 p.m. that evening. Sanders is an independent who tends to side with the Democrats, but he declared the tax bill would only increase the national debt and would give tax breaks to the millionaires “who don’t need it,” according to Sanders.
He noted that he might be repeating his points, but for the eight-hour span he blasted Republicans for their “hypocrisy” in supporting tax cuts for the wealthy while also complaining about national debt. He attempted to rouse the sympathy of the Senate by reading letters written by families who can’t pay their heating bills.
Despite this long display of protest to the bill, the Senate was expected to approve the bill and send it to the House in the next few weeks.

 

Wayward sea lion dodges busy traffic on Oregon freeway

In Yachats, Oregon on December 11, a sea lion that lost its way from the Pacific Ocean got an escort from state troopers off the highway. The animal was reported to have entered the US Highway 101 through a state park.
It scooted and slid a few miles while weaving in and out of traffic for about half an hour. To prevent futher danger for the sea lion, animal rescuers blocked a quarter mile of the freeway to ensure the sea lion’s safety.
The local animal rescue units used plastic boards and batons as they flanked the sea lion and tried to guide it back to the ocean.
The sea lion was escorted by a large procession of rescue personnel and Oregon residents as it was led back home into the safety of the Pacific Ocean, which was only about a quarter of a mile away from the highway.

by Emily Robertson and Susan Wang

Chadwick has implemented a new online lunch ordering system for students and faculty for the 2010-2011 school year. With this new system, students and faculty can pre-order their lunches on the internet through an online ordering form and can avoid waiting in long lines each day to get their lunches.
Last year, students waited in line when  they wanted to use the salad and sandwich bar. The new system allows students to pick up their lunch at the window, granting students more time to eat, socialize with their friends, and enjoy their free time.
The system is also very useful for students who participate in afternoon activities. For example, it allows students who are involved in community service to get a personalized, fast lunch without being late to the vans.
Students also have the freedom to choose their own meat, bread, toppings, and condiments from a variety of options. This ability to personalize lunches also helps accommodate vegetarian students and students who have allergies.
In addition, with the online system, students can see exactly how much money is charged to their account as they are ordering, allowing them to adjust their order before submitting it if they are not happy with the price. Of the students who have started to order their lunch online, several, such as sophomore Stella Dong, have found it “really convenient” and useful.
However, some students feel that the Chadwick community is too absent-minded for the new system to work well. Senior Kari Ayoob said, “I always forget about [the system]. I have only used it once because I always forget to go online to order my lunch.” Students first heard about the new system through various emails in late September, and were reminded of it in mid-October. Since then, some students appear to have forgotten about all the ordering options available to them and have not been using the online ordering system..
As issues with the new system have arisen, the cafeteria employees are working to improve the system so that students and faculty can obtain their lunch more effectively and have more time than ever before to eat and regenerate for their afternoon activities.
Director of Dining Services Ginger Banino has high hopes for the new system. She loves the concept because students can be across campus or at home and order their lunches with no line and no hassle. In her opinion, it has been successful so far, but the cafeteria employees are striving to uncover and relieve kinks and flaws in the system.
She said, “It hasn’t really caught on with students as much as it has with the faculty.”  According to Banino, the cafeteria employees face a number of new challenges because of this new system. They have to make sure they get everyone’s order right and have included every ingredient that a student orders. This can be a challenge because sometimes specific toppings are not in season, or they do not stay fresh for very long.
Banino said, “The biggest benefit is that you won’t have to wait in line or worry about paying for your lunch. It gives you more time.”
Chief Financial Officer Troy Grande originally wanted a more efficient lunch system, so he, Dean of Students Lauren Stern, and last year’s Student Council members came up with the idea for an online ordering form. The purpose was to have a cafeteria option for which you do not need to swipe your card or wait in lines, thus saving you time.
The reason for the change from the salad bar system, according to Grande, is that “we have limited space and not enough people working.”
The biggest difference between the salad bar system and the online system is that students don’t have to wait in line, but they can still get the lunch they desire. So far, it has not been as effective as originally planned, simply because not many people are using it.
Grande said, “We’d like to have 30 to 40 students use it every day. I’m hoping for a program to advertise and promote the system.”  His wish will come true: in January, there will be a promotion for the system. Every day, one of the students who order online will be chosen to get a free lunch. Only those students who take advantage of the online system will be eligible for this special promotion.
For the future, Grande would like the online system to prevail over waiting in lines at the cafeteria. Students such as athletes will be able to get a late afternoon bag with a Gatorade and energy bar to take on a bus to away games. The idea is that students can get whatever they want from the cafeteria whenever they want it.

What’s up, LA?

By Talia DeRogatis

LA Happenings in the months of November and December

Costa returns to House of Blues

Singer-songwriter Matt Costa will return to his frequently played venue, the House of Blues in Anaheim, on November 24 at 7 pm. The professional skateboarder turned musician began his career in 2003 by circulating his demos amongst his friends and neighbors in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.

Since then, he has released three albums and gained a strong presence in the folk rock world.  His newest album, Mobile Chateau, was released in September of this year and marked Costa’s first time producing an album.

Tickets to see Costa perform his new songs as well as some of his older hits range from $60 to $90.

Slightly Stoopid tour hits the Roxy

Slightly Stoopid will perform their celebrated fusion of rock, blues, reggae, ska and hip-hop on November 20 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

The band, formed in 1995 in Ocean Beach, California by childhood friends, still tours frequently despite not having released an album since 2008.

The musicians enjoy touring for the sake of bringing energy and a good time to their fans, not necessarily for promotional reasons.

While influenced by groups such as Sublime, Rancid and Streetwise, Slightly Stoopid has developed a unique style that has fans paying anywhere from $65 to $300 to see them live at the Roxy.

Passion Pit plays at the Palladium

Passion Pit, an electronic pop band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, will perform at the Hollywood Palladium on December 7. The band, whose members attended the Berklee College of Music, derived their name from a slang term for the make-out spot at drive-in moving theatres.

The name reflects the group’s youthful and romantic music, which appeals to all age groups, especially teenagers. With one EP and one album under their belt, the band continues to enlarge its following through singles, covers and live performances. Demand to see them live has skyrocketed in the past year, as evidenced by ticket prices ranging from $60 to $340.

Ok Go set to rock Club Nokia

OK Go, a Grammy Award-winning rock and power pop band from Chicago, will perform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on November 27.  The band has released three studio albums and gained legions of fans by releasing songs and appearing on television and in movies.  However, the band is probably most famous for their creative and often low-budget music videos, and this creativity is said to come across in their live performances as well.

Opening for Ok Go is A Fine Frenzy, the stage name of singer-songwriter Alison Sudol.  A Fine Frenzy is known for a combination of unique, energetic pop songs and beautiful, haunting ballads.  Tickets to see these two celebrated musicians range from $20 to $130.

by Nicole Compton

2008 may have been the Year of the Rat in the Chinese lunar calendar, but it has lasted well into 2010 for many teachers and campus residents.

The infestation has yet to be addressed as a serious problem, but the recurring appearances of rats and mice might warrant further investigation.

Teachers Jasmine Love, Martin Byhower, Sandra Piercy and Trish Stevens, along with the entire Global Language department, have had their share of interactions with the rodents most of us despise as potential carriers of the plague.

Jasmine Love, the Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion, has seen field mice and rats in her office.

Love prefers to use peppermint, instead of deadly repellents, to ward off the animals humanely. She sprinkles dried peppermint behind her furniture seems to ward off the rodents.

“Catnip smells a lot like mint, so if a mouse smells mint, they may think a cat is around” said Love. “That is why if you come to my office it smells very fresh and very minty.”

Martin Byhower, a Middle School science teacher and head of Ecommunity, explains that the rats he has experienced on campus are either the Brown or Black Rat.  These rats are non-native species and the only mammals more numerous than humans in this area.

Byhower is not scared of the rats but is rather frustrated with their tendency to strip the bark off his plants.

“If we didn’t leave food around, or if we allowed coyotes and owls more freedom to repopulate the area, they would be less of a problem,” said Byhower.

History teacher Sandra Piercy and science teacher Trish Stevens have not had problems with the rodents this year but have had their experiences in past years by these unwelcome guests.

Last year, the chemistry room became a nesting place for rats, but the problem was resolved for this school year.

Fifteen years ago, Piercy’s unit where she used to live on campus was invaded.

“I set humane traps and removed at least one mouse per day,” Piercy said.

Appearances in Laverty Arts Center have also occurred. Leslie Miller, the dance and cheer coach, has already caught three mice in her room this year.

These rats have appeared in several locations on different parts of the campus, making it difficult to define a reason for their presence.

Of all of these locations, though, the Global Language Department experienced a major plague of mice last year and at the beginning of this year.

“[Larry] Clement even tried to keep one last year. He was against killing the rats, so he found one and named it Freddy,” said Global Languages Co-Chair and French teacher JoAnn Wund. “Everyone else tried to kill Freddy with the broom.”

Love screamed at the thought of rats invading her office. Maintenance workers found a pregnant rat hiding there. And, soon after that, multiple mice were running around the area.

The Global Languages Department ordered a deep cleaning a few weeks ago and since then has not seen any sign of Freddy and his family.

“We all are happy that he is probably dead, but Mr. Clement still hopes that Freddy is alive,” said Wund.

Despite the distaste of many for the presence of rats, Love and Byhower believe that humanity’s general attitude toward this rodent population is grossly uncalled for and exaggerated.

Byhower explains that the rats in our area very rarely carry disease and are actually extremely smart creatures.

“Animals are never guilty of being ‘evil’ and can’t be blamed for merely trying to survive,” said Byhower. “Rats do especially well because, in part, they are highly intelligent. Disease transmission by rodents in our area is extremely rare.”

Love questions why children are less afraid of pet hamsters than of pet rats, when rats actually make better companions and even have fewer instances of biting their owners.

Love advocates for the use of Chadwick’s core values when dealing with these rodents. “As a community we can embrace the rat, and include him or her at least in the way we have respect and compassion for others,” said Love.

“I don’t mean that we have to include them in our offices and homes, but in our minds as sentient beings worthy of respect.”

It seems as if Chadwick may be taking tentative steps toward accepting these rodents as members of this community.

Those who look to other animals for help with the rodent infestation might have taken some comfort that 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. But next year? The Year of the Rabbit, which begins on Feb. 3, may bring new overpopulation problems of its own.

By Hailey Waller

Upper School English teacher Alan Barstow and Village School teacher language arts teacher Craig Polin teach ninety-minute creative writing classes to prisoners at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles once a week. InsideOUT Writers, the program they work for, aims to give students the “opportunity to refocus their lives without the influence of peer pressure and build their self-esteem.”

Barstow has spent every Saturday since March working with girls between the ages of thirteen and nineteen in the “special handling unit.”

Polin works with the same girls on Wednesday nights. These girls have been charged with such high-risk offenses such as murder or drug dealing. Barstow hopes to provide these girls with an opportunity for self-expression and reflection so they can redefine themselves in society.

An alumnus from InsideOUT Writers who was finishing his high-school diploma at Eagle Rock (the Alternative School in Estes Park, Colorado where Barstow previously worked), introduced Barstow to the program. This young man, who was able to turn his life around and now works as a successful anesthesiologist, inspired Barstow. When he moved to Los Angeles, Barstow remembered the program and got involved.

Upon arriving for the first time to Central Juvenile Hall, Barstow felt intimidated. Security searched him thoroughly before sending him through airport-level security system, metal detectors and all.

“Prison is prison,” said Barstow. “There is nothing welcoming about it. Everything either smells sanitized or reeks of body odor. Prisoners are required to walk with their arms behind their back and may not even go to the bathroom without supervision. It’s shocking and uncomfortable.”

The writing class is voluntary and informal. It takes place in the “common room,” a plain central area where tables are cemented to the ground. Barstow begins by introducing a text that embodies a certain theme. He spends the rest of the class exploring the mean and matter of the text, the same way students are taught at Chadwick.

The first text he brought in was a vignette from The House on Mango Street called “Names.” The name of the main character, Esparanza, means Hope. In conjunction with this theme of names, Barstow asked the girls to write a list of all the nicknames they have acquired in their life and reflect on where they came from, what they mean, and why they matter.

One day Barstow brought lyrics from Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The girls chose to spend time analyzing the lyrics and applying them to their lives.

On any given day, some girls may choose to only write a paragraph, and others write continuously and may have up to ten pages at the end of ninety minutes. “It doesn’t matter how much they write,” said Barstow. “But the important thing is that they’re taking the time to process their emotions and write anything at all.”

The opportunities presented to these girls reflect their unstable lives, in comparison to those of students from Chadwick. These girls haven’t had the privilege of growing up with stable families and a safe community like Chadwick. Many of them have been sexually abused or raised in drug-infested homes.

The girls have normal teenage concerns: fashion, boys and friends. They share common wishes: to have money, to feel loved, to feel important. The difference is that they have chosen to be fulfilled in ways outside the legal system, which is problematic.

One of Barstow’s favorite students started working for a drug dealer at eight years old. While Chadwick students were learning their multiplication tables, she made a decision that ultimately ruined the next seventeen years of her life: by getting involved with the wrong people, she landed in prison until she turns twenty-five.

Barstow’s face lit up as he recalled this girl’s reaction to his class: “She has the emotional maturity of someone twice her age. She could take the Perspectives unit I’m teaching my tenth graders and totally rock it. You didn’t even need to give her a lesson plan. She wrote with a raw awareness that amazed me.”

Barstow’s favorite piece that she wrote is called “False Profits.” It explains why she got involved with a drug dealer and how it gave her a “false profit.” After turning eighteen, she was transferred to a new unit for adults, but Barstow still writes to her every six weeks to stay in touch.

Differing in their experiences, some girls who have witnessed shootings and other traumatic events, come to class shaken up and unresponsive. Many, who have been together for long enough, have become friends.

One sixteen-year-old boy has been to 195 consecutive writing classes. “It’s hard to know that these kids have spent the majority of their childhood behind bars,” said Barstow.

“Sometimes I wonder, what are they learning in a prison? My goal is to teach them that there’s hope for them in “the outs” [Juvenile Hall slang for the “outside world”]. What makes my time with them special is that fact that each of them can take ninety minutes to focus on themselves without worrying about what anyo

2008 may have been the Year of the Rat in the Chinese lunar calendar, but it has lasted well into 2010 for many teachers and campus residents.

The infestation has yet to be addressed as a serious problem, but the recurring appearances of rats and mice might warrant further investigation.

Teachers Jasmine Love, Martin Byhower, Sandra Piercy and Trish Stevens, along with the entire Global Language department, have had their share of interactions with the rodents most of us despise as potential carriers of the plague.

Jasmine Love, the Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion, has seen field mice and rats in her office.

Love prefers to use peppermint, instead of deadly repellents, to ward off the animals humanely. She sprinkles dried peppermint behind her furniture seems to ward off the rodents.

“Catnip smells a lot like mint, so if a mouse smells mint, they may think a cat is around” said Love. “That is why if you come to my office it smells very fresh and very minty.”

Martin Byhower, a Middle School science teacher and head of Ecommunity, explains that the rats he has experienced on campus are either the Brown or Black Rat.  These rats are non-native species and the only mammals more numerous than humans in this area.

Byhower is not scared of the rats but is rather frustrated with their tendency to strip the bark off his plants.

“If we didn’t leave food around, or if we allowed coyotes and owls more freedom to repopulate the area, they would be less of a problem,” said Byhower.

History teacher Sandra Piercy and science teacher Trish Stevens have not had problems with the rodents this year but have had their experiences in past years by these unwelcome guests.

Last year, the chemistry room became a nesting place for rats, but the problem was resolved for this school year.

Fifteen years ago, Piercy’s unit where she used to live on campus was invaded.

“I set humane traps and removed at least one mouse per day,” Piercy said.

Appearances in Laverty Arts Center have also occurred. Leslie Miller, the dance and cheer coach, has already caught three mice in her room this year.

These rats have appeared in several locations on different parts of the campus, making it difficult to define a reason for their presence.

Of all of these locations, though, the Global Language Department experienced a major plague of mice last year and at the beginning of this year.

“[Larry] Clement even tried to keep one last year. He was against killing the rats, so he found one and named it Freddy,” said Global Languages Co-Chair and French teacher JoAnn Wund. “Everyone else tried to kill Freddy with the broom.”

Love screamed at the thought of rats invading her office. Maintenance workers found a pregnant rat hiding there. And, soon after that, multiple mice were running around the area.

The Global Languages Department ordered a deep cleaning a few weeks ago and since then has not seen any sign of Freddy and his family.

“We all are happy that he is probably dead, but Mr. Clement still hopes that Freddy is alive,” said Wund.

Despite the distaste of many for the presence of rats, Love and Byhower believe that humanity’s general attitude toward this rodent population is grossly uncalled for and exaggerated.

Byhower explains that the rats in our area very rarely carry disease and are actually extremely smart creatures.

“Animals are never guilty of being ‘evil’ and can’t be blamed for merely trying to survive,” said Byhower. “Rats do especially well because, in part, they are highly intelligent. Disease transmission by rodents in our area is extremely rare.”

Love questions why children are less afraid of pet hamsters than of pet rats, when rats actually make better companions and even have fewer instances of biting their owners.

Love advocates for the use of Chadwick’s core values when dealing with these rodents. “As a community we can embrace the rat, and include him or her at least in the way we have respect and compassion for others,” said Love.

“I don’t mean that we have to include them in our offices and homes, but in our minds as sentient beings worthy of respect.”

It seems as if Chadwick may be taking tentative steps toward accepting these rodents as members of this community.

Those who look to other animals for help with the rodent infestation might have taken some comfort that 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. But next year? The Year of the Rabbit, which begins on Feb. 3, may bring new overpopulation problems of its own.ne thinks and write, write, write.”

By Chris Stanton

Students and faculty recently traveled abroad to Cambodia and Thailand to attend the International Round Square Conference. The conference’s theme, “We Walk Together,” embodied the purpose of the trip and the conference.

From Oct. 1 to 15, senior Zoé Fiske; juniors Jessie Ralph and Madelyn Tournat; sophomores Katherine Richardson and Catherine Kurtz; freshman David Harris; and faculty members Chad Detloff, John Nordquist and Jeff Mercer journeyed together through Southeast Asia.

The group arrived on October 1 at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia. Over the next seven days, the Chadwick group partook in many activities and experiences such as playing soccer with Cambodian children, building houses for Cambodian families and experiencing immense culture shock.

However, many of the group members agree that the service they did was the most rewarding aspect of the trip. Over their two full days of service, the group constructed five basic houses for poor, local families outside of Phnom Penh and also visited two local schools to help teach the students English and play games with them.

“Playing soccer with the kids and seeing how different their lifestyle is was really a touching experience,” said Kurtz.

After their seven days in Cambodia came to a close, the Chadwick representatives yet again embarked on another journey, this time to Thailand to attend the conference.

They resided in dormitories in Pattaya, Thailand at the Regents School. In the school’s gym, the Chadwick representitives met other students and faculty from all around the world, and together listened to a variety of speakers.

Most of the group members agree that the conference was both hectic and fun because they were meeting so many people from all over the world left and right.

While in Thailand, the group participated in even more community service. The group was split up and representatives were sent to a variety of locations, including a vocational center for the disabled, a women’s center, a center for children with parents who are unable to support them, a convalescent home, a center for blind people and a school.

As they returned from their international adventure, the group of Chadwick students and faculty couldn’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment.  Not only did they aid communities in Cambodia and Thiland,  leaving a substantial impact on the global community, but they managed to have fun while doing so.

Round Square’s goals were successfully represented in this global experience. The conference exemplified multiple aspects of the organization’s core values: internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service.

Reflecting on the trip itself, the group remained thankful for their opportunity. “I felt so grateful to be able to have such a deep impact on these people’s lives,” said Richardson.

China implements world’s biggest census in ten days

China recently kicked off their once-a-decade census attempting to count every person in the world’s most populated country.

The census is a ten-day whirlwind head count that hires six million census takers to document demographic changes in the country ranging throught 400 million households.

The year 2000’s census counted 1.3 billion people in China, but since then there has been a shift of the migrant worker population from rural areas to the cities.

According to Zhang Xueyuan, Director of Publicity for the Beijing census committee, “Wherever you are living from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10, you will be counted.” This census will be more effective than those in the past because it will determine where people actually live, as opposed to where their legal certificates claim.

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, the official in charge of the census stated that understanding alterations in populaition can help the government create and edit policies for development throughout the country.

In the past the census has been based on estimation, but the current census will aim to be nearly exact.

The census takers will be going door-to-door asking each family specific questions and vow to reach everyone.

Halloween prank takes a horrible, gruesome turn

A 17-year-old named Tivarus King residing in Atlanta, Georgia was shot and killed after a prank on Halloween night. Authorities say the teen and his friends were throwing eggs at passing cars.

An enraged driver stopped his Mercedes and shot the teen as he was trying to run away. Atlanta police say the driver fired ten shots at King.

The teen died as he was being taken to the hospital for gun wounds in his neck and legs. Investigators found a car matching the description soon after, and its driver was detained for questioning and then later released as innocent.

Under further investegation, 32-year old Fernando Hernadez confessed to killing another man that same evening.  He told the police that he had shot a man whose name has yet to be released.

Without disclosing whether or not the victum had officially partaken in the egging of various vehicles, there is a possiblity that the victim may have been merely an innocent bystander.

by Nikki Stein

The club Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) organized an Upper School assembly on Oct. 27 about sexually transmitted diseases. A group of performers from Kaiser Permanente put on a skit to inform students about the effects that having an STD has on the infected person and the people with whom they associate. The skit provided information on how to stay protected from STDs, how to deal with them, and the importance of telling others about a STD.

The leader of SADD, junior Katie Courtney, said, “I thought the assembly was sucessful.  I thought it did a really good job of presenting issues that could be uncomfortable for a lot of people in a more relatable way.  It seemed like most of the students thought it was a good assembly.”

by Larry Feygin

Chadwick completed its third annual Peace4Kids day during the last week of October. The day is one of the several charitable events coordinated by the Chadwick through the Community Service Advisory Board.

Peace4Kids is an organization that gives over one hundred inner city foster children from South Los Angeles fun and educational weekend activities to participate in. The Chadwick Peace4Kids day is just one of several events over the course of the year where the children get to forget about their problems and have fun in a safe environment.

The day is set up like a carnival, with different booths from several cities around the world. Throughout the day, the children, aged six to sixteen, go from booth to booth to experience the best each selected country has to offer in its culture, traditions, and entertainment.

The Community Service Advisory Board (CSAB) members in charge this year were seniors Nicole Stanton, Connor Dawson and faculty CSAB leader Becky Noble. They all had a challenge living up to past Peace4Kids days, which ran very smoothly.

The trio started planning this year’s event last October, shortly after last year’s event ended. Dawson said, “We knew there was a formula for making this successful, so we decided to start as soon as possible. We did it hoping the extra planning would pay off in the end.”

The whole process required many steps in planning. CSAB, the Chadwick Parents Association and the Booster club had to contact the Peace4Kids organization to set up the annual event. Stanton and Dawson also had to reserve the school for the day and had to coordinate parents, students assistants, buddies and planners for the site of each city, along with tour guides for each individual group of children.

The day attracted many people from the Chadwick community, with nearly twenty percent of the Upper School student body involved.

The Chadwick hosts set up exhibits the day before and the morning of. Traditionally, the events have been held outside, but unfortunately rain was forecast, so all the booths were moved to various indoor locations. Although this posed somewhat of an obstacle, Stanton said, “I think it ended up being better despite the rain. The fact that everyone could be close together inside made everyone work together better.”

The day started at ten in the morning when all the children arrived. The children toured the cities for three hours. The cities switch up every year, and this year’s included Seoul, Jerusalem, Port-au-Prince, Dublin, Punta Leon and Vancouver.

The organizers wanted to get cities whose cultures varied as much as possible so as to give the children a true global experience. At the end of the day, all the participants got in a circle and talked about what they liked from the day’s events.

The activities at each booth varied according to the character of each city. For example, at the Dublin booth the children decorated shamrocks and read Irish books, at Punta Leona kids played soccer and created volcanoes and in Jerusalem the children wrote prayers for peace which they put up on the Wailing Wall.

At each booth, the kids learned indigenous dances. Seoul even had their own Korean dancers and drummers, making the experience all the more authentic. Senior Arjun Reddy, who ran the soccer games, said, “I think all these activities worked great in letting the kids have a carefree day. There’s nothing like sports and movement to get one’s mind off of their troubles.”

The year of organizing and all the preparations led to an overall very successful Peace4Kids day. Other than the rain, there were no major stumbling blocks during the day’s events. Peace4Kids day provides Chadwick an opportunity to show its outreach into poorer communities.

“The entire school came together and showed the power of the Chadwick community. We really think serving the community should be a priority in people’s lives, and Peace4Kids day showed how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Stanton. “Overall, we I think we did an awesome job of meshing the more prosperous Chadwick community and the inner city kids.”

“Next year’s organizers will have a lot to live up to,” said Noble. “The combination of the planning, the events, and the hospitality of the Chadwick community made this one of the best Peace4Kids days in recent memory.”

by Kelly Lee

Noises Off, a comedy about the production of a play, and the first play of the school year, opens Nov. 12.

Written in 1982 by English playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off applies the concept of having a play inside a play. In other words, the play itself is ultimately about the production process of another show.

“The play is a rip-roaring British comedy full of love triangles, misplaced items, missed cues and other hilarity,” said senior Molly Heller.

Members of the cast actually plays two characters: working actors or actresses in Noises Off and another character in the play within the play, Nothing On.

Heller plays Dotty, a drama queen who frequently locks herself in her dressing room. Dotty ultimately decides to produce a show that she can star in called Nothing On. Dotty, in turn, plays a hospitable maid named Mrs. Clackett in her production Nothing On.

Within its three acts, Noises Off focuses on different aspects of the production and process of creating a play.

The first act takes place on stage during the dress rehearsal before opening night of the show. The act satirizes common problems and issues that often occur during dress rehearsals: forgetting lines, misplacing props and missing entrances.

The actors and the actresses seem to have no grip on the play and little idea of what is actually going on. Nothing On appears to be unfolding as a complete wreck as hilarious insanity and complications continue to get progressively worse and funnier throughout the production.

The audience should expect lot of doors slamming, confusions and arguments.

The second act occurs one month later backstage during a performance. The cast is in utter turmoil and misadventures take place throughout the scene. The ridiculous relationships among the cast ultimately result in a multitude of off-stage complications which inevitably result in on-stage shenanigans.

The final performance of the show is the quintessence of Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

The cast includes seniors Molly Heller, Zoe Fiske, Fiona Stout, Lucas Lebovitz and Sander Mora; juniors Zach Blickensderfer and Tom Mirovski; sophomores Monica Haase and Imani Ingram; and ninth graders Margot Zuckerman, Aniger Oriol and Matt Beshke.

Sophomore Austin Welch serves as the stage manager, and Director of the Performing Arts Thom McLaughlin is the director.

McLaughlin recalls the play to be one of his childhood favorites; he and his family thought it was one of the funniest play they ever watched.

“When I first saw it on Broadway with my family, I thought it was the most hilarious play ever. Both my dad and I fell out of our chairs,” said McLaughlin.

Noises Off was also adapted for the screen in 1992 by Marty Kaplan and directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film adaptation was met with mixed reviews. Some critics believed that the play was too much of a theatrical piece to translate well to a film, while others proclaimed it as the funniest comedy ever written.

Amid the hilarity, some deeper undertones can be found.

McLaughlin said, “I thought that this play gives you an interesting picture of the touring play, where one investor invests a lot of his own money through hiring the director to choose the actors and actresses.”

But, the play remains as the epitome of lighthearted hilarity.

“Some of the actors and actresses in the play are in relationships with each other, some with several people at the same time,” said Haase.

“All of the actors, including the director, get their lines confused, and are really confused the whole time, which makes it all the more comical,” she added.

McLaughlin warns the audience to expect no thought-provoking plot or dramatic undertones. Ideally, the play will generate only laughter and  widespread hysteria throughout the crowd.

As the cast and production team prepare for their opening night, they plan on producing a humorous and  engaging show that will leave audiences laughing for days on end.

Welch said, “Noises Off is a fast-moving, witty British sex-farce that provides an amazing comic relief for everyone!”

by Alex Geffener-Mihlsten

Five Tibetan monks exposed students to a new cultural experience: the creation of a sand mandala. These monks have been travelling around the United States on a tour for more than three months and will be making twelve mandalas in total.

The monks’ stay at Chadwick was much shorter than their time at other places. Tenzin Sherab, the translator and driver for the monks, said, “The sand mandalas that they make usually take about five days. Here, though, the monks made the sand mandala in only two days because they are on a tight schedule.”

The sand mandala is a traditional Tibetan and Buddhist art piece, dating back to the 8th century. Sherab said, “The sand mandala is actually not made of sand. The material that they use to make the mandalas is dyed, ground-up river rocks.”

The monks fill funnels with the finely ground rocks and rub another piece of metal over the funnel. This creates vibrations that let out precise amounts of sand on top of a template that the monks create. These funnels give the monks complete control over the speed of the sand and where it lands on the table. The end result is a colorful piece of art, with many lotus flowers and other intricate details.

The monks’ names are Geshe Jampa Tenzin, Geshe Lobsang Thupten, Lobsang Tseten, Lobsang Dhonyoe and Thupten Nyima. “Geshe is not part of their names, but it is their title. It is like a Ph.D. title,” said Sherab.

These monks were born in Tibet, but now live and practice Buddhism in southwestern India. Their monastery in India is called Drepung Loeseling Monastic University. Currently, the Chinese have a military occupation in Tibet, making it impossible for these monks to return to their country and practice their religion there.

The creation of this sand mandala is extremely important in the Buddhist religion. There are many sand mandalas that can be made, but Chadwick asked the monks to make a sand mandala for compassion.

“The sand mandala for compassion is the most popular,” Sherab said. “Everyone wants to have a little more compassion in their lives.”

The sand mandala is created with the intention of helping people understand important aspects of life. “The mandala is more than just creating a beautiful piece of art. It teaches lessons about compassion, patience, and peace,” Sherab said.

Another important part of the art of the sand mandala is its destruction. After the monks create the sand mandala, is it brushed away and throw it into a river. Sherab said, “The reason why they work so hard, and then sweep it up and throw it into the river is to show that nothing is permanent. It shows the impermanence of life, and the fact that nothing will last forever.”

After the mandala was destroyed, students could take home a little bit of sand from the art piece, and the rest was taken to pour into a river.

“We also want to teach a message of concentration and patience. It takes a lot of concentration and patience to create the sand mandala,” said Sherab.

Many students went to see the sand mandala, and it had a strong effect on them.

Sophomore Austin Welch said, “I thought it was an incredible experience to see another culture being brought to Chadwick. I thought it was amazing that they worked so hard to create the sand mandala, but in the end, they were willing to sweep it up and throw it into a river. After seeing the monks create this masterpiece, I felt enlightened. I felt connected to the cultures around me.”

Many other students felt inspired by the monks to improve their life. “It makes me feel great that there are people out there who are capable of doing what those monks can do,” sophomore Austin Welch said.

“Life moves so fast that it is easy to get caught up in it. The way they slowed down was completely life changing. I am not sure if their lifestyle is right for me, but if I could, I would definitely want to learn to be like them.”

After only two days, the monks left Chadwick, leaving an aura of peace and enlightenment.

What’s up, LA? – by Talia DeRegotis

Waka, Waka

Shakira, the multilingual music sensation from Colombia, will perform at the Staples Center on October 23. After two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Shakira continues to greatly influence music with the release of her new bilingual album, She Wolf. Her Staples Center performance, which starts at 8pm, will entertain fans with old and new hits and her trademark belly dancing. Most tickets to this show range from $40 to $400, but some die-hard fans are paying as much as $6,000 to see this musical mogul perform.

 

Drake Debuts

Canadian musician and actor, Drake, will perform at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on November 4.  The twenty-three year old, whose fame began on Degrassi: the Next Generation, emerged in 2009 as a hip-hop sensation with the release of his mixtape turned EP, So Far Gone.  Now, with the 2010 release of his debut album Thank Me Later and his association with other hip-hop superstars such as Lil Wayne, Drake plays a major role in the hip-hop and music world.  Tickets to his 8:15 show range from $50 to $85.

 

Superman hits LA

A groundbreaking documentary, Waiting for Superman, has opened in select theaters in Los Angeles.  The film, directed by Davis Guggenheim, explores the issues that threaten education in America, and the urgency of finding ways to find solutions to these problems.  The documentary follows a cast of kids whose educations and futures are in danger, and has sparked a national debate over the state of American education.  The film also introduces a group of education reformers and ways that the viewers of the film can make a difference.  For every ticket purchased, viewers receive a $15 gift code to give to a classroom of their choice.

 

Florence and the Machine take the VMA’s

Florence and the Machine, the collaboration between English pop artist Florence Welch and other back-up artists, will perform at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8.  The artists, who were well respected in the music media before their mainstream success, released their first album in 2009.  After many hits, features on popular television shows and movies, and a celebrated performance at the 2010 VMAs, Florence and the Machine continues to attract more fans with its talent, maturity, and emotional appeal.  Tickets to the 7:30pm show are from $29 to $36.