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January 2009 Blue & Gold Malden High

January 2009 Blue & Gold Malden High

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The Blue and Gold is an open forum for student expression. It is produced by students for the school and the community. The views presented in this paper are not necessarily those of the advisor or the school administration.

The views presented in the editorials are those of the editors-in-chief or guests. The goal of The Blue and Gold is to inform and entertain students as well as the community regarding issues that we feel are important.

We strongly encourage readers to respond to material printed in the form of signed letters to the editors. No libelous, malicious, defamatory, obscene, or unsigned material will be printed.

The Blue and Gold reserves the right to edit the letters. Names may be withheld upon request. Not all letters will be printed.

Although The Blue and Gold appreciates the support of advertisers, we may refuse any advertisement that violates the above policy or that promotes products questionable to student use.

Any correspondence concerning this publication should be directed to Mr. Ryan Gallagher’s room in C333 or to his mailbox in the main office.

The Blue and Gold
c/o Malden High School
77 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148
The Blue and Gold is an open forum for student expression. It is produced by students for the school and the community. The views presented in this paper are not necessarily those of the advisor or the school administration.

The views presented in the editorials are those of the editors-in-chief or guests. The goal of The Blue and Gold is to inform and entertain students as well as the community regarding issues that we feel are important.

We strongly encourage readers to respond to material printed in the form of signed letters to the editors. No libelous, malicious, defamatory, obscene, or unsigned material will be printed.

The Blue and Gold reserves the right to edit the letters. Names may be withheld upon request. Not all letters will be printed.

Although The Blue and Gold appreciates the support of advertisers, we may refuse any advertisement that violates the above policy or that promotes products questionable to student use.

Any correspondence concerning this publication should be directed to Mr. Ryan Gallagher’s room in C333 or to his mailbox in the main office.

The Blue and Gold
c/o Malden High School
77 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

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 Wrestling captainCraig pg 13
Malden High School Our 94th Year 
Volume 94 Edition 4 January 2009
The Blue and Gold
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
Parker’sWorld Page 4
LOCAL NEWS Page 5 WORLD NEWS Page 9ENTERTAINMENT Page 11SPORTS Page 13
Boys Basketball On Top
 WashingtoncelebratesObama’s arrival
four mhs studentsnamed posse scholars
Members of the boys’ basketball team shooting hoops.Photo by N. Dhruv Design by L. Tran
E
VERY FOUR (or eight, if thepresident gets reelected) years,the United States welcomes a newpresident to the White House, andevery four years, he is sworn inat the inauguration ceremony on January 20. For the most part, 2009
was no dierent; the US swore in itsrst African American president.
His inauguration has generated re-sponsiveness from everyone from
Aretha Franklin to Facebook users.Even before it actually hap
-
pened, President-elect BarackObama’s inauguration sparked
controversy. In Dec. 2008, he chose
California’s Proposition 8 sup
-
porter and pro-life advocate Rick
Warren to deliver his invocation.Naturally, this outraged manyDemocrats, gay-rights supporters,
and other liberal groups.
The decision showed many
Obama supporters that he is
more conservative than originallythought. However, more moderate
Democrats were not as angry. “I’ma big fan of Obama, but I nd thechoice of Rick Warren odd and notthe best idea, nevertheless, I trustObama and his choices,” MHSsophomore Jeri Scibelli said on the
topic.In what is a much less de-
 bated (and also slightly ironic) de
-
cision, Obama also asked Atlanta
civil rights leader Reverend Joseph
Lowery to deliver the benedic
-tion. Lowery, who is 87 years old,
campaigned for Obama in Missis
-
sippi, Iowa, and Alabama. He alsomarched with Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. during the civil rightsmovement of the 1960s.
A vast amount of celebritiessupported Obama during his cam
-
paign; this showed in his inaugu
-ration ceremony as well, which in-
cluded performances by cellist YoYo Ma, the “Queen of Soul” ArethaFranklin, and Pulitzer-Prize nomi
-
nated poet Elizabeth Alexander.Alexander will be the fourth in
-augural poet in US history, joining
Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and
Guest caligrapher; more on pg 6
MHS Swim
Teamon pg 16
Malden’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’
 
on pg 8
Nidale ZouhirCopy Editor
continued pg 10continued pg 13continued pg 8
Undefeated until January 16thand holding aspirations to stay thatway for the rest of the season, the
Malden High School boys’ basket
-
 ball team lost a home game againstEvere High School.
The opposing team won the
tip o as Malden’s star center, EgiGjikondi, sat on the sidelines. Theteams were neck in neck for all fourquarters, but MHS eventually fell behind and the game ended with
a score of 58-50, despite a strongstaring lineup of senior tri-captains
Steven Suida, Marques Armstrong,
Travis Nally as well as seniors Pat-
rick Urban and Krist Gjikondi.At six feet eight inches, EgiGjikondi is only a sophomore buthas already been scouted by sev
-
eral colleges, like Boston University,
Notre Dame, and the University of
Pennsylvania. They have oeredhim full scholarships based on his
impressive 20.7 point per game scor-
ing average; provided, Egi Gjikondi
E
VERY YEAR the Posse Founda
-
tion works to supply full-tuitionscholarships to students that may beotherwise overlooked in the process
of giving out scholarships. This
year four Malden High studentshave received this scholarship; Cyn
-
thia Rodriguez, Melchi Noel, Victor
Banor, and Stephanie Tran.The foundation itself, founded
 by Deborah Bial, has locations in
several places around the nation andaims to give students an opportunityto go to the college of their dreamsPosse scholars have proven that theydeserve these scholarships, too. 90percent of students who receive thescholarship graduate college, and
are reported to be showing initiative
and other leadership qualities whenparticipating on campus.
The four MHS students have
Emily ChiavelliHead PhotographerPatti McClenthenReporter
 
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The Blue and Gold
 January 2009
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
 
Malden High School
The Blue and Gold
77 Salem St.Malden, MA 02148
EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
Nicole DhruvMalisa Saksua
MANAGING EDITOR
Cynthia Rodriguez
HEAD NEWS WRITER
David Riemer
HEAD ENTERTAINMENT/ OPINION
Ashley Ngo
HEAD SPORTS WRITER
Paul Collins
ASSISTANT SPORTS WRITER
Alfonse Femino
HEAD COPY EDITORS
Tzivia HalperinAyoub Kourikchi
COPY EDITORS
An HolmqvistBrittany FoleyNidale Zouhir
HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHER
Emily Chiavelli
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER
Lynn Tran
HEAD OF BUSINESS
Kimberly Lombard
BUSINESS TEAM
Brandon KnightCera Nolan
ONLINE EDITORS
Kimberly LombardBrandon Knight
REPORTERS
Haley DeFilippisMichael DiGregorio Jacquelyn DillonAlexander GennigiorgisDan HolmqvistShannon HoweBarbara Jerome-AthisOmar KhoshafaErica MarangosAlexandra MathieuPatti McClenthenBrittany McFeeleyPaul McWhinnie Joan MorabitoLinda NguyenPaula Suarez Salamanca
ADVISOR
Ryan Gallagher
Established in 1915
Check out our online edition:
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
Editorials
The Blue and Gold
is an open forum for
student expression. It is produced by students
for the school and the community. The viewspresented in this paper are not necessarily thoseof the advisor or the school administration. Theviews presented in the editorials are those of theeditors-in-chief or guests. The goal of
The Blueand Gold
is to inform and entertain students aswell as the community regarding issues that wefeel are important.We strongly encourage readers to respond
to material printed in the form of signed leers tothe editors. No libelous, malicious, defamatory,obscene, or unsigned material will be printed.
The Blue and Gold
reserves the right to edit the let-
ters. Names may be withheld upon request. Notall leers will be printed.Although
The Blue and Gold
appreciates thesupport of advertisers, we may refuse any ad-
vertisement that violates the above policy or thatpromotes products questionable to student use.Any correspondence concerning this publi
-
cation should be directed to Mr. Ryan Gallagher’sroom in C333 or to his mailbox in the main of
-
ce.
 The Blue and Goldc/o Malden High School77 Salem StreetMalden, MA 02148
Editorial Policy
Nicole Dhruv 
 
Co-Editor-in-Chief 
letter to the editors
Send your letter to the editors to:theblueandgold@gmail.com
I have been warned about this ever since fresh
-
man year; about the one “-itis” that somehow makesits way to all high school seniors at some point beforethey graduate: the horror known as senioritis. We’re barely in the third quarter and I am already knee-
deep in this illness.One day when conversing with a friend, she
told me “You denitely have all the symptoms: lazi
-
ness, carelessness in aire, major procrastination, re
-
peated absences, and you’re somewhat indierent.”
When I went to deny this accusation, I found I hon-
estly could not argue with her; she was completely
right. I have no clue how I caught it, so I decided todo some investigating.
To start, I brought up this subject with my se
-
nior peers. My research shows that senioritis literallyspreading like a wildre; it seems as though every
-
one around me is suering from the “-itis” too.Speaking to my peers was not enough, so I de
-
cided to do an entire analysis on our behaviors, from
freshman year to senior year, showing the slowly
progressing eects of senioritis.As freshmen my friends and I went into highschool eager to learn with the “big kids.” Personally,
I went in with a full set of honors courses, ready to
take on every club that interested me. The transition
from middle school to high school was a startling
wakeup call, but my friends and I spent late nightsdetermined to nish work. By the end of the year, wegot in the routine of sacricing sleep and free time todo well in everything we took on.As sophomores, we knew the school beer. Wewere more aware and a lile more at ease. We were
familiar with directions to classes, how students andteachers interact, and the high school environment in
general. Classes were tougher, but we learned timemanagement and what to expect for the work we
would have to do in high school classes.
As juniors, we were now considered upper
-classmen. Because junior year is so critical put a lot
of pressure on us; we were now taking on hardercourses to prepare us for college. The workloadwas ridiculous. Time management needed to be
reassessed on a whole new level. Teachers saw us
as young adults and increased their expectations.Personally, I think in junior year we grew the most, both academically and socially. Between our newworkload and our new reputations as young adults,
we were growing up.
As seniors, we are veterans of the school; weknow everything inside and out. We have taken onsome of the school’s hardest classes, and formed
tight student-teacher relationships throughout
our four years. We have made the best friends,experienced some of the toughest moments in ourlives, and now we nd ourselves as adults on the brink of graduation. The beginning of senior year
was stressful with college applications and forms,
 but once college work was submied around NewYear’s, I noted a major increase in relaxation among
my peers.
Aer all of this research, I found my reasonfor senioritis. We are geing a taste of adulthood by doing things like applying to colleges and llingout nancial aid forms. Now that we already ap
-plied, we want out of this whole high school scene,
so we become lazy with our work. We are too ma
-
ture for the comfortable high school environment;
we are ready for real life, and in the grand schemeof things, our last quarters of high school seem less
signicant than they used to.
 
The Blue and Gold
 January 2009
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
3
Opinion
I
N OUR CONTEMPORARY me
-
dia, shoes have always been heldin high esteem. From Dorothy’sruby red slippers to Cinderella’s
glass slipper to the cast of
Sex andthe City’s
obsession with ManoloBlahniks, shoes remain a symbolof beauty and a source of fascina
-
tion. However, shoes have taken
on increased importance sinceDec. 14, 2008 when Iraqi journalist
Muntadar al-Zaidi chucked two
shoes at President Bush during asurprise conference in Baghdad.
Regardless of personal biases, oneremains stupeed at the fact that
neither shoe was prevented from
 being thrown at the president,
when supposedly security wassupposed to have increased.In the middle of the confer-
ence with Iraqi Prime MinisterNouri Maliki, Zaidi pulled o his
shoe and threw it at Bush, shout-
ing “this is a goodbye kiss from theIraqi people, dog!” Bush quicklyducked to avoid the blow but theresponse was so slow that Zaidiwas able to pull o his other shoe
and throw it at Bush. Only then did
the Secret Service begin piling ontothe stage and into the press to tackleZaidi to the ground.Although the shoes were meantto have cultural signicance –show
-ing soles of feet and shoes generally
can be taken as an insult in Arabicculture– more than providing the
president with severe physical pain,
any number of explosives, knives,etc could have been aached to theprojectile. Bush was extremely lucky
in this situation, however, as we all
know, luck is eeting. At another
conference Bush may forget to have
a cup of coee in the morning thusslowing his reexes. The presidentshould not be expected to do acro
-
 batics to avoid blows; it is the role of
the secret service to protect him. Sowhere were they?
 Jason Hu, a senior at MaldenHigh commented on this deciency;
he noted that “the secret service
shouldn’t have let that happen. Ithought they were supposed to be by the president’s side at all times.”
He went on to say that “the shoe
shouldn’t have goen anywherenear him, let alone two of them.”Only aer the shoes were throwndid the Secret Service appear, mak
-
ing moderate eort to subdue Zaidi,which would have proved ineec
-
tive if there had been a weapon at
-tached to the shoe.This incident merely highlights
the lax aitude of United Statessecurity. And with Barack Obamataking oce this month, if the SecretService is incapable of protecting
Bush from two projectile shoes, it
is dicult to believe they will beable to protect Obama. This is es
-pecially true as “law enforcement
ocials have seen more potentially
threatening writings, Internet post-ings, and other activity directed at
Obama than has been seen with anypast president-elect,” according toEileen Sullivan of The Hungton
Post. It is imperative then that thesecret service and the Secret Service
improve organization and eciency before Obama enters oce with this
proliferation of threats. Hey guys, if
the shoe ts, wear it.
iraqi shoe incident
Tzivia HalperinHead Copy Editor
Tippingthe Scales
 Where Have all theChecks and BalancesGotten Us?
continued pg 4
is the secret servicedoing its job?
T
HE ROMAN EMPIRE saw
its spectacular rise under the
tender care of its famous Republic.
For years they thrived, under theiressentially democratic political sys-tem. Under this system of govern-ment, the Romans made certain noone person held power for too long,
and that the elected ocials wouldtake into consideration the opinions
of the people who elected them.However, the emphasis on
individual equality among citizens began to wane with the decline in
prosperity and the recurrent out-
 breaks of war. Slowly but surely,prized military generals began totake power from the consulship, 
-
nally resulting in Julius Caesar seiz
-ing control and the transforming the
Republic into an empire.
Flash forward nearly 2000
years, and one can nd the United
States in a similar state of change.
The ingenious three-branched or
-
ganization of the US government,a setup so carefully craed and sopassionately debated throughoutthe nation’s history, was seemingly
well-equipped to handle such pro-spective switches in power. How-
ever, question about just how rigidand restricting those checks and bal
-
ances actually are have been raised.
Under the Bush administra-tion, the U.S. has entered a warand a deep economic recession,
over-borrowing and over-spending
money the nation simply does nothave. Sound familiar?
During this time, the execu
-
tive branch of the government has
gained an unprecedented amount of
unbalanced authority over the other
political sections. Is this merely a
David RiemerHead News Writer
 
10.) watch tv, because, they can!9.) go to a friend’s house to study or relax8.) eat out with friends after each test day 7.) actually take the midterms6.) discuss how they failed the test they just took 5.) arrive to school later and leave earlier 4.) try not to let the stress get to them3.) study like crazy to get your grades up2.) sleep more than four hours a night1.) party when it’s all over 
[I]n truth, Bush canspend this money however he pleases.
reaction to the stress on the govern-
ment for waging a war abroad andtrying to x a straggling economy?Or, as some political theorists be
-
lieve, is it a permanent shi in the
fundamental powers which haveshaped the nation since its found-ing?Regardless of the intent of
the changes, their eects are wide
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