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February 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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Malden High School Our 94th Year 
Volume 94 Edition 5 February 2009
The Blue and Gold
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
Parker’sWorld Page 4
LOCAL NEWS Page 6 WORLD NEWS Page 9ENTERTAINMENT Page 12SPORTS Page 16
 
greenroom’s
The Odyssey 
 Alex Mathieu as Pete and Michael Veino as Odysseus. Photo by L. Tran
P
RESIDENT BARACK OBAMA,focusing on the economy in the
early days of oce, has devoted hiseorts in trying to pass a gargan
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tuan $820 billion stimulus package,aimed at helping America’s laggingeconomy. The package, passed by the Senate with a 61-36 vote on
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, directs bil-lions of dollars towards tax cuts,rebuilding infrastructure, healthcare, education, and energy, all thewhile creating new jobs. The bill stillneeds to go through the House for a
nal vote.
Although the President called
for bipartisanship and unity duringthe January 28th vote in the Houseof Representatives, the package wasnot voted for by a single Republi
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can. Nevertheless, the bill was stillpassed with a 244 to 188 vote.Supporters of the bill say it willhelp stimulate the economy, create
 jobs, and lay the foundation for a
successful future by improving edu
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cation and infrastructure. Represen
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tative Edward Markey from Maldenhailed the plan as “an opportunityto create millions of new jobs, investin vital priorities, and position our
economy for future growth.”
Republicans who opposed the bill say that the new package willdrive the nation into even deeper
debt, and that too much money is
 being spent on government pro
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grams rather than being put towardtax relief. There are even divides
within the Democratic Party as tohow the bailout money should be
spent. Some insist that more money
should be geared toward long-termrestructuring rather than short-termrelief.
Malden has also submiedplans to Congress, in hopes of re
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ceiving federal aid for several proj
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ects. One such plan is calling for a$6 million renovation of the JenkinsAuditorium into a “1,600 seat art-deco performing arts center at Mal
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den High School.” The proposal,if it is approved, would create 76construction jobs and be part of thecomprehensive $70 million renova
-tion of MHS. 
continued pg 10continued pg 15continued pg 20
David RiemerHead News Writer
Stimuluspackage may  aid malden
Girls’ Basketball
Dan HolmqvistReporter
O
N JAN. 30, 2009, the Greenroom
Dramatic Society took the audi
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ence on a journey through an adap
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tation of the epic Greek classic,
The
 
Odyssey
. The original
Odyssey
was a
serious tale, lled with actions and
moral rectitude, but subsequently
somewhat of a “dry book for many
high school students,” stated juniorHerman Tse, who read the story his
freshman year. To overcome this
aridness, the students transformed
the script into a hilarious expeditionthrough many of the story’s majorevents.The curtain opens, revealinga shipwrecked Odysseus, played
 by Michael Veino, being found by
Nausicca, played by Sarah Rose on
her way to do the laundry. Together,
they go to Nausicca’s parents, Alci
-
nous, played by Ma Weldai, andArete, played by Pai McClenthen,in the hopes that they might aidOdysseus on his journey back hometo Ithaca. Before they agree to helphim however, they ask to hear howhe became shipwrecked on their
island.
Swim team breaks records on page 17
Student features, pages 6 and 7
Happy 200th BirthdayLincoln and Darwin on page 3
 
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The Blue and Gold
February 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 forstudent expression. It is produced by studentsfor 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 the
editors-in-chief or guests. The goal of
The Blueand Gold
is to inform and entertain students aswell as the community regarding issues that we
feel are important.We strongly encourage readers to respondto material printed in the form of signed leers to
the 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’s
room 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
Cynthia Rodriguez 
T
HE FIRST DAY of Justice and Government class,Mr. Tivnan asked us to dene justice. “Easyenough” we all thought, but as our pens and pencilshit the paper, we realized that there was no simpleway to respond. Once we began to discuss it as a class,we discovered that every student had his or her own
idea of justice which made me beg the question: how
do we dene justice today?What might seem ne and fair to one personcould seem like an injustice to another. Is it fair that anunemployed woman with six children is given treat
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ments to have eight more children when the averagefamily can barely send one child o to college? Is it fairthat the owners of large banks are living lavish life
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styles while hundreds of workers are being laid o? Isit fair that teachers may be laid o due to budget cutswhile thousands of dollars are being placed into whatsome people believe to be unnecessary renovations ofthe high school?On Jan. 26, 2008, a woman in California gave birthto octuplets and started a media frenzy. Soon it wasdiscovered that not only had she given birth to octu
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plets through articial insemination, but that she al
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ready had six children through articial inseminationas well. She is single, unemployed, and living withher parents in a small three-bedroom house. Accord
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ing to information obtained by the associated press,
Nadya Suleman has collected more than $165,000 in
disability payments between 2002 and 2008 for an in
-
 jury at work, which has been supporting her and herfamily these few years. People question whether doc
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tors should have implanted Suleman with six embryoswhen they knew that she already had six children athome. Some people feel that Suleman has every rightto have as many children as she pleases but it is dif
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cult to imagine that she will be able to support themall and love them all.Another question that has come up is who willsupport Suleman and her 14 children. If Suleman isunable to work and must go on welfare, then shouldthe taxpayers have to support her and her family? Ata time when the economy is so bad and families every
-where are struggling to get by with just two children,
should hardworking men and women be expected togive part of their paychecks every month in order tosupport an unemployed mother of fourteen?Also in the news, but not so recent, was the over$700 billion bailout given to major American banksand corporations. It was discovered that shortly aer
the bailouts were handed out, some of the owners of
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these large banks and businesses gave themselveshuge pay raises; some even high enough to aordnew jets. It is ridiculous that so much governmentmoney (which comes from the everyday taxpayer)went into the bailout and that the executives werespending it foolishly while hundreds of workers are being laid o every day. The New York Times evenreported that, “the government overpaid for banks’troubled assets by some $78 billion”, which wasall a waste of taxpayers’ money. Because he was soashamed at the behavior of the company executives,and with good reason, Obama wants to cap theirsalaries at $500,000. Many of them complained of
not being able to maintain their lifestyles with these
lower salaries, but it seems like a small price to paywhen so many workers have completely lost their
 jobs.
On a more local note, recent rumors have been circulating of possible teacher layos due tothe budget cuts. At the same time that cuts have to be made, renovations of Malden High School areunderway. Even though the money for the school budget (which comes from state and local aid) andthe money for the renovations (which comes from agrant) are unrelated, it doesn’t make sense to be x
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ing up the school, when teachers may lose their jobs.When asked about the possibility of layos, Princi
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pal Dana Brown admied that they might happen but that no one knows when or how many teacherswill get cut. He said that, “in the end the schoolprincipal and the superintendent of schools make budget decisions but those have to be approved bythe school commiee.” When asked about what hethought of the renovations that are going on at thesame time that the cuts are happening, Brown statedthat, “I think you have to have both…We are in thisposition because no one has paid aention to the
 building before.” Although the schools cannot be
expected to turn down the money for the renova
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tions, it just seems like somewhere down the line,the federal government’s priorities are a bit mixedup.
Left to right: Angel Han, Anthony Nguyen, Sue Tran,and Jason Chen
 
The Blue and Gold
February 2009
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
3
Opinion
Two hundred years ago, in alog cabin in the rural countryside of
Kentucky, and in the lively historic
town of Shrewsbury, England, twogreat minds came into the world
and would both eventually leavea lasting impact for centuries to
come. This month, colleges acrossthe United States and around theglobe will be celebrating the simul-
taneous birthday anniversaries
of Charles Darwin and AbrahamLincoln, both of whom were bornon Feb. 12, 1809. Each of these men
le huge impacts on their respec
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tive elds of biology and politics.As explained an article featured byNewsweek titled “Who was moreimportant: Lincoln or Darwin?”,
the eager celebrations of Darwin
and Lincoln’s birthdays do not
 just signify an extraordinary co-incidence, but also the fact that
“the scientist and the politicianeach touched o a revolution that
changed the world.”
Two hundred years aer the
 birth of Abraham Lincoln, the worldhas seen the inaugaration of Presi-
dent Barack Obama, America’s rstAfrican American president. As
many students across the country
read daily about the achievementsof the sixteenth president of theU.S.: his delivery of the Geysburg
Address, unifying a nation in crisis.
Two hundred years aer Charles
Darwin was born, scientists around
the world have been chartering newterritories in many dierent elds
of biology, including those of medi-
cine, anthropology, archeaology,and paleontology. The Darwiniantheory of evolution, though still con
-
troversial to many, has been almostuniversally accepted in the world
of science and has single-handedly
revolutionized almost every aspectof the discipline of biology.
Though their two areas of
study may seem uerly remote, thetwo men shared the drive to createcultural revolutions and the disci
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pline to educate and indulge them
-
selves in their studies. Though com
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ing from a prominent family andeducated at Cambridge University,
Charles Darwin led an aimless life
until his famous voyage on the HMSBeagle. Aer years of observationand travel, Darwin returned home
to England with big ideas – bigideas that led to the creation of The
Origin of the Species. Although fewpeople know that Darwin and Lin
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coln had a common birthday, evenfewer know that Darwin himselfwas deeply concerned and involvedin the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln,who grew up in Kentucky, wasan avid scholar who memorizedShakespearean poems along withBible verses en masse while study
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200 years of evolution and ethics reform
An HolmqvistCopy Editor
celebritiesget more hitsthan politics
continued pg 4
O
N THE DAY of President
Barack Obama’s inauguration,the most searched term on Google’s“Hot Trends” list was “inaugural
website.” Other terms related to the
inauguration took up most of thetop 100. The very next day, however,
American Idol auditioner Joanna
Pacii had taken the top spot, fol
-
lowed by Jennifer Love Hewi’s
ex-boyfriend Rich Cronin.The changes in the Google
“Hot Trends” represent the virtualgeneration’s obsession with celebri
-ties, as well as its extremely short
aention span. In a world domi
-
nated by websites like Twier, onwhich a member posts 140-charac
-
ter “tweets” about whatever he or
she is doing at the moment, no one
takes the time to focus on full news
stories anymore. In fact, CNN has
a Twier on which headlines areposted every few hours- it has less“followers” than Britney Spears’
does. The condensing of news sto-ries into sentence-long summaries is
only to be expected, however; in thisover-caeinated era, schedules arepacked with working, socializing,procrastinating, and studying, leav
-
ing lile time to read newspapers oreven a single news article on CNN.
com.
When asked what they aremost interested in, few tech-savvyGoogle-users will list “the news” or“politics” in their top three- unless,of course, their favorite celebritiesare blogging. Simpson-Wentzcould hardly be surprised, how
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ever, especially in a world whereYahoo! Buzz’s top searches are“Kim Kardashian” and “Elisabeth
Nidale ZouhirCopy Editor
 
“CNN has a Twitteron which headlinesare posted every few hours- it has less “fol-lowers” than BritneySpears’ does.”
Hasselbeck” (and “Jessica Simpson” beats out both “Iran” and “StimulusPackage” in the top ten). With onlyfour news stories even in the top tensearches, Yahoo! Buzz is constantlyfull of name-drops like “BritneySpears” and “Angelina Jolie”- and,
now that the American Idol season
has begun, this is likely to change
 America’s
priorities
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 A number of good children’s books have come out to celebrate the bicentennial of Abra-ham Lincoln. There’s also one about Charles Darwin, who turns 200 on the same day.(MCT)
In Remembrance of Romeo Murray
continued on pg 9
 T he  Ma lde n  H ig h Sc hoo l co m m u n it y  is sadde ned  b y t he se nse less a nd trag ic deat h o o meo  M urra y.  A  lt ho ug h  he aced  ma n y c ha l le nges gro w i ng  u p, o- meo  was  loo k  i ng or ward to  b u i ld i ng a  better  l ie or  h i mse l.  I  ho pe o ur st ude nts a nd sta re me m ber o meo or t he  ma n y  pos it i ve  ua l it ies  he  bro ug ht to sc hoo l. ”  M HS  Pr i nc i pa l,  Da na  Bro w n 
“ omeo ua as a ha-ismai oun man ho as alas hee o his eammaes and oahes.” asquale DiBenedeo 
this month colleges across MA celebrate the simultaneous birthdays ofCharles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln
“ I as so shoced abou ho lon he line as jus o e inside he uneal home- i en ou he doo, aound he cone, and don he see. Samanha Saese, 2011
 I  ha ve  k  no w n  R o meo  M u r ra y s i nce  l i k e seco nd g rade.  He  has do ne  no t h i ng  b u t  he l p  me a nd  he l p  t he  peo p le a ro u nd  h i m.  He  ne ve r d id a n y- t h i ng  ho r r i b l y  w ro ng  to dese r ve  w ha t  ha p pe ned  to  h i m.  I  lo ve  h i m a nd  I a m go i ng  to  m iss  h i m.  R o meo  w i l l a l wa ys  be  i n  m y  hea r t. ”  K  r is t i na  K a tz,  2 0 1 1

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