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March 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 6 March 2009
The Blue and Gold
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
Parker’sWorld Page 4
 WORLD NEWS Page 5LOCAL NEWS Page 7ENTERTAINMENT Page 10STYLE Page 15SPORTS Page 17 TRAVEL Page 20
continued pg 7continued pg 15
Senior Justin Patterson, Full Story on page 9. Photo by E. Chiavelli
Gold Key winner 
Mhs to bestimulated
N
O LONGER WILL THERE becomplaints about the school be-ing too hot or too cold, because as of June 2009, Malden High School will be undergoing major renovations.The renovations are being madeover a time period of three years.Students and faculty will be lookingforward to “fresh paint everywhere,new heating, lighting, plumbing, airconditioning, new technology, newalarm systems, security systems,a state of the art auditorium, andmuch more,” according to MHSPrincipal Dana Brown. The ventila-tion system will circulate cleaner air
that will be much beer to breathe,
as well as being a lot cleaner too.One of the major projects will beadding an elevator into the Jenkins/Brunelli building.On the note of renovations,Ward One City Councilor GaryChristenson explained that “we arehoping to modernize the facility andprovide faculty and students with a
rst-rate facility to learn.”
As this will be costly in thistime of economic troubles, theschool was lucky to receive a grantof $77 million. Additionally, the cityis being reimbursed 90 percent ofthe cost by the state. “Jenkins Houseand Brunelli House needs work, it’sa good idea. However, I don’t want
to see teachers laid o while they
are spending money on the renova-tions,” stated social studies teacherRichard Tivnan. If MHS did notaccept this opportunity and grantmoney from the state, then anotherschool would have had an opportu-nity like this.“The city will have to come up
Shannon HoweReporter
S
ENIOR SWAGGER was evidentduring the annual fashion showat Anthony’s of Malden on Thurs-day, March 12, 2009.Even before the show began,Anthony’s was awash with excite-ment; the models were quickly put-
ting on their outts while the crew
 The senior girls line up for a group shot before the show. Photo by E. Chiavelli
was organizing and assembling thestage area or waiting for people bythe door. The crew itself was quitean animated group and when askedwhy she opted to work as a crewmember rather than modeling on
stage, Briany Klingerman noted
that she liked the idea of “helpingthings come together.”
And together they came, aer
the immense preparations -aboutthree weeks of rehearsal meetings
and ings- everyone appeared
optimistic about the night ahead.Senior class treasurer, StephanieTran, commented prior to the show
that “seniors get to strut their stu
and have a blast doing it…everyonehas a good time,” while co-class
advisor Paul Famigliei (along with
Maureen Vona) provided the groupwith words of encouragement justprior to the show, commenting thatthey have “been a great group, verycooperative.”By 6:00 p.m., doors were opened
Tzivia HalperinHead Copy EditorNidale ZouhirCopy Editor
Senior Fashion Show 
Spring Sports Preview 
 pages 17 - 19
 The Great PaperShortage, page 7
 Visit the Blue andGold website forexclusive slideshows.
69th Annual Junior Varieties,full spread on pages 10-11
 
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The Blue and Gold
March 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 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 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 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. Not
all 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
Malisa Saksua 
Corrections
 Justin Paerson’s sculpture named “Elec
-
tric Guitar” was mistakenly omied from thelist for the ‘Gold Key’ winners in the “Boston
Globe Scholastic Art Awards” article on page7.On page 16 Chareza Coleman waswrongly captioned as Christina Peters nearthe “Tsang Makes States, Others Hope to Fol-low” article.
Andy Pei was incorrectly captioned inthe “Red Sox & Yankees Active in O-Season”
article on page 19. He is a New York Yankeesveteran, not on the Boston Red Sox.In the “Gymnastics ‘Fulling’ Their Way
to MIT” article on page 20, it was wrien that
Molly Brickman didn’t compete during the2008-9 season; however, she did compete.
Please send any notes on corrections totheblueandgold@gmail.com
P
eople consider me a rather patient person;I raise my hand and wait to be called on,rather than waving it about. I wait in line likemost of the students, rather than taking advan-
tage of my senior status or cuing in front of a
friend who’s closer to the front of the line. I’meven still waiting to take my picture for my li-cense, despite the fact that I really should have
done it right aer I passed the test a week ortwo ago. So aer stating all of this, understand
the seriousness of the statement that if I haveto wait any longer this month to hear from col-leges, I will go insane.March is the primary month where col-leges send out their acceptance and rejection
leers and based on the fact that college is
stressed as something that could make or break your future, the wait understandablycauses much stress to fall upon many a seniorshead. One friend even jokingly commentedthat I must have been stressed out, consider-
ing they managed to nd a gray hair or two
sticking out from my scalp. The stress may beconsidered unnecessary to some; many seniorshave already been accepted into schools: some by scholarship programs such as POSSE orColby-Sawyer, some by early acceptance deci-sions, and some have already received their
regular decision leers. For the rest of Malden
High’s senior population however, there’s theinfamous college list. Each student has theirlist of their top schools, and they have theirset of backup choices. And when you’ve beenaccepted into your backup, but haven’t heardfrom your top choices yet? It’s kind of nervewracking.Long gone are the days where a the thinor thick envelopes reveals a college’s decision.These days, colleges are going to new lengthsto deliver the news, be it good or bad. Whether
it’s sending the leer along with a tube fullof confei to early accepted MIT students or
Northeastern’s blatantly obvious envelope em- blazoned with the message, “Congratulationson your acceptance,” colleges are going all out
in eorts to make students choose their school.
Many colleges and universities have evenmoved the process online now; the Universityof Georgia sends each student a congratula-
tory email with a link to a video of reworksgoing o, while Bryn Mawr now sends out
video acceptances. However, with the increase
in ashy acceptance procedures, also comes achanging time for rejection leers as well.
Quite a few colleges these days are send-ing out emails or even texts to students relayingthem the details of their status. While some aregentle enough to let down the student easily,
 by oering to send an actual rejection leer in
order to lessen the sting, other schools are lesskind. It must be a blow to a student’s ego whenthey open up their email, only to see “Admis-sions decision: Deny” in the subject header.
The eort that a student undergoes to per
-sonalize their essays to the point where theyfeel as if they’re revealing the most vulnerablepart of themselves, exposing their weaknessand amplifying their strengths, is enormous;to have all of that hard work and vulnerabilitytossed aside with an impersonal, electronic,one paragraph statement? It’s crushing, at thevery least.Not only that, but the timing of these textsand emails are questionable at best. Rangingfrom early morning to late night email and textalerts, students could get good or bad news inthe middle of a school day, drawing out cheersor tears in the middle of the classroom. The
fact of the maer is, no maer how happy we
are for the friends around us, we can’t help but wonder about ourselves as well. Seeing
friends break down in tears aer being re
- jected from their top choice is frightening; onecan’t help but wonder, “If they wouldn’t take[insert name here], then what are the chancesthat [college name] will take me?”It’s during this time that we have to re-member that a rejection from a college isn’t theend of the world. Granted, in the heat of themoment I doubt I’ll be following that adviceif I’m rejected from my top choice, but it’s thehonest to goodness truth. You accept the col-leges that have accepted you, and move onwith your life. Who knows, maybe it’s all forthe best.
 
The Blue and Gold
March 2009
http://my.highschooljournalism.org/ma/malden/mhs/
3
Opinion
green is thenew black 
continued pg 4
Alexandra MathieuReporter
“Ideally, if we hadthe resources to runa full-year course... we could spend alot more time on allthe issues that areso important to ad-olescents”
The Top 10 List:
safe sex or nosex inflorida 
continued on pg 5
V
ISIONS OF POLAR BEARS drowning in the oceanand warnings about the hazards of hairsprayhave been sprung on us in the past decade, courtesyof Al Gore and others in the global warming brigade.
Aer the movie
 An Inconvenient Truth
was launched,Americans were blown away by the realities of globalwarming and the necessity to save our planet and its re-sources. Despite this, the United States government hasseemingly been one of the last in the world to jump onthe “going green” bandwagon. Luckily, people are nolonger only looking to the government in hopes of re-
form, and some unlikely leaders have erupted in eorts
to save the world one eco-friendly product at a time.High fashion designers have started the newest
trend: going green. Organic tote bags, coon tees, jeans,
and beauty products have been the most recent staple
continued on pg 15
A
CCORDING TO FLORIDAPlanned Parenthood, 70% of
the local sexually transmied dis
-ease cases in the Tampa Bay areaare found in teenagers ages 15 to 19.Florida schools recently started anabstinence-only sexual educationprogram. Meanwhile, Malden HighSchool’s sex-ed program is so smallthat many students are not evenaware of its existence.
Despite Massachuses’s repu
-tation for being one of the mostliberal states in the nation, the Gen-
eral Laws of Massachuses barely
mention sex-ed, except for a smallsection in Chapter 71, Section 32A,which states that, “every city, town,regional school district or voca-tional school district implementingor maintaining curriculum whichprimarily involves human sexualeducation or human sexuality is-sues shall adopt a policy ensuring
parental/guardian notication. Suchpolicy shall aord parents or guard
-
ians the exibility to exempt their
children from any portion of saidcurriculum.” In other words, even
if schools in Massachuses do have
comprehensive sex-ed programs,they will be subject to parental dis-cretion.Parents throughout the coun-try believe they should be teachingtheir children about sex, rather thanhealth teachers. MHS health teacherArlene Ceppetelli, however, thinksotherwise. “I agree that the fam-ily should be the primary source ofvalues and information,” she stated.“But I also think schools and fami-lies can work together to make surekids get updated and [are given the]correct information so that they canmake informed decisions.”
Karen Reynolds, the Nursing
Supervisor for the Malden Public
Nidale ZouhirCopy EditorKimberly LombardHead of Business
Remember when television used to beentertaining? Well,
The Blue and Gold 
re-members those glorious cartoons of the ‘90s. So, to show our respect, wehave compiled a list of the greatestcartoons of the ‘90s.
10. Johnny Bravo9. The Wild Thornberrys8. Dexter’s Laboratory 7. CatDog6. Ren and Stimpy 5. Rocko’s Modern Life4. The Angry Beavers3. Doug2. Rugrats1. Hey Arnold
Favorite TV Showsof the ‘90s
 J
UST DAYS AFTER government ocials 
-nalized the $85 billion bailout package for
American International Group (AIG), thenTreasury Secretary Henry Paulson scoed
at the idea of a nationalized Americaneconomy; “Government owning a stake inany private U.S. company is objectionable to
most Americans — me included,”(October 7,2008). But as details of the nancial outlook
 began rolling in week by week, lawmakers began to realize all the more that they maywell be forced to intervene for the sake ofthe American people and their washed-outeconomy.According to The Wall Street Jour-nal last October, the treasury reportedlypurchased $25 billion in preferred stock in
Bank of America (including Merrill Lynch),
 JPMorgan, Chase and Citigroup on top ofstock worth between $20 billion and $25 billion in Wells Fargo and $10 billion inGoldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Theyalso purchased $3 billion of stock in Bankof New York Mellon and close to $2 billionin State Street, becoming the largest invest-ment holder among the banks, and leaving
lile to private investors who – aer thiscrisis – have almost no capital to oer thenearly destitute nancial system. Only the
government holds enough money and au-thority to be able to assist the ailing markets
through these dicult times while private
sector investments remain too low to sus-tain themselves.Taxpayer dollars have been goingin to save the day for many of America’scorporations not in the least including the$85 billion bailout package targeted at theinvestment insurance company American
International Group (AIG), which recently
received a pounding for its failure to makeeconomically sound decisions. This laterunfolded into multiple bailouts totaling
nationalizing the banks
An HolmqvistCopy Editor
crazy? or Is It just common sense?
Charts show the amount of money the largest banksreceiving bank bailout money invested in derivative in- vestments compared to the amount of capital they had inreserve. MCT 2009 With ECONOMY-BANKS, McClatchy Washington Bureauby Greg Gordon

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