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December 2010 Blue & Gold Malden High School

December 2010 Blue & Gold Malden High School

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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.

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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 C339 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 C339 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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The Blue and Gold
Malden High School Our 96th Year 
Volume 96 Edition 3 December 2010
http://www.maldenblueandgold.com/
 
 
Opinion 2-5 World News 6-8Local News 9-15Entertainment 16-17Sports 19-24
Hipster  Apocalypsepage 4Secularism ofChristmasPage 5KoreanConflictPage 7Monthly ProfileJamie greenPage 9Red CrossBlackout DancePage 11Spirit Week Pages 12 - 13MHS SportsBudget CutsPages 19-21 WrestlingPage 22BasketballPages 23 - 24
In This Issue:
 The Malden High School Play Production put on its annual fall perfor-mance, Working: The Musical, on Nov. 19 and 20, 2010. The production was led by director and English teacher Sean Walsh. Here, senior OliviaPagliccia and junior Daniel Rendon are shown performing. Photo byCatherine Poirier. Complete story on page 15.Malden High School came together before the Thanksgiving break to participate in the annual Spirit Week before the Malden/Medford football game. Every year, MHS students look forward to showing off theirschool spirit and earning points for their class. The week culminates with the pep rally held on Wednesday, which ends the week before the game on Thanksgiving morning. Photo by Lauren Benoit. Complete storyon pages 11 and 12.
Juniors Trail behind Seniors in Spirit Week 
 Working: The Musical
 Jeri Scibelli and Jimmy Malzone’scomics on pages 3 and 4.Chris Ware illustration of  WikiLeaks founder Julian As-sange. Lexington Herald-Leader2010. MCT. More Wikileakscoverage on page 6.Freshman Bestine Cong swims the freestyle as part of the Malden HighSchool swim team. Photo by Sharon Lee. Article on page 22.Medford-Malden football gamecoverage on page 19. Photo byLauren Benoit.
Swim Team Welcomes New Members
 
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The Blue and Gold
December 2010
http://www.maldenblueandgold.com/
Malden High School
The Blue and Gold
77 Salem St.Malden, MA 02148
 EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
 João NascimentoNidale Zouhir
MANAGING EDITORS
Brittany FoleyAlexandra Mathieu
HEAD COPY EDITOR
Brittany McFeeley
ONLINE EDITOR
Omar Khoshafa
HEAD LOCAL NEWS WRITER
Cristina Peters
HEAD WORLD NEWS WRITER
Dan Holmqvist
HEAD ENTERTAINMENT WRITER
Reginah Sanyu
HEAD SPORTS WRITER
Alfonse Femino
HEAD OF BUSINESS
Alexander Gennigiorgis
HEADS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Lauren BenoitSharon Lee
HEAD OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Kayla Bramante
COPY EDITORS
Haley DeFilippisCatherine PoirierMegan KellyNatalie FallanoPaige Yurek Joshua Kummins
REPORTERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
Rebecca BroomsteinKaela BryanFreddie DiPhillipo Johanna LaiKristen Leonard Jacob MartinoVicki NganAmalia Quesada NylenTimothee PierreAmanda Rosatone Joel StevensonLesley Ta
ADVISOR
Ryan Gallagher
Established in 1915
Check out our online edition:
http://www.maldenblueandgold.com/
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’s
room in C339 or to his mailbox in the main oce.
 The Blue and Goldc/o Malden High School77 Salem StreetMalden, MA 02148
Editorial Policy
Corrections:
Corrections to the editor can be submitted totheblueandgold@gmail.com
 João Nascimento 
Co-Editor-in-Chief 
P
residentBarackObama paid hom-age to the “Rag-ing Bull” of di-plomacy, RichardHolbrooke, whoat age 69, died ofcardiovascularcomplications
aer undergoing
20 hours of sur-gery to repair anaortic dissection.Obama labeledHolbrooke as a“true giant ofAmerican foreignpolicy…[and]a truly unique
gure who will
 be rememberedfor his tirelessdiplomacy, loveof country, andpursuit of peace.”Tireless is
Richard Holbrooke: 1941 - 2010
On the front page, Jessalynne Brown is wronglycaptioned as Bridget Furlong.On page 7, Chokyab’s name is mispelled in the photo caption on page 7. On page 13, in the Marching Band article, bandteacher Matthew Tavares’s name is spelled incor-rectlyOn page 14, Anita Caceda has the wrong lastname in the Semi-Formal article.On page 15, Viviane Szeto is not captioned cor-rectly for the Breast Cancer Awareness club photo.
On page 23, the Cassandra Ulwick prole was
 written by Brittany McFeeley not Haley DiFilip- pisOn page 26, Cynthia Laurore’s and Haley De-Filippis’s names are spelled incorrectly.Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obamaadministration’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, hasdied. He was 69. Here, Holbrooke
is seen in this November 1999 le
 photo addressing the NationalPress Club. (Chuck Kennedy/MCT)
an understatement. Aer he graduated from Brown
University in 1962, Holbrooke’s career began with aforeign service posting in Vietnam, and since then, heserved under every Democratic president: from JohnF. Kennedy to Obama. Holbrooke long list of distinc-tions include foreign policy landmarks in Vietnam,
Morocco, Germany, and most famously, the craing
of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the three-year long civil war in Bosnia.Since Jan. 2009, Holbrooke was serving as spe-cial adviser on Pakistan and Afghanistan, a loosely
dened position in which his responsibility was
to tackle the immense complexity of the problemsthat plague both countries (on the side, he ran the
non-prot Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tu
- berculosis and Malaria). His death has taken theWhite House by surprise, and without the glue heprovided, a shadowy vacuum hovers over the rela-tionship between the United States and Afghanistan.As revered as Holbrooke may have been during
his foreign service career, it is painfully dicult tond youth who have an idea of the impact the dip
-lomat has had in the course of the United States, and just how tight his grip was around American policy.Among his myriad of achievements, Holbrooke’smost remarkable qualities were his compassion andhis humanitarian inclination that guided his policydecisions. As chair of the Asia Society, Holbrookestressed the importance to reach out to the poor andminority communities of the continent, all the whilepreaching tolerance towards Islam, which he arguedwas a religion that, at the core, argued for culturalunderstanding, compassion, and invaluable morallessons.American foreign policy decisions are the tar-get of worldwide scrutiny and criticism, and whencomparing Holbrooke’s vision to what the UnitedStates is usually associated with—unjust invasions,oil-seeking capitalistic moves, and exceptionalistinternational law violations—one begins to wonder
why such an exemplary ocer would not be chosen
to serve as Secretary of State, or to receive the NobelPrize, or at the very least, to be recognized by themainstream media before his death.It may be that the partisan campaign politics thatreign over the nation cloud the already uninformedpopulation that is on its way to having less studentsgraduating from high school each year, or it may bethat Holbrooke was never used as a poster child forAmerica’s egalitarian ideals because there existed anincompatibility between his individual policy ideol-
ogy and the White House’s. What is clear is that, aer
Holbrooke’s death, there are some extraordinarily
large shoes to ll, and a chance for the United States
to support a new, even more just and humanitarianpolitical agenda, one that can begin the long processof redeeming the nation’s image overseas.
 
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The Blue and Gold
December 2010
Opinion
Xi GaoSenior
I would like to comment on the article
about the Tibet and China conict in the
last issue of The Blue and Gold. The articleshould have been edited so that the phraseslike “the Chinese” were changed to “theChinese [authorities]” so as not to insult thepeople of China. It is okay to criticize theChinese government for their actions butthe government’s actions do not speak forthe overall population of China. The onesided coverage of Tibet is unfair. Most ofthe time, I am hesitant to speak of the Tibetin China’s point of view, because any sid-ing with China automatically labels me as brainwashed by the Chinese CommunistParty or cruel. I would like to see an articlethat covers China from a Chinese point-of-view because I think that, as Americans, weare biased against China. I would like to seeyou interview people at this school who cangive us knowledge of what living in China isactually like. Moreover the Chinese govern-ment sends teachers to Tibet to teach themChinese because they want to help themdevelop more in education and economy.Learning Mandarin, the most spoken lan-
guage in the world today, can only benet
them just like how we learn Spanish in ourschool to help us interact with the rest of theworld.
Letters to the Editor 
The American Dream is a concept ofhumanity instilled into the American people by the Declaration of Independence. Weas Americans are each granted the right tolife, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.The Pursuit of Happiness and the AmericanDream go hand in hand, and almost are in-terchangeable in American philosophy. TheAmerican Dream shaped this nation from itsgrass roots and all through out its History.The American Dream is the grit of America,which drove people all around the world toimmigrate here, and gain the ability to de-cide their future.I am the daughter of a Moroccan im-
migrant who le an underdeveloped coun
-
try in hopes that he can chase aer his ownAmerican Dream and have a beer life for
himself and his posterity. My father camefrom Morocco at age 24; he had not a pennyto his name, spoke not a word of English,
and knew not a single soul. He le everyone
he knew, everything that was familiar to him back home in Casablanca in order to start anew life, in his new home of America. Hewanted to break the rut of poverty that hewas almost bound to if he stayed in Morocco.My father grew up impoverished. Therewere times when he would walk to schoolwithout shoes, and simple things like going
to see a lm were much too much of a luxury
for him. He decided that he didn’t want hischildren to live a childhood in the fashionthat he did; he didn’t want his children to just survive, he wanted them to thrive. The
American Dream is not winning the loery;
it’s not something achieved with luck. It issomething within each one of us, a glimmerof hope, a chance.
United States history teacher Coryne Legare’s freshman US historyclasses were asked if the American dream lives up to the ideals ex- pressed in the Declaration of Independence. Here are some of theirresponses.
Sarah BazirFreshman
The American dream is dened only in
the words of those who seek it. Some people
even travel from dierent parts of the worldfor the American Dream, but only to nd more
problems. Problems such as immigration laws,health insurance, and money are some of thesituations that lead to the American Nightmare.People who come from other countrieshear about the American Dream, and theyseek it mostly because their country might nothave the rights that our country provides. TheDeclaration of Independence states that it is aright to have Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit ofHappiness.Freedom of speech and the right to protest
are all wrien in the Bill of Rights. The reason
our founding fathers created the United Statesis to make everyone have equal rights with orwithout money or power. We all have the rightto pursue our happiness, and we the people,can reach the American Dream.
Wyler GiordaniFreshman
I wasn’t aware of the American Dream. Iforgot it even existed. For some people, living
in America is no dierent than living in Haiti
or Chile. There is no American Dream.The way we are treated when we comehere from another country – all of us strippedand searched- treated like terrorists becausethey fear us outsiders will bomb their pre-cious land. This is a country revolving aroundmoney, money that most of us just don’t have.And now, what happens to the ones that don’thave money? We live on the streets. We die inthe winter months because the snow stormsare harsh and no one cares.Want to know what I thought my Ameri-can Dream was? Want to know how I thought
I would end up aer I le my country? When I
came here I thought I escaped poverty.This wasn’t my American Dream. Thisisn’t what I wanted.
Marlynda MenziesFreshman
Have you ever wanted to be published? Do you disagree withsomething we said? Do you likedrawing comics? Writing opinion pieces? Submit your work totheblueandgold@gmail.com!
Submissions have been edited for grammar andlength.
Last issue, we commented on the Ti-
bet/China conict and its implications
for Tibetan nationals. We encouragesubmissions on all topics to promotehealthy dialogue and intellectual ca-marderie.

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