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February 2011 Blue & Gold Malden High School

February 2011 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.

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
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 5 February 2011
http://www.maldenblueandgold.com/
 Opinion 2-5 World News 6-9Local News 10-15Entertainment 16-18Sports 19-24
MBT-C+ at BestPage 4SomaliPiratesPage 8RepublicanCongressPage 9Monthly ProfilePaul MarquesPage 12Pink OutCharity DancePage 13Boston Globe Art AwardsPage 15Boys Track Page 21 AustralianOpenpage 24
In This Issue:
Green and Yellow 
O
n Feb. 6, 2011, one did not have
to watch ESPN highlights to nd
out the winner of Superbowl XLV;plastered all over Facebook and Twit-ter were the recurring statuses an-nouncing the Green Bay Packers’ win
over the Pisburgh Steelers.
Weeks before the biggest gameof the NFL season, experts announcedtheir predictions on who would walkaway with the Vince Lombardi Su-perbowl trophy, and out of the tenexperts that voted, half were in favor
of Green Bay, the other ve leaningtowards Pisburgh.Aer ve-time Grammy award
winner Christina Aguilera fumbledthe National Anthem, players from both teams were ready to play oneof the most important games of theirfootball careers.
About half way into the rst
half, Packers quarterback Aaron Rod-gers connected with Jordy Nelson
to put Green Bay on the board rst;aer the extra kick by Mike Crosby,
Green Bay was up by seven. With less
than four minutes in the rst quarter,Pisburgh quarterback Ben Roeth
-
lisberger threw the rst interception
of the game. The pass, intended for
Mike Wallace, was picked o by Nick
Collins, who ran it for 37 yards into
the end zone. Aer another extra
kick, Green Bay was on top 14 to 0 by
the end of the rst quarter.
Brittany McFeeleyHead Copy Editor
continued on page 24
Revolutions in the Middle East
A
s of late, the Arab Republic ofEgypt has been in completechaos. Starting Jan. 25, 2011, protest-ers started demanding that Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak step down
from his title, and the people gotwhat they wanted three weeks later.In 1952, the Egyptian people,with the help of the military, over-
threw the ruling monarch. Aer do
-ing so, the new government createdthe Constitution of the Arab Repub-lic of Egypt. Under Article 75 of theirconstitution, the president “must be an Egyptian born to Egyptianparents and enjoy civil and politi-cal rights. His age must not be less
than 40 Gregorian years.” Mubarak
falls under all of these rules, so whyare the people protesting his presi-dency?The 82 year old president is aformer commander of the EgyptianAir Force, and served as Vice Presi-dent for six years before assumingthe Presidency on Oct. 14, 1981.
Mubarak was the longest running
Egyptian President; he was in com-mand for 30 years. Egyptian democ-racy has been far from perfect during
the 30 years Mubarak has reigned.
He has only kept the presidency thislong mainly due to corruption and
Catherine PoirierCopy Editor
continued on page 6.
Malden High School Swim Team
Sophomore and The Blue and Gold reporter Amalia Quesada Nylen swims in a meet. Full article on page19. Photo by Sharon Lee.
 
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The Blue and Gold
February 2011
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’sroom 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 
- Page 5: Graphics by Sharon Lee + Me-gan Kelly.- Page 10: David Kirby’s poem “BrokenPromises” is spelled incorrectly.- Page 21: Junior Mario Sforza’s last nameis spelled incorrectly in the wrestlingarticle.- Page 22: In the Swimming article, CoachPaul Divincentis is spelled incorrectly.- Page 24: Senior David Germain’s lastname is spelled incorrectly in the boystrack article.- Page 24: On Feb. 12, 2011, it is a GBLleague meet, not an invitational.
F
eb. 2, 2011: President Barack Obama praisedEgyptians who used “their creativity, talent andtechnology to call for a government that representedtheir hopes and not their fears.” Protestors in Egypt
had just coerced President Hosni Mubarak into step
-ping down from his 30-year presidential role, hope-
fully ending an autocratic regime dened by its poor
economy, corruption, and limited speech.
The Egyptian population was indeed cray
when it came to mobilization: three years ago, activ-ists had already created several pages on Facebookto gather support and coordinate protests against
Mubarak’s regime. One can see why Obama wouldnd this a particularly ingenious route to revolution,
for the President himself made heavy use of social
networking websites like YouTube, Twier, and Face
- book to capture the 2008 presidential campaign.If the internet, particularly social networkingwebsites, has the power to galvanize entire massesinto action and have their feats be ingrained in thepages of history books, I wonder why, as a student ina high school where resources are so plentiful, I donot have full access to such tools.There are several reasons why I argue for thecomplete liberation of internet use on campus, andall of them have as foundation the ideas that theinternet’s irrefutable necessity in our daily lives hasdeemed access to the Web a right—not a privilege—
and that technology is inherently benecial to learn
-ing, provides greater resources to both teachers and
students, and if used eciently, can beer prepare
the individual for our increasingly electronic future
and even benet the environment.My Advanced Placement World History class
runs almost entirely on laptops, which allows us towrite at a faster pace, and thus cover more of the
never-ending AP curriculum before the test in May.
Using the Internet in class also allows us to not onlyconduct research for history projects but also gives
enough time to be involved with the Model UN
initiative AP World History classes are currently
involved in. It proved dicult, however, to research
the impact of HIV and AIDS in Cape Verde whenevery URL with the word “sex” in it was blocked: inschool, I was unable to access any website that spokeof sex education in Cape Verde, and more tragically,I could access few websites that spoke of sex educa-tion in general. When the internet has such stronglimitations on campus, both students and teachers
suer from the censorship. In this case, although myAP World History teacher was aempting to take ad
-vantage of the laptops in class, my research came toa halt due to the restrictions currently placed on theschool’s internet access.It is also worth noting that there most likelyexists a huge disparity between the content that is blocked in school and the content that is blocked, orrather, not blocked at home. Social networking sites,
YouTube, and pornography are, for example, unl
-tered in most households, and although I am in com-plete agreement that pornography does not provideany educational content, blocking every URL withthe word “sex” in it, and thus every topic that fallsunder the umbrella of the word “sex,” is largely inef-fective. Such blind restrictions without supplementaleducation leads students to seek the forbidden fruitsin their households, leading them to indulge in ir-
responsible Web surng. In a more liberal internetseing, students could be held accountable by their
teachers for the content they access online.Teachers now have access to YouTube, a website
that epitomizes the conict between school admin
-istrations and the Internet. Thanks to YouTube, Ilearned how to use optimization, a crucial math skillfor my online math class junior year. It was also mag-
nicently useful when preparing for my AP SpanishLanguage exam last May. Websites like YouTube are
used by billions, and thus contain rich informationand a wealth of educational resources; not to mention
that they are oen used components of online classesoered at the school. To restrict websites like You
-Tube is, in a way, to restrict learning; more gravely, itis to undermine my maturity and underestimate myintellect, my ability to discern what is appropriateand what is not. A student’s computing skills should be cultivated, groomed, and not hindered by over
excessive lters.Malden High School, and in fact, most other
schools, stand for exactly the best the Internet has to
oer: diversity of both people and ideas, along with
education, connection, and communication about
and with the rest of the globe. MHS has the opportu
-nity to show the tremendous power of the Internet incommunications and learning to its students, to teach
what is responsible and productive Web surng. If
steps are not made towards some browsing reform,teachers can continue to expect cell phone lights shin-ing on their students’ faces as they sneakily accessFacebook under their desks.
Learning from Egypt
 
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The Blue and Gold
February 2011
Opinion
Letter to the Edito
A
new community reading pro-
gram has come to Malden andall MHS students are invited to takepart in Malden Reads: One City, One
Book. This community-buildinginitiative is based on a model thathas been done in cities and town
across the country, starting in Seale
in 1998. The idea is to get the entirecommunity reading the same book
selection, aerwards encouraging
participating in book discussions,cultural per-formances,socialevents,and relatedactivities based onthe themesof the book.Not onlydoes thisprogrampromotereading, but, moreimportantly,it is intend-ed to buildcommunityconnections betweenpeople of allages and backgrounds in the city.The selected book for this yearis The Soloist by Steve Lopez. It’sa true story of a writer for the LosAngeles Times who meets a home-less man playing emphatically on atwo-string violin on the disparagedstreets of Skid Row. It turns out thatthe man, Nathaniel Ayers, is a bril-
liant musician who once aended
 Julliard, at the same time as conduc-
tor Yo-Yo Ma. One of the few African
Americans at the prestigious conser-vatory, Ayers eventually droppedout due to his mental illness, schizo-phrenia. When Lopez encountershim, Ayers is alone, suspicious ofeveryone, and deeply troubled, butglimmers of his musical brillianceare evident.An unlikely friendship be-tween the two men forms andLopez’s column ignites an outpour-ing of interest and support fromhis readers, eliciting donations offully intact violins, and even a cello.
As Lopez tries to get Ayers o the
streets, into a more stable situation,and with opportunities for him to
further his musical career, he nds
himself navigating the complexitiesof our country’s mental health sys-tem, and squarely facing the grimreality of Skid Row. Although Ayers’
life changes for the beer through
their relationship, Lopez’s own lifeis changed even more profoundlyin this story of friendship, persever-ance, and the redemptive power ofmusic.
MHS students have already
played a big role in this project. The
initial design for the Malden Reads
logo was created by junior VivianLe as part of a logo contested initi-ated through the art department.
Members of the MHS band will be
playing classical music as part of
the kicko event, to be held at theMalden Public Library on February24 and MHS drama students will
 be doing readings from the book atthis same event. Thanks in part to a
grant from the Malden High School
Alumni Association, the high schoollibrary has plenty of copies of TheSoloist available to students. Librar-
ian Ms. Musilli will be oering book
discussions and blogging activitiesrelated to the book.One of the many events of-fered through the program will bea journalism panel featuring BostonGlobe columnist Kevin Cullen, a
former MHS student. We hope that
any student interested in media and
 journalism will aend this event.
There will also be a culminatingevent held in the Jenkins Auditori-um in April. Billed as a “CommunityPerformance” by and for all ages,it will express the themes from the book through short performances ofmusic, song, dance, poetry, spokenword, and dramatic skits. Try out
for a role on stage or just aend
the performance! For complete in-
formation about the Malden Reads
program, visit the website at www.maldenreads.org.
 Anne D’Urso-Rose is the Assis-tant Director of Malden Access Televi-sion, a trustee of the Malden PublicLibrary and a member of the Malden
Reads: One City, One Book commiee.
Anne D’Urso RoseMalden Reads Committe Member

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