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April 2011 Blue & Gold Malden High School

April 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 7 April 2011
http://www.maldenblueandgold.com/
OpinionWorld NewsLocal NewsEntertainmentSports
T
he Junior Varieties is a MaldenHigh School tradition; the juniorclass puts up a talent show that raises
funds for the class aer several long
weeks of tedious tryouts, practices,and dress rehearsals. Mar. 24 and 25showcased the 72nd annual JuniorVarieties in the Jenkins Auditoriumby the Class of 2012. Despite the factthat JVs are usually on Friday and
Saturday night, people lled the
auditorium both nights, anticipation
lling the minds of the aendees.
The theme of the show wasoriginally intended to be “YouTube”but it had to be changed to Saturday
Night Live (SNL), resulting in even
more hours of work that the juniorclass had to put into the show. Co-
advisor of the junior class, MHS art
teacher MaryAnn Seager noted that
the YouTube theme was “a lile too
static [because] it was complicatedto integrate the storyline into [such
a] theme, making SNL a beer op
-tion as it had many characters andmore humor.” As the show went
on, it was evident that the juniorclass prevailed in delivering such atheme, managing a relevancy to it
throughout all of the acts.The biggest worry throughoutthe production weeks was that, dueto the change of dates, many peoplewould not show up because ofhomework or other responsibilities.
“Having the show on a Thursday was
A
s any team knows, a greatfoundation leads to great suc-cess. A foundation that the girlslacrosse team has put into full ef-fect in the pursuit to build back uptheir reputation.This year the team kicked
o with qualifying tryouts, held
on Mar. 21, 2011, but the truth
is this actually was not the rst
day of practice. The team started
in earlier that month by having
captain’s practices to get the team
F
or the rst time in all of Mal
-den High School history, Play
Production has moved on from
the Preliminary round to theFinals of the annual Drama Festcompetition, which was held atthe John Hancock Hall Back Bay
Events Center on April 1st. Whileperformed very well, and while
something fresh and insightfulwas certainly brought to the com-petition, American Land did not
progress from the nal round.Nevertheless, Play Production andall involved are extremely proud
of their hard work, and they are
excited to have made MHS history.While the play has beenchanged a lile at each stage ofthis process, few modications
were made to the play for Finals.Junior Sarah Fraas’ monologuewas tweaked a tad, transitions and
71st Annual Junior Varieties
Aiming for the WinPlayPro Makes History
2 - 56 - 89 - 1617 - 1819 - 24
Middle East Updates - page 6 Outdoor Track - page 22Blue & Gold Art Gallery - pages 14 & 15
back in shape. During the prac-tices, the players worked on pass-ing drills and skills they needed to
improve on from last year so thatthey could excel in them when the
season started. As stated by, junior
Amanda Tan, “This year we haveplayed so much beer and came
together as a team...compared tolast year [in which] we only wona few games here and there. Also,
continued on page 23continued on page 11continued on page 12
 
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The Blue and Gold
April 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 YurekJoshua Kummins
REPORTERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
Rebecca BroomsteinKaela BryanFreddie DiPhillipoJohanna LaiKristen LeonardJacob MartinoVicki NganAmalia Quesada NylenTimothee PierreAmanda RosatoneJoel 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 for
student expression. It is produced by studentsfor the school and the community. The views
presented in this paper are not necessarily those
of 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 wefeel 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 the
support 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 submit-ted to theblueandgold@gmail.com
João Nascimento 
Co-Editor-in-Chief 
Page 5 - The caption for the photo-graph should read, “A representation
of America’s constant ght with forc
-es of evil. Photos from Wikimedia.Graphic designed by Megan Kelly.Page 8 - The dates should be March9, 2011, and March 10, 2011, not March9, 2010 and March 10, 2010.Page 11 - Chemistry teacher
Meaghann Galdos’ rst name is
spelled incorrectly.Page 11 - The photo credit for the JustDance photo belongs to CatherinePoirier, not Joel Stevenson.Page 20 - On the boys tennis team ar-
ticle, head coach Berenice Diaz’s rst
name is spelled incorrectly.
P
eople think that I am bothering or harassing themwhen I suggest that, instead of buying plasticwater boles from companies like Poland Springand Dasani, they buy a reusable bole. Their eye-roll, infuriated glance, or dismissive laughter is oenfollowed by questions like, “What dierence is mywater bole going to make?” or “Why should I be theone to change?” Their misinformation, coupled withthe nonchalant aitude I sense, unfortunately mir
-
rors several aspects of the environmentalist struggle
in America.
Since the 2008 nancial meltdown, Democratshave been ercely criticized for their lack of back
-
bone in Washington. In Massachuses, where 35 per
-
cent of voters are Democrats and around 50 percentare independents (who mostly lean Democrat), evenmanaged to elect Republican Sco Brown to nish thequintessential Democratic term of Edward Kennedy
in 2010 in hopes of mollifying the state of the econo-my. The situation becomes increasingly complicatedwhen one takes a look at the discourse surroundingthe Republican response to the national debt, and the
ineective outcry of the idle Democratic population
who deeply opposes the Republican approach of cut-ting out social programs like Planned Parenthood.
I cannot help but see a parallel between our ac
-
tions (or lack thereof) as students and residents ofthe state of Massachuses in connection to energyand environmental conservation, and the lack ofbackbone Democrats exhibit in Washington. Just as
Democrats are preaching that Republicans are at-tempting to send us back into the dark ages—whichis possible only because of their inaction as policymakers, which led to the loss of the public’s trust—
we remain idle, not aempting to change our aitudetowards environmental conservation.It is surprising that so many students meet mewith skepticism when I state that the water boleindustry is so harmful to the environment. The issuehas been brought to light in A History of the Worldin Six Glasses (mandatory summer reading for APWorld History) and was well covered in AP Environ
-mental Science. Aside from being taught in two of themost popular AP courses at school, Malden itself hasfaced issues with drinking water earlier in 2010.According to a study conducted by The NewYork Times, to meet the American demand for water
boles, 1.5 million barrels of oil are used each year.This gure is enough to fuel 100,000 cars a year. Wehave the privilege of living in a state where running
water is abundant, and to drink the daily recom-
mended amount of water using the water that conve
-niently comes out of your faucet costs around 59 cents
a year, as opposed to the $1500 water boles would
cost. The most startling statistic is that it is reported
that 40 percent of all boled water in the market is
simple tap water, which makes sense, consideringthat 90 percent of the running water across the United
States meets or exceeds requirements EPA standards
for drinking water.
Reveling in the luxury American consumerismprovides is perhaps one of the biggest obstacles ourgeneration has to overcome. It is the greatest forceholding back the green movement, and it is evenmore powerful than the catastrophic consequencesglobal climate change has proven to have in store forhumanity. In the name of convenience, we choose tobuy water boles and sustain an industry that com
-
moditizes a natural human right. We also increaseAmerica’s role in the global chain of environmental
transgressions, while Republicans argue that America
is unjustly criticized by other nations due to its emis
-sions and waste generation.So, maybe, the blame should not be placed en-
tirely on the Democrats in Washington, but insteadthis blame should be shared with the rest of us. Weare, everyday, seemingly incapable of doing our part,of acting as responsible citizens, even when living ina socioeconomically blessed state like Massachuses.Even more problematic is the fact that our symptomsof disillusionment transcend the environmentalsphere: abysmal young voter turnouts and dramatic,primeval legislature being enacted are grave eects of
our complacency.A part of why the “change” President Barack
Obama promised (and some of this change had adeep emphasis on renewable energy research) has
not been able to manifest itself throughout America is
because, as citizens, we, for some reason, feel power
-
less. I, however, choose to feel a mixture of baement
and outrage when someone tells me that it is more
convenient to go through several thousand waterboles throughout their lifetime and to generate so
much useless waste and energy as opposed to simplybuying a reusable one. Not buying one seems to me
a blatantly selsh or uneducated decision, and evenmore gravely, a symbolic forfeit in the ght against
today’s most pressing issue, when we are one of the
few who have the power to turn the gears of progress.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy Water Bottles
 
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The Blue and Gold
April 2011
Opinion
W
ould it not be awesome if you
did not have carry aroundyour math book? Or even lug aroundthat 700 page history book? I wouldrather not even have to worry about
carrying any books. Those bookscan easily be replaced with up todate technology. Yes it would be apricey project for the city of Malden
to take on, but it would all pay o
for the future generations.Just this year MHS bought Net-books to be used in certain classes
around the school. They have beena big hit. I use one everyday duringperiod seven in my AP United StatesHistory Class. Having Internet ac
-cess in school broadens my educa-
tional horizon and gives me the op
-
tion to explore deeper into the topicswe are learning. Within minutes any
student is able to access their online
notebook, create an online GLOG (avirtual poster), construct a googlepresentation, and explore many
more options of learning. Only if the
Internet is working and up to speedof course. Internet lets the studentsread beyond their textbooks and toanalyze much more than the maps
and the minuscule pictures in theirbooks. But what if the computers
did expand out of the boundariesof the history classrooms? Why nothave laptops in every class? Why
are we the students being taught inthe fashion of the older teaching tra-
ditions? Or beer yet, why not put alaptop in the hands of every studentfor themselves. It’s all for the beerof our education aer all.When the seniors graduateand become exposed to college life
learning, they will be awed at the
level of technology schools are at.
Colleges are slowly abandoning theold fashion way of teaching. Almost
every student in a lecture hall has a
laptop propped up open in front ofthem. They do not use the laptops as
another accessory. It is more ecient
in taking notes, and any student can
explore new topics within seconds.Sure one might be thinking: Well,
yea but in high school there are notdaily lectures therefore no reasonfor laptops. True, but in high school
there are AP exams whose topicsexceed the information given inthe book. Imagine the barriers that
would be broken if MHS followedthis trend.
The rst school in Massachu
-
ses teaching in the twenty rst cen
-tury is Burlington High School. BHS
received a grant this to purchase asmany IPads as there are students.It is all inclusive with Internet. The
only restriction is that the student
must bring the IPAD to school ev
-
eryday. Its importance is equivalentto MHS’s agenda book or ID policy.To make maers even more
alluring updating the technology
would save money, and save theearth. Moving towards visual note
-books, the school would then notneed to pay for paper. This price
package includes Internet service,
a replacement warranty, and all theAPPs a student could need. Need a
T-89 calculator? Do not spend $90 instores, there’s an APP for that. Want
to download Romeo and Juliet by
William Shakespeare? There’s an
APP for that. Need to mark up thetest for English class and do not
have sticky notes? There’s an APP
for that. A problem clearly seenaround school is the lack of paper.
Practically all the teachers have a
limited amount that must last them
throughout 180 days of school. W.B.Mason is making millions o ofMHS. As they are beneting from
our in bulk purchases, the earth istaking its toll. The need for paper in
the school is higher than ever, and at
this point in time mother nature can
not aord to have another one of
her trees to be cut down. Using the
newer technology like the IPAD can
allow students to type their essays
directly on the super light device.
Compared to
laptops the IPAD hasa longer lasting baerylife. Given the his
-tory of APPLE, thereis almost a guarantee
that none of the IPADSwould get a virus. An
-other perk of purchas-
ing IPads is that they
cost basically half theamount of one laptop.
If MHS is spending
double the money onolder laptops, whynot buy two updatedpieces of technology
for the same price?
Being in Englishclass long block with
an IPAD might be alile distracting. But
the students would be
distracted with hav
-
ing a laptop too. Withan IPAD there is no
screen to block whatthe student is doing.
This device is simply
laying on the deskresembling a notebook. The teachercan easily see whether a student is
on task or not. Having more up
-dated technology rather than thetraditional pen to paper would be
more interactive and interesting inmy perspective. It would also limit
my doodling.
IPADS have been placed inschools all over the country andoutstanding results have come back.In West Prairie South Elementary inColchester, Il the IPAD is helpingautistic students gain condence intheir penmanship. Eleven year oldRay Hart has an IPAD to be used
in school. During one school dayhe traced a lower case “t” on the
screen. Correctly traced, the IPAD
let out celebratory sounds showingrecognition to Hart. This is just whatstudents need. The technology to
bring condence in their own work.Now aer reading what has
already been said, one might think
that I am ungrateful, or rantingabout geing an IPAD for eachstudent at MHS. But in reality, I amvery grateful for the laptops thathave been bought for the studentsuse. It drastically helped me andI’m sure many other students edu
-
cational experiences. With the tech
-
nology today, everything changesvery quickly. Quite frankly the useof textbooks is out of date and veryexpensive to get a hold of and keepreplacing for that maer.Investing in newer technology
for the students of Malden would
be a great achievement. It would
mark a milestone in the technology
advancements in the city. Aer all,
to retain the title of the “Best Cityto Raise Your Family”, the Malden
government ocials should keep
education their top priority and up-date the educational system for theyounger generations.
An Apple A Day Keeps the Bad Grades Away 
Lauren BenoitHead of Photography
Image of a rst-generation iPad. Taken from Wiki
-media.

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