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Friday, January 18, 2008 Volume 7 Visit us at www.stuystandard.


Issue 6

Proud Members of the National Scholastic Press Association

One Term Later...Do You Know Who Represents You?

The leaders of the student body, clockwise from top left, Oren Burspan and Jessie Lawrence (freshman caucus), Valeriya Tsitron and Casey Griffin (sophomore caucus), Philip Kim and Jenny Han (junior caucus), Michelle Lee and Lauren Gonzales (senior caucus) and Jamila Ma and James Kim (center, SU President and Vice President). The percentages are those of the number of each's respective constituents able to correctly match them correctly with their position.



January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6


The Student Union-Is It Fulfilling Its Role?
The Executive Board
The idea for a critical analysis of the student government came to The Standard a long time ago. While its set purpose is to “improve student life,” many view The Student Union of Stuyvesant High School as a weak institution with the sole purpose of propelling a select few into top universities. Is the Student Union (SU), truly dedicated to “improving student life with respect to education, extra- and co-curricular activities?” The Standard decided to investigate exactly what kind of impact our student leaders had on the student body. The statistics in the following pieces should not be viewed as a brazen attack on the SU or its members. The Standard recognizes the hard work all students in the SU put into balancing their academics with their responsibilities as leaders. We also recognize that political awareness, activity, and leadership come with personal maturity, and that the high school years is the time and place for such. The following pieces should be taken as a message to both the SU and its constituents. Eloquently telling the students to hold their government accountable and telling the government to engage the student body. The SU should support the students and strive to improve Stuy. While the SU does not always fulfill its goal, students should not be apathetic and should continue to vote and be aware of events. “No student’s query to the Student Union shall go unheard or rejected out of hand” says the preamble to the SU Constitution. We feel that it is our duty, as students and as a newspaper in a free society, to hold our government accountable for its actions or lack thereof. We urge each grade’s respective leaders to not only remember their duty to the student body, but to act on it as well. Finally, it is our hope students will keep in mind the responsibilities of their class leaders and hold them accountable. ◙

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January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6



Gas Prices Encourage MTA Fares to Increase
by Nada Elmansy staff writer

As the price of gas continues to soar, the cost of everything else increases as well. Unsurprisingly, just as your neighborhood grocery store is probably raising its prices, so is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The MTA has decided to raise its prices in order to compensate for the increasing gas prices. In fact, just last month, Westchester County raised its Bline bus fares for the first time in four years. To add to this conspiracy, the MTA has decided to raise all Metrocard prices by February or March. An expected increase of $0.25 would make the fare $2.25. The MTA is also proposing the increase of the multiple ride Metrocard, possibly raising the price of the 30-day card from $76 to $81 and offering a new 14-day Metrocard for $48.

These increased fares are expected to affect 46 percent of the riders who can only afford the one-ride Metrocard. However, the effect of this on Stuyvesant students appears to be minimal, if at al l. F re shman T homa s Flagiello believes that this will not have an effect on high school students as a result of the student Metrocards provided by the city. Is it possible that the increased fare could affect the free student fare policy? Of course, for the average everyday rider, spending the extra money is going to be the only option. Flagiello also believes that if your only option is taking the train or bus to work everyday, then you will pay the extra fare anyway. “All it will do will give them [the commuters] more reason to complain about the way things are being done. Anyway, most riders aren’t going to be happy about paying extra to get to and from work everyday.” As Westchester County puts its plans into action, the MTA is taking its

proposal seriously in plans on putting it into effect by February. As Thomas said, there is not much that can be done. In fact, most people will probably give into this reality in order to be able to get to work. It has to be clear

that the MTA can’t be entirely blamed for this. As gas prices increase, it’s only normal that transportation prices go up as well. ◙

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Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have tried to frame their proposal for higher subway, bus and commuter rail fares as part of a long-term financial plan,.

Trouble In Pakistan
by Abhimanyu Ghosh staff writer and Hesham Saleh news editor

Just four days before the new year, Pakistani prime minister

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated while on a political campaign in the Rawalpindi region of Pakistan. While the exact sequence of events is still the subject of much debate, reliable sources say that Bhutto was greeting the crowds through
Source: bhutto2.news.bbc.co.uk

Protestors rally after the death of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

the moonroof of her cruiser when her assassin fired multiple gunshots at her. After she fell back in, the assassin detonated bombs attached to himself, killing 21 people in the vicinity, and sending a shock wave around the area. Bhutto was then taken to Rawalpindi General Hospital, where doctors attempted to resuscitate her. Their attempts were futile, and Bhutto was declared dead at 6:16 p.m. local time. Benazir Bhutto was an important political figure in Pakistan. She was the first woman to serve in a position of leadership in a country with Muslim majority. During her two terms as prime minister, she pushed for various reforms, mainly aimed at increasing the rights of women in Pakistani society, and modernizing Pakistan. Bhutto stood out as a symbol of hope and democracy, despite the turmoil of Pakistani politics. To many, she represented change, and move toward more liberal reforms to keep in

step with modern times. Often, such beliefs led to fierce opposition, and multiple attempts on her life, the last of which tragically ended in her death. There is uncertainty about how Bhutto’s assassination will affect the world. When asked if Bhutto’s assassination will have any effect on the world, junior John Hossain said, “Not at all. Nations have serious problems, and despite the many governments which expressed that they were sorry over this, they won’t do anything to help a Pakistan which desperately needs help.” Junior Katrina Tarmidi had a different perspective on the issue. “It poses more of a threat for several countries,” Tarmidi said. “The [United States] strongly supported Bhutto in hopes of working with her to get rid of AlQaeda who are supposedly in Pakistan. But now their only option is to work with [Pervez] Musharraf, who isn’t as cooperative.” ◙


THE STUYVESANT STANDARD January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6 NEWS How effective is the Student Union of Stuyvesant High school at communicating with its constituents? How good are they at involving the student body in policy-making decisions? The Stuyvesant Standard decided to survey a random assortment of students of all grades on a class-by-class basis on exactly how well of a job the Student Union has done in terms of reaching out to the students it represents. We present here the results for each grade, as well as the combined answers across all grades, to the questions below: Please identify the following people: A. The Student Union President and Vice President B. Our school’s principal C. Your class President What is the Stuyvesant and Vice President Student Union’s website URL?






January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6




No/ Incorrect

Interview with James and Jamila
by Rammiya Nallainathan staff writer

Did you vote in the last election?

Have you applied for a On a scale of 1—100, how effective do you beposition in the SU?

lieve you class President and Vice President have been in fulfilling their duties outlined in the SU Constitution?

Final Score: 41.39

1) What new things has the SU tried to accomplish this year? We started the year off with SU Handbooks which were a great success. In an effort to spread awareness, we distributed to every student, a 36 page handbook outlining things such as information regarding how to receive funding, start a club, contact us and other groups such as ARISTA, Big Sibs, SUVH, and the Alumni Association. Though it wasn't perfect- we still have a number of students wondering how to start a club, receive funding, etc., we think that we reached out to much of the Stuyvesant population with our efforts. Additionally, we have created a student lounge space on the first floor, an initiative started by the Sophomore Caucus. We're looking forward to purchasing new couches for this space, seeing as it has been a success, and expanding student space around the school. 2) What old programs does the SU still have? For example, Supplyline does not seem to be running anymore. I haven't seen anyone being able to trade in any review books. Supplyline does not run year-round. It is active at the start of the year, when students find out what classes they need review books for, and again later in the year, before testing season begins (AP, Regents, SATs, etc). However, if someone feels a need to trade in another book, we'd be happy to accommodate them with what we have in stock. We have continued our club pub fair as always, and we're looking forward to our annual Ice-Skating Trip on January 29. 3) How do you feel about how everything has been going on this year? Last year, there were a lot of seniors in the Student Union, and we've definitely felt the impact of their graduating, but the number of new students in the SU this year means a stronger SU in years to come. And with a new set of appointed officials in February, we are, again, looking to a fresh start. 4) Are there any other goals you hope to accomplish by the end of this year? Again, we're currently working on the Student Space Proposal, which we hope to be taken in full effect by the end of this year. We're working on editing the Student Union website to be more attractive and userfriendly. We're also working on renovating the SU office itself to make it more welcome for students to come hang out in after school. 5) Finally, it seems as if STUYWATCH has died down. Either that, or it just doesn't get publicized any more. How do you feel about this? Did you think STUYWATCH was a good idea from the beginning? We felt that Stuywatch started with a good motive- to spread student awareness. While there was much controversy, judging by its popularity, it did quite well in doing so. It seems as if Stuywatch is currently inactive, but if the need arises for it to, perhaps it will reactivate. INTERVIEW continues on page 4

Final Score: 37.54

Final Score: 39.45

Final Score: 56.75



January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6


The Senior Caucus: Michelle Lee and Lauren Gonzales
by Tim Chang news editor

Communicating with and organizing events for the senior class while balancing college applications and schoolwork is extremely challenging. That is why going into their senior year, class president and vice president Michelle Lee and Lauren Gonzalez knew that they needed to get started on senior pride early on. With much experience to share between the two of them, this year’s senior caucus was well prepared to instill senior pride and carry out on their promises. Gonzalez was the vice president of the Class of 2008 in both her freshman and sophomore years, while Lee was the class president during her junior year. Together, the duo has been undertaken many initiatives to bring “more

excitement and memories for the Class of 2008” as promised. One of the first items on the senior caucus’s agenda was senior apparel. The blue and white senior rugby scarves are ubiquitous around the school. The idea for scarves came up early, and Lee thought it was a great idea. Going into the winter, the seniors could have something to wear during the school year that said “We’re proud!” according to Lee. Originally, Lee was unsure of how well the scarves would sell, and purchased only 80 scarves as a trial. There turned out to be a very high demand for the scarves -- they sold out within the first 30 minutes. The senior caucus has also been working to put together many events for the senior classes, including the senior theme days. Along with the quintessential Sen-

ior Pajama Day, which Lee regarded as a success, the senior caucus also held a Senior 80s Day, which had less participation. Lee attributes this to the timing of the event, which was right before the holiday break, and she says the event just “slipped by.” In bolstering senior pride, the senior caucus appears to have met great success. But how have they done in regards to communication with the Class of 2008? As class president last year, Lee started stuy08.com, a website specifically for the Class of 2008. Along with posting announcements and information on upcoming events, stuy08.com has been designed to send out automatic notification letters to its subscribers when an event is coming up. However, lack of participation in stuy08.com may hinder it from being a truly effective INTERVIEW continued from page 5 6) What has the SU has been doing to involve underclassmen in the student government and keep them informed? How effective do you think the SU website is? Again, we made an effort in the beginning of the year with our SU handbooks to inform the entire student population about a number of things. While freshman

means of communicating with the student body. According to Gonzalez, there are currently 265 users registered on stuy08.com. Out of a class of approximately 700 students, stuy08.com reaches approximately 38% of seniors. Another means of communication is through the Senior Advisory Council, which is comprised of homeroom representatives which relay messages from the senior caucus to the homeroom members. Lee admits that she does not depend on the homeroom representatives as much as the website for communication with the senior class. The representatives also relay important messages in duplicate, according to Lee, so there is still some information being distributed to the homeroom.. ◙

Interest in Student Union Activities: Freshm en

0% 39%



Interest in Student Union Activities: Sophom ores
0% 0% 49% 51%

could not participate as first term officials in the SU, we encourage underclassmen to apply, once again, for the second term. We have 6 underclassmen in the Student Union currently, which is more than there have ever been. As far as the website is concerned, although there are many kinks in the website, we're working on updating it to be more efficient and better at relaying information to the student body. ◙

Interest in Student Union Activities: All Students Extremely Interested 2% 43% 4% 51% Very Interested Somew hat Interested Not Interested

Interest in Student Union Activities: Juniors

3% 41%


SU Presidential Elections: Then and Now

Total Students Ballots Cast

2000 # of Students


Interest in Student Union Activities: Seniors


3% 44%








January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6



Tsitron and Griffin: The Sophomore Caucus
by Muhammad Tambra staff writer

In the fall of 2007 Valeriya Tsitron and Casey Griffin became the sophomore president and vice president in a landslide victory. Since then the scene has been quiet. So what have the charismatic duo been up to for the past few months? Differing opinions exist concerning their success. As they began their term, Tsitron and Griffin helped organize the cand y cane sale, SophFrosh Comedy Night and the student lounge. The revenue from SU-organized events, Tsitron said, goes to helping lower the cost of events such as school dances. The student lounge, located behind the first floor, was an initiative started by Tsitron and Griffin. This has become a popular hangout place with couches and a ping-pong table anyone can use. The Sophomore Advisory Council was made to help increase communication between the student body and the SU. Tsitron has created classroom representatives, who are supposed to be elected by their respective

www.stuyx.com has been “pending renewal or deletion” as of last Friday, January 11, 2008, indicating a lack of activity

homeroom to the Sophomore Advisory Council. These representatives are to relay any grievances from their homerooms to the sophomore caucus and other members of the Student Union. However some students have said that their representatives were not elected into their positions and some students even say that their representatives have not been doing their job. When Valeriya was told of these facts she was shocked and said she would address these problems. Many sophomores feel alienated from the student government. Half of the sophomores polled by the Stuyvesant Standard indicated that they did not care at all about the Student Union’s dealings. Many others interviewed expressed concern over its apparent weakness. A student who wished to remain anonymous claimed, “The SU always compromises with [Principal] Teitel and never gets what the students want.” Tsitron responded by say-

ing that they have “no choice,” “either he [Teitel] does what they want or he does not and we have to compromise.” Because of this, the student union has lost on many important issues, including the locker policy. Another student said that he has not noticed any changes effected by Tsitron and Griffin. Sophomore Omar Akhand said “I don’t know anything about Valeriya and Casey, I just know that they are part of the student government.” and “They have to fulfill their responsibilities by reaching out more and actually representing [sophomores].” It would appear that this clear lack of communication distances students from their class representatives. However Tsitron and Griffin have started to tackle the issue of communication. The sophomore caucus has set up a website for the class of 2010, StuyX.com. Yet no one has seen any flyers that advertise the website. Tsitron responded by saying she has a

communication director who is in charge of advertising the website, and claims that she was going to try and increase sophomores’ knowledge of the site. This initiative seemed to fail, however, as w w w. s t u yx . c o m h a s b e e n “pending renewal or deletion” as of last Friday, January 11, 2008, indicating a lack of activity. For now, the sophomore caucus’s primary means of communication with the student body will be through the homeroom representatives and through the social n e t wo r k i n g we b s i t e f a c e book.com, another means of communication Tsitron alluded to. Tsitron finished the interview by reiterating the fact that students have to take the initiative to get involved and in things such as the Sophomore Advisory Council, SING!, SophFrosh Comedy Night, and fundraising. Tsitron believes that “people should be more involved,” yet the routes of communication on how to get involved have not been strong. ◙

Freshmen Caucus Committed to Improving Communications
by Nada Elmansy staff writer

SU Presidential Elections, Spring 2004

Just like the presidential elections, we’ve had our own elections at Stuyvesant High School. On November 20, Oren Burspan and Jessie Lawrence were elected class president and vice president by their fellow freshman classmates. Burspan and Lawrence decided to run on short notice after reelections were scheduled. Fortunately, they were successful and even before being elected; they have made representing the freshman class their primary goal. In the month and a half they have been in office, Burspan and Lawrence have familiarized themselves with the other SU members and their positions. Although they have not been able to organize any freshmen events, Burspan and Lawrence have been participating in existing SU events, and say they are “constantly brainstorming for fresh ideas [they] can introduce this year.” So far, the main focus of the freshmen caucus has been to improve and increase communications between the SU and the student body, and to raise money for future school events. Two steps have been taken towards these goals. The school wide

candy cane sale was an attempt to raise money and also attracted the participation of many freshmen. To improve communications, the Freshman Advisory Council (FAC) will appoint members to represent each homeroom. The representatives will be able to communicate homeroom ideas and concerns to the Freshman Caucus and relay necessary messages. Another way the freshman caucus plans on increasing communications is through the newly created class of 2011 website (http://stuyclassof2011.googlepages. com), which will include updates on school events and will allow students to ask questions and give suggestions. This site will be a great tool in communication and will give students space to share their ideas. According to a Standard poll, less than one in five freshmen class can identify their representatives, Burspan and Lawrence. The website and the advisory council are steps towards increasing that number, As Burspan and Lawrence work hard to improve the school lives of the freshman class, they’d like to make it clear that their primary concern is for the freshman class to have all the necessary tools to succeed in what they want and have fun in the process.” ◙

39% Voted Didn't Vote 61%

SU Presidential Elections, Spring 2006

24% Voted Didn't Vote 76%



January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6


Stuyvesant High School Examination Schedule: January 2008
Tuesday, January 22 8:30—12:00 12:30—4:00 Regents Examinations Global History English: Part I School Examinations 8:30—10:40 AB Calculus, BC Calculus Multivariate Calculus, Calculus Applications 9:30—10:40 11:00—12:25 12:30—1:40 Art Math 5, Math 5 Honors, AP Statistics Drafting

Wednesday, January 23 12:30—4:00

Regents Examinations English: Part II School Examinations

8:30—9:40 8:30—9:40 10:00—11:40

Intro to Computer Science, Health Math 3, Math 3 Enriched AP Chem, AP Physics B, AP Physics C

Thursday, January 24 8:30—12:00 12:30—4:00

Regents Examinations US History Math A, Chemistry, Physics School Examinations

8:30—9:55 10:00—11:10 11:30—1:10

Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus Chemistry, Chemistry Research AP Computer Science—Java

Friday, January 25 8:30—12:00

Regents Examinations Living Environment, Math B School Examinations


Physics, Living Environment Living Env. Research, Living Env. Molecular


AP World History, AP European History US History I


Global History I, Economics


January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6



Bye Bye Bhutto
by Amna Ahmad opinions editor

Never before have I been so tempted to say “I told you so.” To bring up a point from an earlier issue, it is surely possible to conclude that our nation has some definite issues with hanging out with the right crowd, because while a few months back naïve college students protested against the right of speech that the democratically elected Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deserved as any other foreign guest or American citizen, Bush acted as a mediator between Pakistan’s Musharraf and Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai, shaking hands in front of cameras. It does not make sense to me that our president would try to “make peace” between Pakistan and its neighbors through Musharraf, while at the same time deny open discourse with other nations of interest, like Iran. Not only do I feel that it is inappropriate for Bush to try to “make peace” when at war, but it further complicates the rationale behind the situation to consider that Musharraf was wholly respected as an ally to the United States although he was not democratically elected, but instead rose to power in Pakistan in a coup. However, despite Musharraf’s sketchy rise to power, the United States embraced Musharraf until the certain madness that arose in Pakistan could no longer be ignored, at which point Bush simply denounced Musharraf’s actions, leaving a great deal of detail to be de-

sired. Amidst all of the madness, Bhutto comes back hoping the world will forget about the accusations of corruption set on her before she subjected herself to years of exile. Bhutto came back hoping to redeem herself be ca us e amid M usharraf’s multiple blunders, she was looking better than ever to the Pakistani people; however, just how Bhutto wished to redeem her name is debatable. I theorize that Bhutto’s return to Pakistan was sure suicide and that her intent to die as a martyr for her cause was what drove her back to Pakistan. It seems to me that Bhutto used her own death as a ploy to advance the situation on the side of the opposition movement. This I can only imagine because of

letters by Bhutto released to the press warning officials about the propensity of her own death at the hands of Musharraf as a result of his providing too little security to protect her. Moreover, if Bhutto could speak right now from the underbelly of the earth where she lies buried, I’m sure she would be asking Musharraf something to the extent of “Where were you when you shot me?” (but in a brilliantly eloquent Pakistani accent), because Musharraf was the cause for the threats that Bhutto routinely dealt with as a result of her return, and Musharraf should indubitably have offered better security to protect her. The death of Bhutto appears to represent something more than simply the death of a corrupt
Source: Bhutto.bbc.co.uk.jpg

government official, because as a result of her death she seems to act as a symbol of the martyrdom of the Pakistani bourgeoisie being persecuted on Musharraf’s behalf. If I may say so myself, I believe that Bhutto’s death was one of the most significant events in favor of the Pakistani people that happened all of last year. Not to mention that the assassination of Bhutto meant killing two birds with one stone because it caused the death of a politician who brought nothing but more violence to the country, but was also the cause of death of a suicide bomber who attempted to kill her, and would have probably continued in his efforts against Bhutto’s cause had he remained alive. Bhutto is leaving behind an inimitable legacy. In fact, she even has a successor, her nineteen-year-old son, who is currently a student at Oxford. I never thought I’d see the day when a former Pakistani prime minister would have a successor. Had I not known better I would have thought the Bhuttos to have been royalty as in the news Bhutto is often portrayed as almost a “Pakistani princess” who died defending the people she governed. Perhaps all that can be done now on the side of the ignorant American who probably thinks Bhutto is from Bangladesh (like a few of my friends) is to continue to watch the situation unfold, as the Pakistani people are left to bid Bhutto goodbye. ◙

Benazir Bhutto, a Pakistani politican, was assassinated on December 27, 2007, after departing a PPP rally in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

Simply Something in Her Eyes
by Nabiha Nuruzzaman staff writer

Rumor has it that Hillary was crying. Well, okay, she wasn’t crying, but there were definitely hints of moisture in her eyes. That and the fact that she paused a few times and spoke in a softer, more feeling tone than usual was enough to make headlines all over the media. ABC news had several correspondents psychoanalyzing the case, while reporters at Fox had principally dismissed her tears as “uncool” in their “Cool or Uncool” act, and YouTube’s clips soon

reported over two hundred thousand viewers, some of whom left disparaging comments deriding H il l ar y‘ s fr aud ul ent n atu r e. Throughout the entire day, pundits decisively reported Barack Obama’s double-digit lead in polls; Hillary wasn’t going to win the primary. But the all-knowing pundits underestimated the power of a few infinitesimal tears, a little wetness in the eye. Once again, Hillary made headlines as she pulled off a su r p r i s i n g vi c t o r y i n N e w Hampshire. But why did Hillary have to resort to tears to pull off this

victory? Throughout her campaign Hillary Clinton has come under scrutiny for anything and everything. “She’s a machine.” “Her hair sucks.” “Where’s the emotion?” “Her new face lift isn’t working too well.” “What’s with the dress?” But why does Hillary’s bad fashion sense deserve more attention than McCain’s cheap suits? Why should her wrinkles be more important than Giuliani’s? In a country that boasts of its freedom and equality, Hillary is facing the nasty double standards that tend to follow women who reach high places. Now I’m not

saying that she has it worse than any other candidate, but her physical traits are definitely subject to an equal amount of, if not more, consideration than are her policies and plans. This begs the question of whether we are ready for a woman president. Or whether we are ready for any president who isn’t a rich white man, for that matter. Barack Obama may just have lost because of something known as the Bradley effect. The Bradley effect refers to

CLINTON continues on page 6


CLINTON continued from page 5

January 18, 2008—VOL. 7, No. 6
principally dismissed her tears as “uncool” in their “Cool or Uncool” act, and YouTube’s clips soon reported over two hundred thousand viewers, some of whom left disparaging comments deriding H il l ar y‘ s fr aud ul ent n atu r e.

Throughout the entire day, pundits decisively reported Barack Obama’s double-digit lead in polls; Hillary wasn’t going to win the primary. But the all-knowing pundits underestimated the power of a few infinitesimal tears, a little wetness in

Rumor has it that Hillary was crying. Well, okay, she wasn’t crying, but there were definitely hints of moisture in her eyes. That

and the fact that she paused a few times and spoke in a softer, more feeling tone than usual was enough to make headlines all over the media. ABC news had several correspondents psychoanalyzing the case, while reporters at Fox had

A New Hope for Both Stem Cell and Cancer Research?
by Qi Fan Zhang staff wrtier

Stem cells have the ability to develop into any of the approximately two hundred types of cells in the human body. They

differentiate later on in their cell lives, so scientists hope to use stem cells to repair cells that have been damaged. Many hope that stem cells can be used to cure complex ailments such as cancer, hepatitis, and hemophilia. However, a new theory has
Source: stemcell.mno.harvard.edu.jpg

Researchers such as Michael Clarke and Irving Weissman are among leading thinkers regarding the role of stem cells in maintaining malignant cancer tissues. They believe that stem cells may be the key to cancer.

arisen among oncologists which threatens this ambition. The stemcell hypothesis suggests that the main culprits that cause cancers are carcinogenic stem cells. That is, these chemotherapy-defiant stem cells can renew and generate cells that contribute to the formation of tumors. In order to fully destroy the cancer cells in one’s body, proponents of this theory believe that the cancerous stem cells should also be destroyed. While chemotherapy and radiation only target the tumor itself, and not the stem cells, researchers hope that certain drugs would be able to fully eliminate the cancerous stem cells. This approach to combat cancer is laughed upon by many. “To say you just have to kill the cancer stem cell is oversimplified. It’s giving false hope,” Dr. Kornelia Polyak said. Yet, there are many researchers who believe that the stem-cell hypothesis is a major improvement. Dr. Max S. Wicha of the University of Michigan

believes that it is “a major thrust to [the] cancer center.” Dr. John E. Dick, the director of the University of Toronto’s stem cell biology department, is also an advocate of the stem-cell hypothesis. In the early 1990s, he discovered that stem cells make up less than one percent of the leukemia cells. He also noted that only these cells can cause tumors in mice. However, due to the complexity of the transplant in mice and to the lack of sufficient data, Dr. Dick’s research was ignored. Yet, when cancerous stem cells were found in breast cancer patients, Dr. Dick’s work gained importance. Soon after this, cancerous stem cells were also found in other types of cancers as well, including cancers of the colo n , lun g, p ros ta te , an d pancreas. Whether the stem-cell hypothesis is a step forward in the battle against cancer or only a theory designed to convey false hope to cancer patients, only time can tell. ◙

Fruit Juice: A Leading Cause for Child Obesity?
by Rammiya Nallainathan staff writer With additional reporting by Omar Ahmad science editor
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As a part of the NYC Council’s Sports and Physical Education Report in 2003, vending machines promoting the sale of “junk food” products, such as soft drinks, have been removed and replaced by the water and “100% juice” products of Snapple Beverages. The DOE had received complaints involving the soft drinks being sold to students, stating that they were unhealthy for them because their sugar levels were too high. However, the story does not end because it is here where the irony lies — the sugar content in Snapple is greater than or equal to that of soft drinks. Not only is Snapple an unhealthy substitute, but many other fruit juices in general may

present harmful consequences. The main effect that is shown throughout several children between the ages of four and twelve is the long term development of obesity. Studies carried out by Andrea Sanigorski, Colin Bell, and Boyd Swinburn from the University's Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences show that children who ingested more than 500 mL of fruit juice per day had a higher chance of being overweight or obese than children who did not drink fruit juices at all. In fact, Dr. Sanigorski said that a child who drank more than 750 mL of fruit juice daily would be twice as likely to become obese as a child who didn’t drink these juices. One reason this occurs is that parents are unaware of the amount of fruit juice that their children drink and the diet that th e ir c hil dren fo llo w. D r.

Sanigorski stated, “These drinks contribute high amounts of energy to kids’ diets, yet they don't make them feel full.” Along with obesity, these d rin k s a lso a s s is t i n t h e development of diabetes and high blood pressure. This occurs due to the fact that they are laden with fructose, a type of naturally occurring sugar that can trigger obesity in humans, and in turn lead to diabetes and high blood pressure. Fructose does not alert the body to produce insulin, the hormone that “tells” the body that it is well fed. When this occurs, the body does not know when to stop eating and weight gain results. T h e re a re ma n y o t h e r alternatives to drinking fruit juice a va ila b le t o a d eh yd ra ted individual. ◙

Primary school children who regularly consume juice and other fruit drinks are about twice as likely to be overweight or obese.


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Science Behind the Epiphany
by David Huang staff writer

Many have claimed to have had an experience, in which there was almost undoubtable divine intervention, normally in the form of an epiphany. Whether it is a sudden feeling of revelation, sudden transition from reality to an “outer dimension,” or even divine interaction, neuroscientists have longed to understand the neural basis of these extraordinary phenomena, and, according to Scientific American Mind magazine, they may have an answer. Through many experiments and analyses, neuroscientists have been able to pinpoint an area of the brain that might be responsible for generating religious experiences: the temporal lobe. Neuroscientists have studied many cases of patients with epilepsy, a condition of excessive neural activity in certain

parts of the brain (often the temporal lobe), who claimed to have divine interaction with spiritual entities. The famous n e u r o s c i en t i st V i l a ya nu r S . Ramachandran conducted a series of experiments in which he asked several of his patients with temporal lobe epilepsy to listen to a mixture of religious, emotional, and neutral words while recording their emotional responses. He discovered that religious words, especially “God,” stimulated the greatest emotional response from the patient, indicating that people with temporal lobe epilepsy are prone to intense religious feelings. To further support the hypothesis, Michael Persinger from Laurentian University in Ontario attempted to induce religious experiences artificially by stimulating the temporal lobe According to the result, most test subjects, when being stimulated,

described feeling an unknown presence in the room, while in re al i t y t h er e w a s no one . Interestingly, the test subjects would always translate the false perceptions into subjects of their own beliefs, such as Buddha, an angel, or God. However, to the scientists, the best way to elucidate the location of certain region of the brain responsible for mystical experience was to probe the brain during the experience. Using techniques such as single-photon-emission computed tomography, where the test subject is injected with a radioactive isotope to measure the relative amount of activity in different areas of the brain, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuroscientists found and elucidated certain parts of the brain that were unusually active (such as frontal lobe, prefrontal cortex, and insula) and

inactive (the parietal lobe). Would this suggest that God does not exist and is just a mere illusion conjured up by abnormal neural emanation? The scientists’ answer, surprisingly, is no. Though they have evidence, the neurological recordings and fMRI images were not collected during the mystical experience, but rather during the time in which the subjects remembered the experience. Rather, the scientists concluded that the mystical experience varies among individuals, where an atheist would interpret it as the magnificence of the universe while a Christian might translate it in to divine interaction. The idea is still relatively up for grabs as far as research is concerned, presenting multiple possibilities for future inquiry. ◙

Light, Sweet Crude Hits $100
by Si Hong Huang staff wrtier
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Oil prices hit $100 on Wednesday, January 2nd and again the next day as national crude oil inventories dropped by four million barrels to 289.6 million barrels in the final week of trading in 2007, marking the lowest level of crude stocks since early 2005. Many traders believe that if crude closes above $100 a barrel for several days, it could pose enough significance for it to even rise up to $110, but if it remains below $100 a barrel, prices will start to decrease. Although prices dropped slightly to $99.18 at the close of Thursday trading, most analysts believe that oil prices will definitely rise. “The only reason we came off was the refined products built – other than that, there isn’t a lot to indicate we shouldn’t keep going higher,” said Tony Rosado of IAG Energy Brokers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The president of trading advisory firm Cameron Hanover, Peter Beutel, also believes that prices will rise above $100 dollars: “Now that $100 has been broken through, we’ll see crude go over that level regularly in January. We’re seeing the Federal Reserve showing signs of continuing to cut interest rates, oil supply isn’t keeping up with demand and OPEC is showing no

sign of trying to bring down prices.” Others, such as Laurie Falter, an economist with the Energy Information Administration, say that oil prices will fall later in the year because “crude-oil stocks traditionally fall in the last two months of the year, rebounding later in January and in February, refiners and major holders of crude stocks, often draw down their crude-oil inventories to reduce end-of-year t axes. ” Howe ve r, a nal yst s interviewed by The Wall Street Journal stick to their predictions that U.S. crude will average in the $80-90 range this year, above the $72 range of last year. Despite skyrocketing prices, many of the OPEC countries aren’t moving to boost supplies, mainly because of Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest single supplier of oil, which has continually resisted the boosting of oil supply since last November’s output rise of 500,000 barrels a day. According to The Wall Street Journal, OPEC could be all the more reluctant to boost production after its February gathering because any additions to world supplies wouldn’t arrive at refineries in the United States or Asia until mid-March, after the peak winter supply crunch. Oil prices, which have already inflicted damage on the finances

Peak oil refers to the notion that at some point in the future we will reach a peak in the rate at which we can pump oil out of the ground.

of consumers and companies alike, will likely only rise even higher. The average gasoline prices are 72 cents a gallon higher than the $2.33 a gallon seen last year at this time. Some companies benefited from the rising oil prices, such as E x x o n M o b i l , wh i c h h a s remained Fortune 500’s most profitable company thanks to record oil prices in 2006. Chevron, an oil giant, has also benefited from oil prices with $17.1 billion in earnings. Despite some gains, most companies and consumers will be harmed in the

long run if oil prices continue their upward push. The rise of crude has contributed to the decline of the Dow Jones Industrial as well as the NASDAQ Composite Index and the Standard & Poor 500. Unfortunately, The Wall Street Journal states that oil prices could go well above the inflationadjusted high of $102.81, set in April 1980 during a period of political turmoil in the Middle East. ◙



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The Closest Shave You’ll Ever Know
by Omar Ahmad science editor
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The very start of this film, throughout the opening credits, displays blood surging through the streets of London, foreshadowing the fervent acts of revenge to come. Benjamin Barker, the gifted barber of Fleet Street who wants revenge for being wrongly imprisoned and separated from his family, returns to London under an alias, Sweeney Todd. The role of Sweeney Todd, pursued by the talented Johnny Depp, was perfectly cast and could not have resonated a purer visage of Sweeney. As a matter of fact, every person in this film was flawlessly cast, from Sweeney himself to the third extra on the right in the street scene. Johnny Depp was born to play Sweeney, Helena Bonham Carter was destined to play Mrs. Lovett, Alan Rickman was ideal for Judge Turpin, and Tim Burton was most likely the unanimous candidate of director for this production. This tale lends itself to Burton’s masterful style of shade and d a r kn e s s , l e a v i n g a n a i r reminiscent of “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Corpse Bride,” two other Depp-Burton collaborations. The film is dim, sinister, and very pale, with a powerful musical foundation that does not take away from the plot, but assists the viewer in easing into the story. What caught many viewers by surprise was the ingenuity of the

Based on the hit Broadway musical Sweeney Todd, the movie tells the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, also known as Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in downtown London.

actors’ voices during the musical scenes. Even so, there was obvious tone enhancement and the work was attributed to many singing lessons for the lead actors. As a spectator of many films, musicals are normally the occupants of the bottom of my list of movies, yet the subtle and unexaggerated tunes of this film leave you humming for weeks on end. Another pleasant surprise is the presence of Sacha Baron Cohen playing the role of Signor Adolfo Pirelli, a rival barber. Though his performance was phenomenal, the main film that Cohen is identified with is the comedy “Borat.” He is a talented actor who has only skimmed his

potential, as is evident in his performance in this film. It is a small role but very well done by Cohen. As soon as he appeared, many viewers started cracking up because he was employing an accent and people immediately associated him with Borat. On occasion, watching a movie with a relativel y straightforward plot is advantageous in allowing you to focus on the performing, the cinematography, and in this case, the music. This story is an uncomplicated one of revenge for an immeasurable amount of injustice done to an innocent man and his family. The simplicity is

interpreted in a complex manner, due to the fact that the story is laid out in music and visuals, especially the costumes and the general illustration of London. Brilliantly portrayed by Burton, the intense and passionate scenes of gore, spread widely throughout the film, serve as both the comic relief and the suspenseful scenes of this film. However, the quality of this production is evident in every facet. Sweene y Todd was definitely worth its weight in Oscar nominations and it will, in the words of Sweeney himself, “guarantee the closest shave you'll ever know.” ◙

A New Legend is on the Rise
by Robert Colbourn assistant entertainment editor

I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith as virologist Robert Neville.

Comic books and graphic novels have been the basis of certain movies for decades now. Unfortunately, the mainstream comics (Spiderman and X-men, for example) have been developed into mediocre-at-best movies. Recently we were introduced to a couple of graphic novels that have been turned into truly stellar movies (“300” and “Sin City,” for example). These novels were relatively unknown to the public before being remade. Now, we are introduced to another unknown

graphic novel: I Am Legend. The movie that was spawned from this graphic novel followed the trend: it was an engaging and thrilling experience packed with heartfelt emotion that could very well make you leave the theater in tears. In the year 2009, the world’s scientists finally find a cure for cancer using a mutation of measles, but it turns for the worse after it starts killing its recipients. The virus becomes airborne and infects massive numbers of people, killing millions within the first year. The THE LAST MAN continues on page 10


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Rhinoceros Takes The Stage
by Amy Qui staff writer

As perhaps one of the most profound Stuyvesant theatre productions in some time, Rhinoceros was a winter drama filled with undertones about World War II France. Performed on January 10 and 11, the play was set in a small French town, where the people are shocked to see that rhinoceroses have been appearing in increasing numbers. When it becomes apparent that people are turning into rhinoceroses, the characters are faced with the decision of whether they want to become one of “them.” The implications of Nazism were certainly present in their decisions, and parallels were drawn between the two as the play progressed. The struggle for survival was brought out by Berenger, played by Isaac Miller, whose portrayal of the lost and troubled man was impressive. There was an almost contagious tension that exuded from his performance, as the audience felt his anxious determination to not give in to the rhinoceroses.


That same tension was felt among the other characters of the play, especially Botard (Sammy Sussman). The man's cynicism and initial refusal to believe that the rhinos existed

was especially reminiscent of the denial at that time. Botard's pessimistic and defensive attitude was enhanced by Sussman's demonstrative acting and exaggerated gestures. He truly cap-

tured the eccentric spirit of Botard.
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all remarkably done. Scenes involving a dilapidated New York City looked perfectly authentic, and leave everyone wondering how in hell they were done. One of the first pieces of advice that I received in moviereviewing was to always include something that was bad in the movie to allow the reader to get a complete look at it. I’ve honestly tried to think of something bad about this movie, and I can’t. Some claimed that its plot was a bit hard to follow, but if you pay attention to the movie (which you will, from beginning to end) then you’ll see that it has a simple, yet intriguing plot. This is possibly the best movie of 2007, and is one that everyone has to see. ◙

people who aren’t killed are mutated, losing their skin pigmentation and their humanity as they develop an overwhelming hunger. Three years later, Robert Neville (Will Smith) lives in a completely deserted Manhattan with his dog, Sam, trying to find a cure for the virus that devastated the rest of the world. This turned out to be a postapocalyptic film following a sole survivor. Will Smith’s performance was Oscar worthy. He truly portrayed all of the sorrow and dedication that his role required, and some of the scenes that involved his struggle left people in tears. Throughout the movie, there were numerous scenes that had

I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, was released December 14, 2007 in the United States.

everybody on the edges of their seats. A scene where Robert Neville enters an abandoned build-

ing that is pitch dark is a prime example where the audience was truly frightened. The imaging was

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When it comes to memorable scenes, though, the top merits would have to go to Scene II of Act II. As Berenger's friend Jean (Joseph Kopyt) was gradually turning into a rhino, the moment was so gripping that it was impossible to look away. The crazed and frantic mood of that scene was brought out very well by an energetic performance from Kopyt, whose mannerisms only added to the sense

of anticipation. The initial denial and gradual acceptance of his change was transitioned into quite smoothly. The overall moving pace of the show was only slowed down during the beginning of Act III, where Berenger's conversation with Dudard (Alon Sicherman) seemed to drag on at times. Perhaps the lost of momentum was due to the length of that part of the script, which made the conversation feel longer than necessary. In any case, the nuances of

the show definitely shone through the cast, who all seemed well molded into their roles. Another scene worth mentioning would be the one where Berenger and Daisy (Rebecca Tempkin) find themselves as the last two humans left. With the idea of having children to regenerate the human race, he exclaims “Let's go save the world!” This part would have to be a personal favorite, as it was the only moment that succeeded in being funny, dramatic, romantic, and inspiring all at once

(not to mention it even incorporated a Biblical reference). The later parts of the play were a bit more serious. Despite some minor mishaps, Rhinoceros was a play whose undertones were as stimulating to watch as the great acting that accompanied it. ◙
Please note: Neither Robert Stevenson nor any other play member was involved in the production of the article.

The Stuyvesant Standard wishes Valerie Piro and Lucia Hsiao a speedy recovery.
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NBA REPORT continued from page 12 Houston Rockets 8. Los Angeles Lakers. The Western Conference is much more competitive and stacked with talented teams. Again to win in the playoffs you have to be the better team, so take the Spurs over the Lakers, the Mavericks over the Hornets, and the Nuggets over the Jazz, although this series will be very close and exciting. As an upset take the Rockets over the Suns because this is the year that T-Mac leads the Rockets to a playoff series win. The pressure is on him this year to do well in the playoffs..

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In the next round the Rockets will defeat the defending champion Spurs and the Nuggets over the Mavericks. The reason that the Spurs consistently win is because they combine good defense with a very balanced offense but the Rockets have what it takes to beat them. T-Mac and Yao Ming will pick apart the Spurs’ defense piece by precious piece. The Rockets have a good defense themselves and will be able to keep Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in check, hopefully. The reason the Nuggets will beat the Mavericks is because they will get better defensively as the year progresses. Even though the Mavericks are a very good team, the combination of Allen

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Iverson and Carmelo Anthony will be too much for them to handle. But it all depends on the Nuggets getting better defensively. In the conference finals go with the Rockets. The Rockets have the better team, more talented players, and more thirst for a championship. But the Nuggets are flashier, can score, are younger, and have great leadership. I would pick the overall winner, but there is again no point. These two teams fail in comparison to the Celtics. At first nobody wanted to admit it, worrying it wouldn’t come true. But come April, there’ll be no more speculation on who comes out on top. ◙

Two Juniors Seriously Hurt in Auto Accident
by Eric Mayo managing editor

Six members of the Stuyvesant Girls Track Team and a coach were injured Saturday when their van rolled over in Hartford, Vermont. According to the TimesArgus, the van, taking eight race walkers, two from the High School of Health Professionals and Human Services, was traveling northbound on I-91 when the van veered into a median and rolled over. According to reports, several witnesses had to hold the van in place in order to prevent the van from rolling over again. Six people in the van, including

the two from Health, were released from the hospital with minor injuries. Coach Erin Taylor suffered a fractured neck. Juniors Valerie Piro and Lucia Hsiao had more serious injuries. Members of the track team were concerned with misrepresentations by various media outlets concerning the accident. Contrary to original reports, the girls were not on a school sponsored trip. Rather, the Dartmouth Relays, which is where they were going before the accident, was independent of the school itself. The Associated Press picked

up the story Tuesday night. On Wednesday, several students were stopped by various New York media outlets asking them if they knew the injured girls. Media coverage of the accident has annoyed some members of the track team. Members of the team have said that reporters asked them for pictures of the injured girls and to call the injured girls up and ask for permission. Said senior racewalker Nina Yang, “how ridiculous”. ◙

they started coming back. I remember when there were around 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter did my nerves start to take over. When Stuyvesant took a timeout with around 30 seconds left, I was a wreck. I took a walk, trying to shake out my currently limp thumb and clean up my incredibly sweaty hands, but it was no use. I was forced to operate the clock with two hands. You want pressure? That was pressure. It’s not just me who has pressure working at the scorer’s table. Working the book is a job of equal importance. They’re in charge of scoring, fouls, timeouts, and making sure whatever I’m doing electronically is on paper. What they do can have an even bigger effect on the game. The NBA announced on January 11 that the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks must replay the last 51.9 seconds of the Hawks 119-111 overtime over the Heat on December 19. The scorers table incorrectly ruled that Heat center Shaquille O’Neal fouled out. He was given a foul with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter that should have gone to power forward Udonis Haslem. The power of the scorer’s table over the game rivals only that of the ref. It wasn’t until twenty minutes after that Beacon game did I finally regain full circulation in my extremities. When I do answer that million dollar question on some future game show, I’ll have my scoreboard operating to thank for nerve control. ◙

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by Robert Stevenson literary editor



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NBA Mid-Season Report
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Confessions of a Scoreboard Operator
The right side of my face is tingling. The left side is drenched in sweat. I lost all feeling in my left hand several minutes ago, and now I’ve lost feeling in my right hand. I pick up my thumb, and it falls right back down. This isn’t good. No, this isn’t the scene of opening up my early admissions decision letter. I wasn’t answering the million dollar question on a game show. It’s all in a day’s work of operating the scoreboard for the Runnin’ Rebels. My job description is fairly simple: Don’t screw up. If the game isn’t close in either direction, there’s no sweat. Working the scoreboard is just like working a computer screen. If the game’s close, that’s a different story. Everything you do is magnified. The clock, for example, is run through a clicker. Touch the clicker accidentally, and even if immediately clicked back, you lose .2 seconds. Not a big deal you say? David Lee needed only one tenth of a second to tip the ball into the basket to beat the Bobcats in double overtime in easily the greatest Knick moment in the Isaiah Thomas era. If on the previous play, the scorer’s table was a fraction late, that game goes to triple overtime. 1.2 seconds is all AP Randolph needed to shoot a full court three to end their win over Stuyvesant. Every precious second counts. The game from the above situation was against Beacon High School in early December. Stuyvesant was down 12 at the half, until THE SPORTS BEAT continues on page 11

Kevin Garnett (center) and Ray Allen (right) have been the key to the Celtics early season success. by Ankit Singh staff writer

It is truly amazing how much can change over the course of a month, especially when it comes to sports. Two months ago everybody thought that Kobe Bryant was on the move, now everyone knows that he will stay in LA. A month ago the Knicks were pretty bad—some things just can’t change. The fact that it is impossible to guarantee anything in sports makes predictions a whole lot harder. One can make calculated predictions of what will happen in the NBA playoffs as the midseason approaches, but there is no guarantee on anything in this league. Now lets get back to business: the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference in order may finish like this: 1. Boston Celtics 2. Detroit Pistons 3. Orlando Magic 4. Cleveland Cavaliers 5. Toronto Raptors 6. Indiana Pacers 7. New Jersey Nets 8. Miami Heat. Everything would get back to normal as soon as guard Dwayne Wade got back for the Miami Heat, but the Orlando Magic have proven themselves to be a force in the East and it doesn’t look like that the Heat will be able to overcome their early season losses. They are still struggling to win games but they will start pulling it together as the season progresses. The losers in this conference are the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. The Wizards will not be able to

compensate for Gilbert Arenas’ injury, which will take him out of action for three months. The Knicks need no explanation. Nothing will be solved in that mess until Issiah Thomas gets fired. In the NBA playoffs you really have to be better than the other team in order to win the series. You can get lucky one game but lightning doesn’t strike four times. In addition to that, everyone knows that the best team in this conference is the Boston Celtics. They are simply too talented-- no team can beat them four times out of seven. At the beginning of the year everyone had doubts because they thought the Celtics were too old. The truth of the matter is that what makes them old makes it more important for them to win a championship this year. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce are three great players who have one thing in common: none of them have won an NBA championship. They know that they have to win it this year, because if they don’t, they know that younger teams like the Magic and the Cavaliers are just going to get better and better. As for the Western Conference, here are the top eight teams in order: 1. San Antonio Spurs 2. Phoenix Suns 3. Dallas Mavericks 4. Denver Nuggets 5. Utah Jazz 6. New Orleans Hornets 7. NBA REPORT continues on page 11

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