Camp Mah-Kee-Nac

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

By Spencer Bakal, Mohican 6 As we leave camp, I remember Walker's wig. As I play baseball, the friends I made and the staff soccer, and basketball, I rememshirts I got from the counselors. ber how well the counselors I also remember how I ate those taught us. Of course, I will never Lucky Charms in which the forget the camp's food! Who marshmallows disintegrated in could forget the good times I had two minutes, the play that I was playing tennis taught by Peter in, and how I laughed at Marty Meyer. The best days I ever had

were playing in College Day, participating in the MKN Olympics, all the things down at the waterfront with the Lerner brothers, and of course, the lazy daysl I love camp and I can't wait to come back next year!

By Bryan Assael, Mohican 1 It feels like I just got off the bus, times with good friends. I am met my counselors, and saw old someone who believes this. friends from last summer, and

found my bunk with my new I had many great experiences this bunkmates inside. Camp always summer. Seeing my parents on goes by so quickly. Some people Visiting Day, being on the victosa y you should treasure these rious Kentucky squad for College

Day, and being a very proud member of Olympic champion Indiagestion are just a few examples of my best summer at Mah-Kee-Nac yet! I can not wait until next year when I am sure I will have an even greater summer!

MKN GOES TO NEW HAMPSHIRE

AL GONQ UINSAND SENECAS HEAD TO CONWAY,NH

By Evan Benn, Algonquin 43

When you have around 65 When asked about the trip, Algonquin counselor Shane Algonquins and Senecas go to AlgonquinAri Grinspin said, "It Ruthenberg said, "It was a cool Conway New Hampshire, be- was everything I had expected - trip and everyone had fun!" sides doubling the population, you especially the condos!"

get the second biggest trip of the

summer. The next day was early to rise

because the next activity was caThe first overnight trip for the noeing and tubing down a nearby Upper Seniors was fined with ac- river. The river was just above tion. After arriving in Conway, freezing, but everyone ha~ a great the group walked through an out- time. Next was dinner, a choice let village for a few hours before of Pizza Hut or Mcfronald's, and checking into a condo for the we viewed the movie "Sudden

night. Death. "

UPPER SENIORS SEE REVOLUTION

Soccer Specialty Meets Professional Soccer Team

By Micbael Krupen, Cherokee 35

On Wednesday, July 31 st, the 45-minute half. When the Revo- were victorious over the Clash! upper seniors in the soccer spe- lution came out after half-time,

cialty went to see the New En- you could tell that they were fully After the game was something gland Revolution, a professional refreshed. This intensity is what long awaited by the Mah-Keesoccer team, play against the San got them the first goal of the Nac campers. The campers had Jose Clash in a heated battle at game, within the first 10 minutes the opportunity to meet and get Foxboro Stadium. Among the of the second half. That was not the autographs from six of the people who participated in the all we would see from the Revo- Revolution team members. match, two of the names, Alexi lution, however. The motivation Among them was fan favorite Lalas and Eric Wynalda, should that got the Revolution their first Alexi Lalas. Meeting Lalas was a be recognized from the United goal also brought them yet an- definite highlight to everyone at States National soccer team. other. At this point, the score was the autograph session, After that

2-0, in favor of New England. it was time to return to camp. The At first, the match was very close. That is bow it stayed for the rest game was great and I can't wait Neither team scored in the first of the game. The Revolution to go back next year!

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VICTORIOUS!

The 11.6 team won 4 games en route to a first place finish recently at a basketball tournament held here at Mah-Kee-Nac, The team defeated Wah-Nee for the title. The team consisted of Jon Spivak, Jake Seligman, J.T. Traister, Jordan Weiss, Brett Goldberg, Matt Brod, Dave Brauntucb, Ben Wesley, Adam Gross, and Jon Goodman .. The team was coached by Brian McGuire.

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MKN WINS BERKSHIRE CUP

Sailors Retain Title After Impressive Victory By Brian Schaitkin, Algonquin 42

On a warm, sunny Monday, ten camps came together at MahKee-Nac to participate in the annual Berkshire Cup sailing regatta. The camps included MKN, Watitoh, Emerson, Danbee, Taconic, Greylock, Wah-Nee, Lenox, Crane Lake, andRomaca. Anticipation built up among the eager participants that had gathered for the event.

Unfortunately for the sailors, there was virtually no wind. However; the competition bad to go on as scheduled. Each race consisted of several laps around the triangular course which had to be shortened due to the lack of

wind .. James Hart, the head official, began the first race. Twenty boats began circling the course. At the end of the first race, Taconic held the lead, but MKN was a close third, trailing behind Wah-Nee in second. At the dose of the second race, MKN had moved into first place ahead of both Taconic and Wah-Nee. Excitement built for the third and final deciding race. As Steve Rubin would say, it was nip and tuck all the way. However, MKN pulled out their eighth victory in ten years, finishing over second place Taconic and third place Wah-Nee ..

The 8-memberteam included lordan Barry, Mitch Reisman, Jon Cedar, Mike Brawer, Rob Shapiro, Buzzy Cohen, Zach Cooper, and Dan Jackson. Coached by Nick Evett, Graham Brooks and Adam Grabowiec, this team put in a lot of hard work and dedication, and deserve to be congratulated for their accomplishment. A special thanks also goes out to Cherokee Jacob Levine for designing the Berkshire Cup T-shirts that were given out to allparticipants. Congratulations to the team, and good luck in next year's quest to keep the cup at Mah-Kee-Nac'!

James Bart's program had smooth sailing all summer, culminating in another Berkshire Cup triumph.

The 1996 Mah-Kee-Nae Totem

Junior Camp

Bunk 14. FRONT ROW:

Matt Kahane, Ryan Penneys, Adam Alovis, Ben Leibowitz, Evan Ludwig, Keith Petri, Max Gerson. BACK ROW: Simon Eaton, Josh Cohen, Bryan Huff NOT PICTURED: Dean Frankel

Apaches

Bunk 13. FRONT ROW:

Sean Posner, Brian Warheit, Griffin Newman, Daniel Shaw, Tan Assael, Marc Leven, Josh Levine, Ross. Weisman. BACK ROW:

Maureen Watt, Adam Pollington, Jamie Sturm, Michael Dorfman.

Iroquois

Bunk 11. FRONT ROW:

Ben Gellis, Josh Sonstein, Daryn Hornby, Jesse Olian, Jake Kahane, Josh Lehman. SECOND ROW: Jeffrey Barry Lee Farber, Michael Feld, Evan Donohue. BAGI< ROW: Andrew Chalson, Andrew Mason, Armando Vularreal.

Bunk 12. FRONT ROW:

Ben Rosenstock, Jared Mine

. Craig Meyer, Zach Seideman, Michael Rubin, Andrew Seiden. SECOND ROW: Ben Schein, Joey Hoffer, Zach Gering, Charlet :iiiil~ Strauch, Brett Kern. BACK ROW: Andy Margolies, Kevin Morris, Chris Mundy.

Iroquois

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unk 9. FRONT ROW: ick Duchon, Josh Egert, sse Rentz, Jon Share, .ichael Lehrboff, Bret aye. SECOND ROW:

ory Warheit, Zach Dauber, .J. Reisman, Jeremy

erson, Jordan Spitz.

ACK ROW: Adam

nkins, Peter Heeley, Tom arrison ..

unk 10. FRONT ROW:

Ish Grossman, Brad ornish, David Fein, Josh oldman, Brandon Kessler, van Schacter. SECOND OW: Craig Goldslager, avid Eichler, Ro s Green. ACK ROW: Jason Allen, bris Middleton Phil Sklaw. OT PICTURED: Zach utlein, Michael. Schwartz.

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Bunk 1. FRONT ROW:

Jordan Berg, Matt Hoffman,

Nick Buglisi, Matt Hirsch,

Josh Toporoff, Jacob Kaplan. SECOND ROW:

Corey Cummins, Bryan Assael, Warren Spitz, David Warner. BACK ROW: Josh Lerner Brad Humphrey, Toby Schultz.

Bunk 2. FRONT ROW:

Ross Goodman, Max Bryer, Josh Petri, Josh Weiler, Dan Rohlman, Sam Homburger. BACK ROW: Greg Gebler, Ross Mendlinger, Andrew White, Dan Farr, Jeff Rubin, Nat Gryll, Josh Kornbluth.

Mohicans

Mohicans

Bunk 3. FRONT ROW:

Alex Sheridan, Greg Beaton, Eli Saline, Mart Carples, Zach Schaffran, Adam Kusovitsky. BACK ROW:

Steve Klein, Scott Cohen, Max Leibowitz, Marty Walker, Ian Borg, Michael Laskin, Adam Grabowiec.

Bunk 4. FRONT ROW:

I Adam Eisenstein, Josh Scheinerman, Paul Furer, Ian Wishingrad, Jason Leibowitz, Matt Kushner. BACK

I ROW: David Lerner, Andrew Becker, Michael Fabiani, Rodgers Allison, Brandon Cole, Seth Waldenberg, Gavin Hoch. NOT PICTURED: Phil Thompson.

Bunk 5. FRONT ROW:

Brent Morowitz, Jordan Zipkin, Adam Levy, Andrew Werner, Greg Stein, Andrew Nahmias. BACK ROW:

Yale Klat, Ben Schreir, Matt Cohen, Mike Manno, Scott Schonfeld, Mart Di Lorenzo, Mike Kulp ..

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Bunk 6. FRONT ROW:

Sean Hoffman, Spencer Bakal, Justin Reitman, Brett Habermann, Jon Gold, Ryder Kessler. SECOND ROW: Craig Feibusch, Kyle Sloane, David Jacobs. BACK ROW: Bob Fetherolf, Ben Peel, Daniel Rosen ..

Bunk. 7. FRONT ROW:

Scott Kessler, Jonathan Zeller, Graham Zifferer, James Rosenthal, Alex Weisman, Julian Packin. SECOND ROW: Brett Pariser, Mark Filenbaum, Zach Toland, Jordan Greenberg. BACK ROW:

Graham Chapman, Mark Henry, David Shaw.

Bunk 8. FRONT ROW:

Adam Purjes, Jason Meyer, Andrew Cantos, Dane Barkin, Matt Silberman, Joel Levy. SECOND ROW:

Steven Horowitz, Cary Bronstein, Jordan Levy, Geoff Raskin. BACK ROW: David Hans, lake Hill, Mike McLoughlin.

Mohicans

Lower Senior Camp

The 1996 Mah-Kee-Nac Torelli

Bunk 21. FRONT ROW:

Jonathan Miller, Russell Krupen, Jesse Mine, Josh Matz Dustin Balmuth, Ben Silverman. BACK ROW:

Jason Croke, Matt Estersohn, Grant Wilhite, Matt Butlein, Chri s Armstrong.

Bunk 22. FRONT ROW:

Andrew Feldman, Josh Fogelson, Rob Kruger, Brandon Singer, David Manchester, Brad Glass, Ryan Kriser. BACK ROW:

Matt Sullivan, Kevin Cummings, Max Marantz. NOT PICTURED: Eduardo Vivas.

Bunk 23. FRONT ROW:

Josh Ludwig, Scott Haber, Rob Bernstein, Ryan Lippell, Adam Gillman, Brad Rothenberg, BACK ROW:

Darren Lacy, Scott Rogowsky, Jake Seligman, Mike Brossman, David

F e1dman, Kee Young Goh.

Navaios

Navajos

Bunk 24. FRONT ROW:

Eric Duchon, Jon Goodman, Jason Barash, Adam Gross, Matt Gingher, Andrew Kurland. BACK ROW:

Brian Mcfiuire, Scott Kramer, Jeffrey Ries, James Taylor, Cory Julie, Brian Jones.

Bunk 25. FRONT ROW:

Jon Spivak, Ricky Rosemarin, Derek Frankel, Matt Brad, Carl Sussman, Buzzy Cohen. BACK. ROW: Jason Silberfein, Josh Sherman, Eddie Homawoo, Jeff Goldberg, Jacob Crabb. NOT PICTURED: Jordan Briendel

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Bunk 26. FRONT ROW:

Zach Tasher, Jordan Weiss, Sam Gordon, Ben Wesley, Andrew Murray, David Brauntuch. SECOND ROW: Brett Goldberg, Daniel Rosenberg, Dean Osofsky, Michael Gorin, Eric Mausner, BACK ROW: Josh Manton, Owen Pettifor, Ben Meier, Jeff Bickoff.

Bunk 27. FRONT ROW:

Ryan Tiger, Ben Tulis, Jason Needles, Ari Moskowitz, Paul Kraut, David Salz. BACK ROW: Raul

Gurrola, David Guttman, Scott Spencer, Brad Feldman, Jeff Manton, Brandon Firestone, Graham Brooks.

Navajos

· Bunk 28. FRONT ROW:

Ben Brucker, Jason Feld, Jared Kaye, Lane Goldberg, Matt Olian, Alex Goldberg. SECOND ROW: Jon Borer, Mike Metzger, Josh Henry, Daniel Weiss, Jordan Johnson. BACK ROW:

Terry Fisher, Matt Cohen, '~G!-'!::~:"~iI!IIRII Stephen Krohn. NOT PICTURED: Andrew Spicehandler.

Bunk 29. FRONT ROW:

Will Anderson, Jason Kessler, Matt Brandwein, Billy Goldstein, Brian Harris, Jon Hirsch. SECOND ROW: David Gelb, Brian Gordon, Scott Bronner, Zach Diamond, Ross Seiden. BACK ROW: Jeff Mandelbaum, Zach Rectin, Juan Carlos Lopez.

Cheyennes

Bunk 32. FRONT ROW:

Marshall Marcus, Bryan Stratt, David Krupnick, Justin Kantrowitz, Alex Waldman, Ryan Vass. BACK ROW: Brad Tyler, Brian Koffler, Adam Metzger, Trevor Clark, Dan Damaghi, Brett Hornby, Justin Wilson. NOT PICTURED: Zach Sobie.

Bunk 33. FRONT ROW:

Brad Erlich, Josh Rosen, Ari Share, Michael Arons, Justin Raphael, Rob Varvara. BACK ROW: Eddie Edwards, Jeff Goldfarb, Daniel Cherkis, Tim Jefferis, Daniel Jackson, Jordan Koss, Chuck Kessler.

Bunk 34. FRONT ROW:

Brian Goldberg, David McCalla, Zach Cooper; Matt Rockoff, Josh Eichenbaum, Gil Kruger .. BACK ROW:

Carlton Dickerson, Danny Jablon, Colin Foley, Rocky Eulo, Kris Jensen, David Kahn, Jason Burke.

The 1996 Mah-Kec-Nac Totem

Bunk 30. FRONT ROW:

Matt Weiler J. T. Traister, Andrew Schwartz, Andrew Cedar, Daniel Goldweit, Jesse Sackin. SECOND ROW: Jon Lerner, Craig Rowin, Daniel Selsam, Adam Nelson, Max Kaplan. BACK ROW: Dave McGrath, Andrew Simon, Laney Nelms.

Bunk 31. FRONT ROW:

Scott Wesley, Stephen Gardner, Gary Rubin, Derek Green, Josh Brawer, David GimbeL SECOND ROW:

Justin Broderson, Matt Kraus, Evan Stopol, Craig Cohen, Chad Kleiner. BACK ROW: Eric Gancarz, Tim Vandermeer, Evan Fuchs.

Cheyennes

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Upper Senior Camp

Cherokees,

Bunk 35. FRONT ROW:

Jon Maisel, Rob Margolies, Mike Krupen, Greg Morganoff, Adam Greenfi.eld, Dan Rosen. BACK ROW: Josh Lee, Dan Jacobs, James Halt, Russell Rubin, Brian Oiliest. NOT PICTURED: Fred Pernetz Aaron Rosenberg.

Bunk 36. FRONT ROW:

Zach Aarons, Jeremy Carples, Scott Schaffran,

I Eric Hruska, Adam Kushner, Brad La Motte, Robby Luchow. BACK ROW: Jim Gardner, Seth Egert, Matt Waldenberg, Michael Lavipour, Matt Weiss, Daniel Haykin, Brian Preston.

Bunk 37. FRONT ROW:

David Schapiro, Shaun Kessler, Eric Bronstein, Daniel Spicehandler, Michael Kaplan, Mark Guterman, Brett Wayne. BACK ROW:

Richard Carpenter, Zach Steiner, Kevin Swan, Craig Eldred, Ben Waller, Jon Sinaw, Jedd Fisch.

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Bunk 38. FRONT ROW:

Daniel Sherman, Aaron Epstein, Andrew Wachtenheim, Brett Goldslager, Graig Fischgrund Jon Golden, Michael Weintraub. BACK ROW: Ben Chouteau, Drew Cohen, Paul Rothenberg, Bryan Mitchell, Matt Aptekar, Adam Irlando, Tony Pettinato.

Bun.k 39. FRONT ROW:

Sam Cutler, Sammy Stolzar, Jordan Gellis, Jacob Levine, Alex Feldman, Shaun Teti, Brian Linde. BACK R;OW:

Justin Sossin, Janne Silander, Jon Linden, Keith Minarik, David Choyne Jon Eaton, Greg Sossin.

Bunk 40. FRONT ROW:

Troy Goldberg, Jake Sokol, Jon Stern, Jon Hirschtritt, Josh Dorfman, Matt Rothstein, Chad Geartner. BACK ROW: Norbert Auger, Brian Nunez, Daniel Koffler, Gregg Hayim, Evan Shyer, Andrew Horowitz, OgunPleas.

Cherokees

Algonquins

Bunk 41. FRONT ROW:

Mark Berenson, David Share, Eric Beaton, Rob Shapiro Beau Shaw, Michael Reed, Ben Brod. BACK ROW: Chris Dufault, Rob Bader, Jon Drillings, Matt Harris, Nick Evett.

Bunk 42. FRONT ROW:

Justin Pollak, Brian Schaitkin, Cory Zimmerman,

I David Parsly, David Haber, Rory Levine. BACK ROW:

Rue Hough, Michael Marino, Stuart Schultz, Steven Brauntuch, Eli Levine, Chris Schaible. NOT PICTURED:

Mike Levin.

The 1996 Mah-Kee-Nac Totem

Bunk 43. FRONT ROW:

Justin Dvorkin, Adam Waldman, Howard Hersch, Bennett Zifferer, Scott Koenig, Evan Berm, Michael Brawer. BACK ROW:

Mark Brinkworth, Ryan Sloane, Dan Colish, Adam Warren, Shane Ruthenberg, Andrew Cappo.

Bunk 44. FRONT ROW: 3en Meyer, Jacob Auger, \Ii Grinspan, Michae1 \fahmias, Brett Baker, Brian ~eller. BACK ROW: Jeff ;olan, Scott Lustig, Jesse )auker, Michael Elkin, Mike <lewis, Allan Tucker. NOT )ICTURED: Ryan Borg.

Algonquins

Senecas

, Bunk 51. FRONT ROW:

Jordan Barry, Adam Goldberg, Jon Cedar Spencer Stiefel, David Feinsmith, Adam Cutler, Eric Dellon, Chris Bloom. BACK ROW:

Pat O'DonneU, Graham Carter, Anthony Libecci, Grant Greenberg, Craig Cummins Ben Cohen, Jodi Mitchell, Andy Manton.

Bunk 50. FRONT ROW:

Scott Golden, Marlon LeWinter, Ross Feitlinger, Andy Saltman, Mitch Reisman, Jeff Miller Seth Gaffney, E.R. Borger. BACK ROW: Pablo Isales Matt Waller, Michael Metzger, Ben Fischer, Jon Stopol, Adam Goldberg, Chris McLoughlin, Cory Mickelson.

CHEROKEES VENTURE TO BOSTON

For the last two years, the Cherokees have experienced trips to Cooperstown, New York and to Lake George, New York. On these trips, we've seen many places such as Howe Caverns, Baseball Hall of Fame, Water Slide World and the Zoom Flume. Now as Cherokees, we went to Boston, Massachusetts.

When we arrived in Boston, we had a chance to see many of the city's attractions. Our first stop was at the science museum. There we went to an ornni-max movie. The movie was about special effects and we viewed scenes from such movies as Independence Day and Star Wars. After the movie, we had a chance to explore the rest of the museum. My favorite exhibit was the "History of Flight" where you can learn about famous pilots such as Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. After the museum, we headed to our hotel to relax for a

By Alex Feldman, Cherokee 39

few hours before heading to the The following day, we ventured Burlington Mall and to a movie. to the new England Aquarium.

The Aquarium had a fantastic The next morning, we took an exhibit on penguins and a large hour's drive to the Water Coun- tank filled with all kinds ofsea life. try water park in New Hampshire. Next on our itinerary was a trip The park. itself had many slides to Fenway Park, home of the Bosto choose from, and also a giant ton Red Sox and the infamous wave pool and a lazy river for "Green Monster." We all had a those who didn't want to go on great time, even though the Red the slides. After the water park, Sox fell 9-6 to the Toronto Blue we headed beck to the hotel to Jays. Our next and [mal stop of get ready for the evening ahead the day was to Quincy Market.

of us. After a dinner at

Fudrucker's, we headed to a small It seemed that the trip was over dinner theater to see the murder as soon as it had begun. So far, mystery, "Shear Madness." The this had been the greatest trip show was very funny, and the we'd gone on. Next year: Maine audience had the chance to solve here we come!

the mystery themselves.

RAFTING ON "MAIN"TRIP

On the third day, we went to the town of Freeport, in which we spent some time shopping in the many outlets it had to offer. The big hit in Freeport was the L.L. Bean factory outlet. After Freeport it was time to head back to Mah-Kee-Nac, Most people were too tired to stay awake on

the trip back, but those who did were able to watch a few movies. All the Algonquins agree that this was a fantastic trip! The Cherokees will love to see what they have in store for them next year when they are Algonquinsl

JUNIOR CENTER

LITTLE ORPHAN ANDY COMES TO MKN JUNIORSPUTONBOYSJ VERSIONOF HANNIE"

By Jeff Rubin, Mohican 2

The junior play this year was "Andy," which is an all-boys version of the Broadway musical, "Annie." This is a story ofa deprived orphan living in a New York City orphanage, which is under the direction of a woman named Miss Hannigan, played by counselor Marty Walker. Andy, played by Ryder Kessler, gets the i opportunity to spend two weeks in the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, played by Alex Sheridan. "Daddy" Warbucks, as Andy affectionately calls him, decides he wants to adopt Andy. Miss Hannigan and her brother have different plans though. They decide to fool Mr. Warbucks by pretending that her brother and his friend are Andy's parents,just so they can get the reward money.

The cast had a lot of fun putting on the show. The costumes were great, especially the dog costume designed by Toni Bloom. We even had a guest pianist from Camp Danbee named Deborah Call. The set, designed by

Andy's "parents" come to claim their son.

Stephen Krohn, of aNew York City skyline, was a big hit with the audience. A special thank you goes out to Drama counselor Steve Klein for directing this year's show!

The cast and crew of "Andy" also included: Kyle Sloane, Matt DiLorenzo, Jeff Rubin, Jake Kahane, Matt Kahane, Brett Habermann, Eli Saline, Max

Leibowitz, Ben Schein, Griffin Newman, Steven Horowitz, Josh Levine, Sam Homburger Ian Assael, Spencer Bakal, Jeff Barry Ben GeUis, Brad Gornish, Josh Grossman, Jordan Ledy, Adam Levy, Andrew Nahmias, Sean Posner, Greg Stein, Alex Weisman, Ross Goodman, Mike Laskin, Zach Schaffran, and Josh Weiler.

NAVAJOS VISIT COOPERSTOWN

The big trip is something that everyone enjoys. This year, the Navajos went on a trip that kept the tradition of enjoyment alive:

Cooperstown, New York, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame!

The Navajos woke up early and boarded charter buses in front of the Kruger Lodge. After a two and a half hour bus ride, we had arrived in Cooperstown. Our first stop was the Baseball Hall of Fame. One room showed the uniforms of different players from throughout the years. Hearing all the different names really made you think of greatness in baseball! We even had the chance to see the famous Doubleday Field!

After the Hall of Fame, we walked around Cooperstown and went into many of the stores. For dinner, we went to the Ponderosa Steakhouse. After finishing our meal, it was time to go back to the motel for a late rest hour before heading out to see a movie.

By Russell Krupen, Navajo 21

Ben Tulis and Ar] Moskowitz show off the Howe Caverns display.

The perfect choice was "Multiplicity." Once the movie was over, the day was reaching the end. It was time to head back to the motel for bed.

Leaving Cooperstown might make you feel like the rest of the second day would be boring, but think again! Howe Caverns, which is a set of underground cav-

ems, was the next stop on the trip. After that, we went to the Zoom Flume water park.

Departing the water park marked the end of our fantastic trip. A great trip ended, leaving us with fond memories and high spirits. That is exactly what this trip did for us!

ALGONQUINS GO WHITEWATER

With less than two weeks left of camp, it was time for the Algonquin's main trip - to Maine! Unfortunately, Upper Senior Head Counselor Norbert Auger was in Montreal and could not come to Maine with us, but we were glad to have Waterfront Director John Wei! as our trip leader.

By Evan Benn, Algonquin 43 OUf first stop was Old Orchard Beach. We took a forty-five minute rest stop and walked around town until we re-loaded the buses. We then headed to our condos for dinner and then to bed.

On the second day, we woke up bright and early and rode an hour

to the river for a full day's fun of whitewater rafting. The tribe was given instructions on what to do and what not to do while rafting. After the instruction period, it was up and down the rapids we went! After we had finished the course, we watched a s1ide show of photos taken while we were rafting.

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Bloom, and Norbert Auger .. Each team shouted their cheer and sang their songs with lots of spirit and enthusiasm. While the judges were finishing the scores, the Decathlon winners in each event and overall were announced. One person from each team participated in ten events over the three days, in addition to team events. Placing third was Mike Metzger of Israel, second was Chris McLoughlin of Japan, and taking home the gold was Matt Waller of India. All ofthe Decatheletes did a great job. Also, Danny said a few words and handed out the 8-year suits.

The judges were now ready. Brazil's banner was voted in first place over the U.S. and Russia. In the cheer category, France earned the victory, with Brazil and Japan close behind. Japan won the song competition to the tune of Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer." Close behind was a second place tie between France with "Wonderwall" and India with "St. Elmo's Fire."

The final scores were then announced. In eighth place was Russia, fa Uowed by Brazil in seventh. Japan and France took sixth and fifth place respectively, with Israel in fourth. Surging into third place was Sweden and U.S.A. finished in second place. India held onto their lead to finish in first place, earning the gold medal in the 1996 MKN Olympics.

Lower Seniors show their determination in the rope pull.

Congratulations to Jason Allen, the coaches, the members of Indiagestion, and to all the athletes in this year's Olympics. The

'96 Olympics will go down in history as one of the best Olympics ever!

Bob Fetherolf and Mike McLoughlin prepare the greased watermelon.

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self to a 13 point lead going into dinner. By the end of the evening, India had added another 10 points to its lead.

Day 3 started off looking as though more teams would make moves up the leader board. Sweden won the USR pool relays and tied India for first in the LSR waterfront events .. However, the Junior track meet belonged to India, whose lowest finishes were two third place finishes. As the afternoon came to a close, India had stretched its lead to 50 points!

That night, a major event took place - the Senior Water Marathon. Russia took first, while India earned second place honors. That night,. head coaches put finishing touches on their songs and cheers for the Olympic Sing the following night.

Day 4 started with India still hold-

Special thanks to organizers Alan Friedman & Mike Molloy. ing a good lead over the competi- over France and Japan. By lunchtion, Teams had to put their last time, the U.S. was in danger of bursts of energy into their events. losing their second place slot. Israel made a run in USR camp They were only 4 points ahead of by losing only once in morning France!

rotations. The Lower Seniors had

two major events - the mini-mara- American Express made a final than and the Super 8. In the Su- run at the gold that afternoon by per 8, France took first; with stiff winning the USR Track Meet. competition from Sweden. The The Junior Super 8 was won by mini-marathon was won by India, Russia with Israel finishing secwho strengthened their lead over and. It was now time for the anAmerican Express. In the Junior nual Grand Marathon, which remini-marathon, Brazil placed first quires the entire Olympic team to work as one. After 51 different stations, the dust finally settled

I with American Express crossing the finish line ahead of Israel and Japan. The U.S. was back within striking distance.

The final night was the Sing. Teams had prepared banners, cheers, and songs which would all be judged by the esteemed panel of judges, made up of the four Head Counselors - Anthony Richards, Mike Molloy, Greg

Each team did a great job on their country's plaque.

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in the past, there were eight tearns. Jason "Goose" Allen headed up Indiagestion, Phil Thompson was the head coach of the Japan-Da Bears, and Brad Humphry was in charge of the French Revolution. From Lower Senior Camp, Evan Fuchs was head coach of Sugar Russia and Rocky Eulo headed up the Swedish Fish. From Upper Senior Camp, Garren Walters, Rue Hough, and Pablo Isales were in charge of the Brazillionaires, Israelly Great, and American Express, respectively. The officials had been chosen and the teams were all set to begin the competition.

The action got underway that afternoon with the Junior having rotations including one pitch and Newcombe, Lower Seniors having rotations, including basketball and soccer, and the Upper Seniors at the waterfront. With strong performances aU around, American Express took an early one point lead over Israel. The United States also looked dominant that evening, going undefeated in the Upper Senior rope pulls. India took the Junior pool relays, and Japan and Brazil split first place in Lower Senior Stratego. After the evening activities, it was time for the Opening Ceremonies.

This year, the ceremonies had a new twi st. There was a rope burning competition, which was won by Brazil. According to

USA's Grant Greenberg finishes first in the Grand Marathon.

Algonquin Mike Marino, "The rope burning was a good idea. It made it more interesting."

They had snuck up and taken a place among the overall leaders. by lunchtime. The afternoon was where India really made its move. In USR camp, both India and Israel lost only once in rotations. France took first in the LSR track meet, but India won the rope pulls. France was dominating in the Junior waterfront events, but India had helped it-

The U.S. was holding a 15 point lead over France when day 2 began. Every team was shooting for the top spot, but no one could grab it, Russia and Israel won the USR Super 8 while France won the grenade game for the Juniors. The real surprise, however, was India, which dominated in LSR camp!

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Japan tries to build. its fire during the Opening Ceremonies.

Indiagestion teammates show their excitement as they are announced as Olympic Champions.

LET THE GAMES BE,GIN!

Joy, exuberance, andrelief filled the members of Indiagestion on Tuesdayevening. Hard work had paid off as the team was awarded first place for the 1996 Mah-KeeNac Olympics.

It aJl started on Saturday, August 10th. The entire campus boarded buses to go to three different places, or so they thought. Some-

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how, the buses all ended up to- were able to destroy the alien gether at Eastover Resort. The warship, According to Algonquin campers were directed into a Eli Levine, "The breakout was the foggy room. They were then told, best it has been in a few years .. " by a mysterious voice, that all

summer camps, including MKN, After the breakout, campers and would be destroyed. The camp- counselors returned to camp and ers were able to escape out the learned their Olympic fates. As back door to find the 8 Olympic

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LOWER SENIORS PUT ON "DAMN YANKEES"

By Russell Krupen, Navajo 21

On luly 22nd, the Lower seniors went to Belvoir, for the first time this year, to see Mah- Kee-Nac campers and Belvoir campers in the Lower Senior show, "Damn Yankees."

After dinner, the Navajos and Cheyennes lined up and boarded buses for the short ride to Belvoir Terrace. When they arrived at the camp, they went up to the play house and settled in for a great performance. The show was condensed from the original length to approximately 30 minutes. The show was very well performed and directed. The three weeks of practice had really paid off! They gave the Lower Seniors a great theatrical treat.

For those who do not know

the musical, "Damn Yankees" is about an average man named 10e who loves to watch the Senators play baseball. He, as well as all the Senators' fans, wants the team to win the pennant but they have to beat the New York Yankees. This is when the devil comes into the story, and turns 10e into a baseball player, and in return 10e promises his soul to the devil. 10e gets the chance to play for the Senators himself.

Is Joe good? Will he help the Senators beat the Yankees for the pennant? You'l1 have to see the show yourself to find out! You'll enjoy the show as much as the Lower Seniors enjoyed the great performance at Belvoir!

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Lenox, MA 01240 413/637-0781 Editors-in-Chief Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin Rory Levine, Algonquin Arts Editor

Jacob Levine, Cherokee Features Editor

Evan Benn, Algonquin News Editor

Alex Feldman, Cherokee

JUNIORS Apache Ian Assael Mohican Cary Bronstein Mohican Julian Packin Mohican Jeff Rubin Mohican Andrew Werner

LOWER SENIORS Navajo Dustin Balmuth Navajo Brad Feldman Navajo Joshua Matz Navajo Russell Krupen Navajo Scott Rogowsky Cheyenne Benjamin Brucker Cheyenne laredKaye Cheyenne Ryan Vass

UPPER SENIORS Cherokee lordan Gellis Cherokee Michael Krupen Algonquin Robert Bader Algonquin Eli Levine Algonquin Brian Schaitkin

Journalism Advisor Dave Hans

Owner/Directors Danny & Nancy Metzger

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On July 25th, Mah-Kee-Nac's best tennis players in three different age groups represented the camp in the MKN Open. So far this year, none of the tennis teams have come back from a tournament without a team trophy. This placed a lot of pressure on the team to do well at its own tourna-

ment,

This year's I 1.6 team, consisted of singles players Dean Osofsky and Sam Gordon, Jake Seligman with David Brauntuch in doubles, and Ben Wesley with David Feldman, also in doubles. All of them were very excited about playing in their first MKN Open.

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In the f3.6 competition, Matt Weiss and Matt Aptekar played singles, while the doubles teams consisted of Seth Egert with Scott Bronner and Brian Gordon with Aaron Epstein.

The 15 .. 6 team was quite possibly our strongest with E.R. Borger and Mike Metzger in the singles and the doubles teams consisting of Andy Saltrnan with Seth Gaffney and Jon Stopol with Jeff Miller.

The J\1KN team fared very well. In the 11.6 division, David Brauntuch and Jake Seligman

won the doubles championship in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Camp Greylock, In the 15.6 division, MKN scored a victory in. the singles division, as our two representatives, Mike Metzger and ER Borges, met in the final. In the 15.6 doubles final, MKN lost a tough 3-set match to Camp Lenox.

Overall, Mah-Kee-Nac did very well. By winning the team trophy, Mah-Kee-Nac continued its winning ways. Hopefully, MKN win be able to keep up its thirst for victory next year!

MOHICANS FACE-OFF AT GREYLOCK

By Andrew Werner, MohicanS

On Friday, August 2nd, the Mohican Hockey team traveled to Camp Greylock for an intercamp hockey game. Although the game was tough, and playing on the strange rink hurt us, we still managed to have a good time, despite losing 6-4. OUf coaches were Dave McGrath, Yale Klat, and David Shaw. Even through the disappointment of our loss, there was a lot of happiness and cheering on the way home from Greylock. Why, do you ask?

Hockey is big at Mah-Kee-Nac

Well, we were given the puck we the game enjoyed themselves a lot played the game with! Everyone and wish more games could have on the bus was cheering, "We got been played throughout the SWTIthe game puck! We got the game mer.

puck!" Everyone who played in

MOHICANS SERVE UP A WINNER

By Peter Meyer, Head of Junior Tennis

On Tuesday, July 30th, the Mohicans had their second intercamp Tennis match with Camp Greylock. Twenty doubles teams competed with Greylock, here at Mah-Kee-Nac and at Greylock. The final outcome was a 16-4 MKN victory, in which the doubles teams went 8-2 at both camps" This was especially satisfying, as it had marked an improvement over the initial tennis competition with Greylock, which MKN won with an overall record of 13-7.

Competing at MKN were the following teams: Andrew White with .Tosh Scheinerman, David Warner with Dane Barkin Andrew Becker with Bryan Assael, Scott Schonfeld with Danny Rohlman, Zach Schaffran with Ian Borg, Nat Gryll with BrettPariser, Jason Leibowitz with Jeff Rubin, Scott Kessler with Graham Zifferer, and Jordan Greenberg with Andrew Cantos.

Playing at Greylock were: Cary Bronstein with Greg Stein, Scott Cohen with Ian Wishingrad, Matt Cohen with Josh Petri, Matt DiLorenzo with Paul Furer, Justin Reitman with Sean Hoffman, Alex Weisman with Greg Beaton, Craig Feibusch with Andrew Nahmias, Steven Horowitz with Matt Hoffman, Mark Filenbaum with Corey Cummins, and Ross Goodman with Jason Meyer.

Congratulations to the entire Mohican tennis team!

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A GREAT DAY AT THE COURSE

As you may know, campers have been going to the golf course, Egremont. The golf program is run by counselors Keith Minarik and James Taylor. And on occasion, one of them will bring campers to the golf course mentioned above. The trip to the course usually begins by eating lunch early and leaving by van around 12: 15 p.m, The drive to Egremont is about 45 minutes.

As you pull into Egremont, you see the first bole on your right and

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you feel the excitement begin to build up even more inside of you. You stop outside of the clubhouse and wait patiently for your teeoff time. Everyone is placed into a group of fcur and you tee-off for nine holes of golfing fun.

Each hole is challenging in its own way. The time you spend golfing there is approximately two and a half hours. When you are done you are either disappointed or extremely happy depending on how well you played that day.

After everyone is finished, it is time to pile back into the van and head back to camp ..

The trip to the course is not only fun, but it is very beneficial to your game. Also this is by far the best golf program in the past few years, and the counselors are by far the best as well!

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Like the Mohicans, Lower Seniors also had. a great time at the Zoom Flume water park.

THE TOTEM POLL

By Brad Feldman, Navajo 27

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want with you, assuming there is food and water?

Aaron Rosenburg Cherokee 35

Ari Moskowitz Navajo 27

Sean Posner Apache 13

Straws to drink from coconuts Devil Sticks

Devil Toss

Survival Knife Waterproof Matches Flares

Camera Beach Chair Beach Umbrella

CARTOON CENTRAL

ROVER

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By Jacob Levine

FARM LIFE

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BASKETBALL TEAM PLACES SECOND IN TOURNAMENT

The first of what will hopefully be a tradition of many MKN 10 .. 6 basketball tournaments was held on Tuesday, July 18. People did not know what to expect. After all, Mohicans had never hosted or participated in a tournament of their own before.

MKN took on the team from Crane Lake in the quarterfinals. 1 It was over right from the start. With almost perfect defense and sufficient offense, the MKN team ran way with a 23-4 victory. It was not all this easy, however.

A confident Greylock team walked onto the court to face off with MKN in the semi-finals.

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MKN's 10.6 Basketball team took second place

This one was a closer game, but

it was still fairly simple for the between the two teams. The tides home squad. With an extra strong kept on turning, but in the end, effort from Dave Warner, the team Winadu pulled out a 25-15 team earned a 29-17 defeat of win over MKN.

Greylock. Little did MKN know

about their other opponents' Congratulations to head coach dominance. Brad Humphrey and his team for

their strong effort in the first ever As our Mohicans were breezing MKN 10.6 Basketball Toumaalong, so was the team from ment. The team included David Camp Winadu, Winadu also ex- Warner, Matt Kushner, Jacob pected to breeze through the fi- Kaplan, Matt Hirsch, josh nal, but MKN had other ideas. Toporoff, Greg Beaton, Alex From the start, you could tell it Sheridan, Zach Schaffran, Cary would be a hard-fought battle Bronstein, Zach Toland, Graham

Zifferer, and Adam Kusovitsky. A special thank you goes out to officials Jake Hill and Chris Middleton and to scorekeepers Pete Heeley and Chris Mundy.

Although they did, the Apache's effort was nothing to cough at.

MAH-KE-NAC SINGS ITS HEART OUT

By Rory Levine, Algonquin 42

Everyyear the men ofMah-Kee- Steve Rubin, acting as the Nac show off a talent other than evening's master of ceremonies, their athleticism - their musical tal- got the crowd riled up .. He then ents. Most people don't know introduced the people who would just how musically talented our be judging for the evening. They camper are, but we make it were: Assistant Director Alan known at our annual Camp Sing! Friedman, Program Director

Mike Dale, Athletic Director At approximately 7:45 p.m., all Andy Cole, and Pool Director ofMKN assembled by tribe in the Jennifer Walters. They were field house. Every camper, coun- armed with their clipboards and selor, administrator, and key-staff pencils, ready to score each tribe. member anxiously awaited the

beginning of the cheer and song Before the actual competition becompetitions. gan, it was time to present the

tribal plaques which are hung afterwards in the dining ball for years to come. The creators of each plaque carried their work of art around the field house. They were all very colorful and creative! Art Counselor Steven Krohn carried a staff plaque he created for everyone to view, as well.

Next was the cheer competition. The order ofthe tribes was deter-

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mined by the selection of slips of paper from a jato AJI of the cheers were simply fantastic! Some of the cheers were based on

songs, such as the It was now time for the judges "Animaniacs" theme song to come back and read off the and the theme song of the winners. As Steve Rubin betelevision show "Green gan to announce them, the Acres", whereas other crowd fell dead silent! The cheers were original. winner ofthe Junior cheer was the Iroquois and the Cheyennes won for the Senior cheer. For the song category, the J unior Camp winner was the Mohicans and once again, the Cheyennes won for the Se- I niors. All the tribes burst out into cheers as soon as they'd found out they had won! All became quiet again, since everyone wanted to find out who the overall winner was .. For the Juniors, the Iroquois took first place, and for the Seniors, , the Cheyennes were the overall winner. It was now time to announce the overall camp winner .... the Cheyennes! The ; Lower Seniors burst into screams and cheers at the wonderful news.

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Next on the program was the song competition. Every tribe takes a song, and changes the lyrics to appropriately fit the music. Some songs used were Joshua Kadison's "Jesse", done by the Iroquois, "King of Pain" by The Police, done by the Cherokees, and "Skid Row" from the musical, "Little Shop ofHorrors,' done by the Cheyennes. The songs were all well rehearsed and well performed.

Last to come in the program, while the judges tallied the scores, was the annual singing of "Wacky Mac-Kee- N acky", led by the 1996 Senecas. They used old verses of the song, but they also added new

verses. They performed this all in their new Seneca sweatpants, which had been presented to them earlier in the evening by their little Apache brothers.

Congratulations to the Cheyennes and Evan Fuchs on their victory and to every tribe for the great job they did!

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SUMMER OFFICE Camp Mah-Kee-Nac 6 Hawthorne Avenue

Lenox, MA 01240 413/637-0781 Edi.tors-in-Chief Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin Rory Levine, Algonquin Arts Editor

Jacob Levine, Cherokee Features Editor

Evan Benn, Algonquin News Editor

Alex Feldman, Cherokee

lUNIORS Apache Ian Assael Mohican Cary Bronstein Mohican Julian Packin Mohican JeffRubin Mohican Andrew Werner

LOWER SENIORS Navajo.Dustin Balmuth Navajo Brad Feldman Navajo Joshua Matz Navajo Russell Krupen Navajo Scott. Rogowsky Cheyenne Benjamin Brucker Cheyenne Jared Kaye Cheyenne Ryan Vass

UPPER SENIORS Cherokee Jordan Gellis Cherokee Michael Krupen Algonquin Robert Bader Algonquin Eli Levine Algonquin Brian Schaitkin

Journalism Advisor Dave Hans

Owner/Directors Danny & Nancy Metzger

EORGIA ON MY M

_._,..,DVENTURES OF THE ATLANTA OLYMPIC

It takes strength, perseverance and an iron-will to get to the Olympic games in Atlanta. It also takes tickets which is what I had. Although I was a bit cautious upon arrival, ince there had recently been a bombing in Centennial Park, I was determined to enjoy all the events. In Atlanta, we expected heat to be a major battle, but it seemed to not even be a factor. The humidity, however, was very high.

That first night we planned to go to some of the track and field events. To get there, we decided to take public transportation to Olympic Stadium. This type of transportation was quite a challenge, though. We started offby taking the train through downtown Atlanta to the stop for Olympic Stadium. At the station, a shuttle bus was supposed to take us to the stadium, but since the lines were long we decided to walk the mile and a half to the stadium. After five minutes of walking we were greeted with a shuttle bus that had pulled up beside us. The driver shouted, "I'll probably get in trouble for this, but get in!" My entire family piled into the bus and arrived five minutes later.

We found our seats in the stadium which were, amazingly, only three rows from the track itself! At every event we attended, the

By Alex Feldman, Cherokee 39 spectators all seemed very friendly and determined to have a good time. It was also very interesting sitting next to many people from different countries; such as South Africa, Great Britain, and Nigeria. The track and field events we saw were: Gail Devers beating Merlene Ottey and Gwen Torrence in the women's 100 meters, Michael Johnson qualifying for the men's 200 meter final, and an American gold medal in the men's Triple Jump.

We piled back into the shuttle bus and it was back to the train stab on for us. About halfway through the ride, someone noticed some bags that were unclaimed. Considering the events of the previous few days, there was speculation that these bags might contain a bomb. We all left the train at the next station and as soon as the bags were taken off the train, their owner decided to claim them. What a relief! Then, the train left without us, forcing us to wait another hour for the next one.

The next night we had the pleasure of watching the USA Dream Team beat Croatia, 101-76. On the way to the game, we also spotted Chuck Daley, who was more than glad to autograph my ticket. Our next event was gymnastics, which included men's floor exercise, women's vault, and men's

My sister and I in the heart of the Olympic Village

pommel horse .. Although it was all very exciting, we eventually had to go to bed. The next morning we had tickets for men s springboard diving. After many flips, turns, and splashes, two Americans ended up in the finals. The final event we attended at the Olympics was another round ofwomen's gymnastics .. We had the pleasure of watching Shannon Miller win a gold medal on the balance beam, as well as Dominique Dawes, who won a silver medal on floor exercise.

I was disappointed to leave Atlanta the next day. Then again, in my opinion, Atlanta didn't fee] like a city, it felt like an obstacle, and at the end of the course was Camp Mab- Kee- N ac!

JUNIORS ROCK ON MTV NIGHT

By Jeff Rubin, Mohican 2

MTV Night is one of the best things in Junior Camp! We had a lot of fun at this years night of skits. There was a tie for first among the Apache bunks, 13 and 14 . For the Iroquois, Bunk 9 took first place and for the Mohicans, first place was won by Bunk 6. Overall, Bunks 6 and 9 tied for first place in Junior Camp. Bunk 6 did "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and Bunk 9 did "Ants Marching". The hosts of MTV Night were Pete "Swiss Cheese"

Heeley and Jake Hill. The outstanding judges were Mike Dale and Jenny from the pool. Everyone who participated in the night had a lot offun!

Campers in Bunk 9 are Zach Dauber, Mick Duchon, Josh Egert, Jeremy Gerson, Bret Kaye, Mike Lehrhoff, AJ Reisman, Jesse Rentz, Jon Share, Jordan Spitz, and Cory Warheit, Campers in Bunk 6 are Spencer Bakal, Craig Feibusch, Jon Gold, Brett Habermann, Sean Hoffman, Dave Jacobs, Ryder Kessler, Justin Reitman, and Kyle

Sloane.

MOHICANS HIT THE BIG-LEAGUES

By Jeff Rubin, Mohican 2

This past week, the Mohicans had bad part was that we had to leave the chance to go to a Pittsfield early, but when we left at the botMets game. The seats were good. tom of the seventh inning, the Of course, one of the best things Mets were winning 10-0. The about being there was the food! highlight of the game was by The lines took about 20 minutes number 25, Corey Erickson, on to get through, but it was worth the Mets who hit a home [lID and it. Unfortunately, the souvenirs a double. Overall, I think everywere kind of expensive. The only one had a lot of fun!

APACHES GO TO THE FARM

By Ian Assael, Apache 13

I am an Apache. One of my favorite Apache trips was to Catskill Game Farm. It was very fun. You could see lots of animals, such as llamas, lions, rhinos, and wild dogs. We went to the gift shop and we spent a lot of money on toys and stuff. I bought a fake snake and my friend had a fit because he didn't like what he had bought! Catskill Game Farm is a really fun place which you should try to visit sometime!

Just one of the many Mets players the Mohicans saw in the game.

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UPPER SENIORS TAKE PART IN SP'ECIALTY WEEK

One of the great benefits of Upper Senior Camp is Specialty Week. Each camper chooses his activity, and then spend 4 days participating in events and trips related to that activity. This year, there were 10 specialties to choose from.

Baseball- The group spent the first three days toning up their baseball skills and on Thursday they all took a trip to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tennis - Tennis included a co-ed tennis session with Danbee and a trip to Jiminy Peak for a celebrity tennis tournament. On Thursday, they went to Bosquct tennis club for a clinic.

Cycling - This specialty is for the camp's elite cyclists. They took a 3 day 130 mile trip into Vermont and back. While away, they stayed in

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dorms at North Adams State College.

Water Skiing - The group skied in camp for 2 days and then spent a day skiing at Camp Danbee. On Thursday; a clinic was held at:MKN.

Camping - Although hindered by the weather, campers were able to spend one night out and also were able to go hiking on Mt. GreyJock.

Soccer - This group played in a tournament at Wahnee and went to see the New England Revolution, a professional soccer team, in Boston. These trips were sandwiched between games against Greylock and Crane Lake.

Golf - The golfers got a taste of the professional life after playing at 4 different elite clubs. The golfers went to Egremont, Skyline,

Waubecka, and Cranwell,

Sailing - The MKN sailors took to our lake Monday despite the rain. They sailed with Camp Emerson on Tuesday and Thursday was an enjoyable trip to Mystic Seaport, CT

Basketball - They went to a clinic at N01th Adams State College with the school's head coach, took second place in a four-team tournament and took a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame ..

Hockey - Due to popular demand, hockey was a new addition this year. The group saw and skated with the Empire State Cobras in Albany and also had a mini-tournament with Wah- ee.

Specialty Week is always a fun experience and this year was no exception!

SOME LIKE IT HOT, OTHERS LIKE THE POOL

By Joshua Matz, Navajo 21

Every kid knows what they think about the pool, but very few know what the counselors think. That is why the Totem went up to the pool and asked a few questions

"Havi ng a pool is fun and when I get hot, I can just jump right in!" said Junior Camp counselor Mike Manno.

something to say! Nancy said, "The counselors are nice and I also love the lake because oftbings like water skiing, but the pool is nice for a change."

"1 also love the pool, but I wouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit!" said Toni.

So, as you can see, the pool is a nice Even Nancy Metzger and Toni place to be when it .i8 hot outside!

Bloom, Art program head, had Pool Director Jen and her pool ..

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CARNIVAL from page 1

the pie-eating contest! Represent- other contestants .. ing Junior Camp was Mohican

counselor Brad Humphry, Chey- This was just the beginning of enne counselor Justin "Iex" WiI- Carnival! Everyone had the opson for the Lower Seniors, and portunity to visit each booth on Seneca counselor Graham Carter the Midway. Some of the booths for the Upper Seniors ... By popu- designed by bunks were a kissing Iar demand, our Lower Senior booth manned by members of our Head Counselor, Greg Bloom, female staff; candy-in-a-haystack, was also placed into the field of and a karaoke booth. In addition, competition. The contest was there were many professional won by the crowd favorite, Greg booths such as the bungee run, Bloom, who ate his way past the boxing, and the FunSIide, which

were manned by the Algonquins throughout the afternoon, Also, no one could forget the Food Court which contained Pizza Hut, soda, cotton candy, and much more. Remember to thank any Seneca you see for the great job they did running the Food Court!

Everyone worked very hard on their booths and enjoyed themselves immensely. Once again, a great time was had by all!

What were you doing at Carnival '9,6?

JUST ONE OF MKN'S TREASURES

STEVE RUBIN REMAINS A FAVORITE AMONG CAMPERS

Where would Camp Mah-KeeNac be without Steve Rubin? Think about it: no one to ask us if we are "ready to rumble", no one to tell us if it is raining outside, and no one to launch a birthday cake at your counselor!

By Evan Benn, Algonquin 43

Camp co-director Steve Rubin . has had a life full of camp experiences. Before coming to MKN, Steve was a swimming counselor and later dirctor of sw:imming at Camp Onota.

"I came to MKN as a head counselor for 5 years, then left for four years, and later came back as my current position of co-director," Steve said. This is currently

Ce-dlrectcr Steve Rubin.

Steve's tenth year as co-director.

For the years that Steve was not at MKN, he was teaching at

prestigous Columbia University. He is currently a professor at the University of South Florida.

"While I am teaching during the rest of the year, I keep in touch with Danny and come up [north] for key-staff meetings," Steve told the Totem.

As for his age, Steve said, "Let's put it this way, I am ten years older than Danny!" Steve said that he plans on staying at MKN as long as he can. Everyone will agree that Steve is definitely one ofthe BEST things about!v1KN and will be as long as he remains here!

MomCANS GO FLUMIN'

By Jeff Rabin, Mohican 2

Last week the Mohicans went to the Zoom Flume water park. While we were there, it started to rain, but that didn't ruin the fun. The park had many rides including the Zoom Flume, which was a water slide that you went down on a mat, Thrill Hill, which was a bumpy water slide that you went down on a tube" and the,

i Twin Tubin', which is a slide that you go down on a tube withl someone else. By far, the best ride was the Canyon Plunge. The plunge is a steep long slide that ends up in a narrow pool.

Another good thing about the park was the food. In fact, irwas great! The gift shop was also pretty good, but unfortunately, everything in it cost too much. The trip was a lot of fun and everyone wishes they could go back again real soon!

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Jesters Peter Heeley & Jason Allen

White Lightning team members gear up for the evening

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GREEN MACHINE SURGES AHEAD IN MKN GAMES FINAL

The morning of July 22, counselors had no trouble getting their campers out of bed, dressed, and cleaning .. Perhaps this was just a freak occurrence. But a more logical explanation for this extremely unusual event was that the final Mah-Kee-Nac Games scores were posted outside the dining hall, Campers were excited and eager to see who had won this traditional camp event

The previous night, Sunday, July 21, had been the second and final night of the games .. The camp gathered on their respective basketball courts .. For the Juniors and Lower Seniors, the games had been previously chosen and the campers slotted into these events. The Upper Seniors had their usual challenge system. The Senecas, however, were not involved in this challenging-· they would be playing bombardment with the Apaches. Games finished by 8: 30 PM, when everybody had to be in the fieldhouse, This was for the most exciting part of the MahKee-Nac Games-the fmal focus event. It included the annual Seneca oatmeal-passing, and newer events, like blind basketball shooting. The jesters, generals and kings were tied to chairs under opposite basketball hoops. The large relay race provided lots of laughs and cheers from both teams. In the end, the Green lead-

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Team members, attempt to untie White General Rue H.ougb

ers were untied first, thus allowing them to "pie" the white captains.

Unfortunately, Steve Rubin announced at the end of this enjoyable event that the scores were being tabulated and would not available at the time. They would be posted the next morning in front of the dining hall.

Campers of all three camps ran up the hill in front of the dining hall to find that the green team had won by 100 points .. The fmal

scores were Green: 1,550 to White: 1.,450. This was a reversal of the rust night's results, in which White Lightning was ahead by 30 points.

As usual, the I\1KN Games didn't fail to entertain all of camp. This is clearly a traditional event that is thoroughly enjoyed throughout all of camp, and that will continue to live on in the future.

ONE STEP FROM BROADWAY

The goal was set: to put on a production of "Guys and Dolls" in two weeks time. The cast was chosen and the stage was set. The annual Danbee/Mah-KeeNac play was about to begin its production. All was tense behind the scenes as directors Mike Ellis and Steve Klein gave their final pep talk. It made all the cast members excited and also made them think of all the hard work that they had all put in the past two weeks at both Danbee and MKN.

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MKN's Robert Shapiro as Nathan & Danbee's Jade Aubrey Zeffas Adelaide

cues were set. But before the show could go The first week of rehears- on a crew had to be

als were set here at MKN. The newly chosen cast, in order to I earn how to trust one another, started off by playing many theater games before embarking on the winding road towards Opening Night. As the week progressed, scripts were given out and lines were memorized The next week, the"MKN boys arrived at Danbee to find an amazing set designed by Ten), Ward. The following week was even more intense than the first.

chosen. The crew included Rebecca Frank, Jennifer Bloom, Ryan Sloane, and Adam lrlando, as well as light technicians Sam S to] zar and Rachel Stein. The week went by quickly and fmally it was Opening Night.

The play of Guys and Dolls has been on Broadway for many years. The play boasts such famous songs as "Sit Down You're

Songs were learned, Rocking the Boat," scenes were blocked and "Luck be a Lady," and

"A Fugue

Tinhorns."

If you're not familliar with the show it's about Nathan Detroit, played by Robert Shapiro, the ring leader of a floating crap game who is looking for a place to hold his annual crap game. Nathan is broke and needs $1000 to rent the Biltmore Garage for his crap game. When the high betting Sky Masterson shows up, played by Evan Shyer, Nathan decides to bet him $1000 that he can't take mission worker Sarah Brown, played

by Jessica Scholl, to Havana, Cuba. Sky begs Sarah to come to Cuba with him and finally persuades her by promising her to bring 12 sinners to the mission for a meeting. At the end, Sky rolls all of the gamblers for their souls in order for them to show up at the meeting.

The show was seen by both the lower and upper seniors and everyone can agree that fa r all the hard work the cast

and crew put in showed throughout each wonderful performance. Although the cast got off to a slow Opening Night, through true determination, they were able to pull the second night's show off perfectly. Other MKN campers in the show were Michael Krupen, Jordan Barry, Chris Bloom, Alex Feldman, and Jacob Levine.

The play had went off without a hitch and the cast and crew were relieved!

COUNSELOR OF THE WEEK

MIKE MANNO Mohican 5 Totem What is your favorite food?

Manno Pizza.

Totem "What is your favorite sport?

Manno. Football.

Totem What is your position at Mah-Kee-Nac? Manno. Swim Instructor and Lifeguard.

Totem Do you have any nick names? Manno "Monkey".

Totem What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Manno Always finish what you start.

By Russell Krupen, Navajo 21

CAMPER OF THE WEEK

COLIN FOLEY Cheyenne 33

Totem Where do you live? Foley San Diego, California.

Totem How many years have you been here?

Foley This is my first year.

Totem What is your favorite type of music? Foley Country,

Totem How did you find out about MKN? Foley My mom is a nurse here ..

By Michael Krupen, Cherokee 35

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JUNIORS

Mohican Julian Packin Mohican Jeff Rubin

LOWER SENIORS

Navajo. Dustin Balmuth

Navajo. Brad Feldman Navajo. Russell Krupen Navajo Scott Rogowsky Cheyenne Ben Brucker

Cheyenne Jared Kaye

UPPER SENIORS

Cherokee Jordan Gellis Cherokee Michael Krupen Cherokee Brian Linde Algonquin Robert Bader Algonquin Evan Benn Algonquin Mike Marino Algonquin Brian Schaitkin

Journalism Advisor Dave Hans

Directors

Danny and Nancy Metzger

MKN CARNIVAL '96!

As the pages fly by on our calendars, we continue our series of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac's traditional events. So far, we've had the MK.N Games, the Fourth of July Talent Show and of course, Parents' Visiting. Recently it was the MKN Carnival '96!

Carnival was held this year on Sunday, July 28. As usual, it was a magnificently beautiful day here at MKN. The Midway structure was decorated extravagantly by the campers and even many professional rides had been rented for the occasion.

By Rory Levine, Algonquin, 42 The day started off with a lazy morning, which means most campers will get up even earlier than normal reveille! Campers were allowed to sleep later if they wished, eat a leisurely breakfast, and play activities such as basketball and tennis. Tennis was adefinite favorite for the juniors, who actually filled up all the Upper Senior courts! One bunk even held their own "Lazy Day Tennis Tournament"! At approximately 10:00 a.m., all camper~ were called to assembly on their own basketball court.

F or well over a week, each bunk,

from Apache through Cherokee, had been planning their own booth on the Midway. After assembly, it was time for everyone to actually set up the booth, which included putting up balloons, streamers and signs. Each bunk wanted to make their booth special for everyone to participate at.

After a normal lunch and a shortened rest period, all three camps came together as one and assembled on the hill outside the dining hall. This was for one of the special parts of Carnival -

See CARNIVAL page 8

MKN'S WINNING DAYS CONTINUE

Mah-Kee-Nac Adds Another Trophy To Collection

by Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin 42

On Friday, July 5, Mah-Kee-Nac sent its basketball troops out once again. This time, it was to Wahnee for an 11.6 tournament With the recent success of the 14 .. 0 team, high expectations were set. A first place finish at Wahnee and a second at Greylock were hard to live up to. They didn't let us down.

The first game for the lively team was against Greylock, This wasn't close from the start. The team was ready to rock from the opening tip .. MKN jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. With strong efforts all around, the team cruised to a 34-20 win. It wasn't all smooth sailing from there, though.

cut the lead to five, but strong defense stopped them there. MKN pulled it out, 35-30. Their biggest scare was yet to come.

MKN was especially pumped up for the finals against Pontiac. They cooled off by the start of the game. It was a tight, defensive battle. Neither team emerged as a sure winner, It went right downto the wire. With almost no time left, Dean Osofsky was fouled. However, he had to leave the game after getting hurt. Coach Brian McGuire put in Matt Brad to shoot the free throws ... He sank them both'!' Pontiac didn't get another shot off.

Congratulations are in order for Adam Gross, After a long break, team MKN took the floor David Brauntuch, Jeff Ries, Matt Bred, Scott. against Mountain Lake. The assumption of a Kramer, Jon Goodman, Dean Osofsky, Jordan relatively easy victory was made. Early on, that Weiss, Josh Fogelson and Jon Spivak. A spelooked like a reality. MKN jumped out to a 15 cial congratulations to Dean Osofsky, the tourpoint lead. It wasn't that easy. Mountain Lake nament MVP, and to Coach Brian "Magee' fought back towards the end of the game .. They McGuire.

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TENNIS HEAD HOLDS, COURT AGAIN

JON KAHANE REMAINS A FAVORITE IN UPPER SENIOR CAMP

Over the past six years, there have been many constants at MKN. One of the mostrecognizable is tennis director Jon Kahane. From his relic Bones T-shirt to his ancient hat (flaps down), Jon leaves his mark on every camper that goes through his program. He gives such epic daily lectures as the radish (volley), "Hit 'em where they ain't," Brenouli's Law (top-spin) and S'iluonerb wal (under spin), His lectures have new twists every year.

Jon originally came to MKN due to his longtime friendship with Steve Rubin. They were counselors together 20 someodd years ago, and Steve helped convince him to re-enter the camping world. Jon says that numerous things bring him back each year. He loves the satisfaction of watching the program blossom into the

By Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin 42

power it is today. He tries to help the less experienced players enjoy the game more. Jon also enjoys watching, " .... the camaraderie between the campers and the staff."

JON KAHANE

Jon has had a large tennis background .. He played varsity tennis at Horace Mann high school in New York, from where he

moved on to play number one singles at Clark University. He competed successfully in local New England tournaments, and eventually became the head pro at an adult tennis camp at Massachusetts. For 15 years and currently, he has been the tennis coach at a prep school in New England.

Jon hopes to continue the success of our competitive tennis players and raise both the level of play and degree of enjoyment of everyone participating in the tennis program. His tutelage has paid off thus far. lvIKN is a perfect 7 -0 in tennis tournaments this summer. Jon leaves those of us who know him with a memorable quote:

"Sultan is on his way .. " Jon Kahane is still, after all this time, running a successful and enjoyable tennis program here at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac.

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ROCKETRY PROGRAM BLASTS OFF AT MKN

Rocketry is one of the most fun and creative program here at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac .. The rockets tbat are used are the Hercules, the Viking, the Wizard, as well as a few others. All the rockets that they use are grouped by skill level. For example, a skill level 1 rocket takes approximately 2 program periods to finish. As you go higher in level, the time needed to complete a rocket varies. Once you reach level 4, you will probably need 3 or 4 periods to finish the rocket. It also depends on how experienced the builder is.

One might think that building the rocketi the most fun part of the program. If you ask those if the program, you will get a much different an wer! All of the kids in the program will agree that Launching Day is the best day in the pro gram.

By Scott Haber, Navajo 23

Rocketry Counselor Steve Krohn assists Michael Laskin

The program's focus is to teach kids to become more skilled and to make them able to assemble more challenging rockets. Rocketry is a good program to continue with in the future because it gives kids a chance to get away and take

a break from the fast-paced world of ports at MKN. The staff of the rocketry program, Armando Villareal and Steven Krohn, make the program exciting and a lot of fun for all.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS SHARE QUALITY TIME

By Brian Schaitkln, Algonquin 42

Every Saturday at Camp MahKee-Nac, brothers with sisters at Camp Danbee eagerly await meeting their female siblings. After pleasantries are exchanged, siblings eat lunch and describe the past week's activities. Seeing a family member is very nice and it gives you less of a feeling of being alone.

After lunch, several brothers take their sisters on a walk around the

camp. There is time here to further discuss news with each other. The tennis courts and bunks are popular locations to spend time with siblings .. Then, brothers and sisters are split up again until the next Saturday, and brother/sister luncheon.

Brother/sister luncheons aren't only with sister camp Danbee, they are also with Belvoir Terrace. Says Cherokee Jacob Levine, "It's

great to see my sister, Alena. 1 look forward to each luncheon!" Mohican Josh Weiler commented, "I really enjoy the luncheons. My only complaint is that they be made longer, and more often!"

Even though many siblings may fight during the winter, all brothers love to see their sisters during the summer!

WIZARDS CAST SPELL ON MKN

If you have Sven Jensen define the term basketball, he would probably tell you that it is a game of timing, coordination and skills. If you ask the Harlem Wizards the same question, they would tell you the definition is humor, intimidation, and more humor.

The Wizards, a basketball team similar to the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, are famous at MKN for the trick games they play against our counselors every year. They recently played last week against four sets of counselors representing Junior, Lower Senior, and Upper Senior campuses as well as a team made up of Head Counselors and Program Heads.

Although it was an easy win for the Wizards, who scored over 100 points, all of the All-Stars enjoyed playing in the game. Rue Hough,

By Evan Benn, Algonquin 43

Upper Senior group leader, enjoyed the chance to play against the Wizards for the second time.

"It is very exciting to play with the athletes of that caliber. I hope the entire camp found [ the game] both amusing and entertaining," Hough said.

Bennett Zifferer, a first-year Algonquin, thought the Wizards put on a great show. Another Algonquin, Ryan Sloane, somewhat agreed with Zifferer. In his opinion, the show was' decent".

The Wizards brought six players, as well as a referee and an announcer to the game. Perhaps the choice favorite of the campers was a Wizard referred to as "The Elevator". Why do they call him this? The answer is simple! He barely kept his feet on the court! He scored dunk

Just one of the Wizards' many dunks

after dunk the entire game.

With their half-court shots, slam dunks, and foul-line mischief, the Wizards definitely performed some magic here at .MKN - and of course we' 11 be anxiously awaiting to see what they have up their sleeves at next year's game!

VISITING from page 1 Algonquins and Senecas were allowed to stay out until 1 0:00 p.m. Saturday night there were evening activities with Danbee for campers Apache through Cherokee and campers rernammg in camp,

Sunday, however, was a beautiful day! Due to the rain from Hurricane Bertha, all the parents who came on Saturday were invited back to camp. They were given the option of taking their children off campus again until

4:30 p.m., or staying in camp for the rain, showed it's splendor and activities and lunch .. There would excellence.

also be an open house at the end of the day for cookies and punch under the green and white tent.

Many families decided to stay in camp. Walking around the fields and roads throughout the three campuses, parents proudly watched their children as they participated in activity. The sky was blue, the sun was bright, and the camp, though still wet from

At 4:45, parents were asked to say their final good-byes. While this was a tearful experience for many, campers were comforted by counselors and administrators.

Even though the weekend started offwith a dark cloud overhead, the families were able to shine through and enjoy the entire weekend to its fullest.

MAH .. ,KEE .. NAC WINS 14.0 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

By Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin 42

The Mah-Kee-Nac basketball program shet up to over Wah-nee by 30 points. The final was near. cloud nine this past week after the news of their first After a long rest period, MKN out newly energized winning tournament team. The success has left an and jumped out to a 9-0 lead. It was not all that easy impact not only on this campus, but on other though.

campuses as well,

Grey lock hung in all the way. It was close down to On July 1, a 14.0 and under team was sent to Camp the wire, With two minutes to go, the score was Wah-Nee to compete. It was a. long and grueling tied, Sornehow,MKNfoundsomereservestrength. ride, but they managed to arrive. It was a good They kept fighting back and gained atwo point lead thing they did. The team's first game was against with three seconds left on the dock, with Greylock Camp Kinder Ring. MKN jumped out to a 22-2 having possession of the ball. The inbounds pass lead and never looked back. With spirited perfor- was deflected away by EH Levine and the game mances from Matt Weiss and Eli Levine, the team was sealed. MKN had won the summer's first cruised to victory 68-34., That was only the begin- tournament, 79-77. Following the game, trophies ning. were presented, including the tournament MVP

award to MKN's own, Eli Levine. The team After lunch, MKN moved over to play Camp members were Zach Aarons, Zach Steiner, Seth Scatico, This was nota much tougher task than the Egert, Ben Waller, Mike Lavipour, Matt Weiss, first game .. Levine had 28 points, 1.9 in the first half Matt Rothstein, Greg Hayim, Steven Brauntuch, as a very enthusiastic squad won 55-32. All hopes and Eli Levine, Congratulations to the all of the of a large audience in the Gordon Garden (Field participants, and we hope for similar success in the House) were dashed when Camp Greylock ran future.

MKN's 14.0 Basketball Team enjoys successafter a 79-77 win over Greylock

JUNIORS GET TASTE OF WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

By Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin 42

For 4 years the Junior Camp at Mah-Kee- N ac has held the Dream League Basketball Tournament. The infamous basketball league is off and running over the supervision of the Junior basketball program, which is headed up by returning counselor Brad Humphry. The league has had many different names and faces over the years, but has still managed to provide consistent entertainment and fun.

The league consists of 16 teams, with names of all the teams who made it the NBA Play-offs the previous season. The teams compete in a regular season, which is followed by a tournament to determine the eventual winner. There is also an All-Star games and a Sportsman of the Week award. The teams are split up into the Eastern and Western. Conferences.

In the East, the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat lead the conference with 5-1 records with the NY Knicks, Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers two games behind with 3-3 records ... The Pacers, Pistons and Magic are trying their hardest to bounce back from slow starts.

WHERE'S DANNY

Heads Brad Humphrey, Jake HiU and Chris Middleton

The only undefeated team left in the league is the Utah Jazz, which stands at 3-0. However, making a run for the top are the Portand Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and the Houston Rockets withonlyoneloss. Afteronly three garnes, everyone is close to the leader. The Spurs have one win, and two teams have started off winless, but that has not stopped them from putting up a good fight. Rain has washed out some of the games, but the league continues to roll on. We look forward to an exciting summer with the MKN Junior Dream League ..

By Jacob Levine, Cherokee 39

CAMPER OF THE WEEK

By Jordan Gellis, Cherokee 39

Totem Where are you from? Benn York, Pennsylvania.

Totem How many years have you attended MKN?

Benn This is my first year.

1 otem How has your first umrner been?

Benn It's been great!

Totem What are your favorite sports? Benn Hockey and windsurfing.

Totem How did you learn about MKN? Benn LSR Head Counselor Greg Bloom is my Spanish teacher back horne. He showed me a video and

now ... here 1 am!

COUNSELOR OF THE WEEK

Navajo 24

Totem How long have you been at MKN?

McGoo 9 summers.

Totem What do you do outside of MKN?

MeGoo I work at a private school.

Totem How long have you been a group leader in lower senior camp?

MeGoo 6 years.

TotemWhat are your favorite sports? MeGoo Basketball & Baseball.

Totem What is your favorite part of MKN?

MeGoo The kids!

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Jacob Levine, Cherokee News Editor

Alex Feldman, Cherokee

JUNIORS Mohican Paul Furer Mohican Julian Packin

LOWER SENIORS Navajo Dustin Balmuth Navajo Brad Feldman Navajo Scott Haber Navajo Russell Krupen Navajo Scott Rogowsky Navajo Ben Tulis Cheyenne Benjamin Brucker Cheyenne Jared Kaye

UPPER SENIORS Cherokee Jordan Gellis Cherokee Michael Krupen Cherokee Brian Linde Algonquin Robert Bader Algonquin Evan Benn Algonquin Brian Schaitkin

Journalism Advisor Dave Hans

Owner/Director Danny and Nancy Metzger

Parents and campers crowd the Junior Basketball Court on the second day of Parents' Visiting

VISITING DAY "REIG,NS" AT MKN

By Rory Levine, Algonquin 42

"All Cheyennes please go to what this meant-a different sort the parent traffic. The parents breakfast with their raincoats!" of Visiting Day. However, the were asked the name of their reDoes that sound wrong? No, not bunks still needed to be cleaned spective children, which was raat all. But to hear that on Visiting until they were spotless, and the dioed up to the head counselor. Day? Wait a minute, that's not excited campers set to work on The child was summoned and was

supposed to bappen on Visiting that task. loaded into the car.

Day. However, like last year, the first Visiting Day was washed out.

Campers awoke on Saturday, July 13, to the sound of heavy rain on the roofs on the bunks. When they looked outside their windows, they saw that the fields were totally drenched. Everyone knew

Campers ate a usual breakfast in their rain gear. The Juniors were then positioned in the Kruger Lodge, and the seniors were instructed to stay in the dining hall. A whole team of camp administrators were positioned on the main road in rain gear to direct

The rules were actually short, sweet and simple. All campers from Apache to Cherokee were invited to leave camp, but bad to be back at 4:30 p.m,

See VISITING page 3

MAH-KEE-NAC',S WIDE WORLD OF ART

What one place on campus allows you to bring out your creativity, use your imagination and have fun all at the same time? The ART SHACK! Art is a great place for those who want to take a break from a hectic schedule and "chill-out" for a period while making something great to give to their parents!

The Art Shack has a great lineup of counselors. The Head of this program is none other than Mah-Kee-Nac's own fantastic artist, Toni Bloom. Maureen Watt, Steven Crone and Scott Spencer round out the staff of the art program.

What can someone do at the Art Shack? Well, t.he Totem spoke with program head Toni Bloom and she told u about the variety of different projects someone can do. This includes paper mache, basket making, weaving,

By Russell Krupen, Navajo 21

These future Picassos utilize the fine art facilities at MKN

cartooning, lanyard, sand art and many other programs.

Matz. As an artist for the Totem, Kaye likes to spend time in the art shack coming up with new ideas for each week's issue.

Just what does everyone think about the art program? The program gets rave reviews from Josh Matz, Navajo 21, who likes art a LOT! According to him, the projects are fun and creative. Jared Kaye, Cheyenne 28, agrees with

As you can see, the Art Shack is a great place to spend some quiet time and where you can be creative! Sound like something you'd like to do? Sign up!

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THE TOTEM POLE

If you could have lunch with any three people in history, who would they be?

By Michael Krupen, Cherokee 35 & Brad Feldman, Navajo 27

Aaron Rosenburg, Cherokee 35

Marilyn Monroe John F. Kennedy Dwight D. Eisenhower

Maureen Watt, Apache 13

John Lennon Audrey Hepburn Elvis Presley

Socrates Moses Billy Holiday

METZGERS KEEP MAH-KEE-NAC TRADITlON ALIVE

By Evan Benn, Algonquin 43

Everyone in Camp Mah- Kee- The pair has been married since Nac know the smiling faces of 1972, but the way they met is camp owners Danny and Nancy quite unique. Nancy explains Metzger - no matter if this is their the story.

first summer or ifthey are return-

ing veterans.

Sitting in their cabin, visitors are welcome to almost anything, from reading a newspaper to working out any problem to - if you are desperate enough - the use of the Metzger's washing machine.

Danny and Nancy have owned MKN since 1983., butDanny had roots here long before that.

"I wa a camper here when I was 13 14... was here for four years - 1962 through 1965," Danny said.

He was also a MKN counselor for three years. After his camper/ counselor experience he worked at Pirelli Tire Co. of Italy, then he owned his own import/export business. Around that same time, Nancy had been a microbiologist for nine years.

"Danny's father dated my mom, then Danny dated my sister, then [Danny] finally asked me out."

However they got started, together they have helped MKN grow. The first summer they were owners, the camp had 280 campers. This year, their thirteenth, MKN has about 410 campers. In those years, they ha ve added the pool, hockey link, new basketball court, the Seneca House, new bunks and the ropes course.

The Metzgers are also partial owners of Dan bee. Danny comes to camp around May 15 to greet the new counselors and make sure everything is right for the summer. Nancy, a pet lover with a bird and a dog, comes around the 17th of June. They both go back to their winter home in New Jersey September 1. Danny and

Danny and Nancy Metzger

Nancy both feel that the kids and the staff are their favorite part of camp.

"We have kids that have been here for eight or nine years. Same with the staff - Harvey the chef has been here longer than us," Danny said. They said their least favorite part is when kids get hurt or sick and when camp is over and everyone goes home.

Nancy said, "If you think homesickness is bad, wait until camp is over - that's when the campsickness begins."

TALENTED CAMPERS WOW MKN AUDIENCE

CAMPERS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN JULy FOURTH TALENT SHOW

By ALex Feldman Cherokee 39 & Adam Purjes, Mohican 8

On July 4 1776 America declared Independence on Great Britian. And ever since July 4, 1983, Mac-Kee-Nac has held a talent show in its honor. Every year all three camps come together to see campers perform. This year the performances ranged from the piano to devilsticks.

The evening started with Steve Rubin screaming, "ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?" followed by Alex Feldman on the piano, playing Malaguana. After Alex was Dave Jacobs, who banged his heart out on the drums. And a that wasn't enough, Brian Goldberg rocked the house by playing Glycerine on the guitar. But the evening was not all music. Adam Purjes and his l;ittle blue pal, Louie, amused the crowd with his amazing skill of puppetry. When Mike and Jason Feld teamed up on drums and devilsticks, it was a true sign of brotherly love. Ryan Vass followed them by entertaining the audience by wailing away on the saxophone. Max Liebowitz also got the crowd cheering by tickling the ivories. Junior Head Counselor Anthony Richards is no str.angerto Talent Show. Each

year he sings a song for everyone. Last year he chose "Circle of Life," from the Lion King Soundtrack, and this year's selection was "Walking in Memphis,"by Marc Cohn. Next, Purgatory, with members Dan

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amazed the crowd with their gymnastic skins, with Eric Delton accompaning them with his fiery drumsticks.

And what MKN Talent Show would be complete without the infamous "If I Were Not a Coun-

elor?" Thi year's performance included a cheerleader, a plumber a doctor, a windowwasher, a fireman and many more. You could say it was MKN's own "Village People!" Piano player Evan Donahue played for us "Cowboy Blues" and "The Night is Young." The night was not young, however, because our final act was Andrew Werner playing the "Star Spangled Banner" and Beethoven's 9th Symphony on his trumpet. In the spirit of MKN tradition, all three camps joined Werner in the singing of "Taps." The evening ended with a spectacular firework display courtesy of nearby Tanglewood. Congratulations to the participants and also to Steve Klein, organizer of the show. We all look forward to next year's talent show!

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Colish, Mike Brawer, Adam Kushner, and Eric DelIon, really brought down the house. Buzzy Cohen enthralled the crowd with a few selections on the piano. Then, the dynamic duo of Sean Posner and Ben Liebowitz

The first day of Olympics is always eagerly anticipated at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac,

THE SUMMER OF '96

SLAM! That is the sound of trunks shutting. This sound brings us back to reality and interrupts our private dreaming - dreaming of a summer gone by. Unfortunately, camp is coming to a close, but we still have our wonderful memories of our summer here at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac. Throughout the summer, the TOTEM has documented how

By Rory Levine, Co-Editor the campers have felt about all the wonderful things happening at Mah-Kee-Nac, Anyone could look through each issue and remember everything as if it were happening again for the first time.

June 25 - The buses slowly declined down the hill leading into camp, bringing 400 campers to their new home for the summer,

Looking out the window each camper was greeting by the waving and cheering of other campers, counselors, and key-staff, and they knew that they were in for a summer to remember.

The first night was certainly a great night. There were new bunks formed and new friendships among counselors and

campers were beginning. "It was extremely exciting to see old friends and begin a new, great summer," said five-year veteran Brian Schaitkin.

Very soon after arriving, campers began several weeks ofregulady scheduled activities. The programs were headed up by pos- I

sibly the best program heads ever. They included Sven Jensen and Brad Humphry for basketball, Jason All en and Chris De Vries for soccer Peter Meyer and Jon Kahane for tennis, Mike Parker and Rodgers Allison for baseball Jeff Solan for hockey, Toni Bloom for art, Jennifer Walters at the pool, and John Weil at the Waterfront.

"I greatly improved in all my classes, especially tennis thanks to Jon "Big Daddy" Kahane's great lectures," said Mark Berenson.

The new additions to MKN are always eagerly awaited by campers and staff The tennis pavilion and new Lower Senior basketball court not only added to Mah-KeeNac, but they also added to our

Gary Johnson's woodshop was on the cutting edge all summer.

enjoyment of camp. Let us also Alan Friedman. Who could ever mention that a third wing will be forget trips such as Riverside, added onto Seneca House for Catskill Game Farm, Zoom. next summer! Flume, or new trips such as the

Cherokee Tubing trip and the Wednesdays bring back great Algonquin/Seneca trip to memories of exciting day trips and Conway, New Hampshire?

fun in-camp activities. These

were wonderfully planned by Parent's Visiting is, without a MKN's Camp Assistant Director doubt, one of the best weekends in camp each year. It may have rained that weekend but no one's spirits were dampened by it! Everyone was still able to have a great time.

Another great first this summer was the formation ofthe Apache/

The pool is one of the best things at MKN. It offers free swim, competitive swim and swim instruction!

Jr. Hoops with Brad Seneca Little/Big brother program. Each Apache was paired with one or two Senecas and special events were held for the two groups, such as a luncheon followed by free play together. None of the Apaches or Senecas will be able to forget the great times they had with their brothers throughout the summer.

The Totem has heavily concentrated 011 traditional Mah-KeeNac events. These started off with the annual MKN Games on the first and third Sundays evenings. It was truly exciting, with the Green Machine coming from behind to pull off the victory over White Lightning. The plays this year were truly fantastic! The Junior production of "Andy" and the Lower Senior production of "Damn Yankees" with a nearby girl's camp, Belvoir Ten-ace, were both hits among the audiences. Algonquin Robert Shapiro and an all-star cast of Upper Seniors were 'One Step From Broadway' with

Algonquin/Seneca Hockey bits the road for an intercamp. their stellar production of "Guys Another great event ofthe sumand Dolls," with sister camp mer was SING! The cheers and Danbee. songs were great, and no one

could deny that fact. Memories Carnival is always a day full of of the Iroquois, Mohicans and fond memories. The Pizza Hut Cheyennes winning in different lunch, the professional booths, the categories, the Cheyennes comcamper-made booths, and all the ing from "Cheyenne Row" to win fun each person had made this the whole competition, and the year's carnival one of the best Apaches presenting their Seneca ever. brothers with the ] 996 Seneca

Zoom Flume was one of many great trips this summer.

sweatpants, seem to linger in our minds as we reflect upon the summer.

The big nips this year gave everyone in the senior camps many things to look back on. From Cooperstown to Boston to Montreal and back, everyone had a Jot of fun!

The Olympics provided all of camp special thoughts to bring home with them of the Summer of'96! No one could forget this year' Olympic break-out, the sack race, the "greased watermelon" the cheer-off, or the presentation of the medals to the decathetes. Olympics was a great time for all, whether you were an Apache, a Cheyenne or a Seneca!

SLAM! There's that sound breaking us from our day-dream-"U"""V.""'F> towards the

noise, there are counselors and campers packing up trunks and filling duffel bags with clothes, blankets and equipment, another indication the summer is nearing its end.

No one will ever forget the great job all the Head Counselors - Greg Bloom, Anthony Richards, Norbert Auger, and Mike Molloy - did throughout this entire summer. We cannot forget to mention one of the finest staffs of Group Leaders ever assembled! Josh

Cohen, Jason "Goose" Allen Brad Humphry, Marty Walker, Brian "McGoo" McGuire, Evan Fuchs, James Hart, Rue Hough Pablo Isales and Jim Gardner did a great job the entire summer. It was almost as if we had another older brother Jooking over us, making sure we were doing well !

No one could ever forget the Summer of '96 here atMKN. So much has happened, and so much will be taken with us a11- Memo-

Top: Specialty Week soccer players warm up.

Bottom: "Dead Rats!" at Junior Assembly.

The first day of Olympics is always eagerly anticipated at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac,

THE SUMMER OF '96

By Rory Levine, Co-Editor SLAM! That is the sound of the campers have felt about all the trunks shutting. This sound wonderful things happening at brings us back to reality and in- Mah-Kee-Nac. Anyone could terrupts our private dreaming - look through each. issue and redreaming of a summer gone by. member everything as if it were Unfortunately, camp is coming to happening again for the first time. a close, but we still have our won-

derful memories of our summer June 25 - The buses slowly dehere at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac. clined down the hill leading into Tbroughout the summer, the camp, bringing 400 campers to TOTEM has documented how their new home for the summer.

Looking out the window, each camper was greeting by the waving and cheering of other campers, counselors, and key-staff and they knew that they were in for a summer to remember.

The first night was certainly a great night. There were new bunks fanned and new friend ... · ships among counselors and

campers were beginning. "It was extremely exciting to see old friends and begin a new, great summer," said five-year veteran Brian Schaitkin.

Very soon after arriving, campers began several weeks of regularly scheduled activities. The programs were headed up by possibly the best program heads ever. They included Sven Jensen and Brad Humphry for basketball, Jason Allen and Chris De Vries for soccer, Peter Meyer and Jon Kahane for tennis, Mike Parker and Rodgers Allison for baseball, Jeff Solan for hockey, Toni Bloom for art, Jennifer Walters at the pool, and John Weil at the Waterfront.

"I greatly improved in all my classes, especially tennis, thanks to Jon "Big Daddy" Kahane's great lectures," said Mark Berenson.

The new additions to MKN are always eagerly awaited by campers and staff. The tennis pavilion and new Lower Senior basketball court not only added to Mah-KeeNac, but they also added to our

Gary Johnson's woodshop was on the cutting edge all summer.

enjoyment of camp. Let us also Alan Friedman. Who could ever mention that a third wing will be forget trips such as Riverside, added onto Seneca House for Catskill Game Farm, Zoom next summer! Flume, or new trips such as the

Cherokee Tubing trip and the Wednesdays bring back great Algonquin/Seneca trip to memories of exciting day trips and Conway, New Hampshire?

fun in-camp activities. These

were wonderfully planned by Parent's Visiting is, without a MKN's Camp Assistant Director doubt, one of the best weekends in camp each year. It may have rained that weekend, but no one's spirits were dampened by it! Everyone was still able to have a great time.

Another great first this summer was the formation ofthe Apache/

The pool is one of the best things at MKN. It offers free swim, competitive swim and swim instruction!

Jr. Hoops with Brad Seneca Little/Big brother program. Each Apacbe was paired with one or two Senecas and special events were held for the two groups, such as a luncheon followed by free play together. None of the Apaches or Senecas will be able to forget the great times they had with their brothers throughout the summer.

The Totem has heavily concentrated on traditional Mah-KeeNac events. These started off with the annual MKN Games on the first and third Sundays evenings. It was truly exciting, with the Green Machine coming from behind to pull off the victory over 'White Lightning. The plays this year were truly fantastic! The Junior production of "Andy" and the Lower Senior production of "Damn Yankees" with a nearby girl's camp, Belvoir Terrace, were both hits among the audiences. Algonquin Robert Shapiro and an all-star cast of Upper Seniors were 'One Step From Broadway' with

Algonquin/Seneca Hockey hits the road for an intercamp. their stellar production of "Guys Another great event of the sumand Dolls," with sister camp mer was SING! The cheers and Danbee. songs were great, and no one

could deny that fact. Memories Carnival is always a day full of of the Iroquois, Mohicans and fond memories. The Pizza Hut Cheyennes winning in different lunch, the professional booths, the categories, the Cheyennes comcamper-made booths, and all the ing from "Cheyenne Row" to win fun each person had made this the whole competition and the year's carnival one of the best Apaches presenting their Seneca ever. brothers with the 1996 Seneca

Zoom Flume was one of many great trtps this summer.

sweatpants, seem to linger in our minds as we reflect upon the summer.

The big trips this year gave everyone in the senior camps many things to look back on. From Cooperstown to Boston to Montreal and back, everyone had a lot of fun 1

The Olympics provided all of camp special thoughts to bring home with them of the Summer of '96! No one could forget this year's Olympic break-out, the sack race, the "greased watermelon' , the cheer-off, or the presentation of tbe medals to the decathetes. Olympics was a great time for all, whether you were an Apache, a Cheyenne or a Seneca!

SLAM! There's that sound breaking us from our day-dreaming again, Glancing towards the

noise, there are counselors and campers packing up trunks and filling duffel bags with clothes, blankets and equipment, another indication the summer is nearing its end.

N a one will ever forget the great job all the Head Counselors - Greg Bloom, Anthony Richards, Norbert Auger, and Mike Molloy - did throughout this entire summer.We cannot forget to mention one of the finest staffs of Group Leaders ever assembled! Josh

Coben, Jason "Goose" Allen, Brad Humphry, Marty Walker, Brian "MeGa 0" McGuire, Evan Fuchs, James Hart, Rue Hough, Pablo Isales and Jim Gardner did a great job the entire summer. It was almost as if we bad another older brother looking over us, making sure we were doing well!

No one could ever forget the Summer of'96 here atMKN. So much has happened, and so much will be taken with us all - Memories of a summer gone by.

Top: Specialty Wee,k soccer players warm up.

Bottom: "Dead Rats!" at Junior Assembly.

Volume 50, Issue 1

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac

THE TIME IS, HERE!

By Rory Levine, Algonquin 42

Campers Arrive at Camp Mah- Kee- Nac

The time was here, the sun was hot and high in the sky, and beads of sweat fanned on the foreheads of people lined up in groups along the sides of the road. The buses slowly creaked along the dusty, dirt road. The people cheered and tired young faces smiled from inside the tinted bus windows. The time was here-the campers had finally arrived,

Duffle bags were slowly lifted from below the large coach buses by young guys in their twenties. The adolescents were directed to the large green-paved basketball courts .. From there, they were directed to their living areas for the next eight weeks: wooden cabins which were half filled with clothing and objects of the new arrivals .. The children greeted each other with yells of delight and handslapping, for they hadn't seen each other for nearly a year. They were ready for the summer-the time was here!

On June 25, a Tuesday this year, 410 youngsters arrived at Camp Mah-KeeN ac in Lenox, Massachusetts. The campers' arrival wasn't that different from usual. The coach buses left their respec-

TIle first assembly! LowerSeniors and their gear on the basketball court, ready to head to the bunks.

tive station between 10:30 through 11:00 am. There was assigned seating for the campers .. Lunches were brought by the campers, and eaten on the bus.

The buses pulled through the dusty driveway, and slowly

drove to the Kruger Lodge. They were lined up and then slowly unloaded. The campers were sent to their respective campuses, where they were met by the head counselor, bunk counselors, and welcome signs.

It soon became clear to all that the time was finally here .. The campers were happy to be together, and everyone was looking forward to a great, exciting summer!

By Jordan Gellis Cherokee 39

Totem Where do you live? Weiss Tenafly, NJ.

Totem How many years have you been at :MKN?

Weiss This is my second year.

Totem What is your favorite sport?

Weiss Basketball

Totem What is the best part of1v1KN?

Weiss Socials

Maureen Watt

Apache 13 By Russell Krupen Navajo 21

Totem How long have you worked at MKN?

Watt This is my second year ..

Totem Where are you from? Watt Glasgow, Scotland.

Totem What is your favorite MKN meal? Watt Pizza!

Totem Do you enjoy what you teach? Watt Yes, I enjoying teaching art.

Totem Have you always taught art at MKN? Watt No, Last year I worked in the office.

Totem Do you like MKN? Why?

Watt Yes, because it's like one big family!

The Totem

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Camp !'v1ah-Kee-Nac

SUMMER OFFICE

Camp Mah- Kee- N ac 6 Hawthorne A venue Lenox, MA 01240 413/637-0781

Editor-in-Chief Rory Levine, Algonquin Sports Editor

Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin Arts Editor

Jacob Levine, Cherokee News Editor

Alex Feldman, Cherokee

JUNIORS

Mohican Paul Furer Mohican Sean Hoffman Mohican Julian Packin Mohican Adam Purjes

LOWER SENIORS Navajo Brad Feldman Navajo Scott Haber Navajo Russell Krupen Navajo Ben Tulis Cheyenne Benjamin Brucker Cheyenne Justin Kantrowitz Cheyenne Jared Kaye UPPER SENIORS Cherokee Jordan Gellis Cherokee Michael Krupen Algonquin Robert Bader Algonquin Brian Schaitkin

Owner IDirec.tor Danny and Nancy Metzger

Winter Office 190 Linden Avenue

Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028 201/429-8522

CHANGES, CHANGES

By Alex Feldman, Cherokee 39

It's 1996 and time for a ketball court was upnew summer at Camp graded to add top qualMah-Kee-Nac, New ity basketball standards faces, new counselors, that range from eight and of course new fa- feettotenfeet. Thenew

cilities. Last year at camp Mah-Kee-Nac, the new waterslide, showers and putting green seemed to be on everyone's "A"-list. This year a new Tennis/Basketball 'pavilion' ,new and improved basketball courts and new ski boats will definitel y add to the already fine facilities here at MKN.

"Every year we try to improve upon our already phenomenal facilities," says Assistant Director Alan Friedman.

The Junior Bas-

regulation sized basketball court with lights was a welcome addition to Lower Senior Camp.

Mah-KeeNac's Waterfront will be looking a lot nicer this year thanks to the new sleek Glasstron ski boat. The new boat has an outboard motor and can seat up to eight people. If you have been looking for either W CM or the Totem and you wind up in someone's house, then you may have noticed thatWCM has been moved to the back of Kruger Lodge

The DJ's of the Future Enjoy WCM's new location

and Totem is now located in the Library. The areas where these activities were last year have been made into Staff houses. Also, there have has been a change in the ropes course .. Have you found it? Well, in case you haven't found out already, the zipline has been moved to a new location. The zipline has been moved because the tree that is on was dying. Now, in its new location, the zipline is higher and more challenging.

With its new facilities, Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is ready for yet another GREAT summer!

THE TOTEM POLE

Do you prefer Burger King or McDonald's?

By Scott Haber, Navajo 23 & Brad Feldman, Navajo 27

Burger King-46% McDonald's-46% Not Sure-8%

From the Home Office in Lenox, Massachusetts

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BEST TIDNGS TO DO AFTER LIGHTS OUT

10. Read

By Ben Tulis, Navajo 27 Sean Hoffman, Mohican 6

9. Go to sleep

8. W lite Letters

7. Listen to music

6. Play Cards

5. Jump on Beds

4.. Play Truth or Dare

3... Jump on counselors while they are in bed

2. Flashlight Wars

1. Hang on Rafters

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SAFETY FIRST

By Scott Rogowsky, Navajo 23

Recently, the Totem spoke with the staff of the Mah-Kee-Nac Nature Center, Chris Mundy and Chris Armstrong, about the subject of personal safety and how to prevent types of woods-related problems. These were our findings:

Q. What protection should you use when doing into the woods?

A. Use Bug Spray and wear long pants, a baseball cap and waterproof boots.

Q .. What are the different types of poisonous plants and animals that we might encounter and how can. you identify them?

A. Poison Ivy - Three lightly colored green leaves on a stem Poisonous catapillars - red stripes/spots

Also, skunks and certain types of snakes

Q. What are some signs of a diseased animal?

A. They are slow moving, drooling, jumpy and frothing at the mouth.

Q. Is it ok to give food to one of the animals?

A. No. They have plenty of food in the forest and if they become dependant on people for food, they will not be able to survive on their own when we are not around.

Q. How should you react if you encounter a wild animal!

A. Do NOT run away, stay still and do NOT handle or corner the animal!

Q. If you come across an injured animal, what should you do?

A Do NOT handle the animal! Call a counselor over to help you!!!.

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WCM: YOUR STATION FOR TODAY'S VARIETY & YESTERDAY'S FAVORITES!

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WHERE'S DANNY

By Jacob Levine, Cherokee 39

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MKN WELCOMES NEW HEAD OF BASKETBALL

By Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin 42

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac basketball has always had a tradition of success. Our teams are well-respected in the tournaments we enter, and they represent the camp wen. This year already looks to be no exception.

Sven Jensen is the new basketball program director.

Sven has had quite a background. He has been coaching for 26 years, and he got his first head coaching position at age 21. He was the first full time Swedish professional coach. The Swedish team that he was coaching never finished lower than thirdplace, and they won twice. This opened up the opportunity for Sven to become the Swedish national coach. He came to the United States ten years ago after meeting his future wife.

S ven was attracted to the camp by none other than Greg Bloom. Greg found out about him at the school he works at

during the winter, and he suggested Sven to Danny .. Sven graciously accepted the position, He knew very little about the MKN basketball program at the time.

Sven's main goal is to make sure everyone is involved and gets a chance this summer. He says that the only way to learn is by trying .. He also wants to help people develop their skills to a higher level. S ven wants all of the campers to have fun and learn at the same time.

Sven also wants us to do well in tournaments, but he says that plays second fiddle to the learning process.

He is pushing for everyone to accomplish something while playing.Sven added a quote that basically summed up his thoughts: "Even a 1,000 mile trip starts with one step." We look forward to a successful l\1KN basketball program under the tutelage of Sven Jensen.

UPPER SENIORS ENJOY SOFTBALL TO FULLEST

By Michael Krupen, Cherokee 35

On Wednesday, June 26th, the Upper Senior Softball League started. The softball league is a four team league that spans the eight week summer atMah-Kee-Nac. Once you are in this league, you can't leave it. Sorry to the people who signed up for it and did not like it. Fortunately, that rarely happens.

My experience in the Upper Senior Softball League, has been a positive one .. Although. the learn I'm on lost 6- 2. The softball league is both challenging and fun at the same time. It is challenging because you never know what the hitter willdo, because you barely play against them. Other than that, the softball league is the ultimate recipe for pure fun.

The Totem interviewed Norbert Auger, the Upper Senior head counselor and also the commissioner of the softball league. During the interview, we found out many interesting things about the league. The softball league was started with the intent-that the league would be a softball intramural that any Upper Senior who wants to can participate in this league without having to be a great player. U nfortunately, onl y Upper Seniors can play in this league because Norbert would not like to see a 7 -year old Apache go up against the best 15 year old Seneca. The main goals that the softball league teaches are sportsmanship and team play.

THE TOTEM

July 15, 1996

Volume 50, Issue 2

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac

LET THE -GAMES BEGIN!

ANNUAL MKN GAMES KICK OFF

In this issue of the Totem, we've examined Mah-Kee-Nac tradition. We've looked at annual event such as the Fourth of July Talent Show, As the summer progres es, more annual events will occur, such as the Camp Sing, Carnival and Specialty Week. However, all of camp's attention is now turned to perhaps the most popular of all traditions at MKN, known to all as MKN Games!

On Sunday, July 7th, the first night of MKN Games was held. Due to bad weather, the first installment ofthel\1KN Games had to be postponed, but that was the furthest thing from the minds of the campers and the staff as they learned what team they would be on and what event they would be participating in or coaching. The rain by no means dampened the spirits of all those cheering for their teammates, whether they be juniors or seniors.

The Juniors and Lower Seniors were left in the most suspense as they gathered on their respective ba ketball courts to learn their fate in the MKN draft. After the j r names were called, the counsel-

By Rory Levine, Algonquin 42

ors and campers joined their jester and began planning for the night's events. For the Juniors and Lower Seniors, events were planned and coaches chose people to compete in each event. The Upper Seniors on the other hand, challenged the other teams to various events. Games varied by camp and included Gar-

Brad, Jeff & Andrew show off the new scoreboard made by Toni Bloom

bage Can Kickball, Soccer, Basketball, Water Sports, Bombardment, One-pitch, as well as many others.

jesters. It was extremely messy but, eventually, Upper Senior Green Machine Jester Jim Gardner had the pleasure of putting a pie in the face of White Lightning Jester Rue Hough! While all of this was going on at the Upper Senior Basketball court, the Lower Seniors were having their own focus relay. The relay was similar to the other relay except they used shaving cream instead of chocolate pudding! Instead of the Green Machine winning this time, White team Jester Rocky Eulo earned the privilege of throwing a pie in the face of Green team lester Josh Manton!

The following morning, the scores were posted at the Dining Hall To the happiness of the White Lightning, the score was 615 for the White and 585 for the Green Machine. All can be assured that the

The evening reached its climax and Green Machine will be up for ended with the focus events. The the challenge at MKN Games ill!!

J uniors and Upper Seniors teamed up for a hilarious relay event which included ahulahoop, chocolate pudding, water balloons and two tied up

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By Jordan GeJlis, Cherokee 39

Paul Furer

Mohican 4

Totem How many years have you been at MKN?

Furer This is my first year.

Totem What is your favorite activity at camp?

Furer Roller Hockey.

Totem What is your favorite movie? Furer Bio-Dome ..

Totem What is your favorite MKN meal?

Furer Meatball Hero.

Totem What is the best thing about camp?

Furer No parents!

Chris DuFault

Algonquin 41

By Rory Levine, Algonquin 42

Totem How long have you been at MKN?

DuFault 4 Years.

Totem What do you teach? DuFault Tennis.

Totem What is your favorite MKN meal?

DuFault Steak.

Totem What do you do during the year?

DuFault I am a freelance writer ..

Totem What are your favorite things to do at camp?

DuFault Cycling and Chess ..

SUMMER OFFICE Camp Mah- Kee- N ac 6 Ha wthorne Avenue

Lenox, MA 01240 413/637 -0781

Editor-in-Chief Rory Levine, Algonquin Sports Editor

Steven Brauntuch, Algonquin ' Arts Editor

Jacob Levine, Cherokee News Editor

Alex Feldman, Cherokee

JUNIORS

Mohican Paul Furer Mohican Sean Hoffman Mohican Julian Packin Mohican Adam Purjes

LOWER SENIORS Navajo Dustin Balmuth Navajo Brad Feldman

Navajo Scott Haber Navajo Russell Krupen Navajo Scott Rogowsky Navajo Brandon Singer

Navajo Ben Tubs Cheyenne Benjamin Brucker Cheyenne Justin Kantrowitz Cheyenne Jared Kaye

UPPER SENIORS Cherokee Jordan Gellis Cherokee Michael Krupen Cherokee Brian Linde Algonquin Robert Bader Algonquin Even Benn Algonquin Brian Schaitkin

Journalism Advisor David Hans

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