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Why the Switch to Zimbra
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By Shona Allen ’13
Technology is constantly changing and advancing at a rapid pace. Worcester Academy’s one to one laptop program allows the community to not only be exposed to the world’s incessantly progressing technology but also experience its changes as well. Just over a month ago, the e-mail system Worcester Academy has used for years – FirstClass – was replaced by a new system known as Zimbra. Because a communicative mechanism is essential, being the main source that connects the entire school– middle and upper, faculty and students –the switch from FirstClass to Zimbra is and continues to be a big change for the WA community. Many students and faculty may wonder what brought about the switch. According to Jason Epstein, Chief Information Officer, “FirstClass was still a good email system when left in its own environment. However as we [the tech department] moved to more collaborative systems including Google Apps and Schoology we began to realize that on the back end, FirstClass was not playing nice with other systems. We were putting more time, effort, and money into maintaining the system but were losing things like archival features to help find lost emails. Another major factor [to the switch] was that FirstClass did not play well with mobile devices and with the increase of iPhones
(and other smart phones) and iPads on campus the need for a system that worked well on these devices was essential.”
Students using their laptops in the library Photo Courtesy of Shona Allen ’13 Turn to Switch to Zimbra on Page 4
By Kara Banson ’13
A Day of Adventure
On September 25, 2012 there was a sense of excitement Walden Pond in Concord, MA was the destination for the and adventure on campus. It was class field trip day. This meant junior class field trip. Students and their advisors hiked around no classes, tests, quizzes, and homethe pond and saw house where Henry work. It was a day solely for class bondDavid Thoreau, a transcendentalist, ing. Although there was no connection lived. between the class summer reading and Kelly Stevens ’14 enjoyed her experithe location of each trip, students and ence because she was “able to connect faculty reflected on the core values of with a lot of international students and… Worcester Academy that were embodied play some fun games.” in their class read. The Class of 2013 traveled to WachuThe freshmen class did not travel sett Mountain Ski area in Princeton, MA. far for. They went on a walking tour of Uneven surfaces, rocks, and a steep Worcester. The tour gave individuals the incline challenged students and advisors. opportunity to learn about the commuHowever, after reaching the top of the nity where WA is situated. Mrs. Wales, mountain every person felt victorious. Sophomores Lauren Sullivan, Meaghan Barry, freshmen class dean, hoped that the Students were able to end the day with Katherine Johnson, and Colleen Rooney at Newport a ride on the ski lift. The sight was beau“Class of 2016 and their advisor…[were Photo Courtesy of Emily Isakson ’15 able] to come together and get to know tiful and for a day it seemed like the each other as they explore Worcester.” Class of 2013 was worry free. Without Students’ reactions to the field trip was mostly positive. Isabel any hesitation, Bob Nichols’13 titled the experience as “the best Polletta ’16 said, “It was an enjoyable experience” that gave her field trip we had so far.” the chance to understand the local community. The class field trips started the year right. Students and The sophomore class went to Newport, RI where they faculty were able to have fun and learn about one another. After toured the beautiful mansions. Interestingly, Newport was also the such a great class bonding experience, many people are already setting of last year’s fall play, Theophilus North. Rowen Price ’15 looking forward to next year’s class field trips. found the trip to be “interesting, [and] cool especially because I Turn to Page 5 to see more pictures was part of the play last year.”
By Kyle O’Rourke ’13
A Captain’s Mindset
hung up in Daniels Gymnasium, as she was part of a championship team both her freshman and junior years. After hopefully adding another championship banner to the rafters, Marissa will look forward to her future as a soccer player. She knows she wants to continue playing in college and will have to weigh her options as to where she wants to go, but one thing is certain: no matter where she ends up, she will definitely add skill to the team. As excited as she is about playing in college, Marissa knows she needs to focus on her current season at hand, as well as her senior year in general. When asked about what she wants to come away with at the end of her final year of high school she said, hanging another banner from the rafters is her first priority. She wants to know “that as a team we did all we could and left everything on the field.” She has the soccer program to thank for giving her the highlight of her high school career and some of her best friends. She knows this soccer team will be the number one thing she misses when she graduates in June, but what is harder Marissa Endow ’13 at last October’s to realize is just how much the team will miss her and her senior classmates as this “Pink Day” game elite team continues to showcase their tal- Photo Courtesy of Marissa Endow’13 ent in future years.
Ask any group of people what they think it means to be a leader and you would get a handful of different answers. Some might say it means setting a good example and others might tell you it means being a good teammate. But senior co-captain of the girls varsity soccer team, Marissa Endow, would give you a combination of both answers. Marissa believes that being a captain means bigger responsibilities, the foremost of those responsibilities being the need to be a strong role model for her younger teammates. This year the Hilltoppers are a much younger team than they have been in the past, with just four seniors on the roster. However, they are a team that is coming off a Class A championship season and now ESPN, “the worldwide leader in sports,” has ranked them as the number one prep-school girls soccer team in the country. When asked what this ranking has meant and if they have been received any differently by their opponents, Marissa replied,“We have definitely gained a huge target on our back.” They certainly have, and as the co-captain puts it, “our team is built upon work ethic and determination and at no point will we let our past success get to our heads and distract us from achieving our ultimate goal, which is … to bring home another banner.” The senior has seen her fair share of banners get
By Kyle O’Rourke ’13
Tough Loss on the Hilltop
he is looking forward to what coach Johnson brings to the table. The captain also stressed the need for strong execution on the field against Exeter for their first game of the season. He was not alone either, as both his coach and quarterback, post-graduate D.J. Crook ’13, said the same thing. They were all in agreement with the talent this team possesses but as anyone who follows sports knows, talent can only take you so far. It would take a solid game plan and even more solid execution to beat this strong Exeter team. The game’s start could not have been better for the home team. On the first play from scrimmage for the offense Crook connected with sophomore wide receiver Justus Harris ’15 for a huge gain, taking the ball to the one-yard line. One play later, post-graduate running back Mario Stereti ’13 punched the ball into the end zone and gave the Hilltoppers the early lead. Unfortunately for the home team, that was the highlight of their night, as it was mostly downhill from there. Dan Radel ’13 forced a fumble on the kick off which went out of bounds, leaving possession with Exeter, and two plays later, Exeter’s senior running back Andreas Robinson took a handoff over sixty yards for the touchdown. That was the first the Hilltoppers saw of Robinson but it most certainly was not the last. When the clock hit four zeros, signaling the end of the game, Robinson had over 100 yards rushing plus a TD. Worcester’s defense simply could not find a way to stop the high-powered running back, and on the offensive side, the home team’s running back, Stereti, had no such luck. He was consistently hit in the backfield and his blockers struggled to create holes for him. This loss cannot be put on one player or one unit. The Hilltoppers looked like a team that was still trying to iron some things out and had not really found its footing. No matter the opponent, the key to success is the same for each game: go in with a set game plan and stick with it until the clock hits 00:00. Final score Worcester: 13 Exeter: 34
Worcester Academy Varsity Football vs. Phillips Exeter Academy Game: 9/22/12 It is a new season for the Worcester Academy varsity football team, one full of new faces and questions. Questions as to how the new captains, new players, and new coaches will work together to form a strong, cohesive unit. However, the biggest question surrounding the varsity football team is what will change with previous coach David Dykeman’s departure and with new coach Tony Johnson taking over the helm. According to captain Dominic Casamassima ’13, there really is not much change at all, and he is grateful for all that coach Dykeman taught him, and
Photos Courtesy of Mrs. Wales, Mr. Healy, Emily Isakson ’15, and Alexandra DelloStritto ’14
By Maya Franson ’14
Welcome, Mr. Osorio
“I don’t want my position as Dean of Students to be solely about interacting with students on a disciplinary basis. I do value this basis and will be on a frontline to monitor consistency with the core values of the school, but I hope my interactions will also be about expanding our community and making sure we are all having a good time.” – Mr. Osorio Some may recognize the similarities of this quote to a speech delivered by Mr. Osorio at assembly during the first week of school. Mr. Osorio, Worcester Academy’s new Associate Director of the Upper School and Dean of Students, is hopeful and eager to establish a dialogue with the student body from which he can gain the student perspective. High on his list of goals for the year is to develop his role in the WA community by learning from the students in order to be a dean that truly represents the entire student body. Drawing on his practice from former positions at Nobles and Greenough School as Associate Director of Admissions and Packer Collegiate Institute as Dean of Diversity and Assistant Head of the Upper School, Mr. Osorio hopes to positively enhance the Worcester Academy experience. Already impressed with the school community, a key factor in Mr. Osorio’s decision to accept the position at Worcester Academy was his hopes to strengthen the students’ senses of community and school spirit. He wants his involvement to empower student leadership and promote further vibrancy in the day-to-day activities of every member of the WA community. As Mr. Osorio continues to indentify with the uniqueness of Worcester Academy, his focus for the rest of the year will be to experience everything the school has to offer. Students can be assured that the new Associate Director and Dean of Students intends to make the time spent at Worcester Mr. Osorio: Associate Director of the Upper School Academy the most memorable and educational experiences of their lives. and Dean of Students Mr. Osorio and his family could not be more excited to become a part of the Photo Courtesy of Liandra Castro ’15 Worcester Academy family.
By Alexandra DelloStritto ’14
Features Poll: What Do You Think About WA Technology?*
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97% of students check their email every day
Continued from Firstclass to Zimbra/ Page 1 Zimbra integrates more smoothly with the new systems WA has adopted, such as Schoology, and the new products students and faculty are purchasing. However, it does not drastically differ from FirstClass on the surface. They both contain the same tools: e-mail, calendar, and contacts, but using these tools is where the differences come into play. The format from which you can view, send, and file e-mails in Zimbra is different from FirstClass. For example, when an e-mail is shared amongst a particular group of people, every reply to this e-mail is saved chronologically under one file tab, as opposed to receiving a separate e-mail for each person’s reply. Zimbra also allows for investment benefits. The price of Zimbra is half of what FirstClass costs, which saves WA’s tech department money. Additionally, when FirstClass needed to be adjusted, the tech department had to hire someone to provide the modifications whereas Zimbra is managed “in- house.” This means that the tech office is able to supply any alterations to Zimbra. As an open source, Zimbra will always be available and its users’ information will never be lost, even if its parent company, VMWare, should ever go out of business. This company cannot force Zimbra users to upgrade the software. The Technology Committee’s decision to change Worcester Academy’s communicative system from FirstClass to Zimbra was inevitable and essential for the growth and change of WA’s technological needs. Mr. Epstein says, “FirstClass was becoming a bit of a lead weight, holding us down from some very important growth in our ability to communicate with each other. I stand by this decision, I trust the tech committee in its decision, and I know that in the long run will be a good fit for our school.” In response to the poll regarding Zimbra and FirstClass on page 5, Mr. Epstein believes “that 66% like FirstClass better because that is what they were used to. Any time you have a switch of a major system after it has been in place for a long time (I believe over 8 years with FirstClass) . . . there is a period of remorse. You miss your good old stand by. However, in the long run, I am confident that people will see that Zimbra will do what we need it to do and . . . meet the growing needs of our school.” As the world’s technology continues to progress, Worcester Academy is not far behind. Zimbra is the outcome of such advancements.
Vigornia Staff October 12, 2012
Shona Allen ’13 Kara Banson ’13 Alexandra DelloStritto ’14
Delaney Randor ’13 Andrew Reiter ’13 Kyle O’Rourke ’13 Gianna Anderson ’14 Maya Franson ’14 Abrielle Peltier ’14
Liandra Castro ’15 Emily Isakson ’15
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