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The BlackFriar Chronicle

Number 7, May 2007



pictures and overview on page 4

Review: Summer’s first Blockbuster: Spiderman 3 reviewed by Andrew Curley


MALVERN BASEBALL: John Gentile reviews the 2007 season


Sophomores win the annual championship.

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MALVERN’S SCIENCE &TECH PAGE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Addiction– How Morphine uses Memory Spring’s to Create Dependence Downside...
by Kevin Grubb, ‘07 Staff Writer Recent news from the world of neuroscience gives new insight into the nature of addiction, and more specifically, why people become addicted to drugs such as morphine. Brown University scientist Julie Kauer has made several important discoveries regarding the brain mechanics involved in morphine-response and the long-term effects of the pain-relief drug. Long-term potentiation or LTP, is a key factor in the way the brain stores information. In LTP, the connections between neurons called, synapses strengthen after repeated use. This strengthening allows for the storage of memory. Drugs such as morphine inhibit the synapses from working and as little as a single dose can prevent LTP up to twentyfour hours later, long after the drug itself has exited the system. In certain areas of the brain, this blockage of LTP can have adverse effects. The ventral tegmental area of the brain controls pleasure release for survival oriented functions of the body inhibitory neurons would prevent the release of dopamine, the body’s pleasure chemical. In a morphine-affected brain, these neurons simply do not fire because they are not receiving the orders to do so. The brain releases much more dopamine than it should, and this positive response leads to an eventual addiction. Given the synapse-altering effect of morphine, the end result of continued morphine use is not only a conscious addiction, but also an addiction caused by the brain effectively “teaching” itself to be addicted. For more information regarding the continued efforts of Brown University researchers and the study of addiction, please visit Administration/PAUR/media/.


by Chris Paolino, ‘08 Editor

such as eating or (in a more long-term survival light) sex. In a healthy brain,

india, iran and the U.S.: A Nuclear Story
U.S.-india Nuclear Deal in Jeopardy over india’s Forging ties with iran
by Chris Reeves, ‘10 Staff Writer In July 2005, leaders in the United States and India agreed to pursue a “global partnership” intended to establish “peaceful nuclear cooperation” between the two countries. India is one of a handful of countries that has a comprehensive nuclear program, including nuclear weapons. In recent months, however, negotiations between the two countries have been jeopardized by India’s increasing cooperation with Iran, including establishing military and economic ties with that country. On May 2, a group of U. S. senators involved in the negotiations between the U. S. and India wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warning him that if India persisted with enhancing its ties to Iran, the United States would consider imposing sanctions on India as well as withdrawing its offer to provide India with previously forbidden nuclear technology for its non-military nuclear program. One of the senators’ primary concerns is an agreement reached earlier this year between India and Iran to build a natural gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India. This pipeline would provide billions of dollars of revenue to Iran. India needs the gas to satisfy its increasing energy needs as well as to fuel its long-term plan for economic growth. India’s oil minister responded to the senators’ criticism by saying that India would go forward with the pipeline regardless of U. S. pressure to kill the deal. Another area of concern is the increased political and military cooperation between India and Iran. The senators were especially concerned that the two countries established in March 2007 a “joint defense working group.” The senators see this cooperation as a sign that India supports both Iran’s bid to become a nuclear power and tacit acceptance of Iran’s support for terrorism. The U. S. is trying to isolate Iran and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons technology by imposing sanctions on that country and others who cooperate with Iran under the Iran Sanctions Act, and by putting political pressure on countries like India not to develop economic and political ties to Iran. The senators closed their letter by asking India to honor its pledge from the July 2005 conference to join with the United States in fighting the “scourge of terrorism,” or else face the prospect of the U. S. withdrawing its offer to provide the country with enhanced nuclear technology. Honoring this pledge would mean that India would have to cut all ties to Iran. Based on India’s dependence on foreign oil to drive its economic growth, and Iran’s willingness to provide that oil via the new pipeline, it does not appear that India will be yielding to the senators’ demands anytime soon.

Few of us have actually gotten the chance to slow down during the day and notice the true beauty of Malvern’s campus. Those who have are very lucky. But, everyone is suffering from this newly found spring in more ways than one. Yesterday as I was walking through campus I observed spring in it’s entirety…their were birds chirping, flowers and trees budding, pink peddles floating in the air, kids rubbing their noses and itching their eyes, and teachers hacking. What sweet irony. This year’s allergy season is one of the worst we’ve had in a while. Because we had such warm weather follow a relatively mild winter, the trees were able to suck up tons of moisture. So, the trees are just dumping pollen in the air at outstanding rates. Another big source of allergies is this year’s high mold spore count. Due to the moist winter, there is a high concentration of mold spores flying around. This year’s allergy season is so bad that the National Allergy Bureau has rated the Philadelphia area a “very high concentration” status of tree pollen and mold, which is the highest possible status. There are many ways to try and beat the allergy season. Sprays, medication, and home brew techniques are all possible solutions, but few seam to work the best. It also depends on who you are. Some people respond very well to nasal sprays and others respond better to medications. One thing to watch out with though is that the popular allergy medicine Claritin can help, but after a while most people will build immunity to it so it will no longer become effective. So, if you are going to take Claritin, wait until you’re allergies are at their worst. The best way, in the opinion of a long time allergy sufferer, just try to phase out the bad and focus on the beauty of spring. We have an outdoor campus and we should be enjoying ourselves as much as possible in this beautiful weather.

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Review: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
by Drew Bandos, ‘09 Staff Writer
Freedom is a concept that many people never think about. In my experience, many people take it for granted. We all know that it exists in our own world, but the concept of loosing this privilege never graces our daily thoughts. After reading A Long Way Gone, the concept of freedom (partial freedom, at least) is one that I constantly hold dear, and the thought of loosing it is one that I constantly dread. In his autobiography, A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah describes, in haunting detail, his experience in a civil war that raged in Sierra Leone in the 1990’s, as both a civilian and a solider. He lived a very happy and content life with his family until the war reached their small village. After this fateful day, his life was never the same. Ishmael is constantly on the run from this horrible war, until he is eventually thrown into the war himself, being brainwashed by the national army into hating everything about the Rebel United Front. Endless killing, stealing, and drug usage eventually change Ishmael into a completely different person. He no longer values life at all, especially if it is one of the opposing army, the RUF. At long last, his general is forced by a social service group to give up a few soldiers to be re-civilized in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s Capital. After months of drug rehabilitation and immersion into a world without war, Ishmael finally returns to normal, and is given to a new family. When all seemed back to normal, his dreaded past began to catch up with him. At this time, the RUF had begun to encroach

What’s Going On? Some of us should reconsider what we are doing.
by Dave Marcucci, ‘08 Editor
What I am about to discuss in the following article is something that I have been thinking about for some time. A lifestyle of vandalism, stealing, ignorance and neglect is rapidly emerging at Malvern and it is a serious problem. Malvern is one of the finest schools in the area as well as the country. With State-of-the-Art facilities, from athletics to academics, the treatment students receive here is unparalleled. Amidst these extraordinary opportunities that we are provided with, students have lost their respect and sense of maturity. Lazy and immature attitudes of many students have become far too prevalent. It was just the other day in the O’Neil locker room while getting changed when I noticed someone spit right on the floor in front of me. Needless to say, it was not the most pleasant site. Why is there not a bathroom in the school without writing on the wall vilifying another classmate? Why can’t a flyer or poster be put up in the hallways and a desk cannot be sat in without any graffiti written on it? Why has a lunch period yet to occur where a table is left without a piece of trash on it? Why is it impossible to walk through a parking lot on campus without seeing a piece of trash on the ground? Why are students unable to sit still at the end of the hallway without tearing up floor tiles and piling them on top of each other—leaving them for someone else to clean up? All of this is a blatant disregard for those who do try to keep the school clean and presentable. There are no excuses but ignorance. Why is it that people argue at the lunch tables over who is to throw everyone’s’ trash out? Students find the strength to somehow get up and play wall-ball, but its simply too cumbersome to take their tray back. Is it really that difficult to restrain oneself from drawing graffiti on the bathroom stalls? There are plenty of trashcans on campus and it’s a disgrace that so little of them are used. It becomes insulting when these are the occurrences that happen on a daily basis in a school community that one expects has come from a more civil and dignified class of society. Most of us would not treat our own homes with such blatant disrespect, why do we do so to our school?

A Book That Everyone Should Read
on Freetown. After their attack, Ishmael had once again found himself without a family, without a home; on the run from this dreaded war once again. Yet, despite the many conflicts and hardships he faced, Ishmael finds his way across the border into Guinea, a bordering country. Safety had finally been achieved; for Ishmael, at least. I believe this is a book that everyone in America needs to read. Our universal rights are taken for granted; we never imagine a world without these testaments to our humanity. This sharply contrasts with the mindset of anyone on the run from a genocide like that of Sierra Leone. In addition to this ill logic, we are the ones to blame for this conflict. The United States makes up for at least 35% of diamond sales worldwide. Many diamond importing companies (i.e. De Beers, DiamondWorks) offered weapons to both sides of this horrible civil war in exchange for diamonds from Sierra Leone, dubbed “conflict diamonds” for the situation in which they are mined. Slaves from this war were forced to mine for these diamonds so that their owners could buy more food, weapons, and drugs. We are to blame. The combination of our thirst for these rocks and the greed of diamond companies prolonged this horrible war, in which at least 50,000 people were killed, and over a million displaced. I believe every person in America needs to read this so that we realize the result of our own greed. We must realize that freedom is not available to everyone, and that we should do all in our power to change the world so that everyone can enjoy true freedom.

Spiderman 3: The Summer’s First Blockbuster
by Andrew Curley, ‘10 Staff Writer The third installment of the hugely popular Spider-Man movie franchise pits Peter Parker against the greatest challenges he’s ever faced, and Director Sam Raimi does a great job of tying it all together. Returning cast Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunce, James Franco, and others are joined by series newcomers Topher Grace and Thomas Haden Church. The third film takes place almost immediately after the second film, and we find Spider-Man finally achieving balance between being Spider-Man and leading a normal life with Mary Jane Watson, who has become an actress on Broadway. In the course of the movie, four different storylines keep the action going and eventually tie together at the end. The first storyline involves the relationship between Peter Parker and Mary Jane. Peter makes plans to propose to Mary Jane, and is given an engagement ring by his Aunt May. His ride home marks the beginning of the second plotline, which involves Harry Osborn. He plots revenge on Spider-Man/Peter Parker for murdering his father, Norman Osborn (Green Goblin in the first film), and does so by using the inventions his father left behind. Harry then becomes a supervillian, and takes the role of the New Goblin. A fight between Peter and Harry, resulting in Harry receiving a blow to the head which causes short term memory loss. Harry now remembers nothing about the death of his father nor Peter Parker’s super-powered alter ego, and Peter struggles with his relationship with Mary Jane. The third storyline involves the escaped convict Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), who is trying to get money to help his ill daughter. While evading the police, he stumbles into a molecular testing site where he is transformed into the supervillian known as the Sandman. Meanwhile, the police have blamed him responsible for the murder of Ben Parker, Peter’s uncle. Peter hunts him down to avenge Uncle Ben, and begins to lose sight of what Spider-Man stands for in his quest for revenge. The last and most important storyline is the fan-favorite Symbiote/Venom plot. For those who don’t know, it is an organism from a meteor that lands on Earth and attaches itself to Peter, resulting in his trademark black suit. All of Peter’s decisions and interactions revolve around the suit, and will eventually lead to the birth of the classic villain, Venom. Spider-Man 3 starts off with lots of action and maintains it for the course of the film. All of the different plotlines help move each other to the film’s climax, which of course revolves around the black suit. Coming into the film, I was worried that there were too many stories and villains being brought in, but fortunately Sam Raimi is able to pull it off effectively. Fans of the comic books should be pleased with this installment, as classic villains Venom and Sandman are finally brought into the movies. Many cameos also appear, including a short scene with Stan Lee (the creator of the original comic), and the appearance of side character Gwen Stacy. The special effects are top-notch, as they have been in the previous movies. However, Spider-Man 3 isn’t without its faults. At parts the movie got to be pretty corny (including a strange dance number by Peter Parker), and the Sandman character seemed somewhat apart from the whole film. If there is going to be a Spider-Man 4 (which is highly likely), hopefully he can be brought back in, as his goals weren’t completely resolved. One other small problem was with the collection of clips when Peter begins to embrace his new suit. The scenes were a little drawn out after the point got across to the audience. As a whole, Spider-Man 3 is an exciting, intense ride from start to finish and is recommended to everyone who has seen and enjoyed the first two films. It was not the best of the three films, but is still an enjoyable one to watch.

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Ryan McGuckin, ‘10 Staff Writer


This year’s Malvern Prep Junior/ Senior Prom was a wonderful evening. The Bellevue was a perfect spot and the night was full of surprises. After walking up meeting and greeting the teachers you could either find a spot downstairs or go upstairs to the balcony. The night was full of life, including kilts from Mr. Boyce and Tyler Harvey, the Dumb and Dumber orange and blue tuxes thanks to Matt McManus and Mark Borgerson. Mr. Colameco and Mr. McGuire were on hand with the cameras to capture the night’s memories. After a delicious dinner was served, the dance floor opened up and the party started. Dancing was not limited to the actual dance floor—as Mike Lynch climbed on stage during “Livin’ On A Prayer.” If you looked up to the balcony you could see a tall John Michael Hickey getting his groove on second-story style. With smiles and laughter everywhere you turned, it was a night none will forget.

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Bringing the Passion to Life
Chris Giacomucci ‘08 Correspondent As I entered through the chapel doors for yet another “Lenten Liturgy” I merely expected to cruise through another elongated, mundane, monotonous service. Little did I know that I was going to be bombarded by the clashing symbols of O’ Fortuna from the “pipes” of the Malvern Chorus, especially some awesome songs such as Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Philadelphia “nailed” by Chris Shultz, and a stunning performance of Tears in Heaven by Kevin Titus, as well as the pure talent of the band including the Anthony Brothers and Ty Harvey. Nor did I expect to see the “colossal” body of one Mike Lynch enter as the terrifying Roman soldier. I was completely taken away by the lighting and intensity of this unexpected treat known as the Easter Crucifixion ceremony. Yes, I have seen the Stations of the Cross performed at multiple schools, all portrayed differently; however, Malvern’s performance was the best and most “unique” my eyes have ever seen. Who would have thought to take the historically dreary moment of the death of Jesus, and modernize it into a surreal phenomenon? No one that I know could have done this except for the dynamic duo of Mr. Fry and Mr. Liga. So I decided to create my own episode of Beyond the Glory, by interviewing Mr. Fry about the performance. After the show, I heard a rumor that Mr. Fry took this rendition of the Stations from Monsignor Bonner, but I had to find out for myself. So I asked him, and he said, “Yes, Mr. Liga and I created this unique performance at Bonner, and ran it for about three years. I wanted to do something different so I came up with the idea for this show and he said ‘yeah why not?’” Some of the music overlapped from the original performances at Bonner. I know that a lot of kids after witnessing the show were curious to know when and where the performers practiced for this show, as well as who picked the performers? “Mr. Legner and I picked guys who don’t usually get the chance to be in the spotlight and shine. That’s why we didn’t really choose kids who were in the theatre arts program.” I know that a lot of kids were stricken by the performance of Peter Glowa a.k.a “Jesus Christ, The Son of God.” Pete’s portrayal of agony and pain was remarkable and I think that it struck as well as surprised a lot of the students and faculty watching. So I asked Mr. Fry, “Why Pete Glowa?” “He’s quiet, he’s a great guy. He has a lot of the ideals that Christ has such as being serious, and [gives it his all every time]. WE thought he was the best for the job.” Then I asked Mr. Fry some reflective questions on how he felt the performance went, and any thoughts or views about the show. “ T h e performance went well. At the end it was dead silent; I take that as a compliment. A lot of people seemed to be moved, and I’ve never seen so many people, especially faculty, in the chapel at once. Also, I’d like to give a “shout out” to Mr. Legner for his contributions such as controlling the lights, as well as all performers and the theology and art departments.” I think that the most pondered question, especially those sitting in the junior section of the chapel was “Was Mary actually crying?” So I asked Mr. Fry and he said, “Yes, Mary played by Villa’s Lauren Boyle actually forced herself to cry during the Station Jesus meets Mary. I was also curious to know “What are Mr. Fry’s plans for next year? I mean he has a lot to live up to.” “We’ll definitely try to do it next year. I hope to do it in the new Duffy Center where the skies the limit with the amount of space and equipment. We’ll have to “keep it fresh” with new music, and hopefully more seniors, after seeing this year’s performance, will want to step up and do it next year, and not force us to choose the kids who usually participate in everything else at Malvern.” My final question on an ending note was, “would you consider this a SUPER SWEET performance or just a SWEET one?” “Oh this is totally SUPER SWEET” I think I speak for the entire Malvern community in saying that the Stations of the Cross show was awesome. It was fresh, intense, and kept your attention. It is difficult to find a student that would deny being moved by it. I saw some watery eyes.


Dear Editor, who criticizes interpretive artistic works? people are allowed to create any art they want and people should respect their creativity. maybe i don’t like what you drew/wrote/performed/whatever, but i’m not gonna tell you i think it isn’t good. i’m gonna respect you for what you did. i’ll probably think about it and try to find some meaning behind what you’ve created. when people create art, they are putting themselves out there. don’t thwart our society by offending people to the point that they abandon art. i see a sign every day on my way to school at a home where a vandal smashed a sculpture on the front lawn. the sign reads: “A ART IS WORLD WITHOUT A WORLD LOST”

Arts Blossom at Spring Festival
Drew Winfield ‘10 Staff Writer

Well, they say April showers bring May flowers, and anyone who was at the Spring Arts Festival would have no doubt this saying is true. Not only was the impressive artwork in full display, but also the blossoming young talent of all the musicians (instrumental and vocal) and artists that Malvern has to offer. Beginning the evening’s festivities was the Middle School band, which played three jazz numbers, followed by a Beatles tribute, and then a great cover of the Godfather theme song. Following the performance, Tony Del Pizzo was inducted into the Music Honors Society, in recognition of his musical skill. The Upper School Jazz Band then took the stage and played five

excellent songs, the last of which featured the eight guitar players, who each played well despite a series of technical difficulties. The audience then stepped outside to the rat-a-tat-tat of the Drum Line and their irresistibly toe-tapping drum sets. With the drums still ringing in everyone’s ears, the audience took their seats in the chapel and listened to the Liturgical Music Group sing three songs, including a rendition of “Listen to the Music” by the Doobie Brothers. The Middle School Chorus got their turn next and performed very well singing two songs, the second of which was a compilation of Beatles classics. The Middle School took their seats and a swarm of color immediately overwhelmed all present as the

Cast of Godspell ran on stage. After they sang two songs from the musical, the Malvern Men’s Chorus stepped onto the risers and sang three songs, one of which was Because by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which made the third Beatles’ song performed that night. This performance was followed by the performance of VoiceMale, a selective vocal group at Malvern. They performed Under the Boardwalk, a complicated song that left the crowd amazed. After VoiceMale completed their piece, all the vocal performers of the night returned to stage for two songs, signaling the end of yet another successful Arts Festival in the illustrious history of Malvern Prep Fine Arts.

that just about says it all. whether your art is the mona lisa or a simple set of haikus about chuck norris, it’s art and it was created for a reason whether or not that reason is obvious. instead of quickly jumping to conclusions and negatively criticizing the work, show some respect! i appreciate your time, Erik Muhlenhaupt ‘07

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By Sean Lyons. ‘10 Staff Writer Curly fries- n. a delicious food, worthy of the gods, available to the students of Malvern Prep. “Curly Fry Day” is certainly one of my favorites, and probably one of everyone else’s, too. It is also one of the most profitable days for the cafeteria, I’m sure. So, if everyone loves curly fries so much, why aren’t they available more often? If they were served more regularly, the cafeteria would reap better profits, and students like myself could enjoy them more, too. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that curly fires should be served everyday. They are probably a hassle to make, and, sadly, they are not particularly good for you, and a Malvern team would never win another game with a bunch of fat, curly fry-addicted slobs playing! I feel that curly fry day should come once a week. “Curly Fry Day” could become “Curly Friday.” I know, it’s a terrible pun. But, my lack of ability to make good jokes aside, a more regular curly fry schedule could only be a good thing.

by Andrew Kennedy, ‘08 Editor
Whether we’re traveling to school or work in the morning or simply just driving around we generally find ourselves turning the tuner to our favorite radio station. You might listen to rock, hip-hop, or talk radio, but certain stations around our area dedicate their mornings to radio shows that encompass news, music, and random dialogue. Despite their uniqueness, these shows are all interesting and informative in their own way, regardless of their offbeat style. Although NPR is not one of the most popular radio stations among Malvern students, it is, however, still a very enlightening station, especially in the mornings. NPR’s Morning Edition. Each morning this show spends time covering stories about the world, the nation, arts and entertainment, sports, and economic issues, along with local interludes to discuss traffic and local events. But the discussions and interviews heard on Morning Edition are like nothing else reported on the radio or even on television. The original stories range from a stories about why ideas “stick” in the minds of consumers or the population in general, to why cold weather keeps oil prices down, to why New Mexico still considers Pluto a planet. Morning Edition is a great way to start the morning because it offers up out of the ordinary stories that make one think about the world as it relates to the listener. You can listen to Morning Edition on WHYY 90.9 FM from 5 AM to 7AM and from 7 AM to 9 AM. Another radio morning show is the ever-popular Preston and Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR. Despite not being the most informative show, it is, however, the most enjoyable and entertaining. Beginning at 6 AM and running until 10 AM, the Preston and Steve Show covers everything from news, to pop-culture information, to random dialogue about ironic events, to interviews with musicians or entertainers (all the while making light of almost every topic during the day). The talk portion of the show usually runs for about 20-25 minutes before a commercial/music (only rock) break, followed by another block of talk. Some of the topics discusses in past episodes include “how much one should tip the mailman during the Christmas season”, “what are some expressions that people generally confuse (Play it by ear vs. play it by year)” or “why raccoons like to eat chili”. These shows are extremely funny and usually change topics during the show often. Another Philly favorite is The Booker Show on Q102.1 FM, which also runs from 6 AM to 10 AM in the morning. This show again focuses on a variety of topics, but mainly entertainment news such as news concerning TV shows (mostly American Idol), movies, and celebrities. The show typically plays hip-hop music during its commercial break with some variation to popular rock songs. But if you want to catch up on that late night game or the last minute trade then you better listen to either 610 AM WIP with Angelo Cataldi or the Mike and Mike Show with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN radio 920 AM. Both are excellent sports recap and discussion shows that offer expert views of teams and players as well as discussion of previous games or trades amongst the various leagues. All of these shows are fantastic ways to start the morning because they entertain and inform. Oh by the way Morning Edition, The Preston and Steve Show, and The Booker Show all podcast on iTunes so one can download and listen to these shows on the go a day later without commercial interruption and payment. So if you find yourself bored in the morning, simply turn on the radio and search for one or more of these morning shows on your radio dial.


by Phil McCabe, ‘08 Staff Writer
The Virginia Tech massacre took place on April 16th, 2007 when SeungHui Cho, an international student from South Korea, murdered 32 people before killing himself. Very little is known about Seung-Hui Cho, who moved to America in 1992. In middle school and high school he was bullied for speech difficulties. Several of his teachers, after reading his disturbing writing, asked him to get counseling. In 2005 he was accused of stalking two women. He was declared mentally ill by a Virginia special justice and ordered to seek outpatient treatment. The shootings took place first in West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed dormitory, and later in Norris Hall. At approximately 7:15 AM, Seung-Hoi Cho entered West Ambler Johnston Hall and shot two students. Although the dormitory was supposed to be locked until 10:00 AM, Cho somehow gained entrance. At 9:01 AM, Cho

Tragedy on VTI Campus
mailed a package of writings and video recordings to NBC News in which he equated himself to Jesus Christ. Approximately two hours after the first shooting, Cho entered Norris Hall, which houses the Science and Mechanics Program. He bolted the three main entrance doors shut and then went upstairs to the second floor. Cho killed 30 people and wounded many more in the span of nine minutes. It took the police five minutes just to enter the building. They were unable to break the chains and did not gain entrance until an officer shot out a dead bolt lock leading to a stairwell. As the police reached the second floor, Cho shot himself. Whenever a tragedy of this scale occurs, somebody has to take the blame. In hindsight, Virginia Tech should have responded to the initial two killings by cancelling classes and locking down the campus, which would have prevented 30 deaths. The tragedy could have been prevented if there were stricter gun control laws. Cho, who was declared mentally ill by a judge and ordered to seek outpatient treatment, was easily able to purchase Walther P22 and Glock 19 pistols. The sale of these guns was not prevented because the state did not report Cho’s legal statues to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Steps have already been made to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again. Consistent federal and state laws along with communication between government entities could have prevented Cho from ever being able to purchase a gun. While proponents of gun control argue that guns are too accessible, proponents of gun rights argue that Virginia Tech’s gun-free policy prevented any teachers or students from stopping Cho’s rampage. On Friday, April 20, Seung-Hui Cho’s family released a statement, saying that they are “deeply sorry” for Seung-Hui’s actions. According to the family, “[The victims] had so much love, talent and gifts to offer, and their lives were cut short by a horrible and senseless act.” The family had moved to America in 1992 to Centreville, Virginia. After the massacre, they left their home and went into seclusion. Virginia Tech students responded to the tragedy with a candlelight vigil. To counteract the darkest day in the history of Virginia Tech, the students stood together, singing “Amazing Grace” and praying for all the victims of the massacre. President George W. Bush spoke on behalf of the nation, stating that we are all “shocked and saddened” by these inexplicable acts of violence.

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Mayweather vs. LaHoya:

By John Gentile, ‘08 Staff Writer
The Malvern Prep Baseball team recently upped their record to 14-9 as of press time with 3 wins out of their last 4 games. Over the weekend of April 28th, the team traveled to Monmouth County, New Jersey to participate in the Shore Challenge. The first game was against Marlboro High School (NJ). The game was deadlocked at 0-0 until the 5th inning when the Malvern offense awoke. Leadoff man and Virginia-bound shortstop Phil Gosselin lead off the inning with a sharp double down the left-field line. Centerfielder Matt McEndy then worked a 2-2 count before hitting a long homerun to left-center to make the 2-0. Later in the inning, Nick Busillo and Chris Cowell each recorded RBI doubles to make the score 4-0. That was all the offense the Malvern pitching staff would need as John Gentile pitched six shutout innings. Jordan Lawrence and Rick Kazigian combined for the save in the 7th inning for a 4-1 victory. In the second game, staff ace Tim Cooney took the mound against Allentown County High School (NJ). Cooney was dominant as he gave up no hits in his four innings of work. Gosselin, Busillo and Cowell continued their hot hitting and sparked the offense. Sophomore Chris Gosik mashed an RBI triple deep off the centerfield fence to seal a 10-0 victory. On Tuesday, Malvern took on Germantown Academy on the road. The team entered the game with a record of 3-1 in the league. GA stood at 3-2. GA, with staff ace John Barr out to injury, started Ian Hoff in his place. Sophomore Tim Cooney took the mound for Malvern. Senior third baseman Pete Greskoff smashed a double in the first inning but he was left stranded at second base. In the second inning, catcher Pat McGinley and leftfielder John Gentile recorded back to back singles but GA played sound defense to keep the game scoreless. Later on, Phil Gosselin was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Greskoff for a 1-0 lead. GA stormed back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. They added an insurance run in the sixth inning. GA pitcher Ian Hoff used an effective change-up to induce groundouts late in the game. Pat McGinley led off the seventh inning with another single but Malvern could not mount a comeback. The loss left Malvern with a 3-2 league record and two games behind 6-0 leader Chestnut Hill. The first five league games were on the road and the team finished those games with a winning record. The final five league games are all at home. Chestnut Hill will be visiting on May 4th for a huge game. On a sunny Friday afternoon at Malvern Prep, the Friars took on first place CHA in a game that could either put the team one game or three games out of first place. Let’s say that the objective of beating Chestnut Hill was accomplished quite soundly by a score of 16-2. Tim Cooney took the mound again for the Friars and he pitched another quality game, giving up one run in five strong innings. The Malvern offense really kicked into gear and right from the first inning. Leftfielder Nick Busillo delivered a clutch 2-out single to drive in two runs. In the 3rd inning, Phil Gosselin smashed a high fastball to deep left-center for a 2-run homer. The floodgates opened as Pete Greskoff, Chris Cowell and Busillo all delivered RBI doubles. Matt McEndy added a RBI triple. Pat McGinley, Connor Hepke, Matt Allen and John Gentile each chipped in with 2 hits apiece. The big win leaves the Friars one game out of first with four to play, all at home. The loss leaves CHA with one loss and they still have tough games against Haverford and Penn Charter looming. A second consecutive Inter-Ac title is certainly not out of reach for Malvern.

The Boxing Match of a Young Century
by Jim McCanney, ‘09 Correspondent Floyd Mayweather stayed undefeated (38-0 24 KO) by defeating the WBC Super Welterweight champ, Oscar De La Hoya. Mayweather won a split decision, 116112, 115-113, 113-115, and became the new WBC Super Welterweight Champion and the first person to win five different weight class titles and remain undefeated. “That’s what you call a masterpiece of boxing” said Mayweather “He’s one of the best fighters of our era and I showed what I can do to one of the best fighters of our era.” The Fight was projected to be one of the highest grossing boxing events in history and since it was announced, 3 months ago, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya have exchanged words. That all came to a head Saturday night when Mayweather entered the ring wearing a sombrero much like his trainer, and uncle, “The Mexican Assassin” Roger Mayweather used to do. Upon De La Hoya’s entrance the Sold out Crowd of 16,700 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada went crazy and it was obvious that more than ¾ of this crowd was rooting for “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya. Things started out slow with Mayweather fighting the first round the way he has his entire career, by throwing a quick left to the body and then a right hand to the face. As Oscar got more comfortable toward the second and third rounds he really used his game plan effectively. He kept Mayweather on the ropes and hit him with a good jab and then attempted to hurt him with his famous Left Hook. By the end of the third though Mayweather was working his way off the ropes, with a right jab to the face that would knock De

La Hoya back into the center of the ring, where Mayweather wanted the fight. By the fifth round the fight was moving at a very slow pace but Mayweather ended that with some hard right hooks to the face of De La Hoya, subsequently De La Hoya temporarily stopped throwing his left jab, which had been his most effective punch, and by the end of the fifth Mayweather began dominating. In the seventh round Oscar mounted a comeback and began keeping Mayweather on the ropes. After an exchange of right hands in the eight De La Hoya got hit with a huge combination after he tried to hit Mayweather with his jab. This set the tone for the rest of the fight as De La Hoya completely abandoned his left jab which gave Mayweather the advantage. De La Hoya, sensing that he needed a Knock Out to win this fight, came out swinging, but much to the dismay of the crowd Floyd Mayweather was able to either get out of the way, or counter with good right hands. With about five seconds left De La Hoya made one last try to win, and opened up on Mayweather but Floyd was able to sustain the beating and left unharmed. The Fight went to the cards and the judges gave Mayweather the, controversial, split decision win. It was only controversial because, Mayweather dominated the fight yet Tommy Kaczmarek, the only judge not from Nevada, gave the fight to De La Hoya. The final punch stats prove Mayweather’s dominance as he landed 47% of his total punches compared to De La Hoya’s 21%. The fight didn’t really live up to expectations but it did go as planned and that was the Pound for Pound Champion, Mayweather, would slowly but surely pick apart the fan favorite, De La Hoya, who has only fought three times in the last four years. When asked what’s

Malvern track By Justin Griffiths, ‘08 Correspondent

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Although Malvern track started out smooth they soon ran into some trouble. Recently the team has faced off against The Haverford School and Penn Charter. Surprisingly for the first time in years The Haverford School beat Malvern in an unexpected upset, but the team regroup and came back to face to off against the team favored to win the Inter-Ac, Penn Charter. Penn Charter came ready to run but soon realized that we intended to give them a run for their money. Speedy junior Tom McGarrigle upset the sprints in not only the 100 (running a 10.9) but also the 200 (running a 22.5) taking away points that Penn Charter thought they had in the bag. Another well fought battle that took place was at the shot put. Junior Andrew Finley threw a 49’6” tying for first to Penn Charters senior thrower. Unfortunately for the Friars’ Penn Charter pulled away with the victory by only a few points. The Friars’ next meet is against Chestnut Hill Academy which will be another tough match up but plan on coming home with a victory.

by Sean Stewart, 08 Staff Writer The Malvern Prep Rowing team’s season is now in full swing. After unfortunate weather caused two of the first two races to be cancelled, the team is now getting into the heart of their season. The last two weekends of April featured some great racing as the crew raced in four different regattas. On April 21 the crew made the trip to West Windsor, New Jersey to race on Mercer Lake in the ISA Regatta. The crew was greeted by unusually good weather for Mercer Lake, and some stiff competition. Malvern Crew walked away with plenty of medals as well as the Boy’s Sculling Point Trophy for the day. The highlights of the day was the Varsity Quad’s win over rival club Maritime as well as a crew from Florida, Osprey Oars, who had traveled all the way to New Jersey to race Malvern’s crew. The day was capped off by a thrilling win in the Varsity Octuple race. The octuple is an eight man sculling boat that is only raced at ISA’s. The boat was made up of the members of the varsity quad, Carter Lindborg, Mike Rawlings, A.J. DiValerio, and Matt McManus, as well as the members of the varsity double, Mark Borgerson and Sean Stewart, and the light weight double, Sam Benedetto and Mike Bohs. The boat was coxswained by senior captain Bobby Valenti. The next day the crew was back at home racing on the Schuylkill in the fifth and final flick. It was another successful day as the crew took home wins in the Novice Quad (Mike Donahue, Jake “Rubik’s” Han, Sean Lawler, Chris Higgins,) the Junior Double (Pat Quinn and Randy Scott,) The Lightweight Double, the Varsity Double and the Varsity Quad. With these wins Malvern locked up the win of the Horvat Point Trophy for the most points during the Horvat series which is the series of five races for Philadelphia and New Jersey area schools. The next weekend Malvern spent two days on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Saturday Malvern walked away with gold in the Varsity quad as well as the JV quad which head coach Craig Hoffman assembled of the members of the junior double and the lightweight double for the first time on Friday afternoon. The next day was the Cooper Cup. It was another successful day for Malvern Crew. The afternoon was started off by respectable performances by the novices. Greg

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Qué tal con los profesores?
Grid compiled by Dave Marcucci, ‘08 Editor

When I see _ ___, I change the channel One talent I wish I had was… Favorite Website?
Yes, but I’d rather watch the Pirates Don Imus Playing Music Reality t.v. To cook well

Mr. Kirchner

On the way In, I listen to…
Right now, Neil Young

Best Plan to watch recent the Phillies this movie I season? saw was…
Lives of Others

Miss Lohse A CD Mr. Betzala 104.5 or anything on my ipod Avenue Montaigne Not religiously, no

The Departed



To play the guitar

Ms. Rosle “Viva”—a latin station on XMradio Mr. Tomaszewski My ipod— classical music or French News Articles The Queen They’ve broken my heart too many times I will follow them when they play well enough for what they’re paid Bill O’Reilly To play an instrument (Dutch Newspaper)



To be able to sing

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Hilditch and Andrew Paisley both raced their first races in a single in less than perfect conditions. The Novice quad came in second to the novices from Maritime. The Novice double of Dave Matasic and “Yo Bill!” Doughty came in second to a very strong boat who had traveled from Florida to race. The JV double continued their dominance as they coasted in for an easy win. JV Single Brandon Hanna took home the silver medal losing to the same sculler who won the Varsity single race. In the varsity single event Malvern was able to advance all three of our singles, Johnny Muntz, Brian Nasca, and Chris Cosgrove, to the finals where Johnny Muntz finish second, and first out of the Malvern singles. The Lightweight double race contained two Malvern boats in the top four spots in the final with the Benedetto and Bohs boat taking the gold and boat of Bobby Valenti and fellow captain John Selin, taking fourth after what was not one of their best races. The varsity double then came in second by six tenths of a second to a crew from Albany New York. The race was tight the entire length of the 2000 meter course. The day was capped off with another thrilling victory for the Varsity Quad as they beat the boys from Maritime by six seconds. It was a sweet win considering two of the rowers in Maritime’s quad rowed a quad with A.J. DiValerio and Carter Lindborg which went to the Junior World Championships in Amsterdam this past summer. The Varsity quad also trounced the Floridians from Osprey Oars who traveled north again for a second shot at Malvern. All in all it was a very successful span of two weeks for the Malvern Crew. The crew is now in the heart of their medal season with City Championships coming up on May 6 on the Schuylkill, as well as Stotesbury Cup, the largest high school regatta in the country, and Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships. These are Malvern’s three biggest races of the year and they are all within a month’s span. So get ready for an exciting month of racing, come down and show your support at the river, and stay tuned into the Black Friar Chronicle for more reports on the crew.

By Fran McGill, ‘08 Staff Writer Quiero Vivir en España On April 1st seventeen students along with Mr. Betzala, Ms. Lohse and Ellen Lohse, departed the U.S.; destination Spain. About twenty-four hours later, after two flights and a trip on the Ave, the highspeed train, we arrived in Seville, Spain. We were thoroughly exhausted; however after only a few hours of downtime we were ready to go see a magnificent local tradition. Every night during Holy Week there are processions in the streets. The processions are slightly different than the Mummers parade however. The most striking difference is the garb in which the leaders of the procession are dressed. The people in the procession wear robes almost identical to those of the KKK. Each robe covers the person’s face and comes together in a tall point at the top. The first night we saw these processions the participants were wearing green robes. Even though the robes were green, the first time we saw them, it very unnerving. The parades are not made up of colorful performances and lively

music; instead about thirty-six men carry the two-ton float on their backs. Each float depicts a station of the cross and is carried though much of the city, followed by the emotionally moving sullen brass band. It was a very long, but spectacular first day. I could go on for hours about Seville, our amazing visits, such as the palace which was used in the film Star Wars, or the bull ring we saw, or the third largest coliseum in the world, or the gypsies, but that would take up the whole paper. After three great days in Seville it was time to pack to head to our next destination, Granada. After a stop in Cordoba to see the Mezquita, an 8th century mosque, we arrived in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, Granada. We visited the Alhambra, which is one of Spain’s most beautiful palaces. The gardens stretch on across the hills and the palace itself is a sight to see. A lengthy bus ride then lead us to another unique city in Spain, Toledo. Overall, Spain is known for beautiful weather; however, when we were there we experienced the unusual bad weather of Spain. It hailed so hard in Toledo we had to seek shelter but that did not stop us from

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Senior Gift

By Kevin Grubb ‘07, Staff Writer 100% participation with the senior gift in the amount of $20.07 per senior. Half of this money will go towards the Malvern Fund, which is used to bridge the gap between tuition dollars and operating expenses (i.e. scholarships, financial aid, athletics, etc.). The other half of the senior donation will go towards the landscaping outside the new Fr. Duffy Center for the Arts, which is currently under construction. Each senior will receive a letter in the mail, which comes with a pre-paid envelope in which they may put their donation. For every donation of $20.07, you will have the opportunity to thank a teacher, parent, coach, administrator, sibling, grandparent, scholarship provider, a friend or in memory of someone who has passed away. This special person will receive a special card in the mail and will have his or her name published in the graduation booklet. You are encouraged to make more than one $20.07 donation so you can honor more than one person. If you choose to purchase four or more, you will get to honor another person for free. The Malvern seniors have benefited quite a bit from Malvern, and now it is time for the seniors to give a gift back to Malvern in the form of this donation. If you are a senior and would like to donate, please make sure to so quickly, so that the graduation books are accurate. Thank you.

This is a special message directed towards the senior class of 2007. Every senior class that comes through Malvern donates a certain amount of money back to Malvern as a gift. This “Senior Gift” goes to a variety of places on Malvern’s campus which many of you see every day. Each gift is commemorated with a plaque documenting that particular class’s generosity. This year, Malvern’s goal is to have

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Miss Walsh wins National TEACHING Award
Miss Joanne Walsh Receives the College of Charleston college for 44 years, and has been a teacher teacher Recognition Award at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern,
Malvern English teacher, Miss Joanne Walsh received the College of Charleston P-12 Teacher Recognition Award during the College’s Graduation Weekend, May 11-13, 2007. Dr. Robert Pitts, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, presented a plaque and a cash award to Miss Walsh at the school’s awards ceremony. She was nominated for the award by Michael Pesta, a senior at the College who studied American Literature and worked on the yearbook staff in high school with Miss Walsh. Mike graduated from Malvern in 2003. In his nomination letter, Mike Pesta wrote, “She [Miss Walsh] teaches with a high level of energy that motivated me to work harder in her literature class so I could participate in analysis and discussion…No matter what the task was, I worked hard because I knew she worked just as hard and truly cared about the outcome.” Joanne Walsh has taught high school and Pennsylvania, since 1990. Currently she teaches AP Literature and Composition and Honors American Literature. In support of her nomination, Reverend James Flynn, Head of School at Malvern Preparatory, says, “I am proud – and often humbled – by the opportunity to teach and work with her day in and day out…She brings her wide experience and vast knowledge to each and every class so that our students leave her classroom – whether as a sophomore or as a senior – with not only a solid foundation in the world’s literatures, but more importantly, with a true love and understanding of learning.” This is the second year for the College of Charleston Teacher Recognition Award. Senior students at the College were invited to nominate inspirational teachers who played an important role in their lives. Elise Jorgens, Provost of the College, explains, “Devoted P-12 teachers often receive little recognition for their efforts, and students have too few chances to reward them.”

by Cory Furlong, 09 Correspondent

Don’t Tread on Me
Its cause is unknown, and its origins remain lost in the annals of time. However, in today’s world – especially at Malvern – it’s a social disease. Whether the act is committed due to peer pressure, defiance against rules or simply ignorance, the consequences are dire. What is this most heinous offense? Walking on the grass. Obviously it’s a common misconception that humans are meant to walk on grass. We’re not. If man was meant to dirty his Vans by walking through vegetation, why did our earliest ancestors invent the stepping stone…or was it the wheel? In either case, students of Malvern have a strange attraction to treading on forbidden territory. Some focus on it all day, some even glorify the act. Heck, we all know Timmies are bought specifically for trekking through the flora and fauna. At the drop off line, Mr. Whitney has to forcibly restrain students from taking the nature trail through the four trees between the Ring Road and Carney. But why does the green grass hold this tenacious grip on our natural walking habits? This is my conspiracy theory of the week. Let’s delve deeper into the archives of Wikipedia to scholastically research this topic (sorry Mrs. Driscoll). The year was 1972. Discipline was at an all time low at Malvern and school spirit was higher than ever. Days were spent frolicking on campus lawns, throwing Frisbees and inventing cultural trends like big hair and bell bottoms. Something had to give. The administration’s perfectly mowed grass was being tread upon by pre-hippies. New buildings were erected, yet students remained outside. Walkways were built but went unnoticed. So, in an abuse of power, the Congress of Malvern passed the “Grass Stain” Act. Any student caught off designated walkways would be punished severely. Thus, the Reign of Cement began and students were bound to the indoors. Today, the Grass Act is long forgotten, but its effects still ripple like a stone thrown into the pond of Malvernian life. I write this article to tell you now, here, today, why we cannot…must not walk on the grass. If we do, we may create a chain reaction that would trigger a new age of hippies. Do you want that? Do you want to be the guy at Malvern football games with a rainbow afro and a sign that says “John 3:16”? So next time Mr. Whitney writes you up for walking on the grass, say “Thank you sir. May I have another?”

the Fights
by Jim McCanney, ‘09 continued from page 7
next the thirty year old Mayweather said he has nothing more to prove and plans on retiring, which might actually happen because he has no one left to fight. De La Hoya said he would watch the tape of the fight and go from there, and that retirement wasn’t out of the question. Since Saturday some boxing experts have petitioned for a rematch but, if that were to happen it would turn into the same fight with the quicker, and younger Floyd Mayweather dominating the slower, and older Oscar De La Hoya.

Junior Class members honored with awards at special chapel service.

Spanish Trip
continued from page 8 enjoying the city. Toledo is Spain’s sword capital; so of course we had to go see some swords being made. It was really interesting seeing how they still make swords jus like in the movies, by heating a piece of metal in a semi-open flame, and then flattening it out with a sledgehammer. Another long bus ride lead us to our final destination and Spain’s capital, Madrid. The things to do in Madrid are endless and we had three days to see them all. We barely scratched the surface but we still saw some of Madrid’s finest. We visited the royal palace, the Plaza Mayor, The Plaza España, The Prado museum; and don’t get me wrong, the food in Spain was great but after a week of all Spanish food, a trip to Hard Rock Madrid was much needed. Overall the trip was great. It was really nice to experience a different culture. The Spanish have a somewhat different outlook on life which we would do well to learn from. They have their priorities in order. For example, you would rarely meet a Spaniard who would brag that he has not taken a vacation day in years. They don’t flaunt their money or cars, it’s not that important to them. They have their friends, family, and culture, and that’s all they need. When we left Spain, I truly wanted to stay. There is so much more of Spain to see, and it’s such a cool place that when given the chance I’ll return in a heartbeat. Que será sera.

Mike Smargiassi, Chris Powers, Jack Reynolds, Brian Fulton, Mike Westermann, Brendan Michalko pose with their awards. “Bo” Aller was also awarded but had to leave early to take an AP exam.

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