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A Night to Remember

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Summer’s BASEBALL:
first John Gentile Sophomores win
Blockbuster: reviews the 2007 the annual
Spiderman 3 season championship.
reviewed by
Andrew Curley
The BlackFriar Chronicle




Addiction– How Morphine uses Memory Spring’s
to Create Dependence Downside...
by Kevin Grubb, ‘07
Staff Writer
Recent news from the world of inhibitory neurons would prevent the by Chris Paolino, ‘08
of the brain controls pleasure release for
neuroscience gives new insight into the release of dopamine, the body’s pleasure Editor
survival oriented functions of the body
nature of addiction, and more specifically, chemical. In a morphine-affected brain,
why people become addicted to drugs such these neurons simply do not fire because
as morphine. they are not receiving the orders to do so. Few of us have actually gotten the
Brown University scientist Julie Kauer The brain releases much more dopamine chance to slow down during the day
has made several important discoveries than it should, and this positive response and notice the true beauty of Malvern’s
regarding the brain mechanics involved leads to an eventual addiction. campus. Those who have are very
in morphine-response and the long-term Given the synapse-altering effect of lucky. But, everyone is suffering from
effects of the pain-relief drug. morphine, the end result of continued this newly found spring in more ways
Long-term potentiation or LTP, is a key morphine use is not only a conscious than one. Yesterday as I was walking
factor in the way the brain stores information. addiction, but also an addiction caused by through campus I observed spring in
In LTP, the connections between neurons the brain effectively “teaching” itself to be it’s entirety…their were birds chirping,
called, synapses strengthen after repeated addicted. flowers and trees budding, pink
use. This strengthening allows for the For more information regarding the peddles floating in the air, kids rubbing
storage of memory. continued efforts of Brown University their noses and itching their eyes, and
Drugs such as morphine inhibit the researchers and the study of addiction, teachers hacking. What sweet irony.
synapses from working and as little as a please visit This year’s allergy season is one of
single dose can prevent LTP up to twenty- Administration/PAUR/media/. the worst we’ve had in a while. Because
four hours later, long after the drug itself we had such warm weather follow a
has exited the system. In certain areas of relatively mild winter, the trees were
the brain, this blockage of LTP can have such as eating or (in a more long-term able to suck up tons of moisture. So,
adverse effects. The ventral tegmental area survival light) sex. In a healthy brain, the trees are just dumping pollen in the
air at outstanding rates. Another big
source of allergies is this year’s high

India, Iran and the U.S.: A Nuclear Story

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
U.S.-India Nuclear Deal in Jeopardy the National Allergy Bureau has rated
over India’s Forging Ties with Iran the Philadelphia area a “very high
concentration” status of tree pollen
and mold, which is the highest possible
kill the deal.
by Chris Reeves, ‘10 Another area of concern is the increased There are many ways to try and
Staff Writer political and military cooperation between beat the allergy season. Sprays,
India and Iran. The senators were medication, and home brew techniques
In July 2005, leaders in the United especially concerned that the two countries are all possible solutions, but few seam
States and India agreed to pursue a established in March 2007 a “joint defense to work the best. It also depends on
“global partnership” intended to establish working group.” The senators see this who you are. Some people respond
“peaceful nuclear cooperation” between cooperation as a sign that India supports very well to nasal sprays and others
the two countries. India is one of a handful both Iran’s bid to become a nuclear power respond better to medications. One
of countries that has a comprehensive and tacit acceptance of Iran’s support for thing to watch out with though is that
nuclear program, including nuclear terrorism. The U. S. is trying to isolate Iran the popular allergy medicine Claritin
weapons. In recent months, however, and prevent it from developing nuclear
negotiations between the two countries weapons technology by imposing sanctions
can help, but after a while most people
have been jeopardized by India’s on that country and others who cooperate will build immunity to it so it will no
increasing cooperation with Iran, including with Iran under the Iran Sanctions Act, and longer become effective. So, if you are
establishing military and economic ties by putting political pressure on countries going to take Claritin, wait until you’re
with that country. On May 2, a group of like India not to develop economic and allergies are at their worst.
U. S. senators involved in the negotiations political ties to Iran. The best way, in the opinion of a
between the U. S. and India wrote a letter The senators closed their letter long time allergy sufferer, just try to
to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan by asking India to honor its pledge from phase out the bad and focus on the
Singh warning him that if India persisted the July 2005 conference to join with the beauty of spring. We have an outdoor
with enhancing its ties to Iran, the United United States in fighting the “scourge of campus and we should be enjoying
States would consider imposing sanctions terrorism,” or else face the prospect of the ourselves as much as possible in this
on India as well as withdrawing its offer U. S. withdrawing its offer to provide the
to provide India with previously forbidden country with enhanced nuclear technology.
beautiful weather.
nuclear technology for its non-military Honoring this pledge would mean that India
nuclear program. would have to cut all ties to Iran. Based on
One of the senators’ primary concerns India’s dependence on foreign oil to drive
is an agreement reached earlier this year its economic growth, and Iran’s willingness
between India and Iran to build a natural to provide that oil via the new pipeline, it
gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and does not appear that India will be yielding
India. This pipeline would provide billions to the senators’ demands anytime soon.
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
The BlackFriar Chronicle OPINION AND REVIEW 3


What’s Going On? A Book That Everyone
Some of us should
Should Read
Review: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

what we are doing. by Drew Bandos, ‘09

Staff Writer
on Freetown. After their attack, Ishmael
had once again found himself without a
family, without a home; on the run from
by Dave Marcucci, ‘08 Freedom is a concept that many people this dreaded war once again. Yet, despite
the many conflicts and hardships he faced,
Editor never think about. In my experience, many
Ishmael finds his way across the border
people take it for granted. We all know that
it exists in our own world, but the concept of into Guinea, a bordering country. Safety
What I am about to discuss in the following article is something that I have loosing this privilege never graces our daily had finally been achieved; for Ishmael, at
been thinking about for some time. thoughts. After reading A Long Way Gone, least.
the concept of freedom (partial freedom, I believe this is a book that everyone
A lifestyle of vandalism, stealing, ignorance and neglect is rapidly emerging in America needs to read. Our universal
at Malvern and it is a serious problem. at least) is one that I constantly hold dear,
and the thought of loosing it is one that I rights are taken for granted; we never
Malvern is one of the finest schools in the area as well as the country. With imagine a world without these testaments
State-of-the-Art facilities, from athletics to academics, the treatment students constantly dread.
In his autobiography, A Long Way Gone, to our humanity. This sharply contrasts
receive here is unparalleled. Amidst these extraordinary opportunities that we are with the mindset of anyone on the run from
Ishmael Beah describes, in haunting detail,
provided with, students have lost their respect and sense of maturity. Lazy and his experience in a civil war that raged in a genocide like that of Sierra Leone. In
immature attitudes of many students have become far too prevalent. Sierra Leone in the 1990’s, as both a civilian addition to this ill logic, we are the ones to
It was just the other day in the O’Neil locker room while getting changed and a solider. He lived a very happy and blame for this conflict. The United States
when I noticed someone spit right on the floor in front of me. Needless to say, it content life with his family until the war makes up for at least 35% of diamond
was not the most pleasant site. reached their small village. After this fateful sales worldwide. Many diamond importing
Why is there not a bathroom in the school without writing on the wall vilifying day, his life was never the same. Ishmael is companies (i.e. De Beers, DiamondWorks)
constantly on the run from this horrible war, offered weapons to both sides of this horrible
another classmate? Why can’t a flyer or poster be put up in the hallways and a civil war in exchange for diamonds from
desk cannot be sat in without any graffiti written on it? Why has a lunch period yet until he is eventually thrown into the war
himself, being brainwashed by the national Sierra Leone, dubbed “conflict diamonds”
to occur where a table is left without a piece of trash on it? Why is it impossible for the situation in which they are mined.
to walk through a parking lot on campus without seeing a piece of trash on the army into hating everything about the Rebel
United Front. Endless killing, stealing, and Slaves from this war were forced to mine
ground? Why are students unable to sit still at the end of the hallway without for these diamonds so that their owners
drug usage eventually change Ishmael into
tearing up floor tiles and piling them on top of each other—leaving them for a completely different person. He no longer could buy more food, weapons, and drugs.
someone else to clean up? All of this is a blatant disregard for those who do try to values life at all, especially if it is one of the We are to blame. The
keep the school clean and presentable. There are no excuses but ignorance. opposing army, the RUF. combination of our thirst for these rocks
Why is it that people argue at the lunch tables over who is to throw everyone’s’ At long last, his general is forced by and the greed of diamond companies
trash out? Students find the strength to somehow get up and play wall-ball, but a social service group to give up a few prolonged this horrible war, in which at
its simply too cumbersome to take their tray back. Is it really that difficult to soldiers to be re-civilized in Freetown, least 50,000 people were killed, and over
Sierra Leone’s Capital. After months of a million displaced. I believe every person
restrain oneself from drawing graffiti on the bathroom stalls? There are plenty of in America needs to read this so that we
trashcans on campus and it’s a disgrace that so little of them are used. It becomes drug rehabilitation and immersion into a
world without war, Ishmael finally returns realize the result of our own greed. We
insulting when these are the occurrences that happen on a daily basis in a school must realize that freedom is not available
community that one expects has come from a more civil and dignified class of to normal, and is given to a new family.
When all seemed back to normal, his to everyone, and that we should do all
society. in our power to change the world so that
dreaded past began to catch up with him. At
Most of us would not treat our own homes with such blatant disrespect, why this time, the RUF had begun to encroach everyone can enjoy true freedom.
do we do so to our school?

Spiderman 3: The Summer’s First Blockbuster

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


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.
The BlackFriar Chronicle NEWS 5

Bringing the Passion to Life

Chris Giacomucci ‘08

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

Arts Blossom at Spring Festival Dear Editor,

who criticizes interpretive artistic works?

Drew Winfield ‘10 people are allowed to create any art they
Staff Writer want and people should respect their
excellent songs, the last of which creativity. maybe i don’t like what you
featured the eight guitar players, Cast of Godspell ran on stage. drew/wrote/performed/whatever, but i’m
Well, they say April showers After they sang two songs from
bring May flowers, and anyone who each played well despite a not gonna tell you i think it isn’t good. i’m
series of technical difficulties. the musical, the Malvern Men’s gonna respect you for what you did. i’ll
who was at the Spring Arts Chorus stepped onto the risers probably think about it and try to find some
Festival would have no doubt The audience then stepped meaning behind what you’ve created.
outside to the rat-a-tat-tat of the and sang three songs, one of
this saying is true. Not only was which was Because by John  
the impressive artwork in full Drum Line and their irresistibly when people create art, they are putting
toe-tapping drum sets. With the Lennon and Paul McCartney, themselves out there. don’t thwart our
display, but also the blossoming which made the third Beatles’
young talent of all the musicians drums still ringing in everyone’s society by offending people to the point
ears, the audience took their seats song performed that night. This that they abandon art. i see a sign every
(instrumental and vocal) and performance was followed by day on my way to school at a home
artists that Malvern has to offer. in the chapel and listened to the where a vandal smashed a sculpture
Liturgical Music Group sing the performance of VoiceMale, a
Beginning the evening’s selective vocal group at Malvern. on the front lawn. the sign reads:
festivities was the Middle School three songs, including a rendition
of “Listen to the Music” by the They performed Under the “A WORLD WITHOUT
band, which played three jazz Boardwalk, a complicated song
numbers, followed by a Beatles Doobie Brothers. The Middle ART IS A WORLD LOST”
School Chorus got their turn that left the crowd amazed.
tribute, and then a great cover After VoiceMale completed that just about says it all. whether your
of the Godfather theme song. next and performed very well art is the mona lisa or a simple set of
singing two songs, the second their piece, all the vocal
Following the performance, performers of the night returned haikus about chuck norris, it’s art and it
Tony Del Pizzo was inducted of which was a compilation of was created for a reason whether or not
Beatles classics. The Middle to stage for two songs, signaling that reason is obvious. instead of quickly
into the Music Honors Society, in the end of yet another successful
recognition of his musical skill. School took their seats and a jumping to conclusions and negatively
swarm of color immediately Arts Festival in the illustrious criticizing the work, show some respect!
The Upper School Jazz Band then history of Malvern Prep Fine
took the stage and played five overwhelmed all present as the
Arts. i appreciate your time,
Erik Muhlenhaupt
The BlackFriar Chronicle NEWS 6


by Andrew Kennedy, ‘08
interviews with musicians or entertainers
By Sean Lyons. ‘10
(all the while making light of almost every
Whether we’re traveling to school or Staff Writer
topic during the day). The talk portion
work in the morning or simply just driving of the show usually runs for about 20-25
around we generally find ourselves turning minutes before a commercial/music (only
the tuner to our favorite radio station. Curly fries- n. a delicious food,
rock) break, followed by another block of
You might listen to rock, hip-hop, or talk worthy of the gods, available to the
talk. Some of the topics discusses in past
radio, but certain stations around our area students of Malvern Prep. “Curly Fry
episodes include “how much one should tip
dedicate their mornings to radio shows Day” is certainly one of my favorites,
the mailman during the Christmas season”,
that encompass news, music, and random and probably one of everyone else’s, too.
“what are some expressions that people
dialogue. Despite their uniqueness, these It is also one of the most profitable days
generally confuse (Play it by ear vs. play
shows are all interesting and informative in for the cafeteria, I’m sure. So, if everyone
it by year)” or “why raccoons like to eat
their own way, regardless of their offbeat loves curly fries so much, why aren’t they available more often? If they were served more
chili”. These shows are extremely funny
style. regularly, the cafeteria would reap better profits, and students like myself could enjoy
and usually change topics during the show
Although NPR is not one of the most them more, too. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that curly fires should be served
popular radio stations among Malvern everyday. They are probably a hassle to make, and, sadly, they are not particularly good
Another Philly favorite is The Booker
students, it is, however, still a very for you, and a Malvern team would never win another game with a bunch of fat, curly
Show on Q102.1 FM, which also runs from
enlightening station, especially in the fry-addicted slobs playing! I feel that curly fry day should come once a week. “Curly Fry
6 AM to 10 AM in the morning. This show
mornings. NPR’s Morning Edition. Each Day” could become “Curly Friday.” I know, it’s a terrible pun. But, my lack of ability to
again focuses on a variety of topics, but
morning this show spends time covering make good jokes aside, a more regular curly fry schedule could only be a good thing.
mainly entertainment news such as news
stories about the world, the nation, arts and concerning TV shows (mostly American
entertainment, sports, and economic issues,
Idol), movies, and celebrities. The show
along with local interludes to discuss typically plays hip-hop music during its
traffic and local events. But the discussions commercial break with some variation to
and interviews heard on Morning Edition popular rock songs.
are like nothing else reported on the radio But if you want to catch up on that late
or even on television. The original stories night game or the last minute trade then
range from a stories about why ideas you better listen to either 610 AM WIP with
“stick” in the minds of consumers or the Angelo Cataldi or the Mike and Mike Show
population in general, to why cold weather
keeps oil prices down, to why New Mexico
with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on
ESPN radio 920 AM. Both are excellent
still considers Pluto a planet. Morning
Edition is a great way to start the morning
sports recap and discussion shows that
offer expert views of teams and players as
because it offers up out of the ordinary
stories that make one think about the world
well as discussion of previous games or
trades amongst the various leagues.
as it relates to the listener. You can listen to
Morning Edition on WHYY 90.9 FM from
All of these shows are fantastic ways
to start the morning because they entertain
5 AM to 7AM and from 7 AM to 9 AM.
Another radio morning show is the
and inform. Oh by the way Morning FROM THE STAFF AT
Edition, The Preston and Steve Show, and
ever-popular Preston and Steve Show on The Booker Show all podcast on iTunes so THE BLACK FRIAR CHRONICLE
93.3 WMMR. Despite not being the most one can download and listen to these shows
informative show, it is, however, the most on the go a day later without commercial
enjoyable and entertaining. Beginning interruption and payment. So if you find
at 6 AM and running until 10 AM, the yourself bored in the morning, simply turn
Preston and Steve Show covers everything on the radio and search for one or more of
from news, to pop-culture information, to these morning shows on your radio dial.
random dialogue about ironic events, to

by Phil McCabe, ‘08

Tragedy on VTI Campus
Staff Writer
The Virginia Tech massacre took mailed a package of writings and would have prevented 30 deaths. The On Friday, April 20, Seung-Hui
place on April 16th, 2007 when Seung- video recordings to NBC News in tragedy could have been prevented if Cho’s family released a statement,
Hui Cho, an international student from which he equated himself to Jesus there were stricter gun control laws. saying that they are “deeply sorry” for
South Korea, murdered 32 people Christ. Approximately two hours after Cho, who was declared mentally Seung-Hui’s actions. According to the
before killing himself. Very little is the first shooting, Cho entered Norris ill by a judge and ordered to seek family, “[The victims] had so much
known about Seung-Hui Cho, who Hall, which houses the Science and outpatient treatment, was easily able love, talent and gifts to offer, and their
moved to America in 1992. In middle Mechanics Program. He bolted the to purchase Walther P22 and Glock lives were cut short by a horrible and
school and high school he was bullied three main entrance doors shut and 19 pistols. The sale of these guns was senseless act.” The family had moved
for speech difficulties. Several of his then went upstairs to the second floor. not prevented because the state did to America in 1992 to Centreville,
teachers, after reading his disturbing Cho killed 30 people and wounded not report Cho’s legal statues to the Virginia. After the massacre, they left
writing, asked him to get counseling. many more in the span of nine minutes. National Instant Criminal Background their home and went into seclusion.
In 2005 he was accused of stalking It took the police five minutes just to Check System. Steps have already Virginia Tech students responded to
two women. He was declared mentally enter the building. They were unable been made to prevent a similar tragedy the tragedy with a candlelight vigil.
ill by a Virginia special justice and to break the chains and did not gain from ever happening again. Consistent To counteract the darkest day in the
ordered to seek outpatient treatment. entrance until an officer shot out a dead federal and state laws along with history of Virginia Tech, the students
The shootings took place first in bolt lock leading to a stairwell. As the communication between government stood together, singing “Amazing
West Ambler Johnston Hall, a co-ed police reached the second floor, Cho entities could have prevented Cho Grace” and praying for all the victims
dormitory, and later in Norris Hall. At shot himself. from ever being able to purchase a of the massacre. President George W.
approximately 7:15 AM, Seung-Hoi Whenever a tragedy of this scale gun. While proponents of gun control Bush spoke on behalf of the nation,
Cho entered West Ambler Johnston occurs, somebody has to take the argue that guns are too accessible, stating that we are all “shocked and
Hall and shot two students. Although blame. In hindsight, Virginia Tech proponents of gun rights argue that saddened” by these inexplicable acts
the dormitory was supposed to be should have responded to the initial Virginia Tech’s gun-free policy of violence.
locked until 10:00 AM, Cho somehow two killings by cancelling classes prevented any teachers or students
gained entrance. At 9:01 AM, Cho and locking down the campus, which from stopping Cho’s rampage.
The BlackFriar Chronicle SPORTS 7

MALVERN Mayweather vs. LaHoya:

BASEBALL The Boxing Match of a
By John Gentile, ‘08
Staff Writer
Young Century La Hoya back into the center of the ring,
by Jim McCanney, ‘09 where Mayweather wanted the fight. By
The Malvern Prep Baseball team recently upped their record to 14-9 as of press time Correspondent the fifth round the fight was moving at a
with 3 wins out of their last 4 games. Over the weekend of April 28th, the team traveled very slow pace but Mayweather ended
to Monmouth County, New Jersey to participate in the Shore Challenge. The first game Floyd Mayweather stayed undefeated that with some hard right hooks to the
was against Marlboro High School (NJ). The game was deadlocked at 0-0 until the 5th (38-0 24 KO) by defeating the WBC Super face of De La Hoya, subsequently De
inning when the Malvern offense awoke. Leadoff man and Virginia-bound shortstop Phil Welterweight champ, Oscar De La Hoya. La Hoya temporarily stopped throwing
Gosselin lead off the inning with a sharp double down the left-field line. Centerfielder Mayweather won a split decision, 116- his left jab, which had been his most
Matt McEndy then worked a 2-2 count before hitting a long homerun to left-center to 112, 115-113, 113-115, and became the effective punch, and by the end of the fifth
make the 2-0. Later in the inning, Nick Busillo and Chris Cowell each recorded RBI new WBC Super Welterweight Champion Mayweather began dominating. In the
doubles to make the score 4-0. That was all the offense the Malvern pitching staff would and the first person to win five different seventh round Oscar mounted a comeback
need as John Gentile pitched six shutout innings. Jordan Lawrence and Rick Kazigian weight class titles and remain undefeated. and began keeping Mayweather on the
combined for the save in the 7th inning for a 4-1 victory. In the second game, staff ace “That’s what you call a masterpiece of ropes. After an exchange of right hands
Tim Cooney took the mound against Allentown County High School (NJ). Cooney was boxing” said Mayweather “He’s one of in the eight De La Hoya got hit with a
dominant as he gave up no hits in his four innings of work. Gosselin, Busillo and Cowell the best fighters of our era and I showed huge combination after he tried to hit
continued their hot hitting and sparked the offense. Sophomore Chris Gosik mashed an what I can do to one of the best fighters Mayweather with his jab. This set the tone
RBI triple deep off the centerfield fence to seal a 10-0 victory. of our era.” The Fight was projected to be for the rest of the fight as De La Hoya
On Tuesday, Malvern took on Germantown Academy on the road. The team entered one of the highest grossing boxing events completely abandoned his left jab which
the game with a record of 3-1 in the league. GA stood at 3-2. GA, with staff ace John in history and since it was announced, gave Mayweather the advantage. De La
Barr out to injury, started Ian Hoff in his place. Sophomore Tim Cooney took the mound 3 months ago, Floyd Mayweather and Hoya, sensing that he needed a Knock Out
for Malvern. Senior third baseman Pete Greskoff smashed a double in the first inning Oscar De La Hoya have exchanged to win this fight, came out swinging, but
but he was left stranded at second base. In the second inning, catcher Pat McGinley and words. That all came to a head Saturday much to the dismay of the crowd Floyd
leftfielder John Gentile recorded back to back singles but GA played sound defense to night when Mayweather entered the ring Mayweather was able to either get out of
keep the game scoreless. Later on, Phil Gosselin was hit by a pitch and came around wearing a sombrero much like his trainer, the way, or counter with good right hands.
to score on an RBI groundout by Greskoff for a 1-0 lead. GA stormed back with two and uncle, “The Mexican Assassin” With about five seconds left De La Hoya
runs in the bottom of the inning. They added an insurance run in the sixth inning. GA Roger Mayweather used to do. Upon De made one last try to win, and opened up
pitcher Ian Hoff used an effective change-up to induce groundouts late in the game. Pat La Hoya’s entrance the Sold out Crowd of on Mayweather but Floyd was able to
McGinley led off the seventh inning with another single but Malvern could not mount 16,700 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas sustain the beating and left unharmed.
a comeback. The loss left Malvern with a 3-2 league record and two games behind 6-0 Nevada went crazy and it was obvious that The Fight went to the cards and the judges
leader Chestnut Hill. The first five league games were on the road and the team finished more than ¾ of this crowd was rooting for gave Mayweather the, controversial, split
those games with a winning record. The final five league games are all at home. Chestnut “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya. decision win. It was only controversial
Hill will be visiting on May 4th for a huge game. Things started out slow with Mayweather because, Mayweather dominated the
On a sunny Friday afternoon at Malvern Prep, the Friars took on first place CHA in a fighting the first round the way he has his fight yet Tommy Kaczmarek, the only
game that could either put the team one game or three games out of first place. Let’s say entire career, by throwing a quick left to judge not from Nevada, gave the fight to
that the objective of beating Chestnut Hill was accomplished quite soundly by a score the body and then a right hand to the face. De La Hoya. The final punch stats prove
of 16-2. Tim Cooney took the mound again for the Friars and he pitched another quality As Oscar got more comfortable toward Mayweather’s dominance as he landed
game, giving up one run in five strong innings. The Malvern offense really kicked into the second and third rounds he really 47% of his total punches compared to De
gear and right from the first inning. Leftfielder Nick Busillo delivered a clutch 2-out used his game plan effectively. He kept La Hoya’s 21%. The fight didn’t really
single to drive in two runs. In the 3rd inning, Phil Gosselin smashed a high fastball to Mayweather on the ropes and hit him live up to expectations but it did go as
deep left-center for a 2-run homer. The floodgates opened as Pete Greskoff, Chris Cowell with a good jab and then attempted to planned and that was the Pound for Pound
and Busillo all delivered RBI doubles. Matt McEndy added a RBI triple. Pat McGinley, hurt him with his famous Left Hook. By Champion, Mayweather, would slowly
Connor Hepke, Matt Allen and John Gentile each chipped in with 2 hits apiece. The big the end of the third though Mayweather but surely pick apart the fan favorite, De
win leaves the Friars one game out of first with four to play, all at home. The loss leaves was working his way off the ropes, with a La Hoya, who has only fought three times
CHA with one loss and they still have tough games against Haverford and Penn Charter right jab to the face that would knock De in the last four years. When asked what’s
looming. A second consecutive Inter-Ac title is certainly not out of reach for Malvern. continued on page 9

Malvern track
malvern crew update
by Sean Stewart, 08
Staff Writer
By Justin Griffiths, ‘08 The Malvern Prep Rowing team’s season is now in full swing. After unfortunate
Correspondent 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
Although Malvern track started out smooth they soon ran into some 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
trouble. Recently the team has faced off against The Haverford School day. The highlights of the day was the Varsity Quad’s win over rival club Maritime as
and Penn Charter. Surprisingly for the first time in years The Haverford well as a crew from Florida, Osprey Oars, who had traveled all the way to New Jersey
School beat Malvern in an unexpected upset, but the team regroup and 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
came back to face to off against the team favored to win the Inter-Ac, made up of the members of the varsity quad, Carter Lindborg, Mike Rawlings, A.J.
Penn Charter. Penn Charter came ready to run but soon realized that we DiValerio, and Matt McManus, as well as the members of the varsity double, Mark
intended to give them a run for their money. Speedy junior Tom McGarrigle Borgerson and Sean Stewart, and the light weight double, Sam Benedetto and Mike
upset the sprints in not only the 100 (running a 10.9) but also the 200 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
(running a 22.5) taking away points that Penn Charter thought they had final flick. It was another successful day as the crew took home wins in the Novice
in the bag. Another well fought battle that took place was at the shot put. Quad (Mike Donahue, Jake “Rubik’s” Han, Sean Lawler, Chris Higgins,) the Junior
Junior Andrew Finley threw a 49’6” tying for first to Penn Charters senior 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
thrower. Unfortunately for the Friars’ Penn Charter pulled away with the Trophy for the most points during the Horvat series which is the series of five races for
victory by only a few points. The Friars’ next meet is against Chestnut Hill Philadelphia and New Jersey area schools.
Academy which will be another tough match up but plan on coming home 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
with a victory. 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

On the way Plan to watch When I see _ One talent
recent Favorite
In, I listen the Phillies this ___, I change I wish I had
movie I Website?
to… season? the channel was…
saw was…
Mr. Kirchner

Right now, Lives of Yes, but

Don Imus Playing Music
Neil Young Others I’d rather watch
the Pirates

Miss Lohse
Not religiously, no Reality t.v. To cook well
A CD Montaigne

Mr. Betzala
104.5 or
anything on Yes! Infomercials
Departed To play the guitar
my ipod

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

Rowing team update MALVERN VISITS SPAIN

music; instead about thirty-six men carry
By Fran McGill, ‘08
the two-ton float on their backs. Each float
continued from page 7 Staff Writer depicts a station of the cross and is carried
though much of the city, followed by the
Hilditch and Andrew Paisley both raced day was capped off with another thrilling Quiero Vivir en España emotionally moving sullen brass band. It
their first races in a single in less than victory for the Varsity Quad as they beat was a very long, but spectacular first day.
perfect conditions. The Novice quad came the boys from Maritime by six seconds. On April 1st seventeen students along I could go on for hours about Seville, our
in second to the novices from Maritime. It was a sweet win considering two of with Mr. Betzala, Ms. Lohse and Ellen amazing visits, such as the palace which
The Novice double of Dave Matasic and the rowers in Maritime’s quad rowed Lohse, departed the U.S.; destination was used in the film Star Wars, or the bull
“Yo Bill!” Doughty came in second to a a quad with A.J. DiValerio and Carter Spain. About twenty-four hours later, after ring we saw, or the third largest coliseum
very strong boat who had traveled from Lindborg which went to the Junior World two flights and a trip on the Ave, the high- in the world, or the gypsies, but that would
Florida to race. The JV double continued Championships in Amsterdam this past speed train, we arrived in Seville, Spain. take up the whole paper. After three great
their dominance as they coasted in for an summer. The Varsity quad also trounced We were thoroughly exhausted; however days in Seville it was time to pack to head
easy win. JV Single Brandon Hanna took the Floridians from Osprey Oars who after only a few hours of downtime we to our next destination, Granada.
home the silver medal losing to the same traveled north again for a second shot at were ready to go see a magnificent local After a stop in Cordoba to see the
sculler who won the Varsity single race. In Malvern. tradition. Every night during Holy Week Mezquita, an 8th century mosque, we
the varsity single event Malvern was able All in all it was a very successful span there are processions in the streets. The arrived in one of Spain’s most beautiful
to advance all three of our singles, Johnny of two weeks for the Malvern Crew. processions are slightly different than the cities, Granada. We visited the Alhambra,
Muntz, Brian Nasca, and Chris Cosgrove, The crew is now in the heart of their Mummers parade however. The most which is one of Spain’s most beautiful
to the finals where Johnny Muntz finish medal season with City Championships striking difference is the garb in which the palaces. The gardens stretch on across the
second, and first out of the Malvern singles. coming up on May 6 on the Schuylkill, leaders of the procession are dressed. The hills and the palace itself is a sight to see.
The Lightweight double race contained as well as Stotesbury Cup, the largest people in the procession wear robes almost A lengthy bus ride then lead us to another
two Malvern boats in the top four spots in high school regatta in the country, and identical to those of the KKK. Each robe unique city in Spain, Toledo.
the final with the Benedetto and Bohs boat Scholastic Rowing Association National covers the person’s face and comes together Overall, Spain is known for beautiful
taking the gold and boat of Bobby Valenti Championships. These are Malvern’s in a tall point at the top. The first night we weather; however, when we were there we
and fellow captain John Selin, taking fourth three biggest races of the year and they are saw these processions the participants were experienced the unusual bad weather of
after what was not one of their best races. all within a month’s span. So get ready for wearing green robes. Even though the robes Spain. It hailed so hard in Toledo we had
The varsity double then came in second an exciting month of racing, come down were green, the first time we saw them, it to seek shelter but that did not stop us from
by six tenths of a second to a crew from and show your support at the river, and very unnerving. The parades are not made
up of colorful performances and lively
continued on page 9
Albany New York. The race was tight the stay tuned into the Black Friar Chronicle
entire length of the 2000 meter course. The for more reports on the crew.

Senior Gift By Kevin Grubb ‘07, Staff Writer

This is a special message directed 100% participation with the senior gift in mail, which comes with a pre-paid envelope donation so you can honor more than one
towards the senior class of 2007. Every the amount of $20.07 per senior. Half of this in which they may put their donation. For person. If you choose to purchase four or
senior class that comes through Malvern money will go towards the Malvern Fund, every donation of $20.07, you will have more, you will get to honor another person
donates a certain amount of money back which is used to bridge the gap between the opportunity to thank a teacher, parent, for free.
to Malvern as a gift. This “Senior Gift” tuition dollars and operating expenses (i.e. coach, administrator, sibling, grandparent, The Malvern seniors have benefited
goes to a variety of places on Malvern’s scholarships, financial aid, athletics, etc.). scholarship provider, a friend or in memory quite a bit from Malvern, and now it is
campus which many of you see every The other half of the senior donation will of someone who has passed away. This time for the seniors to give a gift back to
day. Each gift is commemorated with a go towards the landscaping outside the special person will receive a special card Malvern in the form of this donation. If
plaque documenting that particular class’s new Fr. Duffy Center for the Arts, which in the mail and will have his or her name you are a senior and would like to donate,
generosity. is currently under construction. published in the graduation booklet. You are please make sure to so quickly, so that the
This year, Malvern’s goal is to have Each senior will receive a letter in the encouraged to make more than one $20.07 graduation books are accurate. Thank you.
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Miss Walsh
by Cory Furlong, 09

wins Don’t Tread on Me

National TEACHING Award 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
Miss Joanne Walsh Receives
against rules or simply ignorance, the consequences are dire. What is
the College of Charleston college for 44 years, and has been a teacher this most heinous offense? Walking on the grass.
Teacher Recognition Award at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Obviously it’s a common misconception that humans are meant
Pennsylvania, since 1990. Currently she
Malvern English teacher, Miss Joanne teaches AP Literature and Composition and to walk on grass. We’re not. If man was meant to dirty his Vans
Walsh received the College of Charleston Honors American Literature. In support of by walking through vegetation, why did our earliest ancestors invent
P-12 Teacher Recognition Award during her nomination, Reverend James Flynn, the stepping stone…or was it the wheel? In either case, students of
the College’s Graduation Weekend, May Head of School at Malvern Preparatory,
11-13, 2007. Dr. Robert Pitts, Dean of says, “I am proud – and often humbled Malvern have a strange attraction to treading on forbidden territory.
the School of Business and Economics, – by the opportunity to teach and work Some focus on it all day, some even glorify the act. Heck, we all
presented a plaque and a cash award to Miss with her day in and day out…She brings know Timmies are bought specifically for trekking through the flora
Walsh at the school’s awards ceremony. her wide experience and vast knowledge to
each and every class so that our students and fauna.
She was nominated for the award by
Michael Pesta, a senior at the College who leave her classroom – whether as a At the drop off line, Mr. Whitney has to forcibly restrain students
studied American Literature and worked sophomore or as a senior – with not only a from taking the nature trail through the four trees between the Ring
on the yearbook staff in high school with solid foundation in the world’s literatures,
but more importantly, with a true love and
Road and Carney. But why does the green grass hold this tenacious
Miss Walsh. Mike graduated from Malvern
in 2003. understanding of learning.”
grip on our natural walking habits? This is my conspiracy theory of
In his nomination letter, Mike Pesta This is the second year for the College the week.
wrote, “She [Miss Walsh] teaches with a of Charleston Teacher Recognition Award. Let’s delve deeper into the archives of Wikipedia to scholastically
high level of energy that motivated me to Senior students at the College were invited
work harder in her literature class so I could to nominate inspirational teachers who
research this topic (sorry Mrs. Driscoll). The year was 1972. Discipline
participate in analysis and discussion…No played an important role in their lives. Elise was at an all time low at Malvern and school spirit was higher than
matter what the task was, I worked hard Jorgens, Provost of the College, explains, ever. Days were spent frolicking on campus lawns, throwing Frisbees
because I knew she worked just as hard and “Devoted P-12 teachers often receive little
truly cared about the outcome.”
and inventing cultural trends like big hair and bell bottoms. Something
recognition for their efforts, and students
Joanne Walsh has taught high school and have too few chances to reward them.” 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

The Fights
an abuse of power, the Congress of Malvern passed the “Grass Stain”
Act. Any student caught off designated walkways would be punished
by Jim McCanney, ‘09 severely. Thus, the Reign of Cement began and students were bound
to the indoors.
continued from page 7 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
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
tell you now, here, today, why we cannot…must not walk on the grass.
La Hoya said he would watch the tape of the fight and go from there, and that If we do, we may create a chain reaction that would trigger a new age
retirement wasn’t out of the question. Since Saturday some boxing experts have of hippies. Do you want that? Do you want to be the guy at Malvern
petitioned for a rematch but, if that were to happen it would turn into the same football games with a rainbow afro and a sign that says “John 3:16”?
fight with the quicker, and younger Floyd Mayweather dominating the slower,
and older Oscar De La Hoya. So next time Mr. Whitney writes you up for walking on the grass, say
“Thank you sir. May I have another?”

Spanish Trip
Junior Class members honored with awards continued from page 8

at special chapel service.

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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