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MHS Swim Team
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Malden High School Our 94th Year Washington


Volume 94 Edition 4 January 2009
celebrates
Boys Basketball On Top Obama’s
arrival
Nidale Zouhir
Copy Editor

E VERY FOUR (or eight, if the


president gets reelected) years,
the United States welcomes a new
president to the White House, and
every four years, he is sworn in
at the inauguration ceremony on
January 20. For the most part, 2009
was no different; the US swore in its
first African American president.
His inauguration has generated re-
sponsiveness from everyone from
Aretha Franklin to Facebook users.
Even before it actually hap-
pened, President-elect Barack
Obama’s inauguration sparked
controversy. In Dec. 2008, he chose
California’s Proposition 8 sup-
porter and pro-life advocate Rick
Warren to deliver his invocation.
Naturally, this outraged many
Democrats, gay-rights supporters,
and other liberal groups.
Members of the boys’ basketball team shooting hoops. The decision showed many
Photo by N. Dhruv Design by L. Tran Obama supporters that he is
more conservative than originally
Emily Chiavelli thought. However, more moderate
Gjikondi, sat on the sidelines. The Gjikondi is only a sophomore but Democrats were not as angry. “I’m
Head Photographer
teams were neck in neck for all four has already been scouted by sev- a big fan of Obama, but I find the
Undefeated until January 16th quarters, but MHS eventually fell eral colleges, like Boston University, choice of Rick Warren odd and not
and holding aspirations to stay that behind and the game ended with Notre Dame, and the University of the best idea, nevertheless, I trust
way for the rest of the season, the a score of 58-50, despite a strong Pennsylvania. They have offered Obama and his choices,” MHS
Malden High School boys’ basket- staring lineup of senior tri-captains him full scholarships based on his sophomore Jeri Scibelli said on the
ball team lost a home game against Steven Suida, Marques Armstrong, impressive 20.7 point per game scor- topic.
Everett High School. Travis Nally as well as seniors Pat- ing average; provided, Egi Gjikondi In what is a much less de-
The opposing team won the rick Urban and Krist Gjikondi. bated (and also slightly ironic) de-
tip off as Malden’s star center, Egi At six feet eight inches, Egi continued pg 13 cision, Obama also asked Atlanta
civil rights leader Reverend Joseph
Lowery to deliver the benedic-
tion. Lowery, who is 87 years old,
LOCAL NEWS Page 5
WORLD NEWS Page 9
four mhs students campaigned for Obama in Missis-
sippi, Iowa, and Alabama. He also
ENTERTAINMENT Page 11
SPORTS Page 13
named posse scholars marched with Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. during the civil rights
movement of the 1960s.
Patti McClenthen A vast amount of celebrities
several places around the nation and supported Obama during his cam-
Parker’sWorld Page 4 Reporter
aims to give students an opportunity paign; this showed in his inaugu-

E VERY YEAR the Posse Founda- to go to the college of their dreams ration ceremony as well, which in-
tion works to supply full-tuition Posse scholars have proven that they cluded performances by cellist Yo
scholarships to students that may be deserve these scholarships, too. 90 Yo Ma, the “Queen of Soul” Aretha
otherwise overlooked in the process percent of students who receive the Franklin, and Pulitzer-Prize nomi-
of giving out scholarships. This scholarship graduate college, and nated poet Elizabeth Alexander.
year four Malden High students are reported to be showing initiative Alexander will be the fourth in-
have received this scholarship; Cyn- and other leadership qualities when augural poet in US history, joining
thia Rodriguez, Melchi Noel, Victor participating on campus. Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and
Banor, and Stephanie Tran. The four MHS students have
The foundation itself, founded continued pg 10
by Deborah Bial, has locations in continued pg 8
2 Editorials The Blue and Gold
January 2009
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Malden High School


I have been warned about this ever since fresh- would have to do in high school classes.
man year; about the one “-itis” that somehow makes As juniors, we were now considered upper-
The Blue and Gold its way to all high school seniors at some point before classmen. Because junior year is so critical put a lot
77 Salem St. they graduate: the horror known as senioritis. We’re of pressure on us; we were now taking on harder
Malden, MA 02148 barely in the third quarter and I am already knee- courses to prepare us for college. The workload
deep in this illness. was ridiculous. Time management needed to be
One day when conversing with a friend, she reassessed on a whole new level. Teachers saw us
told me “You definitely have all the symptoms: lazi- as young adults and increased their expectations.
EDITORS-IN-CHIEF ness, carelessness in attire, major procrastination, re- Personally, I think in junior year we grew the most,
Nicole Dhruv peated absences, and you’re somewhat indifferent.” both academically and socially. Between our new
Malisa Saksua When I went to deny this accusation, I found I hon- workload and our new reputations as young adults,
estly could not argue with her; she was completely we were growing up.
MANAGING EDITOR right. I have no clue how I caught it, so I decided to As seniors, we are veterans of the school; we
Cynthia Rodriguez do some investigating. know everything inside and out. We have taken on
To start, I brought up this subject with my se- some of the school’s hardest classes, and formed
HEAD NEWS WRITER nior peers. My research shows that senioritis literally tight student-teacher relationships throughout
David Riemer spreading like a wildfire; it seems as though every- our four years. We have made the best friends,
one around me is suffering from the “-itis” too. experienced some of the toughest moments in our
HEAD ENTERTAINMENT/ OPINION Speaking to my peers was not enough, so I de- lives, and now we find ourselves as adults on the
Ashley Ngo cided to do an entire analysis on our behaviors, from brink of graduation. The beginning of senior year
freshman year to senior year, showing the slowly was stressful with college applications and forms,
HEAD SPORTS WRITER progressing effects of senioritis. but once college work was submitted around New
Paul Collins As freshmen my friends and I went into high Year’s, I noted a major increase in relaxation among
school eager to learn with the “big kids.” Personally, my peers.
ASSISTANT SPORTS WRITER I went in with a full set of honors courses, ready to After all of this research, I found my reason
Alfonse Femino take on every club that interested me. The transition for senioritis. We are getting a taste of adulthood
from middle school to high school was a startling by doing things like applying to colleges and filling
HEAD COPY EDITORS wakeup call, but my friends and I spent late nights out financial aid forms. Now that we already ap-
Tzivia Halperin determined to finish work. By the end of the year, we plied, we want out of this whole high school scene,
Ayoub Kourikchi got in the routine of sacrificing sleep and free time to so we become lazy with our work. We are too ma-
do well in everything we took on. ture for the comfortable high school environment;
COPY EDITORS As sophomores, we knew the school better. We we are ready for real life, and in the grand scheme
An Holmqvist were more aware and a little more at ease. We were of things, our last quarters of high school seem less
Brittany Foley familiar with directions to classes, how students and significant than they used to.
Nidale Zouhir teachers interact, and the high school environment in
general. Classes were tougher, but we learned time
HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHER
Emily Chiavelli
management and what to expect for the work we
Nicole Dhruv
Co-Editor-in-Chief
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER
Lynn Tran
letter to the editors
HEAD OF BUSINESS
Kimberly Lombard

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Tipping
the Scales
iraqi shoe incident
Tzivia Halperin is the secret service
Where Have all the
Checks and Balances
Head Copy Editor
doing its job?
Gotten Us?

David Riemer
I N OUR CONTEMPORARY me-
dia, shoes have always been held
in high esteem. From Dorothy’s
and throw it at Bush. Only then did
the Secret Service begin piling onto
the stage and into the press to tackle
shouldn’t have gotten anywhere
near him, let alone two of them.”
Only after the shoes were thrown
Head News Writer ruby red slippers to Cinderella’s Zaidi to the ground. did the Secret Service appear, mak-
glass slipper to the cast of Sex and Although the shoes were meant ing moderate effort to subdue Zaidi,
the City’s obsession with Manolo to have cultural significance –show- which would have proved ineffec-

T HE ROMAN EMPIRE saw


its spectacular rise under the
tender care of its famous Republic.
Blahniks, shoes remain a symbol
of beauty and a source of fascina-
ing soles of feet and shoes generally
can be taken as an insult in Arabic
tive if there had been a weapon at-
tached to the shoe.
tion. However, shoes have taken culture– more than providing the This incident merely highlights
For years they thrived, under their on increased importance since president with severe physical pain, the lax attitude of United States
essentially democratic political sys- Dec. 14, 2008 when Iraqi journalist any number of explosives, knives, security. And with Barack Obama
tem. Under this system of govern- Muntadar al-Zaidi chucked two etc could have been attached to the taking office this month, if the Secret
ment, the Romans made certain no shoes at President Bush during a projectile. Bush was extremely lucky Service is incapable of protecting
one person held power for too long, surprise conference in Baghdad. in this situation, however, as we all Bush from two projectile shoes, it
and that the elected officials would Regardless of personal biases, one know, luck is fleeting. At another is difficult to believe they will be
take into consideration the opinions remains stupefied at the fact that conference Bush may forget to have able to protect Obama. This is es-
of the people who elected them. neither shoe was prevented from a cup of coffee in the morning thus pecially true as “law enforcement
However, the emphasis on being thrown at the president, slowing his reflexes. The president officials have seen more potentially
individual equality among citizens when supposedly security was should not be expected to do acro- threatening writings, Internet post-
began to wane with the decline in supposed to have increased. batics to avoid blows; it is the role of ings, and other activity directed at
prosperity and the recurrent out- In the middle of the confer- the secret service to protect him. So Obama than has been seen with any
breaks of war. Slowly but surely, ence with Iraqi Prime Minister where were they? past president-elect,” according to
prized military generals began to Nouri Maliki, Zaidi pulled off his Jason Hu, a senior at Malden Eileen Sullivan of The Huffington
take power from the consulship, fi- shoe and threw it at Bush, shout- High commented on this deficiency; Post. It is imperative then that the
nally resulting in Julius Caesar seiz- ing “this is a goodbye kiss from the he noted that “the secret service secret service and the Secret Service
ing control and the transforming the Iraqi people, dog!” Bush quickly shouldn’t have let that happen. I improve organization and efficiency
Republic into an empire. ducked to avoid the blow but the thought they were supposed to be before Obama enters office with this
Flash forward nearly 2000 response was so slow that Zaidi by the president’s side at all times.” proliferation of threats. Hey guys, if
years, and one can find the United was able to pull off his other shoe He went on to say that “the shoe the shoe fits, wear it.
States in a similar state of change.
The ingenious three-branched or-
ganization of the US government,
a setup so carefully crafted and so
passionately debated throughout
the nation’s history, was seemingly
well-equipped to handle such pro- The Top 10 List:
spective switches in power. How-
ever, question about just how rigid
and restricting those checks and bal-
ances actually are have been raised.
Under the Bush administra-
tion, the U.S. has entered a war
and a deep economic recession,
over-borrowing and over-spending
money the nation simply does not
have. Sound familiar?
During this time, the execu-
tive branch of the government has Things MHS Students
gained an unprecedented amount of
unbalanced authority over the other
political sections. Is this merely a
Do During Midterms

[I]n truth, Bush can


spend this money 10.) watch tv, because, they can!
however he pleases. 9.) go to a friend’s house to study or relax
8.) eat out with friends after each test day
reaction to the stress on the govern-
ment for waging a war abroad and 7.) actually take the midterms
trying to fix a straggling economy? 6.) discuss how they failed the test they just took
Or, as some political theorists be-
lieve, is it a permanent shift in the 5.) arrive to school later and leave earlier
fundamental powers which have 4.) try not to let the stress get to them
shaped the nation since its found-
ing? 3.) study like crazy to get your grades up
Regardless of the intent of
the changes, their effects are wide-
2.) sleep more than four hours a night
1.) party when it’s all over
continued pg 4
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buying brand names tipping the


scales, continued
from page 3

Linda Nguyen
Reporter
S tudies have shown that advertisements play a huge role in the shopping habits of
consumers. Due to the economic recession, consumers are paying more attention
to price tags than ever. When it comes to brand names, consumers are leaning more
spread, and easily seen in the recent
auto industry bailout. Government
towards the smaller, more affordable brands than the larger, more expensive brands.
bailouts to private companies such
as Ford, General Motors, and Chrys-
How is the economy affecting ler, are supposed to be carried out by
the Congress, yet the deal struck this

your shopping habits?


past December was not the one that
Congress had approved. Instead of
the $14 billion agreed upon by the
legislature, the three auto giants
were given access to $17.4 billion,
a sum much higher than had previ-
ously been offered.
Who is responsible for this
extra-generous donation? Bush au-
thorized the amount himself with-
out Congress approval. “He cannot

“[T]he power-check...states
that only Congress can pass
laws, yet Bush has signed over
“I tend to shop more at 1,100 provisions for new laws
indie stores,” senior Grant
Klein stated. “I mean, of - more than all other presi-
course, Armani and Prada
would be great to wear ca-
dents in US history combined.”
“ I would sure love to shop at sually, but I stick to my Ur-
Gucci and Louis Vuitton, be- ban Outfitters and Johnny
“I rather shop for a good prod-
cause I want to look good, and Cupcakes. It’s cheaper and do that, can he?” one might ask, but
uct from Gap, with a reason-
it the closest thing I can get to more original, and I feel in truth, Bush can spend this money
able price,” stated junior Chloe
looking like a model, but I’d like they are more down- however he pleases.
Cheung.
rather shop at a cheaper place to-earth,” he added. On Oct. 3, 2008, the House of
for a better product,” said se- Representatives passed the Emer-
nior Alinne De Oliveira gency Economic Stabilization Act,
Photos by E. Chiavelli and A. Ngo a key component of which was
the Troubled Asset Relief Program
(TARP), which set aside $700 bil-
lion for struggling corporations and

parker’s world banks. However, this enormous


purse can be tapped at will by
the president, as seen in the auto
industry bailout, putting extreme
economic power into the hands of
the executive branch who can syn-
thesize a reason for a withdrawal on
a whim.
Bush has fancied himself a law-
maker as well during his eight years
as president. At the very heart of the
Constitution lies the power-check
which states that only Congress
can pass laws, yet Bush has signed
over 1,100 provisions for new laws -
more than all other presidents in US
history combined. In his presidency
marked by war and turmoil, Bush
has also issued 276 executive orders,
an unusually low amount for such a
tumultuous term.
As the saying goes, “Desperate
times call for desperate measures.”
Though the circumstances are se-
vere, putting a crown on one per-
son’s head is not the strategy Ameri-
cans should be going for. Westerners
have had the idea that all problems
can be solved by the proper infusion
of money and technology; they have
tried that already. At this point, the
only way to get the country back on
track is a change at the individual
level–a willingness for cooperation,
Parker Stallworth and just some plain old optimism.
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parker stallworth:
the student behind the cartoons

Parker Stallworth

“I can’t remember when I started,


but I do remember doing it [draw-
ing] as a sort of way to get money.
Then, I started becoming interested
in art and I started teaching myself
to draw,” stated Parker Stallworth.

Barbara Jerome-Athis
Reporter

P ARKER STALLWORTH, A SENIOR at


Malden High School, is affected with
high–functioning autism and really talented.
“I still act like a ‘normal’ person even though
I still have trouble learning and socializing
like others,” commented Stallworth. He
has been publishing cartoons for The Blue
and Gold newspaper since 2007. His classes
consist of English, math, art, Mixed Chorus,
and gym, but he favors art because it serves
as an opportunity to draw at school. He also
enjoys his performances in Mixed Chorus,
consisting of concerts in or out of school.
Stallworth has lived in Malden for all of
his life and has a twin sister named Bianca
Stallworth, also an MHS senior. “I’m proud
of my brother, not only for his efforts in
school academics, but also for the progress Senior Parker Stallworth in front of his painted mural in room B209. Photo by E. Chiavelli
he has made in his drawings,” said Bianca
Stallworth. Besides drawing, he likes to play
the guitar and piano, and plays basketball. ist and entrepreneur Robert Ripley. He hopes to ward to continuing contributions to The Blue and
He looks up to many people like author Rob attend the New England Institute of Art in order Gold, as his years in high school come to an end.
Serling, film director, producer and screen- to become an animated film maker. To conclude, Transition Skills Patricia Laidley said,
writer Tim Burton, animator and cartoon Stallworth was blessed with a talent in draw- “Parker is exceptionally creative, well versed, and
artist Chuck Jones, American writer and ing and is proud of his cartoons being published varies arts form. His art is also well respected by
cartoonist Dr. Seuss, and American cartoon- for all of MHS students to see. He is looking for- his peers.”

Ice Storms disable power


Brandon Knight Alexandra Mathieu thousands left in the cold.
Reporter Reporter
Malden High student affected.
W INTER IS A WORD usu-
ally associated with a delicate
blanket of snow and warming up in
The storms resulted in a state of
emergency.
greatly; some became sick and rest-
less because of their lack of sleep.
stated, “The elderly woman I work
for needs a breathalyzer to live. She
front of a roaring fire, but for most The National Grid, an interna- One of the main concerns, be- had no power for 5 days, and she
of New England and Upstate New tional electricity and gas company, sides restoring power to everyone could have died.”
York residents, winter no longer responded quickly to the situation, in the areas, was finding a place for The ice storms that ravaged the
held these whimsical recollections. removing fallen trees and sending those who had electric heaters in New England area raise a question:
Ice storms that raged through out crews of people to help civilians their homes. Many people without how prepared are you for a massive
Massachusetts starting on Dec. 11, get back up on their feet and repair heat to power their homes were winter storm? Each winter, snow is
2008, were very destructive, knock- any damage created. Teddie Teal, forced to stay in shelters, school expected by all New Englanders,
ing out the power for millions in father of MHS senior Alex Teal and gyms, or any place possible in order but that does not mean we are all
those areas. The damage, which manager/supervisor of the National to keep them sheltered from the prepared for it. Ice storm damage,
primarily resulted from fallen trees, Grid, was one of the many to ven- cold. Some of those who attempted such as the ones faced this winter,
utility wires, and poles covered in ture out to help families in need. to stay warm in their homes using could be greatly decreased if the
heavy layers of ice, made the situa- “My dad was gone for two weeks gas powered generators died due to right measurements are taken be-
tion worse for those were affected by and he missed Christmas,” Teal re- carbon monoxide poisoning from forehand. For information on how to
the ice storms. Almost one million calls. Many workers’ schedules were the generators; three people died in prepare yourself for a winter storm,
people were powerless at the time altered during the time of the storm. this manner. Injured and sickly peo- and any other natural disaster for
of the storm, and at least 170,000 These schedules kept numerous ple in the areas were at a higher risk that matter, visit www.redcross.org
people were left without power for employees up all night for long pe- of fatality during the storm. New and click on “Preparing for Emer-
seven to eight days after the storms. riods of time, affecting their health Hampshire resident Linda Daley gencies” for tips and advice.
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mhs students learn calligraphy


Brittany McFeeley
Reporter
ding’s mandarin class gets a crash course in calligraphy.

T he students smile as they enter Singdye Ding’s wonderful


Mandarin class. The students and the teacher have positive
attitudes toward each other, making their learning environment
enjoyable because of Ding’s colorful and
vibrant classroom.
Whether the classes are small or large, the stu-
dents all get along with each other. When the class
gets started, they get assigned homework, view the
agenda, and observe their objective. The students
go over the homework with Ding before the start of
their daily lesson.
Recently in Ding’s class, Mandarin classes
have taken a calligraphy course instructed by
Mr. Gao of the Chinese Culture Connection,
who invited him to Malden High School to
teach the students the art of calligraphy.
Calligraphy is highly decorative hand-
writing, which ranges from old Chinese
scripts to a more recent and modernized
western calligraphy; it is a very unique
form of oriental art. Calligraphy uses
Chinese characters to help communicate
the spiritual world with a more modern day
world.
There is always a positive vibe coming for
inside her class. The students were very inter-
ested in the lesson and other students probably
will not get the chance to take this calligraphy Mr. Gao helping student Dave Laurore. Photo by S. Ding
course unless they take a Chinese course MHS
is offering. The students thought the lesson was
great and would definitely want to do it again.
“I asked the class and they said yes. It is a
real cool thing to do,” stated Mandarin teacher,
Ding. The students learned how to hold a paint-
brush and practice writing on paper. Mr. Gao
then explained the long history of Chinese
calligraphy and the different types of fonts and styles to writing
calligraphy. The first form of calligraphy developed in the Han
Dynasty. However, calligraphy grew to be more serious in the
Tang Dynasty. Most of the work from the dynasties in the early
B.C era can be found in museums.
Out of all the kids who take Mandarin, about two thirds of
the students speak Chinese, Mandarin, and other foreign languag-
es. A lot of the students speak Cantonese, which was most likely
their first language growing up. Cantonese is also known as Yue, a
primary branch of Chinese. Cantonese sounds very different than
Mandarin due to different set of syllables. Out of all the Mandarin
I and II classes, not many students take the Chinese Advanced
Placement exam. In total, there are only 43 students take the Chi-
A sample of Mr. Gao’s work.
nese AP exam.
Overall, the Mandarin classes enjoyed their lesson about cal-
ligraphy and the history that hides behind it.

Mr. Gao helping student. Photo by S. Ding


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melrose youth ballet hit hard by weather


Tzivia Halperin nutcracker cancelled due to storm
Head Copy Editor

A CHRISTMAS SEASON staple,


the Melrose Youth Ballet (MYB)
production of “The Nutcracker”
Warton, who played Mr.
Silberhause in the show,
commented that “it was
has always been long anticipated, a great experience. I have
some even claiming that they “pre- been in a lot of shows
fer it to the Boston Ballet version.” before, but none like this
However, snowstorms have had ir- one.” In spite of the warm
revocable effects on the production, reviews, MYB was still
which normally constitutes a Friday forced to make conces-
morning and evening, a Saturday sions for the weather, the
afternoon and evening, and Sunday worst of the news arriv-
afternoon show. After 14 years, MYB ing after the cast returned
was forced to make cancellations, home from the cast party
which may yet have repercussions on Sunday.
on their 2009 season. The Board of Direc-
The dress rehearsal of the show tors warned the cast that
was held on Thursday Dec. 18, 2008; if schools were cancelled
artistic director Jaclyn Capozzi, on Monday due to snow,
and co-president RuthAnn Puppo, it would be impossible to
huddled the 130 dancers into the have the show without
auditorium before their scheduled Revere’s attendance and
rehearsal for discussion. They in- therefore the show would
formed the dancers, who had begun be cancelled permanently.
rehearsing for the show since Octo- In a horrible twist of
ber, that if schools were cancelled on luck, another snow storm
Friday the 19th because of the snow, caused the cancellation of
they would have to reschedule the the Monday show as well.
Friday morning show until Mon- “Everyone was pretty
day. The dancers were desperate crushed. Six other seniors Dancers practice by going through a dress rehersal.
for information that Capozzi and and I got denied our very Photo by Meghan Reid
Puppo could not provide. Senior last performance. That
Taylor Lombard, who played Mrs. weekend just brings the
Silberhause and also performed as cast so close together and
a member of the Corps de Ballet, to have it cut short was a horrible
noted that “no one really knew what way to end it,” Lombard expressed
was going on.” about her reaction to the cancella-
Once the school cancellations tion. “I didn’t even get to say good-
were finalized for Friday, they bye to anyone properly because
“got final word that the show was I thought I would see them all the
being postponed until Monday,” next day.”
according to Lombard. Although Beyond simply the emotional
many schools had off for vacation reaction from the cast and crew,
beginning that Monday, Revere’s the cancellations hit the produc-
attendance of 400 students would tion’s funds particularly hard. The
still be expected –their vacation be- production, which charges $8 per
gan later- and therefore the cast still student, lost at the very least $3,200,
opted to perform Monday morning if taking into consideration only Re- Members of the production pose for a picture. Photo by Meghan Reid
for Revere. vere’s attendance. The show is very
The shows on Saturday and much self-perpetuating: the money
Sunday continued along as sched- gained from ticket sales is used to precarious and doubts circulate that may be forced to close its doors, per-
uled and were deemed a success by fund the next year’s show. With over a show will even be produced for manently.
cast and audience alike. Junior Sam a $3000 deficit, MYB’s position is the 2009 season. After 14 years, MYB

MHS Bulletin
construction begins
MHS Class of 2009 presents
the Senior Fashion Show
Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 6 p.m.
Anthony’s of Malden
Tickets available sometime mid to late
February. For additional info, please see Ms.
Vona in the nurses office, or Mr. Fam in C223.
Construction headquarters are set up outside
of the Jenkin’s house. Photo by E. Chiavelli
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Colby-Sawyer ‘Progressive Scholars’


from left to right: Amanda Rogers,
Kristen Tran, Felicia Texiera, and
Kristen White. Not pictured: Laura
Metellus and Pascale Chataigne.

Photo by E. Chiavelli

Malden’s
dirty little six mhs students
secret
nominated for
Colby-Sawyer
Cera Nolan
Reporter

M alden, supposedly the best


place to raise a family in Mas-
sachusetts, has a dirty little secret. It
Shannon Howe
Reporter
came to the attention of parents and
residents when Malden’s Ferryway relieved, now I don’t have to worry
K-8 public school was named the Six seniors have been nominated about getting accepted.” Kristen Tran
dirtiest school in Malden. this year for the Colby- Sawyer Schol- another senior stated she liked the
With un-swept floors, egg- arship. Located in New London, New school because it was small, and in
stained windows, dried food on the Hampshire, Colby- Sawyer is a small the mountains and very scenic. Even
walls from the cafeteria, and years college that focuses on liberal arts. This though Tran is undecided on what she
of dirt and dust, parents are shaking year and last year, students have been wants to persue, she hopes to major
their heads in shame that their kids nominated by their guidance council- in history. When students are chosen
are learning under these conditions. ors and house principles to receive the they are welcomed by Colby-sawyer
Thomas Devito, principal of the scholarship which covers tuition. College, and they get the chance to go
Ferryway School, complained that Nominated students have to fill on a tour of the school, and learn what
the janitors are not doing their job out an application and write a well the school has to offer. The applica-
properly, but it is not his place to tell thought out essay on why they want to tion process is not any different from
them what to do. “They do not an- attend Colby-Sawyer College. Another what most high school students have
swer to me. I'm not their supervisor. important factor is that the students to go through. All they had to do was
I'm not their boss,” Devito said dur- must hold a grade point average of at submit a regular application. This is a
ing an interview for Channel Five. least 2.8. great opportunity, especially at a time
On the janitor’s defense, the janitor In past years about 20 students when the cost of tuition is at an all time
staff at Ferryway complained that were selected for this award and about high.
they are understaffed and have to 9 wound up interviewing with the “I think it’s a fantastic opportu-
put up with broken equipment. “No school. This year seniors Kristen Tran, nity. It’s a small school and there is a lot
matter how much mopping you do, Felicia Teixeira, Amanda Rogers, Kris- of individual attention from faculty, a
you're not going to get the marks ten White, Laura Metellus, and Pascale small campus with lots of opportunity
up,” stated head custodian, Joe Gib- Chataigne were selected for the schol- to become involved. And it’s a great
bons, in the same report. arship. After being asked how she chance to live in a different part of New
Although Gibbons said that felt about getting the Colby-Sawyer England. It is a whole new experience”
they are understaffed, they have an scholarship Kristen White said, “I am said guidance councilor Mrs. Lipinski.
equal amount of custodians as all the
other public schools in Malden, who
seem to keep their schools kempt. POSSE Scholars from top to bottom: Stephanie Tran, Victor Banor,
“Working in conditions like Cynthia Rodriguez, Melchi Noel.
these not only lowers morale, but
also makes me concerned for the Photos by E. Chiavelli
well being of the children,” said K-4
physical education teacher, Colleen
Ryan. Ryan explained that she feels
badly when the children are doing
floor work in P.E. “Floors are dusty,
Posse Article continued from page 1
dirty, sticky, and just plain filthy,”
continued Ryan. already chosen what Posse partner the colleges of their choice.
City officials are paying an school they are going to; Rodriguez The ceremony that formally
outside company $5,000 to clean the and Banor are both going to attend accepted the students into these
school. It is upsetting to many that Hamilton College in New York, schools was on January 7, 2009.
tax money is going towards some- while Noel and Tran are going to Guests at the ceremony included the
thing that should be done by the Denison College, in Ohio, and Bryn mayor of Boston, Mayor Manino,
custodians. Mawr, in Pennsylvania, respectively. and Diane Patrick, wife of Governor
“The bottom line is, it is de- The process of giving out Deval Patrick.
pressing to come to work in filth, the scholarship happened in three Needless to say, MHS is
and it’s depressing to see the stu- steps. After all of the students were proud of these students, and wishes
dents studying in filth. This is a new nominated, there was a large group them well as they go off to the
school, there is no excuse for this,” interview, followed by an individual schools of their dreams.
explained technology teacher Earl interview and finally, a small group
Fitzpatrick. interview that allowed the students
to talk to the admissions officers of
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Madoff Scandal Cease-Fire


Agreement
An Holmqvist Greed At Its Best: $50 Billion Scandal
Copy Editor
Rocks the Financial World Set to Heal
Palestinian
T HE DEC. 18TH 2008 edition of The Econo-
mist called it the “con of the century.”
ous other establishments in places like Palm
Beach, Florida, New York City, London, and
The New York Times noted it as the “biggest
Ponzi scheme in financial history.” When for-
Boston. As the Wall St. “wizard” attracted more
and more customers, he was able to return
Wounds
mer chairman of the Nasdaq stock exchange money to his former investors in addition to
and investment manager Bernard Madoff, 70 their added interest of ten percent making his
Ayoub Kourikchi
years old, was arrested on Dec. 11, 2008 for the scheme even more convincing for future clients.
embezzlement of up to $50 billion in invest- In a congressional hearing conducted on Head Copy Editor
ments, thousands of investors around the globe Sunday January 4, 2009 congressmen ques-

B
stopped in their tracks. tioned the Inspector General of the Securities oth Israeli and Palestinian states agreed
This enormous scandal has affected a wide and Exchange Commission (SEC), revealing upon a seemingly tentative cease-fire on
range of investors from prominent institutions deep and systemic problems at the federal Dec. 19, 2008, after a three-week offensive
such as Boston University and Tufts University agency. “Many of us have lost confidence in Israeli strike aimed at stopping Hamas from
down to ordinary people. The sheer size of it the SEC,” stated Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a firing rockets into southern Israel, which re-
is quite frankly wholly unimaginable for most New York democrat. The SEC was reportedly sulted in more than 1,300 Palestinians deaths
people. Put into context, $50 billion is worth informed up to 16 times since 1999 in regards and about 5,400 left wounded. Contrastingly,
one thousand times that of the Malden Public to the Ponzi scheme. Inspector General David Israel suffered the deaths of 13 of its citizens,
Schools (worth approximately $50 million). Kotz promised to have his report “in a matter 10 of whom were soldiers.
Many investors are now completely bereft of of months, not years.” Israel has issued a troop pullout that
their life savings. Among the victims are Holo- Authorities have encountered many ob- would be complete during the up-coming
caust survivor and author of Night Elie Wiesel stacles in putting the money swindler on trial. week; however Hamas, Palestine’s Islamic mil-
and filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Prominent Weeks after his arrest, Madoff still remained itant governing body, continues to fire rockets
French financier René-Thierry Magon de La under house arrest to the outrage of his many into Israel even after the cease-fire agreement.
Villehuchet was found dead in his office on the pained investors. Fraud can land a felon in Both countries’ unilateral decision came
morning of Dec. 23, 2008 in an apparent sui- prison for up to twenty years, but only if the days after General Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief
cide. The Frenchman could have lost up to $1.4 crime can be proved. In the rigorous search for visited a United Nations compound in Gaza,
billion of his clients’ money. hard evidence, investigators finally uncovered and according to cnn.com, urged both Israeli
As if the financial crisis in the fall of 2008 a mail order of $1 million in jewelry that the and Palestinian leaders to achieve political rec-
were not enough, the Internal Revenue Service witty investment manager sent to relatives. onciliation after what he said was the “heart-
reportedly lost up to $17 billion in tax revenues In a dazzling twist of irony, Madoff was breaking” violence of the last three weeks.
in addition to the $200 billion lost last year. recently freed on a $10 million bail rejecting The violence has left a massive dent in Pal-
Taxpayers affected by Madoff understandably the prosecution’s mail charges. The decision
continued on pg 10
demanded returns from the IRS because of proved to be of little comfort to losing inves-
their lost capital. tors. “There is a thirst for blood that transcends
Many people are wondering how a scheme just those who have been victimized,” said at-
of such grandeur could have gone completely torney Stephen A. Weiss, adding that some of
unnoticed for so many years. As explained his several dozen Madoff investors “just want
by the Boston Globe, “A Ponzi scheme is one to have this guy’s head.” The cleverly designed
in which early investors are paid off with the scheme seems to have cornered the law, leaving
money of newer clients.” Madoff himself was the prosecution with little evidence to support
a trusted and well-respected figure on Wall St. their claim. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis
leading many investors to blindly turn over writes in response, “The government fails to
their money to him in hopes that their money provide sufficient evidence that any potential
would grow. The crafted scheme drew in many future dissemination of Madoff’s assets would
investors including celebrities, country clubs, rise to the level of an economic harm.”
charities, businesses, hedge funds, and numer-

An example of a ponzi scheme.


Design by A. Holmqvist
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Obama inauguration continued from page 1


Miller Williams.
People all over the
world looked forward to
Obama’s inauguration. Its
Facebook event had over
250,000 confirmed guests.
These were not all people
who were planning to
attend the ceremony; as
the event’s description
explains, “Say ‘Attending’
if you’re looking forward
to it, say ‘Not Attending’
if you’re not looking for-
ward to it, and ‘Maybe
Attending’ if you don’t
care.” In comparison to
the vast amount who
were “attending,” only
about 130,000 invitees
were not looking forward
to the event. Fewer still,
about 50,000, did not care. Photo from the New York Times
This further illustrates the obvious
popularity that Obama has with the Washington, D.C. area,” according was moved by all the points that he Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream”
younger generation; his own Face- to the Presidential Inauguration made and all the change that he has speech: “Let it be said by our chil-
book page has attracted over three Committee. In addition, there was a promised,” Scibelli continued as she dren’s children that when we were
million supporters. free concert at the Verizon Center in listened to the address. tested we refused to let this journey
The schedule for Obama’s in- Washington D.C. that evening. “Today, I say to you that the end, that we did not turn back nor
auguration begun on Jan. 18, 2009, Finally, on Jan. 20, 2009, the challenges we face are real. They are did we falter; and with eyes fixed on
with a welcome event at the Lincoln ceremony took place. During his in- serious and they are many. They will the horizon and God’s grace upon
Memorial. The next day, which also augural address, the new president not be met easily or in a short span us, we carried forth that great gift
happened to be Martin Luther King, spoke of the war and the economy. of time. But know this, America, of freedom and delivered it safely to
Jr. Day, Obama and Vice President- As usual, Obama brought inspira- they will be met,” President Obama future generations. Thank you. God
elect Joe Biden “[participated] in tion to everyone from the crowd in declared, and later finished the ad- bless you, and God bless the United
activities dedicated to serving Washington, D.C. to celebrities like dress with inspirational and moving States of America.”
others in communities across the Ashton Kutcher to MHS students. “I words that bring to mind those of

cease-fire,
Pirates in Somalia
continued from page 9

estine’s economy after more than According to MSNBC.com, Haley Defilippis


22,000 buildings were destroyed the international Committee
Reporter
and according to the Palestinian of the Red Cross (IRC) said the
Authority’s Central Bureau of paramedics found a shocking
Statistics resulting in a loss of 1.9
billion dollars. Additionally, the
United Nations Relief and Works
scene of hundreds of wounded
people huddled together in
houses among dead bodies,
R ECENTLY, AFRICA has
been invaded with modern-
day pirates along the coast of
cently, local Islamist groups have
been found that may be linked to
the pirate gangs, and may have
Agency’s facilities states that Ga- weak after having had no food Somalia. The pirates look for begun to use piracy as a source
za’s gross domestic product was or water for several days. predatory opportunities, and to buy weapons. To prevent this
slashed by 85 percent and that it Although it is not expected have mastered the art of steal- piracy, the NATO alliance, the
could take years for the economy that half a century of potent ing whole ships. In 2008 alone, US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, along with
to develop. Furthermore, nearly animosity between the Israel the pirates raided over 90 ships, other volunteer countries, have
80 percent of Gaza’s crops were and Palestine will be resolved successfully capturing approxi- been patrolling the coasts of So-
damaged. through a cease-fire, it will allow mately 17. Somalia being law- malia and the Gulf of Aden.
During the 22 days of war the UN to provide the victims of less, hardly gives citizens the The U.S. Navy tracked hos-
the International Committee of these attacks with humanitarian opportunity to live. The pirates tile incidents on the seas near a
the Red Cross (IRC) found it dif- aid and international powers explain their mission as pure dozen countries, including at-
ficult to provide the majority of to direct them toward political survival. tacks by suicide boats near Sri
Gaza’s residents, who have di- reconciliation. Somalia appears to be the Lanka, an oil tanker seizure off
rectly faced the onslaught of the only country in the world with- Bangladesh, and attacks on sail-
Israeli attack, with humanitarian out a government. It’s a danger- boats in Venezuela and Ecuador.
aid. ous system to live in with no The second-fiercest pirate hot
central authority. While driving spot in the world is Nigeria.
into the capital, Mogadishu, you Although the majority of
pass several different militias Somali pirates are aggressive
where entry fee’s range from $3- and fearless when it comes to
$300, depending on the goods their business, some are more
place your ad here you’re carrying. However, there
is no proof that this money goes
terrified. On January 13th Kenya
Mombasa was busy hijacking a
to the country’s’ needs to public Saudi oil supertanker. The fear of
services, education, roads, hous- other pirates robbing them, led to
ing, and health care. the drowning deaths of his men.
Somali pirates work for one
person, which is themselves. Re-
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There is no doubt how good DOUBT is


Ashley Ngo
Head Entertainment/ Opinion Writer

A CCORDING TO A REPORT by the United


States Conference of Catholic Bishops, four
percent of all priests who served in the U.S. from
the role of keeping
watch for any curi-
ous behavior in him.
1950 to 2002 faced sexual accusations from minor to Her uncertainties are
major allegations. Although that translates to over validated when James
four thousand clerics being accused, 30 percent of reveals to her that the
the cases were dropped because of uncertainty. school’s only African-
That “doubt” factor was brought up in John American student,
Patrick Shanley’s film version of his Pulitzer Prize Donald Miller (Joseph
and Tony Award winning play, Doubt. The film is Foster II), come back
mildly based on Shanley’s personal experiences from a private confer-
as a student in a Catholic school and exploits the ence with Flynn upset
issue of sexual abuse, religious values, and the and smelling of alco-
conflict between suspicion and doubt. hol. She reported that
The story is set in 1964 at St. Nicholas School Flynn was later spotted
in the Bronx, where Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) hanging up the boy’s
is the clear discipliner. As the strict nun she is, undershirt in his locker.
Aloysius takes delight in her responsibility as the Although there is
upholder of the church’s traditional ways, disal- no hard proof of inap-
lowing modern technology, such as ballpoint pens, propriate behavior,
and the singing of commercial songs like “Frosty Aloysius summons the
Actors Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt.
the Snowman,” which she links with ungodly priest to her office, using
messages. the Christmas pageant
Along with Aloysius, Sister James (Amy Ad- as an excuse. From then on she indicts Flynn point of view on the situation that was never really
ams) is also employed by the St. Nicholas school; of wrongdoing, but Flynn demurely laughs it expected. Adams’ interpretation of James’ frustra-
unlike Aloysius, however, James is a friendly face off, never taking the accusation seriously. The tion and need for simplicity is perfect from her ris-
with an easygoing attitude. The priest, Father Flynn drama becomes more gripping, particularly ing point, breakdown and recovery.
(Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the nearest thing to when Miller’s mother (Viola Davis) suggests Doubt does not give the audience straightfor-
progressive that the school can get. He welcomes that, despite the allegations, the boy is better ward answers to the status of Flynn’s innocence;
the new ideas and changes set by Pope John XXII, off in the hands of the priest than in those of instead, it plays the story from Aloysius’s view
and engages the students in non-traditional prac- his bigoted and malicious father. and channels the frustration of being virtually cer-
tices like playing sports or holding non-religious The talented cast involved in Doubt exert tain, but dangerously doubtful. It challenges the
conversations. Reflecting on adolescent behavior, all of their skills in their roles. Even though audience to view provocative issues from a more
his homilies revolve around the language of reli- Hoffman and Streep are guilty of overacting expansive perspective, taking on the basic secrecy
gion, about the positive and negative aspects of occasionally, they both give quite remarkable of human behavior. Despite moments where the
doubt, and the wounding consequences of gossip. performances, especially on Hoffman’s part. film goes too far in its development of the plotline,
With a stab at irony, Shanley supplies Flynn with Hoffman’s low-key depiction of Flynn gives Doubt accomplishes its goal of showing how a man
the line, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and the audience the right amount of suspicion can not only be beaten by his actions, but by the per-
sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are in his actions. Davis, despite her short screen ception others have of him. Lack of evidence can be
not alone.” time, makes an earnest emotional impact on immaterial when manipulation is present, a force
Aloysius, suspicious of Flynn, appoints James the whole story, giving the audience another that can devastate anyone of any power.

VALKYRIE a hit at the box office


Brittany Foley
Copy Editor

O N DEC. 25, 2008, the little-


known story of a group of men
who took a stand against one of the
Claus von Stauffenberg, Cruise
fills the role of the protagonist.
The movie begins with the Nazis’
ben (David Schofield), and Ludwig
Beck (Terence Stamp) are others
that plan to help with the execution.
twice after that for the story.” Cruise
plays a fantastic Stauffenberg, and
surprises viewers with his new ma-
greatest evils the world has ever promise to Hitler, and then flashes Stauffenberg ends up being put on ture and wonderfully executed new
seen was brought to life in movie to Stauffenberg, pre-patch, journal- top of the group of conspirers after role. “It definitely beats his Mission
theaters across the country. Directed ing his feelings of the war. The Ger- proposing a plan that involves the Impossible days,” Schovanec ex-
by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie illustrates man language morphs into English Reserve Army taking over should pressed. Meanwhile, the audience
the last but strongest attempt to as- before the story begins in order to anything happen to Hitler. They try gets chills from Camber’s Hitler as
sassinate the infamous Adolf Hitler make it easier to follow the complex to include General Friedrich Fromm he horrifies them and brings the
by a cluster of his Nazi followers. storyline. (Tom Wilkinson), but he refuses to psychopathic mass-executioner to
Singer, who is the executive After witnessing Stauffenberg’s be involved. However, he refrains life. He expertly captures the es-
producer of TV drama House M.D., near-death experience in a series of from reporting the group. Stauffen- sence of the greatest monster man
worked alongside writers Chris- desert attacks and explosions, an ear- berg then takes the plan to Hitler has ever seen throughout the entire
topher McQuarrie and Nathan Al- lier attempt at Germany’s Chancellor himself, who approves of it, and movie.
exander to create the film. Valkyrie is shown. Here, Major-General Hen- even praises Stauffenberg because “I’m not a big fan of Tom
is based on the actual happenings ning von Tresckow (Branagh) and of his injuries. The plan is known as Cruise, but I loved him in this,” Win-
from World War II, and features General Friedrich Olbricht (Nighy) “Operation Valkyrie.“ throp High School freshman Kayla
acclaimed actors including Tom are introduced to the audience as Although many may have been Aceto stated. “To make it seem like
Cruise, Bill Nighy, and Kenneth other inside-assassins. The men drawn to the film because of its star- you’re that far gone, you’ve got to be
Branagh. In the movie, Nazi soldiers meet up after their failed attempt at studded cast or the thrillingly sick good,” she added.
that pledged their loyalty to Hitler bombing, and Stauffenberg is pulled antagonist and his back-story, it sits A gripping story of valor, alle-
(David Camber) come together to back into the picture as he attends a comfortably near the top of the box giance, and honor, Valkyrie is sure to
eliminate him after realizing that secret gathering of others conspir- office because of its chilling reality. instill a sense of nationalism in each
they owe their lives to their country, ing against Hitler. The story contin- “Not going to lie, I saw it for of its viewers just as successfully as
not to the sadistic sociopath that ues to unravel and more significant the eye-patch,” Everett High sopho- it educates them in how a few died
had taken control. characters are introduced. Dr. Carl more, Justin Schovanec commented in hopes that the land they loved
As eye-patch-clad Colonel Goerdeler (Kevin McNally), Witzle- about the film. “But I watched it could live without terror.
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Curious about benjamin? Fall Out Boy


comes out
audiences are curious about with another
brad pitt’s latest film
Brittany McFeeley
Reporter
great album
E VERYONE
HAS a sto-
ry to tell and
Nidale Zouhir
everyone has Copy Editor
moments in
his or her lives
that shape
who they be-
come. Would
being born
D ESPITE THE TEEN angst and hatred of fame
that dominated previous Fall Out Boy re-
cords, Folie à Deux (FAD), their fifth full length al-
old and grow- bum, is heavily politically charged, complete with
ing younger a fervent hope for change and even an insult or
change the two directed at former President George W. Bush.
outcome of FOB has obviously evolved since their Eve-
your life? Well, ning Out With Your Girlfriend days; they have gone
it changed the from mentioning indie icon John Cusak to writing
life of a man an entire song about soul artist Roberta Flack and
by the name of the man described as the love of her life, Donny
Benjamin But- Hathaway. The song is called, “What a Catch,
ton. Donnie,” and features collaborations from Elvis
The Curi- Costello, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Wil-
ous Case of Ben- liam Beckett of The Academy Is..., Brendon Urie
jamin Button of Panic at the Disco, and other vocalists, mostly
was based on from Peter Wentz’s record label, Decaydance. This
a novel writ- is not the only song featuring Urie -- the political
ten by F. Scott metaphors of “20 Dollar Nosebleed” are accen-
Fitzgerald, tuated with his vocals. As with 2007’s Infinity on
an American High (IOH), FOB chooses one of the year’s most
writer who successful rappers to make a guest appearance:
was famous the song “Tiffany Blews” features a surprisingly
for writing honest verse from Lil Wayne.
novels and As usual, bassist-lyricist Pete Wentz writes
short stories. self-indulgently (and, at times, narcissistically, as
On its release in the album’s first single, “I Don’t Care,” whose
day, which chorus proudly proclaims, “I don’t care what you
was Christ- think, as long as it’s about me”). However, to 14
mas Day, The year-old girls all over the world, his lyrics are as
Curious Case relatable as a mass-produced buddy icon.
Pitt portrays Benjamin Button as he grows younger with time.
of Benjamin Similar to earlier albums, Wentz’s lyrics are
Button made contradictory; “She’s My Winona” claims that he
$11,871,831. is “never the same person when [he goes] to sleep
The crew did an amazing job performing out- and Benjamin begins to get younger in physi- as when [he wakes] up.” Meanwhile, 2007’s IOH
standing roles throughout the movie. cal appearance but older in age. almost angrily stated that “seasons change but
The movie begins with Daisy (Cate At the nursing home he stayed at, he people don’t.” He also spends an ample amount of
Blanchett) as an elderly woman on her death- meets Daisy, a young girl whose grandmother time telling FOB’s listeners that the world does not
bed listening to her daughter, Caroline (Julia lives at the nursing home. As soon as Benjamin care about their problems while whining about his
Ormond), read the diary of Benjamin Button lays eyes on her, he falls in love. Daisy could own.
(Brad Pitt) in her final hours before hurricane tell that Benjamin was not like the other elder- Musically, FAD sounds more epic than FOB’s
Katrina makes landfall. The diary reveals the ly people in the nursing home; they seemed to previous records. With pianos (a relatively new
unusual circumstances of Button’s life. click and immediately became close friends. sound for the band) and falsettos (which fans of
Devastated from the death of his son Her grandmother did not want Daisy sneak- vocalist/rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump are used
in World War I, a blind clockmaker creates a ing around at night with what seemed to be to), FAD is definitely their most mature sound-
unique clock that works backwards, hoping to a 78 year-old man. After her grandmother’s ing record, despite the occasionally whiny lyrics.
bring back his son. The clock is displayed in death, Daisy visited less often but when she The band’s sound is even more polished than it
Grand Central Station for all to see, including did it was only to see Benjamin. was on Infinity on High. However, like IOH, the
President Theodore Roosevelt. After revealing When Benjamin was going through pu- record sounds almost overproduced and there are
his clock that worked backwards, he sets into berty, he joined a sailor’s crew. They stopped moments where it is difficult to tell the difference
motion the circumstances of Benjamin’s birth. at a hotel where he fell in love with another between drummer Andy Hurley and a drum ma-
It triggered Benjamin to be born as an old man woman. Benjamin was about 20 when they chine.
with the same wrinkled crippled body, as an started having an affair. He wrote to Daisy Overall, however, even with the slightly
85 year-old man would have. that he had fallen in love and she was crushed. over-mixed sound, FAD is an enjoyable album.
Benjamin’s mother passed away shortly Daisy then becomes a famous ballet dancer. Memorable tracks include the political anthem
after he was born due to complications during Benjamin surprises her by attending one of “(Coffee’s for Closers)” and the easily-quoted “The
childbirth. His father, Thomas Button (Jason her productions but his heart is crushed when (Shipped) Gold Standard.” The album’s political
Flemyng) blamed Benjamin for his wife’s he realizes that Daisy has been dating another metaphors are more straightforward than usual,
death, so he left him on the stairs of a nurs- guy. Soon, Daisy and Benjamin fall back in which makes for an interesting hour of music;
ing home with 18 dollars tucked in the blanket love after Benjamin refuses to stop loving her. the teen angst that Wentz usually claims to have
Benjamin was wrapped in. Queenie (Taraji P. This movie is a great hit and everyone outgrown is still there; and the hatred of fame that
Henson) and Tizzy (Mahershalalhasbaz Ali) should get the chance to watch this amazing almost every successful band plays music about
find Benjamin by accidentally stepping on the love story of The Curious Case of Benjamin But- eventually becomes obvious as it is hypocritical.
poor child. Queenie immediately takes him in ton. All in all, it seems like Fall Out Boy has produced
another hit record.
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wrestling against the scale


Emily Chiavelli craig ramsey and the wrestling team
Head of Photography
fight to stay in their weight class
F OR CRAIG RAMSEY, wrestling is a weight-
ing game.
“I lost four pounds today; did it in about
two or two and a half hours,” claimed Ramsey,
who wrestles in the 140 pound weight class,
during a recent interview. With a 6-3 record
so far this season, Ramsey’s impressive per-
formance has far surpassed the team’s overall
record of 0-9.
Despite the occasional need to work “extra
hard” at practices to lose weight for an upcom-
ing meet, Ramsey claims that maintaining his
weight is an overarching factor during the
wrestling season. “It’s not about not eating. It’s
about regulating what you eat throughout the
season. If you don’t eat, you’ll have no energy
to wrestle.” Ramsey does not eat much fruit,
which is high in sugar, and stays away from
dark meat, butter, and fried foods; instead he
steams and bakes his food and monitors his
calorie intake.
“I eat about 600-700 calories a day dur-
ing wrestling season. Most wrestlers don’t get
much more than that,” said Ramsey, who has Captain Craig Ramsey with a black eye after a recent match. Photo by E. Chiavelli
been wrestling for over ten years. The recom-
mended daily calorie intake for adults is 2,000. wrestlers on the team, however, do not experi- tling team is not enough indication of his
Ramsey also credits intense two and a half ence the same constant struggle with making sportsmanlike attitude, when a group of MHS
hour daily practices with his success. weight that Ramsey does; in fact, most of the students started taunting the opposing team
The next weight class above 140 pounds wrestlers compete under weight. Wrestlers are at a recent basketball game, Ramsey sat in the
is 145 pounds. Why then, if Ramsey routinely allowed to weigh in at any amount under their bleachers shaking his head and exclaimed “We
has to come back down to 140 from 145 pounds weight class requirement, but are not allowed do not boo,” in frustration. At one point during
and even above, does he not simply move up to compete if they are even a tenth of a pound his interview, Ramsey politely excused himself
a weight class? “It’s all about discipline. When overweight. According to Ramsey, however, to question a wrestler he spotted in the hallway
I wrestle at 140 pounds I know I’m in the best this is no indication of the team’s dedication; about his whereabouts at practice that day.
condition of my life,” he says. All Malden everyone on the team “works just as hard” as “Some days I complain about practice, I
High Sschool wrestlers have to be examined he does. A lot of the wrestlers are only first or don’t want to go. But I always leave saying I’m
by a doctor at the beginning of the season to second year participants, which explains the glad I went,” said Ramsey. So is all this worth
determine what the lowest weight class they team’s disappointing record. it? “Every day.”
can safely wrestle in is. Many of the other If Ramsey’s clear dedication to the wres-

Boys Basketball continued from page 1

explained, that he is able to maintain play,” Gjikondi says, “But we’re get-
a 2.8 GPA. ting a reputation for being a good
Born in Albania, the Gjikondis team, and the better our team gets,
moved to America when Egi was in the more other teams start to talk [to
third grade and Kristi was fifth. Egi us on the court].” Gjikondi does not
Gjikondi started playing basketball attribute the loss entirely to his sus-
at Salemwood Middle School just pension; Everett High School’s boys’
three years ago, and coaches imme- basketball team is ranked 5th in the
diately noticed his and his brother’s state, with one of the highest ranked
talent; he’s now on the staring lineup centers. Egi Gjikondi believes that
for the MHS varsity team. the team played a good game with-
Egi Gjikondi admits that his out him.
dedication to the sport has sapped Self-proclaimed “hardcore su-
up time he used to devote to friends per fan” Stephen Coughlin-an MHS
and family; he also doesn’t have junior who was thrown out of the
much time to watch his favorite pro- Malden-Everett game for “taunting”
fessional team, the Boston Celtics. the Everett players -chalks up the
However, at a recent game fighting to the intense atmosphere
against Cambridge, when his op- that basketball creates. “We have
ponent began harassing him on the a great team, so you can really get
court, Gjikondi received a technical into basketball at Malden High,”
foul for elbowing an opponent in Coughlin says of the fans’ extreme
the face, which also resulted in a devotion this season.
one-game suspension. Coughlin’s enthusiasm is not
As it turned out, he served his unfounded, as evidenced by the
suspension during the very impor- team’s impressive record. The team
tant Malden-Everett game. Chants hopes to continue their winning
of “We want Egi,” could be heard streak in order to win the GBL title Malden team against Medford. Photo by N. Dhruv
clearly coming from the Malden and move on to the State Champion-
bleachers throughout the game. “It ship.
was frustrating, not being able to
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girls’
basketball girls’ gymnastics is off
team moves
forward
to a
despite injury
setback
good
Paula Suarez Salamanca start
Reporter
Lynn Tran

T HE GIRLS’ basketball team


is lead by head coach Joseph
Levine, assistant coach and principle
Assistant Photographer

Dana Brown, and senior tri-captains


Annie Abber, Annie Willcox, and
Alyson Macdonald. The team is
made up of six seniors, three ju-
niors, one freshman and a majority
W ITH THEIR FLIPS, heel drives, vaults, and dismounts, the
Malden High school’s gymnastics team is sticking their way
to further wins, with their current record of 1-0.
of sophomores. With the loss of key Their first win of 115-86 against Medford will hopefully fore-
player and senior captain MacDon- shadow their following meets against tough competitors like Cam-
ald, the girls’ varsity basketball team bridge and Tewksbury.
is working hard to make up for the Captains include junior Jessica Fox, and seniors Amanda Dipi-
loss. Their current record is 3-5 and etrantonio and Kethia Mathieu. The captains, and fellow teammate
they expect to win more games. Kristin Cruikshank, who does floor, beam, and vault, see improve-
On Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 Mac- ments in the team itself, physically and in dedication.
Donald tore her Anterior Cruciate Cruikshank believes that the team “could possibly win the
Ligament (ACL) for the third time. Greater Boston League title.” Not only has the team’s performance
The ACL is a ligament in the center improved, but this year is also the first year that Junior Varsity girls
of the knee joint that works to sta- have been able to perform. In the past, some girls on the team would
bilize the knee from front to back. not be able to compete in meets due to the amount of members
When the ACL ligament is stretched versus the allotted slots available. The gymnastics team decided to
too far and breaks it makes the blood fight against this injustice.
vessels inside the ligament break The JV girls work alongside the Varsity girls for two
too, which fills the knee joint with months, but never get to showcase their talent. For the first time,
blood, causing the knee to swell. this year, the Junior Varsity girls will be able to compete, due to the
The swelling prevents most athletes three new open slots. Competing in meets allows the gymnasts to
from playing the game. In this case, display all their hard work in front of a crowd. With three new slots,
MacDonald will have to go to physi- the JV girls will not go unnoticed.
cal therapy for about a month, then
she will be able to reunite with the
team. “I’m sure that the team will
pull it together,” MacDonald said
with confidence. “Somebody will
step up…someone always does,”
she continued. MacDonald is sure
that the team has a very big chance
of winning Greater Boston League
even with her on the sideline.
With MacDonald out, starting
point guard Abber, being one of
the star shooters, faces challenges
in games because opponents have
started to recognize her talented
shooting ability. In the past two
games, teams have started to double
team Abber, making the plays much
harder to run. Levine expressed that
the team “[has] a great defense hold-
ing [their] opponents, but [they]
need a stronger offense making the
shots.”
During practice, the team fo-
cuses on shooting techniques and Captain Kethia Mathieu on the balance beam.
free-throws, enabling more shooting
talent to grow, but they also do a lot Photo and design by L. Tran
scrimmaging and cardio running.
Levine believes that, “once [they]
get [their] shooting down, [they]
will have a great basketball team.”
Then he added that the captains
make a big part of the team. Levine
concluded that, “[The captains] are
always working hard in practice,
and keep the girls motivated.” He
says that the captains have a ‘never
quit’ attitude and always believe
that the team can achieve anything.
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mhs track team is well Alfonse Femino


Assistant Sports Writer

prepared for the season

Sophomore Cynthia Attenor sprints in the relay race.

Sophomore Jessica Vo races around the track.

Junior Thanh Nguyen in motion as she prepares to throw the shotput.

T hey can be found on the local eral talented freshman that include underclassmen as well as experi- Freshman Peters and ju-
track, weight room, or running Haley DeFilippis, Cristina Peters, enced upperclassmen, and the ad- nior Linda Nguyen pace them-
through the streets, but wherever and Dan Holmqvist, all of whom dition of all-star athlete David Freni selves in the 600 meter run.
they are, the members of the boys’ are a part of the distance team. Al- the team is looking much stronger
and girls’ track team are preparing though they are only freshmen, they than they have in past seasons.
for a successful indoor track season. have already attributed to the suc- The team has shown that they
Though the team did not ex- cess of their respective teams. “I just are willing to do what it takes to win
perience much success in previous want to score a couple of points and by working hard during the cross-
track seasons, this year is sure to contribute positively to the team,” country season, as well as training
be different. Senior track captains stated freshman, 600 meter runner, extremely hard on the track to build
Joe Cirnigliaro, Huy Nguyen, and Holmqvist. All of the freshman have stamina or spending countless hours
juniors Ariel Hurts and Thanh stepped up to take on major roles working in the weight room to build
Nguyen lead the team by acting as early in the season. “It really feels strength.
positive role models for underclass- great being able to make a giant The team recently had its first
men. impact,” exclaimed freshman, 1000 meet on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009,
This season both the boys’ and meter runner, DeFilippis. against Cambridge Ringe & Latin
girls’ track teams have recruited sev- With the right mix of talented School. Unfortunately the boys’
team suffered a 74-12 loss. However,
the girls displayed gritty determina-
tion in a nail-biting performance.
Having a successful season
will not be an easy task for the
boys’ and girls’ track teams, with
games against tough squads, such
as Somerville and rival Medford.
Although the teams have come a
long way, each member is willing to Junior Xavier Leo racing in the
dedicate countless hours and hard male’s relay race.
work in hope of being successful.
Ultimately, Peters feels that “it is a
great challenge because I get to build
my endurance and understand what
it feels like to put so much effort into Photos by L. Tran
Sophomore Cynthia Attenor sprints in the relay race. something and get such an uplifting
reward.”
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Bruins are
having a
good season
Alfonse Femino
Assistant Sports Writer

During the 2005 season, not much was


going right for the Boston Bruins. In January,
the team traded captain Joe Thornton to the
San Jose Sharks, where he went on to have the
best season of his career leading the league
in goals. After losing Thornton the team
spiraled downward losing a majority of their
games and missing the playoffs finishing in

Swim team does it yet again 4th place in the Northeastern conference.
After the 2005-2006 season the Bruins
luck began to change. In the summer of 2006
Hao Luong diving into the pool. Photo by E. Chiavelli the team acquired Zdeno Chara from the
Ottawa Senators. The veteran Chara soon
Alex Gennigiorgis
played a large role, being named captain and
Reporter

H ISTORY IS REPEATING itself


for the Malden High School
swim team. Last season the MHS
greats” along side Julie Dempster,
who was the greatest swimmer at
MHS in 1989.
swim team was untouchable, accord- Being in a new school for Lu-
ing to head coach Paul DeVincentis ong was difficult for him and said
and senior captains Matt Zunitch that hard work is the key to gaining
and Ramilio Santana. The team is success here at MHS. When asked
once again undefeated with a 6-0 about how he feels about breaking
record. two MHS records, Luong stated that
Despite the loss of six star it was “pretty easy” and that he will
swimmers due to graduation, the “break them again at the Greater
MHS swim team still maintains Boston League Championship”.
their competativeness this season. According to DeVincentis, “the
Acquiring transfer student Hao Lu- Malden High School swim team is
ong has definitely filled the missing as good as ever and is continuing to
gaps. Luong is a sophmore born in improve,” as previous and current
Vietnam who formerly went to Or- records prove.
egon for his educational career and Although Malden maintains a
is now a huge success to MHS. strong line-up of swimmers, the loss
Luong already made a big of six senior swimmers makes the
name for himself by breaking the team apprehinsive of challenging
100 meter fly record and the 500 teams including Cambridge, Mal-
yard freestyle record. He is “one den Catholic, and Somerville. On
second away from breaking a third Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, the MHS swim
record,” DeVincentis stated. Luong team will be facing Cambridge at
has proven himself to all of his team- home. DeVincentis stated that the Bruins hug each other in celebration of their victory.
mates who have given him nick- meet will be “very competitive” and
names, such as, “The Great One” because of the MHS swim team’s leading the team the last three seasons.
or “The Man”. DeVincentis did not victory over Cambridge; the last Alongside Chara, many other players have stepped up and
hesitate in stating, “I’ve seen and time the two sides met, Cambridge took big roles in past seasons as well as this season. One such player
swam with a lot of great swimmers will be “prepared and hyped up” is Marc Savard who currently leads the team in points with 13 goals
but Hao is about as good as I’ve ever so that they can overcome the MHS and 36 assists. Also the young Phil Kessel played brilliantly, scoring
seen.” DeVincentis also stated that, powerhouse swim team. a team leading 24 goals. All-Star goalie Tim Thomas has been solid
“Hao will definitely be one of the in the net for the Bruins with 16 wins and four losses, while back-up
goalie Manny Fernandez also played a pivotal rose in the Bruins
success with thirteen wins and only three losses.
This year, it seems as though the team is untouchable, but in
previous seasons, rival Montreal Canadians had no problem in tak-
ing the Bruins down a notch. This year the Canadians have not expe-
rienced the same success against the Bruins. In 2003, the Canadians
knocked the Bruins out of the playoffs in the first round, and again
last season in game 7 of a brutal series. Last season the Bruins were
unable to beat the Canadians even one time in the regular season
going 0-8 in the season series. However, this season the Canadians
have not been able to slow the Bruins down as in recent years. The
Bruins currently lead the season series with the Canadians 2-0 with
a 6-1 stomping in September and a 3-2 shootout win in November.
Although the team is sitting comfortably at the top of the tough
Northeastern division, and has the second best record in hockey
behind the Sharks, they still have much more to accomplish in the
second half of the season. On the road ahead for the team lie tough
league games against the Canadians, Senators, and Florida Pan-
thers. With the perfect mix of veterans such as Savard, Thomas, and
Co-captains Matthew Zunitch and Ramilo Santana pose inside the pool. Chara, as well as some talented young players such as 19 year old
Milan Lucic, and Phil Kessel, the Stanley Cup may be in the future
Photo by E. Chiavelli of the Bruins.