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Vol. CXXXII, No. 8 April 17, 2009 Phillips Academy

"The Den" Previously Named For Former Soccer Coach Ryley

By JULIA ZORTHIAN Most students at Andover still remember when the Den was called the Ryley Room. But they would have to go back a generation or two to find Andover students who remember its namesake. James Ryley was well-loved by students and faculty alike on campus when he worked at Andover, according to Ruth Quattlebaum, School Archivist. Quattlebaum said that Ryley was Andover's boys soccer coach from 1912 to 1946 and a member of the Office of Physical Plant. "[Ryley] was a beloved coach, and there's a lot of affection for coaches. He was also one of the Commons workers and custodial staff on campus that people just love," said Quattlebaum. "He wasn't like a teacher, where there is an unequal power relationship. It was a much more level playing field with someone like [Ryley,]" she continued. Before it was called the Ryley Room, the student hangout center on campus was an unnamed room in Commons. The room was built in 1930 in Commons, and five years later, Andover's Board of Trustees voted that it be turned into a smoking and lounge room for Uppers and Seniors. After Ryley's death on December 24, 1946, the school administration decided to name the room after Ryley in memoriam, according to Quattlebaum. "All the kids knew [Ryley]. He was very outgoing, and he was somebody that people, particularly students, felt comfortable with. He had contact with not only the soccer kids, but a broad range of students through his other responsibilities," said Quattlebaum. "There used to be a plaque with [Ryley's] picture in the Ryley room that disappeared at some point. Nobody knows where it went. The Ryley Room fell out of use at some point in the '60s and '70s and it must have disappeared sometime during that era," said Quattlebaum. Now, with a newly renovated Commons, the Ryley Room will undergo a name change. Before Commons reopened this spring, the school temporarily renamed the Ryley Room to "The Den." Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life, said, "Changing [the name] from Ryley Room to a neutral name is a way to make it more attractive to someone who may be tempted to give money to the school for that building." School administrators are still waiting for a donor to give the necessary funds and choose Continued on Page 5, Column 1

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Students walk and lounge on the lawn in front of Samuel Phillips Hall on Wednesday as trees begin to blossom.

A Closer Look at College Admissions

Acceptance Rate Fall Back To 45 Percent After One-Year Spike

By JULIA DEAN In spite of a highly competitive year for college admissions, Phillips Academy has, for the most part, only seen a slight decrease in admissions rates. Amid rumors of falling acceptance rates for PA students, 45 percent of Andover applications (1,232 out of 2,737 applications) were accepted this year, said John Anderson, Director of College Counseling. This percentage of acceptances is down by four percent from last year's 49 percent, but it is on par with the averages of the past four years. The years 2005, 2006 and 2007 also saw admissions rates of 45 percent. "Statistically, this year is no worse than previous years," said Anderson. Each Andover student was admitted to at least one school, according to Anderson. "Essentially 100 percent of the students will have a college which they can attend," he said. "It doesn't necessarily mean that it's their first choice, and it may in fact be their only choice." This year, applications were numerous, with Seniors averaging 8.5 applications each. Anderson said that this number might have caused the speculation of an especially difficult admissions year. "It's tough when students go against the advice of the College Counseling Office, and apply to one of the Ivy League schools, which is not a realistic choice. And then, on April 3, when all of the Ivies are sending out their notifications, that's a lot of rejection," said Anderson. Yale, Harvard, Brown, Princeton and Stanford received Continued on Page 4, Column 1

Geneticist George Church '72 Sought independence at PA

By ALEX SALTON "Everything sparked when I came to Andover," said George Church '72. A molecular geneticist and contributor to both the Human and Personal Genome Projects, Church said that his time spent at Andover was a period of transformation and evolution. Growing up in Florida, Church's peers were not a source of educational or scientific inspiration. "In Florida, all the peer reinforcement was for not doing your studies, and I essentially hung out with hoodlums and people who were older than me. It was a very non-academic environment," he said. Church's interest in biology stemmed from his father's work as a physician. "[My father] had this giant physician's bag for making house calls," said Church. "I would look in this bag and there would be all these amazingly complicated medicines and instruments for measuring heart rate and checking reflexes. There wasn't really any way that I could pursue this interest independently in Florida." Church arrived at Andover in 1968 seeking personal and educational independence. He characterized his fouryear career at PA as a "time of questioning the status quo." "I was already primed to do so since I passed through a huge cultural shift from Florida to Massachusetts, and from a group of friends who did not plan to finish high school to a group who planned to run the world," said Church. Continued on Page 6, Column 5

PA Sees Long-Term Decline in Harvard, Yale Admissions

By LIAM MURPHY Declining acceptance rates at top American universities have led many Phillips Academy students to find other college options in recent years. Matriculations at some Ivy League universities, particularly Harvard and Yale, have decreased over the past four decades, according to John Anderson, Director of College Counseling. Nine students from the Class of 2008 matriculated at Harvard last fall, in stark contrast to the 36 students from 40 years earlier, a typical number for that time period. In 1968, 242 students graduated from Andover. In 1978, 30 students matriculated at Harvard. The number has grown smaller over the years, averaging around 18 students per year between 2004 and 2007, before reaching the new low point in 2008. Matriculations at Yale have not taken as hefty a hit. In 1968, 26 Andover graduates matriculated at Yale. This number has also dropped, but by a smaller margin. An average of 11 students matriculated each year between 2004 and 2007, before the 16 matriculations in 2008. The 13 students who matriculated at Princeton in 2008 were a significant increase compared to recent years. The average number of Andover graduates who matriculated at Princeton between 2004 and 2007 was six. In 1968, 18 students went to Princeton, while 20 matriculated there in 1978. "There was a sense of entitlement involved with going here... that if you're going here, you are going to go to an Ivy," said Anderson. "With colleges, it's now more of a meritocracy Continued on Page 4, Column 1

College Admissions Stats See Page 4

Nicholas Kip '60, Instructor in Classics, Found His Passion at Andover's `Nice-Looking Dump'

By APSARA IYER In September 1956, Nicholas Kip '60 arrived at Andover as a self-described "squeaky-voiced young man urged along by his mother." Now, Kip is an instructor in the Classics Department, where he has taught Latin and Greek for over 40 years. Despite his current dedication to the school, Kip said that he has not always felt such affection for Phillips Academy. Kip said that, during his Andover interview, he told the Dean of Admissions in 1956, "It's a pretty nice-looking dump you have going here, but I don't want anything to do with it." But the dean accepted Kip anyway, and he soon enrolled at Andover. Kip said that he met several mentors at Andover, including renowned classics scholar Dr. Alston Hurd Chase, who influenced Kip's career and ultimately his life. While at Andover, Kip was a wrestler and prize-winning Latin, Greek and French student.

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Church found inspiration from his father, a physician.

Security Cameras Installed in Commons to Monitor Theft of Food, Backpacks

By CHLOE REICHEL Twenty-three security cameras were installed as part of the Paresky Commons renovations, including two in the lobby, one at the top of each staircase, one in the Emporium, the convenience store in the Den, and one at each of the doors in the new Den, according to Paul Murphy, Dean of Students. Murphy said that footage from the cameras will not be constantly monitored, but will be viewed as situations arise. Cameras are also located at the second floor tray-drops, in the kitchen areas, near the walk-in refrigerators and by the loading dock, according to Paul Robarge, Senior Food Service Director. Murphy said that these precautions were designed to prevent the theft of food and other items from Commons. Robarge said, "We hold about $50,000 of inventory at any given time in this building, and it's under surveillance so that people don't walk out with a tenderloin of beef. We have surveillance to protect our assets." He said that there are many people who enter and leave the building through the basement. Murphy said that, prior to the renovation of Commons, there were security cameras only in the kitchen areas. He added that the new Commons was always going to have cameras, but now they are in located in places like the lobby. Murphy said that the cameras could be used to identify people who did not belong in Commons to the police. "We knew that there were people eating in Uncommons who shouldn't have been there, and we've always had one or two problems a year where people's backpacks have gone missing," he said. "And we're not sure if it's someone mistakenly taking the wrong backpack or taking things on purpose." Due to suspicions of candy Continued on Page 5, Column 1

Kip was once an Andover wrestler and a classics student. He realized his love for lan- that he still considered to be his guages in an honors English favorite piece of literature: the course taught by the promi- lyrical Odes of Horace. nent translator Dudley Fitts, Kip reminisced about times acclaimed for his translation of at Andover when he voluntarily Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" from forwent social events and caught Greek. up on readings for his United "In Latin, Greek and French States History class instead. especially, the relationship beHe said that weekend entertween language and literature tainment at the all-male Phillips is clearer and more true to what Academy consisted of "dinner the author is trying to convey parties or mixers, arranged so than in English," said Kip. the Andover boys could socialIn Fitts's class, Kip discovered a collection of Latin poems Continued on Page 5, Column 4


Inside The Phillipian

Commentary/ 2-3

Jake Romanow '11 asks the school not to cancel History 340, and Max Block '12 gives his take on the Ocean's Twelve Effect.

News/ 4-6

Andover receives deposit checks following Spring Visits. African Student Union hosts Oby Obyderodhyambo for a presentation on HIV/AIDS awareness. Peter Alsop '95 informs PA students about the invasion of the Asian long-horned beetle.

Features/ 9

Features finally gets their own reality show.

Sports/ 10-12

Boys Baseball comebacks for two wins over Belmont Hill and Cushing. Email [email protected] net for subscription and advertising requests

Arts/ 7-8

Arts looks into Steve the Regurgitator's unique gift. Drummer Zach Fine '11 is this week's Student Spotlight.

Editorial/ 2

Examining our sacrifices for our Andover education.

Please Recycle This Phillipian




The Phillipian

April 17, 2009 and Ejiogu in a prior article. Maybe these groups of students need more encouragement and coaching on `working within the Andover system'? My experience as a female working on Wall Street during the eighties and nineties taught me that fierce drive is not always rewarded as one would hope which can be disheartening. The Andover culture may be inadvertently discouraging these students from achieving their goals or setting higher goals during the first year. I hope that the administration, faculty and students take at closer look at both female leadership and the factors influencing the achievement of Cum Laude. Andover should have representation more reflective of the community in both the competition for the Student Council President and Cum Laude Society. Vanessa Burgess Parent of Jill Kozloff `09

Letter to the Editor

As a parent, not only am I concerned and puzzled that very few female students compete to be Student Council President, I am equally concerned that none of the black and Latino students in the class of 2009 were inducted into Cum Laude Society. Did they lack the `fierce drive' alluded to by Kevin and Kyle or are there other reasons or `roadblocks' as suggested by Okai and

Timothy L. Ghosh


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Scott Cuthell

The Ocean's Twelve Effect

fect. This effect is one of the central problems with social networks everywhere. The reverse principle, the Star Wars IV effect, dictates how viral groups on Facebook work. Star Wars IV is decidedly less entertaining than any of the three new Star Wars installments, not to mention all three Ocean's movies, however many. And those who may secretly agree with me, will instantly claim that "A New Hope" is the best Star Wars movie of all time. Well, when a stupid Facebook group shows up, and enough popular kids join it, you have the Star Wars IV effect. I mean, honestly, there is one good light saber fight. Really. I do not have solutions to either the Ocean's Twelve effect or the Star Wars IV effect. There is no way to make people change their taste in movies or clothes overnight. Someone could even point out that I may just be claiming to like Ocean's Twelve because no one else does. I assure you; I love that movie. Perhaps the best we can hope for as a society, or on a smaller level as school, is to have the Star Wars IV effect work to our advantage. In other words, hope that one day all of those kids who once feared the reaction from their peers will decide to go sit with the lone wolf. I hate to seem that crude. I guess everyone is used to enjoying a fluffy buffer of terms like "social norm" and "tipping point." But the bottom line is, it's up to those once fearful, or perhaps even still fearful, kids to take the jump. Max Block is a Junior from Norwich, Vermont. [email protected]


Cartooning Director

Melissa Ferrari


John McKenna


This week, Paul Murphy, Dean of Students and Residential Life, asked the Andover community a few questions reflecting the identity of ourselves and our community. In particular, two ideas that he touched upon in his message stood out: What makes us proud to be associated with Phillips Academy and what do we sacrifice for our spot here? A respectful, reassuring community comes to mind. Students trust their friends and truly value the connections they make with their peers. In many school-wide surveys, students have consistently listed peer support as one of the strengths and advantages of our community. An incredible environment for learning also comes to mind. Students are constantly challenging themselves, challenging their friends or being challenged by their teachers to go above and beyond. We value our results but we also value the work we need to complete in order to achieve those results. In the midst of all this good, however, exists some unfortunately negative elements as well. Sometimes we see our confidence and achievements go a bit too farwe shudder at the thought of arrogance or entitlement permeating throughout our community, but we cannot deny that at times, it does exist. So perhaps we need to fully understand why we have chosen to live here, and what are we willing to give up to do so? What are we willing to sacrifice as an institution? At what point does what Murphy refers to as "personal freedoms and comforts" interfere with the integrity of a community? And at what point does the limitation of those seemingly trivial comforts interfere with the integrity of a liberal education? Personal freedom has been a strength of this academy. But right now, we've slowly been paring small personal liberties away; liberties that eventually start to add up. Surveillance cameras around Commons seem reasonable enough, but where does it stop? On an educational level, extensive course requirements and "red-flagging" both limit free choice and the freedom which breeds couragethe freedom to fail. To answer your question, Dean Murphy, we're willing to give up a lot to come here. We give up the comforts of life at home. We give up our car keys and parties, we give up family dinners and easy A's, we give up privacy and we give up four years of our adolescence. We do so willingly, hoping to find other academic and personal freedoms at PA. It would be a shame to see Andover stop fulfilling its end of the bargain.


cean's Twelve is my favorite movie ever. Period. Over the years, I've found that the Ocean movies can serve as a universal conversation starter. The conversation always goes something like this: Me: Hey man, cool shoes. Him: Uh, yeah. They're good sneakers, I guess. Me: Anyway, I'm Max Block. What's your name? Him: Uh I dunno...I gotta go dude. (At this point, I know I have to pull out my ace if I want a new friend.) Me: Dude, you know what I just saw? Ocean's Thirteen. (Other guy immediately smiles.) Him: Oh yeah, did you like it? Me: Yeah man, I thought it was alright. I mean, Eleven was better, of course. Him: Haha yeah, classic heist. Me: You know, it's a shame Twelve was so bad cause otherwise it would be a mad trilogy! Him: Yeah man, I know! What did you say your name was? I'm Brad. Me: I'm Max. A few minutes later the conversation ends on a happy note with an exchange of phone numbers and a mutual appreciation of good cinema. But after making the majority of my friends using this conversation

starter, I've been forced to admit, I liked it when Julia Roberts played Julia Roberts. I liked the goofy plot and the Night Fox character. I liked the silly but infinitely entertaining banter between Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt's character) and that French chick. I especially liked the first half of the movie, when the Ocean's crew are bumbling around. I liked seeing George Clooney come out on top. Sitting here writing this, I'm consumed by all the times when I could have said, "Hey, let's watch Ocean's Twelve." Instead, I held my tongue for fear of endless social torment. But I now have promised never to pass up an opportunity to view my all time favorite heist movie, even if others may disagree with my taste in movies. I've realized that my relationship with Ocean's Twelve mirrors the relationship so many kids share with unappreciated or unpopular movies. Certainly there are a lot of kids who would like to go over and sit with the loner Ben Talarico described in his article "The Road to Prevention" last week, but perhaps the fear of a negative response weighs move heavily in these kids' minds than they would think, consequently holding them back from kindly reaching out to their peers. I call this the Ocean's Twelve ef-

Jake Romanow

340 alumnus


History 340: Too Good To Leave

It is not simply as a high-level course, though, that 340 is vital to the curriculum, but also as Andover's only survey course in European history. A thorough, meaningful understanding of history requires at least a basic knowledge of Europe, which Andover provides only through 340. Cultural relativism aside, it is from European political culture that American and much global political culture stem. European, American and global historical trends are deeply intertwined, and must be understood in relation to each other. The Western World grew from European roots, and, at a school that-- embarrassingly--does not offer any form of ancient history, some way to gain historical context is critical. American history, the core of the department's offerings, cannot be fully understood by students who, lacking a broad knowledge of European affairs, study it in a vacuum. While many students have no desire for such an understanding, the department would now actively bar the path of those who do seek it. Of all the reasons to keep 340, the most important may be this: 340 is considered by many of its alumni to be one of the highest quality courses at Andover. The course single-handedly shaped my love for and understanding of history. It is simply too good to abolish. A succession of talented teachers built an astounding, elegant course, and Robert Palmer's "A History of the Modern World" is without question the best textbook I have encountered in any subject. Even since graduating from 340, Palmer has been an invaluable resource and constant companion through my study of history, providing, in my experience, better preparation for U.S. history tests than U.S. history texts. History 340 changed the way I and countless other students think. Palmer, along with Mr. Richards's inestimable course plan and Dr. Quattlebaum's robust guidance, taught that history cannot be compartmentalized, that nothing occurs in a vacuum. Three-forty teaches both precision in historical specificity and constant consideration of historical universality. Not only does 340 provide an immense quantity of factual information, but it also teaches us how to learn history, how to love history and why history is valuable. Many students I have talked to agree that we have not taken a more important course. Complaints of perceived Eurocentrism fall flat when the plethora of geographically variant history courses is considered: the only true crime against well-roundedness would be the failure to offer a survey of the continent that is, like it or not, the center of modern history. Three-forty does not damage history classes by taking the best students out of History 200, the one-term alternative lower year history course. Two-hundred is the only term of seven required in history without those students, and other departments split their entire curricula without problem or complaint. And most importantly the premise is false: plenty of exemplary students, who simply do not have the schedule opening or interest to take 340, can be found in 200 classes. On the flipside, many of those students who take 340 enrich the standard curriculum considerably when they, honed by a year of rigorous study, take 300. It serves nothing to force passionate history students to take a two-term leave from the subject and to cut off their access to a vital part of history's story. History 340 is an indispensable piece of Andover's curriculum that has changed lives and still has the potential to change more. Abolishing it, for any length of time, discourages passionate history students and corrodes the quality of the education Andover offers. To anyone listening--this is a mistake. I beg you to reconsider. Jake Romanow is a three-year Upper from Cambridge, Massachusetts. [email protected]

A Letter from the Editor

The opening of Paresky Commons filled students with opinions, most positive, yet some critical. But due to a lack of balance in recent articles printed in The Phillipian, it would appear as though student sentiment was solely negative. The first and foremost mission of any newspaper is to provide accurate and balanced coverage, and unfortunately, The Phillipian did not meet this standard in its coverage of Paresky Commons' opening. I would like to apologize to the Commons staff for allowing the publication of biased reporting. And I would also like to apologize to Mr. David Paresky for any unintentional misrepresentation of your gift. Your considerable generosity has been and is appreciated by all. -Tim Ghosh Editor in Chief of The Phillipian Board CXXXII

The Phillipian welcomes all letters to the Editor. We try to print all letters, but because of space limitations, we encourage brevity. We reserve the right to edit all submitted letters to conform with print restraints and proper syntax. We will not publish any anonymous letters. Please submit letters by the Monday of each week to [email protected] or to our newsroom in the basement of Morse. To subscribe, email [email protected], or write to The Phillipian, 180 Main Street, Andover, MA, 01810. All contents of The Phillipian copyright © 2009, The Trustees of Phillips Academy, Inc. Reproduction of any material herein without the express written consent of The Trustees of Phillips Academy, Inc. and the editorial board of The Phillipian is strictly prohibited.

ince it became public knowledge that Ed Quattlebaum would retire at the end of this school year, the question of which teacher would take on his daunting History 340 course, Modern European History, has been much discussed. The current answer appears to be a resounding nobody; the course will not be offered in the 2009-10 school year. I would be remiss not to submit my impassioned plea that those with control over such matters reconsider it. Whether this is simply a one-year hiatus for the class or a tactful way to draw a beloved course to a close, it is clear that the future of the course is in doubt, leaving the history buffs of the Class of 2012--at least--in the lurch. Three-forty is an indispensable part of Andover's curriculum. It is the school's only course that attempts to encourage the passion of talented underclassmen in history, the only comprehensive European history course offered at PA and a course of enormous intrinsic merit. Three-forty is the only history class at Andover requiring an entry exam and the only high-level history offered before Upper year. As such, it is the only opportunity for potential underclassmen history jocks to take a course with like-minded and interested peers. PA, whose mission statement exhorts students to "develop... what is finest in themselves," offers five levels of calculus and four variations of yearlong chemistry. Yet the school does next to nothing to encourage its keen history students to meaningfully develop their passion for the subject. By abolishing 340, the school would turn its back on such students entirely. In so doing, the History department does a disservice not only to its students but also itself: it is largely 340-ers who power the History 300 sections and senior electives. By eliminating underclassmen's only opportunity for high-level learning in history, the department will be encouraging potentially passionate history students to instead seek out another, more flexible discipline.

April 17, 2009

The Phillipian



Adam Levine


Ben Talarico


Shut Up And Get The Facts

Paresky was a gift to us. We need to take more than a few steps back. In the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we have no reason to complain about a new dining hall. Of course the food may not always be to each student's liking, but we didn't come here for the food (at least I didn't); we came here for a unique education and rare opportunities. We need to rekindle communication between the students, faculty and administration. We have the internet and email and a moderately navigable school website. Couldn't the higher ranks put up important information and data for everyone to see? The current White House has used this idea to increase "transparency." This way, if someone decides to complain, he can at least construct an informed complaint. At this point, it's time we put this issue to bed and move on to the more important issues facing this school. Scheduling, housing and advising systems all come to my mind. These issues deeply affect our experience here. The food we eat and whether or not our yogurt is organic does not really matter in terms of our life experiences on a whole. For the sake of our teenage dignity, let's grow up and stop complaining. Adam Levine is a two-year Lower from Westport, Connecticut. He is a Photography Director of The Phillipian. [email protected]


Keep It Rational

countries and to say that we aren't barbaric would be flat-out lying. Mr. Churchill, however, took this argument to a whole other level by saying that those people in the tower were involved in bureaucratic murder. Did we deserve 9/11? No. Does it reflect what we have done in other countries? Yes. Soledad O'Brien described her experiences in the news industry following 9/11 as "creepy." It was "unpatriotic" to question the decisions that the United States was making. Smarter people, such as Mr. Churchill, were not letting their emotions guide their decisions. Many people found that following the crowd is easy. "If everyone else is sad and wants to go to war and Iraq, then so be it! No one is going to stand in our way, and those who disagree are unpatriotic!" I did not have any family members who perished in the World Trade Center attacks. But I hope that I would have the sense not to succumb solely to my emotions. I hope that I would take a step back from the crowd and be courageous enough to express my own opinions. The ideal response to the September 11 attacks would have been to consider the pros and cons of going into Iraq. How would this war have an effect on our economy? What would become of our international relations? What would happen to a whole generation of men and women, growing up in fear and anguish? As a country that prides itself on free speech and the right to live and let live, our response was utterly pathetic. To disagree and be angry at Mr. Churchill is fine. To punish him for his opinion is creepy and unAmerican. I have hope that we will pull ourselves out of this gung-ho attitude of war, and be able to stand back and look at the consequences of our decisions. I personally hope that I would express my opinion loud and clear so that no one could avoid it. I hope that I would be just like Ward L. Churchill. Ben Talarico is a two-year Lower from Suquamish, Washington. [email protected]


alking around campus the past three weeks, you might think that Andover is a school for entitled brats. Paresky Commons has received a lot of attention, most of which negative: The $125 ice sculpture on the steps, the new flat screen TV's and the "forcing of `Paresky'" down our throats. Throughout all of this, however, I have yet to see or hear of any real facts supporting the students' arguments. Somewhere along the lines, our student body has become disconnected from our administration. Attempting to blame any one person group of individuals is pointless. Students have simply lost contact with the higher levels of our school and as result, have created their own subjective opinions on the reopening of Commons without any facts to back them up. During a conversation last week

between members of The Phillipian and Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Sykes, the inevitable topic of our new dining hall and the infamous ice sculpture arose. Mrs. Sykes drew a parallel from these past few weeks to those surrounding the opening of Gelb, when many students also protested the new name and building. How many of us have a serious problem with calling Gelb by its name or going there every day for class? This is not to say that Paresky's opening has been free of mistakes; the fire alarm sounded four or five times in the past two weeks and there have been annoyingly long lines. Mistakes will inevitably be made in a project as large as this. On top of this, sometimes decisions may be made without the input from current students. Our education is clearly a priority for this school. But in no way did we have an obligation to completely re-do Commons.

et's face it: we are a society guided by our emotions. We usually vote for whom we think is the most charismatic leader and not the one with the biggest resumé. One of the greatest decisions that we have made­based on our emotions--was to invade Iraq following the September 11 attacks. Many Americans, distraught over the blatant assault on our country, reacted instinctively with this thought: punish those responsible at all costs. Ward L. Churchill, an English professor at the University of Colorado, begged to differ. On September 12 of 2001 he published an extremely controversial article which said that the attacks on the World Trade Center were nothing more than a mirror image of what "we" do in other countries on a daily basis. He described the people who died in the towers as "little Eichmanns," referring to a group of people who indirectly participate in a destructive and immoral activity but collectively cause much harm. Six years later he was dismissed after being accused of plagiarism on another project. Many people believed that Churchill was fired for his controversial article, and a Colorado court later found that Churchill was wrongly fired. Personally, I was initially angry about the article. How could he say that? How could he say such a thing about those innocent people? But he was fired for what he wrote. He was fired for his own opinions. The faculty at the University of Colorado let their emotions guide their decision to expel Mr. Churchill. As much as I disagreed with his article, no one should ever be punished for expressing his own opinion. Mr. Churchill was punished for what he wrote based on a basic emotional response to his article. His firing scares me. As much as I disagree with what he had to say, I admire him for being brave enough to express his opinion in the wake of such a disaster. On some level, I agree with what he said. This country has committed many atrocities in other

Michelle Ma


A Measure of Worth

What is failure? In light of recent board turnovers, prefect selections, student council elections, college decisions and other such mind-numbing, hand-wringing, sob-inducing events, the true definition of that elusive word has been brought to my attention. So to satisfy my curiosity, I turned to a dictionary (always handy in times of uncertainty). According to Mr. Webster, "failure" is defined as "a lack of success." So that leads me to another question. What exactly is success? My senses have been working in overdrive since the onset of spring term. Processing the spectrum of emotions being displayed around me--Seniors finally whipping out that college sweatshirt they've been waiting to show off, or the sound of Uppers screaming in the hallway as they learn of their newly bequeathed leadership position--really is a lot of work. Their eyes seem to be saying, "You have much to learn, young grasshoppers." And sometimes I find myself nodding my head in agreement. Those sights and sounds are certainly tempting. But while I am usually able to catch myself before I am hurled into the rat-race of this skewed definition of success, I find that it takes a tremendous effort to remain removed from the seemingly enticing realms of achievement. Two weeks ago, selections for next year's prefects were announced. Although I did not apply (a year surrounded by squealing freshman girls? Not for me), a number of my friends did, and the nervous energy preceding that day was enough to make me feel uneasy. And like in any situation where one must fill out an application and have an interview, there's always a chance of rejection. A prefect is (or rather, should be) someone to look up to, a person of spotless character. An Obi-Wan to a ninth grade Anakin (pre-Dark Side, that is). Or, if George Lucas isn't your thing, a Sirius Black to a freshman Harry Potter. So I understand how voice and admit failure. And I'm sure many Seniors would agree that the college admission process can be demoralizing at times for the same reason. Here you are, putting your life out for scrutiny. Choosunfamiliar admissions officer (who knows nothing about you except for what you've presented to him in said envelope), who will then present you with either success or failure. But while they can decide whethto it, that person in the interview room, the one with the neat shirt and pressed pants, that is not you. You are more than that nervous handshake and rehearsed spiel about the time you spent volunteering in Rwanda to improve the living conditions of underprivileged women. These college admissions officers and house counselors and other such figures of authority who hold the power to grant you such "successes" aren't there to see the everyday you, which

These people judging you aren't there when it really matters.

could very well be more profound than your shrink-wrapped, imagepreoccupied self. These people judging you aren't there when it really matters. They don't know about the intricacies of your self, the self that exists beyond the 500 word essay, the SAT scores and carefully crafted appearances. So that obnoxious girl who is best friends with the club president got the board position instead of you. So you didn't get prefect or a position on student council. So you didn't receive admittance to your dream school. So basically, your life up to this point is a big, fat failure. Or is it? In the end, your failure or success is up to you to decide, and nobody else. It's decision time. You can decide to let others define success for you or you can do it for yourself. Frankly, I believe having the strength to do the latter is success in itself. Michelle Ma is a two-year Lower from Walnut, California. [email protected]

hard it is not to take it personally when someone else is chosen over you. That little voice in the back of your head that usually assures you of your worth and fuels your ambitions may give in a little and say with a sigh, "Just face it. He is better than you. You might as well give up." It's difficult not to listen to that little

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ing what words you wish to define yourself with. Compartmentalizing each aspect of your high school career into predetermined categories: extracurricular activities, sports, hobbies, interests, talents. The list goes on. Once you've done that, you have no other choice but to seal it in an envelope, mail it and leave it to an

er or not your words fit the exact quota they're looking for (which, in this day and age, is unlikely unless you started your own non-profit at the age of six and are one-third Native American), they cannot decide your success or failure, unless you let them, that is. Because when it comes down



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Anderson Says Increased Concern for Diversity Percentage of Senior Class Matriculating to Harvard, Princeton, Yale Has Contributed to Shifting Acceptance Trends

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Continued from Page 1, Column 5 than it was then." Some Ivy League universities, however, have not witnessed a decrease in enrollment from Andover graduates. Brown University received only four Andover students in 1968, but the number jumped to 29 just 20 years later. Currently, the number of Brown matriculations hovers around nine per year. Matriculations at the University of Pennsylvania have also increased, with 13 in 2007 and 2008, compared to six each in 1968 and 1978. Schools are becoming more concerned with maintaining the diversity of the students they admit, said Anderson, which may have helped to cause these trends. "Diversity is a much more important goal now than it was 15 years ago," said Anderson. "Part of that diversity is the number of high schools they admit students from." Andover students are now also choosing colleges that were previously less popular than Ivies, said Anderson. "Is it bad that there are more students going to [schools like] Stanford? No," said Anderson. "In the past 20 or so years, Andover has really opened up opportunities to educate about the wealth of terrific colleges." "[The graduating classes] on average go to about 100 different colleges," said Anderson. "In the College Counseling Office, we put an emphasis on `fit.' We try to look at which colleges fit well with what

each student is looking for, and what makes them thrive." Brian Faulk '00, Instructor in Chemistry, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and received a Master's Degree from Harvard University in 2006. "To me, it seems like there is still a huge percentage that is focused on going to an Ivy League school. However, there is a growing population that is interested in other options, and doesn't necessarily see [non-Ivies] as a bad thing," said Faulk. "Ivies are not the be-all end-all." More often, Anderson said, students aren't getting "hung up on certain colleges." Ruth Quattlebaum, School Archivist and Instructor in Art, said that she believes the that landscape of college admissions from Andover to the Ivy League has changed slightly over time. "What I think has changed is the range of colleges that students now apply to from Andover. I think students are thinking more broadly in terms of college possibilities and have a clearer picture of the options that are out there," she said. When asked if Anderson thought attending Andover helped or hurt students' college chances, he said, "I wouldn't encourage students to enroll here if their primary purpose is to get into an Ivy. They should choose to come because they know to take advantage of the [resources] here, and want to have a terrific education." "There are probably people out there who still think of An-

dover as a `stepping stone' to an Ivy League school. To that I would say that that is a narrow focus, and [if they view Andover this way] they'll miss out on a lot of absolutely superb colleges," Anderson said. He also said that many students have the mentality of questioning, "If I do X, will it get me into an Ivy?" Jane Fried, Director of Admissions, said, "We try to tell prospective families that Andover is a stepping stone to life, and if the focus is on college, kids will miss out on a large part of their education here," said Fried. Fried added that the admissions office is "constantly confronting" media reports that portray Andover and its peer schools as vehicles to college. A Wall Street Journal article from November 2007 defined Phillips Academy as "a virtual factory" for sending 19 students to Harvard that previous fall. Fried said that colleges, as with Andover, "are very much about having a large recruiting pool, with many types of students from different communities and backgrounds. We offer colleges a very wide range of students, but sometimes [colleges may want] students from [other types of schools]." The Admissions Office recently released a new catalog for prospective students. Fried said, "The purpose of the catalog is to send a clear message that we [at Andover] have a bigger goal than getting kids into certain schools. We'd like students to set their sights higher."





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Ivies and Stanford See Highest Volume of Applications from Andover

Continued from Page 1, Column 3 some of the highest levels of applications from PA students this year. Anderson said that members of the admissions board at Princeton informed him that Phillips Academy had the third largest number of admitted students from a single pool in the world. Ninety-one PA students applied to Princeton this year, and Princeton admitted 24 of them. Of 103 applications, Yale admitted 21 students from Andover, making a 20 percent acceptance rate that is higher than in previous years. The Stanford admission rate, however, has dropped this year. Of 84 applications, 20 Seniors were admitted--a 24 percent acceptance rate, in contrast to 32 percent in 2008, and 29 percent in 2007. One noticeable trend this year was an increase in applications to Ivy League universities. Whereas in the past four years approximately 60 students have applied to Princeton each year, 91 Seniors applied this year. Anderson attributed this rise in applications to "erroneous logic." "Students seem to think that the more Ivy League [schools] they apply to, the better chance they have of getting into one. That is statistically untrue," said Anderson. "We don't really judge our success based on the college matriculation sheet. That's not the ultimate test for us. We look for the best fit for the student," he continued. The large size of the Class of 2009--322 Seniors--is another factor behind the large amount of college applications this year, said Anderson. Institutional priorities, or factors that a college admissions board places above others, often play a role in the rejections of seemingly qualified students. "Many small liberal arts schools try to maintain a 50/50 gender balance, which means that they often have to turn away extremely qualified girls," said Anderson. This factor does not simply apply to gender balance. According to Anderson, other types of institutional priority include geographic diversity, sports, arts, music and economic diversity. Tiffany Li '09 said that she believes each graduating class has difficulty accepting their acceptances and rejections. "I think this year was hard, but I think that every class of Seniors finds it tough," said Li. "It's hard to be faced with the reality between how colleges view your peers and how you view your peers." Sarah Smith '09, a post-graduate, said, "I have no idea where I'm going. I got wait listed at Bates, which is currently my first choice, but I have a very slim chance of getting off of the wait list." "I can't speak for everyone else, but from my own personal experience [as a PG] it seems as though this year is a lot harder year than last. Last year I got into Bates, but decided not to defer in the hopes that a year at Andover would give me better opportunities. I don't regret coming to Andover, it's just really unfortunate," Smith continued. "I'm pretty sure that I'm going to George Washington University in D.C. but I'm looking into a gap year because I really want to solidify my Spanish and get more experience before going to four more years of school," said Declan Cummings '09. Cummings added that he would prefer to take a gap year that is less structured and that he would "probably defer GW. It was more of a safety school. I was a little disappointed with how my admissions turned out." "I am waiting to get off of four wait lists," said Will Frank '09. "My number one choice is Carleton College." He continued, "Everyone saw that statistic about this year's Senior class being the biggest [that brought on the panic.] I put in my deposit to Macalester College, but I do think it's realistic that I could get off of the wait list." Looking forward, Anderson said that he does not believe the class of 2010 should be especially worried. "I don't think that next year is going to be much different," he said. "We're just learning what impact the economic downstream will have on college admissions," he said. However, Anderson added, "Nothing makes me feel that next year is going to be any easier."





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Continued from Page 1, Column 1 being stolen from the Emporium, employees moved the candy behind the counter. Murphy said, "I think there have always been stealing issues in the Ryley Room, and we'd like that to stop." Robarge, however, confirmed that he has only heard rumors of stealing thus far and, after reviewing security footage, does not believe that anything has been stolen from the Emporium. "The reason we moved the candy back was because we didn't want to put anybody at risk," Robarge said. "We did not want a situation where somebody just grabbed a candy bar." Murphy said, "Unfortunately these things happen on this campus. People do steal, and when someone's been wronged, it's going to be nice to be able to help that person, find out who took the backpack and do the right thing as far as rules are concerned." Murphy, Public Safety officers and Robarge are among those who will look over surveillance footage if necessary. Murphy added that he thought video surveillance would be less intrusive than having someone monitor students at Commons everyday.

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Oby Obyerodhyambo Sheds light on HiV/aiDS epidemic among Youth

By KIRAN GILL Oby Obyerodhyambo wants this generation to realize that people under 25 have "never known a world without AIDS." Last Friday, Oby Obyerodhyambo delivered a lecture called, "Public Health and the Role of Young People in Effecting Behavioral Change in Outreach Communities," sponsored by the African Student Union. Obyerodhyambo began by telling the audience in Kemper that, from a young age, he "had fallen in love with literature" and writing plays. In Kenya, Obyderodhyambo coordinates "Scenarios from Africa," a project that collects short plays about HIv/ AIDS awareness from African youths. From the play submissions, only a handful are made into short skits for an African audience, intended to educate the youth of Africa in a funny, entertaining way, he said. Obyderodhyama said, "How many of your parents have ever talked to you and told you not to do something in a serious tone? Has it worked? no, right?" In the lecture, Obyderodhyama showed four skits from Scenarios from Africa. Ijeoma Ejiogu '11 said, "The videos depicted different scenarios on how one can contract the AIDS virus. Typically, each video had an underlying message or moral." The first skit depicted a young woman receiving advice from an aunt about men and relationships. Olivia Howell '11 said, "[Obyerodhyambo] demonstrated the importance in enforcing communication between older generations and younger generations in order to provide more information about the disease to those who are at risk." The second skit featured a woman discussing how she hoped to date a man who was brave enough to take the test an HIv test. The third skit showed a young woman whose friend is HIv positive. In the fourth skit, two

Andover Receives 351 Commitments for The 2009-2010 School Year

By KIRAN GILL Welcome, 2013. The Admissions Office received 351 deposit checks from admitted Andover students committing to attend PA in the 2009-2010 school year. This year's 78 percent yield of admitted students marked the highest yield on record. The yield is four percent higher than last year. "Considering the economic situation, a yield this high is practically unheard of anywhere," said Jane Fried, Dean of Admissions. More scholarships were offered compared to last year. 42 percent of students are currently on financial aid in the school. next year, 44 percent of the student body will be on financial aid. "This is a big jump, but it is part of need-blind admission," said Fried. Andover students hosted 350 prospective students during the four spring visit days, 83 percent, or 290, of them chose to attend Andover. "Some people ask `Is [a Spring visit] worth it ?'and I wholeheartedly say yes. Spring visit students talk about how welcoming everyone and the school is. They say everyone, students and faculty, is very genuine, friendly and kind," said Fried. The Admissions Office also created "simualcasts" this year in an effort to reach more students. The simualcasts were live question-and-answer sessions and gave admitted students and their parents the opportunity to submit questions from home. PA hosted two simualcasts on March 18 and April 7. The first simualcast consisted of a panel of current Andover students, with Fried serving as the moderator. The panel received the questions in Kemper Auditorium, where the questions were projected onto a screen. Sixty-four percent of all admitted students participated in the first simualcast. The second simualcast had a different format. For 20-minute intervals, questions from parents were directed towards current students as well as Rebecca Sykes, Associate Head of School, and Jim ventre, Director of Financial Aid and House Counselor in Fuess. Admissions also had two Day Student nights on March 30 and April 1. PA also hosted ice cream socials for spring visit students on each night before a Spring visit. Andi Zhou '09, Azure and the Yorkies performed at the socials. A reception was also held for athletes. Bill Belichick '71, Head Coach of the new England Patriots, and Becky Adams '94, first female top gun instructor pilot, discussed what they had learned from Andover at the reception. For the last 25 years, the Admissions Office has also maintained the Fly Back Program. The program gives underrepresented students of color the financial means to visit Andover's campus with one parent. "The Fly Back Program enables students to have dinner at Andover and on the next day they take part in the Spring visit Program," said Fried. In order to qualify for The Fly Back Program, the applicant must be of color, receive either a full or heavy scholarship and have never seen the campus before. Andover has a similar First visit program where students racial identification plays no role in whether or not they will come to visit. Both of these programs take place on each of the four spring visit days. Fried added that spring visit would not be possible without the help of the students. The applicants this year were highly competitive, particularly for ninth graders, according to Fried. "The estimated class rank for '13 [in their previous schools] is in [the] 99th percentile. And the median SSAT score was 94. These were just very strong kids," said Fried. The Admissions Office only admitted 17 percent of applicants, a two percent decrease from last year. While the acceptance rate decreased in comparison to last year, the applicant pool increased. According to Fried, 3,139 preliminary applications and 2,711 applications were completed. The 2,711 completed applications is an 18 percent increase from last year. There were 3153 applications for boarding students, a 19 percent increase, and 358 day students applied, an 8 percent increase.

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Obyerodhyambo used film to teach about HIV/AIDS. young orphan boys discussed how AIDS had taken the lives of their family members and loved ones. Elly nyamwaya, Instructor in English, said that he invited Obyerodhyambo "because I felt he had a wealth of knowledge to share about being a community mobilizer. It was also important for the community to get an African perspective on community service and outreach." nyamwaya added that Obyderodhyama had surprised him with some of the statistics regarding HIv/AIDS. "Historically AIDS is a young disease, but most of the audience has never known a world without AIDS," said nyamwaya. noelina nakiguli '09, President of the African Student Union (ASU), said, "We, as youth in this world, have to take our knowledge and experience and use it to educate the rest of the world. " She added, "As a community, we have to do more than just listen. We need to put [Obyerodhyambo's] advice into practice. And we need to do the best we can to affect the statistics." Kemi Amuraiywe '11 "After I was talking to [Obyerodhyambo] about the statistics, he told me that African women living in America are the most at risk. That was a huge shock to me." Amuraiywe '11 said, "[Obyerodhyambo's] messages were of great value. The topics that he discussed were relevant in today's world and therefore really important. When I was talking to him after the event, he told me that if we needed more information we could contact him. I thought that this showed he really cared about his messages." nyamwaya said that, after the presentation, he spoke to Obyerodhyambo, who seemed grateful for the reception from the audience and for the assistance of the African Student Union and CAMD. liam Murphy and alex Salton contributed reporting.

Kip Abandoned Family Legacy to Study Classics at Princeton

Continued from Page 1, Column 4 ize with girls," and a weekend movie in George Washington Hall. Kip said that he believes current students have much less homework now than when he was a student. He recalled that on some nights, he was responsible for learning "over 200 vocabulary words for my French class." nonetheless, Kip enjoyed his language classes and, with the advice of his mentor and classics teacher, Dr. Chase, continued to earn his bachelor's degree in Classics at Princeton University. Kip had been accepted at both Harvard and Princeton, but chose the latter over the former, much to the surprise of his family--his father, uncles and grandfather had all attended Harvard. But Kip told his father that Chase's "best classics students left Harvard with no intention of ever looking at a piece of Latin or Greek again," and his father was satisfied that Kip had made the right decision. After graduating from Princeton, Kip began his teaching career at St. Paul's School in Concord, new Hampshire, where he met Edwin Quattlebaum, now Instructor in History, who was coincidentally teaching at St. Paul's as well. Kip said that one time, after his classics students at St. Paul's had repeatedly made the same mistake in class, he warned them, "If you mess up one more time, I'll throw myself out the window." He suspected that his students would make the mistake in class the next day and wanted to make sure they would "remember what they had done." In turn, on the night before class, Kip practiced jumping out the second-story window of his classroom and into the bushes below. The next day the students predictably made the mistake, and Kip threw himself out of the window as he had practiced the night before--to the shock of his students, who realized Kip's joke after he re-emerged from the bushes. After two years at St. Paul's, Kip decided to return to Andover in 1968. Until he turned 52, Kip coached Boys Wrestling at Andover. During this time, he met his current wife, Agatha Kip, School nutritionist. Agatha Kip said, "I was instructing wrestlers on how to eat and maintain their body weight effectively." The couple married in 1998. Kip ultimately quit coaching wrestling due to repeated knee injuries he received from practicing with students. Kip currently teaches Latin, Greek and Etymology courses. He said, "Almost everyone learns differently, and there's no magic bullet that can allow everyone to understand a concept, but when someone actually does, it is an intensely rewarding experience."

Students Have Mixed Opinions Over the Den's new name

Continued from Page 1, Column 1 the official name for the Den. Murphy said the neutral name is more attractive to donors, who may be more reluctant to rename an already-named room. Alexandra Carr, Manager of Retail Operations and the person in charge of the Den, said, "People are still calling it the Ryley Room. That's going to happen until they get used to [calling it the Den]. A couple of students have told me they don't want to call it the Den at all." Cindy Efinger, Director of Student Activities, said that she believes while students are not used to the new name now, the campus will make the switch to the Den eventually. "Old habits are hard to break. I think students are slowly starting to call it the Den. The older students who have been here longer find it harder to break that habit [of calling it the `Ryley Room'], but I think eventually we'll all call it the Den and feel much more comfortable doing so," said Efinger. Riley Gardner '10 is amongst the students unhappy with the change of name. "During my three years at Andover, I've always known the Ryley Room by that name. For me to change what I call it now would be pointless," said Gardner. "I feel like it's an Andover tradition that shouldn't be changed." Kristina Ballard '11, however, said that she does not mind calling the room the Den "I wasn't here long enough [before Commons closed] to build that much affection for [the Den] when it was called Ryley Room, so I don't really feel any tie to the name [Ryley,]" Ballard said. Julian Danziger '11 agrees with Gardner. "I don't enjoy calling it the Den because I was used to calling it Ryley," he said. Even some Juniors, will still call the Den the "Ryley Room." "I call it the Ryley Room because that's all I've heard it was called. The Den came really late in the year. Everyone was talking about the Ryley Room since the fall," said Kennedy Edmonds '12.

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April 17, 2009

PA Launches "Trash Talk" Series This Year to Reduce Last Year's High Cost of Waste Removal

By KELSEY PHINNEY Faculty learned last June that Phillips Academy spent a staggering total of $50,000 on campus waste removal last year. The school's overall waste weighed in at 671 tons last year, according to Trish Russell, Sustainability Coordinator. The $50,000 cost, paid by the ton, comes mostly from transportation. Andover hired a truck service to transport the 671 tons of waste to an incinerator in North Andover to be burned. Students and faculty have, in turn, planned new initiatives to help advocate trash reduction on campus. A series of events called "Trash Talk" will take place within the next few months to raise awareness on how "slashing the trash" can save money and energy and reduce pollution, said Russell. The food waste system in Paresky Commons is an energy-saving and money-saving method implemented in response to last year's totals. Students may have noticed the absence of trash cans in Paresky Commons. "We were afraid people would start throwing away napkins and paper plates in the trash cans," said Russell. "Farms reject the compost if it is contaminated with plastic." Students are advised to place their silverware in a bin, and unload dishes on the rotating conveyor belt. The belt leads into the kitchen, where Aramark staff sort dishware, cups and waste. All food and paper waste are put into a brand new dehydrating machine, which takes out 85 percent of the water so that trucks can deliver waste as compost to a local farm in Hamilton, Mass. The Ort Report that took place in February, combined with trayless dining in Paresky Commons, has also helped to reduce the amount of campus waste. Russell said that trayless dining has proven to significantly reduce food, electricity and, in some cases, to prevent over-eating. Students taking Science 500, "Environmental Science," are also organizing several events centered on reducing waste. Russell and John Rogers, Dean of Studies and Instructor in Chemistry, teach Environmental Science. The town of Andover is hosting its annual "Zero-Waste Day" on May 9. Some Seniors in Science 500 will be volunteering in the event, which takes places in downtown Andover. Volunteers collect clothes, books and other items that people would normally throw away, and they will donate them to charities. Nine charities will be in attendance, including Lazarus House and Big Brother Big Sister, said Stephanie Moroney '09, a Science 500 student. Science 500 students are helping by putting up fliers around town and issuing a press release in the Andover Townsman for "Zero-Waste Day". Nick Craven '09, another Science 500 student, said that students in their class had to

Church Joined Genome Project after Studying Bio at Pa

Continued from Page 1, Column 1 As a Junior, Church lived in Williams Hall, a dorm that touched the fields of the Abbot School campus. Phillips Academy and Abbot remained separate institutions until 1973, the year after Church's graduation. Church moved to Johnson Hall as a Lower, and relocated to Taylor Hall in his Upper and Senior years. Having quickly adapted to dorm life and making friends, Church soon began to utilize Andover's resources and facilities. He began independently conducting experiments in chemistry labs and a greenhouse. Church said, "From day one I was completely involved in science. I did a lot of studies in the greenhouse experimenting with plant hormones. It was all possible because [faculty members] trusted me to work on my own." "At Andover there were lots of opportunities and I began to develop more independent ideas," said Church. "I could come in on the weekends alone. Back then allowing a teenager to have free run of the chemistry labs was very trusting." Church explored computers, in addition to chemistry and biology, during his time at Andover. He said, "We had gotten a hook up to a Dartmouth computer system. In that day and age, this was truly astonishing. This time period was way before the Internet and we had access to time-sharing and a network." "You could literally type onto this keyboard and it was interactive. It would come back with answers. The computer was a terminal down in the basement of Morse Hall with no manuals or faculty advisors. There was nobody using it. I found it and turned it on," he continued. Church's experience with the computer in the basement of Morse characterizes the independence and new opportunities that he was able to take advantage of while at Andover. Despite his self-directed nature, two teachers had a tremendous impact on Church-- his math teacher, Crayton Bedford, and his photography teacher, John Snyder. Church recalls how the two truly understood him, recognized his potential and allowed him to study outside of the classroom. "At Andover, teachers tried to single kids out to help them reach their full potential. Crayton Bedford could tell that I was incredibly bored in my math class and offered me a book on linear algebra to do independent study with computer programs," said Church. He continued "I can't say that we knew each other extremely well but somehow he knew the core thing about me, which is that I needed to be independent." After graduating from Andover in 1972, Church attended Duke University and immediately immersed himself in difficult classes and independent study. Church said, "Upon reaching college, I was already so accustomed to working independently that I had a huge advantage over my classmates. I skipped all of the freshman classes and soon discovered a lab that was working on crystallography." Through his work in crystallography, Church became involved with the Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003. The project has identified the 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA and determined the sequences of the chemical base pairs that compose human DNA. Church developed the first direct genomic sequencing method in 1984 and then helped establish the Human Genome Project in 1984. Church remains a prominent contributor in the world of genetics as an initiator in the Personal Genome Project among many other achievements. The Personal Genome Project recruits the help of individuals to contribute their own genomes for further study. By studying these participants' genomes, the founders of the project can make connections between genomic characteristics and certain diseases. Church is currently Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT.

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Trayless dining has been used to combat excess waste. contact the charities that attended last year to see if they were coming again. "This project was our main activity this term," Craven said. "We're applying the knowledge we learned in class to the real world." PA students that will be volunteering at the "Zero-Waste Day" event will attempt to use the event as a model for a similar setup during Andover's annual Spring Carnival. Emily Little '09, a Science 500 student, said that she and a few other Seniors will be setting up collections at the event for everything that students may want to get rid of at the end of the year, such as clothes, furniture and electronics. Russell said that last year the school took truckloads of waste from dorms after Commencement, and that there was so much waste there were not enough employees to get rid of it all. Russel hopes the collections at the Spring Carnival will help to reduce that waste. There will be a few charities at the Spring Carnival to take away what is collected, and the student organizers are considering giving rewards to those who participate, added Little. Jeffrey Marzluft, Associate Director for Instructional Services at the OWHL, has agreed to be in charge of collecting unwanted books. There were no collections at last year's Spring Carnival. The Spring Carnival is scheduled for May 30. Russell said she would like to post updates on waste reductions throughout the term, but that totaling the waste would be much more difficult than calculating Ort because there are countless garbage disposals across campus.

Invasive Asian Long-Horned Beetle Species Have Damaged American Forests, Says Peter Alsop '95

By TOBI COKER "Insects have ruled the world a long time before we did, and humans are just borrowing it for a while," said Peter Alsop '95 to an audience in Kemper Auditorium last Wednesday. On Wednesday, Alsop warned his audience about the invasion of Asian long-horned beetles, and their destruction to the forests in nearby Worcester, Massachusetts. His presentation was sponsored by the "Speaking on Sustainability" series, which brings in educated speakers who discuss issues of sustainability or environmentalism. With no predators to check its expansion, the Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive species from China that, without proper control, could decimate forests throughout New England and the United States. Alsop told the audience that the United States has spent 250 million dollars on the eradication of the beetle. If the beetle is not stopped, it could cause 700 million dollars in tree damage and eradication programs, and kill 30 percent of all trees in the United States. His talk focused on the devastating effects the longhorn has already caused and will continue to cause if eradication efforts do not improve. Since its arrival in the northeastern part of the United States, the longhorn's journey to Worcester has been fast and relentless. A New York resident first identified the longhorn in his backyard in Brooklyn, New York in 1996. The beetle then traveled through various parts of New York, including Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, and finally made its way to Worcester. Alsop discussed the damaging ecological effects of the longhorn's infestation in Worcester. For months, he studied trees onto which the beetles had latched for months, and observed the eventual death of many of the trees in Worcester. The longhorn is not only a problem in America, however. Because infected trees are often cut down for lumber and then converted into shipping materials, trade and commerce have made it easy for the longhorn to cross oceans and national borders. Cases of the longhorn invasion have sprouted up in France, Italy, Spain and also England. Alsop talked at length about dover, I thought he would appeal to the students because he spent months in Worcester examining and studying the beetles." "Worcester has to take drastic measures, cutting down 12,000 trees, and I thought it would be of the great benefit of the students to know what is happening in their community," she continued. Keith Robinson, Instructor in Biology, said, "I think this presentation will help the AP Biology kids relate to their current studies, plants. The presentation also gives us greater awareness of the area and the amount of damage the beetle is doing to the area." "It was good to hear from an experienced journalist with knowledge on this topic," Robinson added. Alsop graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a degree in religion. He earned a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley. Alsop's studies on environmental topics have appeared in publications such as Smithsonian, Salon, GOOD, California and The Washington Post. His article on the effects of the longhorn in Worcester will appear in Smithsonian.

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Alsop said the U.S. spent $250 million on eradicating beetles. the Asian long-horned beetle, but his more important point lay in the problem of invasive insect species as a whole. Alsop said was that the Asian long-horned beetle was only one example of the invasive species that have forced the government to spend 1.3 billion dollars a year on control and eradication programs. The invasive species has the United States and the world both economically and environmentally, said Alsop. Amy Janovsky, a PA parent, volunteer and mother of David Janosky '11, invited Alsop to share his research. Janovksy said, "Knowing [Alsop] is a graduate of An-



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Steve the Regurgitator: Not for the Faint of Heart

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Whether it was his striking sequined vest or his flamboyant charisma, Steve the Regurgitator had everyone in the audience riveted. And a little grossed out. A full house performance, came out to see his return. Throughout the evening, Starr swallowed several potentially dangerous objects, including a lightbulb, a billiard ball and thumbtacks and then regurgitated them all completely dry. He even swallowed powdered sugar, drank water and regurgitated the sugar still in powdered form. Starr said that the items he swallows do not hurt him because his stomach is lined with Diet Coke, which he said he drinks a lot of. He said that he can also control if things will come up wet or dry with a special suc- t i o n technique. Starr first realized h i s cracked jokes and called for audience participation. At one point, he collected five rings from girls in the audience. He held the microphone in his mouth and the audience could hear the rings clink in his stomach. He called the five girls onto the stage and threatened to hypnotize one of them into eating a live goldfish. He said he chose the shiest girl to complete the task. Starr dragged the gag on forever, making Emily Rademacher '11 believe that she would actually have to eat a goldfish. He kept taunting her throughout the show, until he was just about to put the fish in her mouth before revealing that it was all a joke, and that she would die if she had swallowed a goldfish. "I actually thought he was going to make me eat the fish. My heart has never beat so fast in my life. I'm naturally nervous in front of people in public anyway," said Rademacher. Starr ate the three live goldfish himself and then regurgitated them alive. He eventually returned them all into the tank, after faking out the audience by pretending to throw the

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t a l e n t when he was very young. "I grew up in a Scottish children's home and would eat my pocket change from a very early age. That's how I got started, and found out I was good at it," he said on stage. The amazing part of the show was not only what Starr swallowed and regurgitated, but what he could do with objects in his stomach. Starr swallowed liquid soap, water and coins, then cleaned the coins in his belly. He also smoked a cigarette and swallowed the smoke, but managed to regurgitate half of the cigarette smoke in a bubble. He then popped the Y. WATANABE/The Phillipian bubble in midair, releasing the smoke. eagerly awaited the return of Steve Besides Starr's bizarre talent, Starr this Saturday night in Kemper Auditorium. Starr visited Andover his personality between tricks kept two years ago and many upperclass- the audience engaged. Throughout men, remembering this previous the show, he made strange noises,

Emily Rademacher '11 holds a cup for Steve Starr, aka Steve the Regurgitator, as he sips from a cup of water... with a living goldfish in it. Starr has won a Scottish Talent fish out into the crowd. "Steve was freakin' crazy! He was Contest as the only non-singer and weird. He scared me when he pre- performed in Scottish clubs for a few tended to throw the fish at me...he years. Since then, he's proud to say was mad funny, though," said Khadi- that he's performed on The Tonight jah Owens '11. Show with Jay Leno fifteen times.

DramaLab Previews:

Sophie Gould

Fugue "When I was eight, I was murdered." "I was only seven." "I was ten and should have known better." Did your parents ever tell you not to talk to strangers? "Fugue" by Laura Elizabeth Miller wastes no time in telling you why. Directed by Maya Odei '12, this DramaLab tells the chilling tale of three little

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girls and their encounters with a serial killer (Adam Tohn '10). The girls, (Evan Eads `12, Caroline Colombo `09 and Louisa Chafee '09) narrate the disturbing story of their deaths from Heaven, all the while exuding a childish naïveté that could bring tears to your eyes. Odei took a leap of faith when she selected a horror story for her first directing challenge. "I chose this because it was really creepy and different from regular DramaLabs, which are [usually] about girls and boys and relationships," she said. Odei admitted that she underestimated the role of the director. She laughed, "I just signed up to direct. I didn't even know what blocking was!" With such a demanding script, Odei said she had to learn a lot in a very short amount of time, especially regarding how to approach the theme. Her cast agreed that conveying the unnerving terror of murder through a child's perspective was a strange and difficult task. "The fact that [the girls] are so innocent is why it's so depressing," said Chafee. The play is indeed sobering and frightening, but Odei is not trying to cause paranoia. She said she thinks the moral is to "trust your intuition." (As in, obey the instinct that is telling you to attend DramaLabs this Friday...) Confession The lights go up. A pompous detective (Chris Meyer '11) is in the middle of interrogating a murderer (Sam Oriach '11). In the corner of the room, the shy stenographer (Morgan Healey '09) quietly scratches away at a transcript of the confession. Nothing seems awry. No one anticipates that an unexpected character will emerge in an explosion of rage, or what the consequences will be... fort into the show, spending rehearsals learning stage combat and delving into their characters' pasts to rationalize their actions on stage. "I am nervous about whether the audience will see and understand the same things I do when they watch the show," Hackney said. "I've seen it so many times that it's tough to remove myself and watch the show from an outsider's perspective." Are you a murderer? Or simply an outsider in search of perspective? In either case, this is one "Confession" you can't miss. What Are You Doing In There? Parents Ella (Mia Rossi '10) and Ben (Charlie Cockburn '11) shout, plead, threaten and bang on the door, but it is no use. Leonard (Scotty Fleming '10) stubbornly refuses to leave the bathroom. But why? "I chose this script because I really wanted to direct a show that wasn't set in a place that most DramaLabs are set in," reflected director Katy Svec `11. "So I thought a bathroom was perfect!" In order to stage the show faithfully, Svec and her stage manager Julie Helmers '10 use a door to split the classroom stage into two rooms, the bathroom and the hallway. "My greatest challenge was trying to balance two different scenes going on at once. You focus on the action in one area and you forget the other. It was like blocking a show twice," Svec explained. Svec said she gave her actors specific blocking instructions because their actions have to be meaningful and add to the anticipation of the impending climax of the show. Meanwhile, the relationship between Ella and Ben unfolds dramatically on stage, and the tension between all three characters accelerates towards a shocking conclusion.

PA's Very Own Guitar Hero

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Whoever said gaming couldn't bring home any money was clearly mistaken. Perhaps the most embarrassing evening events ever held at Phillips Academy, the Guitar Hero competition, packed the Den with heat, intensity and a great loss of pride for some of its competitors. Filled with rock n' roll, hard metal and intense plastic guitar playing, the event reminded everyone that we have some extraordinary gamers on our campus. Soon after the competition began, captivated audience members bringing some hardcore, color-coordinated plastic guitar licks filled the Den. After hours of finger-breaking fun, Krishnan Chandra '10 came out on top. "[I don't play] much at all. I play real guitar, not much plastic guitar," Chandra said after the exhausting competition. The first round began with each contestant facing an opponent on the game's medium-level difficulty. With only one female contestant, testosterone dominated the room, and each plastic guitar gleamed with the oil and sweat of participant's busy hands. Each player's eyes burned with fervor and determination as a $25 iTunes gift card awaited the first place winner. Five minutes into the competition, a Guitar Hero-hierarchy quickly formed. The skilled players were the highest on the ladder and quickly became clear audience favorites. The audience tolerated decent players, but for those crawling at the bottom of the ladder, there was no mercy.

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Students surround Corey Angers '11 and Jay Dolan '11 who stare with intense focus on the screen during a playoff.

Rather, each mistake they made was followed by the crowd's disappointing sighs, verbal abuse and blatant dislike. The top of the ladder included: Cam Pierson '11, Corey Angers '11, Scott Sanderson '09, Chandra '10 and Jay Dolan '11, defending champion of the Guitar Hero competition. For these talented individuals, missing a single note on the medium level was considered shameful. "All of the players are so, so very committed! I'm starting to wonder what they do in their free time," said Nneka Anunkor '11. Peter Bang '11 sarcastically said after a disappointing loss against Johnny Carmona '09 during the second round, "I can't believe I lost in Guitar Hero. Oh, my God. I don't know what to do anymore." After the second round and semifinals, the finalists were Sanderson, Chandra and Pierson. The heat was on. The three played "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce on expert level difficulty, a task notoriously known as the most difficult in Guitar Hero. All three screens filled up with notes and colors streaming down the screen. No contestant dared to blink even for a second. Their fingers maniacally hit the notes on the plastic guitars, and their anxious hearts pumped surges of adrenaline. Yellow-red-green sparks flooded every screen. "Those three are the best Guitar Hero players I've ever seen!" screamed Dan Aronov '11. Many onlookers were simply dumbfounded, while some were screaming at the top of their lungs. Chandra conquered the song and claimed the victory after a long, strenuous battle. His score was at least 100,000 points higher than the other competitors. Sanderson took second place after defeating Pierson by less than 500. Chandra said, "And I'd like to thank my friends for dragging me here. Otherwise, I would have been doing schoolwork." All the sweat and tears were not sacrificed merely in the name of pointless gaming, either. Abi Pollokoff '09, who administered and organized the evening, said that the Guitar Hero tournament was proposed in order to promote Modern Music Production Club, in addition to aiding a meaningful cause. Profits will go to the Mark Sandman project, a charity in honor of the lead singer of a band who died on stage from a heart attack.

Adam Tohn '10 and Louisa Chafee '09 act out a disturbing scene between a serial killer and girl in "Fugue," directed by Maya Odei '12.

"It's a pretty static play at first," explained first-time director Sarah Hackney '10. "It's more grounded in suggestion and implications until the end, when it all kind of comes out in the climax. That part's fun," she said. "The full title of the play is `Confession: A Dramatic Snapshot,'" Hackney elaborated. "I guess it's a little snippet of human interaction, exploring how each person is a complex character with different motivations." Hackney had no trouble identifying her biggest challenge as a director. "We've had trouble buckling down," she admitted. "Everyone's great and we're joking around when we remember that the show is in a few days." Despite their shenanigans, the cast has invested a great deal of ef-

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As for a moral, Svec said she settled on "realize what's going on around you." Intrigued? Dying to discover the truth? No worries. "What Are You Doing In There?" is coming soon to a theatre classroom near you.

Eyes glued to the screen, Charlie Walters '10 leans forward with his sheer determination to win.

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Look of the Week: Camerin Stoldt '12

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the rubber fronts. On a typical day, one might find her wearing a loose V-neck T-shirt, a patterned highwaisted skirt and a pair of colorful tights. Stoldt's wears her style, which borders on a thin line separating the bold from the ordinary, with comfort and ease. Without getting over-thetop tacky with bright colors that can too quickly become loud and garish, she balances the vibrant colors out with a few subtle, mildly toned pieces. Accessories often make or break it when it comes to fashion, but Stoldt utilizes hers in perfect combination to enhance her attire. She employs skinny belts to bring her outfits together and wears big, bold, colorful jewelry to accent a simple ensemble. She also always wears "bunches

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Stoldt's pieces together complementary mixes of pattern and color in her outfits.

Camerin Stoldt '12 has a style that is offbeat, eclectic and a tad bit girly- a reflection of her bright and outgoing personality. "I'm a pretty `out there' person, and I think my clothes are too," Stoldt said. With only a single glance at Stoldt, one notices her edgy use of color. Pulling off bright and audacious color choices such as fluorescent ye l low and electric neon lime, Stoldt has a punchy freshness that makes her stand out in a crowd. But color is not the only aspect of her style that makes her look particularly distinctive. Stoldt does not allow much to impact her of bracelets and a special ring with spirals" that she almost never taken removes. Stoldt often embellishes her outfits with accessories ranging from "big sunglasses, peace sign earrings, hair bows and hello kitty accessories" to "purple eye shadow, leopard print leggings and sparkly nail polish." If Stoldt could splurge on any one thing, she said she would buy multiple pairs of wild leggings from American Apparel that are, however, "well worth the price." Besides American Apparel, other places that Stoldt said she likes to shop at include Delia*s, Target, PacSun and various thrift stores. Sharing many similarities with her style icon, Agyness Deyn, it is not much of a surprise that Stoldt admires her so much. With her unparalleled sense of style, Deyn is a model emblem of the bold, modern a n d n e w.

Student Spotlight: Zach Fine '11

As one of the on-call drummers on campus, Zach Fine '11 provides steady beats for many of the Phillips Academy student bands. According to Fine's bandmate in the group Marshawn, Ellie DiBerardino '09, it was Fine's passion for complex beats, in addition to his "indie hair," that helped him get noticed. DiBerardino said, "he's a passionate musician, a great drummer and a great guy." Fine's fluency and passion for the drums clearly make him a key player in the PA musical community. How long have you been playing drums? I've been playing drums on and off for four years, but when I came to PA I really started playing [consistently]. What got you started? I'm from New Orleans--it's a city filled with music. I've been brought up surrounded by concerts and [people who know about] music and it was very encouraging. The music department here was excellent and that gave me the push to play seriously. Does New Orleans influence your style? Yeah, a lot. The different jazz elements...the style I play in is called a second line style. I like things that are off-beat, kind of funky--very similar to the music down in New Orleans. Any particular bands that have inspired you? The funk band Meters in New Orleans. I saw them live a lot as a kid and that influenced me to play. I picked up trombone and then I went to drums. What do you love about playing drums? Even though you're not the front man, like the singer or the guitarist, the role is still critical. You're the pulse of the band that everyone relies on. If you fall back, everyone crumbles. I've never wanted to be up front on stage, I'm more about the music.

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style, unlike many students who tend to follow the tide of dressing with the trends. In addition to fads, many people look to designers or magazines to create a certain look,

So do you get nervous on stage? Every time. Sometimes I just forget what to play. Playing drums isn't memorizing an exact part, but I start to get nervous and forget things. [Luckily,] it all comes together when I start. What's the downside? The one thing that's frustrating is progressing; as far as skill goes, [playing drums] requires coordination from all four limbs, both your feet and your arms. It's very hard to grasp and definitely took a lot for me to progress. As a drummer, do you find that you are called upon a lot to perform? Yes. There are a handful of drummers on campus but only three or four have the technical skills down. It is a finite number of options. A lot of people call me when they need someone to play. Do you write your parts? What's the thought process like? I always write [my parts] myself and a guitarist or a bassist might make suggestions. The majority is written by me but I'm open to contribution. It's very different. Drummers are always the last piece of the puzzle. It's my job to find a groove or riff that goes accordingly [with the rest of the musical components]. What's the most difficult thing you've ever mastered on the drums? A while back, I was trying to learn a second line drum beat. It's a very famous beat from one of the first funeral processions. It's easy to play blandly but difficult to play correctly and with passion. It's offbeat, so you can't really put it to time. Do you plan on pursuing a career in music or just continuing guitar as a hobby? I'd love to do it as a career. In the world [though,] so many people play music. At this school alone I think 100 people play guitar. So it would require a lot more practice. Does playing drums become a way of removing stress here at PA? All the time. Phillips Academy is a great school but a lot of the work is physically demanding. [Playing the] the drums is a great way of letting out that stress. Are you interested in playing any other instruments? Yeah, my whole family has been musically inclined. I just picked up guitar six months ago and I love it. Guitar has opened up a whole new doorway. It's fun for me to write my own music and have others play it. I actually did that recently--I wrote the instrumentals and currently the singer of [Marshawn and I] are collaboratively working on the lyrics. Any advice for aspiring musicians or drummers on campus? Be tenacious with as much as possible--there are certain things you can't get even after a lot of work, just persevere and kind of hang in there.

but Stoldt does just the opposite, solely relying on her own judgment when deciding what to wear. Although Stoldt said that she does not have a trademark look, she is rarely seen apart from a pair of her All-Star Converse. Her favorite high-tops are faded orange sporting various stars drawn in Sharpie on

The British "It girl" is known for not being afraid of taking fashion chances. By putting a little of her spunky personality into her eccentric style, Stoldt generates a look that appears natural, fresh and uniquely hers.

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Stoldt's shows off her signature decorative Converse All-Star sneakers.

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Features Does REALITY TV! Musings with... Billy Fowkes and B.J. Garry

The key to a successful reality TV series? Gary Busey. Or, to up the ante, Gary Busey and automatic weapons. The reason no award exists for "Most Ugly Drunk Chicks on a Reality TV Show" is because there would always be a tie between "Rock of Love" and "Cops." Has anyone else noticed that the trans-sexual ladyman on "The Real World" is the perfect blend of male and female? It's either a very mannish lady, or a very womanish man. Either way, it's perfect. We wonder if Hilary Duff still ego trips over hearing her song "Sweet Sixteen" every time "My Super Sweet Sixteen" is on MTV. We wonder if the separation between the words "Father" and "Hood" was intentional in the title of Snoop Dogg's reality show "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood." Chocolate cake frosting, a spoon, and "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels." To some, hitting rock bottom, but to us, the perfect spring break. The main flaw of "Joe Millionaire:" it lost FOX a hell of a lot more than a million dollars. No one, including Big Brother, watches "Big Brother" anymore. And Big Brother watches everything. We were watching "Cops" recently and we saw a meth addict get pulled over on a bike. You have to sign a waiver to be on "Cops." Meth must be one hell of a drug if that guy needs the money that badly. "The Amazing Race" sounds like it could have been the title of a German propaganda campaign from World War II. What product does Dog the Bounty Hunter use for his hair? Whatever it is, we want it. There has never been a more perfect man than Ryan Seacrest. Sanjaya is a honorable mention, but there's no question about it. Why is the band on this current season of "Making the Band" named

The Three Wise Men, seen wearing modern clothing in this photograph taken in Morse Hall over 2,000 years ago, appear to engage in a "Bachelor" style reality show, in which stuffed dinosaurs and candy canes were used instead of the flowers we see today.



"America's Next Top Model" is a lot like NASCAR. You pretend to enjoy watching it, but deep inside, you're waiting for a huge crash. That and Tyra Banks sounds like a car. How many annoying tourists showed up the casting call of "I Love New York" expecting a free t-shirt? If reality TV actually depicted reality, it would be about a slightly overweight male in his mid-30s who drives to his mid-level sales job at an auto parts company in a '94 Ford Focus, then comes home to his nagging wife who has a headache and is complaining about being a 5th grade math teacher. Why people wouldn't watch something like that is beyond us. Bravo used to have a show called "Being Bobby Brown." Apparently the original title, "Watch This Guy Die Slowly from Drug Abuse" was shot down by the network higher-ups. How does Donald Trump not go bankrupt immediately or lose all his credibility after allowing Dennis Rodman to get past the first round of "Celebrity Apprentice"?

Day26? It takes exactly 26 days for America to discover that they suck. "Survivor: Northern New Jersey" would be absolutely brilliant entertainment. "Animal Cops," the cornerstone of Animal Planet's Monday night lineup, is really just a show about a group of law enforcement

officials whose lives clearly did not pan out they way they hoped. But hey, at least they're on television. "Dirty Jobs" provides too much sexual innuendo for us not to make a joke about it. We'll spare you by not sharing it. We doubt Hogan knows best.

Where do they buy deer testicles and elk penis to the contestants to eat on "Fear Factor?" Is there just some guy who sells this preserved genitalia for a living? If so, who is he and where can we find him?

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Note: These people are in no way "stars." Quite on the contrary, they are pathetic losers.

Reality Shows Canceled Mid-First Episode

Randall Cranston had a very short-lived reality TV career that spanned the 45 seconds of his first tryout for "American Idol." His attempt at a rendition of "American Pie" by Don McLean ended terribly when he became so nervous at the line, "the day the music died" that he had what doctors like to call a seizure. The young buck continued on, however, singing as if he were enjoying a Sharper Image massage chair, only to stop when Simon curtly interrupted, saying, "I can't bear anymore of this horrid display of melody and awful dancing. Those are overshadowed only by your downright ugly face, which is stupid-looking and receiving no help from the drool running down your chin." Paula quickly chimed in, "I have some pills that can help you with that," while Randy simply added, "Dawg." When asked how he felt weeks after the incident, Randall could only reply, "Like I was having a seizure." His embarrassing moment was quickly forgotten when the YouTube video got 3 million hits in the first day, 75,000 of which were from teaching hospitals. The video's cult popularity meant big bucks for Randall as well as a record deal. The record was set for release in July 2006 until producers quickly realized he sounds better when he is having a seizure. This led to his latest "Brain Dead" tour, in which he goes on stage only to be attacked by strobe lights and ambient noise, inducing a seizure and thus some excellent music. Name: Kristie Comontopolis Show(s): Rock of Love, Flavor of Love, Charm School, Rock of Love 2, 95 percent of VH1's lineup Age: 30 and wrinkly Everyone remembers Kristie, whether it be from that time when she vomited on two of Bret Michaels' "love prospects" after drinking a handle of rum and a pint of gasoline, or when she was voted off of "Flavor of Love" and tried to attack Flavor Flav's dog during a subsequent meth binge. She has laid dormant in our minds since VH1 filed a cease-and-desist against her after she forced one girl to drink Drano because she had kissed Bret first. While she fell from grace after that fateful episode, she did not lose her hope. Kristi recently explained her brash behavior in an interview with MTV News: "The problem was that I felt too pressured on stage. Like, whenever I saw another girl on the pole all I wanted to do was choke her so Flav would love me more! But I realized it's okay because he's a Gemini, I'm a Gemini, and one of my daughters' names is Gemini, so I know it'll work out in the end." Name: Agnes Blackwall Show(s): Real World Age: 79 Agnes was a member of the cast of "Real World: Hoboken." She was deemed "out of place" by some in the house, as she was on average 50 years older than them. When asked why she decided to go on the show, Agnes promptly put in her teeth and replied, "I just wanted to start getting real." Soon the house got used to her, and its residents enjoyed her hand-knit sweaters, freshly baked pies, and old-school semiracist sass. There was some tension, however, when Tina stole one of Agnes' hair brushes and Agnes decided to sleep with her boyfriend. After a vicious tongue lashing and a stabbing with a knitting needle, the dispute was settled. After "The Real World," Agnes tried several other career paths. After her attempts at being a Wal-Mart greeter and a "Price is Right" contestant, Agnes gave up on a career and went into a retirement home. Her current state is hard to gage, as she is senile. However, she did tell us that the aliens have not landed yet and that her pet giraffe is arriving by mail within a few business days. While Agnes is not expected to see next year, she will always live on in our hearts as one of the most beloved characters on reality television. Her warm personality, sand paper-like skin, and "I'll cut ya" attitude made her a mainstay of the airwaves.

-Ben Nichols

10. "Glass Eye for the Blind Guy" 9. "Keeping Up With the Kardashian's Plastic Surgery Bill" 8. "Little People, Big Stairs" 7. "The Hypothetical World" 6. "Flavor of Love Juice" 5. "The Convicted Pedophiles Next Door" 4. "America's Got Cellulite!" 3. "John Goodman's Fit Club" 2. "Pimp Our Tandem Bike" 1. "The Real Gilligan's Island"



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Meyer '09 Undefeated in Week's two Wins

By Elizabeth Oppong

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Lax Loses to Brewster

First Loss of Season Drops Andover to 3-1

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Andover Groton Andover Tabor

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Last Friday was a good Friday for the Andover team. Behind the play of Captain Trey Meyer '09 and Mark Adamsson '11, Andover thumped Groton on an afternoon of outdoor playing. To add to the day's excitement, on his birthday Micheal Kontaxis '11 won his doubles match with partner Max Png '10 to help secure the Andover victory. Groton hosted the Andover team on a night of outdoor playing. To take advantage of the diminishing light, Coach Wilkin summoned his singles players first. Meyer beat the Groton CoCaptain 6-1, 6-3 without too much trouble. Up next, second seeded Adamsson played the other Groton Captain and prevailed 6-0, 6-1. With two wins from the start, Andover looked very consistent, but Kontaxis lost his singles match in a turn of events. The lower from California dominated his first set, but struggled through the next two, losing 6-1, 5-7, 4-6. "I had one of the most frustrating matches of my career," said Kontaxis. Hunter Schlacks '11 and Myles O'Neil '12 were able to rebound and win their matches for the team. Both players trumped their opponents 6-1, 6-1. Png had his debut match and

proved to be a great asset for Andover, defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-0. "I was losing 1-2 in the first set, but after getting a feel of how my opponent played, I managed to take the next 10 of 11 games to win," said Png of the first single match of his career. Tony Zou '09 and Adamsson teamed up in doubles but lost their pro set 4-8. Schlacks and O'Neil won their match 8-2, and Png and Kontaxis beat their opponent 8-2 as well. This Wednesday, Andover traveled to Tabor expecting a very tough match. Last year Tabor played Andover's Varsity B team, but this time Tabor had to face Andover's Varsity A squad. Meyer played the first seed on the ladder against Adam Vaz, the top player on the Tabor team. Meyer has been playing number one for the past three years and is the former NEPSITT champion (a New England Prep School Tournament). "I am really confident about our bottom three singles players, all of whom are accomplished shot-makers, mature strategists and match-tough, adaptable competitors," said Coach Greg Wilkin before the game. Playing in ISL format where singles play only two sets and each set won gives the team one point, Andover lived up to its expectations and won overall as a team, 5-1. This Friday Andover will be playing a highly anticipated match against St. Paul's School. One of the highlight matches will be Meyer's match against St. Paul's number one player, who is one of the strongest opponents in the league. "It should be a crowd pleaser," said Wilkin.

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Andover Bounces Back From tough Week With two Wins

By Anthony Tedesco

PhilliPian SportS Writer

After last week's difficult games against powerhouses Exeter and Loomis Chaffee, the Andover Girls Water Polo team bounced back and won two out of three games this week, improving to 3-3 on the season. On Saturday the girls faced off against Suffield, a team looking for revenge after last year's upset. Andover came out strong with a five-goal first quarter, giving the team a commanding lead. Kira Wyckoff '11 led this scoring streak with two goals. The Andover defense, led by Taylor Clarke '10 in net, proved crucial to the team's


co-captains Washington '09 and Burwell '09 Lead team to First Win

By Ashley Hess

PhilliPian SportS Writer

NMH Andover Andover W.M. Academy

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Coming off a disappointing loss against NMH last Saturday, the Andover Volleyball team hosted Wilbraham-Monson on Wednesday and successfully won all matches totaling a shootout score of 3-0 for the team's first victory of the season.

In just the second game of its season, Andover hosted Wilbraham-Monson Academy, a new addition to Andover's schedule this year and the first time the two teams have met. The game started off slowly due to a new rotation format, and there were a number of service mistakes and net calls that interrupted the flow of the game. But once the game found a steady rhythm, Andover quickly dominated. The team won the first match with score of 25-17. In the second match, Andover made a number of outstanding individual saves contributed by the entire Andover team, as Andover won the second set, 25-16.

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Paul Bloemsma '10 jumps to block a spike.

In the third game, Coach Clyfe Beckwith tried many different substitutions and allowed all team member to contribute to Wednesday's victorious outcome. All players exhibited quality serving and hard hitting to help Andover to an easy 25-14 final set victory. Prior to Wednesday's victory, Andover headed to Northfield Mount Hermon for a rivalry match against last year's New England champions. As Coach Clyfe Beckwith put it, "Andover's team adjusting to new positions and compensating for nerves in the season-opener gave NMH the upper hand." Co-Captain Menelik Washington '09 attacked the ball with four successful kills in the game. He also hit a grand total of 12 out of 16. Co-Captain Sam Burwell '09 served 17 of 18 balls, five of which were consecutive aces, to NMH's defense. Other Andover leaders from Saturday's match include newcomer Peter Bang '11, who blocked four of six hits. Christian Anderson '09 was also a strong contributor in Andover's effort, playing the back court in the libero position. He received 17 of 19 hard serves from NMH. Overall, Andover faced a defeating score of 0-3, but the strong team play and effort was evident throughout and poured over into Wednesday's win against Wilbraham-Monson. The Boys Volleyball team hopes to continue to improve its season record of 1-1 on this Saturday, when Andover faces off against Choate Rosemary Hall. Last year, Andover fell victim to Choate in a 3-1 loss.

success. Clarke recorded 15 saves on the way to the 8-4 victory. The girls also played Loomis Chaffee on Saturday for the second time this season. After suffering a tough loss to Loomis earlier in the season, Andover went into the game looking for revenge. At the end of the first quarter, Loomis went up 5-2, taking an early lead. Co-Captain Annie Glancy '09 had both first quarter goals. The Loomis team proved to be too much for Andover, and in the second quarter the team fell into an eight-goal deficit. Greta Martin '09 said, "We did really well in the first quarter, but in the second quarter the team just started breaking down." Andover played strong defensively in the second half and only allowed four goals, but Loomis' seven goals were too much for the team over to overcome. The game ended in Loomis' favor with a final score of 16-6. On Wednesday a depleted Andover squad played Williston-Northampton. "Four out of our seven

starters were out, so we were a little worried as to how the game would play out," said Taryn Wiens '09. Andover proved to be unfazed by the lack of starters, however, and went on to claim a 17-4 victory. Wiens said, "This game was really good because the younger girls got a chance to step up and get experience." Amongst this group of younger girls was Julia Torabi '12, who had two fourth quarter goals. Clarke once again had an impressive performance for Andover, making 25 saves against Williston. Team members agree that team chemistry and communication in the water has improved since the beginning of the season. "The team work has gotten better, along with team communication. The girls are starting to see the weak side passes, which is important," said Wiens. On Saturday Andover will face off against Hotchkiss. This weekend the team will also compete against Suffield for the second time this season.

ing power they had against Tilton. Andover came out strong in the first quarter, with Cam Boll '09 tucking a goal two minutes in. As the game unfolded, it turned out to be a battle between Andover's offense and Brewster's defense in the first quarter, as Andover kept possession for most of the quarter. "In the first quarter we did a great job of keeping possession and playing our game. Over time, our team lost composure on offense as Brewster began to make their run," said Spencer Macquarrie '10. Things went downhill for Andover in the last three quarters. In the second, Brewster was able to level the score at 1-1 with a cut down the back pipe and a feed to the crease. Will Walker '11 scored for Andover shortly after to regain the lead for Andover. From here on out, the team's offensive rhythm and clearing game began to struggle. Along with these breakdowns in Andover's game came long possessions from Brewster's offense, which eventually tired out the defensive unit. The combination of strong stick skills and a good knowledge of the game gave Brewster an edge and a level of play that Andover's defense had never seen before this season. "On defense we didn't really do a good job of talking to each other and commnicating," said Safstrom. Chris Kreider '10 and John McKenna '10 both added goals. When the final whistle blew, Andover came out with their first loss of the season against Brewster with a score of 9-4. Overall, it was a very tough loss that Andover hopes to rebound from by winning against the Hyde School on Saturday.


Big Win over cambridge School earns experience for non-Starters

By Bryan Ha

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Andover CSW

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Now that the warm spring weather has arrived, so too has the promise of another exciting Ultimate season. Winning against Newton North last week with an outstanding victory, Andover once again won in a contest over the Cambridge School of Weston with a score of 15 to 3 this Wednesday. In the first half of the game, the team came out strong and jumped to an 8-0 lead. From this point forward, Andover remained in control and did not relinquish the lead. Thomas Armstrong '11 and Duncan Crystal '10 made long forehand tosses into the end zone, leading the game with steady throws and hard cuts. During the second half, Coaches Kingery and Hoenig mixed in players who do not have that much experience with the more veteran players. This gave the team a unique balance and gave some of the more inex-

perienced players vital minutes. Captain Eli Grober '09 led the team on and off the field with consistent play, great pulls, and smart decisions. "As a team, we played better man-to-man defense on CSW than Newton North, but the offense was still quite disorganized at times . There was definitely better communication and a better flow to the offense as more and more people got to know the game," said Armstrong. A lot of newcomers showed prowess and skill with excellent throws and catches in this game.

Lucas Christopherson '12 and David Russell '12 were strong handlers and quickly adapted to the flow of the game. Both players made sharp cuts and great offensive throws, some of which lead to a score for Andover. Alex Choi '09 said of the game, "We didn't quite execute as well as we could have when the points became long and tiring. Our throws and cuts were not as sharp, but we still managed to play very well." The Andover Ultimate Team will play its next game against Concord Academy.

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Captain Jim ricker '09 Comes Back in final five Holes for Victory

By Ben Ho

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Andover Belmont Hill Andover Holderness

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Alayna Garbarino '10 looks to throw a runner out at first.

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Onorato '11 Starts Season With .857 Batting Average to Lead Team

By Chris Cameron

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Andover Nobles

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Led by an outstanding threehit performance from Sarah Onorato '11 and six innings of two-hit softball from pitcher Caroline Gattuso '09, Andover was able to crush its opponent, The Nobles & Greenough School, with a score of 7-2. Andover got on the board first by taking advantage of crucial mistakes by Nobles. With two runners on base and two outs, Captain Sarah Boylan '09 hit a one-hopper to the shortstop. The Nobles shortstop then proceeded to throw the ball away to give Andover its first run. Another run was scored when Gattuso hit a single to right that skipped by the right fielder. Riley Gardner '10 then knocked in Gattuso with a single to left.

Nobles answered by scoring two unearned runs in the next inning, but Andover rebuilt its lead by putting a four spot on the board in the fourth inning. Onorato drove home Alayna Garbarino '10 with a single to center, and Gardner singled home another run. Andover then tacked on two more runs to pull ahead 7-2 and put Nobles away for good. Gattuso pitched lights out in the fifth and sixth innings. Jackie Higgins '12 then came in for relief to finish off Nobles. Andover's offense was a team effort in this game, as everyone contributed in some way to help the team score seven runs. "We were able to pull away from Nobles because everyone contributed at the plate," said Garbarino. The team was led by multihit games from Onorato, Gardner, and Shannon McSweeney '11. Onorato is now a superb six for seven in the team's two games. "Sarah has picked up

where she left off in '08 and has been our early hitting star," said Coach Peter Drench. Gattuso backed up her stellar Andover debut with another strong outing, notching six strikeouts over her six innings of work. Higgins made her regular season debut and was sharp in her one inning. "Caroline pitched well, as she kept Nobles off the scoreboard and kept us in the game," said Garbarino. The pitchers were backed up by a rock solid defense that made almost every play. In particular, Boylan was like a vacuum at shortstop, as she turned every groundball into an out. Coach Drench considers his captain a defensive star. This week, Andover has two consecutive games on Friday and Saturday. The team first travels to Middlesex and then hosts Choate the next day. If Andover can continue its solid play, it could come out of the weekend with a 4-0 record heading into the bulk of its schedule.

Captain Jim Ricker '09 completed an incredible comeback last Wednesday, winning five holes in a row to win one up against a tough Holderness opponent. With Ricker's incredible comeback, Andover ended up tying a very challenging Holderness team with 4.5 points apiece. Leading up to a close tie against Holderness, Andover took on Belmont Hill last Thursday at Trull Brook Golf Course. The conditions at Trull Brook were decent, considering the time of year, as the fairways were smooth and the greens were fast. Off first from the tee for Andover were Ben Ho '11 and Roo Hamilton '09. Despite some good golf, the duo was only able to win one and a half out of three points, with Ho winning his match and tying the best ball along with

Hamilton. Coming second off the tee for Andover was the pair of James Poss '10 and Ricker. While Ricker struggled early and ended up losing his match, Poss secured his match while the duo tied their best ball match to win another one and a half points for Andover. With the score tied after the first two groups, it was Charlie Pecora '12 and Will Lindsey '10 who won the contest for Andover. By winning all three of the points available, Andover pulled away and ended up winning 7-5 against its Belmont Hill opponents After a successful victory against Belmont Hill, Andover faced off against Holderness at Indian Ridge Country Club. Ho and Hamilton went off again in the one and two positions, looking to take the early lead. Although they both never gave up, they struggled to get into a good rhythm and ended up winning only half a point. Poss and his partner Andrew Lee '10 played well, winning three points for Andover. The key to this match was Poss, who came up big on the last hole, sinking a clutch ten footer to win his match. However, the big

story of the day was Ricker. After struggling mightily on his first four holes, going four down through four, he gathered his composure and won holes five through eight to get his match back to even. With the team resting on his shoulders, he faced a tough ten footer to tie the score for Andover. After he stroked the putt, the ball hung on the lip, until finally dropping in, winning the match and tying the score for Andover. Looking ahead, Coach Brian Faulk has many goals for the rest of the season. "The team is tightknit and the golfers really enjoy playing with each other. Looking forward, we need more consistency across the board. We need players to avoid big numbers to avoiding ruining medal play scores," Coach Faulk said. Faulk continued, "Next week is our biggest test of the season, Newport. The course is tough, and I need players to step up and show that they have the mental toughness to grind it out and play eighteen holes of solid golf." Next week, Andover will play against New Hampton in preparation for the Andover Newport Invitational.


Coaches Look to Improve Times Over Season With Training Plan

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"But I always loved running, so I thought I'd be good at it, and I guess I was. I didn't think I'd do this well, though." This sort of definitive victory is especially rare so early in the season, with so many people new to the team. "Despite the fact that we'd only trained for two weeks

and lost two practices due to weather, our team looked amazing," said Captain Annie McDonough '09. "Many of our athletes are already showing improvement." Potter said, "We are still focusing more on strength, as we hope to peak later in the season." This has been Coach Corbin Lang's training plan for many years. "If your fastest time is in

your first race," he often says, "we've done something wrong. We want to work on building up the strength of the runners first, in the hopes that they are able to come through with that extra push to improve their times." Andover's track athletes plan to only improve, and hope for a similarly impressive win in their meet against Phillips Exeter this weekend.



Girls Tennis Suffers first Loss of Season

By Katie Hess

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Hotchkiss Andover

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The Andover's Girls Varsity Tennis team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling victim to a overwhelming Hotchkiss team at Deerfield, 4-11. As Elizabeth Kelly '11 put it, "it [was] a good wake up call early in the season to get our focus back where it should be." Andover players considered this lost match to be a particularly big wake up call considering that the team had only lost one match in the past 3 years. Hotchkiss came out flying, focused, and eager to beat the usually dominant Andover team. Despite even play throughout the singles matches, Andover fell behind during doubles. Hotchkiss managed to completely overwhelm Andover, which dropped all four of its doubles matchups. Captain Lauren Wilmarth '09, Greta Rossi '09, and Eliza Flynn '10 all split sets, losing the second set. Wilmarth's score was 6-2 and 4-6, and Flynn lost the tiebreaker in her second set

after defeating her opponent, 6-3, in her opening set. Flynn's effort was all the most impressive because she had been battling through an injury all week. Stacia Vladimirova '11 lost her singles match to a tough Hotchkiss opponent. However, she and Fay Feghali '12 played an excellent doubles match. Although they struggled a bit during the first half of their match and actually ended up losing it, they had an amazing comeback by the match's end. Even though Carolyn Brown '09, an essential asset to the team, is out for the season due to an injury, she still plays an active role on the team. She is very eager to see how the girls will come together by the end of the year, and is sure that Andover will give Hotchkiss a run for their money at New England championships at the end of the season. Andover plays Nobles this Friday and then Choate on Saturday. Both Choate and Nobles have a record of 1-1 so far this season. Although Andover's dream of being undefeated this season has vanished, its loss this week has given them more incentive to focus and fight together.

Anthony Morlani '09 Smacks Game-Winning Hit in Sixth Inning to Propel Andover Offense

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Andover was able to tie the game at four, but Belmont Hill struck again in the sixth, this time scoring two more runs off of relievers Auffant and Tom Hamel '10. After a scoreless sixth for Andover, Hamel silenced the Belmont Hill offense in the seventh. A one-two-three inning by Hamel set the stage for an Andover comeback in the bottom of the last inning. With one out, both CoCaptain Geoff Lynch '09 and Tom Palleschi '12 were able to work their counts full and draw walks. This loaded the bases with only one out. After another Andover out, Belmont Hill's catcher failed to connect with his first baseman on a pickoff attempt. The botched play allowed the runners from second and third base to come around to score. With the game now tied at six, Auffant came to the plate with the winning run on second base. His double over the right fielder's head ended the game and sent Andover players rushing onto the field to celebrate their 7-6 victory. Clark and Auffant each had two hits in the victory, and five other Andover players added one hit each. This included a triple to right center field in the third inning by Zach Bur-

deau '09, who came all the way around to score on a relaying error by Belmont Hill. Coming off of this victory, Andover hosted league opponent Cushing Academy on Wednesday in a match-up of powerhouses. Starting on the mound for Andover was Glenn Stowell '09 in his second appearance this season. While Stowell pitched well, he left the game after 5 and 1/3 innings with a no decision. With a 7-4 lead in the sixth, Hamel replaced Stowell on the mound midway through the inning, inheriting a runner at first base. While Hamel pre-

formed well and forced Cushing into a number of weak ground balls, Andover faced a defensive collapse and allowed Cushing to take the lead for the first time in the game, 8-7. Down by a run in the bottom of the sixth, Andover batting rescued the team yet again. With runners on second and third, Co-Captain Anthony Morlani '09 drove a line drive into left field to score both runs and give Andover the lead. By the end of the inning, Andover led Cushing 11-8. In the seventh inning, Jack Doyle '10, who had a strong showing as the starter on open-

ing day, came in to fill a closing role. Doyle didn't allow Cushing to retaliate, preserving the three run lead and earning the save. Hamel was the winning pitcher of the day after his performance in the sixth. In back-to-back games, Andover proved its ability to execute in key situations, earning two victories from critical comebacks Andover looks to keep the streak going in upcoming games against BB&N on Friday and a double header at Worcester Academy on Saturday.

Zach Burdeau '09 reaches home plate safely to earn a run for Andover in the 7-6 victory.

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Two Comeback Victories

sam Auffant '09 Hits Walk-off Double

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First Win over Deerfield

Andover Dominates With strong Times

By Katherine Ellinger

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Andover Belmont Hill Andover Cushing

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Morgan Healey '09 rushes down the field as she speeds past her defender in Andover's 13-3 victory over St. Paul's.

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The Andover baseball team managed to collect two more wins this week in close games against Belmont Hill and Cushing Academy. With these victories the team improved to a perfect 4-0 for the season. In a thrilling game against a tough Belmont Hill squad, Andover prevailed 7-6 on a walkoff double to deep right-center field by Sam Auffant '09 in the seventh inning. Starting on the mound for Andover in Friday's match-up was Sam Clark '09 in his first appearance this season. Clark played strongly through four innings, keeping Belmont Hill at bay and allowing just one walk and two hits. The top of the fourth was troublesome for Andover, as Belmont Hill was able to capitalize on Andover's defensive errors and score three unearned runs. The visitors added another run in the fifth, as they plated men who had reached on walks.

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Two Key Wins Improve record to 4-1; Keating '10 Leads offense With Five goals

PhilliPian SportS Writer

By Tyler Jennings

Andover Pingree Andover St. Paul's

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Three minutes into the first half, Kyleigh Keating '10 received a pass just outside the 8-meter and fired a high shot to put Andover on the board against Pingree. Despite her goal Andover trailed 1-3 early in the game, but made its first comeback of the season and defeated Pingree 12-7. The girls had a sluggish

start against their opponent, allowing Pingree to gain an early 3-0 lead. After Keating's goal the Pingree offense gained momentum, scoring two more goals, and increasing its lead to four. After quickly falling behind, Andover managed to catch up with two goals of its own. At the end of a back and forth first half, the game was tied at 6-6. Andover came into the second half re-energized and ready to pick up the pace. The girls started off with two goals in less than two minutes, giving them the first lead of the game. Taking advantage of their momentum, Andover came from behind to win by a final

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score of 12-7. The most notable performance came from Keating, who scored five goals and made four assists for a total of nine points. Emily Little '09 and Brooke Van Valkenburg '12 also had three goals each. On Wednesday afternoon, the Girls Lacrosse team hosted St. Paul's. From the start of the game it was clear that Andover's depth and skill would be the key to success. Andover came out strong, scoring its first goal in just under a minute. Greer Macbeth '12 received a pass at midfield and carried the ball all the way to net, placing her shot to put Andover on the board first. Two minutes later, Little scored, putting Andover up 2-0 just three minutes into the game. Going into halftime, Andover led 7-1. In the second half, Alina Pechacek '09 saw her first shots of the season as she replaced Co-Captain Kaitlin

Gaiss '09 in net. Pechacek had an impressive game, making several key saves to keep St. Paul's from scoring. The girls carried their strength over from the first half, extending their lead to 10 goals. Andover went on to defeat St. Paul's with a final score of 13-3. Emily Rademacher '11 had a breakout game, scoring her first three goals of the season and adding an assist to finish with a total of four points. Other offensive contributors included Keating and Little, who each ended the game with three points. Gaiss said, "These past few games have really been good for us. We have been able to play well and as a result we have been able to beat some very good teams. I'm really happy with the way this year has started." With the victory against Pingree, Andover extended its winning streak to three and brought its record to 4-1.

Andover Track started the competitive season with a critical success. Athletes of all events beat their Deerfield and Taft competitors for a definitive victory. Captain Chase Potter '09 said, "They are middle of the pack teams and in the past we have had some close meets with them, but I know we have won that meet for boys and girls at least the last four years." Andover's pole vaulters proved strong in their first meet. Malin Adams '09 won in his event, and Peter Ly '09 came in second to gain Andover some of its first points of the meet. Charlie Ganner '10, who has proven himself a fast distance runner in previous seasons, showed he was ready for another season, winning both the 1500 and 3000 meter races. Potter said, "Charlie had an amazing meet, winning both in very fast times." Catherine Coppinger '09 also had a stand-out performance, winning the 400 and anchoring both the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 relays, both of which beat the competition by several seconds. Stassja Sichko '10 shone in the middle distances by winning the 800. Newcomer Alexis Walker '12 performed well, winning the 100 in 13.2 seconds and the 200 in 27.9 seconds, both of which are extremely impressive times, especially for a freshman. "This is my first time being on a track team," said Walker.

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Andover Boats Lose First Meet of The season Against Kent school

By Kristen Faulkner

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Will Walker '11 is surrounded by three Tilton Academy defenders as he catches the ball.

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Andover Powers Through rain to overpower Tilton Academy 15-3

By Kyle Franco

PhilliPian SportS Writer

Andover Tilton Brewster Andover

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With newcomer Brooks Dyroff '09 opening up his point total in an explosive one-goaland-two-assist performance, Andover blew Tilton out of the water with a breakout offensive performance in a stunning 15-3 victory. Andover absolutely dominated Tilton last Saturday, thanks to goals from many

members of the offensive unit. Tilton mustered only one goal in the first half, thanks to the incredible defensive play of Theo Lederfine Paskal '09, Andrew Pohly '09 and Forrest Cox '09, a trio that has stopped opposing offenses all season. Paskal made several devastating and key strips, while Pohly continued to show how his gap year from lacrosse has not slowed him in the slightest. Both players have been forces in their positions. The great defensive play was not limited to the starting trio, though. Trevor Braun '10, Brian Safstrom '10, Joey Atiba '09, Eddie Houghton '09 and Luke Duprey '09 all played important roles in keeping Tilton at bay. Eric Kanter '09

saw time on both sides of the field, and had a few solid scoring opportunities. In addition to great defense, Atiba shined on offense, scoring his first goal of the season. Also adding to the point total was the team's youngest member, Joe Kruy '12. In net, Co-Captain Spencer Rice '09, and backup goalie Jay Dolan '11 both had great games. Rice played the first half and allowed just one goal, while Dolan closed the game out in the second half, allowing two goals. Both goalies had outstanding and near perfect performances. On Wednesday, while facing off against Brewster, Andover lacked some of the scorContinued on Page 10, Column 6

Despite the teams' hard work on the water over these past two weeks, Andover faced tough losses against Kent in its first meet of the season on Saturday. Among the six boats that raced this weekend, only two brought home victories. The boys first boat took an early lead in its race, but Kent was able to surpass it during the middle 500 meters. Kent maintained the lead throughout the rest of the race and beat Andover by eight seconds. "We had a great start, but after that, we had so much adrenaline that we never settled down the rating until it was too late, at which point Kent moved on us," said Teddy Teece '09. "This was our first race of the season and Kent's third, so they were just calmer than we were," he continued. According to Teece, Andover faced other disadvantages as well. "They moved in front of us so we were rowing in their wash for the majority of the race, which is something we

could have protested if this were interschols," he said. The boys second boat had an exceptional start, and continued this positive momentum throughout the race. Kent pulled a power ten strokes after each 500 meters, all of which Andover's second boat was able to hold off. By the middle 500 meters of the race, Andover's second boat was an entire boat length ahead of Kent. Andover won by 2.2 seconds and with an open water lead. "There was no better way to start off the season," said Chris Calkins '11. "The victory was a real confidence boost for our boat." The girls first boat experienced a close loss, but followed a much different race plan from the boys' boats. Kent's girls first boat took the lead at the start, and gained an entire boat-length up on Andover after the first 100 meters. Andover managed to shrink the gap during the middle 500 meters, and maintained a half of a boat length behind Kent for the remainder of the race. Kent won by three seconds. "Having trained over spring break, Kent has a more developed race plan than we

do this early on in the season," explained coxswain Erica Segall '09. "They went off at a higher stroke rating, had bigger moves, and knew how to sprint." She continued, "Only a week into our season, we stayed right on the tail of a crew that had been training for weeks, and we certainly didn't make their win easy for them." She hopes that as the season progresses the team's timing will improve, its technique will become cleaner, and its race plan will become more focused and refined. Kent got ahead of the Andover's girls second boat within the first five strokes of the race, and maintained this distance until the finish. Kent pulled at a higher stroke rating the entire way through, and finished 7.3 seconds ahead of Andover. This week, as the team prepares to face its first meeting of the season with Exeter, it will work on increasing its speed off the line and improving its effectiveness at the base rating, where the entire Andover team rows the bulk of the race.


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