September 2008 Issue

The sunny side to a productive summer

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
By Lily Simon At two o'clock in the morning, I placed my blue Staedtler drafting pen next to a drawing of my floor plan and looked up for the first time in an hour. Next to me, my friend, Lily, was drawing a sectional sketch of the concert venue she had just finished designing. She rubbed her neck and looked up to roll her bloodshot eyes at me. This wasn't the first time we had worked 16 hours straight. The final critique of our major architecture projects was only hours away and I didn't expect any sleep before I stepped before my teachers and other guest judges to give a ten minute presentation.

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
Where are the old-fashioned “political histories of the United States? Historians such as Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (whose three volumes on Franklin Roosevelt remain more relevant by the day ) and Richard Hofstadter (whose American Political Tradition remains widely read and taught half a century later) wrote about political parties, coalitions, and the twists and turns of government policy from election to election.

South suffers heartbreaking loss to Wayland by 3

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
By Jon Ostrowsky After a disappointing 3-8 record last year, the South football team is working hard to put the past behind them and improve to a winning record this year.  Led by co-captains Derek Russell, Mike Heller, and Lucas Walker, the team will rely on its senior leadership and depth to win games despite a very difficult schedule. Under the leadership of senior quarterback Russell, South hopes to be competitive with some of the toughest teams in the state, including Waltham, Acton-Boxborough, and Lincoln-Sudbury, whom they will face in the last three games of their schedule. Senior linebacker Chris Kim showed great enthusiasm. “Those three teams are always good year in and year out.  I can't wait for November, Kim said.  

New technical director makes his mark

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
By Becca Goldstein His office is pretty empty now. The walls are bare and there is an empty bookshelf in the corner, along with a filing cabinet and a computer, but Joe Grassia, South's new tech director, is looking forward to his new job. Regardless of the little time he's been working here, Grassia is already impressed with the students at South and how much time and energy they put into South Stage. Growing up in Sherborn, just 30 minutes west of Newton, Grassia has “always been a carpenter and he had the “full collection of Fisher Price power tools growing up. In high school, Grassia was primarily involved in theatre through the performance side, only working on the technical side when he had time. It wasn't until attending Pace University in New York City when he took a workshop that he really got involved in technical theatre.

View from the Top: Phil Madden

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
I would like to begin by introducing myself. I am a big, tough senior. If you do not already know me, there is a simple explanation: you are not cool enough for me to waste my time with. I drive a 1996 Honda Civic with 150,000 miles, and I have a tattoo on my shoulder blade. I walk with a strut because I know I'm the man. Now that you know all about me, let's talk about you. You will never be as cool as I am. Unless you're a cute girl who would like to get to know me (in the biblical sense), I probably don't even want to know your name. If you are an incoming freshman: welcome, I hope you get lost and never find your way home.

Econ 101

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
By Denebola Staff Denebola asked business and economics teacher Brian Hammel about the rapidly changing economy and the way it is affecting Newton South students. Denebola: What do you teach your students about the economy, and how do these lessons relate to everyday life? Brian Hammel: We talk about the economy in every class, every day. Changes in the economy affect how businesses produce, market, and finance their products and services. It is important for me to help my students draw those connections between the principles learned in class and current events. It is important for students to realize that business managers cannot change the economy, but can learn how to react appropriately and make sound decisions with regard to any economic change.

Flags showcase international diversity

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
By Adam Goldstein In hopes of expressing diversity at South, the English Language Learners (ELL) department hung up world flags in the student center to represent the students enrolled in the ELL program. “The goal was to have a flag representing a country that has a student who is in ELL, Principal Brian Salzer said. Michael Peabody, an ELL teacher also commented on the meaning of the flags.
By Alice Lee “idk my bff jill? We've all seen that commercial, the one that advertises a cell phone plan by showing the antics of a prepubescent cell phone addict. And really, we all know people who act just like the obnoxious girl in the ad, living and breathing through their cell phones. It's undeniable that our generation has forgone the days of being hooked on phonics, and is now hooked on technology. The question is: will this digital craze drive us forward or dumb us down? Admittedly, technology saves untold amounts of time. For instance, writing by hand is frankly tedious, but with literally a few taps of your fingers, an essay can be miraculously finished. But how easy is too easy? How convenient is too convenient?

Tennis team faces $80,000 dilemma

By Denebola | Published: September 2008
By Jeremiah Davis Due to May's $12 million override failure, the City of Newton can only pay half the $80,000 cost for an adequate resurfacing of Newton South's tennis courts, leaving the tennis team the task of raising $40,000 to finish the job. The team's $40,000 quota was cut in half when it recently received a $20,000 pledge from an anonymous donor. English teacher and girls' tennis team coach Robert Jampol raised $8,000 for the team as well. According to senior captain Jon Ostrowsky, there are many large cracks and imperfections on the surfaces of South's 12 courts that make play difficult. Patrick McFarland, the boys' team coach, says that the courts are also potentially dangerous: “Someone could easily twist their ankle. As well as cracks, the surface is also uneven, causing the ball to bounce irregularly.  

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