December 2008 Issue

Imagine a school full of super-nerds where every matriculating freshman has a 4.9 GPA and an average SAT score of 2380.  Does this fulfill the requirements of a learning and living community? 

Shrinking the city’s growing budget gap

By Jeremiah Davis | Published: December 2008
In efforts to shrink the city of Newton's expanding budget deficit, the Citizen Advisory Group presented a report that highlights the city's financial problems and presents a list of possible solutions to the crisis on November 19.

Salzer explores jobs in other districts

By David Han | Published: December 2008
After almost three years of working at Newton South, Principal Brian Salzer has made public that, although he has made no final decision, he is interviewing for the positions of superintendent and assistant superintendent in other school districts.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

By Suzanne DeRobert | Published: December 2008
Marguerite Duras? Outrageous, simply outrageous. She was self-dramatizing, self-promoting and self-destructive, both as artist and individual, yet no account of French literature or cinema or theatre would be complete without her.

Study Abroad; Sailing to new horizons

By Annie Orenstein | Published: December 2008
Walking through the doors on the first day of high school, freshmen rarely dream of the confinement of four long years at Newton South.
Mention the Ivy League to an upperclassman, and more often than not, they'll start thinking about SAT scores and exclusiveness. These colleges are revered for both their bright students and great athletics; but which should supersede the other?

View from the Top: Roxy Striar and Dana Holt

By Dana Holt and Roxy Striar | Published: December 2008
You wanna be on top? Welcome to the scandalous lives of Newton South's elite¦ But how did we get here? That's one secret we will never tell. What we can do, however, is give you some advice.
The boys' basketball team, led by senior co-captains Tavone Wynder and Tyrik Wilson, hopes to improve upon last season's 11-10 record.

Aldermen approve synthetic turf fields

By Nathan Yeo | Published: December 2008
With more than 50 Newton South athletes clad in orange and blue jerseys, jackets, and sweatshirts to show their support, the Board of Aldermen last Monday approved a $5 million plan to build two synthetic turf fields at Newton South and renovate the track.

People of Greece erupt over police brutality

By Christine Busaba | Published: December 2008
Another wave of violent protests erupted in Greece on Sunday, almost two weeks after a 15-year old teenager, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, was shot to death by police.

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