December 2010 Issue

Homosexuality: Battling hate, raising hope

By Alex Gershanov | Published: December 2010
How do you turn a message of hate into a means of support? How do you confront a group fed by publicity, without giving them more attention?

“Don’t ask don’t tell”: Reflecting on civil rights

By Rutul Patel | Published: December 2010
After almost 17 years of the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, the US senate voted on December 18 to repeal the policy which bans open gays and lesbians from serving in the Armed Forces.

State tackles bullying in public schools

By Hye-Jung Yang | Published: December 2010
To fulfill a requirement set forth by a new Massachusetts anti-bullying law, Newton Public Schools (NPS) held a training workshop on bullying for all staff members at Newton North December 16. Entitled “Bullying Prevention and Intervention, it was broadcast live to the remaining 20 schools in the school system.

Rowing their way to top universities

By Astha Agarwal | Published: December 2010
As the seconds count down, senior Sam Zoloth steadies his oars and focuses on the race ahead. He sees nothing, thinks of nothing, but the course he must traverse. As the referee blares the whistle, Zoloth and his fellow rowers are off – and headed for college. Zoloth, like many other students at South, participates in crew. In light of his long participation in the sport, he has been speaking with ...

Christmas for the kids

By Rutul Patel | Published: December 2010
Donning their favorite Pokémon, Teletubbies, and clown costumes, 45 South volunteers from Newton Athletes Serving Community (ASC) spent the weekend of December 17 entertaining homeless children at Christmas in the City at the Boston Convention Center. Christmas in the City, an event created over 20 years ago, offers homeless children living in shelters a Christmas celebration and a new toy that they specifically requested. “It's essentially a holiday party for kids ...

MVP sees final year

By Ashan Singh | Published: December 2010
Long-running program, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), was cancelled this year after the funding grant expired and the program lacked adequate supervision from South staff. Following 11 years of service to both Brown and Oak Hill Middle Schools, Newton South upperclassmen will no longer be holding seminars in eighth grade classes, educating students on the dangers of bullying and sexual harassment. Initially run by wellness teachers, Bill Fagen and Michelle Coppola, ...

Atrium Mall: the bodies hit the floor

By Melanie Erspamer | Published: December 2010
Four years ago, the Boston Science Museum hosted a BODY WORLDS exhibit, a presentation that displayed preserved bodies and organs. Now, the Atrium Mall is hosting a branch of the exhibit, with 13 whole human bodies and over 100 human specimens on display. A self-guided tour, which costs 16 dollars per student, generally takes 40 minutes to complete. People come face to face with human bodies and organs, preserved through the ...

North gun scare draws police

By Astha Agarwal | Published: December 2010
After a student mistook another student's lighter for a gun, Newton North went on lockdown for an hour on December 13. The lockdown began at about 9:30 AM and although classes resumed at approximately 10:15 AM, police remained stationed at the only two entrances open to the school. A 16-year old student had a butane lighter tucked into his pants so that only the pistol grip handle, which closely resembled that ...

ObamaCare Repeal: Will it actually happen?

By Hattie Gawande | Published: December 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care for America Act'€known as, according to right-wing Yahoo! Bloggers, “The Apocalypse, “The Making Grandma Shovel-Ready Act of 2010, “Screw the American People so that the Narcissists can have a Legacy, or simply, the health care bill'€was passed on March 23, 2010. Rasmussen Reports, an American polling company, immediately set up a poll tallying whether voters wanted the bill repealed. The numbers fluctuated ...

Shamed seniors shafted by cold cut

By Tony Wang | Published: December 2010
As we all heard during the school-wide This I Believe assembly, principal Joel Stembridge echoed the school's thoughts when he said, “We love our school. And really, we should. What other school in the state, in the country, oh what the heck, in the world, has an entire bulletin board dedicated to the hind legs of a hog? Yes, I am talking of none other than the legendary Wall of Ham, ...

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