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Denebola » Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 View from the almost top http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/view-from-the-almost-top/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/view-from-the-almost-top/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:07:50 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4556 I would like to begin this article with four of the wisest words I will ever miscount: pooping in school is not bad. In fact, a good BM can liven up almost any boring morning (BM) class.

Many students are afraid of the dirtiness of school bathrooms, and I must admit that, in my younger years, I myself made the long journey from Goodwin to Goldrick in search of a clean can. Some students have been known to be in such vehement opposition to school bathrooms as to choose the potted plants in the library over stall in the restroom (according to two reliable eye witnesses and one squeezer).

Several others, apparently seeing no options, have opted for the floor of the field house bathroom rather than use the sloppy sewage not ten feet away. This is simply preposterous, although the practice has proven to be a money maker for certain members of our grade.

Let me assure you, the physical and emotional toll of “holding it in is not worth it, nor is the possible social toll when you just can’t hold it any longer, note that Jeff Hurray now wears compression shorts even out of sports season.

This being said, I understand that some of you will never overcome your Parcopresis (fear of taking a two in public places). That is why I will let you in on a secret that until now has been known only to a select few (who meet J-blocks at a location to be disclosed later). Imagine a place in school where you could turn on the comically mislabeled “lites lock the door, and imagine you’re at home, evacuating your bowels in peace in privacy. Many have heard its name whispered, but few know the truth. Is it a certain teacher’s room? No, but close. This magical place is the pair of single sex, single toilet bathrooms (location undisclosed). Don’t let the sign on the door that threatens armed response to any non-authorized personnel discourage you. You will never be forced to evacuate while evacuating. In fact, if the bathroom of your choosing is taken, don’t even let the gender signs discourage you from going the other way and experimenting with your digestive identity.

Once inside, you will find all you could have hoped for and more, from a wide array of herb-scented hand soaps to a restoration 15th century Turkish tile design on the floor and oriental rugs on the walls. Indeed, this is a bathroom fit for a king. And indeed there is a king: a jealous tyrant of a king who wishes to hoard the wonderful wash closet for himself.

Should the gutter guardianwitness you leaving the lavatory, you will be berated and your face posted for security personnel to know you in the future.

The washroom watcher may even use scare tactics, telling you about the horrors of losing limbs in automobile plants. Don’t be afraid, no matter what he tells you (however inexplicably out of context it is), this is America and all people should be privy to the same privies.

There are some tricks you should watch out for. If taking a poo in the other gender’s loo, you should be careful not to answer if the door is knocked on as your voice is a dead give away that you are not where you belong.

Also, getting comfortable in this comfort station is a definite no; high fiber diets are a good way to assure a quick in and out.

Finally, teachers keep an eye out for anyone who is sweating anywhere near the bathroom, so this outhouse may be off limits for anyone who has recently eaten spicy foods.

For those of you brave enough to join me and the Fight Against Restricted Toilets (FART), the risk is well worth the reward (unless you get caught).

P.S. Please forward any questions to Adam Sachs via Honesty Box. His dad told him HE could sell the Poop Tube.

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Faculty Focus: Scott Perrin http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/12/23/faculty-focus-scott-perrin/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/12/23/faculty-focus-scott-perrin/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2009 05:26:42 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=3388 Athletic Director Scott Perrin, in his seventh year at the school, has won over students with his personality and fits in seamlessly.

Perrin grew up in Newton as an only child, and he attended South. Perrin was a successful student-athlete during his high school career. He excelled in both football and lacrosse for four years. He also tried wrestling but quit due to a concussion injury.

As a former Lion, Perrin has a unique understanding of what South students are going through.

“I want to tell them all to slow down, take a couple breaths, and realize that everything isn’t as serious as they make it out to be, he said.

Perrin attended Curry College, where he majored in Psychology and double-minored in Religion and Politics. Immediately after college, Perrin began with a career in the business world. He spent ten years selling technology, the first eight at one company that sold conferencing equipment.

“I gave tons of seminars and talks, Perrin said.

Once Perrin realized that he was capable of holding people’s attention, he decided it was time for a lifestyle change.

“I was looking for something more challenging, but with a less-demanding schedule, Perrin said.

Perrin decided to begin a new career in education, with influence from family members who are in the profession, and the obvious place to teach was at South.

“I wanted to come back, he said.

He spent four years teaching Special Education before replacing Ron Lanham as athletic director.

Since taking over the position of athletic director, Perrin has had a great impact on the athletic program, which has received much recognition recently.

In early July of this year, Sports Illustrated named South’s athletic program the top in the state on its online list.

Perrin thinks that it is very exciting for South to be given such a great honor.

“It was a deserved reward and justification for work well done, he said. “But it says nothing about this school year, so we have to keep working as hard as we have in the past.

“Mr. Perrin is a great athletic director, senior Alex O’Hagan, a member of the Varsity Basketball and Volleyball teams, said. “He is always there to support South at any big event, and he is tight with all the athletes.

Perrin spends a majority of his spare time with his three sons Andrew, Jared, and Jeffrey.  “My wife and I love to spend as much time as we can outside with our kids, he said.  Most of the time, he and his wife are shuffling the three boys back and forth to their various activities.

“I also love to cook, fish, read, and relax, but that is hard to do with three young boys, each with his own chaotic schedule, he said.

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Faculty Focus: Hayley Teich http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/11/25/faculty-focus-hayley-teich/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/11/25/faculty-focus-hayley-teich/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2009 06:21:57 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=3151 Many people may remember math teacher Hayley Teich’s performance in South’s talent show, Tertulia. Singing is only one of Teich’s many talents, as she also has a gift for teaching her students in a way that makes them strive to learn more.

Despite math’s reputation as a difficult subject that many people dislike, Teich makes her classes easy to follow and makes her enthusiasm for the subject contagious.

Teich grew up in Pearl River, New York, 15 miles northwest of New York City. As a child, Teich and her younger sister had many pets, including a goldfish, “Golden Oldie, that lived to be 10 years old.

Teich attended Pearl River High School, located in her hometown. For her college education, Teich attended Boston University, and she later received her graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since the second grade. In elementary school it was because I really loved drawing on the chalkboard, Teich said.

Teich’s interest in becoming a teacher grew throughout her higher education due to her love of learning and helping others, as well as her specified interest in math. “I had some really great teachers throughout the years who inspired me, and I aspire to be just like them, Teich said.

One memory from high school that Teich treasures is the time her junior math teacher asked her to tutor another student because he himself was not able to. “The fact that he had that much confidence in my abilities to teach was very motivating, she said.

Two teachers from Teich’s high school years had a very lasting effect on her. “They both encouraged me to be involved in the extracurricular activities in which they were involved, and so I got to see them both in and outside the classroom setting, Teich said.

Teich likes her students to be able to see her as both their teacher and a “real person.

“So many students tend to think of teachers as just teachers, not as musicians, or language enthusiasts, or anything else that makes them who they are, she said.

This year marks Teich’s fourth year teaching at South. She teaches students in all levels of math, ranging from Curriculum II through Honors.

Although her classes are difficult and she challenges her students, Teich’s goal is to make her students stronger for classes that they will take in the future.

“I always liked the way that my teachers didn’t ‘Ëœgive away’ answers and really made you come up with them on your own, Teich said. “I teach that way because that’s how they taught me and it was beneficial in the long run.

Teich has also made a large contribution to the volleyball program at South. As an assistant coach to the Junior Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team, Teich has been able to share her love for the sport, similarly to how she shares her love for singing and math with South, as well.

South is lucky to have teachers like Teich, who are willing and eager to share their many interests with the student body, and who strive to make students think for themselves and become better students, as that is what will allow them to succeed in the future.

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Bank of America loses credibility http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/10/21/bank-of-america-loses-credibility/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/10/21/bank-of-america-loses-credibility/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2009 06:25:57 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=2922 Walking into any Bank of America branch, the overly friendly tellers, the greeters dressed in suits, and the baskets of lollipops make any customer feel at ease, despite the reason for their visit. What many people cannot tell from this outside appearance is that their preferred bank is now being investigated for fraudulent behavior concerning various fees that it has been distributing to earn extra revenue.

Bank of America has won over its customers during the past few years with its inviting advertisements describing its various services, like its famous “Keep the Change campaign. Bank of America has also reached out to the younger generations with plans like Campus Edge that allow teenagers and college students to open bank accounts without parental involvement.

Bank of America is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently managed by President and CEO Kenneth D. Lewis and Chairman Walter E. Massey. The huge conglomerate, now present in 150 countries and in contact with 99 percent of America’s Fortune-500 companies, has bank branches that can be seen on almost every street corner in the United States, no matter how remote the location.

What many loyal Bank of America customers did not expect from their trusted bank was for it to take advantage of many of its customers and subtly over-charge people for minor banking mistakes. Bank of America has come under the criticism of many people recently for excessive overdraft fees and charges for other small transactions such as checks bouncing.

As Bank of America has spread throughout the United States it has also spread to the younger generations, reaching out to teenagers and college students with its Campus Edge Checking accounts. These debit cards authorize credit card transactions that will result in negative debit accounts, as well as hefty 35 dollar overdraft fees.

Many of Bank of America’s young customers now find themselves in a bind as they try to pay back the money they have spent, in addition to hundreds of dollars in overdraft fees. Inexperienced bankers as young as 16-years-old are being taken advantage of without any knowledge or experience in dealing with banking debt.

One of the most controversial actions taken by Bank of America has been its installment of overdraft fees. These fees are charged to a customer’s account any time the amount of available funds in their checking or savings account is overdrawn. The first time a person overdraws their account, a 25 dollar charge is taken from their account, and each time following, the charge is 35 dollars. Similar fees apply for bounced checks and returned items.

Bank of America is now facing several lawsuits from customers demanding that “America’s favorite bank has been taking advantage of them. Bank of America and its bank affiliates are now giving up 35 million dollars in order to settle the various accusations that have been thrown at them. They have been accused of manipulating people’s bank accounts in order to be able to charge more excessive fees.

With the establishment of smaller, more independent banks and with this new lawsuit controversy that has put Bank of America in the news recently, many people are choosing to take their banking elsewhere, as the bank that they once trusted has started to subtly take advantage of them.

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Heavy backpacks weigh down Newton South students http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/heavy-backpacks-weigh-down-newton-south-students/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/heavy-backpacks-weigh-down-newton-south-students/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:49:43 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=2695 The first couple days of school of each school year, high school students’ backpacks aren’t very heavy. It’s by the second or third week that teachers begin to ask students to bring in their textbooks to do work in class or to go over assigned work from the night before.

Although more teachers have been using online resources for work both in and out of the classroom, many students still face the burden of heavy books, on top of handouts, notebooks, and other supplies.

Medical teams have studied the issue of backpack weight for years, as it has been connected to serious back and shoulder pain in teenagers. A study at the University of California at San Diego in 2005, led by a UCSD School of Medicine team, simply concluded that student’s backpacks need to be reduced in weight in order to improve the physical health of students.

Pressures put on the back and uneven weight distribution on one shoulder caused by side bags are huge contributors to shoulder and lower back pain, small injuries that can turn into chronic problems.
Children are now carrying an average of 22% of their body weight in their bags, a percentage, which according to the UCSD team, is extremely unhealthy. Back injuries are some of the most difficult to cure completely, and often times lead to more serious problems later in life.

Students at Newton South, many of whom have loaded schedules, have excessive weight added to their bags as teachers require them to come prepared to class each day with heavy books and a multitude of handouts.
Senior Nick Kozlov has a backpack weighing 18 pounds. “Sometimes I have to walk with a hunch to keep from falling over backwards, he said. Kozlov’s situation is not an unusual case at South.

Many other students have the same problem, as is evident when walking down the hallways, with dozens of students passing by each minute, leaning to one side to compensate for the weight on the opposition shoulder, or leaning slightly forward as Kozlov does.

Some teachers, especially in freshman and sophomore classes, also have certain requirements for how their students must organize their class materials, such as separate binders and notebooks for each class.
In addition, because of the size of South as well as new rules regarding tardiness, lockers, that are given to students so that they can store extra books and binders, are not used as often as they should be. It is hard for students to find time to make it to their lockers during the five minutes of passing time, and if they do, it is very likely that they will be late for class.

An alternative that a few students have found for carrying heavy backpacks around is using rolling bags. However these bags pose a problem as well, as they are difficult to maneuver around the crowded hallways and up and down the many staircases around South.

Instead of students going out and buying rolling backpacks, which are more of an inconvenience than an assistance for many students, teachers need to start using more resources, such as the Internet, in order to communicate with their students.

Some teachers have begun using websites like LiveJournal and Google in order to post homework assignments, class schedules, and links to class reading assignments. There are still some teachers at South who are hesitant to make these changes, but it is becoming apparent that some form of change is necessary for the health of the students.

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Strap on a helmet and save the environment http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/strap-on-a-helmet-and-save-the-environment/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/strap-on-a-helmet-and-save-the-environment/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:47:50 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=2700 As concerns of global warming are appearing more and more in the media, and as issues in the middle east have caused prices to fluctuate, many worried citizens have started to use a more environmentally-friendly means of transportation: their bicycles.

Although it seems inconvenient to travel to school or work on a bike, many people are beginning to make the sacrifice in order to make their contribution to halt global warming. This phenomenon has now spread to Newton, and many people are seen riding their bikes to and from various destinations.

With this trend increasing, however, there are raised concerns about the lack of bicycle-friendly streets and bicycling paths. Taking these poor conditions into consideration, many people in Newton, as well as across the Greater Boston area, are attempting to make improvements.

The Massachusetts Bicycling Coalition, which has supported the creation of such existing bike trails as the one weaving through Boston’s Forest Hills Cemetery or the Arnold Arboretum, as well as the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, is now proposing new bike paths along the Charlestown Waterfront or along Alewife Brook, leading through Alewife Reservation.

In addition to its contribution to “going green, biking is a fun activity that many people have forgotten about since cars have become more common as a means of transportation and video games and television more prevalent forms of entertainment.

With the addition of more bike paths, like the one present along the Charles River and Soldiers Field Road, more people and families will be encouraged to bike to work and school, or use biking as a more healthy, environmentally-friendly activity.

Newton South principal Joel Stembridge is just one of the numerous faculty members who often choose to leave their cars at home and bike to school. English teachers Robert Jampol and Jeremiah Hill, as well as History teacher Brian Murray grab their helmets and head to South by bike when weather and time permits.
Many students in high school look forward to the day when they will have their licenses and cars, giving them the freedom to drive themselves to and from school, as well as to leave during the day for free blocks. However, it is important that people remember the effects of all this driving, as well as the benefits to sometimes putting the keys down and riding a bike.

With the attempt of the city to make bike paths more present and more accessible, Newton South students, as part of a school that has the ability to make a difference, should try to make a change for the better of themselves and the environment.

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FCD warns against addiction http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/fcd-warns-against-addiction/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/fcd-warns-against-addiction/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 17:59:49 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.sandbox.denebolaonline.net/?p=2363 As a response to events this year involving drug and alcohol abuse, the administration at Newton South brought speakers from an organization called Freedom from Chemical Dependency Educational Services to the school to speak about personal experiences with addiction to drugs and alcohol. 

FCD was founded in 1976 by Donald F. Cutler, with an initial goal of teaching the process of early intervention to families involved with alcoholics.

However, the focus has expanded to serving primarily young people, and FCD now offers a Four-Day Course, which is taught by highly trained educators who have a past of addiction to either drugs, alcohol, or both.
The teachers are able to share with their audience an honest, first-hand take on addiction, providing eye-opening stories from their pasts.

Now under the leadership of Alex J. Packer, Ph.D., an educator, psychologist and author, FCD has become the world’s leading nonprofit prevention service, providing seminars to students ranging from kindergarten through college.

In the past year alone, FCD has led on-site programs to nearly 400 schools, presenting to more than 65,000 students. FCD also provides services to schools in other countries, and since their start of operations in 1796, the organization has served over one million students in more than 25 countries.

FCD’s main goal in presenting to children and young adults is to provide the information and skills necessary to make healthy and intelligent decisions specifically regarding the use of drugs or alcohol.

Teachers from the FCD provide their audience with information on both the physiological and psychological effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as proper methods for intervention.

FCD also plays a part in helping school heads and administrators come up with and implement effective approaches to prevention in their schools.

Believing that prevention is more than a drug education course, an assembly, and a set of rules, FCD sees prevention and addiction as the positive or negative effects of the entire school community and climate.
A healthy school community is a combination of good values and morals, stable relationships, priorities, rules, and healthy activities.

A school community that will assist with prevention is defined by the FCD as one that is sympathetic to all of the risk factors that may affect a student’s susceptibility to addiction. These include stress levels, parent involvement, sense of belonging, and trust within the community.

The school, through administrative decisions, programs, and policies, must create a feeling of tolerance and acceptance, opportunities for positive relationships, and knowledge of drug-related issues in order to protect against addiction.

On Thursday, May 7 Newton South students had the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars provided by the FCD in the auditorium.

The speakers present were both former addicts, both having been addicted to alcohol as well as other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.

One, a former Newton North student, told of his experience with alcohol and recreational drugs during high school and of the escalation of his use once he entered college. The other, a Vietnam veteran, told of his use of alcohol to cope with social maturation as well as fear while serving in the army.

The latter of the two also discussed his career as a cop after returning from the war and its association with his addiction, as fellow cops allowed him to go unpunished after drinking and driving and getting caught with illegal substances.

After discussing personal experiences, both mentors went on to discuss their concern for teenagers who are beginning more and more to show early signs of addiction. The first speaker shared his experience in Alcoholics Anonymous and how the most impacting aspect of it was the fact that a majority of the support group was constituted by young girls and boys.

Studies have shown that teenagers who begin drinking before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become alcoholics as adults.

Sadly, drinking at such an early age has become common among teenagers. Binge drinking before and after social events is a common practice among teens, seen by many people as a way for teenagers to avoid the awkwardness of maturing and a way for them to feel comfortable in new social situations.

grams, and policies, must create a feeling of tolerance and acceptance, opportunities for positive relationships, and knowledge of drug-related issues in order to protect against addiction.

On Thursday, May 7 Newton South students had the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars provided by the FCD in the auditorium.

The speakers present were both former addicts, both having been addicted to alcohol as well as other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.

One, a former Newton North student, told of his experience with alcohol and recreational drugs during high school and of the escalation of his use once he entered college. The other, a Vietnam veteran, told of his use of alcohol to cope with social maturation as well as fear while serving in the army.

The latter of the two also discussed his career as a cop after returning from the war and its association with his addiction, as fellow cops allowed him to go unpunished after drinking and driving and getting caught with illegal substances.

After discussing personal experiences, both mentors went on to discuss their concern for teenagers who are beginning more and more to show early signs of addiction.

The first speaker shared his experience in Alcoholics Anonymous and how the most impacting aspect of it was the fact that a majority of the support group was constituted by young girls and boys.

Studies have shown that teenagers who begin drinking before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become alcoholics as adults.

Sadly, drinking at such an early age has become common among teenagers. Binge drinking before and after social events is a common practice among teens, seen by many people as a way for teenagers to avoid the awkwardness of maturing and a way for them to feel comfortable in new social situations.

Parents and administrators associated with Newton South are becoming more and more worried about the use of drugs and alcohol among teenagers at South and throughout Newton.

Donna Gordon, Cutler Housemaster, has been working hard to organize programs and events at South to inform students about the effects of their decisions.

South administrators are hoping to create the sort of “good community that the FCD speakers discussed in their presentations.

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Faculty Focus: Robert Jampol http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/faculty-focus-robert-jampol/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/faculty-focus-robert-jampol/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 17:55:41 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.sandbox.denebolaonline.net/?p=2371 Having taught at Newton South for almost 30 years, Robert Jampol has worked alongside four principals, four housemasters, five athletic directors, and four superintendents. “I have outlasted almost all of them, Jampol said.
Jampol grew up in Jamaica, New York where he attended Jamaica High School, a huge school with a student population of 5,000. Jampol describes Newton South, with its smaller population of almost 2,000 students, as a “paradise in comparison.

Focusing on literature and American studies during his college career at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Jampol went on to receive a master’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Jampol began his career at South in March 1981 and says that overall he has loved his time here. “Few experiences are more pleasurable for me than a class discussion on a great work of literature, Jampol said.

In addition to teaching English classes at South, Jampol continues to give his support to clubs throughout, as the faculty advisor for South’s student literary magazine, Reflections, and a co-supervisor of the International Club.
Jampol has also been a part of the faculty council for many years, and was formerly a member of the Newton Teachers Association. For the past 20 years of his career at Newton South, Jampol has served as Assistant Housemaster for Wheeler House.

Jampol, as current head coach for the varsity girls’ tennis team, has also had plenty of coaching experience at Newton South since he began coaching in 1982 as the coach of the boys’ junior varsity team. At the time, Ed Jackson was the head coach of the varsity boys’ team.

In 1991, Jampol began coaching the girls’ team, making this spring season his 19th season coaching the girls. With the addition of a great group of freshman girls this year, the team is looking better than ever. “My current team really wants to win; we have a bit more edge this year, Jampol said. After coaching both the boys and girls tennis teams at South, Jampol is able to compare the two and their different playing styles. “The boys are usually more aggressive and competitive, and they live to slam the ball, Jampol said. He describes his girl players as “more steady and cautious, with a goal to outlast their opponents.

Especially with spirited co-captains Jillian Schwartz and Lauren Hollender, Jampol notices the exceptional enthusiasm and spirit that exists among the girls on the team, adding that the girls “hang together more; they are more affectionate towards each other.

In addition to his obvious love for tennis, Jampol has a passion for jogging and runs several times a week. “[I run] usually for a half hour an outing, he said.

Outside of school, Jampol spends a lot of time reading, specifically about subjects relating to the Civil War, as well as “all things Shakespearean. Jampol also writes, composing poems and other pieces, contributing occasionally to the Newton Tab.

Jampol is also musical, as he plays the guitar and the bass and will once in a while perform for his classes. Jampol recently sang Spanish songs in a sombrero to his classes in honor of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Fluent in Spanish, Jampol says that he loves Afro-Cuban music and Salsa.

Jampol played lots of gigs before having children, but gave it up around the age of 30 and says now that family lies at the center of his life. Jampol and his family remain active in their Jewish community, the Newton Center Minyan, however he admits that his Hebrew is mediocre: “Mah atzoov!

A leader both in the classroom and on the tennis courts, Jampol uses his worldly experience, his love for music, and his love for literature to inspire his students and his athletes.

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Half-Way Crooks makes its way through the recession http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/04/15/half-way-crooks-makes-its-way-through-the-recession/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/04/15/half-way-crooks-makes-its-way-through-the-recession/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:28:42 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.sandbox.denebolaonline.net/?p=2236 Siblings Andrew and Julianne Adams opened hip store Half-Way Crooks, located on Newton Center’s Sumner Street, on March 2, 2006. Already spotlighted in publications such as Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, and even Best of Boston TV on Channel Five, the store sells high-end street wear: sneakers, hoodies, jeans, t-shirts, hats, polos, and rugby shirts.

The name of the store, Half-Way Crooks, is based off of the theme of Mobb Deep’s album The Infamous, which claims that each person fits into one of four stereotypes: “gangster, thug, cool and urban, or decisively cool.

The store sells clothing that combines both urban and high-class style.

Today, due to the hardships of the economy, people around the country are spending less money, hurting numerous businesses and even forcing some to go out of business.

Stores such as Linens n’ Things and KB Toys are two of the many businesses that faced troubles due to the recession and had to go out of business. While chains like these are forced out of business, their employees lose their jobs.

The unemployment rate today is the highest it has been since the Great Depression, and people fear that it will increase before it improves, giving them a reason to spend less and save more.

Half-Way Crooks has lucked out during the recession, with only a slight decrease in sales, thanks to customers from Newton and surrounding towns who are still willing to spend money on high-fashion clothing and accessories.

Sales have gone down a small amount, but the company is coping. “We’re doing alright. co-owner Andrew Adams said.

Hats have always been the least popular item. Similarly, shoes, which are presented in a great variety of colors and styles, are still the most popular item in the store, as was the case before the economic crisis began. Clothing sales remain steady as the months pass.

Various companies and stores in the United States have been losing sales and struggling to stay open due to the country’s current economic situation.

Whether it is shoes at a shoe store or cars at a car dealership, every corporation has been lacking in their respective department.

Half-Way Crooks is no exception, but co-owners Julianne and Andrew have maintained sales with a steady group of returning clientele, teenagers who desire the unique designs and styles that make Half-Way Crooks unique.

Although sales have in fact gone down, Half-Way Crooks is one of the fortunate stores that remain open.
The Adams siblings always stay positive and maintain their store’s momentum by attracting the right costumers and selling the right apparel.

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South seniors begin to widen the gap http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/03/25/south-seniors-begin-to-widen-the-gap/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/03/25/south-seniors-begin-to-widen-the-gap/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:50:35 +0000 Julia Lytle http://www.sandbox.denebolaonline.net/?p=2093 In the past few years a new trend has grown among high school students all over the United States: the gap year. Many graduating seniors have begun to slow down their education by taking a year off before entering college. Gap years, many students believe, give kids the chance to explore the world and decide what it is they want to pursue once they finish college.
The gap year has been popular in Europe for a long time, and has recently gained popularity in the United States. At Swarthmore College, the number of students deferring their education in order to take a gap year doubled for the freshman class 2008.

For students choosing to take gap year, the possibilities are endless. Gap year projects range from helping to rehabilitate penguins in South Africa to performing field research in the Tibetan mountains to biking across the U.S.

Students are faced with endless opportunities, and they can take the time to focus on something they know they want to continue professionally later in life or they can try something completely new. Gap years are a chance for teenagers to challenge themselves, and think outside the box before returning to a conventional college education.

For students at Newton South, the gap year is just beginning to gain popularity. More students each year consider taking a year off than the year before. For seniors Matt Shea and Emma Collins, a gap year is a serious consideration in their plans for next year.

“Essentially, I’m taking a year off to explore new options so maybe I’ll have more of an idea of what I want to do before [entering] college, Shea said.

Shea has thought of many options for a possible gap year, but is still not sure which path he would like to take. As a student with dual-citizenship (Shea is also a citizen of the U.K.), he has countless opportunities to live and work in many European countries.

The choices for Shea range from renting an apartment in London to traveling with a gypsy circus troupe across the continent.

Collins, on the other hand, although not completely sure of her decision to do a gap year, has a fairly definitive plan in place in case she does decide to take a year off before college. Collins plans to live with a family in Seville, Spain, take Spanish classes, and do community service.
All of her plans would be made through a program called the Council on International Educational Exchange that offers travel opportunities for high school and college students, teachers, and educational groups.

With the various opportunities already organized for students and the endless possibilities for students to create their own gap year programs, taking a year off between high school and college is becoming more and more fashionable for the present generation.

Students are striving for more independence and self-confidence before they enter the four years of college that define the rest of their lives. Gap years provide them with that extra time to grow and mature that will help them make the most out of their higher education.

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