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Spring 2016

Issue 1


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Manlius Pebble Hill School

5300 Jamesville Road

Syracuse, New York 13214-2499

Phone: (315) 446-2452



ON THE COVERS: Sam Goldman and Maddy

Rieks, photographed by Hyemin Han, edited by

Sam Goldman and Chris Hunter.


4. Letter from the Editor

5. MPH by the Numbers

6. Spotlight

8. Ask an Alum

10. Advice

12. Selfie



MPH 2.0

By Hyemin Han

Crane Metamarketing rebrands

Manlius Pebble Hill.

13. Seen at School

14. Culture

15. Interactive

16. Health & Beauty



Dress to Impress

By Maja Cannavo

The evolution of the MPH dress code.

Respect Your Elders

By Sam Goldman

The Class of 2016 gives advice to rising seniors.

18. Food

28. Issues

spring 2016 | 3

letter from the editor


and it will be given to you.” and re-edited. Every page, from the extra

Out of context, it’s any petulant 1/16th of an inch in the margins to the picture

of Mr. Leclercq in the Dress to Impress


child’s dream. But it’s also the

statement I’ve grown to appreciate at MPH, a feature, was thought out, re-thought out,

school that provides us with the opportunity debated, consulted, laid out and re-laid out.

and support to pursue what we care about, Everything you see and read is a reflection of

even if it means letting go of something that our deliberate decisions, made right up until

we’ve had since 1927. MPH bets on its students;

it certainly bet on us, when we chal-

go to the printer for publication.

the timer ran out and we were forced to let it

lenged to create something wildly new and This kind of devotion is what made this

unproven, while giving up a long-standing, magazine a reality. I’m thankful that this

award-winning tradition.

year’s staff, from the new members to the senior

seniors and Ms. A, were willing to go on

But we asked, and we received.

A magazine format provides versatility in this journey. This issue is what it is because

students’ expression, more so than a newspaper

format could, both in written word and and sometimes conflicting personalities that

of the humorous, sarcastic, bubbly, genuine

hin design and photography. It was difficult make 2

up this year’s class. I can’t recall a more

for The Rolling Stone, published quarterly, to fun and meaningful journalism experience

rightly keep its title of a “newspaper,” especially

in today’s instantaneous news culture. I came full circle by shooting Maddy (who’s

than the final photo shoot for the cover, when

Shifting to a biannual magazine would also been on the paper since her freshman year,

allow for different kinds of features and the longest of all of us) for the cover of my final

issue, as I shot her for my first cover story

exposes as well as more creative and pertinent

photography. After 46 volumes (and too for The Rolling Stone.

many issues to count) with the same types of As I recall my journalism beginnings at

spreads, we were ready for some text-bending MPH while I approach the end, it’s humbling

layouts and full-bleed pictures.

to know that our magazine contains the

As the apogee of Upper School-wide same determination, effort and thought that

tutorial discussions, one-on-one interviews was put into The Rolling Stone. Despite the

and in-class debates, the new format brings change in size, the article topics have not diminished

in seriousness or relevance, and the

with it new content: MPH By the Numbers,

Ask an Alum, Spotlight, Food, Issues and journalistic integrity with which we approach

Interactive. Even the stuff we’ve kept from the our reporting has not relaxed.

newspaper— Advice, Selfie, Culture and Big In other words, everything’s changed,

Picture—are all reimagined.

except for us. This is The Pebble.

These changes were, in part, driven by

you. Though a handful of students started

the conversation and executed the plan, this

publication has its foundation in its audience.

But our process has not changed. Every

story, from the Spotlight of Mr. Z to the

Big Picture on cancer masks, was outlined,

re-outlined, discussed, workshopped, edited


“I had not played the banjo before [in

a competition] and I hadn’t played the

banjo in front of a crowd before.”

-Ted Curtis, after he won “Best

Showmanship” at the “Rockin’ the

Redhouse” benefit concert, March 11

at The Landmark Theatre


Awards won by the

MPHMUN team this

school year


“If the average AP exam score in

my class is a 4... I’ll dye it [my hair]

then I’ll shave it. ”

-Matt Vural’s promise to his AP

Chemistry students

By Justin Ding



MPH former athletes to

be inducted into the MPH

Athletic Hall of Fame on

June 4


Overdue slips handed out


each month

Books checked out per month

42Students to recieve diplomas at

commencement in June


Books in the library


Average bags of

Munchies sold by

the Campus Shop

each week

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For Ryan Zlomek, becoming an adult—

going out on his own, getting a job and

buying a house—was inevitable. But

he was determined to stay best friends with

his inner child.

When Zlomek bought his first house in

2013, in addition to considering the quality

of the heating system, the age of the roof,

and the size of the bedrooms, he made sure

his dream house had enough room for the

pinball machines he planned to collect.

“I had all of those things,” said Zlomek,

MPH’s tech teacher. “And then there was a

little footnote on every one that was, ‘Where

on Earth would I put the pinball machine?’”

During a trip to a family friend’s house

when he was 10, Zlomek discovered pinball—which

became his secret to never

having to truly grow up.

“I was like, ‘This is awesome. Adults

can have toys, cool toys—not like bank

accounts—but pinball machines,’” said

Zlomek, 29.

From there, Zlomek’s exposure

to pinball continued to

grow. Some of his most vivid

memories are of going to

arcades with his dad. His

favorite place to play

was Button’s Arcade in

Eastwood. Shortly

after he purchased

Zlomek keeps a machine in his classroom, Sky Kings, which he worked with several MPH

students to repair. Zlomek hopes to put the machine to good use at school.


his first home, Zlomek bought his first two

pinball machines from Craigslist and set them

up in his living room. Soon after, he started

playing after coming home from work to decompress.

He now owns 11 machines.

Eventually, he started competing in weekly

tournaments at Trapper’s Pizza Pub in East

Syracuse and Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge

downtown. Based on these tournament performances,

Zlomek is ranked among the top 3,000

(out of 40,000 players) in the world.

His highest score is 980 million points on

his own machine, Judge Dredd, which is based

on a British comic book. But a great score

involves more than pushing buttons. Zlomek

said that playing pinball requires interacting

with the machine—bumping, nudging and

adjusting it throughout play.

“If I have a really good run on a machine,”

Zlomek said, “I am physically tired afterwards.”

Now, Zlomek’s goal is to help bring pinball,

which had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s,

back to life around Central New York with his

new venture called Syracuse PINheads.

With PINheads, he hopes to grow interest

in the game locally through tournaments,

events and seminars. Four of his machines are

currently on loan at Cloud City Comics and

Toys in ShoppingTown Mall for customers to


“My ultimate goal,” Zlomek said, “is to

build a pinball arcade.”

Story by Suzannah Peckham

Photo by Sam Goldman

Life of a PINhead

Zlomek bumps and flips his way to pinball glory

spring 2016 | 7


ask an alum

From the Red Schoolhouse

to the Red Carpet

Estabrook at a dinner party hosted by Vanity Fair in Beverly Hills to celebrate

the Oscars. She is wearing Zuhair Murad. Photo courtesy of Estabrook.

Amber Estabrook balances family life and a busy career at Vanity Fair

By Lily Grenis

Alum Résumé

Amber Estabrook, 41 (Class of ‘93)

College: Bucknell University, 1997. Spanish and Geography majors, minor in Creative Writing.

Job: Associate Publisher Luxury, Vanity Fair

Family: Husband Simone Poggi; three children

Career: Estabrook began her career in publishing with W magazine. She met Poggi while working

in Milan for“W.” The couple moved back to New York, where Estabrook eventually became

Executive Director of International Fashion at Vogue, traveling often to Milan, London, Paris

and Germany. Estabrook then moved to Vanity Fair. Festivals, dinner parties and even private

performances from celebrities like Gwen Stefani come with the job description.

Q: What are your responsibilities as associate publisher of Vanity Fair?

A: I oversee the luxury category. My specialty is managing the relationships with the large European

investors that we have, the large European fashion luxury companies that invest money to

advertise in Vanity Fair, in our brand.

Q: What is the hardest part about your job?

A: The hardest part is that you always have to do more. In sales, the goal is a number that is

always growing. You’re only as good as your last number, so you’re constantly trying to do more.

Q: To what do you attribute your success?

A: I think grit. I’ve been working since I was 14, from bagging groceries at a supermarket [to

working] as a hostess at the Dinosaur BBQ. I always had numerous jobs throughout the summer,

and I grew up working. I’m exceptionally competitive and I love to win, and so sales is the right

profession because it’s a competitive field. You’re constantly being charged with doing better than

you did before, and winning. That’s a personality requirement I guess. So work ethic, being competitive,

wanting to win, and loving what you do. You have to really like what you do.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Having a wonderful family coupled with a fun and successful career that is stimulating and


Q: What did you want to be when you were in high school?

A: I thought a lot about either international law or environmental law.

Q: Have you seen yourself change a lot since then?

A: A little bit. I think the international part is still very much there. I was a big champion of environmental

rights and that sort of thing, but I kind of grew away from that, and the international

aspect of it all stayed with me. When I got to college, I went to Spain on my semester abroad, and

that was my first trip to Europe, and that’s really what planted the seed. I knew I wanted to go

back. I just loved living in Europe, I loved living in Spain, I loved the Mediterranean culture.

Q: How did MPH contribute to your success?

A: I had a wonderful experience at MPH. There was a lot of individual attention that you received

because the class sizes were very small. Some of my best memories are really in the Lower

School, kindergarten through fifth grade. Those were really formative, fundamental years there.

Great teachers and a real sense of community and family. And as a matter of fact, my two best

friends today ... I met in kindergarten at MPH. We are still very close today.

Q: What advice do you have for MPH students?

A: Be gritty. Stick through even the hardest times. Don’t give up too easily. Hard work does pay

off. You can create your own luck and opportunity. Always create short- and long-term goals.

Always have a vision of what you want to achieve. Trust your gut and intuition. And know you

can do anything you set your mind to.

spring 2016 | 9



Q: What should I do over the summer?


By Chris Hunter

A: Summer is the time to take a break from

school and focus on your mental health and

academic future.

For rising sophomores, I recommend

doing fun or amusing

activities, like

going to the MOST

or rebelling against

those who control

the social means

of production: the

bourgeoisie. The


summer is one of the last “free” summers

you’ll have, so enjoy it.

When the summer of your sophomore-to-junior

year approaches, the dawning

realization that you are becoming a young

adult comes to light. This summer is when

some would say that you should find a job,

but that’s exactly what they want: for the proletariat

to stay underneath them. Either that,

or go visit the Dinosaur BBQ with friends.

Probably one of the most important

summers of your high-school life is the summer

of your junior-to-senior year. Colleges

are likely looking for things that make you

college-worthy, but don’t stress. If you’re

interested in art, visit the Everson Museum

of Art; if you find theater entertaining, take a

trip to Syracuse Stage.

If you’re frustrated with working long

hours with low wages for the benefit of the

upper class, take up arms against the

bourgeoisie. It’s important to reward yourself—here’s

room where you can be a narcissistic


Some colleges

ask applicants to

list their favorite

concerts, exhibits

and movies, so not

only will you have

fun doing things

you love, but it may

give you an upper hand in the application


The summer before your senior year is,

in my opinion, a time to relax. By this time,

you’ve concluded months and months of

schoolwork, so you have time to unwind.

Make a bucket list of things you want to do

or a list of materials needed for the rebellion.

Gathering friends for the revolution is step

one to our step-by-step plan to end the capitalist

rule that we have all learned to obey.

If you want actual advice, finding things

that interest you is a great place to start. Go

buy tickets in advance for the Great New York

State Fair in August and go as many times as

you can afford. Keep in mind that you don’t

have to do everything; just do things that

you know will help you have fun and have a

stress-free summer.

“If you’re frustrated with working

long hours with low wages for the

benefit of the upper class, take up

arms against the bourgeoisie.”

By Dan Albanese

being true to yourself.

In all seriousness, summer is a time

to enjoy yourself. Summer can be a lot of

fun, but it’s also really easy to waste time.

Find stuff you can do with your friends, like

Graphic by Chris Hunter

“I personally like hanging out with my friend Jeff, who is

actually a 3,000-pound Beluga Whale.”

A: Congratulations! You’ve survived another

year of “The Man” trying to get you to

conform to his plan for you. It’s summer.

Summer is the time to sit back, relax and

enjoy yourself, and nothing says relaxing

like eating a big bucket of bees. Summer

can get very hot, and it’s important to stay

hydrated, and nothing says thirst-quenching

like a nice tall glass of bees. Just eat

them by the handful. Kill as many bees as

you can, because at the rate the human race

is killing them, you might as well join in on

the fun.

It’s also important to stay social during

the summer. I personally like hanging

out with my friend Jeff, who is actually a

3,000-pound Beluga Whale. Jeff and I love

to swim and hula hoop and look like really

fat dolphins with tumors on our foreheads

and talk about how much we love anime.

While you’re hanging out with your

whale friend, this is the perfect time to have

an absolute existential crisis. You only have so

much time on Earth, and yet you are spending

your limited time eating bees and talking

about anime to whales, and more importantly,

you’re making life choices based on an

advice column in a magazine.

Bottom line, you have to do what makes

you happy, which is why you are going to

confess your repressed love for actor John

Goodman to your whale friend. You’ve kept it

bottled up inside your whole life. Love should

never be a secret. If you keep something as

complicated as love stored up inside, it could

make you sick. Today is the day you start

going to concerts or going to the beach or to

amusement parks. It will be a lot more fun if

you’re doing stuff with your friends, even if

they’re whales, instead of staying at home and

watching Netflix for three months straight.

Trust me, I know.

You only have a little bit of time until you

gotta go back to school, so you have to try to

make the most of it.

spring 2016 | 11



A senior reflects on high school and looks forward to college

Photo and story by Seamus Mulhern

For me,


school is

like a relationship.

One day,

you’re going

about your

business and

you meet this

person. You

strike up a


and it quickly

becomes apparent

that this person is … different.

For example, during my first day of high

school, I spent a whole study hall talking to

people I had just met rather than doing work.

I know that sounds trivial, but compared to

middle school, where someone gets lectured

for whistling too loudly, it felt liberating.

It seems as though there’s a world of mystery

surrounding this new person in your life.

A collection of undiscovered revelations not

just about them, but about your life and the

world as a whole. At first glance, High School

is welcoming and interesting and warm and

sweet. The teachers are nice, the students are

all right, the lunch is certainly better than at

the public middle school I attended.

The first few days together live up to expectations.

You’re inseparable. Every day feels

like the best day of your life.

Sure, the classes are a bit harder, but

every day is a new adventure. Every day, I was

meeting new people and making new friends.

Best of all, it’s all under the guise of being able

to say that you are a high-schooler. During

my first few days of high school, I had a much

easier time making friends than my entire

time in middle school. There was a sense of

liberation, as if I was being restricted for my

entire life and I was just then learning what

it meant to be my own person. I will never

forget the time when I helped make a bike for

a science project or my first free block when

I watched Monty Python with friends when I

should have been studying for a math quiz.

It’s unexplainable. It’s engaging. Nothing

can stop you. You’re killin’ it.

Then, what feels like an eternity passes

by. Suddenly, this person who had once felt so

welcoming and interesting becomes someone

you feel distant from. What used to fill you

with excitement and joy now just becomes a

source of needless anxiety and stress.

There’s a consistent onslaught of difficult

projects and exams, social drama, and, a lot

of the time, whenever you’re there, you just

feel uncomfortable with yourself. It just does

not feel like you’re in the right place.

In my case, I was obsessing over creating

the perfect college application, creating a

great artistic portfolio to apply for a screenwriting

degree, and, all the while, trying to

make time to be a relatively social person in

my final year of being “young and innocent.”

Because of all of this, High School feels

very clingy. Though still nice and all, High

School’s previously inviting embrace suddenly

becomes an inescapable grip that makes

you feel trapped. It feels like you’re being tied

up by college deadlines, STP deadlines and

homework deadlines. You just get to a point


where you’d rather be anywhere but here.

Near the end of senior year, I was at my

lowest point. I was just coming to terms with

this anxiety and stress being a part of my life

when, all of a sudden, I met someone new.

This new person’s name is College. In

College’s eyes, I see even more difficult classes

and the eventual social controversies that will

occur. College initially terrified me.

The very thought of living on my own

(and, potentially, in a different part of the

country) was enough to send shivers down

my spine. I can barely do my own laundry!

It’s intimidating and somewhat terrifying, but

for some odd reason, I want to try and see

College again … perhaps on a regular basis.

The worst part about all of this is that you

know in your head that you want to be with

College, but there’s a very particular moment

where you second guess yourself and think,

“Maybe High School wasn’t that bad.” You

think about the triumphant Rocky-esque

feeling of accidentally acing a math quiz. The

days when the lunch that’s served is actually

something that you like. The early morning

drives to Taco Bell during your senior year.

It’s all there. It’s all real.

But, in the end, you have to make the

decision that makes you happy.

Ultimately, I’m gonna feel happier in a

place where I can find that thrill of adventure

I felt in my freshman year. It may be strange

and scary and it may be a metaphorical dive

into the deep end of the introspective pool of

life, but it’s gonna make me feel better.

High School will understand.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have reservations

with College… also, laundry. I need to

learn how to do laundry. If anyone is willing

to teach me, that would be fantastic.

the backpacks of MPH

MPH students sport trendy backpacks

seen at school

Photos by Maddy Rieks

From left: James Xu - Korea MCM $2,500; Lexie Wiggins - Michael Kors $200;

Meredith Yang - Louis Vuitton $3,000; Juli Teres - Journeys Kidz $42.

spring 2016 | 13


Summer Movies and Concerts

By Dan Albanese & Seamus Mulhern

Summer is the biggest time of the year for blockbuster movies and great concerts and this

summer is no exception. Movies like “Suicide Squad” and a remake of the classic “Ghostbusters”

are scheduled for release. In music, the famous Vans Warped Tour, consisting of

dozens of performers, comes to the Lakeview Amphitheater in July. But most notably, there’s

“Finding Dory” and a performance by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa in Syracuse.

“Finding Dory?” More like “Finding Ellen

DeGeneres’s Credibility.” (When did she lose

it? At the point where her biggest claim to

fame was taking a selfie at the Oscars.) In

all seriousness, “Finding Dory” should be decent.

The art direction looks vibrant, DeGeneres

seems just as funny as Dory as she was

13 years ago, and returning director Andrew

Stanton seems to be looking for a sure hit

after making one of the biggest flops of alltime.

(Anybody remember “John Carter?”

Exactly.) Worst-case scenario, this movie

should make Ellen’s wife financially secure

enough to make “Arrested Development”

season five. Get on it, Portia!

Syracuse doesn’t usually get a lot of interesting

concerts. This summer is highlighted

by the Dave Matthews Band, the Zac Brown

Band, 5 Seconds of Summer and Keith

Urban. And on Aug. 13, Snoop Dogg, Wiz

Khalifa, Kevin Gates, and Jhené Aiko will

perform at the Lakeview Amphitheater. Like,

dude. That’s pretty cool. We have no idea

who those other guys are, but everyone loves

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. This comes

after Snoop’s initial plans for a free concert at

Chevy Court last September were canceled

and he was replaced by Nas. So not only will

Snoop Dogg really perfom in Syracuse, but

it will be even bigger than initially planned

thanks to the addition of Wiz Khalifa.



“Make America __________ and __________ again!”

screamed Donald with glee. The crowd __________

with ____________, for their one true ____________,

Trump, was making his speech. Trump had been

planning for __________; now was his chance to put an

end to ________________’s campaign once and for all.

Trump’s plan to brainwash the entire world with his

___________ Trump Steaks would be ___________! The


Trump Steaks would be laced with his special ingredient,

_________ ____________. With his _________ plan to


Trump’s Steak Over











control the minds of all the ___________ in the world,


soon everyone will be divided by walls!

Created by Chris Hunter

spring 2016 | 15

health and beauty

Tap, Shop, Save

Three easy apps offer great student savings

By Emma Pitnick

For my birthday, my grandmother usually

sends me $200. This year, however, she sent

me $100, for which I was grateful, but it was

not enough to buy the For Love & Lemons dress

that I’d had my eye on for six months. The dress

cost $230. Instead of trying to scrounge up the

other $130, I waited.

Lo and behold, after only a few weeks, UNi-

DAYS sent me an email with a special code for 60

percent off anything at For Love & Lemons, a Los

Angeles-based retailer.

I couldn’t believe it. My dream dress now cost

$100—exactly what I had.

This is how I shop. I’ve rarely paid full price

for anything in more than a year. There must be a

catch, right? Think again!

I use three free, easy apps that help me get everything

from discounts to completely free clothing

and cool gadgets: UNiDAYS, Shopkick and Shopular.

These apps will permanently change the way

you shop for anything, ever.

Photo by Maddy Rieks

Purse bought with a matching faux fur scarf from ASOS through

UNiDAYS. Scarf purchased at 50 percent off.

Makeup: Clinique - $50 savings from Shopular. Dress: Forever 21 - $15 savings From Shopular.

Purse: Asos-$40 savings from UNiDAYS. Socks: Urban Outfitters - $10 savings from UNiDAYS.

Shoes: Public Desire-$12 savings from UNiDAYS.



UNiDAYS is created just for students. It is

the “Shop more, spend less” app that gives you

great discounts online and in stores.

Just verify that you are currently a student—you

will need a school email or school

ID—and you’ll be instantly dropped into a

boatload of discount codes. Most of them are

for clothing brands such as Urban Outfitters,

American Apparel and Jack Wills. But there

are also discount codes for a range of other

companies. These include Ray-Ban sunglasses,

Dylan’s Candy Bar and Casetify phone cases.

Just log onto your account, copy the code,

go to the website and shop away. One of my

best deals through this app was getting 40

percent off at For Love & Lemons, which saved

me $190 on another important dress—my

prom dress.


Shopkick rewards users with free gift cards

for the shopping they already do. Shopkick has

more than 15 million users who have earned

more than $60 million in gift cards.

This program has tons of uses. The app

locates where you are, programs itself to all

of the stores near you that participate with

Shopkick, (for me it’s places like Target, Wegmans

and Marshalls), and hooks you up with

coupons for those stores.

But there’s more: when you open the app

upon entering one of the stores, it gives you

points called kicks. (Yes, just for walking in.)

You can also get kicks from scrolling

through ads or from scanning featured items

on the app that they have in the store. It’s like

an instantly rewarding scavenger hunt.

Once you save enough points, you can

choose from one of almost 50 different free

rewards, ranging from gift cards, to donations

to charity, to products such as headphones or a

Vespa scooter.

To date, I have almost 6,000 points. That’s

pretty good because I have more than enough

points to get $25 in gift cards and donate to a

charity. In the past, I’ve earned a $30 Aerie gift

card and donated to the American Red Cross.

While I am nowhere near winning a Vespa,

which costs 1.8 million kicks, I gain points

and get free gift cards all the time. What’s the

best part about all of this? It’s 100 percent free.

You’re literally getting paid to shop.


Shopular is similar to both UNiDAYS and

Shopkick in that it helps you save money while

you shop. What makes Shopular different,

however, is that it takes over 100 stores, many

in the area, and gives you a range of weekly

ads, promo codes and mark-down items. Even

better, these offers are updated every single

day. You can also pick out your favorite stores,

and it will send you an alert with their deals.

The best coupon I have used so far on

Shopular was for Macy’s. I bought a Clinique

beauty product, a foundation costing just $27,

and received a free eight-piece makeup set

worth almost $100.

Most of the clothing stores Shopular

promotes are big brands such as Abercrombie

& Fitch, Bath & Body Works and Forever 21.

Shopular also has tons of deals for restaurants,

craft stores, pet stores and even drug stores.


Shopping is and will probably always be

my favorite hobby. Teachers scold me for being

on my phone during class but always end up

laughing because they realize I’m not texting,

but shopping online.

How could I not constantly try to shop

with all of these amazing apps giving me the

chance to save hundreds of dollars every day?

Without these apps, I would feel so lost. Soon,

you will too.

Stop reading, and get saving.

spring 2016 | 17


Super Summer

Ever want to cool down on a hot summer day and enjoy

a delicious treat? These three quick, easy and healthy

smoothie recipes are the answer!

Berry Green Tea:


- ½ banana

- 1/3 cup mixed berries

- ½ cup iced green tea

- 1 tsp. honey

- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

- 1 tsp. chia seeds

- 1/3 cup ice


Pour green tea, yogurt, honey

and chia seeds into blender

first. Then add banana

and berries. Add ice last and

blend to desired



Graphic by Maddy Rieks


Carrot Cake:


- ½ banana

- ½ cup diced carrots

- ½ cup almond milk

- ¼ cup vanilla yogurt

- 1 tsp. of honey

- ¾ tsp. cinnamon

- ½ tsp. ginger

- ½ tsp. nutmeg

- 1/3 cup ice


Pour almond milk, honey and

yogurt in first. Next, add

cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Then add banana and

carrots. Add ice and blend

until smooth.

Tropical Tundra:


- ½ banana

- ¼ cup pineapple

- ¼ cup mango

- ½ cup coconut water

- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

- 1 tsp. honey

- 1/3 cup ice


Pour coconut water, yogurt

and honey into blender

first. Add banana, pineapple

and mango next. Add ice

and blend until completely


*Recipes adapted from Pinterest by Emma Pitnick

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By Hyemin Han

This fall, the MPH and greater CNY

In the summer of 2015, Head of School Jim Dunaway attended a workshop for new heads

of schools in Atlanta, where he heard a presentation given by Crane Metamarketing. Dunaway

learned about Crane’s brand work for independent institutions and knew that MPH,

recovering after a year of a crippling financial realization, had to work on its marketing.

After the workshop, Dunaway shared his interest, yet inability, to hire Crane with an

established school donor, who requested anonymity. The donor agreed to pay for what

Dunaway calls the “astronomical” expense of retaining the firm.

But the costs are worth it to Dunaway, who said that there is some perception within the

local community that MPH did indeed shut its doors, or is planning to. The end goal is that

with a new marketing emphasis, Manlius Pebble Hill School and what it is about will become

as recognizable as a can of Coke.

One year after a financial crisis that threatened to shut down the school, it’s easy to question

the validity of using this money to work on branding rather than put it towards something

the school lost, such as scholarships. Dunaway, however, believes rebranding will be

most beneficial to MPH moving forward.

“[It] will, in my opinion, have more long-term positive effects than having used it for

scholarships,” Dunaway said. “We would have run out of that money very quickly with scholarships.

... There would be no continuing value.”

To attempt to understand MPH fully, Crane team members spent 33 hours on campus

conducting interviews, observing classrooms, touring campus and attending MPH events.

They led focus groups with 129 members of the MPH community, including students, faculty



community can expect to see, hear and read about a new MPH message

Photo by Sam Goldman

and board members.

“Our job is to capture the essence of MPH, not to create it,” said Christina Albetta, Crane

program manager who visited MPH’s campus this year.

The administration has since been presented with a reflection paper (a report of what

Crane saw and understood about MPH) and a Promise Statement (the text of which may

or may not be fully released to the public), which intend to detail the MPH experience, the

core of what represents the school. The administration will utilize language in the Promise

Statement and reflect that message on the school website, in the literature MPH sends out, its

letterheads and radio advertisements. Crane will be on retainer until next year to continue

consulting for MPH as these materials are implemented.

While the school continues to recover from the crisis, and faculty and students look forward,

the events of last year have left an indelible mark.

“It’s a feature of the history of this place now,” said English teacher Pat Bentley Hoke.

“Have we moved on? Yeah, although, I don’t think we want to forget it.”

The effort to rebrand MPH comes at a crucial time. With the unforgettable backlash

towards the “Way Forward” and “MPH First” campaigns when the financial situation was

revealed, whatever new project that is launched, especially one that seeks to depict MPH’s

essence, will not only be under scrutiny of the MPH community, but the MPH alumni, donors

and greater CNY community.

Crane will “recognize, identify, and articulate, using common language, what we really do

well,” Dunaway said. “Maybe we all know that, but people out there need to know that.”

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dress to

By Maja Cannavo

It’s a warm spring day, and MPH students

have welcomed the change in weather

with shorts, skirts and dresses in a

rainbow of colors and styles. Upper Schoolers

walk to class chatting and laughing. But

anyone who’s left a little too much of their

legs or shoulders exposed is also watching for

Dean of Students Alex Leclercq, who could

be lurking around the corner with his red

notebook, lying in wait for the next out-ofdress-code


Through April of this year, Leclercq had

cited students for 53 dress code violations.

Two years ago, he recorded 101.

But despite students’ perceptions, Leclercq

doesn’t enjoy playing the clothing police.

“Quite frankly, the idea of telling people

what to wear,” Leclercq said, “is antithetic to

what kind of person I am. I sometimes feel

like a Taliban who’s conquered the land and

decided to impose a dress code on the people

in that land, and I hate being in that position.”

Even so, Leclercq acknowledges that the

MPH dress code is an important part of the

school’s identity. While today’s standards are

much more relaxed than those of the past

and some miss the days of neckties and dress

shoes, the code’s current expectations reflect

the school’s values of promoting individuality

and freedom of expression in a welcoming

atmosphere. This is reflected not only in

the more causal expectations but also in the

enforcement policy that Leclercq said affords

students respect, as does the open invitation

for students to have a say in their own rules.

“I’m not sure the dress code contributes

to MPH’s identity so much as reflects

it,” Head of School Jim Dunaway said in an

email. “The school is relatively casual and

supports individuality, and I think you can

see that in the dress code. MPH is a place that

not only tolerates differences, but actively

supports them.”

Although students tend to complain

about the dress code, some also acknowledge

its positive effect.


Seniors Ato Arkhurst and Madison Brang with Dean Alex

Leclercq in his office, photographed by Maddy Rieks.


MPH’s dress code evolves to reflect individuality and fashion trends

“I appreciate the level of class that it gives

to the students,” junior Lisa Morocco said.

“And when you look at the student population

here compared to other student populations,

it makes us stand out, I think, in a

positive light.”

The current MPH dress code is far removed

from the school’s original one, which

was similar to that of Christian Brothers

Academy. CBA’s dress code allows dress

pants, knee-length skirts, oxford shirts, polos

(in the fall and spring only) and sweaters; it

prohibits sneakers and sandals, among other


When Donna Meehan started teaching

math at MPH in 1984, Middle and Upper

School boys had to wear ties or turtlenecks,

and girls in those grades had to wear stockings

or socks. Pants had to be dress pants

worn with belts; boys had to wear dress

shoes and socks as well. Sometimes when

the weather was warm, the Dean of Students

would declare a “No-Tie Day,” allowing boys

to take off their ties and girls to take off their

stockings or socks.

Today, the dress code has far fewer

restrictions. Ties and belts are no longer

mandatory, nor are socks or stockings. Sneakers

are allowed, as are all pants except jeans,

leggings, yoga pants, pajama pants, sweatpants

and athletic pants.

Changes to the dress code have occurred

gradually; important changes last came

during the 2013-2014 school year, when the

school abolished the requirement that skirts

and shorts reach students’ knees. Now the

dress codes states that clothes must cover

shoulders, thighs, stomach and chest.

Thanks to a petition by then-senior Hannah

Lukow, the dress code also became gender-neutral

that year, meaning that its rules

became the same for boys and girls. Most

notably, boys were no longer required to wear

collared shirts. However, all shirts must have

a “finished neckline” if they do not have a

collar. The meaning of “finished neckline” has

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ecome a topic of contention and confusion

among students.

Another controversial aspect of the dress

code is its ban on hoodies. Students often

wear them to keep warm, and junior Andrew

Park believes they should be allowed.

“No hoodies makes no sense,” he said.

The current dress code reflects, to some

degree, today’s cultural expectations. Leclercq

said the professional world is shifting toward

a more relaxed standard of dress; he expects

school dress codes to follow suit.

But what are the implications of a relatively

relaxed dress code on students’ behavior

and performance? The 1991-1992

MPH Palladium, a condensed handbook for

students, stated, “At MPH we expect students

to be well dressed because we see a high correlation

between behavior and dress.”

Such a statement is no longer written

in the Palladium; however, history teacher

Edward Curtis, who started at MPH in 1992,

agrees that it is important to dress well. Curtis,

who wears a tie to work every day, said he

would be open to a stricter dress code.

“I think that the clothes you wear tend

to reflect your attitude and approach towards

your daily work, and dressing according to

a certain standard improves your work and

your attitude,” he said.

Dunaway views dress similarly.

“We send strong messages with our

clothing; there is a reason one doesn’t wear

shorts and a T-shirt to a job interview or a funeral,”

he said via email. “There is an element

of self-respect and regard for others in the

way we dress.”

Experts disagree on the impact of dress

codes. While some believe dressing up aids

performance, others argue that dress codes

can create a stuffy environment that hinders


MPH allows students to dress down for

AP and final exams in the interest of comfort.

The third Wednesday of each month is also a

dress-down day, a policy similar to casual Fridays

in the professional world, and students

can dress down on Fridays if they wear MPH


Regardless of the research, Leclercq said

the dress code helps students transition to the

expectations of the workplace and fosters a

sense of togetherness.

The dress code is not about individuality;

it’s about community,” he said. “Although

we have a dress code that, in my opinion,

promotes a certain level of individual expression,

it’s also a rule, or a set of standards, that

we all share in common, and it’s one expression

of our being together as a community.”

And although the dress code can present

a hassle for students, some say that it has

a positive effect on the school. Even senior

Madison Brang, who said she breaks the dress

code once or twice a week by wearing leggings

or torn pants, acknowledges its benefits.

“I am glad I go to a place where I am

surrounded by people who are dressed fashionably,

along with myself,” Brang said via

email. “It’s not like I’m [breaking the dress

code] to rebel or make a statement; leggings

are just really comfortable and easy to wear

with anything.”

Despite the dress code’s advantages, some

faculty agree that it is, and should be, far

down on the school’s list of priorities.

The focus ought to be on academic work

and what you’re doing to make yourself the

Photos courtesy of MPH.


est you you can be,” Curtis said. “A school

that focuses very, very strictly on dress code

and never talks about ideas is not a school

that I think we want to go to or work at.”

Leclercq also said that enforcement

should not infringe upon students’ dignity.

“I mean, to a great extent, membership

in the MPH community is a chance for

young people to experience a certain level

of freedom … and I think it’s important

that you do get a chance to experience this

freedom, even if you’re going to break small

standards like the dress code from time to

time,” he said.

Accordingly, consequences for dresscode

violations are fairly mild. Students

receive a verbal warning and an email to

parents for their first two violations each

school year. A third violation results in the

loss of free blocks or lunch duty.

“I once had to do lunch duty for a week,

which was not fun,” Brang said via email.

By contrast, Christian Brothers Academy

has a strict dress-code violation policy. CBA’s

Parent-Student Handbook states that students

breaking the dress code may not attend class

until they are in dress code. Teachers may

give them zeros on any work, including tests

or quizzes, they miss.

Regardless of the enforcement policy,

Dunaway believes it is impossible to eliminate

violations altogether.

“What I have seen is that whatever the

dress code, strict or lenient, students test the

limits,” he said in an email. “That’s just the nature

of being an adolescent, I think.”

However, Meehan values consistent enforcement

of the dress code.

“I think it’s not fair to the other students

who follow the dress code,” she said. “They’re

being part of it, buying in, and doing the right

thing, so I think it’s important for people to

realize that.”

Although some students and faculty

In the 1990s, boys were required to wear

a collared shirt or a turtleneck.

agree that enforcement has become more

relaxed in recent years, Leclercq maintains

that he eased up only last year due to the

stress of MPH’s financial crisis, logging only

23 violations for the year. However, he admits

that it is difficult to spot all violations.

Perhaps the most prominent dress-code

violation came during last year’s financial

crisis, when two students dyed their hair

blue and pink, respectively, to protest the loss

of their scholarships. The MPH dress code

prohibits unnaturally colored hair as well as

facial and body piercings.

Leclercq sees the dress code as a work

in progress. Students can petition him for

changes but rarely have; Lukow was the last

student to do so.

“I’m very disappointed,” Leclercq said.

“I was hoping for more changes to the dress

code. I mean, the dress code is intended to

evolve with fashion, right?”

Leclercq said that changes should be left

up to the students and that even jeans could

be allowed should a student compose a valid,

logical argument.

“I think students are more on the edge of

fashion than any of the adults in the building,”

he said, “and so I think that push needs

to come from them.”

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Respect Your Elders

Current seniors give advice to the Class of 2017

Story and graphic by Sam Goldman

Visit one of the junior class meetings at

MPH, and the sense of urgency in the

soon-to-be seniors’ voices is obvious.

Each student at MPH is uniquely different,

but something on everyone’s mind is applying

to college.

College is especially alarming to the Class

of 2017 in part because of the newly formatted

SAT. This raises questions regarding its

difficulty and scoring system, and adds itself

to the already large list of daunting senior

tasks. Do I have a “good” SAT score? Will

they accept me? How can I get into the college

of my choice?

The shift between junior and senior year

is the most important one in high school.

Though seniors set high expectations and

worry about their future, one senior offers

advice all juniors should take to heart.

“Don’t be afraid, don’t feel like you aren’t

worth it and that you aren’t going to get anywhere,

because everyone is a smart person,”

said senior Dorothea Hamblin.

Be confident, and get off to an early

start. While summer is normally for rest

and relaxation, for high-school juniors, it’s

quite the opposite. Summer is a crucial time

to improve the chances of getting into the

college of your choice by broadening your

knowledge. Do this by attending a summer

camp that suits your interests. Some colleges,

like Princeton, have asked prospective students

to list what they’ve done their previous

two summers. Whether it’s a camp dedicated

to aerospace engineering or pogo sticking,

there’s something out there for everyone.

“Going to a summer camp is very beneficial

because it shows colleges what your goals

are,” said senior Amina Gingold, who attended

camps for photography and film. “It shows

that you’re actually doing something, as

opposed to sitting on the couch all summer.”

Getting a job can be equally helpful.

Holding a job shows colleges your maturity

and responsibility, and also puts money in

your pockets and gas in your tank.

“I would definitely get a paid job and

then do something that you’re interested in,

because colleges like to see that,” said senior

Cady Ridall. “Also, it’s fun to do something

that you like.”

Community service is another thing

students can do and an area more and more

colleges are starting to value. But don’t try

to become someone who you are not. You

shouldn’t partake in community service, or

anything else for that matter, unless it”s

something that interests you.

“Do something meaningful to you and

perhaps your family,” said Will Cardamone,

MPH’s Director of College Counseling.

Additionally, the overwhelming advice

from the senior class regarding academics

and college applications is to start early.

Whether it’s your summer assignments or

the Common App, don’t procrastinate. Doing

some of the work at the end of junior year,

and even over the summer can alleviate the

stress that comes with being a senior.

The most daunting and time-consuming

part of the college application process is the

Common Application, aka the Common App.

The Common App is a generic application

that many colleges now accept. With it, you


are able to create one in-depth application

and send it to 625 schools that accept it.

The Common App is going to be your

life,” Gingold said.

But several seniors agree that though the

task seems overwhelming, it is manageable if

you’re smart about it.

“It’s a very time-consuming process so I

would recommend splitting up your application

process into little chunks,” Ridall said.

During senior year, the academic load of

classes and AP courses is difficult to balance

alone; add the college application process,

and it becomes excruciating. Getting a jump

on things will allow you to take it easy the

second semester of senior year, unless you’re

waitlisted. Being waitlisted by a college can be

discouraging but you have to remain hopeful.

A marathon runner does not jog the 25 miles,

just to walk the rest of the way.

“[If I were waitlisted] I wouldn’t be able

to chill,” said senior Joel Kaigler. “I’d act as if

I’m a first-semester senior.”

Cardamone said that though the college

search can be stressful, it is important to keep

it in perspective, and he advises that students

avoid focusing on school rankings found in


“What students do when they get to college

(making the most of academic/extra-curricular

opportunities) is far more important

than the name of the college they attend,” he

said. “Understand that a thoughtful process

with healthy doses of self-discovery and honest

communication with parents will lead to

the best outcome at the end of the search.”

Although senior year is difficult, make

sure you enjoy it. Recognize that high school

is a time to try new things and discover what

interests you. Try something new, whether it’s

extracurriculars such as theater, sports, or the

tons of clubs offered at MPH, or even branching

out to a new group of friends.

Often, unique strands of the notorious

disease “Senioritis” have infected countless

seniors. John Bierut fell victim to “Senioritis”

toward the beginning of his senior year,

quickly warning others that “senioritis is

gonna hit, and it’s gonna hit hard.”

“[Senior year is] way harder than you

think,” said senior Bryce Church, “but make

sure you enjoy it. You can only be a senior


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Election of a Lifetime

A junior overcomes her ineligibility to vote

By Jeongyoon Han


was born in 1999, which makes me ineligible to vote in the 2016 Presidential election by

one year. Some say this is a blessing, but I see my ineligibility as a curse.

The remaining candidates represent all parts of the political ideological spectrum,

from Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders to the radical right businessman

Donald Trump.

Because these candidates have such a wide range of political views, it has been harder for

them to gain approval from the majority of Americans. In a Real Clear Politics poll done in

seven states, Republican support ratings for any of the GOP candidates were generally dismal.

With the country in a frenzy over who to vote for, I’m more concerned than ever about the

future of our government. The next president will have to settle the nation’s qualms

over our most pressing issues, and in such a crucial election, it’s more important

than ever that the younger generation is heard. World relations with

China, Russia and Arab countries, along with domestic policy issues

over immigration and the budget, are so fragile that it is imperative

for every voice to count.

Matthew Twomey-Smith, who teaches AP U.S. History

at MPH, said this election season is especially important

and unique. As unconventional runners, Sanders and

Trump have managed consistently strong campaigns,

which hasn’t surprised him. Twomey-Smith said their

popularity resulted from the “confluence of a perfect

storm”: Americans have reached a point where they

are tired of politicians constantly fighting.

“[Americans] don’t want the same old, same

old candidates anymore,” he said.

Neither do MPH students, like senior Emery

Spina, a registered Democrat. His strong opposition

to the GOP is the result of what he views as

the party’s insensitive stance on social issues.

“I’m kind of ashamed that people like Trump

have made it this far,” he said.

Many share Spina’s disdain for Trump.

Gallup Poll stated 7 in 10 women disapprove of

Donald Trump, and that 50 percent of Americans

would be scared if Trump was elected


president—and with good reason. He is unable to empathize with anyone who isn’t white or

American, particularly immigrants and Muslims. Duke University professor and imam-in-residence

Abdullah Antepli once said, “Trump is validating the narrative that the West is at war

with Islam.”

Even some of our allies have distanced themselves from Trump. U.K. Prime Minister

David Cameron called Trump a disgrace, and more than 600,000 people in the U.K. signed a

petition to ban Trump from entering the U.K.

Contrastingly, Trump supporter Jordan Darling believes Trump would be the right fit as

president because he will represent all of America’s values in international issues.

“I think a lot of people are just entertained by him and I think he isn’t going to be afraid

when it comes to world leaders.”

Regardless of their views, some new voters agree this will be an election to remember.

“Three or four years ago I would not have ever thought I would be thinking of Trump for

president,” said Darling, a senior.

Yet, we have seen what once was considered absurd come to reality. And of all age demographics,

my peers are left with the task of addressing our ever-so-evolving politics with

the power of the ballot, something that we have wanted our whole lives.

That’s the exciting part: the thrill of the election is not just hitting

new voters, but those of us under the age of 18.

Should the race boil down to Former Secretary of

State Hillary Clinton or Trump, had I been old enough

to vote, I would have had to think deeply about my

decision. Clinton’s connections to large corporations,

her untrustworthiness and Trump’s

offensive remarks have made me wary of voting

for either. Plus, though this isn’t new to

American politics, the candidates’ quickness

to slander each other, some of the GOP

candidates’ insensitive comments and

ideologies have made me embarrassed of

our leaders.

While it is a bummer I can’t vote,

my disappointment pushed me to be

immersed in the campaigns: attending

political rallies, phone banking and

canvassing for Sanders. Even though

it’s not the same as voting, remaining

active in the campaigns as a minor can

be just as impactful. It has given me a

taste of the excitement I will feel once I

actually step into the voting booth and

cast my first vote on November 3, 2020.

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from adversity to art

Cancer masks transformed into masterpieces for charity auction

Everything will be OK.

I’ll be in a better place.

I love you.

By Lily Grenis

Amina Gingold’s mother spoke these words to her while dying of colon cancer.

Gingold paid tribute to her mother by embellishing these phrases with paint and flowers

as a way to transform suffering into beauty.

Gingold and six other MPH students in the Advanced Studio Art class created art out of

radiation masks used to treat head and neck cancer as part of Beneath the SurFACE, a project

organized by the Upstate Cancer Center. Eight schools and 25 professional artists from Central

New York participated in the project, which also educated the artists about these cancers.

Gingold lost her mother, Naomi Chernoff, in fifth grade.

“I wanted it to be something meaningful for the cause,” said Gingold, a senior. “I thought I

would make an ode to her.”

Gingold painted her mask white with tears flowing from its closed eyes. Clustered in the

blue are vibrant flowers, representing beauty growing out of pain.

Creating beautiful art from unimaginable ordeals was no simple task, however. Teresa

Henderson, chair of the Visual Art and Design Department and class instructor, described the

difficulty of doing justice to a cancer patient’s experiences through the masks.

“Because it’s such a big topic and it’s such a real topic,” Henderson said, “the topic has to be

treated with a level of respect, but it also needs to have the balance of the artistic voice as well.”

Six MPH masks, including Gingold’s, were auctioned off at the Upstate Cancer Center in

April. The auction raised more than $6,000 for the center’s head and neck cancer patient fund.

Upstate also produced a documentary about the project designed to serve as an educational

tool for cancer prevention. MPH students were interviewed for the film.

Going forward, Henderson hopes the masks will be informative tools in the community.

“Art isn’t something that just hangs on the wall,” she said. “Art is something that has the

ability to engage, it has the ability to advocate, and it has the ability to bring more information

and more awareness.”

Photo courtesy of Teresa Henderson

Amina Gingold’s mask was featured in an auction benefiting the Upstate Cancer Center in April.

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