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the <strong>Pebble</strong><br />

May 2016<br />

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How to Get Free Stuff<br />

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advice<br />

• culture • food • issues • spotlight

Spring 2016<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> 1<br />

editor-in-chief<br />

managing editor<br />

creative directors<br />

designers<br />

photography<br />

staff writers<br />

advisor<br />




















Manlius <strong>Pebble</strong> Hill School<br />

5300 Jamesville Road<br />

Syracuse, New York 13214-2499<br />

Phone: (315) 446-2452<br />

thepebblemag@gmail.com<br />


ON THE COVERS: Sam Goldman and Maddy<br />

Rieks, photographed by Hyemin Han, edited by<br />

Sam Goldman and Chris Hunter.<br />

Departments<br />

4. Letter from the Editor<br />

5. MPH by the Numbers<br />

6. Spotlight<br />

8. Ask an Alum<br />

10. Advice<br />

12. Selfie<br />

Features<br />

20.<br />

MPH 2.0<br />

By Hyemin Han<br />

Crane Metamarketing rebrands<br />

Manlius <strong>Pebble</strong> Hill.<br />

13. Seen at School<br />

14. Culture<br />

15. Interactive<br />

16. Health & Beauty<br />

22.<br />

26.<br />

Dress to Impress<br />

By Maja Cannavo<br />

<strong>The</strong> evolution of the MPH dress code.<br />

Respect Your Elders<br />

By Sam Goldman<br />

<strong>The</strong> Class of 2016 gives advice to rising seniors.<br />

18. Food<br />

28. <strong>Issue</strong>s<br />

spring 2016 | 3

letter from the editor<br />

4<br />

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

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

of Mr. Leclercq in the Dress to Impress<br />

“Ask,<br />

child’s dream. But it’s also the<br />

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

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

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

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

we’ve had since 1927. MPH bets on its students;<br />

it certainly bet on us, when we chal-<br />

go to the printer for publication.<br />

the timer ran out and we were forced to let it<br />

lenged to create something wildly new and This kind of devotion is what made this<br />

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

award-winning tradition.<br />

year’s staff, from the new members to the senior<br />

seniors and Ms. A, were willing to go on<br />

But we asked, and we received.<br />

A magazine format provides versatility in this journey. This issue is what it is because<br />

students’ expression, more so than a newspaper<br />

format could, both in written word and and sometimes conflicting personalities that<br />

of the humorous, sarcastic, bubbly, genuine<br />

hin design and photography. It was difficult make 2<br />

up this year’s class. I can’t recall a more<br />

for <strong>The</strong> Rolling Stone, published quarterly, to fun and meaningful journalism experience<br />

rightly keep its title of a “newspaper,” especially<br />

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

than the final photo shoot for the cover, when<br />

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

allow for different kinds of features and the longest of all of us) for the cover of my final<br />

issue, as I shot her for my first cover story<br />

exposes as well as more creative and pertinent<br />

photography. After 46 volumes (and too for <strong>The</strong> Rolling Stone.<br />

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

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

layouts and full-bleed pictures.<br />

to know that our magazine contains the<br />

As the apogee of Upper School-wide same determination, effort and thought that<br />

tutorial discussions, one-on-one interviews was put into <strong>The</strong> Rolling Stone. Despite the<br />

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

in seriousness or relevance, and the<br />

with it new content: MPH By the Numbers,<br />

Ask an Alum, Spotlight, Food, <strong>Issue</strong>s and journalistic integrity with which we approach<br />

Interactive. Even the stuff we’ve kept from the our reporting has not relaxed.<br />

newspaper— Advice, Selfie, Culture and Big In other words, everything’s changed,<br />

Picture—are all reimagined.<br />

except for us. This is <strong>The</strong> <strong>Pebble</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se changes were, in part, driven by<br />

you. Though a handful of students started<br />

the conversation and executed the plan, this<br />

publication has its foundation in its audience.<br />

But our process has not changed. Every<br />

story, from the Spotlight of Mr. Z to the<br />

Big Picture on cancer masks, was outlined,<br />

re-outlined, discussed, workshopped, edited

1<br />

“I had not played the banjo before [in<br />

a competition] and I hadn’t played the<br />

banjo in front of a crowd before.”<br />

-Ted Curtis, after he won “Best<br />

Showmanship” at the “Rockin’ the<br />

Redhouse” benefit concert, March 11<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Landmark <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

41<br />

Awards won by the<br />

MPHMUN team this<br />

school year<br />

4<br />

“If the average AP exam score in<br />

my class is a 4... I’ll dye it [my hair]<br />

then I’ll shave it. ”<br />

-Matt Vural’s promise to his AP<br />

Chemistry students<br />

By Justin Ding<br />


9<br />

MPH former athletes to<br />

be inducted into the MPH<br />

Athletic Hall of Fame on<br />

June 4<br />

31.5<br />

Overdue slips handed out<br />

400<br />

each month<br />

Books checked out per month<br />

42Students to recieve diplomas at<br />

commencement in June<br />

16,874<br />

Books in the library<br />

56<br />

Average bags of<br />

Munchies sold by<br />

the Campus Shop<br />

each week<br />

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spotlight<br />

For Ryan Zlomek, becoming an adult—<br />

going out on his own, getting a job and<br />

buying a house—was inevitable. But<br />

he was determined to stay best friends with<br />

his inner child.<br />

When Zlomek bought his first house in<br />

2013, in addition to considering the quality<br />

of the heating system, the age of the roof,<br />

and the size of the bedrooms, he made sure<br />

his dream house had enough room for the<br />

pinball machines he planned to collect.<br />

“I had all of those things,” said Zlomek,<br />

MPH’s tech teacher. “And then there was a<br />

little footnote on every one that was, ‘Where<br />

on Earth would I put the pinball machine?’”<br />

During a trip to a family friend’s house<br />

when he was 10, Zlomek discovered pinball—which<br />

became his secret to never<br />

having to truly grow up.<br />

“I was like, ‘This is awesome. Adults<br />

can have toys, cool toys—not like bank<br />

accounts—but pinball machines,’” said<br />

Zlomek, 29.<br />

From there, Zlomek’s exposure<br />

to pinball continued to<br />

grow. Some of his most vivid<br />

memories are of going to<br />

arcades with his dad. His<br />

favorite place to play<br />

was Button’s Arcade in<br />

Eastwood. Shortly<br />

after he purchased<br />

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

students to repair. Zlomek hopes to put the machine to good use at school.<br />


his first home, Zlomek bought his first two<br />

pinball machines from Craigslist and set them<br />

up in his living room. Soon after, he started<br />

playing after coming home from work to decompress.<br />

He now owns 11 machines.<br />

Eventually, he started competing in weekly<br />

tournaments at Trapper’s Pizza Pub in East<br />

Syracuse and Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge<br />

downtown. Based on these tournament performances,<br />

Zlomek is ranked among the top 3,000<br />

(out of 40,000 players) in the world.<br />

His highest score is 980 million points on<br />

his own machine, Judge Dredd, which is based<br />

on a British comic book. But a great score<br />

involves more than pushing buttons. Zlomek<br />

said that playing pinball requires interacting<br />

with the machine—bumping, nudging and<br />

adjusting it throughout play.<br />

“If I have a really good run on a machine,”<br />

Zlomek said, “I am physically tired afterwards.”<br />

Now, Zlomek’s goal is to help bring pinball,<br />

which had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s,<br />

back to life around Central New York with his<br />

new venture called Syracuse PINheads.<br />

With PINheads, he hopes to grow interest<br />

in the game locally through tournaments,<br />

events and seminars. Four of his machines are<br />

currently on loan at Cloud City Comics and<br />

Toys in ShoppingTown Mall for customers to<br />

enjoy.<br />

“My ultimate goal,” Zlomek said, “is to<br />

build a pinball arcade.”<br />

Story by Suzannah Peckham<br />

Photo by Sam Goldman<br />

Life of a PINhead<br />

Zlomek bumps and flips his way to pinball glory<br />

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8<br />

ask an alum<br />

From the Red Schoolhouse<br />

to the Red Carpet<br />

Estabrook at a dinner party hosted by Vanity Fair in Beverly Hills to celebrate<br />

the Oscars. She is wearing Zuhair Murad. Photo courtesy of Estabrook.<br />

Amber Estabrook balances family life and a busy career at Vanity Fair<br />

By Lily Grenis<br />

Alum Résumé<br />

Amber Estabrook, 41 (Class of ‘93)<br />

College: Bucknell University, 1997. Spanish and Geography majors, minor in Creative Writing.<br />

Job: Associate Publisher Luxury, Vanity Fair<br />

Family: Husband Simone Poggi; three children<br />

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

in Milan for“W.” <strong>The</strong> couple moved back to New York, where Estabrook eventually became<br />

Executive Director of International Fashion at Vogue, traveling often to Milan, London, Paris<br />

and Germany. Estabrook then moved to Vanity Fair. Festivals, dinner parties and even private<br />

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

Q: What are your responsibilities as associate publisher of Vanity Fair?<br />

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

investors that we have, the large European fashion luxury companies that invest money to<br />

advertise in Vanity Fair, in our brand.<br />

Q: What is the hardest part about your job?<br />

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

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

Q: To what do you attribute your success?<br />

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

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

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

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

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

wanting to win, and loving what you do. You have to really like what you do.<br />

Q: What are you most proud of?<br />

A: Having a wonderful family coupled with a fun and successful career that is stimulating and<br />

rewarding.<br />

Q: What did you want to be when you were in high school?<br />

A: I thought a lot about either international law or environmental law.<br />

Q: Have you seen yourself change a lot since then?<br />

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

rights and that sort of thing, but I kind of grew away from that, and the international<br />

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

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

back. I just loved living in Europe, I loved living in Spain, I loved the Mediterranean culture.<br />

Q: How did MPH contribute to your success?<br />

A: I had a wonderful experience at MPH. <strong>The</strong>re was a lot of individual attention that you received<br />

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

School, kindergarten through fifth grade. Those were really formative, fundamental years there.<br />

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

friends today ... I met in kindergarten at MPH. We are still very close today.<br />

Q: What advice do you have for MPH students?<br />

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

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

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

can do anything you set your mind to.<br />

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advice<br />


Q: What should I do over the summer?<br />

10<br />

By Chris Hunter<br />

A: Summer is the time to take a break from<br />

school and focus on your mental health and<br />

academic future.<br />

For rising sophomores, I recommend<br />

doing fun or amusing<br />

activities, like<br />

going to the MOST<br />

or rebelling against<br />

those who control<br />

the social means<br />

of production: the<br />

bourgeoisie. <strong>The</strong><br />

freshman-to-sophomore<br />

summer is one of the last “free” summers<br />

you’ll have, so enjoy it.<br />

When the summer of your sophomore-to-junior<br />

year approaches, the dawning<br />

realization that you are becoming a young<br />

adult comes to light. This summer is when<br />

some would say that you should find a job,<br />

but that’s exactly what they want: for the proletariat<br />

to stay underneath them. Either that,<br />

or go visit the Dinosaur BBQ with friends.<br />

Probably one of the most important<br />

summers of your high-school life is the summer<br />

of your junior-to-senior year. Colleges<br />

are likely looking for things that make you<br />

college-worthy, but don’t stress. If you’re<br />

interested in art, visit the Everson Museum<br />

of Art; if you find theater entertaining, take a<br />

trip to Syracuse Stage.<br />

If you’re frustrated with working long<br />

hours with low wages for the benefit of the<br />

upper class, take up arms against the<br />

bourgeoisie. It’s important to reward yourself—here’s<br />

room where you can be a narcissistic<br />

capitalist.<br />

Some colleges<br />

ask applicants to<br />

list their favorite<br />

concerts, exhibits<br />

and movies, so not<br />

only will you have<br />

fun doing things<br />

you love, but it may<br />

give you an upper hand in the application<br />

process!<br />

<strong>The</strong> summer before your senior year is,<br />

in my opinion, a time to relax. By this time,<br />

you’ve concluded months and months of<br />

schoolwork, so you have time to unwind.<br />

Make a bucket list of things you want to do<br />

or a list of materials needed for the rebellion.<br />

Gathering friends for the revolution is step<br />

one to our step-by-step plan to end the capitalist<br />

rule that we have all learned to obey.<br />

If you want actual advice, finding things<br />

that interest you is a great place to start. Go<br />

buy tickets in advance for the Great New York<br />

State Fair in August and go as many times as<br />

you can afford. Keep in mind that you don’t<br />

have to do everything; just do things that<br />

you know will help you have fun and have a<br />

stress-free summer.<br />

“If you’re frustrated with working<br />

long hours with low wages for the<br />

benefit of the upper class, take up<br />

arms against the bourgeoisie.”

By Dan Albanese<br />

being true to yourself.<br />

In all seriousness, summer is a time<br />

to enjoy yourself. Summer can be a lot of<br />

fun, but it’s also really easy to waste time.<br />

Find stuff you can do with your friends, like<br />

Graphic by Chris Hunter<br />

“I personally like hanging out with my friend Jeff, who is<br />

actually a 3,000-pound Beluga Whale.”<br />

A: Congratulations! You’ve survived another<br />

year of “<strong>The</strong> Man” trying to get you to<br />

conform to his plan for you. It’s summer.<br />

Summer is the time to sit back, relax and<br />

enjoy yourself, and nothing says relaxing<br />

like eating a big bucket of bees. Summer<br />

can get very hot, and it’s important to stay<br />

hydrated, and nothing says thirst-quenching<br />

like a nice tall glass of bees. Just eat<br />

them by the handful. Kill as many bees as<br />

you can, because at the rate the human race<br />

is killing them, you might as well join in on<br />

the fun.<br />

It’s also important to stay social during<br />

the summer. I personally like hanging<br />

out with my friend Jeff, who is actually a<br />

3,000-pound Beluga Whale. Jeff and I love<br />

to swim and hula hoop and look like really<br />

fat dolphins with tumors on our foreheads<br />

and talk about how much we love anime.<br />

While you’re hanging out with your<br />

whale friend, this is the perfect time to have<br />

an absolute existential crisis. You only have so<br />

much time on Earth, and yet you are spending<br />

your limited time eating bees and talking<br />

about anime to whales, and more importantly,<br />

you’re making life choices based on an<br />

advice column in a magazine.<br />

Bottom line, you have to do what makes<br />

you happy, which is why you are going to<br />

confess your repressed love for actor John<br />

Goodman to your whale friend. You’ve kept it<br />

bottled up inside your whole life. Love should<br />

never be a secret. If you keep something as<br />

complicated as love stored up inside, it could<br />

make you sick. Today is the day you start<br />

going to concerts or going to the beach or to<br />

amusement parks. It will be a lot more fun if<br />

you’re doing stuff with your friends, even if<br />

they’re whales, instead of staying at home and<br />

watching Netflix for three months straight.<br />

Trust me, I know.<br />

You only have a little bit of time until you<br />

gotta go back to school, so you have to try to<br />

make the most of it.<br />

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selfie<br />


A senior reflects on high school and looks forward to college<br />

Photo and story by Seamus Mulhern<br />

For me,<br />

high<br />

school is<br />

like a relationship.<br />

One day,<br />

you’re going<br />

about your<br />

business and<br />

you meet this<br />

person. You<br />

strike up a<br />

conversation<br />

and it quickly<br />

becomes apparent<br />

that this person is … different.<br />

For example, during my first day of high<br />

school, I spent a whole study hall talking to<br />

people I had just met rather than doing work.<br />

I know that sounds trivial, but compared to<br />

middle school, where someone gets lectured<br />

for whistling too loudly, it felt liberating.<br />

It seems as though there’s a world of mystery<br />

surrounding this new person in your life.<br />

A collection of undiscovered revelations not<br />

just about them, but about your life and the<br />

world as a whole. At first glance, High School<br />

is welcoming and interesting and warm and<br />

sweet. <strong>The</strong> teachers are nice, the students are<br />

all right, the lunch is certainly better than at<br />

the public middle school I attended.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first few days together live up to expectations.<br />

You’re inseparable. Every day feels<br />

like the best day of your life.<br />

Sure, the classes are a bit harder, but<br />

every day is a new adventure. Every day, I was<br />

meeting new people and making new friends.<br />

Best of all, it’s all under the guise of being able<br />

to say that you are a high-schooler. During<br />

my first few days of high school, I had a much<br />

easier time making friends than my entire<br />

time in middle school. <strong>The</strong>re was a sense of<br />

liberation, as if I was being restricted for my<br />

entire life and I was just then learning what<br />

it meant to be my own person. I will never<br />

forget the time when I helped make a bike for<br />

a science project or my first free block when<br />

I watched Monty Python with friends when I<br />

should have been studying for a math quiz.<br />

It’s unexplainable. It’s engaging. Nothing<br />

can stop you. You’re killin’ it.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, what feels like an eternity passes<br />

by. Suddenly, this person who had once felt so<br />

welcoming and interesting becomes someone<br />

you feel distant from. What used to fill you<br />

with excitement and joy now just becomes a<br />

source of needless anxiety and stress.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a consistent onslaught of difficult<br />

projects and exams, social drama, and, a lot<br />

of the time, whenever you’re there, you just<br />

feel uncomfortable with yourself. It just does<br />

not feel like you’re in the right place.<br />

In my case, I was obsessing over creating<br />

the perfect college application, creating a<br />

great artistic portfolio to apply for a screenwriting<br />

degree, and, all the while, trying to<br />

make time to be a relatively social person in<br />

my final year of being “young and innocent.”<br />

Because of all of this, High School feels<br />

very clingy. Though still nice and all, High<br />

School’s previously inviting embrace suddenly<br />

becomes an inescapable grip that makes<br />

you feel trapped. It feels like you’re being tied<br />

up by college deadlines, STP deadlines and<br />

homework deadlines. You just get to a point<br />


where you’d rather be anywhere but here.<br />

Near the end of senior year, I was at my<br />

lowest point. I was just coming to terms with<br />

this anxiety and stress being a part of my life<br />

when, all of a sudden, I met someone new.<br />

This new person’s name is College. In<br />

College’s eyes, I see even more difficult classes<br />

and the eventual social controversies that will<br />

occur. College initially terrified me.<br />

<strong>The</strong> very thought of living on my own<br />

(and, potentially, in a different part of the<br />

country) was enough to send shivers down<br />

my spine. I can barely do my own laundry!<br />

It’s intimidating and somewhat terrifying, but<br />

for some odd reason, I want to try and see<br />

College again … perhaps on a regular basis.<br />

<strong>The</strong> worst part about all of this is that you<br />

know in your head that you want to be with<br />

College, but there’s a very particular moment<br />

where you second guess yourself and think,<br />

“Maybe High School wasn’t that bad.” You<br />

think about the triumphant Rocky-esque<br />

feeling of accidentally acing a math quiz. <strong>The</strong><br />

days when the lunch that’s served is actually<br />

something that you like. <strong>The</strong> early morning<br />

drives to Taco Bell during your senior year.<br />

It’s all there. It’s all real.<br />

But, in the end, you have to make the<br />

decision that makes you happy.<br />

Ultimately, I’m gonna feel happier in a<br />

place where I can find that thrill of adventure<br />

I felt in my freshman year. It may be strange<br />

and scary and it may be a metaphorical dive<br />

into the deep end of the introspective pool of<br />

life, but it’s gonna make me feel better.<br />

High School will understand.<br />

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have reservations<br />

with College… also, laundry. I need to<br />

learn how to do laundry. If anyone is willing<br />

to teach me, that would be fantastic.<br />

the backpacks of MPH<br />

MPH students sport trendy backpacks<br />

seen at school<br />

Photos by Maddy Rieks<br />

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

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

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culture<br />

Summer Movies and Concerts<br />

By Dan Albanese & Seamus Mulhern<br />

Summer is the biggest time of the year for blockbuster movies and great concerts and this<br />

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

are scheduled for release. In music, the famous Vans Warped Tour, consisting of<br />

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

“Finding Dory” and a performance by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa in Syracuse.<br />

“Finding Dory?” More like “Finding Ellen<br />

DeGeneres’s Credibility.” (When did she lose<br />

it? At the point where her biggest claim to<br />

fame was taking a selfie at the Oscars.) In<br />

all seriousness, “Finding Dory” should be decent.<br />

<strong>The</strong> art direction looks vibrant, DeGeneres<br />

seems just as funny as Dory as she was<br />

13 years ago, and returning director Andrew<br />

Stanton seems to be looking for a sure hit<br />

after making one of the biggest flops of alltime.<br />

(Anybody remember “John Carter?”<br />

Exactly.) Worst-case scenario, this movie<br />

should make Ellen’s wife financially secure<br />

enough to make “Arrested Development”<br />

season five. Get on it, Portia!<br />

Syracuse doesn’t usually get a lot of interesting<br />

concerts. This summer is highlighted<br />

by the Dave Matthews Band, the Zac Brown<br />

Band, 5 Seconds of Summer and Keith<br />

Urban. And on Aug. 13, Snoop Dogg, Wiz<br />

Khalifa, Kevin Gates, and Jhené Aiko will<br />

perform at the Lakeview Amphitheater. Like,<br />

dude. That’s pretty cool. We have no idea<br />

who those other guys are, but everyone loves<br />

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. This comes<br />

after Snoop’s initial plans for a free concert at<br />

Chevy Court last September were canceled<br />

and he was replaced by Nas. So not only will<br />

Snoop Dogg really perfom in Syracuse, but<br />

it will be even bigger than initially planned<br />

thanks to the addition of Wiz Khalifa.<br />


interactive<br />

“Make America __________ and __________ again!”<br />

screamed Donald with glee. <strong>The</strong> crowd __________<br />

with ____________, for their one true ____________,<br />

Trump, was making his speech. Trump had been<br />

planning for __________; now was his chance to put an<br />

end to ________________’s campaign once and for all.<br />

Trump’s plan to brainwash the entire world with his<br />

___________ Trump Steaks would be ___________! <strong>The</strong><br />


Trump Steaks would be laced with his special ingredient,<br />

_________ ____________. With his _________ plan to<br />


Trump’s Steak Over<br />









VERB (ING)<br />


control the minds of all the ___________ in the world,<br />


soon everyone will be divided by walls!<br />

Created by Chris Hunter<br />

spring 2016 | 15

health and beauty<br />

Tap, Shop, Save<br />

Three easy apps offer great student savings<br />

By Emma Pitnick<br />

For my birthday, my grandmother usually<br />

sends me $200. This year, however, she sent<br />

me $100, for which I was grateful, but it was<br />

not enough to buy the For Love & Lemons dress<br />

that I’d had my eye on for six months. <strong>The</strong> dress<br />

cost $230. Instead of trying to scrounge up the<br />

other $130, I waited.<br />

Lo and behold, after only a few weeks, UNi-<br />

DAYS sent me an email with a special code for 60<br />

percent off anything at For Love & Lemons, a Los<br />

Angeles-based retailer.<br />

I couldn’t believe it. My dream dress now cost<br />

$100—exactly what I had.<br />

This is how I shop. I’ve rarely paid full price<br />

for anything in more than a year. <strong>The</strong>re must be a<br />

catch, right? Think again!<br />

I use three free, easy apps that help me get everything<br />

from discounts to completely free clothing<br />

and cool gadgets: UNiDAYS, Shopkick and Shopular.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se apps will permanently change the way<br />

you shop for anything, ever.<br />

Photo by Maddy Rieks<br />

Purse bought with a matching faux fur scarf from ASOS through<br />

UNiDAYS. Scarf purchased at 50 percent off.<br />

Makeup: Clinique - $50 savings from Shopular. Dress: Forever 21 - $15 savings From Shopular.<br />

Purse: Asos-$40 savings from UNiDAYS. Socks: Urban Outfitters - $10 savings from UNiDAYS.<br />

Shoes: Public Desire-$12 savings from UNiDAYS.<br />


UNiDAYS:<br />

UNiDAYS is created just for students. It is<br />

the “Shop more, spend less” app that gives you<br />

great discounts online and in stores.<br />

Just verify that you are currently a student—you<br />

will need a school email or school<br />

ID—and you’ll be instantly dropped into a<br />

boatload of discount codes. Most of them are<br />

for clothing brands such as Urban Outfitters,<br />

American Apparel and Jack Wills. But there<br />

are also discount codes for a range of other<br />

companies. <strong>The</strong>se include Ray-Ban sunglasses,<br />

Dylan’s Candy Bar and Casetify phone cases.<br />

Just log onto your account, copy the code,<br />

go to the website and shop away. One of my<br />

best deals through this app was getting 40<br />

percent off at For Love & Lemons, which saved<br />

me $190 on another important dress—my<br />

prom dress.<br />

Shopkick:<br />

Shopkick rewards users with free gift cards<br />

for the shopping they already do. Shopkick has<br />

more than 15 million users who have earned<br />

more than $60 million in gift cards.<br />

This program has tons of uses. <strong>The</strong> app<br />

locates where you are, programs itself to all<br />

of the stores near you that participate with<br />

Shopkick, (for me it’s places like Target, Wegmans<br />

and Marshalls), and hooks you up with<br />

coupons for those stores.<br />

But there’s more: when you open the app<br />

upon entering one of the stores, it gives you<br />

points called kicks. (Yes, just for walking in.)<br />

You can also get kicks from scrolling<br />

through ads or from scanning featured items<br />

on the app that they have in the store. It’s like<br />

an instantly rewarding scavenger hunt.<br />

Once you save enough points, you can<br />

choose from one of almost 50 different free<br />

rewards, ranging from gift cards, to donations<br />

to charity, to products such as headphones or a<br />

Vespa scooter.<br />

To date, I have almost 6,000 points. That’s<br />

pretty good because I have more than enough<br />

points to get $25 in gift cards and donate to a<br />

charity. In the past, I’ve earned a $30 Aerie gift<br />

card and donated to the American Red Cross.<br />

While I am nowhere near winning a Vespa,<br />

which costs 1.8 million kicks, I gain points<br />

and get free gift cards all the time. What’s the<br />

best part about all of this? It’s 100 percent free.<br />

You’re literally getting paid to shop.<br />

Shopular:<br />

Shopular is similar to both UNiDAYS and<br />

Shopkick in that it helps you save money while<br />

you shop. What makes Shopular different,<br />

however, is that it takes over 100 stores, many<br />

in the area, and gives you a range of weekly<br />

ads, promo codes and mark-down items. Even<br />

better, these offers are updated every single<br />

day. You can also pick out your favorite stores,<br />

and it will send you an alert with their deals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> best coupon I have used so far on<br />

Shopular was for Macy’s. I bought a Clinique<br />

beauty product, a foundation costing just $27,<br />

and received a free eight-piece makeup set<br />

worth almost $100.<br />

Most of the clothing stores Shopular<br />

promotes are big brands such as Abercrombie<br />

& Fitch, Bath & Body Works and Forever 21.<br />

Shopular also has tons of deals for restaurants,<br />

craft stores, pet stores and even drug stores.<br />

***<br />

Shopping is and will probably always be<br />

my favorite hobby. Teachers scold me for being<br />

on my phone during class but always end up<br />

laughing because they realize I’m not texting,<br />

but shopping online.<br />

How could I not constantly try to shop<br />

with all of these amazing apps giving me the<br />

chance to save hundreds of dollars every day?<br />

Without these apps, I would feel so lost. Soon,<br />

you will too.<br />

Stop reading, and get saving.<br />

spring 2016 | 17

food<br />

Super Summer<br />

Ever want to cool down on a hot summer day and enjoy<br />

a delicious treat? <strong>The</strong>se three quick, easy and healthy<br />

smoothie recipes are the answer!<br />

Berry Green Tea:<br />

Ingredients:<br />

- ½ banana<br />

- 1/3 cup mixed berries<br />

- ½ cup iced green tea<br />

- 1 tsp. honey<br />

- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt<br />

- 1 tsp. chia seeds<br />

- 1/3 cup ice<br />

Directions:<br />

Pour green tea, yogurt, honey<br />

and chia seeds into blender<br />

first. <strong>The</strong>n add banana<br />

and berries. Add ice last and<br />

blend to desired<br />

consistency.<br />

18<br />

Graphic by Maddy Rieks

Smoothies<br />

Carrot Cake:<br />

Ingredients:<br />

- ½ banana<br />

- ½ cup diced carrots<br />

- ½ cup almond milk<br />

- ¼ cup vanilla yogurt<br />

- 1 tsp. of honey<br />

- ¾ tsp. cinnamon<br />

- ½ tsp. ginger<br />

- ½ tsp. nutmeg<br />

- 1/3 cup ice<br />

Directions:<br />

Pour almond milk, honey and<br />

yogurt in first. Next, add<br />

cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n add banana and<br />

carrots. Add ice and blend<br />

until smooth.<br />

Tropical Tundra:<br />

Ingredients:<br />

- ½ banana<br />

- ¼ cup pineapple<br />

- ¼ cup mango<br />

- ½ cup coconut water<br />

- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt<br />

- 1 tsp. honey<br />

- 1/3 cup ice<br />

Directions:<br />

Pour coconut water, yogurt<br />

and honey into blender<br />

first. Add banana, pineapple<br />

and mango next. Add ice<br />

and blend until completely<br />

smooth.<br />

*Recipes adapted from Pinterest by Emma Pitnick<br />

spring 2016 | 19

features<br />

MPH<br />

By Hyemin Han<br />

This fall, the MPH and greater CNY<br />

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

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

learned about Crane’s brand work for independent institutions and knew that MPH,<br />

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

After the workshop, Dunaway shared his interest, yet inability, to hire Crane with an<br />

established school donor, who requested anonymity. <strong>The</strong> donor agreed to pay for what<br />

Dunaway calls the “astronomical” expense of retaining the firm.<br />

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

local community that MPH did indeed shut its doors, or is planning to. <strong>The</strong> end goal is that<br />

with a new marketing emphasis, Manlius <strong>Pebble</strong> Hill School and what it is about will become<br />

as recognizable as a can of Coke.<br />

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

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

the school lost, such as scholarships. Dunaway, however, believes rebranding will be<br />

most beneficial to MPH moving forward.<br />

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

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

... <strong>The</strong>re would be no continuing value.”<br />

To attempt to understand MPH fully, Crane team members spent 33 hours on campus<br />

conducting interviews, observing classrooms, touring campus and attending MPH events.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y led focus groups with 129 members of the MPH community, including students, faculty<br />


2.0<br />

community can expect to see, hear and read about a new MPH message<br />

Photo by Sam Goldman<br />

and board members.<br />

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

program manager who visited MPH’s campus this year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> administration has since been presented with a reflection paper (a report of what<br />

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

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

core of what represents the school. <strong>The</strong> administration will utilize language in the Promise<br />

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

letterheads and radio advertisements. Crane will be on retainer until next year to continue<br />

consulting for MPH as these materials are implemented.<br />

While the school continues to recover from the crisis, and faculty and students look forward,<br />

the events of last year have left an indelible mark.<br />

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

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

<strong>The</strong> effort to rebrand MPH comes at a crucial time. With the unforgettable backlash<br />

towards the “Way Forward” and “MPH First” campaigns when the financial situation was<br />

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

essence, will not only be under scrutiny of the MPH community, but the MPH alumni, donors<br />

and greater CNY community.<br />

Crane will “recognize, identify, and articulate, using common language, what we really do<br />

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

spring 2016 | 21

features<br />

dress to<br />

By Maja Cannavo<br />

It’s a warm spring day, and MPH students<br />

have welcomed the change in weather<br />

with shorts, skirts and dresses in a<br />

rainbow of colors and styles. Upper Schoolers<br />

walk to class chatting and laughing. But<br />

anyone who’s left a little too much of their<br />

legs or shoulders exposed is also watching for<br />

Dean of Students Alex Leclercq, who could<br />

be lurking around the corner with his red<br />

notebook, lying in wait for the next out-ofdress-code<br />

student.<br />

Through April of this year, Leclercq had<br />

cited students for 53 dress code violations.<br />

Two years ago, he recorded 101.<br />

But despite students’ perceptions, Leclercq<br />

doesn’t enjoy playing the clothing police.<br />

“Quite frankly, the idea of telling people<br />

what to wear,” Leclercq said, “is antithetic to<br />

what kind of person I am. I sometimes feel<br />

like a Taliban who’s conquered the land and<br />

decided to impose a dress code on the people<br />

in that land, and I hate being in that position.”<br />

Even so, Leclercq acknowledges that the<br />

MPH dress code is an important part of the<br />

school’s identity. While today’s standards are<br />

much more relaxed than those of the past<br />

and some miss the days of neckties and dress<br />

shoes, the code’s current expectations reflect<br />

the school’s values of promoting individuality<br />

and freedom of expression in a welcoming<br />

atmosphere. This is reflected not only in<br />

the more causal expectations but also in the<br />

enforcement policy that Leclercq said affords<br />

students respect, as does the open invitation<br />

for students to have a say in their own rules.<br />

“I’m not sure the dress code contributes<br />

to MPH’s identity so much as reflects<br />

it,” Head of School Jim Dunaway said in an<br />

email. “<strong>The</strong> school is relatively casual and<br />

supports individuality, and I think you can<br />

see that in the dress code. MPH is a place that<br />

not only tolerates differences, but actively<br />

supports them.”<br />

Although students tend to complain<br />

about the dress code, some also acknowledge<br />

its positive effect.<br />


Seniors Ato Arkhurst and Madison Brang with Dean Alex<br />

Leclercq in his office, photographed by Maddy Rieks.<br />

impress<br />

MPH’s dress code evolves to reflect individuality and fashion trends<br />

“I appreciate the level of class that it gives<br />

to the students,” junior Lisa Morocco said.<br />

“And when you look at the student population<br />

here compared to other student populations,<br />

it makes us stand out, I think, in a<br />

positive light.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> current MPH dress code is far removed<br />

from the school’s original one, which<br />

was similar to that of Christian Brothers<br />

Academy. CBA’s dress code allows dress<br />

pants, knee-length skirts, oxford shirts, polos<br />

(in the fall and spring only) and sweaters; it<br />

prohibits sneakers and sandals, among other<br />

items.<br />

When Donna Meehan started teaching<br />

math at MPH in 1984, Middle and Upper<br />

School boys had to wear ties or turtlenecks,<br />

and girls in those grades had to wear stockings<br />

or socks. Pants had to be dress pants<br />

worn with belts; boys had to wear dress<br />

shoes and socks as well. Sometimes when<br />

the weather was warm, the Dean of Students<br />

would declare a “No-Tie Day,” allowing boys<br />

to take off their ties and girls to take off their<br />

stockings or socks.<br />

Today, the dress code has far fewer<br />

restrictions. Ties and belts are no longer<br />

mandatory, nor are socks or stockings. Sneakers<br />

are allowed, as are all pants except jeans,<br />

leggings, yoga pants, pajama pants, sweatpants<br />

and athletic pants.<br />

Changes to the dress code have occurred<br />

gradually; important changes last came<br />

during the 2013-2014 school year, when the<br />

school abolished the requirement that skirts<br />

and shorts reach students’ knees. Now the<br />

dress codes states that clothes must cover<br />

shoulders, thighs, stomach and chest.<br />

Thanks to a petition by then-senior Hannah<br />

Lukow, the dress code also became gender-neutral<br />

that year, meaning that its rules<br />

became the same for boys and girls. Most<br />

notably, boys were no longer required to wear<br />

collared shirts. However, all shirts must have<br />

a “finished neckline” if they do not have a<br />

collar. <strong>The</strong> meaning of “finished neckline” has<br />

spring 2016 | 23

ecome a topic of contention and confusion<br />

among students.<br />

Another controversial aspect of the dress<br />

code is its ban on hoodies. Students often<br />

wear them to keep warm, and junior Andrew<br />

Park believes they should be allowed.<br />

“No hoodies makes no sense,” he said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> current dress code reflects, to some<br />

degree, today’s cultural expectations. Leclercq<br />

said the professional world is shifting toward<br />

a more relaxed standard of dress; he expects<br />

school dress codes to follow suit.<br />

But what are the implications of a relatively<br />

relaxed dress code on students’ behavior<br />

and performance? <strong>The</strong> 1991-1992<br />

MPH Palladium, a condensed handbook for<br />

students, stated, “At MPH we expect students<br />

to be well dressed because we see a high correlation<br />

between behavior and dress.”<br />

Such a statement is no longer written<br />

in the Palladium; however, history teacher<br />

Edward Curtis, who started at MPH in 1992,<br />

agrees that it is important to dress well. Curtis,<br />

who wears a tie to work every day, said he<br />

would be open to a stricter dress code.<br />

“I think that the clothes you wear tend<br />

to reflect your attitude and approach towards<br />

your daily work, and dressing according to<br />

a certain standard improves your work and<br />

your attitude,” he said.<br />

Dunaway views dress similarly.<br />

“We send strong messages with our<br />

clothing; there is a reason one doesn’t wear<br />

shorts and a T-shirt to a job interview or a funeral,”<br />

he said via email. “<strong>The</strong>re is an element<br />

of self-respect and regard for others in the<br />

way we dress.”<br />

Experts disagree on the impact of dress<br />

codes. While some believe dressing up aids<br />

performance, others argue that dress codes<br />

can create a stuffy environment that hinders<br />

success.<br />

MPH allows students to dress down for<br />

AP and final exams in the interest of comfort.<br />

<strong>The</strong> third Wednesday of each month is also a<br />

dress-down day, a policy similar to casual Fridays<br />

in the professional world, and students<br />

can dress down on Fridays if they wear MPH<br />

attire.<br />

Regardless of the research, Leclercq said<br />

the dress code helps students transition to the<br />

expectations of the workplace and fosters a<br />

sense of togetherness.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> dress code is not about individuality;<br />

it’s about community,” he said. “Although<br />

we have a dress code that, in my opinion,<br />

promotes a certain level of individual expression,<br />

it’s also a rule, or a set of standards, that<br />

we all share in common, and it’s one expression<br />

of our being together as a community.”<br />

And although the dress code can present<br />

a hassle for students, some say that it has<br />

a positive effect on the school. Even senior<br />

Madison Brang, who said she breaks the dress<br />

code once or twice a week by wearing leggings<br />

or torn pants, acknowledges its benefits.<br />

“I am glad I go to a place where I am<br />

surrounded by people who are dressed fashionably,<br />

along with myself,” Brang said via<br />

email. “It’s not like I’m [breaking the dress<br />

code] to rebel or make a statement; leggings<br />

are just really comfortable and easy to wear<br />

with anything.”<br />

Despite the dress code’s advantages, some<br />

faculty agree that it is, and should be, far<br />

down on the school’s list of priorities.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> focus ought to be on academic work<br />

and what you’re doing to make yourself the<br />

Photos courtesy of MPH.<br />


est you you can be,” Curtis said. “A school<br />

that focuses very, very strictly on dress code<br />

and never talks about ideas is not a school<br />

that I think we want to go to or work at.”<br />

Leclercq also said that enforcement<br />

should not infringe upon students’ dignity.<br />

“I mean, to a great extent, membership<br />

in the MPH community is a chance for<br />

young people to experience a certain level<br />

of freedom … and I think it’s important<br />

that you do get a chance to experience this<br />

freedom, even if you’re going to break small<br />

standards like the dress code from time to<br />

time,” he said.<br />

Accordingly, consequences for dresscode<br />

violations are fairly mild. Students<br />

receive a verbal warning and an email to<br />

parents for their first two violations each<br />

school year. A third violation results in the<br />

loss of free blocks or lunch duty.<br />

“I once had to do lunch duty for a week,<br />

which was not fun,” Brang said via email.<br />

By contrast, Christian Brothers Academy<br />

has a strict dress-code violation policy. CBA’s<br />

Parent-Student Handbook states that students<br />

breaking the dress code may not attend class<br />

until they are in dress code. Teachers may<br />

give them zeros on any work, including tests<br />

or quizzes, they miss.<br />

Regardless of the enforcement policy,<br />

Dunaway believes it is impossible to eliminate<br />

violations altogether.<br />

“What I have seen is that whatever the<br />

dress code, strict or lenient, students test the<br />

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

of being an adolescent, I think.”<br />

However, Meehan values consistent enforcement<br />

of the dress code.<br />

“I think it’s not fair to the other students<br />

who follow the dress code,” she said. “<strong>The</strong>y’re<br />

being part of it, buying in, and doing the right<br />

thing, so I think it’s important for people to<br />

realize that.”<br />

Although some students and faculty<br />

In the 1990s, boys were required to wear<br />

a collared shirt or a turtleneck.<br />

agree that enforcement has become more<br />

relaxed in recent years, Leclercq maintains<br />

that he eased up only last year due to the<br />

stress of MPH’s financial crisis, logging only<br />

23 violations for the year. However, he admits<br />

that it is difficult to spot all violations.<br />

Perhaps the most prominent dress-code<br />

violation came during last year’s financial<br />

crisis, when two students dyed their hair<br />

blue and pink, respectively, to protest the loss<br />

of their scholarships. <strong>The</strong> MPH dress code<br />

prohibits unnaturally colored hair as well as<br />

facial and body piercings.<br />

Leclercq sees the dress code as a work<br />

in progress. Students can petition him for<br />

changes but rarely have; Lukow was the last<br />

student to do so.<br />

“I’m very disappointed,” Leclercq said.<br />

“I was hoping for more changes to the dress<br />

code. I mean, the dress code is intended to<br />

evolve with fashion, right?”<br />

Leclercq said that changes should be left<br />

up to the students and that even jeans could<br />

be allowed should a student compose a valid,<br />

logical argument.<br />

“I think students are more on the edge of<br />

fashion than any of the adults in the building,”<br />

he said, “and so I think that push needs<br />

to come from them.”<br />

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features<br />

Respect Your Elders<br />

Current seniors give advice to the Class of 2017<br />

Story and graphic by Sam Goldman<br />

Visit one of the junior class meetings at<br />

MPH, and the sense of urgency in the<br />

soon-to-be seniors’ voices is obvious.<br />

Each student at MPH is uniquely different,<br />

but something on everyone’s mind is applying<br />

to college.<br />

College is especially alarming to the Class<br />

of 2017 in part because of the newly formatted<br />

SAT. This raises questions regarding its<br />

difficulty and scoring system, and adds itself<br />

to the already large list of daunting senior<br />

tasks. Do I have a “good” SAT score? Will<br />

they accept me? How can I get into the college<br />

of my choice?<br />

<strong>The</strong> shift between junior and senior year<br />

is the most important one in high school.<br />

Though seniors set high expectations and<br />

worry about their future, one senior offers<br />

advice all juniors should take to heart.<br />

“Don’t be afraid, don’t feel like you aren’t<br />

worth it and that you aren’t going to get anywhere,<br />

because everyone is a smart person,”<br />

said senior Dorothea Hamblin.<br />

Be confident, and get off to an early<br />

start. While summer is normally for rest<br />

and relaxation, for high-school juniors, it’s<br />

quite the opposite. Summer is a crucial time<br />

to improve the chances of getting into the<br />

college of your choice by broadening your<br />

knowledge. Do this by attending a summer<br />

camp that suits your interests. Some colleges,<br />

like Princeton, have asked prospective students<br />

to list what they’ve done their previous<br />

two summers. Whether it’s a camp dedicated<br />

to aerospace engineering or pogo sticking,<br />

there’s something out there for everyone.<br />

“Going to a summer camp is very beneficial<br />

because it shows colleges what your goals<br />

are,” said senior Amina Gingold, who attended<br />

camps for photography and film. “It shows<br />

that you’re actually doing something, as<br />

opposed to sitting on the couch all summer.”<br />

Getting a job can be equally helpful.<br />

Holding a job shows colleges your maturity<br />

and responsibility, and also puts money in<br />

your pockets and gas in your tank.<br />

“I would definitely get a paid job and<br />

then do something that you’re interested in,<br />

because colleges like to see that,” said senior<br />

Cady Ridall. “Also, it’s fun to do something<br />

that you like.”<br />

Community service is another thing<br />

students can do and an area more and more<br />

colleges are starting to value. But don’t try<br />

to become someone who you are not. You<br />

shouldn’t partake in community service, or<br />

anything else for that matter, unless it”s<br />

something that interests you.<br />

“Do something meaningful to you and<br />

perhaps your family,” said Will Cardamone,<br />

MPH’s Director of College Counseling.<br />

Additionally, the overwhelming advice<br />

from the senior class regarding academics<br />

and college applications is to start early.<br />

Whether it’s your summer assignments or<br />

the Common App, don’t procrastinate. Doing<br />

some of the work at the end of junior year,<br />

and even over the summer can alleviate the<br />

stress that comes with being a senior.<br />

<strong>The</strong> most daunting and time-consuming<br />

part of the college application process is the<br />

Common Application, aka the Common App.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Common App is a generic application<br />

that many colleges now accept. With it, you<br />


are able to create one in-depth application<br />

and send it to 625 schools that accept it.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> Common App is going to be your<br />

life,” Gingold said.<br />

But several seniors agree that though the<br />

task seems overwhelming, it is manageable if<br />

you’re smart about it.<br />

“It’s a very time-consuming process so I<br />

would recommend splitting up your application<br />

process into little chunks,” Ridall said.<br />

During senior year, the academic load of<br />

classes and AP courses is difficult to balance<br />

alone; add the college application process,<br />

and it becomes excruciating. Getting a jump<br />

on things will allow you to take it easy the<br />

second semester of senior year, unless you’re<br />

waitlisted. Being waitlisted by a college can be<br />

discouraging but you have to remain hopeful.<br />

A marathon runner does not jog the 25 miles,<br />

just to walk the rest of the way.<br />

“[If I were waitlisted] I wouldn’t be able<br />

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

I’m a first-semester senior.”<br />

Cardamone said that though the college<br />

search can be stressful, it is important to keep<br />

it in perspective, and he advises that students<br />

avoid focusing on school rankings found in<br />

guidebooks.<br />

“What students do when they get to college<br />

(making the most of academic/extra-curricular<br />

opportunities) is far more important<br />

than the name of the college they attend,” he<br />

said. “Understand that a thoughtful process<br />

with healthy doses of self-discovery and honest<br />

communication with parents will lead to<br />

the best outcome at the end of the search.”<br />

Although senior year is difficult, make<br />

sure you enjoy it. Recognize that high school<br />

is a time to try new things and discover what<br />

interests you. Try something new, whether it’s<br />

extracurriculars such as theater, sports, or the<br />

tons of clubs offered at MPH, or even branching<br />

out to a new group of friends.<br />

Often, unique strands of the notorious<br />

disease “Senioritis” have infected countless<br />

seniors. John Bierut fell victim to “Senioritis”<br />

toward the beginning of his senior year,<br />

quickly warning others that “senioritis is<br />

gonna hit, and it’s gonna hit hard.”<br />

“[Senior year is] way harder than you<br />

think,” said senior Bryce Church, “but make<br />

sure you enjoy it. You can only be a senior<br />

once.”<br />

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issues<br />

Election of a Lifetime<br />

A junior overcomes her ineligibility to vote<br />

By Jeongyoon Han<br />

I<br />

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

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

<strong>The</strong> remaining candidates represent all parts of the political ideological spectrum,<br />

from Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders to the radical right businessman<br />

Donald Trump.<br />

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

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

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

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

future of our government. <strong>The</strong> next president will have to settle the nation’s qualms<br />

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

than ever that the younger generation is heard. World relations with<br />

China, Russia and Arab countries, along with domestic policy issues<br />

over immigration and the budget, are so fragile that it is imperative<br />

for every voice to count.<br />

Matthew Twomey-Smith, who teaches AP U.S. History<br />

at MPH, said this election season is especially important<br />

and unique. As unconventional runners, Sanders and<br />

Trump have managed consistently strong campaigns,<br />

which hasn’t surprised him. Twomey-Smith said their<br />

popularity resulted from the “confluence of a perfect<br />

storm”: Americans have reached a point where they<br />

are tired of politicians constantly fighting.<br />

“[Americans] don’t want the same old, same<br />

old candidates anymore,” he said.<br />

Neither do MPH students, like senior Emery<br />

Spina, a registered Democrat. His strong opposition<br />

to the GOP is the result of what he views as<br />

the party’s insensitive stance on social issues.<br />

“I’m kind of ashamed that people like Trump<br />

have made it this far,” he said.<br />

Many share Spina’s disdain for Trump.<br />

Gallup Poll stated 7 in 10 women disapprove of<br />

Donald Trump, and that 50 percent of Americans<br />

would be scared if Trump was elected<br />


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

American, particularly immigrants and Muslims. Duke University professor and imam-in-residence<br />

Abdullah Antepli once said, “Trump is validating the narrative that the West is at war<br />

with Islam.”<br />

Even some of our allies have distanced themselves from Trump. U.K. Prime Minister<br />

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

petition to ban Trump from entering the U.K.<br />

Contrastingly, Trump supporter Jordan Darling believes Trump would be the right fit as<br />

president because he will represent all of America’s values in international issues.<br />

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

when it comes to world leaders.”<br />

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

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

president,” said Darling, a senior.<br />

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

my peers are left with the task of addressing our ever-so-evolving politics with<br />

the power of the ballot, something that we have wanted our whole lives.<br />

That’s the exciting part: the thrill of the election is not just hitting<br />

new voters, but those of us under the age of 18.<br />

Should the race boil down to Former Secretary of<br />

State Hillary Clinton or Trump, had I been old enough<br />

to vote, I would have had to think deeply about my<br />

decision. Clinton’s connections to large corporations,<br />

her untrustworthiness and Trump’s<br />

offensive remarks have made me wary of voting<br />

for either. Plus, though this isn’t new to<br />

American politics, the candidates’ quickness<br />

to slander each other, some of the GOP<br />

candidates’ insensitive comments and<br />

ideologies have made me embarrassed of<br />

our leaders.<br />

While it is a bummer I can’t vote,<br />

my disappointment pushed me to be<br />

immersed in the campaigns: attending<br />

political rallies, phone banking and<br />

canvassing for Sanders. Even though<br />

it’s not the same as voting, remaining<br />

active in the campaigns as a minor can<br />

be just as impactful. It has given me a<br />

taste of the excitement I will feel once I<br />

actually step into the voting booth and<br />

cast my first vote on November 3, 2020.<br />

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from adversity to art<br />

Cancer masks transformed into masterpieces for charity auction<br />

Everything will be OK.<br />

I’ll be in a better place.<br />

I love you.<br />

By Lily Grenis<br />

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

Gingold paid tribute to her mother by embellishing these phrases with paint and flowers<br />

as a way to transform suffering into beauty.<br />

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

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

organized by the Upstate Cancer Center. Eight schools and 25 professional artists from Central<br />

New York participated in the project, which also educated the artists about these cancers.<br />

Gingold lost her mother, Naomi Chernoff, in fifth grade.<br />

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

would make an ode to her.”<br />

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

blue are vibrant flowers, representing beauty growing out of pain.<br />

Creating beautiful art from unimaginable ordeals was no simple task, however. Teresa<br />

Henderson, chair of the Visual Art and Design Department and class instructor, described the<br />

difficulty of doing justice to a cancer patient’s experiences through the masks.<br />

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

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

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

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

Upstate also produced a documentary about the project designed to serve as an educational<br />

tool for cancer prevention. MPH students were interviewed for the film.<br />

Going forward, Henderson hopes the masks will be informative tools in the community.<br />

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

ability to engage, it has the ability to advocate, and it has the ability to bring more information<br />

and more awareness.”<br />

Photo courtesy of Teresa Henderson<br />

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

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