Poll Finds Polarized Student Body

ISIS, Gun Control and Immigration are of Students’ Greatest Concern

By Hannah Lachow

It is no secret that Mamaroneck High School students live in a bit of a bubble. We live in a highly educated, affluent suburb outside the most cosmopolitan city in the world. The views held by most members of our community do not in any way reflect those of most Americans. What is interesting, though, is how this “bubble” nature of Larchmont and Mamaroneck plays into students’ views and opinions on politics. Continue reading “Poll Finds Polarized Student Body”

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Jumping on the Bandwagon

Questioning the rationale of college students holding anti-racism protests across the U.S. 

College students have always been recognized as the nation’s most forward-thinking demographic. During the civil rights era they were the first to initiate sit-ins as a form of protest. Likewise, the movement against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was born on college campuses. So in the 21st century it comes as no surprise that protests against discrimination would be spearheaded by this demographic. What has come as more of a surprise has been the extent to which these latest protests have propagated amongst campuses across the nation. Continue reading “Jumping on the Bandwagon”

Uniting Against Divisive Forces

Spreading Islamophobia is not an appropriate response to terrorism

In times of catastrophe, disaster and misfortune, people unite and stand as one. This is true for families; it is true for communities, and it is true for countries. Without a doubt, it is true for the United States of America. The most recent and obvious example of this phenomenon was our reaction to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris this November. Our country collectively mourned the loss of over a hundred innocent lives and stood together in solitude against the horrific attacks. We respond in this manner to show that we are still strong and that we are superior to the attackers. Continue reading “Uniting Against Divisive Forces”

Deciding Wisely

Is Early Decision a leg up or ball in chain?

By Hannah Kahn

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, students applied to college by Jan. 1, heard back by April 1, and decided on their school of choice by May 1. However, the so-called “game” of college admissions is perpetually changing. As getting into prestigious schools becomes more and more competitive, students (and their parents) look for any help they can get in order to get that coveted acceptance letter. Due to this heightened selectivity, students everywhere have utilized the Early Decision “loophole.” Continue reading “Deciding Wisely”

Careless Campaigning

By Gabe Tugendstein

Robert Lewis Dear was, by most measures, an odd guy. Divorced, he lived alone, splitting his time between a trailer in Colorado and a remarkably small and primitive shanty in North Carolina. He had been implicated in the types of petty crimes you might expect from a backwoods hermit— unruly dogs, animal cruelty, voyeurism—all without conviction, and his exwife had accused him of domestic abuse but never filed charges. He wasn’t like a cartoon villain or a character out of “Deliverance” or something, but I definitely wouldn’t, say, ask him his opinion on recent movie releases, or go out with him on Friday night. Continue reading “Careless Campaigning”

Thanks for Nothing

By Rebecca Novick and Emily Renner

With the holiday season in full swing, we are told to show gratitude for all the blessings we are given in life. Starting on Thanksgiving, we are constantly reminded to be thankful for family, friends, safety, health, comfort, food, the list goes on. But are we truly grateful for these things? Or are we merely going through the motions of what is expected of us? Continue reading “Thanks for Nothing”

The New Music Renaissance

Artwork by Alex Corbin

By Sebastian De Lasa

Many things over human history have come and gone. One thing becomes popular, then something new gains popularity, until it is fully accepted by the main consumers of trendy things, the youth. A never-ending cycle forms, with trends and fads brightening and fading. The presence of music has never left, but popular music sounds unbelievably different every year. Things come and go. The ’60s are looked upon as one of the best decades for music, which is a fine claim to make. Continue reading “The New Music Renaissance”

Recapping the Year In News

By Jack Mollin

January

  • New York City police officers turn their backs on Mayor De Blasio during his eulogy to deceased officer Wenjian Liu, revealing the deep rifts caused by De Blasio’s pro-protestor stance.
  • Terrorists affiliated with ISIS devastated the international community with multiple attacks. The offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were targeted by masked gunmen on Jan. 8, resulting in the deaths of 12 employees, and African group Boko Harem destroyed the town of Baga, Nigeria, killing hundreds of civilians.

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How to Find Zen in the New Year

By Katherine Heaney

A new year marks new beginnings. As 2015 comes to a close, nearly half of Americans will select New Year’s Resolutions with the goal of improving their lives in 2016. Common resolutions include eating healthier, exercising, quitting a bad habit or taking up a new hobby. However, only eight percent of Americans will reach their goal or stick with their resolution for the year’s entirety. The vast majority gives up within the first week, mainly due to a lack of patience and frustration from putting themselves on strict schedules with unachievable aims. Continue reading “How to Find Zen in the New Year”

“Hamilton” Captivates Junior Class

By Sophia Howard

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor…” end up on a stage, on Broadway, in front of 400 students from Mamaroneck High School?

This past month, the entire 11th grade had the incredible opportunity to attend the Broadway show “Hamilton.” Corresponding with the U.S. History and Government curricula, “Hamilton” tells the compelling story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. However, this production is not a normal Broadway performance. In the place of usual show tunes were more modern-style pop, rap and R&B numbers. That’s how LinManuel Miranda, the mastermind behind the music and lyrics, wanted it. For the play, Miranda created songs that were incredibly intricate, with historical references woven into couplets and verses intermixed with excerpts from historical documents, Shakespeare quotes, lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G. and lines from other Broadway shows. The music complements the lights, which shine down over 500 different cues, changing as the actors bounce to the beat of the next “Cabinet Rap Battle.” The set is constantly moving and changing. Each character is played by actors of various ethnicities and races, reflecting what The New York Times has called “America then told by America now.”

The musical has been incredibly popular. When it first opened on Broadway, the show had a multi-million dollar increase in ticket sales, taking in $30 million. Since its opening in September of 2015, “Hamilton” has been reported as sold out for most of its remaining engagement.

With the high demand and increasing prices, how did MHS get over 400 tickets to the show? The answer is through the enormous time and efforts of Principal Elizabeth Clain, Superintendent Robert Shaps, Jayne Lipman and all other faculty, community members and administrators who contributed.

Lipman, the mother of a student at MHS, came up with the idea when she saw “Hamilton” with her grown daughter during one of its off-Broadway performances. Lipman noticed that the production rekindled her daughter’s interest in the Founding Fathers. In an interview with The Globe, Lipman shared that the play “got [her] thinking that this would be a great, even essential way for students currently taking American history to become really excited about what they were learning, and to be exposed to this new, completely groundbreaking 21st century musical.” Lipman also stated that, “The show’s diverse cast and its choice of rap, hiphop, jazz, and more traditional Broadway-style music also seemed to be a way of connecting with a younger, more diverse audience, even if one wasn’t particularly drawn to musical theater.” Lipman recognized that the show would be of interest to many students and at the same time have educational value. “I’d heard Dr. Shaps and Ms. Clain speak often about the District’s focus on authentic and experiential learning” Lipman said, “and thought that seeing ‘Hamilton’ would be the ultimate form of experiential learning at its best.” With this in mind, she presented the idea in March to Clain and Shaps, who were enthusiastic and supportive about the idea.

Clain began to work on scheduling and other logistics while Lipman took care of fundraising. The tickets proved to be relatively easy to reserve so early in advance, which left more time to collect funds. The fundraising began with phone calls across the community. “I have to tell you,” Lipman said, “every call I made was received enthusiastically, and both those who had seen the show and those who hadn’t agreed to make a donation.” In the end, with the help of community donations and a generous amount of money granted by the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation, the juniors only ended up having to pay $40 each.

Meanwhile, the juniors were busy preparing in their own ways. Along with adhering to the usual curriculum, students in both Advanced Placement and Regents

U.S. history classes devoted X and Y days to studying Hamilton, becoming familiar with the “ten- dollar Founding Father.” Caroline Scudder, who teaches both courses, reported being excited to add this feature to the curriculum. She described it as a way to allow her students to “view history through a completely different medium.” Additionally, students spent time in their English classes analyzing lyrics and sitting in on lessons with the music department to learn more about the styles and rhythms they would witness in the show.

Students were beyond excited in the days leading up to “Hamilton,” with many downloading the soundtrack and learning the lyrics, and some even posting to social media about the event. One student, Emmeline Chuy ’17, tweeted a picture of her annotated lyrics to the opening song, “Alexander Hamilton.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton, liked the tweet, resulting in much excitement from teachers and students alike.

On Dec. 2 and 9, buses departed MHS at the end of lunch and headed to the city, where the students viewed the 2 p.m. matinee. Following the show, students were able to talk with some of the cast, the stage manager, the conductor and the associate choreographer.

 

 

Students were permitted to ask questions as they pleased, and had the opportunity to speak with Miranda himself and Jonathan Groff, a well-known cast member who was previously on “Glee.” Students learned about the process of playing the roles of historical figures with a modern twist, heard about the actors’ personal stories, and discovered more about Miranda’s process in writing the revolutionary songs in the play. “We had the talk [with the cast] and all the actors were all there,” Assistant Principal Michael-Joseph Mercanti-Anthony described. “[Afterwards] all of the actors went out to the stage door on the street, and people were screaming and signing autographs and getting pictures, so it was so cool that people were fighting to get close to them and we had just gotten to talk to them alone for 15 minutes.”

Students agreed, finding the entire experience unforgettable and learning more than they had even realized. “It was unbelievably amazing,” Sophia Danziger ’17 shared. Lauren Pogostin ’17 agreed, saying, “‘Hamilton’ was the best thing I’ve experienced in high school.”

The Globefather: Nodding Off

Advice you can’t refuse

Dear Globefather,

I cannot, for the life of me, seem to be able to keep my eyes open in class. The moment we start taking notes, my eyelids feel heavy and I struggle to pay attention. When I try to sit down and do my homework, I either can’t concentrate or I pass out for an hour or two. I try to get to bed earlier, but every night I find myself finishing my work later and later. Any advice on how to get my energy levels back up to normal?

Sincerely, Nodding Off

Dear Nodding Off,

I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve sat down to get my work done and woken up an hour later completely disoriented with the imprint of a history textbook plastered across my cheek. I know exactly how its feels to try so hard to keep your eyes open and suddenly realize that they have been closed the whole time.

This is completely normal for any student, and, as frustrating as it is, will be something that everyone will most likely encounter at some point. However, there are a few strategies that can help get you through this exhaustive rut.

First and foremost, always do your homework sitting upright in a chair. Never do homework while lying down or in a bed; it’s a recipe for disaster. You’ll end up asleep within ten minutes, and you will wake up more exhausted than you were when you started your homework.

Another idea is to go to bed early and wake up early. Sometimes getting work done late at night is difficult because you are tired from the day and have little patience to focus. By going to bed early and waking up early, you get a fresh start on your homework, well rested and ready to work.

As for falling asleep in class, if focusing on what you’re learning is not interesting to you, find something that you can focus on simultaneously. Obviously nothing that will take away from your learning experience, but definitely something that can enhance your engagement. This could include doodling, chewing gum, and drinking water. Also, if you take detailed notes using different colors it can be more engaging. If none of this works, take a quick, two-minute walk outside of the classroom. It will rejuvenate you, making you ready for the rest of class.

Unfortunately, you will never be able completely get rid of your exhaustion. However, hopefully by living by these strategies, you will be able to lessen the effects of it and be productive with your time.

Yours Truly,

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Ten Things to Do Over Winter Break

By Lizzie Clark

It’s hard to believe that winter break is already upon us, and whether you’re a senior getting through the final push before second semester, or a freshman who’s finally beginning to adjust to high school, winter break serves as enjoyable school-year milestone. You’ve almost made it halfway through the year! So now is a great time to try to blow off some steam and release the stress that has sunk in after the first half of the year. So, if you can find time between getting a jump-start on midterm studying, or maybe completing that one last college app, here are some fun activities that you may consider trying over this break! Continue reading “Ten Things to Do Over Winter Break”

Shopping Local for the Holidays

By Camryn Cohen and Sam Master

It’s December, the month of giving and receiving. Everyone wants to give the people they love presents that they deserve and finding the perfect presents can be one of the hardest things you’ll do all month. We went all around Larchmont and found some of the best gifts to give this holiday season! Continue reading “Shopping Local for the Holidays”

Comedian Bo Burnham Tours for the Fifth Time

Photo courtesy of haha.com

By Gabby Tucciarone

Robert Pickering, otherwise known as Bo Burnham, is a singer-songwriter, poet and renowned comedian. He is known for being provocative and satirical in his work. This past year, he announced his 2015 tour, which is currently in full swing. At almost every place he performs, the shows are practically sold out within seconds. It’s clear that his fans have been very anxious to see him. Continue reading “Comedian Bo Burnham Tours for the Fifth Time”

“Theatrical Music Production” Showcases PACE Talent and Creativity

By Pete Simpson

“Soundscapes” came to Mamaroneck High School over this past weekend, bringing all kinds of song, dance and student talent to MHS. The show was shown over three days in the PACE auditorium, to a great turnout.

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Winter Movie Guide: What You Need To Know

By Charlie Storck

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is the fourth installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, and focuses on the three chipmunks’ journey to stop their owner Dave from getting engaged. Coming December 18. Continue reading “Winter Movie Guide: What You Need To Know”

Ansari’s New Show Is Not Your Average Comedy

By Liam Katz

“Master of None” is a drama/ comedy TV show written by famous stand-up comedian and “Parks and Recreation” star Aziz Ansari and former “South Park” Alan Yang. Season 1 was released in full on Netflix in early November. The show depicts the life of a man named Dev (Ansari), an aspiring actor in New York City. The show follows Dev through failed and successful job opportunities, hanging out with his friends, relationships and the depressing feeling of starting to settle down. Dev, a rather childish 32 year old, does not want to embark on this boring middle-aged life that is always haunting him. In only 10 episodes Ansari packs a ridiculous amount of emotion, character development and comedy.

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Bieber Fever or Justinian Plague?

Artwork by Hannah Kahn

By Hannah Kahn

Gone are the days of Justin Bieber’s signature flow peeking out from under his purple hoodie. Bieber has truly transformed. After launching his career as an adorably squeaky Canadian cutie, he became a seemingly doomed child star. The 21-year-old singer has become relevant again, but this time the buzz is actually positive. Coming off a rocky, uber-public breakup with Selena Gomez and the most stylish DUI of all time (a drunken race between a yellow Lambo and a red Ferrari), not to mention a hilarious yet cringeworthy Comedy Central roast, Bieber has gotten his share of bad press.

Continue reading “Bieber Fever or Justinian Plague?”