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2010-2011 Newman Basketball Preview

       This year’s Newman Basketball Team has high expectations due to the talent, experience, and leadership within the locker room. Last year turned out to be one of the most successful years in Newman history, as the Greenies went 10-0 in district play and earned the 14 seed in the class 2A basketball tournament. Returning all but one player from last year, and picking up a new face from out of town, the Greenies’ roster has years of experience and the team knows how to win.

     “The chemistry from the coaching staff, down to the freshmen is great in the locker room,” said senior Will Bryan. “With the great chemistry this team has, plus already knowing Coach Todd’s system, we have the potential to have a special year.”

       Last year’s magical season ended with a second round loss to Red River. It was a close game that could have gone either way. The Greenies lost by two, and their starters had played lots of minutes, not just in that game, but over the course of the season. “We wore out our six guys… we were right there, and we really could have won,” said Coach Kemper Todd.

      This year, Coach Todd has the luxury of a deeper line-up, with game experience, and this should prove to be essential to the team during district play and on into the post-season.

     Coach Todd raves about the leadership of Michael Markowitz and other seniors on the team. “Michael Markowitz is just a winner,” Todd says. “You can’t say he’s the most skilled player, or smoothest or most athletic or any of those things, but he is a winner.” Markowitz serves as the voice between the players and coach: “He’s very caring about the team. He’ll just tell me point blank at times if he thinks that I’m pushing them to hard, or I’m riding someone too hard, or I’m wrong, just flat wrong.”

     This summer, Newman participated in the De La Salle Summer League and looked impressive, losing only 1 game in a league that featured Saint Charles Catholic, Holy Cross, and East Jeff among others. Now, in year two under Coach Todd, the players have adapted to their new coach, and are familiar to his style of basketball.     

     This Newman team, led by Markowitz and seniors Odell Beckham, Mitchell Bernstein and Will Bryan, has a wide variety of skill sets, with each individual player bringing something unique to the team. Sam Kohnke, junior, is a sharpshooter with range. Over the summer, Sam worked on all aspects of his game making him a focal point for defenses preparing to play against Newman. Duke Douglass is possibly the most exciting player on this Newman team to watch. The 6’4 sophomore sensation is an excellent low-post player that has developed a deadly mid-range jumpshot over the summer. Once football season ends, Braden Weaver and Odell Beckham look to get back into basketball form, and become major contributors to the team, with their knowledge of the game and athleticism. Hudson McAshan and Joren Grue provide depth at the forward and center positions. In addition, Jonathan Drennan and Saunders Alpaugh, round out the Greenies young and athletic frontcourt. Michael Hagan-Daniel, is a new kid from San Antonio, TX. He is an athletic, 6’1 junior with excellent ball skills. He is a dangerous and clever offensive threat, looking to score whenever he touches the ball.

    Newman’s first scrimmage is upon us. Practice has begun and team captain Michael Markowitz is anxious for this upcoming season. “We like to think we are working just as hard, if not harder, than all of our competition, and I cannot wait to just get out there and ball hard.”

By Henry Opotowsky

The Mystery of the Greenies


            Newman has a mascot unlike any other. The members of this community are called the Newman Greenies. The question on every Newman student’s mind is “What exactly is a greenie?”

Sources claim that it’s something green that motivates the student body to support the school, but that doesn’t really answer the question. English teacher Peter Flora says, “A greenie sounds like something you hock up when you’re sick.”

And what about that gator? Interestingly, Newman off and on through the years has been associated with an alligator. If one looks closely at the back of a Newman homecoming t-shirt, one will almost always see a green reptile resembling an alligator. This gator represents the school. A gator has even appeared at football games, some students say.  So is the mascot not just a Greenie but a Greenie Gator? In order to understand what exactly a Greenie is, this reporter went into the heart of Newman: Newman’s head librarian.

            Dave Prescott has worked at Newman school for more than 40 years. Mr. Prescott says that Newman once was a feeder school for Tulane University.  This means that a large percentage of students attended Tulane after graduating from Newman. Since Tulane’s student body is known as the “Green Wave” it makes sense for the mascot of the feeder school to take after the mascot of the college. While Prescott didn’t know where the gator came from, he claims that it emerged 10 to 15 years ago. 

Upper School Dean of Students Ken Lass said green was actually founder Isidore Newman’s favorite color.  ”That’s why we’re the Greenies and that’s why the streetcars in New Orleans are painted green,” he said. Isidore Newman was personally responsible for the extension of the streetcar line to places like Uptown and around Carrolton.

As for the gator, Coach Lass offered, “The gator could symbolize the ‘preppyness’ of Uptown, New Orleans.”

This didn’t quite answer the mystery, but Lass did disclose that the gator might be returning to Newman in the near future.

Lass’s interview was very insightful, but clearly, this reporter would have to dig much deeper into the issue.  The student body was very helpful. Student and 7-year greenie Laurent Delafontaine had this to say about the mysterious gator:

“Newman was originally a manual training school and if you can manually train a gator, you’re pretty impressive.”

Senior Marcel Chen asks, “Why can’t we just be the Newman Gators? That would make the most sense.” 

Student and Member at Large Gerard Sonnier said, “I didn’t know a Greenie was a gator, I thought it was a colored letter.”

While the students at Isidore Newman School might not know what their mascot is, they know that they support each other and the school. It appears that the mystery of the Greenie Gator is much deeper than this reporter could have imagined.

The last thing Coach Lass said in his interview was “Nicknames are weird.” This is all too true.

                                                       By Walker Davis

Young Politics


            Something new has captured the attention of students at Newman other than The Jersey Shore, silly bands and Seth Rogen movies. That “something new” is politics.

On a muggy Saturday morning in New Orleans, members of both the Democratic and Republican clubs stood and waved on the corner of Jefferson and St. Charles avenues, yelling and smiling at passing drivers, urging them to vote in the upcoming Senate election. The American flag waved back and forth in the hands of a young campaigner as he shouted fervently at a passing car, urging them to vote for his candidate, implying that it would be the patriotic thing to do.   

            At the beginning of the school year, the Young Democrats and Young Republicans both emerged in the Newman community, started by members of this year’s senior class.

            Mrs. Bush came up with the idea of bringing the two clubs, and I thought it sounded pretty interesting,” says Campbell Wallace, leader of the Young Democrats Club. “Turning 18, I think it is important for people our age…to be involved in politics so they can make the right decisions about it later in life.” Wes Fischer, leader of the Young Republicans, feels similarly, claiming that there is a lot going on in Louisiana politically at this time.

            Mrs. Bush is excited Newman students are becoming politically involved: “Political activism really should start in high school, so I’m thrilled at their opportunities.”

            It seems everyone can agree that this new political side to Newman is a step in the right direction. But this being politics, there is some disagreement. Acrimony has surfaced between the two clubs. The first campaign activity saw fierce competition between the two parties, situated on opposite sides of St. Charles Avenue shouting insults across the busy street.  

            “We’re just messing around,” claims Wes. “I’m actually friends with most of the Young Democrats.”

Campbell agrees: “Young Republicans have been a very well organized, well run, and energetic club. I suppose that the only major problem is that they are trying to associate patriotism with only their club. We have seen the flag waving and the red, white, and blue references. We are both in this to get people interested in national politics, and there is no evidence to suggest that Republicans are more patriotic than Democrats.”

Though the tensions between the campaigns are called humorous by the other leaders, Breck Bash claims otherwise.

“There’s definitely been tension,” says Breck, “We started campaigning at the corner of Jefferson and St. Charles, and noticed the next weekend the Democrats were campaigning in the same spot.”

            “I think friendly rivalry is great,” says Mrs. Bush. “I think most students have different opinions around politics and we need to learn to accept our differences, but also engage in meaningful debate.”

Despite possible tensions affecting the campaign, political activism is at an all-time high. “I have not seen students this engaged in a political campaign since I’ve been at Newman,” Mrs. Bush says.  She is responsible for the required campaign hours which are driving students to the street. Mrs. Bush’s AP Government class is required to complete at least 10 hours of campaigning before the upcoming congressional elections as a way of understanding political parties. Although most of the campaigners are out there because of this rule, others are there out of pure interest.

            Aside from the question of conflict, the school is also anxious to know about the future of these two newly notorious clubs. What are their purposes in the long run? Do they foresee setting aside differences and joining forces on a future issue?

            “I would love to see them have something where they become longstanding clubs where students are in touch with the national organizations,” Mrs. Bush says. But there also needs to be a place for students who are just trying to figure out who they are. Because I do think a lot of students are just trying to find themselves.”

            Both Campbell and Wes seem excited for the future of their clubs, and hope to become even more involved with Louisiana politics. “We’ve got the same goals overall,” says Wes.

It seems that no matter what the party affiliation, the hot thing to do right now is simply to get involved. Whether your opinion is liberal or conservative, the main issue is having an opinion and putting it to good use by attempting to better your community. High School is a time for people to develop a belief, express their views, and think for themselves, and it seems that the Newman student body can proudly say that with the birth of these clubs they’re beginning to do just that.   

                                                                                      By Katie Lauricella and Eli Haddow

The Tea Party

            This is not 1773.  No one is dressed as a Mohawk Indian, and there is no Tea being thrown in the Boston Harbor. This is the Tea party movement, movement being the key word here.  Many people are failing to include the word when they refer to the new political idea.  The Tea Party Movement is a political movement which believes that government is too big.  They believe that there should be a smaller government and they should not have as much access to United State’s citizen’s personal records.  They also believe that government should not have as much power over citizens as they do.  For example, there should be no argument over gay rights, abortion, stem cell research, etc, because government should never have been put in charge of these matters in the first place.  It is not their business.    The Tea Party Movement began to rise in 2009 and now many tea partiers are showing up on ballots around the country.  One of the first Tea Partiers to be elected into office was Dean Murray who won a New York State Assembly Seat.  From then on there have been a slew of Tea Partiers winning elections throughout the country.  As the primaries approach many Tea Partiers have been in the heat of their respective races.  For example, Ken Buck won the primaries in Colorado in the Republican race, Marcio Rubio in Florida, and Rand Paul over Jack Conway in Kentucky.  These are only a few of the many tea partiers who have taken over the recent primaries. 

                                                                                                   By Katie Adams

 

 

Parking Wars

There is a three-sided war occurring at Isidore Newman School. Lately the parking spaces around Newman have become a battleground for seniors, juniors and even teachers.

 Everyone who drives to school is feeling territorial about their parking spaces. Younger students are parking where they are not supposed to, either because they choose not to follow the restricted boundaries or they simply aren’t aware of the rules.  Either way, seniors and teachers alike are frustrated by the constant influx of unwelcomed drivers into their reserved parking zones.

  “I have absolutely seen students parking in teacher parking on Danneel Street,” said Ms. Tiniacos. “Most of the time, they have no problem taking my spot. I don’t like it because they have their own streets. They don’t respect the system.”

Chris Reiss, a member of the senior class who regularly has seen his place stolen by younger drivers, irritably confessed, “I have gotten so tired of seeing juniors park in senior parking. A lot of days I have to park really far from school because they (juniors) steal my spot. Juniors also try to claim that some streets aren’t senior parking when they really are. ”

 Coach Lass explained that parking exclusively restricted to the faculty members and visitors “runs down Danneel from Jefferson Avenue to Soniat Street.” Furthermore, he also said that, “Students are not allowed to park on either side of Jefferson Avenue in front of school from Danneel to Loyola.” In addition to these designated parking areas, teachers and staff members are also guaranteed individual spots in either the separate fenced off parking lot next to Michael Lupin Field or the area behind the Keller center. Some faculty members park in these spots religiously as it is assured that their spot will be open. Mr. Prescott happily confirmed that he “was assigned a great place in the off street parking area behind the Keller center. This year I received slot number two,” he said.

 Some teachers who didn’t receive a convenient place like Mr. Prescott elect to park on Danneel Street. Teachers, like Ms. Tiniacos, who do park on Danneel, however, face the frustrating problem of student drivers giving in to the exhilarating temptation of a wide open parking spot right next to school. Senior students, however, say it’s not fair that teachers get the option to park in both the teacher parking lot and all of Daneel Street as senior parking is invaded with juniors’ cars on a daily basis.

 “Because juniors always park in senior parking, we deserved more streets to park on,” said Wes Fisher. “Teachers should park in their parking lot and Daneel should, then, be fair game for seniors to park in.”

Coach Lass described current senior parking as “all of Octavia Street and the part of Danneel street across Jefferson in addition to Saratoga Street from Octavia to Jefferson Avenue.”  The motives behind juniors who continue to park in senior territory are often questioned by seniors. Senior Spencer Roy said, “I really don’t think juniors care about senior parking. I think they know what streets they’re not allowed to park on, but they park on them anyway.”

One junior confirmed Spencer’s opinion. Jacob Tupler confidently declared, “I park in senior parking almost every day. I know the perimeters, but it’s just too easy to park there. I know a lot of other juniors that park in senior parking also. I get the whole respect thing; I just think it should be a first come first serve basis.”

Coach Lass said there is an easy solution for drivers who violate the borders. He clarified that “Students who park in teacher parking on Danneel Street and juniors who park in student parking will be asked immediately to move their car.” Annoyed seniors, who see their parking as a sacred privilege of seniority, have planned more extreme ways of dealing with junior perpetrators.

“If it continues, I am going to take action on the specific junior by some sort of car prank,” Wes threatened. Chris agreed: “I am going to start confronting them about it. But, if it still doesn’t stop, I am going to start taking matters into my own hands and who knows what’s going to happen then.”

By Will Chadwick

Kendall Kares

Kendall’s Korner,

                How do you mend a broken heart?

 

Tearsonyourpillow,

                Scientists found a hundred years ago that emotions don’t actually manifest themselves in the heart, so, first things first, your heart is fine. The most important thing is to avoid becoming self-destructive—take a little “you” time and surround yourself with support that doesn’t include anyone whose fame is rooted in multiple personality disorder. Miley doesn’t have a song for everything.

                                                                                                                                               

Kendall Kares

                                                                                                                                                Ph.D in Sensitivity and TLK

Kendall’s Korner,

I’m so overwhelmed with school! Do you have any tips on how to stabilize all the stress?

                                                                                                               

CaptainREM,

                I used to find myself weighed down by anxiety too. Now, however, whenever I feel myself losing balance, I watch Dexter and remind myself that his struggles are much greater, and if he can manage, so can I.

                                                                                                                                                Kendall Kares

                                                                                                                                                Ph.D in Sensitivity and TLK

 

Kendall’s Korner,

                A few of my friends say I have a habit of excluding others. Is that something I should really feel that badly about?

 

StephenKinginspiration,

How well did bullying and exclusion work out for Carrie’s classmates?

 

Kendall Kares

                                                                                                                                Ph.D in Sensitivity and TLK

Spanish Exchange- A Personal take

    This year, I participated in the Spanish Exchange program. This year, I participated in the Spanish Exchange program. I did not really know what to expect going into it. What if she was mean? What if she couldn’t understand what I was saying?

 

     This ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. We planned a lot of different events for them, like watching the Saints game and going shopping on Magazine Street. Also, we had parties for them. We even learned a new dance that they do in Spain, and a song about a platypus called “Ornitorrinco.”

 

      Since we lived together, we got to know each other really quickly, and we became best friends for life. We still talk to them over Facebook almost every day because they truly became some of our best friends.

 

Sophomore Camille Barnett participated in the exchange as well. “I liked taking them around and seeing how the little things I do in everyday life amazed and interested them so much,” she said. “At the open house it was the best feeling to see how much fun they were all having.”

 

     The last day was really sad. We knew when we brought them to the airport it would be the last time we got to see them for months. Almost everyone was crying because we could not bear the thought of them leaving. They just became a major part of our lives. What kept us somewhat happy is the fact that we will get to see them again when we visit Spain during Mardi Gras.

 

 

                                By Lynne Sneed

The Year In Newman Sports So far

            Newman Sports are off to a fast start this year.

 Football: Football has won all of their non-district games and head into district games with a 3-1 record. Both sides of the ball have been impressive. The tag team of Brenner and Beckham has led the offense to 42-12 and 27-20 victories respectively. Meanwhile, the defense, led by Chase Crowell, held back a tough Northlake Christian team two weeks ago. Most recently, the team lost to an always tough John Curtis team. Although it was one of the most beatable Curtis teams in recent memory, and the Greenies were only down 15-0 at halftime, they lost 35-14, a respectable showing in what was a tough one to lose.

Swimming: Swimming dominated their first meet Thursday night, led by Senior Captains Max Lasky and Allen Nguyen. Sophomore Patrick Reiss also came up big, following in the footsteps of his big brother Christian, Class of 2010. Look for the meets most Thursday nights at the pool.

Volleyball: Led by seniors Emily Drennan and Katie Lauricella, volleyball has gotten off to a slow start at 4-7. However a win in 5 games over St. Martin’s two weeks ago may give them the boost they need to get into a winning streak.

Cross Country: With senior Jackson Borchardt at the helm, the cross country team has gotten off to an impressive start. In their first race, the boys had 7 runners in the top ten while Junior Graham Sax won the JV race. They had another first place win two weeks ago; it seems like a promising season with the Newman Invitational coming up this Saturday.

Kendall Kares

1)

Kendall Kares,

One of my closest friend’s boyfriend was cheating on her. She suspected it, and when I

confirmed her fears, she called me a bad friend. Now, not only will she not talk to me

but she’s back with her cheating boyfriend! I miss her friendship but I really don’t feel

I was in the wrong. Did I do the right thing? I don’t want to think I destroyed my own

friendship. Please help me!

 

Heyheyyouyouidontlikeyourboyfriend,

You did the right thing! In fact, there’s a perfect parallel situation in the Jersey Shore-

Sn00ki and JWoww, trying to do the classy and moral thing, wrote a letter to their fellow

roommate Sammi informing her of her boyfriend Ronnie’s infidelity. Sammi, instead of

lashing out at her boyfriend, turned on her friends who were just trying to keep her from

a destructive relationship. Several pulled hair extensions later, they were enemies in the

house, but Sammi was completely in the wrong. Don’t feel guilty or feel you have to apologize; you were trying to be a good friend, and hopefully your friend will realize it

before it’s too late.

 

2)

Kendall’s Kares,

I’ve wanted a dog since I can remember. I’m almost out of high school

and time’s running out to convince my parents. My dad has an allergy and my

mom thinks she’ll be the only one taking care of it. No matter how much as I promise to be responsible, they cannot be persuaded! I’m at my wit’s end…is there anything I can do?

 

Thatsnotsoraven,

Let’s be honest, if you are almost out of high school the longest you could care for the dog is two or three years. Chances are, your parents realize this and know the responsibility will inevitably become theirs. Additionally, if your father has an allergy, it could be a health issue preventing you from getting your dream dog instead of conspiracy to ruin your life! Lastly, animals aren’t “its”, but rather, creatures. You may need to rethink your devotion to owning a dog. I suggest you wait until you’re living alone, in which case, you can buy as many dogs as you want, assuming you still want them.

 

3)

Kendall Kares,

            Several months ago, a new tenant rented the apartment nearby. One day while I was walking my cat, the new neighbor was doing the same. I thought she was a female, but now I’m not so sure. She has a shaved head, dresses like a man, and her voice is oddly baritone. I asked for her name, but it could go either way—“Pat.” I would really like to know, what should I do?!

 

Puzzled near Prytania,

            It’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to offend anyone by confusing his or her gender. I suggest you discreetly follow (s)he next time you see him/her in hopes of observing something gender affirming. However, if that’s not something you’d feel comfortable doing, sneak a peek at Pat’s mail next time you pass by, but be careful as this is considered a federal felony.

 

4)

Kendall Kares,

I’m having trouble figuring out how the Egyptians built the pyramids. Help!

 

King Tut’s Ka,

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer for everything. However, should you find an answer to that question, please let me know for it serves as a major source of anxiety in my life.

 

 

Kendall Kares. Ph.D in Sensitivity, TLK

                                                                            By Kendall Edell

Arcade Fire- The Suburbs: A review

(4 stars out of 5)

What can I say about the new Arcade Fire album? Should I praise the band for its remarkable ability to churn out solid songs, album after album? Or should I dismiss them as just another arrogant, self-righteous indie rock band trying to take on the world with hammy lyrics and overly complicated arrangements, a sort of U2 for our generation? Should I whine that this new album lacks clear-cut highlights like the tracks “Keep the Car Running” and “Intervention,” off their previous effort, Neon Bible? Or should I extol The Suburbs for being much a much more consistent outing, front to back? I guess a lot of you might only read these first 8 lines, so I guess you should at least come out of it knowing what I think: The Suburbs is a pretty good album. Not a great one, not an all-time classic by any means, but a solid effort.

                  The band’s first album, Funeral, wowed both mainstream and indie critics with its pounding rhythms and its bombastic lyrics, shouted out in singer Win Butler’s tortured yelp. For fans of that album seeking a return to form after the much darker, more slowly-paced Neon Bible, this is not that album. The Suburbs is much more of a controlled burn, lulling you into complacency with soft, shuffling dirges like “Modern Man” and “Rococo” before turning the amps up to 11 and blowing your hair back with uptempo rockers like “Month of May” and fist-in-the-air anthems like “Ready to Start.” Perhaps the album’s highlight, however, is the song that sounds the least like anything else in the band’s discography: “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” It features burbling synths, a driving backbeat, and the longing vocals of Regine Chassagne, the wife of normal lead singer Win Butler. A friend of mine, upon first hearing the song, mistook it for the French house band Justice, which I think says a lot about the new direction the band has taken instrumentally: the violins, organs and eclectic instrumentation of their first two albums is here traded for a simple rock set up of guitars, drums, bass and piano, with the occasional synthesizer thrown in to spice things up.

                  Lyrically, this album doesn’t attempt the same bravado that their last two albums have; the thematic undercurrent running through this album is a simple one: growing up in the suburbs totally sucks. And Butler’s superb songwriting skills take this theme and run with it, as this lyric from “Sprawl II” shows: “They heard me singing and they told me to stop/Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock/These days, my life, I feel it has no purpose/But late at night the feelings swim to the surface/Cause on the surface the city lights shine/They’re calling at me, “come and find your kind.” And “Ready to Start,” he perfectly captures the conformist mentality of the suburban teenager: “All the kids have always known/that the emperor, he wears no clothes/But they bow down to him anyway/’Cause it’s better than being alone.”

                  The band’s simpler lineup, combined with Butler’s consistently strong songwriting and a much more universal message, make this the band’s most approachable album. And while many critics with a PhD in rock’n’roll will probably accuse the band of dumbing themselves down to sell records, this album hits all the right bases, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least give it a shot.

                                                                         By Kyle Mcgoey