BL Student Section Tradition Gone?

 

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These two pictures represent the fears and concerns of many Boys’ Latin community members.  The first picture shows the Boys’ Latin student section in 2014 full of students ready to cheer for their fellow classmates in pursuit of a lacrosse victory.  The second picture is from this year, 2016, and shows the lack of energy and support this year’s student sections have brought.

Boys’ Latin has always been known for having an impressive student section.  According to senior varsity lacrosse captain Andrew Murrow, “When I was a freshman and sophomore, people used to compliment our student section all the time.” Boys’ Latin used to boast a large number of student supporters nearly every game.

In 2014 and years prior, it felt as if a win for a sports team would be a win for the community.  This was evident when the Boys’ Latin student section would rush the field in order to celebrate with the team after a football or lacrosse win.

Just a short two years later, Boys’ Latin’s pride in its rowdy student section has nearly disappeared. Dylan Kowalewski said, “My freshman year I went to every game and the student sections were massive. This year I look up in the stands and there are maybe half the amount of kids as there was my freshman year.” 

Students are not hugging each other in excitement after wins anymore; students are not showing excitement for the success of their fellow classmates on the athletic field anymore. This is a sight that is sad to see for many seniors at Boys’ Latin.

The lack of attendance can be directed at the majority of the student body.  The lack of attendance often times has been looked at as the underclassmen’s fault, but the blame should really lie evenly throughout the student body.  In past years, seniors would do everything they could to ensure underclassmen would be able to attend Boys’ Latin sporting events.

According to senior Brett Blum, “It doesn’t seem like the freshmen and sophomores care that much this year.”

Not only is the lack of attendance at games showing a tradition that may be ending, but it is also negatively affecting the teams.

According to Andrew Murrow, “We feed off the energy of the student section; it pumps us up; it motivates us to try harder. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing your name chanted or the crowd getting rowdy. So when there isn’t a student section, it’s a lot harder to get that adrenaline going.” 

Boys’ Latin certainly cannot boast the student section they once did; in fact, the two are not even comparable. The Boys’ Latin student section is clearly in a state of emergency currently, and it is imperative that this trend ends as soon as possible.

Seniors Enjoy Lunch Privileges

The Class of 2016 has finally obtained lunch privileges so that the students can go off campus to eat: the feelings of freedom and responsibility hit the senior class as they are trusted to be safe.

As of early April, the seniors that have completed their 40 required hours of community service have been given the privilege to go off campus to eat lunch if they would like on Tuesday through Friday (Monday is advisory lunch).  With the privilege comes a great sense of trust in the senior class.

The ability to go out to eat allows the students to mix up their food options which keeps the student commons food from becoming boring.”I love the food in the st

“I love the food in the student commons but sometimes it’s just nice to leave in the middle of the day with some of your classmates to share a nice meal. I love going out to lunch. It’s one of the few freedoms we get as a senior here at Boys’ Latin, and finally having that privilege to go out for lunch feels fantastic,” senior Brendan Mullally said.

The seniors are happy to finally have the freedom to leave campus because most of the seniors have had their hours done since November. “I am so happy to be able to leave for lunch.  It is such a better alternative,” Rich Rosario said.

The option to leave campus for seniors with the completed amount of hours is great motivation for the ones that do not have them completed.  The thought was that the seniors without the necessary amount of hours would envy their fellow classmates and urge themselves to find time to complete their hours.  Had this been done earlier, the senior class as a whole may have all of their hours completed.

The variety of places to eat ranges from many different places with different kinds of food.  “I go to a multitude of places including but not limited to Chipotle, Poulet, Wine Merchant, and Haute Dog,” Brendan added.  The long lunch provides the students with plenty of time to visit places like Poulet and Wine Merchant which are about a 10-minute drive from Boys’ Latin.

Not only does the privilege let students eat off campus, but it also gives them the chance to escape the stresses of a school day. The off-campus feeling helps students take a nice hour and 10-minute break from the stressful workloads of their classes, and they return fresh and ready to take on their long block classes.

Maroon and White Day Brings School Spirit to Student Body

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Maroon and White Day, which falls on a Friday, is a storied tradition at BL, with each year’s activities becoming increasingly better and more creative than the previous year’s.

Established as a field day for the BL community to engage in, Maroon and White Day never fails to disappoint the student body. It is a day filled with heated competition, great food, good atmosphere, and fair weather.

According to the Boys’ Latin website, Maroon and White Day has been going strong for as long as the faculty members and past headmasters can remember.

The seniors were tasked with taking the reigns for Upper School Maroon and White Day and were free to put their unique spin on the day’s activities. Seniors have fun with setting everything up and really treasure their last sports day on Lake Avenue.

The teachers also enjoy the day as much as the students. They love days where they can just sit back, relax, and socialize with fellow faculty members as well as with students.

Last year’s Maroon and White Day activities included senior-created events such as teacher slip’ n’ slide and student obstacle courses. The seniors this year did not choose to continue this tradition and instead decided to stick to the basics and the original activities that have been going strong for generations.

This year’s events featured kan jam, kickball, egg toss, indoor soccer, dodgeball, whiffle ball, handball, and of course the fan favorite, capture the flag. The day is split into both morning and afternoon activities.

Highlights from the afternoon activities included the hot dog eating contest and jousting. Seniors Shaumar Wilson and Tommy Esposito represented in the hot dog eating contest as well as the classic matchup of Aaron Mendelsohn versus Will Page in their fourth and final joust. Mendelsohn won, and Page, unfortunately, suffered a concussion.

This day tends to impact the seniors the most.

Senior Noah Snyder reflected upon his last Maroon and White Day and mentioned, “I enjoyed the comradery. Since it was my last one at BL, I really tried to soak it all in.”

Senior David Friedman shared similar emotions and stated, “I enjoyed tug of war the most. This is because it was a tradition since lower school and in general, it was a very fun competition that packed a huge crowd. It really motivated me to try my hardest.”

Everyone at BL looks forward to Maroon and White Day. It is one of the last times the entire upper school participates in a large event, so memories are usually created. It is bound to be as successful as it was this year for many more years in the near future.

Cars on BL’s Campus Match Variety of Students

For the 2015-2016 school year, there a variety of cars ranging from Toyota Camrys, Range Rovers, Broncos, Audis, Jeeps, hybrids, and many more located on Boys’ Latin’s campus. There are often inside jokes and laughter between students discussing their first high school cars.

Below is a picture of junior Luke Shilling’s exceptional hybrid.

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“The Prius is an all around blessing to my life. Everything it does for me is amazing. I can get between 40 and 50 miles to the gallon, and I’m helping the environment one trip at a time. It makes me feel like I’m one of those people that is crazy walking around with pamphlets trying to save the environment,” Luke said.

He continued, “I actually sleep better at night knowing that I am helping the world in which we live. Another plus is the gas. I pay for my own gas, and I only have to pay $15 to fill up my tank once every two weeks. Also, contrary to belief, the ladies love the hybrid. They dig the fact that I don’t have to pay for gas all the time and they love even more that I drive it. They all ask me for rides all the time. They think it is ‘cute.'”

Below is a photo of junior Bryce Gothier’s lavish Audi.

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Bryce loves “the way her sweet steering wheel feels beneath my excited hands,” he said.

Bryce’s brother, senior Robbie Gothier, loves driving his Range Rover, shown below.

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“I like my car because it’s an SUV but it’s not too big or too small which makes it good for living in the city. Also, I like the look of it and it’s easy to drive and comfortable,” said Robbie.

Below is a photo of senior Brendan Mullally’s red Jeep.

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“The accessibility of my car is one of the dopest aspects about it. I love having the top down and having all my friends just hop in the back and drive right off. It’s great for the beach because my friends and I can easily hop in with no shoes, shirts, or worries and go have a full day at the beach just to come back to a jovial and carefree environment the car provides,” said Mullally.

One Laker|One Love Day a Success for Boys’ Latin

On May 15th, 2016, the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland held its One Laker|One Love Day. The whole day revolved around what it means to be a man. Society has placed false ideals on what a man is, but throughout the day, the Upper School was able to see clearly what the true meaning is. 

The day began with small group discussions. In these small groups, students were able to discuss when and where they have heard the phrase “be a man.” After letting down their guards and having a heartfelt discussion, students were released for a short break.

After the break, students headed over to the Iglehart for what was the most intense and moving part of the day. During this portion of the day, students got comfortable in their seats and watched the documentary “The Mask You Live In.”

The documentary is about the stereotypes surrounding masculinity and the mask that all people wear. Mitch Casper, senior and member of the One Love club, said, “I think that being a man is being able to communicate with everyone and maintain those relationships for more than just one conversation.”

Soon after the movie, the Upper, Middle, and Lower Schools united to take a picture of the BL logo on the grass field. It was a true moment where everyone came together for a great cause and a great day.

After a long a tiring first half of the day, the students were released for lunch for time to eat and regain some energy for the closing portion of the day.

Soon after lunch was over, the Upper School made its way to the Iglehart to hear Joe Ehrmann speak. Joe Ehrmann was a professional football player who played for the Baltimore Colts.

Ehrmann’s speech truly portrayed to the Boys’ Latin Upper School what it means to be a man. Being a man is much more than being strong and having power.

Shortly after Ehrmann’s moving speech, Upper School students were again released into their small groups where each group focused on masks to end the day. Each group did an activity on masks, which was very effective and emotional.

Each student in this activity was given a mask and a sharpie. On the outside, students wrote what feelings they portray publicly. On the inside of the mask, students wrote what feelings they hold within.

The mask activity was a great way to end a very emotional and moving day.

One Laker|One Love Day was a true success for the school. Mr. Robinson said, “I do believe the day was a success for the fact that our boys were able to engage in meaningful discussion and reflection regarding an important topic that is often overlooked in high school education.”

This day was an eye-opening experience led by great faculty members and leaders.

United States’ New Currency Notes Cause Controversy

The United States Treasury Department has recently announced it is going to change the look of the $5, $10, and $20 bills. It plans to have these changes out into the market by 2020 according to money.cnn.com

The new changes to the $5 and $10 dollar bills are yet to be finalized. However, the new plans for the $20 dollar bill have been announced. The United States plans to put Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill.

Tubman was the leader of the Underground Railroad during the 19th century. She was a prominent figure in the efforts to abolish slavery in the United States. She is someone who virtually everyone recognizes in the U.S.

Harriet Tubman will be booting 19th-century President Andrew Jackson from the face of the old $20 bill. Andrew Jackson is most likely being removed from the bill because his policy and treatment of Native Americans recently came under scrutiny.

This decision to remove Andrew Jackson and replace him with Harriet Tubman has come with a wave of controversy. In an article by Paul Thornton, published by the LA Times, he cited letters which the paper received in response to this decision.

One of these writers, Jacqueline Kerr, wrote, “‘Having a woman’s face, and a black woman’s face no less, on the $20 bill will lift the status of women everywhere. It’s impossible to imagine how this will affect some cultures in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, especially those in places where a woman’s face must be covered. Go for it, Treasury Department: Alter civilization.’”

Another one of the writers, Wayne E. Williams, wrote, “‘The decision to replace Jackson with Underground Railroad hero Tubman is a slap in the face by the Obama administration to American Indians who suffered from the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

It would only have been right to replace the image of Jackson on the $20 bill with one of our Indian heroes from the nations affected by the Indian Relocation Act.'”

These responses are just a few of the opinions of the widely disputed decision to change the $20 bill.

Mr. Morrissey noted that this is a good change. He said, “It is good to see different types of leaders be recognized other than just old presidents.”

Capitals Hope to Meet Expectations

capitalsThe Washington Capitals are coming off their best season ever.  Their 2015-2016 season began strong, and they continued their impressive success through the whole season ending with 56 wins, 18 losses, and eight overtime losses, leading the entire league in points according to nhl.com standings.

Going into the 2015-2016 playoffs, the Capitals are the eastern conference favorite with star left winger Alexander Ovechkin trying to lead them to the cup for the first time. Ovechkin is coming off another brilliant 50 goal season with 21 assists in a total of 79 games played according to espn.com. Ovechkin is one of the league’s best players yet to win a Stanley Cup, but he is still only 30, leaving him four to seven years remaining in the league as a highly productive player.

After the 2014-2015 season, the Washington Capitals were probably the most active team during the offseason, making many trades.  The Capitals acquired many players that have a great amount of experience in the league and the playoffs.

The Capitals acquired Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are the Capitals’ biggest rival. Both Orpik and Niskanen are currently facing off against their former team in the second round of the playoffs.

The Capitals also added solid two-way forward TJ Oshie from the St.Louis Blues, who is known for his Olympic shootout for team USA against team Russia. They also added Justin Williams from the Los Angeles Kings, who has an extensive amount of playoff experience.

Reagan Chasney said, “I do believe that the trades that the Washingston Capitals made over the offseason will in the end help the Capitals reach the Cup.  They have great depth through their lineup and have a great captain.”

After the first series, Ovechkin has put up three goals and two assists in the six games played, which is a real step up from past playoff series.

The Capitals have a great combination of skill, speed and size allowing them to be able to easily compete with any team in the league.

In the frist round of the 2015-2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Capitals faced off against the bruising Philadelphia Flyers.  The Capitals won the series 4-2.

In the second round of the 2015-2016 playoffs, the Washington Capitals are battling their biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The key match up is Ovi vs Crosby and Ovechkin’s fellow Russian teammate Evengi Malkin.

The second round of the playoffs is proving to be one of the fastest and most physical matches playoff viewers may see in the entire playoffs. The series is currently tied at 1-1.