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Archive for May 22nd, 2008

By KAYLIN MARCOTTE
Student contributor

“It’s not wrong, it’s not right… it’s just different..” So goes the American Field Service aphorism that, over my six-week stay in Rosario, Argentina, I recited to myself more times than I’d like to admit.

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By OLIVIA RUSSAK
Staff writer

The Paw Print: What changes do you think you can bring to the Poly community?
SS: The thing that I love about the ASB is that it’s a link between the students and the teachers. Specifically,
I love Rivalry Week because it’s a strong example of the community coming together. I would love for this strength to be shown more often through special events, student involvement in ASB activities, etc.

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By ALIXANDRA BINNEY
Story editor

When Cynthia Crass, Theater Department Chair, announced The Pajama Game as this spring’s musical,
much of the campus did not know what to expect. Most of us children of the 90s had never heard of this
50s-era musical before. Then, on April 25, senior J.P. Alanís entered the Garland stage and, breaking the fourth wall in true Shakespearean fashion, told the audience to “watch for the symbolism.”

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By MONIQUE CHAN
Staff writer

Prom: the zenith of high school life. Well, supposedly, anyway.

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By STEPHEN WU
Opinion editor

On March 18, 2008, an internal memorandum was circulated at Poly noting that the Rivalry Week water fight theme of “Cowboys and Indians” had been unilaterally modified by the Upper School administration due to “very proper concerns” about “the poor taste” of our selection. This demonstration, in my mind, underscores the larger problem of increasing fears of being “politically incorrect,” relating to matters as trivial as events at the school to larger themes.

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By ALISON SONNENSCHEIN
Opinion editor

Trailing Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) by an estimated 187 total delegates according to CNN, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) feels increasing external pressure to give up her presidential dream. These outside forces, some supporters of her opponents and others political analysts, constantly reiterate the fact that she cannot mathematically win.

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By KEVIN JIANG
Assistant opinion editor

The presidential candidates of each party are more or less decided and it’s time for the political world to finally move on to the next step of the election. With the onset of the general elections, one institution of American government is bound to come under fire, as has been the case without fail during modern presidential politics.

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By STEVEN SANDER
Assistant opinion editor

Israel will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its creation this May, but I’m not celebrating. Since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, this quasi-theocracy has conducted systematic and widespread repression of Arabs in both the country itself and in its occupied territories of the West Bank, Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip. Its de facto policy of “collective punishment” toward Palestinians has only succeeded in worsening the problem.
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By AMANDA FINK
Opinion editor emeritus

This time last year, I was the newly appointed Opinion Editor of The Paw Print. After a year on the Life Section, I was a little sick of designing layouts (truth be told, I still don’t know how to format the paper) and I was ready to sink my teeth into something a little meatier. I wanted a hard-hitting topic or a touchy subject to write about. And so, when the last issue of the year and first issue with the new staff came out last May, I had a byline under the headline, “Poly’s Faith in Students Erodes.”

I want to retract this statement.

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By KATE HAMILTON
Assistant news editor

Students, groggy from the draining week and AP exams, regained their energy and joined a handful of teachers to make the journey to Dodger Stadium this past Friday, May 9 for an enjoyable albeit uneventful match-up between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros.

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