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Archive for September 19th, 2008

By MORGAN ROMEY
Student contributor
For Rick Thompson, a new edition to the Poly Upper School Math Department, Poly is a familiar place. Thompson, who attended Poly from the 10th to 12th grades after going to the Chandler School for elementary and middle school, returns to his alma mater to teach senior Calculus BC and sophomore Functions, Trigonometry and Advanced Algebra.

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Felicitas Lenz (left) and Andrew Saeta take their athletic expertise into the national and international arenas. (Courtesy of Jennifer Godwin-Minto)

Felicitas Lenz (left) and Andrew Saeta take their athletic expertise into the national and international arenas. (Courtesy of Jennifer Godwin-Minto)

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By SARAH PATTERSON
Student contributor

Performing Arts Department Chair Cynthia Crass has chosen to take a year-long sabbatical for the 2008-2009 school year. Already with one Master’s degree in theatre, Crass intends to complete her second Master’s degree in educational foundations at California State University in Los Angeles. She describes the subject as “a blend between psychology and educational theory.”

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By CATHERINE CLARY
News editor

As a result of the construction on Wilson Avenue and Cornell Road, senior parking has been moved from the streets traditionally reserved for seniors to the Caltech parking structure. Seniors were informed of the change the week before school began.

The old fifth grade classrooms have relocated to the gym parking lot. The losses of that parking space, the north side of Cornell and much of the Garland lot have forced all student drivers to Caltech. (Justin Worland/The Paw Print)

The old fifth grade classrooms have relocated to the gym parking lot. The losses of that parking space, the north side of Cornell and much of the Garland lot have forced all student drivers to Caltech. (Justin Worland/The Paw Print)

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Poly penetrates fencing world

By MIMI BEA
Assistant sports editor

This school year begins like any other; our school is graced with new classes, new faculty, new students – the norm. But this year, instead of volleyball, football, cross country and water polo offered as the only fall season sports, fencing has been added to the roster.

Two poly students bout during practice. This year marks the first in which Fencing is not just a PE class, but rather a competitive team as well. (Evan Robinson/The Paw Print)

Two poly students bout during practice. This year marks the first in which Fencing is not just a PE class, but rather a competitive team as well. (Evan Robinson/The Paw Print)

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By JORDAN SMITH
Sports editor

Following Varsity football’s narrow victory against Campbell Hall on Friday, the Panthers returned to North Hollywood on Saturday where the JV football team met the Vikings in their season opener. From the opening kickoff, the teams appeared to be equally matched, suggesting that the game would likely be a close one. Neither team seemed to show the slightest edge over the other during the initial back and forth drives and stops, that is until the Viking tailback slipped through Panther defenders in the 2nd quarter to take the ball 70 yards for the first touchdown of the game. As the two teams retired to their locker rooms at the conclusion of the first half, the score stood at a 7-0 Campbell Hall lead, as the Panthers had been unable to successfully deliver a retaliatory blow to the Vikings defense in the 2nd quarter.

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By KEVIN JIANG
Assistant opinion editor

The 2008 election hasn’t been short on suprises, and the selection of Vice Presidents just added a new twist to this already facinating game. For months, Americans have been convinced that this election will be the most revolutionary one of our generation. Both the Republicans’ selection of Sarah Palin and Democrats’ selection Joseph Biden assure us that this will be the case all the way up to November 4. Electoral potential of both candidates aside, one can see that not only do the potential vice presidents give a little extra spice to the race, but the frenzy behind them both marks an end to the party images as we know them now and fosters a new age for both the Republicans and Democrats.

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In defense of Scouting

By HAYNES WINKLER
Student contributor

The Boys Scouts of America often carries a certain, not wholly deserved stigma of being too conservative or too closely associated with the Christian faith.  These objections are, it must be said, based in reality, but the scope of opportunities provided by this organization extends far beyond conservative limits.

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Adela Wu/The Paw Print

Adela Wu/The Paw Print

Poly is old school. But age isn’t the issue here. As our respected preparatory school enters its second century of existence, technology on campus still lingers behind the times.

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By JUSTIN WORLAND
News editor

This past summer a number of Upper School students and several young alumni participated in PolyConnect. The Alumni Association launched the program two years ago with the goal of linking current Poly students with professionals in the Poly community.

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