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Micah Chasen

Staff Writer

When college basketball tournament season comes around, it’s hard not to be swept into the madness. All around the country, millions of people fill out brackets, regardless of how knowledgeable they are on the topic of college basketball. On game days, people live stream the games to make sure they don’t miss a second of the craziness. The nationwide phenomenon of March Madness takes over people’s daily lives for a few weeks and forces even those who don’t love basketball to pay attention.

Milken students are no exception. At school, brackets are filled out by students and teachers alike who want to take part in the March Madness festivities, and groups are created so that students can compete with one another. The madnesses even reaches such heights that Milken blocks ESPN.com on the network during the peak of the tournament.

The tournament began last week, and both people all over the country and students here at Milken could not get enough. After just the first few games, the whole school was buzzing with questions like “Did you see that shot?”, “Who did you have in that game?” and “Is your bracket busted?” There were groups of people in the library who lined their computers in a row in order to live stream as many games as possible. There was no avoiding the madness. Milken had been taken over.

But why do some Milken students, who are not all that invested in college basketball, enjoy taking part in March Madness so much? Isaac Gadinsky ’16 says that he loves participating in March Madness because “even though he doesn’t know anything about college basketball, he can still do something fun with his friends.”

With the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight coming up, including higher stakes for every game, there is no question that all of Milken will be following or even live streaming the day’s events. Students will gather, brackets will be busted, and madness will take place. So, embrace the insanity. Enjoy the madness. This holiday only comes once a year.

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President Evan Mateen (right) and Vice President Saman Hagigat.

Gabi Kamran


On March 20, Milken students elected the Student Government executive board for the 2015-2016 school year. The Roar sat down with new President Evan Mateen ’16 and Vice President Saman Hagigat ’16 to discuss their plans for next year…among other things.

First of all, congratulations on your election! Before we begin, there’s something very important that we need to establish: Evan, how do you feel being the successor of the legendary Yesh Prez B?

Evan: As great of a president as he was, I don’t think it’s possible to compare two different presidents who plan on leaving two different legacies behind at Milken. There was Yesh Prez B, and now there’s Mat Prez E. Just kidding, don’t call me that.

What’s your favorite thing about each other?

Saman: Evan’s ability to be a turtle.

Evan: Salmon’s ability to be a fish. 

Why did you decide to run?

Saman: Well, my grades aren’t that good, so I need my extracurriculars to be solid for college.

Evan: No offense to the previous presidents at school, but it doesn’t seem like much has happened at Milken in the previous years. I think it’s time that we revamp the system and hire a full time petting zoo.

What’s something nobody knows about you?

Evan: I have a secret alter ego as a YouTube superstar by the name of turtlelover09.

Saman: That I may or may not have had a love affair with my 2003 Toyota Camry. 

Which famous duo are you guys?

Evan: Prince William and Kate.

Saman: Evan is Kate. 

Favorite Milken Mart item?

Evan: Nothing. I’m too afraid of Fern.

Saman: Pesek Zman. It brings me back to my Israeli roots. Also, the “genuine” smile you get from the Milken Mart moms. 

What are some of your plans for next year?

Evan: That’s classified. But I can’t tell you that it involves a lot of chocolate, a lot of animals, and a lot of Dr. Lichti.

Saman: I want to make the seniors’ last year of high school memorable. Our grade has such a tight bond, and I want to extend that bond to the entire school. 

What is your couple name?

Evan: Evman Hageen.

Saman: I like it.

Favorite thing about Milken?

Saman: Cheap parking spots.

Evan: It’s really colorful. 

Anything else you’d like to say to your future subjects?

Evan: Listen, I know Saman and I are very scary looking individuals (especially Saman), but once you get past our ogre-like external appearance, you will come to realize that we are just fairies. And we are fairies to grant your every little wish.

Saman: Don’t faint during your Bar Mitzvah.

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Shayne Tamkin & Leeat Elkayam

Staff Writer & Creative Director

During a senior class meeting last week, Mr. Beau Lindsay, Assistant Principal, announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorians of the Class of 2015. Congratulations to Valedictorian Shani Erdman ‘15 and Salutatorians Cole Stern ‘15 and Ariel Bina ‘15.


Pictured left to right: Ariel Bina, Shani Erdman, and Cole Stern

Erdman attended elementary school at Valley Beth Shalom and then continued her education at Milken’s David Saperstein Middle School. During her four years at Milken Community High School, she became a member of the Student Judiciary Council (SJC), a mentor against obesity and depression at Patrick Henry Middle School, News Editor of The Roar, and Co-Chair of Yozma’s Israel group. One of Shani’s most vivid memories and her top “Milken Moment” was watching the Purim shpiel as a freshman.

“I think it was then that I truly understood what a special place Milken is. At that moment, I felt that there was such a unity between everyone in our community, and I mean, come on, how many schools can say that they get to shpiel all of their amazing teachers?” Erdman said.

Erdman wants Milken students to appreciate all of the opportunities the school has to offer and to realize how lucky they are to be attending such an institution.

Stern attended Steven S. Wise Elementary School. Like Erdman, he then attended Milken’s David Saperstein Middle School. While at Milken, Stern started Bridge to a Brighter Future, a Skype-based mentoring program to help underprivileged children. Stern’s “Milken Moment” was when his Hebrew teacher could not pronounce his name, so instead of calling him Cole, she called him Chloe. Stern wants to remind Milken students that it is possible to have fun and work hard at the same time.

Bina attended Sinai Akiba Academy through eight grade. While at Milken, she has been involved in Kol Echad, Science Research (MAST), and a barbershop quartet. Additionally, Bina has been an assistant researcher at the Zaidel Lab in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. One of her most vivid memories from her time at Milken was when she sang in front of the senior class at their final Shabbaton retreat.

“I want people to know that true success comes with hard work. Sure, luck and smarts play a role in the process, but if you’re willing to put in the effort, chances are, you will succeed in whatever you set your mind to,” said Bina.

Congratulations again to Shani Erdman, Cole Stern, Ariel Bina, and the Class of 2015.

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Sam Rosenberg

Sports Editor

After having seen three Milken musical productions (Beauty in the Beast in 2010, Spamalot in 2013, and Grease in 2014), Into the Woods, without a doubt, stood out to me the most. The Milken Performing Arts department did an excellent job in their rendition of Into the Woods, a fantasy musical that intertwines the lives of characters from the most popular fairy tales and fables, such as “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Jack and The Beanstalk.”

Despite its lengthiness (two and a half hours to be exact), Milken’s production of Into the Woods was filled with relentless energy, thanks to its impeccable set design, powerhouse acting, charming songs, and ambitious storytelling. In addition to Into the Woods’s creative spin on classic fairy tales, the story focuses on a childless baker and his wife (played by Noam Fields-Meyer ‘16 and Jenna Fink ‘16) who embark on a quest to begin a family, but not before they encounter a witch (Tiffany Maddahi ‘15), as well as other storybook characters.

Some of the most memorable parts of the show were, of course, the musical pieces: the two princes (Jonah Cohen ‘17 and Aaron Hendizadeh ‘15) grieved about their woes over their love interests in the iconic “Agony.” Daniel Yadegar ‘18 gave a breathtaking solo performance as Jack when he delivered “Giants in the Sky.” Maddahi, who already stole the show as the Witch, brought the house down with her two lead performances “Witch’s Lament” and “Last Midnight.” Lastly, the ensemble’s opening and closing numbers in both acts deserved the highest merit.

But besides the musical numbers, what impressed me most about Into the Woods was how the cast was able to highlight the variety of issues tackled within the characters’ perplexing situations, such as beauty, power, mortality, and love. Though Into the Woods’s morose tone and multiple subplots may have been off-putting for some, the cast were remarkable at emulating and capturing the flaws and strengths of the characters. Although I have yet to see the film version of Into the Woods, which was released in theaters last year to positive reviews and commercial success, I applaud the commendable work of Milken’s talented cast and crew. Yasher koach!

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Samantha Suman


The results are in! Milken’s Student Government elections took place during this past Friday’s town meeting. Through speeches and videos, candidates expressed their plans to improve upon the Milken student culture. Both L.A. students and Tiferet participants were given the opportunity to vote. Please welcome the new Executive Board:

President — Evan Mateen ‘16

Vice President — Saman Hagigat ‘16

Treasurer — Adam Mokhtarzadeh ‘16

Social Chairs — Kayla Mehdizadeh ‘16 and Elliot Shahery ‘16

Mazkirim — Noa Rubin ‘16 and Yonah Bernat-Kunin ‘16

Farewell to Student Government of 2014-2015, and congratulations to Student Government of 2015-2016. With pride, the student body looks forward to what next school year will bring.

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Natallie Mashian

Life Editor 

Israel’s parliamentary elections took place on Tuesday, with Likud, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s center-right party, winning the highest amount of seats. This means that for the next few years they will hold majority power. With a slight edge over the Zionist Union, a center-left party, Likud will be taking its sixth year in office. As the election buzz comes to an end, students having been posing the question: What does this all mean?

Unlike the United States, Israel has a parliamentary system where party representatives win chairs in office. There is a Prime Minister, who is the equivalent to the U.S. President, and there is also a President, who acts more like a social figure and deals with granting pardons, reducing sentences of convicted criminals.

As of right now, the Likud party has won 29 to 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, but it is up to President Reuven Rivlin to determine whether or not the government will have the ability to make a good coalition.

What the left and right parties boil down to are as follows:

Left/Center-Left: (Yesh Atid, Zionist Union, Labor Party…)


Relative to the right, the left has more of a commitment to a two-state solution. They believe that it is in the best interest of the country to arrange a conclusion through negotiations that would lead to a full peace agreement. They are most inclined to make concessions in terms of land to achieve the intended peace.


Because the cost of living and food prices have become very expensive, voters seem more concerned with the economy that security issues. Housing has become a major issue within economic concerns, so parties like the Zionist Union want to lower the prices of government owned land, pass the Fair Rent Bill and hopefully set plans to build half a million new residential units in the next five years.

Right/Center-Right (Likud, The Jewish Home, Yisrael Beinteinu…)


Netanyahu of the Likud party announced on Tuesday, during a radio show, that there will be no Palestinian state. More recently, he retracted these comments by saying to NPR’s Steve Inskeep “What I said was that under the present circumstances, today it is unachievable” Most right-wing party members are opposed to the two-state solution and have made statements against Israeli Arabs who are not loyal to the Israeli State. They have not been as inclined as the left to give up land.


The Likud party has adopted a mixed economic policy. Through legislation they have pushed to reduce value added tax. Under Netanyahu, Likud has been maintaining a fiscally conservative economic stance. Yisrael Beitenu supports free-market economic policies and according to their party’s platform website ”favors financial incentives, tax discounts and the reduction of bureaucracy”.

The Likud party will now be working on creating the coalition between the 120 members of Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, something that they have been quite use to over past few years.


Jennifer Clemens

Staff Writer

Milken is beginning to raise money in effort to reach its new look. Milken must raise four million dollars, and we have raised half of it. A very generous family has offered a donation for a center for advanced science. Additionally, other families have stepped up to construct a new architecture and design space. The Lowey family who have have significant donors to our school for a while, were also very kind to donate the Lowey Judaic Center, a new beit midrash.

The first phase of the construction is to tackle the more immediate needs that the school has needed to address for a long time. They want to expand the space of some of the programs that are present now, to provide a larger and better learning environment, as well as a more modern construction. After this stage is complete, Milken wants to find space, and begin to build a sports field. Additionally, after the more important constructions are done, Milken is also planning to create a student center.

A pressing question lately around Milken is to why we have created a new logo. One of the reasons is that Milken has recently separated from Stephen S. Wise, and we are now for the first time, a truly independent school. Milken wants to head in a new direction with the construction they are planning on doing, and they thought the first way to start this process would be to create a new logo to visually represent our school. Milken wanted our new image to be different, and thought that this new image for our logo would have people look uniquely at our school, which is one of the goals throughout this whole process.

Milken’s main goal for this new construction is to provide more space for the programs that have recently grown. The other importance that Milken sees in this renovation is to keep updating and growing as a school. Milken feels as though the facilities we have reflect us as a community and as a school.

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Jennifer Clemens

Staff Writer


A program called Career Day is an annual event at Milken that has been going on for many years. The goal of this program is to help the students understand more about professional jobs, and give them a chance to ask questions. However, in previous years only seniors were present at the event, but this year juniors also attended. The administration decided that it would be beneficial for juniors to begin thinking about potential careers and their own futures prior to the college process, so after this transitional year, only juniors will attend Career Day.

With a turnout of over 200 students, this year’s Career Day received especially successful feedback. Students left the event energized with the valuable information they received from the adult mentors.

“Career day was such a great opportunity,” Michael Moadeb ‘16 said. “Being able to speak to people with experience in the professions that I am intrigued by was very influential in considering which path I will be taking for my own future. I would 100% do this again.”

As opposed to the 50 professionals present in past years, this year there were 80 professionals in attendance. Students were attentive, serious, and ready with questions. About eight students were seated with two or three professionals at each career table. The three rotations were 25 minutes each, and students choose which tables they wanted to visit. It was apparent that the majority of students were interested in the Business and Finance fields.

Much planning went into the event. During College Counseling and Advisory, Juniors and Seniors took a survey asking which career fields they would like to learn more about. The number of professionals in each field present catered to the survey responses. Many professionals who came to Career Day were Milken alumni who enjoyed helping students out, knowing well the position of Juniors and Seniors. The rest of the professionals were parents or relatives of Milken students.

At the start of the event, students listened to speaker, Jim Berk, explain his career path. Berk was chosen to speak because of his experience in various careers. He was the youngest principal in the LAUSD schooling system, the President and CEO of Hard Rock Cafe, a film producer, and a band teacher. Berk gave advice about achieving success in modern careers, and emphasized the importance of pursuing what you love and seizing opportunities.

Volunteers at the Event
Volunteers at the Event

Overall, Career Day was a huge success. Milken plans to keep this annual day alive, and to improve it even more. The students left this event feeling a little more confident in what they want to do, and aware of the wide variety of options and opportunities awaiting them.



Jordana Gotlieb

Staff Writer

Doppelgängers have been spotted on campus. In order to explore this phenomenon, the investigative Roar team has decided to look further into the matter. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the following photos and see for yourself:

Mr. Scott Voltz (Science teacher) and Bob Duncan (Dad from Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie)voltz

Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk
Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk

We know that Mr. Voltz is a teacher and a referee, but who would’ve thought an actor as well!

Anastasia Germash ’15 and the Olsen Twinsunnamed-5

Credit: celeberitypic.tk
Credit: celeberitypic.tk

They finally found their long lost triplet.

Chanel Broshinsky ’15 and Kim KardashianProcessed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

Credit: Viralscape.com
Credit: Viralscape.com

The Lowkey Kardashian. 

Ms. Lillit Minasian (Mathematics teacher) and Edna Mode (The Incredibles)IMG_0184

Credit: movies.disney.com
Credit: movies.disney.com

What an Incredible resemblance!

Sean Mehdyzadeh ’16 and King Julian (Madagascar)sean m

Credit: hark.com
Credit: hark.com

Those eyes though. 

Michael Schulman ’17 and Sam Smithmich

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Credit: Interviewmagazine.com

I’m not the only one…Here’s my twin.

Ari Wininger ’15 and Mosesari

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Credit: thedailybeast.com

Loving the manbun. 

Adir Zarian ’15 and Bambi mixed with a SamuraiScreen shot 2015-03-20 at 9.20.00 AM

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Credit: Pintrest.com
Credit: Pintrest.com

Adir resembles a deer. Punny.

Ms. Francine Landau (Assistant Principal, Grade 9 & 10) and Kitty Foreman (Mom from That 70’s Show)



Nobody knows the 70’s better than Ms. Landau.

Ms. Fisch (Director of Counseling)  and Lola (Shark Tales)


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Did you know the working title for shark tales was Fisch Tales?

Ms. Naomi Shepard (Department Chair of Performing Arts, Grades 7 & 8) and Anne Hathawayunnamed-3

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Credit: pintrest.com

Identical (minus the Oscar).

Mr. Tony Lawrence (Social Science teacher) and Jonathan Winterslawre

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Both are quite the comedians.

Mr. Nick Holton (Social Science teacher) and Paul Walker

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Credit: abcnews.go.com

Faster and More Furious.