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Justin Leff


Throughout my four years at Milken, I’ve seen various opportunities for Milken students to express their voice through different mediums such as art, music, writing or film. Classes such as Journalism and Creative Writing give students a chance to improve their craft, as well as publish their work either on the Milken Roar or in the Literary Magazine. Artists showcase their talent at the annual Art Show where hundreds of visitors come to admire their hard work. But I’ve always felt something was missing. There is no platform for students to connect with one another in a more intimate and convenient manner. Students have been without a means to talk about school, music, politics, pop-culture or frankly whatever they want… until now.

I am beyond excited to announce the creation of the Milken Student Radio, hopefully to be recognized by its station identification name, KMSR. With already around 10 groups signed up, students will share music, host talk shows, announce sporting games and much more, live on weekday evenings. Students will be able to stream the shows live from kmsr.us on their computers or phones.

I have to admit, this is not an entirely original idea. Harvard Westlake has their own student radio station, although they mostly use it to DJ music. Their station was helped set up by former Milken film teacher, Mr. Max Tash, with the help of Coach Sergio. Since Mr. Tash left Milken, Milken Video News – the weekly Tuesday news update – has ceased to exist.  The broadcasting studio has been vacant and something feels missing without the kehila news show.  

Mr. Tash’s absence has also led to the end of Milken livestreams. Tash would stream audio and video of sports events, town meetings and other events at Milken. The new Milken Radio Station will bring back the days of sports broadcasting at Milken, as several students are looking forward to announcing sporting events on KMSR. Coach Sergio, familiar with school radio stations, is also thrilled about this new venture. And there’s no doubt you will hear ‘Serg’s’ famous golden voice on the radio during some big games.

There are still spots available for interested students to host their own weekly shows. If you’re interested in having a show for yourself or with some friends, email me at jleff300@milkenschool.org.

Hope you tune in! kmsr.us

-Justin Leff

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Josh Berenbaum
Sports Editor

Milken’s Varsity Basketball team claimed the Liberty League Championship on Thursday, defeating The Buckley School, 60-32. Buckley had won six straight Liberty League Championships, but had a down year and went 0-8 in the league this year. For the Wildcats, it is the team’s first league title since 2013, when they were members of the Delphic League (the league Milken used to compete in).
For Senior Brian Pearlman ‘17, a four-year varsity player, the victory at Buckley was “really, really sweet” for Coach Michael Whiting and his current crop of players. They finished 7-1 in league, with the loss coming to Holy Martyrs who finished one game behind them at 6-2.
Milken’s reward for their triumph was a first round bye in CIF Southern Section Playoffs, and the Wildcats will face Salesian High School, located in Boyle Heights, for a spot in the quarterfinals. Seeded 5th in Division 4A, the Wildcats will host the game in Hollander Gymnasium Saturday night, one day after the rest of the division plays because of conflicts with Shabbat.
Milken will enter the game against Salesian as favorites, but the Mustangs have beaten Mary Star of the Sea, a team Milken lost to in the Milken Classic Tournament. Alternatively, Salesian finished the season with a 13-14 record and is seeded 12th in the tournament. While the focus is on winning the first game of the playoffs, the Wildcats have higher aspirations, hoping to advance as far as the finals. No Milken team has ever won a CIF Southern Section Title, but three teams, girls soccer in 2003, boys baseball in 2010 and boys tennis in 2011, have played for the championship.

Kian Zar ‘17, another four-year varsity player, hopes that the “hard work we’ve put in over the last four years pays off. We are the first Milken team to have a bye and we feel like the championship isn’t just a dream this year.”

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Noah Cohen

Community Editor

The newly inaugurated President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has made it one of his chief missions to restore what he sees is a broken relationship between Israel and the United States. With an Orthodox son-in-law and daughter, Trump has been considered a friend of the Jewish people by many Jews. Others doubt the President’s allegiance to the Jewish people and to Israel as a whole. Many news outlets widely criticize President Trump’s pick of Steve Bannon for White House Chief Strategist. Bannon has been under fire for what some believe is the publication of anti-semitic articles on Breitbart News, the far-right media website that Bannon was previously executive chair of. President Trump has spoken at AIPAC, America’s Pro-Israel Lobby, about his plans for the future of Israel and the United States. The AIPAC speech was before the election, and American Jews are eager to see what the President has in store for Prime Minister Netanyahu after the big win.

To show solidarity with the then President-elect, Netanyahu took to Facebook on November 9, 2016 to convey his good wishes and hopes for the future. Prime Minister Netanyahu posted:


“President-elect Donald J. Trump, my friend, Congratulations on being elected President of the United States of America. You are a great friend of Israel. Over the years, you’ve expressed your support consistently, and I deeply appreciate it. I look forward to working with you to advance security, prosperity and peace. Israel is grateful for the broad support it enjoys among the American people, and I’m confident that the two of us, working closely together, will bring the great alliance between our two countries to even greater heights.

May God bless America.

May God bless Israel.

May God bless our enduring alliance!”


Many conservative leaning students at Milken see the Trump victory as a win for Israel. To these students, Trump’s plan to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem is the perfect gesture to show our enduring promise to support the Jewish state. Elliot Shadgoo ‘18 says about the relationship: “I think that it is good that we have a president who is pro-Israel because it puts pressure on both sides (Israelis and Palestinians) to resolve this conflict once and for all. But I don’t believe that Trump should be completely biased towards Israel, because the Israelis would become complacent and unwilling to negotiate for peace.”


More liberal leaning students worry about how their strong support for Israel can go against their leftist political beliefs. These students worry that being pro-Israel is in some way also meaning that they are pro-Trump. Griffin Isen ‘19, says, “I believe that people who are pro-Trump are going to become more interested and invested in Israeli affairs than American affairs. This sounds like a good thing, but they need to learn to worry about America first.” Other liberal students see the relationship of the two world superpowers as something of a “silver-lining” to the Trump presidency. The mentality of “at least he’s pro-Israel” has been heard in many liberal homes that are also supporters of the Jewish nation.


Most recently, Prime Minister Netanyahu has expressed his support of the Mexico border wall through his tweet on January 28th. Netanyahu wrote: “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.” The tweet received over 100,000 likes and was shared over 50,000 times. Many have commented how the tweet is similarly structured to a tweet by Donald Trump. President Trump has invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit Washington D.C, and the Prime Minister accepted this invitation with an offer to the President to visit Israel in return.


Only time will tell how the relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump will unfold and develop over the next few years.

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Michael Schulman

Staff Writer

It’s a regular Wednesday night and while some are relaxing and unwinding with The Walking Dead or The Big Bang Theory, I relax and rewind with my favorite show of all time: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Though Will and the Banks family have not been on air for over 20 years, I find a way to spend 30 minutes with the family every night. A simpler time the 90’s was: N’Sync was still together, Shaq and Kobe liked each other, and technology was pretty much nonexistent. Why does this appeal to me? Why do I love reruns of a TV show that was made before I was born?

As it turns out, today’s modern pop-culture is actually anything but modern. Corporations try to capitalize on consumers’ nostalgia through retro toys, film and even food. Netflix, for example, brought back the 90’s family sitcom, Full House. All the old cast members were brought back not to finish an important storyline, but to tug at the hearts of fans who remembered the fondness of the show. While this may give Netflix an excuse to stop creating new shows, from a financial perspective, this is genius. They brought back Full House to cash in on all of the grown up Millennials who grew up watching the show. Millennials also happen to make up the largest percentage of viewership on Netflix. Nostalgia does not just affect Millennials, as I soon learned that older generations look to recreate the past too.

I used to think that my dad was not very sentimental about the past until I saw him watching the reboot of the 1980’s detective show, Macgyver. I tried explaining to him that the show “is not very good, and just a cash grab.” I was totally expecting him to defend it, but he simply said, “I know.” My dad was in college when the original came out and tells me that he is “reminded of college every time” he watches it. He watches Macgyver because it reminds him of a simpler time in the 80’s when he was a free, somewhat rebellious graduate student exploring Los Angeles on his own.

Theme parks, carnivals and baseball stadiums are examples of attractions that use nostalgia to boost their profits. Baseball, for example, is known as America’s pastime. The organ music, Cracker Jacks, and overall aesthetic of the baseball stadium transports me to the past.  I have fond memories of watching the Dodgers and my favorite player, Shawn Green, with my dad. Even to this day, I go back to Dodger Stadium and eat the original chocolate malt that is only served at that particular place. Although I do not even think it is very good, I must have one every time I go to the ballpark. It’s tradition. I feel like I missed out and did not gain the entire baseball experience until I get my six-dollar ice cream. Everytime I step into a baseball park, I try to recreate a childhood memory that has long since faded away.

Psychologist Sigmund Freud was one of the first to note the power of the past. He believed that our childhood memories shape our personalities and behaviors. To an extent, he was right. Alan Hirsch from the Center of Consumer Research defined nostalgia as “a yearning for an idealized past, the bittersweet nature of it becomes clearer. One can never return to this past.” Our memories are not just images. They are special moments that define our character. Nostalgia can help us evoke some of these long lost feelings; however, we can never truly recreate the past.

So is there something wrong with being so fixated on the past? As we grow out of Heelys, Hot Wheels and Ring Pops, and enter the world of college, taxes, and responsibility, sometimes we need nostalgia to maintain a positive attitude.

I love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air because it reminds me of my family. As a child, during every family event or holiday, I would sit down with my cousins and watch another re-run of that show. Today, as I turn on my TV to watch the show once again, my heart warms with the memory of my childhood “cousin time.” The whole family is older now and we have all gone off on our own paths so we do not get that time together anymore. However, we can still benefit from nostalgia to make us feel better even on our worst days. That is why if I ever have a “rough day” at school, I always know that I can end my day with a much younger Will Smith and a story about how he became the Prince of Bel Air.


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Britt Jacobson


Milken students in the Advanced Photography program were given an unprecedented opportunity on Saturday, February 11th, to have their hard work showcased in a real art gallery. To mark this accomplishment, there was an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Friends, family and faculty gathered at DNJ Gallery, located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, to support the budding photographers: Isabel Bina ‘17, Taylor Feldman ‘18, Jordan Hofert ‘19, Lexie Kamran ‘19, Clara Pitt ‘18, Ryan Sassouni ‘19, Chad Schoenberg ‘19 and Adam Schreiber ‘19. The display was influenced by an exhibit by Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg titled “When Did it Stop Being Fun?” Students took inspiration in many ways, including “an existential search for beauty within fragmented chaos,” according to one explanatory caption. Kamran described her inspiration as wanting “to show the balance between extracurriculars and schoolwork.”

One room in the gallery centered around a time-lapse video of students and staff putting together the set and arranging the room. The organization efforts of the photography teacher, Ms. Bonnie Ebner, are to be especially lauded. “I am so proud of my students,” Ebner said. “They all have unique talents and concepts and they really shined tonight.” Mazel tovs are in order to our students for a job well done! Though we at The Roar are not nearly as adept at taking photographs as those being honored, we have compiled a slideshow of snapshots from the reception. However, in order to get the full viewing experience, you may visit DNJ Gallery until the exhibit closes on March 25.

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Mira Berenbaum and Michael Schulman

Social Media Director and Staff Writer

The annual Fashion With Compassion extravaganza is quickly approaching. On Sunday, February 19th from 12 to 4 PM, the boutique and fashion show will be held at the Saperstein Middle School Amphitheater.

Chloe Sabbah ‘17, Riley Banton ‘17, Alliyah Farahi ‘18 and the rest of the Fashion With Compassion committee have been diligently working to create the best event yet. The FWC team has recruited over 30 vendors, received clothing donations, and, of course, trained the next top models of Milken. Everyone is hard at work, getting ready for the big day. This is not an event that you want to miss!

VIP tickets are presale only and cost $40, while general admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are only $15 for students and faculty. All proceeds benefit Orr Shalom for Children and Youth at Risk. The doors open at noon and the boutique will be open two hours before the show and one hour after, with the actual show running from 2 to 3 PM. Simcha Treats and Ubatuba will be available for purchase at the event.

To buy tickets, click here.
If you cannot attend, the committee encourages you to make a donation to Orr Shalom here.

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Lauren Cohen

Voices Editor

Tammy Shine ‘17 is widely known as the senior who bounces through the hallways, beaming with sunshine and doling out high fives like they are nothing. Beyond Tammy’s positive aura lies her incredibly formative and diverse involvement in the Milken Community. Over the past four years, she has been an integral member of honors and AP courses, Class Council, the volleyball and waterpolo teams, NHS, rigorous art courses, and the Righteous Conversations Project. She is described by her peers as “adventurous,” “insightful,” “empathetic,” “sincere,” and “brilliant.”

The Roar sat down with Tammy to gain a deeper insight into her fascinating personality.

What are you known for? What kind of Milken student are you?

Ehh.. I think I’m known for being weird and not caring about how I appear and what I look like when I’m doing things. I think people also know that I’m kinda nerdy, and that I care about learning.

Which Milken teacher is your spirit animal?

At the core of it, it’s probably Mr. Martin. It’s definitely Martin. It just feels weird to call him my spirit animal.

What is your happy place?

Either Crater Lake [in] Oregon, like jumping off the cliff into the 40 degree water that’s just so clear you see right to the bottom, or in the middle of the mountains in Michigan with my hammock, 20 feet in the air, swinging between trees and looking up and seeing the leaves over my head.

Which kitchen utensil would you be?

The Sprife – it’s a fork, spoon, and knife. Or egg beaters. Probably the sprife, though, that’s an essential one.

Celebrity crush?

Chris Pratt. 50 Cent. All you need to know.

What is your craziest memory at Milken?

When they brought The Landfill Harmonic and I played violin in front of the whole school and the guy was like ‘You don’t know how to follow instructions!’ and I was like, ‘I just don’t know how to play violin, I’m sorry.’

When’s your next concert?

It’s tonight and it’s Girlpool. Don’t know who that is, but it’s gonna be a blast.

If you could live forever how would you spend eternity?

Probably trying to have cultural exchange with every single culture and country in the world. Even each country has so many microcosms of cultures and if there’s a way to understand all of them, you can bring so much more understanding and compassion into the world.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do and why?

I’ve always wished in MASH that I would get ice cream scooper. I always thought that was such a nice job to have. Just imagine getting to scoop ice cream.

Which decade would you travel to?

If we’re referring to the 1900s, then the ‘60s because it was a very formative time in America’s consciousness and history. Being able to experience that, rather than through a history textbook, but in real life, would change my perspective in so many ways.

A penguin walks in right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

I just have so many questions. How do I answer a question when I have questions?

If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?

Work hard, play hard. That’s it.

Which Kardashian are you?

There’s this episode when the two little ones, what are their names? Kendall and Kylie! They convinced Caitlin [who was then still Bruce] to let them adopt the dogs, and I think I’m those dogs.

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Isabel Bina

Guest Writer

This piece was inspired by the individuals in my life who have made the last few months bearable. During the college process it is really easy to feel as though darkness is consuming you, due to the amount of pressure and expectations that we strive towards. Thanks to certain people and special moments, I have a better sense of who I am and who I want to be.

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Ben Chasen and Evan Satlin

Staff Writers

In the past year, certain artists have dominated the playlists of many Milken students, such as Drake, Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and The Chainsmokers. Now, as the year comes to a close, many of those same artists and more have been recognized by experts in the music industry with nominations for the Recording Academy’s 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Here are our picks for some of the top awards:

Best New Artist


Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak

Our Choice: Chance The Rapper

Ben Chasen (BC): You may call me biased, because if you know me, you’ve seen me proudly wearing my Chance merchandise. If you don’t know me, look out for the guy wearing a “3” hat at least once a week. Chance truly is deserving of the award, not only for creating one of the best — if not the best — projects of the year in Coloring Book, but also for pushing the Recording Academy to make streaming-only artists eligible for GRAMMY recognition. Side note: honorable mention to Anderson .Paak for sneaking his way into the nominations for Best New Artist.

Evan Satlin (ES): Chance the Rapper swooped into the music scene as quickly as possible. His distinct voice and love for music has truly helped make him one of the industry’s best artists. Milken students were not the only ones who loved his mixtape, as he gained nationwide recognition for Coloring Book, the first streaming-exclusive album/mixtape to list in the Billboard 200. I have no problem calling Chance the Best New Artist.

Record of The Year


“Hello” — Adele

“Formation” — Beyoncé

“7 Years” — Lukas Graham

“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake

“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

ES: “Work”  — Rihanna Featuring Drake

I know I’m veering from the professional predictions here, but I stand by my decision. “Work” is arguably the catchiest song of 2016 (I still have the song stuck in my head). If Rihanna set out to make an addictive tune that swept the world, she has succeeded, and I believe that she should receive a GRAMMY recognition for doing so.

BC: “Formation” — Beyoncé

Typical Beyoncé. Out here slaying. What else can I say? “Formation” has fantastic lyrics that reference Beyoncé’s heritage, relationship with Jay-Z, race-related struggles and much more. It’s instrumental and beat drip with swagger, perfecting a song that can only be described as a self-promotional anthem. It is easily my pick for Record of the Year of the given nominees. One question: where are “One Dance,” “No Problem,” and “Ultralight Beam”?

Song of the Year


“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)

“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)

“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)

“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Our Pick: “Hello” —  Adele

ES: I am choosing this song over some of the other promising nominations because everyone of all ages was, and still is, singing “Hello.” From babies to grandmothers, everyone loves this song and the deep emotion behind it. Seems as if “Hello” is going to be an ageless wonder. Well done, Adele.

BC: Not an easy choice, but the lyrics themselves are enriched with imagery and emotionally soaked. Plus, the song is extremely catchy (as noted by Saturday Night Live). Personally, I don’t really agree with some of the nominations, such as “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” getting a nod while “Lazarus” and “Ultralight Beam” were left out.

Album of the Year


25 — Adele

Lemonade — Beyoncé

Purpose — Justin Bieber

Views — Drake

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Our Pick: Lemonade –– Beyoncé

ES and BC: Ladies and gentlemen, the Queen is back. Coming out with an album that digs deep into her personal life and background, Beyoncé captures betrayal, emotion, and so much more. She has reminded us that even the best feel pain; but the difference between Beyonce and us is that she makes an anthem and millions of dollars out of it. Not only is it great music, but it is accompanied with a complete visual album that is also up for its own GRAMMY. Beyoncé, you have done it again.


The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS at 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, February 12, 2017.