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Samantha Behar

Staff Writer

While many Milken sophomores choose to participate in the Tiferet program and spend their second semester studying abroad in Israel, the students who remain in Los Angeles are said to be on “Laferet.”

Due to the fact that there are only 34 Tiferet fellows this year, an unprecedented number of sophomores are currently on Laferet. Approximately 25% of the sophomore class is on Tiferet right now, compared to about 50% in previous years. Since those classes were essentially cut in half, Laferet students felt greater changes than this year’s class feels. Ali Deutsch 14’ remembers her time in Los Angeles as a time to, “create stronger bonds with other kids, form relationships with teachers in the smaller learning environment, or simply take advantage of eating a home-cooked meal.”

This year, the students who remain here do not feel as many notable differences. While it does give the sophomores an opportunity to get close to different students, class sizes have not been affected — in the majority of academic classes, no more than three students left for Israel. Having most students remain in Los Angeles diminishes the advantages of remaining behind. As Laferet member Lior Eghbal 17’ described it,“ I have been on Laferet my whole life.”

With the size of the Tiferet delegation decreasing year by year, the dynamic is changing for second-semester sophomores. While Tiferet brings a lot of change into the student’s lives, as living independently in a foreign country gives the fellows the opportunity to become exposed to a completely different lifestyle, the students who choose to stay on Laferet do not experience many changes. These students continue to live in their parent’s homes, learn in their regular classes and participate in their usual extracurricular activities.

Laferet, while having a few benefits here and there, has now become merely a continuation of sophomore year as opposed to a separate experience. When Milken students are making their Tiferet decisions, they should not think of it as a decision between Tiferet and Laferet. Instead, they should think about whether they want a vastly different life for four months, or if they would prefer to continue the life they have been living, with a few minor adjustments.



Natalie Pashaie

Staff Writer  

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Who is that woman with the red hair who is always in the library?

Her name is Mika Cigic, and she aids in staffing, admissions, development, and business for the Tiferet program. Cigic is a temp, meaning that her schedule is flexible and allows time for her to pursue activities outside of Milken. She has wanted to be a film and television actress for as long as she can remember, and has already accomplished an impressive amount: she’s done background work for a wide array of television shows, including Parks and Recreation, New Girl, and The Walking Dead.

Having worked at Milken since the April of 2012, Cigic says her first three years at this school have been amazing. Her previous work experiences in retail and coffee shops were very different from her current roles at Milken, and the beautiful scenery at this school takes her back to her home in Virginia, where she attended high school before moving to New York to study. As a self-described homebody, she decided to leave New York and head back to Virginia. It was only then that she decided to revitalize one of her oldest dreams, one that all started when she laid her eyes upon Maculay Culkin on the silver screen: to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting.

When asked to describe herself as a sixteen year old, Cigic says she was very shy, very musical, and sometimes felt like she couldn’t fit in. Milken is actually much bigger than the high school she attended; there, everyone knew everyone. She is the sixth of seven brothers and sisters, which is part of why the spotlight of the camera appeals to her so much. Outside of acting and working at Milken, Cigic enjoys exercising, dancing, singing, and indulging in sci-fi books and movies. Her office is located in the library, and she says that being surrounded by books every day is inspiring.

Of course, I had to ask: Is her fiery red hair naturally that color? Actually, her strands were originally auburn with a brown tint. In a lot of ways, dying her hair brighter parallels her real life. After being a shy teenager and growing up in a quiet town, her new life in Los Angeles is constantly filled with socialization and the hustle and bustle of the film industry. She claims that auditions have helped her become more confident. Cigic says it is important to ask yourself, “Do you try to be yourself, or be yourself under certain circumstances?” Similarly, the advice she would give students is, “You can’t be afraid or shy, you’ve got to be yourself”. She emphasizes “the most important thing is to give happiness and positivity to the world.” Cigic and her bright hair are doing just that; they are spreading positivity and happiness all over campus.



Ivy Schneider and Natallie Mashian

Voices Editor and Life Editor

The Q+A: two students, one teacher, each month. This month we sat down with senior Jordan (Jordy) Yashari


Common misconception about me:  That I care about people’s conceptions

Movie you’ve seen most: Anchorman

One thing I can’t live without: Food, water, justice for all, and lots of money

What you wanted to be at age 10: Rich

Teacher pet peeve: When they are super condescending

Procrastination technique: I’ll start doing my work, I realize how much it sucks, I stop doing my work and then I forget to do my work

Hobby: Television

Favorite thing about being a senior: I get to walk around and tell people I’m a senior, and cut the lines in the Milken Mart

Movie star you wish you could take to prom: Megan Fox, pre-plastic surgery

Favorite class you’ve taken at Milken: Sculpture with Mrs. LaFlur in 9th grade

Funniest Hebrew word: Shtuyot

Most purchased item in Student Store: The breakfast burritos are becoming a new fad; it’s kind of like having a BMW.

Favorite Milken Trend: Senioritis

Where do you sit at lunch: The green tables

What historical figure do you identify most with: Ralph Nader

Starbucks or Coffee Bean: It all depends on which one has better parking

Explain your favorite type of weather: Sweater weather

If you had to leave America, where would you go: Spain

Miley or Hannah: Or

Ultimate Milken homie: Steele and Moss

Favorite teacher quote: “Party hard, party often” – Mr. Lawrence


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Ivy Schneider

Voices Editor 

Three words join together to create an expression infused with passion, admiration, vulnerability, and excitement. Yet, alone, they are bare and one-dimensional. What does “I love you” truly mean?

I: pronoun [first person singular], used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself

Love: noun, an intense feeling of deep affection, a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone

You: pronoun [second person singular or plural], used to refer to the person or people that the speaker is addressing

Is it a phrase you say to selective people? Is it socially acceptable to say it to tangible items? In the 21st century, saying “I love you” to someone has lost its authenticity and genuine implication. We drop the “I” and say “love you.” Better yet, we abandon conventional spelling and text “luv u.” But, in all honestly, we have all at some point resorted to “ILY.” No, let’s not get too carried away: “ily.”

Initially, communication was solely based on face-to-face contact, allowing true emotions and reactions to be instantly seen. No reading between the lines was needed to decipher between an enthusiastic text and a sarcastic text. When people were having problems with each other, no one pressed un-follow on Instagram or Twitter to make a subliminal statement. They took care of business right then and there. However, in modern day, humans have an unquenchable crave for instancy and promptness and now, now, NOW. Our patience said “peace out” and left the room, along with our social morality.

The expression “I love you” possesses immense intensity. One does not just recite it to a random person on the street. Rather, one pronounces it to a life-partner, a family member, a friend, possibly even a pet (crazy, but true). The feeling of love is life changing in any relationship… or is it? People love their phones, their computers, their televisions. Is that love? Can we classify such affection as love? We are attached to “things” that give us unbreakable satisfaction: Facebook, Netflix, Snapchat. But such a bond is one-way. When you close your laptop at night to finally disappear into sleep, Netflix doesn’t miss you and wish for you to awaken back into its life. Yet, you may need Netflix to get through a rough day, boring class, or discombobulated mind. Netflix, and other social medias, are incredible utilizations. However, at times, they take over our lives and transfer us into an alternate realm of nothingness. Could that be why we love them? Because they take us away from our obligations, responsibilities, difficulties and confusions? Possibly.

Saying “I love you” is powerful, which is crucial to recognize. Conversely, you’ll frequently find new friends throwing out the words “love you” just after an initial meeting. Maybe this infers that they like you as a person and genuinely want to hang out with you. Maybe the phrase has transformed into another way of saying goodbye and see you later. Maybe it is a common way of ending a conversation. Who knows? But the fact remains that people love to say “love you.”

Instead of resorting to an acronym that shows so little but means so much, such as “ily,” let’s remember the impact “I love you” has on an individual. Let’s not take advantage of the phrase. We must use it in good health when we truly, wholeheartedly, honestly mean it. Technology will continue to evolve, becoming bigger, better, faster, and stronger. Though, maybe “love” is not necessarily the feeling it evokes. We greatly praise it. We appreciate it. We couldn’t live without it.

We do not love technology. We love each other.

Photo Courtesy of Forbes.com

Josh Berenbaum
Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of Forbes.com
Photo Courtesy of Forbes.com

Each year, Forbes Magazine publishes the much-anticipated 30 Under 30 list. The feature spotlights 30 game changers and successful individuals — all under the age of 30 — for each of 20 fields. This year, two Milken alumni made the list: Mark Gurman ‘12 and Asher Vollmer ‘08.

Gurman, who was named in the Media category, is the Senior Editor of 9to5mac.com, a website that delivers breaking news and reviews of Apple products and rumors about the company’s next steps. For example, Gurman revealed the first pictures of the iPhones 5 and 6 and published information about Siri and the Apple Watch before their release. He began working at 9to5mac.com in 10th grade and has been working there for 5 years. Gurman is currently a junior at the University of Michigan.

Vollmer, who was named in the Games category, is a videogame designer who now works independently after stints with design companies puzzlejuice and thatgamecompany. His most popular game is Threes!, which received great scores from many websites and a 2014 Apple Design Award. Vollmer graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. A Roar alumnus, Vollmer started graphic design by laying out Roar editions, back when it was a print publication.

His reaction to being named to the list was, “Holy moly I’m in Forbes! Move over billionaires, here comes “kid from Milken who likes grids a lot!.” The grids refers to his game, Threes!

 In order to make the list, prospective moguls must first be nominated. Only then can they partake in a judging ceremony, in which they are evaluated by experts in each field.

Other notable names in different categories include NBA superstar James Harden in Athletics, actress Emma Stone in Hollywood and Entertainment, and Ed Sheeran in Music.

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Samantha Suman


The United States has a long history of complicated relationships with its presidents. We positively remember some as notable leaders, such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his successful New Deal reforms, or Abraham Lincoln for his accomplishments in civil rights activism. However, we also remember the bad and the ugly when it comes to presidential reputations, regardless of the president’s beneficial contributions to our country. Many find pleasure in “Bushisms,” which are what Wikipedia defines as “unconventional words, phrases, pronunciations…in the public speaking of former President of the United States George W. Bush.” Or there’s the fun fact that has now become a classic — most people remember William Howard Taft as the president who got stuck in his own bathtub. What was Taft’s foreign policy? What were his views on trusts? No one remembers that, of course.

President Barack Obama is no exception to this predicament. Once famed for his iconic “Hope” posters and promise for change, he is now criticized left and right for his actions both political and trivial. Just the other day, while scrolling down my twitter feed, I read a post that went as follows: “Wish I can send Obama a list of things he’s doing wrong.” After the State of the Union, #RepublicanGirlProblems tweeted, “For the record, I do not like Obama just because he’s a Democrat. I don’t like Obama because he’s an idiot.” In response to the recent violence in Paris, congressman Randy Weber tweeted, “Even Adolph Hitler thought it was more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons.“ In Buzzfeed’s article 24 Ways Satan is Alive and Well, a picture of Obama is compared to that of Satan. Mitch McConnel, Majority Leader of the Senate, famously said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

This tension has surpassed criticism of the President alone and has made its way to his family. Following the Presidential Turkey Pardoning, Elizabeth Lauten, GOP staffer, publicly slut-shamed Malia and Sasha Obama on her Twitter account.

“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guess you’re coming up a little short in the “good role model” department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.”

The absurdity of this situation is beyond my comprehension. She not only attacked the authority of the leader of the United States, but also went as far as to insult his family — all the while jeopardizing her job. How low must we go until we realize that we have a serious moral problem?

The President was initially a symbol representing the nation. Now it seems as if he is the leading cause in our patriotic division. We are consumed by our own selfish pride of identifying and defending our political party that we have lost sight of what is truly important. The name of our country, the United States of America, reminds us of who we should be as a nation: united. By allowing external pressures from our political parties to influence our feelings towards the President, we are only feeding into the political equivalent of the San Andreas Fault. And if this division continues to grow, we will never be able to accomplish anything, together as we should, that is worthy of dignity.

Ultimately, our issue is a general lack of respect. For years upon years, Americans have been known to rather brutally and openly criticize the national leader of the given time. To become the President is no easy task, and minimally, we should respect the time spent and the efforts made to achieve this high profile title. Truthfully, we should respect every and any president, because not only is he (and maybe one day she) dedicating a maximum of eight years to the betterment of America, but also because by respecting the face of our country, we are respecting the country itself. In order to put our best face forward, the symbol itself has to feel as if the support needed in order to succeed is both present and strong.

Granted, our country is founded on the right to free speech, and therefore, we are not restricted in what we can say. However, this freedom holds us accountable for moral decision making and actions. Although criticism is welcome in our society, there is a difference between it being constructive and it being blatantly hateful. When people say things such as, “I could do a better job as president,” it has no inherent meaning, as the person saying it is most likely not going to pursue anything past the initial expression of disappointment. All it does is stir angst and division that leads to anything but productivity.  The recent rise of technology has made it easier to say such things and to be heard by many. While it may connect people with similar political beliefs, it also encourages a lifestyle of blamelessness. People post what they are thinking the moment it arises in their head and rarely think of the repercussions their words may induce. It is easy to blame social media for these political attacks, however we are the ones who are liable for our behavior.

America, it is time to do an internal re-evaluation. As a democracy, we are eternally bound to disagreement and occasional disappointment. At times, it may seem as if the system is working against our intentions, however it is conversely what makes us beautiful and fundamentally unique. It is time to re-adopt John Winthrop’s model and start living as those do in a “city upon a hill.” Let’s not let our political beliefs interfere with our unity, and, I cannot stress this enough, lets start respecting the President of the United States.

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Micah Chasen

Staff Writer

With a 10-9 record, the Milken Wildcats Boys Varsity Basketball team has had a good amount of success thus far in the season. However, the challenge of league play is imminent. There are a lot of questions yet to be answered and the Wildcats have a very difficult schedule ahead of them. In this year’s league schedule, the basketball team has a total of seven games against four different opponents. Let’s break down those match ups and see what the Wildcats are up against this year.

First, the Wildcats play the Oakwood Gorillas, who have a record of 12 wins and 4 losses. While the Gorillas have one of the best records in the league, they are around the middle of the pack in regards to their rank. Max Preps, a website that ranks all high school athletics, has them ranked at 567th in the state, which is just a little higher than the Wildcats, who sit at 578th. The Oakwood team is very well rounded. They have a surplus of guards and two 6-foot-4 players to play the post. While this will be a challenging game for the Wildcats, it will also be rather exciting, as these teams are very evenly matched.

Next the Wildcats play the Providence Pioneers, who have a record of 5 wins and 8 losses. While the Pioneers are ranked lower than the Wildcats at 587th, in the only match up they have in common, there were opposite outcomes. This can be seen in both the Wildcat’s and Pioneer’s games against Holy Martyrs. Although the Pioneers were able to defeat the Armens by eleven points, the Wildcats came up short, losing by eight points. Even though this is not a lot of information to go off of, it will be interesting to see how these two teams match up and how the Wildcats will play against the only team in the league ranked lower than them.

Afterwards, the Wildcats play the Yeshiva Panthers, who have a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. This match up against the Wildcat’s rivals should be interesting as both teams are very talented. However, the Panthers are highly ranked this year at 367th in the state and possess both size and speed to score in transition. In addition, the Panthers have a more experienced lineup than the Wildcats, with only one underclassman in comparison to the Wildcat’s five. Even with all of these aspects in mind, this rivalry is usually extremely tight, since both teams compete at an exceptionally high level. Look for things to be relatively the same this year, as these two teams will go head to head twice in a ten day span.

Last but not least, the WIldcats will play the Buckley Griffins, who have a record of 13 wins and 3 losses. The Griffins are considered the best in team in this league, as Max Preps has ranked them at 148th in the state. While this ranking makes this matchup seem nearly impossible, don’t be surprised if the Wildcats push this Buckley team to the limit. Well-coached basketball teams are always capable of pulling off upsets, and this is exactly what the Wildcats will hope to do when they play this highly talented Buckley team.

The Wildcats have both the talent and the coaching to have a successful league season. They will look to their three top upperclassmen, Niccolai Golshan ’15, Jordan Rosenbloom ’15, and Joshua Mehdyzadeh ’15, for both leadership and consistency on both sides of the basketball. Freshman phenom Amitai Afenjar ’18 and Brian Perlman ’17 will also have to step up, as they are two of the tallest and strongest players on this team. Overall, this could be a great league season for the Milken Wildcats if everyone on the team plays to their full potential.

Jordana Gotlieb

Staff Writer

Part of The Roar’s #CyberNation: The Next Generation Series

Is it possible to exist without the one source that keeps us constantly updated about people’s personal matters? Every single day, we check our phones approximately 110 times according to New York- based app Locket. We are notified continuously about nonsense. Our eyes skim over infinite news feeds of individuals sharing their every activity. Haven’t we realized we spend more time on our phones interacting through a text message rather than speaking in person? Don’t get me wrong, technology is an incredible and efficient tool for keeping in touch with family and friends who live far away. But, society is becoming more and more unsocial due to everyone being consumed by their numerous devices.

Can Milken students live without technology for a week? Of course not. We use media as a tool for our classwork and homework everyday. We Google search for current events instead of reading real newspapers. A trip to the library takes too long to look up a specific piece of information, so we peruse the internet for answers. Technology saves us time to get homework done. Additionally, having a computer in class has become vital and the thought of my laptop crashing brings tears to my eyes.

We can all admit that the internet is distracting. Yet, we must make an effort to stay connected to each other without a screen between us.

Drawing by Leeat Elkayam '15
Drawing by Leeat Elkayam ’15


Here are five ways to stop, think, and socialize beneficially:

  1. When you sit at a meal with your friends, make everyone put their phones in the middle of the table. Whoever picks theirs up first has to pay the check.
  1. Be active — and I’m not talking Soulcycle. A great way to socialize is to play a sport with a friend, possibly a one-on-one game like tennis or a team sport like basketball. No checking the phone in between when you go for your water break!
  1. Shut down all electronics before falling asleep. Yes, the sun will still rise tomorrow if you miss those middle-of-the-night texts. Uninterrupted sleep is good for your health.
  1. Instead of focusing on what to caption your Instagram post, seize the moment for yourself. Of course you may want to share the experience with others, but they don’t have to digitally enjoy it at the exact same time as you.
  1. If you must communicate with someone, try talking face to face. Speaking with them over the phone is still an option, however, and texting may be appropriate solely for certain circumstances.


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Photo courtesy of Jason Goldman ’16

Micah Chasen

Contributing Writer

The phrase “rebuilding year” is thrown around a lot in the sports world. This term is used to describe a team that is going through a massive phase of change in personnel and leadership. While the Milken Wildcat football team had a great deal of success in last year’s season, with so many graduating seniors, they now find themselves in the middle of a rebuilding year.

This year’s graduating senior class made up the majority of the football team for the past two years. Athletes from the Class of 2015 have carried the weight of the team, whereas Milken struggled to produce consistent numbers of seniors in previous year. However, with this group of players now gone, a gaping hole is left in the team. The senior football players filled 12 of the possible 16 starting spots on the roster, not to mention Adam Alkalai’s key role on special teams as the kicker and punter. Finding replacements for these positions will not be easy.

Slater Girocco ‘15, Jake Fleshner ‘15, Dakota Rosen ‘15, and Adam Alkalai ‘15 supplied most of the offensive firepower that Milken had this past year. Fleshner constantly made incredible plays; Rosen and Alkalai were the “go to” guys on the offensive side of the ball; and Girocco set the record for most touchdowns for the Milken Wildcats.

But it isn’t just offensive explosiveness that Milken will miss. The Wildcats will also lose two out of three starting offensive linemen and most of their starters on defense. These are huge losses. However, the veterans on this team are unafraid.

Third-year player Michael Reisman ’16 had a lot to comment in regard to this topic. “We are really going to miss the experience and talent that this last group of seniors brought,” said Reisman. “But we are prepared to move forward. We have a lot of young players who are ready to step up and contribute.”

However, it isn’t just Reisman who will look to play a bigger role for the Wildcats next year. Joshua Goldenstein ’16 and Michael Moadeb ’16 will also have to take on more responsibility. Goldenstein added, “I have learned a lot from upperclassmen like Jordan Ziegler [‘15] and Adam Zively [‘15] and now it is time for us to do the same.”

While the task of replacing more than half of their starters seems like a daunting task, the incoming seniors are up to the challenge and prepared to do whatever it takes to succeed in this upcoming season.