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Micah Chasen

Staff Writer

For over a decade, four time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady could do no wrong. Multiple MVP’s, countless All-Pro selections, and record setting seasons put Brady in the conversation for the greatest of all time. But this spring we were introduced to a different side of Tom Brady- His human side.

Not long after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 and earning his astonishing fourth championship, the National Football League released a report that held Tom Brady practically guilty of cheating. The report stated that in order to gain a competitive edge, Tom Brady knowingly asked equipment managers to deflate footballs below the regulated level.

But why would the superhuman, Tom Brady, need to cheat? Brady was the 199th selection in the 2000 NFL draft and talked about how this not only put a chip on his shoulder, but inspired him to constantly prove himself. One would think that his numerous accolades and records would prove to Brady that he is an all time great, but like most humans, Brady fell victim to his own neurosis.

Like a student who cheats on a test even though he knows the answers, Brady took unnecessary action to be reassured of his greatness. While not entirely fair, Brady’s misdemeanor has been compared to those committed by professional athletes who have used performing enhancing drugs (PHD’s) in order to get ahead. While said athletes are physically altering their bodies to gain an edge and Brady is simply altering footballs, both crimes are perpetrated out of a lack of confidence or self belief.

So why won’t Tom Brady confess his wrongdoings? With his legacy on the line, it is no wonder why his immediate reaction is to deny these actions to his grave. But does Brady really think that denying guilt is the best option  to move past this fiasco and reclaim his legacy as one of the greatest to ever play the game?

As of now, Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming regular season. Not only will Brady suffer by not being able to play, but his suspension will cost him roughly 1.8 million dollars. Nonetheless, Brady is appealing these consequences and will have his hearing on June 23.

With piles of evidence and the world against him, Brady’s chances of winning this appeal are very slim. So what should the next step for Tom Brady be? It is rather clear that the best and only way for Brady to move forward is to own up to his mistakes and apologize. The Jewish tradition talks about the act of teshuvah and the process of repentance. What Brady is doing by denying these accusations is digging himself a deeper hole. By getting in front of the media and admitting to the world that he made a mistake, Brady would be allowing the world to move past his wrongdoings and would restore the not only his integrity but the integrity of the game.

 

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Jordan Brenner

Staff Writer

In times of tragedy, Milken seems to stand out in their efforts to help and give back. On April 25th, an earthquake that killed thousands and left many more homeless hit Nepal. A large number of people are in need of food, water, shelter and medical care.

A committee of teachers, staff, and students led by YOZMA Global and JLife began meeting the first week of the tragedy to determine how they could help. Yozma had a fundraiser at the upper school, selling Mother’s Day gifts to students for 10 dollars each. Yozma made 1,500 dollars.

The second fundraiser took place on June 5th at lunch, in which raffle tickets were sold to students for a chance to throw a whipped cream pie at select teachers.

Ms. Camras, Assistant Director of Service Learning, said regarding the future plans of the relief effort, “We plan on continuing this long term effort as we have many interested students who want to own this.”

The money raised is going to AJWS, American Jewish World Service. This organization has several projects on the ground in Nepal for recovery.

Any interested students are welcome to join the relief effort in the fall, as YOZMA Global and JLife need as much help as possible to be able to make a difference for the people of Nepal.

 

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Justin Leff

Staff Writer

On Tuesday, May 26, former British prime minister Tony Blair paid Milken High School a visit, hosted by colleague Michael Milken. The scene was quite bizarre, as Milken students, oblivious to the prime minister’s visit, saw secret service men around the campus. The former world leader was seen by many students as he made his way from an English classroom to the robotics room. Following Blair was a large entourage including many top Milken officials, select students, Michael Milken and of course the secret service.

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Blair made his first stop at Mr. Moran’s English class, where he did a Q&A and spoke with students about the importance of education. He envisions a future in which students in America will be able to learn in a foreign classroom environment. This will be done with a technologically advanced wall in the classroom — functioning as a screen — broadcasting a classroom in other countries. For example, Milken students would be able to sit in on a lecture in Egypt while Egyptian kids would also be able to partake in lectures from Milken teachers through the future wall technology.

Michael Milken, a proud financier of Milken Community Schools, has been active on the Milken campus as well. Michael enjoyed teaching Calculus for a day to a few lucky classes. When he told Ms. Metuka Benjamin, President of Milken, about the upcoming classified visit of the former prime minister, she told me that it was very hard to keep the exciting news a secret. In fact, the entire visit was kept confidential until the prime minister arrived. Mr. Moran said, “I was only aware that a powerful individual was coming to speak in my class. I had no idea who it was, except that the person had a ranking similar to President Obama.” Fifteen minutes before his class started, Mr. Moran was informed of the identity of the unknown guest.

After signing a few yearbooks in Moran’s class, Blair was escorted to the robotics class, meeting starstruck students on the way. The robotics team showed him some of their inventions, and he spoke to them about the importance of innovation and youth for the future.

Josh Berenbaum and Micah Chasen

Staff Writers

Simply put, Milken’s varsity baseball team had an up and down season. The Wildcats enjoyed emphatic wins but also suffered through their fair share of losses. Milken had a difficult season this year and by looking at the statistics what they need to improve on moving forward becomes quite clear.

The Wildcats season started on a high note. With an impressive 5-2 record to start the season, it seemed as if the Wildcats were off to a season full of success. With exciting wins against Shalhevet (9-3) and Southwestern (30-5) even the players were thinking big.

Isaac Gadinsky ’16, team leader in hits, had this to say about the team’s success in the beginning portion of the season: “It seemed like everything was clicking. The whole team was hitting and defending well and everyone got along. We were meshing.”

But things took a turn for the worst when Milken entered Liberty League play. The Wildcats went 0-10 due to a combination of factors. With the combination of injuries, seniors leaving for the March of the Living trip, and an increase in strength of schedule, it seemed as if the Wildcats were overwhelmed. The Wildcats suffered excruciating losses against Yula (12-11) and ended the season against New Jew (10-9).

Michael Reisman ’16 argued that “while the seniors were huge loses, what really hurt our team were the injuries. Losing Joe was huge.” Michael was correct in pointing out the importance of Joe Paller ’16. Joe was a major contributor to the team not only as one of their starting pitchers, but hitting at a .360 average with a team leading 10 stolen bases. Daniel Spar ‘16 was another big loss, as his .353 batting average was sorely missed in league play.

While many Juniors and Seniors were missing, an opportunity arose for younger players to step up. Pitcher/Outfielder Aaron Lawrence ‘17 pitched 19.1 innings, second most behind Shayne Tamkin ‘15. In 7 pitching appearances, Lawrence maintained a 4.34 ERA, the best among the team’s regular pitchers. Marcus Bernstien ‘18 led the Freshman players with a .286 batting average, and had 7 runs batted in.  Josh Miller ‘17 drew 10 walks in 31 Plate appearances. His good eye led to 8 stolen bases, a display of Miller’s elite athletic ability.

With a core group of juniors and sophomores returning next season, the Wildcats plan to move forward with a new set of leaders. Aaron Lawrence ‘17 says that the team’s work ethic will be crucial to their success, “If you want to succeed you must continue practicing;it is all you can do sometimes.” Things look bright for the Wildcats if they can play more consistently and stay healthy. If both of those things happen, the Wildcats undoubtedly have the talent to have a very successful season next spring.

 

Josh Berenbaum

Staff Writer

Following the resignation of Mrs. Francine Landau, Ms. Leigh Fauber has been named Assistant Principal for Grades 9 and 10. Formerly the Science Department Chair, Fauber will continue to teach one Environmental Science section, and will be relinquishing all of her Physics duties. Fauber will be, following in the footsteps of her father, who was her high school principal.

The transition from department chair to principal will occur over the summer. When asked about what she will miss in the classroom, Fauber said,  “ [I will miss] the challenge of designing curriculum that is relevant, engaging and interesting.” Fauber maintains a positive and respectful classroom, and says she will try to mimic the environment she loves in her new office.

As principal, Fauber hopes to connect with many more students on campus. She maintains close relationships with a number of her students, including Daniel Solomon ‘17. The two meet every other day to review class material. Solomon went as far as to say he considers Fauber his “fourth mother”. Their meetings consist of learning and reviewing, and “a lot of fun and a fair share of laughs”, said Solomon.

Solomon also says that Ms. Fauber is approachable, a quality that is necessary to successfully manage her new job. Fauber’s duties include managing and creating the schedules of nearly 300 students in Grades 9 and 10.

Fauber describes her High School self as a motivated, well prepared student. She worked to the best of her ability, and was a member of the National Honor Society. A formative high school experience came on the soccer field, where she was asked to score the final penalty kick in a crucial state playoff game. She had never successfully scored a final penalty shot in practice, but came through and sent her team to the Alabama State Finals. Her team lost in the finals, but the ability to come through for her teammates is a feeling she will never forget.

Her science department chair responsibilities will be passed on to Dr. Damon Scoville, who currently teaches sections of Biology and Chemistry. Landau’s Advanced Placement United States History section will be handed off to Ms. Ingrid Guth, who teaches 10th Grade Honors History and Speech and Debate.

An avid University of Alabama football fan and a mother of two, Fauber hopes to bring her passion, teamwork, and ability to connect with students to the Dean’s Hall this fall.

 

Natalie Pashaie

Staff Writer

 

The excitement of finding someone to go with, the eagerness that comes with finding the perfect outfit… You guessed it, we are talking about prom. It’s an age old tradition and one of the paramount social events of a high schooler’s career.

Milken’s Senior prom took place last week on Thursday, May 28. Students and their dates looked elegant and excited at pre-prom, the classic event right before prom meant for, essentially, taking photographs.

And without further ado, we present to you the trends of Milken prom 2015:

 

Trend #1: The Classic LBD

Little black dresses were everywhere at prom. And why not? A black dress is chic, classic, and never goes out of style.

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Lily Morris ’16

 

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Rebecca Souferian ’15

 

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Samara Wolpe ’15 with Daniel Kessler ’15

 

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Isabella Emsallem ’15 (Left) and Danielle Moalem ’15 (Right)

 

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Natallie Mashian ’15

 

 

Trend #2: Lady in Red

Red, crimson, maroon, rouge… name the shade of red, and it was at last week’s prom. Take a look at some of the fiery getups below:

 

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Amanda Soloman ’15 with Niccolai Golshan ’15

 

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Nicole Nourian ’15

 

 

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Odeya Kagan ’15 (Right)

 

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Brigitte Tabaroki ’15 (Left) and Gabi Kamran ’15 (Right)

 

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Karenne Mashiach ’15

 

 

Trend #3: It Takes Two

It is always exciting to see female prom-goers stray away from tradition and sport something other than a gown. Many students donned two piece sets at prom, classy arrangements with a hint of edge.

 

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Mandy Shoushani ’16

 

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Maya Mashiach ’15 (Left) with sister Karenne (Right)

 

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Dani Shouhed ’15 (Center) with friends Maya Haziza and Leayam Meiri

 

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Kayla Mehdizadeh ’16 with fellow junior Oliver Pourbaba

Trend #4: Junioritis? 

Asking juniors was also a trend- juniors Lily Morris, Kayla Mehdizadeh, Mandy Shoushani, Evan Mateen, David Zarabi, Oliver Pourbaba, and Michael Moadeb all were present at Milken’s Senior prom this year.

 

What other trends did you notice at prom?

 

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Natalie Pashaie

Staff Writer

 

YOZMA meets primarily Thursdays at least twice a month. It is the social action program at Milken that everyone hears about and knows about, but unfortunately, not everyone cares about.

It states on the YOZMA application:

“YOZMA is the social action arm of Milken Community Schools. Through a leadership-based curriculum and lenses of Torah, students work collaboratively in groups to envision, plan, teach and implement ideas and actions for one particular cause throughout the academic year. YOZMA is student-driven and faculty-guided.”

There are seven factions of YOZMA. The Global Response group, which focuses on global emergency outreach, the Children group, which focuses on children’s needs in the United States, and the Heart Action group, which focuses on assisting the elderly. That is not all, though- there is the Greening group, which focuses on education, action and awareness for a greener Milken, Hunger and Homelessness, which focuses on completing local service projects, the Israel group, which focuses on advocacy support and celebration of Israel, and the Jewish World Watch group, which advocates against genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and the Congo.

All of this advocacy may be overwhelming. So unbelievable, that the student body tends to dismiss it entirely. There are those who are a part of YOZMA, and those who are not. After all, something so incredible and impressive probably is not true. The students love to pride themselves on being activists just as much as the school does, but they don’t really do anything.

That could not be farther from the truth. Milken facilitates and supports a student body of ambitious, hard working, insightful, and intelligent students who actually desire to take part in social action. Here’s the proof:

The Global Response group raised hundreds of dollars this year through a fundraiser in the Milken Mart for Pencils of Promise, an organization supporting the building of schools around the world for children who otherwise would not be able to access education. The Children’s group hosted their first toy drive and sent toys to places like the Midnight Mission and Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. They also hosted their 2nd annual Red Hand Day event, where they raised awareness about the use of child soldiers around the world. The Greening group planted vegetables that would eventually be harvested and sent to food pantries. Those in the Heart Action group visited old age homes such as Sunrise of Beverly Hills and bonded with it’s members.

…And those aren’t even all the groups.

When asked what her favorite part of the program is, Milken junior and member of the YOZMA Israel group Julia Taban shares that “Being apart of YOZMA allows me to expand my horizons and learn new things and explore ideas I had never even thought of.” Fellow junior Rebecca Kianmahd and co-chair of YOZMA’s Children’s group adds that “It is hard to pinpoint my favorite thing, but it is probably the opportunity to work with so many students who also love to take part in social action and who have a similar passion for working with children. We also have the chance to hear successful speakers in some of our meetings and it is an amazing experience to hear their success and how it connects to our work in YOZMA.”

All the social action that has been done throughout the year related to YOZMA deserves to be recognized, rather than dismissed. It is a program that truly exemplifies a large part of what makes this school so unique. Not only does YOZMA help students help the world, it also teaches students how to foster their ambitions and visions for social change and turn them into a reality. That’s a pretty big deal.

 

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Jordan Brenner

Staff Writer

The Milken art show is a highly anticipated and well regarded annual event that shows off some of the bright talent at this school. The show was held from May 18th through May 20th in the Hollinder Gymnasium and featured inspired paintings, architecture models, photography, and much more. Each year, teachers, students and parents are especially inspired by some of the pieces the show has to offer. Three students, Kyle Goldman, 17, Maddie Friedman, 16, and Eli Seltzer, 17 were some of the popular destinations for guests at the show. The combination of uniqueness and beauty in their work attracted attention.
Kyle Goldman, 17:

Kyle Goldman, who pursued art long before his tenure at Milken, rediscovered his love for the activity this year. Goldman’s piece (pictured below) represents his thoughts towards his workload at school, and his main passion, football. Goldman said, “I love football, but I feel like I am in a cage due to academics, hence the wall of books and barbed wire around the jersey and helmet. For this piece, Kyle used colored pencils and blended colors together to enhance the illustration. Goldman hopes to further his passion for art throughout high school.

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Maddie Friedman, 16:

Maddie Friedman, 16, was another artist who impressed the audience during the art show. Friedman talked about the fierce, but seemingly sweet vibe the drawing (pictured below) evokes. Friedman said, “I was watching a lot of fantasy TV shows at the time I drew this, so making her an angel came into mind.” Friedman hopes to continue to thrive in art throughout high school, and possibly beyond Milken as well.

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Eli Seltzer, 16:

Eli Seltzer, 16, built a model of an airport for architecture. Eli has always been fascinated with aircrafts and airports. Eli said, “Ever since I was little, I have been amazed by aviation and always wanted a career in aeronautical engineering. This piece morphs together my interests in architecture and aviation to make an airport that can accommodate the future of aviation.” Eli started with the architecture program as a freshman, and plans to continue with the program next year, as a senior. Eli’s work was a common destination for art show attendees due to it’s large scale and unique subject.

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Micah Chasen

Staff Writer

This season, Milken’s varsity tennis team experienced more success than in any of the previous three years. And with their season and playoff run coming to a close, it is important to note that much of Milken’s success this year can be attributed to the talent and leadership of Samuel Feit ‘16. While being unanimously considered the most talented player on the team, Feit didn’t lose a set all year. Sam not only helped the team finish second in league and make the CIF playoffs for the first time in three years, but he also won the league’s individual tournament for singles and received the title of League MVP.

When asked about the accomplishments of the tennis team this season Sam noted that “[He] definitely saw progress from the team as a whole throughout the season. Everyone got better and wanted to win.”

Sam was also a huge help during practice. His presence alone pushed the team to play better. As Josh Berenbaum ’17 put it, “when Sam was at practice he really pushed us and made us better. We all knew that when we were playing with Sam we had to step up our game.”

And Sam was a huge asset during the actual matches. First of all, he was reliable for three wins per match. This meant that in every single match, Sam was single handedly responsible for a third of the wins needed to at least force a tie. But Sam was also crucial when it came to coaching his teammates. He, along with Head Coach Omar Morgades, helped other players with game planning and strategy before and even during the matches. When asked about his advice during matches Sam said that, “since [he has] played so many matches throughout my career, [his] tennis IQ is higher than most on the team. This allows [him] to advise [his] teammates and help them see things that they might not have seen by themselves.” Co-Captain Justin Leff added that “Sam is a lot like a second coach. He is incredibly talented and always has words of encouragement.”

When asked about this year’s success Sam commented that “this year was great. Everyone worked really hard to make the playoffs and with most of the team returning next season, [he doesn’t] see why we can’t have even more success next year.”

While Sam was only a cog in the machine of this year’s varsity tennis team, it is important to note his grand contributions. With his leadership and talent Sam was able to have an effect on every player. Even though he only has one more year of eligibility, expectations are high as the tennis team and Sam look to improve on the success they achieved this spring.

 

Jennifer Clemens

Staff Writer

 

What was your favorite year of high school and why?

1635 was a great year for high school. The first public high school, Boston Latin School, opened its doors in what would be the United States. There would be many great years of high school to follow, but one never forgets the first.

 

What types of activities and extra curricular activities did you partake in?

There are a lot of rumors floating around about what I did with my spare time in high school. I can assure you that at least one of them is true.

 

What type of student were you?

Well, at the time, I was a high school student.

 

What type of “crowd” or group of friends were you associated with?

I worked my way through all of them, and then I started work on the neighboring towns’ schools.

 

What did you do on weekends?

What most teenagers wish they were doing on weekends.

 

If you could do a year over in high school which would it be and why?

I thought we agreed there would be no questions about temporal manipulations in this interview. Oh, never mind; we had that conversation tomorrow.

 

What kind of music did you listen to?

It’s hard to describe, but it kind of went like this: verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge (middle eight), verse, chorus.

  

When thinking about yourself in your teen years what words come to mind?

Obnoxious—ly charming.

  

If you could give a high school student one piece of advice what would it be?

Sometimes sleeping is the most productive thing you can do.