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Freshmen forced to wait another year as dance now sophomores-only

Nate Rosen

On Oct. 21, students received an email from math teacher and Class of 2016 adviser Nicki Pendolphi explaining that the freshman and sophomore dance would now only include sophomores. The dance will still take place Nov. 1, from 7-9 p.m. in the Staples gymnasium.

“Because the dance is a sophomore fundraiser, the dance has been changed to a sophomore only dance,” Pendolphi wrote. The ticket sales benefit the sophomore class funds, but both classes were going to be required to pay the admission price.

However, the decision has left many freshmen disappointed. They are now not given the opportunity to attend the dance, whether or not they were actually going to choose to do so.

“I was kind of excited to have fun with my friends if I decided to go,” Lilly Howes ’17 said.

Others, however, feel that the decision was justified because they said it would have been unfair if freshmen had the opportunity to attend a dance when the sophomores never did.

“The sophomores didn’t have a chance to have a freshman dance, so I guess it’s kind of fair in a way,” Hannah Bukzin ’17 said.

And then, there are the few that were not even planning on attending, so the quick change doesn’t particularly affect them.

“I wasn’t really planning on going,” Grace Wynne ’17 said. “It was such short notice and the whole thing kind of confused me.”

As for the sophomores, there seems to be an overall accepting feeling about the new plans for the dance. Aliza Gross ’16 believes that although not everyone was planning on attending the dance because it is not a long run tradition, it will be simpler with just sophomores.

“We all know each other better,” Gross said.

Others agreed, believing that making the dance exclusive to sophomores will give them more time to bond with each other. The awkwardness between the two grades would also be minimized, making everyone feel more comfortable.

“With freshmen at the dance also, who knows what kind of chaos would occur?” Jack Kaner ’16 said.

Despite the mixed emotions from both grades, the night is still set up to offer fun for the sophomores. And as for the freshmen, there is always the next four years for many memories to be made at various dances.


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Deanna Hartog
Deanna Hartog, Sports Editor
Deanna Hartog ’16 is ready to bring her enthusiasm and energy from the stage to the newsroom. Hartog, one of the Sports Editors, has been acting since sixth grade and believes the skills she has acquired on stage will play a role in her work for Inklings. “Acting has allowed me to become a better speaker,” she said. “It really taught me that you need to think about what you say before you speak.” While Hartog is not a member of Staples Players, she has done numerous shows through community theaters and has performed at Curtain Call. She said the improvisation skills these shows have taught her will help her when she conducts interviews. “It’ll help with making people feel more comfortable,” she said. “Acting definitely helps with social skills.” This year Hartog hopes to become an involved editor, who can help her writers while managing her own articles. “I want to push myself to struggle so that I’ll work harder,” she said. “I took Intro [Journalism for Publication] last year and I just wanted to do more. I love it.”
Nate Rosen
Nate Rosen, Graphics Coordinator

When flipping through the pages of a freshly printed Inklings on a Friday morning at Staples, text, novelty-fonted headlines and especially graphics and pictures jump out to the Staples students and faculty. And a big applause is long overdue to senior Nate Rosen ’14, who is Graphics Editor in Chief this year and is the man behind a number of graphics in both the paper and web versions of Inklings.

 “It’s a creative outlet for me,” said Rosen ’14 who can be called an artist for his graphics and photos but claims he cannot draw for his life.

Doing graphics for Inklings since freshman year he has created numerous different visuals. One of his favorites is the banner for an article about The Great Gatsby. With gold and metal like textures the banner closely resembles the logo for the 2013 movie.

“That graphic I actually did on my own time, it was more for me,” said Rosen ’14.

Rosen claims that graphics is really a hobby for him; he could be on the Adobe software creating new graphics all day long. However it is easier to have an assignment for a graphic instead of creating the idea on his own.

But no matter how he gets the creative spark or how he creates his artwork, Rosen’s graphics will be printed and posted proudly in Inklings throughout the year.

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