The Merionite

The official student newspaper of Lower Merion High School since 1929
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Article by Blessing Osazuwa

Blessing Osazuwa

April 15, 2016

Coming on this trek is such a surreal experience for me. I had never been outside of the United States before and my family is originally from Africa. Being here ...

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LM takes a stand against bullying

Deepika Jonnalagadda

April 15, 2016

On March 7, LM launched its first offcial anti-bullying program, OLWEUS, with a week of introductory activities. Designed for all students and aimed to be a preventative measure, OLWEUS is ...

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PA scales back on Keystone requirements

Simone Burde

April 15, 2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf re- cently signed into law Senate Bill 880, which eliminates the Keystone Exams as a statewide graduation requirement for the classes of 2017 and 2018. According ...

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Gender neutral bathroom controversy

Sophia Salganicoff

April 15, 2016

Recently, controversy has arisen over the bathrooms in LM’s main o ce, which were designated as gender-neutral during the 2013-14 school year.

According to the Unitarian Univer- salist Association, gender-neutral ...

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Robot anarchy: Dawgma battles at districts

Nisha Arya

April 15, 2016

On March 18-20, 23 members of Dawgma Robotics, LM’s Robotics Club, competed in the district event at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The event ran for three days and was ...

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Graduation gowns change to all maroon

Alexandra Hummel

April 15, 2016

Lately, LM has made progress in being more sensitive to the needs of non cis-gender (those whose gender identities do not align with what they were assigned at birth) students. ...

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LM senior commended for work in race relations

Alexandra Hummel

April 15, 2016

The Princeton Prize in Racial Relations is rewarded to students nationwide who improve race relations in their schools and communities. According to the Princeton University website, the prize “was created ...

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Changes to Suburban Square

Catherine McFarland

April 15, 2016

Our favorite place to pick up a Frappuccino, nd the latest trends, or grab a quick bite after school is undergoing major changes. Ardmore’s Suburban Square is to undergo a ...

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Gladwyne lawyer challenges district budge

Ryan Fisher

April 15, 2016

The controversy surrounding a lawsuit brought against LMSD is palpable, as the school is accused of unnecessarily increasing the budget and creating a large, untapped surplus.

The instigating factor that ...

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A solution to #LMProblems

Unsigned

April 15, 2016

It’s not uncommon to hear complaints while walking in the halls from class to class—from broken printers to soapless bath- rooms, it sometimes seems as if LM students specialize in ...

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Letter to the Editor

Sam Gamberg

April 15, 2016

To the Editor,

In the April issue of The Merionite, Leslie Glad- stone ’16 shared her opinion on the student makeup of a hallmark event at our school: Mr. LM. ...

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Regressive reproductive healthcare meets Zika Virus

Nina McKay

April 15, 2016

In 2009, a swine flu pandemic in- fected scores of individuals all over the world. In 2014, an Ebola epidemic, concentrated in West Africa, generated massive and widespread panic. Now, ...

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Another broken promise for productivity in Harrisburg

Michael Cheng

April 15, 2016

In November of 2014, Democrat Tom Wolf was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in a wave of backlash against then-incumbent, Republican Tom Corbett. Governor Corbett had taken a series of unpopular ...

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LawSUIT yourself

Simone Burde

April 15, 2016

The recent lawsuit brought against LMSD by Gladwyne resident and attorney Arthur Wolk this past February is a prime example of a lawsuit based on weak reasoning and incorrect assumptions. ...

Opinions

Mr. LM: more than just a show

Alexandra Stern

April 15, 2016

When the Mr. LM candidate selection commit- tee—comprised of Geena Shaw ’16, Technology Integration teacher Beth Hampton, Social Studies teacher Eric Lynn, two observing senior class of- ficers, and myself—sat ...

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Gain from pain

Griffin Kao

April 15, 2016

Over four years, she was raped 43,200 times, serving as doormat to men of different classes and perver- sions—they came, wiped their grime on her innocence, and left, each time ...

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Homework in plain (web)site

Sophie Rolling

April 15, 2016

The age of technology has proved to be both a blessing and a curse for edu- cational purposes. We can now log on to any teacher’s eBoard, Moodle, Black- board, ...

Features

How to tame your stress

Isabella Dumitrescu

April 15, 2016

We’re taught that stress is something to be avoided, yet spend almost all four years of high school drown- ing in it. For years, psychologists have warned about the catastrophic ...

Features

T.G.I.S.: Thank God It's Spring

Julia Rosen

April 15, 2016

Spring has nally reached the sun- less void where LM seems to reside. Rising temperatures coupled with the beautiful greenery popping up everywhere make it increasingly di cult to focus ...

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How to last until Memorial Day

Shuli Weinstein

April 15, 2016

Do homework outside in order to enjoy the beautiful, warm weath- er while nishing up a chemistry lab or a math review packet. After a whole day inside at school ...

Features

The Trekkie Diaries

Unsigned

April 15, 2016

“I went to say goodbye to my 8-year-old brother Junior, and found him hiding his face in his hands... I saw his shoulders shaking and realized he was crying. I ...

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The reality of being an LGBTQ+ athlete

Jon Adams

April 15, 2016

LGBTQ+—an acronym that, at rst glance, many may nd intimidating. It stands for lesbian, gay, bisexu- al, transgender, queer/questioning, and more. To break it down is to explore the breadth ...

Arts & Entertainment

LM Garden Club stops to smell the roses, picking up a medal along the way

Roxanna Pasquier

April 15, 2016

While the last cold days of winter were still raging on outside, inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center lay a temperate con- servatory of tropical and native plants. Started in 1829, ...

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Kesha drops the "$," but not the record label

Molly Cutler

April 15, 2016

Many of us tune out generic celebrity gossip-who's divorcing whom, who got a new haircut, who named their baby after an inanimate object, or who totaled their gold-plated Lamborghini. However, ...

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Taking a pass on the PSSA's

Dora Nathans

April 15, 2016

"Opt out of PSSA Tests! Refuse the test. Grades 3-8. Our kids and schools are more than a score."

Signs with this phrase are springing up around LMSD, and they are only small ...

Arts & Entertainment

A colorful cast of super-powered characters

Claire Ochroch

April 15, 2016

Although it seems that every week a new superhero movie or TV show pops up on primetime, the creators of these shows are nobody new: DC and Marvel. These two ...

Arts & Entertainment

Commander in Sleaze

Isabella Dumitrescu

April 15, 2016

House of Cards is a much beloved se- ries, though its premise can be hard to explain to non-fans. Yes, it’s a political drama, but, by season four, it’s become ...

Arts & Entertainment

Only got $20 in your pocket?

Molly Gonzales

April 15, 2016

I love the rush I get from walking into Free People with a thrifted shirt from their store. The checkout gal thinks I’m a loyal paying customer, but I am ...

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Aces of the Arts

Unsigned

April 15, 2016

Karl Meyer '18

How are you involved with the arts at LM?
I am involved in PLAYERS and Standard Voices in C.

Why do you enjoy acting, and how ...

Arts & Entertainment

Coming Soon: Red Herring

Liana Giangiulio

April 15, 2016

This spring, PLAYERS is back at it again with its third production, Red Herring, a comedy written by Villanova professor Michael Hollinger. This hilari- ous farce takes place in America ...

Sports

A youthful team strides for excellence

Teddy Neckowicz

April 15, 2016

After another indoor season met its end in February, the boys’ track and field team could not be more excited to escape the bitter cold workouts and enter a much ...

Sports

Ultimate is a sport-and the team's success may just spin out of control

Dan Wilson

April 15, 2016

If ultimate isn’t a sport, our society needs to come up with a word for compe- tition that is tiring and where score is kept. It’s not necessarily traditional; see- ...

Sports

Sliding into a new season

Matthew D'Aquila

April 15, 2016

After months of training and weeks of tryouts, the boys’ baseball team started the season strong with a 2-1 win against Upper Merion High School during spring break. Jesse Siebert ...

Sports

Boys tennis builds on their state championship

Julia Kreuzer

April 15, 2016

The boys tennis team came back from a championship season with a resound- ing victory against Downingtown East High School in their rst match of the year. Their 4-1 win ...

Sports

New coaches, new skills, new team

Kelly Harrigan

April 15, 2016

Practice every day, games under the scorching sun and pouring rain, workouts during the players’ spare time—like many teams at LM, the girls lacrosse team is serious about thitseir sport. ...

Sports

Swimming to the top of the state

Shuli Weinstein

April 15, 2016

The new Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin may already be swimming in the LM pool. Though they may not be at the Olympic level yet, Sarah Silberg ’16, Anna Kalandadze ...

Sports

Lower Merion madness

Zachary Slogoff

April 15, 2016

As April begins, one must re ect on the main ath- letic event of the past month: March Madness. The asco, consisting of weeks purely devoted to college basketball has ...

News

Upcoming School Board election fuels local forum

Michaela Pliskin

Oct. 30, 2015

Signs are going up quickly on lawns across Lower Merion and Narberth. It is hard not to notice that the 2015 Fall election season is here. The number of signs ...

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New year, new contract

Sydney Orloff

Oct. 30, 2015

Over the last 10 months, the Lower Merion Education Association (LMEA) and the dis- trict’s professional and support staff union have been engaged in contract deliberations. The contract applies to ...

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Tech takeover

Catherine McFarland

Oct. 30, 2015

For students who are frustrated with how each of their teachers uses a different platform to post assign- ments, LMSD has created a solution. If all goes well, the whole ...

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Local organization responds to Syrian refugee crisis

Nisha Arya

Oct. 30, 2015

Over 250,000 Syrians have been killed, and almost 11 million have been forced from their homes due to Syria’s civil war. Protests for de- mocracy erupted in March 2011, and ...

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Budget cuts reorganize school activities

Deepika Jonnalagadda

Oct. 30, 2015

The 2015-2016 school year brings a lot of changes: admin- istrative turnovers, updated standardized tests, and most no- tably, a redesigned district budget. As stated on the district’s website, the ...

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Congressman Fattah faces corruption charges

Sam Haut

Oct. 30, 2015

Lower Merion Township is reeling from the idictment of their U. S. Congressman. Demo- crat Chaka Fattah, who represents Lower Merion township in the second district, is facing 29 counts ...

Arts & Entertainment

Make some noise for Noises Off

Alexandra Hummel

June 4, 2015

When sophomore Katharine Villarin showed me an enormous spreadsheet detailing all the members of PLAYERS, I was shocked. The sheer number of people involved in LM’s theatre program is staggering. ...

Arts & Entertainment

The rockin' Roots Picnic

Sarah Raizen

June 4, 2015

On May 30, The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing will be hosting the eighth annual Roots Picnic. The Roots produce the event and co-headline each year along with another big ...

Arts & Entertainment

The artsy side of Senior Project

Aine Dougherty

June 4, 2015

Ah, the mysterious Senior Project, the last task on seniors’ to-do lists, a three-week long, pass/fail, independent research experience designed to help the graduating class explore their interests before entering ...

Arts & Entertainment

Attention hipster band fans, meet Mr. McCloskey

Ailish Dougherty

June 4, 2015

As crazy as it might seem, teachers actually have lives too, and pretty cool ones at that. Ryan McCloskey, an LM Spanish teacher, is one of six members of a ...

Arts & Entertainment

The ultimate #TBT trends

Emma Shapiro

June 4, 2015

Just as history repeats itself, so does fashion. Some of the most recent fresh and chic trends actually originated from “the decades,” specifically the 60s to the 90s. Now it’s ...

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