Avon Old Farms Spirit Club PSA: Rattled

Teacher, coach, and molder-of-men Ryan Davey along with the AOF Spirit Club make a public service announcement defining what it means to be “rattled.”

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November 18, 2013 · 9:35 am

Avon Old Farms Strength and Conditioning Program Changes

A video produced by the students in Norby Williamson’s Broadcast Journalism class. The students were assigned topics and their assignment was to detail important information about that topic. Jas Spearman, Ryan Phillips, and Jeb Biggart reported on the new strength and conditioning policy at Avon Old Farms.

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November 18, 2013 · 9:30 am

The Final Football Pregame Videos

Produced by Ryan Phillips

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November 18, 2013 · 9:24 am

Meet the new Faculty: Chris French

Christian DiAntonio

With a new school year comes new changes. New faculty members join the family community that Avon offers. In the middle of our busy schedules here at Avon, I was able to sit down with Mr. French. He is the first of many to come as I begin to chip away at the new faculty members on campus. Here is your chance to get to know your faculty.

Mr. French comes to us from Norwalk, CT. Growing up he was a lifeguard at Calf Pasture Beach, where he excelled in his new passion: swimming. He is part of the graduating class from Hartwick College of 2009. Majoring in English, he now joins the department as one of the English 4 teachers. When asked why he became a teacher, he said, “I want to help young people grapple with complexities of effective communication and explore the big questions.” What might be those big questions? Ask Mr. French and he will strive to help you out.

Mr. French is currently involved as an assistant coach to Cross Country, and will be the head varsity swimming coach. As a member of both, I know first hand the of his drive and effort to get the most work from us. When asked how he came to find Avon, he said, “I heard that they needed a swim coach, and I wanted to teach. It was like two peas in a pod.” With a perfect fit like that it is hard to go wrong.

As a little over a month of school rolls through campus, it seemed appropriate to ask, “What about Avon do you like the most so far?” In response, he said, “I like the sense of community in both faculty-student relation and a faculty-faculty relation. It’s layered. There isn’t a time I don’t feel supported.” With community being a common theme here, it is not surprising that new students, along with faculty are welcomed with opened arms.

To finally wrap up this interview, I asked a question which came out to be “what would you change here, not necessarily something about the school, but the mindset of the students?” He replied “Make sure people are never complacent. Encourage everyone to do a little bit more and take the next step closer to greatness.” With these words of inspiration, don’t let him down. Get out, get active, and don’t give up. Given his mindful responses and useful insight, now you know a little more of Mr. French.


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JDRF Walk is a Big Hit

By Sawyer Rothmann

The annual JDRF walk took place on the sixth of October at Quinnipiac University, and who else but the savages of Avon decided to make an appearance. For those who are not aware of what JDRF stands for it is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and it raises money to help find a cure for type one diabetes.  Which Mr. Wuthmann spoke about during a morning meeting earlier in the fall, is a condition where one’s body does not produce enough insulin.

Anyway, at about 7:30 AM around 30 boys boarded the bus to Quinnipiac in the pouring rain. However, Mickoy Nichol, Skylar Williamson, Obum Njeze, Ryan Phillips, Brad Seeber, Parrish Simons and I all decided we did not have enough kids on the buses. So as seniors we decided to go raid the dorms as quietly and politely as possible for recruits. Needless to say, we got some generous underclassman to join the fight against diabetes, mind you the rain at this point is really coming down. The almost 60 drenched kids then took off a few minutes late and showed up at QU just in time for the walk. The small army of zombies walked over to the table of bagels and water for some life support, and started walking. It was a beautiful site seeing the men of Avon leading the walk for a truly great cause.

The boys completed the three one mile laps with ease and then headed home with a warm feeling in our hearts and wet clothing on our backs.

The support at the JDRF walk hosted by Quinnipiac U was unbelievable. So many people filled the lower campus, one could even mistake it for a John Mayer concert. The men of Avon never once complained despite the heavy rain, sore legs from games the day before, and the early and somewhat rude awakening most of them endured. It was not just a kind act of community service, but a chance for the guys to bond as brothers. It is generally a difficult task to get teenage boys to wake up at 7 on their only day off of school in order to go walk three miles in the pouring rain after an hour long bus ride, but the men of Avon, are seldom fazed by adversity .

I would like to personally thank the guys who gave their Sunday mornings to support the cause, and I strongly recommend this to all students and friend of Avon in the future.




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Dio: A Senior Single Experience

By Tate Dewey

Staff Writer

Most of you are familiar with the quad dorms. The wooden walls and saloon-esque doors at the end of the halls leading to the bathroom aren’t exclusive to any of the four quad dorms, but in Dio, there are some things that make it different than any other dorm. This is my third year living in Dio, and it’s safe to say I’ve noticed a sub culture typical of Dio residents.

Living in Dio means a few things: first, that you’re more prone to waking up at 7:35 here. When you can wake up at 7:25 thinking “I can finally make it to breakfast!” while the rest of your hall isn’t planning to wake up for another ten minutes, you know you’re in Dio. Second, you might find yourself owning a betta fish, along with the other eight kids owning one. Zach Sibert ‘14, when asked about his fish-keeping projects, had this to say; “I really couldn’t tell you why I decided to get a fish, or the two other ones, it just kinda made sense.” Other kids, like Reid White ‘14, say his fish Cliff has helped him through some of his darkest days. But why would Dio residents need to seek friendships in fish? Don’t we have friends? Apparently so, as Craig Moore ’14 usually attracts hundreds to his room for a round of FIFA, and even Joon Song ’14 has freshmen report to him for sound advice.

To get a better scope of opinions around the dorm, I asked people what they thought about living here. Jas Spearman ’14 said, “It’s pretty good, everyone’s really close here which can be a good or bad thing, like I enjoy seeing my friends around but I’m self conscious of what they think when I sing 80’s pop hits when I’m in my room.” Patrick Albanesi ’14 told me, “I like the ‘judgement-free’ aspect of Dio, when I was in school down in South Carolina last year everybody judged my passion for smooth jazz like I was weird or something.”

A lot of kids talked about the importance of music in Dio, whether for setting a good shower atmosphere or just hanging out. Recently, the Dio senior singles hall began practicing themed days of the week, ranging from “Tropical Tuesdays” to “Weeping Wednesdays” to “Smooth Jazz Sundays”, aiming to provide a unified experience within the Dio community.

In all, Dio is an interesting place to live in. Whether you choose to wake up early or five minutes before morning meeting, own a fish or not, or seek enlightenment through meditation, Dio might be the place for you, even if you don’t know it yet.

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Review of the Score from “Taxi Driver”

By Dov Dougherty

Staff Writer

Bernard Hermann’s score in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated Taxi Driver is most likely one of the best-orchestrated pieces of art in all of cinematic history. Although the score never won an Oscar, it perfectly reflects the story of Taxi Driver, which is not commonly found in other soundtracks. What makes this score so amazing is that it actually contributes to the depth of the movie. It is an auditory portrayal of the emotional and physical conflict found in the movie. It also represents the insight the viewer has into the polarity of the main character, Travis.

This soundtrack captures the inner conflict the character faces within himself. His schizophrenic attitudes are reflected by the drastically different genres of music heard throughout the movie. Half of the score is dedicated to warmer, softer tones of jazz. Songs like the “Theme from Taxi Driver” and “I Work the Whole City” really demonstrate Travis’ gentler state. This clearly relates to the more optimistic, and consequently weaker side of Travis. When his attitude changes to one that is fueled by anger and vertigo, a transition occurs in the score. It now consists of very strong and gripping orchestral pieces. “God’s Lonely Man” stands out, as one of the most striking pieces from the entire score. It plays at the more dramatic scenes in the movie, notably the introduction credits of the movie. The first few seconds of this film incorporate all of the elements to produce a dark and eerie entry into this portal of insanity. “Sport and Irs” establishes the intensity felt by Travis as he is forced to make decisions and freezes at the instance of confrontation. The score genuinely communicates the inner turmoil of Travis.

The score of Taxi Driver clearly stands out from the more popular soundtracks of today. Some newer scores can consist of just simple ambient rumbling. This trend can be found in such Oscar winning pictures as The Social Network, just to name one. Although Trent Reznor’s score does add to the atmosphere of the movie, any postindustrial artist could have easily replaced his “radial haze” input into the movie. In my opinion, its score defines Taxi Driver and without it, it would not have had the same effect of ardor. However this soundtrack can also tell a story standing alone. By itself this is a masterpiece unto its own. Unfortunately, this was the last work ever created by Bernard Hermann, as he died shortly after finishing this piece of cinematic gold. Hermann also contributed to many other movie classics like Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho, Cape Fear, The Birds and Obsession. In each Hermann brought his own style to the movies, but most notably impacted the residual popularity of this movie in particular.

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