Trump Surprises with Election Win

As everyone has been made aware of by now, the Office of the President of the United States will be taken over by Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2016.  Michael R. Pence is the Vice President-Elect. Trump shocked the nation with a decisive 290-228 victory in term of electoral votes (only 270 were needed to win). Interestingly, the last two times a Republican candidate has won the presidential election they have lost the popular vote (Like Trump, George W. Bush lost the popular vote in 2004).  In 2016, Trump had 59,957,338 popular votes while Hillary Clinton had 60,274,974.

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President-elect Donald J. Trump, with Vice President-elect Michael Pence, on election night.

What went wrong for Clinton

Clinton was heavily predicted to win the election so what went wrong?  First and foremost, Clinton’s support fell short from minorities. Compared to the numbers for President Obama, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latinos were less enthusiastic for the Democratic candidate. Furthermore, more white Americans voted for Trump than they had for recent Republican presidential candidates.  According to Donald Trump, it was his performance in the second and third debates, the intensity of his rallies, his many speeches, and his “GREAT SUPPORTERS” (emphasis his own) that earned him his victory.

Clinton’s reaction

Hillary Clinton had a very gracious reaction to her election loss. She called to concede to Donald Trump early Wednesday Morning, just after Trump had given a victory speech in Manhattan. In the words of Trump, “She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory. And I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign,”  Throughout an election filled with controversial, crude, and reprehensible actions toward each other, both parties showed each other respect at the end. Ironically, shortly before the election, Donald Trump said he may not accept the outcome of the election. It ends up being Clinton’s supporters who had trouble accepting the outcome.

In the days following the vote, protests erupted in several cities.  Thousands of people gathered in the streets of big cities such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.  Some protesters carried vulgar signs, and chanted, “He’s not my president, not today.”

Trump’s First Steps

Thursday after the election, President-elect Trump met with President Obama.  They spoke for an hour and a half, touching on many different topics such as foreign and domestic policy, and discussing the transition of power.  Trump said he felt “encouraged” by the “excellent” discussion.  President Obama stated that “It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences…We are now all rooting for his success.”  Afterwards, Trump spoke to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), telling him that he would most quickly work towards reform of immigration, healthcare, and taxes.

A Sample of Reactions

Roxane Gay, a reporter for the New York Times, wrote an article titled “The Audacity of Hopelessness,” where she expressed her disapproval for the new president, and her disappointment with all Americans who allowed this result to happen.

For the Washington Post, Thabiti Anyabwile wrote an article called “Guess what? Donald Trump’s America is my America Too.” He describes how though he may not agree with all of Trump’s policies, it is his duty as an American to accept the outcome of the election and support Mr. Trump.

Prominent figures in the democratic party have not been so supportive of Mr. Trump. Bernie Sanders has said, “I will be damned if we’re going to go backwards and try to divide up this country again.” Sanders also criticized Trump, saying “Mr. Trump, you talked about being the champion of working families. Now produce. But we won’t accept racism, sexism or xenophobia.”

Many members of the GOP, however, support Mr. Trump. Even his former adversaries, such as Jeb Bush, have congratulated him on his win and wished him luck. Ben Carson also offered his congratulations, saying “We the People” have spoken.

Ted Cruz, one of Trump’s main adversaries in Republican primary has been extremely supportive and excited over the Trump win. He has said the election “affirms what we have long known, that Americans have resoundingly rejected the Obama-Clinton agenda of bigger government, intrusive regulation, executive overreach, and lawlessness that is killing innovation and jobs, squandering opportunity for working men and women, marginalizing our freedoms, and compromising our security.” Cruz is rumored to be on the short list for a number of prominent cabinet posts, including Attorney General. Regarding a job in the administration, Cruz demurred: “I am eager to help lead the fight in the Senate to pass the conservative agenda that President-elect Trump promised to the American people,” he said.

New Higher Standards for Honor Rolls

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Ms. Jill Walker, Dean of Academic Affairs

It is now more difficult for students to earn a spot on Dean’s List, High Honor Roll and Honor Roll. For the 2016-2017 school year, Northwood School has revised the standards for students to be placed on the honor rolls.  The minimum grades allowed to qualify for a certain honor roll have been raised. For the last four years, the minimum grade to be on any honor roll was a B-.  Any grade lower than a B- made a student ineligible for any academic honor.  Now, for the 2016-2017 school year, the lowest possible grade is a B+ for the Dean’s List, and for the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll, it is a B and B- respectively.  The grade point average (GPA) requirements remain the same. Although, they differ from 9-10 grade and 11-12 grade, because older students have more of an opportunity to take more AP and Honors courses, which can weight the GPA (+1.0 and +0.5 respectively).

Dean’s List High Honor Roll Honor Roll
Grades 11 & 12:  Minimum GPA of 4.00

Grades 9 & 10:  Minimum GPA of 3.70

No grade lower than B+

Grades 11 & 12:  Minimum GPA of 3.70

Grades 9 & 10:  Minimum GPA of 3.30

No grade lower than B

Grades 11 & 12:  Minimum GPA of 3.30

Grades 9 & 10:  Minimum GPA of 3.00

No grade lower than B-

Note: All GPAs are weighted

To get on the Effort Honor Roll, one must have at least three “excellent” efforts with no effort grade below a “good.”

School officials say these changes came about after it was discovered that more students made the Dean’s List last school year than Honor Roll or High Honor Roll: in the first quarter of 2015-16, 18% of students were on the Dean’s List, 12% were on the High Honor Roll, and 14% were on the Honor Roll. Faculty leaders believe that Dean’s list should be the most difficult honor to attain.  Our Dean of Academic Affairs, Ms. Jill Walker, says that the Dean’s List should be “more selective” and “exclusive.”  Ms. Walker believes that when  “We look at the Honor Roll, and we want it to look like a pyramid, not an inverted pyramid.”  The group of students on the list of honor rolls should be bottom heavy.  Ms. Walker says that she and her team has researched the standards of other prestigious schools, and have used that as guidelines for what we would like our system to be.  Due the changes, Ms. Walker stated that our honor rolls are now “back in balance.”

First quarter Honor Rolls will be released in early November. The Mirror will publish the lists.

Questions for Matthew Petizian ’17

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Matthew Petizian ’17

Do you have a secret talent?
I can spin a basketball on my finger for 10 minutes (Ed. note: has not been verified)

What would you do with a million dollars?
Purchase an unlimited supply of Twinkies

If you could be anyone else, dead or alive, who would it be?
Carey Price

If you could see any artist dead or alive, who would you see?
Tupac

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Read people’s minds

What movie character would you be?
Jordan Belfort, from Wolf of Wall Street

Living person do you most admire?
Donald Trump

If you could travel in time, would you go ten years back or forward?
Ten years back

If you could go back to your first day of high school, what advice would you give yourself?
Work harder in hockey

What would your last meal be?
Nachos and chicken wings

If you could avoid a school subject for the rest of your life, what would it be?
History

Review: Best Places To Order In Italian Food

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“Chicken Parm”is a favorite dish among students.

If you are running late from a sports practice, or are still hungry after dinner, Lake Placid has many restaurants that will deliver food to school.

A very good place to order food in is Bazzi’s Pizza. Not only does Bazzi’s have great pizza, but they also have other options.  Bazzi’s has classic Italian deli sandwiches. They offer appetizers such as wings and mozzarella sticks. The wings are very high quality.  The best thing to order from Bazzi’s is the chicken parmesan dinner, served over pasta.

Another great place to order is Mr. Mike’s Pizza. They have great Italian appetizers such as garlic bread, bruschetta, and breaded mozzarella cheese.  They also offer salads. Mr Mike’s has signature pizzas.  You can order pies such as a grilled chicken pie or a vegetarian pie for the healthier options. It also offers sandwiches, pasta, and chicken dishes such as chicken marsala.

Main Street Pizza is also a good delivery option. Along with the other two, they also serve classic Italian dishes like pasta and chicken parmesan. The best feature is the pizza, for which they have great toppings, like peppers and onions. The best pizza may just be the plain cheese. Another great dish is the ravioli bake.

The Mirror surveyed Northwood students about their favorite places to order in. The options were Bazzi’s Pizza, Mr. Mike’s Pizza, Main Street Pizza, and other, if a student wishes.  Forty-nine students voted, and 28 (57%) voted for Bazzi’s. Mr Mike’s, Main Street Pizza, and Other, all tied with 7 (each 14%).

On Tuesday, October 25, students, Christian DiCesare ‘17, and Kevin Lombardi ‘17, ordered the same dish, a Chicken Parmesan Dinner, from all three restaurants as an experiment. Here is how they compare:

Mr. Mike’s chicken parmesan, pictured below, was not bad.  The pasta was decent.  The chicken was decent as well but a little dry, but the dish lacked a good amount of sauce.  The portion size was not too large either.  The time of call to delivery was 41 minutes. Each of us gave a number rating, and for Mr. Mike’s, the average is a 5/10.

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Main Street Pizza’s chicken parmesan was excellent.  The pasta was delicious, and was covered in vodka sauce, a nice twist on the dish.  The chicken was also first class. It was flavorful, thick, and breaded well. The portion was also very full. Main Street took 45 minutes to deliver.  The dish is pictured below. Our average rating: 8.7/10

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Bazzi’s chicken parmesan was also very good.  The marinara sauce was excellent, and the chicken and pasta were both great.  The only complaint might be that the cheese itself was not as tasty as Main Street Pizza’s.  Nevertheless, Bazzi’s is still very good.  The portion size is also good; it is the same as Main Street’s. It took 50 minutes to deliver, but we were told it was a very busy night. Our average rating: 7.7/10

Clinton Leads Trump in Northwood Poll

On Wednesday the 28th, the Northwood Mirror conducted a poll designed to measure the Northwood community’s preferences for the 2016 presidential election. At school meeting, all the students and faculty members had the chance to cast one vote, either for Hillary Clinton (VP candidate Tim Kaine), Gary Johnson (Bill Weld), Jill Stein (Ajamu Baraka), or Donald Trump (Mike Pence). The results are as follows:

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Restaurant Review: Lake Placid Pub and Brewery

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The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery (Photo provided)

In my three weeks in Lake Placid, I have already eaten at The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery (affectionately knows as “The Pub”) twice. The Pub provides not just great food, but also a great setting for a meal.  It offers both inside and outside seating.  Inside has a great classic sports bar feel. Even though outdoor dining is limited when Northwood is in session, scenery is beautiful.  You can sit outside and enjoy quality food while overlooking Mirror Lake, and beyond the lake, the mountains.

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Get To Know Mr. Trevor Gilligan

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Trevor Gilligan (Photo: AJ DiCesare)

What is your job here at Northwood?
I am the head 16U boys hockey coach as well as the boys hockey recruiting director.

What brought you to Northwood?
A couple of reasons. I am local, born and raised in Saranac Lake. I attended Northwood from 2000-2003. I had an opportunity in 2008 to come back, and I coached hockey here and did the recruiting for 5 years. Then I had the opportunity to be the head coach at the collegiate level at SUNY Canton for 3 years. I then had a chance to come back to Northwood and take over the 16U program, and I jumped all over it. I value developing hockey players, and being able to work with elite teenagers was something that was very intriguing to me.

What made you pick your career?
I’ve been involved in sports my whole life. My dad was a gym teacher and a hockey coach. Every dinner table conversation had something to do with sports. I was able to play in college for 4 years, and I knew that after college I wanted to get myself back into the sports world, and coaching just seemed like a natural fit for me. [Read more…]

The Triple Threat Profile: Viljami Kanerva’ 17

Hometown: Turku, Finland

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Viljami Kanerva ’17 (photo by AJ DiCesare)

Three Favorite Pump Up Songs:

  1. “U Mad,” by Vic Mensa ft. Kanye West
  2. “Famous,” by Kanye West
  3. “Till I Collapse,” by Eminem

Three Favorite Artists:

  1. Guns N’ Roses
  2. A$AP Rocky
  3. Kanye West

Three Things I’m Afraid of:

  1. Mr. Peltonen
  2. Coach Cassidy (when he’s mad)
  3. Ghosts

As told to A.J. DiCesare ‘17

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