By Clayton Gasho '18
In October of 1943, a jovial twenty-one year-old received a letter of commission for the United States Navy; he joined thousands of young men entering the armed forces to fight the Axis Powers in the Second World War. Fresh from training in the Navy V-8 Corps, George Barnett Trible, Jr., was assigned to the officer corp aboard the U.S.S. Shelton—a destroyer escort deployed in the South Pacific as a component of the Morotai Attack Force—with the rank of Ensign. Within the year, Trible would perish, a victim of successive torpedo attacks from a Japanese submarine on October 3, 1944. He and twelve other men sacrificed themselves on October 3, 1944 in service to the United States.
Five years prior, Trible attended St. Albans School, engaged in the daily activities of a student rather than a soldier. “Tweeb,” as his classmates called him, was an important member of the modest Class of 1940. He was a good-natured, yet competitive athlete, participating on the school sports teams for three years. Trible was a member of the Varsity Football Team and the Junior Varsity Baseball Team, yet the sport in which he most excelled was soccer: He made Varsity Soccer all three years he played for St. Albans and was an integral member of the team, leading the school to two championships as a forward. While Trible displayed his athleticism, representing his school on the field, he also managed to excel academically, embodying the spirit of his school. George was a proficient scholar, not only performing well on assessments, but also serving as a member of the Albanian Club, a group of students who wrote in, arranged, and published the yearbook for the entire school. In all aspects of his life at St. Albans School, George Trible, Jr., embodied the idea of the well rounded St. Albans man.
At St. Albans School, Trible was taught of duty and sacrifice. As a result, on the brink of war, he made the decision to leave Yale University to train to become an officer in the United States navy. George Trible, Jr., was doing his duty to his country when the Shelton was attacked off the coast of New Guinea. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for giving his life in defense of his country.
By Matthew Kellenberg '18 and Bota Saudabayeva '18
Homecoming Dance Recap: Students Left Distraught after DJ refuses to play Cascada’s “Everytime We Touch”; Cross Country Team Arrives Early
Satire By Kubair Chuchra '18
Bright Lights. Awkward freshmen. A well-scheduled soccer game and win. Last Saturday’s homecoming dance was set to be as normal as ever. However, as the night went on and the hooliganism picked up, one key-factor was missing: Cascada’s club banger “Everytime We Touch.” Despite pleading the DJ to play Cascada’s manifesto multiple times throughout the night, students were left without their favorite song.
Though “Everytime We Touch” has been a highschool favorite since its release in 2007, Saint Albans Students have grown particularly attached to the piece over the past year. When the song plays at school dances and parties (the latter is a myth, we don’t have parties) , the boys have grown accustomed to howling the song’s lyrics and “moshing” to its beat, quite literally touching their classmates. Nothing beats getting a random freshman’s sweat in your mouth while a little too close on the dancefloor.
Rumors have circulated amongst the student body that school administrators intentionally banned the song from the homecoming dance in order to prevent rowdiness, among other sweaty results. Whether these rumors are true or not, Saint Albans Students are distraught and fed up with the whole situation. Sophomore Vernon West* commented on the matter: “First the club’s assembly donut fiasco. Now this! I don’t know who to trust anymore. Stay safe out there.”
Despite all the tension, there were some highlights of the night. The DJ did play Hamster Dance Master’s awe-inspiring hit “The Hamster Dance” (Dance Master’s twelve grammys affirm his musical genius) and Jack Toungour ‘19 did, as always, impress on the dance floor. Additionally, despite earlier concern, the entire cross country team arrived to the dance promptly. In fact, they even had enough time after their race to take photos, eat a five course pre-dinner, and show up to the refectory an hour and a half early. When asked about the success of the night, Head Prefect Harry James Potter declined to comment.
* This name has been changed to protect the victim's privacy
By Avery Kean '19
I remember freshman year homecoming like it was yesterday. Picture it: You’re standing on the dancefloor. Suddenly, the opening beats of Darude’s “Sandstorm” blasts through the refectory. You turn away from your friends for .43 seconds and suddenly get tossed into the mosh pit. Everyone stands a foot taller than you and it's approximately 193804 degrees. Senior boys tower over head, dripping sweat as you try to weasel your way out. You start to see the light, when, suddenly, a hand grabs your forearm and yanks you out of the misery.
I wish I could go back to my 14 year-old self and tell her everything I know now; I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years. Accordingly, here are Exchanged’s official homecoming Dos and Don’ts:
DO - Stay close to some friends who can help you if you are dragged into the mosh pit.
DON’T - Stay too close to the mosh pit alone unless you are fine with getting pulled in and suffocated and know what you’re getting into.
DO - Remember to take off your heels/shoes. Your feet will thank me later.
DON’T -Keep your boutonniere/corsage on. I promise that in roughly 5-10 seconds all the petals will end up on the floor.
DO -Organize rides to your home, that sick after, or your pilgrimage to food BEFORE the last ten minutes (or the unofficial minutes—the dance actually ends at 10:05ish) of the dance. There’s nothing worse than 100 high schoolers calling 50 ubers to senior circle.
DON’T -Wear any thick material unless you enjoy sweating profusely.
DO -Listen to these tips and have fun!!!
By Harrison Grigorian '19
The STA homecoming pep rally is a great idea. It allows for both the upper and lower schools to come together (a rarity) to get excited for the weekend’s sports games and other events. However, there are some solvable problems that limit the pep rally’s potential.
1. The Date
The Pep rally is done on the Thursday before homecoming. A full 24 hours before soccer typically kicks off on Friday, and 48 hours before football on Saturday. Thus, much of the excitement from the rally itself has faded. We should instead have the rally on Friday during office hours. The week is over, so there is nothing anyone has to be doing during the timeslot. Also, this date would allow students to go directly from the pep rally to the game, carrying over the excitement.
2. The Location
The pep rally is held in the Martin gym, potentially the dreariest place on the Close’s vibrant campus. While the rest of the Close is filled with gardens, and STA’s main building (Marriott Hall) is like one big glass cube, the Martin gym has zero natural lighting and feels rather cramped. The rally should be outside in the bleachers on the field, assuming the weather allows it. October in DC is usually very nice and the weather and space would allow the pep rally to be even more hype.
3. The Vibe
The pep rally’s vibe can be, well, “subpar”. Anyone who observes can see that. It is forced at times and it shows. The program for the event is a bit awkward, as coaches make short speeches followed by sometimes futile attempts by the captains to fire up the crowd. The event begins to feel rather rigid and too structured. To fix this, we could allow the captains five minutes each to talk about their teams. This period could include a combination of actual hype and of banter about his own team. Overall, the pep rally’s rigidity lowers the excitement, and with a looser program, we would see results.
The pep rally is a good event to muster school spirit, but if executed better, it could bring even more spirit and hype to Bulldog sporting events.
By Zack Martin '18
After having a strong start to the year and a great showing for Homecoming weekend, the BEEF Club rolls on for several big upcoming events throughout the second half of the fall sports season. The stands were packed and energetic on both Friday and Saturday this past weekend, with Soccer coming away with the sole dub against Episcopal in a 2-1 battle. The next few weeks hold games that deserve the same level of turnout, if not more so, than any competition so far this year.
For soccer, Varsity has a vital IAC matchup this Friday, October 20th at Bullis (6:30 pm). However, their most important remaining regular season game is their last one on Friday, October 27th, Home vs Landon (4:00 pm). This will certainly be a major BEEF event and one to highly anticipate later in the month. The IAC tournament will then kick off on October 30th, with the semifinals arriving on Halloween. Next, the Championship will be held on November 2md. Hopefully, the soccer dogs will be competing in that game for their third straight IAC playoff title.
For Football, Varsity now enters a rough three-game stretch all on the road. Their season, however, concludes on November 11th with a return home to play top rival Landon (1:30 pm) in another one of the biggest sporting events of the year. This game is by far the most anticipated by anyone involved with the program. The Dawgs look to reclaim victory on their home turf after last year’s heartbreaking 26-27 loss at Landon. This will be the final BEEF event of the fall season. It simply cannot be missed. Get ready to get rowdy and as always, Roll BEEF.
By Max Niles '18
A year ago, the St. Albans community was in an uproar; tradition had been broken. Thanks to a cross-administration agreement between STA and NCS, it was revealed that all NCS upper school students would be allowed to attend STA homecoming, with or without a date. The news was also revealed first to NCS and not to St. Albans at the same time. Due to the lack of an announcement, the St. Albans community had some polarized reactions. All three STA publications posted articles about the new homecoming rule and its possible effects on the dance. Exchanged’s article on Facebook received thirty-five reactions, about half of them being an "angry" react. People really felt that the culture of the dance would devolve into a glorified mixer where people wore fancy clothes and didn’t ask dates. Students were also angry because they felt that there was no equivalent rule from NCS. What they didn’t know, however, was that Winfo was actually open for all STA students. Once STA students found this out, they still argued that no one would go to Winfo without a date. All of these were valid concerns until the dance itself came up. Thanks to strong efforts from the upperclassmen, the majority of people—including the fearful freshmen— still asked in the traditional manner. Consequently, the dance was still regarded as something more than just a mixer because the dance basically stayed the same.
A year later, Homecoming still exists. People still ask dates from across the close using dumb signs. They still take their dates to fancy dinners and introduce them at the greeting line. Despite the new rule, the past two Homecomings have remained essentially the same as they’ve always been. In these past two dances, however, girls from NCS who have not been invited have had the chance to go. They got to enjoy the dance even if, for some reason, they didn’t get asked. Also, thanks to the overwhelming majority of people who stuck to the tried and true rituals, the culture of the dance has remained the same. For those reasons, I, an initial objector to the new rule, am now a supporter; a year later, it has made the dance a more accepting place for all without changing the culture.
By Kyle Morin '19
It was the beginning of homecoming weekend. It was drizzling. The Beef Club was looking as jingoistic as ever, and it was most certainly a great evening for some soccer between the beloved Bulldogs and High School? Oh yeah, Episcopal. The scoring started at about the midway point in the first half when Trevor Child ‘18 beat an Episcopal defender, cut into the box, and then curled the ball to the far post. The stands erupted as the Dogs were out to a 1-0 lead. The dogs lead was short-lived, however, as Episcopal equalized with a goal from thirty yards out against the run of play. Episcopal outshot us in the first half, but Coach Schultz must have said something during halftime because the boys came out in the second half looking like the better team.
The first part of the second half was quiet, but the dogs were getting a few good chances including an outside of the eighteen rocket from Lincoln Cooper ‘19. The game changed when Giacomo Mecagni received a dubious at best straight red card after taking out the feet of an Episcopal player. Although the call was very questionable, it energized the team. From there, the Bulldogs started playing so well that it was hard to notice that we had one less player. We finally broke through when Mikey Brady ‘20 jumped up of a cross and headed the ball into the far post side net to take the lead with ten men. After the goal, we controlled the ball until Carter Tate ‘18 had a magnificent save to keep the dogs on top. The rest of the game included some very good time wasting in the corner to secure the victory 2-1. The team is now 4-2 in the IAC and 8-3-2 overall, looking to continue its run to defend the IAC championship.
By Zack Martin '18
Varsity football’s season passed its halfway point last Saturday as the Dawgs officially started IAC league play against Episcopal for their homecoming game. The Bulldogs entered the matchup with a 2-3 non-conference record and now, unfortunately, sit at 2-4 overall. The stands were filled and the school spirit was strong, but the Maroon proved to be too much to handle in the 13-51 loss. The disappointment of the outcome, however, did not override several positive moments for the Dawgs throughout the contest, including 186 rushing yards from starting running back Michael Jones ‘18 and two scoring drives in the first and third quarters. Despite being hit with many injuries throughout the season, including starting quarterback Malcolm Spencer ‘18, the Bulldogs competed and fought hard for the number of players they were able to suit up. The Dawgs are entering a tough three week road game stretch, where they will look to bounce back and gain momentum leading up to their last game and one of the biggest athletic events of the year on November 11th: Home versus Landon.