News Briefing, 2/12/2020
By NM ‘20, Will Holland ‘20, Priya Phillips ‘20, Liam Warin ‘20, and Will Nash ‘20
Nine Presidential Scholar Candidates on the Close
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the approximately 2,500 seniors who have qualified as candidates for application to the Presidential Scholars Program, grouped according to state of residence. Nine seniors on the Close—eight from St. Albans and one from NCS—counted among the nominees. They are:
Matthew Bruning (VA)
Matthew Chalk (DC)
Ian Chen (DC)
Jamie Hassett (DC)
David Hla (DC)
Nolan Musslewhite (DC)
Will Nash (DC)
Constantine Tsibouris (DC)
Gillian Moore (DC)
BEEF is Global—Multiple Popular Accounts Repost BEEF Club Video
STA BEEF Club video of Jack Muoio ‘20, dressed as moses, parting the “red sea” of fans at a basketball game was reposted to multiple famous Instagram accounts. Amassing a total of over 200,000 total views and eliciting hundreds of enthused responses in the comments, it is safe that BEEF has gone viral.
STA Administration Declines to Honor 2,070-year Anniversary of Rubicon Crossing
January 10 marked 2,070 years since Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River with his Thirteenth Legion, igniting a four-year period of civil war that brought an end to the Republic and laid the groundwork for the Roman Empire. When approached by St. Albans Classicists requesting recognition of the anniversary, however, administrators took issue with a prepared statement that termed the Roman Empire “the bedrock of modern West,” deeming it “controversial." A similar event, the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, 44 BC, had been commemorated by the administration in 2019 with no controversy following a similar Classicist appeal.
NCS’s Annual Winter Formal Dance Goes without a Hitch
Capped off with a rousing speech by Ms. Dawson on the boys’ behavior throughout the night, the Winter Formal festivities concluded stunningly. Held in Hearst Hall, the dance included a live DJ and many small “moshpits”. Highlights of the night include a riveting group YMCA dance and Nick Maguidad ‘21 taking over the disk jockey stand and experiencing what it is like to be a DJ.
Government Club Returns after Hiatus
The coed Government Club returned from its holiday hiatus with spirited debates over General Soleimani, universal health care, and the Electoral College. The first was the best attended, and featured one of the closest votes of the school year. The Liberals carried the night 32–27 after a contentious discussion over the morality and legality of the general’s death. The Club hopes to host speakers and watch parties as it readies itself for the election-year political cycle.
Dawson Marks Triumphant Return
Ms. Dawson has returned to campus after a reflective sabbatical during the first semester. Dawson teaches the extremely popular “Expository Writing” course, a perennial classic of St. Albans’ English Department open to both St. Albans and National Cathedral students.
St. Albans Yearbook Cracks Down on Renegade Clubgoers
In a minutes-long announcement at the end of lunch, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Nolan Musslewhite ‘20 chastised students to stay out of pictures for clubs they’re not members of, especially in the bawdy after-lunch club-picture-taking crowds that had started to form in front of Senior Circle. Musslewhite also admonished the creation of farcical clubs in the weeks leading up to the photo deadline.
STA and NCS MUN Teams Experience Some Brotherly Love
The STA and NCS MUN teams travelled to Philadelphia for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) a few weeks ago. They competed in committees covering a variety of contemporary and historical scenarios, such as the UN Security Council in the fight against terrorism, the government of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and the Indian Parliament during the decolonization of the British Raj.
St. Albans Hosts Two Famous Speakers
St. Albans hosted both Chef José Andrés and Yale’s award-winning historian David Blight in the past month. Andrés, an award-winning chef and former Nobel Peace Prize nominee, addressed both the St. Albans Lower and Upper Schools in the Cathedral last month, emphasizing his charitable work in disaster affected islands in the Carribean. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History), spoke to the St. Albans Upper School about Douglass.
Ring Man Makes his Annual Visit
The Ring Man stopped by Bradley Commons during the advisory period on Tuesday, February 11th to measure Form VI boys’ fingers for their class rings. Along with the ring man’s return, the senior class also celebrated the 100th day of school with cupcakes and a pat on the back.
Bennet Drops Out
Following a long campaign, Colorado Senator and STA alum Michael Bennet ‘83 dropped out of the Democratic Primary on Tuesday after the announcement of the New Hampshire primary results. Bennet, a former member of Government Club, was a favorite of the females across the close for his “cuteness and dash of blonde hair”.
Hockey loses, Basketball wins their respective quarter-final IAC Games
The St. Albans Varsity Hockey team ended their season with a well-fought but disappointing loss to the Landon Bears on Tuesday. Because Spaulding beat recently beat Georgetown Prep for the first time in fifteen years, the Bulldogs did not qualify for the MAPHL tournament. On a lighter note, the St. Albans Varsity Basketball team beat Georgetown Prep at Georgetown Prep later in the day on Tuesday. The team played particularly well all-around, but the injection of a newly-healthy Jackson Namian ‘21 added an extra spark to the Bulldog offense. They will play at St. Stephens St. Agnes on Wednesday.